Driving toward my destination in the mountains, I turned down the car stereo to listen to the sounds of birds singing all around. I was headed to Sandankyo Gorge, a scenic spot in Akiota, Japan. The beautiful 16-kilometre ravine, part of Nishi Chugoku Sanchi Quasi National Park, was awarded three stars by the major French travel book series Blue Guide in February.
Last week academics from around the world descended on Lombok, the Indonesian island known for palm-fringed and coral-ringed beaches and world-class surf, for the International Geographical Union conference on sustainable tourism.
"Come before the tourists visit” is the old Bangladesh tourist board slogan that had caught my eye and partially inspired my trip. Two days after arriving in the country, I unexpectedly meet the woman who came up with it. I’m at Wilderness, a resort in the north-eastern region of Sylhet, where the majority of British-Bangladeshis hail. It’s owned by Nazim Choudhury, whose glamorous wife, Geeteara, now runs her own advertising company.
Iran , host to many unique cultural treasures largely unseen by Western eyes, is expecting a significant rise in the number of tourists visiting the country in the wake of last week’s historic nuclear deal.
Aside from being often described as Cambodia’s “premier beach destination”, it is fair to say that Sihanoukville has something of a reputation. Most guides will at least mention tourist-focused police corruption, prostitution and drug dealing fuelled by both local and imported mafias.