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 confirmed that view.
To recap, here are the seven places I visited:
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.
Where I Stayed: Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Davao – Philippines
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.
Where I Stayed: Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach, Phuket – Thailand.
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.
Where I Stayed: Park Plaza Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok
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.
Where I Stayed: Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
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.
Where I Stayed: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Jaipur
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.
Where I Stayed: Radisson Blu Plaza Chongqing
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.
Where I Stayed: Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park.
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.