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9 Feb, 2017, 14:38
Motorcycling abroad isn’t covered by standard insurance  
Jacob Laukaitis

Renting a scooter is commonplace amongst travellers throughout the Far East. But Jacob Laukaitis discovers that one drunk driver can make a holiday adventure turn suddenly expensive. Worst thing is he was actually lucky.

12 Dec, 2016, 11:09
A guide to the beaches of East Sydney  
Anthony Toole

At this time of year Southern Australia is at its best, and everyone in Sydney heads for the beach. Anthony Toole tours the eastern beaches through the long day of an Austral summer.

2 Dec, 2016, 17:09
Casting for a catch in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam  
Patterson Riley

The limestone outcrops of Ha Long Bay are an iconic highlight of northern Vietnam. Patterson Riley explores by kayak and catches a few of samples of the local sealife.

27 Nov, 2016, 16:42
An Aussie head-to-head: Melbourne vs. Sydney  
Andy Morrow

Australia’s two heavyweight southern cities enjoy a healthy rivalry. Sydney has its harbour but Melbourne has the edge for cafe culture. Andy Morrow says both are worth a visit.

10 Nov, 2016, 17:38
A glimpse into Burma’s only synagogue  
Sankar Chatterjee

Myanmar might have problems accepting its Muslims, but it’s not widely known there are also Jews in Burma. Sankar Chatterjee explores Yangon’s (once Rangoon) only synagogue.

8 Nov, 2016, 20:07
In search of Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars  
Hans Ebenman

When Hans Ebenman flies in to Hong Kong, he plans to tour the rooftop bars. But he’d reckoned without a typhoon that turned the Far East’s most sophisticated city into a ghost town. Happily things soon look up.

31 Oct, 2016, 12:58
Beginner on a motorbike in rural Vietnam  
Laura Knight

There are better places than Ho Chi Minh city to learn how to ride a scooter, and better islands than Phu Quoc to practice riding in mud. Laura sails through the experience to reach beach, beer and hammock.

14 Oct, 2016, 12:09
‘Good study, day day up’: China’s leap into modernity  
Linda Caradine

Linda Caradine finds her first experience of China as much baffling as intriguing. Despite an economic and social revolution the sheer scale of the country shelters a distinctively different way of thought.

15 Sep, 2016, 12:41
A layover in Singapore makes long-haul travel easy  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn finds that stopping off in Singapore doesn’t just provide a much-needed break on a long journey. Thanks to the region’s cut-price airlines it also saves her money as well.

9 Sep, 2016, 08:54
A video glimpse into the heart of North Korea  
Jacob Laukaitis

Jacob Laukaitis shares his travelling impressions of one of the world’s most secretive nations. Staying out of trouble seems to be the major challenge: 15 years hard labour would be a stern price to pay for travel journalism.

31 Aug, 2016, 08:38
Sea kayaks and wild camping in Pha Nga Bay  
Tim Morch

The limestone islands and sheltered caves of Thailand’s beautiful Andaman Sea coast is the perfect setting for Tim Morch’s latest waterborne adventure.

3 Jul, 2016, 11:26
The weird world of the Komodo dragon  
Bonnie Lynn

The world’s biggest lizard kills with the sheer filth of its spit. Luckily it’s only found on one island in Indonesia. Bonnie Lynn heads to Flores and finds realism and surrealism come together in the daily life of the Komodo Dragon.

10 Jun, 2016, 09:48
A male-friendly guide to Thailand’s top spas  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

Spas are often seen as female domains, perhaps because the process is so dull. But Adam Jacot de Boinod says all that should change as he tries Thailand’s finest.

25 Apr, 2016, 14:29
Are Thailand’s cockfighters cleaning up their act?  
Crystal Wilde

Love it or loathe it, cockfights take place in several southeast asian countries. Crystal Wilde brings a video insight into a largely hidden sport.

15 Apr, 2016, 13:21
Land-locked Laos – with three ‘L’s at the end  
Brian Fisher

Brian W Fisher takes a tour of Southeast Asia’s most reclusive country, tiny landlocked Laos. Distressingly he observes, in the end, it’s a ‘Land of Linear Litter’.

6 Apr, 2016, 09:15
Too much to do on a Singapore stopover  
Rosie Milne

Should you be using Changi Airport as a far-eastern hub, Singapore resident Rosie Milne suggests you break your journey for a while. There is plenty to see and do.

4 Apr, 2016, 14:14
In Beijing it takes two traditional doctors for one night’s sleep  
Dustin Grinnell

When Dustin Grinnell spends three nights in China’s capital he finds it strangely hard to sleep. Two traditional Chinese doctors go to great lengths to solve his insomnia but in the end he decides he just doesn’t care.

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.

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