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Bhutan: The Ecotourist’s Shangri-La

Bhutan, a tiny land-locked kingdom perched high among the southern slopes of the Himalayas, enclaved by the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in the north and India in the south, is one of the least visited places on the planet, and is listed as one of the top 10 global biodiversity hot spots.

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September 20, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Best Festivals in India


In any country, visiting during a traditional festival can provide a closer look at the local culture. In India, it’s no different, as the sights, sounds, and tastes of each celebration showcase the beliefs and traditions unique to that area. Here are some of the best festivals in India you won’t want to miss.

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September 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments

Visiting Xiamen: China’s Crossroads of Old and New

On the southeastern coast of China, just across the strait from Taiwan, sits the city of Xiamen, also known as Amoy. While the huge cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an pull in hordes of tourists from China and abroad, this island city of just under 4 million people often gets overlooked. With a long history as one of China’s major ports and centuries of European influence, visiting Xiamen juxtaposes old European architecture with traditional Chinese culture, both ancient and modern.

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September 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Kecak Dance in Bali

Kecak Dance, Bali

While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a traditional Kecak dance in Bali.

While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a traditional Kecak dance.

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August 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Bali: the Cultural Centerpiece of East Asia


Whether you have one or two weeks to explore, these are a few cultural activities outside of the famous Kuta area that you will need to experience before leaving beautiful Bali.

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August 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Asia’s Greatest Train Journeys

Trains often service areas farther away from airports and in many cases, particularly in Asia, offer a much cheaper transit option than flying. And best of all, you get to see the landscape passing by at ground level.

Here are a few of the best rail journeys in Asia.

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August 8, 2012 by | 5 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Ellen Lan in Beijing, China!

Viator private tour guide Ellen

Meet Ellen Lan, one of Viator’s local experts in Beijing, China with a license to provide private tours.

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August 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Bullet Train Station

The Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo is one of the best ways to explore the diversity of Japan without sacrificing a lot of time. Our day began early but the bus was prompt as we joined our fellow day-trippers for an adventure in the Japanese countryside. Led by our veteran tour guide of thirty-five years Toko, we not only got to witness the beauty of Japan firsthand, but learned a lot about its history and culture as well.

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July 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments

How to Enjoy Chinese Street Food

China is well known for offering a vast variety of different foods. The very concept of “Chinese cuisine” is hard to pin down because the country is so big and the dishes vary so wildly from place to place. One concept that does unite the country however is a love for street food. From Shanghai to to Xi’an to Kunming you will find locals getting their meals on the go at tiny carts and hole in the wall counters.

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July 9, 2012 by | 1 Comment

5 Mouth-Watering Traditional Dishes in Thailand


Thai food is renowned world over and eaten in all four corners of the globe – but what about the real thing? If you’re headed to Thailand, think beyond pad thai and make sure you chow down on these authentic favorites. You’re guaranteed success with these recommendations and our tips for where to track them down at the top spots in Bangkok, which are often little-known to those tourists who don’t have the insider knowledge.

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June 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments

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