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    The only Iyeyasu Statue in Tokyo
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  • Currency Exchange

    Bangkok Favorites

    Beyond doubt.....The best currency deals can be found at 'Siam Exchange' - It is conveniently located by the BTS National Stadium station. (Opposite MBK) They have a live web site that is up dated a couple of times a day...So you can see what the rate is before you visit. Google http://www.siamexchange.co.th - They also have a map on the site to...

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  • Singapore Dollar - Currency Exchange

    Singapore Favorites

    The Singapore dollar is roughly 80US cents. If you're British it's an easy calculation 1 pound is two Singapore dollars. Singapore is not a cheap destination certainly compared to the rest of South East Asia so budget accordingly before you arrive.

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  • Petronas Twin Towers

    Kuala Lumpur Favorites

    Hi Kuala Lumpur City Centre is condsidered as the main downtown of Kuala Lumpur today. Kuala Lumpur city centre consists of Petronas Twin Towers, Maxis Towers, Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Traders Hotel, Recreational park and a mosque.So within the KLCC vicinity there are two...

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  • People/Local Culture

    Manila Favorites

    I was most surprised to see this plaque at Rajah Sulayman Plaza just off of Roxas Boulevard in Malate. You will find this on the wall of the Dancing Fountain, facing the ocean. I think it was awarded it because it Manila was hosting the cultural minister's summit during this time. Very interesting to read this...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Goa Favorites

    The name, ‘Goa’ is from the word, ‘Gomanta’ referred to in the great Hindu epic, the ‘Mahabharat’. According to mythology, Bhargav Parasurama, the incarnation of the god Vishnu and a pupil of the god Shiva, reclaimed land from the sea. He then settled his men on the area called Goa. During the 3rd. century BC, it was part of the Mauryan Empire...

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  • Foods and Products

    Tokyo Favorites

    Sometime I wanted to drink something new, but many of Japan drink written in japanese only.To solve the problem is.... just try everything.This one looks nice,it's not really japan drink but it's Schweppes' ,but I saw this taste only in Japan so far.It's blood orange taste and with bubble.One good thing in bubble drink in japan is ..it doesn't...

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  • Other Stuff

    Seoul Favorites

    1) Money (listed in KRW - won) to bring if you are traveling on a budget: accommodation could be 15000 ~ 50000 won per day depending on where you book -food will run you about 5000~10000 won per meal (remember no need to tip) -shopping is per your own choices and tastes: --cheap clothing can be found 5000 won and higher --cheap backpacks and bags...

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  • Island beaches

    Phuket Favorites

    Phuket is one big party and resort island and since the main attraction here is the beaches in and around phuket and the islands of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, there are many water and beach related activities that you can to like para sailing, snorkelling, jet ski rentals, banana boat rentals, Long Tail Boat Rentals, having a henna tattoo,...

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  • Forbidden City

    Beijing Favorites

    There are two essentials to see - the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven Park. At the Forbidden City keep to the edges. The main central buildings are crowded and it is difficult to get through the croiwdsto see inside (in general one can't enter the buildings). It can also be hot and shadeless. In contrast keep to the edges in the shade,...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Mumbai Favorites

    Strange things have been reported to happen within The Taj Mahal Hotel. Taj hotel is said to be haunted by its creator/architect W. A. Chambers. Taj Mahal Hotel was among the four locations targeted in 2008 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks. CNN report for more info. about that fateful day:...

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  • Useful tips

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    Traffic in Ho Chi Minh..........I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life, at least they weren't going fast like at home! How to get across to the other side of the road? Mmm, rather daunting with all those bikes, but it can be done quite easily. The trick is to stay aware, and walk slowly and confidently. The motorbike riders are...

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  • Where to find cheap tasty food ?

    Penang Favorites

    am a food lover and really love local penang delight like asam laksa, nasi lemak, kuih talam and of course desserts such as burbur cha cha and many many more. ... and recently i have tried the food in yummy tummy delight located at gelugor. They serve homemade food and i believe they are healthy and without MSG. I am a health profession student and...

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  • Visiting Lahore

    Lahore Favorites

    3 in one city. There is a rich history in Central Lahore, There is a 'British built Lahore' around Mall road with splendid architecture of the 19th century and a modern day Lahore with all the advanced infrastructure and facilities of life. Plus a beautiful canal passing through the city and River Ravi flowing along the eastern part of Lahore. The...

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  • Arround the City

    Hanoi Favorites

    Vietnam National Museum of History Address: No 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam 8.00 to 16.30 everyday (Monday to Sunday) Introduction: The Vietnamese national museum of history formerly the Louis Finot Museum, occupies the old archaeological and history research institution of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient in a magnificent example of...

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  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

    Jakarta Favorites

    During sunny day under the bright and hot sun, wearing a hat and apply sunblock cream is needed. While we are happy posting for a good picture, strong wind might blow at that time. The hat is on the little girl, suddenly, it was on the water, we can not get it back. We always need to pay attention, as we travellers, we go to new places, do new...

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  • Red fort

    Delhi Favorites

    After the `First war of independence' in 1857, or as the British called it: `the sepoy mutiny', where there were several armed uprisings against the occupation of India by the British thru the `East India Company', much of the Red fort was occupied and destroyed by the British army. Many of the structures within were razed and Barracks were built...

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  • Money Exchangers

    Karachi Favorites

    The Pakistani currency is Rupee. It is advisable to get local currency before you buy stuff in the city's store especially if you are buying small items that you need to pay cash. Stop by and exchanged some dollars to rupees in banks. A number of licensed Currency Exchange Companies that operate their offices located in various part of the cities...

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  • Beaches

    Ko Samui Favorites

    Chaweng is a busy and fun beach if you are interested in meeting people. Choeng Mon is a quieter beach that is relaxing and not far from the night-life. So many to choose from, one of the real highlights was the ready and sincere smile of the local people.

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  • Hill Tribes and Volunteer work

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    STOP 4 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR Just up the road from the ranger station is a Hmong market, which sells produce from the Royal Project and Hmong villages around Mae Chaem. Actual Hmong hill tribe people live here. We stopped to have a look at their wares (mainly produce), and to see them dressed in their colourfully embroidered...

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  • Tourist Information Center

    Kyoto Favorites

    The Kyoto SGG Club,Goodwill Guide Volunteer Services of Kyoto, and the Rotary International District 2650 Club of Kyoto are giving away free maps to tourists in Kyoto. The map is in black and white and back to back. The tourist map can be taken at the Information Center at the Kyoto Station where you buy the bus tickets. The front page of the map...

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  • Bottled Water

    Islamabad Favorites

    Simly and Rawal dams are the main drinking water source in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Water is often polluted thus not safe to drink. You should either boil this water before use or otherwise use bottled mineral water. Nestle is the best brand for mineral water. Check for expiry date and plastic seal on cover before buying. There are...

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  • Cambodian People

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    Cambodian people and culture are great. There is a big push for people to learn English, and for Cambodians knowing English is the difference between a crappy job and a good one. So they will love speaking English to you and chatting. A lot of Cambodian adults spend their days at work and nights in school being taught English, for which they pay a...

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  • The people and their food

    Hyderabad Favorites

    When I first came to Hyderabad I was very said seeing that so many people doesn't even have decent place to sleep and I was surprised how poor they are. The only thing they have is today and they live it like it will be their last day on earth. They are friendly and have always smile to give and I admire them for that.

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  • The Bund

    Shanghai Favorites

    You look at the Bund, with futuristic buildings in one bank of the river, and classical ones in the other, and something looks... odd. I was not very familiar with Chinese architecture but... those buildings... it seems that I saw them somewhere else, but not in China! Russia! Of course! The old Bund is a mixture of styles and epochs, displayed...

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  • walking

    Osaka Favorites

    OSAKA often seems like it has no main centre and is an overwhelming maze of small streets and alleys. Although this is true - do not be shy about walking around Osaka, to where-ever the road takes you. You will always find your way back, and as safe a place as you can expect for a big city. My wife, Wendy, taking me down some backstreets to the...

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  • General Street Scenes

    Hat Yai Favorites

    In our usual morning walk thru the city, we came across this aerobic session in the open spaces in front of the Robinson Department Store in the vicinity of the Hatyai raiway station... The music was lively as the the people exercise in rhythm with the music and the leader who is on a raised platform... Nearby, there are some elderly ladies doing...

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  • Shamian Island

    Guangzhou Favorites

    I visited Sha mian island. It is a nice place. It will be much nicer in one year I think because they are rebuilding everything. All the houses, and the gardens, the streets, everywhere it is "construction". It is funny to see all the young couples to still come there to take photos of their future wedding. They are walking in the dust, mud... You...

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  • Terracotta Army

    Xi'an Favorites

    One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Warriors and Horses back in the 1970's is present at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor on a regular basis to provide autographs. You can buy a colorful souvenir book and have it autographed by him. Something worth buying and taking home while you are there!

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  • Temple Entry Pass

    Angkor Wat Favorites

    We visited Angkor Wat , Banteay Srei and Roluos Complex in Siem Reap, on 25 Dec 2013 until 1 Jan 2014.We booked a tour from Happy Angkor Tour and as soon we reached Siem Reap , we were brought to the Official ticket sales booths located at a checkpoint between the Siem Reap airport to the Angkor Complex. Told that there are other sales booths...

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  • Friendly Locals

    Peshawar Favorites

    After a long day in Peshawar's bazaar, I was aproached by a man who asked me where I came from. After exchanging a few words, he invited me to his house. I had to follow him through the narrow streets of Peshawar (see picture above). At his house, Mohammed introduced me to his two daughters. Everyone spoke English. Although they seemed very open...

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  • Markets

    Chengdu Favorites

    Here I want to show readers how they sell electric bicycles, its just a simple shop like selling bicycles, the price is cheap, take a closer look. You can simply throw away your petroleum or gasoline powered bikes, simple and nice, why still insist? Obviously, the reason is some greedy peoples had no other ways to survive without oils. I am...

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  • Feed Monkeys

    Nathia Gali Favorites

    Due to thick forest there are many monkeys in the area. You would find groups of monekys every where on trees doing some times really funny acts. Watching them would be fun and if you offer them some thing to eat then they would quickly come towards you and take what you offered. Monkeys some time do really funny acts. You would enjoy watching them...

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  • Shrines & Temples

    Nagoya Favorites

    The shops at Ossu-Kannon have some really great deals and some really unique stores. I found a complete kimono set for only about 10,000 yen (about $75 US). Just get off at the Kamemaezu or Ossu-Kannon stops on the tsurumai line. Hidaka matsuri (the naked festival) is the most insane celebration I have ever seen. It is a practice almost 1000 years...

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  • Open Coffins

    Chitral Favorites

    Until recently, the Kalash did not burry their relatives. They simply left the coffin at the cemetery without digging a hole for them; often, people from other tribes opened the coffins and took whatever they found inside.

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  • Fairy Meadows.

    Hunza Favorites

    Fairy Meadows lie below the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat, which is the largest mountain in the world and the last bastion of the Great Himalayas in the West. Below it lie the calm and serene Fairy Meadows, one of the most beautiful places in this world and a definite must-see on everybody's list. The Fairy Meadows are the base-camp of Nanga Parbat...

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  • Northern Areas

    Pakistan Favorites

    Bonjour from Peshawar, Isb-Chitral, Idea bura nahin hai. There is a coaster service leaves at 9:30 PM daily for Chitral from Pirwadhai bus terminal, arrives in the morning in Chitral, over Lowari pass, road is fine. Chitral, Stay at Hotel Terichmir view (Mumtaz Hussain, manager) you could use my reference. It is a mid-range one. For budgeted...

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  • Shopping

    Hong Kong Favorites

    In 2011, my family and I went to Hong Kong for a quick 4 day stay. I brought with me our eyeglasses prescription (me and my son). A friend, who lives in HK and works at an eye clinic, recommended I see her friend Mr. Paul at Idol Vision. We went there Monday morning, picked out our glasses and picked them up on Thursday evening. The glasses were...

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  • Trekking

    Nepal Favorites

    Once you think about Nepal, you shouldn't miss trekking. No matter which part you go for trekking you will always find traveler just like you. Either you can go for Everest Base camp trek or heading for Annnapurna Circuit, the world highest trekking pass around 5600 m. When it comes to trek in himalayas in Nepal people always get mistaken as...

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  • Weather

    Bangkok Favorites

    Bangkok can be hot and humid throughout the year, with temperatures often reaching 35°C (95°F). The best time to visit is between November and February as April is generally the hottest month and October the wettest. The Thais often say: We have only two seasons, hot and hotter. This is true as far as it's never cold in Thailand. Officially...

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  • Fines & Rules of Conduct

    Singapore Favorites

    Singapore is clean and orderly, due to a long list of illegal things, such as chewing gum, jaywalking and making loud noise. Be wary when crossing roads there will be an underpass you must take, often hi-tech and highly complicated, e.g. taking 3 escalators to cross one road.

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  • Chinatown

    Kuala Lumpur Favorites

    Wisma Fui Chiu was one of the biggest and tallest shopping Malls in KL during the 80s to 90s. It is located on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, right opposite the famous Chinatown Petaling Street market. Most Malaysians and Tourists who came to Chinatown would not miss this building. Many people are waiting buses in front of this building to Bukit Bintang...

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  • Churches

    Manila Favorites

    -Formally called Santisimo Rosario Parish Church -Located inside the University of Santo Tomas campus (along P. Noval St.) in España, Manila -Regular mass ongoing specially every Sunday (open to public) -The Church is one of the few fully air-conditioned Churches in Manila

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  • BEACHES

    Goa Favorites

    A large, rusty and abandoned russian ship is anchored at the beach of Candolim. The rope has a foothold right on the beach. I don't know how long time this ship have been anchored here, but it doesn't look nice. GPS coodinates: 15° 30' 44.3500" N 73° 45' 49.5200" E

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  • Shrines and Temples

    Tokyo Favorites

    The lucky charms in Japan can usually only be obtained at the shrines. They are usually categorized by the area of your wish such as “prosperous business”, “successful study”, “well-being of family”, "ward of evil" “fulfillment of love or wish for finding a partner”, etc. The small shrine in Ueno park charges 700 yen per charm whereas the bigger...

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  • Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

    Seoul Favorites

    Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). One of five palaces in Seoul, it has a 500 year history. It was built by the founding King of Joseon dynasty, Lee Seong-Gye, in 1395 as he moved the capital city from Gyeseong to Seoul. Located in the northern part of Seoul, it is sometimes called “Bukgwol.” Gyeongbokgung is...

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