Mark Wiens

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11th March 2011

Mark Wiens's activity

  1. March 2013
  2. Mark Wiens wrote a blog post Art in Paradise: A Thai Cultural Experience in Pattaya

    Little did I know, Art in Paradise was entire warehouse museum dedicated to taking goofy and awkward photos."

  3. November 2012
  4. Mark Wiens reviewed Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    The Batu Caves complex is one of the most cherished historical religious attractions in Malaysia. Even though the caves are located just 15 kilometers from the high-rise district of central Kuala Lumpur, the beautiful nature atmosphere and the cultural …"

  5. October 2012
  6. Mark Wiens reviewed Sagada in Philippines

    Sagada’s cave system is another attractive reason to visit. Unlike some caves that are specifically set up for tourists with neatly organized walking platforms and permanent lighting fixtures, Sagada’s caves were the real deal. You hire a g…"

  7. Mark Wiens reviewed Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand

    Proudly pointing towards the sky on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is Wat Arun, one of the most iconic structures in all of Bangkok. Also known as The Temple of Dawn or The Temple of the Rising Sun, this majestic Buddhist te…"

  8. Mark Wiens reviewed Kota Kinabalu Night Market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

    The night market in Kota Kinablu, which sets up at around 5 pm or so in the evening adjacent to the Filipino Market, is easily one of the best markets I’ve ever visited. It’s similar to the Zanzibar night market, but larger wit…"

  9. July 2012
  10. Mark Wiens reviewed Sam Chuk Market in Bangkok, Thailand

    Known also as the “100 year old market,” Sam Chuk is an old Thai village that has been well preserved. The wooden homes next to the Tha Jeen river make for a picturesque setting. While some stores sell antiques, at Sam Chuk the entire market …"

  11. June 2012
  12. Mark Wiens wrote a blog post A Traditional Korean Feast in Seoul

    "South Korea is a country that takes extraordinary pride in their cuisine, and rightfully so, because most of the dishes are absolutely scrumptious."

  13. Mark Wiens reviewed Round Top / Tantalus in Hawaii, United States

    Just moments from central Honolulu, Tantalus is a convenient place to hike and offers the perfect green escape from city life. While many tourists and locals choose to drive to the top for the picture perfect view of the city of Honolulu, not so many opt…"

  14. May 2012
  15. Mark Wiens reviewed Vegetarian Jay Festival in Phuket, Thailand

    Around 150 years ago there was a group of Chinese opera performers that traveled to Thailand. On their journey they became very sick and after consulting with one another they decided they had not been faithful to the nine emperor gods of the Chinese Ta…"

  16. April 2012
  17. Mark Wiens reviewed Batad Rice Terraces in Philippines

    I was kind of adopted by a very friendly family that cared for the grass thatched hut that I slept in during my stay. They provided me with my meals, humble plates of rice topped with small amounts of vegetables like string beans. I was amazed at the qu…"

  18. March 2012
  19. Mark Wiens reviewed Dining at the Night Market in Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Like many destinations around the world, there’s no better way to get a grip on a culture than through its cuisine. The contribution of local Bantu food mixed with Arab and Persian flavors and Indian spices makes eating one of the most enjoyable t…"

  20. November 2011
  21. Mark Wiens wrote a blog post Update on the Flood in Bangkok

    Following the flood in Thailand is difficult, confusing…even when I live in Bangkok."

  22. October 2011
  23. Mark Wiens wrote a blog post 10 Mouthwatering National Dishes from Southeast Asia

    1. Indonesia - Nasi Padang"

  24. Mark Wiens reviewed Jay Festival in Thailand

    To this day, after the water throwing Songkran festival, the vegetarian festival in Thailand which is known asTesagan Gin Jay (or just the Jay Festival) is one of Thailand’s largest events. The most concentrated festival takes place in Phuket wher…"

  25. March 2011
  26. Mark Wiens rated Richtis gorge and waterfall

  27. Mark Wiens rated Mount Taal

  28. Mark Wiens reviewed Mount Taal in Philippines

    Situated just 50 kilometers South of the massive urban sprawl of Manila in the Philippines, Taal Lake is a haven of calm and greenery.  Depending on the horrendous traffic conditions, it can take anywhere from 1 – 3 hours to get from central M…"

  29. December 2007
  30. Mark Wiens reviewed Hwaseong Fortress in Seoul, South Korea

    Built in the late 1700′s by King Jeongjo, the fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts a stream of tourists, students, and many local residents as well. The palace itself, located on the ground level within the walls of the fortre…"

  31. October 2007
  32. Mark Wiens reviewed Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Located on the island of Unguja in the Zanzibar archipelago, Stone Town is the most important and populous town on the islands. It’s a city that is rich with history, layered with culture and the ancient stone walls have an attitude of charming cha…"