Lure of the Far East
ASIA is a stunning tapestry that never fails to intrigue travellers around the globe.
However, from the ancient wonders of the temples of Angkor Wat to the growing hub of technology of Japan, there is more to Asia than meets the eye.
Route A82 of Asia
Explore one of China’s untouched splendour as you traverse across the bewitching terrains of Northern Xinjiang on a four-wheel drive along the famed Duku Highway.
The winding road threads past spectacular snowy mountains with glacier-capped peaks, vast expanse of grassland, pockets of crystal clear lakes and graceful rivers, as well as Martian-like terrain of red bed canyons, as you make your way through one of the most magnificent routes in the world.
At almost every turn is a vista that will stop you in your tracks so make sure to keep your cameras close at hand.
Ascending Kengamine Peak, the highest point of Mt Fuji at 3,776m above sea level, is no easy feat.
It is undoubtedly, however, one of the most awe-inspiring and rewarding experience of a lifetime.
Be sure to catch the first light of dawn as it falls gently onto the sea of cotton-like clouds, enveloping the world beneath, for the most surreal panoramic view of Japan that will blow you away.
Don’t forget to explore the unique crater of Ohaci-meguri and send a postcard from Japan’s highest post office before you cap off your experience with a dip in the soothing waters of the open-air hot spring in Lake Kawaguchi or Lake Yamanaka.
Taste of Kanagawa port
For tuna aficionados, Misaki Ou Ichiba is not-to-be missed.
As the locals say, “For tuna, go to Misaki”.
Home port for tuna, the local wholesale market is known for its large catches, with 400 to 1,000 tunas being traded per day.
Here is your chance to witness a live auction as it unfolds before your eyes.
Watch in awe as buyers and auctioneers engage in a rapid volley of frantic shouting and frenzied hand gesturing in a battle to bid for prime tunas.
The gripping experience will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, so blink not as you might just miss the best part.
A bite of Korean culture
There is no doubt that Korean cuisine is a major aspect of the national identity.
One of the all time favourite meals of the Korean people is bibimbap, a bowl of rice mixed with meat and assorted vegetables.
Not only is it aesthetically pleasing with its vibrant mix of colours, bibimbap appeals to all the senses through a unique blend of varying textures to give it a rich taste that will surely give you gastronomical bliss until the very last bite. Enticed?
So come explore the many variations to this well-known dish at the largest do-it-yourself bibimbap making at the Bibimbap Culture Centre.
Reliving the past in style
Walk in the footsteps of royalty and their noble entourage as you relive the grandeur of the glorious Joseon dynasty at Gyeongbok Palace, one of Seoul’s grandest architectural sights.
Dress in vibrant colours of the traditional hanbok to enhance your experience as you weave your way around the vast grounds of the grand palace, surrounded by numerous ornate pavilions, artificial lakes and terraced gardens.
You might just catch a glimpse of what the palaces were like in their heyday, as well as the shadowed web of intrigue, mysteries and forbidden romance hidden beneath its brick and mortar.
So what better way to unravel Korea’s rich history than to walk in the shoes of its past – in style.
Lighting up the sky
Apart from its mouth-watering seafood galore and breathtaking array of natural landscapes, Penghu Island is also home to one of most the anticipated summer event in Taiwan – the annual Penghu International Firework Festival.
Catch the spectacular dance of colours as it illuminates the ebony sky from the Guanyin pavilion Leisure Park, turning Penghu Island into a resplendent scene with beauty that enhances as night falls.
The festival is held from April to June every year, so keep your dates free for a night to remember.
You can also opt to cycle around the peaceful boulevards in Hiroshima; admire the stunning view of the “floating” torii gate against the backdrop of a setting sun in Itsukushima Shrine; or explore the charms of Chiangmai Chiangrai, the Rose of the North, to experience Asia.
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Cycle around the peaceful boulevards in Hiroshima for an unforgettable experience in Japan.
Explore the charms of Chiangmai Chiangrai, the Rose of the North.
Penghu Island plays host to one of most the anticipated summer events in Taiwan – the annual Penghu International Firework Festival.
Udo Island has the largest do-it-yourself bibimbap making in Korea.
Home port for tuna, Misaki Ou Ichiba is known for its large catches of tunas being traded per day.
Admire the stunning view of the ‘floating’ torii gate against the backdrop of a setting sun in the Itsukushima Shrine, located in Miyajima Island.