Guide to getting through your first long-haul flight [Infographic]

Long-haul flights are often synonymous with being dreadful, but only when you are not prepared! Before hopping on the plane to your destination in Far Far Away, check out this guide to help make things easier when you are travelling long-distance:


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Must visit places for the mountain lover in Asia Pacific

The beach may be an all-time favourite but for some, the call of the mountains may be more appealing. It can be hard to say no once one has felt on top of the world, literally, taking in the view of majestic cliffs, gorges, and valleys. Here are some must visit places if you need to see the world from such great heights.

Huashan Mountain, China


The Huashan Mountain, or also known as Mt Hua is one of China’s most notable and adventurous mountains with an altitude of 7,087 feet. It is famous for its challenging hiking paths dotted with religious sites and spectacular views.

 Blue Mountains, Australia


Visiting The Blue Mountains in Australia has become a pilgrimage of sorts for the outdoor enthusiast. See the Three Sisters rock formation and take in the view while being occasionally greeted by the Australian wildlife.

Seoraksan Mountain, South Korea


The highest mountain in the Gangwon Province, Seoraksan Mountain, meaning ‘snowy-crags’ is a thing fairytales are made of with its misty panoramic views, especially come sunrise.

Chiang Dao Mountain, Thailand


Home to many ethnic hill tribes, Chiang Dao Mountain  is a stunning limestone mountain in the North of Thailand. A popular must-visit with adventurous tourists, this place has many hiking trails used by the locals themselves.

Mau Son Mountain, Vietnam


4,921 feet above sea level, Mau Son Mountain in Northeast Vietnam has breathtaking views and amazing scenery from every angle. Visit the local families that live in the area and savour the crisp air.

What are your favourite mountainous areas? Do let us know in the comments below.

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5 unique experiences for the traveller in Malaysia

A hub for the Southeast Asian traveller, Malaysia is a place brimming with culture and outdoor experiences waiting to be discovered, especially when one steps away from its city life. Here are some unique experiences for the traveller when in Malaysia:

1. Kuching, Sarawak


Greet quaint towns, villages, paddy fields, and plantations as you make your way to getting acquainted with the Sarawakian Iban tribe and their culture in a traditional longhouse and explore the jungle in the vicinity. Find out more here.

2. Langkawi, Kedah


Come up close with the Malaysian mangrove forest in Langkawi on a kayak, observing the unique flora and fauna that call this place home such as eagles, kingfishers, and bat. This would be ideal for the nature enthusiast. Find out more here.

3. Kuala Selangor, Selangor


If you love monkeys and fireflies, this is for you! Encounter and feed the Silver-Leaf Monkeys at Bukit Melawati Hills, followed by a boat ride through the mangrove trees at night to witness the twinkling of fireflies. Find out more here.

4. Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor


For the adventurous traveller, a full day of wild river tubing would be for you! Float through water rapids on 2.5 km stretch of jungle river, a completely different way to explore the greenery of Malaysian rainforests. Find out more here.

5. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


Get acquainted with the Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys that are native to Borneo as you visit them in their sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres. This would be ideal for the animal-loving travelling family. Find out more here.

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Asia’s 5 best cities for street food [Infographic]

When it comes to food, there is little doubt that Asia is THE continent to visit for those who love to eat! Asian Inspirations has come up with a little infographic showing us the best cities to get your noms on so don’t forget to refer to this the next time you want to pay Asia and its amazing street food a visit!


Food tours are sometimes the best way to discover local food and make new friends at the same time. How about trying some in Bangkok, Taipei, Bali, Hong Kong, Jaipur, or Penang?

Do you have other Asian cities for street food in mind? Do let us know in the comments below!

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6 Outdoor activities in Nepal that aren’t hiking or trekking

Whenever Nepal comes to mind, perhaps the first activity associated with it would be hiking. However, there is more to the Himalayas than just hiking or trekking in the mountains. Here are a few outdoor activities that the adventure enthusiast can look forward to:

Mountain Biking


One of the best ways to explore Nepal’s terrain is by mountain biking. Adrenaline will be pumping through your veins as you cycle downhill mountainous landscapes.

White Water Rafting


One of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal, white water rafting down the Trisuli River will give you spectacular views of the greenery, landscapes, and villages that are located along the river.



One of the best ways to see Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal would be by paragliding. See mountains, lakes, and temples from such great heights as you glide through the air.

Bungee jumping


For that ultimate adrenaline rush, how about bungee jumping? Take the leap off the Bhote Koshi Bridge, 160 metres off the ground, and right into the middle of a gorge!

Ultralight aircraft

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Experience Nepal from a bird’s eye view via a microlight/ultralight aircraft fit for two as you soar around the mountains and lakes that are scattered around Nepal.



For an all-in-one adventure experience, canyoning might just be the thing! Rappel, swim, scale and climb around the rocks of Nepal and untouched places of nature. Not exactly for the faint of heart but if you feel the need to push yourself a little, this might be just the thing!

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7 Theme parks to visit around Asia Pacific

Perfect for theme park junkies, kids, or just the young at heart, theme parks can provide all-day fun under the sun. If you find yourself in Asia Pacific looking for some to pay a visit to, here are a few to add to your list.

Waterbom Bali, Indonesia


Located in Bali’s tourist centre, Kuta, Waterbom is waterslide galore nestled in 3.8 hectares of lush tropical greenery. This would be the perfect destination for the adrenaline junky family.

Everland, Yongin, South Korea


South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland consists of several parks including a water park and a zoo. Also number 16 in the world, Everland accommodates about 7.3 million people per annum.

Movie World, Gold Coast, Australia


One of the most popular theme parks in Australia, Movie World is a movie-related park based on Warner Bros’ works, comprising movie-themed rides and street shows.

Legoland, Johor, Malaysia


Ideal for the Lego enthusiast or just the big kid, Legoland Malaysia comprises two parks; the Theme Park and the Water Park, both equally fun and thrilling with its roller coasters and water slides.

Universal Studios, Singapore


Walk into your favourite movies at Universal Studios Singapore and live it through exciting rides through the streets via its seven different theme parks, all in one place!

Disneyland, Hong Kong


Say hello to Mickey and Friends as you live out your Disney Princess dreams in Hong Kong Disneyland! Don’t forget to check out these 10 tips and tricks for your adventure when there!

Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea


Consisting of the world’s biggest indoor theme park and an outdoor theme park, Lotte World is known for their thrilling rides and being home to one of the largest ice-skating rinks around.

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Songs you need to add to your holiday playlist


Arguably, the perfect companion when it comes to travelling is music as it has the knack of providing the soundtrack to pretty much everything – from picture perfect moments to the ones of frustration. Being travellers ourselves, the team at Touristly has come up with a list of our picks when we are on the road.

For bus or plane rides

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
The Proclaimers – 500 miles
Radical Face – Wandering
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

For the beach

Slim Smith – Burning Horns
Incubus – I Wish You Were Here
All Saints – Pure Shores
Kokomo – Beach Boys

For long walks

Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Travis – Flowers in the window
American Authors – Flowers in the window
Plastic Bertrand -Ca Plane Pour Mo

For quiet nights

Jamie Cullum- All at Sea
José González -Cycling Trivialities
Astrud Gilberto – Girl from Ipanema
John Mayer- Gravity

For romantic getaways

Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the Night
Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Elvis – Can’t Help Falling in Love with You

For long layovers

Jennifer Paige – Stranded
Axel Flóvent – Forest Fires
Lenny Kravitz – Fly away
The Kinks – Tired of Waiting

For lazy mornings

Bruno Mars – Lazy Song
Zee Avi – Concrete Wall
Daughter – Candles
Hozier – Cherry Wine

For times when things aren’t going according to plan

Savage Garden – The Animal Song
Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
Aaliyah – Try again
Snow Patrol – Run

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7 things you must have in your hand carry luggage for your flight


Hand carry luggage space is precious as most airlines cap it somewhere between 7-8 KG (15-17lbs) and you should make the best of it, especially for long distance flights, long layovers and just in case you have an emergency. In the event of any of the mentioned, the last thing you want is to be grumbling at yourself at a lack of preparation so here it is: the seven things you must have in your hand carry:

1. Baby Wipes


Both for the toddler and the adult who can’t seem to keep food off his shirt, baby wipes can be a life saver. Use it to save yourself a trip to the bathroom to wash your hands when you’re stuck in the window seat or to wipe down armrests and table trays which are reported to be amongst the dirtiest things on an airplane.

2. Dry snacks


One of the most important things you can bring, dry snacks such as a protein bar, a small bag of trail mix or the chocolate bar can be a real life saver in situations when you are stuck in boarding gates or small airports with no access to cafes or restaurants. Just throw one or two rations in your hand carry and you will not need to worry about the potential tummy rumbling that may come from unexpected situations. This is especially important if you are travelling with kids.

3. Scarf


As important as a towel in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the scarf is the multipurpose must have in your hand carry. Use it as a blanket, roll it to be used as a pillow or wrap it around your head when you are experiencing bed head after that long nap. One piece of cloth, many uses and you will be glad to have this one item with you, may it be in the terminal or during your flight.

4. Pen


So you’ve gotten off the plane and now you have to fill in your immigration card and you’re left without a pen. The queues are filling fast and much to the resentment of a pen owner, you sheepishly ask if you can loan his/her pen. Don’t be that person! Bring your own pen, which will be much needed for instances like these. For good measure, bring along a notebook just in case you need to jot down something important.

5. A change of clothes


For emergencies like delayed flights or missing check-in luggage, a clean change of clothes can be like that breath of fresh air you need after hours of sitting in the same clothes so do yourself a favour and pack everything from trousers, a top to the much needed clean underwear that you will need. Your mum will be so proud!

6. Toiletry kit


Not exactly something you would need to worry about if you are travelling business or first class but for those in economy class or budget, it is almost imperative to have a toiletry kit with you. It gives you the chance to freshen up, wash you face, touch up that make up, brush your teeth, spritz a little cologne or perfume lest you come out of the plane looking like a hot mess. Just make sure you have the essentials like dental floss, toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, moisturiser, body spray, and for the ladies, basic makeup items.

7. Phone charger


An absolute essential in today’s world, make sure you have your cable charger with you in your hand carry as many planes nowadays offer USB ports at your seat and sometimes a book or in-flight entertainment just does not cut it. For even better measure, purchasing an additional cable and keeping it in your hand carry as a backup for emergency situations is not exactly a bad idea.

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Fancy taking USD100 off your holiday?

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The Eid Mubarak festivities are just around the corner and we want to celebrate this occasion with you! The best celebrations are the ones that are shared with friends and family and in light of this, we are giving away 3x USD100 coupon codes for your upcoming holiday itinerary. Go on that quad-bike tour around the rice fields in Bali or get in touch with your inner Indiana Jones on a tour around the Angkor Wat temples, on us!

That sounds amazing! What do I need to do?
Step 1: Log into Touristly
Step 2: Create a trip with your preferred destination
Step 3: Add attractive activities to your trip
Step 4: Share your trip on Facebook with the hashtag #touristlyholidays so we can find you (psssst, don’t forget to change your post settings to ‘Public’)

That is easy! When does this start?
From the 22nd of June 2016 until the 4th of July 2016 so make sure you create a super amazing itinerary and share them between those dates.

How will I find out if I’ve won?
We will be making announcements on Facebook, via comments on the winners’ post. Make sure you have liked and are following Touristly on Facebook so you don’t miss out if you have won.

Are the coupons only available for use during the Eid Mubarak holidays?
Good news! These coupon codes will be made available for you to use until the 31st of August 2016.

What are the terms and conditions?
For more information, head over to the Terms and Conditions page on our Touristly website.

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Prepare for your hike with these hacks.

There’s nothing quite like getting in touch with nature and one of the simplest ways to do that is by going on a hike.

Planning for a hiking trip, however, can be a little daunting especially for the novice or beginner hiker as one may not know what to expect but with these simple hacks thanks to GOASEAN, hiking can be a lot more enjoyable!

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