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Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning

Shwedagon Pagoda in the morning is a must-thing to do when you are in Yangon. Out of the many tourist attractions in the city, this is the only one worth getting up early before dawn. You’ve got to experience the absolute serenity of this sacred place before the crowd starts

Why Dubai Should be on Your Bucket List

What comes to mind when the City of Dubai is mentioned? Is it the sweeping views of high-rises? Is it the world record titles (the tallest, the biggest, the largest) attached to its name? Or is it the immense wealth the city is known for, as evident in extravagant shopping

Inside the Floral Fantasy at Gardens by the Bay

The Floral Fantasy at the Gardens by the Bay is just one of the tourist attractions inside Singapore’s most-visited destination. It’s not cheap to get in though, so I can understand that many visitors would skip it. There were only a few when I visited it, so my photos turned

Exploring the Caves at the Marble Mountains in Da Nang

Exploring the caves at the Marble Mountains in Da Nang can be really confusing. There are just so many of them and you don’t even know where to start – even if you follow the map. Going to one direction would mean either you will miss a cave or you

Swinging Up in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Swing – Try it once in your lifetime? Nah. You know you can’t leave Bali without getting on one of the swings everywhere on the island. They’re literally scattered everywhere. If you see coconuts and rice fields in one place, there’s a big chance that there are a few

This Dragon Bridge in Danang Breathes Fire and Water

This Dragon Bridge in Danang breathes fire and water – in the evening. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it in action. I walked the bridge a couple of times in my two-week stay there but I didn’t know about the evening show – until my last night there. Yep, I missed

My 10 Best Travel Photos

Your 10 best travel photos – that’s the challenge I have accepted from a friend and fellow wanderer. In this time of coronavirus (aka COVID-19), people have created and answered to various challenges to entertain themselves and others on Facebook. I’ve been challenged to many of these, but I ignored

Hanoi Skyline from Lotte Tower

Hanoi skyline from Lotte Tower was not I expected. From up there, the city seems so calm and organized. There are no traces of the chaotic life on the streets of Hanoi. If there’s one thing that’s consistent with the city’s skyline, it’s the pollution. A friend of mine said

Masjid Jamek Mosque is a Wonderful Refuge from the Busy City

Masjid Jamek Mosque is a wonderful refuge from the topsy-turvy streets of Kuala Lumpur. The traffic outside this Islamic place of worship can be unbearable, but once you’re inside, the chaos seems so far away. Friday Mosque, as the locals call it, is right in the heart of the city.

Hard Times for USA Tourism as Hotel Rates Drop

The past few months have not been the best as far as the tourism industry is concerned. This is of course mainly due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Many hotels have started to cut room rates and reduce staff with a view towards stabilizing the business after falling revenue, canceled
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