While Hanoi and Saigon look towards the future, the central city of Hue still finds itself frozen in its imperial past. Words by Kim Megson. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

An African safari inevitably figures on almost every adventure traveller’s bucket list, sandwiched somewhere between Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of following the footsteps of intrepid explorer, David Livingstone, one of the first westerners to overcome deadly diseases and wary natives to cross the continent in the mid 1800s? Or Scottish journalist Henry Stanley who, with the help of 200 porters, forged through 1,100km of African jungle to finally meet up with Livingstone and utter the now famous greeting, “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

No time for a holiday, but want to get out of the smog? Alex Field jumped on his trusty Honda Wave to see what adventures he could find in a day — and still be home for dinner. Photo by Aaron Joel Santos

Located to the northwest of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is the exquisite Tango Peninsula. Boasting more than 2,000 temples and shrines, all hidden around every bend, this sparsely populated region is an untouched treasure trove that even locals don’t know about. Words and illustrations by J Muzacz

Ryan Connor discovers the remote town of Ba Chuc and its eerie past

Tom Hodgson traverses the plains of Laos’s history-rich northern city to uncover an otherworldly land of secrets. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

 

On the Malaysian island of Langkawi, Lucy Porter meets the world’s only marine and coral curator

 

The ancient port town of Hoi An has become a must-see stop on any tourist’s visit to Vietnam and a regular get-away for domestic tourists — both foreign and Vietnamese.

Hoa Le and her gang of travellers escape Hanoi, forgoing the crowds of Halong Bay for the isolation of Co To Island

A trip to Kuala Lumpur need not be focused on Chinatown, The Petronas Towers and the Golden Triangle. This is a city with a booming arts scene. Rachel Jenagaratnam speaks to the industry folk and discovers that there are only more exciting times ahead

Puerto Princesa, a gateway to Philippines’ Palawan. Words and Photo by Robert Stockdill 

Like many big cities, Madrid reveals her secrets slowly and with some effort as Madrid-based travel writer Will Peach finds out.
Photos provided by Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX)

Earlier this year, eyebrows were raised and funny bones tickled when it was announced that, following an official order, all tourist boats on Halong Bay were to be painted white or have their licences revoked. Just another of those crazy ideas that tourism officials occasionally come up with, no doubt to be forgotten about within days.

If you’re visiting the epicentre of the world’s fastest-growing economy, it’s only fitting that you take a ride on the world’s fastest passenger train says Michael Arnold. Photos by Raphaël Olivier / NOI Pictures

Roz Plotzker explains why a solitary expedition to the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia is the way to go

While Angkor Wat has rightfully carved out its place as one of the richest historical locations in Southeast Asia, Bagan can also lay claim to such an accolade. Natalie Krebs explores a quieter former capital and discovers Myanmar’s hidden charm. Photos by Phil Burnett

For years the country formerly known as Burma was on the receiving end of the western press. Now, statesmen, tourists and businessmen alike are taking time to visit. Words by Nick Ross

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