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Memories Of The Holidays In Thailand

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 6:00 AM

While living in Chiang Mai, Thailand and raising my son there, most American traditions and holidays fell by the wayside in favor of the colorful, local celebrations. Christmas, however, stayed on the calendar.

Each December we would decorate a corner of our covered veranda using local greenery, from our...

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The 9 Best Things To Do In Vietnam

(12) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Vietnam is one of my favorite places in Asia. So much history, so much natural beauty, and the Vietnamese people themselves are renowned for their graciousness and good cheer. They harbor no resentment toward Americans despite a decade of bombings during the war. In fact they hold us in the...

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A New Era Of Openness In Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:00 AM

I've waited for nearly three decades for this moment in history. A new era of openness and optimism is dawning in Myanmar (Burma), akin to what Europe experienced at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. My company has run trips to Burma since the 1980s, and I have...

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