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Travelling by tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia

Travelling by tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia

I took many, many tuk-tuks in Southeast Asia and they certainly weren’t just for tourists for that’s how most locals get about. There are tuk-tuks propelled by motor and others by cycle . I wasn’t too keen on the latter because the driver was often old and skinny and I’d want to do the peddling instead of him. There are many reasons to go by tuk-tuk. They are inexpensive. They can weave in and out of … Read entire article »

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Mekong Delta photo gallery

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The Mekong Delta, where life revolves around the river

The Mekong Delta, where life revolves around the river

I have long wanted to visit the Mekong Delta, that vast triangular plain in South Vietnam where the mighty Mekong River branches into nine mouths—known as the Nine Dragons—as it makes its final push to the South China Sea. The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of Asia and I had been following it for some time, crossing it when I travelled from Thailand to Laos, travelling along it in Cambodia, witnessing its … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Suzhou, China

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The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China

The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China

Suzhou is one of China’s most historical and cultural cities. It also has over 60 well preserved classical gardens, nine of which are listed as world cultural heritages by UNESCO. So Suzhou is a city of gardens and not surprisingly a place that is blessed with both temperate climate and fertile soil. Chinese classical gardens are also called scholar’s gardens for the landscape is inspired by legends and poems.  They usually include small viewing houses, artificial … Read entire article »

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Visiting the Tirtha Empul Temple during the full moon

Visiting the Tirtha Empul Temple during the full moon

What is Tirtha Empul? Tirtha Empul is one of the most important Hindu temples in Bali. It is in the village of Tampaksiring, about 18 km north of Ubud. In English it is called the Holy Spring Water Temple. About 90% of the Balinese population is Hindu and there are countless temples and shrines on the island but this one is particularly special because of its water.   What’s so special about water? In Hindu rituals, water is important … Read entire article »

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Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love was Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir about her one-year spiritual journey to three destinations including Ubud, Bali. After it was released in 2006, foreign visitors seeking a similar experience started flocking there to spend time at one of its many yoga retreats and wellness centres. Foreign visitors have actually been coming here for some time and a number of them put down roots. It’s that sort of place. Canadian musician Colin McPhee spent … Read entire article »

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