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There are many ways to understand a new land and its people; my favourite of all, is through its literature. As we travelled through Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau & Bangkok — each with massively different cultures and lifestyles, I studied the...
Traditionally a men-only accommodation for the local salary men who missed their last train home, capsule hotels in Japan are progressing into cosy and affordable accommodation options for both male and female foreign travellers. Despite only having space for a bed,...
Japan has the steepest population decline in the world, where a good 60% of unmarried women and 70% of unmarried men, are not in a relationship. In a country where love and affection can be bought (or facilitated) with host/hostess...
Address: 429 Moo 9, Pattaya Beach Road, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, ThailandCost/night: From ฿2,548Website: Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya TL;DR- Large swimming pool, lots of in-house events and activities- Great location; 2min walk to the beach and food stores- Complimentary shuttle bus to...
#FoodForThought: Not all things were created equal — my insatiable appetite, and my finite physical capacity for food. About 2 hours North of Tokyo, Yamagata prefecture’s mountainous region is the perfect backdrop to enjoy Japan’s nature and savour some of the...
Scrolling mindlessly through Instagram during my 5 month exchange program in Korea, I stopped at a photo of glistening turquoise blue waters. "Ulleungdo Island", the geotag read. Where was this enchanting island my friend had just been? Does a place like...
Kota Kinabalu is a coastal city in Malaysia’s Sabah State and is renowned for its panoramic beaches, the distinguished waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and of course the tallest mountain in South East Asia. But this isn't about climbing...
Scaling at a height of 4,096 metres above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago. It is one of the hardest mountains to climb in Southeast Asia and typically requires a two-day climb to...
Bangkok is almost synonymous with shopping for most of us. It's that mall 3 hours away from Singapore where you'll find clothes more than half the price off, massages are abundant and Thai food is well, legit as can...
Address: 486/125 Soi Phetchaburi 16, Thanon Phetchaburi, Bangkok Cost: 10 Bed Mixed Dormitory ฿450/night Check in/Check out: 2.00p.m./12.00p.m Website: Bed One Block Hostel TL;DR: - Dorms are clean with large, comfortable beds and blackout curtains. - Perks of hanging out at the sister hostel, Bed Station Hostel, a 2...
5,4,3,2,1.. You find yourself standing at the edge of the platform, beneath is 233m of space between yourself and the ground. Your heart pounds and your palms are colder than the winter wind hitting your face; you wonder for a moment how you even got...
Address: Estrada da Baia de Nossa, Senhora da Esperença, COTAI, Macao, China Tel: +853 2888 0888 Check in/Check out: 3pm/11pm Website: Galaxy Macao TL;DR: Royalty treatment, great for families or small groups of friends. For those with a smaller budget but want to be close to the...
Macao Guide for the uninitiated When we first decided to visit Macao, we all had doubts on whether there was anything to do other than casino hopping. Known as the "Vegas of the East", Macao has been attracting fortune-seekers since the...
Address: 83 Wuhu St, Hung Hom, Hong Kong Cost/night: From HK$800 (~S$145) Front desk: Runs 24 hours Website: Hotel Sáv TL;DR - Situated near Whampoa MTR Station, near many local eateries - Trendy, cosy, themed rooms - Many chill, common areas to hang out Click to jump to relevant section: Facilities...
Everyone's gone through this, they book a flight to an interesting location, plan their itinerary, and do some homework on what's good to eat, some more than others (I eat to live, some, live to eat). Fast forward and...
Somedays, Hong Kong can feel like too much for the introvert (even for the extrovert). Roads throb with cars rushing back and forth from indistinct places; people shouting intensely at each other in Cantonese; all at once, the clanking of your...
Address: 53 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong Cost: From 2000HKD/Night Check-in/ Check-out: Check-in begins from 2pm. Check-out times are flexible with no extra charge. Website: Madera Hollywood TLDR: - Gorgeous boutique hotel in SoHo - Value-for-money but plays to those with a higher budget - Only 2...
Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studios may be popular theme park favourites in Japan. But if you're an adrenaline junkie looking to put your guts to test in some of the world's best roller coasters, Fuji Q Highland is where...
Be it your first or twenty-seventh time travelling to Tokyo, food will always remain at the top of your agenda. We are all mad for some good Japanese cuisine, so visiting the capital of Japan is basically a pilgrimage....
Tokyo is probably one of the busiest capitals in the world but other than its endless neon-lit skyscrapers and scenic gardens lined with Cherry trees, the city is bustling with quirky adventures you probably wouldn't find anywhere else in the...

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