Asia

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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27 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Fukuoka

Fukuoka in Western Japan is Japan’s seventh biggest city, but despite this when you look for suggestions of things to do in Fukuoka not much comes up – yes, there’s the big shiny Fukuoka tower, ruins of a castle and a huge mall, but generally, that’s about all anyone suggests….
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Matsue Castle one of the top things to do in Matsue, Japan

Cool Things to do in Matsue, Western Japan

It’s home to one of the best castles in Japan. Home to some great modern art and a spectacular sunset. Home to amazing samurai history, delicious food and a short hop from one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world – but when it comes to the average…
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