If you don't mind the odd monkey-led intrusion, Malaysia is a paradise for golf enthusiasts.
It could take years to know a city as Shanghai. But, in a little less than eight hours I made a start.
This is the Thai island where rogue prisoners once marauded to soak in a serene island paradise.
Those visiting the Kuriles will see rock formations, crater lakes shrouded in fog, sea otters and roaring sea lions.
It may not be Goa or Delhi, but this little slice of paradise as just as much to offer.