Discovering Ipoh's Relaxed Charms

Once the centre of a decades-long tin mining boom, Malaysia’s third-largest city, Ipoh, has now come into its own as holiday destination. Its historic old town has seen a renaissance and is a popular shopping and dining district. The craggy limestone hills that surround the city contain many caves, some housing temples. It’s a city that will appeal to senior travellers in search of history, good food and a bit of easy adventure. 

Chengdu - More Than Just Pandas

The Chinese city of Chengdu has long been famous for its pandas. Its renowned panda breeding centre is one of the best places in the world to see these vulnerable, solitary animals. Chengdu’s other attractions – not least its spicy Sichuanese cuisine and its relaxed atmosphere – are helping turn it into an increasingly popular destination for foreign visitors.

Singapore: Home to Asia’s Best Orchid Gardens

The best orchid gardens in Asia are located in Singapore. They are arguably the best orchid gardens in the whole of the tropical world. Any visitor to Asia who appreciates the beauty of orchids should include these gardens on their travel itinerary. This short guide describes the three best places to see flowering orchids in Singapore.

Where to See Orangutans in Asia

The orangutan is among the most loved of Asia’s wild animals. But it is critically endangered and its numbers are continuing to decline as its natural habitat, the rainforest, is destroyed. Today orangutans can be found only in Borneo and Indonesia’s North Sumatra. But there are still relatively easy ways for travellers to see them in the wild or forest rehabilitation reserves.

Ladakh: India's Alternative to Tibet

Many older travellers have Tibet on their bucket list but are discouraged to travel there because of the travel costs and fears of altitude sickness. A cheaper alternative is India’s Ladakh region which is known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of its similarity in scenery and culture. It also offers options for overland travel to reduce the risk of suffering altitude sickness.

The Asian Bullock Cart, Still Rolling Along

The humble bullock cart has been an important means of transport in Asia since ancient times. It has survived into the modern age and continues to be used in many parts of the continent despite fierce competition from tractors and other motorised transport. The bullock cart represents a side of Asia where tradition holds sway even in the 21st century.

Ashgabat: A Week in a Most Unusual City

Turkmenistan is Central Asia’s least visited country. Its capital, Ashgabat, is a city like no other: a showcase of large white marble buildings, interspersed with grand monuments, golden statues and well-manicured parks. It provides an intriguing interlude for travellers in search of something different.

Health Tips for Seniors while Travelling in Asia

Asia is a less risky continent in which to travel from a health perspective than Africa or South America.  However, some precautions still need to be taken -- especially in the tropical countries of Asia -- to ensure that a vacation or extended travel is not ruined by illness or injury. This succinct guide lists the key facts that the older traveller needs to know.

Asia’s Top Festivals: A Guide to 6 of the Best

When you’re travelling in Asia, you’ll probably want to see some of its famous festivals. Each country has its own, religious or cultural, traditional or modern. Some of the biggest festivals, especially religious ones, reach beyond national borders and are celebrated by huge numbers of people across the continent. Here’s a concise guide to six of Asia’s top international festivals. 

Hanoi’s Historic Long Bien Bridge

Visitors to Hanoi who want an experience combining Vietnam’s past and present can take a walk across the city’s historic Long Bien Bridge. Built by the French and bombed by the Americans, the 115-year-old bridge across the Red River has become a symbol of the country’s resilience.

Boomer Travel or Senior Travel: What’s the Difference?

Baby boomers and senior citizens are travelling the world like never before, ticking off destinations on their bucket lists and spending retirement savings on travel experiences that they weren’t able to accomplish in their younger working years. From budget travel to luxury travel, more and more boomers and seniors are on the road. But do these terms for older travellers mean the same?

Hachiko -- Japan’s Favourite Dog

The story of Hachiko, the dog who waited at a Tokyo railway station for almost a decade for the arrival of his deceased master, is well known in Japan. A memorial to Hachiko outside the busy Shibuya Station is a testament to how Japanese people value loyalty and perseverance.

Bhutan Travel Guide

Bhutan is in many ways an ideal destination for senior travellers. This little Himalayan kingdom has an unusual approach to tourism that is geared towards wealthier visitors. Backpacking is forbidden and budget travellers are discouraged. Those who choose to visit are rewarded with breathtaking scenery and a society that continues to embrace a traditional, unhurried way of life.