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Sublime in Samui

September 3, 2015

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REENA KARIM heads to Koh Samui for the first time and where better to stay than at the memorable Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam. My plane was preparing for landing and slowly descended towards the island. In a dramatic fashion, curtains of clouds parted ways and revealed lush tropical vegetation, emerald peaks of varied elevations, and crystal clear waters with specs of […]

Dusit Delights

June 11, 2015

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REENA KARIM heads to the summer capital of the Thai royal family to spend a weekend in the timeless elegance of the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Resort. I take a moment from typing at my desk and glance at the small, white-throated Kingfisher sitting just outside of my bedroom window. It is chirping furiously at […]

Streamside Sanctuary

May 27, 2014

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REENA KARIM and her friend head to a lesser-known part of Khao Yai for a blissful weekend at Ndol Streamside Thai Villas. I have had just about enough of beachside retreats. The novelty of the ocean, the sound of waves, the sand, and the romance of the sunset usually wear out after the first day, which is why I […]

Travel: Pranburi’s Hidden Getaway

January 27, 2014

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Unimpeded by rainy weather, REENA KARIM soaks in the tropical landscaping and luxurious villa living at the Sheraton Villas Pranburi. I dip my toes into the still waters of the infinity pool, only to jerk them back a second later. The clear blue water, as inviting as it looks, is icy cold. The weatherman forecasts a gloomy Saturday with no sun […]

Hanoi for the Hungry

October 30, 2013

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An intrepid foodie, REENA KARIM parted the crazy crowds of this charming old city for litres of local beer and the best of street eats. They say the heart of any country lies in its people and the food. I, of course, care more for the food. So when we embarked on a trip to Hanoi, I […]

Fear and Floating in Kanchanaburi

April 30, 2013

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Away from the usual tourist traps, REENA KARIM visits The Float House, befriends the Mon locals, and even faces her terror of the water. A short shuttle bus ride outside Kanchanaburi, I arrived at the appointed pier where I was escorted down a wooden rope bridge to a floating deck and onto my personal long-tailed boat. I imagined this […]

Postcard from Cicada Market, Hua-Hin

December 18, 2012

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travel……… (featured in Masala Magazine in December 2012, Thailand) [For original click on the link below] Postcard Dear Masala, I know you’re in Hua Hin almost every other weekend, having sangkhaya with sticky rice at the night market, but have you been to Cicada, the so-called outdoor art market? I just got back, and I just loved it! […]