Keen to have a taste of traditional Japanese hospitality? If so, then here’s why you definitely need to stay at a Ryokan or Shukubo.… Read More Where to stay in Japan: a guide to Ryokan & Shukubo, traditional guesthouses
Ever wondered what makes the cherry blossom so special to the Japanese that it’s become the icon of a nation? What is it about sakura that makes Japan sakura-fy everything (jelly, tea, anime… you name it) and take to the parks to hanami every spring? I find out here.… Read More Japan, Sakura season: Why are cherry blossoms so special?
Yunnan (云南) is a part of China that lies close to the border with Vietnam and Cambodia, and is a region full of natural beauty. The Tibet Autonomous Region is also just next door, so do take the chance to visit. With a number of highly developed tourist spots, the Yunnan region is impressively organised for ease… Read More [China] Yunnan: Old Cities, Blue Lakes and Breathtaking Mountains
I recently discovered the best initiative EVER during my recent trip to Japan: Volunteer guides!! Also known as Goodwill Ambassadors, these are local guides who, out of a desire to meet people from around the world or practice their language skills, volunteer their time to bring travellers around. Equipped with a pass that grants Goodwill Ambassador free… Read More Japan: Local Experiences with Volunteer Guides
I’ve been to Bali 4 times now, and it never gets old. Every time I go there’s a new restaurant, or a store that’s just opened, and is a killer must see. The whole place is so alive and always changing. It’s one of those rare places that somehow manages to balance being a tourist magnet… Read More Travelogue: Bali, Indonesia. The Best Beach Holiday
Broke in Hong Kong, but still itching to update your wardrobe? Looking for some handmade crafts to bring back as souvenirs? Or even just hungry for a bit of freshly baked cake? Weekend markets in Hong Kong are perfect to add onto your weekend itinerary, and I don’t mean weekend markets of the touristy sort such… Read More Weekend Markets in Hong Kong! Great shopping and atmosphere at craft markets
I visited as a stranger to the significance of the Wailing Wall. Certainly I had done my historical research and was familiar with the right words, but nothing could prepare me for the emotionally-charged atmosphere. Arguable the most sacred relic to the Judaism religion after Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall is all that remains of… Read More The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem