Tagged: tourism

Borobudur

Borobudur: Java’s enigmatic giant

Borobudur Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world; this huge stone temple was constructed three hundred years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and stands enigmatic under the shadow of smoking volcanoes in central Java. The construction began in AD 750, and...

My top six things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital city is often overlooked by travellers, a convenient transit hub for South East Asia. This is a mistake though, there is so much to see and experience in this vibrant city.  I’ve been to KL a few times now, each time discovering something new....

Historic Hoi An for Tet {Vietnamese New Year}

As we made our way towards the river on the first night, along the narrow streets strung with lanterns, we became part of a larger crowd heading in the same direction. This crowd had an element of chaos as motorbikes sliced noisily though it, parting...

Walking among the Dragon’s Back Bone Rice Terraces

In the mountains to the north of Guilin, a spectacular dragon slumbers. Here rises Longji, a mountain so coiled in rice terraces that it resembles the back bone of a mighty dragon. Every bit of this famed mountain is covered in terraces and the rice...

Karsts, Climbing and Caves. Yangshuo!

Yangshuo is a small town nestled in the incredibly beautiful limestone karst landscape of southern China. It draws tourists from all over to witness the scenery, hike, climb or cycle and this in turn has made it somewhere very amiable to stay. It makes an...

A little bit of Europe in Macau

Wow, Macau was busy! This was the first time on our trip that we had encountered mass tourism. The narrow European streets were mobbed with Chinese tourists, all marvelling at the architecture, the abundant food and the glittering Christmas decorations. We had taken a day...

Glittering Shanghai

Glittering Shanghai Shanghai, just the name conjurors up an exotic, exciting city of vice, business, trade and history. Of glamorous Chinese women in vintage posters, of narrow alleys of opium dens and shops, of colonial powers and glittering skylines. The Shanghai of today is a...