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Vagabond Tales: Please check your durian at the door

Vagabond Tales: Please check your durian at the door I recently witnessed something strange while checking into a Bangkok hotel room. In a city that's infamous for its sex tourism and is one of the undisputed party hot spots of Asia, there are any number of hotel activities I'm sure you would consider forbidden. Having...

Where they ate: chefs' and food/travel writers' best meals of 2011, part II

Where they ate: chefs' and food/travel writers' best meals of 2011, part II I ate well this year. Maybe better than any other year. I spent a week in Hoi An, Vietnam eating cau lau--an obscure noodle dish that technically can only be made in the small coastal town. I ate my way through Barcelona, dining at restaurants whose chefs had a...

Where they ate: chefs' and food writers' best meals of 2011, part I

Where they ate: chefs' and food writers' best meals of 2011, part I For an increasingly large sector of humanity, eating has become more than just stabbing at something with a fork, putting it in our mouths and masticating. Chefs are perceived as rockstars, the food blog-o-sphere is inhaling Miracle Grow, and eating has been given a kind...

Photo of the Day - Aquarium visitors

Photo of the Day - Aquarium visitors Aquariums rock. Anytime you put humans in front of a giant tank of water filled with marine life, the effect is typically the same: profound amazement. Children (and even adults) will stop and stare, jaws will drop and heartbeats will calm. The best aquarium photos, like...

5 best floating markets around Asia

5 best floating markets around Asia When traveling, it's always fun to head over to the local open-air markets and gain some insight into the culture and their products. To make the browsing experience even better, some markets forgo street stands and set up shop right in the water. To see this for yourself,...

10 unique modes of transportation around the world

10 unique modes of transportation around the world Cars, trains, buses, and planes aren't the only way to get around a country. From the Bamboo Train in Cambodia to the Rail Cart in the the Philippines to the Couch Bike in Canada, here are ten unique modes of transportation from around the world. Chicken Bus Guatemala,...

Video: Thailand floods animation video

Thai citizens and authorities alike are becoming increasingly frustrated and their frustration can easily be summarized by a headline I keep seeing everywhere: 'Thailand floods'. The waters throughout Thailand have now reached preposterous levels. The floods began in...

Video of The Day: Bangkok featured in skate video

I just saw beautiful images of Bangkok in a, what turned out to be, surprising skate video. BillabongASIA's Geng Jakkarin is profiled in this video titled "I Skate Because". And while Jakkarin's story is moving and his skate tricks are, well, sick, I couldn't help but...

ProjectExplorer's Thailand Launch Party raises $8,500 for global education

ProjectExplorer held their Thailand Launch Party on October 17, 2011, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York. The event featured an auction, cocktail hour and after party, hors d'oeuvres, and the premier of the company's new Thailand video series, "Sawasdee, Thailand!". ...

Photo of the day - morning coffee in Thailand

Photo of the day - morning coffee in Thailand How do you take your coffee? Flickr user LadyExpat posted this lovely setup from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Coffee is a thing beloved around the world and served differently everywhere. Turkey may be famous for its dense and tiny cups of coffee, but tulip-shaped glasses of tea...

Man sets out on 5,000 mile hike throughout Asia to raise money for charity

Man sets out on 5,000 mile hike throughout Asia to raise money for charity Winston Fiore, a 26 year old Marine from Bloomington, Indiana, has set out on a 5,000 mile journey, by foot, throughout Southeast Asia and China. Fiore arrived in Southeast Asia on September 25, 2011, for what is called "Smile Trek", and is projecting it will take him a year...

10 crazy cocktails from around the world

10 crazy cocktails from around the world Whatever happened to the days of just drinking vodka mixed with juice? Maybe some fruit added in, a sugar stick, or a mint leaf garnish. Apparently, these simple recipes are being replaced with edible scorpions, dead birds, and fermented rodents. Snake Wine, Vietnam In...

Why do we take pictures of our food?

Why do we take pictures of our food? In a sweaty, back alley restaurant in Trujillo, Peru, the shy Peruvian waiter approached my table with a vibrant plate of ceviche. Placing it upon the handwoven tablecloth, there lapsed a good three seconds where all I could do was stare. Then, before reaching for my fork, I...

Explore Thailand right from TriBeCa, New York

Explore Thailand right from TriBeCa, New York On October 17, 2011, from 6:30-9:30 PM, ProjectExplorer.org will debut their fifth film series, "Sawasdee, Thailand". The film will be in high definition, so if you've never walked down the bustling streets of Bangkok or relaxed on a beach in Khao Lak, here is your chance to...

A Subjective Guide to the Budget Hotels of the Orient

A Subjective Guide to the Budget Hotels of the Orient In Asia, most luxury hotels have been fine-tuned to eliminate the prospect of unpredictability. Specific amenities aside, a given Ritz-Carlton or Shangri-La property is designed to feel the same from city to city. This ensures a consistent level of comfort for clients,...

Learning to love durian: why the world's stinkiest fruit is better than wine, cheese or chocolate

Learning to love durian: why the world's stinkiest fruit is better than wine, cheese or chocolate Durian. No other fruit creates such conflicting opinions. Throughout Southeast Asia the green, hedgehog-shaped "king of the fruits" is appreciated as haute cuisine to be savored like wine or truffles. Westerners, however, are confounded by the hype because, well, durians...

6 surf destinations you'd never think of

6 surf destinations you'd never think of Sure, we all know the world of surfing revolves around Hawaii's fabled North Shore. If you've ever owned a board, you can probably rattle off some of the other global hot spots: Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Fiji, California, Costa Rica...the list goes on and on. ...

Photo of the day - Broom lady in Thailand

Photo of the day - Broom lady in Thailand The nice lady in the photo above is selling brooms in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The photographer, Flickr user LadyExpat, explains that most broom sellers ride bikes, but this lady seemed to prefer to walk. Here in Istanbul, all manner of products are sold on the street, from...

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers When city plans exceed reality, or the money dries up, or people simply leave in a mass exodus, skyscrapers vacate and slowly decay. High winds thrash through broken windows. Rats live undisturbed amongst decades old rubble. Stairways lead to doors that may never open...

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide "Adventure travel" is a nebulous term these days. But whether your idea of a thrill is a Class-III rapid or climbing Everest, there's one thing that's ubiquitous when choosing an outfitter: safety. There are hundreds of adventure travel companies worldwide; not all are...

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