Travel Reviews

Aura Hotel, Wellington, NZ

Actually I had booked another hotel near Wellington Railway Station to ease me when I need to take a bus to another city. But then I changed my mind, a place in the city centre would ease me to shop, get food, and walk around. Aura Hotel seemed a good …

City of Wellington, New Zealand

Do you know the southernmost capital in the world? Correct, the answer is Wellington in New Zealand. Last March I had an opportunity to visit this city. This capital of New Zealand is a beautiful small town. Along the way from the airport to city centre, you will enjoy panoramic …

Hiking Elephant Mountain within the city of Taipei

Usually a place to hike a mountain is not very near from a town. But “Xiangshan” is very special. This place, which literally means Elephant Mountain, is located within the city of Taipei. And certainly you will be able to see the scenery of Taipei city from the height of …

Museum Angkut, Indonesia

Perhaps the best English translation for the name of this place is the Transportation Museum. As the name suggests it is a good place for those who love anything related to transportation such as cars, bikes, trains, flights, airports, railway stations, etc. They claim that it is the largest and …

Hadrian’s Wall, UK

Walls have been, and remain, an effective way to keep things in or out, but some are bigger and last a lot longer than others. Hadrian’s Wall for one. It’s a Roman wall running across the north of England roughly from Carlisle in the west to Newcastle …

Deoksugung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

I think this is a good place if you love to see a Korean palace but have no much time to spend for most you want to see in other Korean palaces you can see them here. The size is also small so you can explore it in less than …

30 hours in Busan, South Korea

Do you have only 30 hours in Busan? Do not worry, I still could enjoy this second largest city in Korea during that short period, you may follow my way. I arrived at 10 am and left this city at 4 pm on the next day and managed to visit …

Smoo Cave, Durness, Scotland

Smoo Cave is located on the outskirts of Durness, which is the most northern village on the western coast of mainland Scotland. It boasts one of the the largest entrances of any British cave with a diameter of over 15 metres (50 metres) and it is free to visit.
I have …

The Laidhay Croft Museum, Caithness, Scotland

I came upon the Laidhay Croft Museum by chance whilst driving to John O’Groats in Scotland, which is the most north westerly point of the British mainland. It is an example of a typical 18th century farmer’s croft house known as a Longhouse, which were once common throughout this part …

Souter Johnnie’s Cottage, Scotland

Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet and Tam O’Shanter, written in 1790 is one of his most famous poems. Souter Johnnie, lived in the the Ayrshire village of Kirkoswald and was one of the inspirations behind this poem. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1932, Souter Johnnie’s …

Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve

Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve that is located 4 miles (6.5 km) southeast of the town of Boston in Lincolnshire, in Eastern England. The site has been managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) since 2007 but I have been visiting here long before then …

Taiwan Miniature Museum

It is not very easy to find this place because the location is hidden in an office building. When arrived, I saw a room with a reception desk but nobody was around. The only signage is an arrow pointing inward to a narrow alley. Then I saw an open gate …

Museum of World Religions, Taiwan

Either you have a belief or you do not, I think this is a good place to visit as you will learn briefly some religions at once. First when I heard about the existence of such a museum, I immediately made a firm decision to visit it. I think it …

City of Taichung, Taiwan short visit

Do you want to make a visit to Taichung but have only one and a half day to spend? There is nothing to worry about. I arrived at Taichung HSR Station at 10 in the morning from Kaohsiung by high speed rail. Then I took a local train from Xinwuri …

City of Tainan, Taiwan

Taiwan is not a very big country, so I planned to visit her four largest towns within 10 days from south to north, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, and Taipei. Tainan is located some 30 minutes by local train from Kaohsiung, therefore I did not book any hotel but did a one-day …

City of Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is located in the southern part of Taiwan and, therefore, has warmer climate than Taipei the capital city. It has two lines of subway system. They are red line tracing from south to north connecting the airport and high speed rail (HSR) station, and orange line tracing from west …

Thomas Cook India

Hi, Everyone, Here in this short Review I want to share my Ruff Experience which I had with Thomas Cook India. Some days ago, I approached Thomas Cook via their own website for Simply Singapore tour. I was contacted by one of their senior representatives to help with the …

City of Kyoto

It is situated in the north east of Osaka and can be reached in 90 minutes by train. The best public transport for foreign travelers is the subway. A one-day subway pass costs 600 Japanese yen (5.40 dollars). Unfortunately there are only two subway lines and hence cannot cover all …

City of Nagoya

Japan is not only Tokyo. There are numerous other cities which are not less interesting to explore, Nagoya for example. So famous this city, its name is used by another town in Batam, Indonesia.
I spent two hours by Kintetsu Limited Express train to travel from Osaka to Nagoya. Nagoya has …

City of Nara, Japan

It is a small but beautiful town in Central Japan. We needed around 50 minutes to travel from Osaka by train. Many friends of mine suggested me to visit as many temples and shrines as possible, as most of good ones are located there. But as my son does not …

City of Kobe

If you plan to visit Kobe to see Japanese temples and shrines then this is not the place for you. Yes, there are some shrines around Kobe but they are not categorized as important tourist destination. Kobe is a rather large city in Central Japan, about 50 minutes by train …

Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon has no longer been the capital of Myanmar since they relocated it to Naypyidaw in 2006. But apart from Mandalay and Bagan, it is still the main tourist destination. I spent four nights and found that this city is worth to visit. I did not join any guided tour; …

Public transport in Yangon, Myanmar

Mainly there are three kinds of public transport in Yangon. They are city bus, taxi, and city train. Buses go to almost every corner in Yangon, and the fare is also very cheap. You can go within Yangon just for 200 or 300 kyat (around 20 cents). It is obviously …

City if Bagan, Myanmar

Perhaps there are more people who intend to visit Bagan than any other town in Myanmar, solely because this town has a lot more pagodas than you may think. After hit by severe earthquakes, the latest was in August 2016, more than 2.200 pagodas survived. You can see them almost …

City of Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay was not in my program at first. But my wife asked if we could visit other towns beyond Yangon during our stay in Myanmar. We then went there and feel lucky to get this chance. Mandalay is located in the central of Myanmar but the weather was warm to …

Free Thai Puppet Show Bangkok

Many tourists go to Bangkok for its exotic palace and pagodas, or even for culinary hunting. But do you know that Bangkok is also home to Thai puppet shows? Nowadays it is not very easy to find such show. Some high rank restaurants offer puppet shows at a certain schedule …

City of Danang, Vietnam

It is located in the center of Vietnam, and it belonged to South Vietnam during the war period. It is said that this is the third largest city in Vietnam and is a tourist town. In my opinion, Danang does not fit as a tourist town for many reasons. Among …

City of Wuhan, China

Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province in China, and it consists of three districts. If you arrive by rail, it will be easy to get to the city by subway. But if you arrive by air, than taxi is the best choice as the airport is not connected …

City of Chongqing, China

Chongqing is not a touristic area yet it has some good spots to visit. If you arrive by air, it is strongly recommended to arrive before 10 pm when subway is still in operation, as there is very much different in transportation fare between subway and taxis. In early hours …

Saline Slanic in Prahova, Romania

In this review I want to present you a Saline from Romania.

Salina Slanic in Prahova is considered to be the largest in Europe in size, and have the purest air on the planet, deprived almost total radiation and pollution. When you reached the saline you can feel a different and …

Coasteering in Wales

We traveled through the UK and tried many adventures while doing so. One of our adventures we had, was a coasteering session in Wales. This was a new kind of sport for us and we booked a session with Coasteering Wales in Holyhead where our guide Andy introduced us to …

Liverpool Trip

Last year we traveled through the UK and one of our days we spent in Liverpool. We had a few good reasons to make a stop in this English city. For one, we are huge Beatles fans and so visiting Liverpool was like a pelgrimage for us. Besides the Beatles …

Transport to and from Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Madame Tussauds (MT) museum in Hong Kong is located on top of a hill in Hong Kong Island. Subways are only along the northern beach, so there are only public bus, peak tram and taxi to choose to reach MT.
If your hotel is in Kow Loon area, it …

Glacier Express Scenic Train

In August 2015, while on our European honeymoon, my husband and I took the famous Swiss scenic train, the Glacier Express, from Zermatt to St. Moritz. This train proudly boasts that it is ‘the slowest express train in the world’.

Regardless of whether you travel in first or second class, reservations …

Everest 8045D Hiking Pack

I purchased the Everest Hiking Pack 8045D because I was looking for a backpack that I could take with me while I did some Wwoofing (Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms) in Florida, USA. I wanted a backpack that was big enough to store all the clothes and toiletries that …

Wat Rongkhun, Thailand

If you have never felt excited but scared at the same time, or hopeful but worried at the same time, then this place may offer those feelings. At first we did not plan to visit this so called white temple because it is located far from Bangkok. The shortest distance …

Incheon airport limousine bus

Incheon international airport in South Korea is well connected to the rest of the country. One of the transportation means goes to and comes from Incheon is limousine buses. The positive points of the bus compared to trains are that the former is more cost effective, and has more …

Trip to Tachileik, Myanmar

The word ‘Myanmar’ reminds me to a rather isolated country with poor people and not very well maintained public infrastructures. It had been, however, my opinion before I visited this country. Last July I went to the city of Tachileik of Myanmar through Mae Sai town of Thailand. Both small …

Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand

It is said that Ayutthaya (pronounced as ah-you-teah) is the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand). This made me want to visit the city but I did not expect to see only ruins. Alas, the city accommodates many ruins of the temples, but surprisingly I could not …

Tokyo Imperial Palace

As the name suggests, this is the palace where the royal family of Japan lives. The premises are divided into two large parts, the west part referred to as the Imperial Palace, and the east part which is known as the Imperial East Garden. The admission to each part …

The City of Gyeongju, South Korea

Far before we went to Korea, we had planned to visit this city because it accommodates historical sites those centuries old. Gyeongju is located 280 km to the south east of Seoul. This city is not big but fun to visit as there are many tourist spots around and …

The St. Louis Greyhound / Amtrak Gateway Travel Hub

The Greyhound bus line and the Amtrak train station are located within the same building, in the heart of downtown St. Louis. I have to admit that I don’t mind having to wait at this travel center for short layovers and when traveling solo, but it is my opinion …

Vilanova Park Barcelona

The Vilanova Park is a vacation resort located on the beautiful landscape of the ‘Costa de Barcelona’ at the beginning of the “Costa Dorada”, in Vilanova i la Geltru near Sitges.
The resort is open throughout the whole year and offers a large variety for a family vacation in Spain …

The city of Semarang

Semarang is the capital of Central Jawa province. It took me one hour by flight from Jakarta. Transportation in this city consists of city bus (including Trans Semarang), taxi, and manual driven tricycle. City buses are cheap but only good when you know the route. Taxis are probably the …

Memphis Zoo

My husband and I had to drive 3 hours to visit a car dealership in Memphis one Saturday. We decided to visit an attraction to make it a fun one day trip. We were glad we stopped by at the Memphis Zoo.
First, it is very easy to get …

Chihuly Garden and Glass

While spending a week in Seattle, my husband and I had underestimated how long it would take to see the various attractions we picked out for each day, and on the day we were visiting the Space Needle we found ourselves with no plans and a few hours left …

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum in Savannah, Georgia

After living in the area on and off for at least 6 years, I finally made the trip to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, and it was a great experience. If you’re afraid of heights, the climb to the top can be a bit frightening, but the …

Pham Ngu Lao Street, Saigon

Saigon is a pretty big city. Modern buildings are scattered almost everywhere. But they are not exactly what I wanted to see. As a tourist, I expected to see historical buildings, try local foods, and buy some souvenirs, etc. Thanks to Pham Ngu Lao St for its location as …

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2013, Walt Disney World, Florida

Traveling to Disney World is one of my family’s greatest pastimes, so I try to get my son to most of the special events that take place there during the year. While he doesn’t really enjoy looking at flowers and plants, my husband and I love them. We have …

Garden by the Bay, Singapore

As the name suggests, it is a garden located near a southern bay of Singapore. There is no admission fee for most parts of the garden. This huge theme park consists of country-based gardens such as Chinese garden, Indian garden, and Malayan garden. The best time to visit this …

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