Posts by: "Alec Chan"

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Why travel to Koh Samui if not to stay there, potentially for good? The second-largest island in Thailand is one of those places that captivate with their hospitality and intoxicate with their serenity. It’s a dreamland of all who fantasize about spending their time in the seclusion of swaying coconut palms, but that’s certainly not everything that Koh Samui must offer. Wonderfully isolated and picture-pretty, this island is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of fulfilment.

Here’s what island life is truly like and why nobody ever really leaves Koh Samui.

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One of the most unique things in Japanese culture is the Japanese anime….from Super Mario to even Hello Kitty…this is one of the most coolest things you can find in Japan.

Read on below on this unique report about anime.  Excerpt from straitstimes.com:

 

A portable shrine (above) decorated with Lucky Star anime characters. PHOTOS: YOMIURI SHIMBUN, LEE SEOK HWAI The country hopes to use the global attraction to its manga and anime to help draw tourists, whose numbers the Abe administration ambitiously hopes will swell to 40 million by 2020. As the curtains fell on the Rio Olympic Games, one man stood out as the biggest star of the moment: Super Mario. Or rather, his alter ego, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. […]

Have you ever dreamed of living in a tree house?  I mean a real tree house where you can actually sleep, and cook dinner!  This is so elaborate and mind blowing.

Read on below, excerpt from cnn.com:

Photos: Eco-luxurious tree houses around the world In an instant, plain-planked interiors propped in the trees transformed into faraway lands, forts and hideaways. Brothers Andy and Simon Payne were no different. Growing up in Kenya, the two spent a great deal of time constructing zip wires, jungle swings and rudimentary tree-top homes. But the Paynes never gave up on their childhood dreams of building elaborate houses in the trees, and have continued to design and build impressive, eco-friendly tree […]

If you LOVE Japanese Manga…then this is pretty cool…he is back!

Read on below….expert from BBC.com:

Miyazaki, 75, is the co-founder of Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli As Oscar-winning film Spirited Away marks its 15th anniversary with a re-release in US cinemas, the BBC’s Tessa Wong looks at the impact its director Hayao Miyazaki has had on the world of animation. It would be no exaggeration to describe Hayao Miyazaki as the godfather of animation in Japan – some might even say the world. Since his directorial debut in 1979, his gentle and whimsical children’s […]

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Back in the 12th Century, what we know as Tokyo today, was actually called Edo:

Japan’s political center.

When Ieyasu Tokugawa picked Edo as the site for his castle, it was just another

normal village. As shogun (a hereditary official who aided in the governing of Japan,

aside from the emperor), Ieyasu felt that with the building of a castle, after the

hundred-year long civil war, warlords would not be able to strip him of his power.

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Norway

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Norway is famous for being one of the best places to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. On top of that, areas with permafrost produce spectacular icy landscapes, seemingly transporting a tourist to another world. The country also rivals the rest of Europe when it comes to art museums and galleries according to Lonely Planet.

Entry and exit is usually through Oslo Airport.

Permafrost temperatures remain at or below zero Celsius, so this might be a concern for tourists with a low tolerance of the cold even when wearing thick coats and multiple layers. A good way to address this would be to frequently visit similarly colder countries first to undergo a process called “cold weather conditioning” based on a study by ReWild University.

Philippines

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An archipelago comprised of more than 7,000 islands, many of the beaches here are among the best in the world such as Boracay, Linapacan, Nacpan, to name but a few. The nation is also predominantly Catholic, so there are various festivals that tourists can participate in, as well as churches and structures that are hundreds of years old.

Entry and exit is usually through Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This airport is often included in the lists documenting the world’s worst airports, so keep that in mind when you travel to the Philippines. A good way to address this is to always make sure that everything is ready and settled, such as check-ins, documents, passports, etc. to avoid delays and spend the shortest time possible inside the facility.

United Kingdom

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The UK has many tourist locations, but the most visited are generally situated in the iconic city of London – a city that screams fashion, royalty, and a rich history.

Being home to world class supermodels such as Kate Moss and Cara DeLevingne, and events like London Fashion Week make the city a premier hub for fashion. Buildings like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey on the other hand, are monuments that showcase the country’s rich royal tapestry. Lastly, the British are known for being polite and well mannered, so there’s almost always a warm atmosphere for anyone visiting the city, locals and foreigners alike.

Entry and exit is usually through Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, but bear in mind that these are among the busiest airports in the world.

This is predominantly due to millions of people visiting the city, and it can lead to crowded tourist attractions, buses, and trains. A good way to address this would be to rent a car, given the city’s multitude of car rental options for all kinds of travellers. At London Gatwick, for instance, you can also easily pick up a vehicle when you arrive, as the terminals are nearby the car parking bays according to Parking4Less. This way, it’s easy for guests to venture out of London and visit other parts of the United Kingdom if they so wish.

Thailand

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If visiting temples is your cup of tea, you won’t be disappointed with what Thailand has to offer tourists. Home to more than 40,000 Buddhist temples, as specified in The Crazy Tourist, it’s almost impossible to pick where to go, but thankfully there are recommendations all over the internet that you can check research to find the right one for you.

Entry and exit is usually through Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The roads here usually experience heavy traffic as stated by Country Reports. A good way to address this is to allot extra time to your travel time, or just avoid the roads altogether and walk as often as you can. Just be sure to exercise proper caution.

Japan Tour Guide

This is an interesting post, I am writing this post based on an experience I had while in Tokyo that completely blew my mind.  It was a pleasant surprise that I never would have came across if I never saw that big yellow sign.  In the end I thought it was a genius idea and most importantly a really really great initiative!  So here’s how it all started…

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China is one of the places I instantly fell in love with when I first visited it way back in 2003.  Being a Canadian born Chinese, China was an eye opener for me to appreciate where my “roots” were.  After venturing to the west, south, and northern parts of China, I’ve begin to realize some of the pros and cons of signing up for that next guided China tour.   If you are planning to visit China anytime soon, then this post maybe helpful for you to determine whether you should visit China off the beaten path by yourself (i.e. going solo), or signing up for a packaged China tour offered by many tour guides and agencies.

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