Asia is a fantastic holiday destination, though the diverse range of cultures and countries it consists of (not to mention its vast size) can make it a bit difficult to decide where exactly you should go. This is especially the case if you have never been to Asia before, with a cruise break a particularly good way to get an oversight of this terrific continent.
Next month on February 10, millions across Asia will be celebrating the Chinese New Year of the black water snake. The Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in the Chinese calendar, but is also celebrated in many other countries across the world. In Chinese tradition the year of the snake is said to bring steady progress and an astute awareness to details, while people born in the year of the snake are thought to be wise and enigmatic. Here are the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year across the world.
There are some pretty weird laws around the world, and while some such as not wearing pink hot pants after midday in Australia, may not be all that important, others such as not chewing gum in Singapore or not kissing in public in Dubai are essential to remember if you don’t want to end up in trouble with the authorities.
Sometimes you don’t have to actually go to a country to visit it. These days, globalisation has truly taken hold and there are many examples in the world where you can experience a place, its atmosphere, people and cuisine without even going there at all.
Taking a gap year – particularly if you’re travelling alone – can be a daunting prospect. But with the tiniest bit of effort it’s very easy to meet tonnes of new friends in every city or town you visit, and also on buses, and in bars.
Backpacking is one of the most exciting travelling experiences you will ever encounter. Wandering the dirty or sandy roads, living your life out of a bag, meeting countless people from all over the world, and falling in love with each destination: the experience will stay with you for a long time.
SilkAir, part of Singapore Airlines, today launched its new direct service between Singapore and Pekanbaru, Indonesia. The new thrice-weekly service between Singapore and the capital of the Riau province in Sumatra will provide over 700 seats each week boosting a fledgling tourist industry.
Book early for your South East Asian adventure and you could make massive savings, with the two-day cheap flights sale from Cebu Pacific. Until Wednesday (February 9), customers can get flights for as little as PHP999 (£14).
It pays to book your South East Asian transfers in advance, as Cebu Pacific, the Philippine airline is offering low-cost island hopping flights from just PHP488 (£7) each way, meaning you can discover even more of the Philippines on a budget.
Get the ultimate guide to your gap year destination on your Google Android phone this December for just $0.99 (£0.64) with the Compass City Guide app sale from Lonely Planet. Hi-tech travellers can pick up augmented reality guides to 25 worldwide cities for this low price until Christmas Day.
If you're planning on flying through Manila over the festive period, you could be in for a treat, as Cebu Pacific has decided to repeat its safety dance, which proved to be a massive hit on YouTube.