Ramadam

Sweet countdown to Ramadan

  Halwa Chebakia is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is folded into a flower shape, fried and then coated with honey. It's very popular in...
Japan shoreline detail, Ingo Gϋnther, for Art-Aid Japan, Basel, Switzerland

Art-Aid: Basel Project for Japan

Ingo Gϋnther’s mapping of Japan’s shoreline of Japan on a section of gallery floor space was a highlight of Art-Aid: Basel Project for Japan,...
Banteay Srei at dawn, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor without the crowds—Banteay Srei

A pre-dawn alarm, followed by an hour’s travel with a car and driver, ensured early arrival at Angkor’s Banteay Srei, a 10th century temple...
Carving beneath the Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Around Angkor Wat— without the crowds

Beneath Angkor’s Elephant Terrace Since I first visited Angkor Wat in 1998, tourist numbers to Cambodia’s number 1 attraction have increased exponentially. So, when I...
Frangipani, Cheoung Ek killing fields, Cambodia

The day I met Bou Meng

Frangipani wafted in the early morning air and butterflies were everywhere, when I visited Cheoung Ek, the best known of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields.   The...

The smiling face of ABOUTAsia

Angkor is Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, but it can be a test of a traveler’s mettle to navigate the place. A tailored viewing of...
Ai Weiwei banner on fortification wall, Basel, Switzerland

Art Parcours 2011 through St. Albantal

Art Basel 42, which closed on Sunday, reported a guest list that was 65,000 visitors long. This year, I found greater inspiration outside the...
Early morning quiet in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh fugue

Early-morning Phnom Penh is quiet, save a few motorcycles and tuk-tuks on the almost empty streets. It’s early in the morning when the place...
Tu Duc, the longest-reigning Nguyen emperor, Vietnam

Vietnam’s art of incense

All that incense wafting about the altars in Vietnam’s homes, shops and pagodas has to come from somewhere. I did not expect to discover...
Cholon

Cholon’s pagodas serve up atmosphere aplenty

A fierce dragon stands guard at Quan Am Pagoda, in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown. The district, home to Chinese traders and merchants for centuries, is...
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