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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!

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…
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…
November 29, 2019

Two Japans: Osaka and Mount Koya

In this story, the first of a two-part Japan series, a traveler experiences the tension between ancient and modern Japan as she winds through hypnotic cities and a temple-topped mountain.…
November 20, 2019

The Mountain of Fire

During a midnight trek up a volcano in Java, Indonesia, our writer realizes that her so-called "guides" are not exactly who they claim to be. The night sky passed overhead…
October 20, 2019

Shanghai Fever

Despite illness and inconvenience, a traveler is determined to experience all that Shanghai has to offer Sleeping in the Shanghai Pudong International Airport overnight only made me think of one…
September 26, 2019

Indonesia’s Last Monarchy

An Indonesian writer travels to Java’s last provincial monarchy and speaks with a servant of the royal family. On Christmas Day, I went with my parents and little sister to…
September 9, 2019

This is Rural Sichuan

While volunteering among earthquake survivors in rural Sichuan, our writer discovers that the "real" China is both beautiful and confronting. “Lushan is a nice village. Maybe one million,” our interpreter,…
July 16, 2019

Among the Sherpas

At the foot of Mount Gaurishankar in the Himalayas, a traveler seeks a place to meditate, and soon finds himself becoming part of village life. After six months living with…
July 8, 2019

A Sherpa Wedding

In a remote Nepalese valley ravaged by a recent earthquake, a Sherpa wedding still manages to bring joy. The night is dark, the moon covered by heavy clouds of rain.…