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Transport in Thailand: How to get around

Tuk Tuk The iconic Tuk Tuk is synonymous with travel in many countries in Asia. One of the most atmospheric ways to travel, jumping in a local Tuk Tuk allows you to see the city with the wind in your hair while supporting a local business. Most Tuk Tuk drivers are self-employed and make the majority […]

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VPN in China – How to access Facebook, Google & More

When talking about travel in China, it’s hard not to touch on the topic of the ‘Great Firewall of China.’ For those of you that don’t know it, this is the Chinese government’s way of limiting access to websites and apps within mainland China. If you’ve ever heard about Google, Facebook, Whatsapp or any other […]

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Beijing: A Foodie’s Paradise

Explore the capital city’s culinary delights Beijing is the gateway to China, often the first port of call for intrepid travellers and hungry adventurers. Luckily it is also one of the epicentres of delectable Chinese cuisine. Ever wondered what Beijing food is like? Bejing showcases cuisines from a wide range of cities, as well as […]

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How to Visit China for a Long Weekend: The 72 Hour Transit Visa

Visiting China got a whole lot easier with the introduction of a 72 hour transit visa which is now rolled out across 14 participating cities for visitors from 51 different nations. Spending a long weekend in China is now a possibility for many visitors travelling through China. This visa is perfect for those travelling to […]

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Xi’an on a 72 Hour Visa: Top Things to Do

With the new rules allowing travellers 72 hour transit visas, take advantage of a weekend layover in one of the qualifying cities. Read about how to best spend a long weekend in the fascinating city of Xi’an. This is a guest post by travel writer Linda Dunsmore. How to spend 72 hours in Xi’an While many […]

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Travelling Soon? What to Pack for Southeast Asia

So you’re travelling to Southeast Asia soon? What should you bring to visit the glorious white beaches of Thailand or the majestic Angkor temples of Cambodia? What to pack for trekking in northern Vietnam or gliding down a river in Laos? These are the top 10 things to pack for your trip once you’ve got […]

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Motivation & Inspiration

So, a little about us. Why Kootour? We are a team of international travellers, currently operating from Vancouver, Canada. We have all spent a great deal of time visiting countries and participating in tours and activities. During our travels, we noticed two things: first, that there was a huge variance in tours available and how […]

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Why Become a Local Guide with Kootour?

Most of our local guides are just regular people, like you and me. They love to meet new people, show off their home town or their wealth of local information and of course, a bit of extra money in their pocket doesn’t hurt! Perhaps they are teachers, or writers, photographers or just dreamers. The extra […]

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