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Things to know about Bangkok

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Officially known as the world’s hottest city, this steamy metropolitan is home to more than 10 million Bangkokians. If you look beyond the traffic jams and smog, Thailand’s capital has a lot to offer; from peaceful temples to vibrant night markets.Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

The Grand Palace is no longer used by the King and his family, still the apartments remain closed to the public as it is sometimes used for certain ceremonial occasions and to house visiting royalty from other countries. Wat Phra Kaew is a royal temple built within the Grand Palace compound and home to Thailand’s most sacred Buddha statue.

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Asia’s most colourful airlines

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Some airlines have rather dull company colours and aircraft paintings. Other airlines went out of their way to spice up their fleet in order to attract more passengers in today’s heavy competition in the aviation industry. What is the most colourful airline you have flown?

China Eastern Airlines hub: ShanghaiChina popular destination: BeijingOsakaSeoul

Since 1988 China Eastern operates international, domestic and regional routes. For the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, volunteers decorated 3 aircrafts of China Easterns fleet in colourful ‘Better City, Better Life (Better Us, Better Flight)’ designs.

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Means of transport in Asia

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Hong Kong

The Central-Mid-Levels escalator is the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world. The series of escalators cover a total of 800 meters in distance with an vertical climb of 135 meters. In the morning the escalator runs downhill and from 10.30am to midnight the escalator goes back up the slopes of Hong Kong Island.

Whether you are in a crowded metropolis or in a peaceful rural area, there are many ways to get from A to B. Here is a list of transportation modes we found throughout Asia.

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Most impressive skylines

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower are among the world’s 25 tallest buildings. From 1997 to 2003  the 88 storey high Petronas Towers, connected with a skybridge at 170 meters height, were the highest buildings in the world.

All skylines offer a unique fingerprint to a city, as no two skylines are alike. Here is a list of the most impressive skylines of Asia. With some of the most dynamic economical areas in the world, Asian cities create skylines that were formerly only possible in science fiction movies.

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Most beautiful beaches in Asia

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Boracay, The Visayas, Philippines

Long white sand beaches, watersport activities, lounge chairs, beachfront hotels and a buzzling nightlife, Boracay has it all.

Tropical weather, clear blue water, swaying palm trees and fine sand – Asia’s beaches are the destination of choice for many travellers. We tried to put together a collection of most beautiful and popular beaches for you. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know your choices.

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Photo Journey Through Myanmar (Burma)

The following photos were taken during a 10-day journey through Myanmar (Burma). Get enchanted with this visual journey through Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and other magical places. Thanks to Alex, Conni and Florian.

 

The currency in Myamar – Kyat:
Even though the official exchange rate is about 7 Kyat for a US Dollar, the actual black market value of the Kyat is a lot less. The best rate we got was 930 Kyat for a US Dollar in Yangon but it went down to 750 Kyat along the journey (October/November 2010). Make sure you have dollar notes in near perfect condition otherwise they won’t get accepted!

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Photogenic Places

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Asia is filled with stunning picture postcard views from north to south and from east to west all year round. Here is our selection of Asia’s most photogenic places and moments.

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World Nomads Scholarship

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Perpetual travelling

Konni and Matt retired some 10 plus years ago and are since then travelling around the world non-stop (their blog: konniandmatt.blogspot.com). They sailed off with a boat in Europe, and after a few years cruising around the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, they eventually made it to South-East Asia.

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Asia’s most beautiful islands

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Palawan Island, Philippines

Palawan stretches all the way from Mindoro to Borneo and is knows as the last frontier of the Philippines. The province of Palawan is made of of 1768 islands. Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau described Palawan as the most beautiful place he ever explored.

The Asian continent includes thousands of islands, many with their own cultures, traditions, and sights. Find a list of the most beautiful islands you can explore, and relax on.

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