Japan: Convenience and Replica

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On a recent visit to Japan I toured temples and shrines in Kyoto, visited temple complexes in the chilly mountain stillness of Koyasan, a centre of esoteric Buddhism, and soaked in mineral baths and ate delicious and strange things at a village onsen in Wakayama prefecture. Most of these experiences were unfamiliar. Each activity was truly unto itself; at no point could I have been anywhere but Japan.

Avoid temple fatigue in Siem Reap

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There’s no denying the principle reason for visiting Siem Reap. The thriving centre of the Khmer Empire for 600 years, its Angkorian temples are so beguiling that many people add three days to a Thailand or Vietnam itinerary, popping in and out of Cambodia to see them and nothing else.

Wild Bali with Kids

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Travelling for six weeks with my nine-year-old daughter Lucia re-opened my eyes to much of the magic of Asia. I wanted her to enjoy experiences that would open a new world to her: a world that is infinitely removed from her home in provincial Pamplona. With this in mind we set out on a month-long adventure to explore the best animal adventures that Bali has to offer.

Is Vientiane worth a stopover?

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Tell people you’re heading to Laos’ capital, the most common assumption seems to be you need to sort out your visa. When you say it’s not that, you just want to spend three or, dare I say, four nights there, they’re puzzled. ‘But there’s nothing to see in Vientiane, is there?’

10 reasons to visit Phnom Penh

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Don’t miss one of Southeast Asia’s most underrated capitals – get Phnom Penh’s on your Cambodia itinerary.