October 16, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BHUTAN From LAX , travelers to Bhutan must connect in another city to Royal Drukair, Bhutan's national airline and only regular carrier, which has flights to the airport in Paro, Bhutan's only airport. You can fly into Bangkok, Thailand, on Thai or take a connecting flight (change of plane) on JAL, Korean, United, All Nippon, Air China, Asiana, Singapore, China, Eva and Cathay Pacific. Including the flight to Paro, restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,721, excluding taxes and fees.
April 21, 2013 |
In the April 14 On the Spot column ["She Can't Wait for Her Next Passport"], reader Lisa Kim Davis of West Los Angeles expressed her concern about having her passport at the ready. Called away for business travel, often at a moment's notice, she couldn't risk having that document out of her control for the four to six weeks that regular passport processing would take. Further, a passport with less than six months until its expiration could present a problem in some countries that insist on a document that has at least three and sometimes six months until it's out of date.
February 4, 2011
If you go THE BEST WAY TO OJAI From Los Angeles, take U.S. 101 north to California 33, then north to Ojai, about 15 miles from Ventura. WHERE TO STAY Pepper Tree Retreat , 1130 McAndrew Road, Ojai; (877) 355-5986, http://www.peppertreeretreat.com . Recently renovated 1910 farmhouse has eight guest rooms, three with kitchens, all with writing desks. Small, simple and airy. Quiet is encouraged; no TVs, radios or amplified music. (Wi-Fi is available.
March 4, 2013 |
Question: My girlfriend lost her passport on March 17 on a United Airlines flight. Someone in United's customer service team called on April 10 and left me a voicemail saying they had it. I accidentally deleted the voicemail. Since then she has called multiple times and sent emails to the customer service team. Is there any way you can help? David Sudolsky Huntington Beach Answer: Help find out what happened, yes. Help get the passport back? Probably not. When you lose a passport - and about 325,000 were reported lost or stolen last year, according to the U.S. State Department - an airline will try to find the owner, and United did. United rep Charles Hobart said it contacted Sudolsky's girlfriend (the ill-starred phone call)
December 13, 2013 |
BAGAN, Myanmar - Mr. Aye has a round, aged face and a wide, betel-nut-stained smile. Like many Burmese, he punctuates his speech with giggling, which can be alarming to a Westerner. "Just three years ago, hehehe," he says, "if I'd been seen reading one of Aung San Suu Kyi's books, I would have been taken somewhere by the military, and my family would not know where. I read them all in secret. Not even my family knew. Hehehe. " That scenario seems unfunny to me, but when you have lived most of your life under a military dictatorship, you perhaps find delight in having escaped an unjust fate at the hands of an oppressive government and living to see it toppled.
August 14, 2011
WORLD Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Selected Shorts: Argentina, Philippine Islands and Corregidor. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. Admission, info: $1 for Beverly Hills residents; $2 for others. (310) 285-6840 BHUTAN Presentation Author Kevin Grange will read from his new travel memoir "Beneath Blossom Rain" and offer a look at Bhutan and the 216-mile Snowman Trek.
December 18, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO PATMOS From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Athens is offered on KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, British, Delta and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $476, excluding taxes and fees. For information on ferryboats leaving from Piraeus (Athens) to Patmos with ports of call along the way, see http://www.ferries.gr . One-way tickets start about $46. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)