Should You Ride Elephants in Thailand? It’s Complicated

Riding Elephants

In our last trip to Thailand, it didn’t take long to see advertisements for every sort of “elephant experience” – washing, bathing with, feeding, riding, and trekking with elephants. “Ride the Elephants!” “The Elephant Experience!” “Up Close with Elephants!” We saw baby elephants frolicking on the beaches under the watchful eye of a trainer. Elephants lined up … Read more

Living the Good Life at The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel

One of the things about life on the road is that we are constantly orienting yourself to our new, temporary home. This isn’t a bad thing, it can just be a challenge at times. We’ll often spend some frustrating minutes in a new place figuring out how to get hot water in the shower, determining … Read more

Our Favorite Thai Islands

The islands of Thailand have got to be some of our favorite places in the world. Sure, Thailand has so much: the frenetic chaos of Bangkok, and serenity of the northern hill regions, and of course, the incredible food. But the islands (or Koh’s, in Thai) are special. There are options for every type of traveler, … Read more

The Best Malaysian Food in Penang

Malaysian Cuisine

Before heading to Malaysia we were well aware that it was known as having some of the most exotic and flavorful food – anywhere. This is particularly true of the food in Georgetown on the Island of Penang. So, I’ll go so far as to admit that it was one of the reasons that we … Read more

Georgetown Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

One of our favorite things to do when exploring a new city is finding street art. The art can range from the whimsical to the political or angry – in any case, it tells a part of the story of a new destination. One reason that we decided to spend some time in Georgetown on the Island of … Read more

Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden – Malaysian Cooking in Paradise

Penang Tropic Spice Garden

Malaysia is known for its cuisine. With the blending of Asian and Indian influences (among others), you can imagine the exotic flavors that come into play. We decided to take a cooking class while in Penang, Malaysia in order to unlock the secrets that make this world-renown cuisine. And as it turned out, the setting for … Read more

Koh Chang, Thailand – Things to Do and Where to Stay

Koh Chang Thailand

Here’s our best advice about visiting Koh Chang, starting with the most important: put Koh Chang on your short list of places to visit before it becomes too popular and overcrowded. We visited Thailand’s topical island paradise recently and found that the sleepy destination had attracted quite a few more visitors since our last stay five years … Read more

Doi Suthep Chiang Mai Thailand Hike

Doi Suthep Temple Hike

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is a wonderful place to get into nature and find some of the best that Chiang Mai Thailand has to offer. One of our favorite sites is only possible to experience on foot on a Doi Suthep (meaning Suthep Mountain) hike. Along the way you will find sacred trees with orange sashes, a mysterious … Read more

Eating Hong Kong: Dim Sum Food Tour

Hong Kong Dim Sum Food Tour

We only had three days in Hong Kong. It seemed like a very short time to experience this diverse and fascinating place. But honestly, for this brief visit we were really only after one thing: eating traditional Cantonese dim sum. These little bite-sized snacks became a favorite treat that we frequently shared with a large group … Read more

Halong Bay Vietnam Luxury Junk Boat Cruise

Ha Long Bay Junk Boat

Exploring Halong Bay (or Ha Long Bay, depending on who’s spelling it) by junk boat is an experience that shouldn’t be missed during a visit to Vietnam. How often do you get the chance to float around in an UNESCO world heritage site sipping a glass wine? For me, this was a first. Cruising along … Read more