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Thailand Wat Arun Temple close up

Asia

From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travelers for centuries.

Bali Water Temple

7 days in Bali

The Island of Enchantment Bali is both an island and a province in Indonesia, a country with 17,500 other islands. It is the only Hindu majority province, in the otherwise muslim majority Indonesia. . . . .

Bangkok-Itinerary

Thailand is famous for its exotic beaches and ornate temples. Its capital, Bangkok has 22% of the country’s population (metropolitan area). It is the largest urban center in the country. We. . . . .

Bhutan-Exporter of ‘Gross National Happiness’

Bhutan travel is very unique. It is situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Surrounded by the Himalayas, it offers dramatic landscapes and some of. . . . .

Borneo fishing village

Borneo-houseboat cruise

Borneo – houseboat or lodge The best way to see Borneo is on the water. We debated a water only tour or a combination of hotel and houseboat. In the end, we opted for the water only option as. . . . .

Calcutta (Kolkata) – Exploring the City of Joy

Kolkata (Calcutta) is not on most people’s bucket list but it should be. It is one of the most interesting cities in India. It is a colorful, vibrant city that is on its way to regeneration. . . . .

Cambodia – Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Besides the famous temples at Angkor City, some of the most interesting places to visit in Cambodia are the small floating villages along the Mekong River and around Tonle Sap Lake. Our trip to. . . . .

China Great Wall people walking

China – 5 day itinerary

China is a huge country and a five day itinerary is far too limited. Nevertheless, this post discusses our abridged China trip. With only five days, we managed to visit the Great Wall of China as a. . . . .

Hong Kong sampan boat in harbour

Hong Kong itinerary – neighborhoods

Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 to 1997. As a result, most of the political and administrative bodies established in the colony were created by the British. When the British government. . . . .

India – Khajuraho’s Magnificent Temples

Although there are notable temples all over India, the city of Khajuraho offers a unique experience. The 25 temples are all built in close proximity to one another, with diverging styles and themes. . . . .

Agra, India, Taj Mahal

India – the Golden Triangle – Delhi and Agra

Our first visit to India a number of years ago included the cities of Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is the third stop on the most recommended tour of north India called the golden triangle. After hearing. . . . .

Japan – 7 day itinerary

Japan travel is a mixture of ultra-modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, with gorgeous public gardens, crowded streets and a multi faceted people that are reserved but friendly. We visited Tokyo. . . . .

Mumbai – Best Places to Visit

Mumbai is actually a group of islands used by fishermen, and so nothing describes historical Mumbai better than its waterfront, pictured below (cover photo). The city’s most iconic landmarks. . . . .

India safari, Bandhavgarh, gaur

Nepal Safari – in search of the Elusive Tiger

A safari experience in Nepal (Chitwan or Bardia) is very different than India (see our post on Indian safaris). Many travelers want to know which country to visit if they want to see tigers, India or. . . . .

Safari in India: The Big Five plus One

The goal of many safari goers on an African safari is to see the Big 5. Although India does not have the range of species one can see on the plains of Africa, it does have its own version. . . . .

Sumba Island Horses: A riders’ paradise

Hands down, Sumba is the most beautiful island in Indonesia, and surprisingly, not commonly visited even though it lies just east of Bali (see our post on Bali). Those who do visit are usually. . . . .

Turkey, Cappadocia, fairy chimneys

Turkey – Cappadocia – Goreme National Park

Meaning the ‘land of beautiful horses’ in Persian, Cappadocia in central Turkey is one of the most unique travel destinations. It was once the center of the Hittite Empire (1700BC-1200BC). . . . .

Turkey – Istanbul – a Byzantine treasure

Turkey is a huge and diverse country with a wide and complex history and home to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Through different posts we will discuss three vantage. . . . .

Turkey- Ephesus and Didyma

Ephesus, an incredibly preserved ancient city in southwestern Turkey, dates back to the 10th century B.C. It provides a continuous archaeological journey through time. Didyma (100km south. . . . .

Varanasi – A Giant Step Back in Time

Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It has been known by many names, including the City of Light, a name derived from Kāśī (Sanskrit: “to shine”), a name. . . . .

Vietnam – 10 day itinerary

The Mekong Delta, Chan May/Danang and Ho Chi Minh City are the three places we would definitely recommend to a first time visitor to this wonderful country. As most of Vietnam is on water, it is a. . . . .