Borneo

Nothing in Borneo rushes. And when you’ve been around for the past 100 million years, you can understand see why. Take the world’s largest flower. It quietly spends up to 12 months preparing for its debut, but only blooms for six days before withering away. Or there’s the humble firefly. It lies dormant in a…

Brunei

The so-called express bus from Kota Kinabalu in northeast Borneo to Brunei should get a new name. On the map it looks like a two-inch trip, but in reality it’s an epic eight-hour journey. That’s largely thanks to the six border stops in and out of Malaysia and Brunei, which seems to pretty well reflect…

Philippines

Coming in to land at Manila, a tiny island shimmers as it seems to be covered in a giant mass of shining shingle. There’s nothing natural about this though; it’s really the multi-coloured rooftops that are packed side by side on this strip of land. Standing out above all the mass housing is a cream-coloured…

Hong Kong

It’s hard to know when you’ve actually arrived in Hong Kong. Is it the moment the vintage Star Ferry’s tyres cautiously nudge the jetty? Or is it perhaps the time when you step from the gangplank and onto solid, albeit reclaimed, land? Or maybe you’re truly in Hong Kong the instant you leave the jetty…

Macau

Macau’s top 5 freebies Macau is an island of superlatives.The former Portuguese colony makes more money from gambling than anywhere else in the world ($6 billion a year), it’s the most densely-populated place around (18,000 folk per sq km) and it’s home to the world’s largest casino, The Venetian. It’s also a place where bling…

Burma

U Nee didn’t want to say much in the tea shop. You never knew who was listening. Once on board his rickshaw, he was more comfortable talking about life in Myanmar. “Around nine years ago, a new railway line was built near my village. More soldiers came, and more problems came too. “The solders would…

Laos

THE woman in the khaki military shirt was busy playing pool on her computer. I approached her small booth on the Laos/Thai border and coughed gently. She looked up briefly to inspect my visa, pushed it back into my hand, and went back to a tricky shot on the eight ball. Like most things in…