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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Thailand

    December 5th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Consistently voted as one of the best places to travel by our readers – most recently as one of the world’s friendliest countries and one of the best places to travel solo – Thailand is an ever-popular destination. Whether you’re planning a two-week holiday or an epic backpacking trip, there’s plenty to explore. From Chiang Mai‘s fun festivals and Bangkok‘s brilliant... Read more »

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  • The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    The truth about elephant tourism in Asia

    November 28th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    Elephants are born free, but are everywhere in chains – and it’s tourism which is increasingly to blame. Riding an elephant used to be on every visitor’s list of must-do activities during a visit to Asia, although growing awareness of elephant rights – and, increasingly, wrongs – means that over the past five years almost... Read more »

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  • 9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    April 11th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Backpacking Thailand can mean staying in fun-packed hostels and idyllic beach bungalows, eating noodles so tasty and so cheap you’ll swear off all other food groups and climbing aboard everything from an overnight train to a lolloping elephant. But it also means following a well-worn route – one that has sprouted an entire industry to... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • 14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    April 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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  • Northern Thailand: the railroad less travelled

    Northern Thailand: the railroad less travelled

    February 19th, 2015Alex Robinson
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    Tourists are visiting Thailand in increasing numbers, but some communities remain stuck in a time long passed. In pursuit of the “old Thailand”, Alex Robinson shuns the tour buses and takes local’s route, the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We’re waiting on the road, huddled together with locals who’ve risen in the pre-dawn dark.... Read more »

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