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

Kites and colour: Sri Lanka’s time to shine

From tribesmen to Test cricketers, Sri Lanka’s people are the stars of John Gimlette’s new book, with its towns, jungles, elephants and islets a vivid backdrop

The end of the line for India’s iconic railway buffet car

India’s much-loved pantry car, introduced by the British almost a century ago, is being phased out by Indian Railways and replaced with ‘e-catering’ and takeaways