Players and caddies ride on a golf cart at Nirwana Bali (Photo credit: MCArnott)

Teeing-off over Rice Paddies at Nirwana Golf Club in Bali, Indonesia

She briefly scouts the fairway and points to my ball, in a narrow ditch along a rice paddy. All eyes are on me as I give it my best shot. When a splash of mud squirts in all directions including mine, I am miffed. Yet, my caddy smiles and my Read More

Tree roots grow over a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia by Bicycle

I'm covered in sweat. Sweat is pouring down my back under my t-shirt, and my hair is soaked. I don't mind the sweat, because I'm looking at my favorite temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park so far: Ta Phrom. Unfortunately there are about a million Read More

A mass grave in the Killing Fields, Cambodia

Learning about Cambodia’s History at the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields)

I hold it together until I see the Killing Tree, but then it's impossible to stop the tears. The Killing Tree, as the sign next to it explains, is "the tree against which executioners beat children". Previous visitors have attached colorful Read More

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Exploring the Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand, by Bicycle

As I park my bicycle next to a 7/11 and a collection of souvenir shops, I realize Ayutthaya is not going to be the step back in time I hoped it would be. It feels more like a history theme park. Before I came to Ayutthaya – the old capital of Read More

Women sell vegetables, spices, fruit, fresh fish and flowers at market along Thu Bon River in Hoi An in central Vietnam. Here, women sell shrimp and crabs. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Learning the Art of Vietnamese Cooking from a Hanoi Celebrity Chef

They are EVERYwhere in Vietnam, from the largest city to the smallest village and even aboard tourist boats in Ha Long Bay. No, not T-shirt sellers. We're talking cooking classes. This is THE thing to do in Vietnam and I sampled several. There Read More

angkor_wat_sunrise

Exploring the Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia

I'm looking at the Hindu god Vishnu, whose legs are being massaged by his wife Laksmi. The sculpture is lying in a stream in a tropical forest and is surrounded by twittering birds and fluttering butterflies. The sight is utterly peaceful. It's the Read More

Thai village woman closeup

Hiking to the Hill Villages of Northern Thailand

In the mountains of northern Thailand, not far from its border with Myanmar, lie countless tiny villages as far metaphorically from frenetic Bangkok as the earth is from the moon. Many of the people who live in them -- members of the so-called "hill Read More

Bagan Pagodas

Exploring the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar, by Bicycle

"One more photo. Please??" I wrap my arm around the young girl's tiny waist and smile. It is barely 9 am, but I have already posed for at least 20 photos that will soon decorate homes around Myanmar. Everyone around me is dressed in their Sunday Read More

bathng the elephants

Mahout for a Day: Learning to Care for and Ride Elephants in Thailand

DoDo is my responsibility for the day. A big responsibility, four tons of it. He stands seven feet tall, and measures a good ten feet long. "He is a champion elephant, this one," says Teerapat Trungpakan (Pat, for short),  owner of  Patara Read More