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  • 11 things every gaijin learns in Japan

    11 things every gaijin learns in Japan

    July 1st, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is one of those countries you can’t really prepare for – the famously impenetrable etiquette, complex traditions and bitingly modern pop culture combine to make a place which could wrongfoot the most experienced traveller. Here are just a few of the things which any gaijin (foreigner) can expect to find out on their first... Read more »

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  • 1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography

    1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography

    June 29th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    If a trip to Vietnam is on your bucket list, you might want to look away now. This video will definitely give you wanderlust. Filmmaker Oliver Atrologo spent two weeks travelling around Vietnam earlier this year and captured the whole trip on camera. He travelled 1650km, from the karst rock formations of Ha Long Bay in the north,... Read more »

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  • Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    June 24th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Shinjuku, Tokyo, is known for skyscrapers, seedy nightlife, suited businessmen and a time-warped tumble of bars called Golden Gai. This perennial haunt of Tokyo’s salarymen has been getting a lot more international attention lately – and for good reason. While the city offers an endless range of flashy, neon-drenched clubs, bars and lounges, arguably only... Read more »

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  • How to see Angkor Wat without the crowds

    How to see Angkor Wat without the crowds

    June 3rd, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    The sky is lightening. Squint and you can just about make out a change in the colour of it, a shift from inky-black to blue-black. As the sun rises further it changes more, until it pales enough behind the stonework that you can begin to make out a hulk on the horizon. You breathe in... Read more »

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  • 18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth

    18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth

    June 1st, 2015Margot Raggett
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    Freelance travel and wildlife photographer Margot Raggett shares her beautiful photographs of the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan.  “Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like, I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia: it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I’ve visited. And then I implore them to visit... Read more »

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  • Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines’ remotest islands

    Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines’ remotest islands

    May 25th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    Kiki Deere, co-author of the Rough Guide to the Philippines, heads off the tourist trail to Batanes. This cluster of islands, located almost 150km off the northernmost tip of Luzon in the Philippines, sees just thirty or so foreign visitors a year. “Batanes? Batanes? Up there?” was the reaction of most Filipinos when I told... Read more »

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  • Myanmar as you’ve never seen it before

    Myanmar as you’ve never seen it before

    May 19th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Tourism in Myanmar is still in its infancy, yet this fascinating nation enthralls like no other in Southeast Asia. There’s no wonder why. With its glittering stupas, placid rivers, temple-studded plains and – above all – warm, welcoming people, this is a country that it’s hard to forget in a hurry. We’ve just published our first ever guide to Myanmar,... Read more »

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  • Would you attempt the world’s highest bungee jump in the dark?

    Would you attempt the world’s highest bungee jump in the dark?

    May 14th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    With summer on the way, the landmark 338m-high Macau Tower has launched a new season of its Night Bungy experience. Yes, you read that right. You can plunge 233 metres off the side of a building at speeds of 200km/h – in the dark. The frankly terrifying free-fall lasts five seconds, offering a adrenalin-inducing hit of terror sure to put this Guinness... Read more »

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  • The best beaches in Bali

    The best beaches in Bali

    May 1st, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    From dramatically rugged coastline scenery, to great sweeps of golden sand and lovely white coves, Bali’s beaches have long drawn visitors to its shores. The beaches here tick all boxes, whether you’re after world-class waves to surf, crystal clear waters for diving, or simply days digging your toes into fine sand and lazy evenings watching the... Read more »

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  • A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    April 28th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Because robot restaurants and themed cafés aren’t enough: Tokyo is now home to a Godzilla-themed hotel. Towering thirty storeys above Shinjuku in the Japanese capital, the Gracery Hotel revealed a new permanent resident last Friday – an enormous Godzilla head that menacingly overlooks the streets below. In a bid to cash in on the Godzilla hype... Read more »

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  • 9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    April 20th, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Rough Guides’ adventure sports expert Helen Abramson gives us her top tips on some of the world’s best adrenalin­-pumping whitewater rafting. Rapids are classified from I–VI, where grade VI is “un-runnable”, so the Grade V rivers listed here are essentially as thrilling as it gets. 1. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe Africa’s most exhilarating rafting is found on... Read more »

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  • 14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    April 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Looking through the Rough Guides photography archive, one kind of shot stands out again and again: pictures captured at sunrise. Sure, there’s nothing more tempting than sleeping in until noon while you’re on holiday. But if you can bring yourself to brave the odd early morning, you’ll discover a magical world as dawn breaks. From... Read more »

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