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The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

Bite. Chew. Swallow. It is easier said than done. Particularly when faced with a deep fried tarantula the size of your hand or an embryonic egg, sevens weeks in the making. Travelling through Asia can challenge many of your attributes but none more acutely than your tastebuds and, perhaps, gag reflex. If you’re game, start chewing through this list and see where you end up.

Go on a holiday to work your arse off

Go on a holiday to work your arse off

Freelance journalist Ryan Jon writes: You’ve been working hard. You’ve been putting blood, sweat and tears into your job and now you’re physically and mentally exhausted. Sounds like you need a holiday. On your holiday, would you like to put in blood, sweat and tears to the point of physical and mental exhaustion? How does […]

The blood, sweat and fears in riding an elephant

The blood, sweat and fears in riding an elephant

There I was, sitting on the back of an elephant, having her spray water at me from puddles that she walked past. In the Thai jungle, with the sun beating down mercilessly.

Bangkok: land of the ladyboys

Bangkok: land of the ladyboys

Steffi Chang writes: Bangkok is known for three things: the steaming heat, incredible shopping and ladyboys. The first two are characteristic of anywhere in South East Asia, but ladyboys — known as ‘katoeys’ locally — are a Thai institution. For those sheltered few, katoeys is a term popularly used to refer to men who endeavour […]

The lady with the stall below Thong Lo station

The lady with the stall below Thong Lo station

Each morning she is there, her stall set up beneath the stairs of the Thong Lo skytrain station long before the sun is up, writes Damian Doyle from Thailand.

The reclusive tiger elephants of Ayutthaya

The reclusive tiger elephants of Ayutthaya

One of the trickier ethical dilemmas of traveling through Asia comes in the form of the treatment of animals. So how does one deal with the elusive 'tiger elephant'? asks Kevin O’Faircheallaigh.

The rise of non-tourist tourism

The rise of non-tourist tourism

Kevin O’Faircheallaigh examines the paradox of the tourist. All the amazing sites are packed with tourists because they are amazing. Yet, tourists are annoying, obnoxious brats.