Cinemascope Edition-Bangkok’s Dazzling Top Attraction-The Grand Palace

Once the home to the kings of Siam and Thailand The Grand Palace is the number one tourist attraction in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is the busiest tourist attraction in Bangkok. It has been home to the Kings of Siam and Thailand since 1782. It is not one building as the name implies but a […]

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Cinemascope Edition-Wars, Opium, And Tea-Mae Salong, Thailand

In Northern Thailand 15km away from the border of Myanmar lies Santikhiri, otherwise known as Mae Salong. It’s history was in part formed by the opium trade as part of the Golden Triangle. More recently it was settled by members of the 93rd division of the Chinese Nationalist Army who refused to surrender to communist […]

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Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “Chill” Saturday Walking Street Market

Plan your trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand to fall on a weekend and you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to visit it’s two major night markets or walking street markets. The Saturday market locally known as the Waulai Market is smaller than it’s Sunday counterpart, most likely due to the latter’s location on the busy […]

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Taipei, Taiwan’s Food Paradise-Shilin Night Market

No discussion on the food of Taiwan would be complete without a visit to Taipei’s Shilin Night Market. This is one of the largest night markets on the island with streets that wind around a section of the city filled with food stalls, restaurants, clothing and souvenir shops, and amusement games. Huge slabs of breaded […]

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Luminescent Magic In Taiwan-The Taoyuan Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival marks the 15th day of the Lunar New Year and traditionally ends festivities. In Taiwan it’s just the start of a spectacular display of creativity with paper, lights and even more high- tech tools used to dazzle the large crowds that turn out across the island for the festivals. Many stories have […]

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Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, Taiwan-Part 3

Another beehive is finished. The palanquins are directed away from the middle of the street so oncoming emergency vehicles can pass through the crowds and the piles of fireworks remnants. Appearing to be cruising the area, when someone truly is in need of emergency care I’ve seen these vehicles swiftly moving through the streets of […]

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Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, Taiwan Part 2

We get the signal, they’re ready to go. The men at the front of the palanquins quickly turn their backs to the wall, and brace for the barrage of piercing rockets. And the cacophony of the beehive began with roaring tides of bottle rocket streaks fired off in all directions. Exploding in mid air, sometimes […]

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Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, Taiwan Part 1

The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is held every year in Yanshui District in Southern Taiwan. Locally known as the Feng Pao it is considered one of the most dangerous festivals in the world as well as being the third largest folk celebration. Why do they blow off millions of bottle rockets and firecrackers you ask? […]

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“Pearl Of Asia”-Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Top Sites

Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since French colonization. It is the country’s largest city with a population of over 2 million. It’s the center of commerce, the arts, cultural heritage and diplomacy. Once called “the pearl of Asia” it was one of the most beautiful French built cities in Southeast Asia. It’s […]

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