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Six Days in Ubud

The first time I set foot in Ubud was in 2009 but it was just a drive through its town and villages en route from Mount Batur in Kintamani to Kuta in South Bali. I remembered I was knackered from the mountain hike that I wasn’t interested to stop for sight-seeing except for one photo stop at the popular Tegallalang rice terraces. Suffice to say, I hardly saw Ubud until recently when I took the opportunity to attend my friend’s wedding and to explore in and around town for nearly a week. Places to visit and things to do in

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Tegal Sari, Ubud – Review

When I was travelling in Ubud in early May, I promised myself that I would stay in an accommodation with expansive views of rice fields. That’s because Ubud is surrounded by verdant rice fields and I’ve always loved such views for they evoke a sense of peace and calmness in me. But the question is, which accommodation should I choose that gives me those views and go easy on my pocket as well? Well, I found a place that ticks all the boxes in my checklist – rice-field views, spacious and quiet property, good location, superb customer service and value

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10 Unmissable Activities When You Visit Porto

The second largest city in Portugal – Porto – has always been a historic mercantile city and till today, is a busy industrial and commercial centre. Located in the north, Porto is not too far from Lisbon – only two and a half hours by train – and yet the two cities are contrasting in many ways. There has been a longstanding rivalry between the two cities that locals from Porto often joke, “In Porto, we work, so Lisbon can spend” 😊 Porto seems to be not only more industrious but also more traditional and yet bohemian. Still, the city

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Homestay in Nepali Village

Just like any South Asian city, Kathmandu is crowded, noisy, dusty and polluted. The capital city of Nepal is choking under a blanket of pollution particularly now when it is going through a lot of construction, building repairs and roadworks as part of post-earthquake recovery efforts. As such, many travellers typically spend only a day or two in Kathmandu, majority quickly move on especially the adventure travellers for their main objective is to trek the Himalayan mountain trails in the country. Fortunately, there are a number of places in Kathmandu and its surrounding valley where travellers can go to escape from the

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Mah Meri Celebrates Spirits’ Day in Carey Island

The population of indigenous community in Malaysia is close to 14% of the nation’s 32 million people. They are called ‘Orang Asli’ which means ‘original people’ in Malay. Sadly, our history and geography textbooks do not go into details about them, as such, Malaysians do not know much about the cultures and ways of life of the indigenous people, including myself. Majority of the indigenous community in the country originate from the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo. But there are smaller settlements in Peninsular Malaysia as well, for instance, the Temiar community are forest dwellers near

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Travel Bloggers Share: Best Places to Stay in Lisbon

Throughout my 4-day visit to Lisbon last year, I stayed with a friend in a suburb called Odivelas which was a twenty-minute commute by metro to the city centre. I didn’t spend time researching on where to stay, and so, I have no personal recommendations or reviews on accommodations in Lisbon. However, I have gathered a list of accommodations based on personal recommendations from 13 travel bloggers. Depending on your budget and preferences, here’s a fairly good selection of hostels, hotels and an apartment in Lisbon for you to consider and to choose from: *Read: Discover Lisbon with Lisboa Card

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Travel Guide to Fátima, Portugal – The Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917

Catholics around the world have heard about Fátima in Portugal as it is one of the major pilgrimage centres in Europe, after Lourdes in France. Fátima is a small non-descript town of 8,000 people but the town swells with millions of devotees arriving for the annual pilgrimage seasons of 12-13 May and 12-13 October. Why is Fátima a pilgrimage site? Fátima is a pilgrimage site for Catholics as this is where the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary happened in 1917. On 13 May 1917 at noon, three little shepherds – Lucia aged 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta aged

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Sintra – Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra is a picturesque town on the foothills of Serra de Sintra and is known for its medieval palaces and whimsical castles which were homes to Portugal’s monarchs and are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sintra is a popular destination for day-trippers from Lisbon as its distance is only 25km west of Lisbon. Day-trippers can travel to Lisbon for thirty minutes by car or forty-five minutes by train. While it’s convenient to drive to Sintra, traffic can get heavy due to its narrow streets and limited parking spaces. Bus services to Sintra are available but the journey is longer than

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Experience Legendary Kashmir Houseboats

The first destination that most tourists visit in Kashmir especially in Kashmir Valley is Srinagar. Srinagar is the largest city of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), and the city has lots to offer in terms of heritage and Mughal gardens but the real draw is the legendary houseboats. Any stay in Kashmir should include at least a night or two on the fabled houseboat, and one can choose from the eight hundred houseboats moored by the edges of Srinagar’s jewel, Dal Lake and its smaller and quieter Nigeen Lake. Many tourists are attracted to these houseboats because of the unique experience

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Are You Planning a Trip to Kashmir? Here Are Popular Tourist Destinations in Kashmir

The Mughal Emperor, Jehangir was said to have written about Kashmir, “If there is paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this!” Kashmir ranks as one of the most beautiful places in the world, renowned for its mountains, valleys and gardens but this paradise on earth has been beleaguered by violence and border disputes between India and Pakistan for many years. This highly-contested prized possession has been declared off-limits to tourists on a number of occasions so much so that the troubles have seriously affected the valley’s thriving tourist industry. Despite high political tensions that remain

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