A Traveller’s Tale: The Best Destinations in Asia I’ve Seen Thus far

A Traveller’s Tale: The Best Destinations in Asia I’ve Seen Thus far

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I have been fortunate to visit many destinations in Asia, and what sticks out? Here are the best cities in Asia I’ve seen so far.

I have always loved travelling, but my love for Asia, the continent, has been a recent discovery. Often, I feel right at home when travelling the mighty continent of Asia. Who can blame me? While I haven’t been to every destination in Asia, some of the countries I have seen include East Asia and South-East Asia, and Nepal in Central Asia. What I have seen has left me wanting to come back to see more destinations in Asia.

The culture, the food, the history and eye-catching tourist attractions in Asia are the primary reason I keep coming back for more. A few of the destinations in Asia I mention here are personal favourites. A few are common destinations where tourism booms, and others are more unheralded.

Asia travel has something for everyone, whether you are looking to explore the great outdoors, immerse yourself in new cultures or take in awe-inspiring sights.

Therefore, from a personal point of view, let’s discuss several destinations in Asia which I have cherished the most in my travels.

 

Kyoto City

Beautiful Kyoto City in Japan is one of my favourite destinations in Asia.

 

A Traveller’s Tale: The Best Destinations in Asia I’ve Seen Thus far

While I am sure I have a number one destination on the continent, this list of destinations in Asia is in no particular order. So let’s get into it.

 

Kyoto in Japan

Kyoto in Japan is a traveller’s dream come true. It is a city that can perfectly blend the old with the new. As you walk through the streets of Kyoto, you will be able to see traditional temples and shrines juxtaposed against sleek and modern skyscrapers.

What I love about Kyoto is that it has something for everyone. Suppose you are looking to enjoy a shopping experience in Kyoto. In that case, you can find high-end stores selling designer brands and local shops selling traditional Japanese goods.

The food in Kyoto is also incredible. You will be spoilt for choice in Kyoto, from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants. I would highly recommend trying the local cuisine in Kyoto as it is truly a delightful experience.

Then we need to discuss the tourist attractions in Kyoto. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto, and it is easy to see why. The shrine is covered in thousands of torii gates, making for a breathtaking sight. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you can take a day trip to Arashiyama.

Let’s not forget about the Temples and Shrines in Kyoto, a history lesson within a modern city, with its spectacular sights and splendid designs. Notable temples you must check out are the Kinkaku-Ji temple, Kiyomizu-Dera and Heian Shrine, and a few famous attractions in Kyoto.

Nijo castle should also be on your list of places to see in Kyoto. It is one of the most famous castles in Japan, enriched in tradition as you wander the gardens and enter inside the castle and learn about hundreds of years of history.

 

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Kyoto temple guide

Don’t forget to visit Kodaiji in Kyoto.

 

Muju-Gun in South Korea

Muju-Guns is a beautiful county with stunning mountain scenery located in the North Jeolla Province of South Korea.

Muju county is well known for its stunning landscapes and tourist attractions. The Deogyusan National Park and Muju Resort gather many enthusiasts skiers to the Region in the winter months, especially travellers from Seoul who enjoy a weekend escape to the snow.

Deogyusan National Park is a must-visit when you are in Muju-Gun. It offers stunning hiking trails with incredible views of the mountains. The Muju Resort is also a great place to visit, especially if you want to enjoy some winter sports.

The food in Muju-Gun is also worth mentioning. It offers a variety of dishes that are sure to tantalise your taste buds. Try the local specialty, usually home-cooked by locals who will dazzle you with famous Korean cuisines.

If you’re looking for one of the most picturesque destinations in Asia, you don’t need to look any further than Muju-Gun, South Korea.

 

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Muju is spectacular in the white snow and ice.

 

Kuching in Malaysia

Kuching is undoubtedly one of my favourite cities in Malaysia, and another smaller city mentioned later in the article.

In the Sarawak state of Borneo, Malaysia, Kuching is a lovely city that has a unique fascination with cats. The name came from the Malay word for cat, “kucing”. You will find many stray cats roaming the streets of Kuching, and there is even a cat museum in the city.

Kuching is also rich in history. You can learn about the city’s past at the Sarawak Museum, one of the oldest museums in Borneo, which gives in-depth details of its history.

Suppose you are looking for a few attractions to visit in Kuching. In that case, you need to check out the Kuching Cat Museum, Fort Margherita, Kuching Cultural Village and the Bako National Park.

The hotspot for tourists happens along the Sarawak River at the Kuching Waterfront in the evenings. Often there is plenty of entertainment, river cruises and food stalls to sit down and enjoy beautiful food under the night sky.

 

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The action heats up along the Waterfront when the sun begins to come down.

 

Vientiane In Laos

What can I say about Vientiane? For one, my favourite part of the city is that it lacks the chaos of other Southeast Asian Cities, making your Vientiane Capital and generally peaceful experience.

Vientiane also has a lot of French colonial architecture, resulting from when Laos was once part of the French Indochina.

The city is also home to many Buddhist temples, including That Luang and Wat Si Saket, two of Vientiane’s most popular tourist attractions.

You’ll love Vientiane for its laid-back nature. You can enjoy a coffee in many cafes, relax with a reasonably-priced massage, and stroll the quiet streets to your next attraction. There is also a good nightlife scene with many bars and nightclubs to enjoy, especially a few rooftop bars that overlook the Mekong.

Some of the best places to eat in Vientiane are at the Night Market, where you can find a variety of food stalls selling everything from Lao BBQ to French crepes. Not to mention a great shopping experience finding various goods at a fair price. 

Shopping in Vientiane is also a great experience, as one would expect in Southeast Asia. You can find many markets and shops selling everything from handicrafts to souvenirs. Also, you’ll find a few modern-day shopping Malls, with the best being the Vientiane Center Lao and Talat Sao Shopping mall, the latter directly down the main road and looking towards the Patuxay Monument. 

Overall, Vientiane is a great city to relax in and enjoy the slow pace of life while still being able to experience some of the best that Laos has to offer.

 

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

 

Nagarkot in Nepal

Another gorgeous mountain scenery; however, you are looking into the mighty Himalayan Mountains this time.

Nagarkot is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, where you can stay in mountain view hotels and chill. Usually, tourists who come to Nagarkot have generally concluded a multi-day hike in the area and wish to kick their feet up with a beer, heating and local Nepalese cuisine.

Things to do in Nagarkot include visiting the Nagarkot Fort, which was built in the 17th century and used as a military outpost. Nowadays, it’s one of the best places to watch the sunset over the Himalayas. You can enjoy stunning views of Mt. Everest on a clear day from here too, but you need to be lucky. I wasn’t on my visit, yet the views remained incredible.

During my time in Nagarkot, the accommodation I stayed in was The Hotel Himalayan Villa, a beautiful mountain view hotel that I can highly recommend for the hotel’s facilities. The staff are lovely, and the food was some of the best I had in Nepal. The Hotel Himalayan Villa also had an outdoor deck that looked directly at the mountains. 

Overall, Nagarkot is a great place to relax for a few days, enjoy the mountain scenery and get away from it.

 

hotels in Nagarkot Nepal

I cherish the mountain views in Nagarkot, Nepal.

 

Singapore City in Singapore

What can I say about Singapore? It has everything a tourist desires and a whole lot more. The only catch is that it comes at a price.

Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in Asia. However, it is worth every penny. From the moment you arrive at Singapore Changi Airport, which has been voted the best airport globally, you know you are somewhere special and a wonderful holiday experience awaits.

In Singapore, attractions include visiting the world-famous Marina Bay Sands, an iconic hotel with a rooftop infinity pool that offers stunning views of the city skyline.

You can also visit Orchard Road, a shopping haven for luxury brands and more affordable stores. Here you can find anything from designer clothes to electronics and souvenirs.

The Gardens by the Bay is also a must-see, a vast nature park featuring gardens, walking trails, and two massive conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.

Suppose you’re looking for something more cultural. In that case, Chinatown and Little India are great places to visit where you can learn about the history and culture of these communities in Singapore.

The city is spotless, with no piece of rubbish on the ground anywhere. You’ll appreciate the cleanliness of the Country, especially while walking the Marina and along the gorgeous city river of Singapore River, which in turn leads to Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay.

The other must-see destination in Singapore is Sentosa Island, a resort island with beaches, hotels, theme parks, etc.

Overall, Singapore is a fantastic city that has something for everyone. It’s safe, clean and incredibly efficient. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Singapore.

 

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streets of Singapore

Another glorious evening in Singapore.

 

Koh Samui in Thailand

Koh Samui is the love island of Thailand in every way. I spent over a week on my tenth wedding anniversary with my darling wife.

Koh Samui is an idyllic island paradise with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and palm trees. It’s the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Things to do on Koh Samui include visiting the Big Buddha Temple, one of the most famous temples in Thailand and exploring the picturesque Ang Thong Marine National Park and a trip to another famous temple, Wat Plae Laim.

Another unique attraction that will cause a giggle is the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, Hin Ta Hin Yai. The coastal attraction is two large rocks that have been eroded over time to resemble male and female genitalia.

Of course, you can’t come to Koh Samui without spending some time at the beach, and there are plenty of beaches to choose from on the Island. Famous beaches include Chaweng Beach, the busiest and most developed beach on the island. Lamai Beach is a bit more laid-back and quieter than Chaweng, Bophut Beach, with its Fisherman’s Village full of boutique shops, restaurants, and Maenam Beach.

Koh Samui is a beautiful island that has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore or enjoy romance, you’ll have a fantastic time in paradise.

 

Angthong Marine Park

The magnificent views of Angthong Marine National Park near Koh Samui in Thailand.

 

Dalat in Vietnam

Dalat is a welcome sight when you visit this vibrant city in South Central Vietnam, surrounded by beautiful natural and gorgeous waterfalls. It is undoubtedly my favourite city in Vietnam.

Dalat is well-known for its beautiful flowers, so it’s no surprise that one of the best things to do here is to visit the Dalat Flower Gardens.

The gardens are stunning, with a wide variety of different flowers and plants. You can also buy some souvenir flower seeds to take home with you.

Other popular tourist attractions in Dalat include the Crazy House, a unique building that Vietnamese architect Nguyen Xuan Phat designed. The house is full of odd shapes and angles and is worth visiting.

If you’re looking for something more active, you can go hiking or biking in the nearby countryside. Dalat is also home to several lakes and waterfalls, including Elephant Waterfalls, Paradise Lake and Datanla Falls.

Dalat is a city that will surprise and delight you. With its beautiful flowers, unique architecture, and stunning natural scenery, it’s worth visiting when travelling to the vibrancy of Vietnam.

 

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Dalat in Vietnam is one of my favourite destinations in Asia.

 

Seoul in South Korea

Seoul may be my number city globally, just edging Kyoto. Still, there are sentimental reasons attached for South Korea being my favourite country, and that’s because it is where my wife is from, so we visit Seoul often.

Seoul is a bustling metropolis with a population of over ten million people. But, despite its size, it’s an immaculate and safe city.

The food in Seoul is excellent, and you can find pretty much anything you’re looking for when seeking delicious Korean food. From street food to fine dining, there’s something for everyone. And, of course, you can’t forget to divulge in a little Korena BBQ or bulgogi.

Some of the best things to do in Seoul include visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, a truly magnificent palace with buildings and gardens. It’s the largest and most beautiful palace in all of Korea. You can also visit Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Seoul N Tower is another must-see; it’s a beautiful tower with an observatory deck that offers stunning views.

And, finally, you can’t come to Seoul without going shopping. The city is full of markets and malls selling everything from clothes to electronics. You can find pretty much anything you’re looking for in Seoul.

Famous shopping strips in Seoul include Myeongdong, Lotte Outlets, Namdaemun Market, and Dongdaemun Market.

If you’re travelling to Seoul with kids, as I have done on numerous occasions, a few theme parks are a must-visit. Lotte World is a vast indoor and outdoor theme park with rides, an ice rink, a folk museum, etc. Seoul Land is another great option. It’s smaller than Lotte World but still has plenty of rides and attractions.

Seoul is an incredible city that has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to shop, eat, or explore, you’ll have a great time in Seoul.

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Gyeongbokgung

The crowds gather at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

 

Miri in Malaysia

I loved Miri. I loved Borneo.

Miri is a great place to start your exploration of Borneo, as it’s the gateway to some of the most incredible national parks in Malaysia. The National Parks in Miri include Niah National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, and Lambir Hills National Park.

Miri is also home to the world’s oldest rainforest, Gunung Mulu National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s easy to see why.

Miri is a small city, but it’s full of character. The food is fantastic, and many things to see and do. Some things to do in Miri include visiting the Miri City Fan, walking through the Tua Pek Kong temple, or going on a jungle safari.

Coco Cabana is a great place to visit in Miri. It’s right on the beach and has its infinity pool. The breakfast buffet is also incredible.

There are plenty of flights from Miri to other cities in Malaysia, so you can easily explore more of this amazing Country. I know I’ll be back a second time.

 

Canada Hill Miri

The views of Miri City from the vantage point of Canada Hill.

 

The Conclusion of my favourite Destinations in Asia

These are just some reasons I love Asia and keep going back for more to visit these fabulous destinations in Asia. To think of some of the places in Asia I left out, like Bali, Hong Kong Macau and Shenzhen. Yet there is more to see and more to write about in this great continent, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. 

What are some of your favourite places in Asia? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy travels!

 

 

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Hamelin Bay Beach: Western Australia’s South West Treasure

Hamelin Bay Beach: Western Australia’s South West Treasure

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If you’re looking for a beach that offers something for everyone, Hamelin Bay Beach is the perfect spot. This beautiful Bay is located in Western Australia’s South West, and it’s home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery which is associated with Australia.

Whether you’re into fishing, swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the sand, Hamelin Bay has something for families or couples looking to travel to a hidden treasure. And don’t forget about the stingrays! Visitors can find these gentle creatures swimming in the Bay, and they’re worth a closer look.

Hamelin Bay is an excellent spot for a day trip or a weekend getaway. It’s a few hours from Perth, so it’s easy to get to, and there are plenty of things to keep you busy. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Hamelin Bay today!

So let the adventure take you there, as there are many fun things to do in Hamelin Bay!

 

Hamelin Bay Beach

Hamelin Bay beach in Western Australia is a great day out for everyone involved.

 

Where is Hamelin Bay?

Hamelin Bay is located on the west coast of Western Australia in the South West region. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed! The Picturesque Bay is about a three-hour drive from Perth, and it’s well worth the journey.

The neighbouring towns of Hamelin include the famous surf and wine region of Margaret River and Augusta, located on the southwest corner of the state.

 

Hamelin Bay Caravan Park

Firstly, let’s start with the accommodation choices. Nearby to the beach is the Hamelin Bay Caravan Park. You can rent a chalet, pitch a tent in the campgrounds, or park your caravan before having a few days of adventure and relaxation while exploring the nearby region. The rates at Caravan Park are reasonable, and it is the perfect place to set up a base before exploring all that Hamelin Bay has to offer.

Parking at Hamelin Bay is easy, with a big bay car park next to the beach. There is also a boat ramp at Hamelin Bay if you plan to bring your boat along for the trip, with ample room for parking your vehicle with a boat trailer. 

 

Hamelin Bay boat ramp

Boating is a popular pastime at the Bay.

 

Things to do in Hamelin Bay Beach

And what does Hamelin Bay Beach have on offer? Well, there are a few things; let’s check them out!

 

Fishing off the coast or on a boat

You can go fishing off the beach if you get away from the crowded area, where you will likely catch herring, salmon, or even the odd shark!

Hamelin Bay even has a boat ramp if you want to bring your boat down and do some deep-sea fishing, or you can go on a charter with one of the many operators in the area.

 

Hamelin Bay WA

There are vast fishing opportunities in Hamelin Bay, WA.

 

Swimming in Hamelin Bay WA

Swimming in the Bay will undoubtedly be a popular choice in the summer months, with relatively calm waters to enjoy a leisurely dip.

You can get out the beach towel and enjoy an afternoon tan when you have had enough water. However, remember to apply sunscreen and add clothing to protect against Australia’s harsh sun.

The water, at times, is crystal clear, and there are plenty of things to see when snorkelling, including colourful fish, starfish, anemones, and seahorses.

 

A Coastal Walk

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not walk along the cliffs to get a stunning coastline view? Just be careful not to go over the boundaries. The fences are there for a reason, and going beyond the edge could cause death or injury.

A walk at Hamelin Bay provides you with stunning coastal views far and wide of the area, which takes you to a clifftop and can see more of the Bay. If you wish to escape the walking path, why not have a relaxing stroll along the sand and listen to the sounds of the water while soaking in the laidback nature of Hamelin.

 

Hamelin Bay beach

A pleasant stroll is waiting for you off the Western Australian Coast.

 

 

The Hamelin Bay Stingrays

Let’s not forget about the Hamelin Bay Stingrays, where you can get up close and even touch the Rays! They are very gentle creatures, but it is still essential to be careful and listen to the experts nearby, who will give you a briefing on safely interacting with them.

Heck, you can even feed the Stingrays but only use what the experts hand out as we want to look after these precious sea creatures.

There will be a few precious photos to take with a Hamelin Bay Stingray and other beautiful areas of the surrounding Bay.

 

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Reaching out to the Rays at Hamelin Bay.

 

Hamelin Bay is a great place to visit for a day trip or even a weekend getaway, so what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Hamelin Bay Beach. 

Have you been to Hamelin Bay? What’s your favourite thing to do there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Hello to you from Hamelin Bay Western Australia.

 

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Tips For Planning Your First Post-Pandemic Holiday Trip

Tips For Planning Your First Post-Pandemic Holiday Trip

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After what felt like an eternity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world slowly opened up to travel. Everyone addicted to travel is excited to start packing for the first post-pandemic holiday trip finally. 

However, travel as we know it has changed drastically in the last two years, and it’s once again possible to return to your favourite destinations of the past, such as Bali, Thailand or Vietnam. 

However, it’s time to consider different Europe or the USA destinations. Whether your travel bucket list takes you shortly, there are essential things to keep in mind when travelling on your first post-pandemic holiday.

 

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Tips For Planning Your First Post-Pandemic Holiday Trip

 

Tips For Planning Your First Post-Pandemic Holiday Trip

Let’s travel again with a few essential tips for planning a holiday after covid. 

 

Choosing A Destination and Accommodations

Plenty of countries are already open to foreign travellers (here’s a list of countries and their current requirements to help you start your planning), but that’s not without specific restrictions and paperwork. These may include some or all of the following: proof of vaccination, medical insurance, proof of accommodation, quarantine hotel if applicable, and others. 

While it’s generally safer to travel now compared to previous months, that doesn’t mean that there is no chance that you can still contract the virus while on your holiday abroad. It will be wise to research what the government of your chosen country requires if you do test positive during your trip. 

In addition, cancellation policies have also changed due to the virus. It’s recommended to study the cancellation policies of hotels and airlines before booking. 

 

Travel Medical Insurance

Travel medical insurance is the most critical aspect of your trip.

While many travellers have chosen to forego travel insurance in the past, this is not something you want to take for granted in the post-pandemic travel era because it can save you a great deal of money (and hassle). Most countries will likely not accept foreign tourists without the necessary travel insurance. Each destination will have its requirements as to the minimum amount of coverage you need to enter the country. 

There are now many recognised travel insurers who provide adequate insurance for COVID-19. There are many types of coverage that you can choose, but it’s essential to choose wisely. Some will provide coverage for cancellation costs incurred on repatriation and medical expenses, while others will only cover medical costs if you get COVID-19 while travelling abroad. Each provider will have its restrictions, so always check the fine print. 

When shopping around for travel insurance, it’s best to finalise your purchase when booking your flight and accommodations. Also, note that it’s improbable that travel insurance providers will provide coverage for cancellation costs if travel restrictions such as lockdowns occur either at your destination or home country around the time of travel, preventing you from going on your trip. 

Other things to think about when shopping for travel insurance: 

  • How much of the hospitalisation fee will be covered if you have to be confined at your destination?
  • Does the policy include coverage for the entire duration of your trip? If a cancelled flight or sickness leads to an unexpected extension of your trip, will the range be extended?
  • If you will be going on a cruise, will the insurer cover medical costs for multi-night cruises?
  • Will your cancellation costs be covered if a family member or business partner back home tests positive, requiring you to come back sooner than planned?
  • Are you going to be covered for costs incurred by events such as self-isolation, mandatory quarantine, border closures, or government travel bans at your destination?

 

It would also be wise to look into Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) supplemental coverage, which is optional. CFAR is a policy upgrade that allows travellers to cancel anytime, usually for COVID-related fears and worries that are not included in the policy. It will usually provide around 75% reimbursement of trip costs that are not refundable. The procedure can be used if you have booked a trip but are unsure about the testing requirements at the destination, or suddenly your companions no longer want to go on the trip. 

 

Travel Agent

More people turn to travel agents again to seek experienced help with post-pandemic planning. 

In the past, it was easy to book everything online without asking for the advice of a travel agent. But now, especially with international travel, a travel agent is a highly beneficial service. There are many things to know about: border closures and openings, changing travel requirements, travel insurance, political upheavals and information on natural disasters and weather. Having a trustworthy and reliable travel agent can help you navigate the overwhelming changes and stay informed even during your trip. 

Travel agents are a worthy investment; they usually charge an upfront fee for their services, so ask for their rate card when scouring around for one. Some agents may assign an initial consultation fee, while additional costs will be charged for booking airlines or other services. 

 

Consider Slow Travel

 

With the sheer amount of preparation and the costs of travelling into international borders, many travellers find it pragmatic to travel slow.

Slow travel means staying in a destination for weeks, whereas it was easy to cross borders and travel from one city to another in the past without thinking twice about the consequences. Going down the slow travel path will save you money from constant testing and other related travel costs. However, there is also another great benefit: you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new city or culture more efficiently. 

 

Conclusion to Post-Pandemic Travel

Given these recommendations, it’s good to know that you can still enjoy travel the way you did before. There are just a few adjustments to make, and pre-trip planning is more critical than ever, but as long as you’ve done your homework (and have some patience), the world is ready for you. 

 

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The family is getting excited for their next travel adventure. 

 

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The Most Popular Locations for K-Drama Filming – South Korea

The Most Popular Locations for K-Drama Filming – South Korea

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K-drama is one of the hottest television worldwide, and on a South Korea trip, you can visit the most popular locations for K-Drama filming.

Since the 1990s, South Korea has gained popularity for its television dramas, also known as K-dramas. These soap opera-style shows have captivated viewers worldwide, helping boost the country’s tourism industry.

In recent years, the popularity of Korean dramas has exploded, with fans all over the world eager to immerse themselves in the culture. “Descendants of the Sun,” “My Love from the Star,” “Mr Sunshine,” and other K-Dramas have enchanted audiences into visiting the country. 

The global popularity of K-dramas coincided with the emergence of other South Korean cultural products such as K-pop, cosmetics, and foods have had a tremendous impact on many aspects of South Korean society, including tourism.

The K-drama phenomenon, dubbed the “Korean Wave” (or Hallyu), has continued to grow in popularity, with more and more people visiting South Korea to experience the culture first hand.  

 

Locations for K-Drama Filming

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the famous locations for K-Drama Filming.

 

 

Some of the Most Popular Locations for K-Drama Filming

If you’re a fan of South Korea‘s TV shows and the mega Korean stars such as Kim Tae-Ri and Lee Byung-Hun, you’ll be interested in learning about some of the top filming locations for K Drama in the country. From picturesque mountains to lively city streets, South Korea has it all when setting the scene for a compelling drama that’ll live in your hearts forever. 

 

1. Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido Hangang Park is a large public park in South Korea that stretches along the banks of the Han River. It’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, with plenty of things to do, see, and enjoy. From biking and hiking trails to paddle boats and playgrounds, there’s something for everyone at Yeouido Hangang Park.

The scenery is simply beautiful, making it a pleasant place to relax and fresh air. The park is also home to several cultural attractions, including an art museum, performance hall, and botanical garden. 

 

Hangang Park

Hangang Park, South Korea

 

2. Forest of Wisdom

This public library, located in Paju Book City, is a bookworm’s dream, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves loaded with over 200,000 books. It is just a few steps away from the demilitarized zone (DMZ), one of the premier book culture hubs in South Korea.

Although there is no book sale here, guests are welcome to explore and read the books as part of the library’s purpose to be more than just a library.

 

3. Namsan Tower

Namsan Tower, located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The tower offers 360-degree panoramic stunning views of the cityscape and surrounding mountains.

Visitors can enjoy various activities at Namsan Tower, including hiking, shopping, and dining. The tower, dazzling city lights, and love locks are frequently used in K-drama scenes shot at Namsan. It is the location of romantic dates between lovers, especially at night when the tower is illuminated.

 

Seoul N Tower

Seoul N Tower.

 

 

4. Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a picturesque and historic neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea. This lovely village, which is surrounded by palaces, temples, and traditional Korean dwellings, is a fascinating destination in the heart of Seoul. Visitors can learn about the area’s rich culture and history while touring traditional Korean residences, stores, and eateries.

Bukchon Hanok Village has been used to film several historical dramas, including Jumong, Dae Jang Geum, and Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

 

5. Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is already well-known to fans of historical K-dramas. The palace was established in 1395 in Seoul and served as the primary royal residence during the Joseon Dynasty.

The grounds are beautiful and spacious, and there are many traditional buildings and structures to explore. Visitors can also learn about the rich history and culture of South Korea through various exhibits and programs offered at the palace.

 

Gyeongbokgung

The crowds gather at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

 

 

6. Cheonggyecheon Stream 

South Korea is bustling with life and energy. The people are constantly on the go, working hard to make a living. Amid all this hustle and bustle is the Cheonggyecheon stream, another romantic K-drama favourite location.

This oasis of peace is a welcome respite from the busy city streets. Lovers can meet here, and single travellers can also go for some alone time as they stroll along the pedestrian walkway, admiring the waterfalls and landscaping. 

 

Start Planning Your Trip

From the bustling streets of Seoul to the peaceful countryside, South Korea has something for everyone. As K-drama fans, you often drool over your favourite shows’ stunning scenery and locations.

It is not a surprise if you want to be close to where these shows are filmed. When you visit the country, record your trip and edit it with a YouTube video maker, then share it with your family and friends. You may also upload your travel experiences on social media so that others can get inspiration for where to explore when they visit the country. 

 

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Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul.

 

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12 Fun and Incredible Things to do in Kuta – Bali – Indonesia

12 Fun and Incredible Things to do in Kuta – Bali – Indonesia

Bali has several tourist hotspots all over the Indonesian Island, and each of them has its unique charm that to pick a favourite spot is an impossible task. However, in saying that, Kuta has always been a favourite for travellers – and for a good reason too.

Kuta attracts travellers with its vast array of stunning beaches for a casual swim, surf or stroll, particularly at sundown. Or the lively entertainment strip along the main road with shopping centres, restaurants, bars and Massage parlours, Kuta has it all for a holiday in paradise with a hint of chaos.

A traveller here or there may complain that Kuta is too noisy with a few too much hustle and bustle, and that’s fine; quieter places in and around Bali await you. Although if you look hard enough, paradise in Kuta is there waiting for you, and you’ll find you can spend a good week with many incredible things to do in Kuta, Bali.

 

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12 Fun and Incredible Things to do in Kuta – Bali – Indonesia.

 

Things to do in Kuta – Bali – Indonesia

In getting in the article’s theme, there are many exciting things to do in Kuta that bring out the best Bali holiday for travellers seeking all kinds of experiences and adventures, whether you’re travelling with a family, as a couple, or going solo, you’re long-anticipated Bali dash won’t be forgotten.

Without curtailing your enthusiasm for planning your Bali holiday, here are the things you shouldn’t miss out on doing while in Kuta.

 

1. Explore the Kuta beaches

The beach on the western side of Bali is home to dozens of beach resorts in every kind of budget. The Kuta beaches have a bustling tourist area where you can find virtually anything: from happy hour to tattoos, surfing lessons, coffee shops, and so much more. Many cafes are right on the beachfront so that you can enjoy the sea views as you chow down on delicious local or western fare.

Then, of course, you can soak up the beach vibes – do nothing as you please, suntan, or perhaps take up some swimming lessons. By sundown, this area livens up with nightlife and entertainment and beach lovers can choose from the central Kuta Beach, Balangan Beach, and Kelan Beach.

 

Kuta Beach

Fun with the boys at one of Kuta’s Beaches

 

2. Fun down the slides at Waterbom Park

This massive water park encompasses 3.8 hectares of land that’ll cause all kinds of spills and mayhem, and you can be sure that a fun time awaits you at Waterbom, one of the best family-friendly attractions in Kuta or Bali, for that matter.

Waterbom is the only theme park where you can find exhilarating water slides, water games, gardens, and pools and test your bravery at The Climax, the steepest waterslide in Asia. Other thrilling rides include the Lazy River, Funtastic, Twin Racers, Fast N Fierce, Smashdown, and so much more.

After all those water rides have worked up an appetite, indulge in the vast array of delicious food available at their many dining outlets. From kids’ favourites to alcoholic beverages, the restaurants at Waterbom will not disappoint. Heck, you can even hire a private Gazebo for the day and get your food delivered.

 

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Fun down the slides at Waterbom Park.

 

 

3. Dream Museum Zone

Step into another world through jaw-dropping 3-dimensional artworks found at the Dream Museum Zone in Legian, Kuta.

The Dream Museum Zone is a destination that both kids and adults will appreciate during your stay in Bali. Talented artists have created various themed artworks that make you look like you’re in an Egyptian tomb, chased by a shark and much more. With 120 life-sized paintings to choose from, the adventures are good enough to last you a few hours or even more.

 

 

4. Kuta Theatre

Immerse yourself in the vibrant, colourful world of Balinese culture by watching a show or two at the Kuta Theatre. At the Kuta Theatre, visitors are treated to dazzling Balinese performances. After all, Kuta isn’t all about beaches, partying, and fun – there’s loads of culture to soak up in too.

There are stage shows at the Kuta Theatre throughout the week, including magic shows, puppet shows, light drama, and the famous Lights of Faith show, all of which are unforgettable. The venue is comfortable and air-conditioned, therefore a great escape from the heat, so be sure to consider a show before you head out to dinner.

 

 

5. Visit a stunning Kuta Temple – The Vihara Dharmayana

The Vihara Dharmayana temple in Kuta is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bali, and any trip into the Southeast Asian Region needs a trip to a temple or two. The Vihara Dharmayana origins date back to 1876 and have even been visited by the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The temple, known to the locals as Kongco Kuta, has bright red walls and colourful, intricate décor that have been well-maintained through the centuries and provides a serene escape in a usually busy part of Bali, plus you’ll also get to have a peek into the Chinese Buddhist culture. Many Chinese devotees in the area still pay their respects to this temple.

 

6. Ground Zero – The Bali Bombing Memorial

The Bali Bombing Memorial, Ground Zero pays tribute to the victims of the tragic bombing that occurred in 2002, causing mass casualties and severe injuries.

Each year on October 12th, there is a memorial ceremony to honour the victims of those who perished in the senseless bombings. Ground Zero is located between Legian and Kuta and was built over Paddy’s Pub, destroyed during the bombing. It’s a sad reminder of the tragic incident, made with sandstone and a marble plaque with the victims’ names.

 

7. Beachwalk Shopping Centre

If you want to go shopping and look for fashionable clothes made by internationally renowned brands, the best place to go is the Beachwalk Shopping Centre.

This beautifully designed shopping mall features a stunning open concept, surrounding you with lush greenery and a relaxing ambience. Located in the heart of Kuta, they carry a wide array of popular western brands, including Adidas, Bershka, Bath and Body Works, Aldo, H&M, Guess, Fossil, Mango, Zara, Kate Spade, Tumi, Under Armour, Stradivarius, La Senza, and so much more.

Some excellent services are available here, including the OPI Nail Spa, Guardian Pharmacy, and Optik Tunggal. The Beachwalk Shopping Center also has several dining outlets. These include favourites such as Burger King, Fish & Co., Chatime, Bari-uma Ramen, Starbucks, Sushi Tei, Pepper Lunch, and Tony Roma’s, to name a few.

 

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Watching the sun come down from Beachwal Shopping Centre.

 

 

8. Bali Sea Turtle Society

The fantastic non-profit organization at the Bali Sea Turtle Society works closely with local communities to protect sea turtle nests while campaigning and educating humans on the illegal sea turtle trade.

At the Bali Sea Turtle Society, you’ll learn how you can do your part to protect these valuable creatures in which seven species of turtles live in Indonesia, and you may even get a chance to see sea turtles hatching as they swim out to see.

The entrance is free of charge, so you can walk in to learn about sea turtles and spend time with those being taken care of in the centre. The centre also offers several community activities that you can learn about during your Bali Sea Turtle Society visit.

 

 

9. Kuta Square

The Kuta Square boasts of some of the best shopping in town, and the shopping destination begins at the Kuta Art Market, which then opens up to a spacious complex filled with retail outlets and food and accessory shops.

There are four floors inside Kuta Square, and it offers a range of fashion and accessories, snacks, souvenirs, and grocery items. Once you step out, numerous international brands such as Armani and Gucci are waiting to grab your attention and a style more suited to the tourist. Surf and sports brands can be found at Kuta Square, too, including Billabong, Quiksilver, Adidas, Nike, Volcom, and so much more.

Everything you need is conveniently be located in Kuta Square, with a variety of food stalls, restaurants, evening entertainment and a supermarket to buy a few quick groceries at a crazy low price.

 

Kuta Square

Evening entertainment at Kuta Square.

 

10. Kuta Art Market

A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without shopping for the traditional handicrafts that they are renowned for worldwide, and it’s available at The Kuta Art Market, a shopper’s paradise for handmade crafts.

The Kuta Art Market is one of the biggest markets in Bali, well-loved by tourists for always being a reliable place to shop for beautiful items. This shopping experience is similar to that of a bazaar, with dozens of stalls right beside each other.

You can practice your bargaining skills here as you haggle for all kinds of Bali souvenirs, including sarongs, t-shirts, sandals, keychains, hats, and so much more. You’ll also get to support local artisans, so you think about it as shopping for a good cause!

 

11. Pandora Experience

For a unique adventure in Bali, check out the Pandora Experience. They offer escape rooms perfect for families or groups of friends, with exciting challenges, allowing you to solve mysteries with strategy and decision making.

It’s great to think with your brain and solve mysteries with the family, something you don’t always do in your travels. If escape rooms are your thing, this is highly recommended.

 

12. Bali Beer Cycle

The Bali Beer Cycle offers a unique way of seeing the sights of Bali, away from your usual adventures by foot, motorcycle or taxi. A Beer Cycle is a fun way to sightsee with your mates instead of going on a guided group tour; it’s also a different way to enjoy a beer instead of sitting in a bar, which is usually the most common method when holidaying in the heart of Bali.

The Bali Beer Cycle invites you to join groups of 10 or 13 as you ride around the island; it’s ideal for birthdays, Hen’s Nights, Bucks Night, or just about any special occasion you fancy. The motor-assisted bicycle services already come with a driver, so there’s no need to worry about a designated driver for the night.

 

With all these entertaining activities to do in Kuta, there’s no way you’ll run out of ideas to do during your trip. Kuta has always been one of the best places to go in Bali, and once you try these excursions, you’ll understand why. 

 

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All smiles in the Sun in Bali.

 

 

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Awesome Things to do in Margaret River – Western Australia

Awesome Things to do in Margaret River – Western Australia

There is a reason Margaret River is the tourism euphoria of Western Australia, and it’s not necessary to do with the very luscious wineries that make up the region. It could have plenty to do with the green, lavished land, superb beaches, and giant forests, making Western Australia’s Southwest town a top spot for all sorts of tourists.

When it comes to things to do in Margaret River, it usually starts with wineries as you head south down the Bussel Highway or Caves road from Busselton. It is a scenic drive to take in, that I guarantee. The end of the road trip is a gorgeous town that is so lively, happy and upbeat that you won’t want to leave because you’ll feel like you’re at home. In-between is bliss because the activities begin to mount up, and it makes for a good time for all concerned in the mighty South West.

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Awesome Things to do in Margaret River in Western Australia.

 

 

Getting to Margaret River

Getting from Perth to Margaret River is a gorgeous drive through the Southwest Region, bypassing other significant towns and regional cities in Bunbury and Busselton along the way. From Perth, you head South down Kwinana Freeway, which ultimately turns into Forrest Highway, which will take you into Bunbury.

From the City of Bunbury, you take the Bussel Highway and follow a few signs until you reach Margaret River. All up, the trip will take around three hours, but I do recommend you stop and take in the sights along the way.

 

Finding the suitable Margaret River Accommodation

Hotels, chalets, camping, You name it, Margaret River has many appropriate accommodations to suit all budgets. Whether you are roughing it in a tent or staying in style at the Margaret River beach Apartments, there will be accommodation to suit any couple or family. Check out TripAdvisor for more options for you.

A couple to recommend a budget stay in the Riverview Tourist Park, which is very affordable, clean and close to the Margaret River town. You’ll love the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat; it is a beauty that has plenty of hikes and mountain bikes for hire. Wharncliffe also has chalets available if camping is not your thing.

 

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Margaret River Accommodation is amongst lavish scenery.

 

 

Awesome Things to do in Margaret River – Western Australia

 

 

Margaret River Wineries

Margaret River Wineries take up a large portion of the South West region, and in this town mainly, they thrive in their numbers. Take a break from driving and go inside for a bit of wine tasting, but be careful not to overdo it. You can’t drive a couple of kilometres down the scenic roads without seeing a winery with rows of grapevines out front.

The best way to take in the wineries is to take a Margret River tours bus, so you can drink with freedom and perhaps stay the night in town. A couple of special tours available are Top Drop tours and Bush tuckers tours. Day tours can go from around $80 a person for a beautiful day out in the South West.

 

One of the many wineries in Margaret River

Providore is one of the many wineries to choose from in Margaret River.

 

Go exploring in the dark Margaret River Caves

The dark Margaret River caves with littering crystals is a sight to behold. Take a trip deep into the underground and be part of one-million years of Australian history.

The significant caves in and about the Margaret River region include the Ngilgi, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel Caves. They provide great tours and some extreme tours if you are travelling without the kids and want to explore with a bit of thrill.

It is well worth the $22 ticket, less for kids and upwards for the adventure tours. I have only seen the Ngilgi Cave, and it is simply breathtaking. Be warned, though, there are a few steps to go down, which means you’ll need to go up eventually. It may not be ideal for those who fear the dark or have anxiety in tight spaces.

 

Ngilgi Cave in Western Australia.

Ngilgi Cave in Western Australia.

 

Indulge yourself at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory                    

Did someone say chocolate? Give me gimme now because this place needs to be on the list of Margaret River attractions.

Now it’s not the chocolate factory we all love and know with the chocolate river and the Oompa Loompas, but there is lots of chocolate available in many varieties, but it won’t come cheap. Come for the chocolate or stop by for a coffee. You will love being crowded by the sweet chocolate, oh and the free samples are pretty good.

A little note, the Chocolate Factory is located off the Bussel Highway about ten minutes before the town centre, just in case you want to stop in before heading into the town centre of Margaret River.

 

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Give me chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.

 

 

The Sweet Tooth will hit you again at Candy Cow

Candy Cow is what it says, a shop full of candy and delicious fudge that I still dream of today—a place for the kids in Cowaramup, a little town just north of Margaret River. The kids will love the many ranges of candy available, like sherbets, toffees, lollipops and bubble gum, to name a few. If you arrive at the right time, the kids can see the candy being made by the friendly staff. It is always a treat at Candy Cow.

 

Candy Cow

Candy Cow.

 

Margaret River Activities include a Healthy Hike

Hikes are a part of the South West. You can’t take a trip into Margaret River or any other town in the region without exploring the green forest on foot. Otherwise, you are wasting your time with the fabulous scenery around you. Late winter and early spring are great to explore as the lilies come to life in full colour—a good favourite for the wife.

The hikes in Margaret River vary from extreme to family-friendly, and any good hiking tracks can be found at Trails Western Australia.

 

Lilies bloom in springtime

Lilies bloom in springtime. Keep a lookout during your hike.

 

The Hot Surf Spot is Prevelly Beach

Prevelly beach is not just about its surfing. It’s the beach that makes Margret River so popular, where world-class surfers come to be one with the ocean and take on the swelling waves. You can also have a glimpse of the stunning ocean views, even better at sunset, and picturesque scenery that not only makes it one of the best beaches in the state of Western Australia but in the country. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy eating with the sounds of the waves crashing, and whatever you do, don’t forget your camera.

 

Prevelly Beach

Prevelly Beach in Western Australia.

 

 Wander the Margaret River Town Centre

Suppose you’re done with the wineries, the beaches, and chocolate (I don’t know how), it could be time to get your retail therapy going on. The Margaret River town centre is saturated with retail outlets, especially surf shops, to spend your hard-earned cash. And I mean hard-earned money because shopping or food doesn’t come cheap in this town.

The Margaret River town centre has many restaurants, pubs and cafes provided. So you can get off your feet and enjoy a meal with a wine or beer or have a delicious cappuccino.

Another thing to add to the list is the Farmers Market that is open every Saturday morning, with plenty of fresh fruit available, amongst other things. It also has a delicious crepe stall, so be sure to take advantage.

 

Margaret River town centre

Margaret River town centre

 

 

Other Awesome Things to do in Margaret River

Margaret River is the region that keeps on giving. Let’s take a brief look at the extra activities and attractions in the mighty tourist towns and surrounding areas.

 

Say cheese at the Margaret River Cheese Factory

Many cows are noticed in the farms on your drive around, which means lots of cheese factories are in the surrounding area, and the South West is famous for its cheese factories. Stop in and try your favourite local cheeses. But keep your hands off the Camembert. That’s mine.

 

Kayak Time in the River 

Flex that upper body of yours with a kayak in the Margaret River. The tame waters will make it fun for the whole family in the picturesque surroundings, but always handle the water with care and no what you’re doing.

 

Retail Therapy is alive 

Take a look through the magnificent tourist strip of the Margaret River town centre, because there is lots of good stuff for sale and the women will love it. Expensive place to shop, but free to wander. Men can stop in at a local pub if bored.

 

Did someone say brewery? 

The number of breweries doesn’t come with the same amount as wineries, but Breweries are still a large part of Margaret River that serves fresh beer off the tap and delicious food.

 

Look for a bargain at the Farmers Market

The farmers market is just a little bit out of the town, which is on every Saturday morning and is suitable for fresh produce, coffee, and delicious crepes, yummy.

 

Camp out in the woods

Rough it under the stars or elect to go luxury camping with electricity at a number of tourist park. You will find a suitable spot to pitch a tent and be at one with nature and tell [amazon_textlink asin=’0762778040′ text=’camp stories’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7dcb2928-e313-11e8-9b96-a7eedcc717b4′] to the kids at night.

 

Go on a Picnic Lunch

Enjoy a picnic lunch with a bottle of wine, because life won’t get much more relaxing than that. You don’t need to worry about finding a suitable place to stop for Lunch. There are loads of places to get out the old picnic rug. Prevelly Beach is a favourite of mine.

 

Get out the Rod and reel 

If fishing is your thing, Margaret River won’t let you down. Whether it is freshwater or[amazon_textlink asin=’B01MFFEQWS’ text=’ seawater fishing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb040b74-e313-11e8-ba4f-0d059a768806′][amazon_textlink asin=’B01MFFEQWS’ text=’ seawater fishing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb57f722-e313-11e8-a2bc-e91261194282′], you will find a suitable spot to throw in a line. Just make sure you obtain a licence as the rangers do come out and check.

 

When little ball golf is too hard to hit 

Big balls, big clubs, it is golf for the absolute beginner and the whole family, and you will have a ball, literally, at the Big Ball Golf. And if you still can’t get the grip of it, have a go at supa putt instead.

 

Take a drive, for a scenic adventure awaits.

Whether it’s taking a cruise down Bussell Highway or the scenic route of Caves road, you’ll love the drive into and around Margaret River. Go to the speed limit and enjoy what’s around you. There is no need to rush when in Margaret River.

 

Enjoy Lunch in style

Options are aplenty in Margaret River when choosing a place to sit down for a decent meal. Wineries, pubs and classy restaurants are all on offer in the region. So settle in. Margaret River will be a fun-filled trip. Drink responsibly.

 

Explore the Neighbouring towns 

The neighbouring towns nearby never run dry with Dunsborough, Busselton, Yallingup, Augusta, and a few of the Southwest Region’s great neighbouring cities. Each town is as beautiful as the next, with many fun-filled family activities on offer. Excellent beaches too to explore and sightsee.

 

Drive with care in the South West

Let’s leave you with a friendly but severe reminder when driving on Western Australia roads. It’s easy to get distracted driving in the Margaret River region. The nature is stunning. Make sure you go with care by sticking to the speed limit and not overtaking until you reach the overtaking lanes. Significantly drive with care on the bending roads on the scenic Caves road if you need to have a good look at something you like, pullover and take it all in.

That just about wraps it up when it comes to awesome things to do in Margaret River. A region that is full-on fun for family and romantic couples alike. Margaret River Activities are aplenty, the wine is flowing, and the food is simply delicious. Relaxing is not an option in the region; it’s compulsory.

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Margaret River tourism is alive with many things to do.

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