Wacky and wonderful, polite and pristine, the beautiful island of Taiwan lies off mainland China’s southeastern coast. It’s home to a fascinating culture that celebrates modernism and tradition in equal measures. You can explore the best of this in just a few days in the capital, Taipei. Taipei’s frenetic night markets are a good place to start.
For almost half a century, Burma—also called Myanmar—was ruled by an oppressive military regime. As a result, this sprawling southeast-Asian nation, renowned for its raw beauty, has remained relatively untouched by the globalized world—until now. With democratization under way following a recent political turnaround, Burma is opening up.