How to spend a day in Arashiyama

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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.
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Bangkok’s old quarter

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                      Wat Arun

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 and his house

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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

Chao Phraya River, the heart and soul of Bangkok

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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

Three Hiking trails in and around Osaka

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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

Five food you should eat in Busan

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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

Haedong Yonggungsa, the sea temple of Busan

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Temples throughout Korea can be similar in fact they can be very difficult to tell apart. You may even be able to say in South Korea if you have seen one temple you have seen them all. Temples are usually located high on a mountain or in cities but Haedong Yonggunsa, the number one sightseeing spot in Busan is different starting from the location being built on the seaside of the East Sea. Continue reading