Malaysia

Port Dickson: Malaysia’s beach destination near the city

Malaysia is one of the major tourist destinations in Asia, and its most popular attraction is its capital city of Kuala Lumphur or KL. But most of the time, exploring the city can also be stressful with all the traffic, so you sometimes feel the need for a beach experience.

Well, you don’t need to worry, because just one hour of travel time from KL is a beach destination. I’m talking about the coastal town of Port Dickson, a popular spot for locals and travelers alike who want to spend some weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Read More

Singapore

Singapore – The One Stop Solution to Cultural Experiences and Shopping

Most vacationers are looking for your run-of-the-mill experiences like fun attractions, relaxation, and partying. But there are few who look for more. They want to experience the culture of that place. They want to explore places where culture comes alive.

Shopping is an integral part of any culture and this should be experienced too. If you too are a unique traveller like that, the only place you should consider is Singapore. This melting pot of various cultures and shopping haven, never ceases to amaze tourists. So, pack your bags and open your heart to an experience that is life-changing.

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Guest Post, Indonesia

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

Note: This is a guest post by Amilia Anderson

Fear of the unknown is rife in people who have never travelled to Bali before. An equal number of good stories and bad stories continually circulate about this magnificent island. Below is a list of travel tips for anyone who has never travelled to Bali before. They will assist you in being prepared and making sure you have a fantastic holiday on this magnificent island.

Pack a decent pair of walking shoes

The footpaths in Bali are not exactly structurally sound. Although wearing trainers can be quite warm in the humid environment your feet will be thanking you.

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Guest Post, United Arab Emirates

Ten landmarks of the UAE that define the Arabian Peninsula!

The UAE has seen a significant transformation in its landscape with full-throttle development, towering high-rises, world-class beach resorts, and much more. The UAE is one of the hotspots for tourists from different parts of the globe for a wonderful holiday and city break. There are several landmarks in the UAE that are instrumental in labeling it as a luxury destination.

If you look carefully, there is much more than just skyscrapers, loads of shopping, and sandy shores. There are plenty of destinations in the UAE that offer cultural fans several things to do. Explore the country’s glorious Bedouin past in the beautiful desert nights or visit the forts that have at one time been the guarded coastline before being dominated by the glitzy and glamorous high-rises. We have listed some of the things to know about UAE when you visit this fabulous holiday destination.

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Thailand, Travel Stories

The Scorpion Lady of Bangkok

It’s true, you’ll meet a lot of people and new friends when you travel.

But there are times that you’ll just encounter a person whom you didn’t become a friend, but will leave an indelible mark in your memory.

Just like this woman in Khao San Road in Bangkok. We just finished having a foot massage that night when we decided to stay for a while and drink some beer.

Chang, a Thai beer, was surprisingly good.

It’s not so strong like beers here in the Philippines. It has a mix taste of fruity apple in it. We chatted for a while. We were thankful for our new Pinoy friends in Bangkok for showing us around the city. We were having a great time until a strange woman approached us. She has this weird hair and all. But hey we were in Bangkok, our minds were open for anything new, so it was okay and fun that she talked to us.

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Thailand

Wat Pho: The Temple of Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

We crossed the  Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun to reach another temple complex  in Bangkok.

Just a few minutes of walking, passing through some shops and street food, we reached Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

My high school friend, Gev, went straight to the ticketing booth. There’s an entrance fee worth 100 Baht. While waiting, I took the chance to observe, looked at tuktuks and saw some Thais praying at the little temples. One very significant moment that I’ve witnessed was a mother teaching her daughter how to pray while kneeling and uttering words of praise and meditation.

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Asia, Sponsored Post

Glory Beach Resort: Your Hotel of Choice in Port Dickson, Malaysia

If you’re stuck in the city life of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for days and you feel the urge for some beach bumming experience, to soak under the sun and enjoy the tropical weather.

Well, you don’t need to look that far, because in less than an hour of travel from Kuala Lumpur is a coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and island life. It’s what the locals call PD, short for Port Dickson, Malaysia!

Over the years this town has been a popular destination for locals especially coming from the nearby cities for some beach getaway experience. And with the advent of social media, Port Dickson is creating some traction among foreign travelers!  Aside from that, Port Dickson is not only about beaches! It also has some exciting spots that will truly keep you entertained during your stay in Malaysia. There are Ostrich Farms, Military Museum, Chinese Temples, 3D Art Galleries and a lot more!

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Asia, Thailand

The best locations to try your hand at scuba diving in Thailand

If you’re a keen diver, you’ve got to head to Thailand. Full of amazing underwater opportunities, the country should be on every diver’s must-visit list. With an average sea temperature of 28 degrees Celsius  and beautifully clear waters, conditions are ideal. We’ve picked some of our favourite places. Check them out:

1. Hin Muang

As this Thailand country guide explains, Thailand boasts some of the best diving spots in the world. It’s also one of the cheapest places to learn. They suggest Hin Muang as a great place to start your diving trip. It offers great visibility and the chance to see some large underwater creatures – such as manta rays and whale sharks.

In Hin Muang, you’ll also find purple rock – Thailand’s highest vertical wall, covered with vibrant purple soft corals. But it’s not a dive for newbies, so make sure you’ve got plenty of experience first.

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Asia, Thailand

Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand -The Temple of Dawn

We hailed a taxi in Bangkok going to our next destination. Good thing our friends Joey and Sar, who’ve been based in Bangkok for a while, accompanied us to tour the temples in the city.

The sun has just risen when we arrived at Wat Arun temple. This is one of the most popular landmarks in Bangkok for its spectacular view of the temple from the Chao Phraya River.  It creates a stunning reflection and glitter from afar.

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Asia, Cambodia, Thailand

Ultimate Guide to Border Crossing: Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia by Bus

Our journey started at the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Station) for an early morning bus ride going to Cambodia.

The station is just near the center of Bangkok, you can just hail a taxi and you’ll reach the bus station in minutes. Just tell the taxi driver that you’re going to Mochit 2 Bus Station, or you can print out the words in Thai character for easier communication.

This is a huge and more organized terminal than what we have in the Philippines. Some westerners would find the station inferior, but for a Filipino, it’s way better than the bus stations we have back home.

There are two early morning bus schedule going to Siem Reap (8am and 9am), travel time from Bangkok is about 8 hours.

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Asia, Cambodia

The Child Vendors of Cambodia

I was exploring the temples of Cambodia when I saw this familiar Japanese tourist.

I remember I overheard her telling her fellow traveler while in a different temple that she just recently quit her job and embarked on a three month journey to Southeast Asia to just find purpose… meaning in her life.

Her story was inspiring. It was also a testament of how traveling can be so powerful in enriching your life, that even eavesdropping from a simple conversation of your fellow travelers can truly give you insights and inspiration.

As I entered the inner part of the temple, I saw her being approached by a kid vendor offering her some postcards and ref magnets.

“One for one dollar only.” Said the little girl.

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