I am a self-confessed panda junkie. Seeing pandas in a zoo does not suffice for me, and I had always wanted to personally interact with these adorable creatures – to touch and feed and play with a panda…Read More
Here are our suggestions for keeping busy in the Maldives, hand-selected by Remote Lands’ team of expert itinerary planners.Read More
Easily accessible from most major airports, Dubai is an excellent urban adventure city to spend a weekend or, if time permits, a full-fledged holiday. Here are our favourite activities, hand-selected by Remote Lands’ most discerning team members.Read More
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Arriving from Bangkok, you find that the pace of life in southern Thailand moves very slowly – even more so in low season. And it’s my honeymoon, so late breakfasts, lazy days on West Railay beach and evening sundowners are the order of the day. So the speedboat out of Railay to Koh Phakbia comes as a welcome burst of exhilaration, as the boat smacks down after cresting another wave and sudden squalls of rain lash the windows.
For us, the word “remote” doesn’t just refer to distance – it refers to a feeling, a state of mind, an “otherness” if you will. And in Asia, you don’t have to go far to experience remoteness – thanks to the relatively recent arrival of urbanisation, most Asian countries are home to huge areas that are pretty much untouched by the modern world, places where life goes on much as it has for centuries, where foreign visitors are alien and fascinating rather than the norm. So here’s our pick of six REALLY remote lands – places that aren’t that hard to get to, but where you will feel a million miles away from your everyday life.
I am a self-confessed panda junkie. Seeing pandas in a zoo does not suffice for me, and I had always wanted to personally interact with these adorable creatures – to touch and feed and play with a panda. There is not really anywhere you can go in the world except Chengdu in Sichuan province to have an up close and personal panda experience. read more..
With its tropical climate, lush greenery, and spectacular coast, mountain and lake scenery, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect region for golf than Asia. Asia is now truly on the world golfing map, with several Asian courses making it onto Golf Magazine’s prestigious “100 Best Courses” ranking, and Asian golfers such as KJ Choi, Thaworn Wiratchant and Bae Sang Moon mixing it with the world’s best in the PGA rankings.
There are hundreds of fantastic golf courses to choose from in Asia, but we’ve picked five that we think are a little bit different, either for their location, history, or just plain quirkiness…
If you want temples, Bangkok’s got ‘em – from famous landmarks such as the spectacular Wat Phrakeo & Wat Arun, to lesser known but equally beautiful temples like Wat Samphanthawongsaram Worawiharn & the Erewan Shrine, there are noteworthy temples tucked away in virtually every corner of the city. But few are quite as well hidden or mysterious as the Chao Mae Tuptim shrine, aka the Penis Temple.
The Maldives is a name associated throughout the world with paradisiacal white sand beaches fringed by crystal clear azure waters and honeymooners doing nothing but gazing dreamily into each other’s eyes from the comfort of their plush sun loungers at their posh beach resort. While this is, for the most part, a fair picture of this tropical holiday destination, that’s not to say that there is nothing else to do across the Maldives archipelago of 1,190 islands. Indeed, the Maldives, with its rich culture of warm and friendly Sunni Muslims and vast biodiversity above ground and below the sea, can be considered a playground for those who enjoy thrilling water sports, natural adventures, and gallivanting in a tropical paradise. Here are our suggestions for keeping busy in the Maldives, hand-selected by Remote Lands’ team of expert itinerary planners.
Singapore is known for many things – shopping, dining, business, food to name but four – but this highly developed city-state is not exactly renowned as a destination for thrillseekers. However, as the city develops at a seemingly unrelenting pace, the number of visitor attractions grows every year and it now boasts several experiences designed for travellers seeking a bit of exercise and/or excitement. Here’s our pick of 5 attractions to set pulses racing…
Although I’ve probably visited China in excess of 200 times, Xian has always eluded me. I felt it was something of a “one hit wonder”, with the famous Terracotta Warriors taking center stage, and the place itself having little else to see or do. On a recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to drop in on Xian for 24 hours. I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong!
Dubai is a playground for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Being the UAE’s most populous, and ever-blossoming megalopolis, the cosmopolitan city continues to develop new and exciting things to do. A city known for its superlatives: biggest, fastest, tallest, largest, highest, it almost seems as if impressing tourists and indeed, the world, is a favoured pastime of Dubai’s investors.
Easily accessible from most major airports, Dubai is an excellent urban adventure city to spend a weekend or, if time permits, a full-fledged holiday. Here are our favourite activities, hand-selected by Remote Lands’ most discerning team members.
Few experiences feel more adventurous than floating along a tropical river through thick jungle. One minute you’re waking up in your comfortable hotel room; the next you’re on a wooden boat surrounded by mangrove forest, imagining yourself as Marlow in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, heading down the Congo in search of Mr Kurtz. Asia’s tropical forests are the perfect place for a spot of jungle river action, so here’s our pick of the best 5 places to indulge your thirst for river adventure…