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Experience the sights, the sounds and, not least, the enticing smells of Asia. Here are a few Asia travel stories for you to enjoy.

Latest Asia travel stories

Bokor Hill Station: Whispers of the past (Day out Phnom Penh)

Gaping holes, pitch black squares and rectangles, glare at me as I approach. And shades of grey. So many shades, many more than 50. Here and there interrupted by patches of rusty red. The abandoned, derelict ruin is all that is left of this once luxurious hotel at Bokor Hill Station. When I hear the word hill station, my mind [...]

By |29 September 2016|Cambodia, Daytrip, Lost cities and haunted places|

11 things you’ll love about Almaty

I’ve been in Almaty nearly a week now, and I’ve enjoyed myself tremendously here. The city is beautifully located at the foot of the Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains (or the Tian-Shan Mountains, their better known Chinese name), it’s summer, the weather is lovely (even the occasional daily burst of rain), there’s lots to see and do, and people are very, very [...]

By |6 July 2016|11 things, Kazakhstan, Magic of Cities|

Chong Changtune Live Eco-museum: A Day at the Spa

As you may remember, I've decided to say yes to everything... well, at least most things. Here's the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!

Day Out Bangkok: Royal Ayutthaya

I’m off to Thailand on Saturday, folks - and was reminded that I still haven't told you about a terrific Bangkok daytrip I took last time. The old Siamese capital Ayutthaya is only about 70 km north of the Thai capital, and easily reached by bus, train or boat.

By |11 May 2016|Daytrip, Thailand, UNESCO World Heritage|

12 Instagrams of Pyongyang

You know I like to visit the world's curious places. Here on Sophie's World we've presented a few cities and regions by Instagram - many of them a wee bit off the beaten track, such as Sofia, San Remo, Dar es Salaam, Tbilisi or Arctic Sweden. Well, things are about to get curiouser and curiouser around here. In fact, I [...]

By |16 September 2015|Magic of Cities, North Korea, Quirky corners, Travel photos|

A glimpse of Brunei

Welcome to a very curious place and a lesser-known national capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. We're in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. I live in a relatively small oil rich country, so it's always interesting to see how other oil-nations are similar – or different – from my own. Specifically bearing in mind that oil is a resource [...]

By |29 July 2015|Brunei Darussalam, Idle musings, Travel photos|

The Peranakan of Singapore

I'm writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I've been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I'm here without the girls, and I must say it feels a bit [...]

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