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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

At Botataung Pagoda, You Will Find Buddha’s Hair

Botataung Pagoda in downtown Yangon is one of the many pagodas in the city where you will find a piece of Buddha’s hair. It is this relic that the golden pagoda is known for. According to the history of the pagoda, eight strands of Buddha’s hair arrived here more than

Visiting Old Town Hoi An – Was it Really Worth the Hype?

Visiting Old Town Hoi An in Vietnam was a disappointing experience for me. And I’d say this early in this post – it’s not worth the hype. My Lonely Planet Guidebook placed this ancient town on the top of the list of places to visit in Vietnam. Pardon me if

Petronas Towers – The World’s Tallest Twin Towers

The Petronas Towers are identical towers that are synonymous to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. They’re the most iconic skyscrapers and architectural wonders in the city’s skyline. No visit in KL without a glimpse of these silver-colored twins. The first time I saw them eons ago, I thought they resemble a
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