Limalimo Lodge in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

The rugged landscape of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park isn’t exactly the place where you’d expect a state-of-the-art boutique hotel to pop up, yet that is exactly what the fantastic team behind Limalimo Lodge managed to build. We took the hellish 14-hour bus ride from Addis Ababa to the Simien Mountains on our Eastern Africa trip…

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Less is more — TUVE hotel in Hong Kong

Is “depressing, but in a good way” a thing? If it is, then I’d use that to describe my stay at TUVE in Hong Kong’s Tin Hau district. From the moment I opened the heavy, oxidized metal front gate and stepped inside the monolith-like building that houses TUVE,  a sense of gloom fell over me. The result of…

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Halal Heaven — Bangkok’s Muslim Restaurant

I clearly remember my first time at Muslim Restaurant in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district – it was about a year ago, on my usual lunch-break-stroll in the area around my office, that I decided to finally give this place a try. I’ve passed by many times, but as I’ve never been a fan of places…

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How to survive a visit to Chatuchak Market

Let’s face it: the Chatuchak Weekend Market just sucks. It’s unbearably hot, there are a million sweaty tourists slumping around and about 90% of the stalls are filled with useless crap. Luckily, there’s a few stalls and sections that stand out from this cesspool of mediocracy – making the suffering somewhat worth it.

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Labor of love — The Katamama in Bali

Ask us about our favorite hotel in Asia, and chances are high you’ll get “Katamama!” for an answer. It’s not often that you find a hotel where everything just… works. From the custom-made cocktail mugs at the hotel’s Akademi bar to the hand-woven bathrobes made by artisans from Bali’s Blahbatuh village, the obsessive attention to…

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Swahili Dreams — a Guide to Lamu, Kenya

Oh, Lamu… mention its name and we get flashbacks of golden sunsets, swaying palms, whitewashed Swahili villas and bougainvillea-covered terraces. This little island, just off the coast of Kenya, was the absolute highlight of our trip to Kenya, yet it remains surprisingly (and luckily) off the well-trodden tourist trail. Don’t make the same mistake as many…

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