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Dec 11 2014

Chillax Resort Bangkok: The Most Romantic Hotel In The City?

Chillax Resort Bangkok bills itself as “the most romantic love story that you will ever have in Bangkok.” Everyone’s idea of romance is a little difference and despite the pictures of white rooms lit up in a purple glow, we weren’t really expecting neon accent lighting in the ceiling above the beds. The hotel caters to couples and it seemed like most of the guests were of this category, but we stayed here to meet up with friends and didn’t feel the couple-ness was being rubbed in our faces. Modern in...

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Dec 11 2014

The North Face Ultra Fastpack: The Best Hiking Shoe For The Perpetual Traveler

I’ve always been an outdoorsy person. Whether I’m in the mountains, at the beach, or in the city, I can always find some time to take in some fresh air. I have found over the past few years that because of the various climates and terrains that I find myself in, I tend to have a large variety of shoes and boots. About a year ago, as I was planning my departure from a normal career and taking a step into travel blogging, I made my first trip to New...

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Dec 09 2014

Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden Restaurant

Singapore is known for its large variety of cuisines and top notch restaurants. During our visit, we tried to squeeze in meals at a wide variety of fine dining and off the beaten path locations so we could try a lots of different dishes. Part of our culinary explorations led us to Cantonese cuisine at the Cherry Garden restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2522,2517,2516,2518"] Cherry Garden offers an a la carte dim sum during the week, but we attended the dim sum buffet which is only offered on the...

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Dec 05 2014

Lunch at Table by Rang Mahal: Naumi Hotel Singapore

On the last day of our exciting visit, we were invited to lunch at Table by Rang Mahal at Naumi Hotel Singapore for an authentic Indian gastronomy experience with a modern flair. Our lunch was one of the best meals we had in Singapore and will not be soon forgotten. Table is a contemporary styled restaurant located on the first floor of Naumi Luxury Boutique Hotel. Naumi offers unique luxury rooms with clever designs, including Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol themed suites. The entire Naumi experience is designed to be personal...

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Dec 03 2014

BIG Hotel Singapore

BIG Hotel Singapore was not exactly big, and neither were the rooms. This little boutique hotel was built only a year ago and has a fun subterranean lobby that you access by glass elevator from street level. The ironically named design hotel is in a great location near Little India and Orchard Road. The lobby has a cozy set-up with couches and a television for guests to enjoy in the company of others. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2445,2446,2448"] The Rooms You would expect a self-proclaimed design hotel to put a little thought into paint color,...

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Dec 03 2014

Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

There are hundreds of hotels in Singapore and dozens that offer refined boutique luxury experiences, but only a few that offer cultural luxury enveloped in the rich history of Singapore. Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is one of these distinguished heritage hotels. Ascott Raffles Place is located in what used to be the Asia Insurance Building. The building was designed by one of Singapore’s pioneer architects and was finished in 1954. At 20 stories, it claimed the title of the then tallest building in Asia. Its Art Deco design and construction quality was...

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Nov 30 2014

Driving A Lamborghini On The F1 Track With Ultimate Drive Singapore

Our schedule in Singapore was packed every day so we tried to maintain a balance of culturally educational activities and some activities that were just plain fun. Ultimate Drive fits in the latter category: Pure. Unadulterated. Fun. Several weeks ago, when we were first planning our visit to Singapore, I was having the adrenaline itch again. It had been too long since my last spine tingling adventure and I was feeling the need to attach myself to something with a greater velocity than our scooter. I searched for a sky diving...

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Nov 25 2014

Fah Lanna Spa Chiang Mai

After six hours of driving our scooter back from Chiang Rai, Thailand, the day before, we were more than excited to spend the morning at Fah Lanna Spa. This traditional Thai spa sits on a beautiful street in the northern part of the Old City of Chiang Mai. At the entrance, we were met with tropical trees and flowers surrounding a calming pond built under a walkway extending back to the private treatment rooms. We were warmly greeted as soon as we stepped inside and sat watching the Koi fish...

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Nov 23 2014

Asian Civilizations Museum: Singapore

The Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore explores ancient cultures from the region that have influenced the history of the island-country and surrounding areas. Singapore has such an interesting history as a trading port and a British colony, but the museum goes way beyond these recent developments to explore the true ancestors of the region. Our favorite room ended up being the Singapore River Gallery. Cities are often built on the banks of rivers for obvious reasons, but Singapore’s comparatively meager waterway has an especially interesting story more than 600 years long....

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Nov 18 2014

Phuket Simon Cabaret: A Night With Ladyboys

Phuket has earned a reputation as a place to party so it comes as no surprise that they offer some spectacular burlesque and cabaret shows. During our visit, we got to catch a performance at Phuket Simon Cabaret where all the performers are ladyboys (although you might not believe it). The theater is housed in a giant purple and teal building lit up in neon at night. Their slogan says it perfectly: You will arrive relaxed but will leave confused as our performers are more of a man than you will ever...

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Nov 18 2014

A-Star Phulare Valley: Chiang Rai Countryside Resort

A-Star Phulare Valley Resort in the hills of Chiang Rai, Thailand, is a unique resort with a variety of Chalets and spacious Pool Villas. The expansive grounds spread over the top of a large hill, and the resort is laid out so that all the rooms and villas have beautiful views of the trees and countryside. The paths within the resort are well manicured and the large infinity pool in the center adds a breathtaking viewpoint to the relaxing scene. We enjoyed our time away from the busy streets of Chiang Mai...

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Nov 12 2014

Cape Panwa Hotel: The Best Beach in Phuket

On the last night of our trip to Phuket we traveled all the way down to Cape Panwa to stay at the Cape Panwa Hotel. The hotel is set back from the main road and sits on a steep hillside above the private sandy beach below. We were glad we came here last or we would have been ruined for the rest of Phuket by that perfect beach!   The Grounds The hotel is more of a boutique resort and features a few different restaurants and bars on the property. There is a...

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Nov 09 2014

Jim Thompson House in Bangkok

The disappearance of American architect and entrepreneur Jim Thompson transformed his home into a place of wonder and secured his spot as a modern legend. The Jim Thompson House is the former residence of the "Thai Silk King" and has been converted into a museum. Thompson fell in love with Thailand after visiting with the military and decided to remain in the country permanently. His respect for traditional Thai artesian silk and his faith in the industry led him to found the Thai Silk Company, giving Thailand world-wide recognition for its...

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Nov 07 2014

Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket

The Thavorn Palm Beach Resort's bragging points are its lush grounds similar to those at Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, and its five swimming pools. Jumping in and out of each you will find waterfalls, crocodile fountains, a swim-up bar, multiple lounge areas and kiddie areas all with a view of the ocean. The resort is in a great location in Karon Beach, Phuket, right across the street from the beach and surrounded by a few other hotels, restaurants and bars. At night tuk-tuks lit up with neon lights and fitted...

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Nov 07 2014

B-Lay Tong Hotel: Patong Beach, Phuket

The B-Lay Tong Hotel, an M Gallery Hotel, is an eye-catching design hotel in the perfect location at the north of Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Details like honey comb shaped mirrors and door numbers adhere to a loose bee theme. The throne in the lobby temporarily dubs those seated in it the King and Queen Bee. The gallery restaurant (The B-hive) features intricate murals by local artists and each room has a unique woven art piece above the bed. The overall feel is trendy and interesting without crossing the...

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Nov 06 2014

Diving In Krabi With Aqua Vision Dive Center

When we were first planning our trip to Krabi we realized that it would be the perfect opportunity for my first dive trip and it didn’t take long for us to realize that there are well over a dozen different dive centers around Krabi Town and Ao Nang. It seemed that they all offered similar diving classes and prices and traveled to similar diving sites. Then we happened across Aqua Vision Dive Center in Ao Nang. Their clean-cut website described how they feature small group diving using speedboats to arrive at...

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Nov 04 2014

Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa

Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa is tucked away from the noisy street just around the corner from hundreds of bars, shops and tour operators and right across from the beach. You can see the beach from the lobby, yet the pool is in a quiet little pocket so you can easily relax. At night, the surrounding streets are crowded with tourists in beachy outfits buying souvenirs and enjoying the nightlife. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1924,1925,1921"] The pool was surrounded by lounge chairs and had several water features that create some pleasant ambient noise....

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Nov 02 2014

Why The Jackery Giant Portable Charger Belongs In Your Travel Bag

The first time we went on a long trip overseas, we quickly realized that some of the most important needs of a travel blogger are a connection to the internet and a consistent source of power to charge all our devices. Usually we have the internet situation figured out, but it is always hard to plan how you will charge your devices in the field. Jackery Giant to the rescue! When we travel we always take two iPhones, an iPad with Zagg Keyboard, and a GoPro that need to be charged via USB....

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Nov 01 2014

Thavorn Beach Village and Spa

As you wander the grounds of Thavorn Beach Village and Spa in Phuket the resort’s history and legends about the area unfold. Statues of mythical and earthly creatures alike emerge from the dense tropical plants and fountains that are incorporated around the resort’s focal point, the lagoon pool. When Mr. Thavornwongwongse built the resort, the land was given to him by an elderly couple who used to farm the area. This couple told Mr. Thavornwongwongse that this property is the place where Naka the dragon-snake fell in love with a woman...

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Oct 30 2014

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Our last stop on our journey along the Andaman Coast was at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is located about 20 minutes away from Ao Nang across from a quiet beach and surrounded by palms and meticulously manicured grass. The Sofitel brand is famous for adding their touch of French art de vivre and local culture to their luxury properties. Somehow through the interaction of their attentive and friendly staff and the layout of the hotel, the 276 room resort felt small and cozy. Even while...

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Oct 29 2014

Ananta Burin Resort: Krabi, Thailand

We were welcomed to the Ananta Burin Resort in an open air lobby with free wifi and grouped seating. Several guests were still lounging there on their smartphones in the evening. We headed straight to the pool after checking in to escape the heat. The pool was refreshing, and with the resort surrounding it, it stayed very quiet and relaxing while we were there. A small pool bar was open outside during the day to serve anyone enjoying the lounge chairs. There is no gym on the property, but the pool...

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Oct 26 2014

Aonang Phu Petra: Mountain View Villas In Krabi, Thailand

After our short flight from Bangkok and our extremely long and slightly confusing bus ride from the airport, we arrived in the small and beautiful Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Krabi, Thailand. The drive in took us through the busy walking street and endless rows of tour operators in Ao Nang and turned onto a green residential road leading to the resort. The stark contrast of quiet leafy Phu Petra to the bustling beach town down the road emphasized the breathtaking view of the mountains in the distance. The pool, which...

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Oct 24 2014

The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel

The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel is located just minutes away from the best nightlife and shopping in the Sukhumvit business district. This hotel boasts classic elegance and sophisticated 1920s Italian-American design. The hotel has many well designed spaces including New York penthouse themed meeting rooms and a rooftop infinity pool with sweeping city views. During our stay we saw business travelers, families and couples alike relaxing in style in this centrally located luxury hotel. The rooftop infinity pool had a great view of the city, especially at night when everything lit...

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Oct 23 2014

Double Tree By Hilton Hotel: Sukhumvit Bangkok

Double Tree by Hilton in Bangkok is only about 1.5 years old. You can tell it is almost brand new by the trendy styling and pristine interior. The modern decorations follow a musical theme and include such funky details as a collage of cassette tapes and one made of vintage radios. Our room was on the smaller side, but sunny with marble floors and a spacious contemporary bathroom. The Sukhumvit location is close to Suk Soi 11, a popular nightlife destination in Bangkok with plenty of dining options. Around the corner...

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Oct 21 2014

VIE Hotel Bangkok

The lobby at the VIE Hotel Bangkok has a lounge-like atmosphere, but the rooms have strong traditional Thai influences. Silk pillow cases on the couches are from the historic Jim Thompson House nearby and the dark wood furniture resembles traditional teak. We were upgraded to a corner suite with expansive views of Bangkok through floor-to-ceiling windows. One of our favorite details at this hotel was the pillow bar. We didn't ask for any other than what was already in our room because the massive down and synthetic pillows on the bed...

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