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  • In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    October 28th, 2016David Abram
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    Buddhism has ancient roots in Myanmar, and its influence is all pervasive – arguably more so than in any other Southeast Asian country. Everywhere you go you encounter monks and nuns in the streets, often marching around neighbourhoods and markets on their daily rice round collecting alms from local householders. During a research trip in... Read more »

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  • Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    October 24th, 2016Colt St. George
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    Street food in Taiwan has a charm that restaurants just can’t match. There’s a distinct pleasure to be found in wandering through the labyrinthine stalls glowing with colourful signage; watching your food made to order; inhaling the changing aromas at each stage of preparation – it’s as if the sights, sounds and spirit of the island become yet another ingredient... Read more »

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  • Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

    Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

    October 19th, 2016Colt St. George
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    As the only democracy in the Chinese speaking world and the most progressive city for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia, a legacy of artists and activists have worked to make Taiwan’s capital a place where culture, progression and creativity thrive. Now, a new wave of resident creatives are re-energizing the city. Cutting-edge art galleries stand next... Read more »

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  • Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    October 18th, 2016David Abram
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    After a few weeks exploring the region, Rough Guides travel writer and photographer David Abram shares some of his favourite images of Yunnan Province, China.  Little more than a decade ago, the province of Yunnan in southwest China was one of those infrequently visited parts of Asia anyone who had been there spoke about in... Read more »

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  • What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    October 6th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    In a delicious meeting of two worlds, the most English of drinks has been combined with Japanese craftsmanship to create a premium craft gin, KI NO BI (“the beauty of the seasons”). Made with famously pure Fushimi water, the gin uses a rice-spirit base combined with a range of uniquely Japanese flavours – yuzu, sanshō... Read more »

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  • 16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    October 4th, 2016Nori Jemil
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    After a couple of weeks travelling across Sri Lanka, photographer Nori Jemil shares why this Indian Ocean island is a perfect subject. Here are 16 of her favourite pictures of Sri Lanka. From a photographer’s perspective, Sri Lanka’s hard to beat. Compact and accessible, this verdant, tear-drop island really punches above its weight. Its lush interior... Read more »

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  • Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    September 26th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Where first, Tokyo or Kyoto – it should be an easy choice, right? They’re polar opposites, after all: Tokyo is a land of neon and skyscrapers, the archetypal metropolis; Kyoto is full of kimono-clad geisha, temples and tea ceremonies. So just decide whether you want your first glimpse of Japan to be cutting-edge modernity or high-brow... Read more »

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  • Bali travel tips: 10 things to know before you go

    Bali travel tips: 10 things to know before you go

    September 21st, 2016Henry Fry
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    With its coral-speckled beaches, luscious green rice terraces and blissful azure seas, Bali has long been a haven for surfers, sun worshippers and yoga junkies alike. Whether you’re planning the adventure of a lifetime or a week of relaxation, here are 10 Bali travel tips to help you make the most of your visit. 1.... Read more »

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  • Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    September 12th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is a country that lives up to your expectations. Tokyo is as frenetic and exciting as you’d hope; Kyoto is full of historic shrines and temples; Ōsaka is brash, bright and foodie. But the problem with visiting world-famous cities whose reputations precede them is that… well, their reputations have preceded them. If you really want... Read more »

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  • Everything you need to know about Japan’s bullet trains

    Everything you need to know about Japan’s bullet trains

    August 17th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Surely one of Japan’s most iconic images is an impossibly fast bullet train (or “shinkansen”) speeding past snow-capped Mount Fuji – you know the photo. Clichéd as it is, it captures that most Japanese of phenomena, the seamless blending of the ancient and the modern. Beautiful views aside, the bullet train really is one of those must-do... Read more »

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  • Avoid the crowds: 6 ways to get off the tourist trail in northern Japan

    Avoid the crowds: 6 ways to get off the tourist trail in northern Japan

    August 11th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is a country full of incredible sights: the ancient temples of Kyoto and Nara; Tokyo’s glittering streets; the floating shrine gate at Miyajima; Beppu’s red, steaming hot springs. The only problem with this list of alluring sights? It completely ignores half the country. So it’s time to look a little further up on the... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    July 18th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    With striking landscapes, large stretches of lovely coastline, intriguing cities and excellent food, it’s no wonder the number of tourists in Vietnam has more than doubled in the last decade or so. The country is changing at lightning speed, and with roads being improved, comfortable long-distance buses and a decent train network, it’s easy to... Read more »

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