Asia

  • Mandarin Oriental, An Exclusive Taipei Experience

    As we arrived at the Taipei international airport, we could tell we were close to the tropics as the warmth enveloped us immediately. We made it to customs hall where quite a line awaited us, but it went very quickly as the officers efficiently processed the visitors. We were immediately met outside by the Mandarin Oriental greeter who ushered us to their waiting Mercedes which quickly headed off to the hotel. Continue Reading

    This self-described “true blue Aussie” was born in Brisbane and showed a true knack for entrepreneurship. After meeting and marrying Linda, an American with a penchant for international travel, they started Swain Australia Tours (now Swain Destinations) in 1987. Over the course of the next 10 years, Swain Destinations became the largest seller of South Pacific travel on the East Coast.

    September 29, 2014 • Articles, Asia, Ian Swain Sr, Travels • Views: 7813

  • Aman at Summer Palace

    Credit: Aman at Summer Palace

    Credit: Aman at Summer Palace

    This was my second visit to this amazing place. I landed from a superb flight with Singapore Airlines on one of their beautifully outfitted A380’s. After a quick trip through the airport, I met up with my transfer and made my way to Aman at Summer Palace. An incredible property that used to be the summer home to Emperors of China. It was a quick and comfortable 30-minute transfer before I arrived at the property.

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    This self-described “true blue Aussie” was born in Brisbane and showed a true knack for entrepreneurship. After meeting and marrying Linda, an American with a penchant for international travel, they started Swain Australia Tours (now Swain Destinations) in 1987. Over the course of the next 10 years, Swain Destinations became the largest seller of South Pacific travel on the East Coast.

    September 17, 2014 • Asia, Destinations, Ian Swain Sr, Travels • Views: 4874

  • Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the World

    Mother’s Day is a time to honor mothers and other important women in our lives that have helped to shape who we are as individuals and as a society. Continue Reading

    May 9, 2014 • Asia, Europe • Views: 4916

  • The Top 10 Things to Do in China

    The tiger is no longer crouching and the dragon in no longer hidden. The country that was a mystery to the rest of the world is now a leading travel destination.

    Here are our top ten things to do in China: Continue Reading

    March 14, 2014 • Asia • Views: 6259

  • Christmas around the World

    While Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations seem to engulf the United States and Europe in December, there are celebrations in other parts of the world as well. Continue Reading

    December 20, 2013 • Asia, Australia, India, South Pacific Islands • Views: 5988

  • The Loi Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals in Thailand

    Yi Peng and Loi Krathong are two different festivals in Thailand that occur so closely together that they often blend into one.

    Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai calendar.  In 2013, the festival will be held on Sunday November 17th. During Loi Krathong, Thais put lanterns in rivers and lakes and make a wish as they launch their creations. Continue Reading

    November 14, 2013 • Asia • Views: 16475