Asia travel

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Heading for Burma

For the whole of February, Moonpeak is heading to Burma, or Myanmar as it is alternatively known, where we’ll be putting up regular posts about the places we go and the things we do. It’s a hugely exciting time to be going, as this outstandingly beautiful country opens up to the world after more than … Continue reading

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High times in Tajikistan

Once a crossroads on the Silk Route, Tajikistan these days sits uneasily astride Afghanistan, China, and some other tricky neighbours. That doesn’t mean its people don’t know how to have a good time. “Vous parlez Français?” asked Abdurauf Razokov. Surprised, I mumbled a schoolboy “un peu” to the elegant, silver-haired archaeologist as he got into … Continue reading

Exhibition – ma yellow diamond

Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is very different from the tourist brochure image of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The densely populated city has an intensely human landscape, with walls painted in stripes and patches of bright colour, and words and signs scratched seemingly at random into the surfaces. The colours may be applied in … Continue reading

Strenuous relaxation

Angus McDonald and friend take some time out on Thailand’s Railay peninsula, where rock climbing is optional but lolling on the beach is unavoidable.  The information was accurate, if not the spelling. ‘Danger! Sliperpy area a head,’ said the sign. In front of us, a fraying rope traced a line up a wall of jungle, rock, and … Continue reading

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s second city has a thriving yoga scene. Taking some classes provides an instant community and an entry into the culture.   As many a traveller has found, there’s nothing better than yoga for ironing out those kinks in the body acquired in the course of a long haul trip. But finding a place to … Continue reading

Vientiane – foodie’s paradise

Vientiane might be short on sightseeing, but it makes up for it with fabulous food and wine. And it’s cheap as chips. Although Laos is becoming an increasingly popular destination for travellers, many of them only pass through the capital, Vientiane, in their eagerness to get to other parts of the country such as Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang … Continue reading