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25 Feb, 2017, 10:11|
Mapping Russia – in 1562
In an age where Europe was ruled by powerful regional Kings, trade was opening up to Tsarist Russia. Kit Mayers recounts the story of Jenkinson’s Map, one of the first attempts to define the Russian nation.
16 Jan, 2017, 12:01|
A very lively AA meet in the heat of southern India
When Mat Ward decided to use alcoholics anonymous to help kick the habit, he decided to travel the world visiting the worldwide network of this self-help movement. In the province of Tamil Nadu he finds recovering drinkers energised and active.
11 Jan, 2017, 13:39|
The enduring appeal of Sri Lanka’s south
Adam Jacot de Boinod
Adam Jacot de Boinod takes a seasonal tour of Sri Lanka, dangling like a pendant in the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
28 Dec, 2016, 18:40|
Overland across Russia – in 1557
Kit Mayers follows early explorer Anthony Jenkinson as he travels from Russia’s northern coast to Moscow, deep in the reign of Ivan the Terrible.
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.
4 Nov, 2016, 18:55|
A slacker’s train-ride from Georgia to Armenia
With little spoken Russian but a native taste for local wines, Gabi Gimson travels from Tiblisi to Yerevan, taking in the sights, sounds – and plenty of experiences – along the way.
18 Aug, 2016, 18:36|
Pamukkale, Turkey: odd and definitely dazzling
Paul Michelson finds his first sight of Pamukkale, Turkey’s famous postcard highlight, something of a disappointment. But he gives it time and finds plenty to appreciate,
7 Jul, 2016, 08:41|
An ascent to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, Bhutan
A gentle hike through the Bhutanese Himalaya proves a rewarding challenge for Sankar Chatterjee as he makes a pilgrimage to the world’s most remote and enchanting Buddhist Monastery, Taktsang.
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.
18 May, 2016, 18:29|
Catching the cricket in Galle, Sri Lanka
“It’s a good game, hey.” Christian Cummins finds that cricket has come to symbolize the pride and resilience of India’s southern off-shoot, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Ceylon.
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’.
4 Mar, 2016, 17:49|
Getting to know Colombo, Sri Lanka’s chaotic capital
A new travel book by John Gimlette is always quite an event. Despite being possibly the best of Britain’s travel writers he still has to keep his day job (shame) so only writes when he can. His new title describes his travels through Sri Lanka.
29 Feb, 2016, 17:16|
To hitch from Turkey to Armenia you gotta go through Georgia
A long and bloody history means getting from Turkey to Armenia is never very easy. Kris Mole finds he has to go through Georgia, a trip that’s even harder as he insists on travelling for free. Little wonder that the firmest friend he makes along the way is a poverty-stricken dog.
16 Feb, 2016, 09:29|
Face to face with a Nepalese rhino
Deep in the jungles of the Chitwan National Park, Alex Jones tracks a rhino by elephant, jeep and finally foot, braving the area’s tigers and snakes. Success, hard-won, is all the more valued.
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.
20 Oct, 2015, 11:37|
The beauty of solitude in Inner Mongolia
Laura French heads into a world of nomads, yurts and galloping horses in china’s remote north. It’s an experience that overshadows all her travels in the cities of Beijing and Xian.
17 Sep, 2015, 16:40|
Tehran’s crazy traffic is just a prelude to the culture gulf
As a rare foreign tourist in Iran’s capital city, Savka Andic finds her biggest challenge is coping with the traffic. It’s scary enough as a pedestrian but even a taxi ride becomes a bizzare experience of a huge difference in expectations.
10 Aug, 2015, 12:06|
Mud, mud and more mud in tiger territory, Sunderbans
On the back streets of Calcutta Alex Jones books a boat safari through the Sunderbans, the swampy waterworld between India and Bangladesh. Though there’s no guarantee of spotting an elusive royal Bengal tiger there’s a good chance of seeing action as rival tourist boats crash – and clash.
8 Aug, 2015, 22:28|
Stuck in the mud of central Mongolia
Ben Sicker volunteers to help a team of wildlife biologists search for endangered species in Mongolia, despite having changed majors from environmental science to philosophy. But the power of thought stands him in good stead.
12 May, 2015, 10:18|
One leg’s enough to travel round Sri Lanka
Despite having recently lost a leg – and most of it too, from above the knee – Issy Kingdon finds it easy and rewarding to travel round Sri Lanka. She has some advice for anyone following her footstep.
17 Mar, 2015, 13:07|
Hunting with eagles on Kazakhstan’s frozen steppe
Decades of communist rule all but wiped out the ancient Lazakh art of hunting with eagles. But Philip Iglauer finds that since independence in 1991 the nomadic tradition is making a comeback.
3 Mar, 2015, 21:04|
Ten things to see and do in Chettinad, South India
What to do and see in South India? Returning resident Uma Muthuraaman has all the most-informed answers to the best things to see and do around Chennaiin the summer school holidays.
19 Feb, 2015, 07:57|
If the mountain won’t move, the village must
In 1995 Xiapu, in the north east of Fujian Province, was a firmly restricted part of China. Scott Ballantyne managed to get permission to visit the Shê village of Nui Zhai and becomes the first white face they’d ever seen. His visit was to change lives – thankfully for the better.
26 Jan, 2015, 17:51|
Living it up in the Kyzyl Kum desert
Unzbekistan’s great cities of Bukhara and Kiva are threatened on every side by the sandy desert wastes of the Kyzyl Kum desert. But when Ski Krieger arrives, amidst snow and ice, the open-hearted locals welcome them into their world.
14 Jan, 2015, 12:48|
Into the heart of rural Azerbaijan
David Jenkins leaves Baku and heads to the interior of the country, to the mountain village of Lahic, where everyone assumes he’s just another Russian.
8 Jan, 2015, 14:41|
The festive chaos of Christmas in Delhi
A family Christmas always has the potential to be traumatic, but Jenny Seth finds the celebrations in India are subtly different. But still great fun.
12 Dec, 2014, 14:49|
A tiny focus for traditional arts in rural Odisha
The state of Orrisa, now renamed Odisha, is an often overlooked region or India just south of Kolkatta. Bijoy Mishra takes time to explore a small village dedicated to traditional arts.
8 Dec, 2014, 15:15|
Byzantium, Constantinople – or, today, Istanbul
At the frontier between Europe and Asia, Ben Lambert settles down to a sundowner coffee. In Turkey’s largest city he also is treated to an impromptu blast of street music.
20 Nov, 2014, 11:05|
The smiling faces of magical Myanmar
As sanctions crumble a new wave of travellers are flooding into Myanmar. Laurie Daghigh is among them, and reports the traditional Burmese welcome has not yet lost its shine.