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  • Why Da Nang is Vietnam’s new foodie hotspot

    Why Da Nang is Vietnam’s new foodie hotspot

    October 10th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Da Nang has long been missed off Vietnam’s well-trodden tourist trail. Those that do visit tend only to stop by for a day, spending their time basking on the city’s famous beach before moving on to nearby historic sights such as My Son. And that’s understandable: from the outside, Da Nang looks like any other growing…

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  • Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    July 12th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Most visitors race through Guatemala City, keen to get to Antigua’s colourful colonial streets, visit the country’s Mayan sites or explore its spectacular volcanic landscape. But stay a while in the capital and you’ll experience a buzzing modern city that’s emerging from the shadows of its recent past. Inaugurated as Guatemala’s capital following an earthquake…

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  • Indian trains: a traveller’s survival guide

    Indian trains: a traveller’s survival guide

    February 9th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    The Himalayan Queen, the Grand Trunk Express, the Deccan Odyssey… the very names of India’s trains are evocative of timeless style and old-school adventure. Introduced by the British East India Company, tracks were first laid across the country in the late 1800s to transport troops. Only after independence in 1947 did the focus switch to passenger…

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  • A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    January 2nd, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    From busy bazaars and hurtling tuk-tuks to tranquil temples and majestic mosques, the Golden Triangle is a fantastically varied introduction to the sights and sounds of India. This is the country at its noisiest and most chaotic, but chances are its colourful exuberance will leave you wanting to return again and again. Here’s a first-timer’s guide…

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  • The most romantic places in India

    The most romantic places in India

    November 25th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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  • Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    November 14th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    With its glittering royal palaces, ancient temples and sacred shrines as well as sandy beaches, some of the world’s best skiing and beautiful national parks, Japan is a country you’ll want to return to again and again. It’s also a very traditional place with a strict etiquette; if you’re visiting for the first time, follow our…

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  • Keeping Portland weird: why this is one of America’s quirkiest destinations

    Keeping Portland weird: why this is one of America’s quirkiest destinations

    September 13th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Introduced in 2003 as an initiative to support local businesses, “Keep Portland Weird” has fast become Portland’s unofficial motto. Anyone who’s been to the city or watched cult TV show Portlandia will know that the phrase has been taken to heart, and Portland is proud to be, well, a little bit quirky. Here’s why we think…

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  • The mother of mountains: Washington’s Mount Rainier

    The mother of mountains: Washington’s Mount Rainier

    September 8th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Freya Godfrey takes to the trails of Mount Rainier National Park to discover why so many visitors come to see the "mother of mountains" evert year.

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  • Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

    Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

    August 30th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    The Pacific Northwest, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, is known for its picturesque national parks, stunning coastline and awe-inspiring mountain scenery. But what about its urban areas? The region’s two largest cities are both celebrated for their farm-to-table produce and liberal, easy going attitude. They also offer some great attractions, from…

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  • Readers’ photos: inspiring images of the world’s national parks

    Readers’ photos: inspiring images of the world’s national parks

    August 2nd, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    To coincide with last week’s National Parks Week in the UK, we chose national parks as the subject for our weekly Twitter chat (follow #RGchat from 11am GMT on Tuesdays). Whether it’s for the peace and tranquility they offer, the chance to escape the modern world or to get closer to nature, there’s one thing…

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  • Readers’ photos: awesome architecture from around the world

    Readers’ photos: awesome architecture from around the world

    June 30th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    This week’s Rough Guides Twitter chat – #RGchat – was all about awesome architecture. We asked our followers to share their best photos of architecture from around the world, and they didn’t disappoint. From Ethiopia’s rock-hewn monolithic churches to the extraordinary Machu Picchu to the sleek, and urban design of the Helix Brige in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur‘s…

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    May 10th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Cuba’s captivating, colourful streets and carnaval­ feel make it appealing for travellers year­-round. And, as relations with the US thaw, the country’s popularity has skyrocketed, with visitor numbers showing little sign of abating. Planning to join them? Start with our top tips for making the most out of backpacking Cuba. 1. Stay with a Cuban family Casa particulares are…

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