Manila’s NAIA Airport Terminal 2 Renovation

Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) long had a reputation for being one of the worst. After the new’ish international terminal 3 opened and the old international terminal 1 received some renovation work, it’s now Philippine Airline’s terminal 2 turn to get updated. While this is not the major expansion PAL announced previously, it’s a long overdue update that should … Continue reading

Accor launches two new lifestyle brands – Tribe & The House of Originals

Accor has been busy buying other hotel brands and launching their own – but there is no sign of slowing down: They just announced the launch of the midscale, design oriented brand “Tribe” and the soft collection of lifestyle luxury hotels, called “House of Originals” in cooperation with sbe, known for their experience in lifestyle properties. These two come on … Continue reading

New Istanbul Airport finally opening April 6, 2019?

The new Istanbul Airport opened on schedule on October 29, 2018 with great fanfare – but few flights! Since President Erdogan cut the ribbon, only a handful of domestic flights have been flying to test the new airport, while thousands of workers scramble to complete it! The opening has been delayed multiple times, but it looks like the opening is finally happening: … Continue reading

Travel Made Easy: Cebu Pacific Airlines

Updated 2019: Cebu Pacific is a low-cost carrier based in the Philippines and has been my “home town” airline for many trips from Manila. You can snatch great fares, fly with friendly crews on new planes and now even earn points for it – what’s not to like? Find out more in my “Travel Made Easy” about the fleet, destinations, … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: The Parks of Bangkok

Benchasiri Park, Bangkok

Bangkok, the City of Angels, is a bustling city with crowded sidewalks and gridlocked streets and “peaceful” is not the first word that comes to mind! But Bangkok has a great number of parks that give you a little break from the city. There are lakes and outdoor fitness equipment and you’ll spot runners, people exercising or couples on a date! The largest park is Lumpini, but smaller parks like Banjasiri Park in the photo or Benchakiti Park, both near Sukhumvit, are also worth a visit.

Check out my Destination Guide Bangkok to plan your own peaceful break in Bangkok and explore the map with my favorite spots!

The Top 10 Cheapest Asian Cities to book a 5-star Hotel

The most expensive cities in the world are in Asia, with Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai vying for the top spots. But you’ll also find some of the cheapest cities to book a luxurious 5-star hotels in the region. Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia, one of my most recommended destinations, is the most affordable city in Asia to be … Continue reading

Best Western buys upscale and luxury World Hotels

Best Western is known for it’s US road side motels and economy and mid-scale hotels worldwide, but they have been trying to go upscale. Now, they have acquired the WorldHotels, a chain of 300 upscale and luxury hotels, based in Frannkfurt, Germany. While the focus of WorldHotels has been Europe, they have a number of high-end resort properties around the … Continue reading

Review: New Turkish Airlines Lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabumi Airport, with access for Priority Pass and StarAlliance!

Turkish Airlines just opened a new lounge at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. It’s large, peaceful and service food that’s just as good as what you expect onboard Turkish Airlines. Service is friendly and you can even get a shower to refresh before your flight.  It’s available to Business Class passengers of Turkish Airlines, StarAlliance Gold Elite members departing on a StarAlliance … Continue reading