The Amandira, a 52-metre boat modelled on an Indonesian ‘phinisi’ and offering luxury and fine dining on board

Aman’s new floating hotel

The latest offering from the Aman group isn’t a hotel but a sleek sailing boat

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

Ice and isolation in Pakistan

With two friends — and 42 porters — Matthew Green treks over the remote Hispar Pass

K2’s summit, at 8,611m, is 237m lower than Everest’s

Climbing: Is K2 the new Everest?

Commercial expeditions are coming to the world’s second-highest peak

Australia tests technology to deter sharks

Alarming rise in attacks threatens beach tourism industry

The Tweed river in New South Wales
©Jochen Schenkler/Corbis

A tasting tour of Tweed Shire

Hidden between surf spots on Australia’s east coast is a region distinguishing itself with something else — food

The view from the 21st floor of the new Shangri-La hotel
©Ken Kochey

Hotel insider: Shangri-La, Mongolia

A new skyscraper from the company behind the hotel in London’s Shard is the latest marker of Ulan Bator’s transformation

©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

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

Postcard from . . . Chettinad

Where the sandy village streets are lined with lavish mansions

Hot-air ballooning in Bhutan

Inaugural flight opens up majestic views of Himalayas

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


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