May 5, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND From LAX, Thai Airways, Korean, Singapore and Cathay Pacific offer connecting service (change of plane) to Chiang Mai. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $923, including taxes and fees. Chai Lai Orchid, 202 Moo 9, T Mae Win, Mae Wang, Thailand; 011-66-906-702-693, http://www.chailaiorchid.com . The standard and deluxe rooms, $80 and $94 a night, respectively, have air conditioning, mini-bars and outdoor seating. Lanna rooms, for larger groups, are $80 a night, and Thai-style eco-huts with grass roofs are $60 a night.
May 5, 2013 |
MAE WANG, Thailand - As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang. " Two wiry boatmen, steering with long poles, navigated the raft beneath the branches of overhanging trees, around boulders and through bars of late-afternoon sunlight. The men are part of Pham's staff, hired from the hill tribes and Burmese refugee communities of northern Thailand.
March 12, 2013 |
He runs with a cellphone pressed tightly against his hip, but she never calls, so for 26.2 miles he runs with his memories. In the first hour, she is walking again through the German countryside. By the middle of the race, she is dancing again to their classical favorites. At the finish line, she is strolling with their two children into the best years of her life. Then John Creel, 77, towels off, catches his breath, and returns to the marathon that is his life as a full-time caregiver for wife Ingrid, whose body has been rendered helpless by the evils of multiple sclerosis.
March 6, 2013 |
An orchid isn't exactly a puppy, but it is one of those gifts that requires regular care. If you're given one - or if you pick one up this weekend at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show - you should know the basics. Brian Petraska, the Orchid Guy expert who will be offering demonstrations at the show, took the time to answer some fundamental orchid questions for this edited Q&A. You'll also find details on this weekend's event at the bottom of the post. We've all heard about misting orchids with a spray bottle, but what's really the best way to water orchids?
March 3, 2013 |
They are a distant relative of the sandals originally worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans. At the spring-summer 2013 fashion collections, designers such as Tom Ford, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra featured innovative knee-high-and-above versions on the runways, taking shoe envy to new heights. They are arrestingly sexy. And for many, they summon up a blow-the-wheels-off-your-chariot feeling of female empowerment. Some ladies might even take on a gladiator mentality if it came down to a fellow shopper reaching for the single pair left in her size.
August 14, 2012 |
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. sponsors a tour of Thailand that's heavy on wildlife viewing in out-of-the-way national parks and animal sanctuaries. L.A. Zoo director John Lewis takes visitors on foot, by Jeep, long-tail boat and even kayak to see elephants , Malayan sun bears, leopards, tigers , Javan mongoose, gibbons, langurs and other indigenous animals. Trip highlights include visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a lightly touristed area that's home to many animals and birds; Pa La-U, a tiered waterfall where elephants hang out; Klong Seant Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon Cloud Forest, each known for being home to numerous species of birds and orchids; and a camp where guests may feed and interact with elephants.