Archive for January, 2009

Riverland Relaxation

January 30, 2009  

Riverland Relaxation

The Riverland in South Australia seems almost like it could be custom designed for a campervan holiday. Picture this: rolling countryside divided into a patchwork of lush orchards, where exotic fruits such as olives, citrus, garlic, apricots and grapes hang off the vine and branch. Splitting the region in two is the mighty Murray River, which flows past high limestone cliffs and expansive wetlands, breathing life into the fertile soils and giving character to the countryside.... [Read more of this review]

Culinary Adventures of India

January 27, 2009  

Culinary Adventures of India

India’s culinary landscape can be summarized into three words: spicy, herb-rich and vegetarian. Most foreigners will find these less appetizing compared to their usual fare, but choosing to miss out on them when traveling to India would be your loss. Trying out the unique local flavor is part of the exciting adventure that makes up India, and one challenge that every self-declared independent traveler should take! Unearthing Asia takes a look at the various local delicacies... [Read more of this review]

Life’s a Beach at Phuket

January 24, 2009  

Life’s a Beach at Phuket

To our right, the beach beckons – pristine white sand upon long tresses of crystal clear water. The perfect afternoon sun combined with fresh coconuts and Thailand’s scrumptious delicacies makes it a tantalizing option as we ponder our next plan. To our left, rows upon rows of stalls take up shelter by the road side, vending fake Rolexes and cheap tee-shirts for the shopaholic travelers. Further down the road the alleyway widens and a carnival of sort entices tourists... [Read more of this review]

Treasures of Kyushu

January 21, 2009  

Treasures of Kyushu

Kyushu offers something for everyone, from urban buzz to natural escapes, ranging from great shopping experiences at Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata to the indulgent hot springs baths at Beppu. Japan’s third-largest island, Kyushu is an early centre of Japanese civilization and offers many historic treasures, modern cities and natural beauty. Tourists are drawn to Nagasaki because it was the city which suffered an atomic bomb attack during World War II on Aug... [Read more of this review]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Everest

January 21, 2009  

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Everest

What’s in a name? Everest, previously known just as Peak XV, was confirmed to be the highest mountain in the world in 1856. It was named after Sir George Everest (a previous Surveyor General of India) due to the fact that Tibet and Nepal were sealed off at the time, and so the local names couldn’t be discovered. In Tibetan it is known as Chomolungma (mother goddess of the universe), while the Nepalese call the mountain Sagarmatha – goddess of the sky. To put that... [Read more of this review]

Whale of a Time

January 20, 2009  

Whale of a Time

Every year up to 3000 humpback whales use Hervey Bay as a stopover during their migratory return from Antarctica. Sheltered from the currents and winds by Fraser Island, the bay’s waters are calm and mild. After the tempestuous Southern Ocean, the location provides a place for whales to rest and develop layers of blubber for the next migration south. Tourists flock to Hervey Bay between August and November, when sightings are virtually guaranteed to occur. Several... [Read more of this review]

101 Stories of Pride

January 19, 2009  

101 Stories of Pride

The journey towards the top of Taipei 101, the current record holder as the world’s tallest skyscraper, begins with a high-speed elevator ride that ferries you up to the 89th floor in 37 seconds. As the sliding doors of the elevator parted ways, two flight of stairs welcome and lead you to the circular outdoor deck that sits on the 91st floor of Taipei 101. Unveiled in 2004, Taipei 101 became an instant landmark that showcases the city's global ambition. Photo... [Read more of this review]

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