“Shooting polo in the company of a maharaja was a dream assignment for me, mixing style, history, legend, and sport in the fabled Blue City of Rajasthan,” says photographer David Dobson of his visit to Jodhpur last December. “Fullforce tournaments, dinner parties in palaces and desert camps, fantastic Rajasthani hospitality by one of the friendliest royals you’re likely to meet ... Who could ask for more? Page 114. When he’s not at his desk managing the The Phuket News, Simon Ostheimer can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of his adopted island home, and wondering why he didn’t leave big-city life behind much earlier. “Beyond its ‘paradise island’ facade, Phuket has a rich tapestry of culture and characters that I find immensely rewarding,” he says. Page 88. “I have been going to Rio every year since 2008, not long after I first met my friend Zeca Camargo, the charming presenter of a popular Globo Sunday TV show,” says Bangkok-based writer Robert Turnbull. “Having a famous Brazilian to protect me during my first Carnival helped cement my love for the city. If nothing else, Rio is an intensely cultured and sophisticated place.” Page 106.