Travel Asia

All about travelling to Far East, South East and Middle East Asia.

 

 

wednesday, 28 June 2017

Koh Samuifeat

Koh Samui is a small island off the Eastern coast of Thailand and is situated in the Gulf of Thailand. This island is a true gem, and it’s also very popular with tourists. I was lucky to visit the island twice. In this post I will just show the highlights of what you can do for the ultimate relaxing holiday on Koh Samui…..(click to read more)

 

 

wednesday, 8 June 2017

The Leeum Samsung Foundation MuseumFEAT

The Leeum Museum has been on on my museum list for a while. Before, me and my friend were always too busy to visit and then I left Korea. Now, that I had returned the opportunity to finally visit the museum was a must. So on a rainy public holiday, these two art lovers set out to fulfil our museum goal.!………(click to read more)

monDAY, 29 MAY 2017

Hello Kitty Island, Jeju-dofeat

Besides it’s amazing natural beauty and outdoor hiking trails, Jeju Island is also famous for it’s many museums and theme parks around the island. One of its most recent attractions is the new exhibition hall, Hello Kitty Island. A new complex built to indulge in the ultra-cute world of Sanrio’s most beloved character…Hello Kitty! I first heard of the place two years ago when I spotted it on Instagram. As fate would have it, I was going to spend a weekend in Jeju….and Hello Kitty Island was on top of my to do list!……..(click to read more)

SUNDAY, 21 MAY 2017

Amazing Jeju Islandfeat

Jeju Island has been on my Korean bucket list for some time. The island’s popularity has grown so much over the past 5 years and it continues to be the perfect getaway destination. I finally decided to take a short weekend trip down South to the island to get a breath of fresh air and relax……..(click to read more)

MONDAY, 15 MAY 2017

A New Hello Kitty Cafefeat

While walking about the streets of Hongdae recently, I noticed that the Hello Kitty Cafe was not longer in it’s usual alley way off the busy shopping street. However, further down  towards the university campus, I was surprised to find a large gate entrance with the Hello Kitty Cafe insignia and logo on the front. This cafe got one serious upgrade!………(click to read more)

FRIDAY, 5 MAY 2017

The Seoul Spring Lotus Lantern Festivalfeat

In my first post on the Seoul Lantern Festival, I referred to the one that takes place in late Autumn along the river. There is in fact two. This lantern festival is a month long and is in relation to Buddha’s birthday on 5 May.

I was invited by a wonderful new travelling friend to join in on the Spring Lotus Festival that took place on the weekend before Buddha’s birthday………(click to read more)

THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017

Hongdae (Hongik Univ), Seoulfeat

Hongdae is one of Seoul’s busiest and most popular nightlife and entertainment areas. It also has had a large tourist attraction over the last ten years and many love it’s bohemian and youthful vibe. One beautiful Spring Sunday, I decided to take my camera and take some pictures of this vibrant area in Seoul……..(click to read more)

TUESDAY, 11 APRIL 2017

The Spring Flower Festival in Yeouidofeat

In continuing with my obsession with cherry blossom season, I decided to go check out the Spring Flower Festival in Yeouido. Yeouido is an area located in the bustling city of Seoul, South Korea. It’s also an island! For all the years I had been living here I didn’t even know. However the -do part should have given it away as it mean Island in Korean…….(click to read more)

FRIDAY, 31 MARCH 2017

Spring in Seoulfeat

Spring time in Asia does not last to long, and it’s best time is only between 2 or 3 weeks long. This is when the cherry blossoms bloom. I’m obsessed with these flowers, and make an effort to catch them in new places and countries when I have the opportunity…….(click to read more)

sunDAY, 26 MARCH 2017

Sejong Village with Trazy.comDSC_0124

About a month ago, I was invited by Trazy Tours to go on a walking tour in the North of Seoul. The theme was about Korea’s Art from the Past to Present and its beginnings in Seoul. We all met at Gyeongbokgung Station and were met by our tour guides…….(click to read more)

THURSDAY, 23 MARCH 2017

Dragon Hill Spafeat

Over my years living in Seoul, I have always heard about the famous Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. On doing a search, I saw beautiful interiors with multi-levels of spas offering a a variety of treatments. I got a bad knot in my trapeze muscle, and decided to treat myself to a good massage at the ultimate jimjilbang in Seoul after my Korean class…….(click to read more)

WEDNESDAY, 8 MARCH 2017

Busan, South KoreaDSCN0527

I was super excited when my bestie from Cape Town, South Africa emailed me in 2011 to say she was going to come and visit South Korea! I was only living in Seoul for about 3 months, and I was excited to show her around the city. Luckily her visit coincided with a two day-long vacation period in March so I decided to include a visit to Busan to do something special……..(click to read more)

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2017

Namsan Seoul Towerfeat

Namsan Tower or also known as Seoul Tower, is the iconic broadcasting station that lies atop Namsan mountain that is situated in the middle of Seoul Tower. It has now become a part of Seoul’s landscape and a major tourist attraction. The main feature of the tower are its 360 degree views of the city, so it’s best to go up on clear days……(click to read more)

SATURDAY, 28 JANUARY 2017

The Hello Kitty LifestyleFEAT

In 2011, I went to the Hello Kitty and Friends’ convention in Seoul. Cute characters are serious business in Asian countries, and Korea is not an exception. Practically, everything can be made into a cute character much to my delight. It’s also appreciated and enjoyed by both adults and children…..(click to read more)

MONDAY, 9 JANUARY 2017

The Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoulhfcafefeat

I first spotted the Hello Kitty pink café while roaming the streets of Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea in 2011. It was my first year in Korea and I was amazed at all the amazing cute things you could buy and see. I had no idea there was even a thing such as Hello Kitty Café, but I was in Asia and this is where Hello kitty thrives much to my happiness……(click to read more)

friday, 20 january 2017

Bali, Indonesia Part 2

In my first post, I spoke about staying at Kuta beach, the main area on Bali Island. In this post, I will talk about what there is to discover and experience on this amazing island. During the day we made plans to visit Ubud, do the popular coffee tasting, visit the local textile looms, see the island’s active volcano and eat some local cuisine by the scenic rice paddies…..(click to read more)

WEDNESDAY, 18 January 2017

Bali, Indonesia Part 1

In 2013, me and a group of friends decided to spend a week in Bali for the New Years celebrations. This was the peak season, so keep that in mind when reading this. Bali is a popular destination because of it’s amazing beaches and coral reefs. In that particular week it was raining A LOT! There was non-stop rain for 3 whole days…..(click to read more)

WEDNESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2016

The Seoul Lotus Lantern Festivalseoullnaternfeat

In my first year in Seoul, me and my friend went to the Seoul Lantern Festival that happens in the month of November every year. Originally known as the Lotus Lantern Festival, the display is set up along the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the North of Seoul in Jongno…..(click to read more)

MONDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2016

Hiking at Mount Seoraksanulsanfeat

This October, I decided to go and hike at Mount Seoraksan, a popular range of mountains on the East coast of South Korea. It is now a national park and attracts thousands of visitors daily. The mountain was named after the Autumn season and the white rocks that adorn the cliffs…..(click to read more)

TuesDAY, 16 august 2016

Gwangbokjeol: Korea’s Liberation DayDSC_0266

Yesterday was the Korean Liberation Day, also known as Gwangbokjeol, which in Korean
means The Day the Light Returned. This day is celebrated on the 15 August in both North and South Korea and commemorates the liberation of Korea from the Japanese Imperial rule…(click to read more)

FRIDAY, 18 MARCH 2016

Thailand: The Paradises of Koh Phi Phi
 
Koh Phi Phi is an archipelago off Thailand’s Western coast in the Indian Ocean.  It falls under the Krabi province and houses one of the most visited islands and tourist destinations in Thailand. The island is also the second largest off Phuket…(click to read more)
 
 
 
 

friday, 17 june 2016

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The Philippines: Beautiful Boracay
 
 Boracay is a little island situated within The Philippines’ archipelago. I decided to take a 2-week vacation to two different destinations over the festive season. Boracay was my first stop…(click to read more)
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 2016

Seoul, South Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is also known as the winter palace and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city of Seoul in South Korea. The palace has been well-reserved and reconstructed a few times over the years, but it offers a great little escape into pre-modern Korea and shows you what life was like under the rule of the old Kingdoms…(click to read more)

wednesday, 15 june 2016

Japan: A Trip To Mount FujiDSCN2167

I did a trip to Japan in 2013. I specifically went in the beginning of April as that was the time of the famous Sakura Festival at Mount Fuji. I was staying in Tokyo, and Mount Fuji is about a 3 hour drive away from the city. The festival and blooming of the cherry blossoms are very specific to these two weeks in April. I was so intent on capturing those photos of the scenery…(click to read more)

tuESDAY, 14 june 2016

South Korea: Shopping In Seoul

This post is actually waaaay over due! After 3 wonderful years in Korea and loads of shopping, it’s time to share the best places to get your shop on…(click to read more)



 


 

sunDAY, 12 june 2016

 
Shopping in Hong Kongeaa42-dscn2388
I decided to spend my summer holiday in Hong Kong. I had heard so much about the
wonders of Hong Kong and it’s shopping, that I decided to check out this city myself. Most goods are made in China, and Hong Kong its fashion capital….
(click to read more)


                          

SATURDAY, 11 june 2016


Tokyo, Japan: Hello Kitty’s WorldDSCN2019.jpg

Finally, I took a holiday to Japan! I had planned this trip out pretty well, as I knew that it would be expensive and I needed to make my priorities!
Everyone who knows me,knows that I am an absolute Hello Kitty fan.….(click to read more)


THURSDAY, 9 JUNE 2016

Tokyo, Japan: Harajuku Heaven

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the fashion capitals of the world. Before the uprise of other Asian fashion capitals, Tokyo was the first to set it’s own unique style and have conceived many famous designers and brands even up till now.

Tokyo is full of hot spots, each with a fashion speciality that will spoil the avid shopper and fashionista. I went one Sunday afternoon to check out Harajuku. …(click to read)

FRIDAY, 10 June 2016

Tokyo, Japan: Going Geisha Goddess!8ec4b-geisha2bgoddess

If you go to a far away and super expensive place with limited time, do things that are
unique and that cannot be done anywhere else.

I planned to see Hello Kitty’s house, Mt. Fuji, the cherry blossoms in Spring, Harajuku and to dress up as a Geisha!…(click to read more)



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