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‘Luang Prabang is dead’; in jewel of Laos tourism jobs have gone, businesses have closed, and the future looks uncertain – but a lot quieter

Laos closed its borders in March 2020, and the country’s tourism industry has been struggling. In holiday hotspot Luang Prabang, streets and hotels are empty, but some businesses have found salvation in the domestic market.

17 Jan 2021 - 2:44PM

Laos closed its borders in March 2020, and the country’s tourism industry has been struggling. In holiday hotspot Luang Prabang, streets and hotels are empty, but some businesses have found salvation in the domestic market.

‘Luang Prabang is dead’; in jewel of Laos tourism jobs have gone, businesses have closed, and the future looks uncertain – but a lot quieter
Five Christmas 2020 gift ideas for the frustrated traveller, from an Apple iPad to a good book

The traveller in your family may be stuck at home, but they are looking forward to 2021. These gifts will get them ready for their next trip, or make them feel better while they wait for flights to start up.

7 Dec 2020 - 8:16PM

The traveller in your family may be stuck at home, but they are looking forward to 2021. These gifts will get them ready for their next trip, or make them feel better while they wait for flights to start up.

Five Christmas 2020 gift ideas for the frustrated traveller, from an Apple iPad to a good book
Mountain biking for beginners: everything you need to know, from kit and accessories to cycle set-up and which trails to follow

Mountain biking is a great outdoor pastime and Hong Kong offers trails for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Follow this handy guide and, with the right preparation, you’ll soon be rolling.

2 Nov 2020 - 6:34PM

Mountain biking is a great outdoor pastime and Hong Kong offers trails for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Follow this handy guide and, with the right preparation, you’ll soon be rolling.

Mountain biking for beginners: everything you need to know, from kit and accessories to cycle set-up and which trails to follow
Five of the best free weather apps to help in planning your next trip, to ensure the sun shines and the air is clear

Don’t let a bad weather forecast spoil your next trip. These five free apps will help you plan the perfect journey or activity and make sure it doesn’t rain on your parade.

26 Oct 2020 - 6:46PM

Don’t let a bad weather forecast spoil your next trip. These five free apps will help you plan the perfect journey or activity and make sure it doesn’t rain on your parade.

Five of the best free weather apps to help in planning your next trip, to ensure the sun shines and the air is clear
Tips for perfect portrait photography on your travels: tell a story, use the right lens, and talk to the person you’re shooting

From how to ask politely before you shoot to choosing the right time of day and capturing the essence of the Covid-19 era, here are some tips on how to improve the pictures you take of people while on your travels.

28 Sep 2020 - 7:56PM

From how to ask politely before you shoot to choosing the right time of day and capturing the essence of the Covid-19 era, here are some tips on how to improve the pictures you take of people while on your travels.

Tips for perfect portrait photography on your travels: tell a story, use the right lens, and talk to the person you’re shooting
Tour de France 2020: watch it for views of French countryside alone – the cycling is a sideshow

Cycling fans will be glued to their screens from August 29 as the Tour de France gets underway, but for others the race serves as a grand visual tour of the country. Here’s what you need to know, including how to watch and who could win.

29 Aug 2020 - 2:07PM

Cycling fans will be glued to their screens from August 29 as the Tour de France gets underway, but for others the race serves as a grand visual tour of the country. Here’s what you need to know, including how to watch and who could win.

Tour de France 2020: watch it for views of French countryside alone – the cycling is a sideshow
The return of World Tour cycling amid coronavirus and what it tells us about the Tour de France format

The Strade Bianchi shows that mask rules are relaxed, and crowds are returning but teams are still going to extreme measures to avoid infection.

4 Aug 2020 - 12:16PM

The Strade Bianchi shows that mask rules are relaxed, and crowds are returning but teams are still going to extreme measures to avoid infection.

The return of World Tour cycling amid coronavirus and what it tells us about the Tour de France format
Lessons for lockdown: five language apps to help you get the most from your next trip

If you are stuck at home planning your next holiday destination, use one of these language learning apps to get a lot more from your trip.

27 Jul 2020 - 7:20PM

If you are stuck at home planning your next holiday destination, use one of these language learning apps to get a lot more from your trip.

Lessons for lockdown: five language apps to help you get the most from your next trip
How to start a travel blog and make it your job – just remember, it’s not all beach hammocks and cocktails at sunset

It might seem crazy to think about starting a travel blog now but there could be opportunities as the industry slowly reopens. These tips will set you on the path to becoming a travel blogger, from goals and platforms to monetisation.

13 Jul 2020 - 6:28PM

It might seem crazy to think about starting a travel blog now but there could be opportunities as the industry slowly reopens. These tips will set you on the path to becoming a travel blogger, from goals and platforms to monetisation.

How to start a travel blog and make it your job – just remember, it’s not all beach hammocks and cocktails at sunset
YouTube or Instagram? The best place to launch a travel channel, and how to maximise your views and likes

If you want to launch a travel channel, forget about competing with the millions of travel vloggers on YouTube, and start yours on Instagram and IGTV.

8 Jun 2020 - 8:06PM

If you want to launch a travel channel, forget about competing with the millions of travel vloggers on YouTube, and start yours on Instagram and IGTV.

YouTube or Instagram? The best place to launch a travel channel, and how to maximise your views and likes
Who needs Google Maps? Go analogue next time you travel – get out those paper maps and guide books and have a digital-free adventure

If you’re planning your post-pandemic travels, consider having a retro holiday by ditching your GPS and travel apps for paper maps and guidebooks.

2 Jun 2020 - 7:01PM

If you’re planning your post-pandemic travels, consider having a retro holiday by ditching your GPS and travel apps for paper maps and guidebooks.

Who needs Google Maps? Go analogue next time you travel – get out those paper maps and guide books and have a digital-free adventure
So you want to start a travel podcast. You need passion, planning, the right platform – and a few bits of kit

Starting a travel podcast is easier and cheaper than you think. With free podcast apps and platforms you’ll be picking up followers in no time, as long as you have something fresh to say and your enthusiasm for the topic shines through.

5 May 2020 - 7:52PM

Starting a travel podcast is easier and cheaper than you think. With free podcast apps and platforms you’ll be picking up followers in no time, as long as you have something fresh to say and your enthusiasm for the topic shines through.

So you want to start a travel podcast. You need passion, planning, the right platform – and a few bits of kit
How to go mountain biking and bike touring after coronavirus, the gear you need, and four of the best cycling adventures in Asia

One of the toughest road bike tours in Asia, mountain biking in Nepal, a ride through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge – we’ve got you covered on bike trips after the coronavirus, from what to pack to the gear you need.

2 May 2020 - 4:56PM

One of the toughest road bike tours in Asia, mountain biking in Nepal, a ride through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge – we’ve got you covered on bike trips after the coronavirus, from what to pack to the gear you need.

How to go mountain biking and bike touring after coronavirus, the gear you need, and four of the best cycling adventures in Asia
Coronavirus cycling: ride famous roads and climb virtually with friends and professionals – indoors

The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying lockdowns prevent cycling trips for many, but you can still ride famous routes with your friends and pro racers virtually using a static indoor bike. The gradients will feel the same!

2 Apr 2020 - 8:01PM

The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying lockdowns prevent cycling trips for many, but you can still ride famous routes with your friends and pro racers virtually using a static indoor bike. The gradients will feel the same!

Coronavirus cycling: ride famous roads and climb virtually with friends and professionals – indoors
Put down that bulky DSLR camera: here’s everything you need for photography trips in the mobile phone and mirrorless camera era

The coronavirus pandemic has cut short most travel plans. If you are a camera enthusiast, now is a good time to update and streamline your equipment. Instead of lugging round heavy DSLRs and lenses, try some of these lightweight options.

24 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

The coronavirus pandemic has cut short most travel plans. If you are a camera enthusiast, now is a good time to update and streamline your equipment. Instead of lugging round heavy DSLRs and lenses, try some of these lightweight options.

Put down that bulky DSLR camera: here’s everything you need for photography trips in the mobile phone and mirrorless camera era
Cycling in southeast Thailand: quiet, rolling country roads, beautiful beaches and jungle

Few of Thailand’s millions of tourists venture down to its southeast districts, so Khanom and Sichon districts are perfect for a coastal bike ride. Enjoy the amazing views as you cycle along the roller coaster roads.

3 Mar 2020 - 3:19PM

Few of Thailand’s millions of tourists venture down to its southeast districts, so Khanom and Sichon districts are perfect for a coastal bike ride. Enjoy the amazing views as you cycle along the roller coaster roads.

Cycling in southeast Thailand: quiet, rolling country roads, beautiful beaches and jungle
Three travel video apps to give your films a professional edge without putting your smartphone down

Today’s smartphones are powerful enough to produce professional-looking video content. These three filmmaking apps allow you to take control of your editing and turn your travel clips into cinematic art.

29 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM

Today’s smartphones are powerful enough to produce professional-looking video content. These three filmmaking apps allow you to take control of your editing and turn your travel clips into cinematic art.

Three travel video apps to give your films a professional edge without putting your smartphone down
The best camera apps to use on the go, for editing, retouching and planning photo shoots on your mobile phone or DSLR

From Snapseed – unbeatable for processing mobile-phone images – to TouchRetouch, perfect for getting rid of unwanted objects in your photos, these five apps will improve your shots beyond measure.

21 Feb 2020 - 9:03PM

From Snapseed – unbeatable for processing mobile-phone images – to TouchRetouch, perfect for getting rid of unwanted objects in your photos, these five apps will improve your shots beyond measure.

The best camera apps to use on the go, for editing, retouching and planning  photo shoots on your mobile phone or DSLR
Mountain biking in Singapore: three of the best cycling trails to spin your wheels on

Singapore might be known as one of Asia’s most vibrant financial hubs but it has some great mountain bike tracks too. Here is a trio of top options from the Lion City’s thriving cycling scene.

13 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Singapore might be known as one of Asia’s most vibrant financial hubs but it has some great mountain bike tracks too. Here is a trio of top options from the Lion City’s thriving cycling scene.

Mountain biking in Singapore: three of the best cycling trails to spin your wheels on
Opinion | The UCI is set to get involved in gravel riding, but this could ruin the free soul of the sport

The UCI want to get involved in the thin-wheeled off-road sport, but uniformity is not what gravel riding is about

7 Feb 2020 - 8:00AM

The UCI want to get involved in the thin-wheeled off-road sport, but uniformity is not what gravel riding is about

The UCI is set to get involved in gravel riding, but this could ruin the free soul of the sport
Cycling in Laos: a bike trip on tribal trails in country’s northern ‘Green Triangle’

Cycling through Laos’ far northern region of Luang Namtha makes for an amazing biking adventure, says Steve Thomas, with tribal villages and stunning sights providing a great backdrop to what can be a tough ride.

16 Jan 2020 - 9:41PM

Cycling through Laos’ far northern region of Luang Namtha makes for an amazing biking adventure, says Steve Thomas, with tribal villages and stunning sights providing a great backdrop to what can be a tough ride.

Cycling in Laos: a bike trip on tribal trails in country’s northern ‘Green Triangle’
Top Iranian mountain biker in fight against US sanctions to get to Asian Championships, as ‘nobody wants war’

Iranian cyclist Faranak Partoazar fears what will happen next in her country as the price of a bike soars to four times the average annual salary.

13 Jan 2020 - 12:08PM

Iranian cyclist Faranak Partoazar fears what will happen next in her country as the price of a bike soars to four times the average annual salary.

Top Iranian mountain biker in fight against US sanctions to get to Asian Championships, as ‘nobody wants war’
360 cameras: best ways to use Insta360, GoPro and other models to capture your travels, from lighting to image stitching

360 cameras have improved to the extent that models from Insta360, GoPro and others are appealing alternatives to regular cameras when travelling. Here are tips on how to capture the best stills and video using one.

6 Jan 2020 - 8:04PM

360 cameras have improved to the extent that models from Insta360, GoPro and others are appealing alternatives to regular cameras when travelling. Here are tips on how to capture the best stills and video using one.

360 cameras: best ways to use Insta360, GoPro and other models to capture your travels, from lighting to image stitching
For one of Southeast Asia’s best sunrises, head to Thailand and the hills of northern Chiang Rai province

In winter, the mountains of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand experience one of the most spectacular sunrises in Southeast Asia. Your chilly predawn climb to a mountain summit will be richly rewarded.

31 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

In winter, the mountains of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand experience one of the most spectacular sunrises in Southeast Asia. Your chilly predawn climb to a mountain summit will be richly rewarded.

For one of Southeast Asia’s best sunrises, head to Thailand and the hills of northern Chiang Rai province
Golden Triangle in northern Thailand opening up to tourists after decades at the centre of opium trade

Hills of northern Thailand, home to colourfully dresses Akha tribespeople and settled by defeated Chinese nationalist soldiers, welcome visitors after decades out of bounds. Rustic ways persist, and it’s easy to find tranquillity after a day on twisty roads.

22 Dec 2019 - 6:58PM

Hills of northern Thailand, home to colourfully dresses Akha tribespeople and settled by defeated Chinese nationalist soldiers, welcome visitors after decades out of bounds. Rustic ways persist, and it’s easy to find tranquillity after a day on twisty roads.

Golden Triangle in northern Thailand opening up to tourists after decades at the centre of opium trade
Christmas present ideas for cyclists, mountain bikers and road-riding lovers

What stocking fillers or bigger presents should you buy to please your biking-loving friend?

20 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

What stocking fillers or bigger presents should you buy to please your biking-loving friend?

Christmas present ideas for cyclists, mountain bikers and road-riding lovers
Hans Rey says Hong Kong mountain biking community is one of the most impressive in Asia

Former world champion Hans Rey is making a film about Hong Kong biking called ‘TransHongKong’ and is very impressed by the local scene.

14 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Former world champion Hans Rey is making a film about Hong Kong biking called ‘TransHongKong’ and is very impressed by the local scene.

Hans Rey says Hong Kong mountain biking community is one of the most impressive in Asia
How to take the best Instagram photos of running, biking and outdoor adventures on your phone

With just a few simple tricks, you can make your iPhone or Android pictures look like a professional’s.

5 Dec 2019 - 1:51PM

With just a few simple tricks, you can make your iPhone or Android pictures look like a professional’s.

How to take the best Instagram photos of running, biking and outdoor adventures on your phone
Flying with your bike on a plane: tips on airlines, fees, packing, bike bags, spare parts and damage

For serious cyclists, having your own bike when you travel can make for a much better trip, but taking a bike on a plane can be expensive and stressful. These tips will help make the experience as smooth as possible.

2 Dec 2019 - 8:53PM

For serious cyclists, having your own bike when you travel can make for a much better trip, but taking a bike on a plane can be expensive and stressful. These tips will help make the experience as smooth as possible.

Flying with your bike on a plane: tips on airlines, fees, packing, bike bags, spare parts and damage
Mountain biking in Chiang Mai, Thailand: explore the twin peaks of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui on a guided ride

Northern Thailand’s ‘rose city’ of Chiang Mai has the reputation of being Southeast Asia’s mountain biking capital. Steve Thomas explores some adventurous trails with the help of two guides, and has a day out to remember.

18 Nov 2019 - 7:57PM

Northern Thailand’s ‘rose city’ of Chiang Mai has the reputation of being Southeast Asia’s mountain biking capital. Steve Thomas explores some adventurous trails with the help of two guides, and has a day out to remember.

Mountain biking in Chiang Mai, Thailand: explore the twin peaks of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui on a guided ride