Travel Guides

A visit to Siem Reap can’t be considered complete without a meal or two at Mie Café. The restaurant is in a traditional wooden Khmer house — that of the chef’s grandmother — a few minutes north of the Angkor National Museum, between downtown Siem Reap and the Angkor temples. It can be reached via a nice walk along the riverside from most Siem Reap hotels, or a short tuktuk ride.

Entering from the road, your eyes will be pulled through the garden into the wooden house and the areas set with tables and, in the evening, candlelight. But stop and linger in the courtyard before you sit down. Amongst the ponds and trees are organically-grown vegetables and herbs which are used daily in the kitchen. See if you can identify what’s in season for a preview of what might soon appear on your plate. Sit on the bean bags chairs in the garden for a pre-dinner cocktail (or if you’re in need of a between-courses cigarette).

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While Buenos Aires and Argentina are popular vacation destinations, significantly fewer people visit next door neighbour, Uruguay. This is a grave mistake, but we know readers of Luxury And Boutique Hotels won’t make that mistake!

Most of the small number of people who do make it to Uruguay just visit on a day trip. A ferry ride across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires will take you to Colonia del Sacramento, a pretty little UNESCO town. Here you’ll find UNESCO ruins to explore, a lighthouse to climb, pretty streets for strolling, cafés for lounging, and spectacular sunsets over the widest river in the world. Staying a few days in Colonia is essential, or you’ll miss the charm of this pretty town with a seaside feel.

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Whether you’re hoping to relax, adventure, or do a little bit of both – St. George, Utah is a great place be. With Zion National Park just a short drive away and numerous golf courses to enjoy, you’ll be set in St. George. If you’re a golfer, you’ll be in heaven with up to seven nearby courses to choose from. The charming downtown area is worth a visit. Be sure to enjoy a stroll and stop into a café for a cuppa and a bite to eat. The art museum is worth stopping in to take a look at local art from nearby artists.

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Moab makes for the perfect base when exploring the beautiful region of southern Utah. The main draw for the area is Arches National Park, which is only 6 miles from downtown Moab and 32 miles from Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse Park, multiple popular trails, and other sites are close to Moab as well. There are plenty of activities to choose from such as hiking, off-road Jeep trips, mountain biking, river rafting, and skydiving.
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