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I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn’t really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn’t matter how much research and planning you do in advance – the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too much planning your experience …

[ Written by guest | 26 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

Sand dunes, camels and oriental markets, or glassy high risers, cats and crazy nightlife – what is your idea of Tel Aviv? Mine was probably a little bit of both. Having met Israelis before, I knew Tel Aviv was a city that never sleeps. I knew it was by the seaside and surrounded by desert. I knew it was considerably secular and welcoming. I had heard about the local food …

[ Written by Kathi | 19 May 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story.
Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them… willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and wakeboard my way out …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

“Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days” was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of exceptional service, breath-taking views, delectable food, …

[ Written by guest | 16 Apr 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

I’m sitting at the Emirates lounge in Bangkok with a plane home to catch in an hour. The only good thing about this scenario is that I can drown my sorrow in the bottom of a bottomless champagne glass. And the fact that there is fast wi-fi so I can plan my next adventures. Other than that I am absolutely miserable due to the fact that yesterday I was swimming …

[ Written by Annika | 15 Apr 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

Ahhh the notorious night buses of Asia. You may be familiar with the many horror stories that filter down through backpackers of how awful, traumatic and dangerous they can be, but I’m here to tell ya that they can be fun! Well, perhaps I should say that they can be entertaining, confusing, bewildering, adrenaline pumping and bonding. If that’s what you’d class as fun then you might not mind taking …

[ Written by Sophie | 13 Apr 2015 | 11 Comments | ]

Billowing white clouds rise up towards the sky, and the drizzling rain only adds to the eerie feeling I get. I’m in Beppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The steam, too light to be seen as smoke, looks completely different to anything I have ever seen before. The Kanazawa Jigokus are volcanic hot springs where you can gaze at the bubbling, frothing volcanic water rise into the sky. Bear in mind, these …

[ Written by guest | 11 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

I knew little about Tel Aviv when I touched down at the airport of Israel’s seaside getaway. Four days lay ahead of me and I quickly came to realize this was nowhere near enough time to explore the city fully. But with a few good tips from friends and early mornings I did well and good a great first impression. Here are seven things you should do in Tel Aviv …

[ Written by guest | 9 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

“I’m cooking,” my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. “You are boiling, not cooking,” Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn’t have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai …

[ Written by Annika | 8 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny …

[ Written by Alex | 7 Mar 2015 | 22 Comments | ]
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