A woman at the site in the Bamiyan valley where the ancient statues of Buddha once stood
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A family holiday in Afghanistan

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

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
The view from a bedroom at Aman’s new hotel in central Tokyo

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

A villa overlooking the beach at Nihiwatu
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Hotel insider: the five-star surf shack

Nihiwatu, a much-loved surf lodge on an Indonesian island, has been been given a five-star makeover — but has it lost its laidback soul?

The Jāmé Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
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Iran — by luxury train

As more tourists return to the country, a new rail service lets visitors explore in style

Beyond India’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Caroline Daniel takes an alternative approach to the tourist circuit, exploring the key city sights but also getting a taste of traditional village life

©Heather Gatley

Postcard from . . . Japan

Shinkansen provide an unequalled way to take in the countryside, flying beside paddy fields and hills rustling with Japanese maple

An illustration depicting ‘Hotel Horizontal' at the Dogo Onsen festival

Postcard from . . . Japan

The centrepiece of the Dogo Onsen festival is a witty installation of nine rooms redesigned by the likes of artist Yayoi Kusama

Aerial view of The Brando

Stay on Marlon Brando’s private island

A new development on the film legend’s atoll in French Polynesia promises ‘sumptuous accommodation with wild nature’

Australia: Culture clash

The government seems preoccupied with policies that critics say amount to an ideological war

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Switzerland

Short cuts: Updates from Bhutan, London and Switzerland

Bhutan’s 13-day adventure tour, London’s Artist Residence hotel and Switzerland’s Golden Autumn Days package

Short cuts: Updates from New York, Myanmar, South Pacific, UK

Revamp of a New York landmark hotel, e-visas, Marlon Brando’s former retreat and celebrating a new Agatha Christie book

Turkmenistan: of deserts and despots

Horatio Clare ventures into the central Asian nation, where a Silk Road past meets a post-Soviet future

Turkmenistan: land of deserts and despots

A ‘recce tour’ of the post-Soviet Central Asian nation, where palaces and cities – some new, others crumbling into the sand – provide a lesson in time

India’s ancient cave monasteries

William Dalrymple explores the rock-cut complexes north of Pune that are as startling as Petra but completely overlooked by tourists

On a boat made for two

A single-cabin vessel in Indonesia is one of a growing number of luxury boats for a honeymoon at sea

Teatime with a sultan in Indonesia

On the island of Buton, Elizabeth Pisani discovers a coral fort and Indonesia’s revival of tiny sultanates

The trek around Manaslu, Nepal

Nepal’s best-known treks have become increasingly crowded, but one can find peace among the waterfalls and wildflowers on a journey around the world’s eighth highest peak

Club Meditation: China’s spiritual tourism boom

Western and local tourists are heading to the countryside in search of enlightenment

Hainan: China’s new kingdom of bicycles

Over the past two decades the island has been reborn as a destination both for mainstream tourists and cyclists

Great Walks: Into the hills of Myanmar

In the first of our new series on great walks, Andrew Eames leaves behind the growing tourist crowds for a trek into the pristine Chin Hills


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