Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015

kyoto shopping

Just back from Japan with the latest Kyoto shopping recommendations! Here’s where to shop in Kyoto for Imabari towels, makeup brushes, organic skin care,  tea, incense and room wear. (1) Iori for Imabari towels Once you have used Imabari towels, you’ll never go back to your old towels. I was converted to the famous towels […]

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Bangkok is currently experiencing a revival of traditional regional food, rather than only chasing after the latest international trends.  In my opinion, the best Thai food comes from the Northeast region called Isan.  Isan Thai Food is famous for being very spicy and pungent, seasoned with fresh herbs and fermented fish (plah rah), featuring some […]

Cradle Mountain Overland Track in Tasmania

cradle mountain overland track

The Cradle Mountain Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 kilometer, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The stunning scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation […]

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Chile

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs is a Japanese-style onsen in Chile about an hour’s drive from the village of Pucon in the lake district. It is one of our favorite places in Chile because of the unique design that blends with the stunning surroundings. The Architecture blog, Arch Daily recently published an article about the hot springs.

Lofoten Islands Norway

Lofoten Islands Norway

The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway, and are an excellent destination for hiking and cycling in the summer and for watching the Northern Lights in the winter. The Hurtigruten Ferry visits the Islands on its way along the coast from Bergen to Kirkeness.

Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

travel tips

Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips. (1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites. (2) Don’t waste your money on renting […]

Travel guide to Alsace, France

travel guide to alsace

Mapplr’s travel guide to Alsace is designed for people who want to spend five days to a week in Strasbourg and the towns along the Route du Vin (Wine Route) in the Alsace region of France. My advice is to give yourself two to three days in Strasbourg to see all of the main sights […]

Sri Lanka travel guide: favourite hotels, cuisine, recommended places to visit

Sitting and reclining Buddhas inside Dambulla cave temple

This Sri Lanka travel guide is designed for people who are interested in visiting Sri Lanka for a short period (a week or two), who enjoy savoury spicy cuisine and want something more than a beach holiday. Why visit Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is an island that lies southwest of India, closest to the state […]

Kayaking in New Zealand: Abel Tasman Park

Kayaking New Zealand

Kayaking in New Zealand is one of the absolute musts in this beautiful county.  Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of the south island of New Zealand is famous for its golden beaches, turquoise waters, native bush walks and spectacular scenery. There are two walking tracks: the beautiful coastal track and the more remote inland […]

Top 10 Japan travel tips

japan travel tips

Here are my top ten Japan travel tips. (1) Fly into Haneda airport, not Narita, if you are going to Tokyo. Narita airport is a nightmare, starting with the long queues at immigration (in a hot stuffy room) to the long ride from the airport to central Tokyo. Narita lies 57.5 kilometres (35.7 miles) from […]