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First Impression: Pulau Weh

I’m just finishing up a week on Pulau Weh, a relatively unknown little island at the far western tip of Indonesia, just a short ferry ride from the big island of Sumatra. The place is perhaps most popular with scuba

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Check In: Baan Chart

I stumbled across Baan Chart when I was checking out a couple of other places around the Khao San area. The hotel, which has just been open a month, is on Chakrapong Road, literally just steps away from one end

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Check-In: Tune Hotel Asoke

Tune Hotels is a fast-growing brand that’s attempting to bring the low-cost model of its sister operation AirAsia to the hotel world. It started with its first hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur in 2007. Now with over two dozen properties,

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Postcard From Koh Kra

Sure, you dream about a desert island, just you and maybe a loved one on a deserted beach, but how far are you willing to go to get there? How about 10 hours? That’s how long it takes to get

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First Impressions: Battambang

It seems like every travel resource I consulted about Battambang took care to point out that it was Cambodia’s second largest city. You might be excused for thinking this is all the town has going for it, and truth be

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Checking In: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi

Being the jaded travel writer that I am, it’s unusual for me to be surprised by a hotel, well, pleasantly surprised that is. While you couldn’t really describe it as a luxury resort, it nonetheless offered just about everything I

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Giant Moth in Kuching – Photo of the Day

A Giant Moth in Fort Margherita, Kuching For today’s picture I decided to post something a little different. I don’t go in much for photographing bugs, but sometimes they’re too big to ignore. I can’t say this guy didn’t make

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Check-In: LimeTree Hotel – Kuching

I’m on my first visit to Kuching, to kick off coverage of East Malaysia. Deciding where to stay was a bit of a challenge, as I wanted to stay several days, while keeping an eye on the budget. I eventually

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Photos From the Road – Phnom Rung

Following my recently established tradition, here’s a couple of photos from today’s explorations. I’ve traveled to Buriram province to see a couple of very interesting temples, one of which is possibly Thailand’s most impressive Angkor era structure. The central sanctuary

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Sunset at Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Sunset at Wat Phra Si Sanphet Technically, this photo was taken yesterday, but the Internet connection here at my Ayutthaya home stay is a bit flaky and I couldn’t upload it last night before I passed out from exhaustion. I’m

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