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8 Places to Discover for Returning Visitors to Bangkok

Bangkok is one of those cities to which travellers return many times. If you’ve done the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn and the floating markets on previous trips, and shopped until you dropped at MBK and CentralWorld, then it’s time to slow down the pace and savour the many other attractions that Bangkok has to offer. Here are eight places and experiences you should include on your next visit to the Thai capital.

Buying Art in Asia as Trip Souvenirs

Paintings make great souvenirs to bring home from a trip to Asia. They not only serve as a reminder of places that you’ve visited, but will look great on the walls of your home. Original paintings may appreciate in value and are a better buy than reproductions. Our guide to buying art in Asia tells you where the best places are to buy original paintings, how to transport your paintings home, and where to see the best art if you aren’t in the mood to buy yet.

Know the Risks of Catching Rabies When Travelling in Asia

Asia is one of two continents where there is a higher risk of contracting rabies than elsewhere in the world. Rabies is a serious disease because it is almost always fatal if not treated. Therefore it is important for travellers to know how transmission can occur and what action to take in the event that they come into contact with a rabid animal. If promptly treated, rabies is 100 percent curable.

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.

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.

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.

Thailand Travel Guide

Thailand is one of the 10 most visited countries in the world, and the third in Asia after China and Turkey. Whilst it’s a magnet for younger tourists seeking sun, sand, bars and nightlife, it also has a lot to offer older travellers with its cultural sites and festivals, regional cuisines, tropical island hideaways and cool mountain regions that are accessible all year round. And for those into shopping, Bangkok has many world-class malls.

Where to Hire Campervans in Asia

RVing is a popular pursuit in many parts of the world, but in Asia there are only three countries where campervans can be rented, and only one country – namely Japan – where campgrounds or RV parks are on a par with those in the West. Japan is also one of the safest countries in the world to tour in a campervan.

Searching for the Best Value Beach Resorts in Asia

Looking for the best value beach resorts in Asia? Identifying those that might qualify for that title can be quite a challenge. Online searches are dominated by commercial listings and fake travel blog posts. Room rates and resort reviews can change from good to bad in only a few years. Here are some tips to help you search for places that offer value for money for senior travellers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.