When it comes to exploring Asian destinations, a lot of people think of big countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and so on. However, there’s a lot of untapped potential in the islands that surround these locations. Dotted around the waters of Asia are dozens of exotic islands that are just waiting to be discovered, so we’re going to list eight of our favorites that you should definitely consider visiting for an unforgettable holiday.
With the days getting shorter, the nights drawing in and the sun making an increasingly less frequent appearance, it’s the perfect time of year to pack your sunglasses (not to mention your multifocal contacts) and head off in search of some winter warmth elsewhere in the world. When thinking about your typical winter sun holiday, your mind probably jumped straight to lounging on a beach but there is more than one way to top up your tan this winter and if you’re looking for something a little bit different, then check out these 4 alternatives.
I know I shouldn’t compare. I know I should live in the moment, focus on what is in front of me, not develop a “been there, done that” mentality. And yet, the more I travel, the more these inevitable comparisons raise their ugly head.
We have been to the mountain temple at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand many times, always eager to take in the view of the city below and admire the magnificent temple. Although a tram exists, it just feels right to climb the 309 steps to the top, where you find such treasures as this gorgeous doorway.
I was momentarily blinded as I entered the labyrinth of makeshift booths. The simple relief of stepping out of the blinding sun into the relative cool of the market stalls was temporary as I moved further into the crush of bodies surrounding the overloaded tables.
Bangkok, Thailand… start of the backpacker trail of SE Asia. Love it or hate it, if you’re going to Asia, you WILL end up in Bangkok. We have now been there several times and I must admit, I enjoy it. Yes, it is crazy, crowded, and chaotic. An enormous city of over 8 million, Bangkok is polluted with horrific travel. And yet, there is something that always draws me back.
We’ve been to Chiang Mai, Thailand several times and can easily see us joining the many ex-pats who’ve made it their home. The mountain top temple at Duh Suthep is an amazing day trip to enjoy the gorgeous temple as well as the views of the city below.
We love Thailand and have traveled there several times. One of our favorite days is to wake early to head to the Damnoen Saduak floating market not far outside of Bangkok. A morning spent chatting with the vendors, eating noodle bowls and fried bananas, and stocking up on spices is a morning well spent.