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A Guide to Traditional Ryokans in Japan

Staying at a ryokan is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the traditional culture and history of Japan. These prototypical Japanese inns have their origins in the 8th century A.D. when merchants would travel on foot along the public roads and highways of the country, carrying their wares from town to town. […]

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Keeping the Tea Ceremony Alive in Japan

Most readers will undoubtedly be familiar with the image of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Known as the Way of Tea, this ancient custom has now become symbolic of a bygone era. Despite tea still being an extremely popular drink in Japan, if you ask most Japanese people about tea ceremonies they will say it […]

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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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6 Asia Itineraries With a Responsible Travel Twist

Searching for the perfect itinerary in Asia that you can feel good about? These awesome Asia itinerary choices for responsible travellers puts a premium on feel-good travel. This is our list of top Asia tour alternatives that do travel differently. Asia has gone from the backpacker destination of choice to the perfect getaway for families, honeymoons and […]

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