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  • There’s a ghost town made of coral in the UAE and it’s kind of beautiful

    There’s a ghost town made of coral in the UAE and it’s kind of beautiful

    January 19th, 2017Lottie Gross
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    From a distance, Jazirat Al Hamra looks like the remnants of a war-ravaged town. The homes of those who once lived here are falling apart at the seams, ceilings are caving in under the weight of time and abandonment, and even the trees have been left to rot. There’s no sign of life, except for... Read more »

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  • China travel tips: 8 things you need to know before you go

    China travel tips: 8 things you need to know before you go

    January 13th, 2017Simon Frank
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    Even 20 years ago China was not a conventional tourist destination. Despite the allure of its beautiful landscapes and history-filled cities, politics, poverty, and poor infrastructure kept foreigners at bay. Today, more people visit China than ever, welcomed in by the profound changes that have swept the revitalized nation over the past decades. Here are... Read more »

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  • Puerto Princesa Underground River: the Philippines’ 8km-long subterranean wonder

    Puerto Princesa Underground River: the Philippines’ 8km-long subterranean wonder

    January 10th, 2017Esme Fox
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    Deep underground on the island of Palawan in the Philippines lies the Puerto Princesa River. Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’, it’s the world’s longest navigable underground river and makes for an exciting experience in one of the Philippines’ most popular islands. Here’s everything you need... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    January 2nd, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Pin From busy bazaars and hurtling tuk-tuks to tranquil temples and majestic mosques, the Golden Triangle is a fantastically varied introduction to the sights and sounds of India. This is the country at its noisiest and most chaotic, but chances are its colourful exuberance will leave you wanting to return again and again. Here’s a first-timer’s... Read more »

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  • 11 tips for backpacking Japan

    11 tips for backpacking Japan

    December 12th, 2016Tamatha Roman
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    With its tech-centric entertainment, ancient temples, lightning fast rail system and traditional art forms, Japan offers a fascinating mix of the new and the old. Between rural Hokkaido and the tropical islands of Okinawa, you’re bound to find something to embrace as a curious backpacker. And with the following insider tips, backpacking Japan can be both memorable... Read more »

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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    December 5th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Consistently voted as one of the best places to travel by our readers – most recently as one of the world’s friendliest countries and one of the best places to travel solo – Thailand is an ever-popular destination. Whether you’re planning a two-week holiday or an epic backpacking trip, there’s plenty to explore. From Chiang Mai‘s fun festivals and Bangkok‘s brilliant... Read more »

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  • 25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    November 30th, 2016Edward Aves
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    It’s 25 years since an adventurous quartet of Rough Guides authors set off for the Subcontinent to begin work on researching the inaugural instalment of The Rough Guide to India. After two years of intensive writing and painstaking editing, the first edition of the book thudded onto the bookshop shelves in 1994, weighing in at... Read more »

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  • The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    November 28th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    Elephants are born free, but are everywhere in chains – and it’s tourism which is increasingly to blame. Riding an elephant used to be on every visitor’s list of must-do activities during a visit to Asia, although growing awareness of elephant rights – and, increasingly, wrongs – means that over the past five years almost... Read more »

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  • The most romantic places in India

    The most romantic places in India

    November 25th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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  • 12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    November 16th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East is a paradox. Located at the cultural crossroads between east and west, the region nowadays tends to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, but also served as one of the major cradles of human civilization and birthplace of the world’s three great monotheisms. Myriad stunning mementoes of the region’s cosmopolitan and... Read more »

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  • Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    November 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    India has been captivating travellers for centuries – and it continues to enchant to this day. It’s a country that has it all: rainforest, desert, pretty beaches and impressive cityscapes. But where should you start? The Subcontinent is vast, and it can be difficult to decide how to tackle this fascinating country. We’ve put together... Read more »

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  • Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    November 14th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Pin With its glittering royal palaces, ancient temples and sacred shrines as well as sandy beaches, some of the world’s best skiing and beautiful national parks, Japan is a country you’ll want to return to again and again. It’s also a very traditional place with a strict etiquette; if you’re visiting for the first time, follow... Read more »

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