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

The hotels and hostels in Siem Reap – launch pad for Angkor Wat – include atmospheric resorts, family-friendly stays and budget options for backpackers<p>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 …

Backpacking in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Forget yoga retreats. If you want to find yourself in south-east Asia, says Susan Smillie, 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 …

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

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 coast<p>Bohemian Masala, Varkala beach<p>Budget accommodation doesn't get much better than this. Bohemian Masala offers an imaginative …

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, …

Self-improvement

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

An overnight trip into the Mekong delta presents the opportunity get off Vietnam's tourist trail and meet the locals<p>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 …

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>Where to stay<p>For old town charm, check into canalside B&B …

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>Loy La Long<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 …

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

How to see Bangkok's top spots without breaking the bank? Johnny Lawlor reveals the best things to do for free in Thailand's intoxicating capital<p>1. …

Hot List 2013: World's Best New Small Hotels

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, …

Jet Airways

6 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Traveling Solo - Vagabondish

If you have ever:<p>Been frustrated by whiny travel companions.<br>• Resented being dragged places you don’t want to go.<br>• Felt guilty for dragging others places …

Travel

Sydney Markets - Food and Fashion Markets in Sydney

Highlights<p>Love vintage bargains, creative designs, gourmet delights and fresh produce? Then Sydney’s eclectic markets are enticing. Taste authentic …

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 …

Male Body Sex Facts

12 Surprising Facts About the Male Body<p>Bizarre but totally interesting details about his anatomy<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<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 …

Birth Control FAQ

<b>Birth control slip-ups, effectiveness, and troubleshooting</b><p><b>If I'm on the ring or the patch and forget to replace it on the right day, do I need to use backup?</b><br>While clinical trials have shown that you may have one or two days of leeway, experts suggest taking extra precautions. "The safest course of …

Women's Health

Boxing Workout: Hit Like a Girl

Exercise 1 Round 1<p><b>Power Punch</b><p>Stand with your feet hip-width apart, one slightly in front of the other, knees slightly bent. Bring your fists up, one slightly in front of the other, palms facing each other and elbows close to your body. (This is boxing stance.) Punch your back fist straight in front …

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

Yoga Retreat in Pai, Thailand

<i>When I chose a yoga retreat in Thailand to celebrate my 28th birthday I was prepared for the questions from cynical friends and family and the answer</i> …

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 …

How to Enjoy Being Rich … Without Having Any Money

This year, my boyfriend and I took the dog, the cat, and walked away from our home and our jobs. We moved into a tiny Rialta RV, relinquished our …

British Columbia

6 Moves for Great Dancer Legs

<b>Squats</b> Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and lower your body a far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees (while keeping your knees above your ankles). Pause, then push through your heels to return to start. Do 20 reps, then turn your toes out (as if you're doing a …

Stability Ball Workout

Exercise 1 Stability Ball Roll-Out<p>Kneel in front of a stability ball with your knees hip-width apart, then place your forearms on the ball, hands in loose fists (a). Keeping your back flat, brace your core and slowly roll the ball away from you by straightening your arms; extend as far as you can …