The world is getting smaller, with travel companies and hotel chains increasingly reaching out into previously untapped parts of the world. At the same time, our concept of what constitutes luxury tourism is changing. Five-star resorts are two a penny and even space tourism is no longer in the realms of science fiction.
Over a thousand tourists were stranded on Easter Island in the build up to Christmas. Some never made it home in time. By Mark Bibby Jackson A look of resignation sits uneasily on the hundred or so passengers lined up outside Easter Island’s Latam Airline (LAN) office in the early hours of Monday December 21. […]
A friend of mine recently told me how he was amazed to see three Rolls-Royce Phantoms all in a line on his first visit to Phnom Penh last year. While this is by no means an every day occurrence on the streets of the Cambodian capital, the last few years have seen a marked rise […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
David Puttnam is a self-confessed optimist; a quality he believes stood him in good stead in his successful career as a film producer. “People have got to believe in something,” he says. “It’s like movies. Midnight Express would not have been the success it was if he hadn’t got out of prison. Chariots of Fire, […]