7 cities in 3 weeks: Global Traveler Asia wrap

Seven cities in four countries over three weeks; that was the schedule for my Global Travelers trip around Asia. I mentioned in my introductory post that I love Asia, and this trip has just made me crazier for the region.

To recap, here are the seven places I visited:

Davao

Beach - Davao

I had not expected to revisit Davao so this time around I went out to some of the nearby beaches and caught up with some business friends who are living there.

Business and beaches in Davao

Phuket

Phuket - Panwa Beach

Phuket is best known for its beaches and surrounding islands (and fair enough), but it also has an interesting old town in the provincial capital of Phuket Town.

Phuket: The Town, The Island, and The Province

Bangkok

Wat Pho - Bangkok

I love Bangkok so any excuse to revisit and you can find me here. After my umpteenth visit I’m still not tired of this megacity.

Revisiting Bangkok

Mamallapuram

Anjunas Penance - Mamallapuram

I wasn’t expecting to visit India this year, so to go back to Mamallapuram and drink lassi’s, chai tea, and coconuts, while sweating it out under the South Indian sun was a highlight of my year.

Mamallapuram stone carvings (and the most delicious drinks in India)

Jaipur

Gate to Pink City - Jaipur

A was thrilled to be going back to Jaipur as last time I was here I was sick and didn’t end up seeing much. This time around I visited the palaces and forts in the area that make Rajasthan so famous.

Forts and palaces of Jaipur

Chongqing

Chongqing Skyline

Despite the GFC the building boom in China appears to be continuing at a steady pace. The skyline of Chongqing has grown considerably since I was last here.

Chongqing: The megacity of Southwest China

Shanghai

The Bund - Shanghai

Ahh Shanghai, yet another great megacity that is worthy of revisiting. I hadn’t been for three years so I was wondering if I would like it as much this time around.

Shanghai – revisiting an old favourite

I have also put together a video of the three weeks of travel. As every third day was a travel day it seemed appropriate to include the transit days in the video as well. Afterall, all those transport connections and inflight meals make up part of the travel experience as well.

Win 1 Million Gold Points from Club Carlson

This trip was sponsored by Club Carlson, and as part of this promotion they will be awarding 1 million gold points to one of the three bloggers on this trip (here is Sherry and Nora’s trip report). The winner will be announced this week so I will publish how you can enter to win the points in the next Nomadic News.

Global TravelersThis post was part of the Global Travelers series, in conjunction with Club Carlson. I visited seven destinations across Asia over three weeks, reporting from each destination in real time. The destinations were:
Davao (Philippines), Phuket (Thailand), Bangkok (Thailand), Mamallapuram (India), Jaipur (India), Chongqing (China), Shanghai (China).

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Comments

  1. says

    You actually captured the fact that we sure did a lot of flying! Loved the video as it exhausted me just watching it! Plus – I loved the kitty in the middle! Great work – I think next year they should have us all switch continents!

  2. says

    Very interesting tour, James – especially Jaipur and Chongqing. And Shanghai is such a a classic favorite of mine. I can’t say I agree with you on Bangkok, however; I just organized a list of my five most livable large cities in SEA and I couldn’t bring myself to add Bangkok. I find it devoid of the culture that makes a place like Jaipur so interesting.

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