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  • Feeling fruity in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Feeling fruity in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    February 5th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you’re looking for a classic Southeast Asian scene, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, south of Ho Chi Minh City, will do the trick. This is an area of vivid green rice paddies, conical-hatted farmers and lumbering water buffaloes, of floating markets and villages built on stilts. Lush orchards overflow with mangoes, papayas and dragonfruit; plantations brim... Read more »

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  • Simon Reeve on India and penis soup

    Simon Reeve on India and penis soup

    February 5th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    As the face of travel on the terrestrial television, Simon Reeve has presented a number of BBC travel series, from exploring where our tea and coffee comes from, to travelling the entire Tropic of Cancer. Having just returned from filming a new series in India, Simon talks to Rough Guides about adventure, muppetry and a better... Read more »

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  • The best of Cambodia’s islands

    The best of Cambodia’s islands

    February 3rd, 2014Emma Boyle
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    No less than sixty Cambodian islands dot the azure Gulf of Thailand. Easily accessible from Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Kong, a growing number house rustic bungalows for overnight stays. They may not have roads, cashpoints or mains electricity, but this is a small price to pay for squeaky-white beaches, warm translucent seas and an escapist,... Read more »

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  • 20 essential food and drink experiences across the globe

    20 essential food and drink experiences across the globe

    January 31st, 2014Natasha Foges
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  • Things not to miss in Vietnam

    Things not to miss in Vietnam

    January 30th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    From the chaotic motorbikes of Hanoi to the floating markets on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is an ever popular backpacking destination. With great links by bus and rail across the entire country, it’s easy to tick off all of these amazing things to do in Vietnam: Pin Music: Crossing the Valley by Huong Thanh, available on the... Read more »

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  • Visiting the imperial mausoleums of Hué

    Visiting the imperial mausoleums of Hué

    January 30th, 2014Site Editor
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    The broad, peaceful outer courtyard sweeps you past an honorary guard of immaculate stone mandarins towards the first of a series of elegantly roofed gateways, through whose triple doorways you get a perfectly framed view of Emperor Minh Mang’s mausoleum complex. Archways look wistful in peeling ochre paint; slatted lacquer-red shutters offer tantalizing angles on... Read more »

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  • 18 facts you didn’t know about Thailand

    18 facts you didn’t know about Thailand

    January 29th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Sixteen million tourists fly into Thailand each year, and despite the influx of visitors, this country’s cultural integrity remains relatively intact. From the idyllic islands to the bustling cities, there are 77 provinces housing 63 million people across mountains – so if you’re thinking about visiting, why not clue up on a few of these... Read more »

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  • Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    Once a month, on the eve of the full moon, downtown Hoi An turns off all its street lights and basks in the mellow glow of silk lanterns. Shopkeepers don traditional outfits; parades, folk opera and martial arts demonstrations flood the cobbled streets; and the riverside fills with stalls selling crabmeat parcels, beanpaste cakes and noodle soup. It’s all... Read more »

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  • Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you want to try eating snake in Vietnam, there’s one place to head – Le Mat snake village near Hanoi. The restaurants here specialise in the art of serving snake in an elaborate theatrical show. Feeling brave enough? Here’s what to expect.  When the man bringing your meal to the table is missing most of his... Read more »

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  • Arrivals: the latest travel news

    Arrivals: the latest travel news

    January 27th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Rough Guides writer Steve Vickers casts an eye over the big travel topics and unpicks some of the most unusual stories in the latest travel news. Turkey introduces e-visas for tourists If you’re travelling to Turkey later this year, you might have to do some forward planning. Tourists arriving in the country after 10th April... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in 2014 – as voted by you

    The best places to visit in 2014 – as voted by you

    January 23rd, 2014Lottie Gross
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  • Living with locals in a Mongolian yurt

    Living with locals in a Mongolian yurt

    January 20th, 2014Lynsey Wolstenholme
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    Getting friendly (and inebriated) with the only locals around, Lynsey Wolstenholme realises what self-sustainability really means on a Mongolian yurt homestay. After a six hour journey, along the bumpy, unpaved roads of Mongolia, I arrived at my base for the next 24 hours: a homestay nestled in the shadow of the Khogno Khan mountain. I... Read more »

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