DANCING PANDAS

Journaling The Journey

My Favorite Beach in Phuket

As many of my friends know, I love Thailand and so many of it’s glorious islands – just not super touristy Phuket which is the largest one. As we had 3 free nights at a Marriott resort expiring, it made sense to give Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Resort and Spa a chance to prove me […]

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Vietnam’s Best Beach and Resort

Reading many blogs and reviews of Vietnam’s beaches, I was seriously confused. Some said that the shoreline of Vietnam was Asia’s greatest secret and others said that it was polluted and not really worth a visit. Traveling down the coast from Halong Bay through Da Nang and Hoi An I would agree with the later […]

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, still often called Saigon, is a whirl of pulsating energy amidst it’s modern concrete skyscrapers, cosmopolitan restaurants and chic boutiques intermingled with French Colonial charm and dire poverty. Wandering through timeless alleys with high end shops next door to squalid eateries, massage parlors and nail salons, adjacent to incense-infused temples was […]

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Hoi An the Jewel of Vietnam

Just a 40 minute drive south of Da Nang is a magical ancient town called Hoi An meaning “peaceful meeting place”. Walking through it’s narrow streets set on a graceful river I felt like I was in Kyoto and Venice at the same time.

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Am I in Da Nang or Miami?

For most travelers Da Nang is a stop on the way to Hoi An or the Marble Mountains. But this coastal city which is half way between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is also known for its sandy beaches, cosmopolitan vibe and history as a French colonial port.

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Halong Bay Cruise 3 days 2 nights

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 […]

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5 Days in Hanoi during Tet

Landing in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam we knew that we were arriving during their New Year’s celebrations called Tet, but we didn’t realize how huge these festivities would be or that they would last a minimum of 3 days to 3 weeks!

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A Week of Fun and Sun in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort as it’s aristocratic roots date back to 1911 when the railroad arrived from Bangkok and some in the royal family built vacation homes here. By the mid-1920s it was a full-fledged resort town for the Bangkok-based nobility with a golf course and a seaside hotel.

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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 […]

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