Asia

A glimpse of old Burma on Yangon's Circle Train

In backpacker hotspot Myanmar, the best journey might be going in a circle.

Nyein Sanda works in an office not much larger than a closet in the central train station in Yangon, Myanmar. His ticket booth on platform 7 hosts a constant stream of tourists looking to ride ...

After the Wave: Sumatra, Indonesia

Experiencing Banda Aceh, among the areas hit hardest by the 2004 tsunami, and tropical Sabang.

While living in Asia I decided to travel a bit. My first stop was the island of Sumatra, Indonesia – devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in 14 different ...

Adventures in Tawi-Tawi

The Smugglers' Bar and other traveler favorites.

Editor's note: The author visited Tawi Tawi in 2007. There are a few more accommodations there now, it looks like. A few years ago, ignoring the advice of our horrified Filipino friends, my wife and ...

Destination: Kinmen

Mines, motorbikes and Mao Zedong tea.

In Kinmen you don’t have to worry about getting blown up anymore. I kept reminding myself of this as I wandered alone on a deserted beach. It was a sunny day with few clouds. Across ...

Floating nuns in Kanchanaburi

Revelation or Thai tourist trap, it's a sight to behold either way.

Thailand is a country full of magical surprises. One of them, located in the Kanchanaburi province, is a temple called Wat Tham Mangkhon Thong. As you enter, you're swallowed by the giant head of a ...

Sabah: a Malaysian Eden

Escape to the island of Borneo's northeast.

In Tuaran, hidden amidst the nature reserve, half an hour north of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, there's a little slice of paradise. “Be careful!” warned the Kadazan gardener, gripping a long wooden stick, his outstretched ...

Journal from China: Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing

Travel perspective on China's metropolises.

My first trip to China was unforgettable. It was a tumultuous time in my life, with the ending of a long-term relationship and studies that had kept me occupied for four years. I had no ...

Siem Reap: my gift in the jungle

Once-in-a-life experience off the tourist track.

I've always found travel to be its own reward, but on rare occasions it also gifts some of us with a life-altering experience. While visiting friends in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I hired a tuk-tuk driver ...

Macau: more than just the Asian Vegas

Beyond the glitz is a 400-year-old melting pot of East and West.

Macau has gained a reputation in recent years as a gambling mecca – “the Asian Las Vegas.” However, beneath the glitz and neon is a vibrant Portuguese-Chinese fusion culture and a former trading post with ...

A lesson in Vietnamese road culture

For the Westerner, traffic invites mistakes and adventures alike.

How I ended up in Hai Phong, Vietnam, with 10 other teachers is somewhat of a mystery. Being the only tays (meaning “Westerner” in Vietnamese), we were pseudo-celebrities in this small town. It was not ...