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Indeed.That being said, there are a handful of hotels in Asia that are so legendary that one should certainly take the opportunity to stay when offered. They are Hong Kong's Peninsula, Shanghai's Astor House, Penang's E&O, Bangkok's Oriental, Bombay's Taj Mahal Palace, Rangoon's Strand, Columbo's Galle Face, and the Raffles in Singapore.
New or used is fine by me.
It's rather tame. Some say the world's best Indian food is cooked there, btw. Pity HK's walled city isn't around anymore; there was a perilous place.
Everyone one of 'em would look so much better in equestrian boots, engineer boots or even Dr. Martens. Hell, put 'em in Le Chameau wellies as long as they aren't decorated with daisies or kittens or marshmallows.On a related note on Sat. I watched my wife and her sister model Hermes Kelly equestrian boots. Gawddam I love hardware on a boot. Too sexy. My sister-in-law pulled the trigger; my wife wouldn't since she has the RL Serana boot for fashion and Asprey for...
Here you go, stay at the Y. It's better than the W. And it's next door to Hong Kong's legendary Peninsula Hotel, a shell of its former self once the Daimlers were replaced by Rolls Royces - airport pickup has never been as grand. If you meet the requirement for free membership (or can fake it) stay at the HK Mariners' Club. For the genuine HK experience stay at the Chungking Mansions. They've fixed it up quite a bit since I've stayed there, so obviously it isn't as...
A day w/o kimchi is like a day w/o sunshine.Koreans really aren't the assimilators like the Filipinos are. Koreans in the States call the Americans "foreigners". They're like the Amish. But w/ technology. And clothing w/ buttons.
Oh to be young and sensible. You're in for a tough life. It's called protectionism. Koreans don't want inexpensive food imports and are willing pay through the nose to support (most of) their farmers. They had to sacrifice their banana growers a few years back, but Korea isn't tropical and they couldn't figure out how to sell domestically grown ones for less than $1.50. Each.You ought to see the price of rice. The most expensive rice in the world is grown there. And...
Ah yes... the supple tongue of Komodo dragon.
Obviously you have to work within your budget. That $4k may look like a lot, but you've got $33 a day. For everything. (If you do have $5k still budget your travel for $4k and you'll have money for a few extravagances, such as hiring a guide and auto-ricksaw for Angkor Wat rather than hiring a bicycle.) So, how much of that $33 will go to your bedding? In Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos cheap lodging of less than $10 is available in areas; of course you're roughing it and...
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