Pretty in Pink  — A Guide to Jaipur, India

You’ll find plenty of pink hues around India’s ‘Pink City’, but actually – Jaipur is a riot of colors. From crumbling forts to some of the country’s savviest concept stores, we’re giving you the lowdown on where to eat, shop and sleep in Jaipur. First things first: the Jaipur highlights We’re never big on ‘must-see’…

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7 India Souvenirs for Design-savvy Travelers

If your idea of a ‘unique India souvenir’ is a Ganesha trinket or a cheap hippie bag, then read on. We’ve scoured India’s best concept stores and design studios to pick some of our favorite gifts to bring back home. ‘Sar: The Essence of Indian Design’ book Indian households harbor a wealth of interesting objects:…

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Vernacular Frenzy — 11 Everyday India Souvenirs

India’s best souvenirs aren’t found in gift shops and craft markets, but in places where the locals do their everyday shopping. From household items to kitchen utensils, we selected some of our favorite finds.  Where to find it Most of these items are some common, you’re bound to find them before you even start looking.…

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Cheap and Cheerful — Thailand’s Mom & Pop Shop Souvenirs

Cheap, cheerful and a touch of Isaan-chic. These trinkets just scream ‘Thailand’, and make a colorful touch to even the dreariest of interiors (or, you know, you could also use them for their intended purpose). At less than a 100 baht a piece, it’s hard to not pick up a few to bring back home.…

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10 Thailand souvenirs that don’t suck

Let’s be honest: did you really like that tiny tuk-tuk, paper umbrella or tacky buddha statue your friends brought you as a souvenir from their Thailand trip? Probably not. That’s why we’ve selected 10 unique gifts, so you don’t have to be *that* friend. Most of these items are locally made and exclusively available in…

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Souvenir shopping in Iran (for design-savvy travelers)

Before arriving in Iran, we told ourselves to not bring anything but a small keepsake home. Little did we know that Iran’s mesmerizing bazaars, quirky antique stores, and carpet shops would make this an absolutely impossible promise to keep… This is what we ended up lugging back home: Best places for souvenir shopping in Iran…

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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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Weird and wonderful — Papaya Studio in Bangkok

Part vintage store, part photo studio and part museum, Papaya Studio is a place unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Grown from a collection of classic furniture and random oddities accumulated over the last 25 years by the eccentric shop owner, Mr. Tong, this massive depot now houses one of the largest vintage and antique collections in…

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