Want to explore Asia but struggling to decide where to go or what to do? This website/app offers ideas at bargain prices.
>> What it does: The Klook website and app introduce you to attractions, food and wellness, transportation and Wi-Fi at prices up to 60 percent off. Booking is easy, with destinations in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Oceania. There also are a few metro hubs in Europe as well as New York and Dubai.
>> Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Android 4.0.3 and up.
>> Cost: Free. Rates vary for activities.
>> What’s hot: The app and website are a fantastic visual primer for someone who hasn’t traveled to Asia and knows little about activities for tourists. Each destination has categories specific to the area. Some of my favorite finds: a sunrise breakfast atop the volcano Mount Batur in “Lover’s Paradise” on Bali ($319 marked down to $225) and a Robot Restaurant show in “Uniquely Tokyo” ($70 marked down to $53). Bookmark the site; new funding indicates expansion in Australia, Europe and North America.
>> What’s not: Take the itinerary planning with a grain of salt. When I clicked on “48 hours in Bangkok,” I was expecting written content about top activities that could be seen in just a few days. Instead, it was a stream of suggestions for activities to buy that are similar to what you see when you just click on the city.