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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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  • Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    January 2nd, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand remains one of the first ports of call for first-time backpackers. But don’t be fooled – though travelling here means following a well-beaten tourist trail, there’s no denying that this beguiling country can take a while to get to grips with. To make sure you hit the ground running on your first visit, follow... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best GoPro videos

    10 of the best GoPro videos

    October 3rd, 2014Eleanor Aldridge
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    Since GoPro was founded in 2004, they’ve inspired photographers to capture the world from a new angle. Today there’s a huge range of small and versatile waterproof cameras on the market, which can be remote controlled and mounted on everything from surfboards to guitars, and the scope for invention is endless. There’s enough footage out there... Read more »

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  • The friendliest countries in the world

    The friendliest countries in the world

    September 30th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Whether it’s a smile exchanged with a stranger, a quick chat with a tuk-tuk driver or a night out on the town with a group of newly made friends, interactions with local people often shape our view of a whole country. So which places offer tourists the warmest welcome? This list counts down the friendliest countries... Read more »

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  • One year on: Picfair’s best travel photography

    One year on: Picfair’s best travel photography

    August 4th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    If you’re a keen travel photographer, amateur or professional, and you’ve not heard of Picfair you’re missing a trick. As a platform for professional photographers it’s revolutionary, allowing them to sell their pictures at a price they want. Travellers with camera can get in on the action too. Since its launch in August 2013, 5,000... Read more »

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  • 12 months of the quirkiest festivals around the world

    12 months of the quirkiest festivals around the world

    April 22nd, 2014Zora O'Neill
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    The whole world loves a party, and a good one provides a great excuse to travel. Here’s a whole twelve months of some of the more interesting ways people celebrate during festivals around the world. January: World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand Clever street performers: they head to the southern hemisphere this month, where they can... Read more »

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  • The best cuisine in the world – as voted by you

    The best cuisine in the world – as voted by you

    March 20th, 2014Lottie Gross
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  • 18 facts you didn’t know about Thailand

    18 facts you didn’t know about Thailand

    January 29th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Sixteen million tourists fly into Thailand each year, and despite the influx of visitors, this country’s cultural integrity remains relatively intact. From the idyllic islands to the bustling cities, there are 77 provinces housing 63 million people across mountains – so if you’re thinking about visiting, why not clue up on a few of these... Read more »

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  • Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    January 15th, 2014Site Editor
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    Ko Samui is perhaps an unlikely spot to learn the art of Thai cooking. Given the choice between lapping up rays on a patch of sand, palms and waterfalls in the Gulf of Thailand or arming yourself with a sharp cleaver to take on a mound of raw pork and fiery chilies, most people will... Read more »

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  • Catching the Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thailand

    Catching the Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thailand

    January 14th, 2014Martin Dunford
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    In the days leading up to Thailand’s annual Loy Krathong Festival of Light, pretty little baskets fashioned from banana leaves and filled with orchids and marigolds begin to appear at market stalls across the country. On festival night everyone gathers at the nearest body of water – beside the riverbank or neighbourhood canal, on the... Read more »

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  • Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    January 13th, 2014Site Editor
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    The Thai people are predominately Buddhist, and through much of their country Siddhartha’s spirit is palpable. Even in the noisy and overcrowded capital city, hard-faced nationals will soften their features and treat visitors with a respect given all living creatures. The exception that proves the rule is the brutal national sport of muay thai or Thai boxing – where... Read more »

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