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Exploring Malacca’s Religious Heritage

Malacca’s long history as a colonial trading port has shaped it indelibly as a city. More than 450 years of rule by the Portuguese, Dutch and British are still reflected today in its ethnic mix, its architecture and its blend of cultures. This is true of its religious heritage too. It has some of the oldest churches, temples and mosques in Malaysia, most of them still functioning. Here’s a look at some of the finest.

Victoria Terminus: Mumbai’s Grand Old Railway Station

Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus is one of Asia’s great railway stations. The 130-year-old building, now called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, is a creation of British rule that has become a treasured symbol of modern-day Mumbai. It handles at least 3 million passengers a day, has featured in many Bollywood films and has even come under terrorist attack. It has a lot to offer any visitor interested in India’s colonial heritage.

7 Best Places to Visit in Nepal

Nepal is a country that has a lot to offer the senior traveller. From snow-capped mountains to subtropical lowlands, this landlocked Hindu and Buddhist nation is rich in culture and history. It provide many opportunities for both relaxation and adventures close to nature. This article recommends seven places to visit in Nepal to best take advantage of of those opportunities.

The Marilaque Highway: Best Scenic Drive Near Manila

One of the best scenic drives in the Philippines is only a short distance from Manila. It’s the Marilaque Highway from Marikina to Infanta which traverses the Sierra Madre mountains. It provides a enjoyable day trip for those who wish to get away from the city traffic and pollution to enjoy mountain views and nature.

Memories of the World Wars in Asia

Soldiers from Commonwealth countries who died in Asia during the two World Wars lie buried in impressive cemeteries across the continent. An inter-governmental organisation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, maintains the cemeteries immaculately. They are sure to be of interest to many senior travellers, including those whose parents, grandparents or other close relatives served in the wars.

Exploring Rishikesh: The Birthplace of Yoga

Rishikesh, a laid-back sub-tropical town at the foothills of the Himalayas in India, is known as ‘The Yoga Capital of the World’. Baby boomers know it as the place where the Beatles held their 1968 meditation retreat. Today it attracts travellers from all over the world who want to learn about yoga, Ayurveda, naturopathy and meditation.

Car Rentals in Southeast Asia: Where Is It Possible?

Thinking of renting a car in Southeast Asia? In some countries it’s possible but in others it’s not. And in those where self-drive rental cars are available, there are dangers to be aware of. In several countries driving yourself is not recommended unless you’ve had previous experience of driving in Asia. Check out our guide to the best countries in which to rent a car.

In the Hill Country: Walks near Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is ideal for walking, with its many hiking trails, cool weather and exceptional views. In the heart of the region is Nuwara Eliya, once a colonial hill station and now a busy city that has retained something of its English flavour. The surrounding tea plantations offer memorable hikes. It’s also perfectly situated for the walk to World’s End in Horton Plains National Park, one of the Hill Country’s most spectacular hiking destinations. 

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.

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.