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Take in the tranquillity of Ladakh


Anthony Ryan

The Indian region of Ladakh boasts not only the Himalayas, but also the Karakoram mountain range and the Indus and Zanskar rivers running through it. Such landscape provides the perfect backdrop for...

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The Art and Textiles of Indonesia


David Abram

The arts and crafts of Indonesia have for many centuries played an integral part in local religious and cultural life. Far more than mere decoration, woven cloth and painting, in particular, were...

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Thailand's highlights


David Abram

Thailand’s necklace of idyllic, white-sand beaches and translucent sea water offer the perfect setting for a blissful sun-and-sand holiday. The country’s phenomenal cuisine, abundant seafood and high...

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Lakshmi Niwas and the Ardha Mela


David Abram

One of the greatest gatherings of humanity on the planet, India’s Kumbh Mela bathing festival takes place every three years in one of four sacred towns in rotation. Each sixth year, an Ardha Mela (...

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Top things to do in Fort Cochin


Anthony Ryan

The Fort Cochin area of Kerala started out as a fishing village, but has grown into a bustling town, thanks to the influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and British. It represents a laidback escape...

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River Cruising in Vietnam & Cambodia


David Abram

The Mekong and Red River provide gateways to some of the most compelling landscapes and cultural centres in Southeast Asia, from the ruins of ancient Angkor and great capitals such as Phnom Penh, to...

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A guide to Kolkata


Anthony Ryan

The second biggest city in India is as diverse as it is vast, with cultural institutions, gentlemen's clubs, a horse racing track and poverty to be found in its vicinity. These elements culminate in...

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India's cuisine


David Abram

So many and such varied cuisines have evolved in the Subcontinent over the centuries that it’s almost impossible to generalize about food in India. The one thing that can be said with certainly is...

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Discover the markets of Burma


Anthony Ryan

There are plenty of places in Burma to have authentic travel experiences, as this incredible country is relatively new to tourism. One idea is to head to some of the many markets that serve the...

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Chilling in China


Simon Fransham

I’ve always had a fascination with ice and snow. Perhaps it goes back to when I was a child and my parents would take me sledging in the Peak District on a snowy day. I remember once seeing that...

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