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7 Quick Sidetrips in Australia

7 Quick Sidetrips in Australia

From the magical Three Sisters to the beautiful Victoria Harbor, the land of the Kangaroo offers a wide variety of attractions for travelers of all age and interest. Other than the spectacular West Coast...
Ayres Rock, More Than Just a Rock

Ayres Rock, More Than Just a Rock

You’ve surely noticed by now the pictures of that huge rock smack in the middle of Australia. In Aboriginal, it’s called Uluru (said to have no true direct translation), but in English it is...
Milford Sound in Photos

Milford Sound in Photos

Back to New Zealand again this week to highlight one of my favorite part of the journey there, the famed Milford Sound. The 3-4 hour bus ride from Queenstown was quite eventful, with numerous...
Silent Escape at Doubtful Sound

Silent Escape at Doubtful Sound

New Zealand’s Fjordland is home to some of Planet Earth’s most stunning landscapes. Most tourists head straight for Milford Sound, which is easily accessible via bus or coach, courtesy of a large mountain tunnel. But for those...
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, NZ

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, NZ

The first thing I heard about the town of Rotoroa was that it’s got a weird smell hanging over the entire town. This intriguing fact was due to the amount of thermal geoactivities that...
Sydney’s Circular Quay

Sydney’s Circular Quay

While (almost) everyone knows that Canberra is Australia’s political capital, the amount of tourist attractions and diversity of entertainment options available in Sydney’s Circular Quay (pronounced like “key”) makes it a capital region of...
Queenstown Photo Collage

Queenstown Photo Collage

For this weeks’ Photo Friday, here’s a collage of snaps of the world’s adventure capital, Queenstown, New Zealand. This popular tourist domestic and international tourist destination did not disappoint, with plenty of attractions to...
Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine State

Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine State

Queensland has been in the news a lot lately with their “dream job” promotion – they offered someone an island caretaker job, complete with a big salary and benefits, as long as the caretaker...
Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River is a little town about 4 hours south of Perth. This quaint settlement is home to numerous vineyards and farm stays, making it ideal for those who wish to get away from...
Peering into Papua New Guinea

Peering into Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, a unique country by the Pacific ocean who managed to remain relatively unspoilt thanks to its low urban development (only 18% of the population live in urban centers). As well as...
Capital Adventures in Wellington

Capital Adventures in Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand (not its larger northern neighbor, Auckland). Travelers in the know agree that this is one Pacific city not to be missed. With a combination of cosmopolitan attractions...
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Everest

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...
The Annapurna Mountains

The Annapurna Mountains

Commonly regarded as the most beautiful mountain range in the Himalayas, the Annapurna massif consists of six major peaks, including the towering majesty of Annapurna I, one of the fourteen peaks in the world that is over eight...
Exile in Remote Putao

Exile in Remote Putao

The beautiful remoteness of Putao has a prominent foothold on the Burmese imagination – remote, inaccessible and ringed by snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Truly off the beaten trek, Putao was one of the British Empire’s most remote...
Tibet, Roof of the World

Tibet, Roof of the World

I don’t like to quote Wikipedia too often, but on this occasion it’s really quite apt – “‘Tibet’ names and definitions are linguistically and politically loaded language.” In context of this discussion, the Tibet we refer to...
Exploring Kathmandu – 4 Top Attractions

Exploring Kathmandu – 4 Top Attractions

You don’t need to even step foot in Kathmandu to appreciate its visions of spirituality and intrigue. First captured as the home of Shangri-la by the novelist James Hilton, then epitomized in song by...
Riyadh – Three Side Trips Not to be Missed

Riyadh – Three Side Trips Not to be Missed

The land of a thousand and one fables and fantasies, impenetrable Saudi Arabia has long intrigued the world. As the country begins to relax its visa rules to welcome visitors, Unearthing Asia shares with you here...
Relaxing on Israeli Shores

Relaxing on Israeli Shores

Everybody has often seen photographs of tourists relaxing in the Dead Sea, floating and reading a newspaper. While experiencing the gems of being in the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience, there’s plenty more...
Qatar – Khor Al Udaid Beach

Qatar – Khor Al Udaid Beach

Imagine a list perfect getaway holidays, and one would usually find soft sandy beaches and the pristine ocean waters listed high up on that list. An isolated far away place where you can escape...
Dubai’s Coastal Paradise

Dubai’s Coastal Paradise

An oasis in the desert, Dubai is loud, crazy, glamorous, and a host of other adjective, all of them extreme. It’s one of those place that you either love or hate. But beyond the...
The Ghost City

The Ghost City

As I stood on the edge of a large rock overlooking the vast desert in northern Xinjiang, the wind howls fiercely around me. The sound it makes is unnerving and the sand it whips...
Buddhist Temple at Mount Sorak

Buddhist Temple at Mount Sorak

About one and a half hours drive away from Seoul, South Korea, is beautiful laid-back Mount Sorak. This mountain region offers mesmerizing views and numerous hiking treks for the nature lovers, and at the...
Six Breathtaking Scenic Drives in Asia

Six Breathtaking Scenic Drives in Asia

Although Asia is mostly made up of various sizes of island nations and several dense world capitals, there is a time and place to hire a car and push the pedal to the floor....
Scottish Reminiscence in Dunedin, New Zealand

Scottish Reminiscence in Dunedin, New Zealand

Living in Scotland, you become spoiled by the never-ending scenery and hospitality of this northernmost section of the UK. Surprisingly, though, there’s one part of the world where you’ll find a near replica of...
The Cambodian Shore

The Cambodian Shore

If you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll likely have been to Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Wat complex. But there is more to this Asian country than sun-baked ruins and temples galore. Retreat to...
Natural Attractions – Langkawi

Natural Attractions – Langkawi

Langkawi is home to Malaysia’s legends and a gift of mother nature to its inhabitants. Covered in mystery and natural beauty, the coast-side island is filled with natural attractions and cultural history. Here’s a...
Dreaming of New Zealand

Dreaming of New Zealand

As we’ve often mentioned before, New Zealand is hands down my favorite travel destination so far. It’s got great scenery, a laid-back atmosphere and a superb infrastructure that makes it a breeze to just explore and get lost in...
New Zealand Dreaming, Part 2

New Zealand Dreaming, Part 2

Continuing on my Photo Friday post last week, New Zealand Dreaming, I’d like to invite to continue our photographic journeys together through New Zealand’s South Island. This week, we travel from Mount Cook through to Queenstown, and...
Seven Great Lakes in Asia

Seven Great Lakes in Asia

Who doesn’t like a great lake? No, not those great lakes, but any lake where you can see an amazing reflection or view that forces you to make your own reflection. Whether it’s a...
Diving in the 3 Pearls

Diving in the 3 Pearls

Indonesia is the widest archipelago in the world, with more than 80,000 km of coastline and 3.1 million square km of marine area. With such a large marine area, it’s no wonder Indonesia is...
Raja Ampat, Diving’s Holy Grail

Raja Ampat, Diving’s Holy Grail

Deep in the hearts of Papua, lies the Holy Grail of scuba diving. Back in our very first issue of the magazine we shared about the eco-conservation efforts being undertaken in Raja Ampat to ensure this...
8 Great Malaysian Adventures

8 Great Malaysian Adventures

The South East Asian country of Malaysia is a mix of two halves, separated by the South China Sea. The peninsula boasts the modern city of Kuala Lumpur, with its sprawling suburbs and adjacent towns,...
Six Great Hikes on HK Island

Six Great Hikes on HK Island

I know it sounds crazy, but the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong is actually a great backdrop for hiking. Hong Kong Island has lots of hills and trails, and if you’re ready to walk...
Six Romantic Asian Backdrops

Six Romantic Asian Backdrops

There’s no doubt that Asian is the land of inspiration and romance. It has often been the place for honeymoons, destination weddings, one night stands and I don’t know specifically but I bet a...
Sunny Christmas in NZ

Sunny Christmas in NZ

The extinct volcanic cone known as Mauao Mention Christmas and it conjures up images of kids frolicking in the snow, people wrapped in thick winter clothes and, of course, Santa Claus as he shimmies...
A Ray Hope Exhibition

A Ray Hope Exhibition

The manta ray is a beautiful creature that is well loved by all. This graceful and peaceful fish, in its natural habitat, is one of the most spectacular sights in this wide ocean of...
SLOW LIFE Symposium – Soneva Fushi

SLOW LIFE Symposium – Soneva Fushi

Six Senses Soneva Fushi, Maldives, is set to host the third SLOW LIFE Symposium from 6 to 9 October 2011. The symposium will see the best thinkers and key industry players joining forces to...
Nostalgic Jiu Fen Taiwan

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...
Thai Spa Traditions

Thai Spa Traditions

Feel-good therapies and natural healing are the lifestyle mantras of the new millennium. Thailand leads the way in this regard, reviving many of its ancient techniques and treatments that have been handed down from...
Film on the Rocks – Six Senses Yao Noi

Film on the Rocks – Six Senses Yao Noi

An immersive annual showcase and dialogue for art and film is set to take place at the Six Senses Yao Noi, Beyond Phuket from December 16 to 20, 2011. Film on the Rocks will...
Queenstown, New Zealand Adventure Capital

Queenstown, New Zealand Adventure Capital

One of the most awe-inspiring moments of my life occurred on a cool moonlit night in New Zealand. I gazed up from my ground-level lodge’s balcony and saw the most amazing thing: hundreds of...
Traveling Australia – 5 Unique Ways

Traveling Australia – 5 Unique Ways

Australian holidays are all about long journeys and adventurous travel. You could just lounge on the beach or have a city break in Sydney during your holiday to Australia, but you would be missing...
New Zealand – Wine Paradise

New Zealand – Wine Paradise

Your love of wine and food will draw you to Marlborough © Ian Trafford New Zealand is a country like no other, and its wine is an experience like no other. The special combination...
Cape Comorin – the Far end of India

Cape Comorin – the Far end of India

Cape Comorin is popularly known as Kanyakumari and it is situated at the southernmost tip of India. This is a place of high religious importance but from a travel perspective, you’ll be surprised to...
10 Stunning Mountain Attractions in India

10 Stunning Mountain Attractions in India

India is a land of many wonders, blessed with a amazing geography and cultural diversity that is unmatched throughout the region. Naturally, one of its main attraction is the Himalayas in the North East....
The Remote Himalayan Valley of Zanskar

The Remote Himalayan Valley of Zanskar

High altitude wilderness has its own uniquely self-eluding charm, one that held me in awe. This was the reason why I chose to start the year 2009 with a visit to Zanskar Valley. The...
Holy Dip at Kailash Mansoravar

Holy Dip at Kailash Mansoravar

At 4,556m above sea level, the Kailash Mansarovar is without a doubt one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. It is a place of relatively untouched pristine beauty and amazing sceneries, one...
Top of the World at the Land of the High Passes

Top of the World at the Land of the High Passes

Ladakh, India, is a sparsely populated mountainous area tucked away high in the Himalayas. It is a land known for its remote beauty and culture, often called “Little Tibet”. Back in the third issue of our...
Tajikistan – Stans 2

Tajikistan – Stans 2

We continue our tour of the “new” backpacker circuit in Central Asia with a stop in Tajikistan. A relatively small nation, it borders several of the other ‘stans as well as well as China to the...
Leping Zha Huangshan

Leping Zha Huangshan

Recently Unearthing Asia has the pleasure of interviewing Dr Leping Zha, an unconventional photographer. Dr Zha’s professional career is not in photography, but he shares an unforgiving passion for it and an incurable thirst...
Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Somewhere high up in the Himalayas, the mighty Yangtze River embarks on a long and arduous descent. Beginning its journey as a tiny creek at its apex, the Long River (as it is known...
Gone Fishin’ 5 Great Places in Asia to Go Fishing

Gone Fishin’ 5 Great Places in Asia to Go Fishing

Photo credit – Visual Panic Fishing can be a relaxing addition to an otherwise hectic, but it’s one of those kind of activities – either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it. Regardless, if...
Villa Air – Bandung

Villa Air – Bandung

A Touch of Zen – Affordable Luxury in Lembang Deep in the heart of Bandung, the flower city of West Java, lies a natural boutique resort offering guests a peaceful stay at their evergreen...
Jadul Village Resort & Spa

Jadul Village Resort & Spa

Old School Beauty – A Charming Themed Resort with Nostalgic Tints Inside Lembang’s lush surroundings lies Jadul Village, a unique villa and spa concept offering you luxurious accommodations amidst an atmosphere of rich heritage....