Oriental Residence, Bangkok

Picking a hotel in any city of the world is quite a task; doing the same in Bangkok is nigh impossible. The choice is immense, and even the classy fancy jaw-droppingly stylish ones are relatively cheap for Western budgets. I might never have tried this one if the Shangri-La hadn’t started renovating my favourite Krungthep-wing,…

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Bangkok: In Mourning

A couple of weeks after 2014’s coup d’état in Thailand, I was in Bangkok for a short stay. Lots of people were advising against going, because of the curfew and the military presence in the streets. As usual though, the Thai people made everything look as if nothing really happened, and to be honest, if…

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Side Note: Business!

One of my dreams has always been to turn travel into part of my business, and so I keep the following close to my heart: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” I have a background in management consulting for the financial sector, and in the last 20 years…

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Ho Chi Minh City: A Food Trip

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly, or currently, known as Saigon, is one of those cities I keep coming back to on a fairly regular basis. I have friends there, but it’s also a city that seems to be undergoing constant development, never looking quite the same as last time I remember it. And then there’s the food……

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The Tokyo Station Hotel

For my latest trip to Tokyo I was faced with having to choose a hotel that was centrally located (whatever that means in a huge city), had all the bells and whistles I want, and satisfied my need for “something special”. Cue The Tokyo Station Hotel! The name does give away part of the surprise…

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Tokyo: In A Rush

Japan has always fascinated me in ways that not even another Asian city could. Barring Australia and New Zealand, it’s about the farthest I can be away from home, and its culture and visual appearance have always been kind of otherworldly to me. Back in 2010, when I was in Shanghai visiting the World Expo,…

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