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

Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

The sun sinks into the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as the growing flow of traffic slowly creeps through bustling downtown Dar es Salaam. Bedraggled side streets start to clear of mama-lishes, roughly translated as “the mothers who feed”, who sell chapattis, maize cobs and mandazi (sweet, fired doughnuts sold in small plastic sachets).

The jam-packed dala dalas (colourful minibuses) create extra lanes beside the sidewalks, hooting and honking to announce their presence as they vie for passengers.

Nestled in a natural harbour, what was once a tiny town scattered with casuarina trees has grown into a jumble of…
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Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

Destination Munich

Although it’s often referred to as a “village of one million people” (it actually has a population of 1,5 million) because of its hamlet-like character, when it comes to flavour, sights, fashion, technology and trendsetting, Munich can definitely hold its own against larger metros. This compact, vibrant city is best explored on foot or bicycle. I chose to walk to get a taste of its real flavour.

Once a thriving 19th-century market, Marienplatz in the city centre (named after St Mary’s Column), is now a tourist hub. Visitors could be seen enthusiastically photographing the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), the…
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Destination Munich

How SA Tourism plans to make domestic travel more accessible

South African Tourism is set to launch a world-first product to stimulate domestic tourism and it will soon be available online.

Good Times in a Box was introduced at the Tourism Indaba, and aims to make travel more accessible to the potentially lucrative domestic market, which remains relatively untapped. This is largely because many South Africans haven’t considered travelling for leisure, because they can’t afford to or it isn’t something they associate with entertainment – they travel only for business reasons or to visit friends and relatives.

Good Times in a Box addresses these perceptions by curating a range of…
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How SA Tourism plans to make domestic travel more accessible

Southeast Asia set for visa-free travel

ASEAN is looking to establish a visa-free travel policy for Southeast Asia. A single visa for member states of ASEAN, beginning with Cambodia and Thailand and similar to that of the European Union, is set to be implemented by 2018.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and the area is being promoted as offering “the most diverse, beautiful, enjoyable, and accessible landscapes in the world,” according to ASEAN Tourism.

In recent years, the region has experienced increased domestic tourism and a booming economy, following the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

“We were pleased with the…
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Southeast Asia set for visa-free travel

Africa Travel Misconceptions

Like many developing regions, African countries have been plagued with false impressions, from the level of urban development on the continent to wildlife roaming free in the cities. Here is a list of common misconceptions about travelling in Africa:

It’s always scorching hot

The northern and southern tips of Africa have a Mediterranean climate. While Southern Africa experiences the winter dry season between May and October, much of the rest of the continent lies between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. Travel in Central Africa is recommended from June to September; in West Africa from October to May; and North…
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Africa Travel Misconceptions