Thailand – PHUKET

Best for: Living large Glitzy Phuket offers every Western convenience you can think of, and probably several you can’t. Celebrity-chef restaurants? Check. Six-star resorts with private butlers? Check. World-class plastic surgery? No problem. If you’re the highest of...

Thailand – Koh Ta...

The coast of Koh Tao, or ‘Turtle Island’, is lined with little sandy coves, pretty lantern-lit restaurants – and dive shops. Most travellers are here to dive. The island is one of the world’s top places to learn, and the competition among dive shops has also made it one...


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Thailand – KOH SA...

Best for: Family Koh Samui is already well-known as a honeymoon destination, but it’s also a surprisingly great place to take children. It is developed to the extent that international hospitals (with English-speaking doctors), hotels offering childcare, and shops including Tesco and...

Thailand – KOH LA...

Of all Thailand’s islands, Koh Lanta is one of the best all-rounders. Less than an hour’s boat ride from Krabi, Koh Lanta is actually made up of several little islands, the most-visited of which is Koh Lanta Yai. It has got nature reserves and beaches where you won’t see...

Thailand – KOH LI...

Best for: Hopeless romantics and honeymooners When you picture a Thai island, you’re probably thinking of somewhere like Koh Lipe. Often said to have the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Koh Lipe is one of the 51 islands that make up Tarutao Marine Park, down south near the border of...

Canada’s finished...

The Chinese architecture firm MAD has completed the Absolute Towers after six long years of planning and construction. Located in the city of Mississauga in Ontario, the two towers stand at about 492 and 557 feet, respectively. Apartments are located on each oval-shaped floor and the levels...

South Africa – De...

De Hoop Nature Reserve started out in the late 1950s as an experimental wildlife farm, breeding endangered bontebok antelope and Cape mountain zebra; both species are still around, as are eland, ostrich and even leopard. Given the state of the roads, the best way to experience the reserve is...

South Africa – De...

From Arniston I drove to the farm-supply town of Bredasdorp, before turning east on the last stretch of tarmac road I would see in a while. The final 60km to the entrance of De Hoop Nature Reserve is on nerve-jangling gravel; and in the reserve the roads get even worse. But rich rewards await:...

South Africa – Ca...

It is said that the Moravian missionaries grew vines in the early 1800s to make communion wine, and a number of vineyards have recently sprung up outside Elim on the way down to Cape Agulhas. One, Black Oystercatcher, has opened a sophisticated roadside restaurant and wine shop, and others are...

South Africa – El...

From Hermanus, I drove east along the coastal R43. Great expanses of the Walker Bay coast are protected as a marine reserve, which the road skirts around from the sleepy town of Stanford on its way to Gansbaai, where shark-cage diving has become a popular ‘extreme’ activity (the...