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  • Expedia Expert: Skiing in Japan | Expedia.com.au
    last there we had almost a foot of fresh snow every couple of days and sometimes more It s one of the more authentic Japanese ski resorts so there s plenty of great restaurants and a few bars but no crazy night life Hakuba is located on the main island of Japan about 270km northwest of Tokyo The ski resort is popular with locals and tourists who hop on regular Bullet trains connecting Tokyo to Nagano The trains reach speeds of 300km hr and will put bus transfers to shame They re fun to experience if you ve never been on one before From Nagano there s a bus through to Hakuba If you re arriving at Narita Airport the whole journey will take around 4 hours Hakuba itself is a valley containing several ski resorts all offering something different Hakuba Happo one over 1000 m of steep vertical Hakuba47 and Goryu Toomi are interconnected and can be accessed on the one ticket Iwatake is a smaller resort but has amazing tree skiing while Tsugaike Kogen Norikura and Cortina are favourites with the powder hounds Don t be put off by some of the smaller resorts like Iwatake where there s just one chair to the top When there s a dump this is where you can score some of the best powder while everyone goes off to the bigger resorts There s endless valleys and ridges quite often untouched which funnel off the top of the mountain generally with a few cat tracks at the bottom Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Expedia Expert Japan Ski Tips Still not convinced Here are my tips on why everyone should try skiing in Japan 1 Snow Quality The consistency of the snow in Japan is like nowhere else in the world I ve been skiing in Japan twice now and most days it snowed between half a foot and half a metre As a result you don t get many blue sky days but the champagne powder makes up for it Tip Make sure you invest in a good pair of goggles because it s often snowing or overcast 2 Tracks The Japanese mainly stick to skiing and boarding on the piste rather than going off into the trees or off the main piste This means more powder for those who are willing to get off the main piste We had days where we were still getting fresh tracks at 3 30pm unheard of in other ski areas around the world Tip If you are going into the trees watch where you re going and make sure someone knows where you have gone 3 Onsens Onsens natural hot springs are one of the

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  • Top Trending Destinations November | Expedia.com.au
    Guillaume Brahimi and Neil Perry as Culinary Directors Melbourne s glam hotel probably has one of the best room service menus around town Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh Dating back to 1929 this luxury hotel has stood the test of time and welcomed a few celebs to Cambodia Among many Jackie Kennedy stayed on site in 1967 and you can even try a drink inspired by her lipstick colour DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin At the Esplanade Darwin Hotel you ll find the famous DoubleTree cookies on arrival air con essential in the Darwin heat and one of the city s biggest hotel pools 1 of 7 Top Trending Destinations November By Lisa Perkovic 20th November 2013 Share 17 1 Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending destinations for November Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip If you re looking for glamour this Four Seasons hotel has it in spades There s five pools to choose from and a Michelin starred Chef with a reputation for serving stellar Cantonese cuisine Mandarin Oriental Singapore With Marina Bay the Esplanade and plenty of shops on your doorstep you won t have to stray far from this hotel not that you d want to leave All the rooms have floor to ceiling views out over the Bay or the city the spa has a reputation of its own and the dining options walk the globe The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur Just about to celebrate its first birthday after a long hiatus as a hotel this heritage building was the first Malayan hotel to have bathrooms in every room back in the 1930s Today it takes luxury to another level There is possibly nothing more decadent than high tea in The Orchid Conservatory surrounded by thousands of orchards Crown Towers Melbourne

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  • Listopedia The World's Weirdest Food Bucket List | Expedia.com.au
    The origins of this dish have always been up for debate Who d have known heart liver and lungs would taste so good cooked in a stomach Image by Paul Cowan Hangi New Zealand Hungry Let s eat It could be a while Not so much a food as a way of preparing the Kiwis put food in the ground on hot rocks and let it slowly smoke for 8 hours Image by Ruth Black Escamoles Mexico The eggs from the giant black Liometopum ant have the consistency of cottage cheese You might not even know you re eating them as they re usually disguised in a taco with guacamole Image by Liew Weng Keong Beefsteak Fungus Outback Australia An ancient Aboriginal food as the name suggests this fungus looks similar to a slab of raw meat Image by Jukka Palm 1 of 9 Listopedia The World s Weirdest Food Bucket List By Lisa Perkovic 7th November 2013 Share 25 1 Will you eat anything We talking about more than liver and Brussels sprouts If you ve got a cast iron stomach and a taste for adventure this is the Listopedia Bucket List for you Read on if you dare and don t forget your appetite Prahok Cambodia Who said the fresher the fish the better This Khmer dish is rarer than hen s teeth if you can leave it to ferment for 3 years While you wait why not visit the amazing Angkor Wat Image by Golfx A beating snake s heart Hanoi Vietnam It s said the French will eat anything but even they turned their noses up at this one Do you have what it takes The Véres Hungary A dish with origins somewhere around the 15th century and even then it was considered a dish not

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  • Transit Tips: Airports you'll want to spend time in | Expedia.com.au
    re flying at the point end of the plane These days the perks are not just for first and business class passengers Airports have a lot more to offer than Duty Free shops and VIP Club lounges If you re flying into Thailand Koh Samui s quaint Samui Airport sets the scene for a fly and flop holiday Open air thatched roof bures stand in for gates and the terminal is open air with sprawling manicured lawns and carved wood chairs It s more fun on the way out deck chairs and snacks at the departure gate are free for everyone At Incheon International Airport in Seoul the Airstar Terrace bar looking out over the runways is a popular spot to spend some time before boarding There s the Cultural Museum of Korea if you ran out of find out about the history of the country watch Korean movies in space age pods in the Advanced Technology area or head to the International Business Area for a game of golf yes golf Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam is another hub known for looking after its guests in transit The 24 hr library sees more than 300 000 visitors a year The tomes are focused on Dutch art and culture but there s also a book swap section where you ll see plenty of Dan Brown novels There s also a piano next door so you can tinkle the ivories for a while Take the kids to the Kids Forest playground hang out on the comfy couches in the Living Room and squeeze in a quick foot massage A small version of the Rijksmuseum is just a taster if you missed out on the amazing State Museum in Amsterdam Don t forget to stop by the giant tea cups café Most

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  • River Cruising 101 | Expedia.com.au
    every dock we re greeted by English speaking guides who hand out mini radios There s no shouting over the crowds just hushed whispers in churches or quiet chatter on a busy cobblestoned street The afternoon is all about drifting down the Danube spotting castle turrets poking out between the trees and sipping a glass of cool white wine Going through the locks is a highlight too seeing the water levels change and the ship rise up is a big crowd pleaser For most Aussie travellers Europe isn t just about having a holiday It s a two to three week sightseeing adventure Planes trains buses even gondolas cathedrals castles museums monuments there s too much to see and always too little time to do it in Well on a river cruise you can forget about having to navigate public transport Board your vessel many tours start with a night at a hotel in a major city before transporting to the port unpack once and off you go You ll spend the mornings exploring new cities and afternoons and evenings cruising down the network of rivers running right through the centre of Europe There are sailings to the south of France from Bucharest to Budapest even all the way from Amsterdam down to Bucharest Most ships do the itineraries in both directions Longer trips take two weeks but the standard cruise is seven days with peak season during European summer Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Cruise Foodie River Cruise Nearly 40

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  • One for the Bucket List Climbing Mount Kinabalu | Expedia.com.au
    English speaking guide Sai shares stories about his village and life as a mountain guide The track is steep rough and uneven so we have one eye on our feet and one on the landscape Although the mountain air is cooler than in Kota Kinabalu it s still hot work Regular shelters along the track are rest stops for a well earned drink and a chance to watch tiny mountain squirrels scavenge for crumbs The pace is slow but altitude sickness starts to kick in about 200m below Laban Rata our stop for the night I ve been at altitude before but starting from sea level has increased the risk of getting ill many people spend a night in the National Park acclimatising We arrive at our hut and find our cosy dorm without heating or hot water but aspirin water warmer clothes and a nap are all I need The buffet and local food is a feast after a big day and tastes better than expected given everything is walked in by porters After a spectacular sunset it s bed and lights out by 7pm Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Borneo Day Two The alarm goes off at 2am and I m relieved to have no signs of altitude sickness Breakfast is jam on bread and a cup of tea before we re on the path at 2 45am I can feel the nervous energy rising as climbers wait to begin the day Single file we start to climb step by step through the last of the vegetation our head torches forming an iridescent snake up the mountain I walk slowly keeping my heart rate low to avoid altitude sickness Just after the final checkpoint we reach bare granite It s still pitch black and as I edge myself along a granite rock face holding a thick white rope for stability I can t tell how steep the drop is The rope marks the summit track and is a handy way to haul yourself up when the incline is too steep A soft light begins to fill the sky I don t look at the time it doesn t help to know how long until sunrise Just before 6am we arrive at the top of the world it s a huge thrill to have made it Below the huge sweeping granite mountain now has a trail of people climbing The sun peeks between the clouds to light up their path and the view is breathtaking We look out at the world below in wonder This high up we re shivering in the thin air and after 20 minutes it s time to descend Going down is much faster with daylight

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  • Top five Hanoi eateries | Expedia.com.au
    the fun especially if you choose to do it at 47 Pho Mai Hac De in the Hai Ba Trung district As soon as you fancy a break from the honking horns and oppressive heat of this popular strip make a beeline upstairs for the calm rooftop oasis of Bo Tung Xeo Here you can grill ginger and garlic marinated slices of beef at your own table side barbecue Just think of the pho as a starter and get stuck in 2 That s noodles and BBQ covered what about rice In Vietnam rice otherwise known as the pearls of the gods forms the basis of every meal Look out for restaurants with the word com in the name cheap family run placesall about rice and whatever meat and vegetables might be available on the day However ensuring you get your daily dose of this basic grain doesn t mean skimping on luxury and comfort By far Hanoi s most attractive restaurant Emperor 18b Le Thanh Tong is housed in a stunning colonial building Don t let the unassuming entrance fool you inside you ll find a leafy courtyard lit by torches and flickering candles with staff wearing traditional áo dài dress Seafood specials include soft shell crab steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves and grilled squid Reminiscent of the imperial palaces of Hue roughly 500km to the south this is as close to eating like royalty as you re likely to get And the best bit By Western standards the prices are a steal Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Foodie Hanoi Vietnam 3 Pain au chocolat profiteroles mille feuille If it involves chocolate and decadence you ll find it at Baguette Chocolat Enjoy your fill of French pastries safe in the knowledge that all those calories are not in vain This gorgeous cafe is managed by an NGO providing training opportunities to disadvantaged youth who want to get ahead in the hospitality industry And it s the perfect place to mix culture and cuisine situated in the grounds of the city s Museum of Entomology Nguyen Van Huyen Road The gardens are lovely and after exploring the numerous exhibits you can sit with a cafe au lait and take in views of the traditional style houses that dot the grounds 4 Beer Introduced by US soldiers in the 1950s and quickly adopted by the locals you ll find stands dotted all over the city selling fresh beer They are rough and ready and a great excuse to sit by the side of the road and people watch But if it s a special occasion or you re simply hankering after a proper chair as opposed to an upturned crate then

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  • Expedia Expert A Kuching Proposal | Expedia.com.au
    unassuming local café bar named Jimmys somewhere we might never have ventured in otherwise We joined locals for a bucket of beer spicy noodles and a very tasty local speciality midin a jungle fern stir fried with garlic and shrimp paste The morning greeted us with a perfect view of Mount Santubong commanding the city s dramatic backdrop with its summit a worthy whole day trek for the adventurous We opted for a relaxed buffet breakfast before jumping on a bus to the Semengoh Wildlife Centre Rehabilitated Orang utans live in the wild but will often return to the Centre for feeding daily 9am and 3pm There are no guarantees but we were lucky enough to see six female and baby orang utans up close one lazily swinging less than a metre from us An incredible experience that s hard to top There are a few other reasons to visit Sawarak One of them is Top Spot A Kuching institution this atmospheric food court specialises in every variety of fish and seafood all cooked to order and delivered to your table Perfectly grilled snapper infused with garlic and chili succulent tiger prawns lots of lobster and plenty of vegetable sides were washed down with iced tea all for less than 15 per head An absolute Bargain Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Borneo Expedia Expert Kuching Luxury Malaysia The next morning we headed to Baku and spent the night in lodgings owned by the National Park There are marked trekking options from

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