Mahabalipuram is a coastal town in North Tamil Nadu known for its stone sculptures carved during the Pallava era. It is a favorite heritage destination for international travelers and a popular weekend getaway spot for Chennai residents.
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.
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.
Madurai is known as the cultural hub of Tamil Nadu. It has many ancient temples, grand palaces, hills, and other attractions worth visiting.
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.
If you only have a weekend to spend in Chennai, here is an itinerary to help you make the most of your limited time.
The Hindustan-Tibet Road is an incredible feat of human engineering, and traversing this road is a unique and life-changing experience. Learn all about what the road is used for, how it was constructed, and where it goes.
Learn basic Arabic words and phrases as spoken in the Gulf States, and use them as a polite gesture when traveling to Dubai.
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.
A do-it-yourself guide to touring three wonderful places in Ilocos, including an estimated budget for the trip.
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?
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 look at manga and anime culture in Japan. These pictures will convince you that manga and anime are never only for geeks in Japan.
Champasak province in Laos has a lot to offer tourists. It is far less crowded than most places in Thailand, but it has a lot of the same things to do and see—beautiful nature and waterfalls, local villages, traditional markets, coffee and tea farming, and temples.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Wondering what to do in Tokyo? Check out this list of the top 50 things to see and do, written by a Tokyo local.
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.
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.
Traveling alone to Japan for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
It is very important to know how to use polite expressions in the native languages of the countries you visit. This article examines how to say "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" for travelers visiting East and Southeast Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
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.
Don’t let dark skies and rainy days dampen your Japanese holiday. Here are 9 fun things to do in Japan when it pours.
This article lists six places to visit in Gifu, Japan. If you're into nature and history, you won't want to miss them!
Looking to spend a romantic day with your girlfriend or boyfriend in and around Mumbai? Here are 36 tips on the best things to see and do in this city with your significant other.
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?
It's very easy to pick out the most recent trends in Japan because you'll see them everywhere. Here are some of the most noticeable ones in spring of 2018.
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.
If you're planning a visit to one of Laiya Beach's many white sand resorts, you should read this first. I've visited seven of the area's most popular beachside resorts with family, and some were certainly better than others. Get the inside scoop on these destinations before booking your vacation.
Courtallam is a town in South Tamil Nadu with many waterfalls. It is also called the Spa of South India because of its health resorts.
A quick guide to visiting Canton Tower—the newest symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2019.
3 wonderfully atmospheric and colorful Japanese food markets that should be on your Japan travel itinerary.
Previously the political and economic heart of Japan, the culturally rich Kansai region is today a night photography wonderland for travelers.
Although Christmas is relatively new to this society, it is quite widely celebrated throughout Japan. As expected, they have their own set of traditions that may differ from other parts of the world. Here, I've made a list of some of the traditions that seem different to me.
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.
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.
The Campuestohan Highland Resort is a great place to discover in Negros Occidental. It's about an hour away from Bacolod, and it's fantastic!
The 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) in Laos are a wonderful destination. You can relax and watch sunsets over the water or bike and cruise the Mekong. No matter what you choose to do, it's an ideal place to hang around for a couple of days or weeks.
Poisonous snakes, giant centipedes, jellyfish, scorpions and tarantulas- read about them, study the pictures and avoid them!
An insider's guide to gift giving in Japan for visitors. 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.
Given that Japan is well known for its dense population—125 million living in a place roughly the size of California—it might be hard to imagine it having many off-the-beaten-path places. Rest assured that it does, and take it from me—they are absolutely magical.
In the tropical heat of Ayutthaya, we relaxed atop our elephant as she wandered the ruins of Thailand's ancient capital.
If you are looking for your Southeast Asian paradise getaway, consider Koh Samui in Thailand. Although it's famous and rather touristy, it's still well worth a visit. The abundant praise for this island is absolutely spot-on. Find out for yourself!
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
Macau is a top destination with many cultural and historical attractions. A list of interesting places to see in Macau that has been influenced by Chinese and Portuguese backgrounds.
Uluwatu Temple is an ancient Hindu temple on Bali Island in Indonesia. It is famous for its stunning clifftop location and spectacular view of the Indian Ocean.
Each year brings many new trends to Japan. Find out what you may see this year, in 2019. If you are coming to Japan, you may want to try some of these new trends for yourself!
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!
Adyar, the southern suburb of Chennai, is the greenest region in the city. It has three major parks: the Huddlestone Gardens, Guindy National Park and Tholkappia Poonga.
Find a detailed comparison of Thailand and Cambodia as travel destinations and why Cambodia should be next on your list of places to visit!
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.
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!
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?
Is it dangerous to travel to Myanmar? This article tries to answer just that. Though certain ethical issues come into play, a vacation in Myanmar is a great experience to have.
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.
Singapore can be expensive, but there are ways to get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. In this article, I share how to maximize the Singapore pass (vs. the EZ Link card), and my experience exploring the city and the culture by taking public transportation.
The busy GST Road has three picnic spots close to Chennai City: Vandalur Zoo, Kolavai Lake and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.
Need a crash course in traditional Chinese morals and virtues? There is no better classroom than Singapore’s bizarre Haw Par Villa.
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.
You'll want to read up on the history of the kingdom of Sukhothai when you travel to Thailand. Sukhothai is one of the main historical places you'll probably visit during your stay.
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.
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.
Read this article to find out what's popular in entertainment, fashion, health and food in Japan this year. Although many of these trends build off of those from the previous year, there are still many new ones emerging.
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're considering Cambodia as your next travel destination, you should plan on visiting the capital—Phnom Penh. Here we cover what to do in this generous and lively Asian city.
Using the Arabic words and phrases that I learnt in Kuwait, I will help you learn how to have a conversation in Kuwaiti Arabic and speak like a Kuwaiti. It is quite easy once you learn and understand the basic Arabic words and phrases. Speaking like a Kuwaiti is not that impossible.
Wasei-eigo, or "Japanized" English, can be confusing because the words hold a different meaning than what we are used to. Knowing these meanings may help you avoid an embarrassing misunderstanding! Here, I introduce some of the many English words that are used differently when spoken in Japan.
If you are working and living in Jeddah or just visiting, this guide on tourist places and what to see will help in your trip planning. Jeddah tourism is now on the rise and more attractions are being planned for the city.
If you're traveling to Singapore, you'll want to hear my story and immigration tips to make sure your trip goes better!
15 Japanese historical figures whose impact on the Land of the Rising Sun continues to be felt today, even for tourists.
Every year, plenty of people from English-speaking countries choose to teach English in Taiwan... it's an adventure, but don't be unprepared.
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.
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.
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!
Visit Seoul’s top tourist attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, and Insadong Street Market all during your layover!
What should you know before visiting Singapore? Here are 25 areas to pay attention to, before traveling to the Lion City.
When you are in Bali, you'll have to visit Ubud, a rich cultural city. There are a lot of things to do in Ubud, so I'll try to give some inspiration on where to start.
The Philippines is a wondrous collection of more than 7,000 islands. So it can be difficult for an interested traveler to know where to start. This guide will break down 10 of the best places to visit in this beautiful country.
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.
Ko Lipe is a wonderful, small island in the South of Thailand. Definitely worth a visit if you plan on visiting the southern tip of Thailand or traveling to Malaysia.
Kovilpatti is a small industrial town in South Tamil Nadu. It has many interesting places to visit in its neighborhood.
Summer in Japan is almost unbearably hot. Read this article to find out what to take, what to eat and where to go in order to keep cool and beat the heat. The last thing you want is to be cooped up in an air-conditioned hotel or to spend your whole vacation in shopping malls.
A visual summary of my visit to three classic Hong Kong Night Markets. What a cornucopia of colors, music, fragrances and exotic street food! These night markets are indeed among the best Hong Kong travel attractions.
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.
Japan is a modern enough country that getting currency is is easy, but you need to know your options and plan in advance. Here are the best ways to avoid fees while keeping enough cash on hand.
Ooty is a famous hill station in South India. While many of its attractions are well known, there are hidden gems and offbeat places to be discovered on every visit.
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...
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.
Heading to Japan to enjoy the country’s gorgeous Sakura season? Here are 8 things to know to ensure a wonderful trip.
It’s hard but not impossible to enjoy expensive Singapore on a budget. Here are 10 budget tips to help you save money during your Singapore Holiday.
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.
Whether it's for a honeymoon, a post-graduation trip abroad or just a fun getaway, Vietnam is one of the best destinations in Asia! With its stunning natural beauty, incredibly cheap cost, delicious food and safe cities, a trip to Vietnam is a memory to treasure forever.
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.
Despite what you might read or see on the news, there's no need to be afraid of traveling to Turkey alone, even if you're a woman.
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.
A springtime leisure Sunday in Tokyo around Daikanyama and Nakameguro, where you'll feel like a citizen rather than a tourist.
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!
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.
What makes Japan unique? From the sound of noodles being slurped to the ubiquity of love hotels, here are some things you will find when visiting this fascinating country for the first time.
Known famously as the 'Vegas of China,' Macau is a must see if you are heading to Asia. If you are seriously considering a visit, do check out a few extremely useful Macau travel tips here!
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!
If you love Pokémon, here are six great things to do in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. From merchandise and games to themed cafés, this brief guide has all you need to know about Tokyo's best places for Pokémon fans.
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—a haven for backpackers and budget travelers where life slows down for a while.
Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam before Bangkok. It's a beautiful historical region for tourists with an interest in Southeast Asian culture.
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.
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
Pondicherry is a sleepy coastal town located south of Chennai. Its French connection can be felt through the heritage buildings built by its erstwhile rulers.
Laos has many beautiful hills and waterfalls. Inside those hills and at the end of certain rivers you'll find some of the best caves in Laos. Are you ready to explore?
Learn where to shop in Kuala Lumpur from my experiences in the malls of Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and Little India.
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.
There's no shortage of activities to do in Nepal. In fact, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming! But don't worry. Here are the top 30 things to do when you are in Nepal, from visiting Buddhist temples to trekking through the Himalayas.
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.
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!
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.
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!
What are the Japanese travel phrases and words to know when visiting Japan? Here’s a selection, divided into categories for you to pick from.
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...
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,
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.
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.
Okinawa is full of gorgeous sites, so much so that visitors are often overwhelmed upon arrival. But don't worry, I'll narrow it down for you. Here are 10 places you truly should not miss if you're visiting Okinawa!
Join me on a photo journey through the most beautiful and historically significant parts of Central and South-Central Vietnam.
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!
Studio Alice is a professional children’s photo studio in Japan. The company started in 1974 in Osaka, Japan. Compared to Western countries, the format Studio Alice offers is quite different.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan is an incredibly safe country - but that's only because it's tough on crime. Make sure you're aware of the laws that are sometimes different than other countries'.
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.
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.
Once part of one of the wealthiest regions in Asia, Bangladesh is a densely populated country with a rich history and an unparalleled endurance for hardship. Here are 10 facts you might not know about this country.
While the shinkansen, or bullet train, may be convenient for major tourist destinations like Hiroshima and Osaka, the best option for you will depend on a number of factors - including how far you're going and whether you're getting a JR Pass.
The busy metropolitan city of Chennai is blessed with many parks providing breathing room and recreation for its residents.
Bangkok, Hanoi and Singapore all have a lot to offer, but there are cheaper and quieter places to enjoy all that Southeast Asia has to offer. Check out these options in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and more.
25 Japanese experiences that cemented my lifelong love Japan. Many of these experiences, incidentally, are unique to the Land of the Rising Sun.
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.
Tamil Nadu has diverse travel attractions that include hill stations, beaches, heritage, pilgrimage, nature and wildlife. This article gives an exhaustive list of major tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu.
The ECR is known to be the recreational hub of Chennai, perfect for a getaway from the city. The three pleasant picnic spots that can be covered from Chennai in a day are Dakshinachitra Museum, Muttukadu Boat Club and Crocodile Bank.
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.
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 isn't the cheapest country in the world to travel in, but there are ways to make it much more manageable. Economical hotels, transit, and entertainment can free up more money for souvenirs and big adventures.
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.
Here is my step-by-step guide on what to do at a Shinto shrine, with tips on manners and etiquette included.
Indonesia has so much to offer to a traveler, and Lombok is one of the beautiful, lesser-known islands that begs to be explored. Start your journey here.
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.
Hotels and flights will sell out fast during the Tokyo Olympics, but with enough planning, you can fit some sightseeing in around the main events. Get away from the crowds around Mt. Fuji and Nikko by checking out these three spots.
In this article, you will discover what you can expect to see at the Batu Caves—a Hindu religious site and popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here is a guide on what there is to do at the Batu Caves and how to get there.
Yelagiri, Yercaud and Kolli Hills are the three hill stations closer to Chennai. These less-explored summer retreats can be considered along with Ooty and Kodaikanal.
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!
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.
Floods and landslides are becoming more common in Japan. Whether you're visiting during the rainy season or living here year-round, make sure to familiarize yourself with evacuation locations and safety tips ahead of time.
Looking for a spot in paradise while on your Southeast Asia backpacking adventures? Here are the best beaches in Cambodia to relax on.
Looking for famous temples in India? Here is a list of the top 35 amazing temples (mostly Hindu temples), with pictures and descriptions.
10 gorgeous temples in Singapore that you must visit when holidaying in the Asian metropolis. Be prepared to be blown away by their incredible architecture and stunning religious art!
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!
Nong Khiaw, Laos is a great destination if you are looking for some great nature experiences, authentic Laos or just some peace and quiet.
A checklist of things to take with you when going to a public bath (sento) or hot spring (onsen), as well as some rules for visiting these places.
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.
Kodaikanal is not just another hill station. From private waterfalls to roadside stalls selling spicy bajji, one can look forward to many unconventional things.
Full of breathtaking parks, healing waters, and delicious food, Hokkaido has something for everyone. Though it's hard to narrow down the list of things to see, here are 10 must-see places on this incredible island.
Visiting Hong Kong? Then one of the great ‘must sees’ is the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. This article provides tips and advice on how to get the best from your visit.
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 Straits Settlements were Britain's former jewels of Southeast Asia. Nowadays, their rich heritage and unique blend of the East and West draw tourists from all over the world.
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).
Few other structures represent Japan as much as stately Japanese castles. Here are seven majestic Japanese castles that you must visit when touring the Land of the Rising Sun.
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.
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.
Guide to visiting Ngong Ping Village, 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.
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.
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
Going to the cinema in Japan is similar to most countries, but there are some key differences. Here are some tips so you're fully prepared if you decide to see a movie during your trip.
If you are craving a relaxing beach-weekend getaway from Singapore without the hassle of flying, plan a trip to Nongsa Batam! With its unassuming and rustic charms, Nongsa is a great place to rejuvenate and recharge.
Tokyo night photography to showcase the best and the diversity of the Japanese capital after sunset.
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.
In these towns and districts, striking displays of Japanese architecture and history survive. These are must-see destinations for anyone interested in the country's past!
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
Japanese post offices offer a wide array of services, including international mail and savings accounts. However, many do not have English services. This article will help you familiarize yourself with your local post office in Japan.
There is one thing that I love more than almost all activities in Southeast Asia—I really love eating street food. With so many stalls and dishes, it's a grand adventure to enjoy. Let's look at some classics, crazies, and just excellent meals in Bangkok.
Summer is a great time to travel, whether you end up swimming in the sea or hiking up a mountain. Here are some places to visit and things to do on a short trip out of Saigon. Let's pack up and go!
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.
After about eight months of living and traveling in Japan, these are the places I found the most beautiful. I hope you enjoy.
Kanyakumari, or Cape Comorin, is at the southern tip of peninsular India. It is an important tourist destination with a wide range of attractions, including heritage sites, natural wonders, and pilgrimage destinations.
10 of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan. Serene, whimsical, and lyrical are but some of the accolades often used to describe these landscaping gems.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam. Includes ancient grottos, Cat Ba National Park, map, and plenty of photographs.
Pachinko culture is not well known to visitors to Japan, and yet it is widely popular among the Japanese. Why not give it a try? Read this detailed, step-by-step description of Pachinko if you would like to be a part of the experience, or if you are just wondering what it is all about.