5 Outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkie in Auckland, New Zealand

Are you a bit of an outdoor enthusiast who loves nothing more than the sheer excitement of having adrenaline rush through your veins? New Zealand would be the place for you! Here are some incredible activities that you could send your heart pumping in Middle Earth:

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Bungee Jumping

Take in all of the view from the Auckland Harbour Bridge on this 40-metre bungee jump from a suspended pod built over the Waitatama Harbour! Not for the faint of heart but definitely for the adventure seeker!

Find out more here!

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Zip lining

Take a boat over to the famous Waiheke Island and zip line past treetops, above lush vineyards, valleys and stunning forests. Consisting of three 200-metre zip lines, this activity is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Find out more here!

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Skywalking

Want a bit of that adrenaline rush without jumping off anything? Sky walking might just be the thing for you! Take a heart pumping stroll 192-metres off the ground on the Sky Tower in Auckland. Hailed as one of the best urban adventures in the area, you’ll be awestruck by the amazing 360-degree view

Find out more here!

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Sky diving

Fancy experiencing the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand’s North Island at 16,500ft? Freefall for 75 seconds at a speed of 200km/hr over Parakai, not far from Auckland city. A must do once in your life, this activity is certain to leave you wanting more!

Find out more here!

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Caving

Want more out of an adventure? This caving activity in the Waitomo Caves just might be for you! Take part in black water rafting in an underground river followed by abseiling. Also, go on a cave glow worm tour that is bound to leave you in awe.

Find out more here!


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5 reasons why you should visit Bako National Park in Sarawak, Borneo

One of the more popular national parks in Borneo, Bako is the perfect place for the traveller who wants a little bit of hiking and at the same time, see Bornean wildlife. Here are some reasons why you should check out the Bako National Park:

1. The boat ride

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One of the coolest things about going to the National Park is the 20-minute boat ride. Your journey will start at the jetty where you will take a small motor boat through amazing natural scenery. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a crocodile or two!

2. Amazing wildlife

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The wildlife in the Bako National Park is everywhere! Be prepared to come within a few metres of the wild boars, silver leaf monkeys and macaques there. Don’t forget to look up! You may be able to spot a Proboscis Monkey (only found in Borneo) or four!

3. A LOT of hiking trails

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There is no excuse not to hike at the Bako National Park as it caters to all levels. From the short 40-minute hikes to overnight hikes, you will be spoiled for choice with its 16 or so hiking trails.

4. Unique vegetation

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As it consists of a variety of ecosystems, you can find almost every type of plant life found in Borneo. Look around and maybe you’ll be able to find a pitcher plant or the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world!

5. The sea stacks

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Rent a boat for a nominal fee and see the very impressive sea stack rock formations made from the erosion of limestone and sandstone that surround the area by the sea. Not only are the views spectacular, the boat ride is pretty enjoyable.


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Things for the romantic couple to do in Sydney

Sydney is a hot spot for travelling couples and there are plenty to do when it comes to fanning the flames of love! We’ve narrowed it down to four of the top things we reckon could make you fall in love all over again with your S.O.

Wine Tasting Tour

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What screams romance like a day trip around Australia’s most popular wine regions? Get away from the city lights and sounds and take in the picturesque views of rolling hills and valleys and gorgeous gardens!

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/CuAc9r

Tandem Skydiving

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If you would like some actual screaming, there is always skydiving! Your heart will be beating out of your chest as you jump out of a plane at an altitude of 14,000 feet!

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/3c31IW

Chinatown Food Tour

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and a food tour through Sydney’s Chinatown could help in that department! Explore different Asian cuisines and culture on this activity. Perfect for culture enthusiasts!

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/pBFZsf

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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For the sappy and soppily romantic couple, a sunset dinner cruise with the Sydney Harbour Bridge is sure to impress. Let MV Sydney 2000, Sydney’s most prestigious cruising restaurant spoil you and your loved one!

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/LVgFnJ

 


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Haunted tours to get you into the Halloween spirit

In view of the Halloween festivities, what better way to celebrate that to get spooked out on a ghost tour? Here are some ghoulish places that you can haunt with the residents in Asia and Australia:

Gold Coast, Australia

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Discover the creepier side of Surfer’s Paradise as you walk through the haunted streets of the city, or huddle around the Southport General Cemetery as you listen to tales of the unmarked graves and ghostly rituals.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney The Rocks haunted ghost walking tour

Explore The Rocks, the hangout areas of prostitutes and sailors back in the day with a guide on this haunted tour,  who will take you on a journey through the tales of paranormal unrest around the areas of Harbour Bridge, Dawes Point, Atherden Street, Susannah Place and the Orient Hotel.

Seoul, South Korea

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The only ghost tour in Korea, step back in time on this walking tour  and listen to the horrific accounts of bloody massacres and mourning ghosts from 600 years ago. From psychological warfares to slaughter sites and torture chambers.

Adelaide, Australia

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Reported to be a place of incredibly high paranormal activity, visit the Adelaide Gaol jail which was home to over 300,00 murderers, rapists, gangsters, and the lot from the 1840s till 1988 with a local guide. Who knows, you may experience a ghastly encounter.


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

Paragliding

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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

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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.

Canyoning

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The ultimate food list: Must eats for the foodie in Penang

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, both local and foreign travellers flock to the North of the Malaysian Peninsular to feast on what is arguably the best state in Malaysia for food. A melting pot of culture, Penang is where you can find various local cuisines, from Malay to Chinese to Indian and more.

Asam Laksa

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Full of mackerel and tamarind goodness, Asam Laksa is a fish noodle soup dish that originates from Penang. Dubbed #7 of the World’s 50 Best Foods by CNN Go in 2011, no trip to the Northern state is complete without savouring a bowl of Asam Laksa.

Visit: Pasar Air Itam Asam Laksa, Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 

Chee Cheong Fun

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Different from the Hong Kong version of Chee Cheong Fun, the Penang Chee Cheong Fun is essentially are silky smooth rice noodle rolls served with a black sweet sauce, sesame seeds, fried shallots, sesame oil and chilli sauce. A light meal, this would be ideally eaten for breakfast or as a snack.

Visit: Seow Fong Lye Cafe, 94C, Macalister Lane, 10400, George Town, Penang

Hokkien Prawn Mee

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A local favourite in Penang, Hokkien Prawn Mee is a dish that consists of the richly flavoured stock that is made from the shells and heads of prawns. Served with noodles and a myriad of condiments like pork belly, prawns and bean sprouts, it is safe to say that one bowl is never enough.

Visit: Old Green House Prawn Mee223, Jalan Burma, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Nasi Kandar

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Of Penang Indian-Muslim or ‘Mamak’ origin, Nasi Kandar is a meal of rice and a mixture of curries and side dishes. Before Nasi Kandar restaurants became popular, a Nasi Kandar vendor would balance a pole or ‘kandar’ on their shoulders containing pots that held these dishes, hence its name.

Visit: Hameediyah Restaurant164, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Char Kway Teow

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Char Kway Teow or Fried Kway Teow is one of the top dishes that one cannot miss when in Penang. A fried noodle dish with seafood, chilli, eggs, bean sprouts and flat rice noodles, Char Kway Teow started off as a poor man’s dish served by fishermen and cockle-gatherers but eventually became one of the most sought after dishes in Penang.

Visit: Sister’s Char Kway Teow, 185, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Mee Rebus

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Directly translated as ‘boiled noodles’, Mee Rebus is an Indian-Muslim dish of noodles served with a thick and slightly spicy curry-like broth and condiments such as fried tofu, bean sprouts, eggs, lime and fried flour fritters.

Visit: Hameed Pata Special Mee, 6, Kota Selera Padang Kota Lama, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Beef and mutton soup

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If you are aching for a hearty bowl of soup, this would be your best bet! A little on the spicy side, these Indian-Muslim soups come with a variety of meats. Paired with soft slices of local Roti Benggali, or Benggali Bread this is perhaps the best kind of comfort food on the island.

Visit: Sup Hameed, 48, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

If you want someone else to do the leading when it comes to food, you could always go on a food tour around Georgetown.


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