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Five cardinal rules of travel
When traveling, especially with one or more people, there are certain rules that one should keep in mind. It makes travel easier and causes less angst.
Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa. Its location means that it has been influenced by a variety of cultures, including the Roman, Moors, French, and British. When John and I visit a location for a week or more, we like to mix up our stays. While…
Added by Sandra & John Scott on August 11, 2017 at 11:58pm — No Comments
Myanmar (aka Burma) is changing fast and is now one of the "gotta-visit" places before it is too late. Tourism is now booming and things are changing fast. One are that is still of the radar of most tourist is the Irrawaddy Delta. Only Pandaw cruises can provide a comprehensive tour of the area.…
Added by Sandra & John Scott on March 31, 2017 at 6:03am — No Comments
Is Executive Club level worth it? It depends. The first thing to do if you are considering it is to join the hotel’s customer loyalty program. There are certain benefits such as free internet, preferred check-in, late check-out and often “member-only” rates. One of the very best Executive Club Levels I have had the pleasure to enjoyed have been at the Pan Pacific’s Pacific Club and Park Royal’s Orchid Club. Their Executive Club level is well worth it extra…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on January 17, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments
The luxury river cruise line, Pandaw, now offers travelers the best way to explore Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Named for the river it plies the newly refitted vessel joins the Pandaw family in February 2017. Borneo is the next big thing for Pandaw aficionados. In fact, nearly all 2017 Borneo cruises are fully booked, completely with Pandaw regulars.
Explore deep into the heart of Borneo on a river expedition on the Kapuas River system, the largest in Borneo…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on December 10, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments
Exploring the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar
Tourists are visiting Myanmar in greater numbers each year but few visit the southern part of the country. The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on November 4, 2016 at 4:56pm — No Comments
The Champa Pandaw, which has 14…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on October 7, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments
Looking for something different to do during the holiday season? Get away from the tinsel, stress and routine of the traditional Christmas, and seek out the company of like-minded travelers in the breath-taking surroundings of the great river valleys of Burma. Single travelers, couples, friends and relations will love the special - but Santa-free - on board atmosphere of Pandaw’s holiday season expeditions, though all…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on September 30, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments
What you should know about Pandaw cruises. The RV Mekong Pandaw was designed especially for the Mekong. The most spacious ship in the Pandaw fleet, she has a 750 square metre teak deck equipped with a full size billiard table, wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Refitted in 2013, she is equipped with a professional spa, gym, small cinema, library and lounge.
Pandaw founder Paul Strachan has…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on September 1, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments
There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. Pandaw's Classic Mekong's cruise passes from the vibrant French colonial port of…
Added by Sandra & John Scott on August 23, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Yes, it is a great deal for families.
Have you ever considered a vacation rental property?
HomeAway, AirBandB, FlipKey, and VRBO are some of the most popular sites for booking holiday rental properties.
It makes a perfect option when friends and…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on July 16, 2016 at 7:29am — No Comments
Visitors to Hong Kong Island know about the iconic Victoria Peak and other tourist favorites, but here are three fun things to do when staying at downtown's 550-room Ibis Ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan Hotel.
1. Take the tram for a step back in time and explore the bustling north corridor of…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on May 31, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments
When I was 10, on my first trip to NYC, my parents took me to Radio City Music Hall.
I was brought to tears when the organs came out the side…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on May 9, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
Learn about the history of the Academy and what life is like for those who have the honor of attending. The tour starts in the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center where there are several interesting displays. The fee is $10.50 for adults, less $9.50 for seniors and…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on November 1, 2015 at 4:14pm — No Comments
Walking tours are wonderful especially if they have a specific topic and cover only a small area. Thus it is with “Burgh Bits and Bites” tour of Pittsburgh’s Strip District. At one time the Strip District, located along the Allegheny River, was home to many mills and factories that later became an area of wholesalers of fresh…Continue
Shanghai is an amazing city with more skyscrapers than New York City and many more being built. Also amazing is the luxurious The Peninsula Hotel. The Peninsula Hotels are considered some of the world’s best hotels. They have a program called The Academy whereby people can learn about the local culture and food. When it is scheduled guests can participate in private…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on September 10, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Summer is the time to take a road trip for a day or two.
There are so many places in New York State that it is impossible to…
Added by Sandra & John Scott on August 1, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments
Bánh Xèo With Prawns and Pork
½ (one-half) cup rice flour pancake mix
2 tsp turmeric powder
½ (one-half) tsp salt
2¼ cups water
1 cup coconut milk
3 stalks spring onion, diced
2 prawns, cooked and peeled (or 4 large shrimp)
2 oz cooked pork, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper as desired for…
Added by Sandra & John Scott on July 15, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments
Xian was the start of the Silk Road and at one time the largest city in the world. Today the city of eight million is booming, and still home home to the famous "Terracotta Warriors" and other great attractions. Here are its do-not-misses:.
1. The Terra Cotta Warriors: The sight of thousands of life-size terra…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on June 25, 2015 at 10:47pm — No Comments
At one time there were more than 100,000 elephants in Thailand, mainly working in the timber business. In 1989, the worst flooding in the Thai history caused the death of thousands of people. The flood was a direct result of excessive timber harvesting. To protect the rapidly diminishing forests, the Thai government…Continue
Added by Sandra & John Scott on April 24, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments