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Langkawi Islands As a Tourist Destination

In the balmy Andaman Sea off Malaysia's northwest coast lies the 104-island archipelago of Langkawi, also known as the "Jewel of Kedah." Many unique …

Malaysia's National Parks and Nature Reserves

01 of 09<p>Gunung Gading National Park<p>Gunung Gading National Park in Sarawak was established specifically to protect the rare, odoriferous Rafflesia …

10 Islands for a Perfect Trip to Thailand

After Bangkok edged out London as 2013's most-visited city, Thailand has finally gained global recognition for what seasoned travelers have known all along: it's one of the most magical and affordable destinations on Earth. While the mountains, temples, and incomparable markets of the mainland …

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12 experiences you can only have in Thailand

WHEN I FIRST settled in the northern city of Chiang Mai three years ago, I didn’t expect to see much apart from temples, crowded markets, and carts …

Angkor Wat and around in three days: a holiday itinerary

Pack Angkor Wat, Khmer culture and nights out into a thrilling three-day tour of Cambodia's temple centre, Siem Reap<p><b>DAY 1: STAR ATTRACTIONS</b><p>Morning<p>Most travellers come here to explore Angkor archaeological park (Angkor Pass: one-day £12, three-day £24, seven-day £37) and in particular the stupendous …

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Backpacking in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Forget yoga retreats. If you want to find yourself in south-east Asia, says <b>Susan Smillie</b>, try learning to dive in Thailand, jumping on a motorbike in Vietnam or just chilling in Cambodia<p>I've been sitting still for an hour, watching, listening, in the dark. Macaques swing through the cliff-top trees …

Island hopping off Cambodia's coast

Sandy bliss awaits travellers off Cambodia’s south coast. Whether you favour being glued to a hammock upon an isolated shore, or fancy slothful days recovering from all-night raves, Cambodia has an island for you.<p>Lapped by the lapis-hued waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the scattering of islands in …

The Thai Lunar Festival of Light will take your Breath Away.

Whilst most choose their holiday destination by location I urge you to break the mold and choose not by where you go but by what’s happening when …

Bangkok shopping: making the most of Chatuchak Weekend Market

Spanning an incredible 35 acres of shopping, with more than 8000 stalls tucked into dozens of tiny narrow sois (lanes) that pull some 200,000 shoppers, browsers and buskers, Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest.<p>Whether you’re looking for a customised motorcycle helmet, a …

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Beyond Bali: 3 Lesser-Known Island Paradises In Indonesia

Most people who go to Indonesia flock to Bali. And it's no wonder why.<p>Bali is one of my favorite places with its beautifully terraced rice fields, …

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32 Travel Tips for enriching travel around the world

We’ve been <b>traveling around the world</b> on and off since 1997, including living in 5 countries for extended periods, so we’ve accumulated our fair share …

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love

It’s impossible these days to think about Ubud - Bali's cultural heart - without also considering the enormous success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>. While you’ll find no shortage of local travel companies promoting EPL ‘experiences’, there’s more to Ubud than spirituality, rice paddies and …

Bali: beyond the usual suspects

Bali may have its fair share of tourists seeking nothing more than seven days of sun, sand and sex in the southern party triad of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, but this only forms a small part of what’s on offer. In reality, Bali is a lush Indonesian island teeming with cultural experiences, delicious …

How to interact ethically with elephants in Thailand

For many people, riding on the back of an elephant in Thailand is the ultimate bucket list experience. However, there’s now overwhelming evidence to support claims by animal welfare experts that this form of tourism is harmful for Asia’s gentle giants.<p>You can barely turn a corner in Thailand …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …