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25 free attractions in London

Great Britain’s capital city is well and truly in the spotlight at the moment, with the enthralling Olympic opening ceremony surpassing the expectations even of London’s biggest fans. Most people’s perception of the city is that it is not easy on the wallet – especially while the Games are drawing the crowds. Sure, like any … Continue reading

Bangkok before sunrise

Naomi Larsson spends one night in Bangkok… The city is encapsulated with a heavy smog as my friends and I mentally prepare ourselves for an equally heavy night in Bangkok. It’s our stopover on the way to Hanoi and with a flight at 5.30am we thought it best not to bother spending money on a … Continue reading

Photo story: Ladakh

Sandwiched between the Kunlun mountain range to the north and the great Himalayas to the south, Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions of India, home to one of the last undisturbed Tantric Buddhist populations on earth, protected by the sheer force of geography. Isolation has preserved an almost medieval way of life, dictated … Continue reading

Image of the month

This month’s image was captured by Ben Jones at the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple within the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a replica of an older temple that was built in 1049 and destroyed by the French in 1954. The pagoda itself has a unique design that is meant to … Continue reading

Image of the Month

This month’s evocative image of a young local was taken in Kabul, Afghanistan, by Philip Bevan. The photographer travelled around the region capturing a range of atmospheric portraits.

Discovering rural Laos

Alex Bramwell reflects on village and city life in South East Asia… Deep within the corridors of bureaucracy, the luminaries-on-high have awarded Luang Prabang its World Heritage badge for its mixture of French colonial architecture and living Buddhist culture. While not openly impressive, at least by European standards, the city has its charm, feeling not unlike … Continue reading

The impact of tourism on Vietnam’s hidden gems

Tom McDonough asks, are locals embracing the explosion of the tourism industry in Mui Ne?  For me, witnessing Vietnam’s Mui Ne beach area develop from little known bolt-hole for expats and savvy tourists to an internationally celebrated tourist hot spot has been as painful as watching a healthy baby grow into a pimply faced, self-harming … Continue reading

Detained by the Police in Kyrgyzstan

Jason Smart finds himself in a spot of bother in Bishkek… Osh Bazaar was a hive of activity. Endless arrays of fruit and vegetables, clothes and mops, electrical components and everything else the people of Bishkek could possibly want were on offer. It also had a contingent of policemen, two of whom were watching me, … Continue reading

Into the jungle in Thailand

Rachel Allen supplements her relaxing holiday on the beach with something a little more challenging and off the beaten track in Thailand’s northern region…  When people think of Thailand they often envisage relaxing on white sandy island beaches, cocktail in hand, watching colourful fishing boats bobbing in a sparkling, sapphire sea. They think of that … Continue reading

Photo Story: Menri Monastery, India

Jagjit Singh shares his captivating images of a recent trip to a Tibetan monastery in a remote part of Himachal Pradesh, India:  “We often talk about the four Tibetan traditions of Buddhism: Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. However there is one more significant Tibetan tradition, called called Bon. In fact Bon is considered to be … Continue reading