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Top 10 hotels, hostels and B&Bs near Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Sojourn Boutique Villas<p>One of Siem Reap's most unique places to stay is also one of its most caring. A socially responsible resort of 10 villas set within palm-filled gardens around a swimming pool, Sojourn supports the poverty-stricken residents of Treak village where the property is located. Most …

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 …

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 …

Kerala's top 10 budget beach hotels, homestays and guesthouses

Kerala holidays,India holidays,Travel,Beach holidays,Health and fitness holidays,Yoga holidays,Hotels,Bed and breakfasts,Budget travel<p>Whether you're looking for inner peace or just want to laze on some of India's best beaches, you can stay in style without breaking the bank on Kerala's beautiful …

The Only Way to Improve Your Situation is to Improve Yourself

Self-improvement is multifaceted. To improve yourself, you must consider every aspect of the word self. This means improving your mind, your body, …

Vietnam: 'Shop till you drop, and feel good about it'

Liz Boulter gets off the Vietnam tourist trail on a trip to meet the village women who make the country's crafts – and finds paradise for conscientious shoppers<p>It started with a tiny ceramic teapot and that led to a lacquered bamboo dish in a bright abstract pattern, then a hand-woven scarf. It was …

Vietnam: a boat trip on the Mekong

Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can choose from a wide range of boat trips into the Mekong delta, but one of the first to take tourists beyond the towns and well-known Cai Be floating market to smaller farms and settlements is Bassac, run by a French former oil exec and his Vietnamese wife.<p>The market …

Bangkok in three days: holiday itinerary

Bangkok can be as bewildering as it is bewitching. In the first of a new series on holiday itineraries, we tell you how to make the most of Thailand's exuberant capital, filling your days with street food, impressive temples and lively bars<p>For old town charm, check into canalside B&B The Asadang …

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Brisbane

With Brisbane Festival in full swing, we round up the best places cheap cafes and restaurants in the city – whether you fancy a big bowl of ramen, delicate French pastries or beer and burgers<p>This is not your traditional-style Vietnamese restaurant. The family who own Mrs Luu's used to run one of …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and apartments in Bangkok

From design hotels and slick boutique hostels to eccentric budget stalwarts and funky serviced apartments, Bangkok's eclectic accommodation offers plenty of bang for your baht<p>Hidden at the back of one of Chinatown's Buddhist temples, this one-of-a-kind B&B is a winsome example of a growing trend: …

Reykjavik, Iceland: a cultural city guide

The first thing that hit me when got off then plane at Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport was the smell of salty sea air. With its strong, fishy scent, it immediately took me back to childhood holidays in the fishing villages of the west coast of Scotland, where trawlers thronged the quayside.<p>And that …

10 things to do for free in Bangkok

1. Stop and smell the flowers<p>Unleash your inner horticulturist at Pak Klong Talad, Bangkok's biggest flower market in the Old City. Wander around the …

Hot List 2013: World's Best New Small Hotels

You're guaranteed an intimate experience at these 2013 Hot List properties, each with 10 rooms or less.<p>Macalister Mansion<p>Cabochon Hotel<p>L'Artémise<p>Tai O Heritage Hotel<p>Dedon Island Resort<p>Palazzo Margherita<p>DumaTau Camp<p>The Emakoko<p>Fazenda Nova

Expert guide to India

Essential information<p>Flights<p>Expect to pay from around £500 for an economy return. You can fly into one city and out of another for a similar cost. A non-stop flight to Delhi takes around eight hours.<p><b>British Airways</b> (0844 493 0747; britishairways.com) has daily flights from London Heathrow to Delhi, …

British Airways

6 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Traveling Solo — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>If you have ever:<p>Been frustrated by whiny travel companions.<br>• Resented being dragged places …

Sydney Markets

Colourful and vibrant markets in Sydney offer a tempting range of goods, from fresh produce and gourmet delights to budding designer creations, …

Enjoy Sydney Harbour while staying (relatively) dry

Almost no picture of Sydney is complete without a scenic shot of the harbour, and there is a veritable treasure trove of things to do to enjoy this …

Sydney

12 Surprising Facts About the Male Body

Bizarre but totally interesting details about his anatomy<p>Can't imagine what it's like to be a guy? Now you don't have to wonder—or ask him to explain why he likes it rougher than you do. Just read on for everything you never knew about the male physique.<p>The Average Erect Penis Is 5.57 Inches …

Men's Health

Birth Control FAQ

Consider all your contraception questions officially answered! Our medical experts weigh in on your urgent, awkward, and even embarrassing birth control dilemmas.<p><b>Birth control slip-ups, effectiveness, and troubleshooting</b>• If I'm on the ring or the patch and forget to replace it on the right day, do …

Boxing Workout: Hit Like a Girl

A do-anywhere boxing routine with high-intensity moves that sculpt muscles<p>Over the past few years, chicks have been pouring into boxing gyms and boxing-based fitness classes in record numbers, hooked on the one-two punch of high-intensity cardio and muscle-sculpting moves. (Cardio kickboxing …

Workouts

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

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 …

I'd love to go here and relax! Although the upside down yoga move looks a little painful to me! *Yoga Retreat in Pai, Thailand* http://www.travmonkey.com/yoga-retreat-in-pai-thailand/

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

Search for Sapa and you’ll see images of cascading rice terraces of various shades of green against the backdrop of misty mountains, effervescent …

Vietnam

How to Enjoy Being Rich … Without Having Any Money

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>This year, my boyfriend and I took the dog, the cat, and walked away from our home and our …

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15-Minute Workout: Fresh Flat Belly Moves

Use a stability ball to round out your ab workout<p>Chances are, you've already elevated your ab work onto a stability ball. Smart move: Research shows that crunches atop a ball are approximately twice as effective as those done on the floor. But stop there and you're selling this multitasking tool …

Workouts