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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.
  • 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.
  • Expats Abroad: From Beach Bums to Bankers The entrance of São Vicente bay in BrazilIn the second part of her “Expats Abroad” series, Julie Doherty Meade talks to Brazil resident Michael Sommers to learn more about life for foreigners in Brazil.

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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

  • Visiting a Shinto Shrine on New Year’s Eve in Akan A red Torii gate stands out sharply from the snow during the day.On New Year’s Eve, many people in Japan brave the snow to visit Shinto shrines and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Ruthy Kanagy invites us to experience the tradition through her eyes, from making an offering to warming up with grilled mochi and a cup of hot, sweet sake.
  • Cultural Values of Japan Two young men dressed in urban fashion cross at the famous busy Shibuya intersection.Every culture transmits values to its youth, first in the context of family, and then through the educational process. Living abroad expert Ruthy Kanagy discusses the core values of Japanese culture and the diversity that can be found throughout the country.
  • Moving to Tokyo: Choosing Where to Live View of a quiet street with several pedestrians and a business in the foreground.Not sure where to live in Tokyo? Ruthy Kanagy goes over the neighborhoods and suburbs to help you find an area that fits your budget and your lifestyle.

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Other Asia & the Pacific

  • Memoirist Elizabeth Enslin On Writing and Life Since Nepal Book cover of While the Gods Were Sleeping by Elizabeth EnslinMoon author Margot Bigg interviews Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping, on writing her memoir, and how her life has changed in the years since the story takes place.
  • 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.
  • Festivals in South Korea: Cause for Celebration A group of young people covered from head to toe in grey mud.South Koreans never need much of an excuse for a party, and the country’s calendar is crammed with festivals celebrating historical events, esteemed local produce, and even just the existence of a few places. Here’s a list of a few of the higher-profile annual events.

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