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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” 

–Miriam Beard

Explore beautiful Asia, the Earth’s largest continent. Covering more than 30 % of the planet’s land surface, Asia is the most populous region. It has a unique blend of many first civilizations. Asia’s history is vast and the continent is abundant with diverse ethnic groups, cultural heritage, traditions and religious beliefs; all worth learning more about.

The countries within beautiful Asia include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, North, Korea, South, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste (West), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam


A view of Mount Kinabalu.

There’s More to Kundasang, Borneo than Mount Kinabalu

By Ziba Redif

Farfetched as it may seem, the tiny Malaysian mountain town of Kundasang is sometimes compared to the pastoral villages in the Alps. S   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
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The Myths, Legends, and Magic of Malacca

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Southeast Asia is filled with cultural diversity, unique cuisine, and the most unbelievable panoramic views, such as tropical rainforests and seas. Located in the Southern region of the Malay Peninsula is the state of Malacca, and the capital is Malacca City which UNESCO named a world heritage site in 2008.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History Preservation
Quiet flows the blue waters of Jia Bhoroli on the banks of Nameri National Park. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Wild Mahseer of Assam: In Harmony with Nature

By Bandita Mukherjee

Blessed with serenity and tranquility, Wild Mahseer, named after one of the toughest game fishes, offers unique natural and cultural experiences to visitors. Spread over 22 acres of land, the heritage bungalows with antique furniture and colonial décor provide the opportunity to relive history and it is a perfect place … Read more   Read more

Asia Conservation
A street in Mumbai's Dharavi Slum--one of the largest in Asia. Photo: Bianca Caruana (with permission from Be The Local Tours)

A Walking Tour Highlighting a Mumbai Slum’s Innovative Industry

By Bianca Caruana

Dharavi, in central Mumbai, is considered one of the largest slums in Asia, but deep within this neighborhood, below the shanty grey roofs, loosely comprised of scavenged, upcycled metal, lives a resourceful and innovative community that plays an imperative role in Mumbai’s city-wide waste management.   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
Candi Plaosan, also known as the 'Plaosan Complex', is one of the Buddhist temples located in Bugisan village, Java, Indonesia.

An Indonesian Village that Changed its Fate with the Internet

By Rose Munday

When it comes to Indonesia, you might wonder how islands like Java can compete with the likes of Bali.   Read more

Asia Technology Social Responsibility
Sunrise over Mahabaleshwar, India

Mahabaleshwar: A Tranquil Getaway in the Western Ghats of India

By Tania Banerjee

Sunlight streamed in as I parted the window curtains of the double-decker luxury bus my husband and I were taking from Mumbai to the popular summer destination of Mahabaleshwar, 264 kilometers East of India’s biggest city. Outside, low-hanging tufts of clouds touched the opulent carpet of green that rolled down … Read more   Read more

India Agritourism Off the Beaten Path History
Volungearing photo by Bianca Caruana

Volungearing: A New Way to Do Good

By Bianca Caruana

A new kind of volunteer tourism has entered the travel industry with an innovative approach; Volungearing, conceived by TribesForGOOD, taps an individual’s skills to pair him or her successfully in the social impact sector.   Read more

Asia Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
"Autumn Totoro" by HertzaHaeon is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0.

Why Ghibli Park Won’t Be an Amusement Park

By Ann-Marie Cahill

From botanical gardens to open-air museums with reconstructed villages, amusement parks have long been part of the mantra, ‘work hard, play hard’. They have been a place to escape the toils and responsibilities of everyday life (a sorely tempting offer, right now). The latest addition is Ghibli Park, scheduled to open … Read more   Read more

Asia Family Travel
Whteaway Laidlaw, now Metropolitan Building, stands at the intersection of J.L. Nehru Road and S.N. Banerjee Road in Calcutta. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

When Calcutta Housed These Retail Powerhouses

By Sugato Mukherjee

In his sleek and self-illustrated volume ‘Jakhan Choto Chilam’ (When I Was a Child), the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray vividly portrays kaleidoscopic cameos of Calcutta (now Kolkata) of the interwar years, a city where he grew up.   Read more

India History
Iced coffee in Laos. Photo: Tara Tadlock

Coffee in Laos: an Unlikely Pathway out of Poverty

By Tara Tadlock

When people think of Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam often come to mind first. But squeezed between them is Laos, a country covered in dense jungles and lush mountains perfectly suited for growing coffee, a relatively new crop that has grown recently in importance to the nation’s economy.   Read more

Asia Food & Drink Humanity
Sunrise over the volcano complex of the Tengger caldera. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Chasing a Volcanic Summit and its Legend

By Sugato Mukherjee

The small village of Cemoro Lawang is perched on the fringes of an undulating stretch of fine volcanic sand. This is Laut Pasir which, in Javanese, means Sea of Sand. My hotel, Bromo Permai, has a charming lobby that overlooks this unsettlingly unearthly territory.   Read more

Asia Landscape History
Ging Tea House dates back to 1864. Photo: Bandita Mukherjee

Ging: Tea Trails in the Himalayan Foothills

By Bandita Mukherjee

Leaving behind the tourist-filled streets of Darjeeling and the lingering whistle of the steam engine of the Heritage Himalayan Railway, our car enters the Lebong Valley. It is a different world altogether.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
Racing Extinction mural photo by Nayla Azmi

Splash and Burn: A Sumatran Conservation Mural Tour

By Nayla Azmi

The earth belongs to not only some humans, but all humans and other species that co-exist together. So it’s important to ensure everyone is on board in a conservation initiative.   Read more

Asia The Arts Conservation
Anietra standing in front of the American flag before catching the last evac flight out of India. Aneitra was sent to India on a fishing assignment to write about the goonch catfish.

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 3 Final)

The conclusion of Escape from India during COVID-19 continues with Anietra sharing more of the roller coaster ordeal that took her and Ian from hope to hopelessness and back. Now she is confronted with the memories of the traumatic experience.   Read more

India Experiences
Leuser Ecosystem - Paddy Fields in Timbang Lawan village. Photo: Nayla Azmi

Conserving the Leuser Ecosystem through Slow Travel

By Nayla Azmi

Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem is a magnificent place. One of the largest intact forests left in Southeast Asia, the Leuser covers 2.6 million hectares and is the only place in the world where four important key species co-exist in the wild—the orangutan, tiger, elephant, and rhino.    Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Conservation