Having lived in Osaka for 16 years and been to Kyoto many times as a tourist as well as guiding friends or relatives around Kyoto we thought we would share our favourite temples in this area.
The choice was difficult as the city as over 1600 temples. That makes it difficult for a foreigner to chose which is the best one for them to visit. Of course if you don’t visit these ones you’ll still have an amazing time searching and looking at the other fine temples that Kyoto has but we think these are the best.
We chose three that were all diverse from one another. One includes hiking, one includes quirky stone sculptures and the other for its historical background that is convenient to travellers who are staying in and around the main area of Kyoto.
Arashiyama is an outlying western district of Kyoto which is one of our favourite places in Japan. It is one of those places that are filled with various sightseeing attractions from wildlife such as viewing wild monkeys in the mountainside surrounding the area, to cormorant fishing on traditional boats. The various temples, the bamboo forests and the charming lane way of traditional buildings far from the touristy area make for a great day of exploring this area. Follow our itinerary as we show you how to enjoy this traditional district.
Bangkok’s old quarter is home to the three biggest tourist attractions in the city, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha and the Royal Palace.All are a short walk or boat ride away. They all make for a great day of sightseeing. Tip arrive really early to fully enjoy and wear long pants if you want to enter the palace and its grounds. Continue reading
Jim Thompson’s house
We had heard of Jim Thompson when we were travelling around Malaysia. We were interested by his intriguing life story. A former American soldier who was a forerunner for the CIA who made it big in Thailand by revitalizing the silk trade and building his empire only to go missing in the foothills of the Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia. Continue reading
Rama VIII bridge
The Chao Phraya River streaks through Bangkok as its main arteries expands through the city of angels flowing from the city for some 35 kilometres before dumping itself in the Gulf of Thailand.
The River is the lifeline to the 14 million people who call Bangkok home, making it possible to commute to the various suburbs on either side of the bank of the river. People fill the local ferries that chug along the river and we also join them as we stay four days in Anatara Riverside resort exploring the city. Continue reading
Hiking has always played apart in our travels, ever since Rei was capable of walking considerable distances we started taking him out on the local trails around Osaka. Osaka being an enormous city you wouldn’t imagine there being any hiking trails nearby but these three trails are within an easy thirty minutes from Osaka. Continue reading
The best thing about travelling in Busan are not the attractions, not the people even though they are very friendly and animated but the food. You could say that really about any place in Korea and I wouldn’t argue but the food and the eating experience in Busan is very good and interesting from eating in the streets of Seomyeon, to eating fresh Hoe which is sashimi in Korea in the beachside restaurants that overlook Gwangli beach and the twinkling illuminated Gwangdan bridge. We’ll tell you about these eating experiences as well as three others. Continue reading