Japan is a compact and spiritual country that is brimming with unique experiences you won’t see anywhere else. Classic samurai and elegant geishas, Onsen baths and the celestial Mount Fuji, temples, shrines and tea ceremonies are just the tip of the iceberg. Here we dig even deeper; how about roaming the Japanese Alps or enjoying a traditional Kaiseki meal? These 11 highlights bring you closer to the real Japan.
Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, mere hours from Bali, Bangkok and Phuket, Singapore is an ideal stopover before further adventures in Asia. Its vibrant culture is a melting pot of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences and offers an endless variety of experiences for the savvy traveller. If you’re visiting for just a couple of days, skip the tourist traps and see Singapore like a local.
Malaysia is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, food, art, beaches and nature. Split into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo’s East Malaysia, this diverse and enchanting country is a Southeast Asian delight. Spend a couple of weeks here and you’re bound to leave a piece of your heart behind. Here are six unmissable destinations to hit in Malaysia.
The Philippines has been pegged as one of the most up-and-coming travel hotspots, thanks to its backdrop of serene natural habitats, UNESCO world heritage sites, relaxed local atmosphere, fabulous food and above all, the out-of-this-world beaches. We’re taking you island hopping to some of the county’s central islands.
Roaring masses of water, deafening roars, and showers of water vapour on the face – few experiences are as impressive as standing next to a mighty waterfall. These natural wonders are found on all continents and in all forms, from narrow and high to short and wide. This is a guide to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
Words have the power to take you to a thousand new worlds, concocting incredible imagery and dreams that are tough to shake from your mind. Unforgettably-crafted worlds abound in novels both fictional and real from which to fuel your wanderlust, and you can’t do much better than these books if you’re hankering after inspiration for your next escape.
Joining the solo travel tribe may seem a little daunting, but it means discovering the treasures of the world exactly the way you want to – it’s the greatest form of self-indulgence. You can make new friends or be left in total peace, you can explore at your own pace and you can eat whatever cuisine you fancy, whenever you like. Whether it’s an action-packed trip of a lifetime or a laid-back city sojourn, these are the top destinations you should explore to master the art of solo travel.
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.