asia

All Asia-bound travelers need some guidance before tackling the largest and most populous continent on Earth.

Stephanie M6 days ago
6 Must-See Imperial Sights in Beijing, China
As Beijing springs into the 21st century, the city’s grandiose ancient architecture could at times be easily forgotten. However, when it comes to its stunning historical panorama, few cities or even c...
Emma Winter11 days ago
The Girl That Went to Thailand
It’s the year 2010! Dear Emma, You’re 19 years old, and I’ve watched you grow. After your first real trip away last year to Rome, you have that itch. You want to go somewhere exotic, but you don’t wan...
Kristopher Cooka month ago
20 of the Most Quintessential Activities to See and Experience in Laos
A lot of countries seem to be renowned for their amazing mountainous viewpoints and archaeological discoveries that they transcend, taking the shape of something much more than a geographical location...
Dean Moriartya month ago
Saigon, Vietnam
This one is about my time in Saigon in Vietnam and the time I had there on the river and around the city. You can fly from Bangkok or take a long bus ride. Saigon, or Ho Chi Min City as the winning general named it, is a big bustling city, with a lot of pedal cycles, but less so now that it is recovering from the war and the tourists are discovering what it has to offer. It’s a clean city, mostly, more so than Bangkok where rubbish is left where it falls. You can hire a very pretty guide for the...
Kristopher Cook2 months ago
Angkor Wat: The City of Temples
Instilled with the architecture of days lost in the barrows of time, Angkor Wat is as entrancing as it is a mystery for anyone not accustomed to temple-scapes (the image of what feels like a mirage). ...
best_of _Tara2 months ago
Have You Ever Had Your Fortune Told on Your Travels?
The queue was long and disorderly which made me more anxious. The monk on the other side of the counter, dressed in his traditional orange robe, was solemnly taking the thin, pink pieces of paper give...
Jocelyn White2 months ago
A Rose in Nara
I was breathless. Sitting next to Seini in the back seat of the Nakagawa family car, I saw Japan in a way my friends back home would never experience. We passed homes and businesses, bicyclists and wa...
Phin A2 months ago
In Cahoots with Mahouts
It’s so hot, I can feel my face is reddening in the worst way. I was way too ambitious in taking on this path. Riding my bike everyday was no preparation for this. Removing the roots of a tree from th...
Kristopher Cook2 months ago
A Brief Look Into Holi: India's Festival of Colour
Holi is one of those events that doesn't require an explanation, all that's needed is a brief image of thousands of people coated in colour to see that this is something unique and very much out of th...
Ti Ana2 months ago
China's Fourth of July
It is the Fourth of July in Chongqing, China, and I am in a bar with four other Americans and a crowd of Chongqing locals. We are all staring at a beer drinking competition being held for those celebr...
Jennifer York2 months ago
My Year in Outer Mongolia
Before I made the decision to fly around the world to Outer Mongolia, it's fair to say I was in a rut. I had, at that point failed in multiple careers, besides being a kind of Jo March to the elderly....
John Hatanaka2 months ago
Japanese Wonders
Japan is either hot or cold with one comfortable day in between. That is what I've found in my experience of living in Japan so far. About a three-hour bullet train ride north of Tokyo sits the lovely...
John Hatanaka3 months ago
The Opening
I couldn't believe that I was in India. Looking over to my left was an alarm clock blinking 10:30 am. At this time the TV was still on, its introductory screen slowly coming in and out of actual sound...
Kristopher Cook3 months ago
Visit the Dead Sea While You Still Can
The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most famous bodies of water. Its lunar landscape, curative mud and saline water — on the surface of which is possible to lie and take a nap without worrying about dr...
John Hatanaka3 months ago
Heiwajima
It's 10 PM on a Wednesday night and I'm again walking the streets of Tokyo. A steady rain pours down on the road and the drops are light and more like a spray than a rain. As usual, I have my guitar i...
Kaitlin McKenzie3 months ago
The Perfect Bali Travel Read
The Tale of Bali, or Love and Death in Bali as it is also titled, came to me wonderfully and randomly. I was staying in Ubud for the second time on my trip, having returned early from the beautiful bl...
Lisa 3 months ago
What Are the Best Hiking Trails in Taiwan?
There is a well-kept secret amongst serious hikers in Asia, and that is the Island of Taiwan. A relatively young landmass, it was formed four to five million years ago when the Eurasian Plate began to...