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Make it Your Resolution to Visit One of These Top Destinations in Asia in 2015

Wondering where to head to in 2015? Our Travelog local experts have gathered their top eight South East Asian destinations to visit in the coming year to satisfy your wanderlust and travel needs.

1.  Singapore, Singapore
Hotel – Marina Bay Sands
Local Delicacy – Chili Crab
Attraction – Sentosa Island

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Recently crowned as Lonely Planet’s top place to visit in 2015, Singapore has more to offer as they are celebrating their Golden Jubilee this year. Join in as they commemorate this memorable milestone and relish the food, shopping, culture and atmosphere.

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2.  Bali, Indonesia
Hotel – Ayana Resort and Spa Bali
Local Delicacy – Babi Guling (suckling pig)
Attraction – Seminyak

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Famous for its endless white beaches and bright blue seas & skies, Bali offers much more than meets the eye. Indulge in sumptuous seafood or wander around the many cultural Indonesian sites and check out what else Bali has to beyond the beaches and nightlife.

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Top 10 Must Visit Places to Visit in Bali >>
10 Hidden Beaches in Bali >>
7 Unique Hotels in Bali so Cool You Will Want to Stay Forever >>

3.  Penang, Malaysia
Hotel – Armenian Heritage Street Hotel
Local Delicacy – Char Kway Teow
Attraction – Batu Feringgi

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Penang has been gaining popularity over the past few years and for good reason – cheap accommodation, delicious food and famous street art. Don’t be the only fella at the party who hasn’t visited Penang, hurry to Malaysia in 2015 to enjoy the current buzz and excitement.

4.  Mount Everest, Nepal
Hotel – Hotel Everest View
Local Delicacy – Lechón
Attraction – Sagarmatha National Park

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Want to strike off something crazy on your bucket list in 2015? Climbing Mount Everest has to be the most incredible feat you can achieve in the New Year.  Join a tour group (the cheaper option) or go on a solo adventure to scale the highest mountain.

5.  Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Hotel – Thai Garden Inn
Local Delicacy – Gang Keow Wan (Thai Green Curry)
Attraction – War Museum at the Bridge

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Kanchanaburi, situated in Northern Thailand, is famous for its amazing nature (we’re talking cool waterfalls and a diverse range of flora and fauna), historical attractions and tiger and elephant farms. Kanchanaburi has still got some way to go before it hits the tourist trail, so head there in 2015 to beat the crowds.

6.  Luang Prabang, Laos
Hotel – La Residence Phou Vao
Local Delicacy – Chicken Laap
Attraction – Wat Sen

Temple in Luang Prabang Royal Palace Museum, Laos

Lesser known that other Laos cities, Luang Prabang is one of SEA’s hidden wonders. Located just 300km north of Vientiane, Luang Prabang is filled with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mountains, cultural and historical buildings, artifacts and not to forget, scrumptious Laotian food.

7.  Siem Reap, Cambodia
Hotel – Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Local Delicacy – Green pawpaw salad
Attraction – Angkor Wat

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Home to the popular Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a popular resort town – a gateaway from the capital of Cambodia. Siem Reap reveals the true natural beauty of Cambodia with its untouched rural areas. However, prices here may be a little higher than the rest of Cambodia, so do take note of that.

8.  Ngwe Saung Beach, Myanmar
Hotel – Ocean Blue Beach Hotel
Local Delicacy – Shan-style ‘tofu’ noodles
Attraction – Rakhine Mountain Range

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We definitely have to include another beach destination to the list, especially with the harsh winters in many countries all around the world. Ngwe Saung Beach is a little known wonderland with pristine beaches and exotic food. It is definitely a viable alternative to touristy Bali.

Still not sure where to go in 2015?

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) USC Marshall School of Business,  iLove-IndonesiaOnly Penang, Explorers Web, Go PixPic, Luxury Travel, Intrepid Berkeley Explorer, Travel Myanmar.

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13 Travel Bloggers in Asia to Watch Out For in 2015

2015 is a new year so we’ve come up with a new list of travel bloggers who blog about Asia. For those of you looking to have your next holiday in Asia, these are the blogs you should be reading to get suggestions and recommendations on where to go, what to expect and even help on planning your itinerary, if you’re really stumped. Depending on what you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find someone to inspire you on your next trip in our list for 2015!

1.  Live Less Ordinary

Live Less Ordinary

Quite the explorers, Allan and Fanfan have documented their lives and travels onto their very own blog. Allan, originally from Northern Ireland, has settled in Thailand and married a local girl, Fanfan. They haven’t chosen the life of an expat – going to expat bars, hanging out mostly with fellow expats – instead, they’ve immersed themselves thoroughly in the Thai culture. Their most recent adventures include relocating entirely to rural Thailand and figuring out their lives there. Each post comes with a healthy dose of humour and genuine excitement. They’ve become quite the Asia travel experts, so be sure to add them onto your must-read lists if you’re looking to travel to the continent!

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2.  Bowdy Wanders

Bowdy Wanders

Quite the coffee aficionado, Bowdy is a filipino born world traveller who seems to have a penchant for visiting cafes. So much so he has an entire section of his blog dedicated to them – what better way to discover a city’s culture than by soaking up the atmosphere while savouring a delicious coffee? He’s also quite the culture vulture, Bowdy explores each country with the intention of bringing across their very own unique cultures while peppering each post with tips and tricks on getting the best deal. Be sure to check his gorgeous photographs as well which certainly helps in the visualisation of each destination that he writes about.

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3.  One Travels Far

One Travels Far

Stacey Kuyf is no ordinary girl. Having quit her job at the age of 21 to pursue her dream of travelling, she’s made the world her oyster and moulded herself into quite the adventurer. Self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, she’s jumped off cliffs, rafted down rapid rivers and gone deep below the earth’s surface into the depths of the ocean. Her adventures inspire fellow adrenaline seekers to do the same while providing interesting thoughts on the different aspects of the Asian culture that she has experienced. Having been an au pair in America, backpacked across S.E.A and stayed in one of the most populated countries in the world – China, her blog teaches you how to stay alive while having the most fun in all sorts of situations no matter how far you travel.

Check out One Travels Far here >>

4.  Bangkok Girl

Bangkok Girl

Quite the expert on the hidden gems of Bangkok join Anna, a British expat, who has moved her life to the City of Angels. While she vacillates between the UK and Bangkok, she talks mostly about the latter – the best places to eat, quirky fun nights out and an honest and heartfelt account of what it’s really like living as an expat abroad. For those who are looking to relocate to Bangkok, her blog will prove one of the best guides you can have to give you a glimpse into what life might be like (especially for women).

Visit Bangkok Girl here >>

5.  Happy Asia

Happy Asia

Here’s another Bangkok dweller cum Southeast Asia explorer. Having recently moved to Bangkok from the UK for just half a year, Richard has been penning his adventures. From the shock of going from the cool climate of the United Kingdom to hot sweaty environment of Bangkok, being overwhelmed by the choices of food available and slowly but surely adapting to life in a foreign land, he brings his reader on his journey towards a new life. Each post is also peppered with humorous anecdotes which definitely left a smile on our faces!

Visit Happy Asia now >>

6.  The Blond Travels

The Blond TravelsFor female solo travellers, here’s another blogger to be inspired by! Jo (or The Blond, as she calls herself), recently made the decision to head to Thailand and start life anew there. Her posts are personal and very much about her self discovery in Thailand as a teacher, an expat and her as a person. With a good sense of humour she talks about her experiences with the change in culture and how she’s slowly adapting. For Polish readers out there, Jo is Polish and sometimes writes posts in her native language as well! Certainly an inspiration to many women out there trying to find themselves in a foreign land.

Check out The Blond Travels here >>

7.  12 Hour Difference

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For those looking to experience Hong Kong, Aaron provides a rather humorous perspective on what it’s like for a foreigner living there. Culture shocks included, he writes about his misadventures and very interesting experiences even when just walking down a street. From eating a crab penis to getting hit by an old lady on the bus, he manages to transport his readers into his Hong Kong. For those who are interested in getting tips and tricks as a freelance writer, sign up with Aaron who has a whole section dedicated just to this alone!

8.  Adventures Around Asia

Adventures Around Asia

Richelle is a Seattle-born China-based adventurous young lady. While balancing her studies, she writes about her travels and can be considered somewhat of an expert on travelling in China. Giving tips and tricks on travelling on a budget and providing insight on the quirks of a different culture, her blog makes for an interesting and informative read especially to those looking to make China their next destination.

Visit Adventures Around Asia here >>

9.  Global Gallivanting

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Anna has been travelling since 2012 and has penned (or typed) her perspectives onto her inspiring blog. As a female solo traveller, she accords a whole section to travel tips for females looking to travel the world albeit on their own and also provides the quintessential tips for cost efficient travelling. Often bringing out the cultural aspect of a country, read as Anna takes on Asia (and Australia), providing a very human touch to each country she visits.

Check out Global Gallivanting today >>

10.  The Happy Passport

The Happy Passport

Having swapped her unfulfilling actress lifestyle for a ‘happier’ one, Rebekah exudes positivity and a sense of adventure through her travel blog. With a humorous take on travelling, each post is filled with adventure that goes beyond just seeing. She experiences the depth of each culture by making friends with the locals and really getting the best (and sometimes worst when it comes to some gastronomic experiences) out of each travel opportunity. As a solo female traveller, she gives aspiring ones to do the same by showing how travelling can be both exciting and safe.

Visit The Happy Passport now >>

11. HoneyTrek

HoneyTrek

Mike and Anne took a 675 day honeymoon across 33 countries and 6 continents, coming back as well seasoned travellers they offer their perspectives, as well as advice, on how to get the most out of your travels within your budget. From the most relaxing of holidays to the most adventurous, they’ve probably done it and shared their stories on their wonderful blog.

Check out HoneyTrek here >>

12.  Rambling Feet

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A self declared ‘motorsport maniac’, Nicholas has been documenting his travels on his blog that tells us stories mainly from his hometown of Singapore but also is familiar with New Zealand and Europe. Consisting of interesting articles taking you on the path less travelled, you can also expect to read articles about his experiences in different motorsport events across the globe.

Visit Rambling Feet today >>

13.  My Chiang Mai Everything

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Having relocated to Chiang Mai, Amy and her fiancée Andy, have pretty much become locals themselves. Providing a refreshing and genuine voice to life in Chiang Mai, each post will leave you with a smile as they write about an adventurous day out, a café they’ve found or even just a normal day in their life as English teachers in this part of Thailand that they’ve made their home.

Visit My Chiang Mai Everything today >>

Still looking for inspiration on what to do and where to go when travelling in Asia in 2015?

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The Adrenaline Junkies Complete Guide to Hong Kong

If you love the sudden burst of energy that hits you during an adrenaline rush, here’s a list of things that you MUST do when you go to Hong Kong. A country known for its shopping and food, once you have completed this list, you will never look at Hong Kong in the same way. You will shiver at the thought of your adventures but vow to come back and experience it all over again.

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1.  Tat tak school

Plagued by numerous haunted tales, the abandoned Tat Tak School is known as one of the most haunted location in the city. A ghost was once seen squatting where the gym of this deserted school used to stand, and a lady in red has been spotted through the windows – rumored to be a teacher who committed suicide in the school toilets. Strange graffiti, metal cells and hollow books are other things that can be found on these haunted grounds. Even locals and cabbies refuse to drive past this school.  If you dare to enter and explore, you are a true adrenaline junkie but beware, you might not like what you find.

Opening time: Open all day and night
Location: Yuen Long Tat Tak School, Ping Shan
Cost: Free

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2.  Freeing HK

Freeing Hong Kong is a real life escape game where you have a mere 45 minutes to work out the clues given to escape from a locked room. Every room has a different theme – we suggest the Prison Break room in order to truly experience the horror of being locked away from civilization. Still doesn’t sound scary enough? You’ll be playing blindfolded, handcuffed and locked in a dark room. Even if this ended up being too easy for you, it sure is immense fun that cannot be missed.

Opening time: 12:00 – 00:00
Location: Various outlets at Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tseun Wan, Yuen Long, Macau, Freeing Robot City and Causeway Bay
Cost: HKD $98/person, Sat/Sun/Public Holidays HKD128/person

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3.  Ocean Park

Here’s something that won’t scare you in a creepy, haunted way, but the rides in Ocean Park will thrill you to no end will keep you queuing up for more. Unlike its competitor (Disneyland Hong Kong), Ocean Park is a true heaven for the adrenaline junkie who loves to plunge into the air suddenly or turn round and round on a rollercoaster. However Ocean Park is not just about its hair-raising rides, it’s a wonderful place for families with animal shows and other child-friendly rides, so there’s something for everyone.

Opening time: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong
Cost: HKD320 for adults, HKD160 for children aged 3-11

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4.  High street haunted house

Here’s another haunted place to get your heart racing. The High Street Haunted House, locally known as the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex was originally built for European nurses in the 1800s. During the Second World War, it was seized by enemy troops and used as an execution hall where prisoners were tortured and killed. It has since been badly scarred by two fires.  It has been said that headless ghosts were spotted running down the corridors in the silent night. We do not suggest going to both the Tat Tak School and the High Street Haunted House in the same day, but if you want to push your limits and test how strong your heart is, proceed and hopefully live to tell the tale.

Opening time: Open all day and night
Location: 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Cost: Free

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5.  World’s highest bungee jump

While Macau is not exactly in Hong Kong, we couldn’t resist putting this on the list. Just a one hour ferry ride away, Macau boasts the world’s highest bungee jump at the Macau Tower. Free-falling from a height of 223m high, adrenaline-junkies will experience a 4-5 second death fall at speeds of up to 200km/h. If jumping down the equivalent of a 70-storey office building doesn’t give you a heart attack, the hefty price of doing so (HKD 2888) might. Do give it a shot though, how often can you brag about jumping down a building and living to tell the tale?

Opening time: 11:00 – 19:00
Location: Level 61, Observation Deck Macau Tower
Cost: HKD $2888

Find out more about activities in Hong Kong here, or find places to visit, stay eat and things to do when visiting Hong Kong here.


Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of CNN Travel (1 and 4), Dawn.com, Ocean Park, Macau.com

Five Unmissable Singapore Halloween Events – October 2014

This year’s Halloween line-up in Singapore is amazing with non-stop excitement and action for the whole month of October. From good ol’ trick or treating to getting yourself scared senseless at Spooktacular, there is indeed something for everyone who wants to celebrate the occasion.

Here’s our top five hand-selected events for you to enjoy Singapore this Halloween.

Halloween Singapore - Sentosa Spooktacular

1. Sentosa Spooktacular 2014

The day of horror and fun is here for the brave, ghost-loving folks in Singapore. Sentosa Spooktacular returns with yet another night of Asia’s scariest fun, featuring only Asian ghosts and ghouls. This year, you will be entranced and shocked by Laddaland, the new haunted village where horror lurks at every corner. Step into the mysterious world and take every step with caution. You never know when someone – or something will just leap out of nowhere and refuse to let you go. Having established a reputation for being one of the best and biggest Halloween festivals in Asia, you are bound to have a good (scary) time with Spooktacular.

2. Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights

Another Singapore favorite, USS Halloween combines horror with amazing storylines and characters. This seemingly innocent theme park will transform into various haunted houses and scare zones for 12 special nights. Slightly more diverse than Spooktacular, there will be photo opportunities, shopping and restaurants around for those who need a break.

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3. 2014 Run For Your Lives Singapore @ West Coast Park

For those not familiar with the concept of themed runs, here’s one to start you off! Run for your lives Singapore features a 5km obstacle course – with zombies. Participants get to be either a Zombie or a Survivor and both will navigate through different terrains and physically challenging obstacles (either getting chased or being chased). The event is billed as training for when the real zombie apocalypse comes, and is a great alternative for those who want to join in the Halloween fun that’s less intense than the other horror festivals going on around the island.

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4. 2014 Highway To Hell Night Drive

Highway to Hell is a unique horror event where you’ll have to race around Singapore collecting certain items in order to complete the game and send the devils back to hell. Sure, that sounds easy. But imagine standing in the middle of a graveyard with absolutely no light around you. You don’t know what’s watching you or what will happen if you make a wrong move. Will the devils be after you? Highway to Hell plays on your vivid imagination and makes sure you have a thrilling ride the entire night.

Singapore Halloween 2014 - Woodlands Woodgrove - Trick or Treat

5. Halloween Trick or Treat at Woodlands Woodgrove

For those looking to make Halloween a family affair or simply enjoy the tradition of trick or treating, head down to Woodlands Woodgrove on the 31st October where there will be a massive Trick or Treat happening in the neighborhood. It is the only official Trick or Treat in Singapore, so dress up for the occasion and bring a huge basket for your candy.

For more information on things to do and places to visit in Singapore click here.


Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of Sistic, Halloween.sg (2 and 5), Run For Your Lives Singapore (Facebook) and Highway to Hell Night Drive (Facebook).