Two pagoda on the top of Inthanon mountain

Guide to Chiang Mai: temples, festivals & markets

Take it back to basics, before the skyscrapers of Bangkok and the oxygen tanks for deep sea-diving, and venture north to Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai. Discover a land of temples, jungles, ruins and mountains, of festivals and celebrations – and, of course, markets. The former capital of the Lan Na kingdom, Chiang Mai has stayed true to its heritage whilst embracing the modernism of today.

A guide to Bali’s best temples

As a predominantly Hindu country, Bali has an overwhelmingly spiritual atmosphere that can’t go unfelt and is overflowing with extraordinary religious and altogether ethereal sights. You genuinely could spend every minute of your trip temple-hopping – every corner of this magical island has a magical temple to go along with it, and likely more than one – but presuming you also want to spend a …

Vietnam’s best destinations for food, history, nightlife and more

There’s a little something for everyone in Vietnam, a dynamic Southeast Asian gem which packs all manner of sights and sounds across its narrow landscape. From Hanoi in the North to the Con Dao Islands south of the Mekong Delta, these are the top destinations you should add to your itinerary, each brimming with intoxicating experiences – whether snorkelling in Ha Long Bay’s glistening waters, …

11 amazing things to do in Sri Lanka

Located just off the southern coast of India, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka is festooned with diversity. This balmy paradise boasts myriad charms, encompassing everything from ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wildlife-rich national parks to luscious country landscapes and idyllic golden-sand beaches. Whether you’re elephant-spotting, heading out on a tea trail or surfing wild waves, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best ways …

Six of the best beaches in Thailand

From the surreal shores of Ko Samui to a paradisal island turned film set in the Phi Phi archipelago, dazzling emerald waters and sun-warmed sands aren’t hard to find across Thailand – and more often than not, they come served with a surprisingly fair dose of seclusion. We hand-pick six of the best in the region for travellers looking to revel in local nightlife, explore …