Tag Archives: Asia

Staying in An Overwater Bungalow in Maldives — What It’s Like

staying in an overwater bungalow

ith clear skies overhead and the shimmering aqua mint water beneath my feet, I’m sitting on the deck of our overwater bungalow, looking out to the sea that seems to sparkle in different shades of blue. The sound of the lapping waves is hypnotizing and the gentle sea breeze is slowly lulling me to sleep. […]

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Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba diving Maldives

s we descend into the depths of the Indian Ocean, the strong waves and whipping winds are replaced by clear-as-glass water and a kaleidoscope of colors. Marine life of all sizes and characteristics surround us. My dive instructor and I slowly make our way through the sprawling coral gardens, amidst hundreds of different fishes and corals. […]

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Video: Dolphin Watching in Maldives

dolphins in maldives

rom somewhere in the depths of the indigo water comes a splash and a squeal. A small fin pokes above the surface followed by the whip of a tail. It’s a dolphin. Just meters away from our traditional dhoni boat. Seconds later, it resurfaces. But this time it’s joined by another dolphin.. and another…and another… By now, […]

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Capella Singapore: A Retreat Away from the Urban Jungle

A retreat at Capella

ingapore is a special place for me. It’s where I was born and raised, and where I spent almost 20 years of my life. Regardless of how much time I’ve been away, Singapore is and always will be my home. Every time I go back, there’s always something new to explore — be it a […]

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Maldives From Above — Stunning Aerial Photos that Will Make You Want to Fly there Now

maldives from above

ittle atolls rise from the dark blue water like droplets of turquoise pearls, in different shapes and sizes. There are hundreds, if not thousands of them, scattered randomly all over the Indian Ocean. It’s as if Mother Earth had sprinkled a handful of sapphire gems into the sea and created this nation of atolls. In […]

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Canyons, Cliffs and Wildlife — Mongolia’s Gurvan Saikhan

Yolyn Am

Before my trip to Mongolia, I’d imagined vast swathes of deserts and empty steppes. It therefore came as quite a surprise when I found myself traipsing through varied landscapes that ranged from beautiful canyons to networks of caves and majestic mountain ranges. Here in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a surprise awaits at every […]

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Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

View from Khongoriin Els

s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from? “From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says. “They call this […]

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10 of Our Best Wildlife Photos

A Silverback up close

s huge wildlife buffs, we love photographing animals in the wild. There’s something about capturing the raw spirit of an animal through body language. Seeing animals in the wild is a very moving experience and in today’s world, it’s sadly becoming more and more rare. We’ve been lucky enough to have had many intimate wildlife encounters […]

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How to Travel to North Korea: FAQ

Pyongyang from Juche Tower

Whenever we talk about our trip to North Korea, it comes as a surprise to many that tourism is actually allowed in North Korea. Yes, you can travel to North Korea as a tourist, you can see its museums, talk to its locals and even visit the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea. As curious […]

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Debunking Myths on North Korea: 10 Things that Surprised Me

Streets of Pyongyang

North Korea has earned itself quite a few names: Axis of Evil, Hermit Kingdom, and the Iron Walls. Better known as the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), it is one of the most isolated nations in the world, having closed its doors to the outside world since its split from South Korea during the Korean […]

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Tracking Wild Elephants in Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka

An adult elephant protecting a baby elephant

Atop an open-roofed jeep, we bounced across the muddy floodplains like a group of explorers out on a mission. Indeed, we were on a mission: to find Asian elephants in the wild. I had seen wild elephants many times but never in Asia — and being a wildlife buff, it was about time to set things straight. As […]

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The Soul of Sri Lanka — Sigiriya Rock

The Sigiriya Rock from a distance

In the very center of Sri Lanka stands one of the country’s most iconic historical sites, Sigiriya Rock (Sinhalese for “Lion Rock”) — a massive column of rock that doubles as an ancient palace and historical site. From afar, it looks like a simple rock mount jutting out from a sea of greenery; but dig […]

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Photo Essay: Flying Over the Coastline of Sri Lanka

The turquoise waters off Koggala

The lush jungles beneath our feet sparkled in different shades of green, while the lapping water off the coast slowly merged from bright spearmint to dark navy blue color. All along the coast, the powdery sand and rocky outcrops made a sharp contrast against the turquoise waters. So raw, rugged yet inviting. On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to catch […]

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Planeterra — Harnessing the Power of Travel to Change the World

When we first signed up for the Rickshaw Run and were given a choice on which charity to work with, we knew that we wanted to work with the Planeterra Foundation. Having worked with G Adventures for four years now, we’ve long known about the company’s non-profit foundation and wanted to partner up with them […]

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Highlights of Sri Lanka – From Ancient Cities to Wild Jungles

Elephant gathering in Kaudulla

Lush jungles, rural villages and wild beaches — Sri Lanka is the Garden of Eden down south, quietly tucked away in secrecy away from the well-trodden tourist path. It’s just a leap away from the chaos and madness of India, and yet it seems like a world away. In place of the maddening crowd and traffic […]

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