When I was offered the opportunity to go to the grand opening of The Bluffs, the much talked about golf course in Ho Tram, I jumped at it. I grew up with my father watching golf every weekend. It was an obsession of his and golf, or at least televised golf, was a big part of my childhood.

Extreme sports are growing in Vietnam — but few can get Julie Vola’s pulse pounding like paragliding and the photo ops it affords

After doing her due diligence, Katie Jacobs visited an ‘ethical’ elephant camp and was surprised at how much more complicated the reality of elephant riding is

Despite much of Vietnam lying in the tropics, few of us make the trip to the country’s rainforests. Nick Ross and Glen Riley headed three hours north of Ho Chi Minh City to Nam Cat Tien and discovered a national park with much to commend itself on

It’s the people you meet on a travel that make it memorable, that teach you something. While traipsing around Myanmar for a month, Niko Savvas got the kindest, warmest, realest welcome he could imagine.

Cu Chi is the kind of excursion people often go on when first arriving in Vietnam, and never again. Ian Wills explores a deeper side of the experience, aided by a quirky itinerary courtesy of Grasshopper Adventures. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

Southeast Asia has two international sporting events that draw in the crowds — the Singapore Grand Prix and the Hong Kong Sevens. Nick Ross, words, and Kyle Phanroy, photos, were lucky enough to go to one of them

Set off the main corridor in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the CIQ Info Plaza puts a nicer face on the harsh realities of baggage inspection. Ed Weinberg passes his layover with the cute little customs dog who’s always frowning

Julie Vola explores the Laotian capital’s overlooked charms, and finds them to be many

After a few years spent in the English-teaching game in Vietnam, Danny Armstrong decided to take his talents to Sudan — where he found a hard-scrabble people and a land he would grow to love.

Heading off the tourist track from Yosemite National Park, Matt Bender takes a 340km detour into paradise. Photos by Louis Esparbès, Anna Friedland and Chelsea Rose North

On a spontaneous day trip with her sister in tow, Karen Hewell arrives in Thung Nai Valley to find a stretching lake surrounded by mountains that the tourist trail seems to have forgotten

Once at odds with Vietnam, Katie Jacobs heads to the American capital to savour some of this country’s best-known cuisine

You can usually judge a place on the quality of its bathrobes. Your average city hotel trafficks in waffle-weaved cotton, not particularly luxurious but good for the moderate climate of your temperature-controlled room.

Julie Vola voyaged to The Land of Smiles with her Holga, a Hong Kong-built plastic camera that looks like a toy

An Lam’s private residences may only be a few short kilometres from the non-stop rough and tumble of central Ho Chi Minh City, but when pulling up by boat to its tranquil docks perched along the riverbank, few places feel further away from the urban jungle than does this peaceful corner of the Saigon River.

One of the few destinations in the region that has a little something for everyone, Sri Lanka is more than tropical beaches, ancient ruins and jungle. Brandon Ingram looks at another, more artistic side to The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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