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Encounters Summer 2013

SCMP's regional travel magazine, Encounters, takes readers on rich journeys that are up-close and personal.

Tranquil treat

Gongen, a mix of Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, is reflected in the architecture of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shinto shrine. Photos: Tracey Furniss

Three days in Wakayama and Mie prefectures provide an intoxicating mix of shrines, mountains and stunning coastlines, writes Tracey Furniss.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 10:30pm

Why the dry martini is my constant companion

Adrian Mourby, Columnist

I am standing drinking a dry martini on the roof of J.K. Place in Florence. Why I'm not sitting, I'll explain later, but first let's talk about martinis. For more than 15 years now, I've been travelling for my living. And in all that time my constant companion at the end of the day has always been a dry martini.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Fruits of the vine: French vineyards

Several French vineyards offer tours of their wine-production facilities as well as samples of their vintages. Photo: Thinkstock

No trip to France would be complete without sampling produce from Burgundy or Bordeaux, the country's most famous wine regions, writes Sasha Parker.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Ride into the sunset

Ride into the sunset

Saddle up for a glamorous gallop.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Blowing hot and cold: Iceland

Morning on a stark landscape. Photo: Thinkstock

From volcanoes to river rafting, Iceland abounds in friendly excitement, writes Linsey McNeill.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Wild and wonderful: Myanmar

Fishermen set conical traps as they row their boats with their legs on Inle Lake, in Myanmar's Shan State. Photo: Thinkstock

While we might get older, the less trodden path is worth following again and again, writes Dave Stamboulis.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm 1 comment

Things we like - culture

Things we like - culture

Cultural highlights from around the world.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Ready to ride

Ready to ride

How to look cool and chic on Asia's streets.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Things we like - food

Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hong Kong

Discovering the flavours of Asia’s finest restaurants.

4 Jun 2013 - 12:15am

Delicious expedition: Bangkok's street food

Pomegranates for sale at a street food stall in Bangkok's Chinatown. Photos: Gavin Gough

Hit the streets of Bangkok to explore the vivid and varied flavours of Thai cuisine, served up fresh by roadside vendors, writes Gavin Gough.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Once bitten: tapas crawl in Madrid

Once bitten: tapas crawl in Madrid

Seven-hour bar hop blends Spanish flavours with capital's rich history, writes Xav Judd.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Service charge

A recent survey compares prices of room service and amenities at hotels worldwide. Photos: Thinkstock

The cost of hotel services and incidentals can vary greatly between countries, writes Tracey Furniss.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Far East fascination

Far East fascination

Look smart and urbane for an evening in Japan.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

Change of tune: Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Rio's Copacabana Beach at night. Photo: Thinkstock

Rio's Ipanema is already well-known for a song and a beach - so discover its shopping , writes Kaye Holland.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

It's a formality

It's a formality

Travel in style for preferential service.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:30pm

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