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  • Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    Once a month, on the eve of the full moon, downtown Hoi An turns off all its street lights and basks in the mellow glow of silk lanterns. Shopkeepers don traditional outfits; parades, folk opera and martial arts demonstrations flood the cobbled streets; and the riverside fills with stalls selling crabmeat parcels, beanpaste cakes and noodle soup. It’s all... Read more »

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  • Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you want to try eating snake in Vietnam, there’s one place to head – Le Mat snake village near Hanoi. The restaurants here specialise in the art of serving snake in an elaborate theatrical show. Feeling brave enough? Here’s what to expect.  When the man bringing your meal to the table is missing most of his... Read more »

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  • Vietnam by the night train: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

    Vietnam by the night train: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

    October 14th, 2013Heidi Fuller-Love
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    If you want to take a leisurely tour of the coastline between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the night train is the best way: you’ll travel as you sleep, leaving days free for exploring, and save money on hotel bills. Join Rough Guides writer Heidi Fuller-Love on her Vietnam railways adventure. Known as the... Read more »

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  • Thoughtful travel – ten spots to remember the past

    Thoughtful travel – ten spots to remember the past

    September 17th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    There are some places in the world that you may not immediately think of visiting. Among all the favourite churches, museums and galleries lurk some more disturbing locations with morbid histories, places that represent the darker side of humanity. They may not be top of your itineraries, but they’re equally – if not more –... Read more »

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  • Top ten gap year destinations

    Top ten gap year destinations

    August 19th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    It’s that fateful A-level results day again, when hundreds of thousands of hard-working students will be taking one last trip back to school to discover the outcome of those arduous and intense exams they took at the beginning of the summer. Essentially, two years of hard work will all culminate in one single letter today,... Read more »

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  • Creepiest places around the world

    Creepiest places around the world

    August 15th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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    There is something alluring about the eerie, macabre side of life (or death, for that matter), so it’s not surprising that plenty of sinister, chilling places in history have become popular tourist attractions. From Western Europe to Asia, there are some truly creepy places to visit around the world – here are a few that... 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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  • The best street food around the world

    The best street food around the world

    July 4th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Eight amazing canoeing and kayaking trips

    Eight amazing canoeing and kayaking trips

    June 4th, 2013Site Editor
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    Kayaking with seals at Walvis Bay, Namibia Most people come to Swakopmund, a Bavarian-style town surreally out of place on the edge of the Namib Desert, to explore the vast dunes. Few who visit know that the sandy Atlantic shallows of nearby Walvis Bay are also home to 2500 cape fur seals – one of... Read more »

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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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  • Getting the inside track on Hanoi

    Getting the inside track on Hanoi

    April 29th, 2013Alex Whittleton
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    The best way to explore Vietnam’s beguiling capital is to get a local to give you the inside track, says Alex Whittleton. I arrived at my hotel in Hanoi’s brash and beautiful old town in a state of bleary-eyed excitement. My flight had been long and sleepless, but I’d just had one of the most entertaining taxi rides of... Read more »

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  • The world’s best breakfasts

    The world’s best breakfasts

    July 13th, 2012Site Editor
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    Morning habits are hard to break. You may love everything about a new country, but breakfast is often where culture shock first sets in. Staring down at your bowl, half-awake, all you can think is: how can they eat this in the morning? But breakfast in a foreign land can be one of the most... Read more »

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