East Timor, a nation founded in 2002, was once a Portuguese colony. Visiting Dili, Baucau and Jaco Island, and seeing saltwater crocs and local scenery.
A new travel book, Underground Worlds by David Farley, is about unique places beneath the earth. Excerpt from the book about Tokyo’s G-Can tunnels.
Phillippines: At Sambali Beach Farm, guests can help harvest organic veggies and relax in a healing environment, far from the chaos of Manila on the island of Luzon, in the north.
Bali: A delicious round up of many vegetarian and vegan restaurants on this beautiful island, including Coffee Cartel Bali, Cafe Organic, Gypsy Kitchen and Bar, Nalu Bowls and others.
A trip to Thailand goes south when a leech bites the author, and when she takes a long boat across Chiaw Laan Lake, her stay at a floating Raft House makes it all worthwhile.
On Nyepi, a day of silence is honored on the island of Bali, and everyone must adhere to closed businesses and a day of reverence that honors the new year with Ogah Ogah, statues that are paraded as effigies around the villages.
Jon Haggins Globetrotter recounts many trips around the world and interactions with many local people on his journeys. The book excerpt covers travel in Vietnam.
What do you do if you’re traveling in India and lose everything? Here are tips from a traveler who had that exact thing happen to his wife, and how she solved the problem with a money transfer.
The Hakka, Earthen fortresses found in Yongding County, Fujian Province, China, are an incredible sight to behold: Hundreds of tulous are scattered across the countryside of several counties in Fujian Province.
Secret Compass is not a tourism company but instead an expedition-planning organization. They take their clients to the world’s most intense places, like North Korea.
Ellen Besso’s story about finally visiting India after being preoccupied with the country for her whole life. With her partner Don, she visits Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj.
Jaffna, at the very top of the island nation of Sri Lanka, is famous for the Jaffna Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1618, and today, still a watchtower. Visiting the city and taking the beautiful train
Returning to Fukushima Province after the disastrous nuclear power plant meltdown, you wouldn’t even know it had happened. None of the people there want to talk about it, instead, they prefer to show off their soba noodles and handicrafts from ancient times.
Mandalay and Bagan Myanmar are full of striking cone-topped temples, and the people are friendly and laid-back. A visit to many of the attractions of this region of Burma.
Mike Smith feels that visiting the Myanmar helps out the locals more than boycotts and protests in the politically charged country. Scenes from Yangon and Hpa-an the capital of Kayin State, home of bat caves.
Visit Sapa in the highlands of northern Vietnam and see dramatic vistas during a killer hike up steep mountain trails. The reward is an herb-infused steaming bath.
Udaipur India is considered by some to be the Venice of the East, it features an elaborate four century-old Palace, and Taj Lake Palace– a heritage hotel in the middle of the lake.
Visiting parts of the ancient Mughal empire in New Delhi, India, including Humayan’s Tomb, the Red Fort, and other monuments to this great era of history.