Andrew Darwitan

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Travel Guide: 8 Best Places to Visit in Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam is bustling with nostalgia of a bygone era.<p>From Hoi An’s picturesque canary yellow houses to the Imperial Citadel of Hue, Central …

Asia Travel

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Cherry Blossom: When & Where

There are few experiences which can rival the romantic notion of walking along tranquil Japanese gardens as pretty <i>sakura</i> petals bloom above you, or …

Suggested Itinerary for 11 Days in Japan

It’s been almost 10 months since I first wrote about my then-upcoming Japan trip, but I haven’t written much about the country—and half a dozen other …

Japan Day 1: Shibuya, Akihabara & Street Scenes

Few <b>big modern cities</b> in the world are genuinely captivating.<p>Most of the times, what you get is a forest of concrete buildings with no soul, a mass of …

Japan Day 2: Sashimi, Skytree & Sakura

Our second day in Tokyo is all about discovering what made Japan famous. Out of the three days I spent in Tokyo, this is my most memorable due to the …

Kyoto – Destination of the Month (Mar ’17)

In 1945, more than 130,000 civilians lost their lives when the world’s most deadliest weapon was dropped at the epicenter of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. …

Arigatou Gozaimasu: On Japan’s Polite & Helpful Culture

In a country where English is not the norm, Japan is surprisingly very foreigner-friendly.<p>I survived 11 days in Japan using literally no more than …

New Year, New Country: I’m Going to Japan for 2015!

Everytime I arrive at work, the first thing I see on my screen is the photogenic sight of Chureito Pagoda. It’s standing there in Fujiyoshida with …

Santorini – Destination of the Month (Apr ’17)

There’s no arguing that Santorini ranks among the world’s most beautiful islands. But Santorini is so much more than what you imagine it to be.<p>The …

Graffiti in Athens: Street Art or Trash?

There’s nowhere else on Earth where graffiti is more prevalent than Athens. It’s the very first thing you notice as soon as you step your feet on the …

Greece Day 10: Sunset Over Skyline at Mount Lycabettus

On another last-minute stroke of madness, we decided to take cable car to the top of Mount Lycabettus. This wasn’t part of our original itinerary, …

Greece Day 10: Orange is the New White in Arachova

We all love the quaint white marble houses of Santorini, Mykonos, and the often-overlooked Paros, but Greece is so much more than these Cyclades …

Greece Day 10: The Oracle of Delphi at Mount Parnassus

“Apollo squinted in the bright sunlight and calmly tensed his muscles as he pulled his bow. He released his arrows one after the other until Python’s …

Greece Day 9: Faces of Agora Archaeological Museum

Although Acropolis gets most of the limelight, no visit to Athens is complete without stepping into the often overlooked, but no less captivating …

Greece Day 9: A Mini Guide to the Acropolis of Athens

Or how you separate the <i>faceless stones</i> from the <i>masterpieces</i>, as you would with wheat and chaff.<p>If you can only visit one place in Athens, there’s no …

Greece Day 9: 24 Hours in Athens… What to See & Do

Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, may pack millennia of histories. But you’ll be surprised to learn that you can cover quite A LOT within …

Greece Day 9: Athens Skyline, a Reversed Perspective

Most people I know who have been to Athens seem to dislike it.<p><i>“It’s really dull.</i> <i>There’s nothing of note other than Acropolis.”</i><p><i>“It’s covered with ugly</i> …

Greece Day 7-8: Meteora’s Gravity-Defying Monasteries

Seeing the Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Meteora sitting atop huge rock pillars definitely rank up there with Santorini as our Greece’s best travel …

Greece Day 6: Postcard from Perissa Beach

Perissa is a nice little surprise.<p>It wasn’t even on our original itinerary. But after the Red Beach of Akrotiri, hiking 8 hours from Fira to Oia, and …

Coastlines

Greece Day 6: Santorini Volcano Tour & 4-Island Cruise

Did you know that Santorini is actually made up of not one, but several islands? When people say Santorini, they usually refer to <b>Thira</b>, the largest …

Santorini Sunset: Oia vs Fira

Santorini is renowned to have one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. From Fira’s breathtaking caldera views to Oia’s iconic windmill …

Landscape Photography

Suggested Turkey Travel Itinerary & My Trip Summary

So many things to see, so little time…<p>It’s not everyday that you get to visit a country as exotic as Turkey, and spending no more than one week in …

Turkey: The Country that Opened My Eyes to the World

Turkey holds a very special place in my heart.<p>It was the first place that increased my heart rate within minutes of arriving. I have always enjoyed …

I Couldn’t Stop Taking Pictures: Bosphorus River Cruise Review

…because every random building here is photogenic.<p>Literally. Take a cruise at the Bosphorus River, point your camera at any random point of the city …

No, I’m Not Japanese. And No, I’m Not Gonna Shag Your Shop Assistant.

<i>“Konnichiwa”</i><p><i>“Ni hao?”</i><p>Regardless of your true nationality, ethnicity or language—if you’re an Asian, you’ll hear a lot of random greetings thrown at …

Istanbul Historical Sites: Palaces, Mosques & More

“I only have two afternoons to explore the whole of Istanbul!”<p>I was a complete fool who booked an Emirates flight to Turkey to accommodate for …

Are the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World Worth Visiting? My Temple of Artemis Experience

No, I’m not talking about the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal or Colosseum.<p>I’m talking about the original list that was made by early wanderers back …

Ephesus & Library of Celsus: How I Fell in Love with Ruins

I hate ruins.<p>OK, let me rephrase that—I <i>thought</i> I would hate ruins.<p>I don’t fly half way around the globe to be roasted under the sun and stare at …

The Surreal Landscape & Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia

From Day 1 to Day 6, mountains, oceans, deserts, glaciers and waterfalls were created.<p>On Day 7, Mother Nature went batshit insane, replicated the …

A Steamy Turkish Bath Experience

“You don’t leave Turkey without going to a <i>hamam</i>.”<p>I was told by everyone from travel guides, hotel staffs to newly-made friends that a <i>hamam</i> (Turkish …