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The Thai New Year is Coming Up in April, and I Can’t Wait

The Thai New Year – known locally as Songkran – is a traditional holiday, not the actual first day of the year in Thailand. It’s also the largest water fight in the world. The tradition of Songkran isn’t actually fighting with water. It’s the splashing of water, sometimes just a few drops but sometimes a larger cup, on another to symbolize washing away the sins and...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories How Long Does It Take to Explore Chiang Mai, ThailandSeeing a Different Sid...
Tags: Travel, Holidays, Thailand, Celebrations, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Songkran, Festivities, Thai New Year


The Proboscis Monkey of Borneo – Proof that Size Matters After All

“Take you to see proboscis monkey?” suggested the taxi drivers lined up at the entrance to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Frankly, I had no idea what they were talking about. My visit to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo had two goals: see the endangered orangutans and sun bears. I’d never heard of proboscis monkeys, so later that afternoon I turned to Father Google. The moment I saw a photo of these strange primates, I knew I had to see them in the... The post T...
Tags: Travel, Monkeys, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kinabatangan River, Proboscis Monkey, Malaysian State of Sabah


Seeing a Different Side of Mumbai

Mumbai is India’s largest city in terms of population, and it’s also the country’s economic and a major cultural hub. Most of the guidebooks highlight the must see sights like the Gateway of India, the temples carved out of the rock on Elephanta Island, and the luxury of the Taj Hotel, but I wanted to see more of Mumbai, go behind the scenes and see how this vivid city lived and...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Dharavi: More Than a SlumHow Long Does It Take to Explore Chi...
Tags: Travel, India, Mumbai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Jennifer Projects, Dhobi Ghat, Elephanta Island, Dabbawala, Mumba Transport, Chiang Mai ThailandDiscovering Kochi


How Long Does It Take to Explore Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you’re planning to visit Thailand, I can’t urge you enough to explore Chiang Mai. But how long should you spend in the northern capital of Thailand? Maybe there’s no right answer, but here are some suggestions. Unlimited Temples When traveling to Thailand, it would be almost impossible to skip the temples. There are some really famous ones around the country, including Wat...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Dharavi: More Than a Slum5 Free Attractions to Visit in Kuala Lu...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Itinerary, Kuala Lumpur, SE Asia, City Break, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Chiang Mai Thailand


Dharavi: More Than a Slum

“What do you think when you hear the word slum?” our guide asked us on our way to Dharavi. We scrambled to be as politically correct and as sensitive as possible, but she coaxed the usual stereotypes out of our small group of five. Dirty. Unsanitary. Poor. The answers kept coming. “In India a slum means something different,” she added, “It just means something...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories 5 Free Attractions to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5 Free Attractions to Visit...
Tags: Travel, Asia, India, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Jennifer Projects, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Kochi, Dharavi, Slum


Protecting the Terminally Cute Sun Bears of Borneo

At high noon, I stood on the viewing platform at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sabah, Borneo. In the intense humidity, rivers of sweat streamed down my face and neck. Within minutes, my T-shirt was soaking wet. I peered down into the enclosures below expecting these smallest of all the bear species to be sleeping or at best lethargic, but to my surprise they were active. Borneo is in the tropics, where it is always steamy. These bears are not bothered by the heat and humidity.... T...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sabah Borneo, Sandakan, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, Sun Bear


5 Free Attractions to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’ve visited Kuala Lumpur twice, and I have to say I’m disappointed at how un-backpacker friendly the city is. In May 2018, the city banned all free walking tours. Popular attractions like the KL Tower and Petronas Building (KL Twin Towers) cost more than $20 just to go up and get a view of the city. Thankfully, there are a handful of attractions in the city that are free. If...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories 5 Free Attractions to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - EnclosureEg...
Tags: Travel, Activities, Nature, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, Unesco World Heritage Site, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, KL Tower, Petronas Building KL Twin Towers


Swingin’ With the Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

“Say hello to the orange ones,” my friend said when he dropped me at the airport. He was referring to orangutans, known for their distinctive orange color and endangered status. For years I had dreamed of seeing them in their natural habitat and now, with a little luck, my dream would finally come true. I boarded the plane to Sabah, a Malaysian State on the island of Borneo, arguably the best place in the world to see orangutans in the wild. People have been fascinated for centuries by orangutan...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


Visiting Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…But Not for a Marriage Blessing

I first met David Hogan, Jr., the publisher of the award winning Malaysia Asia Travel Blog, during a visit to Malaysia’s Penang Island. On that occasion, he took me to one of the island’s most popular “hawker centers,” where we ate our way through outdoor food stalls that stretched for blocks. Some years later David and I reconnected in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL). This time he treated me to a delicious lunch at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the city’s Little India neighborh...
Tags: Travel, David, Culture, Malaysia, Little India, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Penang Island, David Hogan Jr, Kuala Lumpur KL, Thean Hou Temple


Egg Coffee In Vietnam Was Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be

On my first day in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, I saw a sign for egg coffee. Obviously, I had to try some. What they gave me was nothing like what I had been expecting. The History of Egg Coffee Did you know that Vietnam is the second-top country in the world for coffee production? I didn’t before I visited. Their total output is nearly 4 billion pounds of coffee beans a year –...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Egg Coffee In Vietnam Was Nothing Like I Thought It Would ...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, Food, Food & Drink, Cafes, Vietnam, Adventure Travel, Hanoi, Asia Travel, Weirdness


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 ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Bbc, Vietnam, Asia Travel


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 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...
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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


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