In Hong Kong, they like to point out that within a five-hour flight of their dazzling international airport, lives half the world’s population. In many ways all other parts of the world are mere suburbs of Asia. And almost everyone who travels there for the first time is overcome with a…   read more

Bali, Indonesia
In Bali, Indonesia, the sanctity of life is celebrated in almost hourly rituals,and that devotion infuses Balinese culture with dance, sculpture, theater and painting like no other spot on the earth. Though its splendid beaches are what attract most of the visitors from nearby destinations,…   read more

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Built in 1958, the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a spectacular representation of the Islamic culture in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.  Its exquisite décor of Italian marble, golden domes, stained glasses, and carpeting proudly showcase its religious significance and beauty.  With…   read more

Bangka, Indonesia
Bangka Island attracts many people to its turquoise sea and fascinating sites.  Since the island achieved its first group of settlers, it has mastered at becoming a cultural paradise filled with exotic treasures.  The orange sunset is the perfect backdrop as you feel the sand between you…   read more

Bangkok, Thailand
When Rama 1, made Bangkok the Thai capital in the 18th century, he placed the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew on the grounds of his Grand Palace. It’s still there serving as the symbolic anchor of Thai sovereignty. Bangkok is a city of important temples, and they’re all connected…   read more

Bangladesh is for real adventure travelers only. More than 50 rivers make this a place to be explored by ferries, motorboats and river cruisers. The rivers of Bangladesh, with their flotillas of primitive boats, have been compared to the Nile of thousands of years ago. It’s a land of…   read more

The Kingdom of Bhutan perches on the southern slopes of the Himalayas on a tiny aerie of land about 180 miles by 100 miles. Buddhism came to Bhutan about 1,200 years ago and has defined the culture ever since. Altars, prayer flags, prayer wheels and temples are everywhere.Just about any journey to…   read more

Brunei, known officially as the State of Brunei Darussalamor the Nation of Brunei, has a total area of only 2,226 square miles. The majority of its population lives in the larger western part of the country, with about one-third living in the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB). Brunei is…   read more

Angkor Wat, mysteriously located in the jungles of Cambodia, towers over the spirituality of Southeast Asia, just as Machu Picchu towers over Peru. Cambodia’s other major icon, the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh, plumbs the depths of human depravity as the towers of Angkor measure the heights…   read more

Delhi, India
With over 12 million residents, Delhi, India, is not only the country’s capital city, but the sixth-largest metropolis in the world by population.  Standing on the banks of the Yamuna River, Delhi is a rich blend of a past steeped in history and a vibrant, cosmopolitan present.  Du…   read more

East Timor
East Timor is a country in Southeast Asia. It’s not a common destination for tourists, which is a plus for those who choose to travel here. Despite its lack of visitors, the country is focusing on eco-tourism due to its natural assets. Divers will be thrilled by its under-the-sea beauty as…   read more

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam, is one of Southeast Asia’s classic capital cities. It combines a sleepy feeling of French Colonialism and a strong influence from Chinese Confucianism and Taoism. From 1887 to 1954 it served as the French capital of all Indochina, but it has been a capital city for at least…   read more

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The differences between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Hanoi go some way toward explaining the division between the North and South Vietnam of the Vietnam War. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a bustling, slightly chaotic city sporting a healthy collection of five-star hotels and restaurants.…   read more

India is much more than most modern travelers imagine. Any one of India’s 26 states is comparable in size, population and history to a European country. A state like Maharashtra, for instance, has a population of 100 million. Until a few years ago, western travelers were only experiencing th…   read more

Indonesia, Pacific
The vast and wonderful Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands, two-thirds of which are inhabited. And with its large size comes varied experiences and adventures to be had. It is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse flora and fauna in a land that is covered 60 percent by forests, and…   read more

Jakarta, Indonesia
With the population approaching 10 million, Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta is a colorful smorgasbord of different experiences, races and social culture.  If you’re looking for a relaxing island vacation full of spiked fruity drinks and powdery white sand between your toes,…   read more

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
What once was a sleepy Chinese tin-mining village is now a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis with a pounding pulse. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or simply KL, is a true gem of a city yet to be fully discovered by most mainstream world travelers. To compensate for its brief history (founded only in 1857)…   read more

For those who want to catch one last glimpse of Indochina as it was before the massive developments that have taken place in Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos is the choice. Until a few years ago, Laos kept a determined isolation from the outside world that left its villages and important sites such as…   read more

About 75 percent of Malaysia is covered by forest so it’s no surprise that country features Asia’s best park system. A “national park” in Malaysia is something very different than Yosemite. A park in Borneo can contain up to 800 plant species and can be home to orangutan,…   read more

The Maldives, or Republic of Maldives, is made up of 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Only 202 of these islands are inhabited, and 87 are islands with tourist resorts. A major dive destination, the Maldives definitely offers a remote island feel. Besides diving,…   read more

Manila, Philippines
As the capital of the Philippines, Manila is part of a much larger metropolis that is comprised of 17 cities and municipalities known as Metro Manila. Lying at the mouth of the Pasig River, the city sits atop centuries of prehistoric alluvial deposits that have built up over the years. Though…   read more

Mumbai, India
Although Delhi is India’s political capital, Mumbai is its cultural and financial center, as well as the home of the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood.Mumbai’s polyglot of culture, history and pop modernity give it a very modern charm. Bollywood produces about twice as man…   read more

Myanmar (Burma)
The former Burma, Myanmar, sits at the crossroads of many cultures despite its relative political isolation. Located on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea with Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east, Myanmar presents visitors with a dizzying array of…   read more

Hermits, Sherpas, yaks and yetis--Nepal is both a kingdom and a state of mind. Located on the highest heights of the Himalayas with none other than Mount Everest as its tallest icon, Nepal is the ultimate destination for pilgrims venturing to the most remote Buddhist and Hindu temples and…   read more

If you’re looking for pristine beaches, historic cities, rainforests, coral reefs, indigenous cultures and shopping at prices that are a fraction of what you’ll find in other countries, you’re looking for the Philippines. Five hundred years of Spanish rule and nearly 50 as a U.S.…   read more

Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand, the most famous of that country’s many sunny resort islands, has all that you want from a tropical island in the way of stunning sunsets, white-sand beaches, clear waters and fine resorts, but on top of that it also features that dynamic combination of serenity and energy…   read more