Recap! Year Of The Monkey Trip Report

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Recap! is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places:


Here’s how everything happened.

Cathay First Booked: Dates TBD, Imagination Required

Cathay First Booked: Date Determined, Persistence Required

This is a 4 cabin flight

The Marginal Return of Booking An Added Segment4

Push It To The Limit! Pre AA Devaluation Booked00

HKG-BKK: AA Bumps Me Down to BusinessChampagne or I complain.

Sanya, China: Struggling To Find Where to Stay

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The 28,674 Mile Trip In [Mostly] Premium Is Underway!

Checkout the Great Circle Mapper which has me crisscrossing Asia for no particular reason for a total distance flown of 28,674 miles.

Delta Sky Club MSP: A Bloody Mary Under Construction

Stumptown Coffee NYC: What A Wait

Amazon Locker: 22nd Century Technology

Andaz Wall Street: A City Asleep

British Airways Lounge JFK: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Cathay First JFK-HKG: Part 1 to Vancouver

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The Pier Vs. The Wing: Battle of Cathay’s First Class Lounges The Pier

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Thai Uber Asks For Gas Money

Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok: Night Golf!2016-12-22-19-57-20

Louis Tavern Lounge Bangkok: Another Priority Pass Miss2016-12-23-04-12-05

Malaysia Airlines: Business Class Review in SE Asia 2016-12-23-05-10-22

Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KL: Damn Good Soup2016-12-23-09-25-06

VPN: A Necessary Hotel Amenity in China

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Uber Motorbike Jakarta! What Could’ve Been A Great Story2016-12-23-08-01-02

Tinder: It’s Not Just For Sex

Apart from using this post to defend themselves, Tinder subscribers will find it tough sledding to convince their partner that their Tinder use is purely to learn the local spots for eating, drinking, and partying. But that (in addition to sex) is what Tinder can do.

Where To Eat In Jakarta

If you’re looking for authentic Indonesian food and want more than what is offered in the Grand Hyatt Jakarta lounge or what your tinder date recommends, I highly suggest going to Tugu Kunstkring Paleis.

Priority Pass Jakarta Lounge Review: Yuck

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Malindo Air Review: US Discount Carriers Take Note2016-12-25-09-38-08

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu: The Best Deal in the Hyatt Portfolio

Because of its remote location, it was surprising to find a Hyatt in Borneo. I was even more surprised at the price. It was only 2500 points and $40 a night as opposed to the standard rate of $175.

Kota Kinabalu: Where to Party

There's more to life than pubs, bars, and clubs. Not every place I visit has to have Shanghai nightlife. After some shenanigans in Jakarta, I was looking forward to doing nothing in KK and expected it to be a secluded, underdeveloped beach town. I was completely wrong.

Kota Kinabalu: Island Hopping With Selfie Sticks

As we approached land, I hoped that this was not the island. While I could see the white sand, the tropical fish, and crystal clear water, I also saw a tiny island overrun by people with an elongated sticks in their hands.

Kota Kinabalu: Oh, The Seafood! 

If you are a lover of seafood, you have come to the right place. KK has all sorts of foods to fulfill your under the sea desires.

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu vs. The Hyatt Regency

What's a vacation without switching hotels every day? Looking to requalify for Hyatt Diamond, I switched to Le Meridien for one night and am glad that I did.

Guns & Butter: Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide

There’s plenty to do in KK. I would recommend devoting 4 full days if you want to see and do most of it.

Uber China App Workaround

In order to use Uber China, you must have a Chinese bank account. Good luck explaining to Uncle Sam that the reason you have a Chinese bank is strictly for a ride share program.

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou: It’s Great to Be Grand

Welcome to the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, an impressive hotel with great customer service, a beautiful room, and an overwhelming breakfast. But for my stay at the Park Hyatt Guangzhou, I would recommend making this your home when you visit Guangzhou.

Wagyu Pho in Guangzhou: Too Much of a Good Thing?

While visiting the Guangzhou International Financial Center, I stumbled upon Pho Kim Saigon. I rationalized another culturally insensitive meal as something I had to do for the blog.

Guangzhou Towers: Strain Your Neck Walking Tour

It's great to walk around the streets of Guangzhou and marvel at the amazing buildings. Just be sure to bring some Icy Hot for the inevitable neck strain.

Where to Party in Guangzhou!

China today is what I imagine NYC to be like in the 70's and 80's. The clubs are packed and the alcohol never stops flowing.

Ganbei! The Guide to Making Friends in China

The first step to making friends is to realize that you're not in Detroit anymore. The Chinese party different from we do at home.

Park Hyatt Guangzhou: The Sweet Upgrade

Situated in the business district of Guangzhou, the Park Hyatt Guangzhou is one of the best Park Hyatts in the collection.

Premium Lounge Guangzhou: Not Yuck, Not Great

Comparing Priority Pass Lounges to US lounges is a fair way to determine if they pass or fail. Based on this standard, the Guangzhou Premium Lounge gets a passing mark.

New Years 2016! My Last Binge in Bangkok

I needed one more binge in Bangkok before saying goodbye to a city that swallows people whole and never spits them out. After going there half a dozen times, I think it is time to go elsewhere.

Oman Air Lounge Bangkok: Hummus & Hennessy

Recall 2pac’s lyrics where he boasts about riding on his enemies, drinking Hennessy, and eating hummus. That was my experience at the smartly appointed Oman Air Lounge Bangkok.

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui: Never Again!

Grab your pitchforks! It’s time to revolt against the Hyatt Hong Kong and its shady ways.
Hong Kong to Shenzhen: An Easy Trip on the Train
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Shenzhen?
St. Regis Shenzhen: The Best Hotel in Asia And Beyond
The KK100 skyscraper, the second tallest building in Shenzhen and the 14th tallest in the world, is home to the spectacular St. Regis.
Coco Park: A Night Out in Shenzhen
Hong Kong has Lan Kwai Fong. Shenzhen has Coco Park, a bar district with something for everyone.
Grand Hyatt Shenzhen: Food, Food, Food!

There's plenty to love about the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, namely the food.

No Worries: Shenzhen to Hong Kong Via Transfer VanDirect to HKG

Cathay Dragon Coach: Hong Kong to Sanyacathay dragon hong kong sanya flight review

Four Points Sanya: Come for the View, Then Leave2017-01-06 12.29.11

Burgers & Seafood: Sanya Dining Guide2017-01-07 22.56.11

Sanya! Where to Party GuideCapture

Sheraton Sanya Resort: Be Quiet! It’s Relaxation Time

Bottoms Up! Crowne Plaza Sanya City Center

Marriott Sanya: A Perfect Compromise

Priority Pass Sanya: Like Flint’s Empress of China

Cathay Dragon: Sanya to Hong Kong

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