East-Southeast Asia

East-Southeast Asia travel guide, including current news, inspirational articles, useful tips, independent reviews and beautiful photos.

Swastika on a building in Seoul

Why we shouldn’t ban the swastika

Japanese authorities have mooted a plan to update their maps and replace the swastika with an inoffensive three-tiered pagoda.
Gunung Merapi

Climbing Gunung Merapi, Southeast Asia’s most active volcano

Oliver Jarvis climbs Gunung Merapi volcano and has a reality check while dangling off a cliff face, holding onto a fern root for dear life.
Rooftop swimming pool at Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Hotel Review: Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok

After a day of exploring the Thai capital, you will appreciate the quiet and the comfort of the 5* Hotel Westin Sukhumvit Bangkok.

The Momiji-gari: Red Leaf Hunting in Kyoto

For those dedicated to the momiji-gari ("red leaf hunting"), here is our selection of autumn landscapes in Kyoto and its surrounding region.
Reception desk at the robot-staffed Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan

Would you stay in a hotel staffed by robots?

A hotel staffed by robots may sound too futuristic to be true, but this is actually happening within Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki.
Woodlawn Villas, Koh Tao, Thailand: Garden Villas

Villa Review: Woodlawn Villas, Koh Tao, Thailand

Situated in the lush forest on Koh Tao island in Thailand, Woodlawn Villas offer comfortable and well equipped villas, with first-class customer service.
Seoul, South Korea

Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a mix of skyscrapers and shanty towns, narrow alleyways and major shopping thoroughfares with bars and markets that stay open for 24 hours.

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