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Asian Vacation Destinations

Updated on January 16, 2015

Asian Vacation Destination and Travel Reviews

Asia is a fantastic varied place with many wonderful vacation destinations. Here are some ideas, reviews, travel tips advice and recommendations and photographs of my experiences from my many trips there:

Monkeys and rain forests in Borneo; Komodo Dragons in Indonesia; Tigers and Marharaja's Palaces in India; a wealth of ancient treasures in China and huge crocodiles in Australia.

Please also see my Asian Photo Gallery

And my Asian Hotel Recommendations...

Komodo Dragons in Indonesia

Komodo National Park is a fascinating place, with barren, desolate features and the rare, slow lumbering giant lizards that most people go there to see. These endangered animals live on a small group of islands between Sumbawa and Flores in the Indonesian archipelago. The two biggest islands in the National Park are Komodo and Rinca.

The dragons, which are a kind of monitor lizard, grow up to 10 feet long and can move surprisingly fast, easily out running a human. They wander freely around the islands and can even swim between them, but so far only one tourist has been eaten, although a few of the villagers have had injuries.

These huge monitor lizards only live on this small cluster of islands and although there are other big monitors elsewhere in the world, none are as impressive as these ten foot long powerful beasts, especially when viewed on these desolate prehistoric islands.

Full Article: Komodo Dragons in Indonesia

Map of Asia

Map showing Borneo, Australia, India, Thailand...

show route and directions
A markerKota Kinabalu, Borneo -
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
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B markerDarwin, Australia -
Darwin, Australia
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C markerDelhi, India -
Delhi, India
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D markerBangkok Thailand -
Bangkok Thailand
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Borneo Jungle Adventure

Borneo is a wonderful place to go for wildlife photography. The wide variety of primates make excellent subjects for photographs, but the lighting is difficult in the jungles and the monkeys tend to be high up in the canopy, making long lenses essential. If you are using film, you will need hugh ASA film a lot of the time. For digital photography a good quality DSLR would be required.

Here is my artlicle about my experiences in the rain forests of borneo including a selection of the photographs:

Borneo Jungle Adventure


Australia's unique flora, fauna and landscapes make it a fantastic destination for any wildlife and nature enthusiast, whether you are a keen hiker or just enjoy driving while viewing beautiful scenery. For people with less interest in nature and the outdoors there is also the culture of the major cities, aborigine art and culture and the beaches or diving.

This article is about the vertical route through Australia, going north from Sydney to Darwin via the Red Centre; tips about where to go, things to see and some photographs.

Route: Sydney, fly to Alice Springs, drive to Uluru (Ayres Rock) in the "Red Centre" and fly to Darwin for a bit of crocodile spotting in Kakadu.

Read Full Article Here

Hotels in India

India is a huge, fascinating country, with a long and interesting history and a wonderful variety of architectural and natural attractions. It would take many months of traveling to comprehensively explore India, but it is also possible to get a good insight into some of the history and culture in just two weeks tour of northern India, visiting some of the popular and famous attractions. There are many stunningly extravagant palaces which have been converted into luxury hotels which are interesting to visit in their own right, but make splendid places to stay while touring.

This article is about my travel recommendations for northern India, from my experiences of vacations and business in India, with particular emphasis on some of the fantastic marharaga's palaces that are now some of the best hotels in the world.

Full Article Here

Indian Tiger Safari

Ranthambore National Park has been a tiger reserve since Project Tiger started in 1972 and was formerly the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur in Eastern Rajasthan. It is now one of the best places to see Tigers in India, although a sighting is far from guaranteed, as I found out. There is also a lot of other flora and fauna to see and wonderful luxurious campsites in which to stay.

Read Full Article Here

Essential photography equipment

If you don't already have an SLR camera and a long lens, it would be a good idea to get one, especially if you are going into a safari or jungle location, because a compact camera will not get such good results. Typically a zoom lens going up to at least 300mm would be ideal.

I have written a more detailed recommendation of cameras here:

Nikon DSLR Cameras

I have also written a review of the best digital compact cameras:

digital compact cameras

but here is some good kit:

Exploring China

China is a fascinating place for a vacation. It is developing fast with some cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing very modern while others are still traditional and apparently unchanged for centuries. It is a country of contrast, with some wonderful sights such as the Great Wall and Terracotta Army. This article is all about these and some more obscure places that I visited on my very extensive itinerary.

Read the full China article here...


Thailand is a wonderful vacation destination with amazing sights from the architectural beauty and lively nightlife of Bangkok to the jungles and trekking opportunities near Chang Mai and beach resorts on the many islands - the most famous of which is probably Ko Samui.

Please see my full Thailand article here...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wish I was making travel plans right now, it would be great to get out of the cold weather.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: you're so right about this, this is a great paradise!! The pictures as amazing, i've some more picktures if you want to have a look

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      TransferAmerica 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I have always enjoyed learning about travel. Hopefully I will be able to do more in the upcoming future!

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @Bill Armstrong: I checked out your tiger pictures. Very good. I spent four or five days in a jungle in India trying to get tiger photos and mostly just got photos of monkeys and peacocks.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @awayb: I'd love to come back to Bali some time soon. It is a wonderful place for a vacation.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens, thanks for sharing, Check my tiger pictures out (Thailand) some great shots, you don't do that every day :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens, thanks for sharing, Check my tiger pictures out (Thailand) some great shots, you don't do that every day :-)

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      awayb 5 years ago

      come to Bali...

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Awesome lens

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Asia really is a vacation paradise!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a paradise! thanks for this lens. I really love it. The pictures perfectly says how beautiful earth can be.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I missed this before and you featured Iloilo here, my city.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @ouriloilo: I am sorry to say that I haven't been to the Philippines yet (although I hope to go very soon) but I will happily add a link to your Iloilo lens here

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      margproperties 6 years ago

      The one thing I have really missed is the Komodo Dragons and if I visit Indonesia next time for sure I will make my visit to see Komodo Dragons.

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      ouriloilo 6 years ago

      I would really your lens more if there are some articles about Iloilo, Philippines. thanks

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      thebestvillas 6 years ago

      Asian countries seems to be a great place for all your holidays.Thanks for the great lens.Florida villas

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      arvindkul 7 years ago

      It sounds interesting that palaces in india have been converted into luxury hotels. In india goa and kerala are my favourite places for vacation besides other cities.

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      audioguidemalaysia 7 years ago

      For beaches, come to Malaysia's top three: Tioman, Perhentian, Redang. Thanks for the lens. Audio Guide Malaysia

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi. The safaris look interesting. I don't know much about zazzle but seeing it here, maybe, I will check it out.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens,m you have done some great travelling. Love the photos. 5*****

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I would love to see the monkey's but I'm not sure I want to come face-to-face with a Komodo Dragon.

      Great lens


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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Lovin' the pictures :)

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Superb ;)

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Great photos... Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      rewards4life info 9 years ago

      Again, great lens and wonderful photographs!

      Thanks for sharing

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      SylvianeNuccio1 9 years ago

      those dragons are really walking fossils aren't they?

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      nightbear lm 9 years ago

      oooohhh the dragon is really scarey, Wonderful lens.

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I love giraffes. The Smithsonian magazine had a nice feature on them a few months ago. They are amazing creatures.

      There is something prehistoric (and scary) about Komodos. :)

      I think an Asian adventure would be great fun.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I love giraffes! That picture of giraffes is so cool!

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Well, you've hit it all in this lens! From China to India to Australia! Wow!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Andy, another delightful lens -- felt like I was actually visiting Asia! Hope to make it there some day.

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      Lamar Ross 9 years ago from Florida

      Great pictures as usual. Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Good overview of some fascinating places. Thanks!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Good overview of some fascinating places. Thanks!