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  • Rediscovering South Korea: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering South Korea: why the time to go is now

    February 7th, 2018Matilda Battersby
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    It’s a beautiful, culturally and economically wealthy country with much to see and explore – but South Korea is often viewed as off-limits thanks to its irascible neighbour North Korea. This year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang may have attracted the eyes of the world but South Korea has a lot more to offer beyond this... Read more »

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  • Video: the 1 minute guide to South Korea

    Video: the 1 minute guide to South Korea

    February 2nd, 2018Colt St. George
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    Though it may appear deceivingly small compared to some of its gargantuan Asian neighbours, South Korea is packed full of unforgettable things to do. While the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will no doubt showcase the country’s snow sports potential, an astonishing array of geographical diversity, world-famous food and some seriously quirky festivals await travellers willing to explore further. From... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in Southeast Asia – as voted by you

    The best places to visit in Southeast Asia – as voted by you

    January 24th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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  • Video: 5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

    Video: 5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

    January 19th, 2018Olivia Rawes
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    From remote, palm-dotted beaches to ancient temples and some of Asia’s best wildlife-watching opportunities, Sri Lanka has something to offer every kind of traveller. Here are five reasons why you should travel around this spellbinding island.   Discover more of Sri Lanka with The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka. Compare flights, tours, hostels and hotels, or plan and book a bespoke tour designed by local... Read more »

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  • Your Sri Lanka itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    Your Sri Lanka itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    January 18th, 2018Stuart Butler
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    Sri Lanka is deceptive. On a map of the world it appears to be tiny, but the moment you arrive you’ll realise that within its diminutive borders it packs in an astounding array of attractions, landscapes and climate zones – with countless activities to boot. Unless you have a couple of months at your disposal you... Read more »

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  • A postcard from Sri Lanka: Colombo from the ashes

    A postcard from Sri Lanka: Colombo from the ashes

    January 16th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    Battered by decades of civil war, Colombo’s historic Fort district has transformed spectacularly over the past few years from a war-torn shell into one of Asia’s most enjoyable city neighbourhoods. Gavin Thomas reports from a capital city on the up. London has a Ministry of Sound, Singapore has a Ministry of Design, but only Colombo... Read more »

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  • The best of Sri Lanka: why the time to go is now

    The best of Sri Lanka: why the time to go is now

    January 15th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    Sri Lanka is booming. It’s now almost ten years since the end of the devastating civil war which traumatized the country for a generation – a decade of peace which has seen Sri Lanka transform into one of Asia’s most vibrant and diverse destinations. Few countries pack so much variation into such a compact space:... Read more »

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  • A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

    A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

    January 11th, 2018Esme Fox
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    Isolated bone-white beaches, reefs teeming with marine life, cascading rice terraces – it’s no wonder that the Philippines is often associated with tropical paradise. And there’s even more than meets the eye, from the world’s smallest primate to the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. Yet, with well over 7000 islands – in fact the precise number... Read more »

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  • The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    December 22nd, 2017Lucy Cowie
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    Tomato-drenched crowds wading through a lake of passata at Valencia’s La Tomatina festival might be a familiar image, but such passionate and eccentric celebrations of food are far from unique. Across the globe, there’s a smorgasbord of wonderfully bizarre festivals dedicated to edible delicacies, ranging from the conventional to the questionable (ostrich testicles, anyone?). As Mexican radish... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Japan

    An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Japan

    December 15th, 2017Joe Minihane
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    With a reputation for expensive hotels, Japan is the perfect place to try a homestay. There’s no better way to experience the real Japan than with a stay with friendly locals who can help you explore areas that tourists often never get to see – not to mention cook you a traditional meal and help... Read more »

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  • All aboard: the most incredible sightseeing trains in Japan

    All aboard: the most incredible sightseeing trains in Japan

    November 28th, 2017Neil McQuillian
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    None of this choo-choo stuff – Byun! Shu! are the sounds that a Japanese train makes. And while bullet trains – shinkansen – are one of the symbols of modern Japan, the Japanese adore trains in all their forms. Some of the best loved are “sightseeing” trains, which run along lines with gorgeous landscape views... Read more »

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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... Read more »

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