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All the places in Asia I’ve been to.

Shwe Indein Pagodas – The Ruins You Have to See Now

Shwe Indein Pagodas are the ruins that you have to see now. Why? Because new pagodas keep building up around the old ones and it’s not a good thing. Sooner or later, you can’t anymore see which ones are old and which ones are new. Fortunately, there were only a

Mt Popa: A Half-Day Trip Outside Bagan

Mt Popa can be explored for a half-day tour outside Bagan. It’s a 50-kilometer journey but due to its unpaved road conditions, it took us an hour and a half to get there. Well, some parts of the road are under construction though. So, hopefully, it gets better in a

Merdeka Square is Kuala Lumpur’s Most Historical Area to Visit

Merdeka Square is definitely Kuala Lumpur’s most historical area I visited while in Malaysia’s capital city. It is, for sure, a tourist attraction you must not miss when exploring the city. You have never been to Kuala Lumpur without visiting this square. Historically, the field here was once used for

Inside Masjid Negara – Malaysia’s National Mosque

Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s National Mosque completed in 1965. In many city tours, this mosque is one of the tourist attractions where tour buses stop. At first glance, with the absence of the tall minaret, the structure of Masjid Negara doesn’t look like a mosque. Well, it’s

Tirta Empul Temple – Bali’s Sacred Spring Pool

Tirta Empul Temple in Bali (just a few minutes outside Ubud) is the island’s most sacred temple for the Hindus. Everyone is welcome to visit the temple as long as you are dressed properly. That means, no exposed flesh (arms and legs). A sarong at the entrance can be borrowed

Sandamuni Pagoda and a Jungle of White Stupas

Sandamuni Pagoda is surrounded by a jungle of white stupas built in a similar style. The moment I saw it while riding on a tuk-tuk, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Looking from the outside gates, the soaring tiny spires of these pagodas beckoned any visitors or passersby.

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

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is Pure Bliss in the Morning

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is pure bliss in the morning. Its serenity and the murmuring whispers of prayers are calming to the soul. At least that’s how I felt because I arrived there at 4:15 in the morning – earlier than most Buddhist worshippers. And way too earlier than most

An Ancient Water Town Called Xitang – A Morning Stroll

There is an ancient water town called Xitang, half an hour by train from Shanghai. This water village became famous when Tom Cruise shot Mission Impossible III here. It would be wise to watch the movie first to make your strolling exciting. I haven’t watched it yet, to be honest.

Xitang at Night is Absolutely the Movie in Your Mind

Xitang at night is absolutely the movie in your mind. It’s the one you always see in Chinese soap operas, classic telenovelas, and films. On the night I arrived there, I wasted no time. I hurriedly checked into my hotel room, changed my t-shirt, and off I went to the

To Xitang – Where Mission Impossible 3 Was Shot

Xitang is an ancient water town where Mission Impossible 3 (Tom Cruise) was shot. I really didn’t know about it until a friend recommended this water village. And indeed, it never disappointed me. I love it there – and since I went there during off-peak season, the crowd was just

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill is China’s Leaning Tower

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill in Suzhou is China’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well, you won’t really notice it if you’re not standing on the right side below the tower. I went there with no idea that this was a leaning pagoda. I gradually noticed it
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