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Mar 31 2015

A Great Small DSLR Backpack For Travel

Before we embarked on our most recent adventure through five countries in Southeast Asia, we had to carefully choose what gear we were going to bring. We decided to only travel with carry on luggage and began to research what to do with our camera and all its accessories during our travels. We were sick of putting our small DSLR bag inside a larger backpack, so we decided what we needed was a small, durable camera backpack that could fit multiple lenses but still qualify as carry-on luggage. We have used...

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Mar 31 2015

Heritage Suites Hotel Siem Reap

Heritage Suites, a small boutique hotel tucked away in a quiet residential section of Siem Reap, Cambodia, is an ideal escape from the dusty city after a day of exploring the famous Angkor temples. The boutique hotel is laid out on lush tropical grounds with a grand dining hall, large swimming pool, spa, and adventure tour operator. The hotel is only 6 kilometers from the historic Angkor temples and just a few minutes by tuk tuk to the pub street and local markets. Convenient, yet secluded, Heritage Suites provides luxurious boutique...

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Mar 28 2015

La Rose Boutique Hotel Review

La Rose Boutique Hotel and Spa in Phnom Penh is a true boutique hotel with only 10 rooms. The hotel is on a quiet stretch of the main road leading away from Independence Monument. We were greeted with smiles and treated to a tasty welcome drink as we confirmed our itinerary and spa reservations at check in. Throughout our stay, the staff made it clear they were available for our every request and made sure to make us feel at home in Cambodia. The Hotel is in a great location, a...

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Mar 26 2015

Stylish And Lightweight Travel Pants: Susan Skinny Pant

We may not always pack light, but recently we have been trying our best to master carry-on only packing. That means lots of pieces that can be worn in multiple situations. When I found the Anatomie Susan Skinny Pant, I thought they were a great stylish option for lightweight travel pants. I always like to have a pair of quick dry pants for hiking and other adventures, but they don't usually look nice enough to wear in most other situations. Well, I've put these pants to the test, I mean...

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Mar 23 2015

Victoria Can Tho Resort Review

Victoria Can Tho Resort is the only luxury resort on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and it is part of the exclusive Victoria hotels and resorts group. The property is tucked back away from the road and sits on a quiet stretch of riverfront property. A complimentary boat shuttles guests back and forth to the main stretch of town, a quick ride away. After our warm welcome we were treated to a neck and shoulder massage before we were shown up to our spacious suite by the friendly bellboy. [gallery type="rectangular"...

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Mar 20 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Krochet Kids

Look Good, Do Good is a monthly feature on Poplar Travels that highlights designers and retailers making the world a better place through their products. As travelers, we want to give back to the world we love exploring so much. Suggest an innovative sustainable or philanthropic partner to poplartravels@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post.   Krochet Kids intl. began as three friends crocheting as a hobby and has grown into a successful nonprofit employing women in Uganda and Peru. These women come from difficult circumstances, some were captives and...

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Mar 20 2015

The Nam Hai Review

The Nam Hai in Vietnam is expertly designed and laid out to create a peaceful atmosphere along a pristine stretch of white sandy beach. The resort sits on a sprawling 35 hectares of lush land with 100 villas from one to five bedrooms. The Nam Hai is located only eleven kilometers north of Hoi An on a private beach with three large elevated infinity pools each with views of the ocean and nearby Cham Islands. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4053,4051,4039"] The Grounds The resort has a unique design that allows the majority of the villas...

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Mar 20 2015

Glory Legend Cruise Review: Halong Bay

On our trip to Vietnam we knew we could not miss the famous UNESCO Heritage site of Halong Bay. There are only a few options to explore this historic site and the most popular is an overnight cruise. We tested the new Glory Legend Cruise experience for a three day and two night cruise in luxury and comfort. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4005,4004"] The Room The room was small and simple but well decorated and had a night stand, lamp and racks to hang our clothes on. The bathroom was pretty nice and had a...

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Mar 19 2015

Flying With AirAsia Thailand

While living in Chiang Mai, we got to explore a lot of Thailand including several trips to Bangkok and a two week trip to the Southern part of the country. To get the most out of our trips, we wanted to spend as little time and money on transportation as possible. We have flown with AirAsia Thailand a dozen times and we are always pleased with our service. Recently, we flew with AirAsia Thailand to Bangkok and then on to Hanoi. It was our first international flight with the airline and...

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Mar 14 2015

Palm Garden Resort Hoi An Review

The Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, Vietnam, is in a great location for those in search of a beautiful beach with easy access to the Ancient City. A free shuttle runs a few times a day to take guests to the heart of town and a taxi is less than $5. There are plenty of little shops and convenience stores in the area where you can pick up any toiletries that you might need. We were greeted in the open air lobby with cold watermelon juice and after a...

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Mar 13 2015

What Is Luxury Travel?

During our work as travel bloggers, we have the opportunity to visit some of the top hotels, spas and restaurants in the world. These five-star destinations sometimes include beach front villas, in-suite pools and jacuzzis, private aircraft, live-in butlers and world-class dining, but that is not necessarily what earns their status among the greats of luxury travel. Best at Travel challenged us to define what luxury travel means to us, so we reflected on some of our favorite experiences. To us, luxury travel is the ability to travel without stress with every...

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Carry-on Essentials: What To Pack To Stay Comfortable on Long Flights

Long flights may signify the beginning of a well-deserved vacation, a short business trip or a big move. No matter where your plane is taking you, the flight itself is seldom a highlight of your trip. However, just because you are stuck on an airplane for hours doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. We have flown around the world from Los Angeles to Bangkok and back to D.C., and a little preparation helps make our flights not only tolerable, but smooth and comfy! With a few carry-on essentials packed in your bag you will...

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Mar 09 2015

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa Review

After a long and bumpy overnight train ride from Hanoi, we arrived in the vibrant city of Hue, Vietnam. Hue is a great town to explore on foot or by bicycle, and has many bustling markets. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site and La Residence Hue is a part of that history and charm. Of the many hotels in Hue, this one is recognized around the world for its service and luxurious amenities. La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa sits on 2 hectares of land partially surrounded by...

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Mar 09 2015

Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok: Canal Boat and Bike Trip Review

Riding a bicycle through the insanity that runs the streets of Bangkok might not sound like such a great idea, but if you’re in search of an urban adventure with a cultural twist, it might be just what you’re looking for. Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok offers bike tours and many excursions in different styles. We experienced the half day Canal Boat and Bike trip through Bangkok that brings riders through the old city via a scenic boat ride, past temples, homes and markets. There was a good mix of stopping to...

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Mar 05 2015

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel Review

The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is a perfect mix of luxury and culture. Located in a building built as a hotel in 1901, and situated near the city's largest lake in the Old Quarter, the Metropole Hanoi is a popular spot for wedding photography, coffee dates and even live jazz. The beautiful historic and modern wings offer different amenities and room styles, but all guests have access to the extensive activities on site. So many famous and talented people have passed through that lobby, we couldn't help but feel a little...

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Feb 26 2015

Where We’re Headed: Travel Plans For March 2015

In our disorganized frenzy to pack up our lives again, we realized we neglected to share our travel plans for March with our readers. You may have picked up from our social media accounts that we have a big trip coming up! So, to give you an idea of what we are up against and why it was so hard to pack, here is where we are headed in March. Two duffel bags, one backpack and a camera bag for five weeks on the road through four countries. We are over-packers...

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Feb 25 2015

Ann Heritage Lodge Inle Lake Review

As you may know, we actively seek out unique accommodations around the world that offer one of a kind experiences and create lasting memories that we can share for years to come. Ann Heritage Lodge is one of these accommodations that offers an experience you will not find anywhere else. The lodge consists of cabins built on stilts over the water of the northwestern side if Inle Lake, Myanmar. The lodge is only accessible by small boat and is a great central location for exploring the rest of the lake. The...

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Feb 24 2015

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort Review

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort is located a few kilometers south of the old city of Chiang Mai in a quiet resort community at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain. The small boutique resort is spread throughout multiple lanna style structures and includes a full service luxury spa and spacious rooms and suites. After our tiresome travels through Myanmar, we decided to stay at Oasis Baan Saen Doi for a few days to rest and revive ourselves. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3679,3677,3662"] The Grounds Wooden walkways surrounded by tranquil water features welcome you as...

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Feb 18 2015

Inspired By Nature: Interview With Boom, Jewelry Designer Of Metal Studio

The first time I went into Metal Studio I found a ring with a large purple crystal that I absolutely loved. I kept saying I was going to go back and get it until Eric surprised me with it on my birthday in January. Even then, I kept wanting to go back for more, and I knew I wanted to meet the designer. Sirilak Samanasak aka Boom is a bright, energetic woman clearly excited to come to work every day. She met me in her store in Chiang Mai’s artsy...

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Feb 16 2015

Images of Buddhism in Myanmar

The most famous photographs of Bagan are of hot air balloons rising over the temples at dawn, but the really spectacular images are the ones that have been there for thousands of years in the cracked and faded paintings inside the ancient pagodas, and in the form of Buddhas sculpted centuries ago. Images of Buddhism in Myanmar that are often repeated include images of Buddha’s past lives, his birth and his enlightenment. Almost 90% of the country practices Buddhism, making it one of the most important aspects of the country’s culture. Myanmar...

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Feb 15 2015

Inateck Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve Review

One of the most important "techcessories" will always be the protective case that keeps your expensive devices safe while you use it and during travel. Inateck has created a new line of good looking protective tablet and laptop sleeves. These sleeves are made from thick felt with neat leather details. They are also built using sustainable production practices and are made from eco-friendly materials. I had the opportunity to test out the Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve while working around Claremont, California. The case fit the Surface Pro perfectly and the velcro secured the...

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Feb 14 2015

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located farther from the city than we thought. In fact, it’s in the artsy and more rural Mae Rim, the next city over. The location is no mistake, and makes for peaceful setting. Sala Mae Rim, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai's main restaurant, overlooks rice paddies surrounded by the resort’s luxurious villas. We arrived just in time to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. We started our meal with spring rolls, pork, chicken and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and spicy papaya salad with...

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Feb 11 2015

Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Review

“Techcessories’ are becoming ever more important in today’s culture. These techcessories allow us to use our devices more efficiently and in many different work situations. The Poplar Travels team recently received one of the newest portable bluetooth keyboards from Inateck for review. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3517,3514,3518"] Within just a few minutes of opening the Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard, I had it connected to my iPad via bluetooth and I was ready to start typing. Once it's hooked up it works seamlessly in any app and is especially useful for word processing. The full...

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Feb 11 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Sop Moei Arts and Giveaway!

The cultures of tribal villages in Thailand have changed undeniably over the past decade. The focus of aid for these once isolated communities used to circle around clean water and healthcare. Now, with road access and schools servicing many of these communities, the needs have shifted to more economic concerns. In this latest column of Look Good, Do Good, we discussed the shift and how Sop Moei Arts is working to help create incomes while preserving traditional crafts with shop owner and founder Kent Gregory. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3474,3485,3494"] Sop Moei, named for...

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Feb 10 2015

Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter Review

One of the necessary items in any perpetual traveler’s travel kit is a world power adaptor. I received my Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter a few months ago and since then I have put it through some rigorous use. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3458,3460,3459"] The Tripshell World Travel Adapter supports over 150 countries and comes with a dual usb charging component so you can charge multiple devices at once. This feature is so handy that I use the Tripshell World Travel Adapter almost every night to charge my iPhone and iPad. The construction is solid...

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