Remote Lands

Life’s a Beach in India

Life’s a Beach in India

When it comes to beach holidays, one beach can start to look like any other: palm-lined white sand, stretching as far as the eye can see. But we’ve found a country that has not only a wide range of beaches, but some very unique – if not frankly weird – ones. Let’s head to the […]

What’s the True Origin of the Borneo Elephant?

What’s the True Origin of the Borneo Elephant?

Could it be true that a gift exchange between Asian rulers several centuries ago inadvertently saved a population of elephants from extinction? Pygmy elephants, once native to Java (but sadly now extinct in the area), were found alive and well in northern Borneo in the early 21st century, and this has led to new thinking […]

Back From the Brink – the Oryx of Arabia

Back From the Brink – the Oryx of Arabia

When conjuring images of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one would expect expansive views of arid deserts, skyscraping hotels and the over-the-top opulence of some of the world’s most decadent restaurants, arenas and venues. You might not, however, consider the national symbol of the region – the humble Oryx. Yet the vast plains and deserts […]

So much more than Pho: the regional cuisines of Vietnam

So much more than Pho: the regional cuisines of Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of contrasts, with a rich history and background that keeps travelers visiting time and again to its various cities, each of which offer a different variety of experiences. This is also true of the cuisine, where each region has a speciality that has been honed over the years to make them […]

On the Trail of the Snow Leopards of India

On the Trail of the Snow Leopards of India

A stunning mountainous terrain awaits visitors to the Ladakh region of India – but that’s not all. For many nature enthusiasts the allure of this singular destination lies in the chance to glimpse a rare snow leopard, and visitors are increasingly booking coveted places on expeditions to seek them out. Join us as we explore […]

A Two-Wheeled Journey of Discovery in Laos

A Two-Wheeled Journey of Discovery in Laos

Is it the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the need to escape to the countryside for some peace and quiet, that has people increasingly grabbing their leathers and heading for the open road on a motorbike? Whatever the motivation, the fresh air and liberating experience of riding a motorbike has caught the imagination […]

How’s Your Yōkai Today?

How’s Your Yōkai Today?

Japanese history is steeped in legendary myths and folklore that, even to this day, creep into and shape modern life and culture throughout the country. Among them are yōkai, mischievous mythological beings that for centuries were believed to be the cause of everyday misfortunes and incidents. Did you trip over your own feet today? Did […]

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Even among experienced travelers, the ‘stans (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) are unknown territory. They have little cultural penetration in the west, so while many of us can close our eyes and envision Bangkok, Tokyo or Singapore, we can’t necessarily do the same for Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan. Besides the normal concerns […]

Out of the Closet – a New Japan?

Out of the Closet – a New Japan?

For many LGBT travelers, a primary concern is the reception they’ll receive in a country whose culture and customs are unfamiliar to them, and Japan is no exception. Like most countries, a combination of history and religion shapes Japan’s unique relationship with gender and sexuality, but times are changing. In modern Japan, the focus is […]

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

When we close our eyes and envisage Japan, what springs to mind? The bustling Harajuku district of Tokyo? Shinto shrines and bamboo forests? Perhaps delicately prepared sushi, or the majestic outline of Mount Fuji. It is likely though, that the customs of this fascinating culture remain something of a mystery to most travelers. Japan is […]

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