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  • Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    November 21st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia‘s best drawcards, and see thousands of visitors every year. But the region still has plenty of places that stay well off the tourist radar. These five underrated Southeast Asian towns and cities... Read more »

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  • Myanmar: is it time for tourists to return?

    Myanmar: is it time for tourists to return?

    November 6th, 2017Gavin Thomas
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    The largest, most diverse and least-known country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is now firmly back on the tourist map after decades of isolation. It lures visitors with its stunning temples, sublime landscapes and time-warped traditional culture – but the considerable ethnic unrest still affecting parts of the country cannot be ignored. So, is it ethical... Read more »

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  • A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

    A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

    November 3rd, 2017Mike MacEacheran
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    Tarsiers are the world’s smallest primate – and 20 years ago they were dangerously close to extinction. But numbers are rising in Bohol, in the Philippines. Mike MacEacheran went to meet these curious creatures and the man dedicated to saving them.  The rainforest is so serene, the only sound is the crinkle of leaves underfoot. Over my head, dusky... Read more »

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  • A postcard from Indonesia: life and death in Tanah Toraja

    A postcard from Indonesia: life and death in Tanah Toraja

    November 2nd, 2017Daniel Stables
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    In Tanah Toraja, Indonesia, long-held animist beliefs mean the dead are laid to rest with elaborate ceremonies that last for days. Daniel Stables attends a funeral to learn what life and death means to the locals here. I am clinging to the back of a sputtering motorbike, speeding through the highlands of Tanah Toraja on the Indonesian island... Read more »

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  • A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars

    A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars

    October 31st, 2017Shafik Meghji
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    The Plain of Jars, in northern Laos, remains one of Southeast Asia’s great mysteries. Shafik Meghji journeys here to uncover the secrets of this little-touristed site.  The most heavily bombed region of the most heavily bombed country in history appears remarkably bucolic, at least at first. But as we drive through Xieng Khouang province in northern... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: where to stay in Shanghai

    An expert’s guide: where to stay in Shanghai

    October 23rd, 2017Simon Lewis
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    Shanghai has to be a contender for the buzziest city in Asia, a thriving business hub that’s brashly modern yet wears its history on its sleeve. Dense with glitz and grit, the city has a sophisticated and international feel that makes it completely unlike any other mainland metropolis. And these days, as the hub of... Read more »

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  • Why Da Nang is Vietnam’s new foodie hotspot

    Why Da Nang is Vietnam’s new foodie hotspot

    October 10th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Da Nang has long been missed off Vietnam’s well-trodden tourist trail. Those that do visit tend only to stop by for a day, spending their time basking on the city’s famous beach before moving on to nearby historic sights such as My Son. And that’s understandable: from the outside, Da Nang looks like any other growing... Read more »

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  • Is Camiguin the most beautiful island you’ve never heard of?

    Is Camiguin the most beautiful island you’ve never heard of?

    October 2nd, 2017Mike MacEacheran
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    The Philippines has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few years. From Typhoon Yolanda, the superstorm which left a band of destruction from Leyte to Palawan in November 2013, to controversial President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a leader so unpredictable and unapologetic he’s become known as “Duterte Harry”, the archipelago is... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons why Osaka should be on your radar

    6 reasons why Osaka should be on your radar

    September 26th, 2017Tamara Hinson
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    Osaka is affectionately known as “Japan‘s kitchen”. It’s the birthplace of ramen noodles (which celebrate their 60th birthday in 2018) and is home to some of the country’s quirkiest restaurants. But there’s more to Osaka than the food. Add to that buzzing canal sides, blossom-filled parks and the country’s most luxurious toilets and you’ve got... Read more »

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  • 7 places to get off the tourist trail in Malaysia

    7 places to get off the tourist trail in Malaysia

    August 31st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Already gaped at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, lazed on a white beach in the Perhentians, met orangutans at Sepilok and filled a whole SD card with Georgetown’s street art? That’s what most travellers come to Malaysia for. But there’s much more mystery, adventure and hidden secrets for those who dare to venture a bit... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Vietnam

    An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Vietnam

    August 16th, 2017Joe Minihane
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    Vietnam’s emergence as one of Asia’s most vibrant destinations shows no sign of abating. And with the rapid pace of change affecting everywhere from hectic Hanoi to sleepy Sapa, a homestay with a local family is the best way to steep yourself in the real Vietnam. Whether you’re after city-based adventure or a chance to... Read more »

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  • 7 Chinese street foods you need to try

    7 Chinese street foods you need to try

    July 27th, 2017Aimee White
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    Thanks to China’s sheer enormity, travelling through the country is as much a tastebud odyssey as it is a history lesson. And eating your way around the street food markets allows you to get a true taste of the diverse culinary scene here. The sun sets and the makeshift stalls rise, becoming a hearth that local... Read more »

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