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  • Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    November 21st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia‘s best drawcards, and see thousands of visitors every year. But the region still has plenty of places that stay well off the tourist radar. These five underrated Southeast Asian towns and cities... Read more »

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  • A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars

    A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars

    October 31st, 2017Shafik Meghji
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    The Plain of Jars, in northern Laos, remains one of Southeast Asia’s great mysteries. Shafik Meghji journeys here to uncover the secrets of this little-touristed site.  The most heavily bombed region of the most heavily bombed country in history appears remarkably bucolic, at least at first. But as we drive through Xieng Khouang province in northern... Read more »

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  • 16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos

    16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos

    January 26th, 2016Tim Draper
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    Professional travel photographer Tim Draper has shot images for 24 Rough Guides guidebooks, visiting far-flung corners of the world. Here he shares some of his stunning shots taken in northern Laos, where he spent time with the Akha people. I‘d been trudging steadily uphill through dense jungle in heavy rain for over seven hours when I... Read more »

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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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  • 20 seriously weird places around the world

    20 seriously weird places around the world

    March 12th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • 6 special places to stay in Laos

    6 special places to stay in Laos

    December 19th, 2014Site Editor
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    Until the 1990s, Laos remained shut off from the outside world, and largely unknown to Western travellers. Since then, more and more visitors have come to discover that this landlocked country offers some of Southeast Asia’s most enchanting natural landscapes and a fascinating diversity of cultures. Although Laos still much less developed than neighbouring Thailand,... Read more »

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  • 20 fascinating second cities

    20 fascinating second cities

    October 2nd, 2014Rebecca Hallett
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  • The friendliest countries in the world

    The friendliest countries in the world

    September 30th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Whether it’s a smile exchanged with a stranger, a quick chat with a tuk-tuk driver or a night out on the town with a group of newly made friends, interactions with local people often shape our view of a whole country. So which places offer tourists the warmest welcome? This list counts down the friendliest countries... Read more »

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  • Slow travel – take your time on your trip

    Slow travel – take your time on your trip

    February 17th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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  • Spellbound in Laos

    Spellbound in Laos

    October 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    The pace of life is deliciously slow in Luang Prabang, but if you opt for a lie-in you’ll miss the perfect start to the day. As dawn breaks over this most languorous of Buddhist towns, saffron-robed monks emerge from their temple-monasteries to collect alms from their neighbours, the riverbanks begin to come alive and the... Read more »

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  • Learn how silk is made in Laos

    Learn how silk is made in Laos

    October 16th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Holding the tiny cocoon in your fingers, it’s hard to imagine it contains a fibre of silk that will be 800m long when finally unravelled. And when you consider 100,000 silk worms are being cultivated here at Vang Viang Organic Farm, you’re effectively surrounded by 80,000km of silk – enough to circle the earth twice.... Read more »

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  • Puzzles at the plain of Jars, Laos

    Puzzles at the plain of Jars, Laos

    October 15th, 2013Site Editor
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    After three hours trudging along steep forest paths, you come to a surreal sight. Hundreds of megalithic stone jars, large enough for someone to a crouch inside, are strewn all around. This group of 416 jars is the largest at the aptly named Plain of Jars, whose current tally stands at 1900 jars in 52... Read more »

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