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What makes this South-east Asian tropical country grow increasingly popular with tourists year after year? Easy travel, comfort, friendliness, exotic environment, good weather? Yes, but more than any factor, what makes this dynamic country stand out is its tourism diversity – its ability to evolve to accommodate anyone, whatever his or her needs are. Thailand is not just a land of stunning idyllic beaches. Amongst it’s many other attractions, it has vast areas of forests, mountains (most notable, the ranges around Pai and Mae Hong Son), an excellent public transport network, ethnic tribes, endless temples, coral reefs, five star hotels with legendary Thai service, one of Asia’s most exciting metropolises, a rich Buddhist culture, and a cuisine that is the envy of the world.
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Do I need to take care of my visa before I travel? How long can I stay? How much does a visa cost? Here is an overview of visa regulations for Japan, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Find out witch is the most tourist-friendly country when it comes to visa requirements.
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Cambodia’s capital and largest city is located on the banks of the Mekong river. Not many cities have a history like Phnom Penh, making it an interesting stop on your itinerary nowadays. The buildings of a highschool were turned into the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 detention and torture center in the 1970’s. Today it houses the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide Crimes with exhibits and photographs. A short drive southwest of Phnom Penh are the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. More than 17,000 victims were killed and buried in mass grave.
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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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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?
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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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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photo by: Yuga.
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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photo by: Chewy Chua
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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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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