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  • 11 loos with great views

    11 loos with great views

    October 8th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    White, sometimes stained floor tiles and a plain, usually graffitied grey door: I think we can all agree, this is an accurate description of your average toilet – pretty boring, no? Have you ever been having a tinkle, twiddling your thumbs and thought to yourself: “You know what this toilet needs? A good view!” Well,... Read more »

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  • Snapshot: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia highlights

    Snapshot: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia highlights

    October 8th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Everything about Kuala Lumpur – widely known as KL – is a mash-up of cultures and styles. The earliest grand buildings are an eccentric fusing of influences from across the British Empire, now overshadowed by towering modern skyscrapers, and the people make up a fantastic diverse cultural scene, from Malay, to Chinese and Indian. It’s... Read more »

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  • 19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    October 4th, 2013Alison Roberts
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  • Blazing a trail at Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    Blazing a trail at Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    October 4th, 2013Matthew Teller
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    When you think of eco-friendly travel, the Middle East might not immediately spring to mind. In environmental terms, the region is a disaster, characterized by a general lack of awareness of the issues and poor – if any – legislative safeguards. But Jordan is quietly working wonders, and the impact in recent years of the... Read more »

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  • Walking the Siq to Petra

    Walking the Siq to Petra

    October 3rd, 2013Matthew Teller
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    Tucked away between parallel rocky ranges in southern Jordan, Petra is awe-inspiring. Popular but rarely crowded, this fabled site could keep you occupied for half a day or half a year: you can roam its dusty tracks and byways for miles in every direction. Petra was the capital of the Nabateans, a tribe originally from Arabia who traded with,... Read more »

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  • Better than Disneyland: the Ghibli Museum, Japan

    Better than Disneyland: the Ghibli Museum, Japan

    October 2nd, 2013Site Editor
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    Move over Mickey Mouse: in Japan it’s a giant cuddly fur-ball called Totoro who commands national icon status. This adorable animated creature, star of My Neighbour Totoro, is among the pantheon of characters from the movies of celebrated director Miyazaki Hayao and his colleagues at Studio Ghibli – Japan’s equivalent of Disney. Just like Walt,... Read more »

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  • Bedouin camping at Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Bedouin camping at Wadi Rum, Jordan

    October 1st, 2013Matthew Teller
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    This excerpt from Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth sees one intrepid Rough Guides writer experience a night to remember… My Bedouin guide settled forward over his ribaba, a simple traditional stringed instrument. As he drew the bow to and fro, the mournful, reedy music seemed to fill the cool night air, echoing... Read more »

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  • Hanging out in Shinjuku

    Hanging out in Shinjuku

    September 30th, 2013Steve Vickers
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    Shinjuku isn’t for the faint-hearted. But if you’re new to Tokyo and want a crash course in crazy, it’s the first place you should come to. Sure, Asakusa has more history and Roppongi has better nightlife, but neither can compete when it comes to dealing out high-voltage culture shocks. On the west side of Shinjuku... Read more »

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  • Things to do in Phnom Penh, the underrated capital

    Things to do in Phnom Penh, the underrated capital

    September 30th, 2013Meera Dattani
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    Many people seem to skip the Cambodian capital and head straight for Siem Reap, fearing Phnom Penh to be a dangerous and uninteresting city. However, on a recent trip to Southeast Asia’s “unpopular capital”, Meera Dattani discovered all that the city has to offer and has concluded that, while its underrated and understated, Phnom Penh... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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  • A floral wave of cherry blossoms, Japan

    A floral wave of cherry blossoms, Japan

    September 26th, 2013Site Editor
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    The arrival of the sakura, or cherry blossom, has long been a profound yet simple Japanese lesson about the nature of human existence. For centuries, poets have fired off reams of haiku comparing the brief but blazing lives of the flowers to those of our own – a tragically fragile beauty to be treasured and contemplated. In Japan,... Read more »

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  • The best places to go in autumn – the editors’ picks

    The best places to go in autumn – the editors’ picks

    September 24th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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