Category: East Asia

Destination: East Asia

Gay travel guides

Gay travel guide to Tokyo

Gay Tokyo: travel guide to Tokyo’s best gay bars, clubs and hotels

Japan is one of the leaders of gay rights in Asia. Surprising isn’t it? Japanese society is so regimented, conservative, with strict social norms and little room for acceptance for anything different. Despite this, Japan (along with Taiwan) is one of the few countries in Asia which has truly started to accept and protect its gay community to the ...
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Nomadic Boys meet Zorig Alima in Ulan Bator

Gay Mongolia: discover Mongolia’s only gay bar in UlaanBaatar

During our travels in Mongolia, we spent a lot of time in the capital city, Ulan Bator during the popular Naadam festival, where we discovered a subtle gay scene. Despite being a very traditionally conservative country, we found Mongolia’s only gay bar called Irish House, located East of the German embassy around 500m north of the main square:The ...
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Practical tips for travelling to Tibet for your first time

Travelling to Tibet is one of the world’s greatest adventures. It is a land of ancient Buddhist monasteries and stunning Himalayan mountains similar to the ones we climbed during our Annapurna trek in Nepal. Tibet was an isolated place for hundreds of years, completely cut off to foreign visitors until 1985 when China and Nepal reached ...
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Stefan dolling up for a gay night out in Xi'An

Xian gay scene

Xi’An is a Chinese city with a population about the size of London (7 million).  Xian is famous for the Terracotta Army as well as the Muslim Quarter, which is a paradise for foodies. We based ourselves in Xi’An for a while during out travels in China so we set out to discover its gay scene with ...
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5 tips for Chinese gay travellers to the USA

5 tips for Chinese gay travellers visiting the USA

The USA has some of the best gay destinations in the world. Despite the bad press it has received recently, there are many pink havens here ranging from San Francisco, New York, Key West and Fire Island. We always love visiting the States and always feel very comfortable travelling here as a gay couple. Chinese travellers visiting ...
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Romance

Nomadic Boys what to do in Kyoto

What to do in Kyoto: 5 cultural highlights

Kyoto is THE place you want to head to in Japan for culture. Remember all of those beautiful scenes you see in films like Memoirs of a Geisha? They’re set right here. Kyoto was the former capital city of Japan until 1869 when it was moved to Tokyo. It has retained its regal charm and as a result ...
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Adventure

Climax of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek - Yunnan Province, China

Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge in one day

The Tiger Leaping Gorge (“Hutiao Xia” in Chinese) is a popular trek in the southern Yunnan Chinese province on the Jinsha River. The Gorge itself is a scenic canyon and one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world: The trek itself is very popular and has two routes.  The first is by car ...
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The Longsheng Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Longji Rice Terraces, Tiantouzhai

The Longji Rice Terraces are situated in China’s southern Guangxi province in the Longsheng County. We stayed at the lovely Tian Ranju Inn, which we highly recommend, if anything for the incredible views from your window: Spot the Dragon Longji means “Dragon’s Backbone” and is named as such because the rice terraces look like the scales on the back ...
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Train from Ulan Bator to Beijing

Changing wheels on the Trans Siberian railway

The train from Mongolia’s capital city, Ulan Bator, to Beijing in China was the final leg of our Trans Siberian adventures. The journey took around 30 hours and involved a stop over at the border to literally change the bogies (wheels) on each carriage. Changing wheels: smaller Chinese train tracks The railway track gauges in China are smaller ...
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The Gobi desert

Our tour of the Gobi desert

In July 2014 we took a week tour through the Mongolian Gobi Desert, booked through Sunpath Hostel (our base in Mongolia). The Gobi desert is the world’s 5th largest desert and the largest one in Asia. It endures extreme temperatures getting the cold Siberian –40°C wind in the winter months rising to as much as +50°C in the summer. Unfortunately there are no ...
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Our tour through Central Mongolia

Our tour of Central Mongolia

Central Mongolia is a great base for hiking, horse and camel riding.  Just like the Gobi desert, it also has some beautiful landscapes especially at the Khustain National Park and around the Orkhon Valley: We took a tour for a week through Central Mongolia with Sunpath Hostel.  We spent a long time with animals such as the takhi ...
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Luxury

How to

The Great Wall of China view at Mutianyu

How to get to The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

Trekking the Great Wall is a highlight of China. We chose to visit the Mutianyu section of the Wall, which is around 70km North East from Beijing. Mutianyu is popular because it is far enough away from Beijing to avoid the stifling large crowds (like at the Badaling section of the wall), but close enough to reach from ...
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trans siberian visa

Obtaining visas for the Trans Siberian train

Obtaining our visas: final planning hurdle accomplished! Our ideal plan is to just follow our stomachs through Asia. Then, if the budget allows it, to work our way through to Australia and New Zealand. We will be entering Asia via the Trans Siberian railway through Russia, Mongolia and China (spending at least a month in each). After China ...
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Guide to renting a pocket WiFi in Japan

Complete guide to renting pocket WiFi in Japan

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, renting a pocket WiFi is a great way to stay connected during your travels without incurring roaming charges or having to buy a new SIM card. Whilst it is true public WiFi hot spots have become more available over the past few years, you’ll quickly realise it won’t ...
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Travel videos

China: Admiring the scenery at our Summer Palace picnic

Our video of our 6 weeks in China

  We spent 6 weeks in August and September 2014 exploring the delights of China. The Chinese food was of course a main highlight for us, whether it was Peking duck in Beijing or street food paradise in Xi’An. For us, China will always be many fond memories of public dancing, singing, making new friends, stunning sceneries and ...
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