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Get a dash of culture with your travels and learn a new way of life.

Very nice, Kazakhstan!

When the invitation to visit Kazakhstan was floated to me, I was intrigued. Bucolic images of stark deserts, mountainous vistas, wild horses and nomadic living came to mind. It was to be more than that, much to my pleasant surprise. Kazakhstan is the largest of the five ‘stans’, the other...

Overview: Papua New Guinea

It is hard not to be mystified by Papua New Guinea. It is a land that is untamed and wild in beauty, while diverse in unique culture. While it is remote, it is accessible, and you would be surprised to know that it has a vast array of tourism offerings. The country comprises about 600...

Red Rocks Rwanda

Red Rocks founder, Greg Bakunzi, moulded Red Rocks Rwanda to be community-based organizations, where the local community can gain from tourism activities, and in the process, have a sustainable income. Red Rocks brings under-served communities into the tourism supply chain and supports...

‘Hallyu’ or K-Culture has arrived

The Korean Wave, also known as Hallyu, describes the outflow of Korean culture to other countries.  Cultural exports such as K-pop music, K-drama along with Korean food and pop culture have increased in popularity.  Korean films have new audiences since South Korean movie, Parasite’s win...

A walk through Singapore’s history with Yip Yew Chong

It took a stranger, local street artist Yip Yew Chong, to finally make me feel at home in Singapore. During Covid, I found myself stuck on the tiny island-state I had called home for almost eight years – and yet had not really explored. Working in travel, I was used to doing my...

Phrae & Nan: The hidden treasures of Northern Thailand

With its high elevation, mystic mountains and scenic lakes, Northern Thailand provides a pretty sanctuary from the hectic pace and heat of Bangkok or Phuket. But it is its ancient, almost otherworldly atmosphere, and the siren call of its shimmering temples, streets bursting with...

A tale of two cities

When I first visited the Burmese city of Yangon ten years ago it was far from sleepy. Soon after arrival I found myself tucking into a spicy salad of fermented tea leaves, or laphet, at 4am in the morning in a bustling night market. Returning recently there has been simultaneously great...

A walk from Merlion Park to Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s fururistic skyline combines cutting-edge buildings that stretch into the clouds, elegant colonial architecture and carefully planned greenspaces and is best captured in a walk from Merlion Park to Gardens by the Bay. Half fish, half lion, the mythical Merlion is the national...

Toden Arakawa Tramway Tokyo

I had the great pleasure to ride on one of Tokyo’s last remaining tram lines, the Toden Arakawa Tramway. Public transport is a necessity in Tokyo, and the city is fortunate to have an excellent rail and bus service. Apparently, Tokyo used also to have a good tram network.  Sadly...

Soweto a true sense of community

Soweto has a poor history.  Created in the 1930s as a place for separating black South Africans from the white population, with a so-called `sanitary corridor’, meaning a river or other geological feature to keep those whites safe from black influences, the township represents all that...