Buns and bright lights: the joys of Taiwan’s street food

Lured to south-east Asia by his love of Taiwanese squishy steamed bread, our writer finds a dazzling array of edibles on offer in Taipei’s markets

10 of the best places to visit in Malaysia

Lunch with monks and a poignant war memorial park share equal billing with Penang’s street food and sundowner views over Kuala Lumpur

10 of the best contemporary art spaces in south-east Asia

Artists in Myanmar, Cambodia and across south-east Asia produce work in a climate of authoritarianism – and often in open defiance of it. Here are 10 spaces that promote their artistic freedom and independence

The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture

Cafes, courtyards and cha in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Holiday guide to lesser-known Thailand

They’re getting harder to find, but there are still corners of rural and coastal Thailand relatively untouched by tourism. Here are unspoiled islands and stunning national parks away from the crowds

Istanbul’s top 10 historic shopping arcades

Architecture and shopping go hand in hand at these characterful arcades, which also offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past