When to visit Asia

Since Asia is an extremely large geographic area, it’s difficult to determine seasonality for it as a whole. Some countries like China are so...
tokyo shopping masks asakusa

Tokyo shopping has it all: high-end and offbeat fashion, traditional crafts, vintage wares, all manner of only-in-Japan souvenirs, and that gadget you didn't know...
Singapore ‘s best bars with a view

Peppered with futuristic skyscrapers such as the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Singapore skyline is truly a sight to behold. As the sun...
Cebu City's annual Sinulog Festival is a riot of colour

January may be the perfect time to start making travel plans for the year ahead – but it’s also a wonderful month to put them into...
Southeast Asia travel guide

The backpacking trail through Southeast Asia is well worn. People have been traveling it since the 1970s. Starting in beautiful Thailand, the trail makes...

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining is always worthwhile. Yet, it is not always...
taxi

Here are our tips from our recent experience with the taxi’s in Vietnam. 1. Vinasun was okay. Mai Linh was dishonest to us in Da...
Hanoi Old Quarter

Enthralling and enraging in equal amounts, Vietnam's long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision...
Kyoto

1. Rent a wireless router Getting a prepaid SIM card with local calling service is difficult in Japan. It's better to rent a handy little...

Thailand remains one of the first ports of call for first-time backpackers. But don’t be fooled – though travelling here means following a well-beaten...

The brains behind Finolhu threw out the Maldives rule book when they created this fresh, funky resort.

Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection hotels, the Suiran is an intimate 39-room property located on the banks of the Katsuma River, in western Kyoto.

Expect Avant garde, minimalist interiors. The prices aren't so minimalist, but perhaps that's not surprising considering this hotel's prime position in the centre of Sanlitun. There's also a rather edgy Spanish-Italian fusion restaurant. One for the wealthy hipsters.

For travellers who want to get away from noisy, crowded India and experience fascinating local culture, Chandoori Sai, surrounded by rolling hills, is the perfect spot. The dedicated team at this luxurious lodge are key to exploring the remote state of Odisha.

Hotel Indigo helps to fill a gap that’s long existed in this city between the fabulous (and fabulously expensive) hotels right at the top end, and the tour-group hostelries much further down the chain.