In many Asian countries it’s often difficult to get past the ‘tourist menu’ of chicken curry and chips.
This was the dilemma for Sally Johnson on her tour of Sri Lanka, until she discovered that staying in local guesthouses and sharing family meals was the secret to enjoying the real Sri Lankan cuisine…
Destination and itinerary planned – tick! Flights and trip booked – tick! Now what to pack? What clothing will be most appropriate for this upcoming adventure?
Being prepared for the differences in clothing norms will go a long way towards helping you feel at ease and welcomed in your holiday destination. And it may additionally help, especially, but not only women, avoid unwanted attention.
Japan is renowned for being conservative, orderly and refined, but take a weekend walk to one of Tokyo’s hip inner suburbs and you’ll see a very different side to this fascinating country.
Philip Wilson explains…
“I’ve visited Japan many times, but never seen anything to match the crowds at Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon!
Off the south coast of Burma (Myanmar), speckled across the Andaman Sea, are hundreds of islands collectively known as the Myeik Archipelago.
In the midst of this archipelago, the Moken, or ‘sea gypsies’ of Burma’s far south, celebrate a nomadic tradition few of us could imagine.
Travelling to Japan? Try and time your visit with the cherry blossom season. Even if you’re not big on nature, this is something you’ve got to see.
Be prepared to forget your camera is even in your hands as you stand entranced by the beauty of these blossoms. Watch cities disappear under canopies of colour and national parks transform into spaces so surreal, you’ll think last night’s sake got the better of you.
A visit to Singapore would not be complete without experiencing High Tea or sampling a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.
Opened in 1887 in an old bungalow known as the Beach House, the Raffles Hotel was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.
Over the years it has evolved into one of the worlds most beloved luxury hotels and played host to a swag of celebrities, writers, and royalty. So, Intrepid’s Chotie Moloney decided it was just the place for a travel treat…
Embarking on a big Borneo adventure, you are likely to have the icons front of mind: orang-utans, turtles, tropical jungle and the magnificent Mt Kinabalu perhaps. But once there and immersed…learning about the spiritual, economic and cultural ties from your local hosts, is when your experience is truly enriched.
Chris Hardy, Intrepid’s Operation Manager in Malaysia, tells us about our special Sabah homestay:
“Half past eight in the evening and it is closing time in the large Bia Hoi behind Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, which locals know by its address, 19A Ngoc Ha, rather than its name.
The shouts of “mot, hai, ba – yoh!” (One, two, three – bottoms up!) are getting fewer and further between. An hour later the last red-faced patrons stagger out and the staff sit down for a quick meal before the final clean-up.