Mike Smith feels that visiting the Myanmar helps out the locals more than boycotts and protests in the politically charged country. Scenes from Yangon and Hpa-an the capital of Kayin State, home of bat caves.
Visit Sapa in the highlands of northern Vietnam and see dramatic vistas during a killer hike up steep mountain trails. The reward is an herb-infused steaming bath.
Udaipur India is considered by some to be the Venice of the East, it features an elaborate four century-old Palace, and Taj Lake Palace– a heritage hotel in the middle of the lake.
Visiting parts of the ancient Mughal empire in New Delhi, India, including Humayan’s Tomb, the Red Fort, and other monuments to this great era of history.
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and the most exciting…from pulsing nightclubs to strong coffee and baguettes. A guide for backpackers.
A trip across some of the thousands of islands in the Philippines by pandaw, a small boat without running water and able to land at deserted beaches.
Visiting Japan’s second cities, Takasaki, Niigata City, Sado Island and enjoying fall colors, kayaking, and putting on kimonos to stroll the city.
A visit to a remote village called Sapa northwest of Hanoi gives a chance to visit with local craftspeople and shop for crafts and clothing, needed or not.
Judi Jagger lives in Ubud, Bali Indonesia, and shares some of the many rituals and ceremonies that take place so often on this beautiful island.
Located in the center of Seoul, Seoul Dragon City is one of Korea’s hottest new hotel complexes with 1,700 rooms, multiple restaurants, bars, and much more.
A seasoned traveler to China advises: start your first Asian adventure in Suzhou, a manageable and fun city with attractive waterways and gardens.
Traveling by sampan down the Mekong River to the Mekong Marketplace and Cai Be Floating Market for groceries, and then to a cooking school in the Delta.
Gili Trawangan is a tiny island in Indonesia near Bali where there is a decidedly Jamaican vibe–pen sales of marijuana, magic mushrooms add to the fun.
Travels into the places where the Russian Federation has encroached, including Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and other central Asia cities.
Hiking in Northern Laos to very remote villages that don’t see many western travelers, a guide to Phongsali village and other parts of the north.
A street food adventure in Jinzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an China. The author ventures out from a Viking cruise to discover the delectable foods on the street.
Pokhara, Nepal is a relaxed and laid-back town on Phewa Lake, in the Himalayas, where you can get cheap lodgings and food and go paragliding, or just relax
Guilin, in Southern China, remains a huge tourist draw with the supernatural looking karsts sticking up from the Li River, it’s also a spelunking center.