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  • The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    November 10th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    The ‘roof of the world’ has exerted a magnetic pull over travellers and adventurers for centuries. This vast, high altitude desert has spawned myths and legends since the dawn of time. Its mountains are home to the Hindu Gods, the scenery is awe-inspiring, its Buddhist monasteries are filled with art and treasure and the religious... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    June 1st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    After more than 800 entries and weeks of deliberation, we are pleased to announce that Olivia Toye is the winner of the Rough Guides and GapYear.com travel writing competition. Congratulations Olivia! The judges were particularly impressed with her skilful storytelling, carrying the reader through her piece with detailed observations alongside depictions of the region’s majestic landscapes.  You can read her full entry... Read more »

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  • Travel News: the new Everest railway & Icelandic volcanoes

    Travel News: the new Everest railway & Icelandic volcanoes

    August 26th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Steve Vickers checks in with another suitcase full of travel stories, including news of free wi-fi on London’s red buses and the new ‘roof of the world’ railway line that’s bringing tourists closer to Mount Everest. More on Myanmar visas Last month we reported that Myanmar (Burma) was about to introduce a new e-visa that would... Read more »

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  • Incredible photos of the world’s rarest tribes

    Incredible photos of the world’s rarest tribes

    April 4th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    There are places in the world where little sign of western development exists, but it still threatens to change traditions and beliefs forever. Jimmy Nelson found and documented 31 of these traditional isolated communities in his quest to photograph the “purity of humanity”. “I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and... Read more »

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  • 20 of the world’s most amazing engineering feats

    20 of the world’s most amazing engineering feats

    February 5th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • 11 loos with great views

    11 loos with great views

    October 8th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    White, sometimes stained floor tiles and a plain, usually graffitied grey door: I think we can all agree, this is an accurate description of your average toilet – pretty boring, no? Have you ever been having a tinkle, twiddling your thumbs and thought to yourself: “You know what this toilet needs? A good view!” Well,... Read more »

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  • Great Rivers of the World – The Mekong

    Great Rivers of the World – The Mekong

    August 12th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Over 4000km long, the Mekong – derived from the Khmer “Mae” meaning “big”, “mother”, or “boss” – is the 12th longest river in the world, flowing from Tibet, through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Navigation remains tricky along the Mekong as many rapids and waterfalls pose a risk to those who choose... Read more »

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  • Formidable fortresses – 20 imposing castles

    Formidable fortresses – 20 imposing castles

    March 28th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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