The Pacific islands Palau, Yap, Guam, and the norther Mariana Islands make up a perfect 14-16-day Pacific island hopping trip. They offer lots of WWII history, sunshine, diving, and awesome nightlife. I visited each island for a short time and hopped around. Its 3 countries: Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and USA territories. Isn’t that awesome? The itinerary below is 14 days if you’re already in South East Asia but you should add a day or two if you are coming from a long way. Let’s hop! Planning tips for a Pacific island hopping trip The most difficult to reach island will be Yap with only one flight a week to Palau and two to Guam. At the time of my visit and writing of this article these are: Tuesday evening flight Guam to Yap (arrives after midnight) Saterday evening flight Guam to Yap continues Yap to Palau Saterday after midnight flight Palau to Yap, continues Yap to Guam Tuesday after midnight, flight Yap to Guam You have to puzzle a bit … [Read more...] about PACIFIC – Ultimate 14 days Pacific island hopping itinerary: Palau, Yap, Guam & Northern Marianas
Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (September 15, 2017): Travel tip: Singapore Airlines vs Cathay Pacific: which one is best? Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines rank among the best airlines in the world for flying Business Class. Both carriers have scored numerous international awards for their revolutionary seat concept, world-class lounges, and refined service. Whether they like that or not, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines are often compared (and even benchmarked) with each other because they both have their hubs in South East Asia (making both airlines an evident choice if you have to travel to, from or via this region) and simply because of the fact they both have a solid reputation as the world’s top carriers creating a standard which others find difficult to follow. Both airlines feature in my top 10 lists of the best airlines for … [Read more...] about Singapore Airlines vs Cathay Pacific: which one is best?
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. Last spring, I enjoyed a great holiday in Vietnam, where some resorts far exceeded my sky-high expectations (and rank among the best hotels I have ever stayed at). You can read my trip reports here: Review: Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class Düsseldorf to Singapore Review: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City Review: The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City Review: Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa Review: Vietnam Airlines ATR-72 from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Review: Six Senses Con Dao Review: Evason Ana Mandara, Nha Trang Review: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Review: Amanoi, most exclusive hotel in Vietnam Review: Avani Quy Nhon Resort & Spa Review: Anantara Hoi An Resort Review: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An Review: Banyan Tree Lang Co Review: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review: Cathay … [Read more...] about Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Hong Kong to Düsseldorf
Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review. Today (April 29, 2015): Trip report: Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Business class Doha (DOH) to Hong Kong (HKG), my worst flight experience so far. On April 2nd 2015, I flew Business Class in an Airbus A330-300 of Cathay Pacific from Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Qatar to Hong Kong (HKG). While the flight itself was ok (with a great cabin crew, excellent seats, but unimpressive food), I will remember it as my worst flight experience ever (so far), because of the total incompetence that Cathay Pacific (and the Qatar Airways ground staff) displayed when we had to deal with an unexpected and very frustrating 24 hour flight delay at Doha. Cathay Pacific features in my top 10 lists of the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the world’s best airline lounges, and airlines that serve … [Read more...] about Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class Qatar to Hong Kong
Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review. Today (July 22, 2015): Trip report: Cathay Pacific B777 Business Class Hong Kong to Beijing (China). On April 4th 2015, I flew Business Class in a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER from Hong Kong International Aiport (HKG) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in China. This flight came only a few days after my intercontinental flight with Cathay Pacific from Doha to Hong Kong, which was my worst flight experience so far (because of the total incompetence that the highly respected airliner displayed when dealing with a 24 hour flight delay). This time, Cathay Pacific did a much better job, with an on-time departure, in addition to a lovely cabin layout, a great cabin crew, a so-so breakfast, and excellent seats. Cathay Pacific features in my top 10 lists of the best airlines for longhaul Business … [Read more...] about Cathay Pacific B777 Business Class Hong Kong to Beijing