Singapore's Merlion with the casino in the background Waiting in an airport for a flight can be a tedious experience. However, if you are lucky enough to have a layover at Singapore’s Changi Airport, you could be excused for wishing that your...
Are you planning to travel Southeast Asia on a budget? Read this article for practical tips on how to save money and eat cheaply, where to stay cheaply, and how to get around cheaply. You'll also find a backpacker's pictures of Southeast Asia
There are many great places to see on this island, but it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. This list, complete with photos and lots of details, will be a huge help!
Misibis Bay is known for a luxurious and exclusive vacation destination in the island of Cagraray in Albay of the Philippines. Be enthralled with this breathtaking experience!
If you are visiting Nepal, or living and working in Nepal, you can do hundreds of things. Here are the top 30 things to do when you are in Nepal.
Ubud, Bali has many restaurants that serve only the freshest natural, organic, locally-sourced foods and ingredients. This hub features 8 of the best healthy food restaurants in Ubud.
Nusa Lembongan is an island off the coast of Bali. Sleepy beach town, powdery white sand, aqua blue water. It's a dream tropical destination for those who want to get away from it all!
Shenzhen, in South China, has a growing reputation as a reading city. Here's a look at some of the stunning bookstores and the central library which support and encourage the activity among all ages.
A tongue in cheek but semi-serious walker's guide to coping with extreme heat and humidity. Includes photos and description of Doha, Qatar, as only seen on foot.
Poisonous snakes, giant centipedes, jellyfish, scorpions and tarantulas- read about them, study the pictures and avoid them!
A quick guide to visiting Canton Tower—the newest symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2017.
Clap Global arranges for travellers to visit schools in India and have a unique cultural experience while making a positive difference. Speaking to a class in Mumbai was a highlight of my trip.
Japan is a cash-based society, and thus anyone looking to travel or live in the country should familiarize themselves with the Japanese currency—the Yen. This article offers pictures, descriptions, and tips in regards to one of the most beautiful currencies in the world.
Bali is a beautiful vacation destination for anyone, and although it isn't necessarily "dangerous" there are things that you might not be prepared for. Use this article to stay safe during your trip!
Looking for famous temples in India? Here is a list of the top 35 amazing temples (mostly Hindu temples), with pictures and descriptions.
Interesting things to do for sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attractions include Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, Little India and Chinatown.
Do you want to be served by a cute girl dressed in a fluffy maid costume who calls you master, serves you adorable dishes with smiley faces drawn on them in ketchup, and casts anime-esque magical spells over your drinks to make them extra tasty? Sounds like you need to go to a maid cafe!
Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Traveling to this location gives you an exotic experience, excellent shopping and the tallest building in the world.
Once part of one of the wealthiest regions in Asia, Bangladesh is a densely populated country with a rich history and endurance for hardship. Here are 10 facts you might not know about this country.
In the tropical heat of Ayutthaya, we relaxed atop our elephant as she wandered the ruins of Thailand's ancient capital.
I knew that living in a foreign country was going to be challenging, but few things were as perplexing upon my arrival in Japan as the realization that I didn't understand how to use the bathroom.
If you're traveling to Singapore, you'll want to hear my story and immigration tips to make sure your trip goes better!
There are many incredible places that you can visit and experience in India. However, if you are a tourist and running short of time, here are four stunning places that you can pick.
Bangkok, the place where many journeys into Southeast Asia start. Many tourists have a love and hate relationship with this city, but let's see what there is to love!
Wondering what to do in Tokyo? Check out this list of the top 50 things to see and do, written by a Tokyo local.
The Maldives is a paradise on earth. It offers complete relaxation, privacy, pampering, and the ultimate in water sports. Its crystal clear waters and over 120 resorts offer cool things for every kind of tourist to do. Read on to discover the top eight activities the Maldives has to offer.
This article lists six places to visit in Gifu, Japan. If you're into nature and history, you won't want to miss them!
Lake Toya notariety, CC-BY-SA, via flickr Powdery snow, untouched wilderness, rolling hills, clean air, blue skies, and good foods are top things that endear Hokkaido, Japan to Japanese and non-Japanese people alike. Hokkaido is the northernmost...
If you love nature and are searching for a holiday spot from November to April, the small island nation of Bahrain can be perfect. All pictures have been taken by the writer.
This article lists eight things you should never do in Japan. Knowing these will make your stay much more enjoyable and will help you avoid getting yourself into awkward situations.
Looking for places to visit in Mumbai? Read on to discover 20 tourist spots in Bombay that are sure to make you fall in love with the city.
Mumbai (Bombay), India is jam-packed with fun activities, places to sightsee, and cultural experiences. Check out what there is to see and do here!
Step out of the MRT station in Singapore's Chinatown and enter a different world. The cosmopolitan city and the modern blocks filled with high-rise offices and apartments will feel a world away.
Here I present the insides of a Chinese supermarket. I acknowledge the importance of supermarkets in our daily lives and suggest ways these commercial centres illustrate aspects of culture.
These are some cultural mistakes a lot of visitors in Japan make. I gathered this information based on tips from a friend in Tokyo as well as my own experiences living in Japan.
A brief write-up of my visit to Guangzhou’s Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. This modern museum is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in Southern China.
Exploring markets in Thailand is more than just buying souvenirs—some have essential parts of Thai culture. Here we explore some Bangkok markets worth visiting.
I have lived in Tokyo as an expat for years. Here are ten of my favorite parts of living in the capital city of Japan!
Visa information on travelling to the border town of Mae Sai in north Thailand and visiting the adjoining town of Tachilek in Burma (Myanmar) on a one to fourteen day entry permit.
A visual summary of my visit to three classic Hong Kong Night Markets. What a cornucopia of colours, music, and fragrances!
If you want to see traditional Thailand, you must experience Thailand village life. Thai villages are unique in their agricultural nature, Buddhist practices, and genuine caring among residents.
The Philippines has some of the best vacation destinations in the world. If you want a tropical paradise vacation, listed below are some of the places that can give tourists that.
Excellent tips to help you plan your trip to Tokyo, including my top five activities for the city. I also include some resources for booking hotels and finding festivals near you.
Having seen that my first Basic Kuwaiti Arabic language was useful to some readers, I thought of writing more easy basic spoken Kuwaiti Arabic words or phrases translated to English that might help people who are traveling in an Arab country destination like Kuwait or any Middle East country.
Chennai, India is one of the major shopping destinations on the sub-continent. Follow this pro-shopper's tips about where to find the best deals and how to beat Chennai's shopping crowds.
Today I visited my local park as I have done on numerous occasions. This time I decided to take note, listing five reasons you won't forget visiting a park in China.
Be in the know before you go! Please enjoy this guide written by a Singaporean for all friends of the world.
The Hindustan Tibet Road is a marvel of human endeavor. The half tunneling done on the rocky mountains are awe inspiring. It is a lifetime experience to traverse the road.
The Erawan Shrine is a much loved devotional site in the centre of Bangkok. And yet it is just a tiny statue on a traffic-jammed crossroads in the city. This is the story of a remarkable little shrine
One of the greatest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean region is without-a-doubt the ancient Greek and Roman city of Ephesus. Come along for a walk through over five thousand years of history.
Japan is an amazing country to visit, but there are things tourists should be careful about or avoid. From the small things to the serious, here's a list for visitors and potential expats both!
The opening of Bangkok's Skytrain in 2000 was one of the first steps towards improving mass rapid transit in the city. In this article, I reflect in depth on the pros and cons of riding the Skytrain.
Mt Travel in Wudang Mountain. Located in Hubei Province Wudang Shan is a historic and culturally rich site that has earned a World Heritage Award from UNESCO. Wudang Shan is a popular tourist destination for anyone seeking to explore long hiking trails or learn Wudang wushu martial arts, including Tai Chi and Kung Fu.
The Chinese Garden is the origin of the Japanese Garden, but not many people know that. The gardens in Suzhou, China, near Shanghai, are on the UNESCO Heritage site list and absolutely stunning.
Tung Chung, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong boasts excellent amenities and a wide range of flats with sea views that are relatively cheap. Shopping is excellent and there is a wide variety of things to do
Singapore is an exotic Asian metropolis with something for every traveller. But it is also one of the most expensive cities in Asia. Here are 10 ways to save money when having a holiday in Singapore.
Abha enjoys mild climate throughout the year and is a popular tourist destination in Saudi Arabia. Abha is also rich in cultural heritage and the starting point to the renowned Asir National Park
No country gets a harder time from Mother Nature than Japan. Earthquakes, volcanoes, typhoons—but, one BIG plus point is the sheer number and quality of hot springs in Japan.
Udon Thani has many scenic and cultural tourist attractions. Here are two lesser-known sites in this Province near Udon City—the Sea of Red Lotuses and the Ho Chi Minh historical sites and museum.
Three wonderful and well-conceptualised Singaporean museums you can visit within one day. All three are located at the heart of Singaporean downtown.
Tokyo is notorious for being among the most expensive cities in the world. As a student who visited Tokyo on a budget, I would like to share some concrete and effective tips on how to avoid unnecessary expenses (and consequently have more money for the stunning Japanese merchandise).
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines which has reach of natural and man made tourist spots. Plan, book and visit it now as you will not forget your stay in the province.
Here is a quick guide to visiting Ngong Ping, the heart of Hong Kong’s outlying Lantau Island. This is where you can experience the best of the ex-colony’s past and present in one day.
Kyoto is former capital of Japan and for more than a thousand years the center of traditional Japanese culture. Located in west-central Honshu, in the picturesque valley of the Kamo River with surrounding mountains,
India has a rich cultural tradition, including historical and cultural buildings that should top any visitor's list. Here are the top 100 places and monuments that have survived the ages.
Kyoto is best toured via its reliable city bus system. If you're going to depend on it, you have to know it like the back of your hand.
Families on vacation traveling to the Kansai area often (and quite understandably) skip Osaka in favor of Kyoto and Nara. However, Osaka has a number of child-friendly spots and attractions that shouldn't be overlooked. Below is my personal list...
Learn where to shop in Kuala Lumpur from my experiences in the malls of Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and Little India.
As part of my series of Best Bookstores in the World, here are two amazing bookstores in Japan, one in Kyoto by the name of Keibunsya, and the other in Tokyo, that goes by Daikanyama T-Site, the flagship store of the Tsutaya retail chain. The photos, I'm afraid, don't make them justice.
If you're in Japan and are looking for places to visit in Nagoya, look no further! This list highlights eight must-see places in Nagoya, Japan. Do try and check them out!
While no culture is perfect, after living in Japan, it is not at all difficult for me to recognize aspects of Japanese culture that I would love to see more of here in the United States.
Advice for how to live, survive and communicate in China without being able to speak Chinese. When going to a country you should learn the language but learning isn't easy and takes time. These suggestions will help you adapt to the environment while you are learning.
The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is magnificent, with delicate sculptures, lanterns, and huge castles all skillfully sculpted from giant blocks of ice. Read on for more about Harbin in winter.
In my experience, one of the best ways to get a feel for a city is have a stroll around it on a Sunday. The pace is slower, you'll see people doing what they would, shopping, eating out, enjoying the day with families, friends, couples...
If you are looking for a relaxing place to visit this weekend, then it should be Nuvali! Listed in this article are the best activities you'll enjoy in Nuvali which include biking, sightseeing, fish feeding, picnicking, food tripping, fruit picking and more!
Israel is a unique country with many beautiful assets, but it can be a bit confusing or intimidating at times. Here are some tips to help travelers going there.
The Straits Settlements were Britain's former jewels of Southeast Asia. Nowadays, their rich heritage draws visitors from worldwide.
A springtime leisure Sunday in Tokyo around Daikanyama and Nakameguro, where you'll feel like a citizen rather than a tourist.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam. Includes ancient grottos, Cat Ba National Park, map, and plenty of photographs.
Japanese post offices offer a wide array of services, including international mail and savings accounts. However, many do not have English services. This hub will help you familiarize yourself with your local post office in Japan.
I hiked the world's tallest mountain in a morning. If you visit Guam, you can, too! Find out about Mount Lamlam and how to hike the world's highest mountain.
Enjoy a snapshot of the opulence and extravagance of a Buddhist Temple in Chinatown. Completed at a cost of S$75 million, and opened in 2007, it is high on the list of must-visit places in Singapore.
Mentioned in The Tale of the Genji, Ohara is an ancient town only a short bus ride from Kyoto. In the cool of a mountainside lies a cluster of fascinating temples, gardens, and restaurants.
If you need a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life, Lumpini Park is an oasis of peace right in the heart of the city's business and commercial centre.
An insider's guide to gift giving in Japan for those travelling to the country. Omiyage (Japanese gifts) are deeply rooted in the culture, and this guide will help you navigate the tricky territory of picking out the perfect gift.
Bridges can be found all over the world, with Japan being no exception. Delve in and discover five of the most important and breathtaking bridges the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer.
Heading to Japan by yourself for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak, situated on the island of Borneo, is a great holiday destination. From British colonial structures to a Cat Museum, Kuching has something for everyone.
Malaysia, a uniquely multicultural and multireligious country, is home to most of the world's major religions. Here are some of the most popular religious sites to visit while you are in the country.
Tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol Philippines The adventurous traveler should consider a visit to the Philippines for a number of reasons. The people, the beauty of the country, and the fact that so many Filipinos speak English are just...
Thailand and Vietnam are two of Southeast Asia's shopping meccas. Tourists in Asia who are looking for valuable yet cheap finds should visit these countries' purse-friendly markets.
Stereotypes tend to crop up from time to time. Here are eight common misconceptions about Japan that, although having some element of truth in them, aren't true and shouldn't deter you from visiting.
It's easy to get lost and hit by culture shock when walking through one of Vietnam's many street markets. Find out how to come out with a great experience and a good deal on your shopping!
Article that showcases the natural beauty of the tiny island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, with gorgeous pictures, useful information and interesting data.
Join me on a photo journey through the most beautiful and historically significant parts of Central and South-Central Vietnam.
Here is my tourist guide to the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) at Ngong Ping, near Tung Chung on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. This is a must see attraction if you are visiting Hong Kong.
What is a Japanese hot spring like? What can I expect inside a Japanese onsen? What should I bring? Read on to answer these questions and more.
You can take your kids to Israel without losing your mind! Read on for travel tips, kid-friendly activities, and more.
The city of Chiang Mai is situated in the mountains in the north of Thailand, and is famous for its many temples, trekking, elephant camps, artisans, and local craft. Find out what not to miss.
One-day picnics, trips, and outings are a great thing to do as a family, with friends, and for team building. Where else can you find a wider range of spots than in the area surrounding Pune?
Is Turkey safe to travel (within its borders) in 2018? Read on for recommendations from travel agents and advisories from both the State Department and the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
An ancient town in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is a tourist's delight. The Old Town is small enough to wander without getting too lost; and there is always an historic house, temple or cafe nearby.
Every year, plenty of people from English-speaking countries choose to teach English in Taiwan... it's an adventure, but don't be unprepared.
These are the places I found the most beautiful after about 8 months of traveling and living in Japan. I hope you enjoy.
It's impossible to miss a festival while you're in Japan. Not that you'd want to! But what are they about? What's the difference between a Mikoshi and a Dashi? Read on...
The top five best places I have stayed in Boracay, Philippines. Borocay is a small slice of island paradise.
Macau (Aomen) is possibly the most interesting city in East Asia, yet it is also the most underappreciated. Join me on a four-part walking tour to discover Macau’s history and character.
This article covers the places I visited in Osaka, and which activities are best for those on a budget. I cover inexpensive accommodations and some fun activities and sights to see.
How to find the staircases that lead up Mount Phu Si (Mount Phusi), the hill with shrines and views over the town of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Kuala Lumpur is a popular holiday destination and stopover in southeast Asia. Here is a list of best places to see in this bustling city of shopping and entertainment.
Being one of the world's few megadiverse countries, Malaysia's tropical rainforests and mangroves boast thousands of unique wildlife species, some of which are highly endemic to the region.
What can visitors enjoy for free at the Hong Kong Museum of History? Four hundred million years of heritage, towering statues, meticulous reconstructions, and much more. Join me on a gallery tour.
Understanding the nuances of Japanese culture is difficult from a westerners perspective. Learn the social faux pas from someone who lived there for a while!
The impressions of a grandmother who took a long-haul flight to Singapore to celebrate her seventieth birthday with members of her family who have been living and working there for two years.
Entrance to Soi Rambuttri on Thanon Chakrabongse Edwin Clark Believe it or not, sometimes Bangkok can be a little bit too fast paced. So every so often I pay a visit to Soi Rambuttri in the old district of Bangkok. Soi Rambuttri, like Khao San Road,...
Working in the Middle East. Jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia. Jobs in Energy and Construction. Jobs in other fields. Live, work and stay safe in the Gulf States.
A 12-hour excursion in central Tokyo by train from Narita Airport, visiting the magnificent Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, the beautiful cherry trees of Ueno Park, and the fascinating Ueno shopping districts.
Want to experience Japanese boat racing, Japanese broadway, and top-rate illumination and projection mapping all in one spot? Or perhaps you'd like to try fruit picking or need luck in your relationship? Take a short trip out to Gamagori for these things you can't find in the big cities.
Here is my step-by-step guide on what to do at a Shinto shrine, with tips on manners and etiquette included.
Angkor Wat draws tourists from around the world, yet in the surrounding jungle some 70 temples - or wats - have been discovered. Some have been restored, others left the way they were when discovered.
Steeped in history and mythology, Kanyakumari abounds in ancient temples and historical monuments. It affords the unique view of mingling of three oceans as well as of glorious sunsets and sunrises.
Check out my photo gallery of Harbin's yearly International Snow and Ice Festival. I've been more than once and can't help snapping tons of shots every time.
Whereever you may visit in Japan, there is always something different, something unusual, something unique to find. Embrace the spirit of wanderlust and you'll be amazed at what you will find.
Kowloon has more to offer than crowds and touts. Kowloon Park and the Chi Lin Nunnery offer an oasis of peace, and the Bird, Goldfish, Flower, and Fa Yuen St Markets are well worth a visit.
In recent years I have spent several weeks living in a small village in N.E Thailand, as the guest of a Thai family. This page is a short introduction to the village, the people, and the countryside
If you are planning a beach getaway this summer check out this list of the most popular beach resorts in Batangas, Philippines. With photos, videos, and driving directions.
Japan attracts a large number of tourists annually. Most tourists are attracted to Japan's advanced technology as well as its beautiful ancient traditions. The top ten tourist attractions in Japan that includes temples, palaces, and parks are well...
Imagining Japan as having places off the beaten path requires a counter-intuitive stretch. The country is so well known for its dense population – 125 million living in a size roughly that of California. But if you look at a map of Japan the...
To communicate well in Taiwanese it's necessary to learn useful expressions and idioms. This is a sampling of daily adjectives, verbs, expressions, and idioms used by native Taiwanese speakers.
Embarking on a hanami, or sakura viewing trip to Japan? Here are seven tips to ensure a memorable trip.
Travel is best when you have a few insider tips about what to see, do, and eat. Tips on what to avoid help too! So if you're planning a trip to the Philippines, you'll want to read these tips.
Japanese castles. No visitor to Japan should miss visiting one of these majestic citadels. Here are five spectacular ones for you to consider an excursion to.
I experienced massive culture shock going to India for the first time, this article is about what I found hardest there. It is a wonderful and amazing country, and so different to the West!
The hill station of Shimla is a well-known tourist destination for people all over the world. Read about the best places to visit in Shimla.
Telling stories in Pictures: How water-buffalo is hand milked, how hand cultivation is done, what’s it like living in rural Nepal.
With a mountain or two in the middle of the city, beautiful beaches, a sub-tropical climate, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, the modern city of Shenzhen is filled with must see places.
Need to find a western compound in Saudi Arabia or even an apartment off compound in Riyadh or Jeddah? All the information you need about finding accommodation and living in KSA.
Find a detailed comparison of Thailand and Cambodia as travel destinations and why Cambodia should be next on your list of places to visit!
Tokyo is one of the most famous cities in the world, in addition to being one of the largest and most populated. What are the best things about living there?
Tips on buying a pack for a trip to Thailand & helpful suggestions on packing the right clothes for your unique adventure in Southeast Asia, from sightseeing to jungle trekking to nightlife attire.
Walking through Nara Deer Park is walking back in time. Temples and shrines are hundreds of years old, the chant of monks fills the air, and tame deer, regarded as messengers of the gods, roam freely.
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh? Although racing to the future, this vibrant city is full of ghosts from the past, including the touch of Indochina, the words of Graeme Greene, and the influence of the French.
From the air the Philippines is seen as a series of mountain slopes softened by tropical growth and interrupted by cultivated plains and terraces, as well as by inland seas and channels.
Luang Prabang, Laos is a beautiful pearl of Southeast Asia. Here you'll find a nice Asian-French blend in a city with a great cultural heritage.
Recently, the Central Highlands of Vietnam has emerged as a getaway paradise for city folks. Who can blame them? A couple days camping by a lake sounds like a perfect weekend. Read on to discover the best places to camp in the Central Highlands.
For the tourist who first arrives in Vietnam, it can be terrifying to even attempt to cross the road. Find out how to get to the "other side" in one piece!
The Japanese people enjoy tourism from an early age, and the business and art of caring for travelers has long been an integral part of the national life. Each milestone in the school career of young Japanese is traditionally
Make your trip easier by understanding the various types of Chinese visa. That small, green slip of paper makes all the difference. Here's how to reduce confusion and ensure you get the right one.
Learn basic Arabic words and phrases as spoken in the Gulf States, and use them as a polite gesture when traveling to Dubai.
Shenyang, China is a diverse city with lots of sights to see. Read on for a series of detailed recommendations on things to see and do in this lovely city.
Nikko, a small town in the Tochigi prefecture, is known for its temples and shrines, but also for being surrounded by many stunning waterfalls.
Using the words and phrases that I picked up in Kuwait, I will help you learn how to have a conversation in Kuwaiti Arabic. All foreign phrases will be accompanied by their English meanings.
What do you plan to o this summer? Where do you plan to take a vacation? Why not visit some of the beautiful places in Karnataka?
Hidden amongst the skyscrapers, Singapore's Chinatown retains the air of the past while creating a true tourist attraction with cultural integrity, sightseeing, great shopping, and excellent food.