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

Thailand This Winter: Get Three Vacations in One

Thailand Vacations

When you have limited time each year for a vacation, it can be difficult to choose where to go. But if you love the beach, crave exotic food, or want to get off the beaten track and experience some up-close and intimate animal encounters, Thailand is your solution. You can do it all and spend less … Read more

Panviman Spa Chiang Mai Thai Cooking Class

Panviman Chiang Mai Cooking Class

We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Panviman Spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here we were in the midst of the kind of luxury that honeymooners dream about. But who knew that while in these beautiful surroundings, we would also find a cooking class where we were able to cook with a Thai … Read more

Mai Chau Valley Vietnamese Cooking Class

Mai Chau Lodge Activities

The Mai Chau Valley in northern Vietnam is a beautiful and serene place to visit. It has all of the picturesque elements that you think of when images of Vietnam come to mind. But what we didn’t expect during our visit was to have the opportunity to spend most of the day with a local … Read more

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi is a jolt to the senses. It welcomes you in with its intoxicating smells, exotic and strange sights. At the same time warning signals go off, cautioning you to hold the place at a distance. There are the dense traffic with an endless sea of motorbikes seeming to follow absolutely no observable rules and … Read more

Bangkok’s Best Flavors Brought Home

Silom Cooking School Bangkok

Some cooking classes that I’ve attended are memorable because of the food. Others linger in my mind because of the giant personality of the chef. This particular class at the Silom Cooking School in Bangkok, Thailand stands out because it had a large, delicious serving of both. Our chef for today’s class was Jay. From the … Read more

Thailand -Should I Confess?

As a preamble, and like in so many stories that are predicated by sound decision making, I need to explain the Chang Rating System that was devised by my husband and me during our trip to Thailand.  As anyone who has traveled to Thailand will explain, one of the many wonders of the area is … Read more

Koh Chang Encounter

Being new to Thailand and having just survived a few days in chaotic Bangkok, we were not sure what to expect when we arrived on the Island of Koh Chang.  The easiest way to get to Koh Chang is by taking an hour plane ride from Bangkok via Bangkok Air.  Our first surprise on this … Read more

The Most Dangerous Place In Bangkok

Nothing like 24 hours in a cramped airplane to create a strong sense of disorientation.  That’s how we were delivered in Bangkok at 11:45 p.m.  Tired and not sure at all where we were going.  Happily most signs had English words below the Thai scripts, and most of the time the translation is accurate or … Read more