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Chantaburi

COLONIAL CHIC
CHANTABURI, THAILAND

Just inland from Thailand’s East coast, Chantaburi is best known for its sapphires. In days gone by, this prosperous town was the haven for Chinese merchants, I...
Koh Kradan

OFFSHORE LUXURY
KOH KRADAN, THAILAND

Is a beautiful white sand beach, shared with quite literally no one else just the ticket? Well, let us tell you about Koh Kradan. It’s quite possibly one of the...
Supanniga Cruise

GASTRO-CRUISING
BANGKOK, THAILAND

To experience Bangkok is to ride the mighty Chao Phraya River. There are a number of cruise operators offering dining experiences of all kinds on the river, but...

HORSE PLAY
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

There is no doubt that Argentina and polo go hand in hand. It’s a peculiar thing really, considering the country’s Spanish history, a world away from the green ...
Manila Intramuros

WALK THIS WAY
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

I grew up with Imelda Marcos. Well, not literally – but in my young, gay, Asian eyes she was legendary. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood it was the...
Sri Lanka

FINDING NIRVANA
SRI LANKA

The sun beams through the grey clouds onto the platform at Badulla station, high in the hills of Sri Lanka’s tea region. Rain is coming, probably the same rain ...

THE NEW GUESTS
PENANG, MALAYSIA

All the best stories involve intrigue – and my own certainly does – worthy of the Chinese TV period dramas that my grandmother is glued to. I have very fond mem...
Shop Hop BA

SECRET SHOPPER
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Shopping in Buenos Aires has always come high on my to-do list. That probably goes for every worldly, stylish traveller, I’m sure. From its hipster Palermo Soho...

GRAPE DAY OUT
HUA HIN, THAILAND

I’m one of the most open-minded people I know – yet I find the concept of wine production in Thailand somewhat strange. Everything points at the impossible – fr...
Iguazu

WATER PARK
IGUAZU, ARGENTINA

An auspicious occasion brought me here and helped me check something off my life bucket list. My visit marked the 82nd birthday of when Iguazú Falls and its sur...
Balloon over Bagan

A NEW DAWN
MANDALAY, MYANMAR

It’s 4:30am. It’s dark but the warmth of the air hugs me like an overbearing aunt who hasn’t seen you for years and still treats you like the little boy she rem...
WildCatter Ranch

HOWDY COWBOY
GRAHAM, TEXAS, USA

A jagged scar runs through a town called Cool, the trail of destruction left by a twister that touched down here a couple of months back. The town itself is lit...
Seoul Food

SEOUL FOOD
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

It was a meeting of minds, to join Joe McPherson, the award-winning Korean food writer and blogger of Seoul foodie-musings, ZenKimchi, on his local food tour. W...

GREEK LOVE
ATHENS, GREECE

The 2006 movie 300 – an explosion of CGI bloodshed and homoeroticism set in ancient Greece – contains a line of dialogue that caused a minor furore at the time....
Venice, Italy

TIME TO TRAVEL
VENICE, ITALY

It’s a dark, moonless night, but that doesn’t seem to bother our pilot, as he drives at break-neck speed, across the open stretch of black water towards the twi...
Manila Jeepney

KINGS OF THE ROAD
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

In a sprawling metropolis like Manila, where rapid modernisation gives little precedence to heritage, a somewhat humble mode of transportation prevails as the c...
Paris Koutsikos Athens

ART AND OPTIMISM
ATHENS, GREECE

Athens, more than any city I’ve visited, is a patchwork of the old and the new. Walk up any perfectly modern side street and you’ll happen upon a chunk of the O...
Wine Athens

DIONYSIAN LEGACY
ATHENS, GREECE

Like almost all Athenian stories, this one inevitably starts with some mythology. The God Dionysis was the son of Zeus and clearly, nepotism was rife on Mount O...

KYOTO RULES
KYOTO, JAPAN

As we descended from the charming speakeasy in Gion, a quintessentially filmic, Kyoto scene unfurled. Through the mist and drizzle on the lantern-lit, cobbled s...
Uwern Jong's tattoo by Joey Pang at Tattoo Temple Hong Kong

INK CREDIBLE
HONG KONG, CHINA

Sometimes in life you travel to places for a larger reason, unbeknownst to you. It was on one such trip that I finally satisfied a long-held desire to get a tat...
Filipino Lechon

MANILA-NAMNAM
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

Anu’Man Kitchen & Pub is a cute and relatively new bar and restaurant in Manila’s Kapitolyo, a neighbourhood distinguished in recent years by a hipster dini...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Uwern Jong

DALMATIA 101
DALMATIAN COAST, CROATIA

It was an invasion-by-sea, when I first set my eyes on Dubrovnik. Having sailed stealthily overnight, we anchored our ship as the sun rose slowly over the azure...
Climbing in Railay Thailand

IT’S THE CLIMB
RAILAY, THAILAND

Stepping off the plane into the midday heat of Krabi was like a kick in the chest. By the time my feet hit tarmac, my previously crisp shirt looks like the Turi...
Palm Springs Modernist Architecture

DESERT MODERN
PALM SPRINGS, USA

Palm Springs is the soothing, sun-drenched Yin to Vegas’ hedonistic Yang. I learnt that while it has only relatively recently become a global tourist destin...
Lake Bled, Slovenia

HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY?
SLOVENIA

I’m chagrined to admit that at first I found it a challenge to locate Slovenia on a map. In my somewhat limited experience of Central Europe, Slovenia was one o...
Toronto for foodies

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
TORONTO, CANADA

What exactly is Canadian food? It’s hard to get past the stereotypes of crispy bacon and maple syrup – after that I’m stumped when it comes to deciphering Canuc...
Isle of Skye, Scotland

SKYE’S THE LIMIT
ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND

“European railways were built for the war effort, you see. So they’re straight, efficient, orderly. Whereas, ours were built by a hodgepodge of Victorian indust...
Kayaking in Stockholm

WATER BOY
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Water, water everywhere. Not much of a surprise as central Stockholm is built on fifteen islands. So you’ll see why life on the water is pretty integral to the ...
West Hollywood, California

WHERE’S DOROTHY?
WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA

Yes, I’m a friend of Dorothy. I learnt the true meaning of this phrase on my recent visit to West Hollywood. Nothing to do with the Wizard of Oz it seems – but ...
Patrick Duffy's Tasmania

BEST KEPT SECRET
TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Clear across the other side of the world lies a destination we have often longed to venture to – Tasmania. There’s a thrilling sense of adventure when one think...
Martin Perry's Vancouver

AHEAD OF THE COUVE
VANCOUVER, CANADA

As the patchwork of small islands that form the coast surrounding Vancouver slowly dissolve behind the clouds, my heart grows a little heavy with sadness. Just ...
Temples Bali, Martin Perry

GOOD GOD
BALI, INDONESIA

I’ve come to know Bali as a land of many aliases – and they’re all somewhat spiritual – ‘Island of the Gods’, ‘Land of a Thousand Temples’, ‘Morning of the Worl...
Sao Paulo, Brazil

O JEINTINHO PAULISTANO
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

At the very mention of Brazil, you’d be excused if your mind is suddenly filled with vividly stereotypic images of tanned, chiselled, ripped-torsoed male-models...
Art on Stockholm's Subway system

BENEATH THE SURFACE
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

I’m stood on the platform at Stadion TBana (metro) station, beneath a giant mural of a rainbow. For a split second I felt the gayest I ever have – and proudly s...
South West Tokyo, Japan

WADE IN JAPAN
TOKYO, JAPAN

On a recent trip to Tokyo, I found myself navigating the city's South Western shrines to retail enlightenment. Quite possibly the most eclectic and hip parts of...
Taipei, Taiwan skyline

THE ART OF THE CITY
TAIPEI, TAIWAN

There is nothing more tragic than being born a natural flâneur in the wild west of the UK. It is a dismal world of corrugated iron and cow shit. I looked at the...
Thai Elephant at Patara Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

THE BIG DREAM
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

“A proper elephant skincare routine is an important part in ensuring its well being. It relieves the animal of distressing skin ailments and allows it to get a ...
Zack goes to Rock Camp

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
LAS VEGAS, USA

It’s like a dream come true. What better backdrop for indulging your most insane celebrity fantasies than Las Vegas? The concept: play on stage with your rock ’...
Borja Pena by Cathal o'Brien

STREETS OF LONDON
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

I love London. Come on, I left one of the world’s most thriving cities, Madrid, to come here. Well OK, saying I ‘left’ Madrid is underselling the story of my pa...
Rainbow Street Art, Montreal, Canada

TAKING PRIDE
MONTREAL, CANADA

About a decade ago, a friend handed me a DVD of a Canadian gay movie, 'Mambo Italiano', charting the adventures of a young gay Italian man trying to break tradi...

QUEEN OF THE BUSH
KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA

Singita Lebombo came highly recommended by a dear friend. His words ring through my head as I transit in JoBurg, not sure what to expect. All would come clear t...
Tree Hotel, Harrads near Lulea

COME TO LIGHT
SWEDISH LAPLAND, SWEDEN

Swedish Lapland is one of the planet’s most magical destinations – and it is beautiful all year round. It is easily the most gay-welcoming place in the world to...
Parlans, SoFo, Sodemalm, Stockholm, Sweden

FIKA DATE
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

There are two things I love that I know are bad for me when in abundance. Ok, you got me, there are more than just two things; but in this particular case, I’m ...
Long Boating in Phuket, Thailand

GOING AFLOAT
PHUKET, THAILAND

At a certain point during my family’s annual vacation at the beach, my professorial father would grow weary of body-surfing the waves with his three hyperactive...