Author: Noel Lau

5 reasons to visit Taiwan

5 reasons to visit Taiwan Taiwan is often overlooked as a travel destination – in fact, most people think it’s somewhere in China. Even those who know where Taiwan is, they see no reasons to go there; there’s no Great Wall, no terracotta warriors, etc. Therein lies the good news. Since Taiwan isn’t on the travelers’ radar, it means that wherever you go you don’t have to deal with crowded beaches, overbooked hostels, drunken college students on the ‘banana pancake trail’. However, this island nation that I love immensely has so much to offer. Here are 5 wonderful reasons...

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Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2014

We’re out with this year’s top 10 countries to visit in 2014. Here’s where we think you should go travel! Taiwan Taiwan doesn’t feature prominently in most travelers’ bucket list; many don’t know much about it. Some think that it is part of China, and others are deterred by the language barrier. But Taiwan is one of the most interesting countries in the world. Taiwan is the best place to experience the rich and compelling Chinese culture (that was lost in China during the Cultural Revolution). Atmospheric and colorful Chinese and Taoist temples throb with activities of the faithful...

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Photo of the Week: Lemo at Tanah Toraja

Located in the center of weird-shaped Sulawesi island of Indonesia, Tanah Toraja is a land almost lost in time: with lush rice terraces, imposing limestone cliffs, and ancient burial sites. Lemo is probably the most impressive cliff burial site of Tanah Toraja. Lemo is a small village where the rock face of a cliff is lined with burial chambers and balconies with effigies. The burial chambers were cut out of the rock face for the deceased to be entombed. There are also a series of balconies with tau tau, effigies carved out of wood or bamboo. They were produced...

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What you need to know about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In preparation for our upcoming small group tour to Malaysia and Singapore, I wanted to give you basic information that would help you get a better understanding about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although, a hub of southeast Asia, foreigners know very little about the city. Here’s what the traveler needs to know about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:     Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857 when prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Kelang and Gombak Rivers and decided to name the place Kuala Lumpur, which in the Malay language means “muddy confluence”. Immigrants from China...

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Your Guide to Malaysian Food

Your Guide to Malaysian Food Malaysia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. And this diversity translates wonderfully in its cuisine. Masterfully manipulating local ingredients with notable Chinese and Indian influence, Malaysian food is rich in flavor and tantalizing in its diversity. Malaysian food explained It is an impossible mission to try to taste every single Malaysian food if you are just traveling through. But fret not, below are 10 dishes to try that will give you not only a taste of this country’s delicious cuisine but a peek into the culture as well. Nasi...

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