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Shanghai Art Walk

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Textiles of Indonesia’s Flores and Sumba

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BANGKOK: YA DONG, TRADITIONAL THAI MOONSHINE

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This special designed Art Walk will introduce you to a creative and versatile aspect of Shanghai. Starting your walk in Pudong, at a former coal factory, crossing the river where we head to some hidden galleries, you’ll experience Shanghai’s way of life & work and learn about artists that got inspired by this remarkable city. Contact …

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There simply is nowhere quite like it. One of the world’s last wildernesses. A holiday in Mongolia will be like no other. We design bespoke holidays and tours during which you can stay in lodges, and authentic homestays. From the mesmerising Gobi Desert to the steppe of the central heartland, the eagle hunters of the …

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There are more types of traditional Indonesian textiles than you can count on both hands. One reason for the great variety is that Indonesia is an archipelago of thousands of islands.  Nearly every inhabited island has its own unique methods of weaving and dying. Today, there is much travel and trade between the islands, so you are likely to find classic techniques in ceremonial pieces and household fabrics where ever you …

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Every textile tells a story if you know what to look for, especially the antique textiles you’ll see in museums and elegant shops throughout Asia and Southeast Asia. Going to local markets, museums, and festivals allows you to truly immerse yourself in the culture. The raw material – cotton, silk, plant fibers or camel hair – tells you where the weaving was done. The colors speak …

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Eight years ago, it would have been impossible to find a sophisticated Bangkokian tossing back a shot of ya dong, or Thai herbal moonshine. It costs just 30 cents a pop at shady liquor carts on street corners around the city, found in rows of cookie jars with questionable infusion recipes. While its street version …

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The Gawdawpalin temple is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Myanmar. The temple has more than 800 years of history is a favorite destination of many visitors. The Gawdawpalin temple has a similar architecture to the design of the Thatbyinnyu, the Htilominlo and Sulamani temples. Although there are many connotations behind the name …

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It’s easy to love Chiang Mai. Thailand’s ‘second city’ has a small-town vibe, an absolute contrast to the mega-metropolis of Bangkok. It’s littered with golden temples, incredible eateries, and backed by the grand Doi Suthep mountain with its waterfalls, hiking trails, and views over the city. If you’re heading to Thailand and want a break …

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Are you looking for a private/group tour to Tibet? Many travelers opt to join a group as a way of splitting the costs of hiring a guide and driver. For those looking for a group, we recommend signing up for one of our group tours. We arrange group tours to Lhasa, Everest Base Camp, Mt. …

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The textiles of the Miao and Dong people in this southwestern province of China literally tell of their history and beliefs in pictorial illustrations and symbols. A woman’s marital status and home village can be identified by the color and pattern of the clothing she wears. The Miao are known among textile collectors for their fine embroidery skills, weaving and batik dying.  Since this is …

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Fresh Mango juice with mint leaves served at a lazy, lonely beach. A boat trip on a lake, hidden deep in the mountains. Your taxi driver’s lucky Buddha amulets dangles in the window. A sleepy border town inviting you for a game of pool before you cross into unknown land. The name Thailand conjures up …

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