Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Bangkok is currently experiencing a revival of traditional regional food, rather than only chasing after the latest international trends.  In my opinion, the best Thai food comes from the Northeast region called Isan.  Isan Thai Food is famous for being very spicy and pungent, seasoned with fresh herbs and fermented fish (plah rah), featuring some […]

Cradle Mountain Overland Track in Tasmania

cradle mountain overland track

The Cradle Mountain Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 kilometer, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The stunning scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation […]

Mekong Riverview Hotel: oasis of peace in Luang Prabang

luang prabang hotel

This is a review of the Mekong Riverview Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, where I stayed in January 2015. This is the hotel I would come back to if I find myself in Luang Prabang again. Here are the reasons why I love this hotel: (1) It is located on the quietest, most secluded part of […]

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Chile

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs is a Japanese-style onsen in Chile about an hour’s drive from the village of Pucon in the lake district. It is one of our favorite places in Chile because of the unique design that blends with the stunning surroundings. The Architecture blog, Arch Daily recently published an article about the hot springs.

Top Five Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv

Top Five Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv

It is time to update our top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv. Ten years ago, when I stayed at Nina Suites for the first time, the tel aviv hotel market was completely dominated by large chain hotels.  Today there are more than twenty five small and hip hotels in the city, and here are our top five […]

Top ski hotels in Switzerland

luxury hotel zermatt

Mapplr’s selection of top ski hotels in Switzerland Riffelalp Resort: luxury hotel high up in the Swiss Alps (Zermatt) Hotel Bellevue des Alpes in Kleine Scheidegg: grand hotel in the shadow of the Eiger The Lodge: Sir Richard Branson’s mountain retreat in Verbier, Switzerland (the ultimate in ski lodge luxury) Hotel Matthiol: cozy modern luxury […]

Top ski hotels in France

top ski hotels in france

If you are headed for the ski slopes in France and you still haven’t figured out where to stay, check out our list of the top ski hotels in France. Hameau Albert 1er: luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant in Chamonix, France (top choice in Chamonix) Alpaga Hotel (Megeve) Le Chalet Zannier (Megeve) Hotel Koh-i Nor […]

Kurokawa Onsen: Hot Springs lodging in Japan

Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen Resort is a part of Minami-oguni Town, located just about in the center of Kyushu, at the base of Kuju mountains. The spa resort is built along the upper stream valley of the Chikugo River, the longest river in Kyushu, at 700 meter elevation. Because of the topography, large hotels were never built […]

Top ski hotels in Italy

top ski hotels in italy

Here is our list of the top ski hotels in Italy (in Corvara, Madonna di Campiglio, San Cassiano and more). Some of these hotels are family-owned (such as Hotel La Perla Corvara, our favourite in the Alta Badia region), which means you’ll get a lot of personal attention and excellent service. Hotel La Perla Corvara […]

Lofoten Islands Norway

Lofoten Islands Norway

The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway, and are an excellent destination for hiking and cycling in the summer and for watching the Northern Lights in the winter. The Hurtigruten Ferry visits the Islands on its way along the coast from Bergen to Kirkeness.