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Top 5 Asia Travel Apps

February 27th, 2011 by

No app or technology advance can ever replace one-on-one interpersonal connections with locals while abroad, or indeed, the blissfully spontaneous adventures that come with a long walk in a strange city, sans map.

Despite all this, the best travel apps conveniently coalesce important information, serve as foreign language translators and act as robust interpreters in often wildly complex urban jungles – as anyone who has ever been hopelessly lost and miles from that familiar Tokyo hotel can well attest. This, we believe, is what our fave five apps for Asia accomplish.

Shanghai Metro App by Communicarta

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Wildlife Within Reach at Lok Kawi Park

February 25th, 2011 by

Sabah, the Malaysian state in northern Borneo, is considered one of the best destinations for adventure and ecotourism. Many visitors, for instance, venture to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or attempt to conquer the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market

February 18th, 2011 by

Ask anyone about Ho Chi Minh City’s must-visit area for a “shop ‘til you drop” experience and Ben Thanh Market is sure to come up.  It is undoubtedly one of the ultimate destinations in old Saigon.

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The market provides not only satisfaction for shopaholics but culture hunters as well.  The iconic landmark has a dash of French colonial charm and is one of the most indelible attractions in the city.
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Find Valentine’s Day Romance in Thailand

February 11th, 2011 by

Thailand is a top destination in Asia for tourists the world over. With love in the air in advance of Valentine’s Day, a lot of couples are expected to head to this culture-rich country for an unforgettable romantic getaway. From quiet dinners to river cruises, thrilling mountain treks to sultry beaches, Thailand is sure to respond in kind.

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Here is a list of some fantastic places in Thailand where lovebirds can spend a lot of quality time together and steal some sweet smooches by a breathtaking sunset.

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Hong Kong’s Glorious Symphony Of Lights

February 4th, 2011 by

In Hong Kong, people who find themselves somewhere along Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour at exactly 8:00 p.m. each night get to watch the highly acclaimed Symphony of Lights.  While waiting for the show to start, visitors usually browse through the different high-end boutiques at Harbour City Mall.  There are also superb Hong Kong hotels in the area, like the Marco Polo, that offer fantastic buffet dinner spreads.

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Throngs of tourists head to the heart of the action to witness how music is beautifully synchronized with spectacular lights originating from over 40 key buildings in both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It is truly a stunning show that is set against Hong Kong’s gorgeous glowing skyline.

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Districts of Shanghai Primer

February 3rd, 2011 by

To truly understand the chaotic madness that is Shanghai, one must inevitably come to terms with the megalopolis district by district. A piecemeal approach is the best approach for a city with the same number of people as Sri Lanka, after all.

Shanghai’s road and public transport infrastructure may have undergone a seismic about-face by the time you finish this post – change comes Formula One fast to this dynamic city on the move – but, nonetheless, it will take a monumental miracle to reverse the inherent helter-skelter nature of a city this big and this gorged with people. With that in mind, a little primer on the districts of Shanghai is in order.

China’s financial and commercial capital is a province-like area with 17 districts and 1 county. The entire urban mass spirals out from old Puxi (a dense region that contains the first 9 districts on our list below) and the hyper-modern skyline of Pudong that we all know and love/revile. If game to explore, grab your transport card (jiāotōng kÇŽ), steel yourself to the inevitable rush hour seas of humanity and read on for a little district dissection.

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  • Polls

    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)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

    Total Voters: 467

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