A spiritual tour of Nepal

A spiritual tour of Nepal

From the moment you touch down in Nepal, you can feel something different in the air. Nepal is one of the most deeply spiritual places I’ve ever visited. Beyond photos of Everest and the Himalayas, the images of Nepal most often circulated are of the painted, dreadlocked holy men, and...

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How Courageous Kitchen inspires marginalised youth through food

How Courageous Kitchen inspires marginalised youth through food

Down an unassuming residential street of Bangkok, Dwight Turner and his colleagues are helping refugee youth to find their way in a country they don’t know. His charity, Courageous Kitchen, is dedicated to “inspiring marginalised youth through the power of food.” Through cooking classes, dinner parties and other food-focused activities,...

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My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

My cooking class with young women in Bangkok (who happen to be refugees)

I visited Bangkok because I had to. I was headed to Chiang Mai and since it was my first time in Thailand, I thought it was silly to not at least stop by. Being from New York City, I should have known better. I had imagined Bangkok filled with tourists,...

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24 hours in: Kota Kinabalu

24 hours in: Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (or KK as it’s known by locals) is the capital of Sabah in Borneo. The city is an excellent jumping off point for those interested in wildlife viewing, diving, rainforest trekking, and hiking, but skipping over KK to go right into the wild would be a mistake. Even...

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How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

I’ve been on quite a few food tours across several different cities over the years, and one thing I’ve learned is that every tour lives and dies by the guide. Sure, eating amazing food can salvage some of the tour, but if your guide is lacklustre, well then that’s just...

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A guide to Shanghai street food

A guide to Shanghai street food

With one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, Shanghai is home to a range of lip-smacking adventures! (Including some tasty bites on our Streets of Shanghai walking tour!) But you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant for quality grub — the city’s street food is guaranteed...

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Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

At 4am, Nek opens the doors to his family-run breakfast shop, Joke Suan Dok Gate. By 6am, the place is packed with locals, who are all ordering up one of three dishes: joke (Thai-style congee), khao tom moo (rice and pork soup), or the most popular dish, tom luad moo,...

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Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

The matriarch and namesake of Aisyah Rod Dee passed away in late 2016, after running her Muslim-Thai restaurant on Thanon Tani in Bang Lamphu for more than 50 years. It was a sad loss for locals in Thailand, who have long loved the dishes she and her three generations of...

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The complete guide to: Luang Prabang travel

The complete guide to: Luang Prabang travel

The small, ancient town of Luang Prabang is a picturesque beauty in northern Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang is brimming with Buddhist temples, surrounded by waterfalls and trekking opportunities, and home to a colourful night...

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Where to get the best cendol in Kuala Lumpur

Where to get the best cendol in Kuala Lumpur

Cendol is an icy treat you’ll find all over Kuala Lumpur (as well as much of Southeast Asia) — but locals know the best cendol in KL comes from one place: the husband-and-wife-run stall called Ah Keong ABC & Cendol in the Brickfields district. Made from shaved ice, a scoop...

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