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Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

Vietnam

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Vietnam

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Trains

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …

Ireland

Scotland’s wild isles: a nature-packed tour of the Southern Hebrides

You only need watch the fictional Hogwarts train chug over the real Glenfinnan Viaduct or stare at an airbrushed shortbread tin to get a sense of the astonishing beauty of Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Get up close to the real thing, and you’ll find that the grand landscapes, appealing …

Scotland

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Trails

The other side of St-Tropez

It’s easily one of the most recognisable names on the French Riviera. St-Tropez: the name alone conjures up images of champagne-fuelled yacht parties and star-studded beaches. And who can forget the sultry TV commercials from Bain de Soleil in the 1980s promising a 'St-Tropez Tan'?<p>In truth, the …

France

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

France

Finding the right Greek island

With more than 2000 islands, from tiny atolls to Crete, maritime Greece is unmatched for sheer variety. Beaches, history, walking, cycling, water sports, festivals, food, ecology: chances are if you want it, they’ve got it. Here are just a few of the incomparable offerings Greek islands hold.<p>Best …

European Travel

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Asia Travel

A guide to the eateries of Greece

Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be: ‘Where not?’ Greeks live to eat and drink – they dream about it and talk about it at all times of the day. Wherever you go in Greece you might not find accurate clocks, punctual flights or a good cup of tea, but by Zeus you’ll find …

Europe

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

France

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Ireland

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

European Travel

Forget the Med: five stunning stretches of coast in northern Europe

Travellers flock to the Mediterranean shores of Italy, France and Spain, but for deliciously different places to dip your toes, look a little further north on your map of Europe. You’ll need a sweater if you visit outside the summer, but the views, dunes and magical history are worth a slightly …

European Travel

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

Dessert

From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

France

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Barcelona

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 …

Vietnam

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

Flying