I appreciate all who chose to read this thread to see if they can provide some advice. With another couple, we decided that we would try to trade his Aruba timeshare for the Marriott in Phuket a year from now. We would spend time in Bangkok and probably Chiang Mai. We made both worked to accumulate AA miles so that we could book First or Business to Bangkok. My friends wife just contacted us that she had done some research and there is a lot of stuff out there about potential terrorist threats in Thailand, including a major warning by the government of Australia for its citizens. For me, who knows what will be a year from now? We recently returned from Paris and God forbid, there could be an incident there. What I would like is some back-up ideas. What I mean is that instead of booking to BKK, we would book to HKG and then get Star Alliance flights on Thai if things are okay in Thailand. But if not, my question to you all is after a few days in HKG (how many is ideal?), what are some good alternatives? My wife is nervous about Japan as she feels it still may not be "safe" . How about 10 days in China and if so, how to break it up? Any other ideas? Vietnam? Cambodia? I'm very grateful for any help. Thanks.