Asia

5 Amazing Off the Beaten Path Escapes from Tokyo

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The sprawling metropolis of Tokyo seems to offer little refuge from its concrete skyscrapers, fluorescent billboards, and crammed commuter trains. Most visitors, if feeling overwhelmed, escape to the serene havens of Nikko or Takao-san, day trips from the city resplendent with natural beauty and onsen (hot springs). While these are amazing options, there’s a[...]

A city of cultures: Discovering the local side to Singapore

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It’s not everyday that the chief concierge of your hotel takes you out on a tour of his city. But here I am, bright and early in the lobby of the Shangri-La Singapore about to be taken out by Rajkumer, the Shangri-La’s chief concierge, a Singaporean of Indian descent and a man passionate about his city. I’ve always thought Singapore was somewhat misunders[...]

5 Reasons why Laos should be your next adventure destination

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Laos, the landlocked neighbor to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and China is undoubtedly one of the most underrated destinations in SouthEast Asia. Many people flock to the beaches in Thailand, the ancient structures of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and eat their way through Vietnam without ever stepping foot in Laos. Those who do make it to Laos typ[...]

One Night on a Desert Island in the Maldives

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There are about 1200 islands in the Maldives and only 300 of them are inhabited, either by locals or by resorts. So chances to find a real desert island here are quite good. Mind you, I am still very excited when I arrive at beautiful Maafushivaru and am told that I get to spend a night on my very own, very deserted island.   My first trip to [...]

An Oasis in the City: Finding Bliss at the Shangri-La, Singapore

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Jet lag can be a bitch. And despite a lovely experience flying Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class, I still feel it strongly. I arrive in Changi Airport dazed at the fact that it's bright and early morning in Singapore, and that the sun is shining and humidity has already hit 100%. It's quite a different scene to the drizzly 15 degree British summer I l[...]

10 good tips for traveling to the Maldives

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Ah.... the Maldives. "Ah" is literally always the word on my mind when I think about this stunning piece of land in the Indian Ocean. The first time a plane flew me over this incredible archipelago I knew I had found my favorite part of the world and to this day it remains my number one choice in all my bucket list recommendations. If you thought the [...]

A bit of Hotel romance and Goodbye's in Phuket

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The bellboy who is opening our taxi door doesn't blink an eye as we get out. Even though we look like proper... travelers. My face is makeup free, my hair is still tangled from weeks in the saltwater and our luggage consists of a disorderly array of backpacks, shoulder bags, and something that resembles a bodybag - my dive equipment. To give him credi[...]

7 Tips for hiking the Great Wall of China

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You can’t visit Beijing without making a stop at the Great Wall of China. One of the Wonders of the World, the Wall is over 13,000 miles long and 2000 years old. There’s restored sections of the Wall where you can visit without getting dirty, but if you really want to experience the Great Wall of China, I recommend taking a hike! Hiking out in the “wild” [...]

Becoming a PADI Divemaster on Koh Tao

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I am scuba diving in the Andaman Sea and experiencing a dream come true. Or I would be if my stupid ears would play along and equalize. But they are in no mood to do so and so I am stuck, holding on to a barnacle-clad rope, a meter and a half below the surface instead of discovering one of Thailand's best dive destinations. I try my best not to get irritated[...]