Margaret Ngai

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Biking the Slow Road from China to Laos – Part 5/5

<i>With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris</i><p>In five or ten years, we will come back to this place and zip from Kunming to Luang Prabang in mere hours on the new train. Maybe we will take a houseboat out for a spin on one of the Nam Ou dam reservoirs, or a zip line from peak to peak. We will be …

Where to See the Smallest Penguins on Earth

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><b>The Penguin Parade</b>—where thousands of <b>little penguins</b> emerge from the ocean like clockwork at sunset to return to their burrows on <b>Phillip Island</b>, a mere 80-mile drive from Melbourne—is one of Australia’s star tourist attractions.<p>Given the popularity of the nightly march, I …

Budget Botswana: Four Great Adventures

<b>Botswana</b> is renowned for delivering stand-out safari experiences and some of the most spectacular—and extravagant—ecolodges on Earth.<p>Less well-known is the affordable side of exploring this iconic Southern African republic, also praised for its friendly and welcoming people, democratically elected …

10 reasons to visit Latvia

If you don’t already have a connection to Latvia, chances are it may not have crossed your mind as a potential destination for your next trip.<p>But this Baltic nation has more than a few surprises hidden amidst its lush pine forests and architecturally rich cities and towns. Here are ten reasons to …

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Garden State Variety: Road Tripping New Jersey

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>We’re treating our kayaks like floating La-Z-Boy recliners, the three of us leaning back, legs stretched out on the decks.<p>Here on the Delaware River, New Jersey lies to our left, Pennsylvania to our right. It’s been several minutes since we’ve needed to paddle.<p>As Interstate …

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Ten of the world’s most intriguing wine regions

We’ve all experienced it on our travels – whether watching a sunset in Italy with a glass of chilled Prosecco or at a barbeque in Australia with a beefy Shiraz – when a local wine could not be more perfectly suited to the moment.<p>Lonely Planet’s new book <i>Wine Trails</i> plots a course through 52 of the …

Mist, Sun, Rain, and Snow: Capturing the Mood Swings of Yoho National Park

In winter, the only way to visit the best locations in Yoho National Park is to ski into the backcountry wilderness. Fortunately, since winter is an especially interesting time to photograph in the park, there are several alpine huts where you can warm up, cook, and sleep.<p>The name “Yoho” means “awe …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: The Best of Montana

Montana’s beautiful national parks and charming small towns are more than enough reason to add the state to your next travel itinerary. Not sure where to start your tour of Big Sky Country? We’ve got you covered.<p><b>Here are a few of the National Geographic Travel team’s favorite spots in …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

World's Best Ecolodges

Riding Ecuador’s 'railway in the sky' in style

Anyone for the Avenue of the Volcanoes? How about traversing the Devil's Nose? They might sound intimidating, if not downright risky, but Ecuador’s <i>Tren Crucero</i>, or 'Cruise Train', passes both as it winds its way from Quito high in the Andes to Guayaquil down on the Pacific coast. Since the service …

Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Insider’s Guide to Yunnan, China

Land of peaks, valleys, and monasteries, <b>Yunnan</b> is home to the largest number of ethnic groups in China. The gateway towns of <b>Shangri-La</b> (much of which, sadly, burned in January 2014) <b></b>and <b>Lijiang</b> showcase area traditions and cultures, but many interesting sites lie in the countryside.<p><b>Here’a an</b> …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

10 best things to climb

Over ice and iron girders, shinnying up temples and scaling rainforest trees – tackle the world’s most worthwhile ways to reach the top. In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i> we've gathered together ten things to go up, from the somewhat gentle to the downright difficult. …

35 Beaches You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

We've scoured world to find the best beaches you should put on your bucket list.<p>There's something for everyone: we found beaches where you can swim with penguins, relax under ancient Mayan ruins, bask on volcanic black sand, and more.

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Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Coolest (And Least Known) Attraction

Forget Las Vegas or Area 51, Fly Geyser in Nevada offers much brighter and otherworldly sights at a much cheaper cost.<p>Source: ZME Science<p>Nestled on a …

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The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

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Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

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Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Hudson River Valley's top experiences

New York City is New York City only because of the Hudson, an unusually deep river that runs 315 miles from the Adirondacks to the Statue of Liberty. The heart of it makes up the Hudson River Valley, for our purposes a narrow 80-mile long region of historic towns and big-time views that begins …

7 reasons to visit Eastern Tibet

It's a pain in the backside to get permits for, and many places are still off limits to foreigners, but here are seven reasons why eastern Tibet should be firmly fastened to your Tibet itinerary.<p><b>1. Getting off the beaten track</b><p>The southern Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Image by Daniel McCrohan / Lonely …

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …