When we travel to a new country, we do tend to stick with the tried-and-true and opt to stay in the capital since that's where most of the people and the actions are. But of course there is always more to a country than just its capital. Check out 6 underrated destinations we picked in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand!
Step away from Malaysia's western side and explore its lesser known eastern side! Although renowned for being a major food destination, Kuching also offers spectacular views, particularly at Pasir Pandak Beach, where you will find a good dose of small rolling hills, coconut groves and durian orchards. Just the place to experience the simple village life amidst beautiful nature!
Otherwise known as Pearl of the Orient, Penang is also known for its beautiful beaches, including Batu Ferringhi. Located northeast of the Penang Island, make sure you spend your holiday at one of its classic hotels and tourist resorts! While you're at it, don't forget to go jet-skiing, parasailing, or deep sea fishing. Most importantly, try out the relaxingfish spa service!
Vietnam is certainly not just about Hanoi. As the country's largest city, Ho Chi Minh was previously known as Saigon and possesses the traces of its colonial era, such as the Old French Quarter at Ho Chi Minh Metropolitan Area. Here you will find plenty of shops and restaurants where you can just soak in the city's understated yet charming ambiance.
Spend your lazy afternoons at Krabi's many scenic local parks, such as Thara Park. Located next to the Krabi Marina and behind some of the municipal buildings of Krabi town, this is where you can slow down, enjoy the scenery and take beautiful photos. Otherwise, it's time to get sporty since this park has a large football field, basketball court, and indoor stadium - giving you many options to keep your heart rate high!
Located nearby the Samui Airport, Six Senses Samui in Thailand's second largest island, Ko Samui is flanked by the glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and its surrounding islands, lending the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos. This is where you can chill out with your loved ones under the sun in a breezy, laid-back setting, with the soothing ebbs and flows of the ocean caressing your ears!
In a city as beautiful as Chiang Mai, of course there is a landmark as majestic as Tha Phae Gate. As part of the wall that surrounded the city at its founding, the gate is also one of the eight entrances to the old city district. This is where you can take part in many cultural activities and festival celebrations, such as the Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February, the Thai New Year of Songkran in April, and the Loy Krathong Festival in November!
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Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.
We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.
Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.
Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.
However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.
This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.
As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!
Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.
Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!
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