Far East & Australia

John Simpson sets foot in Australia

With a career spanning five decades and having reported from all over the world, John Simpson has been nearly everywhere – except Australia. Now, for the first time, the BBC world affairs editor reports exclusively for High Life from the Antipodes

Bali: Katamama, Seminyak

A knock-out combination of contemporary decor with traditional Indonesian twists and a cooler than cool vibe make this a refreshing addition to the Bali hotel scene. Ianthe Butt develops a serious design crush

The breathtaking past and the uncertain future of Japan’s ama divers

Katie Gatens reports on a 2,000-year-old tradition that’s in danger of being washed away by the tides

Japan: Amanemu, Ise-Shima

With its minimalist interiors, serene atmosphere and secluded location, this luxury resort is nirvana for Japan lovers – there are even private onsens in each room. Katie Gatens goes all zen

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

Behind the scenes in Bangkok

In the mid-19th century, when Thailand was still Siam, a rest house for foreign seafarers opened by the Chao Phraya river. It became one of the world’s greatest hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, an inspiration for writers and sophisticates alike. On the hotel’s 140th anniversary, High Life New Talent winner Oli Rahman checks in. Photography by Jasper James

Checking out the front desk of the future

Androids and automatons are popping up in hotels from Nagasaki to Ghent. Are they the logical next step or a dystopian future for travellers, devoid of human contact? Andy Morris investigates the rise of the hotelier robots

Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Five curious places to see art

You don’t need to go to a gallery to find art. From Lanzarote’s seabed to the rainforests of Belize, Katie Gatens discovers works of art in more natural habitats

Street style in Seoul

Not a traditional destination for travellers from the West, Seoul, South Korea’s futuristic capital, is an Asian cultural powerhouse and its fashion scene is one of the latest exports to take off internationally, writes Tom Allsop

The world’s best surf spots for all seasons

Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton regularly catches swells over 40 feet high all over the world. Here are his top surf spots to visit throughout the year

The best (and worst) places for disabled travel

Decrepit buildings, lethal bike lanes, endless stairs – life on the road for travellers in wheelchairs is rarely easy. Here are blogger Anthony Tipling Bower’s findings from his attempt to become the first disabled traveller to visit every country

How the Olympics changed the world

As Rio welcomes the Olympic and Paralympic Games, international authors reflect on how cities around 
the world changed in their wake

Bali: Alila Villas, Uluwatu

The infinity pool steals the show at this sundrenched resort in the Indian Ocean, but the jaw-dropping location, cool minimalist villas and innovative spa aren’t so bad either, says Ianthe Butt

On the road with… Foals’ Yannis Philippakis

The bearded frontman talks wild fans, gifts to remember and returning to the Greek Islands

City hot spot: French Concession, Shanghai

Enjoy a slice of Parisian sophistication in China’s biggest city by exploring the boutique clothes shops and quaint patisseries of French Concession

Exploring the Langkawi jungle with ‘Malaysia’s David Attenborough’

In the ancient Langkawi jungle, where his father once fought communists, Irshad Mobarak has different targets in his sights – butterflies, lemurs and amorous fiddler crabs. Zoe Williams meets the man dubbed the ‘Malaysian David Attenborough’ on an island that boasts fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world

High note: Jessie J performs live show onboard British Airways jet

Find out what happened when the British singer hosted a street party-themed gig onboard a BA plane in Sydney, Australia

Hong Kong: The Ritz-Carlton

It’s glitzy, glamorous and housed in the seventh tallest building in the world. But The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong offers more than just outstanding views, as Olivia McLearon discovers

How to talk about places you’ll never visit

Travel has a rich heritage of imagined expeditions, from Marco Polo to Jules Verne – and writer Pierre Bayard is the undisputed master of virtual globetrotting. Following the publication of his latest book How To Talk About Places You’ve Never Been, he speaks to High Life about letting your imagination run wild

Write on: five famous travel memoirs

Before the days of Instagram, travellers used pen and paper to document their adventures across the globe. David Cole, director of Pen Heaven, chooses five of his favourite travel journals to inspire you on your next trip

Global tribes: the seasonal spirits of rural Japan

French photographer Charles Fréger examines the seasonal rites of fishing and farming communities in Japan for his latest book

John Simpson: a letter (and some Tweets) from Beijing

What the world's most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month he returns to Beijing, armed with a smartphone

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

Five must-visit dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef

Whether its wrecks, sharks or whales you want to see on an underwater adventure, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has it all. Ianthe Butt reveals five of its not-to-be-missed scuba diving sites...

Are you a cargo king or a cardboard box? Take our big air cargo quiz

Planes aren't just for holidays: hundreds of tonnes of cargo are shipped by IAG Cargo on British Airways passenger planes every day. So how much do you know about what’s travelling and where it’s going? Take our quiz to find out

John Simpson: Letter from Beijing

Find out what happened when the world’s most famous correspondent returned to Beijing

David Attenborough: Any questions?

His voice is instantly recognisable and his contribution to our understanding of the behaviour of animals and plants is unparalleled. As he turns 90, High Life quizzes Sir David Attenborough on his long career observing life through a lens

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

The insider’s guide to Palm Cove

Say hello to Palm Cove, aka your new favourite Australian holiday destination. Ianthe Butt reveals where to eat, shop and sleep in this beachy village, just 30 minutes from Cairns city

Eight of the world’s quirkiest museum collections

From voodoo dolls to ramen noodles, here are some of the most unusual collections the world has to offer

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

Eight epic adventures for 2016

From a snowy trek across Japan to a helicopter safari in Kenya, these inspiring holiday ideas will guarantee your next trip is unforgettable

Malaysia: Tanjong Jara Resort

Hidden in a lush oasis on Malaysia’s quieter east coast, this dreamy retreat blends an all-natural, understated style with unadulterated luxury – just don’t leave without meeting some of its colourful characters, says Anisha Patel

Cairns: Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

Cairns isn’t all about partying and parrotfish. Travel just half an hour north and you’ll find Alamanda Palm Cove – set on a picturesque beach sweep it ticks the boxes for a quiet, relaxing escape says Ianthe Butt

Chou Yun Ting: my life in travel

The winner of the Samsonite International Catwalk Competition on drawing creative inspiration from the Netherlands, why Iceland is at the top of her bucket list, and her favourite spots in her hometown, Taipei

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

Five of the world's best gaming capitals

Do you know your Super Mario from your Sonic the Hedgehog? These days, eGaming is one of the fastest growing sports in the world – creeping onto the international stage. Check out the five best cities in the world to pick up a console

Ten hair-raising hikes

Want a walk with a side order of thrills? Adventurous travel writer and keen hiker, Andrew Bain, shares his pick of the world’s most rousing routes

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Five ways to see the Great Barrier Reef

Avoid the crowds to truly appreciate Australia’s stunning reef, says Jessica Teas. Here are five different ways to explore the area's vibrant and colourful marine life

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

The hottest foodie destinations of 2015

With Danish dining in Asia and Michelin star-spotting in Europe, there were some exciting contenders for the best foodie destination of 2015. Here are five places that pushed boundaries to become celebrated dining hotspots

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

What I pack: the guidebook guru

Lonely Planet co-founder and author, Tony Wheeler, has visited more than 150 countries — so 
he should have packing down to a fine art. In our regular series, he shares his bare essentials for any trip

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

Dave Cornthwaite: top five adventure videos

The English adventurer, writer and filmmaker picks five of his most thrilling videos from his travels around the world

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

Alexander von Humboldt: the lost hero of science

Penguins, mountains and part of the Moon are named after him, yet today few know the story of Alexander von Humboldt

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

The style interview: Jack Pack

Ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album in October (recorded with a 72-piece orchestra, no less) and a knock-out reappearance on this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, four-piece swing group Jack Pack talk to Lizzy Wilkinson about British style and their own sharp-suited fashion icons

On the road with… Ella Eyre

British singer songwriter Ella Eyre talks rock ‘n’ roll nights out, her rider requests, and raucous crowds

Keith’s connections: China

Our regular column from a frequent flyer. This month, a whistle stop tour of China

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

All through the night: 24-hour cities

As London’s Tube prepares to run round-the-clock, author William Boyd reports on the rise of the 21st-century, 24-hour megacities, while High Life’s global stringers set out to find the true nonstop metropolises which never sleep

From dusk ’til dawn: five unexpected things to do after dark

In 2015, cities never sleep. Whether you’re jetlagged or a night owl, here’s guide to some of the more unusual late-night activities to indulge in around the world

South Beach Miami vs South Beach Singapore

Move over Miami, there’s a new South Beach in town — as Singapore’s South Beach gives the original US neighbourhood a run for its money

Dig deep: underground buildings and cities

In a crowded world, new buildings — and even cities — are increasingly being built underground. Here’s what’s going down

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

The new fashion capitals

As the world’s most stylish cities gear up for a month of SS16 fashion weeks, it’s easy to forget that London, New York, Milan and Paris aren’t the only destinations with serious fashion credentials. Lizzy Wilkinson scopes out four alternative cities that should be on any fashion lover’s radar

Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

Our favourite French chef Raymond Blanc reveals how he travels when he’s away from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

Finding Wonderland: DBC Pierre’s wine tour of South Australia

DBC Pierre knows good wine — which in his native Australia now includes Adelaide’s more curious wineries that boast an anarchic attitude, a cult following and rare vintages that have sold out within 36 hours. In a bacchanalian quest for the best of the bunch, he went knocking on cellar doors

Japan: Andaz Tokyo

Tokyo’s latest skyscraper hotel certainly has the wow factor, from origami-inspired rooms to the mesmerising views from its rooftop bar. Katie Gatens reaches for the skies

Japan: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

This outstanding hotel has set the bar extremely high. Where else could you order eggs for breakfast from chickens fed on a diet of hibiscus and rosehip, asks Katie Gatens

Thailand: The Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

It might be a part of a larger hotel group, but this luxury wellness retreat stays true to its Thai roots, says Ianthe Butt. Tom yum and chilli cocktail, anyone?

Singapore: The Westin

This five-star addition to the Singapore skyline is slick, welcoming and offers some seriously stunning views. Katherine Knight is impressed

Hong Kong in seven bars

Order a morning cup of tea in Hong Kong, and there’s every chance it might have been filtered through pantyhose and topped up with condensed milk. But what if you are heading out at night? Here are seven of Hong Kong’s best bars

Five must-visit Tokyo neighbourhoods

With dozens of districts ripe for exploration, it’s hard to know where to begin in a megalopolis like Tokyo. Don’t worry — Katie Gatens has done the legwork for you

Six of the world’s craziest golf courses

Who said greens had to come with club houses and hotels attached to them? Tim Southwell, founder and CEO of, picks six unconventional — and sometimes plain wacky — golf courses

Seven of the best home away from home hotels

Honesty kitchens, cosy communal living rooms and pillows that are just right… Hannah Hudson tracks down the best places for a ‘home suite home’ break

Hotels that help you connect with locals

Craving a deeper connection with your destination? Forget flashy tours, says Hannah Hudson — these hotels will hook you up with the locals for a truly authentic experience

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

The last political taboo: politicians and their holidays

Forget the sleaze years, the expenses scandal, and the policy u-turns — the biggest faux pas for MPs? Taking a holiday... Where they go, how often, and their holiday wardrobes are all lightning rods for criticism. Nick Curtis on the minefield that is politicians’ holidays

60 second interview: Gilles Peterson

The DJ and tastemaker has propelled many artist's careers. Now you can listen to Gilles Peterson on British Airways flights with his Worldwide Mixtape, a carefully curated blend of music from all over the world

On the road with... Gary Barlow

The British singer and songwriter talks about life on tour, from big nights out in Germany to his first tour in Japan with Take That

British Airways celebrates ten years of flying to Shanghai

British Airways brought a taste of the British summer to Shanghai with a star-studded garden party featuring mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack and Fenwick of Bond Street

12 of the world’s most curious tiny islands

Not all islands are tropical paradises. From a Mexican atoll where dolls hang from trees to a Japanese isle where cats outnumber humans, Katherine Price finds that some are just plain weird

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Bangkok for vintage lovers

Forget the mega malls. Bangkok is the place to go for all things vintage in southeast Asia

Singapore: Mandarin Oriental

Champagne brunches, James Bond-worthy cocktails and a second-to-none spa... Tick, tick and tick. But it’s the service and ambience that take this hotel to the pinnacle of luxury, says Katherine Knight

British Airways makes a glamorous return to Kuala Lumpur

British Airways celebrates its new route to the Malaysian capital with a glitzy photo shoot — and a little help from some famous friends

Five street food dishes to try in Japan (that aren’t sushi)

Don’t limit yourself to just sushi and ramen. Head to the street and try these bizarre and lesser-known, but just as terrific, creations that the locals can’t get enough of

Life in close-up with adventure cameraman Keith Partridge

No location has been too dangerous, no environment too wild... For two decades, cameraman Keith Partridge has worked on films like ‘Touching the Void’, creating astonishing images that have defined our planet. He talks to Ianthe Butt about his adventures at the ends of the earth

Thailand: Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood

With both green surroundings and credentials — plus can-do-anything butlers — this luxury eco retreat is just the place to spoil yourself on a deliciously unspoilt Thai island, says Ruth Metzstein

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

Chineasy as 1,2,3

Take a graphical approach to learning Chinese language and culture with the ’Chineasy Memory Game’

On the road with… Jamie Jones

The producer and DJ talks about his life on tour, from his first gig abroad in Mexico to partying with P. Diddy in Miami

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

An insider’s guide: Kuala Lumpur

Local resident and mezzo soprano singer Carly Paoli shares her tips on the buzzing Malaysian capital, from where to sample to the best street food to sky-high cocktails with killer views

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Japan for whisky drinkers

Travel from a different angle. This month, the unexpected rise of Japanese whisky

Five new ways to drink in Kuala Lumpur

From sky-high cocktails to speakeasies, Sam Coleman, Esquire Malaysia’s editor-in-chief, scopes out Kuala Lumpur’s best new drinking dens

Kuala Lumpur: Sound of the future

Could music be Malaysia’s next big export? Its vibrant pop and hip-hop scene sounds like nothing you’ve heard before and its bright new acts are winning fans worldwide. 
Faris Mustafa gets lost in music

Australia’s best vegetarian restaurants

Adelaide-based chef and TV presenter Simon Bryant continues Meat Free Week by picking his favourite vegetarian restaurants in Australia

China’s grand designs

Ahead of the second ‘Design Shanghai’, the exhibition’s creative director Ross Urwin tells us why, thanks to a renewed interest in creativity and a growing pool of young talent, it’s time to switch the phrase ‘made in China’ to ‘designed in China’

Around the world… on one wheel

We meet the British teenager who has just set off on a mission to travel the world on a unicycle

Now, new, next: Horticultural holidays

Turn over a new leaf and try one of these green-fingered gardening escapes, says Ianthe Butt

Seven unmissable new train journeys

A new generation of train journeys — from high-speed to high-end — are creating a revived buzz for the mode of travel. Here are seven that should be on your radar for 2015 and beyond

Life in the slow lane: Japan’s Seven Stars sleeper train

Japan’s Seven Stars cruise train has a six-month waiting list for tickets for its journey around the island of Kyushu. Why is everybody so excited about travelling on a train that is so extraordinarily... slow? Railway expert Julian Holland reports

Malaysia: Temple Tree, Langkawi

With arty villas, eclectic design and a host of furry friends to keep you company, this one-of-a-kind heritage hotel has a touch of fairy tale magic, says Ianthe Butt

Five great places to celebrate Chinese New Year

The year of the goat will be ushered in on 19 February 2015, but the worldwide celebrations can last up to eight days. Singapore-born David Yeo, founder and CEO of Aqua Restaurant Group, picks the cities that will host the biggest and best festivities

Eight Chinese fashion designers to watch in 2015

China is one of the fastest growing markets for western fashion brands, but homegrown labels have started to make the rest of the world sit up and take note. Gemma A Williams, author of ‘Fashion China’, names eight of the country’s most innovative and exciting talents

Melbourne: the most ‘slidable’ city in the world?

With a 400m urban water slide about to grace the streets of Melbourne, Tim Hulse discovers how Australia is taking a novel approach to cooling off in summer

City hot spot: Armenian Street, Penang, Malaysia

Located in the Unesco World Heritage site of Georgetown, Armenian Street retains an old-world charm, but hip art galleries, stylish cafés and refurbished residences are bringing it coolly into the 21st century. Ianthe Butt shares her tips

China: on the front row of fashion

Western luxury brands have long dominated China but now, homegrown designers have begun to take to the stage. Lisa Movius meets these rising stars for China's fashion scene

Kuala Lumpur: ten unlikely shopping mall experiences

It’s not just international fashion labels that you’ll find in Kuala Lumpur’s colossal malls. From a vintage record store to a street food market, Faris Mustafa tracks down the most unexpected finds

Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur: supper clubs

Secret dining rooms in people’s houses are becoming a fashionable alternative for diners who want an authentic taste of Kuala Lumpur without the sky-high prices of its high-end restaurants. KL food writer Surekha Ragavan seeks out five of the city’s tastiest

René Redzepi: Taking Noma to Tokyo

As Noma goes nomad, René Redzepi talks exclusively to Joe Warwick about what it takes to uproot the world’s best restaurant in its entirety – including spouses and children – and move it 5,400 miles

The High Life Hot List 2015

Our panel of travel-obsessed experts votes for the most intriguing cities, the emptiest beaches and the hottest hotels

Hot list 2015: foodie destinations

Eating is as much a part of our travel wishlist as views and culture – but where will you find 2015’s best bites?

The best place in the world to... an alien, become a millionaire, get hitched, do nothing... Whatever it is, there's an ideal spot for it. But, finds Simon Usborne, you may be surprised where you end up

Singapore today

Once defined by its straight-laced conformity, Singapore is shaking things up. As it gets set to celebrate 50 years of independence, the youthful population are forging a new national identity, writes Faris Mustafa

Four of Singapore's best restaurants

From classic French cuisine to Singaporean fusion, Faris Mustafa dishes up the best places to eat in Singapore

Singapore: four things to see

In its 50 years of independence, Singapore has established itself as far more than a stopover destination. Here are four sights to check out when you're in town

Video: Singapore: fast and curious

Meet Singapore's new fashion, food, design and music stars and find out why this city-state's identity is stronger than ever

Five of Singapore's best bars

From cocktails to coffee, Faris Mustafa lists the best places to go for a drink in Singapore

Singapore: an insider's guide

As it prepares to celebrate 50 years of independence, this island nation is blossoming in art, culture, food and drink. Faris Mustafa gets the locals' tips

City hot spots: U37 Creative Warehouse, Chengdu

What was once a drab, sprawling storage facility for Chengdu hospitals on South Third Street, Shuinianhe, beside Niuwangmiao station on the city's new metro line, has become a vibrant and eclectic pocket alley for creative spaces

Author Jung Chang: five hidden gems of China's Sichuan Province

The author of best-selling autobiography Wild Swans describes some of her favourite lesser-known spots to soak up the culture and history of her native Sichuan region

Malaysia: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

The Four Seasons in Malaysia's Langkawi archipelago is a class act, with rugged views, slick design and a spa inspired by the local region, says Gillian Rhys

China's golf courses

The authorities regard golf as delinquent and bourgeois. So why are there so many tees in China? Dan Washburn investigates

10 of the world's most scenic marathons

Not all marathons are run on concrete and follow a city circuit. Some take you across arctic glaciers, over desert plains and through some of the most spectacular scenery the world has to offer, says Harriet Letherbarrow

Japan: Ritz Carlton Kyoto

With the very best of Japanese style and substantial quality to boot, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is the one for a special occasion trip, says Michael Booth

Ching-He Huang: five of the best places to eat in Hong Kong

A rising star in the chef world and a fierce advocate of Chinese cooking, Ching-He Huang shares her food and drink tips for cosmopolitan cuisine hub Hong Kong

Five essential Chengdu dining experiences

From private kitchens to intestine soup from a Jinli market stall, Julia Buckley picks five ways to taste this extraordinary Chinese city

The art of Thai boxing

Muay Thai is one of the world's most brutal, graceful and exotic sports, featuring moves such as the Crocodile Tail Whip and the Break the Elephant's Neck. Stanley Stewart trains with the best in Bangkok

Singapore's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Singapore food blogger Catherine Ling some quickfire questions about her favourite local mouthfuls

Where to learn and watch Muay Thai boxing

Keen to learn the ancient art of Thai boxing? Stanley Stewart picks the gyms to train in, plus where to get a ringside seat at a match

A stylish guide to Beijing

Fashion designer Ping He takes us on a shopping and eating tour of her second home, Beijing

12 of the world’s coolest festivals

Big names, iconic venues, far-flung destinations: Ianthe Butt has the definitive guide to festivals for the year ahead. Time to start zorbing...

Bangkok's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Bangkok food blogger Mark Wiens some quickfire questions about his favourite local mouthfuls

10 inspirational women in the history of travel

It's International Women's Day on 8 March, and what better time to remember some of the women who paved the way for our adventures? Lucy Thackray celebrates ten of the best

Bali: Luna2 Studios, Seminyak

The modernist design, bold colours and cosmic references make this a stylish place to stay in Bali's fun fashion-forward hub, says Lisa Steer

Hong Kong: Hotel Icon

Owned by the local hospitality school, Hotel Icon aims to test out great service and facilities in a working hotel, but its charms extend far beyond innovation and efficiency, says Lucy Thackray

Six of the best alternative fashion weeks

A handful of the best and most unexpected fashion weeks happening around the world

Thailand: Sri Panwa, Phuket

With modern, tasteful villas and a hub of bars and restaurants at its centre, Sri Panwa is the face of youthful, affluent Thailand, says Lucy Thackray

Hong Kong: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

One for the stylish international crowd, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a little slice of luxury in Hong Kong's hectic Central area, says Lucy Thackray

Bali: Glamping Sandat, Ubud

Bali's first Glamping destination is a bucolic, romantic retreat in a timeless setting — it's quintessential Bali, says Lisa Steer

Bali: Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa

This stylish resort on the quieter and more rugged tip of Bali has fantastic ocean views and a romantic, otherworldly feel, says Lisa Steer

Thailand: Six Senses Yao Noi

With luxurious villas that blend in with the landscape and a pool with a once-in-a-lifetime view, the Six Senses on Yao Noi is a true taste of paradise, says Lucy Thackray

Keith's connections: Hong Kong

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, memories of Hong Kong and the city's enduring charm

Making dim sum with an expert in Hong Kong

The Peninsula's Dim Sum Academy is a fascinating insight into the art of the dumpling, says Mary Lussiana

The new generation of Chinese designers

These up-and-coming designers are infusing the ‘made in China' tag with new cachet

Thailand: The Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok

With renowned restaurants in their own right, beautiful river views and a rare secluded feel in this chaotic city, The Peninsula Bangkok has the wow factor for business trips or a stopover in the city, says Lucy Thackray

Thailand: Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

With luxurious, unique design, a serene atmosphere and every little detail taken care of, Phulay Bay is hard to top for a truly special trip to Krabi, says Lucy Thackray

My travel plans: astronaut Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield recently spent five months commanding the International Space Station, 370km from Earth — and shot to fame with a viral video that had over 18 million views. We asked him 
to share his post-space trip wish list

The world's best new hotels for 2014

There will be an avalanche of new hotel openings in 2014. Whether it’s boutique, hipster or family-friendly, here are the places you’ll 
be desperate to stay in. 
If you can get a room...

The world's last wildernesses

Longing to escape to the wild? Three adventurous experts tell us where to head this year

Five of the best family hotels for 2014

British Airways' Claire Bentley and Mr and Mrs Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy pick five exciting family-friendly hotels for the year ahead

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Bhutan for beer lovers

Go for the mountainous scenery, stay for the lager, says Sam Gosling

Kashmir opens its doors

Just a year ago the Foreign & Commonwealth Office withdrew its two-decade advice for UK nationals to avoid travelling to this disputed territory. Ianthe Butt, herself half Kashmiri, visits for the first time and finds it ripe for exploration

China's French fetish

China is in love with France's luxury goods, food and wine — you could even be walking into a Parisienne patisserie in Shanghai

Hong Kong's young artists

This year's Asian debut of Art Basel along with the growing crop of Western gallery outposts, such as White Cube, has put Hong Kong firmly on the art map. But what about the emerging homegrown artists? Peter Shadbolt meets the young talent from an ever-expanding scene

Where to stay in Tokyo

Going to the city of world-class sushi, quirky fashion and futuristic architecture? We round up the top eight Tokyo hotels, according to TripAdvisor

Global tribes: Mongolian hip hop artists

Mongolia's rappers are flying the flag for homegrown hip hop. Kim Willis reports

Insider's guide to Tokyo

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo is the ultimate megacity — and now preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Looking to explore? Michael Booth meets some local heroes who can point you in the right direction

Keith's connections: film and travel

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, find out which Hollywood classic inspired him to travel

Cycling in Chengdu

Once known as the kingdom of bicycles, China has seen a rapid economic development and now the car rules the road. But in Chengdu, a growing subculture of hip young cyclists is learning how to have fun on the road. Patrick Hutchison joins them

The insider's guide to Chengdu, China: where to shop, eat and stay

The best hotels, shops, restaurants and entertainment in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, central China

Art in Japan's Snow Country

A mystical, mountainous area, Japan's Snow Country is best known for its winter skiing. But there's another year-round attraction that's bringing more people to this remote rural region... Mark Jones reports

Six affordable retreats with soul

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma chooses six hotels that embody the soul of their location

Authentic travel

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma grew up travelling to authentic destinations. Here he explains why getting under the skin of a new place is so important — and, often, affordable

Tokyo: The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is a slice of traditional comfort in Tokyo's glitzy Midtown complex — and it caters excellently to its business traveller clientele, says Chris Michael

Paul Theroux: 10 places that changed me

From Belfast's ‘civilised' anarchy in the 80s to Vietnam's lessons in forgiveness, Paul Theroux recalls the destinations that have thrilled, intrigued and even terrified him

Hong Kong: The Grand Hyatt

Situated in Hong Kong's nerve centre, The Grand Hyatt will satisfy business travellers and holidaymakers alike, says Chris Michael

Hong Kong: The Peninsula

For unparalleled comfort and refined elegance, The Peninsula Hong Kong is obsessive about attention to detail — and it shows, says Chris Michael

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

Six of the best city waterways

Some of the most picturesque and fascinating city rivers and waterways in the world

Simon Reeve: five of the best sights from my Australian adventure

With a new TV series detailing his journey through Australia about to hit our screens, adventurer, author and presenter Simon Reeve shares five exhilarating places he discovered along the way

Hotel trend: pets and resident animals

From cats to llamas, hotels all over the world are catching on to the charm of a furry (or wrinkly) mascot. Ianthe Butt reports

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

Facehunter: five of the world's most stylish cities

Street style blogger Yvan Rodic, aka Facehunter, picks his five favourite cities for great fashion and style

Turkey's Bosphorus Bridge connects east and west, 1973

Forty years ago, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first to connect Europe and Asia since 512BC. But what effect did it have on Istanbul and its people? Emine Saner reports from both sides

Why airport terminals can make the best memories

Falling in love, people watching and fond farewells — airports are story machines, says Anna Stothard

Hotels, restaurants and days out in Hong Kong

Luxury hotels, authentic restaurants and great family days out in bustling Hong Kong

Futuristic vs retro hotels

Some hotels tap into the nostalgia of decades past, while others are racing towards the future of hospitality

Contemporary Photography in Asia

A stunning new book celebrates modern Asian photography

Five of the best restaurants in Melbourne, chosen by chefs

Every city has its ‘must visit' restaurants — but where do the most critical foodies, chefs themselves, choose to dine? Four of Australasia's finest chefs pick their favourites. By Joe Warwick

Trend: one room hotels

One-room hotels in Amsterdam, Sweden and New Zealand offer you hotel accommodation minus the neighbours

Five ways to be a free range traveller

People are roaming free. And it's more than just a gap year. Here's how to ditch the office (and still pay the bills), by Marianne Cantwell

Six of the world's best record stores

Just when you thought the stylus had, well, gone out of style, sales of vinyl records are climbing. Here are the world's most unique wax wonderlands

Christmas cheers: five of the best city bars around the world

Celebrate the festive season with a yuletide tipple or a New Year toast. But where? Jane Dunford ‘researches' the best bars

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

The topsy-turvy travel planner: baseball in Japan

Travel from a different angle. This month, journey to Japan for a taste of the all-American sport. By Will Hide

John Simpson: Letter from China

There was a time, not very long ago, when no one went to China; no one, that is, except a few foreign businessmen, one or two diplomats and maybe half a dozen journalists

Where to party, shop and relax in Seoul

Forget Tokyo, Paris, London and New York. The South Korean capital is indisputably the world's buzziest city. But can you take the pace and look the part? 
Find out with 
our RoK* star guide. 
Nell McShane Wulfhart 
leads the way

Five of the best Marlborough region wines

Five superior wines from the New Zealand wine region, chosen by Belinda Stone of Patriarche Wine

The Winter Sun Q&A

Want a sunshine break but can't face planning it? Start right here with the help of our expert panel. From lazy beach breaks to trekking sun-drenched mountains, they have it covered

New Zealand: Marlborough wine country

From its powerful Pinot to its ‘definitive Sav' 
New Zealand's Marlborough region is rightly famous for its wine. And its food and landscapes are proving just as bounteous, says Emine Saner

Travel like Bond: five of the best destinations in Skyfall

As James Bond makes his 23rd silver-screen outing with Skyfall, follow his lead in true 007 style in the destinations featured in the film. They've been expecting you, says Paul Henderson

Six architecturally beautiful museums

The newly-designed — and much-anticipated — Islamic Art Galleries open at the Louvre this month. But it's not just Paris. Architects have been busy putting their creative stamps on museums the world over, says Dale Kneen

Meet the ParalympicsGB athletes

In Beijing, ParalympicsGB came second in the medal table. Now with the home advantage, 
it's time to raise their game. Jane Dunford and Rob Crossan meet the stars taking aim at the gold

Five eco-friendly places in Japan

An eco-friendly hotel, guesthouse, restaurant and more in 
Japan, as chosen by Richard Hammond

Magical Myanmar

Burma — or Myanmar as it is now known — is finally emerging from the shadows and inviting visitors to discover its fairy-tale temples, 
shimmering lakes and colonial cities. Jane Dunford is charmed

Beijing city guide

Ed Peters recommends the best hotels and restaurants, plus a few hidden gems, in vibrant Beijing

Six of the best cooking schools in the world

Take one foodie, add a sprinkling of culinary courses and bake in a tropical heat... Michael Booth tries out the tastiest culinary schools across the globe

John Simpson: Letter from Hong Kong

You can't knock around the globe as a reporter for decades on end and not bump into the occasional war or revolution. I've racked up 41, I'm afraid; though how sad is it to sit down and add them all up, as I've just done? But compared with one friend of mine, I'm a mere beginner. She is one of the great foreign correspondents of the second half of the 20th century, and she recently celebrated her 100th birthday

Where to stay, eat and drink in southern Australia

Following Fiona Sims' gourmet tour of Victoria and South Australia, we give you her pick of the area's restaurants and hotels

Five of the best eco-friendly places in Australia

The most eco-friendly destinations down under, as chosen by Richard Hammond

Gourmet tour of southern Australia's vineyards

Famous for their bold, beautiful, world-beating wines, the vineyards 
of Victoria and South Australia are now opening restaurants with high-class cuisine to match. Fiona Sims takes a gourmet tour

The best eco-friendly restaurants

The most eco-friendly restaurants in the world, as chosen by Richard Hammond

The longest golf course in the world

Joanna Hunter on the world's longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links in Australia

The wet season in Darwin, Australia

The lightning over Darwin is a sight to behold. James Jeffrey braves the storm to enjoy the Northern Territories during the wet season

Across Australia in a Mini

Celebrating the Mini’s 50th anniversary, Gavin Green recreates his father’s historic drive across Australia’s arid red centre from Sydney to Perth

Big in Australia: Broome

Go west for Australia's must-visit destination, Broome – a laid-back beach town with stunning scenery and a magical setting, says Lisa Johnson

Australia: Five best outback hotels

Head to the wilds of Australia to bring out your pioneering spirit. Francesca Syz reveals the best places to stay

South Australia dreamin'

It may not have Ayers Rock or the Barrier Reef but South Australia has a unique beauty all its own. No wonder it’s attracting a new breed of English settlers, says Mark Jones

60 second interview: Eddie Izzard

The actor and comedian shares his life in travel, from the beaches of Greece to the stages of Iceland, Chicago and Amsterdam