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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: Music: Crossing the Valley by Huong Thanh, available on the Rough... 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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  • 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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