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True travel stories set in countries throughout Asia, from Myanmar to India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and beyond. Discover what it’s like to travel in the world’s most populous continent. Submit your own travel writing if you have a story to tell!

Asia
April 29, 2020

The Gates of Hell

In the desert of one of most politically repressive countries in the world, a traveler gazes upon a famous, undying fire that has burned against all odds for nearly 50…
Asia
April 18, 2020

Hiking with Lady

After starting a challenging solo hike to prove something, a woman discovers that company isn't a barrier to finding oneself. Why do I even like hiking? I grumbled to myself…
Asia
March 3, 2020

The City of Longevity

When a young woman makes a trip to Taichung, her father's hometown in Taiwan, she struggles to find a window into his busy life. “We’re meeting them at the restaurant.…
Asia
February 4, 2020

Sober in Southeast Asia

A solo traveler attempts to navigate Southeast Asia's hedonistic backpacking scene without the crutch of alcohol. I stumbled out of my Grab car with my trusty black backpack into the…
Asia
December 26, 2019

Living with the Dead

In a Manila cemetery, the living and the dead live side-by-side, and our writer wants to know why. It was a steaming afternoon in mid-summer when I found myself at…
Asia
December 17, 2019

Back to Bengal

After a gap of seventeen years, a Bengali writer returns to the storied city of Kolkata. With her husband and their adult daughter, they set out to discover the history…
Asia
December 10, 2019

Autumn in the Iya Valley

In this story, the second of a two-part series on Japan, our writer passes under changing leaves and over mountains to visit a village of scarecrows and a forest full…