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



Top 10 Temples in the World

Top 10 Temples in the World

1. Wat Rong Khun Wat Rong Khun Temple in Chiang Rai is known to some as the “White Temple” and is a more unconventional approach to a traditional temple. Painted white to symbolise Buddha’s absolute purity, Wat Rong Khun features a host of slightly strange paintings, photos and statues inside; a must see attraction in Thailand.  Find out more information about holida...
by Ellen Morgan on 17 July 2014, 08:07AM



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



The islands of Thailand

The islands of Thailand

The islands of Thailand are the stuff of castaway fantasies. White sand, rustic-chic beach shacks, a hammock gently swaying between two palm trees as the turquoise sea laps onto shore… But each is quite different from the next, with its own characteristics; and there are dozens to choose from - so which is the right one for you? Below is a small selection of Travelbag’s favourites. P...
by Travelbag on 05 December 2013, 13:12PM



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



One night in Kuala Lumpur

One night in Kuala Lumpur

…and the world’s your oyster’ goes the hit song from the musical ‘Chess’. Well, almost…Before musical connoisseurs implore me to check my facts, I am fully aware the correct title is ‘One Night in Bangkok’, but my sentiment remains intact. Indeed, Kuala Lumpur (KL between friends) shares much in common with its south-east Asian counterpart, both ci...
by Ollie Barstow on 29 October 2012, 16:10PM



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



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