Choosing a hotel in Bangkok should be easy. Prices are affordable, there are plenty of options. The problem is there are too many options. Here’s how I picked my hotel. Can I just say how much I hate jet lag? It’s like being stupefied by some witchy Harry Potter spell with a dose of flu on […]
My health trip to Thailand has begun! Yes, I’m running away from winter in the belief that daily plates of papaya, splashing about in the sea (the DIY form of thalassotherapy, or sea-based treatments) and finally tackling yoga will make me younger, or at least healthier, or at least happier – at any rate I […]
Talk about big news! A new regime in North Korea! So, will North Korea open up its dark doors a squeak now that it’s a new day and a new – yet dynastically related – leader? As the Swiss-educated Kim Jong Un takes on the role of Supreme Leader (why can’t I be a Supreme […]
It must be serendipity. Just after I wrote an article on Hong Kong for the Toronto Star, the Bachelorette had a Hong Kong episode. And Bachelorette Ashley does a bunch of the same things that I did – so I’ve obviously been channelling the Bachelorette in Hong Kong- or maybe the Bachelorette has been channelling me. Of […]
I’m at the Li and Miao Minority Village in Hainan Island – and if you think you’re in for an authentic experience, it depends on your definition of authentic. If hordes of Chinese tour groups and lineups and guides waving flags and shouting in your face is authentic, then this is as real as it […]
Visiting China? You may want to spend some time on Hainan Island – China’s tropical island Well who knew China had it’s very own Hawaii? It’s called Hainan Island and it’s at the very southwestern tip of China. Only it’s a Hawaii with major Buddha statues – one bigger than the Statue of Liberty (and […]
This is what happens when a travel article is lifted off the web, translated into Thai and translated back into English.