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Church of St Mary the Virgin: Is royalty buried here?

Apart from a conspiracy theory that Lady Diana Spencer is buried here, there is also a belief the same is true of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was beheaded.

The impressive limestone curtain formations of Gua Kelam

The caves of Gua Kelam, a few kilometers from the Thai border are an interesting find as is the recreational park there.

Mesmerising waterfalls of the Philippines

Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls are popular spots for recreation so be prepared to jostle with the crowds for these tiny bits of paradise.

Excellent tourist attractions along the Johor Bahru Heritage Trail

While some are located close together to enable a pleasant walk, others require the use of transportation to get there.

Well, fancy that! A town in England named after Baghdad

Legend has it that while on the Crusades, the Knights Templar visited, or heard about the famed city of Baghdad with its bustling souks.

The amazing attractions of Luang Prabang of Laos

Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang's temples, hotels, scenery and markets are definitely worth a visit.

Reasons why the Brickfields Heritage Walk is worth it

Covering a distance of 4.75 km and taking around three hours to complete, the route is filled with eateries, places of worship, including art and culture centres with plenty of soul.

Lost past: Bar Du Palmier En Zinc in Djibouti

The bar is no longer standing after a devastating grenade attack in December 1977, that killed six and wounded 32.

Peaceful Buddha at Dhammikarama Burmese Temple in Penang

One of the earliest Buddhist temples in Penang, its top attraction is its main shrine of a giant Buddha statue with face and hands made of white marble.

Boracay Island: 1986 and now

From transportation and shopping, to its nightlife and resorts, Boracay Island in the Philippines has developed by leaps and bounds.

Gin Pahit and the drinks of the British Empire

By the early 20th century, Pink Gin spread all over the British Empire to become an elegant and fashionable drink among the cocktail loving classes.

Challenging but satisfying hike up Klang Gates Quartz Ridge

Also known as Bukit Tabur, this rare geological feature is said to be the largest pure quartz dyke in the world.

A glimpse into Oman’s fascinating cultural heritage

While still an extremely conservative country, Oman is proud of its cultural heritage as the exhibits in its many museums bear testimony to.

The space age comes alive at the National Planetarium

Besides a mock-up of the interior of the International Space Station, the space suit of Malaysia's first astronaut is also on display inside.

Head to Heybeliada, Istanbul for a lazy island getaway

From quiet cafes to pine-covered hills and horse-drawn carriages, this idyllic island getaway is ideal for a quite weekend. Best of all - it's absolutely traffic-free.

Penang Tropical Spice Garden: A food lover’s paradise

Also known as 'Asia's Hidden Eden', this garden houses a vast array of spices and other exotic plants, totalling over 500 species.

Malaysia’s fascinating customs revealed at Muzium Adat

Muzium Adat in Kuala Klawang is one of the better museums that offers insight into the customs and traditions of the various races in Malaysia.

Railway station and waterfall in beautiful Shifen, Taiwan

Once a coal mining area, Shifen has been transformed into a popular tourist attraction that is home to Taiwan’s largest cascade fall.

Malaysia’s ornate and colourful Hindu temples

The designs reflect those found in southern India, with the oldest most likely the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagamoorthy Temple in Melaka.

Sin Hiap Hin Bar: Living heritage of Melaka’s Colonial times

A bar once popular among British officials during Colonial times, how serves hard liquor to patrons down on their luck and is a shadow of its former self.

Malaysia’s stunning clock towers: Part II

Many were built during colonial times and commemorated events like coronations while others were paid for by wealthy philanthropists.

Gotta see it: Top attractions in Singapore

From its world-class zoo to beautiful botanical gardens and Marina Bay Sands, there is also the Jurong Bird Park and a host of fascinating museums.

The making magnificent buildings of Arthur Oakley Coltman in KL

The British architect worked at Booty Edwards & Partners in Malaya from 1925 to 1957, a time which included the Art Deco period, a style seen in many of his works.

Top attractions in Putrajaya that’ll leave you mesmerised

From lakes, bridges and a marina to grand government offices and a spectacular mosque, the country's federal administrative capital is a scenic and memorable area.

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