Culture & Heritage

Dhaka and the Symmetry in the Swarm

Traffic without end, water that never stills, and a market straddling a railroad – the chaos of Bangladesh’s Dhaka is unending and arresting.

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.

Downtown Bangkok’s Hidden Chinese Opera

Surrounded by alleys of old car parts and streets stained with motor oil, Bangkok’s Yaowarat plays host to Chinese opera, a cultural event that reaches back to Thailand’s ties to the Middle Kingdom.

Eight Amazing Siem Reap Experiences

Home to one of the wonders of the world, not to mention several others that could arguably be considered for the big seven, Siem Reap, Cambodia is packed with sites of interest that may seem daunting to navigate.

A Whale of a Time in Trincomalee

Having come a long way from its turbulent past, Trincomalee’s beaches, cultures, and accommodations are improving, returning to the halcyon days of the Tamil kings.

People at the Crossroads: Highlights of Kashgar

Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road gateway tucked into China’s far west corner, doesn’t boast a huge number of tourist attractions. But for me, it was a city brought to life by its people…

A Place as Hot as Fire: Highlights of Turpan

Those on a quest to discover the ancient Silk Road often make stops in Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar, all oases on the ancient trade route, but none with as much to offer as Turpan.

Face to Face With Chinese History in Xian

Xian, in central-northwest China, is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. It’s bursting at the seams with colorful history, boasting over 3,000 years worth of it.

The Road to Gyantse

They say that travel is not about the destination, but the journey. I learned the true value of this statement on the long road from Lhasa to Gyantse in Tibet.

Adventures in the Mongolian Gobi

Mongolia’s Gobi Desert is a magical destination featuring stellar rock formations, icy canyons, gorgeous oases, and the highest sand dunes on planet Earth.