Category: Asia

Top 5 exotic beaches in Southeast Asia

Top 5 exotic beaches in Southeast Asia

Forget the Caribbean or Mexico — if you want a slice of beach paradise, then Southeast Asia is just the place for you. Yes, we do not discount the fact that Mexico and the Caribbean have beautiful beaches, but there are plenty of unexplored slices of paradise in Southeast Asia, where the weather is fine [...]

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Many seasoned travellers and enthusiasts believe that Tokyo is not the best destination in Japan. Located in Honshu Island, in the heart of Japan, is Osaka—a commercial port and city that is perfect for those who want to get away from the stifling throngs of people in the Japanese modern capital. Here are the top [...]

Special feature: W Retreat and Spa, Maldives

Special feature: W Retreat and Spa, Maldives

They tell you the Maldives is beautiful; they undersell it! In short, the W Retreat and Spa, Maldives is the ultimate Maldives experience: exactly how you imagined it – days, months, weeks, or even years before finally making your virgin trip over. As we were transferring from a sister Starwood resort, we were dropped off at Malé airport, [...]

Photograph of the week: Shaft of light on a 1,000 year old Buddha in Burma

Photograph of the week: Shaft of light on a 1,000 year old Buddha in Burma

This photograph was taken at Bagan, Burma. At the right time of the day the light streams through this window and onto the heart of this 1,000 year old Buddha. Compassion is a central precept of Buddhism. A filter was employed to prolong the exposure, in this case 3 seconds. Bagan and its 4,000 temples [...]

The ultimate bucket list – part 1

The ultimate bucket list – part 1

No matter how long or short they may be, everyone has a list of things they want to see or do before they die. From skydiving to travelling around the world in a caravan, there are endless goals to achieve before kicking the bucket. To help get you started, we’re compiling the ultimate bucket list. [...]

3 of Thailand’s top dive sites

3 of Thailand’s top dive sites

It goes without saying that when you visit somewhere exotic like Thailand you want to try new things. From maxing out on your own private villa to trying out cuisine you could never have imagined, it’s the chance to do something completely out of the ordinary. Thrill seekers especially can indulge in some fascinating sports [...]

Top 5 places to go in February

Top 5 places to go in February

We all know that February is the season of amore, with love ballads blaring in shops, red and pink dotting every street corner, and restaurants filling up for that special Valentine’s Day dinner. So escape the commercial madness taking hold of the country, and spoil yourself by taking a trip to the following sunlit destinations: [...]

What are the Maldives really like?

What are the Maldives really like?

We’ve all seen the photos and read the marketing copy in the glossy travel brochures, but a question I often get asked is “what are the Maldives really like”? We know they look amazing but surely they can’t be as good as all that?  So when I get asked “what are they really like? You know, REALLY?” I [...]

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

The Bucket List: a selection of numerous flamboyant must-dos before you, well, “kick the bucket”. Everyone has one, each goal is different, but which is the most unusual? Take a look at 5 of the weirdest fesitvals from around the world and see which one could win the top spot on your wish list for [...]

Top 10 things to do in Tibet

Top 10 things to do in Tibet

Tibet. It’s on all of our ‘bucket’ lists. You’ve seen the pictures of the Potala Palace, the Himalayas, and the majestic Tibetan Plateau, and now you’re ready to go. This journey of a lifetime can be made even more epic, with a few awesome additions to your experience; here are my top 10 suggestions: Take [...]

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort, which re-branded in September after some major renovations, has been designed wholly with guests’ comfort in mind, where service reigns supreme and Balinese-style architecture of its 187 elegant rooms and suites harmonize with nature. Inspired by a fusion of contemporary flair with authentic Balinese architecture, the refurbishment of [...]

Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world

Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world

Does cold weather have you dreaming of a warm beach in an exotic location? Sun, sand, and surf tempt the winter-weary to enjoy marvelous fun and relaxation. Where the sparkling water meets gorgeous white sand, the penultimate imagination of paradise beckons. Here’s a look at ten of the best white sand beaches from around the [...]

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Alison Scott joined Simpson Travel as the Commercial Director in June this year. However she is more than familiar with the Simpson Travel group having worked in Product and Operations for Simply Travel (a very successful tour operation run and owned by Graham Simpson for over 20 years and sold in the late 1990s) for over [...]

A new year, a new you

A new year, a new you

Ever thought that it would be quite nice to have a complete reboot?   To sort your head, calm your mind, restore your body to its natural state of well-being?  When life has been hard on you, and it might take more than a day at a spa, we’d recommend a proper retreat. n a 19th Century [...]

Win a once-in-a-lifetime photography tour in Tibet

Win a once-in-a-lifetime photography tour in Tibet

Think one of your travel photographs captures our beautiful world? To celebrate the launch of the book Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World – a stunning high quality hardback collection of breathtaking images, which celebrates the most beautiful places on the planet – Lonely Planet are giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime photography tour in [...]

Viewing Asia’s most endangered species

Viewing Asia’s most endangered species

Asia is home to an astounding array of wildlife including many species that are in danger of extinction. Seeing these creatures can not only be difficult, but can also often contribute to their demise. In many places there are schemes in place which enable visitors to not only view but also learn about the animals [...]

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