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From the spectacular terrain of New Zealand to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat to the urban sights of Seoul, the possibilities for exploration in Asia and the Pacific region are endless.

Recent Articles on Cambodia

  • Happy New Year, Cambodia-Style Dancers in matching white tops and red skirts hold colorful parasols as they perform.Choul Chnam, the Khmer New Year, celebrates the beginning of the Buddhist religion. For three days in mid-April, thousands of Cambodians head for the Angkor temples to celebrate, picnic, and sight-see. Learn more about the holiday and how it’s celebrated.
  • Chaul Chnam Thmey: Happy New Year in Cambodia Chedis made of sand and small model boats in front of Wat Atui, an active Khmer temple next to the ruins of a small Angkor era temple, which stands in a village between Siem Reap and Phnom Krom.In many places around the world, December is a month filled with holiday celebration. In Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist nation, the New Year is celebrated in April (right in the middle of the hot season) and is the most important spiritual and social event of the year. Author Tom Vater discusses how the holiday is ...
  • Why do you think Angkor Wat should be on someone’s “bucket” list? Why do you think Angkor Wat should be on someone’s “bucket” list?

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Recent Articles on China

  • Social Customs in China: Gift-Giving A red and gold hong bao envelope with traditional new years artwork of a bull and oranges.Confused about social customs in China? Gift-giving is a central part of social life in Chinese culture, and it is one area where it is easy to offend if you don’t know what’s expected of you.
  • Getting a Sense of the Beijing Municipality Cyclists and cars share the road in the Houhai area of Beijing.The Beijing Municipality is slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey. Get a sense of the lay of the land, from notable landmarks to popular expat neighborhoods.
  • The Expat Social Scene in Beijing Two bicycles leaned against the wall gathering dust.Twenty years ago just about every foreigner from the West living in Beijing knew one other. Today a vast expatriate community has emerged and is making an impression on the Beijing social scene.

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Recent Articles on India

  • Expats Abroad: Emerging Opportunities Fishing at Jade Belt Bridge, Summer Palace, Beijing.An estimated 232 million people live outside their country of origin. Author Julie Doherty Meade examines expat communities in China and India in the first part of her “Expats Abroad” series.
  • Movies to Inspire Wanderlust A dramatic sunset over Positano, Italy.Author and film expert Laura Martone shares a few popular and classic films that highlight specific destinations around the world—and may just persuade you to start packing. (Also, discover the movies that inspire us here at Moon!)
  • Christmas Celebrations in Delhi In a home with a parquet wood floor, crepe paper is strung from a ceiling light with a decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.Christmas is not the most feted day of the year for most people in Delhi, but it definitely does not go by unnoticed. Author Margot Bigg discusses holiday celebrations in India.

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Recent Articles on Japan

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Other Asia & the Pacific

  • Planning Your Time in Sydney The Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney is a three story brick building at the head of Macquarie Street.Here’s how to plan your time in Sydney from deciding what to do, where to go, & how long to stay, plus helpful tips about weather & getting around the city.
  • Before You Go to Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Stock photo of a tiny toy plane resting on a map of Australia.Here’s how to plan essentials such as entry visas and room, meal and transportation budgets before you go to Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • History and Geography of Cairns Historical photograph of workers resting while building the Cairns Railway.Learning about the background of a location enriches any experience of it. Here’s a brief summary of the history and geography of Cairns for travelers.

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Photo at top by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble licensed Creative Commons Attribution.