Yunnan Beyond the Yaks
China's increasing middle-class growth is putting pressure on the traditional flavour of tourism across the country. In Yunnan there are still plenty of gems to be discovered, but expect to dig a little deeper to find them.
The Best of Dordogne
My favourite thing about France is travelling through a nice rural region. A few good medieval castles perched on hilltops, some classic views of a chateau and the fabulous cuisine that lures both your taste buds and your camera.
Camping with the Llamas
The Lares Trail is the most recent alternative to the Inca Trail, taking in the scenic altitudes north of Olantaytambo. It doesn't walk you into Machu Picchu with dawn views of the Sun Gate, but it does get you amongst the rugged ranges of the Andes to meet remote villagers and their farms. Trekkers can expect all the llamas you could ever want and maybe a few you didn't.
Monkly Business in Myanmar
While visiting the most beautiful pagoda in Yangon I met a monk who changed my mind about travel to the nation formerly known as Burma. The question is not whether to travel or not, but how to travel and why.
Canal Town of Xitang
Xitang is a taste of old China, old Shanghai and old charms. Hidden away from the madness of Shanghai and its every expanding skyline, the remnants of Xitang's old town is something of a rarity. The town is both popular but photogenic, a genuine attraction for tourists and photographers that is close to Shanghai, yet worlds away.
Heading North of Hanoi
It's all about the rice. Rural life in Northern Vietnam is heavily focused on the production of rice grain, but there's more going on around the paddies than just planting and the harvest. Ethnic diversity and the history of a nation are a part of the landscape too.
An Elephant in my Tuk Tuk
After a decade of journeys through South-East Asia and countless encounters with elephants in the jungles of Thailand the question of whether tourism is good for these graceful creatures is still an important one. Exploring the culture of elephants in Thailand makes for a wonderful journey, and if you chose with care, your travel dollar can greatly improve the lives of the elephants as well.