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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Article that showcases the natural beauty of the tiny island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, with gorgeous pictures, useful information and interesting data.
Looking to spend a romantic day with your girlfriend or boyfriend in and around Mumbai/Bombay? Read some of these tips.
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.
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
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'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...
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.
You can take your kids to Israel without losing your mind! Read on for travel tips, kid-friendly activities, and more.
Learn basic Arabic words and phrases as spoken in the Gulf States, and use them as a polite gesture when traveling to Dubai.
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!
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
Magnet Mountain, Jabal Magnet or Jabal Baido in Wadi al Jinn, Madinah (Medina) Saudi Arabia has a strange phenomenon where a vehicle on neutral gear can move uphill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ofJapanthe...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak situated on the island of Borneo is a great holiday destination. It was colonised by the British in the nineteenth century and still retains many interesting colonial structures.
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!
Having seen that my Basic Kuwaiti Arabic article was useful to some readers, I thought of writing more easy Kuwaiti Arabic phrases that might help people who are traveling.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
Three wonderful and well-conceptualised Singaporean museums you can visit within one day. All three are located at the heart of Singaporean downtown.
Every year, plenty of people from English-speaking countries choose to teach English in Taiwan... it's an adventure, but don't be unprepared.
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.
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.
Find a detailed comparison of Thailand and Cambodia as travel destinations and why Cambodia should be next on your list of places to visit!
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.
In the island of Mindanao, 7,887 feet above sea level rises this pre-historic complex volcano. If you are looking for a unique adventure and an experience with a bit of mystery, read on.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
A quick guide to visiting Canton Tower—the newest symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2017.
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?
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?
A visual summary of my visit to three classic Hong Kong Night Markets. What a cornucopia of colours, music, and fragrances!
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 traveling to Singapore, you'll want to hear my story and immigration tips to make sure your trip goes better!
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.
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
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.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam. Includes ancient grottos, Cat Ba National Park, map, and plenty of photographs.
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.
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
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,
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...
So you want know about the famous and most amazing Hindu temples of India. Here is the list of top 20 best temples in India.
Stereotypes tend to crop up from time to time. Here are seven common misconceptions about Japan that, although having some element of truth in them, aren't true and shouldn't deter you from visiting.
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.
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.
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,...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Interesting things to do for sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attractions include Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, Little India and Chinatown.
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.
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
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.
Telling stories in Pictures: How water-buffalo is hand milked, how hand cultivation is done, what’s it like living in rural 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A springtime leisure Sunday in Tokyo around Daikanyama and Nakameguro, where you'll feel like a citizen rather than a tourist.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Visit Seoul’s top tourist attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, and Insadong Street Market all during your layover!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The top five best places I have stayed in Boracay, Philippines. Borocay is a small slice of island paradise.
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.
Embarking on a hanami, or sakura viewing trip to Japan? Here are seven tips to ensure a memorable 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.