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Great Family Lodging in Ayutthaya, Thailand

IMG_9176Looking for the perfect place to stay with your family?  Explore Ayutthaya from affordable, interconnected rooms in Luang Chumni Village.  We were offered no special promotion to review this wonderful guest house.  We were simply lucky enough to stumble on it.  OK, Bill found it on-line after a bit of research.  I was simply lucky enough to be traveling with him.  The “village” is a traditional Thai house surrounded by water and is tucked along a quiet street.  It’s just a short walk from the famous statue of a Buddha head in a tree, nestled among exciting ruins.  Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand for 417 years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing many temples and historic sites. Read more »

Finding Lodging

Our affordable London hotel (lower left) was under the Eye!

It wasn’t that long ago when finding a hotel meant pulling out my Lonely Planet Guide and telling the taxi/rickshaw/tuk tuk driver to take me to whichever guesthouse was recommended.  Many other travelers used the same method and inevitably places became too popular and overcrowded.  Sometimes I found lodging by word-of-mouth and by getting advice from other travelers, but often these recommendations were based on the very same guidebooks.  Sometimes lodging solicited me.  I remember coming out of immigration at the Kathmandu airport and being accosted by a sea of people offering beds in their various guesthouses and feeling overwhelmed by it all; the sights, the sounds, the hustle, the bustle.  But that was in the 80’s, when international phone calls were only for periodically checking in with worried relatives at home and incoming mail was so slow it had to be sent general delivery weeks in advance. Read more »

Family on the Loose’s Inside Scoop on Visiting Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg has to be America’s quintessential educational family travel destination.  It’s like Disney for the NPR-crowd. Kids have fun and think they are on vacation.  Almost accidentally, they learn about American history by watching and interacting with characters in costume.  We had a great time but found it challenging to get our arms around the entire experience.  There is too much to do in a short visit and yet I’m not sure parents or kids are likely to enjoy more than a few days at a time.  Based on our recent visit, here are a few insider tips to help your family have a blast.

Colonial Williamsburg might also be one of the most photogenic places on Earth.  We hope you enjoy a small sample of the five zillion photos we took while visiting. Read more »