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Discovering Kochi’s Jew Town

The city of Kochi breathes in and exhales culture and diversity. Take a walk around the old town and you’ll spot elements from the city’s cosmopolitan past whether it’s the Chinese fishing nets that dot the waterfront, or the colonial architecture left behind by the British, Portuguese, or the Dutch. However, if you wander around the old neighborhood of Mattancherry you will...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Discovering Kochi’s Jew Town - EnclosureWhy It’s OK to Travel to One...
Tags: Travel, India, History, Kerala, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Jennifer Projects, Kochi, Malabar Coast, Jewish history, Jew Town, Jewish Quarter, Paradesi Synagogue


There’s More to Kuala Lumpur than Petronas Towers and Shopping

Kuala Lumpur, capital of the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, has always been a “pass-through” destination for me. Either I never made it out of the airport during long layovers, or my time was limited to an overnight stay. I’d made the obligatory trek to see famous twin Petronas Towers, once the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and walk around the lovely lake and park at the foot of the towers. I’d had dinner in the Brickyards neighborhood more commonly known as Little India. And I’d spent...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Petronas Towers, Southeast Asian, River Of Life, Brickyards


10 Reasons Why I Chose Chiang Mai as My Winter Home Base

Chiang Mai is the capital of the northern province of Thailand. For years, it’s been a digital nomad hub and for good reason. Here are my top reasons for choosing Chiang Mai as my winter home base. 1) It’s cheap. Thailand, in general, is quite cheap by Western standards. True, you can easily go broke in Thailand if you don’t manage your budget. In Chiang Mai, I can rent a nice...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories TradFest: Celebrating Music in Dublin’s Temple BarTake a Western S...
Tags: Travel, Food, Activities, Thailand, Food & Drink, Dublin, Budget Travel, Expats, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Chaing Mai


Away Vegetarian Resort – A Whole New World for Traveling Vegetarians

It wasn’t easy to be a vegetarian when I began traveling the world in 1997. At best it was difficult to find food without meat; at times it was downright impossible. Thankfully, the vegetarian/vegan trend has taken off over the past few years. Rarely do I have problems finding my kind of food these days, regardless of where I travel. Recently, however, I discovered Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which takes vegetarian travel to a whole new level. Away, which is located ju...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Vegetarian, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Chiang Mai Thailand, Away Chiang Mai, Thapae Resort


The Origins of Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival are Shrouded in Mystery

The full moon’s reflection splintered into bronze ripples on the surface of the Mae Ping River. On the shore, worshipers lit tea candles and launched them into the river on handmade boats known as krathong. Like thousands of glittering sparks cast off from the moon itself, they floated down the gently undulating river. On this final day of the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, I had joined thousands of Thais to pay my respects to the river goddess. The event is named for the Thai word “loy,”....
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Festivals, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong Festival, Mae Ping River


Let Flight Deals Guide You to Your Next Exotic Destination

When you see friends or people you follow on social media posting photos from exotic destinations you have never read about, how do you think they ended up there? Have they been planning a trip for 10 years to Tallin, Sofia, or Cartagena? Or were they just searching great flight deals and they ended up in Cyprus? In many ways the “bucket list” phenomenon has been a detriment to travel, cranking up the overtourism in famous destinations like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, Machu Picchu, and Ankor W...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Cyprus, Flights, Cheap Flights, Europe Travel, Asia Travel, Us Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Travel Deals, Travel Plans, Cartagena, Katz, Travel Planning Tips, Louisville Slugger Museum, Ankor Wat


Asia Travel – All About Thailand’s Top Island: Krabi

Thailand is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia that has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. This is due to the low cost but high quality of living afforded to foreign visitors. The country is renowned for its welcoming locals and tropical climate, as well as for its beautiful beaches. A large portion of the north of Thailand is not connected to any sea or ocean. However, the views and beaches on offer in the south are astonishing to visit. Thailand’s beaches are sandy....
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Asia Travel, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta Koh Samui Phuket


After the Earthquakes: Are the Gili Islands Ready for Tourists?

I boarded a nearly empty boat to take me to the Gili Islands, three tiny islands in Indonesia that were devastated by a series of earthquakes in July and August of this year. The earthquake damaged a large majority of the buildings, and travel advisories rung out from all around the globe warning tourists not to venture to what was once a haven for scuba divers, honeymooners, and partiers. “It’ll be rubble and rolling blackouts, why would you go?” Some of my friends speculated. Despite my best e...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Earthquake, Asia Travel, Katz, Gili Islands, CambodiaUltimate New York Deli


Where to go in Asia without crowds

While it may be difficult to get to Asia from the United States, cramping up on a 17-hour-long flight is a worthy trade-off for its dramatic landscapes, vibrant cultures, and crazy cheap, mouth-watering cuisine. These long flights drop you off with no sense of what day it is, and that disorientation combined with fast-paced languages and dizzying street traffic can leave you feeling as if you’ve entered a different world. That is until you walk down the street and run into tour group after t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Thailand, Unesco, United States, Everest, Nepal, Cambodia, Tokyo, Uzbekistan, Leo


Asia Travel – 3 Tips and Tricks for Getting Around Vietnam

Vietnam is a country gaining popularity every year as a destination for holiday. With it’s fascinating culture and diverse landscape, more and more people are wanting to see the beauty it has to offer. But coinciding with its already high population, the added tourism makes the streets packed. It is definitely a place you’ll need to do some research on before jumping right into this fast-paced city. If travelling to this country is something you’re planning, you’ll want to read these three tips ...
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The Hariphunchai Kingdom – Before Thailand Was Thailand

Before there was a Thailand, there was the Mon-speaking Dvaravati culture, which migrated from what is today Myanmar. The Dvaravati occupied present-day central and northern Thailand, and their seat of power was the central city of of Nakhon Pathom. One of the earliest cultures to reside in Southeast Asia, it lasted from around the 6th to the 11th century. Dvaravati was not so much a civilization as a collection of disparate moated cities. They became the basis for some of the earliest civi...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, History, Culture, Thailand, Myanmar, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Lanna, Hariphunchai, Hariphunchai Kingdom, Dvaravati, Hariphunchai Kingdom Before Thailand


Indian Street Food: Stories and Recipes

Indian street food: that’s as vast and varied a subject for exploration as any you might encounter in your travels. Whether you know moong dal from samosas or  pav bhaji from chole, though, Chetna Makan’s book Chai, Chaat & Chutney offers ways to explore this aspect of India through stories, recipes, and photographs. Makan knows her stuff. She grew up in north central India, in Jabalpur, with a mother who encouraged her interest in preparing food from a young age. Training for and working in fas...
Tags: Travel, Books, India, Food & Drink, Recipes, Great British Bake Off, Seattle, Delhi, Mumbai, Street Food, Kolkata, Cookbook, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kerry Projects, Chennai


10 Reasons to Love Changi Airport

Most airports offer little more than the same dreary line-up of fast food restaurants, coffee shops, and grimy lounge areas with seats covered in Pollock-inspired stains. Meanwhile, Changi Airport, Singapore’s international airport, is in a league of its own. Here are ten ways to spend your next layover in the one of the only airports you’ll be excited to have a long layover in. Take a free tour of Singapore If you’ve never been to Singapore before and only have a few hours to spend, take advant...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Singapore, Asia Travel, Changi Airport, Pollock, Changi Airport Singapore


Asia Travel – 5 of the Best Places to Visit in Vietnam for Couples

Vietnam with countless beautiful scenes from north to south is famous throughout the world. They are not only suitable for ordinary travelers, who come to Vietnam to discover and enjoy unique local dishes, but also a great choice for couples who are looking for a romantic space. The year-end holidays are an opportunity for couples to warm up their feelings by traveling. However, each couple will have different hobbies, so the choice will be very rich. Here are 5 of the best places in Vietnam for...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Vietnam, Hanoi, Da Nang, Da Lat, Asia Travel, Xuan Huong Lake, Han River, Vietnam Vietnam, Son Tra Peninsula, Tam Dao, Moc Chau, Moc Chau Da Nang, Khe Beach, Tuyen Lam Lake


Asia Travel – 5 of the Best Places in Vietnam for Couples

Vietnam with countless beautiful scenes from north to south is famous throughout the world. They are not only suitable for ordinary travelers, who come to Vietnam to discover and enjoy unique local dishes, but also a great choice for couples who are looking for a romantic space. The year-end holidays are an opportunity for couples to warm up their feelings by traveling. However, each couple will have different hobbies, so the choice will be very rich. Here are 5 of the best places in Vietnam for...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Vietnam, Hanoi, Da Nang, Da Lat, Asia Travel, Xuan Huong Lake, Han River, Son Tra Peninsula, Tam Dao, Moc Chau, Moc Chau Da Nang, Khe Beach, Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam Zen Monastery Bao Dai Palace


Balinese Hinduism 101: The Island of the Gods

As soon as you arrive in Bali, one of the first things you’ll notice are the offerings called canang sari placed around nearly every doorway, intersection, temple, and upon all things that need protection. These small palm leaf baskets are artfully filled with flower petals, foliage, and incense. You’ll often see them accented with a cigarette, piece of candy, money, or small coconut as well. The offerings are placed on three levels to honor the human, natural, and spiritual worlds. Each color a...
Tags: Travel, Bali, Religion, Culture, Seattle, Hinduism, Asia Travel


The Elusive Singapore Sling

A suave Hainanese barman at Raffles Hotel named Ngiam Tong Boon once had a penchant for creating sugar-sweet gin cocktails. In 1915, he concocted a mixture that shortly after became known as the Singapore Sling. Today, you can order Ngiam Tong Boon’s supposed creation at Raffles Hotel for a pretty ~$37 SGD (around $29 USD). The price ensure that only the incredibly wealthy can drink enough to feel drunk. According to Raffles-sponsored historians, Ngiam Tong Boon created the drink to be purposely...
Tags: Travel, Holland, Asia Travel, Raffles Hotel, Raffles, Ngiam Tong Boon


The Sexpat Ripples in Cambodia

The travel press often gets criticized for whitewashing any unsavory aspects of tourism and travel, for making every place sound #perfect and #dreamy, seldom shining a light on the underbelly. We’ve never shied away from the dark side of tourism here at Perceptive Travel. So enjoy this view from the expatriate’s side of Cambodia with noted author and occasional contributor Richard Sterling. Take it away Richard! I’ve been living in Battambang, Cambodia for the better part of a year now, but I st...
Tags: Travel, Bad Trips, Sex, Southeast Asia, Encounters, Cambodia, Richard, Travel Stories, Phnom Penh, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Weirdness, Cosentino, Dark Tourism, Writers at work, Battambang Cambodia


Water Journeys: Travels and Stories

Rivers, lakes, oceans, beaches: waterways were among people’s earliest highways and means of travel. People lived near water for sustenance, for travel, for trade, and for joy, too. Sea and ocean, lake, river, waterfall and waterside continue engage as places to explore. Perhaps you are planning a trip to the waterside sometime soon, yourself? At Perceptive Travel we’ve done quite a bit of exploring the waters, traveling from the Mississippi to the Ganges, from Zimbabwe to Iceland, from the Arab...
Tags: Travel, Mississippi, History, Sea, Ocean, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Rivers, Lakes, Europe Travel, Waterfalls, Perceptive Travel, Travel Stories, Asia Travel, Us Travel, Kerry Projects


VIDEO: Celebrating the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) in Chiang Mai

In mid-April each year, Thailand celebrates the Songkran Festival, Thai New Year. While festivities occur all over the country, the most lavish celebrations occur in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Held over a four or five day period, Songkran begins with a monk blessing and alms-giving ceremony, followed by the presentation of Songkran queens and a full program of cultural performances.     The pomp and circumstance of the Songkran Festival are appreciated by all, what everyone really looks fo...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Culture, Thailand, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Songkran, Chiang Mai Held


From Digital Nomad to Expat – Putting Down Roots in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Eleven and a half years ago I set out to see the world. I was 54 years old at the time and had spent the last 36 years working at various jobs that had included, among other things, selling newspaper ads, managing a women’s department store, owning a public relations firm, and managing real estate franchises. At one point I even co-owned and operated a Sno-Cone kiosk in the largest water park in Puerto Rico! None of my jobs, or the comfortable lifestyle they afforded me, had ever... The pos...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Expat, Puerto Rico, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Digital Nomad, Chiang Mai Thailand, Sno Cone


A Tale of Three Temple Restorations in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley

In April, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people and injured up to 22,000. The worst damage occurred in Gorkha, an area located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Within minutes, entire villages crumbled to the ground. Roads and other infrastructure were so damaged that rescue efforts were hampered for weeks, adding to the loss of life. Though the earthquake was not felt as severely in the country’s two largest cities, str...
Tags: Travel, Earthquake, Culture, Nepal, Kathmandu, Temples, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Gorkha, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara


The Art of Slowing Down in Kerala’s Backwaters

“There are three things you should know about Kerala,” my Tamil boss announced to our group as we gathered our rickshaws on the parking lot in Kanyakumari, “They’re the most literate state in India, they are mostly communist, and they also drink a lot”. We had just driven from Chennai to the southernmost point of the Indian mainland on rickshaws, and we were on our last day – crossing from Tamil Nadu into Kerala to the finishing line in Trivandrum. For everyone it had been a party, but for me it...
Tags: Travel, Asia, India, Kerala, Asia Travel, Jennifer Projects, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Backwaters, Travelers Haven, PerthIreland


Experience True Bali: 5 Offbeat Things to Do on the Island of the Gods

For most travelers, Bali is the epitome of paradise. Friendly locals, cheap and delicious food, coconut tree speckled beaches, warm water, and an accepting culture make just about anyone feel like they’ve been welcomed into a second home. The guides to Bali can besomewhat predictable. Those who’ve done their preliminary research will soon discover that they must party at Kuta Beach, walk through the UNESCO Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud, and trek Mt. Batur to watch the sunris...
Tags: Travel, Bali, Indonesia, Unesco, Ubud, Asia Travel, Kuta Beach, Offbeat travel, Trek Mount Batur Bali, Unusual Attractions


Christmas Journeys

It is Christmas. Christmas in a year has been, and continues to be challenging, unsettling, disturbing in many ways. Whether Christmas is part of your faith story or not, it is one of the world’s great celebrations. The messages of Christmas are based in hope, renewal, trust, love, forgiveness, and joy. All of those things are present in and part of travel, as well. That is especially true of the sort of travel we share with you here, stories which go beyond the surface, inviting you to places y...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Christmas, History, Encounters, World Music, Christmas Music, Holiday Travel, Europe Travel, Travel Stories, Asia Travel, Us Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kerry Projects, Winter Travel, Christams travel


How to Trek Mount Batur, Bali Before Sunrise

It was still dark when we reached the summit. We sat on the edge of the mountain and watched a line of lights flicker as people walked up the mountain — the volcano’s version of morning rush hour. People from all around the world dedicated their sleeping hours to trekking up Mount Batur, where we’d watch the sun rise over the top of Mount Agung. When I trekked Mount Batur a few months ago, its neighboring volcano, Mount Agung, wasn’t as intimidating as it is today. As I type this, Mount Agung is...
Tags: Travel, Bali, Indonesia, Hiking, Adventure Travel, Trekking, Asia Travel, Mount Batur, Put Luang Prabang Laos, Mount Agung, Agung, How To Trek Mount Batur, Trek Mount Batur Bali


5 Strange Things to See in Manila, Philippines

Few will rank Manila as one of the world’s greatest capital cities to visit, but nobody can say it’s dull. The population is very young, vibrant, and full of life. Eternally smiling and ready to sing, the Filipinos are ready to show you a good time. I have spent time in Manila twice, close to two decades apart. The first time it was a regular transit stop between north and south, plus a place to get business done. Back then I was backpacking around the country for six weeks in the midst of a yea...
Tags: Travel, Philippines, Museums, Green travel, City Tour, Manila, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Weirdness, Manila Philippines, Charles Rennie, Art and Art Museums, Strange Things To See, Manila Hotels


A D.I.Y. Guide to Taipei’s Night Markets

I stood on the outer edge of Shilin Night Market and waited for my Taiwanese friend, Lee, to find me. I’d be joining him and his friends on a self-guided tour of Taipei’s night markets, where we’d browse through the hundreds of food stalls in search of the perfect dinner. Food salesmen set up their stands with efficiency and the night market became more crowded by the minute. People filed out of the nearby train station and started lining up at the stands – with some stands having at least ten p...
Tags: Travel, Food & Drink, Kings, Taipei, Asia Travel, Lee, Karakol


5 Fun Things to Do in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol is the adventure springboard of Kyrgyzstan, the place you go to get set up for a trek into the gorgeous mountains and valleys nearby. See our recent feature story on hiking in Kyrgyzstan for all that. It’s worth hanging around Karakol for at least a couple days though, especially if, like my group, you just spent close to a week sleeping in a tent at around 3,000 meters each night. You’ll appreciate the good food, cheap beer, soft beds, and hot showers. While you’re there, here are a few...
Tags: Travel, Adventure, Food & Drink, Kyrgyzstan, Adventure Travel, Asia Travel, Central Asia, Karakol, Food Tours, Karakol Kyrgyzstan, Dungan


Notes from Chennai

The black Ambassador with a yellow top swerved through a labyrinth of streets from Chennai International Airport to the Kilpauk neighbourhood. Ducking under flyovers and stalling in traffic as yellow rickshaws whooshed past. “Where in Kilpauk?” the driver asked. “Tourist Information Centre,” I said, annoyed that my boss at the time christened his hostel with this name for SEO purposes; fortunately had the good sense to rename it months later. I remembered his instructions, and I gave the name of...
Tags: Travel, India, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Jennifer Projects, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, South India, Chennai International Airport, Kilpauk