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The Top 11 Things I Learned about Vietnam

The Top 11 Things I Learned about Vietnam

This was my second visit to Vietnam; after Saigon a few years ago, I spent time in Hanoi this time. Here is what I learned. It’s all about the people The Northern Vietnamese strike me as an exceptionally stubborn but courteous and somewhat curious people. After such a long period of communist reign you expect people […]

Posted on November 17, 2016 by in TOP Travel Destinations

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My 25 Favorite Things to do Maui (Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea)

My 25 Favorite Things to do Maui (Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea)

My 25 Favorite Things to do Maui (Lahaina, Kihei) – Understand Maui is home to great beaches and one of the tallest craters on the Hawaiian islands. Maui has built a reputation for upscale tourism in Lahaina and Wailea, but also misses the modern city environment that Honolulu provides on the nearby island. Maui is more touristy, but […]

Posted on October 21, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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My Favorite 15 Things to do Honolulu and Waikiki

My Favorite 15 Things to do Honolulu and Waikiki

My Favorite 15 Things to do Honolulu and Waikiki – Understand Honolulu and Waikiki certainly suffer from mass tourism, though given the sheer numbers they have managed the crowds exceptionally well and provide one of the cleanest and best big city beach experiences anywhere in the world. Where else can you get awesome, cheap, ethnic cuisine from all […]

Posted on October 8, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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My Favorite 9 Things to do Samarkand

My Favorite 9 Things to do Samarkand

My Favorite 9 Things to do Samarkand – Understand Samarkand is one of the richest cities of the ‘Silk Road’. This pre-medieval trading route between Europe and Asia was so profitable for everyone along the way (trade always makes all participants better off despite what politicians make of it) that the rulers were able to build mind-boggling places. […]

Posted on September 28, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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InterContinental Almaty, Kazakhstan Review

InterContinental Almaty, Kazakhstan Review

The InterContinental Almaty is located in a good spot near the Independence Monument in Almaty. While it is a bit of a distance from the best downtown eateries, it benefits from a huge nearby park and the more upscale eateries that the town offers. The building is clearly quite old, which you will notice more as you near it. […]

Posted on September 25, 2016 by in Hotel Reviews, IHG Rewards Club

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My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan

My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan

My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan – Understand Almaty is the commercial capital of Kazakhstan and has a history of an oasis trading hub in the region. It’s located just north of the Alatau Mountains that separate Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan (see My Favorite Things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). The city is a rewarding travel […]

Posted on September 24, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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My Favorite 10 Things to do Dushanbe

My Favorite 10 Things to do Dushanbe

Things To Do Dushanbe – Understand Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan – a landlocked country sandwiched between Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Tajikistan is under authoritarian rule and the country is ‘very strictly policed’. The internet is partially blocked in Tajikistan and it remains the poorest country in the former Soviet Union, largely relying […]

Posted on September 22, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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Things to Do Tromsø

Things to Do Tromsø

Things to do Tromsø – Understand Tromsø is located a whopping 69 degrees north – that is further north than the Northern Alaska shoreline (or all of Iceland!)! However, with the warming gulf stream and a location near the sea, the temperatures are much less frigid than what this suggests. This small city is surprisingly […]

Posted on August 2, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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