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  • Hyderabad: India’s most up-and-coming city

    Hyderabad: India’s most up-and-coming city

    January 6th, 2016Nick Edwards
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    A fascinating, fast-developing city in southern India, Hyderabad is one of India’s up-and-coming tourist destinations. Co-author of the Rough Guide to India, Nick Edwards, gives us an insider’s guide. The rapidly growing metropolis of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad occupy a fascinating place somewhere between India’s past and future. The old town is by far... Read more »

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  • Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    December 23rd, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Despite India’s vastness, foreign travellers tend to clump together in a relatively small number of well-known regions or cities, leaving plenty of destinations to the more intrepid few who are willing to take the challenge of escaping the tourist trail. Here’s a selection of our favourites: 1. Climb to spiritual highs in Palitana, Gujarat Gujarat... Read more »

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  • Andhra Pradesh: India’s unknown backwaters destination

    Andhra Pradesh: India’s unknown backwaters destination

    December 21st, 2015Nick Edwards
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    In search of somewhere a little more adventurous and lot less travelled than the famous backwaters of Kerala? Head to the Godavari Delta on the eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh, where you’ll find a rich area for exploration says Nick Edwards, co-author of The Rough Guide to India. The mighty Godavari, second only in length to the Ganges,... Read more »

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  • The stunning Philippines in pictures

    The stunning Philippines in pictures

    December 18th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere shares some of her best photographs of the Philippines from her latest trip to Southeast Asia.  Comprising 7107 islands, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s most incredibly diverse landscapes – nowhere more so than Luzon, the country’s largest island. Northern Luzon is home to the country’s remotest wildernesses, a... Read more »

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  • Discover Indonesia: our film of the week

    Discover Indonesia: our film of the week

    December 16th, 2015Colt St. George
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    Searching for that daily dose of travel inspiration? Look no further, but don’t be surprised if your feet start to itch for Indonesia. This archipelago nation is vast and complex: the world’s fourth most populous country, home to roughly 700 living languages and 300 ethnicities. Its massive size is still an enigma – even in the age... Read more »

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  • Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    December 10th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is ripe for trekking. From its dripping, pristine rainforests to its towering, mist-enveloped mountains, there is a landscape that just begs you to get out on two feet and explore. But the real joy of trekking in Thailand here is nothing to do with the scenery, it’s the people that make every step count, from... Read more »

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

    Where to stay in Bangkok: an area by area guide

    December 9th, 2015Paul Gray
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    Bangkok is vast. There’s a population of 11 million people within its 1500 square kilometres and towering high-rise buildings of up to 304m-high. It’s a modern metropolis with frenetic markets, traditional temples and a brilliant nightlife. But where should you base yourself? Whatever kind of trip you’re planning, here’s the lowdown on where to stay... Read more »

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  • 19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

    19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

    December 4th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Named one of the most photogenic destinations by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper, Hong Kong in undeniably striking. Whether it’s the brilliant skyline lit up at night, the colourful street scenes or even the surrounding countryside, there’s a picture to be taken at every turn. Here are 19 gorgeous Hong Kong pictures from Picfair‘s best photographers... Read more »

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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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