This is Hong Kong International Airport, reckoned by some to be the best airport in the world. I had a long layover in transit here overnight awaiting a flight to Shanghai, but by morning I could see the planes clearly again. Nice to see the Cathay Pacific OneWorld livery! Recorded May 10, 2012 (re-uploaded with over 4 minutes edited down).
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A nice little hotel situated on Jalen Dagen, not far from Yogya's main thoroughfare (and tourist frenzy) Jalen Malioboro. Free breakfast and free wifi included in the room rate, with very nice and attentive staff. As you can see, the room is very modern and chic, with a queen-sized bed, whereas the rooftop pool and bar, while not exactly Marina Bay Sands, is brilliant for an evening siesta after a day's temple exploring. Recorded March 11, 2013.
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Just a quick layover in KL, chose the Traders Hotel, and we were upgraded to a Twin Towers Room. The views are amazing at night. Recorded May 2, 2012.
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Please take a look my blog entry for Prambanan, here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/candi-prambanan-was-overrated/ A visit to UNESCO World Heritage site and Hindu place of worhip, Candi Prambanan just outisde of Yogyakarta. Recorded March 12, 2013.
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This is the Avenue of Stars (星光大道) situated on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on a really hot day. The area is lined with icons from international movies, much like Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but with Victoria Harbour in the background. Recorded May 8, 2012.
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A swelteringly hot day at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, one of the three MUST SEE temples in the city (other two being Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace). I think 39 degrees temperature, with very high humidity. Could have spent hours there, but the heat was unbearable, with very little shade. The golden reclining Buddha was a great sight, and fortunately it is indoors, away from the sun's glare! Recorded April 29, 2012.
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EMIRATES VS ETIHAD VS QATAR VS TURKISH - WHO IS BEST? Please check out my opinions on the matter in my blog here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/emirates-vs-etihad-vs-qatar-vs-turkish/ This is what it looks like boarding an Emirates A380, flight EK355, flying from Singapore to Dubai. I've included some footage of pre-boarding announcements, the pilot's pre-take off message, and the unintelligible ramblings of the purser. EK355 is a redeye flight, leaving SIN at 21.35hrs and landing at DXB at 01.30hrs the following morning, so the whole flight is in the dark, therefore nothing to see out of the window. However, I will post a short video of some inflight footage later including the take-off viewed from the PTV. P.S. the man in the blue shirt in front of me when boarding really got in my way! Recorded 21 March, 2013.
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For an overview of Wangfujing Road, with many pics, check my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/wangfujing-beijings-orchard-road/ Wangfujing (王府井) in Beijing reminds me of Xintiandi in Shanghai: a place for tourists to shop for high value goods, while at the same time experiencing a little of Chinese culture. I have also visited shopping districts such as Myeongdong in Seoul and Ximending in Taipei, and Wangfujing really is on par with them. Recorded February 22, 2013.
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Check out my blog post on The Boudhanath Stupa here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-super-boudhanath-stupa/ It was a great experience to see this Tibetan-style Buddhist monument and I had the chance to climb to the second level, but I wasn't going to follow that maniac who went right up to the Eyes (see middle part of video). Oh and in the first clip, meet my mate, Scott. ;)
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A guided tour through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, renowned as one of Singapore's major 'natural' tourist attractions. The Gardens are an easy walk from Orchard Road or Tanglin Road, and quite near Traders Hotel. Also included is the National Orchid Garden, which cost us S$5 each for admission. Filmed October 24, 2012.
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Please also kindly read my blog entry on Tanah Lot, here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/sunset-at-tanah-lot/ A quick look around one of Bali's tourist hotspots. Tanah Lot is approximately 45 minutes drive by taxi from Kuta, and costs around 130,000 rupiah each way (nearly £20 return). As this was during high tide, we could not step foot inside the actual temple itself but it was nice to experience the area on such a hot day - and no monkeys, thankfully! Recorded March 1, 2013.
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Early morning at the SkyBar at Traders Hotel in KL. You get great views of the Petronas Towers from here, although the bar wasn't open early enough for me to enjoy a drink this time. Last night we had a few drinks, but I could not film anything. I can tell you, the atmosphere at night is amazing, more like a club than a bar. Very loud music - and always packed to the rafters! Recorded May 1, 2012.
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One of the great parts of Singapore is Marina Bay. You could easily spend a day at Marina Bay taking in all the sights and sounds, and visiting the attractions, such as the Merlion, the Esplanade, the Helix Bridge, and of course Marina Bay Sands resort! Plenty of food and drink outlets too around the Bay, just make sure you find some shade to sit in! Recorded October 23, 2012.
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Great views of downtown Kathmandu from up here at Swayambhunath Temple (स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप), but the place is full of monkeys, as you would expect. Stray dogs, pigeons, and monkeys. Hmmm. I had a shower immediately when I returned home. But had a good time up here, there's more to see here than at Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of Kathmandu's other main tourist attractions.
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Just a short video of arriving at Changi and awaiting Singapore Airlines Flight SQ322 back to London Heathrow and then boarding the plane ready for the 13hr flight. We took-off from SIN at 00.08 and landed at LHR at 05.08, almost perfectly on schedule. You can also catch a quick glimpse of the new Thai A380 which is currently on rotation between SIN and BKK. Recorded October 29, 2012.
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This is Seoul Incheon International Airport (서울 인천 국제 공항), late at night, with the airport almost deserted, as only a few flights occur late evening to early morning, including Emirates flight EK323 which would take me back to London via Dubai. Filmed October 31, 2011.
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Take a look at my blog review of Singapore Zoo: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/singapore-zoo/ My 3rd ever visit to the world's best zoo (新加坡动物园, சிங்கப்பூர் விலங்குக் காட்சிச்சாலை) and still as memorable as the first time! My favourite part of the zoo is the Bornean Orangutan Exhibit, which includes free-roaming babies overhead! This time around, I also finally got the chance to see Kai Kai, in his new panda forest exhibit, which will be fully open when the River Safari opens later in 2013. Unfortunately, Kia Kia's mate Jia Jia was hiding somewhere and nobody could see her. Something else I enjoyed was seeing the infamous white tigers swimming in the water - something I had not been lucky enough to witness on my previous visits. If you considering visiting the Zoo, it is advisable to purchase tickets for the Night Safari and/or Jurong Bird Park as part of a combo ticket, as this saves a lot of money (although remember the Bird Park is not located onsite, so an extra taxi ride is required). Recorded March 18, 2013.
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This was one of the bumpiest take offs I have ever experienced. Must be the Kathmandu tarmac, which I hazard a guess is not the most professionally-laid in the world. But when in the air it was nice to see the snow-capped Himalayas in all their glory.
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This is Terminal 2 of Shanghai Pudong, awaiting the SQ831 flight to Singapore. The airport is fairly impressive, with large public spaces and good areas to view the tarmac and runways. Not one of the very best, but certainly superior to the likes of NRT and TPE which I have also chronicled recently. Recorded May 13, 2012. 上海浦東國際機場
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A mid-morning walk around Terminal 3 of Europe's busiest airport, with many American and Asian airlines hanging around. However, British Airways and Virgin obviously dominate the proceedings. Recorded 16 March 2014.
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*please watch in HD* I have always wanted to visit KLCC Park (Taman KLCC). Unofrtunately the fountains on the lake were out of action until June, but I still enjoyed a nice morning stroll through the gardens. Obviously the highlight of the area is the Petronas Towers, which I will cover in another video. Recorded May 1, 2012. *edit: parts of this video are a bit shaky, sorry*
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These Sydney gardens are a nice botanic garden beside the harbour. Some incredible flora and fauna around here, including Flying Foxes. Check out my blog entry on the Botanical Gardens: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/sydneys-garden-with-a-view/
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The Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku iis a great budget hotel in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo. The Airport Limousine Bus stops right outside the hotel. There is a Post Office with ATM and a Family Mart convenience store within touching distance, plus a 24hr McDonalds at the end of the road. All staff speak good English. Economy Room shown here. Filmed October 26, 2011.
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Read my comprehensive review of my time at Angkor Wat over at my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/angkor-wat-the-theatre-of-dreams/ A fantastic experience in the Cambodian jungles. Heat was a brutal 40degrees today. Didn't see the sunrise, as I am not an early morning person. However it was amazing to walk around and admire the architecture of the most famous religious monument in the world.
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A brief overview of a standard king room at the Ibis Bali Kuta Hotel in Bali. You get free wifi in the rooms, but the speed is poor and can only be used for basic stuff like checking email. All staff at the hotel were very nice and trustworthy. A very conveniently priced budget hotel.
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Here is a very quick peek inside probably the most famous hotel in South East Asia, Raffles Singapore. Was told no photography in the Long Bar, which is a bit weird, other people have taken a photo or two in there, so seems there is some inconsistency among employees. Seems they were preparing for a wedding today so maybe why hotel staff so stuffy about recording. Oh, and by the way, the Singapore Sling (invented at Raffles during WW1 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon) was very nice, but strangely I prefer the one I get on Singapore Airlines. Filmed October 23, 2012. [For a full HD tour of the hotel, I recommend MrKesavaraj's video here on YouTube]
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Tour of a Lagoon View Room at Conrad Bali Hotel, at Nusa Dua Bali. One of my top 3 favourite hotels anywhere in the world. I liked the room, and it is quite cheap as far as top-end luxury Bali hotels are concerned, but an extra 200,000 rupiah for 8hrs of wifi (not even broadband) is just a plain ripoff! Luckily there is free wifi in the lobby so I took my laptop there. Recorded March 3, 2013 Please check out my complete 19 minute resort tour of Conrad Bali!
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For my thoughts on The Temple of Heaven, please read my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/prayers-to-the-air-the-temple-of-heaven/ The Temple of Heaven, located just outside Tiantandongmen Metro Station, was my personal favourite attraction in Beijing. It had more to see and do than the Summer Palace, and just felt more impressive in general than the Forbidden City. Filmed February 22, 2013.
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This is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), in the evening, awaiting the TG418 flight to Bangkok. Mainly showing the C Terminal of the satellite building, and towards the end of the evening it was impossible to see any planes. Recorded May 2, 2012.
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Please watch in full 1080p for best viewing experience. This is the final approach and landing of SQ405 from Delhi to Singapore on February 19, 2013. As you can agree, the pilot did a perfect job. Also seen on the approach, some of Singapore's best-known tourist attractions, such as Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, the Singapore Flyer, and the Esplanade theatres. It surprised me that it did not take long for the plane to slow down after making its initial touchdown. All in all, a great flight, however I was slightly disappointed not to hear the trademark "...and to all residents of Singapore - a warm welcome home!" when we landed from the cabin crew. Please watch my take-off and in-flight videos of this flight.
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My blog experience from Bukit Timah can be found here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/monkey-business-at-bukit-timah/ A VERY challenging hike up to the summit of Bukit Timah and back down again, taking in the sights and sounds of one of Singapore's main tracts of primary rainforest along the way. Saw a few pesky monkeys, but luckily they were not too interested in us Humans. Filmed March 22, 2014.
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This is the Sci Fi City area of Universal Studios Singapore. It's a small area of the park, but it is known mainly for Transformers: The Ride, surely one of the best theme park attractions out there. Battlestar Galactica now has security searches with metal detectors before you join the queue to make sure you have nothing in your pockets. Recorded October 23, 2012.
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This is the world famous business district of Lujiazui, Shanghai. This place is always teeming with Chinese tourists, although unless they are wearing a suit and tie, they are not from the Shanghai region, and are merely daytripping - like you (China has a HUGE internal tourism market)! I try to give a brief overview of what the area is like. Recorded May 10, 2012.
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I only chose to go up one of the observation decks in Shanghai, and I decided on the Jin Mao Tower. this is also famous for containing the Grand Hyatt Hotel, with incidentally its sister property, the Park Hyatt, being located in the SWFC opposite. Recorded May 11, 2012.
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Please read my blog post on the top 10 attractions in Singapore: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/the-top-10-attractions-in-singapore Some clips from my trip to Singapore. Had a whale of a time! Stayed at Marina Bay Sands but wasn't even in the hotel much - had so much to do. Also did Asian Civilisations Museum, Botanic Gardens and Night Safari, but got no footage for one reason or another. Filmed April 23-27, 2012.
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Widen Your World with Turkish Airlines. My blog thoughts on TK! http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/widen-your-world-with-turkish-airlines/ Some raw footage of a trip on the sleeping giant Turkish Airlines aboard their A333 enroute from Kathmandu to Istanbul. I thought it would be good to look at what it is like to fly on a more obscure international route from Turkish Airlines, as opposed to the more popular European/American routes. I was very happy with the service received from the Turkish crew in economy class. It was a friendly flight and the cabin was in a 2-4-2 formation, which I think is my preferred variant. Also I was pleasantly surprised to see touchscreen AVOD and live onboard cameras! One sour note, about half way through the flight, I had to wake up the guy sitting next to me as I really needed to go to the toilet. He got very grumpy about it, but in my opinion if he's in the aisle seat next to a stranger, then he should sleep at his own risk! It's a 8 hour flight, I cannot NOT get up for that duration of time. I think asking to get up once is well within the realms of acceptability. Quite frankly, I thought he was a bit of a drama queen. Whose side are you on?
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Always wanted to experience this cable car, consider it a nice introduction before I tackle the one in Langkawi next year! The video will give you a little taste of what to expect, but although I filmed the whole journey, I had to cut out a lot of onboard footage because of other people talking the whole time. That said, you can catch a good glimpse of the swanky Equarius Hotel at Resort World Sentosa, as well as the new Adventure Cove Water Park that is due to open in December, along with the S.E.A. Aquarium, which will be the biggest in the world. Recorded October 26, 2012.
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Just a quick tour of Hansar Hotel in Bangkok, a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World, then a guide of the Urban Suite. The Hotel is quite hard to find, it's on Rajdamri Road, just in between the St. Regis and the Four Seasons. Recorded April 28, 2012.
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Raw footage from October 23, 2011 awaiting the early morning SQ12 A380 flight to Tokyo we took in some sights and sounds of an eerily quiet terminal 3. It is a brilliant airport in general (ranked number 2 in the world, only behind Hong Kong International) and terminal 3 is the location of the famous Butterfly Garden and Koi Ponds.
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My blog review of this flight, with exclusive pics and over 2000 words: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/singapore-airlines-flight-sq317/ Mini trip report, raw footage. I never bother with window seats on these ultra-longhaul flights. Departed LHR on Sunday 16th March, landed at Changi on Monday 17th March. The flight had some very favourable tailwinds, as we departed London at 11.11 (16 minutes late), but arrived in Singapore at 06.58 (32 minutes early).
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A little tour of the Underwater World attraction in Sentosa, Singapore. It costs S$28 reach adult entry, but the exhibition is quite small, so make sure you combine it with the Butterfly World, or Dolphin Lagoon, to get the best out of your money. Recorded April 27, 2012.
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This is included in the admission for the KL Tower. In comparison to similar things in Singapore, I found Bukit Nanas quite disappointing. Didn't see any monkeys, and it was hardly a trail, just a walk down the hill to the main road. Recorded May 1, 2012.
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