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7 Great Hotels Where You Can Cook Like a Local

7 Great Hotels Where You Can Cook Like a Local Apr 28th, 2012 at 12:00PM: One of the best parts about a vacation? The food. We love trying local delicacies and adding to our recipe books with tips and techniques learned from our travels. Immerse yourself in native cuisine with these seven great cooking experiences that combine luxury travel with fun, hands-on cooking classes. Time to Thai in Bangkok Learn traditional Thai cooking in Bangkok at Lebua. You'll cook a...

Video: Climbing In Thailand

Apr 22nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Unbeknownst to me prior to today, Eddie Bauer has a Vimeo channel complete with impressive adventure videos – including climbing shots. I happened upon the above video, which features climbers scaling walls in Thailand. The rock is jagged, steep and bolts out of the ocean. Oceanside climbing seems to be a bonus for these climbers, though. Part of this video shows the climbers falling,...

Thailand Rings In The New Year With A Massive Water Fight

Apr 3rd, 2012 at 4:00PM: While many cultures celebrate New Year's on December 31 and January 1, Thailand waits until April 13 to 15 to commemorate the holiday. Known as Songkran, it is traditionally very spiritual. Locals visit temples, sprinkle water on Buddha images to pay respect as well as on each other's hands to wish them good luck. There are also cultural performances and delicious street foods to enhance the...

Photo of the Day: another Internet cat photo

Photo of the Day: another Internet cat photo Mar 15th, 2012 at 7:00PM: If you spend much time searching the Internet, you'll find millions of photos of cats. People spend hours browsing sites like ICanHasCheezburger? and CuteOverload to find funny or adorable images of animals. You might say that cat photos (okay, probably porn too) are the backbone of the Internet. Animals are a favorite photo subject of travelers as well, whether we're marveling at the...

Unusual aphrodisiacs from Asian countries

Unusual aphrodisiacs from Asian countries Mar 3rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Wondering how to get you or your partner more in the mood for sex? Instead of opting for expensive pills or unnatural remedies, why not learn from the Asian culture and try one of these libido-boosting aphrodisiacs? From dangerously poisonous fish to fertilized duck embryo or snake's blood, it is clear some people really will try anything to have good sex. While these odd ingestants may be useful...

Tips for teaching English abroad without speaking the local language

Tips for teaching English abroad without speaking the local language Feb 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: When people hear I spent a summer teaching English in Thailand, they often assume I speak fluent Thai. The truth is, you don't need to be fluent in the local language to teach English abroad. I'm not saying that it doesn't help, however, it isn't necessarily required, as the goal is creating an environment of English-language immersion. Teaching English is a great experience for all parties...

Vagabond Tales: Swimming with elephants in Thailand

Vagabond Tales: Swimming with elephants in Thailand Feb 9th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Anyone who has visited Thailand will recognize the word Chang. The national beer of Thailand, the over sized green bottles are found everywhere from the markets of Chiang Mai to the bars of Bangkok's Khao San Road. In the Thai language, however, Chang does not mean beer. It means elephant. Hence the ornately drawn white elephant placed prominently on the bottle. Another Thai word you may...

Luxury Travel: Unlimited spa treatments at Thailand's Phulay Bay

Luxury Travel: Unlimited spa treatments at Thailand's Phulay Bay Jan 28th, 2012 at 2:00PM: There are relaxing vacations and there are vacations that take relaxation to a whole new level. Thailand's Phulay Bay, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property, is offering a new Unlimited Spa package to entice luxury and spa lovers alike - and we are pretty sure it's working. The ESPA-branded spa and the property have teamed up to offer a package featuring unlimited daily EPSA treatments...

Guide to wine tasting in Thailand

Guide to wine tasting in Thailand Jan 26th, 2012 at 12:00PM: While Thailand isn't typically thought of as a destination for wine-lovers, there are actually various opportunities in the country to experience vineyards, wineries, and tastings. Whether you want to explore a Thai vineyard on the back of an elephant, try a one-of-a-kind local wine, or have a sommelier guide you through a 10-course wine pairing under a candle jungle waterfall, you can use this...

10 tips for doing a homestay

10 tips for doing a homestay Jan 24th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Doing a homestay in another country is a great way to get to know the culture from a first-hand perspective. By living with a family, you get to see how a local's daily life is, from what they eat, to how to they dress, to what their before-bed ritual is. With such a unique opportunity being given to you, it's important to get the most out of the experience while also being respectful. To help,...

A guide to giving alms in Laos, South East Asia

Jan 5th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Giving alms is an important part of Laos culture and occurs in many South East Asian countries. When I took a trip to Luang Prabang, I was actually traveling with a Thai woman named Jaeb who asked me if I'd want to take part in the tradition with her. While I shuddered at the thought of waking up at dawn, I was excited to get the chance to be a part of a local tradition and get a deeper look...

5 best floating markets around Asia

5 best floating markets around Asia Dec 8th, 2011 at 1:00PM: 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, checkout this list of the five best floating markets around Asia. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Ratchaburi, Thailand ...

Video of the Day - Thailand's Yi Peng Festival via iPhone 4S

Dec 6th, 2011 at 6:30PM: The Yi Peng festival is a special event in Northern Thailand that occurs on the 12th full moon of every year. Coinciding with Loi Krathong (a festival celebrated throughout Thailand) it is observed by lighting sky lanterns and letting them float into the sky, resulting in what appears to be large flocks of giant jellyfish floating through the air. There have been many fantastic videos...

Video of The Day: Bangkok featured in skate video

Nov 2nd, 2011 at 5:00PM: 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 fixate on the Bangkok sights and scenes within the short film. The video starts off with a shot of a painted train over a track...

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

Oct 22nd, 2011 at 2:00PM: 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!". The Thailand series has 50 videos total which are all free for students, as the mission of the organization is to "foster the...

Photo of the day - morning coffee in Thailand

Photo of the day - morning coffee in Thailand Oct 13th, 2011 at 6:30PM: 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 and ready made Nescafe are more popular with locals and the muddy stuff is served more as digestif. In Italy, don't even...

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 Oct 13th, 2011 at 3:30PM: 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 to walk the entire route, which begins and ends in Singapore. The goal of the journey is to raise $50,000 or more for the...

Explore Thailand right from TriBeCa, New York

Explore Thailand right from TriBeCa, New York Oct 4th, 2011 at 4:00PM: On October 17, 2011, from 6:30-9:30 PM, 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 get a feeling of what it's like to visit Thailand. The event is being held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and is being co-hosted...

Blogger Jessica Festa

Blogger Jessica Festa Sep 28th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Jessica Festa... Where was your photo taken: On Manganari Beach in Ios, Greece Where do you live now: Long Island, New York, but planning to move into the city by the end of the year Scariest airline flown: To be honest, I have never been scared to fly, even on really turbulent flights. If you asked me what my scariest plane ride was,...

Photo of the day - Broom lady in Thailand

Photo of the day - Broom lady in Thailand Aug 12th, 2011 at 5:00PM: 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 carts and off the backs of men hawking fruit, corn, and brooms as well. I've yet to buy a broom on the street and wonder who...

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