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  • The street-side delights of George Town, Malaysia

    The street-side delights of George Town, Malaysia

    November 12th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Kiki Deere takes a stroll around George Town to explore the Penang street art scene and sample the city’s amazingly multicultural street food. I awake early and take a stroll around the city’s quaint alleyways. At this time of the morning, a peaceful silence envelops the streets. The musical song of the 5am call to... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in June

    The best places to visit in June

    October 31st, 2013Site Editor
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    Whether you’re after beaches, culture or countryside, June’s glorious weather and long days make it the perfect month to travel in Europe. Elsewhere, wildlife enthusiasts can spot whales in Iceland or bears in Yellowstone, while the World Cup will be in full swing in Brazil. In a bumper round-up, Helen Abramson and Eleanor Aldridge run... Read more »

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  • A night in the rainforest, Malaysia

    A night in the rainforest, Malaysia

    October 23rd, 2013Site Editor
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    You probably won’t get much sleep on your first night in Taman Negara National Park – not because there’s an elephant on your chalet doorstep or the rain’s dripping through your tent, but because the rainforest is unexpectedly noisy after dark. High-volume insects whirr and beep at an ear-splitting pitch, branches creak and swish menacingly,... Read more »

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  • Jungle boogie in Sarawak, Malaysia

    Jungle boogie in Sarawak, Malaysia

    October 21st, 2013Site Editor
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    In this excerpt from Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth, one Rough Guides writer experiences a memorable three-day music festival. Afternoon, the first day of Sarawak’s Rainforest Music festival. People are mingling ahead of show time when the famous Malagasy band Tarika will perform. For now though, a local Melinau musician with a hat... Read more »

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  • Joining the party at an Iban longhouse, Malaysia

    Joining the party at an Iban longhouse, Malaysia

    October 18th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s always polite to bring gifts to your hosts’ house, but when visiting a Sarawak longhouse make sure it’s something that’s easily shared, as longhouses are communal, and nearly everything gets divvied up into equal parts. This isn’t always an easy task: typically, longhouses are home to around 150 people and contain at least thirty family apartments, each one’s... Read more »

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  • Snapshot: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia highlights

    Snapshot: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia highlights

    October 8th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Everything about Kuala Lumpur – widely known as KL – is a mash-up of cultures and styles. The earliest grand buildings are an eccentric fusing of influences from across the British Empire, now overshadowed by towering modern skyscrapers, and the people make up a fantastic diverse cultural scene, from Malay, to Chinese and Indian. It’s... Read more »

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  • The world’s only sun bear sanctuary, Borneo

    The world’s only sun bear sanctuary, Borneo

    September 11th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    On a visit to see orangutans Anna Kaminski is confronted with bears instead. With the world’s only sun bear sanctuary opening to the public next year, she joins an exclusive tour of the centre and meets some of the adorable creatures who have been rescued by the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Polar bears are renowned... Read more »

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  • Interactive map: 20 best places to pitch your tent

    Interactive map: 20 best places to pitch your tent

    August 1st, 2013Site Editor
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    Picking the best place to pitch up for the night is an art that requires precision. Rocky terrain makes for an uncomfortable sleep; hard ground means battling with those tent pegs; and soft spots mean you might fly away. Put all these concerns aside for a moment though, and imagine waking up in the shadow... Read more »

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  • The world’s most fascinating streets

    The world’s most fascinating streets

    July 16th, 2013Lottie Gross
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  • 20 great places to pitch a tent

    20 great places to pitch a tent

    June 24th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • The ten best treks in Southeast Asia

    The ten best treks in Southeast Asia

    May 13th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Southeast Asia offers some wonderful treks, allowing you to spend days walking through dense rainforests, spotting spectacular wildlife, learning about the cultures of the many different tribes who live in the remoter areas, and often staying with them in their homes and sharing their meals. The following ten treks are highly recommended, and also ensure... Read more »

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  • Five great natural experiences in Borneo

    Five great natural experiences in Borneo

    March 19th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    The island of Borneo – which is divided between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – is home to some of the world’s best diving sites, along with a huge variety of plants, birds and mammals, some unique to the country. Yet it is also the land of the super-logger and oil-palm plantations that are eradicating the... Read more »

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