Latest Asia Pacific Headlines
6 Jul, 2015, 13:03|
Meeting three strangers on the Magome-Tsumago Trail
On a solo trek across Japan’s central Alps, Sze-Leng Tan finds a series of chance encounters give her plenty to think about. Fortunately she’s also got plenty of space for reflection.
22 Jun, 2015, 15:38|
A tranquil moment in Bali’s wet season
Seasonal rains do nothing to spoil the soothing influence of Indonesia’s Buddhist enclave. Lisa Power finds the cares of the world ebb away as she relaxes in a Balinese villa.
16 Jun, 2015, 10:43|
Singapore has the ‘Wow Factor’
A brief stopover in the Far East leaves Janet Myers needing more. The Far East’s slickest city enchants and enthralls.
28 Mar, 2015, 14:44|
Feeding the pelicans of Kangaroo Island
Australia’s third-largest island provides plenty of opportunities for Anthony Toole to get off the beaten trail. But his most vivid experience was at best questionable and, under local regulations, illegal.
20 Mar, 2015, 16:22|
An Australian road trip through the Northern Territory
Her first job in Australia ends badly for Jemilla Russell-Clough, due to a possibly naive refusal to flirt. They might have told her that was part of a miner’s job description. But it gives her a chance for a long aimless road trip through the endless outback.
24 Feb, 2015, 12:02|
Three tastes of Thailand under military rule
Despite a year which included a stroke and an extended stay in hospital, Brian W Fisher casts aside his Zimmer frame and flies off to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. Even after the recent coup Thailand’s smiling welcome remains.
28 Jan, 2015, 10:08|
Swimming with turtles on the Society Islands
Though Tahiti might be the largest of the Society Islands, it’s Bora Bora that captures Marc Tomlees heart, as he meets the green turtles of a private lagoon.
27 Jan, 2015, 18:45|
The delicate subject of death in China
There’s a lot that’s different about daily life in China. And after many years in the country Scott Ballantyne has come to understand just how attitudes differ. Here he examines the delicate subject of death.
8 Jan, 2015, 20:18|
Scouring Malaysia for a whiff of ripe durian
The famously stinky durian is banned in most Malaysian hotels and few westerners dare go near it. Leslie Sinclair, however, is made of sterner stuff. She searches out ripe durian and – naively hoping no-one will notice – smuggles it back to her room.
8 Jan, 2015, 15:55|
The art of comfortably wearing a lei
When Kathleen Poole sees tourists wearing flower necklaces on a plane out of Yap, like any normal person she reacts with some horror. But during her visit to the Pacific Islands her attitude changes, and at the end of her time in Micronesia she wears her lei with pride.
17 Nov, 2014, 15:31|
Seeking a cow at the end of the world
On a remote cattle station in Australia Scott Naylor learns a lot about cattle, a little about racing, and a whole lot more about beer.
30 Sep, 2014, 09:35|
A welcome botaki on Abemana, Kiribati
Andy McGinlay settles into the slow-paced life of Kiribati, one of the world’s smallest nations, marooned in the endless idyll of the tropical Pacific. There can’t be many better places to be cast away.
23 Sep, 2014, 17:08|
India’s Delhi – a baptism of fire
The more Kelly West tells her friends about India, the less they want to go. Perhaps, she thinks, if she puts it in writing her career as a travel agent might finally take off.
18 Sep, 2014, 13:32|
The 411 on traveling to Australia in September
As the northern hemisphere creeps into autumn Australasia is springing into spring. Jen Thames says this is the ideal time to visit the ‘Lucky Country’.
14 Sep, 2014, 14:51|
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island
Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.
21 Aug, 2014, 14:08|
Life in the slow lane on Raivavae, South Pacific
The pace of life is pretty slow anywhere in Polynesia. But on one of the smaller islands Tom Koppel finds the easy paradise that once entranced Paul Gauguin, James Michener, and every visitor since. Photos by Annie Palovcik.
21 Aug, 2014, 10:21|
Saigon’s Reunification Palace – and its place in Vietnam’s past
The site where Vietnamese tanks ran the Americans out of Saigon is still a venerated symbol of the country’s independence. But David Calleja finds the grumpy cyclo-ride and long wait to enter just as revealing as the building itself.
31 Jul, 2014, 11:02|
In praise of the humble Honda Cub
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent decides to trace the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail – threading through Laos and Cambodia – on the back of a 90cc Honda. In Hanoi she takes delivery of her wheels and sets off in Vietnam’s infamous traffic.
30 Jul, 2014, 12:55|
A languid cruise of Tahiti and the Society Islands
Adam Jacot de Boinod
A luxurious cruise is the very gentlest of introductions to the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. Adam Jacot de Boinod succumbs to Tahiti’s tropical charms.
26 Jun, 2014, 20:32|
The top off-road trips through New Zealand
There’s no better way to explore New Zealand’s rugged landscape than in a good 4WD. In fact there’s no other way at all, as rental saloon cars aren’t covered off-road. Jessica Kroeger tells you where and how to getabout downunder.
17 Jun, 2014, 15:01|
Bangkok’s raunchy sex shows prove an expensive fail
Thailand’s infamous sex industry finds a very dissatisfied customer in Sylwia Lukaszewicz. At a ping pong show she finds the pole more animated than the dancer – and the size of the bill is a certain shock.
14 Jun, 2014, 21:48|
Dead monkeys in bins: Mauritius in the dock
Mauritius is the poster child of the holiday industry. But Michelle Thew points out that this Indian Ocean paradise is also at the heart of the research monkey trade.
5 Jun, 2014, 13:19|
Pedalling in to the Solomon Islands
Not many visitors make it to the Pacific island of Malaita, especially when it’s practically a war zone. So when Jason Lewis turns up in a glorified pedalo he causes quite a stir.
24 Apr, 2014, 14:25|
Taking it easy on the Yasawa Islands
Adam Jacot de Boinod
Fiji’s tropical islands work their charms on Adam Jacot de Boinod, as he whiles away a few days on a luxury cruise.
24 Apr, 2014, 08:29|
An outbreak of shelling in Korea’s warming war
During a visit to Korea’s DMZ, Daniel A. Métraux learns that the south and north are lobbing shells at each other, just a few miles away. The strange thing is that – despite CNN hysterics – none of the South Koreans seem to care.
3 Apr, 2014, 08:55|
Rural Japan: a bike called Sybil and a girl called Peach
When she decides to explore Shikoku, the least developed of all Japan’s four main islands, Allison Dixon needs wheels. What she gets is a recalcitrant electric bike, perfect for a taste of rural Japan.
24 Feb, 2014, 14:53|
Dicing with death on the roads of Vietnam
Vietnamese traffic is rapidly acquiring a world-wide reputation. For being scary, chaotic and dangerous. Eric Whitehead takes his life into his hands as he takes to the road on the scooter-filled streets of Hanoi.
23 Feb, 2014, 21:56|
Peepholed by Gilligans in an Indonesian paradise
John M Edwards
On Indonesia’s Gilli Islands, John M Edwards findsa sort of idyllic beachfront charm. But when the lights go out the locals seem more than interested in his marital relationships.
23 Feb, 2014, 15:07|
A turbo tour of Ayyutthaya
Thailand’s ancient capital is some way out of today’s centre, Bangkok. Shampa Chatterjee finds the drive through the suburbs is exhilarating, to say the least, as he tries to pack a temple tour into a one-day trip.
13 Feb, 2014, 15:16|
Smiles, efigies and slaughter at a Torajan funeral
The Indonesian Island of Sulawesi is a strange place, and one of their strangest rituals are the elaborate death ceremonies of the Toraja people. Erik Jelinek lucks into a major funeral.
24 Jan, 2014, 22:10|
Up and down in Vietnam: two weeks on tour
Planning carefully, as ever, Brian Fisher negotiates the intricacies of Vietnamese life – and downs at least one Russian in the process. Not bad, perhaps, at 81.