On arriving in Kathmandu, the capital city, I decided to stay near Thamel, an area that has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades.
There are countless interesting things you can see and do in this city but my time was limited, so I made a plan to visit three places, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Boudhanath Temple and the Swayambhunath Temple.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The famous Boudhanath is a stupa located about 11 km from the centre of town on the northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Dominating the Katmandu skyline the stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in the world.
Situated atop a h...
A Highly polished gem that exudes class, sophistication and understated luxury. The Cabohon Hotel is a unique boutique hotel boasting only 4 suite and 4 studios that evoke the excitement of that glorious vintage era of the orient in the roaring twenties.
Housed within the Walpole Building of Sukhumvit road, as a member of ‘Secret Retreats, a collection of small hidden gems across Asia’ Cabochon Hotel successfully recaptures the feel of a golden yesteryear. The hotel conceptualizes the grace of Shanghai the 1920s for which the city reigned supreme, famed for its modernity and aesthetics after Europe’s Parisian and Viennese styles.
While maintaining this luxurious vintage feel of Shanghai’s golden era the Cabochon Hotel confidently boasts 21st century amenities such as Free Wi-Fi, Cabl...
Padma Resort Bali at Legian is proud to announce the receipt this year of 4 awards from TripAdvisor including #1 Family Hotel in Indonesia, #2 Family Hotel in Asia, #25 Family Hotel in the World and #23 Most Popular Hotel in Indonesia.
Padma Resort Bali is an amazing 5 Star establishment that may just as easily be termed as an art sanctuary in its own right. Set on 6.8 hectares tropical landscape garden the resort features 409 comfortable guest rooms and suites along with world class facilities and the celebrated hospitality of Bali. On the ocean and close to the fashion strip shops of Legion Street, Padma Resort Bali offers a most sensual form of seclusion from the busy excitement of its neighbourhood.
The spirit of Bali is evident throughout the entire resort, fro...
Between the countries of Southeast Asia lie countless small islands some of which are great places to visit.
There are those that have more facilities than others but almost all the ‘tourist destination’ islands offer interesting and unusual holiday experiences. One such island is called Perhentian Island and is situated 10 miles off the north-eastern cost of West Malaysia lying 40 miles south of Thai border.
For hundreds of years traders bringing food, jewellery and a host of other exotic merchandise sailed from the south coast of Malaysia to Bangkok and used the island as a stopping off point for rest and shelter. As the island became more popular among traders they called it Perhentian Island which translates as
“place to stop”.
Perhentian is in fact a group of islands cons...
Komodo Island that can be reached with a two-hour boat trip from Labuan Bajo on Flores. The island is home to Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizard and can be viewed with safety from various vantage points. It is also the site of the Komodo National Park with its UNESCO world heritage listing as one of the worlds 7 natural wonders. A popular point of interest on the Island is Pink Beach located within the Komodo National Park. This beach is one of only 7 of this type in the world and its colour is derived from a mix of crystallized white calcium carbonate and the red hue of organ pipe coral.
Bangka Belitung islands are to be found off the eastern coast of Sumatra and form a province of Indonesia consisting of the two main islands, Bangka and Belitung, and a further 250 small islets in the surrounding waters. The province is unusual with water making up almost 80% of its territory and the land areas covered with unusual rock formations.
As an emerging tourist destination and only an hour’s flight from Jakarta, Belitung Island is well known for its distinctive landscape with its beaches decorated with pearly white sand, crystal clear waters and splendid granite boulders piled up on its shallow shores.
Here you can enjoy the usual beach activities, such as swimming in clear waters and lounging on white sand beaches, but Belitung has plenty more to offer including snorkeling, ...