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Algarve

The <b>Algarve</b> is the southernmost region of Portugal, on the coast of the <b>Atlantic Ocean</b>.<p>Regions[edit]<p>Barlavento (Lagos, Silves, Portimão, Lagoa, …

Thailand: Farewell to backpacks in Phuket

It seems a strange thing to say about an earthly paradise, but Phuket has something of an image problem. Like Ibiza or Majorca, its golden beaches and sweltering temperatures have made it synonymous with sunshine and sunloungers. But like them, it’s also all too easily associated with low-end …

Asia Travel

Things to Do in Phuket in 48 hours

Looking for things to do in Phuket? And you only have 48 hours?<p>Phuket, Thailand is the perfect place for those wanting an indulgent getaway – whether …

Asia Travel

Insider Tips - What to Do in Phuket, Thailand

Are you looking for travel tips on <b>what to do in Phuket, Thailand</b>?<p>As part of our <i>city guides</i> series, this week we interviewed Roger Gibson who has …

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Must-See Sights in Hong Kong

When foreigners picture Hong Kong, it's often the neon lights, staggering skyscrapers, and hoards of people. This all may be true, but this city is home to just as much old as new; historic temples cozy up to massive modern buildings, and while the super-efficient subway rambles down below, …

Hong Kong - History Timeline, 12th century to 1945

Below you’ll find the key dates in the history of Hong Kong presented in a timeline. The timeline starts at the area’s earliest recorded mention …

Hong Kong

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Thailand Travels: A Quick Guide to Northern Thai Street Food

GalleryThailand Travels: A Quick Guide to Northern Thai Street Food<p>You don't see much Northern Thai food on takeout menus in America. Maybe it's because the flavors of the mountainous, heavily forested region—bitter, spicy, delightfully funky—are harder to translate than the fried noodles and …

What to Pack: Phuket and the Thai Islands

When it comes to picture postcard perfect beaches, it’s tough to top Thailand with stretches of crystalline white sand and dreamy Andaman Sea islands …

A Taste of Thailand: Top 5 Thai Food Experiences

Reams and reams have been written about the cuisine of Thailand, and for a very good reason—it’s some of the tastiest on the planet. Besides being …

Travel Pinspiration - Thai Food Dishes

This weeks segment of <b>Travel Pinspiration</b> follows the theme of <b>“Thai Food Dishes”.</b><p><b>Travel Pinspiration</b> is when we share amazing photos via our <b>Pinterest</b> …

Asia Travel

Which jabs are needed for Thailand?

Ask the experts: Dr Richard Dawood, a travel health expert, advises a reader on the necessary vaccinations for a Thailand trip.<p><b>Sue Stuart writes</b><br>My daughter is going to Bangkok and travelling to Chiang Mai in August. She has contacted her GP who says the cost of vaccinations amounts to approximately …

Public Health

Thailand for first-timers

Thailand is lucky. It has the looks, the temperament and the attractions to capture the world's imagination for an exotic escape. It is mysterious and confounding but approachable and inviting. Hospitality is a genuine art, crafted by a culture that takes pride in putting people at ease. The best …

Bangkok to be 'world's most visited city'

Thailand’s capital, the first point of entry for thousands who head to the country’s beaches, has been named the number one destination for international visitors in 2013's Global Destination Cities Index forecast.<p>The index predicts visitor numbers based on scheduled flights and the estimated spend …

Tourism

New York City bike scheme gets mixed response

New York expert Douglas Rogers speaks to some of the first users of the Citi Bike scheme, which launched this week.<p>New York City’s long-awaited bike share program, Citi Bike, opens to the public on Sunday following a soft launch for annual subscribers on Monday, Memorial Day.<p>Modelled partly on …

Cycling

Don't buy currency at airports, travellers told

Which? warned that exchange rates at airport currency kiosks are "notoriously poor" but said travellers who do want to pick up their cash before boarding can get a better rate if they order in advance.<p>Bureaus such as Travelex and American Express allow travellers to go online and buy currency that …

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Expert guide to Hong Kong

Local laws, etiquette and tips<p>Smoking is banned in all public places, which includes beaches and parks.<p>Tipping isn’t a huge deal in Hong Kong – in taxis, for example, you can just round up the fare – except in restaurants, where it’s customary to add a further five per cent to the bill. ‘Service …