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5 Must-See Ryokans for the Discerning Traveler

Japan is filled with tourists and getting more crowded by the day. For those searching for a meditative, contemplative travel experience in the Land of the Rising Sun, there is the ryokan.

Trading Rockets for Rain in Yasothon

To end the dry season, people gather to celebrate in Yasothon to drink, sing, and fire powerful handmade rockets into the heavens for the god Phaya Thaen to send the rains. It works.

7 Minutes in Heaven: To the Top of the World by Chopper

“Your lips are turning blue,” said the Kiwi pilot, shouting over the roaring chopper. “That’s the first sign of altitude sickness.” If the blades are turned off, the helicopter won’t start again in the thin, dry air.

Fly East: One Jet, All of Southeast Asia

There are a lot of reasons to travel by private jet, but it’s the unique experiences, the once-in-a-lifetime journeys, that draw discerning travelers yearning for luxury and seclusion.

Breaking the Ice: Discovering Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Baikal is the deepest and purest lake on the planet, a frozen sea in the heart of Siberia and an adventurer’s icy paradise of driving, helicopters, and dog sleds. From the Old Believers to the Buryat bone crushers, its shores and islands are sacred to those who call Baikal home.

Cutting the Cord: Finding Peace in the Mongolian Altai

Flying over vast, rolling steppe for three and a half hours without seeing anything so much as a village, let alone a city, is a powerful reminder that Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country on the planet.

Winding River Path to the Orange Ape of Borneo

Today the great orange ape of Asia is found only in a few remote reserves. Tanjung Puting in Indonesian Borneo plays refuge to these gentle, intelligent beasts, a chance to swing back from the brink.

Remote Lands’ Dozen Dream Destinations 2017

Well, it’s that time of year once again. We’re back with some of Asia’s most exciting destinations for the coming 12 months, places that are guaranteed to awaken your adventurous spirit and…

Into the Wilds of Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a mysterious destination in Russia’s Far East, located along the “Ring of Fire” and known for its more than 200 volcanoes and diverse wildlife.