Halong Bay Cruise 3 days 2 nights

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, which means “descending dragon” is the number 1 destination for tourists visiting Vietnam. If you recall the ending of the movie Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz are sailing through Halong Bay as Moby’s Extreme Ways plays in the background – quite a memorable scene. But after doing some research we discovered that this UNESCO World Heritage site is quite controversial….

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Perfect Week in Chiang Mai

It is easy to understand why so many people come to Chiang Mai for a few days and end up coming back to spend a lot more time here or even relocate to this super progressive, artsy, foodie city set near gorgeous lush mountains. The city is quite large and diverse. There are many fun neighborhoods to explore by foot while browsing cute shops, admiring street art, numerous bazaars and stopping for amazing coffee or food. Read about my favorite vegan restaurants.

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Hiking the Monk’s Trail to Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai

Wat Pha Lat

One of the many benefits of being in Northern Thailand is the proximity to so many parks and trails. When we heard about the Monk’s Trail we knew we had to do it. Monk’s have been trekking this trail for centuries to reach the Wat Pha Lat Buddhist Temple and the infamous Doi Suthep Temple – the most famous temple of Chiang Mai.

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My Vegan Chiang Mai

Nimman Neighborhood

Chiang Mai – the place of dreams . I had heard amazing things about this city and was so excited to find out that they were all true. Travelling through new places can be taxing as a vegan. Using Google Translate to explain my plant based diet leaves most people on the receiving end with a bewildered look on their faces….but not in Chiang Mai.

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Hong Kong – Country Parks

Hong Kong at night – our view from the Courtyard  Sha Tin Hotel

It has become a bit of a tradition for us to land in Hong Kong at the beginning of a given year. Flying in on Cathay Pacific business (50K points each from Toronto), we stayed our first night at the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel (which is right at the airport). The hotel was free since we signed up for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card giving us 75K sign up bonus points (with a minimum spend) + a night free valued up to 35K points. With Platinum membership we were upgraded to a suite , had free breakfast and access to the Lounge which serves food and drinks for free.

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4 days in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Beach

Tel Aviv was our last stop of our 2.5 month Middle Eastern tour. We wanted to save the best for last and that we did. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this colorful and fun city combines sandy beaches with a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food (many many options for vegans), UNESCO recognized architecture, and a surprisingly international outlook. 

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Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

Tabgha – Peacock Mosaic

Travelling through Israel we often found ourselves near many Bible Tour Buses – mostly Christians finding holy places from the New Testament. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are not very religious people – we identify as spiritual people who believe in the “live and let live” philosophy of life. With that said, we try to balance our review of holy places from all perspectives and religions.

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