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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Take a Look Inside the Mactan Shrine in Cebu

Mactan Island is a sprawling island paradise in the province of Cebu that calls to mind vestiges of pre-colonial Philippine history. The site of the historic battle between the island’s chieftain, Lapu-Lapu, and Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the island is now peppered with hotels and all sorts of establishment that cater to tourists stopping by…

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Discover the Panagbenga Flower Festival

The Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio is a rite of passage for most travelers in Luzon, if not the entire Philippines. Almost everyone wants to go to Baguio, especially during Panagbenga, either for a day trip or a week-long escapade. Usually held in February, the Panagbenga flower festival runs for an entire month. The festival…

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