Asia

By Gary Walther Day 9: Tuesday, At Sea En Route to Komodo Island, Indonesia At half past noon the Europa 2 slides past Cape York, the northernmost point of the Australian mainland and swings to port to enter the Torres Strait, which separates Australia and New Guinea and is flecked

By Monique Burns Part 3: Holland America Asia Cruise We’ve sailed seven days aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam, and with another seven to go, my fellow passengers and I are halfway through our 14-day cruise to China, South Korea and Japan.  We’ve crossed Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour aboard a traditional

By Monique Burns Part 2:  Cruising Asia with Holland America En route to Shanghai, on our 14-day Holland America cruise through China, South Korea and Japan, we  leave the great Chinese port of Hong Kong and spend the next two days sailing northeast through the South China Sea and the

By Monique Burns              Part 1: Aboard the Good Ship Volendam Cruising Asia’s sun-dappled seas and moonlit straits on a 14-day journey aboard Holland America, my fellow passengers and I explore the great cities of China, South Korea and Japan.  In Hong Kong, we view Victoria Harbour’s modern skyline from

By Monique Burns  People and places often inspire great works of art.  Perhaps that’s why the bustling, densely populated, even chaotic neighborhood of Yau Ma Tei seems such an unlikely locale for Hotel Stage.  One of Hong Kong’s newest boutique establishments, Hotel Stage—a sleek 97-room design hotel with a stylish

By Ann Abel The foyer by the carpark is decorated with memorabilia from 1930s Formula 1 driver Prince Birabongse Bhanudej (still the only racer in Thai history) and a poster advertising the 1939 Bangkok Grand Prix that never happened. The library has a Bangkok guidebook from 1904 along with 4,000-year-old Neolithic pottery. The vinyl

Story & photos by Rumit Mehta Ask yourself: Where does a travel pro with limited time decide to spend his precious vacation?  For me, the choice was clear: Sri Lanka, a tiny island nation that corners the market on superlatives and UNESCO Heritage sites. As a seasoned, lifelong traveler, I

What’s the Deal: Cathay Pacific’s “Explore Asia in Premium Economy and save 5% off flights this Spring” offer Sample Fares: SFO/LAX to: Hong Kong $1868 Singapore $2068 Bangkok      $2063 Jakarta    $2042 Ho Chi Minh City    $2062 CHI/JFK to: Hong Kong $2014 Singapore       $2215 Bangkok      $2210 Jakarta      $2189 Ho Chi Minh City       $2209 Bonus:

One of the best things about attending the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS)  every year is that I get to meet people who run small adventure travel companies from all over the globe. Now wait, this is not as absurd as it sounds. If you live in the United States,

Reviewed by Richard West Recall  the popular chin-stroking adage about Hong Kong when the British returned it to the Chinese in 1997: "past imperfect, present tense, future conditional." It immediately came to mind regarding Sri Lanka after I finished reading Not Quite Paradise, Adele Barker's interesting account of living and