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Pauly Vella

Pauly Vella

@paulyvella

Central Coast native traveller, Pauly, goes off-the-beaten-track to the Javanese city of Yogyakarta. Accompany him as he explores this historical city and experiences Javanese culture in its purest form.

Join Pauly on his journey
to Yogyakarta

Sera J. Wright

Sera J. Wright

@photography_byron_bay

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Sera is right at home exploring and capturing the world’s most enviable destinations. Follow her as she explores yet another awe-inspiring corner of the world - Yangon, Myanmar.

Join Sera on her journey
to Yangon

People's Traveller

People's Traveller

@areyounext?

Singapore Changi Airport is giving you the chance to be the next explorer of the Hidden Gems. If you have what it takes, find out how you can become our People's Traveller.

Could you be the next
Changi Explorer?

Pauly Vella

@paulyvella

An adventurer in his own right, Pauly has truly made a name for himself on Instagram through his innate ability to beautifully capture destinations and cultures around the world. Gifted with a keen eye and a passion for highlighting the cultural diversity of each new destination he travels to, Pauly fits right in as our first Changi Explorer of the Hidden Gems.

Sent to delve into the diverse history and culture of Javanese Hidden Gem, Yogyakarta, be sure not to miss a beat of Pauly’s journey around this city of wonder. Tag along as he explores Yogyakarta’s bustling streets, extravagant temple complexes and natural wonders, and get an insider’s view of this largely undiscovered but infinitely captivating slice of Southeast Asia.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Stopover at Singapore Changi Airport
  • Day 2: Discover Yogyakarta’s many cultural avenues
  • Day 3: Explore Candi Borobudur and Prambanan Temple
  • Day 4: Experience the Javanese countryside by bike
  • Day 5: Meet and eat with the locals at Seloliman Nature Reserve
  • Day 6: Learn about traditional medicine and visit Mt. Bromo
  • Day 7: Watch the sunrise over Mt. Bromo and nearby volcanoes
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Itinerary

Test Your Knowledge

Question 1

Out of the more than 150 volcanoes in Indonesia, how many are currently still active?

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Question 2

What is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia, located in between the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java?

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Question 3

What is the local name for this traditional mode of transportation most commonly used in Java, as well as other cities in South, Southeast and East Asia?

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Question 4

True or False: The Borobudur Temple complex is the world’s largest Buddhist site and an important ancient center for pilgrimage and education in Mahayana Buddhism.

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Sera J. Wright

@photography_byron_bay

Sera J. Wright is an Australian traveller, landscape and lifestyle photographer that calls the beautiful shores of Byron Bay home. A fourth-generation Byron Bay local, unique coastal landscapes are where she feels most at home. Never known to be without a camera in hand, her passion for adventure is only exceeded by her ability to flawlessly capture nature’s greatest moments.

Travelling to Yangon, Myanmar under the care of Intrepid Travel, be sure not to miss a moment of Sera’s adventures around this ethnically diverse, culturally rich Hidden Gem. Follow her as she takes in the sights at Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay’s world-renowned temple complexes and discovers local culture the only way it’s worth doing - from the locals themselves!

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Stopover at Singapore Changi Airport
  • Day 2: Arrive at Yangon and explore its bustling streets
  • Day 3: Take in the city and awe-inspiring Shwedagon Paya by foot
  • Day 4: Fly to Bagan and behold the Shwezigon Paya site
  • Day 5: Explore Bagan and end the day watching sunset over the Bagan plains
  • Day 6: Enjoy a free day in Bagan
  • Day 7: Discover central Myanmar and learn about the local culture and customs
  • Day 8: Learn about traditional weaving, sewing and craft techniques from the locals before heading to Mandalay.
  • Day 9: Take a scenic boat ride down Ayeyarwady River to behold the Mingun Pahtodawgyi.
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Test Your Knowledge

Question 1

Which precious metal encases the Shwedagon Paya, the world-renowned Buddhist site in Yangon?

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Question 2

How many temples, stupas and pagodas currently exist in the city of Bagan, known as the temple town of Myanmar?

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Question 3

Which vibrant Burmese city is best known as the ‘capital of Myanmar culture’?

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Question 4

What is the most practiced religion in Myanmar?

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Do you have what it takes to be The People's Traveller?

Singapore Changi Airport is offering one person the chance to become The People's Traveller; a fully fledged photojournalist who will uncover the Hidden Gems of Asia,
explore tropical beaches, visit ancient relics, dive into crisp blue lagoons and interact with friendly locals, all while Instagramming their unforgettable experiences.

Who will become The People’s Traveller?

The competition has now drawn to a close. We have received a tremendous amount of entries and would like to thank everyone for your enthusiasm! We are truly inspired by all the great photos and insightful captions that have been submitted. The process of selecting our winner, from the top 20 entries with the most votes, now begins.

The winner will be announced on or before Monday, 5 December 2016, so stay tuned to see who will become The People’s Traveller!

While waiting, why not discover our travel deals to kickstart your own adventure to the Hidden Gems of Asia?

I can’t wait, take me to Asia now!

Prizes

As The People’s Traveller, you will win a trip to explore the Hidden Gems of Asia. Choose from four breathtaking destinations: Da Nang (Vietnam), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Yangon (Myanmar) and Vientiane (Laos).

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Yogyakarta
Yangon
Vientiane

To help you become a fully-fledged photojournalist, you will also win a brand new Canon 80D DSLR camera, courtesy of Singapore Changi Airport. This will be your trusty companion, a second eye to gloriously capture all the Hidden Gems of Asia for the rest of the world to behold!

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