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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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  • 18 places to go back in time

    18 places to go back in time

    January 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    January 15th, 2014Site Editor
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    Ko Samui is perhaps an unlikely spot to learn the art of Thai cooking. Given the choice between lapping up rays on a patch of sand, palms and waterfalls in the Gulf of Thailand or arming yourself with a sharp cleaver to take on a mound of raw pork and fiery chilies, most people will... Read more »

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  • The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    January 15th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    Members of the Igorot tribe of Mountain Province in northern Philippines have long practised the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliff faces high above the ground. Comfortably predating the arrival of the Spanish, the procedure can probably be traced back more than two millennia. To this day,... Read more »

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  • Catching the Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thailand

    Catching the Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thailand

    January 14th, 2014Martin Dunford
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    In the days leading up to Thailand’s annual Loy Krathong Festival of Light, pretty little baskets fashioned from banana leaves and filled with orchids and marigolds begin to appear at market stalls across the country. On festival night everyone gathers at the nearest body of water – beside the riverbank or neighbourhood canal, on the... Read more »

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  • Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    January 13th, 2014Site Editor
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    The Thai people are predominately Buddhist, and through much of their country Siddhartha’s spirit is palpable. Even in the noisy and overcrowded capital city, hard-faced nationals will soften their features and treat visitors with a respect given all living creatures. The exception that proves the rule is the brutal national sport of muay thai or Thai boxing – where... Read more »

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  • Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    January 10th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Away from the casinos of Macau – the only place in China where they have been legalised – there lies an old Portuguese city steeped in colonial history and packed with impressive sights and restaurants. Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra set out to find the best things to do in Macau beyond the betting tables. “Where... Read more »

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  • Shopping in the City of Gold, United Arab Emirates

    Shopping in the City of Gold, United Arab Emirates

    January 8th, 2014Site Editor
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    Dubai’s nickname, the “City of Gold”, is well earned: gold jewellery is sold here at some of the world’s most competitive prices, and shopping among the constant flow of customers, many here for their marriage dowries, is an exceptional experience. The Gold Souk is a fascinating warren of tiny shops and stalls clustered together in the old quarter... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in March

    The best places to visit in March

    January 7th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Whether you fancy an Aussie music festival, a literary break in England or sake and sakura in Japan, March is an excellent month to travel. Spring breathes new life into the northern hemisphere, while riotous festivals take place everywhere from Ireland to Brazil. Here are our tips on the best places to visit in March. See... Read more »

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  • Pick a papaya in Sri Lanka

    Pick a papaya in Sri Lanka

    January 7th, 2014Jeremy Smith
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    If, along with rest and relaxation, your idea of the perfect holiday hideaway involves cooking up your own meals with fresh ingredients, then a self-catering stay at Samakanda Guesthouse might be just what you’re looking for. Tucked away in the hills above the town of Galle, Samakanda comprises two comfortable, solar-powered cottages: one a restored... Read more »

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  • Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    January 7th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    The Banaue rice terraces were once a colourful collage of winding fields that clung onto a mountain-side in Ifugao province in the Philippines. After being almost completely abandoned by the locals, these plantations are now being revived as young farmers return to work on the paddies. While researching the new Rough Guide to the Philippines, Kiki... Read more »

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  • Meeting Shiva on Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

    Meeting Shiva on Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

    January 6th, 2014Site Editor
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    Sacred sites are easily accessible in Sri Lanka; you can barely move a step without tripping over giant Buddha statues, temples and rock paintings. But the most rewarding of all requires a night-time expedition to a pilgrim’s mountain. At 2243m, Adam’s Peak is far from the highest place on the island, but as the holiest... Read more »

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