Gathering together some of the best places to visit in Asia.
Quite simply, good food is one of the best things in life, wherever you find it. And Malaysian street food ranks among the
Dust rose from the ground as the horse thundered past and the sun began its ablutions. It painted pinks and
The Desert At Night
As I type this out, I’m sitting in darkness, my face lit only by the glow of my computer screen. There’s
Whenever I feel the cold breath of winter on my neck as autumn runs out of time, my tastebuds turn to octopus,
“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows
Sometimes, you have to work hard to see wildlife. And when I say sometimes, I mean most of the time. You have to creep past
A Beautiful Moment
Apparently, it’s bad form to write about sunsets. And even to take photos of them. And even to
Life’s been high on adventure lately, if low on sleep. Usually, I manage to find something beautiful, something that moves
A Sonnet of Spice & A Cauldron of Colour
Little India, Penang
Take a look at these photos. Then imagine the percussion
The Beach with the Buffalo: Lantau, Hong Kong
On Lantau Island at the mouth of the Pearl River, the buffalo come to sleep.
The older I get, the more I enjoy cooking classes. With an opening statement like that, I’m in danger of whirling around
There’s a moment when this seems like the most graceless activity imaginable. Spitting onto someone else’s property
Everywhere has them, I suppose. The naughty but nice hot streetside foods that define a city, to my tastebuds
Another four am start. Another cold morning. Another walk through darkness and another outstanding experience. After years
A man casts a glance over his shoulder before arching back and casting his line into the water. The street chatter
The Batu Caves, Malaysia
Less than ten miles from Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves house one of the most popular Hindu shrines
I’ve rounded up seven of the best things to do in Jordan for you, all tried and tested by me. Yes, I know I usually
The Borneo rainforest is one of the few places where orangutans live in the wild.
Hanging with the King of the Swingers
Kamakura. It’s one of those words I’d never heard until I went to Yokote in north Japan.
Snow was falling as
Japan has no shortage of onsen, natural hot springs where people dip in and out of skin-scalding pools
Ouchijuku Village, Japan
For some reason, these photos look calm. Yet in reality, a blizzard raged and the muted
Sunlight shifts over gold, silver and sapphires in the ordered, sheltered aisles of the covered Bogyoke Market in Yangon/Rangoon.
Clean and finely slice the tuna fillet then marinate it with lime juice and salt.
Slice the bitter gourd, ginger,
Taketomi Island, Japan
Crouched on the beach, I watch him press his hand into the sand and hold it there for a count of
Photos of Jordan
On photo Friday, allow me to introduce you to some of the people I met on my recent journey to Jordan. I’ll
The aeroplane bobbed on the water. The spray shimmered like tears on the window, giant baubles of longing just waiting for
“The Kindness of Strangers”
I’m far from the first to string those four words together. Legendary journalist
It was just before midnight. Our slow procession blinked past the checkpoint, wisps of hair clinging to my cheek, the only
Tomorrow it will be too late to plan and too late to pack.
Tomorrow, the dragon route begins.
Culture in Dubai
Whatever else Dubai is known for, it isn’t for its quiet spots and it isn’t for its minimalism.
In Myanmar/Burma, people use thanaka on their cheeks to stay beautiful and to protect against the powerful sun. I didn’t
Baby crocodiles and boats…
It’s not every day you find a baby crocodile swishing through the water by your side.
Brunei: One of the Richest Countries in the World
The floor creaked a little and the world around me seemed to sway. I heard
My photos from a sizzling Yaketori bar in Tokyo for Photo Friday. Mmmm….
Climbing the Dragon’s Spine, China
It curved and clawed away from me as I stared down its spine, the spine of the dragon.
That gorgeous buttercup-yellow sunset above (over here if you can’t see it on your gadget-y thing) I took from a bridge
Dana Nature Reserve
Sparks hissed from the fire where we clustered beneath the stars. The group fell silent, waiting for
Searching for Ranthambore Tigers
“We’ve been here all week,” say the first couple we meet in Sawai Madhopur, when we
Climbing Mt Fuji: How To
I have a weakness for iconic summits.
So when I learned that the highest and most celebrated mountain
Street Art Oman
Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, easily wins the prize for the cleanest capital city. At least
One of the most profoundly moving moments of my time in Japan, if not my life altogether, was being able to speak with a
Steam shoots out of the earth and the sound of furious bubbling travels through the air. Here, only a few hours from Tokyo,
An Island Legend
Once upon a time, a city disappeared beneath the sea. That city was called Atlantis.
Once upon another
Sometimes, it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. When it comes to caves, lights and 180 million years of geology,
Most Peaceful Place in the World: Miyajima and Hiroshima
People often describe the view from Miyajima Island as one of the
Island Transport in Okinawa
Yaeyama Islands Japan
When the US occupied the Okinawa islands in southwest Japan, they switched
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever
What most of us have in common across
The Dead Sea, Jordan
Let’s face it, the Dead Sea has a depressing name. It also fizzes the synapses by sounding too
When Todd Wassel, conflict resolution specialist and author of Todd’s Wanderings, invited me to list the best things about
The Snow Monsters of Zao
A legend. A volcano. A full moon and swirling, falling snow. The cable car creaks through
Around the corner is the Old Quarter. Around the corner is the vision of Hanoi I expected to see: the fuel-filled crammed
In the beginning, there was…
A dragon. Well, at least a dragon king from the sea. I’m not quite sure what the difference
The Japanese call it Gunkanjima. But Bond knew it as the base camp for Silva, his archenemy in the latest Blockbuster Skyfall.
The country of Saudi Arabia has quite a reputation – and is certainly not an easy place for a woman to travel alone. Yet
As the sleek shinkansen train slid into Hiroshima station, I admit I felt nervous. The weight of the name infused
OK, so I’ve written about Japan’s Okinawa Islands before. I’ve talked about their
Okinawa and The Diet of Those Who Live Longest, Japan
It’s January as I’m writing this, which means that diets and
Following the herd
A cow wanders past the spices beneath glowing fluorescent sabres.
I follow it through the shadows into
Hotel Niwa, Tokyo
Tokyo’s a crowded, industrial place, particularly around Suidobashi station. Yet Hotel Niwa resists the