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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. But what about accommodation? Whatever... 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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  • Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    October 1st, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Southeast Asia is the quintessential backpacker destination – all noodle stands, grungy hostels and full moon parties, right? Not necessarily. There are still plenty of authentic Southeast Asian escapes. You just need to know where to find them. Start here. 1. Trek the path less followed in Umphang, Thailand Want to trek Thailand in peace?... Read more »

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  • The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China

    The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China

    September 29th, 2015Colt St. George
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    The world’s longest glass-bottomed walkway opened in China‘s Hunan province last week, after the old wooden panels of the Haohan Qiao suspension bridge were replaced with transparent glass frames. Towering 180 meters over a scenic canyon in Shiniuzhai Geopark, the structure is billed as a walk for thrill-seekers and nature buffs alike. But is it safe? Though the... Read more »

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  • 5 cities, 20 days: Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes

    5 cities, 20 days: Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes

    September 1st, 2015Emma Henderson
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    Pakistan is a country filled with unexpected highlights. Contrary to many preconceptions, its borders hold soaring mountains, glassy lakes and intricately-decorated mosques. Our video of the week gives an insight into Pakistani life. In this 2-minute clip, film-maker Umar Bhutta returns to his homeland, travelling from north to south, visiting five cities and mile-upon-mile of stunningly beautiful countryside along the way. “It... Read more »

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  • Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    August 27th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    One of the world’s leading photographers on disappearing cultural practices, Jo Farrell has spent the past ten years documenting the last known women in China with bound feet. Rough Guides travel editor Greg Dickinson caught up with Jo to discuss her archive of experiences travelling around China with a camera. When did your fascination with China... Read more »

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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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  • Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    August 20th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Often the “weird Japan” trope seems like just another tired travel cliché – but then someone opens a robot hotel. In this case, hotel owner Hideo Sawada beat international journalists to the punch by straightforwardly calling it Henn-na Hotel, meaning “Strange Hotel”.  The idea behind it isn’t actually that weird, though. Sawada’s aims are eminently reasonable:... Read more »

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  • This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong

    This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong

    August 11th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Think of Hong Kong and what image comes to mind? Crowded streets? Skyscrapers? A forest of neon signs? Filmmaker Stephane Ma wants to challenge your preconceptions. In this beautiful three-minute film he uses drones to put the city in perspective, sweeping above the central high-rises and out over the beaches and mountains in a series of... Read more »

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  • The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub

    The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub

    August 10th, 2015Steve Vickers
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    In a country where censorship rules, few people gave the idea much of a chance. In little more than a decade, however, the 798 Art District, which occupies a former military zone on the northeastern edge of Beijing, has grown to become a genuine creative hub for contemporary art. The story begins in the 1950s,... Read more »

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  • Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

    Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

    July 29th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it’s even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird’s-eye view – and it’s awesome. From White Beach on Boracay to the little town of El Nido, Frédéric Bussière’s drone camera captures the stunning scenery of this southeast-Asian archipelago. As... Read more »

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