A descent from one of the monasteries on the road through the Spiti Valley
©Will Hide

Don’t look down: India’s Spiti Valley

Will Hide takes a self-drive tour along ‘the most treacherous road in the world’

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
Skiers in South Korea illustrated by Matthew Cook
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . South Korea

In just one generation, the country has gone ski-crazy. Today there are 19 resorts, with a total of 129 lifts

Laguna Lang Co golf course, on the coast of central Vietnam

Golf takes off in Vietnam

Akhil Sharma tests new courses and finds some intriguing idiosyncrasies

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

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

Skiing in China

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

Beyond the bullet train: the heart of rural Japan

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

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


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