Category: Asia

Stunning Winter Sun Breaks

Winter Sun Getaway by Nadia Ali

 

 

Brrr, it’s getting cold outside! The temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter, and keeping warm inside the house has become a top priority. But fortunately for travelers who are seeking a winter vacation, January is the cheapest month to fly away. At that point, the annual big rush to get home for Christmas is over and the must-visit destinations to stay for New Years have

Colorful Markets of Bangkok

A Symbolic Golden Buddha Statue of Bangkok by foto76

 

Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited destinations. It is deemed one of the largest capital cities on the globe with a population of over 9 million people. As the capital city of Thailand, the appeal is easy to see with its spectacular temples, exotic sites and a variety of specialty markets. It is in these markets that visitors can get a taste of

Seoul Food

In the astonishing mix of ultra-modern and ancient found in Seoul’s Jongno-gu area is the Gyeonghui Palace, which is now the city’s Museum of History. Surrounded by corporate headquarters, government offices and embassies, the museum has a treasure of a different kind – the fine dining restaurant of Cong-du. This is a new-age destination restaurant best described as organic concept-art cuisine focused on Korean produce. It has a modern take on traditional tofu and bean-based …

Is this the best $1 you will ever spend getting to know a city? Probably.

In the heart of Myanmar’s sprawling capital Yangon, an opportunity exists to glimpse local life and communities in a way not often available in other cities.

Local transport out the window of the train at one of the 39 stops

Opened in 1954, the Yangon Circular Railway is a rickety, barely-faster-than-a-jog train that runs a circular path all around the heart of the city, taking approximately 3 hours to cover some 30 kilometers and 39 …

Seasoning a Perfect Recipe for Burmese Cooking in Inle Lake

Just a few years ago, Myanmar (formerly Burma) was a closed land, with heavy travel restrictions and limited tourist facilities. Since the broad easing of travel restrictions in 2012, tourism in Myanmar has boomed.

Inle Lake and its famous leg spinner fisherman are a major attraction in Myanmar

Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a popular stop on many itineraries, famous for its leg-spinning fishermen, floating markets and local communities that dot the ring …

Three Beautiful Beaches in South Goa, India

Patnem Beach

I travel frequently, and always prepare for my various jaunts doing fact-finding, participating in forums, asking friends, and even reading literature from my destination country. I’m prepared, but not too prepared, ever open to the spur-of-the-moment experiences traveling promises. For my month-long voyage to Southern India I spent an excessive amount of time planning. Hours, days, and months were spent investigating the merits of the SteriPEN® and concocting a route south from Mumbai. …

Death and Rebirth in the Sacred Streets of Varanasi

Varanasi, also called Benares and Kashi, is a pilgrimage destination in India. According to ancient texts, the city was founded by the Hindu deity Shiva, making it one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country.   Varanasi is also considered one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is the home of many prominent Indian writers, musicians, artists and poets.

Varanasi by day

As a cultural and religious center of North India, Varanasi …

Five Fascinating Chinese Cities You’ve Never Heard Of

Vast deserts, subway trains, ice caves, mountainous lakes, gleaming apartment blocks, camels, highways, rivers, skyscrapers and magnet trains: welcome to China.

China has 44 metropolises with a population of more than 1 million, which is astonishing, considering that most of us would be hard pressed to name many cities in the Middle Kingdom beyond Shanghai and Beijing. But many of China’s true treasures lie well beyond the throngs climbing the Great Wall and ascending the …

Beguiled by a Manic Metropolis

Imagine sticking a straw down the throat of a goldfish and blowing.

Then blowing some more. And you only stop blowing when the goggle-eyed fish looks as if it’s finally about to pop.

That’s what I was staring at in little plastic bags hanging outside the shops in Hong Kong’s aptly named Goldfish Street. Behind their massively misshapen heads were tiny fins that flapped aimlessly as they tried to steer the bulbous bulk around.  A …

Asia for Beginners

Asia. The East. The other side of the world. A melting pot of cultures as yet largely unexplored by the West. For the independent traveller, the Asian continent is a figurative Everest, (and a literal one if you happen to find yourself in Tibet.) If you brave the great divide of the Pacific, you’ll find a wealth of unique countries whose cultural hearts beat with the passion of a war drum.

But, if you’ve never …

Seven Southeast Asian Foods for the Health-Conscious Traveler

For tourists who wish to see a mélange of warm culture cradled on an expansive spectacle of greens, water and terrain, Southeast Asia will be the prime place to visit. Tourists go here to do water sports, enter fascinating caves, trek the green mountains outside the bustling modern cities, and taste the distinctively Southeast Asian dishes, which can be both scrumptious and healthy. Thus, if ever you visit Southeast Asia, don’t worry about getting the …

Six Fun Things for Families to Do in Beijing

A giant panda relaxes at the Beijing Zoo.

You and your kids (or grand-kids) are going to love Beijing. The Chinese capital is a very kid-friendly city, with so many things to see and do they won’t have time to get bored. An extra benefit is that the Chinese love children. Don’t be surprised if they want to take pictures of their kids with yours.

Here are six family-oriented things to do that are fun …

Ten Unmissable Sights Along China’s Silk Road

For 3,000 years, a series of roads connected the East with the West. Long, treacherous and, in some places, nearly impassable, some eight or nine roads for centuries offered the only access between China, India and Europe. These together have come to be known as the Silk Road.

Extending almost 6,000 miles from end to end, the roads were traveled by spice and slave traders, spiritual pilgrims and silk merchants. They crossed mountains, deserts and …

A Walk through Bangalore’s Neighborhood Markets

In the past few years at least a dozen shopping malls have sprung up across Bangalore, and many more are in various stages of construction. But in this South Indian city where modernity and tradition happily co-exist, the swanky malls do not outnumber the neighborhood markets, which continue to bustle with activity. In these lively markets and bazaars you can find almost anything you’re looking for, bargaining is expected and the sensory overload is part …