Checking Out the Snake Temple in Penang

Snake on an insence burner at the Snake Temple 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 draped around the incense burners …

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

Billiken statue in a clown suit, Osaka Japan

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 these fabulous things is one …

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

Statue of a man with pasta for a head, Kokura, 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, BTS (cue loud screaming). And …

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What Does Tarantula Taste Like? Eating Spiders in Cambodia

Three fried spiders on a plate at Romdeng, 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 was most looking forward to …

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

Model of coloured pasta at Wonderfoods Museum, Penang

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, but I’m pretty sure that …

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17 Must-See Cute and Themed Cafes in Taipei

Fan shaped dessert made of ice with eyes at one of Taipei's cute cafes

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 list of the best cute …

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28 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Fukuoka

Vending machine shaped like a robot in Fukuoka, Japan

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. However, dig a little deeper …

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Space, Peace and Meatballs: The Quiet Zone, Air Asia X Reviewed

Air Asia plane in the sky

The man behind me on my Emirates flight from Bangkok to Sydney had had a brilliant trip – I know as he was telling the woman he’d just met all about it. He also had a lot of tips for her on her trip to Sydney – about 20 minutes worth. Normally, I’d be pleased …

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Cool Things to do in Matsue, Western Japan

Matsue Castle, 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 visitor’s plans, Matsue in Western …

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Motonosumi Inari Shrine: How To Find This Stunning Shrine in Western Japan

Shrine made of hundred red tori gates on a cliff

They have good dreams in Japan. Dreams that make things. Things like bright scarlet shrines that balance on the edge of craggy windswept clifftops. Scarlet shrines like the outrageously pretty Motonosumi Inari Shrine near Nagato in Western Japan. It’s a must see if you’re in the areas of Nagato or Hagi – and something to …

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