Asia

Stories, tips and advice for visiting Asia.

Jaisalmer is a remote city in far west India, isolated within the Thar Desert, close to the Pakistan border. Even though the city is so remote, its extremely popular with tourists, and I can certainly see why. Jaisalmer is known as The Golden City, due to the fact that the city is built mostly in yellow sandstone, shining gold during the day and fading to a honey colour as sundown approaches… We arrived in Jaisalmer in the early afternoon, after a 6 hour train journey from Bikaner. The journey had been pretty arduous and cold as the desert doesn’t tend…

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Bikaner is a town some 500km west of Delhi; a dusty, desert town with an enticing outpost feel. Its much less touristic than many other cities in Rajasthan, but is growing in popularity for travellers who wish to do a camel safari away from the busy-ness of Jaisalmer (where you’ll find an enormous camel safari scene). We arrived in Bikaner on an overnight train from Delhi with the plan of doing an overnight camel safari through the Thar Desert. So, after checking into our hotel and freshening up after the laborious train journey, we were jeeped about 40 minutes out…

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Back in November, I spent two weeks exploring some of the many beaches of Goa, a state in the south of India, with my friend Alan. Goa is India’s smallest state and retains much of its colonial culture and architecture from when it was colonised by the Portuguese for more than 400 years. The Portuguese influence was quite interesting to see and some parts of Goan towns and cities (particularly the cities Panjim and Margao) made me feel like I could have been in Europe. Made famous by the hippies of the 1960s, I found Goa to be beautiful and relaxing,…

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I’d heard about a Baba (guru/teacher) who resided in the jungle of Arambol, and who apparently welcomed tourists to go and meditate with him. Intrigued by this, Alan and I walked to the northern tip of Arambol beach and followed the market-filled cliffs until we came to a secluded beach. This secluded beach was backed by a sweet water lake and jungle and had only a few shacks on it. From here, we could see a large symbol in blue chalk etched into the rock. The symbol led to a trail through the jungle, which we followed until we came…

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After our time in North Korea, myself and a few others from the tour group decided to spend the day in the Chinese city of Dandong before heading our separate ways. Dandong is a city which lies right on the border of North Korea, with the two countries being separated only by the Yalu river. This is the main draw of tourists to the city; to be able to catch a small glimpse into the hermit state. Our Chinese guide Michelle who accompanied us in North Korea offered to show us around Dandong and take us to a few sights-…

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