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Thailand curfew lifted in Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya

A nightly curfew that kept both tourists and locals indoors was imposed following a military coup on May 22. It initially took effect between 10pm to 5am but was later shortened to between midnight and 4am.<p>It has now been lifted in three beach resorts that are "peaceful and free from political …

Bali's glass-bottomed hotel room

Set over a freshwater shrimp pond, Udang House (also known as the Shrimp House) at the Bambu Inda Hotel features a bedroom with glass floor panels that reveal a panorama of underwater activity. The rustic-looking suite, made from teak wood, aims to create a “fishing village experience”, kitted out …

Escape the mall: the green spaces of Singapore

Tiny Singapore is packed with flats, malls, soaring skyscrapers…and a surprising amount of green belts and interesting offshore islands. Next time you’re visiting this city-state, why not trade a jaunt in a mall for a walk in the park? Just remember to bring a hat, water and sunscreen.<p>Pulau …

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

Pictures: Volcano Covers Indonesian Cities With Ash

Indonesia's Mount Kelud erupted this week, sending ash into the air, causing 100,000 people to evacuate and killing three.<p>An explosive nighttime volcano eruption on February 13 caused chaos on Indonesia's most populous island, covering cities with ash and killing three people.<p>Mount Kelud, long …

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One-of-a-Kind Aztec Dog Burials Found in Mexico

Bones of a dozen dogs, buried together 500 years ago, puzzle archaeologists.<p>Archaeologists in Mexico City have made an extraordinary discovery—the skeletons of 12 dogs all mysteriously buried together more than 500 years ago, in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.<p>Dog burials have been uncovered …

Skiing: Andermatt in the spotlight

Five years ago, residents of the Swiss town of Andermatt would have been excited to see their home named in a niche ski magazine as a well-kept freeskiers’ secret. This year, Andermatt has been splashed across every Swiss newspaper and many international titles, including The New York Times, which …

Readers' travel tips: hidden secrets of Paris

It’s hard when visiting a city as well-known and explored as Paris to uncover something new or away from the tourist trail. Have you ever happened upon something, whether it be a cafe, a quirky shop, or even an off-beat exhibition, that still feels under the radar?<p>Up for grabs is a £200 voucher …

Perth's coffee trail – in pictures

Whether you have overindulged at a gig the night before or spent all day on your feet at the many exhibitions across the 2014 Perth festival, at one point you are going to need a coffee. Photographer Tanya Voltchanskaya explores the best caffeine vendors Perth has to offer

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Dubai, United Arab Emirates<p>This secluded, Thai-inspired resort on the man-made Palm Jumeirah is made for those who prefer to fly and flop with a private beach, four swimming pools, a sumptuous spa housing a Turkish hammam, seven restaurants and the only overwater villas in the United Arab Emirates.

Everything you need to know about trips to see the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are one of nature's great displays, a free, multicoloured light show that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions. Every performance is different, a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting …

How well do you know the world? Play Geoguessr to find out!

Think you're a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s Geoguessr – the game that proves how well you know the world!

Arctic cruise through the icescapes of Greenland

It is gone midnight and although I am cold and getting sleepy I can’t leave the deck because we are sailing past a church, a horse, a mushroom and one of Easter Island’s famous statues. And — isn’t that the Arc de Triomphe glinting in the sunlight ahead?<p>Scattered across the sea so they resemble a …

March 2014