Visit to the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe

The Long Neck Karen Hilltop tribe is one of the top attractions that draws a never-ending stream of tourists to Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost city. Some time ago, I finally got to see the tribe in their village one afternoon. Thatched huts with rows of open stalls met our eyes, all filled with displays of…

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Bus mix ups (and downs)

The dispatcher made another call and a rickshaw appeared. We were loaded into it and off we zoomed into the rain and darkness with instructions to pay the driver 200 rupees. The driver flew the rickshaw over humps and bumps while we held on for life. THERE’S nothing worse than missing your bus in the…

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‘Frisked’ at the Hong Kong airport

One thing about air travel that I never look forward to is having to go through TSA inspection. I have yet to meet someone who looks forward to having to take their shoes and jackets off and surrendering all their belongings for X-ray, then raising their arms in total surrender to the body scanner, but…

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Tuk-tuk: Your Bangkok “ride of a lifetime”

    Do you remember that Visa card commercial back in 2002 where James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rented a tuk-tuk, those sputtering three-wheeled open air taxis  to cut through the traffic and catch up with his date Zhang Ziyi in Bangkok and how the tuk-tuk collapsed to the ground from fatigue? I always thought that…

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Three borders in one day

  A trip to the northernmost part of Thailand gives you a chance to visit the borders of three countries in one day—Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (formerly called Burma). Start your trip from Chiang Rai passing through scenic roads until you notice a dramatic change in the landscape as you get closer to Mae Sai,…

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Sunset over the Saigon River

   One of the most popular destinations for sunset lovers in Ho Chi Minh City (more popularly called Saigon) is the Thu Thiem Bridge in  Cầu Thủ Thiêm. There is a lookout on the side of the bridge  over the Saigon River which gives people access to shoot the sunset reflections on the waters and skyscrapers…

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