Please take a look through some of the articles we have in Asia, click on the subcategory countries below to get the content.
Consider joining the club we are smaller and more unique therefore. We're a very social bunch here brought up with travel in hostels and we never get tired of another bus ride into the unknown.
I have a personal feeling of excitement being in many of the most exciting capital cities Bangkok, Hong Kong or relaxing in my Bali Resort after a days surfing. I am miles away from my country of birth and nothing is as it seems in Japan.
It was a time dilemma: I had to get assignments marked and back to a university in Australia, but also had to organize a visa run. In Cambodia one can get extensions almost forever, but my passport had expired and been replaced so a fresh stamp was required. What to do, what to do? Tuk-tuk driver to the rescue.
“Nick can you come to my apartment, pick up my passport and arrange a boat ticket to Chao Doc on Friday for me?”
Guys and Gals
Two things i missed of my last update (was in such a rush to please the editor!)
One.. while in chang mai (thailand) went to see some Thai Kick Boxing.. it was mainly kids fighting but it didint take away from the experience. The arena was really authentic, and had an traditional band playing the same tune just at different tempos. Most of the fights went down to the referee's decision but two didnt.. one got stopped for blood and the penultimate fight was the highlight of the night. First round started fairly slowly, then the second just exploded.. one fighter caught the sweetest right foot full it the face and went down like he had been shoot and only intervention from the medic with smelling salts brought him round..
Two... ive talked about "small world" experiences number of times, but for me the spookiest one of all time happened to me in chang mai.. saw this old welsh dude in the pub, and I kind of recognised him.. the next day I saw him again (in The Local) and I had to ask him where I knew him from.. got talking, and it turned out I had met him two years ago in Australia on a previous and different trip.. spooky hey!
Anyway, Veng Viene rocks!
Attractions and sites abound in China, whether you choose to visit the capital of Beijing or take a hiatus to Shanghai. You will never be out of things to do while you enjoy a holiday on the Asian continent. One of the main events of your trip to China should be a visit to the Great Wall of China, which can be visited at various points along its lengthy course.
The most popular section of China’s Great Wall is Badaling, which never stops being filled with visitors and tourists. It may be best to see this section during the week as the weekends can be somewhat harried. The Badaling section is approximately 72 kilometres or 45 miles from Beijing. Restoration began on the wall in 1953.
You can visit this section from 6:30 a.m. in the morning to 7:00 p.m. in the summer and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the winter. The Badaling section has been open longer than any other part of the attraction and is the best preserved. Tourists can see beautiful scenes of the trees below the wall. World celebrities have visited this section, including Margaret Thatcher and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
A typical tour time takes 3-hours during the peak season or 2-hours normally. Restaurants available at this stretch of the Great Wall include McDonald’s Yonghe King, Great Wall Commune Restaurant, the Badaling Hotel Restaurant and Jindian Friendship Restaurant. Hotels in the area include the Great Wall Commune and Badaling Hotel.
A quick Peek-In on China…
Well, time had come for me finally to say good buy to Thailand, and Khoa San Road.. and boy was I glad to see the back of them both.. I left Bangkok and headed to Beijing, have to be honest I was a little apprehensive at first as I had all those visions of not being able to get around town, everything in mandarin etc.. and to make things more adventurous I was arriving in Beijing without an idea of where I would stay. Once clearing customs etc., I used my instincts and was going to speak to the first person I saw lift a backpack of the carousel… luckily for me, this Kiwi girl was a lot more organized me and had a hostel booked and had arranged for them to pick her up. I suggested, if she didn’t mind I would pay half the transfer and see if they had room for me too. So we arrive at Leo Hostels, and I had landed on my feet. Not only did they have a bed, but also the hostel was fantastic… all the western mod cons (i.e. food and toilets), free internet, pool table and PS2 – I was sorted. As they say every action has an equal and opposite reaction, in my case the jubilation of having landed on my feet was offset by the change in temperatures – left Bangkok with the temperature at 30c and was waiting for the minibus outside the airport with it being approx -8c . As mentioned, the hostel was a very well run and organized hostels aimed at backpackers, and they offer many tours and services throughout Beijing, one of them being a tour to The Great Wall of China which hasn’t been restored and so there are no tourists, I decided to sign myself up for the following morning. Had an early start to get to the wall where would be walking on, which also caught me off guard – haven’t been this active in ages. We meet out guide, at what looks like some factory, which it was and also his home. This guy didn’t speak a word of English, and so it was down to the method of communication I had envisaged about china, pointing and smiling and it worked! He took us for about a 4 hour round circuit, some parts of the wall were completely ruined and so we had to walk down the side, some were barely passable and we would be literally holding on parts of the wall, and or trees to avoid falling off the edge. The return part of the walk was suppose to be via a picturesque lagoon, and forestry area, which it was kind off – seeing as the temperature was sub zero, the lagoon was frozen solid! Having successfully completed the walk (which reminded me off my start to the South American adventures), it was time for lunch which his wife had prepared while we walked. She brought about 8 dishes, all but one was vegetarian to my surprise! As it was so damn cold, the evening was spent in at the hostel, chilling (in more ways than one I guess) and chatting to fellow travelers with the usual dialogue of conversation (where you from, where you been, where you going etc..). During these chats, I realized that there is much more to China than the great wall, and the 2 weeks I had allowed to discover it were never going to be enough. The following day went out to The Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.. both were pretty nice, but not over impressive – with the cold, and the number of people harassing you to see their art, or buy postcards I just wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible. That evening went to one of the many markets around Beijing, and ended up buying things I didn’t have space to carry as things were so ridiculously cheap. After two full on days of walking and sight seeing, I decided that the next day I was keep low key and not venture to far outside the hostel, and plus I had an overnight train to catch to Xian. I arrived in Xian after a 12 hour overnight sleeper train, I was lucky enough to have the 4 bed carriage to myself. Once I had checked in the hostel, they some how talked me in to doing a tour to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, which I did. The history of the warriors is pretty amazing, and its hard to believe they were only discovered just over 30 years ago after being buried for 2000+ years but the sight it self was OK (going to be had to please after Angor Wat) Due to my limited time, I moved on the following day to Shanghai. Went out and about around the Bund area, to see the Pearl Tower and the old French Quarter. Had a couple of crazy nights with a new group of travelers that had followed me there. One night in particular, went to a club Pegasus and they had a “Battle of the Mic” contest. All these Chinese dudes dressed up like 50 Cent, with basketball shirts down to their knees and silly baseball caps slagging each other off on the mics, very funny. A couple of days later I find myself in Honk Kong. Still in two minds if I like this place, its kind of really busy and hectic but if you make a little bit of effort you can escape. Yesterday I wandered around the main HK island (I am staying in Kowloon, which is attached to mainland china) went up the worlds longest escalator (500) was suppose to take the steepest tram too, but it was too cloudy at the peak to see anything so didn’t bother. Today went to see The Big Buddha on Lantau Island and that has been pretty much my time in China and Hong Kong. Tomorrow I fly to India, were new adventures, malaria and dodgy stomach await..
Mahseer is a cold-water fish that stays within water that is highly oxygenated. This fish possess a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Popularly known as ‘The Underwater Tiger’, this fish gives a very strong fight. Apart from this, they also possess a very strong smelling sense which helps them to detect the food from a distance. They mainly rely on the fishes and the arthropods for their food.
The charm, the grandeur and royalty is how India is sometimes described. Not only in monetary terms but the country is also rich in terms of culture, traditions and heritage sites. It is because of this reason that the country was once called “Golden Bird”. Fascinated by the beauty and the charm of the country or rather the finances that come from plunder, many rulers have invaded over the years.
From Aibak the slave who would one day rule India (Qutb-ud-din Aibak) to Mughals to the British, the country has been ruled and evolved a unique way. These times has created a teaching to the people of India including the importance of our country and being patriotic. Today India stands as a word economic power with such wealth and poverty juxtaposed among the streets of Mumbai to the beaches of Kerela.
Traveling always gets a new experience and when one chooses train to do it, the excitement just triggers to another level. The luxury train experience introduced in India takes this experience several folds higher with the royalty and comfort that is offered during the entire trip. These trains have been designed to fulfill the adventurous desire while keeping the passengers safe. A best way to explore India when visitors come for the first time is taking a tour with any of the five trains. These take separate tours in different regions and have the lavish set up to treat the passengers majestically throughout.
My dear frined Minesh went to India and shared his story with me via this website. I like real travel blogs.
"I couldn't believe it, I was literally on Indian soil for 2 minutes and I had been robbed"
Well leaving for Hong Kong, I would have to make the now obligatory stop in Bangkok (just cant avoid it) but my 3 hours here were spent in the luxury of the business lounge which gave me the ideal opportunity to eat, drink and surf to my hearts content!
Had a very good flight in to Mumbia, got talking to an American guy (Brian) and an Aussie chick (Sarah). Sarah and Brian as it turned out were staying in the same guesthouse as luck would have it. I was meeting a friend from UK, and she was meeting me at the airport. Finally clearing immigration and customs I was so happy about my first visit to India, that I had to call home and let my mum know that I was finally here, however my jubilation was short lived as some light fingered bugger helped him (or her) self to my mobile. I couldn't believe it, I was literally on Indian soil for 2 minutes and I had been robbed.
Our top 5 reasons to plan a trip to Jimbaran, Bali.
From natural wonders to cultural centers and spas, it’s a great vacation spot.
Great Bali hotels spread out throughout the island, but there are a few reasons you should decide to stay in the Jimbaran area, at the far south of the island. We know there’s probably a ton of reasons to choose Jimbaran, but here are our top 5 sights and activities in the region.
Everyone likes a good celebration. If you are a young traveler or just someone keen on having a wild time while relaxing in the sun, then finding the perfect party tropical island should be your priority. There are countless tropical destinations in the world and all of them are beautiful, however, not all of them offer the party atmosphere you may need.
Today at about 2:50 pm in North East Japan Japan suffered its largest ever recorded Earthquake. Tsunamis followed in Japan and are on their way to the islands in the pacific. Countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia are being evacuated. Incredibly they were slow to issue that order. In an hours time we will see what happens. Massive destruction has been seen so far in Japan.
The epicentre is the ocean off the North East coast.
Best Videos on the Japan Earth Quake
Well I'm in Hiroshima, got fed up being moved beds in Kyoto so decided to check out and get my Shinkansen in the evening after my final day doing the tourist thing. I visited this shrine which was essentially a wooded mountain and thousands of big orange gates, it was again something amazing.
I'm here in a nice hostel, arrived yesterday quite late from Kyoto, another great Shinkanson experience. It's a J-Hoppers hostel and in a more traditional style. That means no shoes and non western toilets. I'm just about to go for a run round town, finally saw off my jet lag with some saki.
This city is amazing, a sizeable one but not on the scale of the massive Tokyo. It has so many temples I cannot see them all. It is easy to get around and im staying at a very cool hostel on the river and have met some good travellers.
This area (Hakone) is full of hotels with onsen or special dedicated Onsen facilities. Its essentially the Japanese steam baths, and this is a jewel of the Japanese culture for me, this is a place to do business and relax in.
I awoke to the sound of the cleaner knocking on the door then opening it.
It was good I had five minutes to pack and plan. I was meeting Tsutomu pronounced "storm" I had last seen him in London.
I was in a deep sleep as the cleaner woke me up, I needed to check out in 5 minutes and hadn't planned much past this point. Being a bit hungover too- yes marvellous.
I'm awaiting meeting Tsutomu to chat to him as he will know Japan and am researching as I go, and there is still much to see in Tokyo, will have some time before flying out so I dont want to do it all this vist.
I'm in my hotel lobby fighting the keyboard which keeps wanting to insert Japanese characters instead of western script my old sweetheart beer is keeping me awake..