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Phuket, Khao Lak & Phi Phi Island
The nation’s largest island, Phuket is blessed with postcard-perfect beaches, looming limestone pillars and wooded hills. Patong Beach is the life of the party, offering legendary nightclubs, restaurants and great shopping; while Karon and Kata provide the calming influence with secluded white sandy beaches and resorts peeking from the foothills.
Hidden on the mainland, 90 minutes north of Phuket, Khao Lak is home to exotic wildlife and a scenic playground encompassing jungle covered cliffs, estuaries, mangroves and long white beaches.
Accessible by boat from Phuket and Krabi (1.5 to 2 hour boat ride), Phi Phi is a stunningly beautiful island with an array of bars, restaurants and hidden resorts.
An Exhilarating City!
Bangkok takes its visitors on an adventure through time, from 17th Century temples and structures to the towering skyscrapers and mega-malls of the modern day. Food lovers are instantly enamoured with the authentic cuisine served up from the many restaurants and street-lined food vendors, while serious shoppers are treated to copious bazaars, international markets and super-sized shopping centres. Lively and exotic, Bangkok is unmistakeably Thai, presenting a functioning traditional culture amidst the pace of a bustling modern-day metropolis.
Chiang Rai & Chiang Mai
Tradition and Culture
Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 ancient temples, traditional mountain villages and a time-honoured Thai way of life. Mountainous surrounds, a moat and stoned walls present a charming and mystical landscape. Discover the jungle and countryside atop an elephant, observing life from their eyes during an unforgettable trek.
Chiang Rai is rich in culture and heritage and is home to the city’s most sacred monument Wat Phra Kaew and the distinctive white Wat Rong Khun Temple. Chiang Rai is a trekkers paradise, though some of the scenery is best experienced by boat, during a cruise up the Mekong River.
Just 3 hours' drive from Bangkok, Hua Hin offers highly acclaimed golf courses and delicious seafood. An air of exclusivity exists within the luxurious resorts and spas, while the classic tropical paradise synonymous with Thailand remains within the beaches and coastlines.
Fusion of Elements
Coconut-palms fringe the shores, watching over kayakers, snorkellers and scuba-divers alike, while traditional Thai massages are performed on the beaches. Inland, market stalls buzz with shoppers and novice chefs scouring the local ingredients for Thai cooking classes. By night, the streets come alive as restaurants, open-air bars and nightclubs welcome visitors from across the globe.
Laid Back Beach Break
On land and offshore, explore a world of natural treasures, from captivating caves and waterfalls to fascinating marine-life, emerald green waters and picturesque beaches. Embrace the laid-back vibe and take a casual stroll through the streets for some quality dining and relaxed local shopping. Located approximately 2.5 hours drive by car from Phuket or a short flight from Bangkok, it is easily accessible.
Shopping Hot Spot
Orchard Road extends more than 2 km and features a myriad of shopping malls, restaurants, clubs & bars, cinemas and hotels, with options to suit all budgets. The bustling street is fringed with immaculate greenery and accessible by two MRT stations at either end.
Playing host to the Christmas Lights from November each year and the centre point of the Great Singapore Sale, drawing crowds in for the 8 week sale, Orchard Road is a popular tourist district.
Historic Heart of the City
Flowing into Marina Bay, this 3km stretch of river has been the lifeblood of Singapore’s past and present. Used as a main trade artery in the days of the British Colony and central to commercial activity, today it is still a dynamic and bustling hotspot. There is no better place to spend an afternoon or evening than to stroll along the waterway and enjoy the vibrant riverside cafes & restaurants, stunning views and historic and cultural experiences.
Known as one of the most exciting and vibrant areas of Singapore, Marina Bay is an engineering marvel which has transformed reclaimed land into an energetic mix of commercial, residential, entertainment and recreational space. Some of the not to be missed attractions include the beautiful Gardens By the Bay, iconic Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Art & Science Museum, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore Flyer (world’s largest observation wheel) and old favourites like the Merlion Park, Raffles Hotel and Singapore Cricket Club.
If all that sightseeing combined with a great restaurant and nightlife scene hasn’t worn you out, Marina Bay is also a shopper’s paradise boasting a staggering multitude of shopping malls and boutiques.
Chinatown, City Centre
Not to be missed is Singapore's Chinatown. A little on the tame side now, it is made up of 5 districts each with its own unique flavour. Highlights include many stunning temples and places of worship plus a multitude of historic experiences – all inter-woven with modern hotels, restaurants, bars, quirky cafes and hawker stalls.
In contrast the CBD is the ultra-modern financial and economic heart of Singapore, dominated by towering sky scrapers, roof-top bars and more.
Little India, City Hall
Excite your senses!
A vibrant and culturally rich area east of the Singapore River, Little India is alive with fragrant spices, shopping bargains, traditional cuisine and experiences uniquely Indian. With a strong Tamil and Chinese influence, it still retains its colourful past and Hindu and Buddhist culture.
The shopping is not to be a missed and is a colourful riot of old and new – beautiful silk saris, bejewelled fabrics and stunning jewellery, combined with ultra-modern shopping malls like the 24 hour Mustafa Centre which offers everything from electronics to groceries.
Just for the fun it!
Sentosa Island is Singapore’s leading getaway island resort offering year round attractions and a wide variety of accommodation options. Only 20 minutes away from Singapore and connected to the mainland via a causeway, train and cable car. Sentosa Island has a variety of leisure and recreational facilities on offer, including the newly opened Integrated Resorts World Sentosa - featuring world-class attractions such as Universal Studios, Marine Life Park and Festive Walk. Other island attractions include Fantasy Island, Underwater World and Dragon Trail.
The island also boasts several popular swimming beaches including Tanjong, Central and Siloso featuring fun-filled water activities and beachfront restaurants and bars making Sentosa a popular destination for all.
Ho Chi Minh City
Energetic & Historical Saigon
The former Saigon presents a fusion of past turmoil with a burgeoning metropolis. Timeless alleys, French Colonial architecture and historic landmarks illustrate the city’s international influence and dramatic past. A vibrant urban scene, legendary nightlife, endless shopping and unlimited dining options confirm its modern progression. Enjoy the finest regional cuisine over a Saigon River sunset, or observe the dizzying city life from above, with a cocktail at one of the many rooftop bars. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights to explore this vibrant city.
World Heritage Delight
A World Heritage Site with much of the city preserved, Hoi An remains an ancient town as it did centuries ago. Wander the winding lanes and admire the Japanese merchant houses, 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and ancient tea warehouses. International influences are evident in the grand architecture yet a provincial feel is alive in the colourful street markets, exceptional local cuisine and the gorgeous silks on display. Take a stroll or hire a bike to see the local sites with ease. Overflowing with history, Hoi An is truly enchanting!
Nha Trang has a 6km beach, lined with hotels, restaurants & trendy bars. Enjoy some of Vietnam’s best scuba-diving, sink into a thermal mud bath, hop between the 71 offshore islands by boat and indulge in some mouth-watering seafood.
Not to be out-done when it comes to history, head a few kilometres north to the Cham Towers of Po Nagar, built between the 7th and 12th centuries and still used for worship today.
Easily accessible via a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi, Nha Trang provides a welcome breather on any journey through Vietnam.
Urban Energy & Parisian Grace
Famous for its leafy boulevards, tranquil lakes and French Colonial architecture, Hanoi is rich with old world charm. A history lesson is never far away, from the many museums and the ancient tradition of water puppetry, to the bustling Old Quarter and the iconic Long Bien Bridge.
Establishing itself as one of the world’s great food cities, Hanoi also has an abundance of dining options; the street food is not to be missed.
A minimum of 3 nights in Hanoi should allow you to take advantage of the attractions on offer. Explore the Old Quarter on foot or traditional cyclo.
Tranquil Blend of Past & Present
Hue is a tranquil blend of past and present situated on the banks of the Perfume River. The former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue is a treasure of past riches. The grandeur of the 18th century Citadel is an UNESCO site encompassing most of Hue’s historic attractions, The Imperial Enclosure, The Forbidden Purple City and Thai Hoa Palace.
Venture a short trip southwest of the Citadel and see the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, a symbol of Hue with its seven storied masterpiece overlooking the picturesque Perfume River. Take a river boat trip to access the several royal tombs spread along the river bank, making sure to visit the impressive Tomb of Tu Doc. Hue offers a peaceful respite on any Vietnam itinerary.
Located in northwest Cambodia, between rice paddies and flanking the Siem Reap River, the small provincial capital of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the millennium old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most visited destinations throughout Asia. Siem Reap is a place mixed of old and new, influenced by Chinese and French colonial architecture, this buzzing city offers a plentiful choice of restaurants, entertainment and accommodation. A city not to be missed off your Cambodia adventure.
Perched on the north side of Victoria Harbour, is the bustling and exciting shopping paradise of Kowloon. Regarded as Hong Kong’s main tourist precinct, Kowloon offers a vast array of shopping opportunities, dining outlets and entertainment. Try out your bargaining skills at one of Kowloon’s many markets. Tantalise your tastebuds with a variety of local and international cuisines, readily available across the area or visit Knutsford Terrace, famous for its many bars and restaurants.
Complete your visit with a stroll down the Avenue of Stars and marvel at the Symphony of Lights show which illuminates the Hong Kong skyline nightly, simply mind-blowing!
Tsim Sha Tsui
Neon Lights & Foodie Delights
As one of the most popular tourist hot spots in Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui is a concentration of stores, markets, shopping malls and restaurants. Step out onto the famous Nathan Road, dubbed the ‘Golden Mile’ for its bright neon lights glistening day and night. Some of Hong Kong’s famous attractions line up here, including the Avenue of Stars, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Cultural Centre.
Causeway Bay offers luxurious brands, through to wares for the budget savvy – a shopaholic won’t be disappointed. The endless department stores, shopping malls, boutiques and market stalls will keep you on your toes. Stroll through Times Square, the centre point and scenic sight of Causeway Bay – a great site for people watching.
To satisfy your hunger and thirst there is an array of traditional Cantonese restaurants through to roof top bars.
Explore the cluster of stalls while wandering the popular Ladies’ Market. You’ll discover an assortment of delights, from flowers, gold fish, handbags, clothing and even birds! Remember your bargaining skills when shopping here.
At any time of the day you will find the area bustling. Enjoy the local cuisine and many other international choices. Tim Ho Wan is a local hot spot for extraordinary dim sum – prepare to queue!
Neon Lights & Shopping Sights
Bali’s premier holiday spot for sun-seekers, surfers, shoppers and night-owls, Kuta sustains a vibrant energy day and night. By day, stroll the famous Poppies Lane or Legian Street and discover some of Bali’s best market stalls, enjoy a massage in the sun, or surf one of the area’s best breaks; after dark, hit some of the local hotspots for a nightlife experience that only Kuta can offer.
Cultural Heartland & Rolling Mountains
Set amongst rolling rice paddies and mountainous surrounds, Ubud is the cultural heart and soul of Bali. A centre for fine arts, temples and music; wander the local market stalls and bargain for hand-carved wood, jewellery and fine art or visit numerous cooking schools, spa retreats, temples and adventure tours.
Tropical Delights & Beachside Nights
Nusa Dua offers tranquil beaches, majestic scenery and luxurious resorts. All Nusa Dua resort properties are situated upon acres of lush tropical grounds with a plethora of facilities and activities on offer. Nearby are excellent golf courses, water sporting outlets, spa retreats and specialty stores.
Seafood Treats & White Sandy Beach
Presenting one of Bali’s best beach atmospheres, Jimbaran Bay features the spectacular seafood markets renowned in this destination. Situated just 10 minutes south of Kuta, Jimbaran Bay features pure white sandy beaches, perfect for swimming and various water sports.
Trendy Bars & Relaxing Spas
Stylish and sophisticated, Seminyak provides a unique shopping experience as well as stunning scenery and beautiful beaches for those in search of a relaxing escape. Trendy restaurants, funky bars and vibrant nightclubs ensure visitors end a relaxing day with exquisite food and a quiet cocktail. Seminyak offers a variety of resorts and hotels, and a number of self-contained villas ideal for families, friends and couples.
Calm Oceans & Less Commotion
Provides an authentic Bali village feel while maintaining the modern comforts of a beachside resort with trendy bars, seaside cafes and shopping all nearby. Located with calm beaches and peaceful walkways, Sanur is an ideal family spot or couples retreat. There are several accommodation styles on offer, each providing a midway point to Bali’s best tourist attractions of the north and southeast coasts.
Blend of East and West
Long known as the gateway to Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern beaches, Colombo has experienced a huge increase of growth since 2009 and is now a fascinating destination in its own right. Trendy bars and modern buildings are popping up, yet still mixing well with the city’s colonial buildings and historical past.
Besides the amazing and colourful mix of cultures, some highlights of the city include Colombo’s oceanfront, Pettah Market, a tuktuk ride through the streets and the myriad of shops/shopping malls available. We recommend visitors spend at least one or two days in Colombo.
Heart of Sri Lanka
Located in the middle of the island, the Cultural Triangle ranges from Anuradhapura in the north, Polonnaruwa in the East and to Kandy in the south. Included in the triangle are World Heritage sites, ancient cities, Sigiriya rock fortress and frescos and some of the island’s finest monuments, including the most scared Buddhist shrine Dalada Maligawa.
South Coast & Beaches
Not developed as much as the East Coast region, Sri Lanka’s South Coast retains a sense of tradition and slow-paced rural lifestyle. Besides the colonial charm of the port city of Galle and its historic fort, the area has some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and a string of beautiful palm fringed sandy beaches. With a laid-back environment, visitors can fully enjoy all the sightseeing with ease.
Home of Ceylon Tea
Famous for being the home of Ceylon tea, Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is usually referred to as the central region of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by mountains, the temperature in the region is usually cooler and less humid than the coastal areas. Visitors can enjoy walks through the tea plantations with their stunning green-terraced scenery, stay overnight in converted tea-planter’s bungalows, visit waterfalls, Hindu temples and explore old British settlements.
Grand Baie & Surrounds
Entertainment Hot Spot
The northern coast of Mauritius is a popular and well-developed tourist area, with a number of restaurants, lively nightspots, resorts and shopping. It is home to some of the best Mauritian beaches, including Mont Choisy and Pereybere and offers a large variety of water sports both above and below the water, plus many nearby attractions.
Mauritius' Capital City
Located on the north west coast and founded by the French in 1735, the capital city is a vibrant mix of old and new, East meets West. You will experience the Chinese, Indian and French culture plus modern office buildings, bustling streets and old colonial architecture. Some highlights include the Champ de Mars (oldest race course in the southern hemisphere), the bustling Central Markets and the famous Caudan Waterfront for dining and shopping.
South Coast & Surrounds
Mountains & Coastlines
Stunning area with a dramatic mountain backdrop leading down through fields of sugar cane to the beautiful turquoise lagoon. The wild natural beauty and traditional rural lifestyle are well-kept in the islands less developed south. If you are adventure minded or looking for a nature experience, explore the area’s cliffs, caves, hidden waterfalls and nature parks.
A highlight is the beautiful Rochester Falls. This part of the island includes the resort area of Bel Ombre, which features many top class resorts, white beaches and a relaxed vibe. There are also several world-class golf courses in the area and the iconic Le Morne Brabant on the southwest tip of the island.
East Coast & Surrounds
As Mauritius’ most exclusive side, the East Coast area is the home to a number of 5 star resorts and some of the islands best beaches. Life goes at a slower pace here and features many charming villages, the stunning Ile Aux Cerfs (an island surrounded by a colourful lagoon and popular with day-trippers), water sports galore and several world class golf courses.
History & Technology
A hub for shopping and dining, Tokyo is famed for the huge department stores of Ginza and the fashionable retail district Harajuku, as well as the dining and nightlife hotspots of Shinjuku and Roppongi. History and some welcome serenity can be found within the gardens of the Imperial Palace, or the Meiji Shrine; while beyond the garden walls the future awaits, with ultra-modern skyscrapers, stores of hi-tech gadgets and museums of modern art.
Shrines, Temples & Palaces
Hidden within the city of Kyoto are centuries-old shrines, temples and palaces, as well as 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites within the City’s five districts. Stroll down Philosophers Path in the east, lined with white blossomed cherry trees for a distinctively Japanese setting; explore the grounds of the Imperial Palace within the central district, catch a glimpse of a Geisha in Gion district, or venture into the western hills to explore Kyoto’s natural treasures. Amid the sights are many restaurants and bars, serving up Kyoto specialties such Kaiseki-ryori (an artistic multi-course dinner) and a relaxed night scene in which to unwind with a quiet sake after a day of discovery.
Modern Sprawl & Scattered History
Osaka is a modern sprawl of incredible restaurants, colourful nightlife, interactive museums and flashing neon, scattered with historic landmarks. The city’s most renowned attraction, Osaka Castle and grounds, welcome throngs of visitors every year who come to admire the striking architecture and seasonal cherry blossoms, while the Osaka Aquarium draws the crowds with its huge whale shark. Numerous museums, shrines and arcades make up a varied and exciting day’s itinerary, while at night the city comes alive.
Discover the district of Dotomburi to experience Japan’s best nightlife and try Osakan delicacy Kushikatsu (deep fried skewers) or Battera (square mackerel sushi) from one of the endless number of restaurants.
Ski Lovers' Haven
One of Japan’s premier ski resorts, Niseko has become a favourite destination for skiers and boarders the world over. Comprising four interlinked class ski fields on Niseko’s Mount Annupuri, guests have the choice of Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono.
Located in the southwestern region of Hokkaido, famous for its powder snow, Niseko is surrounded by Mt Fuji look-alike Mt Yotei, and Mount Niseko Annupuri. The area boasts four main resorts offering ski in-ski out accommodation options, a huge selection of bars and restaurants, and a variety of shopping outlets.
Heart of the Alps
Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Hakuba Valley lies at the heart of the Japanese Alps, an hour from Nagano City. The Valley comprises 9 ski resorts with over 200 runs covering a variety of alpine terrain, making it one of Japan’s largest resorts. Hakuba experiences on average 11 metres of snowfall with a vertical rise of 1,070 metres and is an ideal place for novice skiers through to experts. Hakuba also offers a number of dining outlets serving up hearty local cuisine, and getting there is easy with Genko-go, the night shuttle bus which transports guests from the village to the many restaurants, bars and shops.
Ranked as one of Japan’s finest ski resorts, the course layout is excellent and the great selection of runs are popular with skiers and snowboarders of every skill level. The very best powder runs can be found at the top of the mountain around the ‘Yamabiko’ passage.
Set within spectacular mountainous surrounds, panoramic views of the surrounding national parks can be seen from atop Nozawa Onsen, and the area’s hot springs are unrivalled, with over 30 natural springs and 13 public baths to choose from. Spend some time exploring the many shops, bars and restaurants along the cobbled-stone paths. The village of Nozawa Onsen exudes the charm of another time, with the close proximity to all alpine adventures.
Something for everyone
Beijing offers a fascinating introduction to China. It's monumental attractions and bustling big city charm, parklands, gardens and lakeside pavilions offering a peaceful sanctuary to reflect on your day. Visit Tiananmen Square with its imposing national buildings and explore the Forbidden City to discover Beijing’s Ming and Qing dynasties. A perfect starting point for a must-see visit to the Great Wall, Beijing will not be easily forgotten!
Traditions & Technology
A dynamically paced city of equally traditional and futuristic proportions, Shanghai will captivate you in every aspect of its unique culture. Sitting on the Huangpu River, the Bund area exhibits 26 buildings of various architectural style, the popular Xintiandi district woos with its shopping, dining and entertainment spots, while Yu Gardens in the Old Town provides a tranquil space for reflection. Shanghai is truly one of the Middle Kingdom’s most vibrant cities.
With over 3000 year's history, this ancient capital city is full of amazing historical heritage. Serving as the Imperial capital for 10 ancient Imperial dynasties, Xi'an is home to the Terracotta Army, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of our time. Visitors from all over the globe flock to visit the 8000 life size pottery soldiers that buried in front of Emperor Qin Shi Huangs tomb to defend him in his afterlife. With such an abundance of world class ancient, religious, cultural and natural attractions, Xi'an is an enriching experience not to be missed on your journey through China.
Located approximately 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port.
The Pearl River winds through this chaotic city most famous for its annual Trade Fair, growing cosmopolitan lifestyle and authentic Cantonese cuisine. Visit Yuexiu Park to see the Five Ram Statue that epitomizes the ancient legends of the city’s past, or perhaps stop by the Confucian school of the Chen Clan Academy, a Lingnan style temple dating back to 1894.
Contemporary blend of cultures
Malaysia’s multicultural capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), offers something for everyone. The cosmopolitan city is packed with mega-malls, monuments, restaurants and skyscrapers – but don’t forget the parks! The centre point of the city is the impressive PETRONAS Twin Towers, bordered by the lush Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park.
KL is a haven for food lovers and shoppers with options for all budgets and tastes. This is no surprise as these are two of the local’s favourite pastimes!
Ethnic Delicacies & Balmy Beaches
Penang has evolved from a bustling port of yester-year to a tech-savvy business centre, whilst retaining the fusion of cultures and cuisine. George Town is a fascinating UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site offering its visitors a wide array of food options, from street stalls to fine dining. Explore the picturesque coastline to arrive in the beach resort area of Batu Ferringhi.
Nonchalant Tropical Paradise
Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, plays host to clear waters and mystic jungles. Beach resorts sprinkle the coast and small villages are scattered through the countryside.
Majestic Oceans & Magnificent Vistas
Nestled on the edge of the South China Sea, Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu is a natural paradise of pristine beaches and spectacular rainforests. Inarguably one of the best diving spots in the world, KK- as it is often referred to – features divine coral reefs off numerous nearby islands. With Mt Kinabalu a prominent backdrop feature, KK is surrounded by intriguing flora and fauna including the world famous rafflesia flower. Only an hour’s flight away from KK is Sandakan, home to the world’s oldest orang-utan sanctuary. Perfect all year around with its sunny tropical climate, KK is a must-see destination for all.
Exotic Wildlife & Rich Culture
The east Malaysian state of Sarawak adorns the northwest coast of the world’s third largest island, Borneo. With its colourful history, rich culture, exotic wildlife and breathtaking natural scenery, this region is notably Asia’s best kept secret. Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, is perched along the banks of the Sarawak River. This seaside city is home to countless jungles, national parks, rainforests, sandy beaches and remote islands of the coast. Live like a local by riding a Sampan across the river to visit Fort Margherita, or stroll by the waterfront to admire its historic buildings and local flair. The influence of many cultures truly creates a unique atmosphere for visitors to be enchanted by the city’s historic charms and majestic surrounding landscapes.
South Male Atoll
Compared to the busy north, the South Male Atoll is less populated and widely spread with small islands. You can enjoy all the beach activities without being disturbed, such as the Aussie favourites of Anantara Dhigu & Anantara Veli. The South Male Atoll is ideal for surfing. Although it is all year round, the best time to go surfing is between May and September.
North Male Atoll
The Popular Atoll
The North Male Atoll is a well-developed tourism destination. There are a number of resorts in the area and popular activities including deep sea fishing, great surfing and island hopping. Because of its close distance to Male, you can easily make a day trip to the capital.
Australian’s favourite resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is located in North Male Atoll. This family friendly resort is about 15 minutes from Male International Airport.
A 35 minute domestic flight followed by a 15 minute speedboat, you will arrive Laamu Atoll where the dolphins swim. Surf lovers will enjoy the Yin Yang break, the Maldives’ famous surfing wave. The area is also popular for snorkelling and diving. The 5 star Six Senses Laamu is located here.
With a population of only 850, Rasdhoo is a small island. A secondary school, a health centre, a few mosques and souvenir shops are the main facilities. Ari Rasdhoo is a good option for a day trip if you choose to stay in a close by island, such as Kuramathi, another popular resort frequented by Australians.
Gem of the Emirates
Comparing to its neighbour city Dubai, Abu Dhabi is much quieter. This safe, friendly and cultural distinctive city is home to a number of historical heritages, including the AI Ain Palace Museum and Al Jahili Fort. The traffic in Abu Dhabi is usually good.
Claimed the world’s fastest growing city, Dubai has successfully transformed itself from a peal-diving centre into a glamorous city, featuring modern skyscrapers, large shopping complex and 5 star hotels. As the gateway connecting the east and the west, Dubai is a popular stopover destination.
NEW! Now you can travel in Dubai with the tram. At phase one, Dubai Tram connects with the Dubai Marina and JLT metro stations and the Palm Jumeirah monorail ending at Al Sufouh depot.
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Kyoto - Otsuka
A family-own restaurant in Arashiyama, close to Sagu station and only 2-3 minute walk from bamboo grove. The food is freshly made and the beef dish is highly recommended. Price is reasonable and service is friendly.
Niseko - Sobatei Rakuichi
Niseko not only has one of the best ski powders in Japan, the soba noodles there are also highly recognised. Sobatei Rakuichi is constantly ranked No 1 noodle place by customers. Seated in front of the bar, you can watch each noodle making step with some of the most skilled masters. The restaurant only has 10 seats and does not take bookings for lunch, so come in early to avoid the long queue.
Tokyo - Sushi Yoshitake
One of the best Sushi places in the centre of Ginza. All sushi are freshly made in front of customers and the making process is described as a piece of art. This is an expensive restaurant (as you could expect with anything in Ginza), but the experience is worth the money.
Tokyo - Fujiya Honten Wine Bar
As one of the best beer and whiskey producers in the world, Japan’s night life is not completed without bar hopping. Tokyo has a number of bars with funky concepts. But spending the night in a standing bar is surely a unique experience.
Located in the Shibuya Station area, Fujiya Honten is a 130 year old basement bar. Due to its cheap wine and food prices, this is a popular place for salary men enjoying an after work drink.
Shinjuku, Tokyo - Memory Lane
As the name says, this is the place where you can get a sense of post-war Japanese life. Over 60 small bars and restaurants occupied the narrow alley and the air smells strongly of smoke from grilled giblets. But don’t let that stop you as they were part of the Tokyo life in the 1940s, when food was not easy to access and stalls started to sell grilled organ meat. Normal food can be found in the restaurants, such as grilled fish and tempura. If you want to have a taste of the national beverage, Sake, Daikokuya is the place where 150 different types from all over Japan are sold.
Throughout Japan - Experience an Onsen
As a country with the most active volcanoes in the world, Japan has hundreds of natural hot springs (also called onsen). Some of them are dated back to 3000 years ago. Rich in minerals, onsens are considered good for pain release and general well-being. Public bathing is not something you would normally do in Australia, so it is an interesting experience, but you do have to be comfortable with sharing a bath with others.
After coming back from a big ski day out, soaking it up in the hot spring is the best place to unwind and relax before heading out for a drink. You don’t need to make a special trip for it, our Ryokan onsen packages combine onsen with popular sight-seeing tours so you can enjoy the beautiful Mt. Fuji during the day then have a hot bath at night.
Niseko - Snow Activities
Apart from skiing, Niseko offers loads of other fun activities to help visitors explore the area’s stunning mountain environment and make the most of the ski holiday.
Snowshoeing on a Frozen Lake
A scenic snowshoe experience takes you through a natural forest and onto a Frozen Volcanic Lake at the base of Mt Youtei.
Enjoy the best of Niseko with a local guide. Hiking and lift accessed tours available for all levels.Apart from ski, Niseko offers loads of other fun activities to help visitors explore the area’s stunning mountain environment and make the most of the ski holiday.
Snowshoeing on a Frozen Lake
A scenic snowshoe experience takes you through a natural forest and onto a Frozen Volcanic Lake at the base of Mt Youtei.
Enjoy the best of Niseko with a local guide. Hiking and lift accessed tours available for all levels.
Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market
A visit to world largest and busiest fish market provides a unique Tokyo experience. The live tuna auction starts at 5am and is limited to only 120 people, so you will need to get up early to get in. But check if the public is allowed on that day before you go.
If you missed out on the auction just visit, the market itself is still interesting enough. As a working market, small cars are around, so be aware of all upcoming traffic.
One more note, having a sushi breakfast in the market has been recommended by many of our travellers. This is your chance to taste the freshness of fish and seafood straight out of the sea.
Osaka - Osaka One Day Walking Tour
See the best Osaka has to offer such as the Aerial Garden Observatory, with full city views from the 40th floor. After lunch, visit Osaka Castle for its magnificence and immense stones. Then walk down to the nearby dock for a 60 min boat ride with views of the Osaka Castle, Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima Isle.
Kyoto - Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in the rural atmosphere of Saga-Arashiyama, a short train ride from Kyoto. With Mt. Arashiyama as the backdrop, take a morning walk through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, visiting Zen temples along the way. Marvel at Togetsu Bridge, Saga-Arashiyama’s landmark and visit the many shops and cafes in the area. This tour is highly recommended during cherry blossom season and in the autumn.
Tokyo - Tokyo Morning Tour
Explore Tokyo on a four-hour morning sightseeing tour, the perfect introduction to the first-time visitor. Your professional guide will escort you through highlights such as Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Ginza Shopping District. You’ll also drive through Asakusa Guest House and National Diet Building on your morning city tour through Tokyo. After the tour, get a bit more familiar with the city and spend the afternoon on a city adventure.
Throughout Japan - New Year
Like Christmas in Australia, New Year is an important holiday in Japan. Most offices are closed from 31 December to 4 January, and people usually get together with families. This is the best time to experience traditional Japanese culture and we highly recommended the activities below:
New Year's Eve
Eating soba noodles for dinner or snacks in the evening, a tradition to wish a life as long and healthy as the noodles. Just a note, this is the busiest day for soba restaurants and you may have to queue a while before get served.
New Years' Day
Visit a local shrine and pray for a healthy and fortune filled new year. Meiji Shrine is the most popular one in Tokyo, but there will be hundreds and thousands visitors, so be prepared for the crowds.
For shopaholics, you’ll love the massive discounts offered by department stores. Also don’t forget to get yourself a fukubukuro (lucky grab bag) at a bargain price. The bag is filled with great-value unsold goodies from last year.
Sapporo - Sapporo Snow Festival
One of Japan’s largest snow festivals is celebrating the 66th anniversary. With over 2 million visitors every year, this 7 day-long event displays a large selection of snow and ice sculptures in 3 main sites, including Odori Park, Community Dome Tsudome and main street in Susukino. This is a great family fun event if you are visiting Sapporo in February.
Our tip for visiting the festival:
Bring a hand warmer pack. They can stay warm up to 12 hours and are available in many places, such as convenience stores and train stations.
Niseko - Horizon Townhouses 4*
Situated in a quiet area of the lower village, these townhouse complexes are close to the ski lift shuttles, shops and many small excellent restaurants and bars. Ideal for families and groups of friends.
Kyoto - Hotel Granvia Kyoto 5*
Connected to JR Kyoto Station, this central hotel blends contemporary design and traditional Kyoto styling and is within minutes of Kyoto’s best shopping and dining.
Tokyo - Hyatt Regency Tokyo 4.5*
Host to Michelin-awarded French restaurant Michel Troisgros, this 4.5 star hotel is next to the Shinjuku Central Park, and within a short distance of popular tourist attractions, including the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, Meiji Shrine, Odakyu store and the fashionable Shibuya ward. The hotel is within 10 minute walk to Shinjuku Station, with links to the Tokyo subway.
Tokyo - Shopping Areas
Named fashion capital in Japan, Tokyo offers a large selection of shopping options. But as a first time visitor, you may find it hard to start with. We have come up with a list of area highlights to help better organise your shopping trips. But do let us know if you find any hidden gems in Tokyo.
Japan’s most prestigious shopping area is home to luxury and high-end brands, department stores as well as over 200 art galleries. There is even a Gucci Café and an Armani restaurant.
One of the busiest areas in Tokyo. You may feel a bit overwhelmed by the crowds, noise and lights once you step out of the train station. But bookworms and electronics fans will love its huge stores and endless choices.
Featuring cheap, hippy and funky stuff, Shibuya is a favourite amongst teens. On the weekend, the street in front of the 109 Building is closed for all traffic except pedestrians.
Harajuku & Aoyama
Small and independent designers are located in this area, so if you are after creative and innovative products, look no further than Harajuku & Aoyama.