If ever a city was able to successfully mould old with new, east with west, it’s Macau. You only have to look at the ceramic street signs to realise this is a centre with a mixed personality. Each street and lane has a Portuguese and Chinese name.

Wander through the cobblestone squares of the compact old city centre with its UNESCO World Heritage listing and you’ll appreciate the way the majestic Portuguese-designed buildings, theatres and churches share the same address as quaint Chinese temples, homes and shopping stalls.

Shadowing old Macau – the world’s most densely populated city – is the surviving stone facade of St. Paul's. On the waterfront to the Inner Harbour, looking across to mainland China, is the A-Ma Temple, the birthplace of Macau. In between is an interesting blend of hotels, casinos and many more heritage sites.

Across the three bridges linking Macau peninsula to Taipa is an area of reclaimed land known as Cotai where you will see the rise of new Macau, a mix of neon-lit resorts, complete with ritzy indoor shopping boulevards, international restaurants, family attractions and some of the world’s largest-branded luxury hotels. Like the cityscape, the cuisine is uniquely Macanese, a fusion of recipes and ingredients – and food for thought. 



Japanese tea ceremony

The tea room has an ambience that most day spas can only dream of.

Shikotsuko Japanese Culture

Most ski enthusiasts arriving in Hokkaido make straight for the ski slopes and I certainly can’t blame them.

Bangkok off the beaten path

Amazing hotels, gaudy temples, lip-smacking food and legendary nightlife - there are plenty of reasons why countless Australians make the journey to Thailand’s capital each year.

Pangkor Laut Overwater Bungalows

The great hornbill is the heaviest member of the hornbill family. It stands over 130 centimetres high, has a wing span of 150 centimetres and when it flies it sounds a lot like a steam locomotive starting up.

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