India- The Spice Lands

by Travelbag on 01 June 2015, 16:06PM India- The Spice Lands India, the seventh biggest country in the world has something for everyone. The spice lands of Kerala are a great introduction to the region. After you land in Cochin, the most cosmopolitan city in the region, you will visit the Matancherry Dutch Palace, confusingly built by the Portuguese, a Jewish synagogue and St Francis Church, before relaxing in the evening by watching a traditional Kathakali dance show and retiring to one of three hotels of your choosing; the Avenue Regent, Trident or Vivanta by Taj. Thekkady is next on the agenda, located in the ‘Heart of God’s Own Country’ and close to the coffee and spice plantations nearby, as well as Periyar forest, home to some of India’s main wildlife reserves. The evening’s entertainment will come in the form...
Food for thought

Food for thought

Carla ter Maat finds that Luang Prabang in Laos is a place to feed the soul. I had a very clear image in my mind about what Luang Prabang would be like – it was more a premonition than through research, and in fact and I wasn’t far wrong. The sense of calm, serenity and peace, as though I had arrived at a very holy place, pervaded the air, even as I departed the plane. Luang Praban...
by Carla ter Maat on 11 November 2014, 11:11AM



Test Your World Travel Knowledge

Test Your World Travel Knowledge

As you probably would have guessed, at Travelbag we are passionate about travel!    Our consultants travel extensively to make sure they have firsthand experience of the destinations. Over the years, they have come across some interesting and sometimes strange facts and habits. We have put together a fun quiz to test your world travel knowledge. Are you a seasoned traveller or an occas...
by Travelbag on 07 January 2014, 12:01PM



Indulge your senses in Thailand

Indulge your senses in Thailand

On arrival in Bangkok it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer size and chaotic feel of the city. However, you cannot help but fall in love with it once you have begun soaking up the atmosphere. Bangkok is a city that that everyone should experience at some stage of their travels. Nowhere else in Asia and the world can you find a city quite like Bangkok; with such an eclectic mix of culture ...
by Nick Hayes on 21 November 2013, 15:11PM



Olly's Asia adventure

Olly's Asia adventure

Holed up in a Ho Chi Minh street-side café, slurping (unashamedly loudly) my way through a bowl of noodles and casually spectating at the fast-paced sport that is Vietnamese daily life, I plot my next move.It’s a trickier task than it sounds because as soon as I step into the sea of pedestrians and motorcyclists, I am committed to participating in the game – no time for second t...
by Oliver Lomas on 28 September 2012, 15:09PM



MALAYSIA- A TWITCHERS PARADISE

MALAYSIA- A TWITCHERS PARADISE

Malaysia has an incredible diversity of birds for visitors to spot owing to its ranking among the world’s 12 mega biodiverse countries. Over 185 migrant birds visit Malaysia each year and there are about 570 bird species residing permanently in the misty forests and swampy mangroves, 52 of which are endemic to Borneo such as the Bornean Wren Babbler and 4 endemic to Peninsular Malaysia. Ther...
by Flo Powell on 15 March 2012, 16:03PM



Vietnam's Best Beaches

Vietnam's Best Beaches

For a long time Vietnam’s fabulous beaches were something of a hidden secret, a knowing wink between those fortunate enough to have discovered something akin to its more famous south-east Asian counterpart Thailand, albeit without the reputation, the crowds and the vigorous tourist development.However, with great quality comes eventual notoriety and the secret is out about Vietnam, its splen...
by Ollie Barstow on 23 February 2012, 16:02PM



Culinary Tourism

Culinary Tourism

If you're a 'foodie', the culinary options in destinations you visit are important- whether you want to try the local delicacies or feast in five star establishments. Here's our pick of the top culinary hot spots.    TokyoVoted as THE culinary capital of the world by the Michelin Guides, Tokyo certainly has its fair share of foodie options, from the sublime to the extraordinary there i...
by Anna Streatfeild on 17 January 2012, 16:01PM



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