VILLAGES, TOWNS, CITIES Looking across Khiva, Uzbekistan, from the city walls. The "Itchan Kala" (walled city) contains 50 historic monuments and many more old houses from its heyday of the 18th century and before.A street level view of the fantasical silk road city of Khiva, with the Islam Khoja Minaret.One of the classic silk road cities, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, a haven in the desert for travelers in merchants for centuries. Ulugh Beg Madrasa (right). Abdul Aziz Khan (left). Toqi Zargaron (bazaar, ahead). Kalyan Minaret (distance).The old streets of Uzbekistan's Fergana city are lined with canopies of grape producing vines, which keep the streets cool in the blistering summers.The Ulugh Beg Madrasah (left) and Tilya Kori Madrasah are 2/3 of one of the greatest city square of the silk road, the Timurid masterpiece The Registan, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.A woman strolls through manicured parklands towards the historical Registan, the heart of Samarkand for over 600 years.Taipei (Taiwan) has two airports, with the secondary one being very close to the centre of the city.Arunothai is a small town on the Thai side of the Burma border, surrounded by beautiful farms and mountains.Tha Ton is a small Thai town in the far north, set on small river, with a mountainous national park to the east.A village along the railway lines in Prachin Buri, a small town in east Thailand on the way to Cambodia.Morocco's most interesting, confusing and infuriating old bazaar is in Fez. Expect to get lost, not find places you're looking for, pestered by guides, but find new and amazing things at every wrong turn.The dhobi wallahs' (washers) village of Mumbai, India, where a high proportion of the city's laundry is washed by hand, before miraculously making its way back to its owners.India has some wonderful bazaars, like Chandni Chowk in Delhi. It is urban living at its tightest, with vehicles and pedestrians at times coming to a grinding halt.The great Mughal Emperor, builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan looked out on Agra from his palace in Agra Fort. His son imprisoned him here.A bizarre mix of 1900s boom town architecture, the German colonial town of Luderitz is a surreal sight, squeezed between the Atlantic and the harsh Namibian deserts.Kolmanskop, Namibia, was the headquarters for diamond mining operations for 50 years, but was abandoned, with the desert sands taking over the bowling alley, theatre, schools and private houses.The village at the top of Epupa Falls, Namibia, about 4-5 hour up a good dirt road from the nearest town.In Nambia's Sperrgebeit ("Forbidden Zone") the remains of a diamond mining and township.General Headquarters of the Filipino Crusaders, Inc., a patriotic and religious organization founded by Hilario Moncado, on Cebu is a town, a barracks, a colony, a secure compound....kinda weird.One of the Philippines' biggest cities outside Manila, Cebu City is nobody's dream destination, but still a pretty likable place underneath a very shabby exterior.Sagada is a pleasant mountain town in Luzon's Cordillera region. One of the more unusual sights in the Philippines is here: the hanging coffins.Banue is centrally located in the Philippine's Cordillera region, making it a good base to explore the famed surrounding sights.UNESCO World Heritage listed, the ancient stone rice terraces of the Cordillera are still in use by the surrounding villagers.Batad has a population of under 1,000, who work the rice terraces their ancestors built maybe 2,000 years ago.More ancient terraces can be seen nearby Bontoc. Each are marvels of human endeavour.In the western mountains of Burma, a shameful road leads to Matupi, a town of just 8,500 people, where the Chin ethnic group break down into a further six tribes. And there's lots of churches too!An evening storm brews over Pathein, Burma's 7th largest city, with a population of 250,000.Once home to a powerful kingdom which defeated fought the British for Assam, Mrauk U is now a sleepy backwater.Unlike Burma's more famous temple area at Bagan, the monuments of the Arakan Kingdoms in Mrauk U mingle with the town's modern inhabitants.Yangon banned motorcycles from its streets in 2003, with inevitable result of more congestation. Like many things in Burma, the reason is the subject of rumour and intrigue.Once a thriving mining town, connected by many daily trains, outback Beltana, 500kms north of Adelaide, is home to a handful of hardy souls.An historical photo shows how First Street, Quorn (South Australia) looked around the turn of the century.Shops cast a nervous eye on the rising river during floods in Long Xuyen, a rural city in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.Madcap traffic flows through Vietnam's biggest city, Saigon, in the early 1990s.Saigon from above. Laneways visible between crowded rusted roofs in 1994.Lovely seaside scene in Cambodia. I think it is Kampot, 2000.Up in the hills near the Thai border, the regional town of Pailin is where the Khmer Rouge leadership set up after their fall in 1979.On the southern side of the Tonle Sap, Pursat is a small and pleasant provincial capital.Decades of war in Cambodia left vital infrastructure in an appalling state. This was the capital Phnom Penh, 14 years after the Khmer Rouge were expelled.The focal point of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace fronts an green square and looks over the meeting of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.