Posts By iylana

In an exotic place such as Bangkok, would you be surprised to hear that one of the main tourist attractions is an American’s house? I sure was! Jim Thompson was an American businessman whose 1940s silk manufacturing company is credited with single-handedly reviving the Thai silk industry. His love of the Far East resulted in a large collection of Asian antiques,…

Chiang Mai is about as laid back as Bangkok is busy, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do! From temples in the city to elephant camps in the jungle, you'll definitely spend your day working up an appetite for the delicious street food to be had in the evenings. Here's our Chiang Mai bucket list to inspire the…

Chiang Mai exudes an ancient charm that may be hard to find in other areas of Thailand, but it's not as old as you'd think! It was established as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, which controlled much of Northern Thailand, in 1296 until the area was incorporated into Siam in the 1800s. Many of the 300ish wats, or temples,…

Today's Singapore is best known for its futuristic skyscrapers, but if you have a few days to spend, you should definitely explore the old cultural districts that played a hand in shaping the history of the city. As in any major port, Singapore has for centuries hosted immigrants from all over Southeast Asia, the characteristics of each culture amalgamating into…

After leaving Bali, we had a short two night stay in Singapore before continuing on to Thailand. With some IHG Rewards Club points still in our stash, the Hotel Indigo Singapore emerged as a solid option we could redeem for free nights. Located in the trendy Katong district, the Hotel Indigo Singapore was a great base for a short exploration…

Of the thousands of temples on Bali, six are considered the main "directional temples" which provide spiritual balance for the island. Of these six, only one is also a "sea temple" which surrounds the perimeter and provides spiritual protection for the island. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a most auspicious site, perched on a steep 70 meter sea cliff, offering stunning views. And…

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