5 Awesome Things to do in Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It has developed as fast as any city I can think of and is constantly striving to develop further. I’ve been to Shanghai a handful of times now and really feel like I have a firm grasp on the city-I even named it […]

It’s Worth the Effort to Travel to Luang Prabang

In all my trips to Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang had always eluded me. It was always a little too far from wherever I was. It was always a little annoying or expensive to get to. I couldn’t be bothered making the effort. So this trip I finally did it and I was pleased that it’s […]

Angkor Wat 11 Years Later

In 2004, I took my second big trip to Southeast Asia; the first had been in 1999. I traveled from Bangkok to Siem Reap by cheap bus. At that time, once you crossed into Cambodia the roads ceased to be paved. The bus broke down several times. We even had to push it out of […]

Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

Travel to Mandalay conjures up romantic images and thoughts of an Asia of a bygone era: an Asia that is unspoiled and untouched. The reality is that Mandalay is the second biggest city in Myanmar after Yangon and a sprawling, dusty city with not a lot of charm on the surface. However, if you look […]

Bagan Travel Tips

Getting your head around travel to Bagan can be really confusing when planning a trip to Bagan or travel to Myanmar (Burma) in general. So I thought some Bagan travel tips would be in order. Traveling to Bagan is a bit of a pain any way you slice it. So here are some Bagan travel […]

Essential Guide to El Nido, Philippines

El Nido is a very small town and area of rock islands in the north of the island of Palawan in the Philippines. El Nido is a bit of a pain to get to and it’s not currently big on the tourist map. However, it should be and it is coming. El Nido is one […]

An AzAmazing Evening in Manila

One of my favorite things about cruising with Azamara Club Cruises is their AzAmazing Evenings. This was my third cruise with Azamara and of course my third AzAmazing Evening. They are very well thought out and put together nights of cultural entertainment in an important cultural place for the city it’s held in. For my […]

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

A few years ago, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was named one of the new seven wonders of nature. At the time, it was one of two that I had not been to: the other being Komodo Island. So when the opportunity for this cruise on the Azamara Quest came up and I saw I […]

The Primates of Borneo

Back in 2009 when I was still trying to visit every country in the world and in fact every territory in the world, I went boppin around Borneo for a few days. That seems like a lifetime ago and earlier today when I landed at Sandakan onboard the Azamara Quest in the Malaysian state of […]

Komodo Island: Land of Dragons

I’ve long wanted to visit Komodo Island and see the Komodo Dragons for myself in the flesh. Each prior time I’ve been to Bali, I just couldn’t work it out time wise. Getting to Komodo Island is no simple task either. You need to dedicate at least 2 days flying to a neighboring island from […]