I have traveled to Hawaii many times and was delighted to see some old friends pictured with the McPhee family: the craters of Haleakala and Kilauea; Mount Waialeale; and the Waimea Canyon ["Lava Land," January]. For me, there is no more meaningful, moving, or memorable place on earth than the summit of Haleakala—at any time of the day or night. I wish that all of your readers might experience its majesty for themselves. —C. Michael Becker, Naperville, Ill.
Come to the Crescent City
Travelers visiting New Orleans [Where to Go Next, January] are helping restore the beloved character for which our great city is known and supporting our recovery at the same time. You don’t need to spend hours rebuilding a home—you can simply eat at a classic restaurant or enjoy our re-emerging music and cultural scenes at a club. Reviving our tourism industry, which employed so many people in the city, will be the key to our rebirth. —David Wagner, New Orleans, La.
Food for Thought
Peter Jon Lindberg’s "Flirting with the Forbidden" [January] made such an insightful point about our uniquely American bipolar approach to all forms of pleasure: alternating moralistic denial with outrageous excess. Diners certainly shouldn’t cause suffering to another living being (eating an ortolan drowned alive in Armagnac, for example), or harm an ecosystem. But if the risk is to me alone, I’m much more likely to give something a try...in moderation. —Thomas Cannold, Longwood, Fla.
So Good It’s Criminal
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing most of the off-limits foods mentioned in Peter Jon Lindberg’s "Flirting with the Forbidden," except for beluga caviar and Chilean sea bass, which is now my favorite fish. While I do completely understand banning the consumption of an endangered species, I don’t agree that the government should block the import of ibérico ham because slaughterhouses abroad cannot be regulated. Sometimes legislation makes an issue out of basic, common practices; it seems that officials have taken this one step too far. —Elizabeth Gulbransen, Orlando, Fla.
Turn Up the Heat
I applaud the T+L Special Report on global warming [January]. Climate change is no longer just a political issue. It’s a moral and ethical imperative for us to preserve the planet for our children and for the travelers of future generations. Other publications continue to sidestep global warming, but you have rightly brought it to the forefront and offered a succinct introduction to what we can do to begin minimizing the damage. —Roland Friedrich, Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Reader’s Find: Thailand
After four busy days in Bangkok, I flew to Phuket and found almost total solitude at the Andaman White Beach Resort [28/8 Moo 4, Tambon Sakoo, Amphur Thalang; 66-76/316-300; www.andamanwhitebeach.com; doubles from $223], an affordable 52-room hotel nestled in a private cove. The rooms have been completely renovated and most are furnished with canopy beds and stereo systems, and have views of the turquoise sea and tiled pool. Private suites come with a plunge pool—for complete privacy. —Adam Spagnolo, New York, N.Y.
For more on Phuket, see 25 Affordable Beach Resorts
Andaman White Beach Resort
While “Destination weddings” are held all around the world, this resort on the Andaman Sea aims to provide a uniquely Phuket destination where couples can tie the knot against a tropical backdrop. Surrounded by rubber and coconut plantations, this Andaman sits on a hillside near Nai Thorn Noi Beach. From Sea View Rooms to the Beach Suite, the interiors contain clean, modern lines, with platform beds, hardwood floors, and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Local-style and Western-style wedding ceremonies may be arranged through the resort, as the staff will handle details such musician booking, flower arrangements, and even the cake. The onsite restaurant, Tom Yam Thai, specializes in Thai fare like braised beef in massaman curry.