And more hotel tales

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Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of …

Hostel Tales

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When you were just on the verge of sleep in a strange hostel and a stranger wakes you up and asks you if you want to join them and he was totally naked except for a towel around his waist, that’s a whole different story. I have a love-hate relationship with hotels. I’m never comfortable …

Lost in Translation

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Language is always one of the barriers you have to deal with when travelling, especially in areas where English is not widely spoken. Your troubles will start from trying to get a ride from the airport to getting around to wherever you’re going. I was in a taxi with a friend late one afternoon in …

Early morning at the Cai Rang floating markets

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The floating markets are among the most popular attractions in Vietnam and if you are in the country, put it in one of your must-visit destinations. Some months back, I went with a couple of friends to visit the famous Cai Rang floating markets in Can Tho, about four hours away by car from Ho …

Visit to the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe

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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 …

Bus mix ups (and downs)

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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 …

‘Frisked’ at the Hong Kong airport

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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 …

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

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    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 …