Todd Withers

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Tour de France: five classic mountain climbs

L'Alpe d'Huez<p>L'Alpe d'Huez takes star billing in this year's Tour de France with the peloton having to navigate its infamous 21 hairpins not once but …

Southern Laos: time out in the 4,000 Islands

It is 6.30am and a bright orange sun is rising behind the mountains. The twin hulls of our boat cut through water that shimmers like glass. Fish jump and buffalo swim. Villagers brush their teeth at the waters edge.<p>It's another world, from another era, and I feel like Katherine Hepburn, except that …

5 Can't-Miss Places to Visit in Southern Laos

While I loved everywhere I visited in Southeast Asia, I have a special place in my heart for Southern Laos. One of the least visited areas in the …

The other side of Thailand’s Full Moon Party island: Koh Phangan.

It’s an overcast, rainy day on the island just 30 minutes from Koh Samui. Rain droplets are hanging from bougainvillea blooms and fascia Frangipani …

Myanmar's water world: exploring Inle Lake

In the unique watery world of Inle Lake, Intha fisherman row canoes with one leg, gardens float, and wooden homes perch above the water on rickety stilts. Take some time to explore one of Myanmar's most iconic destinations with an early-morning cruise, a cycle through the countryside, or sojourns …

Hot Springs

Bratislava: a beer lover's guide

Bratislava is a simple beast. Skulking quietly in the shadow of Vienna and Budapest, the capital of Slovakia is often rushed through as tourists make …

Food memories: a taste of home in Myanmar

It was my husband’s first trip to Myanmar, and I was eager to show Chris my country of birth and the much-loved food of my childhood. One dish I particularly wanted to share was <i>let thoke</i>, which can be translated as ‘hand-mixed’. It can roughly be described as a salad because all the ingredients are …

Deep Frying

Cambodia off the beaten track

Mention you're going to Cambodia and chances are you'll end up comparing notes on the glorious temples of Angkor, among the most awe-inspiring - indeed, mind-blowing - monuments ever conceived by the human mind. It is hardly surprising that so many travellers from around the globe dream of gazing …

National Parks

Myanmar (Burma)

It's a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure.

Asia

Best places for a do-nothing vacation

A while back, I wrote the definitive guide to ‘How to plan a do-nothing vacation.’ It's a foolproof manual for engineering a low-impact, rejuvenating vacation like they used to do in olden times, before zip-lines, white water rafting and pooping in the forest became acceptable ‘leisure’ enticements.<p>…

Travel

Where in the world are we going in 2013?

Forget the fiscal cliff. Though consumer confidence may be faltering amid Washington's protracted budget and tax battles, we're determined not to jettison our hard-earned vacations in 2013.<p>According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,038 U.S. adults in late December, nearly three quarters of Americans …

Myanmar records one million tourists, surge in tourism income

Myanmar is the travel industry's newest star and now it has the numbers to prove it<p>Myanmar's newly released tourism statistics for 2012 show dramatic increases in visitor numbers and revenue from inbound travel.<p>More than a million travelers flocked to Myanmar last year, compared with approximately …

top 10 countries for 2012

Which countries will come into their own as travel destinations in 2012? We've collated hundreds of ideas from everyone at Lonely Planet, including our extended family of travellers, bloggers and tweeters to work out the very best. This list of the top 10 countries for 2012 - in ranked order - was …

Travel

These Are The 61 Countries Most Vulnerable To An Internet Shutdown

For 52 hours last week, Syria joined the unfortunate club of countries whose governments have chosen, however briefly, to return their citizens to the digital dark ages. That club, which also includes Egypt and Myanmar, remains small for now. But if you live in any of these five dozen countries, it …

Chaung Tha Beach in Myanmar (Burma)

Chaung Tha Beach, Myanmar<p>From the mountains, to the cities, along the rivers, through the crop fields, over the past month I’ve seen much of …

Best photos from Myanmar, Burma

Photos of Myanmar<p>Firstly, thank you for being so patient with all my posts from Myanmar over the past few weeks. I know there were a lot of them but …

The ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar<p>It’s not clear exactly what happened to Bagan and how one of the greatest cities in Southeast Asia was left abandoned. Perhaps it was …

Beyond the Tour Group: Alternatives for Gentle Walkers

For many travelers, taking a group tour is just too difficult. Perhaps mobility issues make it hard to keep up with the highly organized, exhausting …

Tourism

Google+ iPhone and iPad Apps Now Available In 48 More Countries

According to Google engineer, Frank Petterson, on his own Google+ profile page, the search giant’s social network iOS apps just got a little more international, as the app just became available in 48 new countries and territories.<p>These new places include the following:<p>Albania, Anguilla, Barbados, …

30 of the best bargain adventures in 2013

Surfing and photography, Costa Rica<p>Taking pictures of the sea is almost as tricky as surfing. Improve both skills in Costa Rica, with a new course of …

Cambodia Indie Travel Guide

<b>Updated 2016</b><p>Cambodia is one of those places that is always a great value for travelers with American Dollars in their pockets. Hence, we've added it …

Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World

Rural Cambodia seen through the lens of a camera

Last August I decided to travel and discover <b>Cambodia</b>.<p>While on my journey the book I was reading encouraged me to travel beyond the usual tourist …

Top 10 travel-inspiring flags of the world

The USA is one of a handful of nations that sets aside a day, official or otherwise, as a national flag day. June 14 (quietly) marks the date in 1777 when the US flag was adopted and has been celebrated, to a degree, since 1861.<p>But let's be honest, the US flag means a lot of different things to …

Pictures from the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Pictures from the legendary temples of Angkor in Cambodia<p>Often considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, the magnificent Temples of Angkor are …

Town of Luang Prabang - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the <b>Town of Luang Prabang</b>:<p>Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos at the heart of a mountainous region. The …

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