Asia

The Crowds Are Skipping Thailand to See Sri Lanka

At first, I couldn’t see anything to distinguish Weligama Bay. A mile-wide bite out of the Sri Lankan coast not far from the country’s southernmost tip, its arc of ochre sand and...

Three Days, Three Legendary Japanese Views

The Japanese enjoy a culture of consensus. All things touristed, in particular, take their place in a hierarchy. This is convenient for travelers: the country is organized for best-of...

Why Did So Many People Die in Nepal?

The news out of Nepal these past few days has been bleak. Avalanches and blizzards in a northern mountainous region of the country have

Azerbaijan: From Silk Road to Oil Shore

It's evening at the caravansery. Businessmen gather in the garden, summoning skewers of meat, each larger than the last, to their tables. Some head indoors to the chaikhana in one of...

A Shrine to Luxury Adventure

In Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, sits the Kumano Kodo, a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that wind through the misty, cedar-filled Kii Mountain Range. Though popular...

Landays: Cries of the Pashtun Women

A place one can never return to grows in the mind. In mine, wind scours a scree field; a long-haired man peers down between the crenellations of a mud watchtower;...

Everest Sherpas Issue Demands

The 2014 Everest climbing season is in limbo and will probably stay that way for the next few days, but it’s too early to hang a “closed for business” sign on the...

Law and Order at 17,500 Feet

For the entirety of its existence, Base Camp on Mount Everest has been self-policed. No more. After last year’s

Everest's Most Dangerous Stunt Yet?

In 2012, when Joby Ogwyn, a climber and BASE jumper from Santa Barbara, California, dropped from a plane at 27,000 feet...

Finding Your Desert Oasis

Location is everything. Which is why Jordan—long a hub for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring historical ruins and Bedouin culture—has seen a 22...

Water World: Maalifushi, Maldives

The English word atoll comes from ­Dhivehi, the official language of the Maldives. And with good reason. This nation consists of 1,192 islands spread across 35,000 square miles of Indian...

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