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April 15, 2021

Southeast Asia Tours JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and for a reason with tropical climates, rich culture, gorgeous beaches, and a wonderful assortment of cuisine from which to choose. There’s a lot to do and see in #SoutheastAsia, and you can be assured that you will discover some of the most ornate & beautiful Temples on your visit. 
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Southeast Asia has something for everyone and is home to plenty of resorts, beautiful hotels, world-class restaurants, so many activities to enjoy, warm and friendly people to meet, and everything you will need to make your stay memorable.
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“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. ” 
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

February 5, 2021

Malaysia Borneo Southeast Asia JESS@FriendsTravel.com

12 Days Malaysia Beach Escape
#KualaLumpur & #Langkawi #Malaysia
(Private Guided Tour at 45% off if booked by Mar 31, 2021)

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11 Days Essential #Borneo
The Wilds of #Sabah & #Sarawak #Malaysian #Borneo
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November 30, 2020

#SriLanka JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Asia,Birdwatching,Holy temple at Dambula,Safari,Sri Lanka — asiawithfriendstravel @ 3:39 am

Holy temple at Dambula, Sri Lanka.

A reduction in airfare costs to help jumpstart flight bookings to Sri Lanka in the wake of this past spring’s Easter will make the South Asian island even more accessible to travelers who were undoubtedly already drawn to its beautiful beaches, #UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse wildlife and rich culture.

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November 23, 2020

#Cambodia #SiemReap JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Asia,Cambodia,Siem Reap,SouthEast Asia — asiawithfriendstravel @ 7:47 pm

 


Bakong Temple |
You might expect a place that’s a thousand years old to feel decrepit, but Siem Reap defies expectations. The sprawling Angkor Wat becomes more enchanting with age, and the lively and energetic town surrounding the ruins is a hotspot for backpackers from around the world. From the bright lights of its party scene to the welcoming and easy nature of its native people, Siem Reap is, in a word, fun.

Fun Fact:
At 1,626,000 sq meters, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument ever constructed. The entire ancient city was built with 5 to 10 million stone blocks, more than all the pyramids of Egypt combined.

Siem Reap, Cambodia
N 13.36° / E 103.84°

December — March
Siem Reap is a tropical and humid place. With a lengthy wet season, travel from April to November can be pretty hit or miss, so visit in the drier, lighter season. Planning a trip around Khmer New Year in April is an unforgettable experience, with celebrations lasting 3 days.


Ta Prohm |
The Temple Complex
Pretty much everyone travels to Siem Reap to visit the stunning temples, including the big 3 of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Thom. But there are many temples worth exploring within the Angkor complex, and throughout Siem Reap province. Hire a tuk-tuk driver to be your guide, or rent a bike and explore yourself. Outside the main attractions, temples like Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, and Banteay Srei are worthy visits. But be warned, some of these temples feature dizzying climbs and pickpocketing monkeys!



Pub Street, Siam Reap |
Rub a Dub Pub Street
Pub street is like a mini Vegas strip. Brightly lit by neon signs and bumping with music from the streetside tuk-tuk bars, this is sensory overload at its best. It’s also the greatest place to meet people, grab a cheap beer, and people watch. Yes, it’s on the touristy side, but if you like connecting with other travelers, swapping stories and making friends, then this is the best place to do it.


Tonlé Sap |
Local Treks
After the bright lights of Pub Street, it’s time to get local. Journey out into the countryside to visit villages outside the city. You can’t miss the floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake. Our favorite is Kompong Khleang, which is just far enough to attract fewer tourists than some of the other towns. Admire the structures perched on stilts over the water, and engage with the local life. The ride through the countryside, passing rice fields and farms, is also an incredible adventure in itself.


Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia |
Find Your Zen
Though it’s a massive tourist attraction today, Siem Reap was once the center of spirituality. And you can still find enlightenment during your trip. Melt into a chair at a local massage studio, or sign up for a yoga retreat. Reflect quietly as Buddhist monks light incense in the temples. If you find peace with nature, consider a hike in Phnom Kulen, a mountain range complete with jungle terrain and gorgeous waterfalls.

“When you go to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat over Khmer New Year prepare to buy a water gun and baby powder. It’s a tradition to soak everyone and dump powder all over them. By the end of my time there I was wearing science goggles and a bathing suit. In the actual temple there aren’t water guns but there will be dancing, singing, and cultural celebrations all through the day and night. It’s a magical place without the festival but once you add that in it’s an unreal experience.”


ANM Khmer Market |
Culinary Adventures
You can sample the, um, more “interesting” food items at the Angkor Night Market (see fried crickets and scorpions on a stick), but we recommend joining a food tour to really get the most out of your experience. They’ll show you the behind-the-scenes insight into how local dishes and flavors are created. From watching rice noodles be made to interacting with local street vendors, a food tour will make you an expert in Cambodian cuisine in no time.


Czeching In
There are plenty of hostels and budget hotels around Pub Street for the frugal backpacker. But if you want to experience old world elegance, check out Suites Hotel. This boutique retreat features beautiful suites nestled in tropical gardens and includes a complimentary pickup in a vintage car. No matter where you stay, we recommend finding someplace with a pool. “I highly recommend staying at an accommodation with a pool because Siem Reap is the hottest place I’ve ever been. During the days, it gets so unbearable that the streets are virtually empty.”


What’s In Your Wallet?
“Don’t stress about getting local currency at the airport. Like many developing countries Cambodia uses the U.S. Dollar, the crispier the better.” –

Tuk-Tuk Driver
“Always ask how much for a tuk tuk before agreeing to the ride. If you stick with the same driver each time they will really look after you. Cambodian people are so friendly and helpful!” –

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
“When visiting the temples, wear appropriate clothing covering the knees and shoulders. Be respectful to the Khmer and their culture. They are some of the most wonderful, genuine people I’ve met in my travels.” –

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October 15, 2020

World’s Best: The Top 15 Cities in Asia JESS@FriendsTravel.com

World’s Best: The Top 15 Cities in Asia
This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2,  just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic, but we hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be, soon.

A riot of colors, scents, and sounds characterize many of the best cities in Asia, according to TL readers. Travelers to the continent want to immerse themselves fully in the bustle of daily life, walking down avenues and side alleys, visiting ancient temples and ornate palaces, staying in houses on stilts and in modern skyscrapers. Whether their passion is food or art, shopping or nightlife, they discover that the urban centers of the world’s largest continent thrum with energy and excitement, which makes exploring them one of travel’s greatest joys.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, TL asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s list spans a wide swath of Asia. India is the only country that managed to grab three spots. Udaipur (No. 4) and Jaipur (No. 8) are no surprise. As one reader described, “Udaipur is a bucket-list destination. The lake is magnificent, especially at night from the Taj Lake Palace hotel looking to the City Palace. So romantic.” But the appearance of West Bengal’s capital, Kolkata, at No. 12 points to TL readers’ desires to explore areas beyond Rajasthan and other parts of the tried-and-true tourist circuit.

Hong Kong captured 15th place — a testament to its resilience and enduring appeal. “Hong Kong is one of the most interesting and unique cities in the world,” wrote one voter. Another reader echoed the sentiment, noting that the city has “so much to do and see, and the food is the best.” After all, where else can you find Michelin-star quality dim sum in a subway station?

And while some popular destinations return — Chiang Mai, Thailand (No. 2), Kyoto, Japan (No. 3), and Ubud, Indonesia (No. 6) — word also seems to be out about Laos’s enchanting former royal capital, Luang Prabang, which nabbed the fifth spot this year after not making the list in 2019. This “fascinating, friendly, small city on the banks of the Mekong River,” as one reader put it, is fast becoming a must-visit on any trip to Southeast Asia.

But for the second year in a row, the ancient Vietnamese city of Hoi An emerges victorious. Below, the reasons why — plus the full list of the best cities in Asia, as voted by TL readers.

Street scene, Hoi An, Vietnam

1. Hoi An, Vietnam
Score: 90.52

This city on Vietnam’s central coast has long been a tourist favorite, attracting visitors who appreciate its eclectic architecture, energetic nightlife, and flowing canals. But what really sets it apart for our readers are the culture and people. “The culture of Hoi An made it what it is,” wrote one fan. “So colorful and vibrant! The people were so friendly and the food was spectacular.” Another person likened it to “being transported to a magical romantic village.” Best of all, it’s easy to get around (try renting a bike) and very affordable, making it the favorite city in Vietnam — and all of Asia — for our readers.


2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Score: 89.62

ARASHIYAMA- people enjoy cherry blossom at the park in Arashiyama, Japan. Arashiyama, western outskirt of Kyoto, is famous on cherry blossom time.

3. Kyoto, Japan
Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Score: 88.77


4. Udaipur, India
City Palace, Udaipur, India
Score: 88.49


5. Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Phutthabaht Buddhist temple, Luang Prabang, Laos
Score: 88.17

6. Ubud, Indonesia
Pura Taman Saraswati Temple in Ubud, Indonesia
Score: 88.16

Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan Temple orTemple of Dawn, Bangkok

7. Bangkok, Thailand
Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand
Score: 87.91


8. Jaipur, India
Pink Palace Jaipur, India
Score: 87.87


9. Tokyo, Japan
Chidorigafuchi moat during cherry blossom season, Tokyo, Japan
Score: 87.67

Wat Preah Prom Rath temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Wat Preah Prom Rath temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Score: 87.38


11. Singapore
Score: 87.05


12. Kolkata, India
Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India
Score: 86.56

Urban, nature oasis in the middle of busy Seoul decorated with colourful lanterns during buddha’s birthday celebration.

13. Seoul, South Korea
Lotus Lantern Festival Cheonggyecheon Stream,Seoul, South Korea
Score: 86.07


14. Taipei, Taiwan 
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan
Score: 85.42

Victoria Harbour

15. Hong Kong

Score: 84.74

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October 8, 2020

Harbin in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, #HarbinIceFestival

Filed under: China,Harbin,Heilongjiang province — asiawithfriendstravel @ 9:21 pm

Hosted by the city of #Harbin in #China’s northeastern #Heilongjiang province, the #HarbinIceFestival is the world’s largest celebration of ice and snow. The festival showcases 8 million square feet of painstakingly-detailed ice sculptures of mythical creatures, cartoon characters and iconic structures from around the globe. Visitors have the opportunity to climb ice palaces and marvel at Rome’s Colosseum or New York City’s Lady Liberty illuminated by soft glowing lights in teeth-chattering temperatures of -40°F. Beginning from January 5 for an entire month, the Harbin Ice Festival is accompanied by a number of events, where brave souls participate in a polar swim, and dozens of couples exchange vows as part of a mass wedding.


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#South #Korea Spotlight #JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Asia,South Korea — asiawithfriendstravel @ 1:46 pm

#South #Korea has a long history dating back over a thousand years & because of it’s natural isolation of the Korean Peninsula, the country’s culture hasn’t changed as much as in other regions.

Still today, you can stand in awe of some of the most significant #cultural #heritage sites of the country, such as #Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace situated in #Seoul.

What most separates Seoul from other cities is its blend of the old and the new, of modern ingenuity and classical style.

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June 20, 2020

#JapanVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowskyJESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Asia,Japan,Osaka,Specialist,Tokyo — asiawithfriendstravel @ 9:55 pm

The bigger the city, the more dangerous it is? Not true for Tokyo. This city has a population of over 13 million and it’s still one of the safest cities on the planet. In terms of how well your cyber security is protected, Tokyo is ranked on top. This means identity theft is super rare and digital privacy is highly respected and protected. The low crime rates are probably related to the fact that the majority of the Tokyo residents are considered “upper-middle class.” What’s more? Tokyo boasts a world-famous nightlife scene which can be enjoyed worry-free!

If safety is your top priority when you’re traveling, Japan is a great choice. Osaka is the second Japanese city to make our list of safest cities in the world. The city of roughly 2.6 million shares some similar characteristics with Tokyo. Osaka is home to a wealthy population, is considered to be the second safest city in the world in terms of violent crime (just behind Singapore), and has an excellent health care system ensuring its residents are well cared for. To clarify: safe doesn’t mean boring. Osaka’s got a happenin’ nightlife and stylish restaurant scene that rivals the likes of Paris and New York City.

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Filed under: Asia,Singapore — asiawithfriendstravel @ 9:35 pm
The number of violent crimes, theft, and level of police engagement is the lowest in the world in Singapore. If that doesn’t make you feel safe, we don’t know what will. In fact, Singapore reported a 135-day completely crime-free streak in 2017. The small island nation has close to 100,000 surveillance cameras positioned around the city, keeping citizens honest and majorly deterring those who are tempted to stray. Because of their super-safe environment, Singaporeans really trust each other. It’s not uncommon to see shops without windows, locks, or doors!
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June 7, 2020

#Baihe #Taiwan #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Asia,Baihe,Taiwan — asiawithfriendstravel @ 12:33 am

Baihe, Taiwan

This town, #Baihe, captures the very best of #Taiwan. The rural town is set in a stunning natural setting offering visitors a chance to connect with lush, serene nature. From mud baths to hot springs, this spot has everything you need to become one with Mother Nature. If you want your own private hot spring bath, check out the Guanziling Lin Kuei Yuan Hot Spring Resort. Visit during the Lotus blooming season for an extra special experience.

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