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A Stop in Bangkok’s Chinatown

October 29th, 2010 by

I have to admit that wherever I visit, it is quite foreseeable that I will go out of my way to visit the local Chinatown.  Primarily because of my roots and heritage, I like to see how different Chinese communities thrive in various cultures and regions.  This ongoing fascination got the best of me during my last visit to Bangkok.

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According to local tour guides, the roots of the Chinese community at large in Bangkok can be traced to mass migration in the wake of the Communist Revolution. Most of the first Chinese settlers were traders who continued to practice on foreign soil. The first few Chinese groups settled on Ko Ratanakosin and eventually moved to the Yaowarat District back in 1783. Presently, the Chinese community is working hard to preserve their culture, identity, and traditions despite Bangkok’s modernization.

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6 Outstanding Secluded Boutique Hotels in Indonesia

October 28th, 2010 by

Indonesia unfurls a magnificent array of tourist destinations, from urban to rural, beach to jungle. With over 17,000 islands, the archipelago nation has a spectacular array of coastal gems to choose from, with none more reputable and in demand than Bali. The venerable island features prominently in the annual HotelClub Awards and indeed, claims a virtual sweep of the top secluded boutique hotels in Indonesia.

Before you plan your next beach holiday, be sure to consult this prestigious list:

Mutiara Bali Resort Villa

Seminyak, Bali is the sumptuous home of this reputable spa resort. Mutiara Bali Resort Villa offers exquisite access to the island’s famous white sands, a beautiful fitness facility, state-of-the-art spa and marvellous pool area. A small, exclusive handful of villas and resort rooms help cement Mutiara’s reputation as a serene oasis in beautiful Bali. While superb points of interest beckon outside the resort’s front gate, the lavish property feels alluringly peaceful and private.

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Your Getaway Just Got Easier!

October 27th, 2010 by

Planning a trip in the foreseeable future? How does the prospect of some extra cash in your pocket sound?

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This isn’t our first giveaway but it’s certainly our best. This time around the offer is bigger and better than ever, with a higher discount and a lower minimum booking value. We’ve also streamlined the discount redemption process and introduced a sweet incentive in our Refer-a-Friend component. For every referral, you’ll get an extra 10 Member Dollars when your friend joins and books with us!

So sign up now, refer a friend and save 70% off our rates plus an additional $30!

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Discover the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival

October 26th, 2010 by

From the 1st to the 31st of October, 2010 Kuala Lumpur will celebrate its food culture with the 10th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. With this year’s theme being “Magic Chefs”, you can guarantee a month of food fantasy as 30 of Malaysia’s top restaurants send their best chefs to present their wondrous cuisine.

Sunway Pyramid

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Cagayan’s Captivating Callao Cave

October 22nd, 2010 by

Travelers to tropical Philippines have numerous options to choose from to make their vacations unique and memorable.  There are secret beaches to uncover, mountain ranges to conquer, and brilliant wildlife to observe.  One great adventure to embark on is a journey up north to see the mysterious Callao Cave.

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Callao Cave is in Cagayan Province in the Cagayan Valley region of Luzon, Philippines.  To be specific, the cave resides near the town of Peñablanca, in the villages of Quibal and Parabba.  The cave is named after the Kallaw bird which used to exist in big numbers in the area.  Unfortunately, the population has dwindled because of hunters.

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Fantastic Fall Events in Japan

October 21st, 2010 by

The three month period prior to New Year’s represents a phenomenal window of time for visitors to bask in and celebrate the best of Japan. Weather-wise and event-wise, October, November and December herald pristine (if not cool) conditions from Hokkaido to the Ryukyu Islands. Hotels in Japan hotspots book up fast in fall, so plan smart.

With that in mind, check out some of the most notable festivals and cultural events in the country between now and late December.

Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages)
Where: Kyoto
When: October 22

Venerable Kyoto is the milieu for this incomparable cultural event. Jidai Matsuri is one of three supreme traditional festivals in the ancient Imperial capital and celebrates 116 years in 2010. Vibrant processions of authentic dress and feudal-era re-enactments on parade draw tens of thousands of observers. Myriad mini-events take place throughout the day and night and all, in some way, relate to Kyoto and Japan’s rich heritage.

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Float Your Troubles Away During Loy Krathong

October 19th, 2010 by

Loy Krathong is a nationwide festival in Thailand, and is celebrated by floating constructs of leaves, candles and offerings along rivers, streams and waterways. Learn more about “The Festival of Lights” before heading out to float your own water lantern.

Loy Krathong

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Shop Away at Hong Kong’s Stanley Market

October 15th, 2010 by

Hong Kong is full of incomparable delights around each and every corner. One must simply know where to look. Of course, there are the usual malls and roadside stalls that sell all manner of knick-knacks. But if one is game to go a bit further, superb Stanley Market awaits.

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Stanley is a lovely peninsula town in southeast Hong Kong.  While light years in appearance from the brilliant skylines of Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui, the Repulse Bay point of interest is easily accessible from Kowloon or Central. As a result, Stanley is a favorite stop for visitors and locals in the know.

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What Happens in the Rental Car Stays in the Rental Car – Partying Down Under!

October 12th, 2010 by

Woodford Folk Festival – New Years Week

This New Years, pack your deodorant and plenty of water, jump in the rental car and prepare yourself to “go feral” at the Woodford Folk Festival. Pick up a rental car in Brisbane and head north for about an hour to the quaint Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Woodford.

What started as a handful of hippies getting down and muddy to folk music is now a five day long camping extravaganza, featuring over two thousand of the world’s most creative (and popular) musicians and artists. Eco and Indigenous respect, good karma and creativity set it apart from the seemingly endless stream of ho-hum festivals that grace Aussie shores each summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Race to the Singapore Marathon

October 11th, 2010 by

The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore is the island nation’s biggest running event, with 60,000 runners participating this year. The 2010 marathon on Sunday, 5 December marks the eighth year for the prestigious event, which began with 6,000 runners and grew larger and more ambitious with each passing year. Last year’s marathon drew 50,000 participants from the combined races, meeting the event’s maximum number of runners.

Singapore Marathon

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    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
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