While the foods of other southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia are readily available and well known in most parts of the world, Filipino food is a lot harder to find outside the country. With all of its cultural influences over the years, from Chinese to Spanish, and its range in dishes from region to region, the Philippines is actually a foodie’s dream, if you know what to order and where to find it.
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Thailand is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving, drawing more divers than anywhere else in Southeast Asia — some 300,000 every year. The numerous islands that skirt the coastline offer an incredible range of marine life, with Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks and turtles all being common encounters.
The Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour – Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise promised a jam-packed day tasting (literally and figuratively) a little bit of everything the city had to offer.
After extensive traveling through Southeast Asia, one thing we’ve always wanted to do is be driven around in a trishaw. We’ve previously avoided these tourist traps; however, on our most recent visit to Singapore, the two of us just couldn’t resist the lure of a four-hour Singapore’s Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour.
Seoul’s bali bali (quickly, quickly or “hurry up”) culture is largely responsible for transforming the once war-torn city into a thriving metropolis within a matter of decades. With waves of skyscrapers, a world-class public transportation system and no shortage of locals setting fashion trends as they tap away on the world’s most cutting edge technology, it’s hard to believe Seoul was completely devastated by war 60 years ago.
Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to reply.
Close your eyes for just a moment and picture a wide canal lined with coconut trees and the small, tin-roofed homes of local villagers. The mirrored surface of the river is disturbed only by a lone fisherman, poling his narrow wooden canoe downstream. Now open your eyes–and say hello to Kerala, one of India’s southernmost states perhaps best known for its intricate network of canals, lakes and rivers covering nearly half the state.
But beyond these blissful backwaters, Kerala offers myriad other delights to travelers–from the colonial heritage of Fort Kochi to breathtaking natural scenery. Here are seven spots top sights in Kerala.
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.
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.
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.