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The Stans Part I – Kazakhstan

March 20, 2010  

The Stans Part I – Kazakhstan

You’ve heard of the ‘stans, even if you don’t realize it. They are quickly becoming the new backpacker circuit in Central Asia, offering great off-road touring, expansive nature, and that slight twinge of discomfort in not knowing how safe really things are, which the more adventurous travelers just can’t get enough of. So here’s your four-part quick guide on the ‘stans, starting with Kazakhstan. Photo credit - Martijn MunnekePhoto credit - upyernoz A Russian... [Read more of this review]

7 Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

March 5, 2010  

7 Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

The economic centre of Southeast Asia’s rising economic star, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the planet’s most exciting cities, where influences from France collide with the Orient, and where the Vietnam War is remembered like it was yesterday. And with skyscrapers, landmarks and fashion cenres galore, never has there been a better time to head to a place that, despite the global recession, is still very much alive and kicking. Photo credits - Colin Purrington Authentic... [Read more of this review]

Top Attractions in Koh Chang

January 1, 2010  

Top Attractions in Koh Chang

This 429 square kilometer of land is called Koh Chang, or Elephant Island, for a reason. It’s not because of its size, but instead its more to do with the island’s imaginative elephant-like shape. Located in the eastern most province of Thailand, bordering Cambodia, Koh Chang was declared Thailand’s 45th national park. Along with more than 40 surrounding small islands, it became Mu Koh Chang National Park in 1982. As such, you can expect pristine environment and... [Read more of this review]

Shanghai’s Hip Hotspots – Xintiandi

December 19, 2009  

Shanghai’s Hip Hotspots – Xintiandi

Just north of Shanghai’s oldest neighborhood lies its newest modern quarter, Xintiandi. This nightlife and fashion district, which is nestled inside a series of restored tenement stone houses known as shikumen, is a hotspot of entertainment, shopping and nightlife that really lives up to it’s name, which means “new heaven and earth”. Photo credits - yngwiemanux Unlike some of Shanghai’s other urban districts, Xintiandi is compact and navigable. Narrow cobbled... [Read more of this review]

Mysore Dasara

December 15, 2009  

Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara is a popular event in Karnataka State, South India, a world famous festival lasting all through 10 days. The city of Mysore will look at its best during the festival, with all the major roads in the city, heritage buildings, palaces, historical monuments, ancient temples and shops illuminated. Here the Dasara is an elaborate affair and attract a large audience including both local and foreign tourists. Photo credits - antkriz Photo credits - kkalyan According... [Read more of this review]

Capital Adventures in Canberra

December 4, 2009  

Capital Adventures in Canberra

Despite the southeast coast of Australia being the most populous and the most popular with tourists, many visitors speed by Australia’s capital city of Canberra on their travels. Others don’t even realise that Australia built Canberra in 1913 for the purpose of being a new capital to stop the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne. But no true Australian itinerary is complete without a peek into the orderly streets of Canberra. Photo credits - Sam Ilic Photography... [Read more of this review]

Nostalgic Jiu Fen Taiwan

October 28, 2009  

Nostalgic Jiu Fen Taiwan

Feel the oriental nostalgia with Jiu Fen’s quaint ancient charm that traces its paths back in history. Sitting at the top of a mountain up northern Taiwan, Jiu Fen used to be an isolated town up in the highlands, isolated from the rest of the world. It was until the 1800s where gold was discovered in the area, where the town then began bustling in prosperity as a hot gold mining field. Photo credits - Julius.Hibbert Photo credits - Dislocations Background Story... [Read more of this review]

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