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jul 01 2014

A Train Lovers' Guide To Thailand

I was one of a dozen westerners waiting for the Chiang Mai midnight sleeper, along with 500 uniformed school kids noisily waiting for their train. Their frantic teachers invented amusements like group charades and spelling contests, but still most of the kids wandered around looking for trouble. A dozen 13-year-olds blocked my path. Their bold leader, a chubby pony-tailed girl, demanded to know where I come from. They all giggled and elbowed each other chattering hysterically in Thai after I told them I was from Canada. A fellow passenger, a British woman said (loudly over the din), "These kids were already here when I arrived at 7:30." She looked peevishly at her wristwatch. It was 10 p.m. I had been told Thai rail is usually reliable, so this was not a good sign.

jun 23 2014

5 Desserts To Try In Thailand

Thai Desserts mango sticky rice

If you are lucky enough to be heading there soon, here are five delicious desserts you have to try, including mango sticky rice, shown here.

(Courtesy kitchenbabble.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

jun 02 2014

Great Getaways: Ko Lanta, Thailand

Paradise in Ko Lanta, Thailand

Find your piece of paradise in Ko Lanta, Thailand.

(Courtesy Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

may 21 2014

Thai Massage: Relaxing or Voluntary Torture?

A spa room in Thailand
(Courtesy Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

nov 12 2013

Save Big by Traveling During "Shoulder Season"!

Hawaii's Waikiki Beach: Enjoy good deals in February!

(Courtesy Butch25/myBudgetTravel)

If you're planning a winter vacation, you've probably noticed that some of the most beautiful, luxurious spots are also the most crowded and expensive. It's just the laws of supply and demand. But what if I told you there was a "sweet spot" that travel experts call Shoulder Season between the pricy high season and the less-desirable (often rainy and cold) low season? Over the next few months there are a few great opportunities to beat the crowds, enjoy nice weather, and even save some money.

oct 23 2013

5 Best Beaches in Southeast Asia

Best Beaches in Southeast Asia Koh Phi Phi

Spend some time enjoying the sunshine in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, one of Southeast Asia's best beaches.

(Courtesy Andreas Ambarchian)

Article by Andreas Ambarchian, a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife, and sports. He wrote this article on behalf of Tucan Travel, specialists in tours all over Southeast Asia.

dec 08 2011

5 Surprising Foreign Laws That Put Travelers at Risk

A Thai prison
(Courtesy medeny/Flickr)

Today a U.S. citizen received a prison sentence of two and a half years for breaking Thailand's "never bad-mouth the King" laws, reports the LA Times.

This case shows that foreign visitors to Thailand are not exempt from the country's laws against defaming the monarchy.

oct 19 2011

Southeast Asia Battles With Surging Floodwaters

Flooding outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia in September (Courtesy Michelle Baran)

Some of the worst flooding in decades has gripped Southeast Asia, raising concerns about travel to the region as waters continued to surge on Wednesday, threatening Bangkok and other popular destinations.

The severe flooding caused by an abnormally heavy rainy season has already left more than 700 dead in Cambodia and Thailand, according to the United Nations. Additionally, in Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam, homes, crops and vital infrastructure have been destroyed and millions of people living in low-lying areas remain vulnerable to further destruction, Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the UN Development Programme, Valerie Amos, said on Tuesday.

mar 31 2011

Metered moto-taxis

(Courtesy oh sk/Flickr)

If you've spent any time in countries such as Thailand, India, Brazil, or Nigeria you've inevitably stumbled across the motorbike taxi. (With more than 20 million in operation, it is easily one of the most common taxis available in the world.) And if you've ever taken a moto-taxi, you've inevitably experienced a frustrating debate with your driver over a reasonable fare—a stressful affair that often leaves both parties dissatisfied, and lends itself to bad behavior by both tourist and driver. (Not to mention that without any regulation, you leave the fate of your location wholly at the discretion of your driver.)

may 20 2010

What's the silliest reason you've booked a hotel room?

A top contender for our finale viewing, in Brooklyn's Hotel Le Bleu. (Photo: David Nicolas for Hotel Le Bleu)

In life, as in travel, there are trade-offs, and one of the semi-embarrassing trade-offs I am planning to make this weekend is paying for a room in a hotel for one night to watch the LOST series finale, rather than paying for cable year-round in order to get a dependable signal.

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