River cruising is the latest trend in travel. Adventurers around the world are trading in the typical European cruise ship for small, boutique ships that traverse through the countryside of Asia’s most stunning destinations. From Cambodia to Laos, Pandaw journeys to captivating places.
Some people call it aurora borealis; others refer to Mother Earth’s colourful light show as the Northern Lights. This experience is magnetic – it mesmerizes all who see the luminous bands of green and purple. Many people will never have the chance to see this natural phenomenon, but those who are ready to make the journey to the Arctic Circle are in for a life-altering experience.
Hong Kong is almost always remembered as the city for frugal finds and specialty goods. But navigating the bustling streets–packed tightly with roadside stalls selling everything from watches to Chinese antiques–can be a challenge. Not sure where to start? Ready to embark on a local’s journey through the city’s best shops, stores, and stands? Carefully curated and crafted by insiders who know the city best, discover where to shop and what to buy.
The enchantment of Hong Kong is undeniable: city wonders, a glimmering harbour, and upbeat energy fill the city. Just over 700 kilometres across the East China Sea in Taiwan lies an otherworldly landscape of mountain villages, rushing rivers, and Confucius temples.
Dining at an authentic dim sum restaurant may be intimidating and confusing–especially for first-timers. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow these basic dim sum do’s and don’ts, and navigate Chinese brunch like a pro.
What Is Dim Sum?
Dim sum, which means ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese, is a unique culinary tradition that began thousands of years ago.
Do you go for the wildlife? The “stranded on a deserted island” experience? Or do you go because the Galapagos will mesmerize you on a level which will surprise the most seasoned traveller. You can think of it like a marine safari. You travel to Africa to see the “Big 5” of the Sub-Saharan Plains… but the tropical wildlife in the Galapagos is equally as fascinating.
Today, few people cross the world’s oceans by boat. Ocean travel still has that old-world feel, putting passengers in the wake of explorers of centuries gone by.
But with new ways to cruise—including small ship cruising and remote island discovery programmes—it’s never been easier to witness the awe-inspiring vastness of our oceans firsthand.
Are you interested in exploring the rich history and diverse culture of Myanmar but don't know where to start? When it comes to things you need to experience, we've got you covered!
1. Placing a gold leaf on Shwedagon Pagoda
Burmese tradition has all citizens buying gold leaf which is hand pounded over a thousand times and then affixing it to a pagoda out of respect for the Buddha.
Penguins are, by and large, the stars of any trip to Antarctica. We’ve all seen the National Geographic photos and the Planet Earth footage—but getting up close and personal with penguins in their natural habitat is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Myanmar (Burma) is finally opening itself up to the world after decades of isolation. Since the boycott on tourism was lifted in 2012, this culturally rich and ethnically diverse nation has quickly become a compelling destination for travellers. And for good reason—nestled between India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, Myanmar has as much to offer as its varied neighbours.