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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Holding lighted candles, Thai dancers perform the graceful candle dance at the opening ceremonies of Loy Krathong Festival

The full moon’s reflection splintered into bronze ripples on the surface of the Mae Ping River. On the shore, worshipers lit tea candles and launched them into the river on handmade...

The perfect place to read a book, sip a cocktail, or just do nothing at all - poolside at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

My bed said it all. Using pieces carved from dried palm leaves, the housekeepers at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort and Spa had meticulously spelled out “Ia ora na” across my king-size...

Seaman aboard the Aranui 5 cruise ship is covered from head to toe in tattoos

The seaman was a shock at first. I’d stepped through the bulkhead door and into a dim interior passageway on board the Aranui 5 cruise ship. When my eyes finally adjusted...

The best way to see French Polynesia is a aboard the Aranui 5, a combination cruise ship and freighter

Perhaps the best way to see French Polynesia is to take a cruise on the Aranui 5, a combination cruise ship and freighter. The ship visits three of the island groups...

Me, wearing the "umu hei" given to me by a local mama on Fatu Hiva

I sometimes wonder what makes a trip memorable. I’ve traveled around 97 countries and six territories and, honestly, there are times when I can’t remember what country I am in, much...

The Aranui 5, a combination passenger ship and freighter, offers a French Polynesia cruise around the Marquesa Islands in the South Pacific

One thing I know for sure. Not all cruises are created equal. I have long eschewed voyages on behemoth cruise ships that carry up to 6,000 passengers and offer on-board amenities...