by Renae Virata |It’s the Year of the Snake…according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar! To properly celebrate, whether it is a part of your culture or not, make a statement in red, the color of good luck in Chinese culture.
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by Renae Virata | I remember commenting on a post by my fellow blogger and friend about whether people dress in costume when they visit oter countries. In India, it’s hard to escape and fun to do. I, myself, did not go so far as to don a complete sari as other foreign visitors had, but it seemed perfectly acceptable to do so. The farthest I had gone was to wear my hot pink, embroidered maxi skirt I’d bought in Jaisalmer and one of three pairs of fabulous leather sandals and flats I’d succumbed to buying. Read the rest of this entry »
I got to explore several areas for Bangkok shopping. My main takeaway: stay away from the tourist traps! That includes the famed floating market a few hours outside of the city and Khao San Road. Of course, if they are your only options, be prepared to do some MAJOR bargaining. I regretfully bought some Thai coinpurses at the floating market that a girl in a passing gondola said she’d paid less than half of what I had paid!
If you plan to visit a local temple and are not sure of the dress code, err on the conservative. Make sure you cover your knees and shoulders. The particular temple we visited, Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, prohibits scarves as shoulder covers, unlike cathedrals in Italy, for example, that provide cheap papercloths for this purpose. At Tiger Temple, they sell simple pants for around 200 baht (or US$6.50).
Check out these looks from our visit: Read the rest of this entry »
by Renae Virata | As my friends and I set out for a fun day of shopping down Khao San Road (what my friend Jen S. and I lovingly call ‘Rodeo Drive’ for the considerable tourist markups), we never could have anticipated just how hot and sticky our excursion would be. It is hooooot year-round in Bangkok, so it’s important to pack the lightest and airiest clothes possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, this is it! As I mentioned in a recent post, I will take up the challenge of bringing only ONE carry-on and a backpack for my trip. Last night, I excitedly laid out everything I will be bringing. Will I meet the challenge? How will I fare at the supposedly cheap Thai markets in adding to my trip wardrobe? Follow the WTW Travelista blog to find out…For now, here’s a snapshot of my travel gear. Read the rest of this entry »
by Renae Virata
Since my trips to Thailand and India will be fast-paced and limited on proper beauty prep areas (I’m not bringing a hairdryer, products and must share two bathrooms with 7 other gals!), I decided to take some beauty shortcuts to make my trip a little easier. Two weeks ago I did the keratin smoothing treatment and tomorrow, I am getting gel nails! Read the rest of this entry »
If you have time to shop the numerous stalls you will run into across Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, then leave some empty space in your bag for your finds! Clothing is ridiculously inexpensive in Thailand, so you could probably buy 75% of your trip wardrobe for almost nothing. (Part of the Thailand and India Travel Diary series!)
by Renae Virata
I can hardly believe it’s mid-January already – only one and a half months until my big trips to Thailand and India! Serendipitously, I came across an article touting the amazing stores and features of a new mall in Bangkok called Terminal 21 that I will be sure to check out and review for you guys via video, tweets, and posts. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dee Mason
Bali, also known as the ‘island of a thousand temples,’ is a small tropical island in South East Asia. Part of the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’ was filmed in Bali, which has massively increased its popularity, though its inherent beauty has always made it a top destination for an exotic getaway long before Julia Roberts paid a visit. Read the rest of this entry »