37 Hours: Luang Prabang

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Best Things to do in Luang Prabang Laos

When the New York Times gives you 36 hours in a city, we at Somewhere Or Bust say, stay a bit longer. Here are the best things to do in Luang Prabang. Enjoy 37 Hours in Luang Prabang.

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My Favorite Signs in Southeast Asia

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I guess you really can’t trust anyone else to roll your sushi these days.

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Review: The Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Shangri La Chiang Mai
When I first arrived in Chiang Mai, I coughed. It wasn’t the city that I had expected. The jungle that had once existed in this region had apparently been hacked back, replaced with asphalt and millions of tuk tuks and motorbikes. It’s not that Chiang Mai is a bad city to visit–in fact, quite the opposite is true since it’s the gateway to some incredible sites (hilltop temples and thick jungle) and activities (like playing with full-grown tigers and training elephants)–I was just expecting enchanted forest. Read more

Thai and You Will Succeed: The Battle to Perfect Pad Thai

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How to Cook Thai Food in Thailand: Cooking School Chiang Mai

To toot my own horn a bit, I can cook. I cook well. But the one dish that I love to eat, but always botch up in the kitchen is Pad Thai. Over the years, I’ve found at least fifty different recipes listing fifty different sets of ingredients. They’ve all been wrong. So when I came to Chiang Mai, Thailand, I knew that a cooking class was mandatory. Not only would I finally learn how to make Pad Thai, but I’d get my wife to increase her recipes by five. (Before our Thai cooking class, she knew zero recipes.)

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Riding Elephants and Visiting Hill Tribes in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Elephant Riding Chiang Mai Thailand

Our tour guide released us from the back of the songthaew, those flatbed trucks converted into passenger vehicles. We had reached the first site on the tour, just outside the Thai city of Chiang Mai. Gone were the exhaust fumes of city traffic, replaced by a bucolic countryside overrun with buses, vans, and a flood of camera-snappers.

“This is the orchid farm and butterfly exhibit,” the guide said. “But there’s no butterfly that much. You can just drink some coffee at the cafe. We be about twenty minutes.” Read more