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A colonial hotel and great restaurant in Vigan, Philippines

The picturesque northwestern Luzon city of Vigan is a colonial treasure, highly recommended by WoWasis for her outstanding architecture. While there, we stayed at the Villa Angela, a wonderful rambling colonial house that’s been turned into an inn, and found an exceptional restaurant, Café Leona.  Villa Angela, on Quirino Boulevard, is within easy walking distance […]

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WoWasis visits the temples of Myauk U, Burma

WoWasis visitors to Burma will love Myauk U (also known as Mrauk U), an enchanting hill area dotted with dozens of temples. Myauk U is off the beaten track, but the intrepid traveler will be richly rewarded for taking a few hours of travel time to see one of Southeast Asia’s unspoiled archaeological zones.  On […]

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WoWasis visits the lovely town of Sittwe, Burma, on the Bay of Bengal

WoWasis visitors will love Sittwe, a pleasant but simple Burmese seaside town, with lovely traditional buildings sporting a rustic charm.  Sitting at the opening of the Kaladan River to the Bay of Bengal, this trading town is the gateway the old temple city of Myauk U, a day’s boat ride up the Aungdat tributary of […]

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A hotel tourist rip-off to avoid in Sittwe, Burma

We here at WoWasis had some major issues with the Prince Hotel, in the town of Sittwe, Burma, which advertises air con rooms (which don’t have working air con), prophylactic-filled landings, and a shell-game run in conjunction with shady boat operators, plying their trade to the historic Myauk U site nearby. The hotel had arranged […]

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Visit a traditional longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo while you still can

Visiting a Dayak Longhouse is, by everyone’s account, one of the highlights  of a visit to the state of Sarawak, Borneo. Some westerners, though, have an aversion to “roughing it,” and elect to go for a day visit, rather than an overnight stay.  This is a mistake for several reasons, the chief of which is […]

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Resort and hotel Spas in Cambodia

Note: for all medical procedures, remember to consult your own doctor.  We do not recommend participating in any medical procedure without first discussing the situation with a professional.  The data on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute a recommendation.Resort/Hotel spas offer professional spa services within a hotel or resort environment.  […]

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A clean execution: is this the world’s most dangerous shower?

From our ‘How do I tell your mother how you really died?’ dept.  Here at WoWasis, we’d wager that most shower electrocutions occur in Asia, and this photo, taken in a hotel in Bontoc, Philippines, explains it all. Just imagine soaping up, raising your arms for a rinse, then snagging that nasty electric cord just […]

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Bangkok Hotel closures provoke more worry for beleaguered Thai tourism industry

The downtick of Thailand’s tourism business that started with the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) closing of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2008 has continued unabated with the red-shirted United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s (UDD) protest at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection in 2010. The Bangkok Post reported on April 21 that the InterContinental Bangkok and […]

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Hotels and Lodging

This section of the WoWasis Travel Blog features all your travel experiences and thoughts as you visit the hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, inns, homestays, resorts, boat lodging, mountain huts and camp grounds of the world. From the 5-star to the no-star, share your stories and recommendations here!

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