Myanmar is Opening to Tourists

Myanmar (Burma) is one of those places. Ones of those places that make you think twice about going there. Not that you really know much about Myanmar but you know what you’ve heard isn’t good politically. However, if you’ve traveled much in the region, intrepid travelers will tell you it’s one of their favorite spots […]

How To Visit the Batu Caves

Batu Caves is essentially is a massive limestone hill; which contains a series of caves and cave temples throughout. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India and it is dedicated to Murugan, a Hindu deity. How to visit the Batu Caves can be a little confusing though. The cave […]

Why I Went to Bali and Did Absolutely Nothing

Bali is one of the best places in the world. It is such an amazing island and there is so much to see and do. It is one of the premier backpacker destinations and known as a major party place, at least in certain areas of the island. It also happens to be one of […]

Sunrise at Borobudur

Ever since I first laid eyes on Angkor Wat, back in 2004, I wanted to also visit Borobudur. Each time I have been in Southeast Asia since 2004 it hasn’t worked out where I could get to see it. Well this time it did. I flew from Singapore to Yogyakarta and based myself there to […]

Prambanan Temple Complex

Prambanan is the most evocative Hindu temple complex in Java. It features about 50 temple sites, many of which suffered extensive damage during the 2006 Earthquake that devastated the island. The temples survived but many incurred lasting damage that will take years to fix, especially on the main Shiva Temple; which had damage to 479 […]

A New Singapore

Fourteen years ago, the first time I came to Singapore, I came away thinking Singapore was really nice but really boring. I loved Singapore Airlines; I loved the food, and thought the city was like Disneyland because the streets were so clean. Well, the streets are still really clean, I still love the food and […]

Why Singapore Airlines is the Best Airline in the World

Many things in travel are debatable. What’s the best country? Where is the best food? What’s the best city? Beach? Resort, etc.? In my mind, and in the minds of many of the world’s premier travelers, one thing that’s not debatable is that Singapore Airlines is the best airline in the world. The first time […]

Chichijima, Ogasawara

Arriving into the harbor on Chichijima, the main island in the Ogasawara archipelago, was like arriving in the new world. After a long and arduous journey aboard the Ogasawara Maru we pulled into the gorgeous port to throngs of islanders welcoming us to their island. It was very nice to be greeted so warmly after […]

The 25.5 Hour Ferry to Ogasawara

The Ogasawara Archipelago is located about 1000 km south of Tokyo. The entire area is administered as a single rural municipality, Ogasawara Village, which itself is a subprefecture of Tokyo. The archipelago consists of four island groups: the Mukojima (Bridegroom Island) group, the Chichijima (Father Island) group, the Hahajima (Mother Island) group, and the Volcano […]

#300 Jeju Island

Three years ago, when the Travelers Century Club added Jeju Island to the list of countries that I had to visit to achieve my goal I was a little annoyed. I had already spent some significant time in South Korea proper and Jeju wasn’t exactly the easiest place to get to. You really had to […]

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