THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.
THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.
THE northern part of New South Wales, often called the “Rainbow region”, is renowned for its colourful resident populations that have embraced an organic, environmental and alternative existence in some of the most beautiful country in Australia. Here you’ll find yoga retreats, markets featuring locally grown produce, a blossoming arts scene and a tendency to…>
THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it’s served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films.
AS New Zealand is actually composed of two large islands and surrounded by sea it may seem slightly obvious that there are good coastal breaks to be had. But these delightful seaside places are ones you just don’t want to miss.
IN ancient times it was called the ‘Land of Yomi’, meaning land of the dead, a wilderness of dense cedar forests and high mountain passes, believed to be embedded with spirits of Japanese and Buddhist deities.
IF you’re seeking a unique blend of local artisans, home baked or grown goods, environmental solutions, antiques, crafts, clothing and other eclectic goods then the markets in New South Wales are a fantastic choice for experiencing all the best the region has to offer.
Places to stay
Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass
Kanchanaburi, River Kwai, Thailand
The Chedi, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Chang Khlan, Thailand
Luang Poj Boutique Hostel
Ranong, City Centre, Thailand
Chaweng, Koh Samui, Thailand