Category: Asia

The Maldives photography holiday with a difference

The Maldives photography holiday with a difference

Is it a dive holiday? Is it a photography trip? The answer is – both. But at the same time it’s also unadulterated luxury. Your home for the week on this ‘Above and Below’ photography holiday, run by Light & Land, is ‘Mosaique’ – a unique 41m mega yacht cruiser, specifically designed to take best […]

5 unique luxury resorts on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

5 unique luxury resorts on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Langkawi is a beautiful jungle-clad tropical island situated just off the northwestern coast of Malaysia, close to the border of Thailand. Designated as a UNESCO Geo Park due to its unique geological and ecological features, Langkawi is the largest island in a picturesque archipelago of 99 limestone islands, some no more than bare rocks. Much […]

3 stunning boutique hotels for an Asian honeymoon

3 stunning boutique hotels for an Asian honeymoon

Asia is a vast and beautiful continent, one which is veiled with hidden gems to entice the curious traveller. And for the adventurous honeymooning couple, Asia is full of romance and surprise. But to get the best out of your honeymoon, skip the executive suite in your favourite luxury hotel chain – and opt for […]

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

What do you think of when you think of luxury?  A grand hotel and butler service? Yes, indeed – but such luxury has a time and a place.  At other times getting away from the textbook description and finding a place others haven’t or stumbling across a gem where you least expect is as good if not […]

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Originally from Wisconsin in the USA, Tim has lived full-time in Khon Kaen, Thailand since 2007. After a short stint as a legislative assistant, he gave up the 9-5 to become a travel writer-photographer and has since written or co-written over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet and other publishers covering destinations as diverse as […]

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Food and travel are the two loves of our lives, and there’s nothing quite like the appetite to ignite that spark of wanderlust, from the incredible street food in Mexico’s bustling capital to uncovering the hidden local hotspots in Vietnam. So we’ve scoured the globe searching for our favourite culinary experiences, from truffle hunting in […]

Photograph of the week: Bandos Island in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Bandos Island in the Maldives

This image is from Bandos Island in the Maldives. The idea was to create an image that showed a simple yet traditional element of the Maldives, but which also captured the beauty and diversity of the marine life beneath the surface. It also shows a very different view of the Maldives, not the obvious white […]

Family adventures in Indonesia

Family adventures in Indonesia

As a mother of three curious children myself, I know that keeping them happy and engaged is the best recipe for a successful holiday. If you are planning to escape en famille this year, a holiday to Indonesia provides the most wonderful experience for everyone; and with the best weather between April and October, it […]

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

Dubai, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Shanghai… A solid top 5 must-visit list, and home to some the highest and sought after attractions. Being on top will always be en vogue! How do you rival an Orlando Disney World experience? What’s it like to stand atop a glass floor from 100 storeys high? How much adrenalin […]

Tokyo: tourism, temples and... toilets!

Tokyo: tourism, temples and… toilets!

The toilet seat in my hotel bathroom lifts as I approach it. It’s warm when I sit down, and it flushes itself once I’ve finished. The lid even closes by itself afterwards should I forget. Yet, despite all this self-automation, I am not exaggerating when I say there are 15 different buttons to control the […]

Photograph of the week: Koh Ngai sunrise

Photograph of the week: Koh Ngai sunrise

The small scattered islands of southern Thailand’s Trang and Satun Provinces offer spectacular sunrises and sunsets almost year round. In this photo, taken from luxurious Koh Ngai Island at low tide, a vibrant sunrise bursts out behind a nearby limestone karst island, radiating glowing golden rays across a calm Andaman Sea. Thank you to Lash […]

4 things you didn’t know you should do in Burma

4 things you didn’t know you should do in Burma

Increasingly popular with visitors, Burma – or Myanmar as it’s often referred to – is changing fast. Whilst most tourists head for the popular attractions around the country, there’s plenty more that aren’t so well known. Here’s our pick of four of the best surprises Burma has to offer. Go cycling in Pagan (Bagan) Most […]

5 must-sees when in Kyoto

5 must-sees when in Kyoto

With a couple of thousand or so temples and shrines, Kyoto’s reputation as a temple town is solid. Every trip should save room to see a few, but there’s no need to over do it. Kyoto has more than enough non-temple must-see sights to keep you busy and maybe even inspire you to make a […]

6 of the best luxury (vegan) hotels in Sri Lanka

6 of the best luxury (vegan) hotels in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island with lots to offer; a rich history, a vibrant culture, beaches, natural beauty and an amazing cuisine that is not often found outside of the country. Previously stricken with problems from a long running civil war and then the devastation caused by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, tourism in Sri Lanka […]

What’s it like to fly business class with ANA (All Nippon Airways)?

What’s it like to fly business class with ANA (All Nippon Airways)?

ANA (All Nippon Airways) is the largest airline in Japan, a member of Star Alliance, and ranked one of the top 10 airlines in the world. It is one of less than 10 airlines worldwide to currently hold Sytrax’s 5-star rating and has a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, with a coverage of over […]

Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods

Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods

If you’re looking for somewhere to truly relax, then spare a thought for Bali and the luxurious accommodation on offer from Tjendana Villas – a collection of six unique properties, all finished to a high standard. Among the group is The Club Villas in the heart of Seminyak, combining Balinese living with modern touches, and […]

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