From its bustling streets to its spiralling high-rise buildings, the City of Angels never ceases to thrill and captivate. Unlike other cities, Bangkok has traditional charm. It’s the contrast of both ancient and modern that makes this city unique. Whether you are on a budget or simply planning an exotic holiday with your friends, these Bangkok experiences will fascinate you.
1. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Bangkok’s visitors never seem to get enough of the glitz and glamour and glitter of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha ie Wat Pho. The Buddha is made out of solid cement, covered with gold… Read More
Seoul, South Korea, is now home to the world’s fifth-tallest building, the Lotte World Tower. The 123-floor, 555-metre skyscraper is not only grand in size, but also boasts a seven-star hotel.
The building also houses residential units, a rooftop cafe, a concert hall with a 2 000-seat capacity, an aquarium, offices and what’s considered to be the world’s fast elevator, which shoots to the top floor within a minute.
Asia is easily a top contender on any travel bucket list. Japan, which reached a record of 24 million tourists in 2016, proves as testament. This was a 21,8% increase from the previous year. While it hosts travellers from across the globe, it was travellers from as close as China, South Korea and Taiwan that dominated the pool of the recorded influx.
Trevor Crighton shares his experience with getting to grips with Tokyo’s oddities and extremes – and how it was all worth it.
A polite cough at my shoulder draws my attention from my phone. Gesturing at it, the woman looks at me and… Read More
For an entire year, civil servants in Thailand will wear black clothing to pay their respects, following the death of their longest-reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prince Maha Vajiralongkor, next in line to take the throne, has, however, been painted as a colourful character, as controversy around his credibility surfaces.
Labelled a conservative nation by its Western counterparts, Thailand was named the top millenial travel destination in Asia in 2016. The 64-year-old Prince and the preceding monarch could be compared to this contrast in ideology, as a new world is ushered in, while the old is laid to… Read More
When my Beijing-based friend suggested we explore China together, I jumped at the chance to visit this ancient civilisation for the first time. Friends since our London university days, Jayne and I set out on an epic journey of glamour, cultural serenity, adventure and historic splendour.
Sunset of The Bund in Shanghai
Arriving in Shanghai at dusk. I was welcomed in English by a well-dressed man who offered me a taxi. Eager to practise my Mandarin phrases. I greeted him with “Nĭ hău” and negotiated… Read More
The Japanese have a remarkable work ethic, and their humility and loyalty to ancient beliefs and traditions holds fast. There’s a perfect amalgamation of culture and commerce. The trick isn’t so much the consideration of both, but the informing of one by the other, so they become the same thing. In Japan, doing business is about family – and family is about conducting yourself in business.
It’s all about breaking boundaries, and the Japanese have pulled down the fence between culture and business using the following… Read More