Cruise Holland America: My Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage

  You can imagine the moment I received the email with an invitation for me to stay on a segment of the global cruise Holland America’s Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage! As a travel writer, I was thrilled.  As a traveler I was ecstatic! This global cruise started in San Diego and ended in San Diego 52 days later. I was to join them in


Asia Cruise: 3 Port Cities in Southeast Asia Not to Miss

Can you imagine going on a trip around the world? I couldn’t either, but now I have to pinch myself as I just returned from a segment of Holland America’s Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage! Although I didn’t do the entire voyage, I was thrilled to join the cruise in Hong Kong and depart in Australia. Holland America’s Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage


Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to Miss

October on Travelocity! Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about my latest travel experiences. I am a travel ambassador for Travelocity, and they like to call me one of their "Gnational Gnomads", which I think is super cute. This is an excerpt from those stories. You can read the entire article here: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to


A Japanese Culture Experience: Aomori, Japan

Photo by PointsandTravel As luck would have it, I finally had a chance to make my very first visit to Japan! It had been on my bucket list for quite some time! There is so much mystique and legend about Japanese culture, that I was excited to find out where in Japan I was going! I was invited by the Japanese Tourism Board


Maldives All Inclusive Resorts – Simply Amazing!

The Republic of the Maldives is known for that iconic image of over-the-water bungalows where the rich and famous frolic in the golden sun and turquoise waters. Where Maldives All Inclusive resorts are the name of the game and you never have to lift a finger (oh, except to call on your butler for another cocktail!) That image has been carefully crafted by these stunningly


Exploring Hong Kong

Exploring Hong Kong, Where to start?  I absolutely loved Hong Kong and recommend it as a very interesting place to visit.  We ended up staying at the W Hong Kong. It could not have been easier to get there from the airport and it has a great view from the Kowloon side.  The MTR and Airport Express can get you there in minutes, and if you


Myanmar’s Water Dwellers of Inle Lake

Myanmar Burma Travelers to Myanmar are there to explore the thousands of pagodas and temples that characterize this country (formerly known as Burma).  That’s a given.  But not to be missed is the surreal watery world of Inle Lake, famous for its natural beauty, glassy waters, and inhabited by Inthas, the native lake-dwellers known as the Myanmar' Water Dwellers of Inle Lake. Photo by


Mystical Myanmar

"I'm going without expectations."- Donnie Sexton Photo by Donnie Sexton Myanmar Pagoda Photo That was my mantra when I stepped off the plane in Yangon, Myanmar.  To be honest, I had googled a few images from this Southeast Asia destination to get a sense of what kind of photos I could come home with since I was traveling with a group of photographers


The Color Block Favelas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Travel to Indonesia I think back in my mind as I traveled to Indonesia, and it races to the morning when I had a chance to escape the stunningly refurbished and luxury 1918 Phoenix Hotel in all its glory. Travel to Indonesia I walked only about five blocks from the hotel when I had to get a police escort in order to actually cross the


Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat Floating up to the stunningly gorgeous jetty at the Raja Ampat Dive Resort on Waigeo Island in West Papua, I knew I was in for a special treat. This was that kind of place, the epitome of a remote, exotic beach vacation. It takes hours and hours to get here, so most people just don’t go. But I was ready for


Travel to Indonesia to learn the Art of Batik

  I noticed the wrinkles in his face as he stood mute, lips tightly pressed against each other with the skin on his neck muscles taut. He was a thin man, like the ones I typically see when I travel to Indonesia. He was demonstrating one part of the process of the art form of Batik, in the third world workshop facility. I am dripping


An Off-Road Experience in Bandung, Indonesia

Travel Bandung, Indonesia   Wisata Off-Road Adventure picked us up after lunch from Café Burangrang. We were at the unique leisure park, Dusun Bambu in Northern Bandung, Indonesia, where we had just had a relaxing lunch overlooking an amazing view of boats on a pond with thatched bungalows. Travel Bandung The guides lead us down to the parking circle valet. One by one, we walked past


Wonderful Indonesia

Map of Indonesia In less than 10 days, I will begin a “Trip of Wonders” in Indonesia and I am so excited. It is hard for me to hold my excitement in! I have never been here before, but looking so forward to this trip. Admittedly, my knowledge of Indonesia is limited. Indonesia to me it was like some far away place that I


10 Things to do in El Nido: Palawan, Philippines

Near Lagen Island Palawan, Philippines: Palawan El Nido My arrival into Heaven on Earth: Palawan, Philippines was nothing short of spectacular! I have not seen such pure beauty in a tropical island setting in quite some time, but I do have to admit that I agree with Conde-Naste Traveler Magazine when they named Palawan, Philippines, also called Palawan El Nido as the best


Palawan, Philippines: El Nido Resorts

Palawan, Philippines: She's in heaven on earth at El Nido Resorts! Soaring near the landing airstrip at the El Nido Palawan Airport, I could see that other passengers eyes were glued to the tiny windows in the Air Swift charter flight out of Manila, Philippines. We flew over Mount Mantalingaian, the southern Philippine mountains and were soon dipping down near Palawan El Nido. I had,


Port Dickson Malaysia Attractions – 5 Fun Things To Do

Travel to Malaysia Port Dickson Attractions This charming coastal town has everything from nature-based zoos and aquariums to historical monuments and lighthouses, as there are plenty of Port Dickson attractions to do. They also have many choices of hotels and resorts for you and your family to spend your holidays. Port Dickson, or fondly known as PD, is the pride of Negeri Sembilan region in


Venice of the East – Water Towns of China

It was a photo of some old buildings reflected in a canal labeled “China water town” that caught my eye on Pinterest. I did a bit of sleuthing on the web and found out there are eight ancient water towns about 1-2 hours from Shanghai. When a trip to Thailand was materializing for me, I decided on a stopover in Shanghai to check them out.


The Serene Side of India – Kerala

Sometimes it’s a single photo that moves me to seek out a destination. When I came across a shot of Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against a setting sun in Fort Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala, India, I knew I needed to be there. I admit to having a love affair with India, so it was with boundless enthusiasm that I started


Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up


An ancient city in Sri Lanka: Sigiriya

By Cacinda Maloney An ancient city in Sri Lanka:  Sigiriya Landing in Colombo, I had no idea what riches lie in front of me. Sri Lanka sounded to this American Girl like an exotic, far-off land. This trip for me was intriguing and mysterious all at the same time. Any country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are always of interest to me, so I was ecstatic to


Elephant Safari

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Elephant Safari Crowded in the back of a forest green jeep with the top down, I was hanging onto the metal bars of the truck.  Slight breezes touched my face in the muggy weather when suddenly light droplets began to fall from the sky.  Crouching down into the vinyl black seat below the metal racks, I covered my head,


Pure Bliss: Kurumba, Maldives

By Cacinda Maloney The airport was scarce as I looked around at the almost empty room for the late night flight and I think there was only myself and one other American couple in the blindingly white light airport waiting room with my ticket to paradise sweating in the palm of my hand. Finally they called my flight and soon enough I was on the


The Fabric of our Lives: Batek Art in Malaysia

In Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.   “Where are we going?” Jadi Batek Gallery “Why are we going there?” You will see, young grasshopper! My western mind always has a problem wrapping itself around things it cannot understand.  This was a new concept for me and I was interested to find out what it was all about. Batek Painting,              


The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, Malaysia

By Cacinda Maloney The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat After a 1 1/2-hour bus ride from Penang, we had finally arrived.  Weary and worn, I was overwhelmed with joy as we approached the lush entrance of this breathtaking tropical retreat and meditation center in Ipoh.  I had never seen anything like it and I was ecstatic to be there. 


Riding a Longtail to James Bond Island, Thailand

  Longtail Boat ride out to James Bond Island, Thailand I had been waiting for this day to come and now here it was.  Stepping into the color-worn, long-tail boat (Ruea Hang Yao (เรือหางยาว)), I knew this was a trip of a lifetime and today was my lucky day.  My milestone birthday had arrived and I needed something BIG to make an impact, and


Thai Airways: Review of Business Class LAX-ICN-BKK

Thai Airways Business Class Review LAX-ICN-BKK Sawasdee Ka!  That is the first greeting I hear upon entering my Thai Airways (ThaiAir) international flights to Bangkok.  With two hands put together, as if in prayer and a bow with the head.  I like this already!  It feels very respectful. My flight aboard Thai Airways International's Boeing 777-300 service from Los Angeles International Airport by way of


Amita Thai Cooking Class – Bangkok, Thailand

  Amita Thai Cooking Class, Bangkok, Thailand When traveling, honestly, I never really think about taking a cooking class.  I mean, I like to eat as much as the next guy, but just generally don't think of cooking it myself.  Well, that all changed when the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to a special Thai cooking class. And I say special, because


Temple of Dawn – Bangkok, Thailand

By Cacinda Maloney Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand One of the most recognizable landmarks in Bangkok is the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun.  I would say this is a "don't miss" stop along your ride down the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand   It is a Buddhist temple that is personified


Take A Trip Down The Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand

  Long-tail boat along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Truly the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of Bangkok.  With its juxtaposition of dimly painted wooden shacks, Along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, set up against temples and high-rise, metallic reflection buildings, Along


How I Grew Up in the Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China

By Cacinda Maloney The Asian Panda House Panda figurine - Franz Collection As a little girl, she bounced around the house bumping into the coffee table, when the precious crystal glass panda figurine fell to the floor.  Reaching down and grabbing it right before it could have hit the floor, she was relieved.  She panned the room, and soon she realized her house

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