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In the Ganges for Kumbh Mela. Photo by Rafaela Schneider

Kumbh Mela: Religion, the Ganges and Robbery

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious festivals in the world, where Hindu pilgrims flock to the Ganges to have their sins cleansed.
The author was invited "backstage" to pose with Shin Kaneko, Marukyu's owner, and Nosuke Kurihara, and don the requisite towel-headband.

The Shack: How to Order Food (and Make Friends) in Japan

A stop at a tiny sushi place in Japan turns into an unforgettable experience.
Sumo culture in Japan

When Giants Collide: Sumo Culture in Tokyo

Catch a rare glimpse into Japan’s ancient sport of sumo from a ringside seat.
Sunset in Ko Lanta Thailand. Photo by Thai National Parks

Slow Travel on the Mekong

Accustomed to the fast life in London, a traveler learns how to enjoy taking the slow route on a journey along the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand.
A street in Hanoi. Photo by Flickr/Nam-ho Park

How Chickens Cross the Road in Hanoi

In Vietnam, 5 million bikers turn wide boulevards into chasms of fear. They drive on the sidewalks and straight into shops. Here, chickens become breakfast.
Travel in Myanmar

Lost in Time in a Golden Land: Myanmar Travel

Previously closed to visitors, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) rewards travelers with an adventurous spirit.
Workers harvest only the pick the smallest, most tender top two leaves on each section. Flickr/Nicholas Turland

Hangzhou’s Dragon Well Tea: Longjing is Fit for an Emperor

In Longjing Village, you can pick tea leaves from the Emperor’s favorite tea garden, and then sample Dragon Well Tea for yourself.
Hallasan - Jeju Island. Photo by Flickr/Republic of Korea

Hallasan: Hiking the Highest Peak of South Korea

Jeju is home to the highest mountain in South Korea, Hallasan. Hiking this ancient mountain in Korea leads one traveler to an unforgettable adventure.
Two sentries guard the entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Flickr/joolsgriff

Vietnam: Say It Ain’t So, Uncle Ho

A traveler reflects on her visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, ranked the sixth ugliest building in the world by CNN.
Cox's Bazar near the Bakkhali River Estuary. Photo by Flickr/eutrophication&hypoxia

Beaches of Bakkhali: West Bengal, India

With fields draped in yellow sunflower blossoms running parallel to the white sandy beaches, Bakkhali is different from the traditional sea side resort.
In Tokyo, capsule hotels have become increasingly popular. Flickr/Eric Montfort

Only in Tokyo: Unusual Things to Do in Japan

From sleeping in a capsule to having coffee with a cat, here's what you can do in Tokyo.
A lagoon hammock sways in the breeze at Anantara Dhigu in the Maldives. Photo courtesy Anantara Dhigu

Island Hopping in the Maldives

The Maldives has more than 100 luxury island resorts. But which should you choose? We visited four top resorts in the Maldives. Here's our review.
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Video: Around Hong Kong in 7 Drinks

Hong Kong is a blend of east and west. That's evident in the city's nightlife -- and especially its drinks.
Otaru, Japan. Photo by Andrew Day

A Weekend in Hokkaido: Travel in Japan

With a new bullet train linking Tokyo with Japan’s northernmost island, skiing, natural hot springs and freshly caught seafood are a little closer.

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