We worked out before we booked our trip that we wanted to see the snow monkeys that bathed in hot springs, and had researched how to get there before we left, but were a little uncertain even on the day we left.
The area around Osaka to Kyoto and Kobe is a high point of any visit to Japan. Due to the closeness of the three cities, it is possible to stay in one of them and travel between them at will. Obviously having a rail pass is an advantage. Last time we visited Japan we stayed in Kyoto, so this time we decided to try Kobe.
I get excited whenever I get to ride on a ferry, for me even the smallest trips are an adventure. I enjoy being on the water, not sure if its breathing in the salty air or the motion of the waves but it just feels like anything can happen.
Many cities have iconic trips, routine to the locals, but for tourists they are special highlights that will become treasured memories. In Melbourne, taking a tram down to St Kilda beach is a time honoured tradition that still offers the visitor a memorable experience, as well as a glimpse into the history of beach life in Melbourne.
Tropical North Queensland is a great place to view wildlife in their natural habitats. Many different species can be found without having to go too far off the beaten track.
During the planning stage this trip evolved as we added more and more places we felt we had to visit. We started with just Korea, but realised we wanted to revisit Japan also. We also wanted to pace ourselves better than our last major trip to Vietnam and China, which meant spending more time at each city or town (3 …
We visited Hoi An for four days as part of our journey through Vietnam, and enjoyed our stay immensely. We flew into Vietnam from Hong Kong, arriving at Hanoi from where we worked our way down to Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong.