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Tasmania Convoy Self-drive Adventure September 2017

Tasmania Convoy Self-drive Adventure September 2017

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 Way rather than the aurora on the last night of our trip. But along the way, we got to experience a fair bit of the Tasmanian magic ... Read More
Soneva Jani Apex Luxury Maldivian Getaways JetBlogger Jensen Chua

Soneva Jani – Apex Of Luxury Maldivian Getaways

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 by the wide range of premium accommodation as each resort seeks to distinguish itself with unique features and no–holds–barred services ... Read More
Most Photogenic Night Market Bangkok Rod Fai Train Market Ratchada

The Most Photogenic Night Market In Bangkok – Rod Fai Train Market at Ratchada

The new Rod Fai Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok is an amazing venue for the avid photographer. This article is intended for shutterbugs looking to shoot the top view of the night market, which is making the rounds in the internet. The following photography and travel tips will be helpful for all who may be thinking of capturing that angle, visit the place or both. Photographing Bangkok New Rod Fai Night Market at Ratchada To shoot this top view of the market, take the lift to Level 4 at the Esplanade Mall (just beside the night market) and walk to the ... Read More
Soneva Fushi Resort Premium Robinson Crusoe adventure Maldives

Soneva Fushi – Premium Robinson Crusoe Adventure In The Maldives

Soneva Fushi is one of the earliest Maldivian luxury resorts (established 1995) and one of the most distinctive too, with its early emphasis on environmental sustainability and barefoot luxury. This visit marked my second visit to a Soneva resort, the first being Soneva Kiri in Koh Hood, Thailand. With similar interior styling and "Robinson Crusoe" concept, great memories from the previous visit resumed 'seamlessly' at this lovely resort but even better with views of the beautiful Baa Atoll. The resort Soneva Fushi is located on the island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll, one of the largest islands in the Maldives ... Read More
Sri Lanka Airlines Flight Review Singapore Travel Blogger Jensen Chua

Sri Lanka Airlines – My first flight review

In my second resorts exploratory trip to Maldives this year, I had the opportunity to fly with Sri Lanka Airlines, for the very first time. Changi International Airport offers a wide selection of airlines but I usually stick to my 'comfort zone' of carriers that I am comfortable with, based on branding, experience and perception of value. That said, my first flight with Sri Lanka Airlines was a pleasantly good affair. My positive review are based on three main criteria - price, service level and flight experience. From a price perspective, the full service round-trip ticket from Singapore to Velana ... Read More
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Luxury Resort Paradise Baa Atoll travelogue

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas – The Luxury Paradise at The Baa Atoll

The very mention of Maldives always evolves an image of coconut palms on a tiny island, of azure crystal clear water, of postcard perfect scenery be it land or underwater. Yes, I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with this tropical paradise. But just as true, are the pricey premium resorts that many would dream about and consider a vacation here "a trip of a lifetime" or something on their bucket list. Thus, as a travel blogger with Jetabout Holidays, I had the luck to experience more than half a dozen high-end resorts over a short period of time ... Read More
U Inchantree Resort Best Boutique Resort beside River Kwai Bridge

U Inchantree Resort – Most Romantic Resort by River Kwai Bridge

The U Inchantree Resort Kanchanaburi is definitely one of the best option for visitors looking for a cosy resort conveniently located near the River Kwai Bridge should they planned a vacation in this beautiful town. This is my 2nd stay at the resort which I visited five years ago and the resort have since gained a new wing making it a 50 rooms set up. Service is still as commendable, brisk and the resort retains a peaceful ambience. Incidentally, you might be pleased to know it garnered Thailand's 'Most Romantic Resort 2011/12' accolade by World Travel Award. The resort U ... Read More
An Escape to Paradise in Fiji Islands by JetBlogger Jensen Chua

Escape to Paradise in Fiji Islands

This 'Escape to Paradise in Fiji Islands' travelogue touches on the island of South Viti Levu, Sigatoka town and Kuata island, is a continuation from my earlier article on my Fiji Islands adventure, where I explore the town of Savusavu in North Fiji, which many considered to be Fiji Islands' best-kept secret. The beauty of Fiji Islands has a timeless and natural beauty quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Any vacationers, particularly those with interest in photography, will doubly enjoy the exotic and picture perfect islands. SOUTH VITI LEVU ISLAND Pure Fuji My 1st stop on arriving on the ... Read More
Savusavu - Fiji Islands' Best-kept Secret

Savusavu – Fiji Islands’ Best-Kept Secret

The thought of visiting Fiji should make anyone feels exhilarated with all that sun, sand and sea. Blessed with 333 tropical islands and home to some of the happiest people on Earth, nothing prepared me for the charm and warmth of the Fijians, much less the gorgeous sights and sound of the truly spectacular islands located in the heart of the South Pacific. My itineraries included islands exploration – Savusavu, South Viti Levu Island, Sigotaka and Kuata Island. In this article, I’ve put together some brilliant places you could explore for your trip to Savusavu, considered to be Fiji Islands' best-kept ... Read More
Save money Sydney vacation Jensen Chua Singapore Travel Blogger

5 Ways to Save Money on a Sydney Vacation

According The Telegraph (UK) , Sydney is one of the top 20 most expensive cities in the world to visit, having fallen from 5th position in 2014. While that sounds like good news for travellers on a budget, there is no denying this is still an expensive city to visit, right up there with London, Zurich and Paris. What each traveller spend on and does during the vacation will have will effect on the best experience. The following are 5 ways to save money for those on free and easy arrangements but still enjoy a fabulous vacay. You just need ... Read More
Kanchanaburi Thailand underrated destinations travel blog

Kanchanaburi, one of Thailand’s most underrated destinations

Kanchanaburi offers something for everyone and in my humble opinion, is certainly one of Thailand's most underrated destinations. Blessed with natural and historical attractions, this laid-back town features many sightseeing opportunities that would please nature lovers and history buffs alike. World War II memories dominate a large portion of the town, with a number of museums and war memorials dedicated to the many lives lost during the Japanese occupation, while nature parks and its surrounding area offer visitors welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The following are some of the activities you can enjoy when you vacation ... Read More
X2 River Kwai Best Instagrammable Resort Kanchanaburi

X2 Kwai Resort – The most “Instagrammable” Resort in Kanchanaburi

X2 (pronounced Cross To) chain of resorts are fast gaining a reputation as a high-design, boutique range of holiday destination properties across Asia and Australia.  Since their introduction to the market they have risen to be among the most famous of boutique resorts in Thailand and across South East Asia, winning numerous awards and accolades. I was especially impressed by the resort's chain mantra - "to have a very unique and unequivocal persona that is embraced by all elements of the resort. Whether it be design, service, location" for as a travel photographer, a destination uniqueness and resort character help plenty ... Read More
6 Must Do activities Sydney Travel Tips Singapore Travel Blogger

6 ‘Must-Do’ activities when you have 72 hours in Sydney

Sydney’s a gorgeous city to visit with plenty to do and see. But when you have just 72 hours to burn here, I like to suggest 6 must-do activities in early winter for a memorable trip that will have you plan future visits again. So come along and join me on my quick trip Down Under. Must Do #1 - Visit the Sydney Opera House No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House. Missing it would be like visiting Paris without seeing Eiffel Tower. A fusion of ancient with modernist influences , the immense beauty of the ... Read More
Hotel Reviews 137 Pillars Suites New Hotel Bangkok Singapore Travel Blogger Jensen Chua

5 reasons why you will love 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok

International tourist arrivals in Thailand reached a record high in 2016 and is projected to continue doing well in 2017 with more than 30 million foreigners arrivals annually. Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of Thailand's GDP and is one of the few bright spots for an economy that under performed peers in Southeast Asia. So it not surprising to see many new hotels being built. But amid the wide offering, the recently opened (February 2017) 137 Pillars Suites and Residences is one hotel to watch. Reason #01 - Great location Located at the heart of Bangkok’s upscale Emquartier & Emporium Shopping area and ... Read More
Best Private Island Escape 12 reasons Soneva Kiri best resort Thailand Jensen Chua Singapore Travel Blogger

12 reasons why Soneva Kiri is the best resort in Thailand

In my travel assignments to date, I had the privilege to enjoy many resorts, each extolling to impart the "ultimate" experience. At Soneva Kiri, I can finally attest I found that one resort that "rules them all". Located on the secluded island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers an unparalleled level of luxurious and memorable experience, cocooning its guests with impeccable service that any stay feels too short, however long. In this blog, I am pleased to list twelve reasons why this resort, in my humble opinion, is the best resort in Thailand. So before the accolades sounded like hyperbole, do join me ... Read More
10 Breathtaking Australian locations worth driving JetBlogger Jensen Chua Photography

10 Breathtaking Australian locations worth driving for

During Australia’s spring season, Aussie Specialist, Cindy Loo and myself , headed for a 2 weeks self-drive trip around Sydney and Tasmania that totalled some 3000km. Here are 10 amazing locations that have been shortlisted into this travel guide. Get to know which places in Australia I will recommend anyone planning a Sydney or Tasmania road trip. Rev up your engines and get ready for an epic trip Down Under! 1. Tasmania : Lake Pedder (Southern Lights) The Aurora Australis at Lake Pedder Most people heard about Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, which are visible from places such as Norway, Iceland ... Read More
Singapore Travel Blogger Photographer Hotel Reviews Avani Riverside Bangkok

Avani Riverside – Gorgeous hotel by the Chao Phraya River

The Avani Riverside Bangkok is owned by the Minor Hotels Group that owns and manages, among diverse businesses, the famous Anantara chain of hotels. The Avani Riverside is a departure from the “conservative slick” set up of the Anantara resort and having opened in April 2016, is equipped with the latest technologies and of course, you can expect similar top-notch service. Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this upmarket hotel is just about 8 km from both the Wat Arun temple and the Grand Palace. It’s also 13 km from Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. Guests will especially love the rooftop infinity pool ... Read More
Chasing Southern Lights Tasmania JetBlogger Jensen Chua and Jetabout Holidays

Chasing the Southern Lights in Tasmania

Whenever the subject of Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights crops up, most people think of Norway, Iceland or the Arctic.  But with the sun’s 11-year solar cycle coming to an end, these nature wonders are fading and may not be seen as often for another decade.  Fortunately for us in Asia, the Southern Hemisphere has its own light show – the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. The Southern Lights is deemed a fairly 'recent discovery' as one of the pioneer spotters - Margaret Sonnemann, only saw the phenomenon slightly more than 15 years ago. Today her Facebook group, Aurora Australis Tasmania, ... Read More
Travel Tips Sharing. Reviews Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa by Jensen Chua Photography

5 Reasons why you will love Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort

One of the key consideration when selecting resorts in the Maldives is its location. Other than extra transfer cost, the loss of precious vacation time is another bugbear for far-flung resorts. But Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort is conveniently located very near the Velana International Airport, so that mean that guests at this resort can start enjoying paradise much faster on arrival. Located on the private Furanafushi Island (North Male Atoll), this luxurious resort will appeal to couples or families alike. Reason No. 1  - Quick access from Malé Airport Just 15-20 min speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport, this ... Read More
Ten must-try Bangkok local food easily accessible via Bangkok Train System Jensen Chua Photography

10 must-try Bangkok local food via BTS

Bangkok is widely visited for many things, especially for it's food and shopping. Local food in this vibrant city provides convenient, delicious and pocket-friendly meals while being one of the best ways to connect with the local culture. But it can be bewildering especially for new or the infrequent visitors, when they chose to "go local" without a guide. That’s why I put together this guide to ten great eating spots easily accessible via the Bangkok Train System (BTS). The blog also comes with the shops facade picture and map link for easier reference. Bangkok BTS map Prachak - Roasted duck and meat diner Roast duck ... Read More
Travel Tips Sharing. Reviews Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Jensen Chua Photography

The All Inclusive Resort in Maldives: Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa

Having last visited the Maldives some 15 years back, I was elated when the chance to go on an inspection trip to three resorts with Jetabout Holidays came in March. Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa was one of the resorts on the list. The Centara brand name is familiar to me as it is one of Thailand's leading hotel group, which is highly regarded for its excellent service.  Having inspected another resort, the Lux* South Ari Atoll just a two days prior to arriving at this resort, I was naturally in a "comparison" mindset as I seek out the differences between resorts so that ... Read More
Travel Tips Sharing. Reviews LUX South Ari Atoll Maldives Jensen Chua Travel Blog

Lux* South Ari Atoll, Maldives – Luxury redefined

The very mention of Maldives always conjures up image of a tropical paradise - crystal clear turquoise water, coconut palms on white sandy beaches, amazing marine life and luxury resorts. Many of my friends even have the perception that these fabled atolls are basically romantic vacation places for honeymooners with little else to do except sun, sand and sea. They could not be more wrong. Sure, there are no theme park or megamall at any of the 1200 atolls but a trip to the Maldives will certainly brings a smile to anyone looking for vacation with a difference, to destress and reconnect ... Read More
Travel Tips Sharing. Reviews Club Med Bintan premium all inclusive family resort Jensen Chua Travel Blog

Club Med Bintan- the premium all inclusive family resort

A recent short media inspection trip to the lovely Club Med Bintan reminded me why this renowned vacation lifestyle chain can still command a premium and a veritable mecca of fun after all these years. Fond memories of my last Club Med holiday in Bali vacation decades ago returned and tell me I just had to include the chain's various other resorts around the world in my bucket list. Who can resist a resort where everything is taken care of ? From meals, activities , transfers to and from the resort, accommodation and entertainment, everything had been planned for, you just need to bring ... Read More
Family Vacation School Holiday Short Break Phuket Travel Blog Reviews Holiday Inn Patong

Phuket Vacation December 2016

My short vacation to Phuket (a popular beach side resort island) after a gap of more than 15 years. During those years, much of the island has transformed and it's no longer the 'cheap, cheap' vacation paradise anymore. The beach scene have been cleaned up - you can now bring your own mat, rest on the beach without being harassed to rent one of those beach chair plus parasol and seems the jet-ski or time-share scams are no more. Every morning, waves of cleaners scout the beach and clear the litters. Even the touts are more gentle and they are "licensed" with ... Read More
Travel Blog Planning Short Trip ? Tips Reviews Bangkok Holiday Update December 2016

Bangkok Update December 2016

Bangkok Update December 2016 - 3 months after King Bhumibol Adulyadej passing. The Land of Smiles occupies a special place in many people's heart. To many Asians, it's the quintessential food, massage, shopping and adventure capital of Asia. Vibrant, exotic, chaotic and fun, it's a city that never quite sleeps. This trip in mid-Dec 2016 was organised by Jetabout Holidays to gain first hand experience if Bangkok has lost any of its fun quotient following the unfortunate demise of the country revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 13 Oct 2016. The government announcement of an official  30 days mourning, closing of many ... Read More
Tasmania self drive itinerary helps make great trip. Inside look different Tasmanian environments

Australia Road Trip 2016- Phase Tasmania

Tasmania Self Drive Holiday - Discover Tasmania This  photographic road trip was organised by Jetabout Holidays (Holiday Tours and Travel) in collaboration with Tourism Australia covering both Sydney and Tasmania, which totalled 2 weeks from 2-18 Nov (2 Nov being a departure date with 8 hours direct flight to Sydney via Qantas), with an estimated driving mileage of some 3000km. This travelogue is in continuation from the Sydney and NSW leg, with the Tasmania phase which commenced on 10 Nov 2016, as we landed at 2100hrs in Hobart on the 9 Nov 2016.  The Tasmania segment presented a more laid ... Read More
Australia Road Trip 2016- Phase Sydney (New South Wales)

Australia Road Trip 2016- Phase Sydney (New South Wales)

Australia Road Trip 2016- Phase Sydney (New South Wales) If there's a road trip that qualifies being termed epic, this is it ! This photographic project in November 2016 was my longest ever overseas assignment to date. Organised by Jetabout Holidays, in collaboration with Tourism Australia covering both New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania.  The trip was preceded by an invitation from Qantas on departure day to experience the expansive and lavish Qantas Lounge at Singapore Changi International Airport Terminal 1. The lounge is managed by The Sofitel hospitality group with a host of luxurious features like one of renowned Australian's ... Read More
Qantas Singapore Lounge

Qantas Singapore Lounge – Luxury Air Travel Enhanced

Qantas Singapore Lounge  On a photographic assignment organised in November 2016 by Jetabout Holidays (Holiday Tours and Travel) in collaboration with Tourism Australia covering both Sydney and Tasmania,  I had the most fortunate opportunity to be invited to experience the expansive and lavish Qantas Lounge located in Singapore Changi International Airport Terminal 1. If you feel as if you are in a hotel ambience , you are spot on. The lounge is managed by The Sofitel hospitality group with a host of high-end pampering including a Neil Perry Rockpool menu, hawker centre-inspired open grill station, a cocktail bar plus a valet service.  ... Read More
Mekong Delta Photo Adventure 2016

Mekong Delta Photo Adventure 2016

Mekong Delta, the very mention of this exotic location evokes a sense of adventure and mysteries that is reminiscence of an old world charm, quietly waiting for all its visitors to uncover and discover her secrets.  And what better way to explore this amazing “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam other than with a photography trip? Life at the Mekong River A trip to the Mekong Delta invariably involves a cruise on the Mekong River in one of the traditional riverboats made from native bamboo, wood and rattan. Boats like these are an essential mode of transport in swampy areas and rural roads ... Read More
Travel Blog Reviews Hokkaido Private Touring Planning by Jensen Chua Jetblogger

Hokkaido Food Tourism 2015

Hokkaido Food Tourism 2015 When one mentioned Hokkaido, images of snow-capped mountains, breathtaking nature scenery, fresh seafood and gorgeous hot springs start to flood the mind. Such is the impression that most tend to miss other gems that this enchanting island has to offer. I hope through my travelogue, readers (especially those on self-drive vacation in the western region comprising Sapporo, Kuriyama, Ishikari and Niseko) will be able to tailor a more rounded trip. And yes, Hokkaido offers much more than a ski vacation, if I may add. It can be a foodie adventure too. Other than skiing down powdery ... Read More
Travel Blog Reviews Private Touring Bali Indonesia Sharing Photography Tips recommended guide

Dolphins Watching in Lovina, North Bali (2015)

For nature lovers keen in watching wild dolphins in their natural habitat in South East Asia, Lovina at north Bali, presents the best option. This town is a laid back 12 km stretch of coastline to the West of Singaraja. It is a welcome respite from the bustle of the mainstream enclaves like Kuta in the south. One thing that strikes you first is the black volcanic ash sand at Lovina beach. From a distance, the calm water looks dirty but is in fact crystal clear and safe for swimming. As with other parts of Bali, this sleepy town quickly ... Read More
Travel Blog Reviews Private Tour Planning Hidaka, Hokkaido Photography Tips Sharing

Hidaka, Hokkaido’s Hidden Gem (2015)

Hidaka, Hokkaido’s Hidden Gem (2015) When travelling, sometimes it’s the unplanned  itineraries that reward us with the best memories. Such is my experience with Hidaka, a coastal town in Southern Hokkaido, just about 130km or a 2.5 hours drive from the Chitose New Airport . Hidaka is Japan’s largest horse breeding hub accounting for nearly 80% of all horses bred in Japan. In 2011, out of about 7,000 thoroughbred horses bred in Japan, 5,600 came from Hidaka. So it’s no surprise the town revolves around horses. But beyond horses,  over just 2 very short days stay (the sun starts setting about ... Read More
Taiwan Travelogue - Attractions in Hualien, Keelung Taipei Jensen Chua Photography

Taiwan Travelogue 2013 – Hualien, Keelung & Taipei (Part 3/3)

Taiwan Travelogue - Hualien, Keelung and Taipei  In Part 2 of my Taiwan blog, we had a look at some famous Taichung eateries - Lai Lai Soya Bean Milk, Chun Sui Tang and Ding Wang. The amazing Miyaharu (Gong Yang Yan Ke) - a delightful local specialty and snack heaven,  Mushroom Garden and Lavender Cottage at Sinshe county. The gorgeous Sun Moon Lake, Rainbow Village, Qing Jing Highlands and the fabulous mountain scenery of Taroko National Park.  This final blog marked our descend from the peaks of Mt.Hehuan to the coastal city of  Hualien, then up north to the seaport town of Keelung and end destination ... Read More
Taiwan Holiday 2013 (Part 2/3) -Taichung attractions

Taiwan Travelogue 2013 (Part 2/3) -Taichung attractions

Taiwan Travelogue 2013 - Taichung attractions In the previous Taiwan Travelogue (part 1/3)  we explored Taiwan's Da Hu Strawberry Farms, Central Market, Sheng Xing Old Railway, the Gao Mei  Wetland and Feng Jia Night Market.  In this segment,  I'll like to share with you Miyaharu, Sinshe, Rainbow Village, Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village, Wen Wu Temple  and finally the ascent to the mountains of He Hehuan Shan in the Taroko National Park.  We also had  a great meal at Chun Sui Tang, where the original Bubble Tea was founded . Lai Lai Soya Bean Milk Shop Our guide Ah Hui, always ... Read More
Taiwan, Da Hu Strawberry Farm, Sheng Xing Old Railway, Gao Mei Wetland, Feng Jia Night Market

Taiwan Travelogue 2013 Taichung Attractions (Part 1/3)

"Travel broadens the mind". A wise saying I'm sure we've all heard before. But do you know Albert Einstein also once also said "I love to travel but I hate to arrive"? With my family in Taichung, Taiwan.  Visiting Taiwan again after a long time (the last being some 25 years ago during National Service army training) was certainly an eye-opener and a sense of nostalgia. I was single then and now with my family, visiting Taiwan is certainly a special occasion. I am sure many a Singaporean male who went through the same path, would agree and share mutual ... Read More