Welcome to Asia

The continent home to the majority of the human population, Asia is the earth’s largest continent with a wide range of languages and religions. From 1 to 1800 A.D. China and India were considered the largest economies in the world and attracted many to the east. Asia consists of 48 UN member countries and 6 other states.

Phoebe Lee

When I was studying history at school I was always fascinated by China. Something about the country intrigued me, from the architecture and deep-seeded traditions to the food, artwork and culture. I finally got the chance to visit China this year, a place that may be on many people's travel bucket list, but tends to stay a little further down than it should.

Indonesia boasts some of the best beaches in the world, so we decided to pull together some reviews on the various beaches to help you plan your holiday in the archipelago.


When Brendan decided he would get out of the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur he found that the Batu caves to be just the sanctuary of peace and quiet he was after.My partner and I recently travelled throughout Malaysia and Singapore for a number of weeks. Besides undertaking the usual tourist activities such as the Petronas Towers, market shopping, Universal studios and Marina Bay Sands, we decided that we needed to take part in a cultural activity and that we would attend the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Richard and his family headed to Bali earlier this year to enjoy a sun filled family holiday. Staying a week in Seminyak and a week at Nusa Dua Club Med, Richard recounts the best part of the holiday as the people of Bali.

When Ryan immersed himself within the Indian culture he had many amazing and life changing experiences. This week Ryan has a chat to a 'prophet' which was definitely one of the more amusing ones.

This week we have the pleasure of having a guest blog from Caz and Craig from Travel Blog. Caz and Craig Makepeace love to use their expertise to help people travel more and create better memories.

Dan Moore

If you've already visited China and seen the Great Wall, Shanghai and the Forbidden City, you're probably looking for something a bit more obscure for your next trip.You can take your travel to China to the next level by visiting the South China Karst region, in Yunnan Province, which is home to a unique geological site that seems like something out of a storybook

Dan Moore

Indonesians call satay sauce sambal kacang which literally means peanut sauce. Although peanuts are relatively new, their popularity has skyrocketed and this peanut sauce recipe has become a standard inclusion in Indonesian cuisine, most frequently being paired with chicken satay. Roasted and chopped into dishes with wonderfully flavorful ingredients like tamarind, lemongrass, chilis and sweet soy, peanuts add a delicate balance to the strong ingredients without taking the spotlight away from them. The recipe below should yield 3 cups of peanut sauce and includes many of the traditional spices that can be found in Bali and throughout Indonesia.

Dan Moore

This basic yellow spice paste is good for making soto ayam lamongan (Lamongan style chicken soup), Ayam Goreng Kuning (yellow fried chicken), Pepes Fish (steamed/baked fish in banana leaves), Indonesian Acar Fish (yellow spiced and sour fish), and Soto Mie (beef noodle soup). So, it is worthwhile to know how it is made if you are going to attempt to replicate some of the many delicious meals you try in the country. Thankfully, it is also really easy to make. Follow this simple 3 step recipe to create your very own basic yellow sauce for curries, satay and more.

CNN Travel recently published an article on the diving waters in Wakatobi, one of the premiere dive sites of the world.Sara Schonhardt who wrote the article Wild Wakatobi: Indonesia's spectacular and little-known dive destination, intricately describes her experience at the Wakatobi dive resort.