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Apr 25

5 Of The Best Places To Eat In Hanoi

By Abi King | Asia

5 of the Best Places to Eat in Hanoi Hanoi packs a punch in a pretty small area when it comes to flavoursome food. Raucous street food eateries? Check. Refined, French-inspired delicacies? Check. Lakeside views, reminders of “that” war, and contemporary, charitable enterprises with an antipodean twist? Check, check, check. When I first got back, […]

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Dec 12

China Odyssey Tours in Review

By Abi King | Asia

Should you travel independently in China? Or is it worth booking a tour? That’s a big question when it comes to travel in China, and I’ve done it both ways now. In a way, it’s a question that arises every time you travel but China does present certain challenges that many other countries do not. […]

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Nov 14

The Reed Flute Caves, Guilin, China

By Abi King | Asia

Sometimes, it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. When it comes to caves, lights and 180 million years of geology, words dissolve in the presence of blues, reds and slippery illusion-like greens as they spill out of the stone and onto the screen. And so, I bring you through my own sweet photos: […]

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Jul 21

Sunscreen in Myanmar: Thanaka

By Abi King | Asia

In Myanmar/Burma, people use thanaka on their cheeks to stay beautiful and to protect against the powerful sun. I didn’t get to try it myself although I did spot some of the raw brown sticks bound together for sale at the market. Locals grind this bark into a buttercup yellow and white paste before smearing […]

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Jul 02

A Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

By Abi King | Asia

Halong Bay showcases the dual nature of travel today: the absolute thrill of finding an icon (in this case, the hazy outline of those towering limestone peaks) and the dismay that everybody and his dog found it first and that the overwhelming tourist machinery will crush the magic spell. The arrival on the departure pier […]

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May 31

Rangoon’s Roadside Markets

By Abi King | Asia

Sunlight shifts over gold, silver and sapphires in the ordered, sheltered aisles of the covered Bogyoke Market in Yangon/Rangoon. Fabric folds and hand carved fans scent the air with jasmine, bringing a sense of quiet and relative wealth. But that’s not the market I’m going to show you today in Rangoon. I’m going to show […]

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May 14

The Legends of Hanoi The story of Hoan Kiem Lake

By Abi King | Asia

Around the corner is the Old Quarter. Around the corner is the vision of Hanoi I expected to see: the fuel-filled crammed corners of Asia with chickens underfoot, wires overhead, clattering and chattering and shouting all around amid a cocktail of scooters, food stalls and silk embroidered cloth flowing at the edges of my vision. […]

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May 01

First Impressions of Burma / Myanmar

By Abi King | Asia

It was just before midnight. Our slow procession blinked past the checkpoint, wisps of hair clinging to my cheek, the only blonde ponytail in a sea of brown-black. London, where my passport finally found the visa for this country, lay beyond the reach of reality’s memory. We shuffled forwards. Burma – or Myanmar as the […]

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Apr 23

The Road Sort Of A Little Bit Toward Mandalay: Travel to Myanmar from Hong Kong

By Abi King | Behind The Scenes

Arrival in Hong Kong It’s a powerful thing, culture shock. Neon lights, foreign voices, sizzling swine heads hanging on skewers, motorbikes kalaeidoscoping into vision, emphasising their existence through petrol fumes and a suffocating sound of sirens, shots and swerving. So, naturally, I thought it was my mistake, after Vietnam. Basic processes lost as my synapses […]

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