Endless shopping malls, gleaming skyscrapers and strict social order typically spring to mind among most travellers who assume that these are the complete and paltry attractions of the city state. And while it's true that Singapore doesn't quite have the guts, grit and grime of Asian mega-cities like Bangkok and Manila, if you give the tiny island a chance you'll... > Read More
Stunning, ethnically diverse Malaysia is Southeast Asia's unsung holiday hero, offering tourists a huge range of attractions to choose from. Mix and match a trip that includes lush jungle trekking, chilling out on white-sand beaches, amazing snorkelling and diving, gastronomic adventuring and immersing yourself in a colourful cultural heritage. With the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur midway between UNESCO-listed towns... > Read More
thailand300250-1 People say Thailand simply offers it all to travellers in a neat, great-value package -- whether you're an independent budget backpacker wanting to explore off the beaten track, or a well-heeled tourist looking for an exclusive slice of paradise. Rough it while trekking through mist-shrouded mountains; be astounded by teeming aquatic life as you... > Read More
Landlocked聽Laos聽is one of the Asia's most enchanting destinations. Stunning natural beauty -- think mist-shrouded mountain peaks flanked by jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife -- combine with a fascinating Buddhist culture to make Laos a superb destination for backpackers and independent travellers, while luxury tourists are now also well-catered for. Communist Laos flung open its doors to tourism in the early... > Read More
From the vertiginous rice valleys of Sapa in Vietnam's north stretching to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south,聽Vietnam聽is home to a wealth of attractions that will seduce both budget and top-range travellers. Vietnam's war-torn history -- both the French and Americans have left their own unique and not often positive stamps on the nation -- as... > Read More
The sprawling archipelago ofIndonesia聽is a highly undertouristed destination with an amazing array of attractions to offer independent through to luxury travellers. Aside from the popular island of聽Bali, Indonesia is one of Southeast Asia's least explored countries in terms of backpacker hordes and mass tourism. While in much of Southeast Asia the general rule is to follow the backpackers to find... > Read More
For decades off limits to all but the most intrepid tourists, today Southeast Asia's聽Cambodia聽is a popular destination for all kinds of travellers: from independent backpackers who roam far off the beaten track to explore the stunning sugar-palm dotted hinterland to luxury tourists who stay in style and see Cambodia's main drawcard of Angkor Wat between massages and exquisite French... > Read More
Burma聽(Myanmar) is still very much a work in progress as far as tourism goes. Vast swathes of the country are still off limits to travellers for security reasons or simply very hard to access due to bad transport and road infrastructure. When it's "finished" it's going to be quite a destination -- and there's already plenty to keep you... > Read More