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.
Learn where to shop in Kuala Lumpur from my experiences in the malls of Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and Little India.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos and a nice place to visit. You'll enjoy the French influence on Laotion culture. The city is an excellent base for exploring parts of northern Laos and the northeast of Thailand.
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.
A springtime leisure Sunday in Tokyo around Daikanyama and Nakameguro, where you'll feel like a citizen rather than a tourist.
While no country is perfect, Japan comes pretty close to being an ideal destination for women traveling alone. Here are some of the things you'll enjoy when touring Japan by yourself.
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.
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...
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.
Nikko, a small town in the Tochigi prefecture, is known for its temples and shrines, but also for being surrounded by many stunning waterfalls.
Poisonous snakes, giant centipedes, jellyfish, scorpions and tarantulas- read about them, study the pictures and avoid them!
Japanese castles are just as important as Mount Fuji when it comes to symbolizing Japan. No visitor to the Land of the Rising Sun should miss visiting one (or more!) of these majestic citadels. Here are seven spectacular castles for you to consider an excursion to.
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.
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.
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.
If you love Southeast Asia and you enjoy beautiful waterfalls, you'll be in for a treat in Laos. Close to Luang Prabang, you'll find five beautiful falls with nice pools.
In this article, you will discover 15 key Japanese historical figures whose impact on the Land of the Rising Sun continues to be felt today, even for tourists.
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.
Are manga and anime purely for geeks, or are they far more? Here’s a look at manga and anime culture in Japan from the perspective of a casual tourist.
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.
What is Japan’s capital after the sun goes down? Let these 15 Tokyo night photos tell you the story.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Check out my photo gallery for pictures and ideas for things to do in Dandong, China. It shares a river border with North Korea, so is a fascinating place to experience Chinese culture as well as taking a sneaky peek across the borders into North Korean territory.
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...
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.
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.
Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam before Bangkok. It's a beautiful historical region for tourists with an interest in Southeast Asian culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A do-it-yourself guide to touring three wonderful places in Ilocos, including an estimated budget for the trip.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Chiang Mai is a lovely place. You'll enjoy great food, friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere. Are you wondering exactly what to do in Chiang Mai? Start your journey here.
Find a detailed comparison of Thailand and Cambodia as travel destinations and why Cambodia should be next on your list of places to visit!
Yercaud is a hill station near Salem in Tamil Nadu, where it is arguably one of the most popular among the region's offbeat hill stations. It is a gorgeous place in all seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kodaikanal is not just another hill station. From private waterfalls to roadside stalls selling spicy bajji, one can look forward to many unconventional things.
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!
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.
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.
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,
Need a crash course in traditional Chinese morals and virtues? There is no better classroom than Singapore’s bizarre Haw Par Villa.
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.
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.
So you want to visit Israel? Here are the "must-see" sites that will make you fall in love with the country!
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.
Six ways that Christmas is different in Japan from ideas we may usually be used to in western countries.
You can take your kids to Israel without losing your mind! Read on for travel tips, kid-friendly activities, and more.
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.
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.
Serene, whimsical, lyrical, thoughtful. These are but some of the accolades used over the centuries to describe the beautiful Japanese gardens on this list.
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.
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!
Wondering what to do in Tokyo? Check out this list of the top 50 things to see and do, written by a Tokyo local.
Ooty is a hill station located close to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. With stunning valley views and picture-perfect lakes, we call Ooty the 'queen of hill stations'.
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.
Erawan Waterfall in Erawan National Park is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand and an easy weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
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.
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
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!
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.
After about eight months of living and traveling in Japan, these are the places I found the most beautiful. I hope you enjoy.
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.
Here are ten behaviors that we might consider rude in the West but are completely fine (or even expected) in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who is the Peach Boy? Is the Snow Woman a fiend or a savior? Here are seven must-know Japanese folklore stories to spice up your Japanese holiday.
These 25 Japanese experiences cemented my lifelong love for travel in Japan. Many of these experiences, incidentally, are unique to the Land of the Rising Sun.
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.
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.
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.
Singapore is an exotic Asian metropolis with something for every traveler. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive cities to have a vacation in. Here are 10 budget tips to help you save money during your Singapore Holiday.
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.
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...
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.
Learn basic Arabic words and phrases as spoken in the Gulf States, and use them as a polite gesture when traveling to Dubai.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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!
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?
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?
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.
You're getting ready to backpack Vietnam. That's great. But before you go, here are a few tips from one backpacker to another.
Though Yokohama is often overlooked and underrated, it is actually well worth a visit. This article covers eight must-see places in Yokohama to put on your itinerary when you visit Japan.
What is a magnetic hill or gravity hill? Magnet Mountain, Jabal Magnet or Jabal Baido in Wadi al-Jinn, Madinah (Medina) Saudi Arabia that has a strange phenomenon where a vehicle on neutral gear can move uphill is an example of this gravity hill. Read more for detail explanation.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coaker's walk, Bryant park, Kodai lake, Pillar rocks and Silver cascade are the 5 popular places in Kodaikanal. The very mention of its name evokes a pleasant feeling among people living in South India looking for a summer retreat.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Embarking on a Hanami, or sakura viewing trip to Japan? Here are seven tips to ensure a memorable trip.
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.
Be in the know before visiting Singapore! Please enjoy this guide written by a Singaporean for all friends of the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tokyo is surprisingly overrated, especially if you want to experience Japanese culture in deeper ways than just visiting shrines, shopping, and gawking at Shibuya Crossing. There are many other great major cities in Japan, so you should consider skipping Tokyo on your next visit.
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.
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
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a school turned torture prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia—a once normal place changed by Cambodia's gruesome past. This is one of the Khmer Rouge's horrible institutions.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Here is a quick 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Interesting things to do for sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attractions include Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, Little India and Chinatown.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam. Includes ancient grottos, Cat Ba National Park, map, and plenty of photographs.
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.
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.
Japan is unique, fascinating, and peculiar all at once. This article delves deeper into Japanese culture, detailing some of the things that are discernible almost immediately, and those which become clearer the longer you stay in the multifaceted, enigmatic Land of the Rising Sun.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
In the tropical heat of Ayutthaya, we relaxed atop our elephant as she wandered the ruins of Thailand's ancient capital.
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.
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!
One of the last summer festivals in Japan is the Gangarabi Matsuri. It honors the god of Satsuki Mountain by setting it on fire. It is held annually on the evening of August 24 in Ikeda, near Osaka.
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.
3 wonderfully atmospheric and colorful Japanese food markets that should be on your Japan travel itinerary.
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.
Previously the political and economic heart of Japan, the culturally rich Kansai region is today a photography wonderland for tourists after sunset.
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!
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?
Angkor Wat is one of the most magnificent places in the world to visit and get lost. Join me on a small tour of the temples of Siem Reap in Cambodia.
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.
Every year, plenty of people from English-speaking countries choose to teach English in Taiwan... it's an adventure, but don't be unprepared.
A lovely autumn day of sightseeing at famous Fukuoka attractions, including a side trip to nearby Dazaifu.
If you're traveling to Singapore, you'll want to hear my story and immigration tips to make sure your trip goes better!
A quick guide to visiting Canton Tower—the newest symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2019.
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.
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.
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.
This article lists six places to visit in Gifu, Japan. If you're into nature and history, you won't want to miss them!
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.
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.
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.