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Mekong Tourism Forum 2018: Thematic Village Experience

During the last week of June, I was invited by Destination Mekong and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) to attend the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018) in Nakhon Phanom, a small city in north-east Thailand that borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. It was my first time travelling to Nakhon Phanom – a destination that I never knew before – and attending MTF2018. The conference was held from 25th till 29th June but I was only able to attend from the 27th onwards due to prior engagements in Kuala Lumpur two days before. Although I

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Travel Bloggers Share: Ten-Hour Layover in London

Last September I was on a ten-hour layover in London en route from Kuala Lumpur to Lisbon. You may ask, why didn’t I choose to stay longer in London at least for two days or so? Well, I do love London and I miss it very much. I haven’t seen many of the sights except for Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and the London Eye, and I would love to explore more of the city. But I was travelling on a tight budget last year and since a close friend in Lisbon had invited me to visit her,

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Travelling in Australia – Transportation Options

If money was no object, where would you like to travel? According to a survey carried out by luxury travel network Virtuoso, a trip to Australia is something that most luxury travellers dream about. If so, is Australia out of reach for budget and mid-range travellers? Definitely not, for Australia is one of the top global destinations for all types of budget. That said, many travellers don’t realise that travelling from one destination to another within Australia costs lots of money because the country is huge, thus increases transportation costs. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world covering

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Beneath the Streets of Westminster – The Churchill War Rooms

Who knew that beneath the streets of Westminster in London lies a secret underground bunker that operated as headquarters for the British Government during Second World War? That’s right, it’s the Churchill War Rooms hidden underground where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Second World War from 1938 until 1945 when the war ended. While I remember reading about the ‘Blitz’ in the early 1940s, I wasn’t aware about the Churchill War Rooms until I read a review about the museum a few years ago. I was intrigued by the story that I promised myself to visit this

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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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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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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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Peacock Trail with Storytrails in Mylapore, Chennai

Whenever I travel to a new city, I’m always looking for walking tours. This is because I feel that walking tours is the best way to have an introduction to a new place. Walking tour guides are different from your bus tour guides – they give you insights into the history, heritage and culture of the place by sharing stories and anecdotes. Storytelling is always more interesting than a history lesson, and for that reason, I joined a walking tour called Peacock Trail with Storytrails in Mylapore, Chennai. After having travelled to India nine times over five years, November 2017

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