Asia

Sanatorium – Fukuoka’s Most Curious Cafe.

It’s not unusual for someone to wake up one day and decide to start a cafe, however, few people would then decide to theme that cafe around a hospital ward complete with a scan of their own brain as part of the decor, but not everyone is Fukuoka-based artist Sumi…
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street scene in ipoh with old buildings and red lanterns

Fun and Unusual Things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh is a small city located roughly halfway between Kuala Lumpur. It’s got a reputation for awesome street art and so, when we were getting the train between KL and Penang on our recent trip, we decided to stop off on the way. We had about 24 hours in the…
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Arch shaped sculpture made from lots of different coloured stripes in Cijiin Tiawan

Kaohsiung: Street Art and Sculptures a Go Go

Erm, does anyone know the Taiwanese word for chiropractor as I think I’m going to need one. My head is swivelling in every direction. I’m surrounded by possibly the largest amount of huge street art murals in one place I’ve ever seen in my life – and I don’t know…
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25 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Penang

I remember the exact moment that going to Penang went on my to-do list. I was on a food tour in Kuala Lumpur and had just gorged myself on reportedly KL’s best banana fritters and our guide said ‘of course, if you want to try the best street food in…
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Checking Out the Snake Temple in Penang

Think about some of the temples in Asia you might have visited; bright red outside and a roof with ornate carvings on it – check. Lit candles and offerings reflecting hopes and prayers of those who left them – check. An ornate altar covered in gold – check. Poisonous snakes…
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Billiken statue in a stripy outfit and hat in Osaka, Japan

What are Billiken – And Why is Osaka Full of Them?

There’s a lot of odd things dotted around Osaka. You’ll find giant pufferfish hanging in the sky, gold turtles climbing up the sides of a building, huge lobster decorating the ceiling of the market – there’s even a giant metal wasp if you know where to look, but among all…
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statue of man with penne instead of a head in Kokura Japan

12 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Kokura, Western Japan

If at this point, you’re saying Koka what ra, I don’t blame you. Kokura is not the best-known town on the island of Kyushu in Western Japan. I hadn’t heard of it either until I ended up there for two nights. For that, you can thank the Korean boy band,…
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Deep Fried Spiders on a place

What Does Tarantula Taste Like? Eating Spiders in Cambodia

Cambodia, land of Angkor Wat, one of the most amazing temples ever discovered, site of the Killing Fields, one of the saddest places you’ll ever visit and home to Kampong Pluk, the fascinating floating village. However, incredible as all of those things were, none of them was the thing I…
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Model of a plate of brightly coloured pasta at Wonderfood Museum Penang

Wonderfood Museum, Penang – It’s Mad! You’ll Love It.

I’m standing in front of a giant plastic bowl of curry mee. Behind me are tiny miniature people running around a field of broccoli and cauliflower trees and a table containing some pink and blue bananas, multicoloured pasta dish and some green corn. I’ve never taken acid in a supermarket,…
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Cute googly eyed dessert from Roji Monster Ice - one of Taipei's many cute cafes.

17 Must-See Cute and Themed Cafes in Taipei

Not liking coffee and being fussy about tea, cafes are not normally my thing but when they come with desserts with faces, super goth ice creams or fluffy kittens to stroke while you snack, I can make an exception – and Taipei has all of these and more. Here’s my…
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