Travel Destinations: Asia

Hoi An – Vietnam’s living history

Ho An fishermen | Photo credit: Trevor Mills

Visit the small city of Hoi An and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back through the ages, to a time where vessels from around the world sailed the Seven Seas to trade in exotic spices and fine silks. But look beyond the historical buildings and people in traditional dress and you’ll see internet cafes […]  Read More

Ho Chi Minh: The beating pulse of Vietnam

Street market vendor | Photo credit: Kevin Miller

Ho Chi Minh City, located in the south eastern region of Vietnam and 1,760 kilometres south of Hanoi, is the largest city in Vietnam and was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). As the throbbing commercial heart of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is always in a hurry, and the heat, noise […]  Read More

What can you say about Tokyo?

Shibuya Crossing | Photo credit: Naotake Murayama

You’ll still be talking months later! Effortlessly blending the old and the new, Tokyo is a city that defies definition. Cutting edge technology glitters beside ancient temples, flashing neon lights bathe kimono-clad women, and shining skyscrapers tower above stunning Shinto shrines. At first glance a city clogged by polluting cars and harassed commuters, Tokyo has […]  Read More

Seoul: A City of Contradictions and Surprises

World Trade Center, Seoul | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Founded 600 years ago by the Joseon dynasty, Seoul has a truly Asian heart. The seventh largest city in the world, the dynamic capital of South Korea is a bewitching mix of ancient and modern. A cutting-edge cityscape of glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers tower over traditional wooden houses with tiled roofs and a maze of cobbled alleys in distinct, village-like districts...  Read More

Jakarta: A City of Traditions

Jakarta by night | Photo credit: Flickr user Thrillseekr

The islands of the Indonesian archipelago are strung like beads across the equator. Clear blue seas lap pristine beaches, gentle breezes carry scents of spices and flowers, and divers are entranced by the ocean’s riches. Inland, dramatic volcanic ranges tower above a green mantle of terraced hillsides and lush rainforest. Jakarta is the ultimate city […]  Read More

Manila: Go With The Flow

Sunset over Manila Bay | Photo credit: Bing Ramos

‘Manila’ really refers to two places: the City of Manila, founded by Spanish conquerors in 1571 and which is adjacent to Manila Bay, and the larger Metropolitan Manila (abbreviated to Metro Manila), which encompasses the City of Manila and 17 other cities. Filipinos use ‘Manila’ to mean Metro Manila, while the term Manileño is reserved […]  Read More

Hanoi: Fast forward

Fast forward, Hanoi | Photo credit: Greg Hayter

After 1000 years as the capital of Vietnam, with the odd interruption along the way, including World War II and the Vietnam War, Hanoi has more than its fair share of history. It also has more cultural sites than you can point your camera at and more than anywhere else in the country. But as […]  Read More

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