Travel: Must-See

Thailand and back again

Individual and collective consciousness in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Squeezing into the oyster can of LAX and 19 hours of flying coach later, Bangkok hits me like a freight train: Heavy air and loud noise bounce off paved streets and temporarily blind a few ...

Zion & Bryce: a Utah national parks tour

Tips for hiking the Narrows, the Subway and more in this Reader travel guide.

I had never been to Utah before this trip, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Ranches, cowboys, Mormons? Southern Utah is canyons and valleys, red sandstone rocks and landscapes that Dr. Seuss would find ...

The Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks

Among the most stunning slices of natural wonder in the world.

“Keep close to nature’s heart….and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~ John Muir The stretch of Canadian Rockies encompassing ...

The next Koh Phi Phi: Koh Rong, Cambodia

Add this less-touristed (for now) island to your Southeast Asia list.

Editor's note: this article was originally written in 2013, after the author returned from a trip to Asia. As Cambodia continues its surge in developing mass tourism, there are several places where the change will ...

Another side of Havana

The number of visitors may have doubled last year — but the time to go is still now.

Late afternoon in Havana: Local schoolboys are playing soccer in the central square of the recently renovated Plaza Vieja. Colorful, historic buildings ring the plaza. A warm tropical breeze wafts through the air and the ...

Myanmar on the move

Go soon: tourism is on the rise, and the country's changing faster than ever.

Last year I visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a country which only opened its doors to tourism in the past 5-10 years. Prior to this, the country was under strict military rule. Many travelers ...

Antelope Canyon, #nofilter

Instagram's favorite red-rock slot canyon can be done in a long weekend.

Nestled about halfway between Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, has some knock-your-eyes-out-jaw-dropping natural phenomena of its own. A small, nondescript town in northern Arizona, Page highlights its proximity to Antelope Canyon ...

Intrepidly visiting hotspot Israel

There’s nothing quite like the Holy Land. Go while you still can.

Just as I last left Israel, the bodies of three missing young men had turned up. The week before I was to return, there were two young men murdered in front of Old Jerusalem’s Jaffa ...

Downtown L.A.: trashy to trendy

Get your arts & culture fix, no driving required — just an easy ride up the Pacific Surfliner.

In the 90s and early 00s, despite its impressively tall high-rise skyline, downtown Los Angeles was generally NOT somewhere you would go by choice. Maybe once in awhile for a museum or a convention. Or ...

Adventures in Tokyo

With new nonstop flights from S.D., find your Lost in Translation moment.

Japan had been on our vacation destination list for decades, but it always seemed too far away and too expensive. This year, noticing a substantial drop in airfare prices and the introduction of an 11½ ...

Night's song in Mexico City

A night well spent in Mexico's fun-loving cosmopolitan capital.

I woke up this morning feeling like there was something in my head — knocking, asking me to let it spill out. There was a rhythm and a beat and a step. I was being ...

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