Encounters Spring 2013

From the blue waters of the Maldives to the natural bounties of Mozambique, SCMP's regional travel magazine, Encounters, takes readers on rich journeys that are up-close and personal.


Time travellers

Columnist Charlie Schroeder, re-enactor and author of Man of War

While at university, I acted at a Renaissance fair near my Pennsylvania home.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 9:22am

One of a kind

Unique Hilltop Windmill in Odemira, Portugal

From tree houses to caves, accommodation need never be dull, writes Tracey Furniss.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:19pm

Cool rooms

Late afternoon in the main harbour of Ilulissat, Greenland, land of the midnight sun in the summer. Photo: Berne Broudy

A night behind bars, eating with giraffes or luxury in the Gobi, some hotels stand out more than others, writes Matthew Link.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:19pm

Ready to spring

Ready to spring

Regional hot spots offer a stunning variety of attractions for adventurous travellers, writes Tracey Furniss.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:19pm

Volcanic action

Cerro Negro volcano attracts surfers who seek the ultimate thrill. Photos: Victoria Burrows

Sledding down Cerro Negro at high speed is not for the faint-hearted, writes Victoria Burrows.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:19pm

Things we like - culture

Things we like - culture

Recapture a forgotten era of opulence while journeying on the Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia's most exclusive train. 

12 Mar 2013 - 9:30am

Peace offering

Peace offering

Shuhe Ancient Town offers a relaxing diversion from bustling Lijiang, writes Winnie Chung.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:18pm

Things we like - food

Things we like - food

Some of the best food in Dublin is found at the iconic Guinness Storehouse at St James' Gate.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:29am

Tasting the high life

Few sights are more rewarding after a long hike than the majestic peaks of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru (in the background) above the mist of East Java. Photos: Christian Glassl

Hiking in Indonesia's mountain forests builds an appetite for enticing local delicacies, writes Razlan Manjaji.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:25am

Slow, sexy secrets of the Umbrian kitchen

The produce in Umbrian markets is full of flavour and colour. Photos: Debbie Oakes

Fertile lands of central Italy are famous for seasonal flavours and the simplicity of its cuisine, while boasting the cultural and historic treasures of the Western world, writes Debbie Oakes.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:27am

Magic behind marrakesh

Le Comptoir is a wildly fun bar complete with gyrating belly-dancers and a live band. Photo: Andreas Holm

The city's façade is spectacular enough, but an enticing itinerary reveals another world beyond the obvious, writes Lee Cobaj.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:28am

Things we like - luxury

Things we like - luxury

With a wide selection of luxury retreats and private islands spread across the world, locations with that extra je ne sais quoi frequented by the upper echelons of society can be harder to find. 

12 Mar 2013 - 9:30am

Seven wonders of the world

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle resort is set in a secluded area. Photo: Krause, Johansen

Elephants in Chiang Rai were the highlight of a fantasy journey from LA to London, write Tori Whitely and Kavita Daswani.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:31am

Plane luxury

Plane luxury

Leisure travellers are embracing private jet travel that was once the preserve of industrialists and tycoons, writes Kavita Daswani.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:37am

Goth queen

La Carmina plays with her Scottish Fold cat, Basil Farrow. Photos: La Carmina, Lacarmina.com

Blogger La Carmina thrives in the spooky subcultures of goth and Harajuku, from where she draws inspiration, writes Tracey Furniss.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:41am