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Remember the All-You-Can-Jet Pass? Now It's Southeast Asia's Turn for Unlimited Flying.

November 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)


Above: AirAsia's route map out of KUL

How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?

It'll soon be possible, so hopefully your answer was positive. You see, the AP reports that Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia is getting ready to release an unlimited flying pass to 10 Southeast Asia destinations for only $148 (excluding airport taxes). The airline, whose slogan is "now everyone can fly," will allow travelers to use the pass—dubbed the "AirAsia ASEAN Pass"—for one month of flights at some point in early 2015.

This comes just as ASEAN countries are making strides to "liberate the airways" in 2015, which we reported from the annual ASEAN conference earlier this year.

For travelers who've never flown AirAsia and may be skeptical: yes, this pass is suspiciously cheap, as are AirAsia's regular flight prices, but it is a reputable airline and we have flown with them several times. Who would doubt an airline that serves in-flight bubble tea and offers 19 different buy-onboard meals?

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Video Shows How Airlines Go Out of Their Way to Fly Around North Korea

August 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

We'll readily admit that don't have that much North Korea travel content. The section's not totally empty, since we take care of business. So you can find posts on travel safety near the country to how you can get inside to what the airplane food might look like along the way. But it's not exactly bursting with content.

There are a couple of reasons for that.

First, North Korea is - all things considered - not a very nice place. The people functionally live as slaves who are owned by the central government. The leaders are constantly threatening to destroy their neighbors and launch ballistic missiles at the United States, and they make a point of reminding people that they have nuclear weapons. The entire place is kind of a batshit crazy basketcase.

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Five Things to Have in Your Pocket for a Trip to Southeast Asia

July 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

It's a long trip from North America to Southeast Asia, so when you make the journey, you'll want to be as prepared as possible. For this travel writer, a few pocket-size things make all the difference, the value of most learned via baptism by fire. Stick these in your suitcase to make life easier next time you find yourself across the Pacific:

Pocket Poncho

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6 Things to Know Before Taking the Subway in Seoul

Where: Seoul, Korea
May 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you’re a subway/metro/underground pro, you'll have to recognize that every city has a slightly different approach to public transit. Subways in Asia get a well-deserved rep for being clean and efficient, and Seoul may be the best of the bunch.

So, here are a couple of things to know on the metro, which will have you looking like you know what you're doing:

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The Tastiest Exotic Fruits to Try in the Southern Hemisphere

March 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

Apples and orange and pears, oh my! More like oh boy, as these fruits are only the tip of the iceberg for tastiness, and travelers to the Southern Hemisphere know this well.

Exotic fruits on the other side of the world are a serious attraction for the culinary adventurer, and we're not talking about dragonfruit, lychee or papaya; instead we're looking further afield to what can be found beyond the Equator:

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Three Easy Reasons to Make Taiwan a 2014 Trip

February 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the view before landing in Taipei

The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.

Though we do love us some Hong Kong and Singapore travel here at Jaunted, Taiwan is not to be disregarded. In fact, its popularity and appeal is only on the way up, coinciding with increased flight connections and its burgeoning reputation as a foodie mecca. Beyond these, however, there are three major reasons why visiting Taiwan is one of the easiest options for Southeast Asia:

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How to Celebrate Chinese New Year Without a Ticket to China

February 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

This last weekend, a good majority of Asia was all a-flutter over welcoming the Year of the Horse. While the biggest of the Chinese New Year parties are over, the festivities do continue up to 15 days after the first day of the new year; that's just enough time to get your fair share of prosperity and good luck.

If you live near a major city, chances are good you're pretty close to a Chinatown district. For a little slice of Asia close to home, skip the Panda Express and head to an authentic eatery serving up some new year treats. Buddha's Delight, niangao, bak kwa, noodles and dumplings are all on the menu and many restaurants will offer large banquet meals because the "more the the merrier." No need to bring anything but an empty belly.

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The Most Visited City in the World is NOT New York

June 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you prefer to travel the 'beaten path' and visit cities that see more than their fair share of tourists, you may want to rethink your itinerary since there has been a shift in where the planet's travelers are heading. It's actually Bangkok, and not New York, that reigns as tourist capital of the world.

The figures are based on a recent survey put forth by Mastercard. The Global Destinations Cities Index lists the Thai capital as tops for foreigners coming to see the sights, eclipsing London, Paris and New York.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: Three Exotic Potato Chips of Thailand

Where: Thailand
May 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM | by | Comment (1)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

We can now add to our (growing) list of exotic potato chips from around the world. The latest additions come from Thailand, and this time it wasn't just one flavor that caught our eye, but we found three quintessential Southeast Asian flavors for snacking: Lobster Hot Plate, Crab Curry, and Sweet Basil.

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When in Southeast Asia, Keep Some Coins Handy for the Commode

May 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

A pocket-full of coins isn't something we would want to have when traveling the world, but it might just get you out of some awkward situations in Southeast Asia. On a recent trip through the region we noticed plenty of public restrooms in popular areas like open-air food markets, hawker centers and public parks. This is great for when 'nature calls' and you're nowhere near your hotel or a major mall. One caveat is that these 'public' facilities are pay-per-use, at a cost of a few small denomination coins.

Most of the time we noticed that the cost was on the honor-system and sometimes, even if there was an attendant, we weren't refused entry until we paid. Before you think it's outrageous to pay to pee, let us say that the facilities were clean and fully stocked so there were never moments of asking others to 'spare a square.'

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Snack Breads of Thailand

Where: Thailand
April 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

We've said it before and we'll say it again, Asia has some of the intriguing snack foods—ones that make you tilt your head and say "huh?" From fish-flavored anything to seaweed sprinkled over anything else, the quick bites of this continent take the cake for most "out there."

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New Airline Alert: Cambodia Airlines

Where: Cambodia
April 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

Someone with a lot of money is getting into the airline business, as it looks like there’s going to be another carrier joining the marketplace over in Asia. The details are just coming in now, but if things go according to plan the first flights might hit the skies before the year is over.

Neak Oknha Kith Meng isn’t quite Sir Richard Branson yet, but the guy is loaded and ready to start an airline. He is teaming up Philippine Airlines for the new venture, and the new carrier will be called Cambodia Airlines. Just be sure not to confuse the new carrier with a current carrier, as Cambodia Angkor Air is already flying around the region.

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