Angeles, Pampanga’s Red Light District at Night

Like in any other country, red light districts are quite commonplace in the Philippines that no one would probably bat an eyelash while passing by a girly bar. Walking Street is a known example of a red light district in Angeles, Pampanga that was reputedly established for the former U.S. Navy base in Clarkfield. Its…

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3 Famous Cafes in Hanoi for Your Coffee Fix

It goes without saying that Vietnam is the coffee—and should we dare say, tea—capital of Southeast Asia. Nobody does coffee like Vietnam, and you know it’s true, if you’ve been to other countries in the region, or have at least, sampled several variants from your home country. Coffee was part of Vietnam’s French heritage. The…

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Ayutthaya Tourism: 6 Most Visited Landmarks

One of the irresistible charms of Ayutthaya province is that it’s isolated from the hubbub of Bangkok and yet just a quick journey away. Travellers can go to Ayutthaya and be back in the city without feeling too drained and exhausted. No wonder Ayutthaya tourism is in the pink of health, as adventurers pour in…

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Art from Above: Hanoi Art and Propaganda Posters

Hanoi can easily be a shopping mecca for souvenir-seekers, but the country’s capital offers so much more for both art lovers and accidental tourists. A typical walk around Hanoi would lead travelers to Hoan Kiem Lake to take in the sights and catch a glimpse of its centenary “great grandfather” turtle. If you’re lucky, locals…

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Soliloquies at Batu Caves in Selangor, Malaysia

Walking away from the train platform at Batu Caves in Selangor, Malaysia is a revelation. The air changes as you divorce yourself from the steel surrounds and saunter down to its entrance. The mood is light and convivial. A lady in brown saree traces curlicues with dark ink on a tourist’s forearms. Jewelry vendors hover…

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Sights and Sounds at Rod Fai Market Ratchada

For the jaded tourist, Rod Fai Market Ratchada may seem like Thailand’s hipster central, from its barbershops and their manufactured vintage facade to pubs teeming with countless yuppies. Sure, the young crowd may not be the most ideal for a cynical thirty-something. Yet Rod Fai’s effervescent nightlife is prescribed for people looking to blow off…

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The Ruins of Ayutthaya Province

The Bodhi tree, the same tree where Buddha was said to have achieved enlightenment, is the most photographed tree in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District. But there’s one in particular that beguiles tourists the most—the tree whose roots are wrapped around a detached Buddha head—which greets visitors at Wat Mahathat. Maintaining a respectful distance,…

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