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Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel – A Year in Review

On the 3rd of January 2017, the UNWTO officially declared the beginning of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Under the slogan TRAVEL ENJOY RESPECT, tourism organizations, government agencies and private businesses alike committed themselves to creating positive change within the travel industry. As a leading tour operator and destination management company in […]

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5 Street Food Tips for Safely Savouring the Flavours of Asia

Street food is an important aspect of anyone’s travels to Asia. Not only is it widespread, locally sourced, produced and consumed, it reflects longstanding culture and culinary tradition. There are a variety of informal instructions that can be followed, or safety rules for keeping a happy tummy, however, we’ve condensed it down to 5 easy […]

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Souvenirs of Southeast Asia: A Little Something for Everyone

Shopping for souvenirs on your journey can be a daunting task, but most major tourist hubs across the continent feature a wide-variety of unique gifts to bring back to your loved ones. If you’re concerned about finding something special, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of souvenirs for each one of our South Asian […]

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Making the Most of Asia’s Temples

Whether the beautiful and ancient complexes of Angkor Wat, the pagoda spattered plains of Bagan, or any of the multitudes of temples, shrines and pagodas in the cities or countryside; temples are synonymous with any adventure in Asia. Make the most of your temple tours in this dynamic and diverse region by reading this quick […]

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5 Best Diving Spots in Asia

There are few sights as beautiful as a clear blue ocean viewed from a white sand beach, but often the true beauty is hidden just beneath the surface. Visitors to the best diving spots in Asia experience an otherworldly realm below the waves, full of colourful coral reefs teeming with fascinating and diverse marine life. Whether […]

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Do's and Don’ts at Temples in Southeast Asia

When visiting sacred sites, pagodas, monasteries and temples in Southeast Asia, it is sometimes easy for travellers to forget that these are not just tourist attractions, but also sites of spiritual, cultural and national importance for the local population. Part of the reason for this is that people in these countries are generally very tolerant […]

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3 Amazing Resorts for Families in Asia

Travelling with children is all about creating unforgettable memories and these amazing resorts for families in Asia are guaranteed to provide a lasting impression. Surrounded by outstanding natural scenery, equipped with luxurious rooms, modern amenities, swimming pools and everything else a family could need, they also provide unique and exciting activities for kids. Anantara Golden […]

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Responsible Travel and Child Protection in Asia

While tourism can provide a vehicle for economic growth and positive societal change, it can also have an adverse effect on local communities if we do not act responsibly. Some of the major issues contributing to the endangerment of children include the rise in child labour, begging, orphanage tourism, volunteer tourism and the sexual exploitation […]

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5 Most Mysterious Sites in Asia

Since ancient times, the Far East has fascinated visitors with its countless secrets and mysterious monuments. Archaeological and scientific discoveries have explained many of these mysteries, but there are still some questions that go unanswered and sites that invoke feelings of baffling wonderment. Other sites are just so strange and disturbing that visitors cannot help […]

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5 Best Hotel Bars in Asia

Deco Bar & Bistro – The Siam – Bangkok This chic and contemporary bar in the heart of Bangkok is worth mentioning for the décor alone. Inspired by Thailand’s Art Deco period, this hip venue screams jazz-era sophistication and decadence. The Deco Bar & Bistro not only serves a wide range of wine and cocktails, […]

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5 Most Amazing Gardens in Asia

Saihoji Garden, Japan This peaceful Zen Buddhist temple is home to one of the most unique gardens in the world. Said to hold more than a 120 different varieties of moss, the incredible Saihoji moss garden is the result of a lucky accident. At the center of the garden is a lake, containing three islands, […]

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5 Most Extravagant Palaces in Asia

The Grand Palace – Thailand The Grand Palace is an imposing yet delicately detailed and elegant structure in the heart of Bangkok. Originally constructed as the royal residence of the Kings of Siam in 1782, the palace is now partially open to the public and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangkok. […]

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Extravagant Asia: Best Heritage Hotels in Indochina

Step back in time to an era of adventure and romance, in a world where opulent palaces, mysterious temples, and luxurious colonial mansions combine to create an atmosphere of incomparable extravagance. Experience a golden age of travel, during a time when celebrities, diplomats and royalty mingled in the magnificent chandeliered ballrooms of the grand hotels of the Far […]

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Do’s and Don’ts at Historic Sites in Asia

When exploring historic sites in Asia, it is important to follow a few simple guidelines that will help you get the most out of your visit: Don’t Remove Anything from the Site Perhaps the most important and obvious one: don’t take anything home! Even if it seems small and insignificant, such as a stone or pebble, […]

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Festivals and Events in Asia in 2017

Your Complete Guide to Festivals and Events in Asia in 2017 The Asian continent offers an eclectic mix of fascinating culture and ancient tradition that culminates, throughout the year and across the region, in colourful, roaring, passionate celebrations. Festivals and events offer a unique insight into a country’s history, communities and culture, and timing your trip to […]

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