Things to do in: Taipei

Things to do in: Taipei

Whether you’re interested in museums and art galleries, hiking and hot springs, architecture or eating your way through night markets, Taiwan’s bustling capital has something for you. If you’re not sure where to start or what to add to your itinerary when you’re there, our local Taipei city guides have...

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Why we must visit Cambodia’s Killing Fields and S21

Why we must visit Cambodia’s Killing Fields and S21

Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields is the most terrible place I’ve been in all my travels. Which is why I think everyone should go. I admittedly say this without having been to Auschwitz in Poland or the genocide memorials of Rwanda — places of equal shock and horror. But I trust...

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Things to do in: Bangkok

Things to do in: Bangkok

Bangkok is a city that’s always worth a visit, whether you’re just passing through (it’s a major hub for flights in and out of Southeast Asia) or have more time to spend in the bustling Thai capital. And if you want to see and do a few things off the...

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The spiritual story of Thailand’s spirit houses

The spiritual story of Thailand’s spirit houses

There is something in the air in Thailand. There must be. I have lived on and off — mostly on — in this beautiful country for more than four years now. From the moment I first got off the plane in Chiang Mai, a town nestled in the mountains of...

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The complete guide to: Kuala Lumpur travel

The complete guide to: Kuala Lumpur travel

Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur (KL to locals), is a beautiful blend of old and new. The city’s skyline may be made up of sparkling skyscrapers and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, but closer to the ground you’ll find bustling street food stalls alongside world-renowned restaurants, and multi-floor megamalls within...

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How to make Indian masala chai from scratch

How to make Indian masala chai from scratch

When Indians refer to chai, they are referring to normal black tea. But masala chai refers to the aromatic spiced tea that most of us think of when we think of Indian tea. “Masala” refers to a mix of spices, specifically cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves and ginger. Together, these spices...

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In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

I recently took a trip with my mother through northern Vietnam, and up into the mountainous region that borders Southern China. The people who have lived there for generations are not Vietnamese, but a mix of isolated and unique groups that retain very separate cultural styles — partly due to...

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A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

Between high school and university, I went to Belgium for a year on Rotary exchange, to improve the French I’d learned at school and experience a different culture. I got along well with all three of my host families, but in the second one, there was a daughter a year...

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On the hunt for Kowloon’s best street food finds

On the hunt for Kowloon’s best street food finds

Street food is the lifeblood of Hong Kong. Behind the flashy expat-friendly high-end eateries and skyscrapers that stretch as far as the eye can see, tiny little noodle houses and produce markets still thrive as locals flock to them in droves to get the freshest and tastiest treats this city...

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From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

Mangde’s tale begins in a remote Indonesian mountain village, where he farmed papayas and tended rice paddies. But where it picks up today, his story is quite different. A tour guide with Bali Urban Adventures, he is living in Bali’s largest city and meeting travellers from all over the world....

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