Haw Par Villa: Singapore’s hell on earth

In 1935, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the scions of the developer of the famous Tiger Balm decided to build the Tiger Balm Gardens as a life sized demonstration of the key facets of Chinese mythology. Now called Haw Par Villa, the uncannily real depiction of the Ten Courts of Hell makes this the most unique experience of Chinese folklore and otherworldly retribution you’ll ever have.

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The Best of Singapore in 5 Days

The best holiday I’ve had in recent times was a five-day trip to Singapore, where I customised my itinerary as per my penchant for nature, offbeat travel and food. Somewhere between the primeval charms of Pulau Ubin island and the macabre depictions at Haw Par Villa, a unique theme park, I discovered the true nature of Singapore – happy, quirky and all-embracing.

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Macau: A confluence of East & West

With a Portuguese past until 1999 and the Pearl River Delta binding it to mainland China, where does the Special Administrative Region of Macau stand today? My first meal in Macau, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, was a nine-course Chinese lunch, complete with dimsums in bamboo baskets, pickled fungus and copious amounts of Jasmine green tea. Yet, all the guidebooks ever talk about is Macau’s enduring Portuguese heritage. And as the days passed, I realised that was not far from the truth either.

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Tracing Thai war history in Kanchanaburi

In the bright light of day and the charming backdrop of a temple-side river, it’s almost inconceivable that there might have existed a time when that very landscape was bathed in the sacrifice of war-time martyrs. Peaceful as the verdant town of Kanchanaburi is, its World War II relics are a grave reminder of the…

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2016: Glimpses

Bangkok’s Lumpini Park came alive between 13th to 17th January, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wowed everyone with a stunning cultural parade and stalls showcasing various facets of Thailand at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 (TTF). The festival was divided into four zones spread across Lumpini Park’s serene 142 acres of open space,…

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A brush with Buddhism at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore

The multi-storeyed Buddha Tooth Relic Temple dominates the colourful streets of Singapore’s Chinatown with an otherworldly magnetism. Get to know its history and architecture in this tour guide.

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Bid goodbye to singledom at Dubai

Whether it’s your own last dance on the wild side or your best friend’s, Dubai is one place you should definitely consider if a foreign locale is what you’re looking at. I never had a very high opinion of Dubai as a travel destination until I began listening to the stories of a colleague who…

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