Most Underrated Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots in Japan

It's no secret that cherry blossom season is the best time to visit Japan. Known in the Japanese language as Sakura, these pink-and-white flowers burst open between March and May of every year, with a specific date that depends as much upon where you are in the archipelago as it does the relative warmth of the winter. Japanese people love cherry blossoms (sakura) so much

2018-06-21T16:06:06+00:00

Spend Time In Bali – 10 Things To Do

The words that come to my mind when thinking of my time spent in Bali are tropical, paradise, and exotic. In fact, Bali is the perfect place to experience Indonesian culture, luxury accommodations, exotic foods, gorgeous beaches, and wellness at local spas. Bali changed me and left me yearning for more on my last quick visit there. I believe Bali has the ability to change you

2018-04-22T20:00:37+00:00

Palace on Wheels Train – THE Definitive Guide (Of Everything You Need To Know!)

Palace on Wheels is one of the luxury trains in India that travels through the majestic landscapes of Rajasthan within India’s Golden Triangle. Powered by a traditional steam engine, the Palace on Wheels train made its inaugural journey in 1982. It was THIS train that started the era of luxury trains in India. This train has given rise to other luxury trains, such as the

2018-04-05T22:44:11+00:00

Amazing Tourist Places in India that are Worth the Visit

India is a unique place to visit and honestly, I never thought I would make it there. I think everyone should experience this country at least once in their lifetime. It is like going on a journey through your wildest imagination. India is a massive country that is home to more than a billion people with huge cultural wealth, diverse religions, and a history that

2018-03-22T11:12:12+00:00

What Is It Really Like To Visit Taj Mahal City in India?

Thinking of ways to show someone you love them? A box of chocolates or a fancy night out is great, but what about giving them a massive marble tomb that will take 22 years to build and cost over 30 million rupees? Now that's a display of affection. It also happens to be the story of the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings

2018-03-06T14:36:23+00:00

Hong Kong Bucket List (Hiking)

I recently took a fascinating trip through Asia with Hong Kong as a stop. I was on a Holland America cruise ship’s “around the world” Asia Pacific Voyage. While on the ship, I would walk the deck on a regular basis. But what joy I found when I was able to step off the ship, step out of the concrete jungle of Hong Kong’s city

2018-04-14T09:06:55+00:00

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

2018-01-28T19:26:01+00:00

Places to visit in Colombo – Sri Lanka’s Capital City

Upon my arrival in the Northern Indian Ocean to the ancient city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a weird thing happened. Although I had missed almost two nights sleep getting there, somehow the jet lag worked itself out and I was able to tour the city in the afternoon on the first day of arrival.For me, this is quite unusual, but I am glad I was

2018-04-08T17:35:47+00:00

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

Travelocity 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 on Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent

2018-03-14T16:26:07+00:00

Aomori, Japan: A Japanese Culture Experience

Photo by PointsandTravel Aomori, Japan: A Japanese Culture Experience 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

2018-06-21T15:59:31+00:00

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

2018-01-30T08:09:14+00:00

El Nido Resorts, Palawan, Philippines: 10 Things To Do

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 Resorts as the best island in the world!   Palawan Philippines - Palawan Resorts

2018-03-09T17:11:13+00:00

My Port Dickson Attractions Guide – Fun Things To Do

Port Dickson is a charming coastal town that has everything from nature-based zoos and aquariums to historical monuments and lighthouses. There are plenty of things to do in Port Dickson. 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 Malaysia. It

2018-03-14T21:26:42+00:00

Batik Art in Malaysia: The Fabric of our Lives

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. Entering the studio, immediately I was enamored by the skill of the artisan in front of me.  He has this instrument in his hand, holding it similar to a pencil, which later I

2018-03-03T11:20:33+00:00

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

2017-07-10T23:40:46+00:00

Amazing Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, Malaysia

After a 1 1/2-hour bus ride from Penang, Malaysia we had finally arrived at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh. 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.  What a stunning place!  The 17-acre hot

2018-04-01T15:59:20+00:00

The Golden Age of Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort

When I stepped on the grounds of the Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort on the island of Penang, Malaysia, I felt like I had walked into the nostalgic good times of the 1920's. Old-style, romantic, and unassuming, this resort is like stepping back in the time of the 1920’s world of bourgeoisie and old money. Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang, Malaysia Shangri

2018-03-03T11:35:57+00:00

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

2017-09-09T16:45:38+00:00

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

2017-09-09T16:25:54+00:00

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

2017-09-11T19:04:55+00:00

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

2017-08-26T10:44:38+00:00

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

2017-07-10T18:55:05+00:00

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

2017-08-26T12:20:40+00:00

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

2017-12-14T23:25:44+00:00

Palawan, Philippines: 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 Phillippines, El Nido Resorts. I had, as usual, chosen an aisle seat, not thinking about

2018-03-12T15:11:18+00:00

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.

2018-01-01T10:19:03+00:00

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

2017-12-31T23:24:50+00:00

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

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

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

2017-07-10T20:11:39+00:00

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,

2017-07-10T20:12:35+00:00

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

2017-07-11T16:39:12+00:00

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

2017-07-10T20:01:49+00:00

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

2017-07-10T20:03:08+00:00

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

2018-04-03T09:43:43+00:00
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