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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

  • Common Foods in Japan: From Seafood to Starbucks A ceramic bowl full of chopped ingredients.Learn about the types of food and drink you’ll commonly find in Japan, from traditional Japanese meals to fast food establishments to vending machines (some full of alcohol) that can be a surprise to foreigners.
  • Working and Employment in Japan for Foreigners Blurred by motion, a group of businessmen in suits move through an underground walkway.Ruthy Kanagy talks to an expat currently working in Japan and shares tips on where to look for employment and what industries are currently growing.
  • 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.

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Other Asia & the Pacific

  • Welcoming the New Year in Sydney Fireworks silhouette the Sydney Harbour Bridge and boats in the harbour.There is no doubt that Sydney is naturally one of the most stunning cities on this earth, but when it wants to it can even improve on its natural beauty. If you’re in Australia, a visit to Sydney at New Year’s is an absolute must—there simply is no better celebration to watch live.
  • Learning to Speak Korean when Moving Abroad Directional signs for line transfers in Seoul's metropolitan subway.Learning Korean is not easy, but the good news is that fluency doesn’t have to be anyone’s goal. Find out about language expectations for expats in Korea.
  • Living Abroad in Upside Down Australia The sky and horizon are reflected in the water at Miami Beach in Queensland.Australia: the land down under, where things are different—mostly upside down and the wrong way around. Here are some things to remember when considering living abroad in the southern hemisphere.

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