Manila (MNL) & Cebu
the Philippines, capital is Manila, which is called a city of music and
at Rizal Park and Manila Bay are pleasant ones. Must see its museum,
Nayong Philipino (Philippino Village) near
Airport and also travel in beautiful train & Jeepneys. Has slight security problem. If you have money, must visit the
2nd. largest city Cebu. Climate: Tropical
all year with relatively high
humidity and abundant rainfall. The coolest
month is January and the
hottest May. Clothing: Lightweight
or tropical with warm clothes for
Languages: Filipino (Tagalog). English. GMT
+8. Currency; Peso
Spend your vacations here. Its
underground train system, Ocean Park, colourful night life are
one's life experiences. Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin,
English; Electricity: 200/220V AC
Driving is on the right;
Currency: Hong Kong dollar;
Local Time: GMT+8;
climate with heavy rainfall between
early May - late Sept but some rain
in all months. Chinese handshakes may last longer. When
Chinese people, family or surname is mentioned first; National
day: Oct 02.
Capital of the
'Land of the Rising Sun'. One of the largest city of the world. Very
expensive. My advice
with heart problem is not to visit Tokyo
because of the exorbitant prices
(inflation). Has the
oldest national anthem
the world. Language and accommodation are biggest problems.
important. The street level or
ground floor is called the first floor like
USA & Sindh (Pakistan). National Foundation Day is celebrated on Feb 11. Climate; Generally
four distinct seasons. June to early July is the main
rainy season. Typhoons
likely in Sept-Oct.
Clothing: Lightweights in
most areas. Medium weights for spring and autumn and
warm clothing for winter; GMT+9; Languages: Japanese & English;
Electricity: 100V 50Hz (Tokyo and East Japan); Driving: Driving is the
left; Currency: Yen (JPY)
Kuala Lumpur (KL/KUL)
A beautiful city of Malaysia.
Lot of things to see. Experience of travel by daily train between
Lumpur and Singapore is excellent and memorable for life. I strongly
journey. I travelled Singapore to
Kuala Lumpur by bus and
returned by train. During the train, currencies of both
are acceptable. Also must
the world's tallest buildings. Aug
31 celebrated as a National Day. Climate: Hot and humid through the year.
Rainy seasons are Aug-Sept. Clothing: Light all year around. Languages: Bahasa, Malaysia,
English, Chinese, Tamil.
One of the
world's cleanest and disciplined cities. A shopper's paradise. A city of
My advice please
visit this place at least once in your
life. There is a popular song in Hindi:
'Jewan Main, Eik Baar, Aaanaa
(Once in your life, must visit Singapore). Second busiest port in the world.
Smoking is banned in all
air-conditioned places. Import and sale of chewing gum is prohibited.
Aug 09 is National Day. Climate: Tropical being hot and humid throughout
the year. Rainfall
occurs in all months
with heaviest period in
Nov-March. Clothes: Lightweight.
Languages: Malay, Chinese, Tamil and
English. GMT+8. Currency: Singapore dollar.
Dhaka (DAC) & Saavar
Capital of one of the world's most populated country
Bangladesh. Also famous for mosques
independence in 1971 after great sacrifices from
Pakistan. If you have time must visit Saavar about 22 miles from
Dhaka to witness beautiful monument of freedom fighters.
It is like
with "Seven petals" as Pakistani army surrendered
on 16: 1+6=7 (16th Dec 1971) and also a mass
grave in which a
large number of 'Freedom Fighters'
were buried in
one grave. Languages:
Bengali & English; Electricity: 220V/240V AC 50Hz; Currency: Taka: BDT;
Independence day: March 26; Clothing: Lightweight cottons and
linens during all seasons except winter when warm clothes are requires.
Climate: Tropical monsoon, rainy season: between Jun - Sep,
Bangkok (BKK) & Pattaya
Thailand's capital. White
elephants found in the country. Has many historic and interesting
to visit. Famous
for attractive night life. If you have time also visit Pattaya, Chang Mai,
Pukhet and also
famous River Kiwai bridge.
a well-known English movie 'A Bridge on River Kiwai'
was made. GMT+7,
Languages: Thai, Chinese, English;
Currency; Bhat (BHT); The conventional
greeting or 'wai' is made by placing
palms of hands together, Thais
address each other and foreign visitors by their first name,
especially in public is considered poor
manners and public
affection between men and women are frowned upon. One should
not touch the
head of persons not even that of children and soles of the
feet must not be shown when sitting. Footwear should
be removed before
entering a chapel of a
Buddhist temple, also private homes; Electricity:
AC 50Hz, Loose cotton clothing is recommended.
Nairobi (NBO) & Mombasa (MBA)
Kenya's capital. A land of safaris.
Lush green. Numerous fruit juices available. Must see port
(98% Muslim population).
It is also called 'Venice of the East'. It is also
another Bangkok due to its colourful life. Security problems. Driving is on the left side. Climate:
Most of Kenya
is either subtropical or temperate. Rainfall
variable from year to
year. Clothing: Lightweight or tropical.
English, Many local languages. GMT+3. Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES);
GMT+3; Electricity:220/451V AC 50Hz; Driving is on the left.
Dubai (DXB) & Abu
A shopper's paradise and free
port in the desert country of UAE. It is a convention to use right
left hand when passing or receiving any thing. Dec 2 National Day. UAE's
Climate: Very hot between May and September
and warm and sunny from Mid Oct to April with
rainfall. Clothes: Light. Languages:
GMT+4. Currency: Dirham (AED); Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz (Northern
States), 240 AC 50Hz (Abu Dhabi); Temperature: Hot.
Jeddah (JED), Makkah &
Gateway to two most holy
Muslim cities i.e. Makkah and Medina (Only Muslims are allowed to enter). Some
language problems. When sitting
crossed legged on sofas or cushions, sole of feet
must not be shown,
both feet are kept on the floor. Climate: Extremely dry and
arid throughout the year. Clothes: Light. Languages:
English. GMT+3. Currency: Saudi
A city of
canals, diamonds and windmills. Excellent duty free shops at
airport. It is lovely city
and enjoyed visiting Amsterdam very
well. Cycling is popular here.
A capital city of France being called 'City of Fashions
& Art' but one of the expensive city with beautiful
Metro (Underground Railway system). Many things to visit
including Eiffel Tower,
River Seine etc.
of the beautiful city of the Europe. Bus & train services
available to various adjoining
countries. I went to
Paris (capital of France) by night bus from here.
capital city of Sri Lanka, I visited thrice. This is
beautiful city and cheaper for shopping.
There are many
beautiful shopping centers here.
It is shoppers' paradise in real sense.
Mumbai (BOM) / Delhi (DEL)
will enjoy visiting the two cities of India. Many
historical places in capital city, Delhi and
financial capital Mumbai (old name Bombay).
In Mumbai, you can visit Gate Way of India on Indian
ocean coast, Chopati (famous
coast), Centre of Indian Movies.
India is the largest movie-making centre in the world
visit India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, Lal Fort,
Jamia Masjid (here you can see
Mohammad (PBUH) and nearby Mazar of Sarmad Shaheed &
Maulkana Abul Kalaam Azad, Samadhi of
Gandhi and some beautiful
The recently constructed most modern under-ground train
system is superb. I enjoyed travelling
by the metro.
I stayed over 08 months in Kabul during my
posting as Country Manager, Afghanistan, PIA at
there. The capital city of Afghanistan is now under
re-construction which has remained about
27 years under
Expensive city with lack of facilities / amenities. Like me you
can visit graves of
first Mughal emperor, Shahinshah
Babar and his wife. During the civil war, the graves of
& his wife which are in suburb of
Kabul city, can be seen with riddle
of bullets. But now Agha
Khan Foundation has carried over renovation work. Fresh
available in abundance. They are tasty
cheap. However, some security problem is there.
saying is that 'a person who has not seen London is not born yet'. A very
city of United
Kingdom (UK) but a lot of interesting things to see. A mini world of
different ethnic communities. Effective &
system (superb underground railway system). Must see 'London
Eye' (a big wheel). More than 400 tourist places to see. Climate: Generally cold and mild.
Clothes: Medium weight. Languages: English. Currency:
(YYZ / YTO)
I visited Canada twice. On Feb 04, 2007, I visited
Toronto. There was -15C temperature, the
day we arrived
at Toronto Airport. We went to see 7th modern 'Wonder of the
Niagara Fall from Canadian side. Niagara
its own charm to visit in winter. Despite high cool
temperature, we enjoyed very well in -15C temperature. The
visited, a person fell down
in Niagara when he
unsuccessfully tried to catch his slipped on ice mobile phone
he was rescued with the help of
A city of famous Statue of
Liberty gifted from France. It is said that 'The Lady of Statue of
the only real
virgin in the whole of USA. A city of the tallest buildings. Must visit the UN
Some security problems. Address a person as Mr., Mrs. or Ms
followed by family or surname.
Handshake is preferred. Languages:
Currency, dollar. GMT-5.
largest city of USA. Must see its the tallest building 'Sears Tower'. The
I enjoyed the view of the City from the roof
of the said tallest building at that time.
Angeles (LAX) / Hollywood
world famous 'Disney Land' & 'Universal Film Studio' in Hollywood. A
A memorable experience of my life.
place for vacations. When you disembark at the airport, young girls with
welcome you with kisses -- all for free, of