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31 Mar, 2016, 12:09
A cycling tour of Bangkok’s smiling slums  
Christian Cummins

Thailand’s capital has a huge range of public transport, with boats and ferries on the rivers and canals, tuk-tuks, scooters and taxis as well as buses and trains. Christian Cummins, however, takes an alternative approach: he pedals a bicycle on an inner-city tour.

29 Mar, 2016, 15:28
How to avoid the crowds and still climb Mount Fuji  
Jacob Laukaitis

It’s easy, according to Jacob Laukaitis, to climb Japan’s iconic volcano. Just wait for closed season when there’s no-one on the mountain to tell you to get off.

19 Mar, 2016, 20:49
Six islands, two days: Japan by bicycle  
Jacob Laukaitis

Jacob Laukatis takes an unusually outward-looking tour around Japan on a very basic rented bike. Take a pillion seat on a ride along the the Shimanami Kaido route that includes several different bridges and at least one meal.

15 Feb, 2016, 18:49
Immortality assured at a Tamil temple opening  
A J Box

In 1950’s Malaya A J Box finds his rubber-tapping tedium relieved by a surprise invitation to a religious ceremony. This involves several more beers than are quite compatible with a motorbike ride home.

2 Feb, 2016, 14:35
Free-fall adventure off the Queensland coast  
Ciarán Logue

Too many people spend their whole time in the Barrier Reef diving. Ciarán Logue goes the other way, taking to the sky for a thrilling sky-dive.

13 Jan, 2016, 14:46
Stormy waters in Burma’s Inle Lake  
Brian Fisher

Myanmar’s photogenic highlight lures Brian Fisher to its shores. But a chartered boat trip becomes a nightmare when the weather turns.

18 Dec, 2015, 14:22
The road to Mandalay starts.. somewhere in England  
Brian Fisher

When Brian Fisher decides to travel to Myanmar, he plans carefully. He seems to find Burma without any trouble, and books himself a private tour.

16 Nov, 2015, 16:30
A video selfie from the island of Bali  
Jacob Laukaitis

Indonesia’s tourist paradise proves a visual feast for Jacob Laukaitis’ 21st century scrapbook, a video selfie binge for the youtube generation.

11 Nov, 2015, 15:50
White Christmas in the Whitsunday Islands  
Jen Thames

While the Northern Hemisphere shivers it’s summer down under and you still get a white Christmas, just with sand not snow. Jen Thames presents the ultimate guide to Australia’s fabulous Whitsunday Islands.

5 Oct, 2015, 08:23
Thrills and scams in Cambodia and Vietnam  
Laura French

In Southeast Asia Laura French finds here western complexion ruins her attempts to pass as a savvy local. But she has plenty of fun as she travels through Camrobya and Vietscam.

30 Sep, 2015, 12:44
A first experience of Airbnb in rural New Zealand  
Benjamin Rietema

All hotels are full in downtown Dunedin, but Benjamin Rietama comes up with a cunning plan. He signs up for Airbnb and finds himself totally immersed in Kiwi life.

14 Sep, 2015, 09:05
Holiday in the paradise of Vanuatu  
Lucy Barker

Once of the least-visited countries in the south Pacific has great beaches, fascinating cultures and dramatic volcanoes. Lucy Barker explores Vanuatu.

2 Sep, 2015, 12:02
Penguins and muttonbirds on the coast of Victoria  
Anthony Toole

There’s birdlife aplenty on Australia’s long southern coast. Anthony Toole starts out on the outskirts of Melbourne and continues along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

25 Aug, 2015, 11:44
Welcome to Vietnam  
Janet Myers

In a land that seems to be obsessed with scooters, Janet Myers worries she might feel out of place. But she has no trouble getting around the cities and even spends a night on a junk as she tours the country.

8 Aug, 2015, 11:18
Dancing with the nymphs of Angkor  
Will Ottley

Will Ottley explores the Buddhist/Hindu temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex and discovers that ancient wisdom lives on in the temples and monuments they left behind.

5 Aug, 2015, 11:24
A road trip around Oceania – here’s where to go  
Lucy Barker

There’s so much to see in Australia and New Zealand that it’s hard to know where to spend your time. Lucy Barker suggests the best things to see and do.

28 Jul, 2015, 08:46
Miyagawa, where Japan’s longest river flows crystal-clear  
Sze-Leng Tan

Japan’s longest river flows through the island of Honshu: miraculously clean, ultimately tidy and teeming with fish. Sze-Leng Tan finds a serene simplicity on its elegant banks.

25 Jul, 2015, 08:01
Adelaide for hen nights and some unexpected hipster havens  
Mae Demdam

South Australia’s capital city has a world image that generally ranges all the way from dull to genteel. But Mae Demdam says it’s anything but. Her bachelorette party in Adelaide finds bars and speakeasies that are bang on trend.

16 Jul, 2015, 16:21
Live like a local: discover the top beaches in Sydney  
P Watson

Australia’s most popular city has beaches to suit every mood. Paul Watson outlines three of the best.

6 Jul, 2015, 13:03
Meeting three strangers on the Magome-Tsumago Trail  
Sze-Leng Tan

On a solo trek across Japan’s central Alps, Sze-Leng Tan finds a series of chance encounters give her plenty to think about. Fortunately she’s also got plenty of space for reflection.

22 Jun, 2015, 15:38
A tranquil moment in Bali’s wet season  
Lisa Power

Seasonal rains do nothing to spoil the soothing influence of Indonesia’s Buddhist enclave. Lisa Power finds the cares of the world ebb away as she relaxes in a Balinese villa.

16 Jun, 2015, 10:43
Singapore has the ‘Wow Factor’  
Janet Myers

A brief stopover in the Far East leaves Janet Myers needing more. The Far East’s slickest city enchants and enthralls.

28 Mar, 2015, 14:44
Feeding the pelicans of Kangaroo Island  
Anthony Toole

Australia’s third-largest island provides plenty of opportunities for Anthony Toole to get off the beaten trail. But his most vivid experience was at best questionable and, under local regulations, illegal.

20 Mar, 2015, 16:22
An Australian road trip through the Northern Territory  
Jemilla Russell-Clough

Her first job in Australia ends badly for Jemilla Russell-Clough, due to a possibly naive refusal to flirt. They might have told her that was part of a miner’s job description. But it gives her a chance for a long aimless road trip through the endless outback.

24 Feb, 2015, 12:02
Three tastes of Thailand under military rule  
Brian Fisher

Despite a year which included a stroke and an extended stay in hospital, Brian W Fisher casts aside his Zimmer frame and flies off to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. Even after the recent coup Thailand’s smiling welcome remains.

28 Jan, 2015, 10:08
Swimming with turtles on the Society Islands  
Marc Plumlee

Though Tahiti might be the largest of the Society Islands, it’s Bora Bora that captures Marc Tomlees heart, as he meets the green turtles of a private lagoon.

27 Jan, 2015, 18:45
The delicate subject of death in China  
Scott Ballantyne

There’s a lot that’s different about daily life in China. And after many years in the country Scott Ballantyne has come to understand just how attitudes differ. Here he examines the delicate subject of death.

8 Jan, 2015, 20:18
Scouring Malaysia for a whiff of ripe durian  
Leslie Sinclair

The famously stinky durian is banned in most Malaysian hotels and few westerners dare go near it. Leslie Sinclair, however, is made of sterner stuff. She searches out ripe durian and – naively hoping no-one will notice – smuggles it back to her room.

8 Jan, 2015, 15:55
The art of comfortably wearing a lei  
Kathleen Poole

When Kathleen Poole sees tourists wearing flower necklaces on a plane out of Yap, like any normal person she reacts with some horror. But during her visit to the Pacific Islands her attitude changes, and at the end of her time in Micronesia she wears her lei with pride.

17 Nov, 2014, 15:31
Seeking a cow at the end of the world  
Scott Naylor

On a remote cattle station in Australia Scott Naylor learns a lot about cattle, a little about racing, and a whole lot more about beer.

18 Oct, 2014, 09:37
Fishing, toddy and seafood suppers: daily life on Kiribati Island  
Andy McGinlay

On Kiribati Island Andy McGinley settles in to an undemanding routine. Daily life proceeds at its usual, tropical Pacific pace, but when his departure date looms the stresses of the West aren’t slow to kick in.

10 Oct, 2014, 08:21
Survival Chinese – 8 essential language tips for trips in China  
James Mason

Although there are loads of Chinese dialects, the most useful – and the official – language is Mandarin. James Mason says learning a few phrases can transform your travels.

30 Sep, 2014, 09:35
A welcome botaki on Abemana, Kiribati  
Andy McGinlay

Andy McGinlay settles into the slow-paced life of Kiribati, one of the world’s smallest nations, marooned in the endless idyll of the tropical Pacific. There can’t be many better places to be cast away.

23 Sep, 2014, 17:08
India’s Delhi – a baptism of fire  
Kelly West

The more Kelly West tells her friends about India, the less they want to go. Perhaps, she thinks, if she puts it in writing her career as a travel agent might finally take off.

18 Sep, 2014, 13:32
The 411 on traveling to Australia in September  
Jen Thames

As the northern hemisphere creeps into autumn Australasia is springing into spring. Jen Thames says this is the ideal time to visit the ‘Lucky Country’.

14 Sep, 2014, 14:51
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island  
David Jenkins

Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.

21 Aug, 2014, 14:08
Life in the slow lane on Raivavae, South Pacific  
Tom Koppel

The pace of life is pretty slow anywhere in Polynesia. But on one of the smaller islands Tom Koppel finds the easy paradise that once entranced Paul Gauguin, James Michener, and every visitor since. Photos by Annie Palovcik.

21 Aug, 2014, 10:21
Saigon’s Reunification Palace – and its place in Vietnam’s past  
David Calleja

The site where Vietnamese tanks ran the Americans out of Saigon is still a venerated symbol of the country’s independence. But David Calleja finds the grumpy cyclo-ride and long wait to enter just as revealing as the building itself.

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