Asia

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[...]

48 Hours in Shanghai

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Shanghai was initially added haphazardly onto my Asia touring itinerary because I had a stopover there anyway. I figured why not extend that layover from a couple of hours at the airport to a couple of days in the bustling city! 48 hours was certainly a good amount of time for me, but of course only allowed me to scratch the surface of all the city has to of[...]

How to Spend One Month in Northern India

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India can often be an intimidating place, especially for first time travellers. I’ve travelled extensively around the country, and I can honestly tell you not to be afraid! Sure, India offers some challenges, but also so many rewards. If you’re looking at a map of the country without a clue where to begin, here’s some ideas of how to spend a month travelling[...]

The Propaganda Game - a documentary on North Korea

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What do you know about North Korea? Let me help you with a few basics I know from the news. It owns nuclear weapons that could allegedly reach the west coast of the United States; there is an incredible food shortage causing the population to starve; their dictator managed to shut down the theatrical release of a US-American satirical film evolving around[...]

The Travelettes Top 10 Destinations in Thailand

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How many travellers have had their hearts stolen by Thailand? Too many to count we’d guess! We’ve certainly fallen for this beautiful country’s charms again and again, and though the country has changed drastically since the glory days when the first intrepid explorers founded the Banana Pancake Trail, it has lost none of its allure - we just can’t stay away[...]