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Sensational Boutique Hotel Experience for Families Visiting Angkor Wat

I get so excited when we discover a brilliant boutique hotelier who creates a fantastic product that is truly unique in the world. We have some favorites that fit this bill in popular destinations like New York and Paris … add Siem Riep, Cambodia (home of Angkor Wat) to the list! Phum Baitang is the…

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History Comes to Life at Sofitel’s Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam

Significant landmark hotels have big expectations behind them, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is certainly no exception. What’s remarkable here, and what distinguishes the Metropole in Southeast Asia, is the incredible preservation of its historic North Vietnam sense of place as the hotel of choice for writers, celebrities and diplomats since it opened in…

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Found: A Kid-Friendly Halong Bay Junk Cruise in Vietnam

UNESCO-protected Halong Bay had been on my bucket list ever since I first watched the movie Indochine and I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience a Halong Bay cruise this year over our recent Vietnam family vacation. I’m happy to report that the visuals were all beyond expectations — the 1,600 rainforest-covered…

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Why Choose The Experiment in International Living for a High School Summer Abroad Experience

Our focus at Ciao Bambino is helping families plan leisure vacations together, but our larger brand mission is about enabling kids of all ages to grow and learn through travel. We are interested in understanding more about companies like The Experiment in International Living, who provide opportunities for teenagers to engage in meaningful immersion experiences around…

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Vietnam with Kids

Not long ago, we decided we were ready for an adventure in Asia with kids. We wanted an active family vacation in a culturally interesting destination with the availability of beaches for some relaxation. Originally, we were thinking Thailand, however, once we started talking with the owner of Ciao Bambino’s preferred tour operator partner who has led trips throughout…

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Where Luxury Meets Bucket List at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

It’s not every day that you have the option to take a sunset trek atop elephant-back through the bamboo forest or have breakfast in Burma, lunch in Laos, and dinner in Thailand, but if you’re visiting the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, all of this and more is possible. Many places offer luxury,…

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Deep Local Connections and Warm Hospitality at Banyan Tree Hangzhou

Part of the fun of traveling in Asia is the absolute immersion in a radically different setting and culture. To enhance this experience, we actively seek accommodations that deepen the sense of local connection. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is an Asian-owned brand that prioritizes such experiences in their destinations and I jumped on the chance…