Latest Asia Pacific Headlines
16 Feb, 2017, 20:47|
A visit to Banaue’s rice terraces – in 1963
The Philippines’ stunning rice terraces are now an UNESCO heritage site. But in 1963 they were simply quite hard to get to. Martin Berthoud takes time out from diplomacy to make the expedition into upcountry Luzon.
9 Feb, 2017, 14:38|
Motorcycling abroad isn’t covered by standard insurance
Renting a scooter is commonplace amongst travellers throughout the Far East. But Jacob Laukaitis discovers that one drunk driver can make a holiday adventure turn suddenly expensive. Worst thing is he was actually lucky.
12 Dec, 2016, 11:09|
A guide to the beaches of East Sydney
At this time of year Southern Australia is at its best, and everyone in Sydney heads for the beach. Anthony Toole tours the eastern beaches through the long day of an Austral summer.
2 Dec, 2016, 17:09|
Casting for a catch in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The limestone outcrops of Ha Long Bay are an iconic highlight of northern Vietnam. Patterson Riley explores by kayak and catches a few of samples of the local sealife.
27 Nov, 2016, 16:42|
An Aussie head-to-head: Melbourne vs. Sydney
Australia’s two heavyweight southern cities enjoy a healthy rivalry. Sydney has its harbour but Melbourne has the edge for cafe culture. Andy Morrow says both are worth a visit.
10 Nov, 2016, 17:38|
A glimpse into Burma’s only synagogue
Myanmar might have problems accepting its Muslims, but it’s not widely known there are also Jews in Burma. Sankar Chatterjee explores Yangon’s (once Rangoon) only synagogue.
8 Nov, 2016, 20:07|
In search of Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars
When Hans Ebenman flies in to Hong Kong, he plans to tour the rooftop bars. But he’d reckoned without a typhoon that turned the Far East’s most sophisticated city into a ghost town. Happily things soon look up.
31 Oct, 2016, 12:58|
Beginner on a motorbike in rural Vietnam
There are better places than Ho Chi Minh city to learn how to ride a scooter, and better islands than Phu Quoc to practice riding in mud. Laura sails through the experience to reach beach, beer and hammock.
14 Oct, 2016, 12:09|
‘Good study, day day up’: China’s leap into modernity
Linda Caradine finds her first experience of China as much baffling as intriguing. Despite an economic and social revolution the sheer scale of the country shelters a distinctively different way of thought.
15 Sep, 2016, 12:41|
A layover in Singapore makes long-haul travel easy
Bonnie Lynn finds that stopping off in Singapore doesn’t just provide a much-needed break on a long journey. Thanks to the region’s cut-price airlines it also saves her money as well.
9 Sep, 2016, 08:54|
A video glimpse into the heart of North Korea
Jacob Laukaitis shares his travelling impressions of one of the world’s most secretive nations. Staying out of trouble seems to be the major challenge: 15 years hard labour would be a stern price to pay for travel journalism.
31 Aug, 2016, 08:38|
Sea kayaks and wild camping in Pha Nga Bay
The limestone islands and sheltered caves of Thailand’s beautiful Andaman Sea coast is the perfect setting for Tim Morch’s latest waterborne adventure.
3 Jul, 2016, 11:26|
The weird world of the Komodo dragon
The world’s biggest lizard kills with the sheer filth of its spit. Luckily it’s only found on one island in Indonesia. Bonnie Lynn heads to Flores and finds realism and surrealism come together in the daily life of the Komodo Dragon.
10 Jun, 2016, 09:48|
A male-friendly guide to Thailand’s top spas
Adam Jacot de Boinod
Spas are often seen as female domains, perhaps because the process is so dull. But Adam Jacot de Boinod says all that should change as he tries Thailand’s finest.
15 Apr, 2016, 13:21|
Land-locked Laos – with three ‘L’s at the end
Brian W Fisher takes a tour of Southeast Asia’s most reclusive country, tiny landlocked Laos. Distressingly he observes, in the end, it’s a ‘Land of Linear Litter’.
6 Apr, 2016, 09:15|
Too much to do on a Singapore stopover
Should you be using Changi Airport as a far-eastern hub, Singapore resident Rosie Milne suggests you break your journey for a while. There is plenty to see and do.
31 Mar, 2016, 12:09|
A cycling tour of Bangkok’s smiling slums
Thailand’s capital has a huge range of public transport, with boats and ferries on the rivers and canals, tuk-tuks, scooters and taxis as well as buses and trains. Christian Cummins, however, takes an alternative approach: he pedals a bicycle on an inner-city tour.
19 Mar, 2016, 20:49|
Six islands, two days: Japan by bicycle
Jacob Laukatis takes an unusually outward-looking tour around Japan on a very basic rented bike. Take a pillion seat on a ride along the the Shimanami Kaido route that includes several different bridges and at least one meal.
15 Feb, 2016, 18:49|
Immortality assured at a Tamil temple opening
A J Box
In 1950’s Malaya A J Box finds his rubber-tapping tedium relieved by a surprise invitation to a religious ceremony. This involves several more beers than are quite compatible with a motorbike ride home.
2 Feb, 2016, 14:35|
Free-fall adventure off the Queensland coast
Too many people spend their whole time in the Barrier Reef diving. Ciarán Logue goes the other way, taking to the sky for a thrilling sky-dive.
13 Jan, 2016, 14:46|
Stormy waters in Burma’s Inle Lake
Myanmar’s photogenic highlight lures Brian Fisher to its shores. But a chartered boat trip becomes a nightmare when the weather turns.
16 Nov, 2015, 16:30|
A video selfie from the island of Bali
Indonesia’s tourist paradise proves a visual feast for Jacob Laukaitis’ 21st century scrapbook, a video selfie binge for the youtube generation.
11 Nov, 2015, 15:50|
White Christmas in the Whitsunday Islands
While the Northern Hemisphere shivers it’s summer down under and you still get a white Christmas, just with sand not snow. Jen Thames presents the ultimate guide to Australia’s fabulous Whitsunday Islands.
11 Nov, 2015, 12:00|
Curries and Common Ground
When Kristina Johnson sets off into the hills of Northern Thailand to learn how to cook, she discovers a whole lot more about life than she expects.
5 Oct, 2015, 08:23|
Thrills and scams in Cambodia and Vietnam
In Southeast Asia Laura French finds here western complexion ruins her attempts to pass as a savvy local. But she has plenty of fun as she travels through Camrobya and Vietscam.
30 Sep, 2015, 12:44|
A first experience of Airbnb in rural New Zealand
All hotels are full in downtown Dunedin, but Benjamin Rietama comes up with a cunning plan. He signs up for Airbnb and finds himself totally immersed in Kiwi life.
14 Sep, 2015, 09:05|
Holiday in the paradise of Vanuatu
Once of the least-visited countries in the south Pacific has great beaches, fascinating cultures and dramatic volcanoes. Lucy Barker explores Vanuatu.
2 Sep, 2015, 12:02|
Penguins and muttonbirds on the coast of Victoria
There’s birdlife aplenty on Australia’s long southern coast. Anthony Toole starts out on the outskirts of Melbourne and continues along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
25 Aug, 2015, 11:44|
Welcome to Vietnam
In a land that seems to be obsessed with scooters, Janet Myers worries she might feel out of place. But she has no trouble getting around the cities and even spends a night on a junk as she tours the country.
8 Aug, 2015, 11:18|
Dancing with the nymphs of Angkor
Will Ottley explores the Buddhist/Hindu temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex and discovers that ancient wisdom lives on in the temples and monuments they left behind.
25 Jul, 2015, 08:01|
Adelaide for hen nights and some unexpected hipster havens
South Australia’s capital city has a world image that generally ranges all the way from dull to genteel. But Mae Demdam says it’s anything but. Her bachelorette party in Adelaide finds bars and speakeasies that are bang on trend.