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China Eastern links Kunming and San Francisco | Travel Daily Asia

<b>China Eastern Airlines will soon launch a new route connecting San Francisco and Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province.</b><p>Commencing …

San Francisco Bay Area

China suspected of hacking organizations involved in South China Sea dispute, security firm says

The ongoing dispute over the South China Sea has apparently spilled over into cyberspace recently, as hackers believed to be from China have attacked …

Security

Exploring the Offbeat Side of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Every foreigner visitor to Indonesia that escapes Bali inevitably passes through Yogyakarta. Located in central Java, the city is right on the …

Asia

Two-wheeled adventures in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the greatest adventures on earth. Throw a motorbike into the mix and you'll have the time of your life. Here's our guide to a two-wheeled adventure in the Mekong region.<p>Vietnam and Laos - sublime scenery from mountain to coast<p>To kick off, the infamous Ho Chi Minh …

Southeast Asia

7 Reasons to Visit Hoi An and Stay a While

It’s no secret that I loved my time in Vietnam, and out of my entire month spent in the country, Hoi An was one of my favourite cities.<p>There’s …

Ultimate Road Trip: Vietnam's Northern Loop

Anyone who has been to this country (and even some of those who haven't) will no doubt be skeptical about the words "Vietnam" and "road trip" in the …

Road Trips

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Asia

Shopping at the Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thousands of Years of Hanoi History, Shopping, and Culture<p>A trip to the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam is a must for any first-time visitor to …

Asia

The Charming Hoi An – Vietnam

I first visited Hoi An in 2005 in what was my first trip to Southeast Asia. With three weeks in the country it was a quick trip in comparison to how …

Ultimate Food Guide to Vietnam

The best traditional Vietnamese dishes, from north to south.<p>“An com chua?”<p>If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have you eaten yet?” (The polite answer, even …

Asia

Touring Ho Chi Minh City in a retro Vespa mob

This story, and several others on Ho Chi Minh City, complement the CNNGo TV series. See more of the show here: www.cnn.com/gotravel<p>(CNN)There are two main ways visitors to Ho Chi Minh City cross the streets.<p>One approach is to step with zen-like calm into the swirl of honking scooters and serenely …

Retro

Hanoi Last Minute

"Don't panic, don't run," a soft German voice says over my shoulder. “Above all, don’t change your mind.”<p>I hesitate. We are talking about crossing Dinh Tien Hoang Boulevard, a busy street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The city is humming with traffic. Country women wearing cone hats and shouldering …

The Haters Travel Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Let me get this out of the way. I’ve long had a deep dislike for Chiang Mai. Admittedly, much of that has to do more with the expats/tourists than …

Why Digital Nomads & Entrepreneurs Keep Choosing Chiang Mai

When Erica Blair left Chiang Mai in 2011, she knew it wasn’t goodbye forever. Blair had spent a year teaching English in the northern Thai city and planned to return once she built a sustainable business.<p>After developing an online marketing brand in Boulder, Colorado, Blair moved back to Chiang Mai …

Chiang Mai

Thailand Explorer: Death Railway Bridge (or Kwai River Bridge)

Death Railway Bridge (or Kwai River Bridge)<p>The Bridge was made famous by a 1960's film "Bridge over the River Kwai" . The film, however was in fact …

Bridges

Camping in the Spartan Nomad Lands of Tibet. With a Cocktail. And a Sauna.

SANGKE GRASSLANDS, China — The campsite called Norden here on the Tibetan plateau is not quite as spare as the tent homes of nomads who drive yaks across these wind-scrubbed pastures.<p>The cabins and yak wool tents have wooden floors, custom-made felt blankets and access to hot showers. An American …

Saunas

China must broaden its priorities for a successful G20 summit

Author: Adam Triggs, ANU<p>In December 2015, China announced that its priorities for the upcoming G20 Hangzhou summit were to make the global economy …

China

Air pollution isn’t just making China sick, it’s making the country’s cities unbearably hot

Here’s another way China’s notorious air pollution is making citizens’ lives uncomfortable—it’s making the country’s cities hotter.<p>Researchers have found evidence that the pollution engulfing China’s cities enhances the warming effect of cityscapes, raising the temperature by one degree Celsius. …

Air pollution

China’s Crackdown on Dissent Could Lead to Unrest, U.N. Adviser Says

BEIJING — An adviser to the United Nations has sharply criticized President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent in China, warning on Tuesday that the Communist Party’s tight grip on civil society was undermining basic rights and risking mass unrest.<p>The adviser, Philip G. Alston, said that the party’s …

United Nations

Uzbekistan's magnificent cities: where Soviet style meets Islamic heritage

<b>Twenty five years after the fall of the USSR, it’s interesting how the Soviet-era hangover lingers in Uzbekistan</b>. Hulking apartment blocks are gradually being upgraded, and while you won’t spot statues of Lenin (they’ve been replaced by the nomadic conqueror Tamerlane and celebrated medic Ibn-Sina) …

Soviet Union

10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

Jeonju ranks among South Korea’s most popular destinations for Korean travellers. With its historic architecture and buzzing food scene – the city was named a Unesco City of Gastronomy in 2012 – it’s easy to see why. For foreign travellers it’s still flying under the radar, but as word spreads, …

Asia Travel

The Best Travel Agents for Asia

Cambodia<p>Andy Booth<p>The Angkor Guidebook co-author knows Cambodia inside and out—which roads are drivable, how to avoid crowds at temples, who the best Englishspeaking guides are— and can arrange trips with archaeologists and cartographers as well as lake cruises on traditional wooden boats.<p>Best for …

China Travel

The easy life in Laos: sip, read and relax at L’Etranger Books and Tea

L’Etranger Books and Tea is a great little treehouse-style refuge from the heat of the day. The city’s first licensed bookshop, it was founded in 2001 by Québecois filmmaker Isabel Dréan and her partner Simon Côté, and has a lovely, laid-back vibe. You can buy books – or swap yours for theirs – and …

Books

Backpacker’s Travel Guide to Hue, Vietnam

The small city of Hue in central Vietnam is the cultural and academic heart of the country. Situated almost in the very centre of Vietnam, Hue was …

Beyond Bali: 3 Lesser-Known Island Paradises In Indonesia

Most people who go to Indonesia flock to Bali. And it’s no wonder why.<p>Bali is one of my favorite places with its beautifully terraced rice fields, …

Backpacking

Kuang Si and Tad Se: Falling for Laos’ Nature near Luang Prabang

Although Laos is well known for its natural beauty, you have to see it to believe it. Actually, sometimes <i>really</i> seeing it – living it the way locals …

10 Must-Do's in Yangon, Myanmar

At long last, the floodgates of Myanmar, a country of 55 million, are open to the outside world. Most visitors flock to Yangon (formerly Rangoon), …

Burma

Top 10 ways to delve into Hong Kong’s underbelly

Hong Kong is a place that provokes questions, some without answers. Those five-star hotels and soaring skyscrapers are first world, but those crumbling tenements look third world, don’t they? How do seven million people fit on this tiny speck of land? And how do they decide where to eat in The City …

Hong Kong

Undiscovered Asia: The 5 Places to Go Next

Asia has attracted travelers for centuries. From backpackers to businessmen, luxury seekers to religious pilgrims, this is a continent so vast and …

Asia

The Dragon’s Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong

You’d be forgiven for thinking that hiking isn’t among the must-try activities in Hong Kong – that the only place you’ll cop an eyeful of green is in Yau Ma Tei’s Jade Market. But a quick look at a map tells a different story: the territory is mostly painted in swathes of emerald and azure, fringed …

Hong Kong