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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 and Kyrgyzstan) 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 we […]

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 […]

Remote Lands’ Dozen Dream Destinations 2017

Remote Lands’ Dozen Dream Destinations 2017

Well, it’s that time of year once again. We’re back with some of Asia’s most exciting destinations for the coming 12 months, places that are guaranteed to awaken your adventurous spirit and leave you mesmerized by the planet’s beauty, diversity and fascination. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting, undiscovered and jaw-dropping locations from […]

How the Past Shaped the Future of Taiwanese Food

How the Past Shaped the Future of Taiwanese Food

So with so many cooks, how did they avoid spoiling the broth? Let’s have a look at how a past packed with migration, war and occupation has shaped a distinct food with its own legacy, and made it some of the best in the world.     The catalysts for culinary evolution in Taiwan, as […]

Lifting the Lid on South Korea’s Hiking Pressure

Lifting the Lid on South Korea’s Hiking Pressure

Home to fast-paced and ultra-modern cities, South Korea also boasts some stunning and eminently hikeable hills and peaks, providing the ideal activity for those looking to let off some steam and get out to enjoy the fresh air. However, a once-healthy outward-bound culture has evolved into one of severe competition. In 2015, the South Korean […]

The Multiple Religions of Tibet

The Multiple Religions of Tibet

Recently in Ladakh, the Dalai Lama appeared at an inter-faith seminar organized by the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), and spoke on the Preservation of Religious Harmony, Co­existence and Universal Peace. He said “Today, a lot of people from different religious backgrounds are present here…. It is taught in every ­religion, including Christianity, Buddhism, […]

Many destinations, one private jet

Many destinations, one private jet

The world of luxury travel is evolving, and demand for access to ever more exotic and far-flung places is growing. To cater to travelers looking to combine a number of difficult-to-reach destinations, and get all the flexibility of private guides, Remote Lands has designed two unique shared experiences. These trips are a chance to enjoy […]

It’s not too late for a fantastic festive getaway

It’s not too late for a fantastic festive getaway

The Festive Season is only seven weeks away but there is still availability at some fabulous hotels and resorts from late December to early January. This is the perfect time to visit South East Asia and the South Coast of Sri Lanka, so we contacted our favourite hotels to see where there were still opportunities […]

Mysteries and Misunderstandings about Mergui

Mysteries and Misunderstandings about Mergui

In Myanmar’s remote south lies a group of around 800 tropical islands. Here, the warm ocean waters, which flow onwards to Thailand’s famous Andaman destinations – Similan, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and so on – are home to white sandy beaches and colorful underwater marine life. The Mergui Archipelago is only sparsely populated, and mostly […]

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