Features - Asia
24 Hours in Hangzhou
Once one of the largest cities in the world, today Hangzhou is not only an economic powerhouse but also one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. The ancient city has seduced travellers for centuries, including Marco Polo and Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, who visited in 1345, when many Arab traders lived in this important port city. Renowned for its stunning West Lake and its tranquil gardens, Hangzhou was the imperial capital of both the Southern Song Dynasty and the invading Mongols. Modern Hangzhou is home to nearly seven million people and is one of the most important high-tech and manufacturing hubs in eastern China, but travellers are still drawn to its eclectic history, its rich culture, and the waters of ancient West Lake.
Ananda Spa, Himalayas
High above the Ganges with uninterrupted views of the Himalayan Mountains, this former Maharaja’s palace has been transformed into a sumptuous oasis dedicated to indulging the senses.
Articles - Asia
Thailand - Phuket Sailing
When you’ve been in the din of Bangkok for a week, with its crowded night markets and revving tuk-tuks, the silence of the seas at the base of Koh Phi Phi Leh’s towering limestone cliffs is almost deafening.
24 hours in Kolkata
Widely considered the cultural capital of India, Kolkata is situated on the banks of the river Hooghly in the eastern state of West Bengal. Rich in colonial charm, it houses two landmark bridges, noteworthy palaces, and cathedrals, as well as bustling markets and a colourful tramline. Historically, it has always been at the forefront of modern thought and creativity. In recent years, this has given birth to a new breed of designers and artists who are taking the entire country by storm. Heritage structures, public festivals, and indigenous cuisine all compete for attention in this artistic city.
weekend away - Bali
Bali’s busy south has its attractions – hip eateries, cosmopolitan hotels – but travellers seeking to uncover the island’s best treasures need only head just an hour or two further afield.
Diving in the Philippines
Deep shipwreck diving instructor and Philippines resident Andy Davis shares his experiences of the incredible variety of world-class scuba diving opportunities available for visitors to this tropical paradise.
fine food - Sala Rattanoksin
Looking to impress? Then try the supremely seductive new riverside restaurant at Sala Rattanoksin. With twinkling candles, mellow music, and Wat Arun glowing gloriously in the background, this is a terrace made for romance.
luxe - Chedi Club, Tanah Gajah, Bali
Discerning travellers seeking a more authentic Bali and quintessential rural scenes without foregoing luxury or good taste should retreat to Ubud's magnificent Chedi Club.
Chengdu - Tea Time
With Qatar Airways launching flights to Chengdu this month, Chinese travel writer Wang Yuanchang touches down at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport – the fourth-largest airport in China – to savour all the city has to offer. Starting with a cup of tea.
experience - Street Art, Melbourne
Melbourne is known for its galleries and prestigious art programmes that draw students and authorities from around the globe. Yet it is street art, in its many guises, that really makes this city stand out.