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Where to find Kyoto’s glow

After the sun goes down, geishas recede behind closed doors and teahouses shut down for the night, the ancient Japanese city offers spectacular nighttime charms.<p>Few visitors come to Kyoto for the nightlife. With traditional teahouses, countless <i>kōyō</i> (maple trees) and <i>sakura</i> (cherry blossoms) and 17 …

5 of the Best Places to Stay In Sri Lanka

By Maria Russo<p>Sri Lanka may just be the most beautiful place on earth (in my humble opinion), so staying at chic boutique properties only adds to an otherwise special experience.<p>We always seek out hotels that adopt sustainable and socially responsible practices, and if none are available in the …

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Get your trunks on: the world's best public swimming pools

Whether it’s for the exercise, a cooling dip as temperatures soar, or just the sheer fun of splashing around, the following selection of public pools dotted around the globe offer not only memorable settings, but also convenient access to highlights for tourists, making it easy to combine your swim …

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Four ways to explore Chefchaouen, Morocco's blue city

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. As well as its distinctive palette of blue and white buildings, a striking contrast with the arid setting, this popular town has plenty to offer. Embark on strenuous hillside hikes or idle strolls, bathe in mountain streams, …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

Canada's wild side: the Great Bear Rainforest

For wildlife spotters, it's the score of a lifetime: a creamy white kermode bear roaming its home in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Not a polar bear, but an offshoot of the black bear, there are only about 400 kermodes (which can stand up to six feet tall) in the wild; and only one …

Where to Stay at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, putting the park in the spotlight more than ever. But figuring out where to …

3 Perfect Non-Golfing Itineraries in Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale beckons behind the stunning and spiritual landscape of the Sonoran Desert, filled with the statuesque saguaro cacti, abundant sunshine, …

The world’s largest ocean treasure

New Caledonia has added a marine park triple the size of Germany to its already long list of natural wonders.<p>Double the size of Texas and triple the size of Germany, New Caledonia’s recently established Le Parc Naturel de la Mer De Corail (The Natural Park of the Coral Sea), has been named the …

Rocky mountain road trip

We are at the start of our much anticipated Great American Road Trip, a great loop north from Denver all the way up to Montana and back. "Welcome to Denver, Sir," says the car-hire man. "Have you considered upgrading your small family car to this …" He points to a photo of a supercharged, sports …