Remote Lands

Kurashiki: The Bruges of Japan

I am always looking for interesting new places in Japan - off the beaten track with relatively few tourists but lots of culture and plenty to do. The town of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture totally fit the bill.

Upper House: Hong Kong’s Uppermost Hotel

In general if I have a choice, I prefer ultra-luxe boutique hotels, which tend to have more personalized service than huge hotels - and in Hong Kong, that means Upper House

Face to Face with the Tribes of Phongsali

Phongsali in Northern Laos is beautiful and fascinating, as are the people I was lucky enough to meet here. They gave me an extraordinary insight into their lives, leaving me with exceptional experiences and vivid memories

Rainbow Nations: Asia’s Most LGBT-Friendly Places

Here is our pick of five spots across Asia where LGBT travellers can be sure of a warm welcome and a great time.

Misty Mountain Hop: Lang Co to Danang via the Hai Van Pass

Ever since BBC’s popular Top Gear programme went to Vietnam in 2008, travellers have been flocking to the Hai Van Pass, a stunning mountain road made famous by the show. It’s probably now one of the most popular road trips in Asia, and it’s not difficult to work out why: at one end you have the […]

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