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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.

10 Jun, 2014, 13:48
A complex, budget-friendly tour of all India  
Alex Fournell

Alexandra Fournell’s plans to visit India are endlessly complicated by her friends’ travel wishlists. This means she ends up visiting almost every part of the country on a 360-degree tour.

9 Jun, 2014, 18:39
Carpet-bagged by a wily Delhi textile salesman  
Jason Smart

Jason Smart has, up to now, brushed off carpet salesmen across Africa and the Middle East. But his first line of defense is indifference while his wife, fresh from India’s Taj Mahal, is anything but.

9 Jun, 2014, 14:50
No road rules at all in present-day China  
Kelsey Cole

China’s rapid urbanisation has launched a whole generation of first-time drivers. Kelsey Cole reflects on a culture where the well-being of others is hardly a priority.

31 May, 2014, 13:11
A Sheki introduction to rural Azerbaijan  
David Jenkins

In the little town of Sheki in central Azerbaijan David Jenkins finds a charming hostess/guide and an unexpected link with Scandinavia.

28 May, 2014, 16:27
To spit or not on the streets of Dhakar  
David Jenkins

There are countries and cultures where spitting is acceptable – in some it seems almost compulsory. In Bangladesh David Jenkins decides it should be made a capital offence.

22 May, 2014, 12:53
An unconventional visa run in a Bangladeshi Embassy  
Jason Smart

It’s easy enough to get visas in London. Almost every country has embassies. But Jason Smart is in Qatar. Doha is different, and getting an Indian visa had been a nightmare – but Bangladesh proves a breeze.

20 May, 2014, 15:37
Fireworks, camels and elephant rides in India and Nepal  
Bonnie Lynn

Resolutely cheerful Bonnie Lynn takes her chances with festivals, wildlife and more in her latest globetrot around India and Nepal.

4 May, 2014, 11:32
The diabolic hospitality of the Kingdom of Bhutan  
Matthew Crawford

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is famously – and officially – happy. At the end of a somewhat stifling official group tour Matthew Crawford makes a break for reality on the streets of Thimpu.

15 Apr, 2014, 22:52
Adventures and insights on Everest’s flanks  
D B Goman

On the foothills of Mount Everest, in the shade of Chomolungma, D B Goman starts out in litter but quickly climbs to find a Himalayan world of mountain peace. A high-altitude trek brings him very close to heaven.

15 Apr, 2014, 16:18
Another lazy day in downtown Dali  
Jennifer Richardson

Tourists touring Yunnan flood to China’s iconic city of Lijiang, but tend to overlook nearby Dali. Jenny Richardson says they are missing a lot.

8 Apr, 2014, 16:07
Kabul’s only tourist goes shopping – and finds souvenirs  
Robin Ratchford

Afghanistan is now far from any sort of tourist destination. But it was once a key stage on the 1970’s ‘Hippy Trail’. Robin Ratchford flies in to the capital finds that – on Chicken Street – all the same handicrafts are still on sale.

28 Mar, 2014, 15:30
Taking in the temples of Khajuraho  
Patrick Moon

The guide/client relationship isn’t one that should be strained, especially perhaps in India on a trip lasting several days. Patrick Moon finds managing his driver/guide something of a challenge as he tracks the crazed roads of Madhya Pradesh.

19 Mar, 2014, 11:27
In at the deep end when TEFLing in China  
Jennifer Richardson

Day one as a volunteer teacher in Nanshan, China, and the pupils are taken to the local swimming pool. Jennifer Richardson finds herself left fully dressed on the sidelines as the children sink or swim.

4 Mar, 2014, 11:59
Hampi’s ‘season’ sighs to an end as India’s scene moves west  
Michael Britton

India’s migrant expat community settles in to Hampi for some winter rock-climbing, then follows the season on to Gorkana, the next stop on Asia’s social calendar. Hammock-bound Michael Britton seems to be the last to leave.

18 Feb, 2014, 20:38
Armenia comes to terms with the aftermath of communism  
Tom Allen

After six months in Yerevan, Tom Allen finally takes to the road on his bicycle, reflecting on a country still recovering from the collapse of communism and emerging, blinking, into the 21st century.

14 Feb, 2014, 21:41
Hack, slit and, squeal: death comes to Georgetown  
Colin Todhunter

Life at its rawest goes through its cycles in the poorer districts of Madras. In deepest South India Colin Todhunter soaks up the atmosphere of the daily dramas that pervade the streetscenes of Chennai.

7 Feb, 2014, 17:54
Mountain madness at the wintry foot of Everest  
Binod Shankar

It’s not usual to choose midwinter to trek to Everest Base Camp. But Binod Shankar finds it’s a great time to visit Nepal’s high Himalayas and see a new year’s sun rise over the world’s highest mountain.

16 Jan, 2014, 13:55
More camels than cameras at Pushkar’s famous fair  
Bonnie Lynn

Bonnie Lynn finds camels aplenty when she rocks up to an Indian desert for Rajasthan’s annual livestock festival. More than that, there are games and antics to pass an unforgettable few days.

15 Jan, 2014, 16:39
A lingham for luck and a hex for more sex  
John M Edwards

On Samosir Island, deep in the heart of Sumatra’s interior and marooned in the middle of Lake Toba, John M Edwards finds that a little Indonesian goes a long way. Especially when aligned with a bottle of whisky.

10 Jan, 2014, 14:19
The pulse of peace in today’s Sri Lanka  
Brian Fisher

As Asia’s ‘teardrop island’ adapts to the peace process, Brian Fisher visits three different parts of Sri Lanka and measures its chances of achieving wealth through tourism.

18 Dec, 2013, 14:10
All life is found in Chennai’s Central Railway Station  
Colin Todhunter

India comes to life in Colin Todhunter’s deft portrait of Tamil Nadu’s largest train station, where businessmen and beggars mingle and mix.

18 Dec, 2013, 12:06
India’s traffic explained by a ‘Fourth Dimension’  
David Fletcher

A journey through Assam proves something of a revelation for David Fletcher, as he finally understands the miracle that is India’s chaotic traffic. Extracted from his book, Brian on the Brahmaputra.

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