Thailand’s best scenic journeys

One of the greatest thrills of travel is to be on the move, observing and absorbing a country as you go. By train, bus or motorbike, Thailand’s scenic journeys are to be savoured. Each adventure is packed with opportunities to sample the wares of hawkers and roadside food trucks or chat with fellow passengers. And…

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Dos and don’ts in Ireland

For some, Ireland is the land of saints and scholars, a peaceful isle of rolling hills and lilting music. It is all of that and more, but it’s also a country of quirks and odd habits, full of raucous, irreverent people and nonsensical transportation systems. So how to navigate this little island at the edge…

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My city: Istanbul

Lonely Planet Local Jennifer Hattam has been enchanted with Istanbul since her first visit to the Turkish megalopolis in 2001. After nine years living and working as a journalist in the city, its combination of rich history and kinetic energy continue to captivate her, making up for the challenges of living cheek-by-jowl with 15 million-plus…

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How to hammam: tips and tricks for Marrakesh’s best spas

Adventure awaits around every corner in Marrakesh. A walk through the centuries-old medina fills your eyes with vivid colours from every spot on the spectrum, and you’re bound to get lost attempting to navigate the busy streets teeming with people and animals. After a day of shopping and exploring this beautifully chaotic city, you’ll want…

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High-altitude adventures in La Paz

A visit to La Paz, Bolivia, is a great adventure from the moment you touch down on the runway at El Alto International Airport. ‘El Alto’ means ‘The Tall One’ – it’s the highest international airport in the world. So high, in fact, that planes can’t just land (or take off) as usual. The air…

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Walking the history of Gdańsk

Port cities are always interesting. Their architecture is a legacy of trading prosperity, and their cultures are influenced by a cosmopolitan past of merchants and sailors. Poland’s Baltic city Gdańsk has all that and more, with a tumultuous history that’s left its mark and added character. The best way to experience this vibrant place is…

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Mother River: a journey along the Mekong in Laos

Flowing down the spine of Southeast Asia, the Mekong River has played a pivotal role in the region’s history, and nowhere more so than in the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Laos. Take a river trip through the province of Champasak, past coffee plantations, hidden temples and thunderous waterfalls all the way to the Cambodian border…

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Capital cuisine: a gourmet guide to Canberra

Despite national monuments and surrounding vineyards, Canberra is eternally overlooked in favour of Australia’s other major cities. Best known for diplomats, parliamentary sessions and war memorials, the city never stood a chance against icon-studded Sydney or culture-rich Melbourne. But Canberra’s critics are stepping down, as its food scene flourishes into something truly worth travelling for… Canberra’s encircling meadows…

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