A Popular Beach In Thailand Will Be Closed This Summer

If you’re visiting Thailand this summer, you’ll have to scrap plans to visit the beautiful beach called Maya Bay. Between June and September, Maya Bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Thailand will be closing to the public as local officials work to repair environmental damage according to the Guardian. A post […]

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Deal Alert: Round-Trip Flights To Thailand Are Less Than $500 Right Now

From its delectable street food to the accommodations, Thailand is a notoriously affordable country, but many budget travelers never make it to the Southeast Asian destination because flights are often more than $1,000. With the help of Google Flights, we’ve found plenty of airfare deals to Bangkok from cities like Los Angeles, New York and […]

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Hidden Bali: Escaping To The Plataran Menjangan Resort

Travel Noire’s Experience Designer Chad Evret reflects on a recent getaway to a resort in Bali.  Traveling to Southeast Asia and spending more than a month in Indonesia was one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. While on the island of Bali, I spent most of my time in the town of Ubud. […]

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36 Hours In Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia is a glorious city. Arriving can be difficult (the airport is a hazy, crowded experience where you’ll need a passport photograph will need to fill out a flurry of entry forms) but aside from that, Cambodia’s economic and political capital proved to be a very pleasant experience. From the airport, if you […]

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Deal Alert: Fly Round-Trip To The Philippines For $480 On Air China

It’s never too early to start planning a spring or fall getaway, especially if that means getting a good deal on a round-trip flight to the Philippines. Air China currently has round-trip flights to Manila for as little as $480 if you fly from New York City and travel in September. A sample flight is […]

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New Documentary Explores What It Means To Be Black In Tokyo

James Baldwin left the United States for what he felt to be fairer climes. “African Americans discover in Paris the terms by which they can define themselves,” the writer said of one of his homes away from home. “It’s the freedom to work beyond the assumptions of what we can and can’t do as African […]

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Bandung: An Escape from Jakarta, Indonesia’s Capital City

My first trip to Jakarta was a sensory assault. The contrasting sights of grand mosques, imposing shopping malls, and roadside food stalls swirled in the cacophony of buzzing motorbikes, taxis, and rickshaw carts. A simple trip across town easily became a three-hour tour, crawling through the maze of traffic. Watching the taxi meter tick away, […]

Chantal Blake

48 Hours in Kastamonu

After visiting Istanbul, Konya, and Cappadocia, you’re probably ready to unplug. A short retreat to Northern Turkey’s Black Sea region is your chance to reconnect to nature and visit historical sites without herds of crowds and persistent opportunists. You can stroll leisurely through town, go horseback riding, and hike through forest paths to discover canyons, […]

Chantal Blake

5 Vegan-Friendly Cuisines Around the World

When it comes to vegan travel, no two countries are alike. In some destinations, vegan and vegetarian dining is code for wealthy, first-world folks with money to spend. In other places, the idea is so foreign that you find yourself famished at the end of the day, puzzled by how hard it is to find […]

Chantal Blake

Cappadocia: A Stay To Remember

As the hubby and I sat down by the computer to book our 6-night getaway we were faced with travelers dilemma: where to go, how much to see and what to do. I knew from early on that I wanted to visit Turkey.  The hubby had already been to Istanbul without me and his stories had […]

Cynthia Andrew

24 Hours in Konya

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?” ― Rumi If you’ve ever been touched by the words of Rumi, you owe it to yourself to visit his home. Though not his birthplace, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad […]

Chantal Blake

Phuket’s Hidden Oasis

There are two types of travelers: those that are drawn to the ocean and those that find inner peace near the mountains. Personally, I have always found my ‘happiness’ near the water. After gallivanting my way through northern and central Thailand, I ended my journey in Phuket. The city boasts an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters, and I, was […]

Moraa Onyonka

A Zen Retreat in the Heart of Chiang Mai

Tucked away in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, Rachamankha Hotel is reminiscent of an eleventh century Chinese courtyard. Walking through the entrance, I was instantly transported to an older time period and enjoyed discovering secret paths and gardens. In fact, the architect intentionally modeled the property after historical Chinese dwellings to emulate the culture of Lanna Chiang […]

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Sofitel So: Bangkok’s Best Kept Secret

There’s a reason over one thousand people have given Sofitel So five stars on Tripadvisor: the design is modern, the location is unparalleled to none, and the staff is incredibly friendly and attentive. After checking in, I was greeted by the staff, who welcomed me with their signature jasmine colored and lemongrass infused welcome drink. With my drink […]

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Membership Has its Benefits

We were picked up at the airport and escorted to the Intercontinental Bali. We stepped out of the vehicle to a train of warm greetings from the staff. As we walked through the grandiose lobby welcomed with contagious smiles; we truly felt like we were coming home. The check-in process was near seamless.  We then walked through […]

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