Places To See In Asia This Year

Asia is a vast, stunning and one of the most unique parts of the world. Within this continent, there is a wealth of different countries to explore, animals to observe and food to taste. Today, we’re going to take a look into some of the places in Asia which you should add to your bucket list this year.

Bali, Indonesia

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The first place is one of the most popular holiday destinations in entire Asia while being a stunning sanctuary of tranquillity and natural beauty. Indonesia is a beautiful country anyway, and whether you decide to try coffee in Java, stay at Jual Rumah Di Medan or island hop for a few weeks, there is a lot to see and do. Bali is a small island in the heart of the country, and often a place people go to enjoy a weekend away and for some great waterfall walks. It is also a great place to scout for a yoga retreat.

Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and a place full of vibrant culture and lots of activities to participate in. During your visit here, you’ll be able to shop around the city and enjoy the markets where handmade ceramics and clothes are sold. You can also enjoy the Dutch colonial architecture as well as a stunning zoo and a relaxing botanical garden. There’s something for everyone in Bandung, and you’ll never run out of things to do.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a world away from the idyllic and quiet islands of Thailand. Until you set foot into the city, you won’t believe how buzzing and beautiful this city really is. The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is full of life, with plenty to do and see during your stay. The Wat Arun temple will give you a striking view of the riverside. You’ll also be able to enjoy a thriving market with over 15,000 stalls and fusion food from all over Asia.

Beijing, China

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China is perhaps one of the most well-known countries in Asia, and also a location which enjoys some amazing cultural hotspots and natural landmarks. Beijing is an amazing place for you to visit if you want to be able to see the wealth of history in this country. Do not miss the Great Wall of China and the National Museum which houses relics and artefacts spanning the last 3000 years. The city itself is stunning at night when the lights take over the cityscape, offering you plenty of activities to enjoy.

Chengdu, China

Chengdu (Courtesy: Daderot)

Chengdu might be a lesser known name when you search for places to see in China, but it is a location which should definitely have on your bucket list this year if you love history. This city reaches as far back as 6000 years, and is a wealth of chronicles and magic. The main attraction you’ll appreciate in this city is the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre which helps to bring pandas back into the wild to keep the species alive for the years to come.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly vast space to explore, and with the many islands and cities to choose from, it can be hard to nail down a single destination for the trip. However, the small city of Chiang Mai is where many travellers come during their backpacking adventures. There are lots of places to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, amazing food, and lots of areas to shop for some new clothes and jewellery.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnam is a highly underrated country in Asia, often overlooked when people plan a summer vacation. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful nation, and one which is definitely worth a visit. Da Nang is a coastal city in the heart of the country, and a great place to enjoy sandy beaches which aren’t overpopulated. It also has a Dragon Bridge which runs over a river.

Fukuoka, Japan

Bridge Dazaifu Fukuoka

Japan is known for its amazing landscapes, and when we think of the most idyllic place in the country, most of us picture cherry blossoms, a lake and temples. Fukuoka is the epitome of an ideal Japanese scene, and during your time here, you will be able to see some stunning temples, relax on the beach and eat fresh seafood in the evenings. Make sure you also see the castle in Maizuru Park.

Goa, India

India is one of the most vibrant cultural spots in this part of the world. If you fancy relaxing this summer, a visit to Goa is a great idea. This state is located by the sea and apart from endless beaches, you will be able to see the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great landmark to behold. You can also enjoy a fresh Goan curry to relish the coastal flavours.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam and a great place to enjoy the architecture and history of the country. You’ll be able to delve into the French culture as well as Chinese history, and see a whole wealth of amazing things. There are over 600 temples in the city as well as parks to enjoy a stroll in, and markets and spots to eat at.

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Must-See Attractions In Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in South East Asia, featuring vibrant cities, natural wonders and a rich history. If you are still in the process of planning your summer holiday, head to this delightful country which will also be quite easy on your pocket. Here are some of the must-see attractions and activities you can indulge in while you vacation in Malaysia:

Trek in Taman Negara National Park

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Taman Negara is the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, and a popular location for hikers looking to do some jungle trekking. Its walks pass through mountains, rivers and waterfalls, with the opportunity to see monkeys, bears, tapirs and water buffalos. Those daring enough can even cross the longest rope walkway in the world. You can take guided tours along stretches of the treks. There are, meanwhile, plenty of guesthouses in the Taman Negara area for spending the night here. Shuttle services from Kuala Lumpur may be the easiest way to get to this national park.

Spot An Orangutan In Sepilok

The small town of Sepilok is located in the depth of the Bornean rainforest. Its claim to fame is that it’s one of the world most popular sites for spotting wild orangutans. Although endangered, the locals here are trying their best to conserve the population. There’s even a rehabilitation centre here where you can see these apes up close. There are several accommodation options in Sepilok, including B&Bs and homestay options for savoring an authentic experience of rural Malaysia. To get to Sepilok, your best bet is to take a bus from Semporna.

See The City Sights In Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is the country’s capital, and the perfect place for seeing the urban side of Malaysia. It’s home to some incredible pieces of architecture, including the 451.9m tall Petronas Towers (once the tallest skyscraper in the world). Kuala Lumpur also has some incredible malls, including the Berjaya Times Square which features an indoor theme park, an IMAX cinema, a spa centre and a karaoke lounge. To top that, it’s the country’s hotspot for nightlife and dining. There’s no shortage of hotels in Kuala Lumpur. They also have a number of hostels for those on a budget. It could be worth exploring some of the neighbouring cities such as Selangor where you can find affordable apartments such as this Mentari Court development. You can get to Kuala Lumpur by flying straight into KL International Airport.

Marvel At The Historical Architecture In Malacca

Malacca River

Malacca offers a different kind of city feel from KL. It’s much more historical and traditional. Its past use as a colonial trading port had resulted in architectural influences from Europe, China, India and the Middle East. Some of its most iconic buildings include Christ Church and A’Famosa Fort. You’ll also find lots of galleries and museums here for delving further into the country’s history. The city has a number of boutique hotels that can be perfect for a romantic break. Malacca also has its own airport, making it easy to get to.

Visit The Beautiful Beaches Of Langkawi Island

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Langkawi Island is Malaysia’s top beach destination. Here, you’ll find white sands and crystal clear water. There are plenty of attractions here, including Eagle Square, Mahsuri Tomb and Museum and a large aquarium named Underwater World. There are also plenty of watersports to indulge in here, although you may prefer to lounge on the beach and grab a cocktail at one of the local beach bars. You can get to Langkawi by air or by taking a ferry – there are multiple options, depending on whether you want to explore the rest of Malaysia first. Langkawi has plenty of luxurious hotels as well as several cheaper accommodation options for backpackers.

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Geneva On A Budget

The challenge with travel is that there are always some areas that you have to spend extra on, whether that’s flights, accommodation or living expenses. There are ways of saving, of course, but some countries are still quite expensive to visit unless you’re visiting or staying with a community such as wheelersangel.com, or something similar. Today, we’ll explore one such city which while incredibly popular to visit, has a reputation of being very pricey. Take a look at the top budgeting tips while you visit Geneva in Switzerland.

Use Trams for Transportation

A yak in Switzerland (Courtesy: Naomi Wirth)

The impressive tram system is by far the best way to get to know the city, and if you’re staying longer than a week, it’s worth getting a weekly pass. Some hotels will arrange this for you or let you have the free weekend travel passes. Snap this offer up. While this is not expensive, you’ll find yourself wanting to save as much money as possible. Trams and buses are incredibly efficient in the city of Geneva, and will take you all the way from one side of the city to the other and right up to several border crossings into France.

Shop for Groceries in France

Groceries (Courtesy: Erik Scheel)

If you’re self-catering and have a car, then the very best way of saving money is to head to France to do your grocery shopping. There are supermarkets just across most sides of the borders and no more than a 20-minute drive from each border post. There, you’ll find cheaper cheese, veggies and things to drink. Just be aware that there are limits on how much you can take back into Switzerland, and carry your passport with you, just in case you are stopped by the border guards.

Explore Paquis on the Outskirts

Bains des Pâquis (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

While there’s no getting away from the fact that eating out in Geneva is expensive, there are areas that make it a little more affordable. Head down to Paquis and especially the Bains Des Paquis for an evening out. The area is a little rough around the edges but like most other major cities, houses the best bars and eateries. The Bains Des Paquis is a popular destination for people looking to enjoy a dip in the lake, a relaxing session in a steam room or sauna and massage followed by a drink and some snacks in the evening. It’s located on a jetty structure and is open all year round. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s fun, busy and a great place for people watching.

Head to the High Street

Geneva (Courtesy: Luisfpizarro)

If you’re looking for souvenirs or to do a little shopping on a budget, avoid the main shopping area in the city. This road or two of shops is littered with designer brands and high-end names. Explore Geneva to find pockets of commercial areas that are far less expensive, such as the many markets to be found in Plainpalais and Carouge.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Cost

Saleve (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

Expensive? Yes, but also beautiful, vibrant and fun. Explore Geneva by tram, shop in France and check out some of the sightseer destinations and the beautiful lake that make Geneva such a popular city all year round. Just an hour from the Alps and even closer to the Saleve Mountain Range, Geneva is a fascinating mix of countryside and urban landscape.

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3 Of The Best Luxury European Cruise Destinations

Taking a cruise is such an amazing way to travel. You don’t have to worry about waiting in line at the airport for ages or organizing transport to your hotel on the other side. You can just sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the water while you make your way to your destination. Most cruises are quite cheap and you get to see a few different places along the way as well. Places like the Caribbean are very popular cruise destinations, but there are plenty of other countries around the world where you can have a great cruise experience, especially in Europe. If you want a unique travel experience, you should consider one of these great European cruise destinations.

Spain

Barcelona Port (Courtesy: Bastien Deceuninck)

Spain is a hugely popular destination for travellers who are looking for sun, sea, and sand. Regions like Costa Del Sol attract many visitors who want to enjoy the beautiful weather and the laid back atmosphere. But if you’re looking for a more cultural Spanish travel experience, you might prefer to head to Barcelona instead. This amazing city, known for its impressive architecture, luxury shopping options, and incredible food, has something for everybody. Taking a cruise is one of the best ways to see the gorgeous beaches and impressive skyline of Barcelona, and it’s usually cheaper than flying as well. You can stop off in Barcelona for a day or two and do some sightseeing before you continue your trip around the coast to see some of the other great Spanish coastal resorts.

Croatia

Dubrovnik from the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

Croatia has become an incredibly popular travel destination in the last decade. The coastal city of Dubrovnik, in particular, attracts a lot of sightseers every year. This unbelievable medieval town is filled with quaint cobbled streets and a rich cultural and historical heritage. There are also some beautiful beaches nearby. Even though Croatia is becoming more popular, you can still find some great discount cruises in the area, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to travel on a budget. There are some great guided tours of the old town where you can learn about the history of the place or if you’re looking for something a bit more exciting, there are plenty of adventure activities like sea kayaking that you can do on the beach.

Greece

The Acropolis as viewed from the Mouseion Hill in Greece (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Athens is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe because it has a great mixture of luxury beaches and cultural sights to see. You can delve into the history of Greece when you visit the Acropolis or Delphi or you can just sit back and relax on the beaches. Athens has one of the most amazing coastlines in the entire world, so there’s no better way to see it than from the water. There are some great cruises that will take you on a tour around lots of different Greek islands, so you can pack plenty into your trip.

If you thought that cruises were just for the Caribbean, think again. These European countries are some of the best places in the world to take a cruise.

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Tuscany Time: Choosing The Cities You’d Like To See

Visiting a country as old as Italy can often present some challenges when you are hard pressed for time and need to pick a few places at the cost of missing out on the rest. While most of these destinations have a rich history filled with interesting stories, the time which they have had to grow has made them explode into sprawling masses of human activity. In the Italian region of Tuscany, for example, there are more than ten cities and large towns that call it their home, making it hard for travellers to decide what they’d like to see. To give you a bit of a helping hand, this post will be exploring Tuscany, giving you an idea of what you should see when you arrive.

Florence

Florence (Courtesy: Jonathan Körner)
Florence (Courtesy: Jonathan Körner)

Start your exploration with the capital city of the Tuscany region – Florence. First finding its foothold during the Medieval times, this area has always been an important one, with people travelling from all over the world to trade, enjoy the sights, and even show off their passion for fashion. In more recent times, a huge amount of work has gone into preserving and restoring the ancient monuments which make this city much sought after. Florence is a great place to go if you’d like to get a good mix of the old and the new.

Siena

Basilica of San Domenico in Siena (Courtesy: Pexels)
Basilica of San Domenico in Siena (Courtesy: Pexels)

Boasting one of the highest traveller footfalls throughout the whole of Italy, Siena is another great place to vacation when you’re trying to soak up Tuscany. Like Florence, Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has this status as a result of the ancient buildings which have been standing here for hundreds of years. A horse race known as Palio is held in this city twice a year, giving you the chance to watch some real local rivalries unfurl.

Chianti

A vineyard estate in Chianti (Courtesy: Rowan Heuvel)
A vineyard estate in Chianti (Courtesy: Rowan Heuvel)

If you like wine, you’ve probably heard of Chianti before. Home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, this region has a very strong legacy in making wines. There are few places in Italy which can better the quality of Chianti wines. You can visit this area with most Tuscany tour companies, making it nice and easy to get the chance to try some wine tasting. However, you will have to be careful if you plan to drive after your visit.

Pisa

White Cathedral with the Leaning Tower of Pisa at a distance (Courtesy: Pexels)
White Cathedral with the Leaning Tower of Pisa at a distance (Courtesy: Pexels)

Last but not the least, consider Pisa. Famous for the leaning tower which is a crowd magnet, this city has spent much of its history as a maritime capital. Like many cities with this sort of past, you will find loads of ancient affluence on display, with many of the oldest buildings remaining largely intact. It’s almost a shame that the tower gets so much attention as there are plenty of other unique and interesting buildings in Pisa for you to explore. With all of this in mind, you should be ready to start exploring Tuscany!

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