Satri House Luang Prabang 12

Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

Sorry for the delay on this folks -- not to get too much into the sausage-making, but we had planned to pause this particular narrative while Ben finished sharing details on his trip to Sri Lanka, with the idea being that I'd publish the rest of this…

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Srilankan Business Class A330 – 35

Review: SriLankan Airlines Business Class A330 Tokyo To Colombo

I had only ever flown SriLankan's A330-300 business class on the very short flight from Colombo to Male, so was looking forward to seeing how their long haul product compared. We boarded through the forward door, and turned right into the business class…

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Lao Airlines Review 5

Lao Airlines ATR 72 Hanoi To Luang Prabang

Our boarding gate was close to the lounge, and as we had checked our bags we were in no particular rush. I also suspected we'd be at a remote stand, so we did a bit of shopping on our way in hopes of avoiding lengthy bus queues. We arrived at the gate…

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Hanoi Awesome Travel Street Food Tour 7

Visiting Hanoi, Vietnam: 6 Things I Loved (And You Might Too)

We only had a quick 30ish hours in Hanoi. That was enough to get a taste of the city, begin to appreciate the culture and mix of architectural styles, and of course enjoy some great local cuisine. We loved strolling in the neighborhoods around Hoàn Kiếm…

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Hilton Hanoi 38

Review: Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel

After a quick breakfast at our Airbnb in Hoi An we left for the Da Nang airport, arriving about an hour before our 10:30AM flight. The airport was clean and efficient, our flight was on-time, and our pre-arranged driver met us at arrivals when we landed…

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Hoi An Vietnam 8

Visiting Hoi An, Vietnam: Delightfully Touristy (No, Really!)

Unlike Phu Quoc, Hoi An is a town that has figured out their tourism industry -- to the max. The golden-hued UNESCO city is atmospheric, and charming, and in ways reminded me of Italy; particularly the towns on the Amalfi Coast. There's a tacit understanding…

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Hoi An Airbnb 5

Airbnb Review: Orchid House Hoi An

We decided to stay in Hoi An rather than Da Nang primarily because of weather concerns -- everyone cautioned that Da Nang wouldn't be warm enough to enjoy the beach in February, so we figured if it was going to be too cold to swim we'd prefer being in…

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Nam Nghi Phu Quoc 26

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Review (A Hyatt Unbound Collection Property)

We knew that we wanted to incorporate a few days of beach time into this trip, but had been cautioned that Da Nang and Hoi An would be far too cold to enjoy the beach in February (this ended up being far from the truth, but weather is like that sometimes).…

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Park Hyatt Saigon Watermark

Review: Park Hyatt Saigon

When it came time to book our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, I didn't even look beyond the Park Hyatt Saigon. Ben had stayed there a few years ago and raved about it (though never wrote a full review), and the location seemed perfect for our purposes. Booking…

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Laos Mountains

Introduction: Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia

I feel like we've been talking about this trip my cousin Heather and I were going to take with our moms for months now (granted, we booked much further in advance than I typically do), so I'm excited to be finally reporting back with all the fun details.…

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Delta A220 – 1

Flying Delta A220 First Class: My Experience

Delta recently became the first US airline to take delivery of the Airbus A220. This plane was formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries, but ended up being rebranded as the A220 thanks to a joint venture between Bombardier and Airbus. The A220 represents…

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New Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul – 16

Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge New Istanbul Airport

On Monday night I spent about eight hours at the new Istanbul Airport, which just officially opened this past Saturday. I've already written a detailed review of the new airport, which is both beautiful and poorly designed. In this post I wanted to share…

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Istanbul New Airport – 5

Istanbul’s New Airport Is A Hot Beautiful Mess

Skipping ahead on my current mini-trip report series, I wanted to share my thoughts on the new Istanbul airport, which just opened over the weekend. I spent last night at the airport, as I landed at around 11PM and departed around 7AM. I was curious…

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Qantas Lounge Narita – 5

Review: Qantas Lounge Tokyo Narita Airport

After checking out the American Admirals Club, we decided to check out the Qantas Lounge. Narita Terminal 2 sure does have a lot of oneworld lounge options! Our flight was departing from the Terminal 2 satellite gates, and conveniently that's also where…

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American Admirals Club Narita – 4

Review: American Admirals Club Tokyo Narita Airport

We got to Narita Airport at around 7AM. As I found out the previous month, security only opens quite late at Narita, and by the time we were through security and immigration it was 7:30AM. Initially my plan was to visit the Japan Airlines First Class…

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Ana Crowne Plaza Narita – 14

Review: ANA Crowne Plaza Narita Airport

For our one night stay in Narita we decided to book the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita, which is an IHG property. In the past I've always stayed at the Hilton Narita, but I figured I'd try something new, just to compare. The rate for our one night stay was…

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Japan Airlines Business Class 787 – 4

Review: Japan Airlines Business Class 787 Dallas To Tokyo

We had spent the night prior to our flight at the Grand Hyatt DFW, which is connected to the terminal. So we ended up only arriving at the airport shortly before boarding started. For what it's worth, Japan Airlines passengers have access to the American…

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Amanwella – 11

Introduction: Sri Lanka Beyond The Airport

Welcome to my next trip report, covering travel in business class on Japan Airlines, SriLankan, and KLM, as well as some hotels in Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, and more. I've flown through Colombo Airport over a dozen times. That's because Colombo is known…

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