Asia

The Privilege and Prejudice of Travel

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So it seems that I am the first of us Travelettes who went to China. As in China, that is not Shanghai or Hong Kong. As the first, writing about it seems an honor and a responsibility and quite frankly I don't really know where to start. China is huge and diverse so it was obvious from the beginning that a 6-day trip to two cities would never do it justice. [...]

5 Instagrammers Who Will Make You Want To Go To Japan

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How do you choose your travel destinations? For me, a lot of the times, where I go depends a lot on how much it costs to get there. Cheap flights to Southern Europe? Yes, please. A good deal on that train ticket through the Balkans? Me me me me me! A flight overseas for less than 400 bucks? Gimme. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of places on my b[...]

How to Spend a Month in South India

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Following on from my How to Spend a Month in Northern India, I wanted to do a similar post celebrating the South of the country. North and South India are tremendously different in so many ways, from the landscapes to the climate, the people and the food. If you've only ever travelled to North India before, you might be in for a shock when you head to the So[...]

Off the Beaten Path: Trekking in Bhutan

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I sat cross-legged and stiff whilst the monk chanted meditative prayers at 3,800 metres above sea level, breathing hard to catch my breath and calm my racing heart. I had just hiked up five hundred vertical metres from our grassy campsite on the plateau below to the monastery carved into the cliff. We left at the crack of dawn to be here for these morning pr[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]

From Tehran with Love

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There's this constantly growing fascination for Iran bubbling inside of me and it's so strong that I'm planning to visit Tehran in the next coming weeks or months. Part of that has been being introduced to Les Persiennes in a recent magazine article which I read on a plane. Nilufar Khalessi, the founder, is from Iran and lives in Paris. She runs the online m[...]

48 hours on the Japanese Art Islands

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Originally dotted by small fishing and farming communities the Japanese Art Islands are now also home to galleries, coffee shops and art installations.  The main islands, Naoshima and Teshima are about 3 hours from Kyoto by train and ferry. Visiting this area does require a bit of planning, mostly to coordinate transport, but it’s so worth it. Let me tell yo[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Chiang Mai

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What was supposed to be a trip for a couple of weeks in Northern Thailand, quickly turned into a six month stay, as I had fallen head over heels for the Chiang Mai vibe. In a blink, I started calling this city ‘my home away from home’, just like all the expats and digital nomads that got stuck here. The many faces of Chiang Mai kept it interesting. From the [...]

5 Places to get Off the Beaten Track in Thailand

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Anyone who has been to Thailand will know it's one of the most vibrant, beautiful and relaxing places on earth. It's also one of the most touristy. And if you go in peak season, many of the top spots such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Bangkok's Khao San area will be heaving with young Europeans in Chang vests and neon face paint. I've heard many backpackers[...]