©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Kuala Lumpur

By day it’s a working helipad on the roof of a tower block — by night it’s a bar in the sky

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
Children show their support for Beijing’s bid at Yanqing, venue for the Alpine skiing events
©Simon Song

Skiing in China

Choice of Beijing as 2022 Winter Olympics host shocked many. What’s skiing there like, asks Jamil Anderlini

Mitaki-en Restaurant
©Caroline Daniel

Beyond the bullet train: the heart of rural Japan

Caroline Daniel explores the villages hoping that arts, crafts and tourism will provide a lifeline

Illustration by Sarah McMenemy of Soma-Nomaoi festival in Fukishima
©Sarah McMenemy

Postcard from . . . Japan

Next weekend, around 200,000 people are expected at the ancient samurai horseracing festival held near the Fukushima exclusion zone

The poet-preachers of Tamil Nadu

Is a centuries-old tradition about to end in a corner of southern India? William Dalrymple reports

Australia accused of bribing traffickers

Official alleged to have paid asylum boat crew to return to Indonesia

The Bangala hotel, Chettinad
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Chettinad

Where the sandy village streets are lined with lavish mansions

The hot-air balloon fills, watched by monks
©Ken Spence

Hot-air ballooning in Bhutan

Inaugural flight opens up majestic views of Himalayas

Journey’s end at the Hongu Taisha temple
©Andrew Eames

Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

A route that leads to the nation’s spiritual heart

Ladakh: on the path to enlightenment

William Dalrymple on the art and philosophy of this Himalayan region of northern India

The eagle hunters of Mongolia

On a pioneering trip to a remote corner of Mongolia, Mike Carter stays with a nomadic family who hunt with birds of prey

Postcard from . . . Flinders Island

Mutton birding has been practised on the island since the first settlers arrived to hunt seal in the early 1800s

A new bullet train to Kanazawa

Starting next week, a new direct service will connect frenetic Tokyo to the laid-back city celebrated as a centre for traditional Japanese crafts

Exploring the Solomon Sea

The islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea receive few visitors but a luxury cruiser, complete with helicopter, now allows adventurers to explore

On location: ‘Indian Summers’

Set in the foothills of the Himalayas in 1932, this 10-part drama was actually filmed on a Malaysian island

A cycling tour of southern India

Carole Cadwalladr leaves the British winter behind on a two-week group holiday riding through the hills and tea estates of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Fiji to banish Union Jack from its flag

Pacific island nation seeks to move away from ‘colonial past’

Island retreats just outside the city

A new resort just off Singapore — plus seaside sanctuaries near London, Rome, Hong Kong and more

A family holiday in Afghanistan

William Dalrymple takes his sons on a half-term break to the Bamiyan valley, a place of otherworldly beauty and fascinating history — despite the efforts of the Taliban

Aman Resorts’ new Tokyo hotel

The small but influential — and very expensive — luxury chain is embarking on major expansion while in the midst of a bitter boardroom battle

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