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Breath-taking beauty in Bai Tu Long Bay

Vietnam
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The most frequent recommendation I heard while preparing for my trip to Vietnam was to go to Ha Long Bay. As it turns out, the best cruise in Ha Long Bay is actually to cruise out of it, and into Bai Tu Long Bay on the ship the Treasure Junk. Ha Long Bay is famous […]

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A visit to the stunning White Temple

Chiang Rai
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13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
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Today we escaped the house and explored our district, Hang Dong. Heading south on Canal Road we finally peeked in at the temple shielded by high walls. We were not disappointed. I probably say it every time, but Wat Khong Khao is my new favorite temple. With a wander around the grounds we were back […]

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Beautiful morning in Kyoto

Japan
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Researching Kyoto, I had a short list of “must-sees” for I knew time would be short. At the top of the list was the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, based on pictures alone. I knew the Tenryu-ji Temple was also close by so figured we could take a peek at it. At that time, I didn’t realize […]

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Visiting Kek Lok Si & the Goddess of Mercy

Georgetown Penang
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Our time remaining in Penang is under a week so one of my “must-sees” was the┬áKek Lok Si Temple, that teased us months back when we visited Penang Hill. Luckily, a visit from a friend gave me a partner to check out “yet another” temple, as James thought. The temple’s name translates to “Temple of […]

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Chinese New Year in Chinatown

Bangkok
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Friday had us out in Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year! Celebrations had actually begun the day before in our neighborhood – about 4:30am to be exact. A noise that had the pitter-patter of raindrops started, and stopped, then started again. Opening the glass door allowed for quick clarification: firecrackers! The loud boom echoed off […]

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Lumpini Park, there be dragons!

Bangkok
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Going to Lumpini Park we were on a mission to find the monitor lizards (dragons!) James’ dad had captured on film and my friend claimed to be able to smell when we visited during the street fair. We entered the park through the wrong Subway exit so had a nice jog across the street to […]

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Yi Peng Lantern Festival, worth the wait

Chiang Mai
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The lantern festival was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life. I do not write that lightly. The image of seeing so many lanterns take flight in a single moment had a profound effect on me that put tears in my eyes and choked my throat. I cannot recommend this […]

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