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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


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Japanese Yokai: Mythology Preserved in Art

By Hannah Cook

Yokai can be summarized as Japanese spirits or spectres, deeply rooted in historical Japanese mythology yet still depicted in art and culture today.   Read more

Asia History The Arts
The College Street Coffee House in Kolkata, opened in 1942, is housed inside an old building with bookshops all around. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

College Street Coffee House: Where Kolkata Meets the World

By Sugato Mukherjee

I have come to College Street Coffee House, an iconic café in Kolkata, India, after many years. The small but cavernous entrance of this 19th-century building and its dank staircase has remained just the same.   Read more

India Food & Drink
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
One of many police checkpoints where we got hassled. Photo: Anietra Hamper

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 2)

In Episode One of Escape from India during COVID-19, we introduced you to veteran journalist Anietra Hamper who was trying to escape from India after COVID-19 derailed her fishing assignment trip. Anietra and her fishing guide, Ian Henderson, were left stranded in India with only a narrow window to get … Read more   Read more

India Experiences
Hampi - Cloudy skies from the top of Matunga hill. Photo: Deepika Akhshar

Hampi: India’s Ruined Euphoric Village

By Deepika Akhshar

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southern part of India. Hampi was a prosperous city and the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century.   Read more

India Architecture History
Junction-of-the-Sarayu-River-and-Mahakali-River-famous-for-golden-masheer-fishing.--in-Champawat. Photo: Anietra Hamper

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 1)

What was meant to be a four-week writing assignment to Nepal and India for veteran journalist Anietra Hamper, turned out to be an absolute nightmare for her and her traveling companion, Ian Henderson.   Read more

India Experiences
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4 Incredible Places to Visit in Lake Toba, Sumatra

By Nayla Azmi

Lake Toba, or Danau Toba in Bahasa, is a huge, natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano and an important site for the Batak Indigenous people.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Indigenous
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Onsen Culture in Japan

By Hannah Cook

Bathing and onsen culture in Japan is a unique aspect to Japan’s heritage that can be easily enjoyed by both visitors and residents.   Read more

Asia Experiences
A panoramic view of the river and the Gongoni canyon. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Gongoni: Bengal’s Grand Canyon

By Sugato Mukherjee

Gongoni Danga, roughly translated from Bengali, means red-hot land. In the scorching summer months, locals say that the laterite textures of the canyon seem to sizzle from a distance, hence the name.   Read more

India Landscape Nature & Outdoors History
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4 Things You Can Only Find During Ramadan in Sumatra

By Nayla Azmi

For Muslims around the world, and Sumatra in particular, Ramadan is a special time. It’s a holy month of fasting, introspection, and praying.   Read more

Asia Religious Travel Events & Festivals
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Cause for a change: The post-pandemic future of Asia’s elephant tourism

By Bianca Caruana

In a small town in the southwestern region of Nepal, Eva the rescue elephant and her new companion Lhamo are sprouting a charming kinship.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility
The condition of Landak river before the flash flood

How one Indonesian community is using ecotourism income to fight deforestation and climate change

By Nayla Azmi

Climate change is impacting the world in significant ways. We know this. But it’s impacting the beautiful islands of Indonesia, in particular…   Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Indigenous
Statue outside of Hazarduari Palace.

On the Nawabs’ Trail in Murshidabad

By Sugato Mukherjee

Two and a half centuries later, Murshidabad lies half-forgotten, 215 kilometres from Calcutta, cocooned in its glorious past, waiting for its distinct heritage trail to be rediscovered and restored.   Read more

India History

Swat Valley: The Switzerland of Pakistan

By Muzammil Hussain

Swat Valley (Swat) is known as the ‘Switzerland’ of Pakistan because of its snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History
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The Future of Sustainable Orangutan Treks in a Post-COVID World

By Nayla Azmi

As the only primate that only can be found outside of Africa, the orangutan lures people from all over the world to see its uniqueness of being strikingly similar to human beings.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility