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London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Trips to Patagonia: Patagonia Cruise 2018

Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to …

South America

Lost baggage, queues and delayed flights: share your airport horror stories

Holidaymakers travelling from Heathrow Airport have been left without their luggage after a technical fault with the conveyor belts at Terminal 5.<p>It could now take several days for thousands of passengers to be reunited with their baggage after a computer error forced baggage handlers to load cases …

Ten airport horror stories that will make you never want to fly again

After thousands of passengers were left without their baggage due to a conveyor belt glitch at Heathrow airport this week, we asked you to share some of your airport horror stories.<p>Many of you shared anecdotes we could all relate to. From delayed flights to lost luggage and even a child apparently …

How tourism is taking off in Bangladesh

It's way off the south Asian travellers' trail, but on a recce to Bangladesh, our writer discovers a country about to hit the tourist radar • The best of Bangladesh – in pictures<p>'Come before the tourists visit" is the old Bangladesh tourist board slogan that had caught my eye and partially inspired …

Bangladesh's main attractions – in pictures

From the world's longest beach to its largest mangrove forest, and from lush tea estates to Bengal tiger territory, there is plenty for tourists to discover in Bangladesh – and you're likely to have it all to yourself

Three days in the Coromandel, New Zealand – travel guide

Bake in the sands of Hot Water beach, then take in the art, stunning views and craft beer of the Coromandel peninsula<p>The Coromandel’s charms are no secret — tens of thousands flock here from the North Island’s urban centres and beyond every summer. Yet it remains just far enough from the madding …

Tourists behaving badly: five incidents of terrible traveller behaviour

As residents in Barcelona take to the street after two drunken Italians streaked through their neighbourhood, we take a look at five other examples of bad tourist behaviour around the world<p>• Are more people getting drunk and disorderly on planes?<p>Bad tourist woz ’ere<p>You’d think that anyone scrawling …

Walking England’s new coast path: sea and skylarks in the north-east

Which do you like best: skylarks or racing pigeons? Coal-stained “black beaches” or white sandy ones? Kebabs or haute cuisine?<p>On the new coast path between Hartlepool, County Durham, and Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, the great thing is that you don’t have to choose. The route, which starts in North …

Battambang, Cambodia’s art and soul

The resemblance is rather striking. With his dark hair swept to the side and bee-stung lips, Cambodian painter Chov Theanly is often told he’s the dapper doppelganger of the country’s most well-known crooner, the late Sinn Sisamouth, the Frank Sinatra of Cambodia during the 60s, the country’s …

A food tour of Cambodia: readers’ travel writing competition

‘I remember stealing my first potato. I was 11. I put it in my top pocket. I thought everyone could see it. I felt like it was burning a hole through my shirt.” Our guide, Mr Lee, takes off his glasses and rubs the bridge of his nose. He is small and smiley. Even in the midday heat, a crisp crease …

World view: Shwe Indein Pagoda, Inle Lake, Burma

<b>Catherine Anderson</b> and her partner, photographer Angus McDonald, were returning from Myanmar when he died at the airport. Here, in an extract from her memoir, she tells the story of losing a loved one far from home<p>Published: 21 Dec 2014<p>Three-day Irrawaddy literary festival brings together writers, …

Hannah Kent on north Iceland

<b>The first word that comes to mind</b> when I think about Iceland is beauty. It has a strange but hospitable beauty, the kind that haunts you. Landscape and the natural world are always pre-eminent in my memories of it.<p><b>North Iceland is the type of place</b> where you don’t necessarily have a conventional …

Tay Ho: Hanoi’s new food, fashion and creative quarter

Just a few years ago, Tay Ho was a sleepy cluster of fishing villages on the northern outskirts of Hanoi. Tourists rarely ventured out here – and neither did locals.<p>“People asked why I was opening a restaurant all the way out there. Back in 2003, there were only fish farms and noodle shops here. …

Racing to the stones: a run along England’s oldest footpath

An almighty crack of thunder snaps me awake at four in the morning. It’s so close it feels terrifying, apocalyptic even. Dawn seems to have broken over me like a cold sweat and as I lie listening to the hammering rain, I can hear the voice of Private Frazer from <i>Dad’s Army</i> echoing in my head: …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos from space

The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book – <b>You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes</b> – featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit. Here are some of his best snaps<br>• <b>Find out what tastes better, space food or plane food, in our Q&A with Chris …

Iran signals new welcome to European rail tourists

A long-distance luxury train, operating in the style of the Orient Express, arrived in the Iranian city of Zanjan from Budapest on Thursday, in a rare private rail visit to the Islamic republic.<p>Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organisation said some 96 passengers from at least 14 different …

The foodie traveller: the best pho in Hanoi, Vietnam

Pho Thin, in the capital’s historic French Quarter, offers an unusual take on Vietnam’s ubiquitous noodle soup<p>Steaming bowls of <i>pho</i> are everywhere you look in Vietnam, from humble street stalls to upscale hotels. But Pho Thin, on tree-lined Lo Duc in the historic French Quarter, offers an unusual …

Guardposts and gardens: walking the Berlin Wall Trail

The Berlin Wall Trail is a 155km walk of history and remembrance which, as well as taking in key points across the city, also leads into its less well known areas<p>It’s an overcast morning when I start my 155km walk along the Berlin Wall Trail, the Mauerweg, and the granite skies make the scarred, …

Walking guides: the UK’s long-distance footpaths in easy stages

Britain’s walking trails provide great views of the country but if you’re daunted by their length, try tackling them in ‘collectible’ chunks, like our writer who is walking the Grand Union canal – over nine months<p>Long-distance footpaths can be seductive things. You gaze at them on a map – the …

Top 10 wonderful workouts around the globe

Exercise on holiday needs neither to be boring, nor a waste of valuable travel time. Hit these locations hard and you’ll experience a rush of more than just endorphins.<p>1. Grouse Grind, North Vancouver, Canada<p>Visitors looking for a little exercise in Vancouver traditionally head to the stunning …

San Francisco

Stimulating hot drinks to break your coffee addiction

Forget your favourite latte. Quaff some global culture with this array of mouth-watering hot drinks from around the world.<p>1. Masala chai, India<p>Fashion-forward Mumbaikars, frazzled Delhi commuters, roadside marigold sellers – they all cock their ears at the call from a <i>chai wallah</i> (tea seller). …

Tea

Life on Flores, the Indonesian island that time forgot

A trip across Flores is like stepping back into the Indonesia of William Dampier and Joseph Conrad. Buffalo still plough the fields here and old women still chew betel nut while they weave fine <i>ikat</i> textiles by hand in the old ways. Flores is more than twice the size of Bali yet, until recently, has …

Asia Travel

Spiritual Chennai - see a deeper side to India's southern gateway

At first glance, Chennai might not seem the obvious choice for a spot of meditation. With 4.7 million inhabitants and India's biggest motor industry, the capital of Tamil Nadu is better known for noise and traffic jams than for moments of inner peace. But scratch the surface and you'll soon …

India

Iran by rail: making tracks in Tehran

Fanfare and flash bulbs greeted the Golden Eagle Danube Express this week on its arrival at Tehran station. The passengers were showered with gifts and good wishes, and eagerly pressed for quotes or poses, as they disembarked at <b>Iran</b>’s capital into a welcoming scrum of tourism officials, residents …