Sights and Sounds at Rod Fai Market Ratchada

For the jaded tourist, Rod Fai Market Ratchada may seem like Thailand’s hipster central, from its barbershops and their manufactured vintage facade to pubs teeming with countless yuppies. Sure, the young crowd may not be the most ideal for a cynical thirty-something. Yet Rod Fai’s effervescent nightlife is prescribed for people looking to blow off…

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The Ruins of Ayutthaya Province

The Bodhi tree, the same tree where Buddha was said to have achieved enlightenment, is the most photographed tree in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District. But there’s one in particular that beguiles tourists the most—the tree whose roots are wrapped around a detached Buddha head—which greets visitors at Wat Mahathat. Maintaining a respectful distance,…

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The Benevolent Swells of Baler, Aurora

2017 was the year of Baler, Aurora. Last year, the once sedate province made several headlines, thanks to a movie and a string of events. A beauty pageant kickstarted Baler’s exciting year, followed by the release of Salvador Calvo’s “1898, los ultimos de Filipinas,” which chronicles the siege of Baler. Finally, a number of surfing…

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In Singapore, Simplicity Is Key to Progress

For all its crampedness and excesses, simplicity is the guiding ethos to Singapore’s progress. However, this meant sacrifices had to be made along the way. Old Havelock Road’s Teochew Porridge restaurant looked as ancient as kingdom come. That should be no surprise because it was embedded there decades ago, the plastered walls failing to hide…

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Swim with Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu

If swimming with whale sharks is on your bucket list, you may want to consider the quiet town of Oslob, the next time you’re in the Queen City of the South. Never mind the traffic and long way back to Cebu City—anyone who’s been there will tell you it’s worth the trouble. According to a…

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Take a Look Inside the Mactan Shrine in Cebu

Mactan Island is a sprawling island paradise in the province of Cebu that calls to mind vestiges of pre-colonial Philippine history. The site of the historic battle between the island’s chieftain, Lapu-Lapu, and Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the island is now peppered with hotels and all sorts of establishment that cater to tourists stopping by…

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