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Temple of Preah Vihear: Sacred amidst Tensions

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When I found out that it was possible (albeit near-impossibility at that time) to visit this sacred temple on a day trip from Siem Reap in 2012, I immediately grabbed the opportunity to see it while it was then — once again — enjoying a short “time of peace”. For a very long time in […]

Abra, The Philippines: The Tingguians, Bamboos, and the Art of Dyeing

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Abra is a province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that is notorious for its records of election-related violence more than any other thing. Development is slow in this province and not much is really happening inside. It is, therefore, not at all surprising that this place is not one of those that would be […]

Hong Kong: Kowloon Walled City Park

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When I first moved to Hong Kong in 1990, there was a part of the city that was off bounds. It was an ungoverned slum called the Kowloon Walled City, with layer after layer of tenement buildings so close to one another that daylight sometimes never reached the minuscule alleyways. In the center of the […]

Searching for trams in Hong Kong

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One of my favorite things about living in Hong Kong was traveling an hour south from my home to see the trams glide up and down the northern part of Hong Kong Island. So when I returned to Hong Kong two years ago for the first time in fourteen years, I made sure my husband […]

Hunza, Pakistan: The Lady Finger Peak

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  “Pakistan is one of the most plundered countries whose riches and potential yet awaits to be discovered”, remarked my driver-cum- guide as we took leave from Eagle nest- the hotel where I had spent the night. I had traveled all the way from Islamabad to Gilgit –Baltistan, the newly formed province in North Pakistan […]

How to Celebrate Songkran – Thailand’s Best Fest

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Celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from the 13th to 15th of April, Songkran has evolved into the absolute largest water festival in the world.

Windows Phone Update with the Rajnas!

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Thanks to Nokia and Microsoft for sharing our story in their latest Windows Phone Update through their Newsletter: Nokia Lumia owners: Is it time to plan a vacation? With your Nokia Lumia, you don’t need to pack a camera. Traveler and writer, Lisa Rajna, recorded her travels in South-East Asia with her Nokia Lumia 925. […]

Saving Thailand’s Elephants

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It’s a reality that travel is now an accessible commodity to much of the population. We’ve the freedom to travel to the locations that stir our sense of wanderlust, but do we have the foresight to ensure our trip doesn’t have a negative impact on the local area? I recently spoke to some of travel’s […]

Phuket: Thailand’s Island Utopia

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Where in the world can you experience an all you can eat buffet with seafood that was caught that day and cooked to your liking for next to nothing? Where in the world can you paddle a kayak in the sea to go rock climbing and then lounge on the beach afterwards? Where in the […]

Afghanistan: Times of Lull in the “War On Terror”

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When you hear the words “War on Terror”, “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Op Herrick”, what do you think about?  Typically people tend to hear these words and immediately think about all of the negative things that could be going on with their friends, family and loved ones.  Are they in a dangerous situation? What are […]