Karakorum, Pakistan.

Karakorum, Pakistan.

Singapore's Skyline

Singapore's Skyline

Along the Annapurna Circuit. View of Manaslu Mountain the 8th Highest Mountain in the World ...

Along the Annapurna Circuit. View of Manaslu Mountain the 8th Highest Mountain in the World ...

Novice monks in Yangoon, Myanmar.

Novice monks in Yangoon, Myanmar.

Asia: travel reviews

Adventures in Myanmar

Chaungtha Beach to Ngwe Saung Beach, by scooter.

We arrived in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), in November. Instantly the heat had us deciding to take a bus to Chaungtha Beach, the most popular beach among Burmese vacationers and the closest to Yangon. Accommodation in ...

Bombay beach party

India's Ganesh Chaturthi festival: a travel experience.

In India’s Vedic prehistory, the son of Shiva and Parvati began his journey toward immortality when his father mistakenly lopped off his head with a sword, and upon realizing his mistake, replaced his son’s head ...

Charmed in Chiang Mai

A journey to Thailand's "Rose of the North."

The strong smell of black coffee served in a plastic cup no bigger than a shot glass startled me from my deep slumber. As one flight attendant pushed the cart forward, tightly squeezing it along ...

Bohol, Philippines: hidden paradise

Tropical island rich in history, cuisine and white sand beaches.

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path island adventure with pristine beaches, wildlife, historical sites and plenty of activities? Consider Bohol in the Philippines. This unassuming island is full of baroque colonial architecture in the form of its ...

Tour the melting pot of Singapore

A multicultural Asian capital and essential foodie stop.

Singapore is known as one of Asia’s tigers for its robust, fast-growing economy. One of the secrets of its success is its diversity. Although set on an island off the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is an ...

The first English expats: Banten, Indonesia

"An arrack to them."

In 1603, at a place Europeans then called Bantam, an English fleet trading for spices left behind a few merchants to organize the pepper trade for the arrival of the next voyage – two years ...

A night at the (Chinese) opera

This Beijing performance art may be an acquired taste...

“Tonight we will see living national treasures!” our guide, Bao Chui, announced dramatically while poking his chopsticks around our noodle lunch in Beijing. To the uninitiated, the Beijing Opera can be either a dazzling visual ...

Olympos, Turkey

Mediterranean paradise earned.

Getting to Olympos, Turkey, our final destination, was turning out to be a real doozy. This sleeping spread-eagle business on the cold green floor of the Kharkiv, Ukraine, airport, catching a 3 a.m. flight with ...

Karnataka's untouched paradise

Pristine tropical beaches, no development.

On the west coast of India, the state of Karnataka has a spectacular 300-kilometer-long rocky coastline dotted with pristine white sand beaches. The most popular are Murudeshwar, Kumta, Malpe, Gokarna and Maravanthe. Along Karnataka’s coast, ...

The temples of Nara

Ancient Japan at its finest: bronze Buddhas, towering pagodas, sacred (and tame) deer.

In its history as a unified nation, Japan has had three major capitals. Tokyo (the modern capital) and Kyoto (the longest-serving capital) garner most of the international visitors. Tokyo draws those who want to see ...

Riding the Reunification rail

Discover authentic Vietnam on the Saigon–Hanoi train.

I’ve always loved riding trains: Pacific Surfliner, Starlight Express, Eurail, etc. The sound of the train whistle never fails to spark my wanderlust, and I find the combination of comfort and adventure when riding the ...

Istanbul Spice Market

Making my way through thick crowds of people slowly walking, talking on cell phones and holding shopping bags, I found the mounds of spices in the marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey. I'd arrived to buy various ...

Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Experience Vietnam's magic on this two-week route from Hanoi to Saigon.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail follows the infamous supply route created by the North Vietnamese guerrillas during the Vietnam War. We began our motorbike journey from Hanoi (left), headed toward the south to Ho Chi ...

Israel… A Tale of Two Cities

Modern (Tel Aviv) and ancient (Jerusalem).

In no other country in the world are the two largest cities such polar opposites. Jerusalem, Israel's ancient and current capital city, is both informed and haunted by its history. Tel Aviv, on the other ...

Laos: Same, Same but Different

Immersion in a Hmong mountain village.

It was still dark outside when the roosters' crows aroused me from my slumber. Surrounded by a mosquito net in an unfamiliar cabin, the aching of my body from the previous day's excursion reminded me ...

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