TRAVEL: The Ao Nang Vacation Soundtrack
3 weeks 2 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Warm white sand beaches, tropical sun beating down, waves rolling in gently from an endless blue sea. Thailand is Paradise. Once you've waded through the garish ladyboys, offers of Thai massages, and testosterone-fueled fire shows, there is an incredible amount of good music. I had the chance to spend some time with a few of the local...

Capturing Kansai: Photos of the Faces of the People that you Meet
8 weeks 2 days ago

KANSAI, Japan -- Since living in Korea from February 2011, I’ve spent my week-long winter vacations in Japan, with the last two being in the Kansai region, flying in and out of Osaka.

I had become a keen street photographer since my first visit to Asia in late 2009, but just prior to my second visit to Japan, I had acquired a mirrorless camera with fixed lenses. The depth and quality of the images I could produce led me into focusing more on portraits.

Photo Essay: Ice Fishing Gangwon-do
9 weeks 4 days ago

The large area that was a lake freezes solid until spring.

The ice, more than a foot (30cm) thick, took considerable time to hack through. Some people brought power tools to move the process along.

4.7 Million Passengers Go Through Gimhae Airport
13 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Gimhae Immigration Office released a new study showing that last year more than 4.7 million people came to Busan from another country or left Busan to a foreign country through Gimhae airport. 

Of the roughly 4.7 mil people who left or came to the country via Gimhae, almost 2.4 mil passengers entered the country while more than 2.3 mil passengers exited the country. 

That is a 13.1 percent increase compared to 4.2 mil people who entered...

The Petite France Theme Park: Authentic Korean Kitsch
15 weeks 1 day ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- Most articles on places you can go are about places the author thinks the reader should visit. This is one of the different ones that is about a place you should not visit unless you are deeply moved by...

Travel Feature: Deluxe Korean Weekend Getaways on the Inside
20 weeks 6 days ago

Wow Pension (Geogje)

The Perfect Getaway - Avista Resort Hideaway and Spa
25 weeks 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Finding a beautiful resort to stay in Thailand is easy. Finding a resort with a commitment to revolutionize your vacation experience is something that makes you redefine your expectations when selecting a luxury stay.

I was...

Interview: Author, Essayist, and Travel Writer Rolf Potts
28 weeks 5 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- If you’ve heard the term ‘vagabonding,’ there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Rolf Potts. Though he invented neither the word nor the concept it denotes, he...

Photo Essay: The Faces of India
34 weeks 1 day ago

When I photograph people, I try to capture gestures that are unpolluted by the knowledge of my presence. I think in western culture, people are very conscious of self-image and how we are perceived. This makes it difficult to capture that which isn't poised or premeditated. Yet, for whatever reason, the people in India appeared largely unaffected by the camera. When they did pose themselves, their expressions were subtler, humbler, and seemed to hold truer to their everyday identities. This all makes it...

Hanjin Hostel in Gyeongju: After 35 Years Still a Place for `Interesting` People
35 weeks 6 days ago

GYEONGJU, South Korea -- If you consider yourself an interesting person—i.e., someone of good intelligence and a rare personality who is in quest of meaningful cultural experiences—then chances are you do not have much money. This means...

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