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  • A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    January 2nd, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    From busy bazaars and hurtling tuk-tuks to tranquil temples and majestic mosques, the Golden Triangle is a fantastically varied introduction to the sights and sounds of India. This is the country at its noisiest and most chaotic, but chances are its colourful exuberance will leave you wanting to return again and again. Here’s a first-timer’s guide... Read more »

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  • 11 tips for backpacking Japan

    11 tips for backpacking Japan

    December 12th, 2016Tamatha Roman
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    With its tech-centric entertainment, ancient temples, lightning fast rail system and traditional art forms, Japan offers a fascinating mix of the new and the old. Between rural Hokkaido and the tropical islands of Okinawa, you’re bound to find something to embrace as a curious backpacker. And with the following insider tips, backpacking Japan can be both memorable... Read more »

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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    December 5th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Consistently voted as one of the best places to travel by our readers – most recently as one of the world’s friendliest countries and one of the best places to travel solo – Thailand is an ever-popular destination. Whether you’re planning a two-week holiday or an epic backpacking trip, there’s plenty to explore. From Chiang Mai‘s fun festivals and Bangkok‘s brilliant... Read more »

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  • 25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    November 30th, 2016Edward Aves
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    It’s 25 years since an adventurous quartet of Rough Guides authors set off for the Subcontinent to begin work on researching the inaugural instalment of The Rough Guide to India. After two years of intensive writing and painstaking editing, the first edition of the book thudded onto the bookshop shelves in 1994, weighing in at... Read more »

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  • The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    November 28th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    Elephants are born free, but are everywhere in chains – and it’s tourism which is increasingly to blame. Riding an elephant used to be on every visitor’s list of must-do activities during a visit to Asia, although growing awareness of elephant rights – and, increasingly, wrongs – means that over the past five years almost... Read more »

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  • The most romantic places in India

    The most romantic places in India

    November 25th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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  • 12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    November 16th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East is a paradox. Located at the cultural crossroads between east and west, the region nowadays tends to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, but also served as one of the major cradles of human civilization and birthplace of the world’s three great monotheisms. Myriad stunning mementoes of the region’s cosmopolitan and... Read more »

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  • Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    November 15th, 2016Colt St. George
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    India has been captivating travellers for centuries – and it continues to enchant to this day. It’s a country that has it all: rainforest, desert, pretty beaches and impressive cityscapes. But where should you start? The Subcontinent is vast, and it can be difficult to decide how to tackle this fascinating country. We’ve put together... Read more »

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  • Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    November 14th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    With its glittering royal palaces, ancient temples and sacred shrines as well as sandy beaches, some of the world’s best skiing and beautiful national parks, Japan is a country you’ll want to return to again and again. It’s also a very traditional place with a strict etiquette; if you’re visiting for the first time, follow our... Read more »

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  • Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    November 14th, 2016David Abram
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    With tales of parties, pristine beaches and pilgrims, David Abram tells all about what it was like to write the first edition of one of our longest-standing titles: The Rough Guide to India. How did you come to work on the first ever Rough Guide to India? I answered an ad in The Guardian, believe... Read more »

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  • Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    November 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    As the biggest city in the world, it’s unsurprising that Tokyo is crammed full of different places to stay – and with each district boasting its own character, choosing which part of the city to use as your base can be a hard decision. Are you after the full Tokyo experience, with a view from a... Read more »

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  • The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    November 10th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    The ‘roof of the world’ has exerted a magnetic pull over travellers and adventurers for centuries. This vast, high altitude desert has spawned myths and legends since the dawn of time. Its mountains are home to the Hindu Gods, the scenery is awe-inspiring, its Buddhist monasteries are filled with art and treasure and the religious... Read more »

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