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[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

7 Sites for Exploring the Ancient History of China


Things are old in China, really old. There are sites in China that make the Forbidden City (where construction only began in 1406) look like the new Dairy Queen. Many of these places are impressively well preserved and amazing to visit. Here are seven awe-inspiring historical sites in China that are at least 1000 years old.

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June 13, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Private Tour: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand

Bangkok floating market

While visiting Bangkok last time I realized I had never spent much time in the countryside surrounding the mega-city, so I booked the Private Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak tour for a good overview of Thai village life. I honestly didn’t truly expect my own guide, even though the tour was listed as private. I’m suspicious I guess, but I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Luckily it never did and instead I had a very private and leisurely tour of the famous floating markets.

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June 12, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The 8 Best Destinations in Northern India

Varanasi Aarti

India is a mysterious country, full of misconceived ideas and wild stories. While the country does project a certain level of fantasy with its cow-filled streets, flashing neon colors, and abundance of animal-faced gods, India is actually quite a manageable country to visit for even a more conservative traveler. Ride on the painted elephants in Jaipur, snap pictures of the legendary Taj Mahal, and participate in the Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River. From New Delhi to Khajarajo, these are the best destinations in Northern India, providing a cultural and historical welcome to the country of India.

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June 11, 2012 by | 0 Comments

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