Phuket – where the world comes to relax

The balmy, breezy island of Phuket has become the epitome of the Thai beach holiday destination. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the 576 km2 island is much more than the rowdy and rambunctious Bangla Road on Patong Beach that seems to feature loud on many... Read More

See the historic wonders of Hái An, Vietnam

In all of Vietnam, the historic city of Há»™i An is a favourite destination for many travellers. It might be the exquisite old town centre of this fabled city with its traditional Chinese style shophouses, the great artisan craft shopping or the overwhelming choice of... Read More

A journey to Finland via Singapore

Heading to Europe? Well there is a fresh new option to consider, especially if you like to break up the journey with a couple of exciting stopovers. The Finnish full-service national carrier, Finnair, has just employed the state-of-art Airbus A350 onto the Singapore... Read More

Ottawow! Canada’s exciting capital

One of the first things told to me by a local is that Ottawa is the city fun forgot. Well, I don’t know where they got that idea from because now, on my second visit to the capital, I’ve found it a most welcoming and vibrant city, with plenty of fun things... Read More

Joys of a traditional Japanese onsen bath

One of the signature experiences in Japan is the onsen, typically a natural thermal spring bath with reputed health benefits and relaxation. But like so many things in Japan, it comes with its own set of protocols and etiquette and it pays to understand them before... Read More

Tuk-Tuk Tales

You can see them all over Southeast Asia, tootling along the narrow streets and weaving in and out of the traffic. They have even starred in movies. Any way you look at them, the darling autorickshaws are a signature icon of much of Asia. Known lovingly throughout... Read More

Cruising the Maldives in a traditional dhoni

When people think of expedition cruising, it’s easy to think it’s all about ships like the trusted and sturdy, ex-Soviet oceanographic vessels, through to the new wave of luxurious ‘champagne’ adventurers venturing to out to the remote corners of the... Read More

Penang: Taking it to the streets

Penang is not a theme park, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. Not a rollercoaster or a Ferris wheel in sight, the attractions of this most liveable city are right there on street level. Feeling peckish? You won’t have travel far, because just a short stroll... Read More

Something Majestic in Kuala Lumpur

I dare not move. My head rests reassuringly against the leather restraint while, out of the corner of my eye, I can see the blade being sharpened to a samurai keenness. Then, with a deftness reserved for practiced executioners, the lethal instrument is applied to my... Read More

City tour with the star of Phnom Penh

In most cities if you go on a movie star tour you’ll travel in a minibus with some dilettante chatterbox who’ll drive you past the gates of celebrity homes and favourite restaurants, but in the rapidly recovering Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, you can... Read More