"When I was young, my father used to talk about a magical place called Trincomalee. Just the name sounded exciting, like soft breezes blowing through palms or a chime of temple bells..."
Discover how Joanna Symons found authentic Sri Lanka in the places that were once off-limits.
"My declaration duly arouses a small cheer, which is swiftly drowned out by the rumble of an urban train, rattling down the road, two yards from the door of this splendidly ramshackle bar, hidden away in the kinetic, mazy, twilit streets of central Hanoi in Vietnam."
Read all about Sean Thomas's trip to Vietnam to research the country's hottest new luxury hotels.
"Local tribes and the wider community are very much a part of the inspiring atmosphere at this wonderfully authentic lodge."
Travel writer, Catherine McCullin (née Fairweather) travelled to Sri Lanka with her husband, the legendary photographer, Don McCullin. Here she reviews a unique wildlife lodge.