GO ASIA PLUS

GOASIAPLUS ​ is a travel radio show on aforadio in collaboration with GOASIAPLUS magazine and AirAsia where we share smart travel tips as well as stories on Travel and Lifestyle to parts unknown around Asia. Hosted by the charming Adrian Seet​ as well as GOASIAPLUS’ editor Aishah Azali, tune in every Wednesday 3pm to 4pm as they cook up your next holiday destination with some tips on travel.


ADRIAN SEET

Adrian Seet has built a career in the media and communications industry while dabbling in TV presenting, a vocation he excelled in over the last 14 years. Currently seen on Channel 2, Seet anchors the prime time English news bulletins for the Malaysia-based television station.  He also presented the news on the national radio station Traxx.FM 90.3.  Since then, he has delved full time into production, editing & event hosting.

Seet began his working career in The Star, the country’s leading English newspaper.  Apart from media, he brings with him hospitality, fashion and film publicity experience.


Aishah Azali

She found a knack for writing since her high school days and was fortunate enough to travel since before she could walk. Little did she know that the combination of those two would be the perfect factors for her current role as GOASIAPLUS's magazine editor. She always thought she would be a fashion editor ever since watching The Devil's Wear Prada but life had better plans. When she's not busy typing, Aishah spends way too much money on coffee, makeup and random island holidays.


Spend Wisely and Smartly When you Travel

If you’re trying to not spend too much on traveling, here are some tips on how to keep you from breaking the bank on your next trip.The best thing about traveling is to enjoy the local markets and food stalls whenever you visit a holiday destination instead of going to fancy restaurants. There’s also a possibility that if you go where the locals go to have lunch, dinner etc. You’ll get a better taste and authenticity of the food from that particular country and it wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket too. So, hit up some local food markets and nom nom away!Sometimes when you’re traveling, especially in a big group or if you have a big family, it’s always best to rent a whole place/home instead of opting for a posh resort because then you’ll save even more and you don’t have to pay for the services, which you’re not using. Plus, we’re always out and about so it’s better to get an affordable place to stay which gives you easy access to eateries and transportation.Transportation is very important when you’re traveling; choose an accommodation, which is near to a bus station or even a taxi stand in order to get around easily. Before heading to a destination, find out if it’s suitable to walk around, get a bus; hire a driver or rent-a-car to get around so you can plan ahead on how go around the city.Last but not least, bring extra cash instead of going to the bank/ATM to withdraw money because your bank might charge you an amount of fee for overseas withdrawal. Check for hidden charges or fees in certain services/things that you plan to buy.

THINGS TO DO IN VIETNAM : aforadio.com

Suối Tiên Amusement Park / Suoi Tien Buddhist Theme ParkLocation: District 9, Ho Chi Minh CityAmusement park showcases Vietnam's history and legendsThe Tiên Dong beach is a man-made beach which has a gigantic waterfall with an emperor's face scuplted into itThis place also features gardens, giant dragon sculptures painted in beautiful pastel coloursHằng Nga Guesthouse/"Crazy House"Location: Da LatBuilt and designed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet NgaDescribed as a "fairy tale house" which has resemblences of works from Salvador Dali and Walt DisneyEach guestroom has their own animal-themedHang Sơn Đoòng/Son Doong CaveLocation: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh• Permits are required to access the cave and are on limited basis• Can only be visited from February - AugustWater Puppetry ShowLocation: Thang Long Theatre, HanoiPerformed in a pool of 4 meters Traditional Vietnamese orchestra background musicThe theme of the show are skits of Vietnamese folkloreWater Buffalo RidingLocation: Hoi AnHanoi Train StreetLocation: between Lê Duẩn and Khâm Thin street in Hanoi’s old quarterIsland-hoppingLocation: Binh Ba Island, Cat Ba Island, Phu Quoc Island, Con Son IslandQuad-bikingLocation: Mui Ne, Binh ThuanCoastal fishing townOther things you can check out in Mui Ne are beach resorts, bars, restaurants and moreKitesurfing and windsurfing activities can also be done in the areaCoffee TastingLocation: Around VietnamYogurt Coffee Egg CoffeeCoffee Smoothie - Mixed fruit smoothie with coffeeLe Mat "Snake Village"Location: HanoiEnjoy every part of a snakeTry snake meat in cooked in a variety of dishes such soup, salad, skewers and moreSnake farms are also available

THINGS TO DO IN LAOS : aforadio.com

Wat PhuLocation: Base of Mount Phu Kao (6km from Mekong in Champasak Province)Once a ruined Khmer Hindu temple is now a centre of Theravada Buddhist worshipUNESCO World Heritage SiteScientific activities has been taking place for years until todayThe site features a museum which houses artifacts of the temple such as statues of Shiva, Vishnu, Nandin as well as Buddhist statuesThe site is open to public (8am - 6pm) with an entrance fee of 50.000 LAKTham Kong Lo/Kong Lo CaveLocation: Phu Hin Bun National Park, Khammoune Province (130km north of of Thakek)Dramatic karst formation limestone caveSoutheast Asia's Geological Wonders7km deepThe pool inside the cave glows a bright emerald colour which locals believe it is the reflect of the skin of the Hindi god, IndraPatuxai/Patuxai Arch or the Arc de Triomphe of VientianeLocation: VientianeDedicated to those who fought for independence from FranceIt resembles the Arc de Triomphe in ParisLaotian design, decorated with mythologicial creatures such as the Kinnari (half-female, half-bird)French-Lao ArchitectureLocation: Around LaosMost old buildings are restructured to look better but in the same French Indochina feelUntouched French colonial era buildings can still be found in Lao cities thoroughout the countryKuang Si Falls/Tat Kuang Si WaterfallsLocation: Luang Prabang (29km south of Luang Prabang)Beautiful turquoise blue poolsAdmission fee is charged to visit the siteSwimming is allowedOne pool is closed from the public due to it being a sacred site

THINGS TO DO IN MYANMAR : aforadio.com

Ananda Temple/Ananda PahtoLocation: BaganOne of the finest, largest temples in BaganThe temple has several terraces leading to a small pagoda at the top covered by an umbrella known as htiHouses four standing Buddhas facing East, North, West and SouthHas been titled the "Westminster Abbey of Burma"The temple was damaged back in 1975 due to an earthquake but it has been fully restoredHome to an yearly week-long festival where 1000 monks perform continuous chanting for 72 hoursShwesandaw PayaLocation: BaganKnown for beautiful sunset viewsShwesandaw means 'golden holy hair' which are sacred hairs of Gautama Buddha obtaine from ThatonHot Air Balloon RidesLocation: BaganBest views normally take place during sunset or sunrise8 - 12 people on board depends on the basket sizeEnjoy views of majestic pagodas and beautiful landscapesRefreshments included (champagne, croissants, fruits)Burmese Cat VillageLocation: Inle LakeBurmese Cats were kept as pets by the Burmese Royal FamilyThere's also a restaurant and a cafe where you can pick vegetables as well as herbs from the gardens and attend a cooking classThis place is also a training ground for local people who wants to work in the hospitality fieldDee Doke WaterfallLocation: Outskirts of Mandalay City (50km out of Mandalay)Discovered by a group of Geology students in 2000No entrance fee neededSuitable for adventurous peopleMount PopaLocation: Pegu Range (50km southeast of Bagan)Known for Nat temples and relic sites on top of the mountainIt's volcanic mountainIt's now a national park and a nature reserveMohingaLocation: Around MyanmarBreakfast dishRice noodle and fish soupEssential Burmese cuisineAvailable in different varieties across the regionAlso sold in ready-made dry packets to make broth-makingSold at pavement stalls and mohinga trishawsMont Lin Ma Yar/Husband & Wife SnackLocation: Around MyanmarSpecial food for couples because when the snack is served, two of these mini pancakes are placed and eaten togetherDanpauk/Burmese BiryaniLocation: Around MyanmarThe chicken is normally cooked with the riceIngredients include yogurt, cashew nuts, peas, raisins, cloves, saffron, cinnamon, bayleafIt is also usually eaten with a salad of sliced onions and cucumberNgwesaung BeachLocation: Pathein5 hours drive from YangonThere's an airport in the works at the momentNewer and a premium beach areaLess nightlife attractions but the beach is beautifulNgapali BeachLocation: RakhineHead to Thandwe Market for fresh meat, fish, seafood, vegetablesYou can witness the preserved body of monk Sayadaw U Sujata since 1984 in a visible glass cubeWatersports, trekking and boat tours are also availableEnjoy basic Burmese, Thai and Chinese dishesNo nightlife as the beach is known for its tranquility