Hakka Tin Mining Museum. Ipoh, Malaysia.

Founded by Towkay Leong Fee in 1893, Han Chin Pet Soo – the Hakka Miners’ Club has always been a place of mystery as entry was barred to everyone except club members and their VIP guests. This is where members enjoy life after work, it provides entertainment, legalised gambling, prostitution, opium as well as Hakka…

Snow Monkeys. Nagano, Japan.

The only place in the world where monkeys bathe in hot springs.      Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Hell Valley Monkey Park) is a well reserved national park located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture. Many tourists might not know the full name of this park, but they do know what it has to offer in the winter…

Kurashiki – charming water town. Okayama, Japan.

   Kurashiki is not frequently mentioned on any travel guidebook. It’s more famous among the domestic travellers. I came to Kurashiki without a plan. In order for me to utilise the KANSAI-HIROSHIMA Area Pass efficiently to reach Takamatsu in Shikoku, I have to change the train at Okayama Station. I came across this lovely water town…

Wat Rong Khun. Chiangrai, Thailand.

Wat Rong Khun also known as the White Temple among foreigners is designed and built by Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. His wish is to have people all the world to visit the White Temple and admire his art through this masterpiece, like how they visit the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat. Wat Rong Khun is different from…

Gassho Style Houses. Shirakawa-Go, Japan.

For many years, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawa Village) has been named as “unexplored region” and “isolated island” due to its mountainous surroundings and heavy snowfalls in the winter for access. Recently, the peace of the village has been broken by tourists from all over the world, thanks to the hard work of Japan Tourism Board and UNESCO…

Flowers Heaven. Furano, Japan.

Summer is all about flowers viewing in Japan, especially in Furano, approximately an hour by train from the centre of Sapporo. Flowers viewing, known as “Hanami” in Japanese literally means take that journey to somewhere and view flowers in large sum, with many others at the same time. However, I didn’t see many of them…

Itsukushima Shrine, the floating shrine. Miyajima, Japan.

Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site is probably the most iconic photo of all time published by travel magazines and websites as well as travellers’ social media. I can understand the reason behind the popularity besides the fact that it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built in 1168 about 200 meters offshore the…

Shurakuen Great Buddha. Nagoya, Japan.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~ The Buddha   Friday afternoon, feeling extremely disturbed by one miserable incident, I took the train to Shurakuen Park hoping a walk could clear my mind. I walked uphill and saw the Great Buddha statute up close. It is the same statue I have been seeing…

Top 3 in Gifu City. Gifu, Japan.

Gifu City might be under-rated in Japan as a destination for tourists but not until recently. Many people have actually been to Gifu without visiting the city as other attractions in the prefectures are more well known than this charming city, namely Takayama, Shirakawa-Go, Gero Onsen etc. I took a trip to Gifu City in…

Oirase Stream Trail. Aomori, Japan.

Oirase Stream, measures 14km in total from Nenokuchi (near Towada Lake) to Yakeyama, is the most visited sight in Aomori prefecture. Famous for its waterfalls, clear streams, unique rock formation, wooden bridges and changing colours of the nature in respective season. The trail is pleasant, with most of the path being covered by greeneries and…

A Tree in the Garden. Seoul, Korea.

The tree that mirrors on the ground, in the garden of the royal palace… Clear blue sky, wide space, a shade of Sakura tree providing protection to the people, who gathered to listen, and feel the royal life in silence, as part of the journey they travel to Seoul. @ Gyeongbokgung Palace

Sakura in Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, Korea.

 My very first sakura (cherry blossom) viewing was not in Japan, but Korea. April, 2013, I was in Seoul. The day was scheduled to visit the Gyeongbokgung in the north part of the city, with much anticipation to admire the great architecture and history behind the royal palace. However,  something else caught my eye that was…