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The sign at the end of the drive for Hotel Carnival entices guests with clowns. As you drive up to the hotel, another clown awaits a top an arch - like a love hotel as envisoned by Steven King.

My months in a love hotel

For about two months,

Room 1003 of

the Come Inn hotel served as both my temporary housing quarters and

office.

Many of...

Bangkok's streets bustle with traffic on shopping-intensive routes near Siam Square.

Immerse yourself in the non-stop energy of busy, bustling Bangkok

They looked like women.

They had slender arms and curvy waists. They wore enough eyeliner and foundation to keep local drug stores...

A Buddhist monk looks out from 13th Century Bayon, the last state Hindu temple to be built under the Angkor civilization.

Reap benefits

There are some places you go to escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in authentic local living.

There are places like that in...

Motorbikes on a Hanoi street at night.

Busy busy Hanoi

Most of what I found in Hanoi, I loved: walkable streets; cheap but delicious food that could rival that at a three-star restaurant;motorbike...

A woman sells spices and dried shrimp at a street market in central Hanoi.

Finding quiet in Vietnam

Stroll through Hanoi’s tourist-packed Old Quarter, and you can’t miss the nearly identical posters plastered in the windows of the countless...

Elephants walk in a ring during a show at the National Elephant Institute in Thailand. The Institute helps rehabilitate injured elephants and works to better treatment of elephants in Thailand.

A ride you'll never forget

Two trainers stood behind me and yelled, "Go, go, go!" Muscles already sore and strained, I took a running start and jumped again.

I ended...

The Great Wall of China.

CHINA

It was so amazing to believe this was China: Audis on the highways, Heinekens at the bars, Nine West and Adidas shoes available at non-knock-off...

Michelle and Hema atop an elephant on a trek through a forest on Koh Lanta. The elephant is native to northern Thailand, but many are brought down south to work as part of the tourist industry. Our trek lasted two hours and included an hour-long ride and an hour-long hike into the woods to a waterfall.

The quiet side of Thailand

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on

visiting Thailand, from the street vendors and bars of Bangkok to the

spas...

Just one of many golden turrets inside the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The palace, built in the late 18th century, was home to the country's Rama leaders. Now the Thai king only visits for ceremonial rites, such as changing the robes on the Emerald Buddha three times a year.

3 nights in Bangkok

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part

series on visiting Thailand. Next week's story will take you from the

belching buses...

Mongolia's rule once stretched throughout Asia and into Europe. Now the country is finding its way as a new democracy in a global marketplace. Still, with only 2.8 million people spread across 600,000 square miles of country, the present can seem slow to eclipse the past.

Mongolia: A country of choices

As our plane taxied from the runway it

neared midnight, two hours later than our scheduled arrival in

Ulaanbaatar. Passengers...

The trail to Hiji Falls follows the picturesque stream for much of the time. You can see the trail guard rails in the top right hand side of this picture.

Stairways to heaven

"There are so many stairs."

That's a common response -- some would call it a complaint -- about visiting the picturesque Hiji Falls.

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Upon leaving the Mai Dreamin maid cafe in Akihabara, visitors blow out a candle signifying the end of the dream. Clockwise from left: Tim Boisvert, Peter Smith, Bryan Koslow, David Heath, and Josh Porter.

STAG NIGHT

The prospect of finding an acceptable venue for a religious man's bachelor party is what led a group of six 30-somethings to Tokyo's electronics...

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