Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: Asia, Oz #8

February 20, 2013

in Asia, Carnivals, Cheap Activities, City Tips, Drink, Food, India, Information, Photos, Shopping, Travel, Web Tips

Welcome to the eighth Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for Asia, Oz. Here you’ll find Asian, Australian, New Zealand, and Oceania travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.

Photo inspiration this week comes from my friend Ciaron, currently gallivanting around Japan.  While this image is from one of his previous trips, you and your stomach can also travel vicariously via the tumblr of his current trip here.

One of my favorite cultural differences is the Japanese obsession with vending machines.  Two great photo blog entries on that topic come to us this week:  first, on KuriositasJapan — the Land of Vending Machines.  Then, Joe Schott borrows a few from the first link, yet manages to find some other winners in his post The 20 Awesomest Japanese Vending Machines: Porno, Panties & Pringles at Heavy.

In more news of vicarious travel fantasy, my friend Coco is moving to Chennai with her husband later this spring.  In her honor, I’ve put together a few links of interest about things to see and do in her new hometown.

In all your dealings, it can’t hurt to follow Dean Foster’s advice on How to Make Friends and Not Alienate People … in India, posted at National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s site on Informal City Dialogues has research devoted to Chennai, including this great article by Jamie Osborne on Why Chennai’s Vendors Prefer the Sidewalk to the Mall.

Readers at Lonely Planet have put together a general shopping guide for Chennai.

J.C. Lewis at USA Today has a few informal tips on Southern India for Tourists, but if the official word is what you’re looking for, visit the Tamil Nadu Tourism Organization site.

There I found information about the hill station of Ooty and its amazing Botanical Gardens.  Get a quick overview in Chris Chopp’s post Botanical Gardens in Ooty, posted at Full Stop India.  For even more information, check out Baiju Joseph’s post and photo albums on Government Botanical Gardens, Ooty.

If you make it further afield to Mumbai, Sulagna Dasgupta recommends taking off to the Sahyadri mountain ranges for stops at the hill stations of Panchgani, Lake Tapola, and River Wai.  Check out her account in Our Romantic Holiday in Lake Tapola, Panchgani & Wai near Mumbai, India posted at Love in India.

Wrapping up, if Thailand is your destination, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel has two great articles for you.

Erin Block describes four must-see (and -taste!) Bangkok markets in A Market for All Seasons in Thailand.  Finally, Alana Morgan describes the highlights of Chiang Mai, from where to get lost to what to drink, in I ♥ My City:  Chiang Mai.

Thanks to everyone for participating. Submit your blog article (or encourage your favorite travel bloggers to submit) to the next edition of Travel on a Shoestring: Asia, Oz using the carnival submission form. Next week this time we travel to South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Antarctica. You can still submit your posts to that carnival till Saturday.

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