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...
fish sauce

Something fishy in Vietnam

  Before I lived in Southeast Asia, I knew that fish sauce--that fermented, salty essence of the sea--is an indispensable condiment for many of the...
Basel Fasnacht

The (mostly unwritten) rules of Basel Fasnacht

Life in Switzerland is orderly, no surprise there. Fasnacht turns that tidy world upside down—for starters, it takes place during the first week of...
Lightered Knot opens in Wiggins, MS

The Lightered Knot

Until recently, I’d not considered the virtues of fat wood, or what folks in South Mississippi call “lightered knots” or “lightered” for short. A...

Basel’s Christmas market-Tis the season!

Basel’s Christmas market is the largest and most traditional in Switzerland. The merchandise on offer is of high quality, albeit pricey, and I always...
A Moveable Feast

Couscous and camaraderie in Morocco

My advance copy of Lonely Planet's forthcoming food anthology arrived a week ago, and it’s an edifying read. The thirty-eight stories are set around...
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