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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A Right Royal Treat

Horizon Thailand visits Hua Hin, a city with a growing reputation forwellness and tranquillity. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. Given the peacefulness of the coastal resort, it is befitting that the man who knows Hua Hin better than almost anyone else is softly spoken. So softly, in fact, that my voice recorder can barely detect […]

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Banlung: A Tree Too Far

For many years Ratanakiri was hard to reach, especially during the wet season. Now that the roads are much improved, Mark Jackson takes the eight-hour drive to Banlung, but has he left it too late? Russian helicopters first brought Pierre-Yves Clais to Ratanakiri. He used to patrol the road from Stung Treng to Banlung in […]

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Con Dao: Vietnam’s Best Kept Secret

For some time now Phu Quoc has developed a reputation as the island of choice for those looking to escape from Ho Chi Minh City. However, as Mark Bibby Jackson discovers, the less contentiously Vietnamese island of Con Dao has a lot more to offer intrepid travellers from Cambodia. Additional material from AsiaLIFE HCMC.  Until […]

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Farang of the North

A visit to a hill tribe, an elephant show and traditional dancing, some things are little changed in Chiang Mai since Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1972. With royalty in mind, Mark Bibby Jackson looks at the history of the city’s British consulate, which once housed George V’s polo elephants. When London merchant Ralph Fitch […]

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A Day in the Life of Marunouchi Tokyo

With barely less than a day to spend in one of the largest cities in the world, Mark Bibby Jackson decides to invest his time in the financial district of Marunouchi and the wonderful Imperial Gardens to its west. My preconceived perception of Tokyo was one of skyscrapers, neon signs and sushi. But by midday on my […]

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The Beach Rediscovered

The Beach Rediscovered Mark Bibby Jackson sets off for the Thai royal resort town of Hua Hin searching for the beach he encountered on his first visit to Asia. We all have that beach: the one etched in our memory so vividly that it transports you back to a time when you were still young, […]

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Less Is More

Apart from the backpacker nirvana of the 4,000 islands, most bypass southern Laos. They may be missing out on the beauty of nothing. Words and photos by Mark Bibby Jackson. The more I travel, the more I come to appreciate the beauty of less. It is many years now since the Lonely Planet books helped […]

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