Asia

A visit to Vietnam’s captivating Bay of Descending Dragons

Legend has it that when Vietnam’s forefathers were fighting foreign invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to defend Ha Long Bay. In a fit of fury, the dragons began spitting jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, those jewels turned into islands, thus forming a barrier against the invaders. If you think about it, the real dragons are the wind and water, which have transformed these islands and caves into various shapes and sizes. They are why Ha Long Bay was named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Ha Long Bay is not only famous for its emerald-green waters, but…
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A visit to Vietnam’s captivating Bay of Descending Dragons

Ten reasons to visit Bangkok

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…
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Ten reasons to visit Bangkok

Fifth-tallest building boasts seven-star hotel & the world’s fastest elevator

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.

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Sitting on the banks of the Han River, the design of the structure has influences of traditional Korean ceramics and calligraphy, and was built…
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Fifth-tallest building boasts seven-star hotel & the world’s fastest elevator

TOKYO AND ALL ITS ODDITIES

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…
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TOKYO AND ALL ITS ODDITIES

The Controversial Thai Prince & the Tourism Sector

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…
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The Controversial Thai Prince & the Tourism Sector