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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 of 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... 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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  • Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    January 13th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Situated at the northern and southern extremes of this long, thin country, Vietnam’s two main cities lie more than one thousand kilometres apart. Southern Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly Saigon, was the US base during the Vietnam War and since the country’s unification has transformed into a thoroughly modern, thriving metropolis. The somewhat less... Read more »

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  • 11 gorgeous pictures of Cambodia

    11 gorgeous pictures of Cambodia

    January 11th, 2016Fiona Campbell
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    This beguiling country in Southeast Asia has captured the hearts and imaginations of travellers from all over the world. Travel photographer Fiona Campbell is one of many entranced by its magic; here she shares 11 of her favourite photos.  What makes Cambodia extraordinary is its cheerful, smiling people. Despite the fragility of this country, these are broadly... Read more »

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  • An insider’s guide to Thailand: 9 tips from our author

    An insider’s guide to Thailand: 9 tips from our author

    January 11th, 2016Paul Gray
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    Having finally settled down in Thailand after twenty years of toing and froing, our author, Paul, has plenty to write home about. Here are some of his favourite experiences from the new Rough Guide to Thailand. 1. Get a traditional massage in Bangkok A good pummelling at the massage pavilions amid the historic, kaleidoscopic architecture... Read more »

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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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