The Kowloon Side of Town

Miles away from Hong Kong Island’s spellbinding hillside views and posh hotspots is where budget travelers seek their temporary homes, and where the rest of the Hong Kong population can relatively afford to live. The place in question is Kowloon, which—if you’re looking for authenticity and have the stomach for slightly gritty places—is one side…

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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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