Walking into the Melati Spa in Koh Samui feels a little like checking into a cult, albeit a very friendly cult with excellent refreshments.May 7, 2012, 9:53 am
The drone of the longboat's motor isn't noticeable until it's not there any more and its sudden absence cuts off our conversation more quickly than a request to shut up would have achieved.May 4, 2012, 12:38 pm
Budget air travel in Asia is booming with low-cost carriers linking a mind- boggling number of Asian cities. There are no frills. Luggage and meals are add-ons and the only guarantee is a seat.April 27, 2012, 12:28 pm
Tony Evans added escorted motorcycle tours to West Leederville company Travel Directors' suite of small-group trips simply because, as a rider himself, he was finding great roads and routes and wanted to ride them and take others to enjoy them, too.April 26, 2012, 10:42 am
The Sands SkyPark towers nearly 200m in the air, poised on three elegantly tapered towers, dominating the Singapore skyline. It's like a giant surfboard in the sky.April 25, 2012, 6:16 pm
Porcelain-like Victorian-era dolls block my path. I realise once I'm closer that they're life-size and human, dressed like toys from bygone times. Four glance at me blankly from behind thick white face powder and then, as I brush past, suddenly become animated.April 23, 2012, 10:03 am
Here we are in Hong Kong, looking at our feet, watching the asphalt drop away from under our glass-bottomed cable car. Distracted momentarily by the airport nearby, our attention returns to the murky river that soon appears below our soaring car.April 17, 2012, 2:14 pm
Bali is the too-easy escape hatch on our doorstep, a seductive zone of spas and sunsets, waves and temples, plus the chance to shop to the brink of bankruptcy.April 13, 2012, 1:13 pm
Cambodia is not yet a sleek tourist destination but still attracts about three million visitors a year.April 13, 2012, 12:17 pm
The French fell in love with the town of Dalat in Vietnam's central highlands because it offered three seasons in one day - mild spring mornings followed by warm summer afternoons and cool autumn evenings.April 13, 2012, 10:08 am
Where is the real Singapore? And how do you find it? A good starting point is the statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, the founder of Singapore in 1918 - a time when just 1000 Malays and a few Chinese populated the place.April 13, 2012, 7:04 am
When the British arrived on the Malaysian island of Penang in 1786, pepper, by weight, was as expensive as gold. They wanted a foothold on the island because it was an important port for the transport of spices to Europe, and somewhere for square riggers to to take on water and supplies.April 12, 2012, 12:31 pm
The singlet-clad Canadian tourist, whose name is either Eve or Eva, says: "If this was at home, we'd ruin it by having a giant guard rail and a sign every 10 steps saying 'Do Not Fall Off the Walkway'."April 12, 2012, 11:41 am
Seven hours and 90 kilometres into Laos and cyclists are nearing the top of the day's third steep climb. The bicycles are crawling, but the riders are smiling as they finish the last tough grind of the day.April 12, 2012, 10:29 am
Waking early to see the mist rising over the South China Sea and lines of tankers waiting to head into port is an unexpected way to view Singapore.April 11, 2012, 10:17 am
Mount Fuji in Japan is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful mountains. With its even flanks and almost symmetrical cone, Fuji, or Fuji-san, has also been revered as a sacred site since time immemorial.April 4, 2012, 12:16 pm
Hla Tun is a man travellers might not like to meet but will be grateful if they do. Particularly so for one 81-year-old passenger on the Road to Mandalay cruise ship on the Irrawaddy River in Burma.March 30, 2012, 3:00 pm
A youngster in a red baseball cap and purple trackie pants with two white stripes down the side slogs along with a single paddle in his laden teak canoe.March 30, 2012, 12:55 pm
Melanie Chatfield is determined to see the world while she can.March 28, 2012, 7:07 pm
Now that Burma is opening to the outside world, good luck getting a hotel room.March 27, 2012, 8:57 am
As a child, Africa caught Stephen Scourfield's attention; Lesotho caught his heart.
Travelling from Muscat to Nizwa and the Hajar Mountains brings echoes from the past.
Culture lives in the food of Rome, and through that comes the importance of family.
From the fishwheels of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in tribe to Call of the Wild.
From cities to agricultural lands, Stephen Scourfield is submerged in a favourite place, India.
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