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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33598 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-11-12 04:57:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-11-12 04:57:59 [post_content] => FROM cosmopolitan cities to breathtaking landscapes and vestiges of arts and culture, these dynamic places across the Asia-Pacific are places to put on your travel bucket list in the new year.
Brisbane
With the G20 Summit in November 2014, Brisbane has cemented itself on the world stage as a global city; something Lonely Planet also recognised earlier this year when it named it Australia's hippest city. Thanks to various urban renewal projects over the past decade or so, the river city has become a vibrant centre for performing arts, cafes, restaurants and events. Brisbane makes the most of its river location with plenty of walking and cycling trails along its banks, the wonderful Southbank Parklands in the inner city and the fabulous cultural shows that come to centres like Goma, the Cultural Centre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and Judith Wright Centre. There's aways something on here and fabulous weather to enjoy it in thanks to a sub tropical climate. Brisbane's location in the south east corner of Queensland also provides it fantastic access to the Moreton Bay islands, plenty of golden coast, inland rainforests and regional farming areas. 2015 could be Brisbane's year to shine; go see it. [caption id="attachment_32826" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="The river city - Brisbane. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Dunedin
This little gem on New Zealand's south island is actually the second largest city on the island. Thanks to the presence of the University of Otago in the city, New Zealand's first university, it retains a vibrant, youthful population that makes up a large proportion of the populace. Part of Dunedin's charms include its bluestone Victorian buildings, energetic local bars, connection to Scottish heritage and its position on the shores of the Otago Harbour with access to the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula that is home to a variety of wildlife that includes albatross, seal and penguin. Dunedin also has an interesting array of annual events that are worth more than just a cursory glance. The Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival is held every year in July, with a range of chocolate themed activities, the most iconic of which is the jaffa race down Baldwin Street, billed as the world's steepest. [caption id="attachment_33360" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="The beautiful views from Tairoa Head on Dunedin's Otago Peninsula. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Singapore
In 2015 the city state of Singapore will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee - 50 years since independence - and they're planning to celebrate it in style with an array of activities which is reason enough to put it on the travel map in 2015. These festivities will kick off on December 31, 2014 on New Year's Eve at Marina Bay when there will be a countdown to usher in the Golden Jubilee and 25,000 wishing spheres set afloat. More events will span the calendar year (see www.singapore50.sg for details). Apart from all that there are plenty of other reasons to visit and not just for its malls, sci fi geekiness and organised sterility. Singapore has a blossoming art scene, excellent coffee shops, wonderful gardens, old Chinese shophouses, amazing eating and plenty of shopping that ranges from Chinese herbal medicines and dusty antiques to high end glam and bling. [caption id="attachment_29218" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Singapore. Pic: Shutterstock.com"]Singapore[/caption]
Samoa
This is a bit of a wild card addition this year but it's time to get the Pacific into this Asia-Pacific list. It may also be interesting to note for travel history buffs of WWI and the recent centenary that from 1900 to 1914 the islands of Upolu, Savai'i, Apolima and Manono were part of a German protectorate that was liberated by New Zealand troops in August 1914. Beautiful, enticing, lush, idyllic, paradisal and engimatic are just some of the superlatives that can be heaped on this languid tropical location. There are coral reefs and marine life to see, waterfalls and rainforest inland to explore, lava flows and lava tubes to experience and all the wonderful laid-back culture of the Samoans itself. This is the kind of place to throw away your schedule and go troppo - the perfect place for a holiday.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Java's former capital Yogyakarta is one of the cultural epicentres of Indonesia and some have even called it the spiritual capital of the island. Far more relaxed than the modern capital it brims with art and culture. vVsitors can pick from an array of performances including Ramayana ballet at the thousand year old Prambanan temples, a visit to the huge walled palace complex of the sultans at Kraton where classical Javanese dance and gamelan orchestras perform daily or regular shadow-puppet plays known as the wayung kulit held most nights in the city. Apart from that Yogyakarta has vibrant markets where you can watch batik cloth being made or just stock up on your supplies. There's also the colourful Yogya bird market Pasar Ngasem where there are song birds and pigeons and even snakes and lizards. If museums are your thing there's plenty to choose from, otherwise cruise around the city by traditional horse pulled carts or the three wheeled becak. The 800 AD Buddhist temple of Borobudur is only an hour away. [caption id="attachment_26652" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="A becak driver awaiting a fare in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Taiwan
With Hong Kong possibly off the tourism radar for the near future, Taiwan is looming as a fantastic democratic alternate place to enjoy Chinese cuisine on a beautiful island. Taiwan not only has plenty of religious and political expression, but they're very serious about their food as well. Night markets, day markets and everything in between in Taipei serve dumplings, shrimp rolls and even stinky tofu. The island is also surprisingly beautiful with gorges like Taroko, forests, sea cliffs, hiking trails around areas such as the Yushan Peaks, beaches and coral walls and other beautiful landscapes.
Hyderabad
This city was once the seat of the wealthy Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi dynasties and the age old monuments like mosques, palaces and tombs that dot the city come from this era. Arguably the two most famous attractions are the 16th Century fortress of Golconda Fort where a nightly light show is held, and Charminah, a landmark of the same era in a district known for its diamond and pearl trading. Both are worth visiting and like something out of Arabian Nights. Today the modern city is still royally endowed but this time with shopping malls, coffee shops, high end fashion and perfume and even flyovers. Hyderabad is one of the great examples of an Indian city that has come of age. Hyderabad also has an excellent zoo and you can't leave without trying the local biriyani, one of the classic rice dishes of this part of India that blends basmati rice, meat, yoghurt, onions, spices and more. [caption id="attachment_27029" align="aligncenter" width="436" caption="The famed Charminar in Hyderabad. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Check out some of the previous destination lists in 20142013 and 2012. [post_title] => Top destinations to uncover in 2015 [post_excerpt] => FROM cosmopolitan cities to breathtaking landscapes and vestiges of arts and culture, these dynamic places across the Asia-Pacific are places to put on your travel bucket list in the new year. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-destinations-to-uncover-in-2015 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-11-12 04:57:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-11-12 04:57:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33598 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Top destinations to uncover in 2015

Top destinations to uncover in 2015
November 12, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM cosmopolitan cities to breathtaking landscapes and vestiges of arts and culture, these dynamic places across the Asia-Pacific are places to put on your travel bucket list in the new year.

Walking into paradise: Trekking in the Valley of Flowers

Walking into paradise: Trekking in the Valley of Flowers
October 15, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Valley of Flowers is an alpine area in Uttarakhand, a mountainous part of north India where fields of flowers bloom through the summer and into October. The valley is every bit as beautiful as the name suggests as not only are there profusions of gorgeous flowers of various hues but also different berries and…>

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations
September 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places.

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat
August 25, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

INDIA’S former British residents utilized high altitude towns across the nation as a place of refuge from the intense summer heat of the plains. Many of these had a central mall or a focal point such as a lake, around which activities could be based. Today the idea of the hill station is not lost on modern day tourists with Indian and other visitors flocking to places in Kerala, Uttarkhand, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states for a little respite.

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia
August 6, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to travel to less touristy areas in Asia and encounter wildlife, nature and local life, an animal safari is an excellent option. Elephant, camel and horse safari operators exist in places as varied as the Inner Mongolian steppe, Thailand’s northern mountains and India’s desert sands and their itineraries provide the chance to…>

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia
July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE art of pilgrimage is an age old tradition that is not lost in modern day Asia where it is still possible to follow routes with other pilgrims to holy places such as the source of the River Ganges in India, the holy mountain of Kailash in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries perched on clifftops in…>

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme
July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments - Cormac Quinn

THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.

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