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Lost treasures emerge in Cambodia’s hunt for historic sites as locals dream of tourist dollars

A large carving of a reclining Buddha previously hidden on a hilltop is one of the latest ancient sites discovered in Cambodia as locals scour the country for lost history, buoyed by the thought of tourist dollars.

31 Mar 2020 - 12:18PM

A large carving of a reclining Buddha previously hidden on a hilltop is one of the latest ancient sites discovered in Cambodia as locals scour the country for lost history, buoyed by the thought of tourist dollars.

Lost treasures emerge in Cambodia’s hunt for historic sites as locals dream of tourist dollars
A Laos getaway by scooter: jungle, dirt roads, wild elephants, and homestays off the beaten track

A weekend scooter trip to a wildlife reserve in Laos offers a reminder of how good exploring Southeast Asia’s countryside can be, with waterfalls you can swim in, no other tourists around, and homestays to experience rural life.

4 Feb 2020 - 12:59PM

A weekend scooter trip to a wildlife reserve in Laos offers a reminder of how good exploring Southeast Asia’s countryside can be, with waterfalls you can swim in, no other tourists around, and homestays to experience rural life.

A Laos getaway by scooter: jungle, dirt roads, wild elephants, and homestays off the beaten track
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, the biggest city in the world’s ninth biggest country has got something for everyone.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:37PM

With its breathtaking mountain views, wealth of leafy parks, and food from across Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, the biggest city in the world’s ninth biggest country has got something for everyone.

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
Vietnam by train: see ever changing country from the Reunification Express on its 31-hour trip north to Hanoi

Effortlessly grasp the size, varied landscapes and cultural diversity of Vietnam by taking the train – go the full 31 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, or stop off where you like to explore, and break up the journey.

17 Jul 2019 - 5:39AM

Effortlessly grasp the size, varied landscapes and cultural diversity of Vietnam by taking the train – go the full 31 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, or stop off where you like to explore, and break up the journey.

Vietnam by train: see ever changing country from the Reunification Express on its 31-hour trip north to Hanoi
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by train: see southern Malaysia’s rural charm at a gentle pace

Direct rail services between the two cities ended in 2011, but it is still possible to cover almost all of the route by train. The first leg of the journey takes passengers past plantations and through charming country towns.

15 Jun 2019 - 3:33PM

Direct rail services between the two cities ended in 2011, but it is still possible to cover almost all of the route by train. The first leg of the journey takes passengers past plantations and through charming country towns.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by train: see southern Malaysia’s rural charm at a gentle pace
Cambodian bastion of genocidal Khmer Rouge a tourist destination that offers rich rewards

The unassuming spot where movement’s genocidal leader, Pol Pot, was cremated, his mountain retreat and that of ‘The Butcher’ Ta Mok, with their sweeping views, the one-room shacks of ex-fighters – Anlong Veng is a revealing destination.

26 Feb 2019 - 6:26PM

The unassuming spot where movement’s genocidal leader, Pol Pot, was cremated, his mountain retreat and that of ‘The Butcher’ Ta Mok, with their sweeping views, the one-room shacks of ex-fighters – Anlong Veng is a revealing destination.

Cambodian bastion of genocidal Khmer Rouge a tourist destination that offers rich rewards
How to dodge the crowds and enjoy old Taiwan charm of Jiufen, magnet for Japanese tourists

Straining under an ever-growing number of visitors, the beautiful town of Jiufen is feeling the negative effects of mass tourism. But once the sun has set and the crowds have departed, it becomes the place it once was.

2 Feb 2019 - 6:52PM

Straining under an ever-growing number of visitors, the beautiful town of Jiufen is feeling the negative effects of mass tourism. But once the sun has set and the crowds have departed, it becomes the place it once was.

How to dodge the crowds and enjoy old Taiwan charm of Jiufen, magnet for Japanese tourists
Japanese tourists in Taiwan on the colonial history trail in Taipei, Tainan and Hualien

Taiwan’s natural beauty is increasingly attracting visitors to the island off China's southern coast, but its 50-year history as a colony of Japan has left an architectural legacy of special interest to Japanese tourists.

9 Jan 2019 - 7:36AM

Taiwan’s natural beauty is increasingly attracting visitors to the island off China's southern coast, but its 50-year history as a colony of Japan has left an architectural legacy of special interest to Japanese tourists.

Japanese tourists in Taiwan on the colonial history trail in Taipei, Tainan and Hualien
The best place to see the glorious autumn colours in Japan

Lake Towada in the mountains of Aomori is one of the first places to see autumn leaves turn yellow, orange, and red; away from the crowds, it is a tranquil spot to take in one of nature’s spectacles.

24 Oct 2018 - 9:31AM

Lake Towada in the mountains of Aomori is one of the first places to see autumn leaves turn yellow, orange, and red; away from the crowds, it is a tranquil spot to take in one of nature’s spectacles.

The best place to see the glorious autumn colours in Japan