Launch of Travel Begins at 40

Brand new travel website – www.travelbeginsat40.com – launched earlier this month (September 2017). The website, which unsurprisingly is focused at the 40 plus traveller, intends to specialise in travel articles and news stories from cultural tourism to homestays, adventure travel and eco-tourism.

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Myanmar: Away from the Crowds

Once forbidden to the West, Myanmar has seen a dramatic recent rise in tourism that threatens its intrinsic charm. Mark Bibby Jackson examines the booming sector and discovers some places to visit before it’s too late. After so many years of boycotts and sanctions, Myanmar has seen an unprecedented explosion in tourism. In 2012, the […]

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Land of the Midnight Sun

Sick of tropical heat, AsiaLIFE Cambodia’s publisher Mark Bibby Jackson sets off to the Arctic Circle, only to encounter yet more sun. Those who have watched Al Pacino’s gradual disintegration in the movie Insomnia will know the perils of sleeplessness within the Arctic Circle. Although Norway might not have the same serial-killer tendency as its […]

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Bali Revisited

Twenty years ago, a youthful Mark Bibby Jackson visited the remote village of Ubud in Bali, now AsiaLIFE’s publisher returns to see many that things have changed. Never go back. This truism applies as much to great holiday destinations as to failed relationships or any murder you may just happen to have committed. Now the […]

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Locked up in Laos

A former prison, the Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, exudes a sense of calm in keeping with the ancient Laos capital. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. If all prisons in Laos were like the Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, there would be a massive increase in the crime rate in this peaceful country. […]

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A Stroll on the Wild Side

Dolphins, ibises, butterflies and elephants: Mark Bibby Jackson discovers that taking it slow is mandatory when communing with nature in Cambodia. Dolphin Watching The Irrawaddy Dolphin is one of the most endangered species on the planet. According to Gordon Congdon, Freshwater Conservation Manager for World Wildlife Fund, there are probably less than 100 dolphins left in […]

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New Horizons: Swimming with Elephants

Set at the meeting point of Laos and Myanmar, Thailand’s “Golden Triangle” is set to become the country’s next tourism hotspot. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. My trip starts mundanely enough. A couple of elephants are grazing in the resort’s grounds while a flock of white birds drift past, in the distance lies Myanmar and […]

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Joining the Vietnam Mile Hile Club

Mark Bibby Jackson visits Vietnam’s central highlands hill station and has a right royal experience on the greens of the Dalat Palace. “I’m not sure there’s a prettier setting for golf than Dalat,” said Dave Beman, the former professional golfer who was the Commissioner of the US PGA Tour for 25 years. Beman rated the […]

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Anantara: Taking Thai Hospitality to the World

Since its inception in 2001, the Anantara Hotel Group has become a major player in the region’s hotel industry. Horizon Thailand unveils the secret of its success. Sitting in her office near Ekamai BTS in downtown Bangkok, Marion Walsh-Hédouin looks a satisfied woman. “Yesterday [November 6] we announced the opening of our hundredth hotel,” the […]

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