An island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, perhaps one of Asia’s last unspoilt holiday destinations. Go before the masses catch on. Photo: Boulder Bay
Ed Peters
Opinion

Opinion

Brief Encounters by Ed Peters

Why Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is the ultimate long-weekend tropical island getaway

The lack of direct flights makes arriving in paradise that much more special, especially when it is as unspoilt as the Myeik Kyunzu, where the barter economy beats bills and barefoot luxury is exactly that

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An island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, perhaps one of Asia’s last unspoilt holiday destinations. Go before the masses catch on. Photo: Boulder Bay
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Historic Qianmen Street bridges the past and present of the Chinese capital, where artisans rule and the dangdang – Beijing’s answer to the ding ding – trundles up and down the attractive avenue. Photo: Shutterstock
Ed Peters
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Opinion

Brief Encounters by Ed Peters

What to do over a weekend in Beijing – scratch the surface of China’s capital and discover a city worth getting to know

  • Steer clear of the obvious, overcrowded attractions to find pockets of art, history, culture and quirkiness
  • Boutique offerings, from hotels to bookshops, show a different side to the destination more commonly associated with big-name brands

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Historic Qianmen Street bridges the past and present of the Chinese capital, where artisans rule and the dangdang – Beijing’s answer to the ding ding – trundles up and down the attractive avenue. Photo: Shutterstock
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