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  • 7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    December 1st, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Few countries in Asia boasts such dramatic natural diversity and such a range of hiking opportunities as Japan. Mountains make up two thirds of the country, with beaches fringing the coast and the balmy southern islands. There are active volcanoes to tackle, epic long-distance pilgrimage routes once smoothed by the feet of emperors, and steep... Read more »

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  • Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    November 24th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is the quintessential backpacker destination. Here you can make the first footprints on secluded sands, dance shoeless under a full moon and swim beneath cascading waterfalls. Running through Thailand’s rainforests and temples and looping around its islands and beaches is the so-called “banana pancake trail”, a well-worn, tried and tested backpacker route that has... Read more »

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  • The other Bali: an alternative guide to the Island of Gods

    The other Bali: an alternative guide to the Island of Gods

    November 20th, 2015Colt St. George
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    Beyond the mystical sounds of gamelan and the intricate craft of batik, Bali boasts a world of subcultures often overlooked by visitors. The art makes bold statements, nightlife sometimes involves a new tattoo, and music is anything but serene. On an island where locals are often denied entry from bars and clubs, an experience off... Read more »

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  • Sri Lanka: 10 tips for first-time visitors

    Sri Lanka: 10 tips for first-time visitors

    November 16th, 2015Chloe Cann
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    A country in the throes of massive change, Sri Lanka’s heady mix of British colonial heritage, beautiful landscapes and incredibly friendly locals make it a beguiling destination. But the tropical isle has only cropped up on travellers’ radars in recent years, following the end of the country’s 26-year-long civil war in 2009. With more tourists... Read more »

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  • 10 street foods you need to try in Taiwan

    10 street foods you need to try in Taiwan

    November 11th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Taiwanese xiǎochī, or “small eats”, are justly famed, and no trip would be complete without several street food feasts. Night markets are among the best – and cheapest – places to try a selection, and you’ll want to leave plenty of time to go from stall to stall to seek out the best. Pin To... Read more »

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  • Your Southeast Asia itinerary: 8 ideas for exploring the region

    Your Southeast Asia itinerary: 8 ideas for exploring the region

    November 6th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    You can’t expect to fit everything Southeast Asia has to offer into one trip – or two or three or four, to be fair – and we don’t suggest you try. So, to help you start planning, we’ve put together 8 ideas for your Southeast Asia itinerary from The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget. Pin For those taking a big,... Read more »

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  • The delights of Dharamsala: discover India’s “Little Tibet”

    The delights of Dharamsala: discover India’s “Little Tibet”

    November 5th, 2015Nick Edwards
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    Ever since the Dalai Lama and his entourage escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and were granted a new home in the district of Dharamsala, in India’s Himachal Pradesh, the area has been a magnet for travellers and truth-seekers alike. In fact, rather than the mundane, workaday lower town of Dharamsala itself, it... Read more »

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  • The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures

    The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures

    November 2nd, 2015Lottie Gross
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  • 15 things everybody learns backpacking in Southeast Asia

    15 things everybody learns backpacking in Southeast Asia

    October 28th, 2015Colt St. George
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    From psychedelic milkshakes to overloaded tuk-tuks, there are some things everybody comes across when backpacking in Southeast Asia. Whether you spent the brunt of your time beaching, boozing, motorcycling, meditating or trying to see it all – here are 15 things you likely learned. 1. Getting from A to B is surprisingly fun All-night bus rides with bad action movies... Read more »

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

    Where to stay in Singapore: an area by area guide

    October 22nd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    An easy entry-point for first-time visitors to Southeast Asia, the absorbing city-state of Singapore has evolved from a colonial port into a slick shrine to wealth and consumerism. With fascinating Chinese and Indian quarters, excellent museums, world-renowned restaurants and great shopping, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied for days. Pin But what about accommodation?... Read more »

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  • South Indian food demystified: 10 dishes you need to try

    South Indian food demystified: 10 dishes you need to try

    October 13th, 2015Malavika Bhattacharya
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    Tandoori, naan bread, butter chicken and rich vegetable curries are delicious, but these north Indian staples are just a fraction of the country’s diverse culinary offerings. To get a more complete picture, you also need to head south. South Indian cuisine is vastly different – think steamed, spiced and coconut-flavoured. The South Indian states of... Read more »

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