Visitors to China tend to focus on the major metropolitan centers of Beijing and Shanghai, areas that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country. Located in southern China, Yangshuo and the greater city of Guilin offer visitors a different side of China. With a pristine landscape crossed by the Li and Dragon Rivers and the area’s famous rocky formations known as karsts, Guilin is truly an outdoorsman’s dream. Here in Guanxi province, located an hour and a half flight from Hong Kong, the landscape provides all that is needed to enjoy Mother Nature. Below are five must-do adventures to explore the locale.
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With its many boutique shops, spice markets, and fusion of international cultures, you’ll be tempted to spend all of your time in Kochi inside the walls of the fort. But venture north of the city to experience some of Kerala‘s most stunning scenery, from a riverside elephant camp to breathtaking waterfalls.
Traveling in Thailand today is a far cry from the days when you could get a picture-perfect bungalow on a white-sand beach for less than two dollars a night. Accommodation, transport, food and drink have all risen in price, and many visitors find their baht doesn’t go as far as they had hoped. All the same, there are still plenty of places where it is possible to survive – and even pretty comfortably – in Thailand on $20 per day, or even less. By sidestepping the most overrun tourist hotspots, it can be easy to get more bang for your buck, and still have a great (even better) break in paradise.
Travelers willing to take on the rugged, largely untouched landscapes of Mongolia will be rewarded with some of the most one-of-a-kind travel experiences in the world. Below are the top five experiences not to be missed.
For those who are not amused by the gleaming mountain tops of China’s snowy Chogori Peak, the historic behemoth of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or the increasingly spectacular skyline of Kuala Lumpur, there are other reasons to visit Asia than the everyday destinations that bring in millions upon millions of tourists every year.
Japan’s unique cultural mix of ancient traditions and fast evolving modern subcultures makes it an exceptionally interesting place to visit. This is a country where you can spend the afternoon at an elegant historical tea ceremony and the evening at a loud, blinking internet cafe and come away with an understanding of two important aspects of Japanese culture. There’s a lot to explore and learn about, which can be hard with limited time so here are eight simple ways to experience the rich culture of Japan.
Sure, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are spectacular, but there’s much more to Vietnam than just those two destinations. Vietnam is filled to the brim with exotic sandy beaches, untapped cultural landmarks and all the rural culture you can handle, from the absolutely stunning beaches and growing nightlife of Nha Trang, to the historical old town of beautiful Hoi An. For those with the adventurer’s sense of traveling, there are more than enough reasons to extend your stay in Vietnam. Here are our top places in Vietnam that are not in Hanoi or Saigon.