Is the Fertility
Goddess Still Alive? by Leonardo DiFrancesco
A visit to Bhutan's fertility temple which "...consists
of an alter surrounded by hundreds of penises of all shapes,
sizes and colors carved from wood, rock and styrofoam".
Railway of Burma by Michael Kraabel
Michael, the train fanatic, takes no head of warnings
and takes the treacherous rail route from Mandalay to Bagan
- a journey where survival becomes his only desire.
Caught in the Storm by Dave Lowe
Fear, motorbiking, ancient Gods and epic rains in
Kymer controlled Angor Wat, Cambodia.
Cambodian Misadventures by Jordan Woods
A trip into the jungles of Cambodia armed with AK-47s, M-60s
and hand grenades.
Anyone for Turtle? by Erica Karen Louise
"After three days exploring the mystical Angkor temples of Siem Reap, it was time to depart for the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh..."
Persistence Pays Off by Robert Flawith
The serene peace of the landscape of Man Ren Shan
in Central China is interrupted by that universal blight -
Sting for Your
Supper by Amy Jurries
A brave woman's guide to eating a wriggly Chinese
delicacy, live scorpions!
the border by Jonathan Litton
Jonathan bikes his way to the "Arctic Village",
China's northernmost settlement overlooking the China-Russia-Mongolia
Under Scrutiny, by Lisa McCallum
An account of life at a teachers' college in Sichuan province, China. Lisa is a writer and English as a Second Language teacher of adult immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities.
A Postcard from
Delhi by Neave Barker
The high to the low culture of Delhi, sampling avant-garde
art, a local wedding, fine vodkas and stick on hair-pieces.
A Gateway to India by Emma Jones
A trip through the sensory overload of the streets
of Mumbai with a six-year-old guide.
Food, Glorious Food by Emily Silbert
A journey of the tastebuds through the dishes of Kerala, where
the mangoes are sweeter than the shy smiles of the children.
Sister Switch: A
Passport to India by Amisha Patel
A lesson in why it's best to check your visa before travelling.
Surviving Agra by Aldrina Thirunagaran
A comedy of errors and aggrevations in a visit to India's
ultimate Temple of Love.
The Girl Form Jama
Masjid by Christina Whitt
A brief encounter photographing a street girl in Old Delhi
Diary of Daring
Dave Pt 1: Guru, Schmuru by Dave Lowe
Regular Pilot Guides.com contributor "Disaster"
Dave takes us on a tour of India, starting off with a photo
opportunity at the ultimate temple of luurve, the Taj Mahal.
Diary of Daring
Dave Pt 2: The Great Railway Bizarre by
A lesson learned in getting from A to B (then back to A) India
style, where travel, like life, is an endless loop
Diary of Daring Dave Pt 3: Pamplona, Rajastan by Dave
Dave gets up to further mishaps in Rajastan including riding
a randy camel and getting unwittingly caught up in an impromptu
Daring Dave Pt 4:
Golden Temples & Dalai Lamas by Dave
Dave seeks enlightenment or just another franchise of Nirvana,
Inc, in Amritsar and Dharmasala.
Daring Dave Pt
5: Altitude Attitude in Little Tibet by
More insane antics from from Pilot Guides.com's resident explorer,
who ends up vertical in the multi-national travellers' hangout
of Leh, North India.
God of The Sky by Dale Larsen
"Nepalese maintenance officials sacrificed 2 goats on the Katmandu airport runway in front of a Boeing 757. The sacrifice was made to Akash Bhairab, the Hindu God of Sky, whose image is also featured on their aircraft. The plane later took off and landed safely in Hong Kong."
Close Encounters with a Manta
Ray by Dana Church
"The manta ray's wide mouth was agape, this large
filtering machine coming to swallow me up..".
Yes! You Climb
Volcano! by Philipp Schott
"It became painfully clear that this
thing was actually going to be bloody difficult to ascend".
First Encounter of the
Peeping Tom by Carey Reed
Teenage Western girls beware the omnipresence of
the Nozoki - Japanese Peeping Tom.
Maiko Makeover by Mavis Li
Mavis's fascination for Japanese ink paintings and kimono
leads to a dress-up fantasy in Kyoto.
In Search of Tranquil
Japan by Andrew Gryfe
Escaping the Japanese metropolis and, in Von Trapp fashion,
heading for the mountains of Minoo.
Mystical Japan by
A greeting committee of deer and wild monkeys await you on
a trip to the serene Miyajima Island.
Tandem meeting by Dave Lowe
Dave visits little Iki Island in Japan, hires a bike and shares
a peculiar ride with a local...
A Meal and a Thought by Brian McManus
A reflection on the merits of lunchtime, Korean style,
a time for community, appreciation and conversation.
South Korea - a poetic sense of beauty by Min Kim
"As the yangban, dances to the sound of a harp, laid on the floor and played meditatively in the lotus position, his smoothly undulating, slow-motion movements become instantly bewitching..."
Moo-ve Over by Sarah Rasmussen
Sarah experiences the extremes of communal transport culture
in Laos: "We picked up the dead cow in the 23rd hour
of the 16-hour bus trip".
Memories of Mongolia by Joanne Loton
A journey through Ulaan Bataar's Buddhist temples
to high-rise via ambling cows, frantic traffic and throat
Rainforest Revelation by Jasmine Hogg
Bugs and leeches in Malaysia's Taman Negara Park make way
for a meeting with the Orang Asli tribe.
Trekking the 'mother Goddess
of the world' by Kevin Dyer
Epic 26 Day Himalayan Trek taking in Everest, Lhotse, Ama
Dablam and Tengboche Gompa Monastery, and getting lost amongst
giant ice pinnacles at frighteningly high altitudes!
A Dangerous Night by Bridie Ellwood
The first violent stirrings in village life, rural Nepal.
A League Of Their
Own by David Kovacic
Just passing the time in Gilgit, Pakistan, David comes across
the magnificent spectacle of a frenzied game of horseback
Shark Encounter by Sarah Curran
A hair-raising meeting nose to nose with a silver
tip, in the Philippines Sulu Sea.
for Monkeys in Singapore by Nicole Trilivas
Nicole lives her dream of of meeting wild
monkeys - who turn out to be wilder than she expected.
of Orange by Romina Tedoldi
The expected luxury air-con bus makes way for a more
earthy and exhilerating journey from Bangkok to Cambodia.
Bangkok in 24 Hours by Nadia Gomes
A worldwind tour of Thailand hectic principle city where "...the
spicy attitudes of market vendors are captivating cajoling,
convincing, and grabbing. Locals race and tourists gaze. Markets
swell and dance-clubs pound".
A Perfect Day for Banana
Feet by Samantha Miller
Brand new hiking boots and a culturally enlightening muddy
feet washing ritual in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
of the Golden Triangle by Darrell
A trek into Thailand's legendary region, famous for opium
production and smuggling, drug warlords, and small tribal
fly low cost carrier by
Dave travels to Phuket, Thailand, to commemorate the first
year anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami and see how life
has changed by the Andaman Sea.
Scuba diving at Khao Lak by Dave Lowe
"Late one night down a crumbling alley in old Havana, a Santeria priestess was asking me pointed questions. It was only after a long silence that the woman said in Spanish:'Stay away from the sea, child..."
My Thai High by Colin Robertson
"The flight was freezing, and we landed into JFK International in the midst of the aftermath of a snowstorm. Terminals were packed with sleepers, fuming businessmen and businesswomen, angry flyers and delays and cancellations were everywhere. My panic mode resumed. I miss Thailand already."
In Search of the
Vietnamese Pancake by Jordan Watson
A quest in Hanoi to taste Banh Xeo, yellow pancakes.
The discoveries of scurrying toads and crabs or half-dried
eels are less appetising.
roach and I by Jimmy Su
"I felt something crawling up my leg. I shot up into
the air like a rocket and started shrieking like a little,
pubescent schoolgirl as I frantically shook my pant leg".
No Laughing Matter by Melissa Valk
I was traveling in South East Asia and spending a couple of days in Ho Chí Minh City, Vietnam. I had just arrived and hadn’t yet adjusted to the stifling heat. As I walked around the city soaked with perspiration I spotted a pub set in a small traditional alleyway