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Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Ghan crosses the high bridge over the Katherine River in Australia’s Northern Territory. Image by Paul White/ …


The world's best city skylines


Expert guide to Monaco

Local laws and etiquette<p>Monaco law requires that you always have personal ID about your person, so keep your passport on you. Monégasque police – all recruited in France – are ubiquitous and not renowned as jokers.<p>When introduced to someone, shake him or her by the hand. All that cheek-kissing …


Madrid attractions: what to do and see in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>The Spanish capital shuts down somewhat during July and August and you'll find some restaurants and bars closed as their owners and staff have escaped to the coast. But the museums and sights remain open and visitors can also experience the city's wonderful summer nightlife, when madrileños …


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Festivals and events: weekending around the world, May 25/26, 2013


Malaga attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Eating just-caught sardines by the sea is one of life’s great simple pleasures, and the beaches either side of Malaga are the perfect place to do it – particularly after a morning at the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums. Unlike some Spanish cities, it does not wind down in summer, and is …


The Big Picture photography competition: round 256

Halong Bay

From Casablanca to Marrakesh in a powerful clash of cultures, colours and chaos, filmmaker Leonardo Dalessandri takes us on a frenetic, full throttle sprint around Morocco. Explore the beaches and the sun-bleached, battered walls of the coastal

From Casablanca to Marrakesh in a powerful clash of cultures, colours and chaos, filmmaker Leonardo Dalessandri takes us on a frenetic, full throttle …

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 …


Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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Rooftop dining and dancing in Paris

On 30 May, an evening of innovative food and contemporary music, hosted by the most modern of French restaurant guides.<p>On 30 May, cult Paris restaurant guide, Le Fooding, will host Veillée Foodstock, a food and music evening showcasing the most exciting and in-the-know aspects of Paris’ culinary …


Five Unexpectedly (For Me) Awesome Beach Towns

I must, no, I have to preface this post by emphasizing the fact that these seaside communities surprised me. Those who are familiar with the cities …

Neighbourhood watch: five Singapore micro-'burbs on the rise

Already know your way around central Singapore? Just a stone's throw beyond, a clutch of bustling neighbourhoods home to quirky shops, trendy eateries and cool bars are just waiting to be explored. So head out and experience the up-and-coming areas of Singapore that won't stay a secret for …