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I have to admit: I’d never heard of Phu Quoc until I read about the launch of Air Asia flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc. Out of curiosity, I looked it up on a map and started reading more about the island. Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam and is located in […]

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The Stellenbosch winelands near Cape Town are one of my favourite places in the world. I’ll never tire of the magnificent mountain scenery, gorgeous vineyards, beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, the friendly locals and their big smiles. Hence, it’s always a treat to return to this...

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Velvet Escape travel blog by Keith Jenkins - 1M ago

Ghent (map) is a medieval city in the Flemish region of Belgium, located about an hour’s drive southwest of Antwerp and west of Brussels. In the 13th century, Ghent was one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, primarily due to its textile industries and trade. The city...

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Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is located in the Kathmandu Valley. Flying into or out of Kathmandu (map) is an amazing experience on clear days – those seated by the window will be rewarded with panoramic views of the valley and Kathmandu. On the approach into Kathmandu, the plane basically...

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I’m a firm believer that travel makes us more well-rounded individuals. It helps to build confidence, broaden our perspectives, teach us new things and thereby, contributes to our general happiness. What makes me happy when I travel Glorious food! Whether it’s a pasta in Italy, fresh...

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People often ask me about what sparked my interest to travel and experience different places and cultures around the world. The answer is simple: when I was eight, my parents gave me a geographic encyclopedia. This simple act had a profound impact. Little did I know but geography would go on to...

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The Ruma Hotel and Residences is a new addition to the five-star hotel scene in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) district, a stone’s throw from the city’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the vibrant Bukit Bintang road, The Ruma enjoys a central location in...

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Velvet Escape travel blog by Keith Jenkins - 3M ago

Dornburg (map) is a small town in central Germany approximately 250km southwest of Berlin. I’d not heard of the town before until I spotted it in my itinerary to visit Bauhaus sites in Germany – it houses the first Bauhaus ceramics workshop (founded in 1920) which is still operational...

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Velvet Escape travel blog by Keith Jenkins - 4M ago

Kaunas is the second-largest city and an economic and cultural centre in Lithuania. Situated at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers, approximately 100km (map) northwest of Vilnius, Kaunas is an easy day trip from the Lithuanian capital. I wasn’t sure what to expect on my day trip...

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On a world map, Mauritius is a tiny speck in the vast Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar (map). Famous for its stunning beaches and luxurious resorts, Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination. However, there are many more things to do in Mauritius besides lazing on a beach. With its...

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