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RTW 10 1/2 – The Asia Edition

The Best of Bali: Nusa Lembongan

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 | 0 comments

The Best of Bali: Nusa Lembongan

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Bali is wonderful. I mean that, I really do.

The rice terraces of Ubud, the temples, the culture, the beautiful people…what’s not to love? I have visited the island twice before, on Round-the-World #5 and Round-the-World #9, and thoroughly enjoyed both trips.

But these days Bali is also known for endless traffic, mega-resorts, persistent hawkers and raucous nightlife. So when my husband and I visited recently, we went in search of a kinder, gentler Bali. A quieter, laid-back island with empty beaches, turquoise waters and the gentle Balinese spirit.

We found all of that and more just a 30-minute boat ride away on the neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan.

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Asia with Ease: A Cruise to Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Asia with Ease: A Cruise to Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

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It’s that time of year again! For a decade, I rang in each New Year with a trip around the world. But since Delta discontinued its award Round-the-World ticket in 2015, I’ve had to get a little more creative. For the past few years, that’s meant a lengthy visit to Southeast Asia instead, one of my favorite parts of the world and a terrific place to escape the US winter.

Last year, my husband Dave and I enjoyed tranquil visits to the Thai islands of Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe and the awe-inspiring island of Palawan, Philippines.

This year, we decided to mix things up a bit. We wanted to visit Vietnam and return to Thailand, but I wasn’t keen on a repeat of my last visit to Vietnam (which involved a rather unpleasant 36-hour train ride).

So, I went in search of a more convenient and relaxed way to see the country and discovered that, lo and behold, cruise ships visit Vietnam these days. Yes, an Asia cruise, now that just might be the way to go!

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