Flying a Camera Drone in Asia: Risks and Regulations

There are only 10 countries in Asia that allow travellers to use camera drones without a permit. In about 20 others, the process of acquiring permits ranges from relatively easy to extremely hard. In many others, recreational flying of drones is banned. Even in countries where drones are permitted, there are many no-fly zones and regulations that have to be followed. Penalties for breaching drone laws can be heavy fines or even imprisonment. This article summarises where you can and cannot fly drones in Asia.

6 Exotic Fruits You Must Try When Visiting Asia

There are many different tropical fruits available from markets and street stalls throughout Asia. Not all of them may be familiar to visitors from other parts of the world because some tropical fruits do not travel well, so are only readily available in the countries where they are grown. Travellers should therefore try to sample local fruits that are in season whenever the opportunity arises. Here are six of our “must try” fruits for visitors to the region.

Asian Holiday Destinations Increasing in Popularity

Asian countries comprise the majority of the countries on which travellers are searching for information online. That may come as no surprise given the diversity of the continent and the large number of year-round holiday destinations. But what may be a surprise are the names of the countries that are showing the biggest increases in interest. They are not all ones you might expect!

Nepal’s Durbar Squares – Glimpses into History and Heritage

The three historic Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley offer visitors a journey into the heart of Nepal’s heritage. They contain many of country’s finest temples, both Hindu and Buddhist, along with centuries-old royal palaces. Despite being badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake, the squares remain full of atmosphere, and of buildings that retain the power to dazzle any visitor.

Top 5 Yoga Retreats to Visit in Thailand

Thailand is well known for its luxury spas and beach resorts, and now many of these are competing with India offering high quality yoga and meditation retreats. Our yoga expert takes a look at what is on offer from Phuket in the south up to Chiang Mai in the north, and recommends five of the best — two in the luxury category, two mid-range resorts and one that will appeal to the budget traveller.

Singapore’s New Attraction: Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport is Singapore’s latest attraction. A huge glass and steel dome, it’s designed to add to the Changi experience and increase visitor numbers, with its remarkable indoor waterfall, entertainment areas, shops, gardens and over 100 eateries. We take a look at what Jewel has to offer senior travellers.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Rameswaram, South India

Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is well known for its white beaches and historic temples. Being a Hindu pilgrimage town, it receives a large number of domestic tourists, but it’s also a popular inclusion on South India tour itineraries for international visitors. A local travel expert recommends the top 5 places to see in Rameswaram for senior travellers.

Fort Siloso: Remembering Singapore's Wartime Past

Singapore may be one of Asia’s wealthiest and most advanced countries but it has taken care to preserve memories of its colourful past as a British colony. This is particularly true of the pivotal role it played in World War II. Older travellers with an interest in history are likely to find a visit to the country’s only surviving coastal fort, Fort Siloso, absorbing. Built on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, the fort is today a military museum focusing on the tumultuous events of the war.

Heading for the Hills on Kathmandu's New Cable Car

It’s always enjoyable to do something new in a city you’ve visited before. This is especially true when it offers the opportunity to get out of the city centre and travel into the surrounding countryside. One such attraction in Nepal is the Chandragiri Hills cable car on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which opened in 2016.

Echoes of Asia in the Notre Dame Fire

The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on 15 April 2019 has revived memories of how accidents and natural disasters have devastated sacred buildings in other countries. We take a look at similar tragedies in Asian countries, and how the authorities have handled them.

The Takin, Bhutan’s Unusual National Animal

Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, is surely one of Asia’s oddest-looking animals. It appears to be a combination of several creatures, including a goat, a cow, a moose and a muskox. Its origins puzzle experts, who have placed it in a species category of its own. The best place for visitors to see these unusual animals is a wildlife preserve in the hills on the outskirts of the capital, Thimphu.

Best Places in Asia for Senior Travellers in 2019

TripAdvisor has unveiled its 25 top destinations for 2019 and, not surprisingly, they include many places in Asia. Its annual Travellers' Choice Awards are based on the reviews and ratings of TripAdvisor users around the world. Here’s a look at the 10 Asian destinations that made the list and what they have to offer senior travellers.

Embracing the Changing Face of Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s main tourist area is the bustling district of Thamel. It’s a busy place, full of hotels, restaurants and shops, and its narrow alleys are crowded with visitors. But this wasn’t always so. When backpackers began discovering Kathmandu in the 1960s and 1970s, most stayed in an area further south, around the historic Durbar Square. It’s one of the many ways Kathmandu has changed over the years – and some of the changes have been dramatic.