Asia

  • 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: 6547

  • 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: 6307

  • 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: 16935

  • Diwali: A Festival of Lights

    Diwali means “rows of lit lamps” in Sanskrit and is known as the Hindu “festival of lights”.

    During Diwali oil lamps called ‘diyas’ set cities and towns aglow and strings of lights swoon over sacred lakes and rivers. Continue Reading

    November 1, 2013 • Asia, India • Views: 9240

  • Travels through India, Part Two

    Day 5-Jaipur- Rajasthan- North India

    Early morning, I started the day with a heritage walk with a local guide. I heard the temple bells and smelled the jalebis – the special, sweet local delicacies. The city was waking up and we saw people drinking chai and eating spicy deep fried pakoras (spicy doughnuts). Continue Reading

    October 10, 2013 • Asia, India • Views: 19085

  • Travels through India, Part One

    Day 1- Udaipur- Rajasthan- North India

    Udaipur is absolutely a fairy tale city. The Taj Lake Palace with its magical setting surrounded by Aravali Hills on Lake Pichola is breath taking. I arrived at the Lake Palace by boat and was welcomed by sunny courtyards, pillared enclosures and airy balconies. It is an indulgent retreat. You can immerse yourself aboard the Royal Jiva Spa Boat on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. It is overwhelmingly blissful. Continue Reading

    October 4, 2013 • Asia, India • Views: 5580