Merida Day Trip: Mayan Puuc Route

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Nearly every visitor to the Yucatan visits Chichen Itza, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. But there are Mayan sites covering the plains of the Yucatan, and if you want to delve deeper into this ancient culture without a lot of crowds and souvenir sellers, you should definitely keep exploring. The Puuc Route is a grouping … Read More

10 Swoon-Worthy Airbnbs in Merida, Mexico for $100

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Travelers are drawn to Mérida, Mexico for the Spanish colonial vibe and romantic architecture. The good news for us is that many of the old city’s centuries-old homes have been lovingly restored as guesthouses, allowing us to briefly bask in their courtyards as if we’re in a Gabriel García Márquez novel! Couples looking for a romantic getaway, and those who … Read More

Merida Day Trip: Hacienda Yaxcopoil

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The Spanish colonial town of Merida makes a great base for exploring the Yucatan, with plenty of easy day trips in the area. About 30 kilometers south of town, you’ll find Hacienda Yaxcopoil (YASH-coh-poh-EEL), a 19th century sisal plantation house that has been restored as a museum. Of the many plantation haciendas in the area around Merida, this is one of … Read More

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

5 Bangkok Dos and Don’ts

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A few days in Bangkok will most likely be part of any trip to Thailand. The hectic megacity can easily be overwhelming, so here’s a few recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Thailand’s capital. DON’T go to Khao San Road A popular gathering point for budget-minded backpackers, Khao San Road makes a lot of travelers’ … 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