the rain vortex in singapore's changi airport

How to Spend a Layover at the World’s Best Airport

Whether you’re in Singapore for a few days or on a short layover, Changi Airport is a must-see during your stay in the Lion City. Voted consistently by international air travelers as the world's...
Nomadic horsemen in Central Asia pose in front of livestock and mountains.

Central Asia: “Stans,” Silk Roads, & Soviet Ghosts

Central Asia used to be the center of the world. The Silk Road — arguably the most important trade route in history — ran through the region and set the stage for the Islamic...

A Love Letter to Ladakh, India

Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace. Before I even set foot in Ladakh, also known as Little Tibet, its very mention made me daydream. When I...

A Guide to Hong Kong’s Southern District

Despite its reputation for being intensely urban, Hong Kong is still home to an abundance of natural calm. One of the best places to find a quiet break from the city center is in...
Parade performers twirl yellow flags in the Chiang Mai flower festival.

Chiang Mai: Denis Amirtharaj’s Creative City

Chiang Mai is a place like no other. The city stands alone in Thailand’s northern mountainous region as a wellspring of cultural and architectural brilliance. Its ancient history stretches back to the time of...
Three guards stand before the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in North Korea

A Glimpse Inside North Korea

In December 2017, I stood on the southern side of the military demarcation line that cuts the Korean Peninsula in half and stared into North Korea. I technically crossed the border that day, in...

A Local’s Guide to Singapore’s Katong/Joo Chiat Neighborhood

Singapore’s languorous Katong/Joo Chiat neighborhood is a perfect counterpoint to the sleek and spectacular skyscrapers of Marina Bay, as a tessellation of traditional shophouses traces the charming suburb. Many of them are laved in...
A couple holds hand in the yellow light of sunset at a Cambodian temple.

Photographing the Colors of Cambodia With Tom Shu

Traveling and photography go hand-in-hand for Tom Shu, who never seriously considered taking up the art form until a trip to the Galapagos Islands left him longing for a more tangible way to interact...
Close up of Chinese glacier.

The Third Pole Thaw: The Climate Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

When we talk about climate change, we tend to focus on rising sea levels, extreme temperatures, abnormal weather, and melting glaciers at the poles. Mostly, we hear warnings about the threats facing island systems...

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