Northeast Asia : Article

Japan

Japan: Harvesting perfection

Jamie Lafferty Oysters may now be given a helping hand to create pearls, but nature and luck still play a part, writes Jamie Lafferty.

China

Guangzhou, China: Culture and comfort

People crossing the bridge in front of colonial architecture, Chikanzhen, Guangdong.

Lee Tulloch Lee Tulloch savours luxury and heritage sights on a brief layover in Guangzhou.

Worldwide

It's OK, Todd Carney: Where drinking urine and other taboos are normal

Out of favour: Todd Carney was contracted for $650,000 a season.

David Whitley Is it ever OK to drink urine? That depends on what part of the world you're in. Here are six behaviours that are taboo in Australia, but fine in these cultures.

Comments 75

Tripologist

The Tripologist: We seen a lot of Asia, where to next?

Japan

Michael Gebicki I suggest Japan because no matter how much you've travelled, Japan is an eye-opener.

Taiwan

Asia's glittering secret isle

Taipei 101

Steve McKenna The 'Other China' seduces travellers with its diverse temptations, writes Steve McKenna in this beginner's guide to Taiwan.

Worldwide

Fifty things we love about travel right now

A vintage caravan in Palm Springs, California.

Edited by Sarah Maguire From retro caravans to saving the rhinos, here's what we love about travel right now.

Global

Best neighbourhoods in popular cities

Palermo Viejo

Traveller on Sunday's writers, on the spot around the world, have hunted down the hottest neighbourhoods to visit in six major cities.

The Tripologist

What's the best way to access spending money?

Michael Gebicki My fiance and I are going on holiday in Hawaii, is it better to have a bank card or take cash?

China

One day three ways: Chengdu

Tai Chi group at Culture Park, Chengdu.

Brian Johnston On foot or bike, this provincial capital is a delight to explore.

Cruises

The Cruise Director: Asia's new love of cruising

Sally Macmillan River cruisers are spoilt for choice when they head to Asia these days and now the major ocean cruise lines are ramping up their presence in the region.

Traveller Letters

Traveller Letters: Is this some sort of cultural cringe?

I can't imagine a faux American experience on a Queensland's highway would enhance its attraction.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: freighter cruising

aranui

Sally Macmillan Readers of a certain age may recall the bestselling book Slow Boats to China.

South Korea

Postcard: South Korean bathhouse

korean bathhouse

Tim Richards I know there's compulsory nudity involved, but I'm not sure when it begins.

Global

Top 10 bad smelling places to visit

Geothermal spa at Hells  Gate, Wai Ora Spa, Rotorua

Aimee Gulliver Guidebooks are full of lists of "places to see", but what if you wanted to give your other senses a turn?

The Backpacker

The 10 best countries for photographers

Chile

The Backpacker There are some destinations where you can’t fail to take good photos.

Comments 56

Shopping

Hotel at home

Angie Kelly Some of the most stylish souvenirs are in the lobby of your hotel, writes Angie Kelly.

Shopping

Spree de corps

Jaipur

Lee Tulloch There are no other stores quite like these 25 amazing shops, writes Lee Tulloch, globe-trotting shopper extraordinaire.

Essay

Essay: Thrill of the dare

Lance Richardson Is a meal of potentially toxic pufferfish a risk worth taking? Lance Richardson thinks so.

North Korea

Follow the dear leader

When in the Hermit Kingdom, you need to know more than just places to eat, writes Isobel Yeung.

Japan

Quieter Tokyo suburbs: Going underground

shimokitazawa Cateriam

Ben Groundwater Amid Tokyo's bustle there is a cool, quaint quarter where life is human in scale, writes Ben Groundwater.