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The 7.28am train to Bukhara, via Samarkand, pulls out of the Uzbek capital Tashkent on time. The Spanish-built Talgo bullet train will reach over 220 km/h as it speeds across the largely flat expanse of central Uzbekistan on its way to the country’s cities and religious buildings associated w...
Skiing, shady avenues and Stalin’s legacy: Almaty in Kazakhstan, where nature is never far away and food runs the gamut from Georgian to Uygur
With its breathtaking mountain views, wealth of leafy parks, and food from across Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, Almaty is an entree to the ‘stans’
An ornate Russian Orthodox cathedral, a bazaar packed with produce from near and far, and the world’s highest ice rink are among the city’s curiosities.
Vietnam by train: see ever changing country from the Reunification Express on its 31-hour trip north to Hanoi
Take the train across Vietnam. The journey is an adventure in itself, and the stops along the way offer breathtaking scenery and natural history
Plastic pollution and over fishing are threatening Cambodia's coastal communities. Oeun Sina is fighting back
I recently spent 3 nights in Ipoh, and loved it. Here are some photos
Karakol — Kyrgyzstan is blessed with spectacular natural beauty. The titular ethnic group, the Kyrgyz,have shared a nomadic culture with their neighboring cousins that revolved around moving herds of sheep, camels and horses between pasture in the fertile low-lying foothills of the World Heritage listen Tien Shan mountains, up to the higher passes in summer, ad infinatum.
“Landlocked; entirely mountainous, dominated by the Tien Shan range; 94% of the countr...
The small town of Anlong Veng, along the Thai border, would not likely feature on many people’s Cambodia travel itineraries. But there are good reasons for the adventurous and the curious to make the 150-kilometer journey north from Siem Reap.
Anlong Veng is hard to get to, which is exactly why the Khmer Rouge leadership chose it.
The narrow old streets of Jiufen, a former gold-mining town perched on steep hills to the northeast of Taipei, offer visitors a chance to experience an older Taiwan filled with neighbourhood temples, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and a charm lacking in the island’s bustling capital.
The ruins of the Ogon Shinto shrine are high on the steep slopes above the residence built for Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito.