Richard Lam

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How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Clown fish, Halik Reef, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Image by Randi Ang / …

China's Remote Fortresses Lose Residents, Gain Tourists

Massive earthen structures once sheltered clans from warlords and bandits. Can they be prototypes for "green" buildings?<p>HEKENG, China—Count the <i>tulou</i>.<p>It started like a game. How many of these strange, fortress-like structures could I tally from a vehicle window? They were so big, looming like …

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National Geographic Travel

Trekking safely in Nepal

Before 14 October 2014, the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal was more associated with carefree young backpackers snapping selfies and eating apple pie than with danger, but the tragic blizzards that closed in on the Thorung La left more than 40 people dead, buried under snows that swept in suddenly …