Eastern Asia

Tales, adventures and photography from Eastern Asia.
visiting vietnam tips

TRAVEL | Vietnam is increasing in popularity as a tourist destination yet the information on what tips visitors should know before visiting Vietnam can be quite varied. There are several things that we found to be very important when we visited Vietnam and to help you get those most out of your

MACAU | Mention Macau to most people and the thoughts that come to mind are of glitz, casinos and the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”. There is, however, much more to Macau than just bright lights and money (although both are in abundance) as I discovered during my recent trip there

where to eat in macau food guide

MACAU | Recently I found myself in Macao as part of a week long trip to Hong Kong and Macau courtesy of Cathay Pacific. While my travel companions and I were in Macau, we were very kindly hosted by Macau Tourism. Due to its Portuguese roots, more recent Chinese influence and the prevalence of

where to eat in hong kong food guide

HONG KONG | Coming from a Malaysian family, Chinese food is something that I grew up with and is a cuisine I have always eaten. As you can imagine, on my most recent trip to Hong Kong, which was kindly facilitated and sponsored by Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, I was very

hiroshima today

Hiroshima. Arriving in the city by rail on a day trip out of Osaka I’ll admit that the sum total of my knowledge about the city was that the atomic bomb (“a-bomb”) dropped here in World War II. While I was very interested in the history surrounding this, I also wanted

historical sites of kyoto japan

To say that there are a lot of historical sites in Kyoto is an understatement to say the least. The former Japanese capital is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including several castles, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines. Normally I don’t spend much time on the

Amerikamura Osaka, known more commonly amongst locals by the name Amemura, literally translates as “American Village” and unsurprisingly is a part of Osaka that’s been influenced by the pop culture of the United States. It’s a popular entertainment and shopping district that’s popular with Osaka’s youth and has an eclectic, energetic

osaka orange street tachibana

Osaka’s Orange Street is a part of Osaka that’s full of the latest fashions and trends, boutiques, interior design stores and hip cafes. Formerly a furniture district, today this 800 metre long narrow backstreet is Osaka’s equivalent of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, London’s Shoreditch and Melbourne’s Fitzroy etc. Orange Street is actually the

wandering kyoto streets japan

The streets of Kyoto are a pleasure to walk through. I’ve been to a few cities in Japan, and Kyoto is by far the most beautiful of the bunch. It’s a modern city but as it was not bombed during World War II, it retains a lot of pre-war architecture.

Osaka craft beer bars map

Osaka is known as “the kitchen of Japan” and it doesn’t take visitor long to realise that this nickname is warranted. The people of Osaka love to eat and drink, and the options available to engage in both in are plentiful. The Osaka craft beer (Ji Bīru) scene really kicked off