Category: Asia

The world's most exciting city? A compelling debate

The world’s most exciting city? A compelling debate

In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express® You may recall that I was planning to attend an event hosted by 1843 Magazine and The Platinum Card from American Express recently – a debate in which five different cities, proposed by five different panellists, were put forward as contenders for the title of the […]

7 luxury reasons to visit Hanoi

7 luxury reasons to visit Hanoi

Having visited Vietnam many times previously it’s been some time since we passed through Hanoi, people kept telling us we should return for multiple reasons, including some ‘must visit’ hotels, delectable vegan food and the nearby stunning location of Ninh Binh. We heeded their advice and loved it, we will return again in the near […]

Top 8 sights and sounds of Colombo

Top 8 sights and sounds of Colombo

Colombo is now a must visit city in your travel itinerary to Sri Lanka where many make a pit stop to shop, buy mementos to take home or to sample the varied restaurants and roof top bars that the capital has to offer. There are also many sites to visit that showcase history of Sri […]

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6 of the sexiest tented camps outside southern Africa

The rugged wilderness has always been a natural calling to mankind – after all, mankind was shaped by it before by inventing agriculture, creating colonies and discovering civilisation. But the adventurer has found a way to escape the chaos of cities and going back to mankind’s roots by roughing it out and camping in nature. […]

Video of the week: India - in a land of sensory overload

Video of the week: India – in a land of sensory overload

Visiting India in a land of sensory overload, Neal Howland had seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled more than he ever thought possible. Words failed him. So, this is his attempt to answer that question, with footage that he captured while on an epic tour of India.

Gan Island: a different side to the Maldives

Gan Island: a different side to the Maldives

One of the potential frustrations of visiting the Maldives is the necessity of choosing between staying in a luxurious resort or getting off the beaten track and seeing something of the local culture. Resorts tend either to be located on private islands or on parts of islands that have been entirely cut off from areas […]

Southeast Asia's top 5 remote beaches

Southeast Asia’s top 5 remote beaches

Any sun-loving traveller’s dream is to stumble across a secret beach. Ideally, we’re thinking somewhere you can get a sense of escapism, but can still access your creature comforts. Here’s a run-down of the top five beaches of Southeast Asia that offer that feeling of blissful remoteness, with a few luxury perks thrown in as well. 1.Koh […]

Top beach alternatives in Laos

Top beach alternatives in Laos

Laos is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Southeast Asia, a seductively laid-back atmosphere and incredibly friendly people. It is also landlocked and, for many beach bunnies, this is a deal-breaker when choosing a holiday destination. But it would be a mistake to disregard Laos on this basis. There are huge number […]

The most exciting city in the world?

The most exciting city in the world?

In partnership with the Platinum Card® from American Express® Inspirational, intriguing cities are dotted all over the world offering visitors enriching experiences, brushing with fascinating eras of history, embracing different cultures and enjoying delicious culinary creations. I have been lucky enough to visit some of the world’s most iconic cities, as well as some lesser […]

10 picturesque places in Persia for practicing photography

10 picturesque places in Persia for practicing photography

Sanctions are slowly being lifted from Iran, and since 2015, it’s become easier to travel through this warm and welcoming land, its rich history and culture ripe for the picking. Autumn and Spring are the best times to go, as temperatures are mild and comfortable. In my two week visit I witnessed so much beauty, […]

Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

In between Vietnam and Thailand, Laos is lesser-known and lesser-discovered, but no less interesting than its pair of famous neighbours. As a long thin country that also touches China to the north and Cambodia to the south, the landscape varies wildly; from thickly-forested areas to more tropical surrounds with plunging waterfalls and thousands of islands. […]

Villa Samudra view of beach

12 incredible beachfront villas in Bali

Everyone’s talking about Bali right now and no wonder – it was voted TripAdvisor’s number 1 destination for 2017 and, for sure, the never-ending coastline of sandy beaches is one of the reasons why. We’ve already explained why renting a villa in Bali is the most popular type of accommodation so now we’re going to […]

7 natural wonders you must see in Vietnam

7 natural wonders you must see in Vietnam

Southeast Asia has an incredible variety of destinations for nature tours, and Vietnam has received increasing amounts of recognition for its dreamlike landscape. This country has natural wonders that sneak up to you. Round a corner, and there it is — a gushing waterfall or a terraced rice field that you never expected. The following […]

5 luxury tourism operators in Siem Reap that love the environment

5 luxury tourism operators in Siem Reap that love the environment

We are all facing a huge problem worldwide and that is the amount of single use plastic that we continue to produce, consume and dispose of; without substantial change in our habits we will continue to poison the planet, destroy the oceans and damage our general health and well being. One of the highest number […]

Top 5 sustainable hotels around the world

Top 5 sustainable hotels around the world

Travel sees a plethora of trends which come and go, but one that’s firmly here to stay is sustainable tourism. More than ever before, travellers are seeking hotels that are fully conscious of their impact on their surroundings. From guest experiences that protect local wildlife and celebrate indigenous culture, to ‘green’ operations or fostering ties […]

24 hours in Kandy, Sri Lanka

24 hours in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is the hill country capital and gateway to the tea region of Sri Lanka. This former Kingdom is a colourful, bustling city of markets, temples, spice gardens, a picturesque lake and surrounded by scenic natural beauty – offering a range of cultural and dynamic experiences for all types of travellers. Located in the centre […]

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