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26 Feb, 2016, 15:02
A video journey through China’s remote Yunnan province  
David Abram

Anyone who thinks China is modern and dull should check out the Songtsam region in the Chinese Himalayas. David Abram comes back with this captivating video.

16 Feb, 2016, 09:29
Face to face with a Nepalese rhino  
Alex Jones

Deep in the jungles of the Chitwan National Park, Alex Jones tracks a rhino by elephant, jeep and finally foot, braving the area’s tigers and snakes. Success, hard-won, is all the more valued.

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.

7 Jan, 2016, 17:10
A Mumbai dabbawalla races a chauffeur-driven car  
Leon Garwood

Leon Harwood shows a video where a Jaguar XJ competes with public transport to deliver a lunch to India’s elite. The car wins, but at a cost.

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.

7 Dec, 2015, 10:10
Gangsters, soldiers and hookers on a night out in Armenia  
Kris Mole

When Kris Mole hitchikes into the Armenian town of Gyumri he wasn’t expecting much from the couchsurfing experience. But then he’s taken for an unusual night out.

29 Oct, 2015, 13:49
Myanmar’s steady battle with Western (mis)conceptions  
Thomas Dowling

So long sheltered from the outside world, Burma is shyly emerging onto the travel scene. Thomas Dowling says now is a great time to visit Myanmar.

29 Oct, 2015, 11:55
Train’s the way for language students to explore China  
Anna Rugg

Rails and fast trains make easy work of the great distances involved in travelling through China. Anna Rugg has some tips for travelling on the Chinese rail network.

20 Oct, 2015, 11:37
The beauty of solitude in Inner Mongolia  
Laura French

Laura French heads into a world of nomads, yurts and galloping horses in china’s remote north. It’s an experience that overshadows all her travels in the cities of Beijing and Xian.

17 Sep, 2015, 16:40
Tehran’s crazy traffic is just a prelude to the culture gulf  
Savka Andic

As a rare foreign tourist in Iran’s capital city, Savka Andic finds her biggest challenge is coping with the traffic. It’s scary enough as a pedestrian but even a taxi ride becomes a bizzare experience of a huge difference in expectations.

19 Aug, 2015, 08:23
Treehouses, zipwires and – er – leeches in southern Laos  
Matt Norcini

Matt Norcini is ready for most things when he explores southeast Asia’s wet season forests. But he hadn’t foreseen being lunch for bloodsuckers.

10 Aug, 2015, 12:06
Mud, mud and more mud in tiger territory, Sunderbans  
Alex Jones

On the back streets of Calcutta Alex Jones books a boat safari through the Sunderbans, the swampy waterworld between India and Bangladesh. Though there’s no guarantee of spotting an elusive royal Bengal tiger there’s a good chance of seeing action as rival tourist boats crash – and clash.

8 Aug, 2015, 22:28
Stuck in the mud of central Mongolia  
Ben Sicker

Ben Sicker volunteers to help a team of wildlife biologists search for endangered species in Mongolia, despite having changed majors from environmental science to philosophy. But the power of thought stands him in good stead.

12 May, 2015, 10:18
One leg’s enough to travel round Sri Lanka  
Isabel Kingdon

Despite having recently lost a leg – and most of it too, from above the knee – Issy Kingdon finds it easy and rewarding to travel round Sri Lanka. She has some advice for anyone following her footstep.

28 Mar, 2015, 18:15
Hinterland India: faith, faith and more faith  
Chetan Datta Poduri

For some reason India seems to take to religion with passion. Chetan Datta Poduri surfs the diversity of faith in the subcontinent.

17 Mar, 2015, 13:07
Hunting with eagles on Kazakhstan’s frozen steppe  
Philip Iglauer

Decades of communist rule all but wiped out the ancient Lazakh art of hunting with eagles. But Philip Iglauer finds that since independence in 1991 the nomadic tradition is making a comeback.

3 Mar, 2015, 21:04
Ten things to see and do in Chettinad, South India  
Uma Muthuraaman

What to do and see in South India? Returning resident Uma Muthuraaman has all the most-informed answers to the best things to see and do around Chennaiin the summer school holidays.

19 Feb, 2015, 07:57
If the mountain won’t move, the village must  
Scott Ballantyne

In 1995 Xiapu, in the north east of Fujian Province, was a firmly restricted part of China. Scott Ballantyne managed to get permission to visit the Shê village of Nui Zhai and becomes the first white face they’d ever seen. His visit was to change lives – thankfully for the better.

26 Jan, 2015, 17:51
Living it up in the Kyzyl Kum desert  
Ski Krieger

Unzbekistan’s great cities of Bukhara and Kiva are threatened on every side by the sandy desert wastes of the Kyzyl Kum desert. But when Ski Krieger arrives, amidst snow and ice, the open-hearted locals welcome them into their world.

14 Jan, 2015, 12:48
Into the heart of rural Azerbaijan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins leaves Baku and heads to the interior of the country, to the mountain village of Lahic, where everyone assumes he’s just another Russian.

8 Jan, 2015, 14:41
The festive chaos of Christmas in Delhi  
Jenny Seth

A family Christmas always has the potential to be traumatic, but Jenny Seth finds the celebrations in India are subtly different. But still great fun.

12 Dec, 2014, 14:49
A tiny focus for traditional arts in rural Odisha  
Bijoy Mishra

The state of Orrisa, now renamed Odisha, is an often overlooked region or India just south of Kolkatta. Bijoy Mishra takes time to explore a small village dedicated to traditional arts.

8 Dec, 2014, 15:15
Byzantium, Constantinople – or, today, Istanbul  
Ben Lambert

At the frontier between Europe and Asia, Ben Lambert settles down to a sundowner coffee. In Turkey’s largest city he also is treated to an impromptu blast of street music.

20 Nov, 2014, 11:05
The smiling faces of magical Myanmar  
Laurie Daghigh

As sanctions crumble a new wave of travellers are flooding into Myanmar. Laurie Daghigh is among them, and reports the traditional Burmese welcome has not yet lost its shine.

31 Oct, 2014, 07:32
A ‘Hippy Trail’ busride across the Khyber Pass  
Donal Conlon

The glory days of Asian travel have to be the 1970’s, when an early wave of backpackers flooded into a whole new world of drugged-out colour. Donal Conlon digs out an old diary entry of his journey from Delhi to Kabul.

15 Oct, 2014, 11:03
Stunned by the sights of Samarkand  
David Jenkins

Once important as a major part of the historic Silk Road, Uzbekistan makes a huge play of its heritage. After feasting on mosques, minarets, museums and medrassas, David Jenkins finds a new ‘m’ to wonder at: mausoleums.

29 Sep, 2014, 12:29
Marvels of Myanmar  
Ellie Williams

Whether you call it Myanmar or Burma, there’s no doubt that the newest entry on the southeast Asian travel circuit is an untouched charmer. Ellie Williams has the scoop.

29 Sep, 2014, 10:37
A toast of vodka for every bird species seen  
David Jenkins

In a remote homestay in rural Kazakhstan, David Jenkins plans his birdwatching visit to the Korgalzhyn wetlands. A Kazakh safari, however, turns out to be nothing like its African equivalent.

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.

21 Aug, 2014, 12:11
Death on the slopes of Kyrgystan’s Peak Lenin  
Binod Shankar

Of all the adventure travel activities, mountaineering is certainly one of the most dangerous. On the slopes of one of Asia’s greatest peaks, Binod Shankar finds death brushes unsettlingly close.

14 Aug, 2014, 10:26
Perhaps the only tourist in Kazakhstan’s biggest city  
David Jenkins

Arriving in Almaty feels a bit like landing on the moon. Richest of all the ‘Stans, the Kazakhs have money and plenty of it. David Jenkins finds the sudden affluence something of a challenge.

29 Jul, 2014, 10:02
A sudden Tajik wedding in downtown Dushambe  
David Jenkins

The capital city of Tajikistan doesn’t often get Western visitors. But David Jenkins, on his tour of ten-letter countries, finds he fits right in.

9 Jul, 2014, 18:05
Why middle-class China prefers products from the West  
Kelsey Cole

Kelsey Cole is an expat working in the Chinese automotive industry. So he has some interesting observations on quality control. All Chinese products are far from alike.

3 Jul, 2014, 14:22
High-speed through Hunan – and a taste of China’s past  
Thomas Bird

A new high-speed train hurtles through one of China’s previously remote regions, Hunan, and links huge Chinese cities none of us have heard of. Thomas Bird clambers aboard to find any bits of history not yet built over.

28 Jun, 2014, 17:55
The unexpected pleasures of hiking in Kyrgystan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins is having a jolly hike up a Kyrgyz mountain but then it rains. And that turns to hail. And the porter falls in a river. With all his dry clothes.

27 Jun, 2014, 10:25
Hidden golfing pleasures in tropical Sri Lanka  
Nazir Keshvani

Nazir Keshvani says Sri Lanka knows how to look after its golfers. Each course has a contingent of caddies and even dedicated ball finders.

19 Jun, 2014, 17:58
The daily negotiations of expat life in China  
Kelsey Cole

It’s the little things that wear Kelsey Cole down as he tries to sort out a corporate takeover gone wrong. In mainland China dealing with hotels and drivers is an endless battle.

14 Jun, 2014, 17:25
A day in the saddle in the mountains of Kyrgystan  
David Jenkins

The romance of the Silk Road might survive Bishkek but it doesn’t reach out to the small town of Kochkor. Things get worse when David Jenkins signs up to experience life as a Kyrgyz herder.

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