A Palace fit for a Disney King

While in Bangkok, a couple of months ago, John and I toured the Thai Grand Palace, which is the official residence of the Thai king and, although it is no longer where the Thai royalty live, it is still used for many official ceremonies. The Grand Palace is, not surprisingly, one of the top tourist … Continue reading A Palace fit for a Disney King

Cruising the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta cruise is something that we might not have considered for our itinerary, at least partly due to uneasiness about exposing ourselves to mosquito-borne illness - this is always a concern in Southeast Asia. But it was part of the tour we had arranged and, after doing a little research, John gave it … Continue reading Cruising the Mekong Delta

A bike ride through the Vietnam countryside

While in Hoi An, John and I discovered Grasshopper Tours, a highly-rated bicycle touring company. One of their offerings is a ride to the villages in the Vietnamese countryside. We both signed up but, unfortunately, on the morning we were to go, which was our last day in Hoi An, John wasn’t feeling up to … Continue reading A bike ride through the Vietnam countryside

More on Hanoi: Women, the other Hanoi Hilton, and the meal that brought Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain together

Women in Hanoi It was surprising, and cool, to see that there is a museum in Hanoi devoted to the women of the country. I went to see it. The first floor was devoted to marriage, family, and women’s roles in fishing and farming. There are a number of tribes in Vietnam in the hills … Continue reading More on Hanoi: Women, the other Hanoi Hilton, and the meal that brought Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain together

Penang, Malaysia: Five days in Food Heaven

When we were in Kuala Lumpur, locals asked us where we were going next in our travels. When we replied that our next stop was Penang, they all said, “Oh, you’re going to food heaven.” In Penang, it was the same: everyone refers to the place as food heaven. Penang comes by its food culture … Continue reading Penang, Malaysia: Five days in Food Heaven