Ceremonies are a regular occurrence and small communities, like this one in Padang Bai, come together to celebrate their ancestors and honour the ruling deities of the temple.
Deftly walking along the raised grassy paths between the paddies, the girls sauntered through the fields as if they’d done it a hundred times before while I wondered who was going to be the first one to get wet.
Renowned for its lack of building regulations, Bali is in desperate need of more sustainable developments. Has Bloo Lagoon Ecotourism Village got it right? Sitting high on a hilltop, with panoramic views overlooking Labuhan Amuk Bay and Badung Strait, Bloo Lagoon Village in Padang Bai feels a million miles from the frenetic, hedonistic hotspot of Kuta. We stayed for five days and found a little piece of paradise.
Out on the horizon, behind the fishing boats toiling at their early morning business, was the beginnings of a sunrise. To the left was towering Mount Agung covered in morning cloud, and tropical flowers framed every view.
From lush green paddy fields to coastal limestone mountains, delicious smelling street stalls to colonial influenced architecture, Vietnam offers travellers a distinctly different experience.
Don’t always heed the guide books, explore and discover yourself – you never know what type of paradise you’ll find.
Tucked away in the heart of Hong Kong’s New Territories, on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan mountain, is a little known visitor attraction where native biodiversity, nature conservation and education are watchwords.
The 64-acre nature reserve was established by the Shangri-La Rasia Ria Resort and the Sabah Wildlife Department in 1996. Adjoining the hotel grounds is a protected ecological space dedicated to supporting the endangered wildlife of Borneo.
Stepping out of the elevator that took us from cool underground Singapore to the hot and humid city above, the view that greeted us was like something from the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. I knew it looked good in photos, but this was Good!
I can’t say I’m a massive trekking in the dark person. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good trek, but usually I like to see where I’m going. Obviously, not everyone is of the same opinion as a handful of die-hard trekkers set off, gingerly feeling their way down the path. I quietly raise an eyebrow, watch, and wait.