Goodbye Asia, Hello Oceania!
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Goodbye Asia, Hello Oceania!

Spotless streets, glamorous storefronts, painted crosswalks, fish and chip shops, and the familiar sounds of the English language…where are we? Where are the grannies running noodle carts, monks walking barefoot, motorbike traffic jams, and the sing-song hum of Thai and Khmer? We are in Auckland, a city so lovely and familiar to home, but so…

Liveable Loveable Chiang Mai
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Liveable Loveable Chiang Mai

When people ask us, “If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?” In Africa we’d say Cape Town, in South America…Buenos Aires, in Europe…San Sebastian, Spain, and in Asia it would be Chiang Mai, Thailand. There is something so loveable and liveable about this little northern city. It’s got…

Hue: A Colorful Town
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Hue: A Colorful Town

Said to be the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual heart of Vietnam, Hue is full of palaces, pagodas, tombs, temples, and a dash of French colonial flair. It was the country’s political capital from 1802-1945 under 13 emperors of Nguyen dynasty and their decadence is largely what makes the area so beautiful. Just 80 miles from…

Vietnam’s Most Charming Town: Hoi An
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Vietnam’s Most Charming Town: Hoi An

Hoi An was by far our favorite town in Vietnam. A trading port dating back to the 17th-century, it has been shaped by the cultures that passed through its ports—Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Indian and Vietnamese. With its well-preserved homes, shops, and temples, the whole town center has been deemed a UNESCO world-heritage site but it…

The Many Faces of Tokyo
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The Many Faces of Tokyo

Tokyo is as lovely and well mannered as you’d expect the Japanese capital to be, but it has a nerdy, naughty, and edgy side that keeps it interesting. Things like capsule beds, anime emporiums, Pachinko parlors, and Hello-Kitty-themed Love Hotels thrive alongside ancient shrines and state-of-the-art skyscrapers. It’s a place of endless contradictions and it…

Crash Course in the Japanese Arts
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Crash Course in the Japanese Arts

How to tie a kimono, arrange an ikebana flower arrangement, write kangi calligraphy…these are skills we never dreamt we’d learn, but with three days in the historic city of Kanazawa and the help of The Art of Travel, we took the ultimate crash course in Japanese culture. More an art insider than a tour operator,…

The Heavenly Meili Mountains
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The Heavenly Meili Mountains

As close as you can get to Tibet without a separate visa, Meili mountain range feels like a piece of the heavens. Though we traveled three days deep into Deqing, China get here, Meili’s beauty is so accessible it felt too good to be true. Mountains like this usually don’t come without porters and oxygen…

A Taste of Tibet: Diqing, China
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A Taste of Tibet: Diqing, China

Tibet is world famous for its culture of Buddhism and holy mountains but its neighbor Diqing is a well-kept secret. When China drew the line around the autonomous region in 1951, they didn’t magically move all the Tibetan people and the centuries-old monasteries inside the new boundary…the Tibetan people and their culture live on in…

The Gateway to Yunnan, China
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The Gateway to Yunnan, China

We thought our entry into China via Hong Kong would semi prepare us for this massive and mysterious nation, but really, nothing can. We took a boat from the formerly British HK over to the mainland and it was like entering a new and very foreign country—goodbye English language, Roman alphabet, capitalism, and western ways…