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  • The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

    The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

    March 31st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    It’s not just appearance that makes up the beauty of a place. Often, travellers will cite the people as the most beautiful thing about a country or culture. In Southeast Asia, there’s no doubt there is beauty in every form – and now our readers have voted to decide which countries are the most beautiful. Here... Read more »

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  • Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    March 24th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of people gathering to throw coloured powder at one another – a tradition supposedly started by Krishna as a young boy when he used to throw paint over the gopis (milkmaids). The result, of... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Japan

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Japan

    March 16th, 2016Colt St. George
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    Japan has long captivated the imaginations of travellers around the globe, seeming to both baffle and beguile all who venture there. Between language barriers and Japan’s rather deceiving size (roughly stretching the length of Miami to Montreal) it’s all too easy to miss out on Japan’s best spots during the trip planning process. From countryside... Read more »

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  • 13 tips for backpacking India

    13 tips for backpacking India

    March 14th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Pin Whether you’re hurtling along in a rickshaw, eating fantastic curries, kicking back on the backwaters or hiking in the mountains, backpacking India will always be an adventure. You’ll need your wits about you, and preparation is key – here are our top tips to making your journey as smooth as possible. Check out The Rough Guide to India... Read more »

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  • These amazing photos of Thailand will intensify your wanderlust

    These amazing photos of Thailand will intensify your wanderlust

    March 8th, 2016Ian Barin
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    Professional photographer Ian Barin shares some of his favourite pictures of Thailand.  Thailand. It’s everything you’ve heard; a beautifully complex country filled with big temples, mouthwatering foods, gorgeous coastlines, modern cities, mountainous jungles, and fascinating history and people to go along with it. Although Thailand is a very established travel destination in Southeast Asia, one... Read more »

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  • Video: top 5 things to do in Kerala

    Video: top 5 things to do in Kerala

    February 23rd, 2016Colt St. George
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    We sent Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills to the southernmost tip of the Indian Subcontinent to research Kerala for the upcoming Rough Guide to India. From tea estates in lush green hills to sultry palm-fringed backwaters, plus a host of deserted beaches, she dove beneath the surface and immersed herself in the region’s natural wonders, lavish festivals and heavenly South Indian... Read more »

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  • 20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India

    20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India

    February 22nd, 2016Tim Bird
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    Professional photographer Tim Bird shares some of his incredible pictures of India.  I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with India from about the age of 13 when I first heard the sitar being played on Beatles records. These days I’m an India addict. I’m involved with a small Finnish-based NGO, Tikau Share, which focuses... Read more »

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  • The festival where 9000 naked men fight for lucky sticks in Japan

    The festival where 9000 naked men fight for lucky sticks in Japan

    February 16th, 2016Sophie Hutchings
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    Have you ever wanted luck and happiness for an entire year? All you have to do is slip on a fundoshi (a traditional Japanese loincloth), get purified with freezing cold water in the middle of February and join 9000 other Japanese men – with their 18,000 bare cheeks – in fighting over one of two... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons why Langkawi is Malaysia’s ultimate island escape

    7 reasons why Langkawi is Malaysia’s ultimate island escape

    February 9th, 2016Stuart Forster
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    Looking to unwind on a tropical island somewhere in Southeast Asia? Then head to the island of Langkawi, Malaysia’s ultimate escape from the country’s frenetic cities. From trekking into the rainforest to wildlife-watching – all between spells of relaxing on a wide, sandy beach – here are a few reasons why you should escape to Langkawi. 1.... Read more »

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  • 16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos

    16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos

    January 26th, 2016Tim Draper
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    Professional travel photographer Tim Draper has shot images for 24 Rough Guides guidebooks, visiting far-flung corners around the world. Here he shares some of his stunning shots taken in northern Laos, where he spent time with the Akha people. I‘d been trudging steadily uphill through dense jungle in heavy rain for over seven hours when I caught... Read more »

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  • Seoul food: the transformation of a neighbourhood

    Seoul food: the transformation of a neighbourhood

    January 14th, 2016Amy Guttman
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    Itaewon, a neighbourhood in the South Korean capital Seoul, is on the up and food is at the forefront of its renaissance. Here Amy Guttman explores a district undergoing an exciting edible regeneration. For decades, Itaewon has largely been known for two things: the US Army stationed there since the Korean War, and seedy bars where... Read more »

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