Floating market in Thailand

My culinary vision of Thailand

As I sit in my in Zenz, my local Thai restaurant, I wonder how it all went wrong. The crispy chilli beef could be anything, mostly it seems to be made of jam. The lemon chicken is giving me cavities with each mouthful and the Thai fishcakes would be more handy to re-sole my trainers with. The less said about the crispy duck (possibly squirrel) the better. The trouble is that this meal is pretty much what you’ll find in most BRitish small town Asian restaurants and takeaways. There is nothing remotely authentic about it. The food is often microwave heated and the balance of flavours would only appeal someone with an insanely sweet tooth.

I know this is not the way food is meant to be. Thai food should be complexly seasoned and have a delicate balance of bitter, sweet, salty and sour. The food should be flavoured with delicious herbs and spices. There should be a wide variety of seasonal vegetables. Not a token carrot in sight. Clearly someone has been pulling the wool over my eyes.

The real McCoy

Lush green rice fields in Thailand

There are many reasons why I have always wanted to visit Asia, but having the opportunity to taste some authentic cuisine is the biggest one. A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Thailand where she travelled on her own, attending cookery schools around the country. She regaled us with tales of the beautiful countryside, the people she met on the way and the way of life. All while we ate the most stunning Pad Thai at her kitchen table.

It seems as though the only way I’m going to get a decent Thai meal is to pack my bags and head off to Thailand to get one. It will certainly be a far cry from the food served at Zenz restaurant. For a start, fish cakes should contain some element of fish!

Picture credit: echiner1.

En route to Thailand

The first place I’d want to head to is straight to Ayutthaya and into the Central Plains – this area is often known as the ‘rice bowl’ and is the agricultural centre of Thailand. You can fly straight into Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and get a bus along Route 4 from there. In the region there are rice paddies and shrimp farms galore, but the biggest draw are the floating markets.

One of the most popular floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak market. Hundreds of boats fill the river each morning selling, I imagine, the freshest fruits and vegetables from the region. Everything is available from Pak Choi to Papaya my friend tells me. Perfect for recreating authentic recipes. The market is colourful, the air is full of unfamiliar smells and the locals barter noisily between the boats. You can pick up some great meals too at the market. I would dearly love to try mango and sticky rice the way it is meant to be cooked!

Floating market in Thailand

Picture credit to tommykwok630.

Cooking, cooking, cooked

The next thing is to have a few cookery lessons. There are plenty of English-speaking courses that run throughout Thailand. The Baipai Cookery school in Bangkok has been running for 10 years and offers hands-on courses. The menus are based on seasonal produce and it looks very professional. Sounds right up my street, and a lot different from the depressing home economics lessons of my childhood.

Finally on my little tour of Thailand I’d like to sample as much street food as possible. It’s a million miles away from the roadside greasy bacon sandwiches that you find sold out of a van on the A1. Steamed chicken with fragrant rice, little Chinese doughnuts flavoured with soya milk and noodle soups flavoured with all kinds of delicious delicacies. What better way to get around a country than to eat your way around!

Of course the food is only part of my dream of visiting Thailand. The country, it’s people and culture are so far removed from rainy dismal Blighty. The landscape extreme, from the vast rice paddies to the beautiful white sand beaches. Hopefully I will come back more knowledgeable, a little fatter and with a feeling of satiety!

A whale shark

Adventures in Musandam – taking part in marine conservation projects

A few months back I decided to explore my opportunities as a volunteer. I’d heard a lot about volunteer vacations and working holidays from friends and loved the idea of getting to see a new and exciting part of the world while giving something back to the world. There are many opportunities for helping out abroad for everyone.

A whale shark

Diving in the Gulf of oman

As a fully qualified diver I had swam in many different waters around the world, but this time I wanted a challenge, as well as helping in the fight to preserve some of the wildlife I enjoy so much when diving. My choice fell on one of the marine conservation projects in the Gulf of Oman – somewhere definitely considered to be ‘off the beaten track’. The Musandam peninsula in Oman has an interesting landscape. The sharp and rocky mountains cut straight into the gently waving waters and the landscape was intriguing and completely different from the island paradises of the Maldives and the Galapagos Islands where I’ve dived previously.

Deep diving

In some places the water appeared to change colour to being nearly black as the water was deeper. Diving into these areas was really exciting as you could not tell what was awaiting you underneath the surface – something than unnerved some of the participants on the expedition but excited me. We swam with little headlights attached to avoid banging our heads or getting completely disorientated.

Work too

Off course it wasn’t all tourism and this slight glimmer of light from the headlamps allowed us to perform our tasks such as measuring the corals that were clinging to the side of the mountains and were running deeper down into the water than we could dive. All this information would later be collated to help the local conservation organisations to gain better insights into the area.

As we got back on board the boat we could not wait to look at the images that we had taken as we had seen no fish or other creatures whilst diving due to the darkness. However, in the images there were swarms of fish swimming past us. The biologists that were guiding our expeditions were very existed to see these images as the Musandam waters have not been extensively researched and there is increasing interest to what is living in the darkness of the rocky caves and corals. Every day they find out something new and understand more about the Musamdam environment.

In the shallow waters

In the lighter, slightly turquoise coloured water found in the shallower end of the bays it was much easier to see the corals and fish before diving in, a real contrast to the pitch black of earlier in the day. We dived in pairs and recorded details such as length of corals, the different types and took pictures for the biologists to analyse. The expedition leaders were really friendly and helpful, and took part in nearly as much of the work that we did so there was a real sense of everyone working together.

A new side to holidaying

As an experienced diver it was interesting to see a different side to diving that the leisurely and often selfish diving trips I had been on before were I had taken little concern for what was around me. Being trained by experienced and highly educated biologists about the wildlife in the oceans was interesting and gave me a new perspective on how important it is to actively preserve the sights I love so much and what is the whole reason why I started diving in the first place.

Being a volunteer is something I will remember forever and I cannot wait to plan my next expedition to take part in more scuba diving volunteer opportunities. I cannot highly recommend it enough to any diving enthusiasts out there.

Magnificient tiger

Rajasthan Tourism – An Extravagant Treat You Will Never Forget in Your Lifetime

If you want to indulge and pamper yourself silly, there can be no other better place than Rajasthan. With out-of-the-world landscape, great and towering forts and palaces that offer unmatched hospitality, Rajasthan offers you a holiday you just can’t miss. This is a place of awe inspiring legends about kings and queens, lip smacking cuisine, traditional handicrafts and art; Rajasthan tourism offers you all this and much more. No doubt, this desert state of India is flooded with tourists from different parts of the world through out the year.

Forts and Palaces

There is a story, tenderly romantic and at the same time monumentally heroic, for every fort and palace in Rajasthan. The tall forts and huge palaces that once belonged to the stately kings are now converted into hotels that offer traditional Rajput royalty with modern amenities. Even havelis (huge houses) that once belonged to local landlords are turned into bed and breakfast and inns that offer a peek into Rajput lifestyle.

Cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur boasts of grand and elegant palaces that are mesmerizing and thrilling to watch and live in. There are several beautiful lakes with quaint palaces built right in the middle. The tourist has to reach this palace by boat. In the evenings the lighting arrangements make the floating palaces look like jewels in glistening water. Traditional Rajasthani music and dance, puppet shows and several other interesting events keep you occupied in the evenings. What more can you ask for.

Food

Another unforgettable aspect of Rajasthan tourism is its cuisine. Basically Rajasthani food is vegetarian that satisfies every palate. There are more than 50 dishes served in four courses for lunch and dinner. Non vegetarian dishes like chicken and fish are also served as delicacies at several palace hotels. Since the influx of foreign tourist is maximum most of the hotels offer international cuisine too.

Handicrafts

Blue pottery is most famous in Rajasthan. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without shopping for the same. The intricate designs and vibrant colors depict the traditional Rajput culture and traditions. You’ll never find this anywhere else in the world. Besides blue pottery their handicrafts include carved wooden furniture, small treasure boxes and many trinkets that will be of interest and souvenir of your trip to Rajasthan.

Jewelry

Both men and women adorn themselves with jewelry in Rajasthan. The Minakari work is famous as well as unique in design and looks beautiful in gold and silver jewelry. Another popular craft is the Thewa art form. In Thewa jewelry the gold is made into liquid and designs are created on colored glass with this gold liquid. The craftsmen are specially trained professionals in this specialized art.

Yet another popular Rajasthan jewelry is the Kundan jewelry. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without buying Kundan jewelry.

Textiles

Every woman likes to posses all types of textiles in their wardrobe. Kota city is famous for textiles in Rajasthan. Scarves, shawls, colorful capes and clothes are exported all around the world. You can buy them here at throw away prices.

WildlifeMagnificient tiger

Choosing Rajasthan tourism as a holiday destination is like visiting paradise on earth. There are places like Mt. Abu (hill station) where you can simply watch birds that are not found anywhere else in the world. For a Nature lover Sariska Tiger Reserve and Ranthambore National Park offers a peek into the animal kingdom. The most attractive part of Rajasthan tourism is that there is something worthwhile for every one whatever maybe your budget.

Rajasthan has something to offer for everyone. Nature lovers can exult in the beauty of the place while women can indulge themselves with beautiful clothes and jewelry. And of course your stay itself would be an unforgettable treat lasting a lifetime.

Author Bio – Latasri is a travel enthusiast who loves to see and enjoy different places and learn about their culture. Besides she is also a passionate travel writer.

On the road to Siem Reap, Cambodia

3 up and coming destinations in Cambodia

On the road to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Battambang

The number one draw for tourists to Cambodia is certainly Angkor Wat, and many people decide to limit their trip in Cambodia to the nearby town of Siem Reap. But if you have the time and want to see more, why not visit Battambang? The city of Battambang lies about four hours to the south by bus and is fast establishing itself as the new place to visit for anyone who wants to escape the tourist hordes. This riverside town is laid back and has a number of great restaurants some of which are housed in the atmospheric French colonial era shophouses that line the streets. Outside of the city centre are lots of interesting sights within an hours ride by motorbike taxi. There are two temples that sit on hilltops, one ancient and built at the time of Angkor Wat, and one more modern, caves, a home made railway line known locally as the “bamboo train” and even a vinyard.

Ko Rong

Ko Rong is one of several islands of the coast of Sihanoukville and is that rare thing in South East Asia – an untouched wilderness tropical island. There are currently no roads across its jungle interior and only a very few people live here, in small fishing villages around the coast of the island. All that is set to change in the next few years when the high end resorts that are planned get built and maybe even an airport. So go there now and stay at one of the bungalow resorts, take a one hour trek over the hills to the far side of the island and be rewarded with a view of a 10km long beach with nothing in sight but sand, sea and jungle.

Rattanakiri

Beng Melia is the capital of Rattanakiri province, sometimes called the wild east of Cambodia. Its a remote mountainous province reached from Phnom Penh after a 12 hour bus ride. But this is not so bad, a few years ago it would have taken days over some of the worst roads imaginable. If you don’t feel like spending so long on the bus, break the trip in Kratie where you can see the rare Mekong River Dolphin. The main activity in Rattanakiri is trekking and eco tourism, with a large percentage of the local being from hill tribe groups with a different way of life to the lowland Khmers, they live in very unusual stilt houses. A great day trip is to visit the two ancient volcanos which have filled with water to become lakes, and also several beautiful waterfalls.

Ready to visit cambodia? Here is the official tourism website:

http://www.tourismcambodia.org/

 

Chris Pimlott lives in Siem Reap and runs the travel guide to the town http://www.siemreap-cambodia.net.

Kyushu Island of Japan

5 reasons to visit Kyūshū Island, Japan

Kyushu Island of Japan

One thing I promised myself after leaving university was that I was going to visit Japan. I considered myself pretty cultured and educated. I read books. I was able to work a washing machine without having to call my parents. But was I well travelled? No. So Japan it was. But I didn’t want to just go for two weeks. I wanted to stay a lot longer. Luckily, I was able to teach English there, which meant I got to experience the true culture of this amazing country.

Mainly, Japan is made up of 4 large islands; Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku. Kyūshū Island is the southernmost island and offers an amazing selection of sights and experiences. It’s where I lived and although I got to travel to the rest of the country, I thought I’d share 5 reasons why Kyūshū is somewhere you need to visit.

Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

Located in Kumamoto city, this beautiful castle is a prime example of classical Japanese architecture. Built in the 1400s, it has been the site of many important historical events within Japan. It’s considered one of the three most important castles in the entire country and it’s truly a sight to behold.

Suizenji Gardens, Kumamoto

Whilst in Kumomoto, you need to also visit the Suizenji Gardens. The government has classed it as an historic site of scenic beauty and for a very good reason. The sloping hillsides envelope miniature idealized landscapes of famous areas in Japan, including Mount Fuji. There is also a temple and small lakes containing large carp. Breathtaking and truly serene.

Sand Baths, Ibusuki

The only natural heated sand baths are located in the south of Kyushu in Ibusuki. On Yunohama Beach the sand is heated underneath by hot springs that run close to the surface, allowing a unique and relaxing experience. You are basically buried in this sand, as you lie there and enjoy for 15 minutes.

Tug of War, Sendai

A surreal experience that occurs usually autumn time in the small town of Sendai. Watch 3000 people take part in a massive game of tug-of-war using a massive 400 metre rope! You can even take part, allowing you to really feel the buzz of this traditional oddity. Afterwards, you can take a piece of the rope home as a memento.

Furosato Onsen, Kagoshima

At the base of (active) volcano Sakurajima (Cherry Blossom), there is a hot spring which is quite amazing. These ‘onsen’ usually require separate rooms for males and female as nudity is the norm, but this outdoor spring lets you retain your dignity and sit with your partner in volcanically heated spring water. There’s a shrine located by the water and you are able to see Kinko Bay, which is jaw dropping. It is recommended to visit just as the sun sets for a truly memorable view.

Of course, the other islands offer their own amazing experiences, but for me Kyūshū is truly a tropical marvel and living there was something I’ll never forget.

Hong Kong coast

Hiking in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city-state in southern China, best known for its ties to the financial and technology industries. However, for people who enjoy an outdoor holiday there are plenty of adventurous things to do in Hong Kong.

Hiking

Hong Kong coastImage credit: C Lau

 

Hiking and trekking are popular activities in the area, and each of the four seasons brings different benefits for the hiker.

In the spring there is high humidity but a good chance of seeing exotic wildlife. Natural sources of water, such as streams and waterfalls, fill up in summer providing refreshment. In autumn the air is dry and fresh, whilst in winter it can become bitterly cold and snow. Although there are many hidden trekking trails in Hong Kong – over one hundred streams can be used as a guide to find new routes – there are four main trails. The 100km Maclehose trail, the 70km Lantau trail, the 50km Hong Kong Island trail, and the Wilson trail all cross different parts of the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

Birding

Blue-bellied bird on a branchImage credit: C Lam

The best season for spotting birds in Hong Kong is October to April, although if you decide to visit in the summer it is still possible to see some. Head to a higher location, such as Tai Mo Shan, where the temperature is milder. Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve is a prime location for bird watching as it boasts some of the best forests in Hong Kong. Amongst the trees you can find brilliantly coloured birds, such as the Grey-chinned minivet, the Orange-bellied Leafbird, the Yellow-cheeked tit or the Scarlet-backed flowerpecker. There are also rare birds to be seen, like the Black-faced Spoonbill, of which there are only 1,700 known in the world.

Other excellent locations include the Tai Po Nature Reserve that in the winter it is home to thousands of ducks such as the Eurasian Widgeon, the Northern Teal, the Northern Shoveller and the Tufted Duck. The Po Toi Island south of Hong Kong is also a popular destination. Geoff Welch famously found the Orange breasted green pigeons and Chinese Song Thrush on this island.

Diving and snorkelling

The sea around Hong Kong is dotted with a myriad of islands, an ideal location for spotting exotic fish and marine flora. There are including over 300 species of reef fish and 84 species of hard and soft corals. The visibility in Hong Kong waters varies depending on the season and tide. Diving depths vary from 5 to 30 metres, depending on the area. The Marine Park Ordinance in Hong Kong conserves the environment and rich variety of flora and fauna to be found. The Marine Divers is the only BSAC school in China and provides information, equipment and lessons to people wanting to take part.

Where to stay

Accommodation in Hong Kong can be difficult to find if not planned in advance. Make sure you are located in the best area for what you’re looking to enjoy from the Island. Accommodation websites such as Wimdu can help you find a suitable place to stay for all-purpose holidays.

2 smiling Thai women

Top Activities to do in Thailand

2 smiling Thai women

When you say Thailand it conjures up images of exotic beaches with beautiful white sand and rich turquoise waters. And although these images are well warranted, there’s also so much more to see and do in this vast region of outstanding natural beauty and invigorating activities.

Night Time Safari in Chiang Mai

Up in the north of Thailand buried in dense jungle and clouds of mosquitos Chiang Mai is a place of tranquility where travelers and tourists often retreat to in order to escape the excited beaches of south Thailand or sheer mania of Bangkok and the Koh San Road. On the night time safari explorers pass through several different zones, each one host to a different range of animals. The savanna safari zone has over 300 animals including white rhinos, hyenas, cheetahs, wildebeests, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, and water buffalos. In the predator prowl zone there are over 200 animals including tigers, lions, vultures, wolves, bears and crocodiles. Seeing these exotic creatures in their own habitat is a priceless experience well worth the late bed time.

Rock Climbing on Railay Beach

Railay beach is a short boat ride from Krabi in south Thailand and its limestone cliff faces boast some of the best rock climbing routes in the southern hemisphere. With a lot of the routes located right on the beach you kick off with sand under your feet before maneuvering up one of the 700 bolted sport climbing routes with a back drop of incredible coastal views. With trained local instructors as well as many enthusiasts visiting the area from around the world you’ll have plenty of people to help you find the best ridge for you. There are beginner 5a’s through classic multipitch 6a’s right up to the extremes of 8c so there’s enough crags here to keep any climber busy for years.

Diving in Koh Tao

The islands of Koh Phangang, Koh Samui and Koh Tao are often associated with the full moon party and pristine white beaches, however they are also brilliant spots for snorkeling and diving. If you’re not ready for all the equipment and don’t want to get your PADI then you can snorkel quite comfortably just off the coast. With breathtaking views above and below the water diving in Koh Tao is highly recommended. Submerged in the crystal clear waters you can swim with brightly coloured fish, admire the beautiful coral gardens and stare in awe at the whale sharks, tiger shark and other large aquatic mammals that might pass you by.
Thailand has some incredible landscapes that offer a plethora of exciting activities, that is, if you can peel yourself off the sunbed.

Rebecca Hall is a freelance writer who does music journalism and travel writing, she’s written articles on tandem skydive and bungee jumping to headline DJs and big bands. She dreams of finding the perfect jump spot.

Brisbane skyline

Brisbane: a city full of romance

 Brisbane skyline

Brisbane is a great city for dating. Whether you’re living here as an expat, enjoying a long holiday or just passing through on your travels, if you’re looking for a great romantic spot to take your partner, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Brisbane is one of the cities with the highest quality of living in the world, so it’s no wonder it attracts people of all ages and nationalities looking for good weather, cultural landmarks and excellent social opportunities. A romantic city that’s home to outgoing locals, Brisbane offers many fantastic dating spots that shouldn’t be missed.

If you’re here on your own, the famous Australian hospitality means people are open to meeting foreigners with a view to forming relationships, so that date will never be far away. Another option is to look for compatible singles online…

Here are some great ideas for dates round Brisbane…

Queensland Art Gallery

The Queensland Art Gallery is located on the south bank of the Brisbane river. Next to Queensland Museum, it is Queensland’s most prestigious art institution and the country’s leading art museum.

One of the most exciting exhibitions currently running is the collection of more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books by celebrated French artist Henri Matisse, which is running until 4 March.

Another must-see exhibition is the incredible art installation of Yayoi Kusama, entitled Soul Under the Moon, which is designed to reflect her life-long hallucinations through the use of light and will be exhibited until 11 March alongside some of her other installations and sculptures in Look Now, See Forever.

Day Cruises

Day cruises offer something for everyone, whether you want to feed dolphins face-to-face or see the magnificent whales. Another popular cruise is the island adventure tour at Tangalooma, which offers a unique experience for those seeking an unforgettable day out. It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet new people.

Catamaran on sandy beach

Picture credit: kimandcyril

Get Sporty

As soon as you set foot in Australia, there’s an immediate sense of healthy air and a desire to get fit. If you’re in a new city, country or continent, it’s only natural to want to make use of such wonderful weather and long hours of daylight by releasing some endorphins.

Sport and exercise is a big part of Australian culture and an excellent way to meet people and feel better about yourself. If a jog along the beach isn’t what you fancy, there are plenty of other options. In your local area you’ll be sure to find teams for all levels of rugby, cricket, soccer and netball.

The Riverlife Adventure Centre at Kangaroo Point also offers rock-climbing, kayaking and abseiling for the braver exercise fans, and rollerblading, cycling, or even riding a hot-air balloon over the city are fun options for a romantic yet active day out in Brisbane.

Enjoy the Cuisine

Brisbane offers some of the best seafood in the country, and with all the exercise available, everyone should be allowed to indulge a little. The city is dotted with award-winning restaurants such as Wilson’s Boathouse or Gambarro’s.

Anyone who’s ever spent time dating in Brisbane will know the city is full of great romantic spots for dinner. But if you don’t think a candlelit dinner will suit, an excellent choice for a first date is the Good Food and Wine show, for which you can buy tickets at just over $20 and spend a day sampling foods from incredible local and international chefs.

 

1st picture credit: Flickr

Yangshuo in China

Truly Asia: the best places to explore

Yangshuo in China

A tour to Asia will expose you to a lot of mixed excitements. This continent, which is a landmass surrounded by waterways on its three sides and shares its boundary with Europe, comprises of an amalgamation of different countries that stay close to each other but have striking differences in respect of customs, cultures, cuisines, traditions and even languages. Thus, if you wish to make a tour to Asia, you can make a plan to visit some of the places discussed here.

1. Malaysia

The true color of Asia is reflected by the colorful festivals, celebrations and events of Malaysia. A landmass of 333,000 square kilometers, Malaysia is located in the heart of South Eastern Asia and boasts of its astounding natural beauty all throughout its landscape. This is the place where you will find the most mixed and vibrant cultures. Malaysia has become one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Asia in the recent years. The people pf Malaysia are known for their friendliness, warmth and welcoming attitude. On your tour to Malaysia make it a point to visit Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, which is a popular destination among the locals and the tourists for extensive shopping. Other commonly frequented tourist attractions are Port Dickson, Labuan Islands, Pangkor Island, Tioman Islands, Cherating, Langkawi and Redang Island.
The heritage sites of Malaysia also deserve mention here such as the churches as Malacca, the Mahamariamman Temple, Malacca Museum and Snake Temple. Pubs, clubs, discos, casinos, karaoke lounges operate throughout the night and are open for the tourists. As you visit Malaysia, you will be able to get in contact with a number of hotels and guest houses that suit the pockets of different levels of clientele. Some of the renowned luxurious hotels in Malaysia are Taj Resort, Berjaya Time Square and Berjaya Langkawi Resort. They provide pick and drop facilities from the hotels. You can rent a car or Trek Bicycle to explore the place well.

2. China

One of the most frequented and thickly populated places in Asia, China is known for its industrious and hard working people. The capital city of these 3.7 million square meters of landmass, Beijing, has been identified by the tourists as the most popular city of tourist attraction in Asia. Some of the other noteworthy cities of China are Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Harbin, Dalian, Chongquin, etc. On your visit to Beijing, you will find lots of surprises waiting for you. Never miss the opportunity of full day sightseeing of one of the most notable spots, the Imperial Palace or the Formidable City. Marked by the massive architectural beauty, the palace comprises of 8500 exquisitely decorated rooms. The Imperial Flower garden, comprising of bright flowers and indigenous vegetation also demands a visit.
Second important tourist attraction is the Tiananmen Square. It had been named after the leader of the 1900 historic revolution in China. This amusement park and spacious picnic spot is surrounded by monuments like the Imperial Building, Great Hall of the People, Mausoleum of Mao and Chinese History Museum. The Temple of Confucius and the Capital Museum present to the tourists the religious side of China. Historical information and excellent architecture characterize these places. The Lama Temple is also worth mentioning in this context, which has the gigantic statue of a founder of Buddhism “Yellow Hat”.

3. Singapore

Located in the Far Eastern part of Asia, Singapore is an island and one of the most densely populated countries in the world that is composed of tall buildings and structures that give the place the most sophisticated and elegant look. It is said the greatest resource that the place has is its people who are industrious, diligent, hardworking and friendly.
The famous sightseeing places tourists will enjoy in Singapore comprise of museums, parks, technological and science exhibits. Some of the worth naming tourist attractions among them are Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is a home for tigers, wild monkeys and other animals. The Japanese and Chinese Gardens have pagodas of different shapes and designs, while the Sentosa Island is the biggest park in Singapore that has aquariums museums, food marts, luxury hotels, etc. inside its complex.
As day ends, night life begins to unravel in Singapore. All the party lovers, wine drinkers and foodies across the world can enjoy nightlife in Singapore to their heart’s pleasure. The pubs, cafes, clubs, casinos, etc. remain open twenty four hours a day, making the country remain always awake. You can also be assured that night life in Singapore is sent percent safe.
Asia is a treasure house of history, architecture, tradition, culture, scenic beauty and not to forget the night life with a different taste. Some of the places mentioned here will work as your valuable reference and you can prepare your Asia travel guide accordingly.

Next, try hiking in Hong Kong or venture a bit further than Asia to discover Australia and Brisbane.