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  • Reconsidering Turkey: why the time to go is now

    Reconsidering Turkey: why the time to go is now

    April 9th, 2018Marco Ferrarese
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    Turkey is the most accessible of the Middle Eastern nations. A natural land bridge, it connects the eastern part of Europe to the Caucasus, and the viridian Black Sea coast to the arid Arab peninsula. With Emirates, Etihad and most major airlines serving flights to Istanbul, you can easily fly from Europe, the United States and…

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  • Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    November 21st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia‘s best drawcards, and see thousands of visitors every year. But the region still has plenty of places that stay well off the tourist radar. These five underrated Southeast Asian towns and cities…

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  • 7 places to get off the tourist trail in Malaysia

    7 places to get off the tourist trail in Malaysia

    August 31st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Already gaped at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, lazed on a white beach in the Perhentians, met orangutans at Sepilok and filled a whole SD card with Georgetown’s street art? That’s what most travellers come to Malaysia for. But there’s much more mystery, adventure and hidden secrets for those who dare to venture a bit…

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  • 9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    August 28th, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Iran is no longer the scary and inaccessible place it is often made out to be. True, relations with the US are taut and the visa process for UK citizens travelling to Iran is long and complicated. But with the introduction of visas on arrival for most Europeans and Australians, travellers are starting to trickle to…

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Malaysia

    9 tips for backpacking Malaysia

    June 8th, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Despite having turquoise-ringed tropical islands, misty rainforests, cosmopolitan and arty cities, colourful festivals and one of the world’s most interesting ethnic mixes, Malaysia remains Southeast Asia’s most unsung destination. In 2017, the country turns 60 years old. With a new hi-speed train system, comfortable buses and low-cost air connections to most of Asia and beyond,…

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  • 8 of the best nights out in Southeast Asia

    8 of the best nights out in Southeast Asia

    January 26th, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    With eternal summer, thousands of kilometres of beaches and affordable prices, Southeast Asia is the perfect destination if you’re planning a trip around nightlife. Truth be told, the region’s party reputation has been greatly tarnished by the excesses of Ko Pha Ngan’s full moon parties and drug- and alcohol-fuelled incidents at Vang Vieng’s tubing bars, Laos’…

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