Kuching, Malaysia: what to see plus the best restaurants, hotels and bars

The capital of Malaysian Borneo is one of Asia’s most alluring cities, with fabulous food and new hotels, but little traffic and few high-rises to spoil the laid-back vibe

Highlights of Malaysia

The wild and urban attractions of this south-east Asian destination include scuba diving, orangutan spotting, remote island getaways – and a helipad rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur

Ziggy Stardust snake and Klingon newt among 163 new species discovered in the Mekong – in pictures

Other finds in the biodiverse greater Mekong region include a rare banana species from Thailand and a tiny frog from Cambodia and Vietnam

Holidays in Iran: readers’ travel tips

Our well-travelled readers pick Iranian hill villages, palaces and guesthouses, plus unusual events such as ancient athletics and ritual mourning

How Nasa technology uncovered the ‘megacity’ of Angkor

Recent laser surveys have revealed traces of a vast urban settlement, comparable in size to Los Angeles, around the temples of Angkor in the Cambodian jungle. The ancient Khmer capital was never lost … it just got a bit overgrown

Laos town known for drunkenness and tourist deaths cleans up its act

The town of Vang Vieng in Laos was once synonymous with backpacker excess, but now offers adventure activities that make the most of its stunning location