I’m mindlessly drinking a bottle of water at the airport in Bangkok, waiting for my flight to Koh Samui – an island down south – when I take a look at what I’m drinking … It’s rock star elephant water! It seemed unusual, so I asked a flight attendant who the hottie was. Turns […]
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 […]
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.