Thick and creamy, warm and filling, nothing says comfort food like CURRY! Immediately recognized by their sensual aromas, curries around the world typically consist of coriander, cumin, turmeric and coconut milk, but nearly every country in the world adds its own twist. The Japanese like their curry thick and sweet, while Cambodians heap on the shrimp paste. India generally gets the credit for the creation of this gorgeous stew, but Europeans love it so much that the UK crowned curry its national dish! Spicy, lemony, soupy or hearty – travel through Asia to try them all!
Chill out in Asia during winter holidays, and enjoy the sunshine as much as the snow! Whether you prefer slicing down ski slopes on fresh powder or lounging on a beach chair under the mild sun, wintering in Asia can be done on sea, sand, mountains and snow!
Stop making excuses! It’s time to take more road trips, see more landmarks and share more embarrassing selfies in Asia’s best places to travel. We’ve mapped out a dozen adventures to get you off the couch, out of your comfort zone and into the great, wide world.
Asia is notorious for romantic getaways and luxurious resorts. Whisk your partner away for an exotic honeymoon on a secluded island, a hike through remote jungles or a picnic by candlelight on a white sand beach!
Kuala Lumpur day trips are the best way to explore some of Malaysia’s most interesting and historic attractions. Discover tropical landscapes, ancient temples and cultural landmarks during a tour of any of these destinations, located just outside of KL.
AGODA EXTRA: Dreaming of taking the ultimate road trip? Embark on a journey from Norway to Malaysia! Technically, you can, but most people pass on the drive as it is nearly 6,000 miles long and passes through Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Myanmar and Thailand. But, still, this epic road trip IS possible!
Fit for families, backpackers and honeymooners, all-inclusive holidays take the strain out of any getaway. Instead of wasting precious vacay time planning activities one-by-one, bundle up on everything from brunches to jungle treks, and be ready to roll before you go!
It’s easy to shop ‘til you drop in KL. The hard part is deciding where! With stately shopping malls and local markets scattered throughout the city, the choices are endless. Start with these crowd-pleasers, and see where your Kuala Lumpur shopping spree leads you!
AGODA EXTRA: Containing more than 60 shopping malls and dozens of local street markets, KL serves as the fashion – and economic – capital of Malaysia. The city gained global recognition with 1 Utama, one of the 10 largest shopping malls in the world, and the Egyptian-themed Sunway Pyramid, part of the Sunway Lagoon theme park.
As rich in culture as they are in flavor, Malaysian dishes are the glorious culmination of native spices and the centuries-old secrets of Malay, Chinese and Indian cooks. Whether chowing down on street food or dining on a rooftop, expect to find brilliant combinations of flavors, like tamarind, lemongrass and chilies, all essential for the country’s distinct curry blends and beloved sambal belachan (shrimp paste).
AGODA EXTRA: The word for the modern-day, tomato-based condiment “ketchup” is believed to have been made commonplace in Malaysia, but tomatoes weren’t even an ingredient in the original recipe. The traditional concoction, kecap (pronounced “kay-chap”), consisted of pickled fish and spices and was introduced by Chinese settlers. English colonists fell in love with the delectable spread, and British chefs in London later beefed up the recipe with ground mushrooms, shallots and sometimes even walnuts!
Malaysia’s capital city may have gained its popularity with flashy, modern megastructures, but historic Kuala Lumpur landmarks are a huge reason why tourists love this former mining town. Reminders of the city’s heritage can be found all along KL’s state-of-the-art railway system, and many districts were built around historic events.
AGODA EXTRA: The construction of Petronas Towers had its challenges. First, due to foundation weaknesses, the towers were moved from their original location, seven years into construction. Then, when builders reached the 72nd floor, surveyors discovered the first tower was leaning nearly one inch (25 millimeters) off vertical. Architects corrected the lean by building the next 16 floors in the opposite direction.
This seaside city is most famous for its mega shopping centers and densely-populated metropolitan areas, but knowing exactly where to stay in Hong Kong will give you a front-row seat to the HK attractions you want to see most.
AGODA EXTRA: Don’t freak out if you don’t find the number 4 in office buildings, apartments and hotels. The Chinese word for “death” is eerily similar to the word “four,” making the number 4 unlucky in Hong Kong and several other countries in Asia.