There are some islands that are meant to be photographed and made into postcards. Bohol, in the southern Philippines, is one such place. With its lush foiliage, curious wildlife, breathtaking beaches, and amazing sunsets, Bohol is a true gem.
The 2000s will go down in the annals of marketing as the century tourism without a prefix went out of fashion. I’m told my ancestors justified their holidays with hard work and an ‘I’ve-earned-it’ attitude, but these days you feel obligated to buy carbon offsets just for a visa run to Mae Sai.
Since the 2000 Olympics, Sydney city has climbed in cost and faded from fashion. Still, the Australian city retains some formidable attractions – not least the world’ most attractive harbour network.Any ride on a chunky green ferry integrated into the public transport system beats the bus by a mile.
My wife and I just got back from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to see the famed temples of Angkor. It was a birthday trip for the wife, who chose to bring a friend. What? He was a nice addition; someone who had never heard our stories or our jokes. Plus, he’s a good guy to drink with.
A coffee plantation tour is one of the best ways to enjoy Hawaiian backcountry. There are hundreds of small-scale plantations sprinkled across the archipelago, many sporting the kind of quirky names you’d expect from an English pub, and most are happy to give tours. Try a few samples and pick up gifts that your friends back home will actually appreciate. Trust me, they could do without that ready-to-ship pineapple you were eying in Oahu.
I never thought I would find myself saying these words, but I think that there is too much shopping in Kuala Lumpur. It’s not only the volume of shopping centres and markets that boggles my mind – it’s also the super-size of everything. The 13 floors of retail space in Berjaya Times Square are dizzying, and it becomes hard to tell the difference between the rows and rows of handbag merchants in the Chinatown markets.
Bangkok is massive. Around 12 million people crammed into a big soup bowl of a city means you’re constantly finding great new food places. From street corner stalls to luxurious hotel rooftops, Bangkok is synonymous with good eats.
Despite its size and conspicuous spots, the whale shark is shrouded in mystery. We know that whale sharks roam the oceans, potentially covering vast distances, feeding on plankton, small fish and fish eggs; but questions like how long they live or where they reproduce remain a riddle.
Lombok island is Bali’s overlooked little brother. While Bali may be far more popular and more easily accessible, Lombok’s unspoiled riches are worth the extra effort it takes to get there. Though it is right next door to Bali, the waterway between the two islands divides two entirely different ecosystems. Thus, Lombok’s topography and wildlife are not simply a repeat of what visitors have already seen on Bali. Indeed, those who find Bali overly touristy (and many do) will find their haven in Lombok, with its breathtaking sunsets, kind people, and pristine, seemingly untouched beaches.
Once the embodiment of primal wilderness, Borneo has changed. The world's third largest island now has its fair share of megamalls, coffee chains and upmarket hotels.