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Tal tales

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Ancient folk traditions such as talchum — a mask dance drama — belie South Korea’s reputation for tech-obsessed modernity

Fight Club

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A centuries-old martial art, Muay Thai is known for its grace and power. Duncan Forgan gets to grips with Thailand’s national pastime

Fabulous Fortresses

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Visitors can find compelling insight into Vietnam’s colorful history at majestic ruined citadels throughout the nation.

Northern Exposure

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Remote and subject to harsh Himalayan weather conditions, Spiti Valley was the desolate main link between Tibet and India for centuries. Its seclusion has helped preserve the authenticity of one of the world’s most threatened cultures

Dhow and Zen

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Projecting into the Strait of Hormuz and indented by fjord-like inlets called khors, Oman’s remote Musandam Peninsula is one of the best places in the Middle East to kick back on a boat. By Duncan Forgan

Kampong Glam Rocks On

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Singapore’s already tiny alternative art scene has taken a hit during the pandemic. But one Lion City enclave, in particular, remains alive with left-field energy

The central ingredient

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Overshadowed by near neighbors Hue and Hoi An in the past, Danang has some of Vietnam’s most legitimate culinary credentials

Head for heights

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Located near the border with Tajikistan, the Alai Valley in Kyrgyzstan offers wilderness trekking and inspiring vistas of the High Pamir

Sail of the Century

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Tracing naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace’s long way home, Marco Ferrarese voyages from West Papua to the northern Moluccas, crossing the Halmahera Sea in a traditional wooden phinisi vessel.

Phuket Confidential

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Thailand’s biggest island is no stranger to tourism, but it remains full of intriguing discoveries. Duncan Forgan revs up his motorbike to uncover some of Phuket’s hidden secrets

Temple Town Transformed

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Siem Reap experienced a major makeover during the pandemic. Cambodia-based writer Jonathan Evans recounts his first-ha¬nd experience watching the changes unfold

Peak Performer

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Scaling Mount Kinabalu remains one of the region’s most popular active adventures. Duncan Forgan pits his calf muscles to the test on the slopes of Southeast Asia’s highest mountain