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  • Why Sri Lanka should be the next place you take your kids

    Why Sri Lanka should be the next place you take your kids

    July 24th, 2017Keith Drew
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    Sri Lanka is blessed with all the essential ingredients for the family trip of a lifetime. Comparatively compact, with a colourful cultural identity, incredible wildlife and food you will never forget, this is the subcontinent at its most manageable. Rough Guides Managing Editor Keith Drew has the lowdown on why this tropical island paradise should... Read more »

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  • Nepal, two years on: why the time to go is now

    Nepal, two years on: why the time to go is now

    July 3rd, 2017Daniel Stables
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    In April 2015, Nepal hit global headlines when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country, killing almost 9000 people. Two years on, Nepal continues to recover, but it remains as fantastic a destination as ever. As the gateway to the Himalayas, it’s home to eight of the world’s ten tallest peaks and arguably the finest mountain trekking... Read more »

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  • Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    June 12th, 2017Ros Walford
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    It’s a cliché to say that Japan is a land of contrasts – but, in terms of accommodation, it really is. There are some weird and many wonderful places to stay, from personal capsules and love hotels to lodgings in five-star luxury. But there’s one type of accommodation that has preserved its tradition for centuries: the... Read more »

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  • Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    June 9th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Until recently, running a club in Japan was a risky business. The fueihō laws, created in 1948, put restrictions on any small venue where patrons had to “actively seek out pleasure” – including dancing. Though usually these laws weren’t enforced, any club or bar owners caught by police letting their patrons bust a move could face... Read more »

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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,... Read more »

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  • Indonesia beyond Bali: 7 places off the tourist trail

    Indonesia beyond Bali: 7 places off the tourist trail

    May 16th, 2017Daniel Stables
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    Bali’s beautiful beaches and shimmering rice paddies have made it a justifiably famous tourist destination – but there’s so much more of Indonesia waiting to be explored. The world’s largest archipelago, with a huge 17,000 islands, Indonesia is home to ancient ruins, world-class diving and incredible wildlife, including the critically endangered orangutan and fearsome Komodo dragon. Here,... Read more »

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  • A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    May 15th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Hushed voices, the scratch of a bamboo whisk, then a bow, a nod and a bowl of steaming matcha is handed around. Any delicate sounds in the room are amplified by the formality of the occasion – so quiet you can hear people holding their breath – which heightens the sense that something very important is... Read more »

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  • Video: the essence of India

    Video: the essence of India

    May 5th, 2017Colt St. George
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    When Paris-based production company Bed & Breakfast reached out to us with a video that so perfectly captured the essence of India in all but a minute, we couldn’t help but share it. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic about your past adventures around the subcontinent or are simply looking for some serious travel inspiration, this video... Read more »

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  • Should Sihanoukville be your next beach escape?

    Should Sihanoukville be your next beach escape?

    May 2nd, 2017Meera Dattani
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    Sihanoukville, in southwest Cambodia, is an oft-misunderstood town. Seen as sleepy by day and seedy by night, this coastal bolthole has earned itself an undeservedly bad reputation. But Sihanoukville should not be overlooked – and with tourist numbers once again on the rise and a constant threat of further development, the time to go is... Read more »

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  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Vietnam’s last paradise?

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Vietnam’s last paradise?

    April 18th, 2017Rachel Mills
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    Planning a trip to Vietnam and keen to explore some of its most spectacular scenery? A little north of the 17th parallel – the demarcation where Vietnam was once divided into north and south – lies Phong Nha-Ke Bang: 885 square kilometres of unspoilt jungle, caves and underground rivers squeezed between the Laos border and South... Read more »

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  • 7 places to get off the tourist trail in Vietnam

    7 places to get off the tourist trail in Vietnam

    April 4th, 2017Rachel Mills
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    The verdant limestone stacks of Ha Long Bay and the bustling streets of Hanoi are well established (and essential) stops along Vietnam’s tourist trail. But the traveller who ventures beyond the hotspots will be rewarded with secluded bays, picturesque villages and delicious farm-to-fork food. Here are seven ideas for an adventure off the beaten track.... Read more »

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  • Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    March 29th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Kyūshū, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands, is pretty much left alone by tourists. Yet, the island – only a bullet-train ride from Tokyo – is one of the country’s culinary hotspots. Proximity to mainland Asia and historical legacies from trade with the British, Dutch and Portuguese has led to a fusion of styles.... Read more »

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