Destination: Asia

  • Bam! Splat! Getting soaked in Bangkok

    Boom! "What was that?" I asked as the needle-nosed long-tail boat shuddered. "I dunno," my friend Lane said with a shrug. "Maybe we hit something." I turned to ask our boat pilot, but he was no longer manning the motor. He was flat on the deck, covering his head with his hands, trembling. This...

  • Busy days and luxurious nights

    GETTING THERE: From LAX, connecting service to Ho Chi Minh City is available on Asiana, Korean, JAL, Philippine, China, Thai, EVA, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon and Malaysian airlines. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $709. TELEPHONES: To call numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international...

  • Positively charming Singapore

    Forget those unflattering stereotypes. The colorful, multicultural nation is a civilized haven with much to offer visitors.

  • Picture-perfect Phuket

    Picture-perfect Phuket

    It isn't what you'd call undiscovered, but the island and its sister islets have pockets of rare beauty -- if you know where to look.

  • Prancing About Phuket

    Prancing About Phuket


  • Affordable access to Asia

    Too much of a good thing is wonderful on a low-cost airline pass trip to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Taiwan.

  • Budget for two for 30 days in Asia

    Actual expenses for this trip: AccessAsia Passes (includes taxes and some airport fees) $1,972.30 Other flights (Chiang Mai and Siem Reap) $437.86 Airport fees not covered by pass $77.80 Visas (Cambodia only) $40.00 Travel insurance $185.00 Immunizations and malaria pills $835.00 Cooking school,...

  • Where to stay, what to eat

    AIR PASSES: Malaysia's AccessAsia Pass (30 days; up to 25 cities) starts at $899 for 2003. By comparison, restricted round-trip fares from LAX to Kuala Lumpur begin at $1,030. Cathay Pacific's All Asia Pass (21 days; up to 18 cities) starts at $999 if you participate in Cathay Pacific's CyberTravelers...

  • Aloha to the Asian tropics

    The country's southernmost province is a tropical retreat with some upscale resorts but unpolished charm -- not to mention a monkey paradise.

  • Tripped up during a cheap waltz through China

    It seemed like a great idea: Take a budget winter tour of China by flying to England and joining a British group. London would be a bonus. It was the mid-'80s. A cheerful tour representative, whom I'll call Harry, met us at London's Heathrow Airport, guided us to a hotel, then disappeared. Three...

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