Why You Should Skip Khao San Road in Bangkok

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So you’re a budget traveller/backpacker and you’re heading to Bangkok—surely you must have a stop at Khao San Road on your agenda, right? The legendary road has been a hub for backpackers for decades, with hostels and cheap bars designed to lure in price-conscious travelers. So should you go out of your way to make a stop at Khao San … Read More

The Reclining Buddha and Massage School at Wat Pho

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Topping every Bangkok must-see list is the Wat Pho reclining Buddha which is the largest in Thailand at 46 meters in length, but only the third largest in the entire world. Located very near the Grand Palace, there’s no excuse to not stop in and marvel at this wonder. We found it to be a relaxing attraction simply to walk … Read More

An American Spy in Bangkok: the Jim Thompson House Museum

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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, … Read More

Finding Tranquility at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces

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There’s something magical about the terraced rice paddy landscapes of Bali. They follow the ancient practice of subak, a harmonious and communal irrigation system that defined “sustainable” a millenia before it became fashionable in the West. Due to its proximity to Ubud, the Tegallalang rice terraces are a good choice for those wanting an up-close look at the verdant landscape. Where: 20 minutes north of … Read More