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  • Pick a papaya in Sri Lanka

    Pick a papaya in Sri Lanka

    January 7th, 2014Jeremy Smith
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    If, along with rest and relaxation, your idea of the perfect holiday hideaway involves cooking up your own meals with fresh ingredients, then a self-catering stay at Samakanda Guesthouse might be just what you’re looking for. Tucked away in the hills above the town of Galle, Samakanda comprises two comfortable, solar-powered cottages: one a restored…

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  • Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    December 9th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Even after seven unbroken days on a train from Moscow, nothing can prepare you for the Chinese border. As you pull into the platform, which is lit up in neon colours, a Chinese-tinged version of the Vienna Waltz comes blaring over the Tannoy. Trying to work out the cultural relevance of this is a hopeless…

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  • Party in the sun at Boom, Portugal

    Party in the sun at Boom, Portugal

    December 3rd, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Twenty thousand revellers each year come to Boom, Europe’s greatest outdoor dance-music festival, which takes place for a week over the August full moon on a lakeside ranch about 60km from Lisbon. In true summer-of-love fashion it combines non-stop dance music with eco-idealism: here you’ll find sustainability workshops, recycling and composting bins, a permaculture garden…

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  • Five great Indian tiger safaris

    Five great Indian tiger safaris

    November 7th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Heading out on a tiger safari is one of the essential Indian experiences. Here, from the pages of Great Escapes, we present five of the best. Share your safari memories below. Corbett Tiger Reserve Pin The first wildlife reserve in India, Corbett was responsible for launching the tiger conservation scheme Project Tiger, and is well-known…

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  • Learn how silk is made in Laos

    Learn how silk is made in Laos

    October 16th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Holding the tiny cocoon in your fingers, it’s hard to imagine it contains a fibre of silk that will be 800m long when finally unravelled. And when you consider 100,000 silk worms are being cultivated here at Vang Viang Organic Farm, you’re effectively surrounded by 80,000km of silk – enough to circle the earth twice.…

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  • The best safari lodges in Kenya

    The best safari lodges in Kenya

    October 9th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Kenya is the safari capital of East Africa. Elephants, buffalo and wildebeest roam across vast plains, flamingos in their thousands wade in lake shallows, lions doze on sun-baked savannahs and herds of hippos graze by river banks. Yet in the scramble to see the country’s wildlife, local culture often gets overlooked and tribal people have…

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  • Feast at Salone del Gusto, Italy

    Feast at Salone del Gusto, Italy

    September 25th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Turn a corner and you’re at one end of a long aisle, its sides lined with stalls selling nothing but chocolate. Turn a different corner and you enter another food-laden aisle, only this time dedicated to cheese, including matured Pecorino wrapped in walnuts, Norwegian Sognefjord geitost and Tcherni Vit green cheese from Bulgaria. There’s no…

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  • Follow Jesus to Nazareth, Israel

    Follow Jesus to Nazareth, Israel

    September 16th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Secreted away in the souk quarter behind the Basilica of the Annunciation, in a maze of streets too narrow for cars, lies the Fauzi Azar Inn – a 200-year-old mansion that has been converted into the most welcoming place to stay in Nazareth. Centred on an arched courtyard, its ten adjoining rooms are decked out…

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  • The ten best treks in Southeast Asia

    The ten best treks in Southeast Asia

    May 13th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Southeast Asia offers some wonderful treks, allowing you to spend days walking through dense rainforests, spotting spectacular wildlife, learning about the cultures of the many different tribes who live in the remoter areas, and often staying with them in their homes and sharing their meals. The following ten treks are highly recommended, and also ensure…

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  • Four authentic Aboriginal experiences in Australia

    Four authentic Aboriginal experiences in Australia

    April 22nd, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Whether you are keen to learn more about their art and customs, such as the many dances of the corroboree ceremony or the songs of The Dreaming, or simply want an authentic trip to Uluru, there are no better guides to Australia’s outback than the many Aboriginal peoples who have lived her for millennia. All…

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  • Slow safaris in Africa

    Slow safaris in Africa

    April 22nd, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Go on a safari in a 4WD and you have the best of best worlds: a safe, secure vantage point from which to spot wildlife, and the mobility to whizz off as soon as the news comes over the radio of where to go for the best action. Go on walking or horse-riding safaris and…

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  • Responsible travel – a green stay in Laos

    Responsible travel – a green stay in Laos

    March 19th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Minimise your footprint in Luang Prabang with our green guide to the city, taken from travel bible Great Escapes. Enjoy a puppet show Every Thursday and Saturday at 7.30pm the kids at Children’s Cultural Centre, a project developed with Unicef, put on a traditional Lao puppet show. Throughout the year the CCC members (aged between…

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