Posts tagged Travel
Chiang Mai: Two Most Instagrammable Luxury Hotels & Resorts

During our last trip to Chiang Mai, we stayed at two beautiful, very instagrammable resorts - Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort and Panviman Spa & Resort. I enjoyed my time very much at both places and would recommend both to everyone! Chiang Mai isn’t as affordable as it used to be, but it’s still relatively cheap compared to most places in the world, so hotels and resorts are general good value for the money. And it can’t hurt that you can get amazing pictures in your hotel!

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Day Trip to Sintra Castles in Portugal

In my opinion, a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without taking a day to explore Sintra. The town is filled with UNESCO world heritage sites, and since most of the attractions are located on top of mountains, you get a great view on clear days. And who doesn’t love castles?!

Sintra can easily be a day trip or a 2-3 day itinerary. Since our Lisbon stay was relatively short, I decided to go for the daytrip option.

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Lisbon Travel Guide: What to Do, See, and Eat in the City in 3 Days

I had a chance to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal about two weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The colorful tiles on the walls, the winding cobblestone alleys, the fresh seafood and friendly local people are just some highlights amongst many. So here’s my suggested itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon, ensuring that you see the most important neighborhoods in the city over a long weekend.

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Siem Reap is more than just Angkor Wat! A Guide on Where to Stay, What to Eat, and What to See & Buy

Contrary to popular belief, Siem Reap has more to offer than just Angkor Wat. I have talked about temple-hopping in my previous post, so now I want to focus on the other amazing experiences at Siem Reap, Cambodia. This historical city is modernized to house incredible hotels, restaurants, cafés, and boutiques.

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Angkor Wat Travel Guide: How To Avoid The Crowd & Take Amazing Photos

Before going to Cambodia, my expectation is that it’s an ancient, historic country, neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. My first impression of Cambodia while I was on the car from the airport to the hotel was, it really feels like a blend of Thailand and Vietnam. Traffic can be chaotic with tuk-tuks, cars, and people crossing the roads at the same time. The local people are friendly and helpful. 

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New Year's Eve Countdown: Taipei 101 Fireworks v.s. Tokyo Sensoji Temple Ritual

It's December! The freezing, festive season that we all look forward to. Before you start on your long list of new year resolutions, chances are you're thinking about the fun stuff that comes before it. One of the major festivities that everyone plans on around the world is the New Year's Eve countdown. The collective energy of a crowd counting down together….and that new year’s kiss! Whether you've made plans already this year, or you’re still looking at flights to book, I have two great options for you to consider - Taipei & Tokyo!

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An Enchanting Luxury Escape at Keemala Resort, Phuket

Have you ever felt so sick of the city noises and pollution that all you can think of at work is to get away? There’s nothing better than planning a romantic vacation with your loved one to a tropical paradise. And that is exactly my thought process when I booked our flights to Phuket. If you find yourself with a similar nagging thought, then you may want to read on about my experience at the Keemala Resort in Phuket. Trust me, you’ll be tempted to book a plane ticket, stat. 

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24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur: Travel Tips on Where to Go and What to Eat

Kuala Lumpur is a city that is often overlooked amongst its more touristy neighboring Southeast Asian cities. But it has a lot more to offer than its reputation as a transportation hub. Even if you only have 24 hours in KL, there are many places to hit up to change your perception of the city. Here are some things you should jot down on your list for what to see, eat, and do in KL!

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Visiting the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo – Cool or Crazy?

The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is located in the Kabukicho (read: gentlemen’s entertainment) district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Even though the Robot Restaurant is called a “restaurant,” people don’t really eat in there. Visitors are interested in the robot fights, seizure-inducing blinking neon lights, and girls who look like they walked out from a manga. If you’re interested in this one-of-a-kind experience the next time you’re in Japan, read on!

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Asakusa, Tokyo - Frayed Denim Skirt & White Print Tee

Last month, I took a vacation to my favorite city in the world, Tokyo! This is a city that reveres its history and heritage, yet has parts that are so mind-blowingly modern. Asakusa was once the entertainment district of Tokyo, and now it is one of the most popular areas visited by tourists. Since I’ve been to Tokyo for more than 10 times, I try to avoid the touristy places, but somehow I found myself back at Asakusa yet again, this time for a summer festival. And I had the perfect summer outfit for it: frayed hem denim skirt and white printed t-shirt!

(Side note: the last time I was in Asakusa was New Year’s Eve of 2016, when I counted down with thousands of people at the Senso-ji Buddhist temple!)

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6 Essential Tips for Traveling as a Couple

Traveling is the best time to experience new things, discover exciting cities, and create once-in-a-lifetime memories. To be able to travel with a special someone would be a cherry on top. My boyfriend, John and I have been traveling together for over two years. So far we have been to 12 countries and 23 cities together, and we still have many trips lined up for the rest of the year. Traveling as a couple is the best way to get to know each other, build on the foundation of the relationship, and solidify the bond you already have.

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." -- Ernest Hemingway

I don’t hesitate to say that John is the best travel companion I have ever had. But it would be a lie to say we haven’t done a fair share of work to form a great team!

So, before your next romantic trip with your boo, here are 6 tips on making the best of travelling as a couple!

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Top 6 Places to Visit in Paris [Paris Travel Guide Pt. 1]

I asked myself “what is your favorite city in the world?” It was quite a process trying to narrow down all the choices, but I ended up with Tokyo and Paris: Tokyo because it’s my favorite travel destination since childhood, and Paris because it has that certain je ne sais quoi.  I’ve had the luxury to visit Paris 5 times in my life so far, and I love it every single time. So I’m dedicating a new series of my blog to Paris, enjoy part 1!

In this simple travel guide, I will take you to 6 of my favorite places in Paris. People usually refer to these as “tourist attractions,” a term that has a negative connotation nowadays. I would prefer to call them “must-see landmarks” since these places have such historical, architectural, and symbolic significance to the city. Let’s get started!

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Sailor Moon Pop-up Café at Harajuku, Tokyo

Sailor moon still holds a special place in my heart. It’s been perhaps close to 20 years since the last time I actually watched the anime, but I still remember how obsessed I was with it when I was little. My mom told me I would cry for hours if I miss an episode on TV, and I used to beg her to take me to a Sailor moon-themed restaurant every week. Not to mention all the toys and costumes I had…… I’m sure all girls around my age can relate.

And that’s why I was so freaking excited when I found out there will be a Sailor Moon Pop-up Café during the time I was in Tokyo! The Sailor Moon pop-up is at the Q-Pot café at Harajuku, Tokyo from June 30 to August 20, 2017! 

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48 Hours in Montreal: Travel Tips on Where to Go and What to Eat

I’ve heard so many great things about Montreal before finally making the trip happen! Even though I only spent 48 hours there, I made sure to make it to all the places I’m most interested in going. And of course, I’ve also heard about the amazing food in Montreal. Special thanks to my friend Debbie Lee for giving me a detailed food list!!

Read on for my tailor-made itinerary for 48 hours in Montreal!

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5 Reasons To Visit the Niagara Falls This Summer

I visited the Niagara Falls two weeks ago while travelling in Toronto. The Niagara Falls is only 1.5 hours away by car from downtown Toronto, so it’s an ideal destination for a day trip. In fact, visiting the Niagara Falls is really the biggest reason why I planned the Montreal + Toronto trip. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see a wonder of the world and to check this one off my bucket list. And besides, summer time is the most ideal time to visit, as the weather is gorgeous and you get plenty of sun, so even if you get wet from the water, you’re not gonna turn into a human popsicle.

Read on for the 5 reasons why you should visit Niagara Falls this summer!

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Floral Dress for Shopping on Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Melrose, oh, Melrose. This is the street that I have to visit every time I am in Los Angeles. The Western side of Melrose is the part that you would find me in….shopping bags slung across my shoulders and all. From premium designer brands to buyer shops to vintage boutiques, this street has it all. A ton of brunch and dinner spots are also around the area, located in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Last week, I took my bestie Caroline out shopping on Melrose. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we both wore color palettes reminiscent of the season – blue with colorful prints on me, white and orange on Caroline.

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Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Santorini

I don’t know when or how I got this idea, but I just know I want to be married in Santorini one day. Just have to. The all-white buildings, the volcano cliffs, and the blue Mediterranean ocean all combine to form scenery that is truly out of this world.  This postcard-perfect destination has been calling my soul for years, and 30 countries later, I finally got to it! I spent a total of two days in Santorini, which was wayyyyy too short, but I figured I would go back to this island sooner or later (to get married, of course.) And I managed to do A LOT in the 48 hours I was there.

I know a lot of people say Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and I don't disagree. Santorini, though, is definitely the world’s most romantic island. It’s so breathtakingly romantic in a totally different way. You really have to visit to understand its magic.

If you are planning a trip to Santorini or just fantasizing about it, I’ve made a list for you for the top 10 romantic things to do in Santorini, Greece.

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Abu Dhabi Travel Guide: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace & More

While traveling in Dubai, I took a road trip to Abu Dhabi. Well, not really a road trip, since it takes less than 2 hours in the car. The drive itself is not the most scenic, but it is a comfortable drive on a straight highway. I spent a total of three days at Abu Dhabi, which should be plenty of time but I was stuck in a sandstorm for a day (documented in my vlog), so it ended up being the perfect amount of time. If you have two extra days in Dubai, I highly recommend renting a car and driving to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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