First-timer Road Trip to Okinawa - Part 2
This blog is a continuation of my earlier Okinawa travelogue which detailed the highlights from my coastal phase of the road trip and marks the transition from the relaxing beachside and laidback ambience of the northern part of the island to the hustle-bustle of Naha city in the south. These itineraries flow from the north to south is the ideal way to go as the airport is located at Naha in the south. Starting a vacation from the south...
First-timer Road-Trip to Okinawa
To most travellers, a trip to Japan usually involves the "mainstream" cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or even the paradisiacal island of Hokkaido. Unlike the mainland cities, Okinawa is admittedly less on the radar of most travellers heading to Japan. It is not known for its developed economy nor is it like Hokkaido and Kyoto which are popular for its unique charm. Nonetheless, the little island of Okinawa still received almost ten million...
Be enthralled by the beauty of New South Wales, Australia
If you love long road trips with scenic view, then this is one of the best there is. Just about an hour drive from Sydney, this route is known as the Grand Pacific Drive and is one of Australia most spectacular driving routes. Most visitors are familiar with the metropolitan capital city of Sydney or iconic Gold Coast, so where is New South Wales located?
New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is...
Vintage Biplane Aerial Adventure in New South Wales, Australia
As a kid, I was particularly fascinated by all the things that fly, from birds to aeroplanes. I always wondered, how would I be, if I were a bird. I used to look with awe at aircrafts marking contrails and cruising high in the blue sky, I wondered if I could fly the same. But as life would have it, my aerial ambition would remain a childhood dream.
Most of our encounter with aeroplanes are usually with the airliners...
Hahndorf - Australia's Oldest Surviving German Village
During my last trip to South Australia, I "stumbled" on a little piece of gem. Due to inclement weather, my travel mate and I chose to explore Hahndorf instead of the Pink Lake, as the dark overcast skies were threatening to open up. What we lost in our aborted plan, we gained by the visit to this little charming village that is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement which celebrated its 179 years as this...
Adelaide Central Market - A must-visit when in Adelaide
In most of my travel overseas, a visit to the city or town main market is a must as it's the best place to get a feel and dynamism of the locale. A market tells a lot about the country that you are visiting. In Adelaide, a visit to the Central Market is a definite must-do. It has been described as a "multicultural hub with fresh produce, gourmet goods and lots of heart" in the South Australia Travel Idea Travel Ideas...
Why Kangaroo Island Deserves a Longer Stay
Beautiful coastal views, fabulous scenic drive routes, great dining and adventure pit-stops are some 'ingredients' necessary for a memorable road trip. Kangaroo Island in South Australia has all the attributes for a perfect laid-back yet exciting vacation. So it comes as a surprise to me that most people would think of this beautiful island as a day-trip or a 1-night stopover destination. I hope my blog based on my recent...
Swim with Tuna at Victor Harbour, South Australia
We have all probably heard of or even experienced swimming with dolphins in a marine-themed park, whale sharks perhaps in Ningaloo, caged shark diving in South Africa or even swim with jellyfish in Palau. But swim with tuna? Now that's new. This is Oceanic Victor, the latest marine-themed attraction at Victor Harbour, South Australia. The facility is located within a Habitat Protection Zone of the Encounter Marine Park.
Tasmania Convoy Adventure September 2017
This 8D7N self-drive convoy adventure was organised by Jetabout Holidays and held from the 21-28 September 2017. To ensure a better trip experience, participants and cars were kept to a manageable amount. In total, we had seven attendees with Cindy Loo (trip guide and facilitator) and myself included. Chasing the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) was one of the trip objectives. However, nature being what it is, we were rewarded with Milky...
This visit to the amazing Soneva Jani completed my visit to all three land-based properties in the Soneva chain of resorts, the other two being Soneva Fushi at Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll, Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, South Thailand. In comparison with six other Maldivian resorts that I recently experienced, I can attest that Soneva Jani is certainly at the apex of luxury resorts not just in Maldives but worldwide.
Visitors looking to enjoy the Maldivian paradise can be overwhelmed...