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Trek back in time ‘to the real Nepal’

Trek back in time ‘to the real Nepal’ There’s little authentic trekking left on the famous Himalayan trails. But on a hike to a hidden glacier, our writer mucks in with the Sherpas and meets only villagers He ate all the rice. He threw rocks at the monkeys. He lied about the toilets and proved pathologically incapable of walking down a trail without veering off on some wild adventure. He sank the raft and brazenly encouraged hard drinking and ribaldry, especially among the old village ladies. Yes, Maila Gurung was undoubtedly one of the finest travel companions I have ever had the privilege to accompany. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Kevin Rushby Tweet

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A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary

A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary Explore Silk Road heritage, deserts landscapes, Tashkent’s metro and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country encouraging tourists with new, relaxed visa policies From the blue-tiled mosques of Bukhara to the remote semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan offers ancient culture and ample opportunity for adventure. Highlights include riding Tashkent’s glitzy metro, admiring Silk Road-era architecture and strolling Samarkand’s backstreets. Add to this Uzbek hospitality, as warm as it is heartfelt, colourful festivals and the fact you’re following in the footsteps of the greatest travellers and conquerors in history and there are all the ingredients of a riveting trip. Getting into the country, and getting around it, is now much…

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Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia

Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia A new eco-tourism camp keeps a remote forest safe from poaching, and offers a laid-back stay with creature comforts The path to Preak Tachan ranger station, in Botum Sakor national park, Cambodia, snakes through dense, silent forest. It crosses bubbling rivers and clearings where luminous butterflies flit around gargantuan hanging vines and tall wild grasses. It’s The Lost World, Indochina-style. I half expect a dinosaur to come crashing through the foliage. The 1,712 sq km park – in the Cardamom mountains in the south-west of the country – is home to rare wildlife such as the pileated gibbon, Asian elephant, clouded leopard and Bengal slow loris. But with the triple challenges of poaching,…

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Travel video of the week: Sentinelese: world’s most isolated tribe

Travel video of the week: Sentinelese: world’s most isolated tribe Sentinelese are the world’s most isolated tribe. They are an uncontacted tribe living in North Sentinel Island, one of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. They vigorously reject all contact with outsiders. The Indian government abandoned altogether their plans to establish contact with Sentinelese. Many believe that it is vital to respect their wish The post Travel video of the week: Sentinelese: world’s most isolated tribe appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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Bali’s wild west coast: unspoilt and uncrowded

Bali’s wild west coast: unspoilt and uncrowded Quiet beaches, great surf, jungle to explore and wildlife to watch – and within easier reach on a new non-stop flight from the UK to Bali Adeng adeng is a traditional Balinese mantra meaning “slowly, slowly”. It’s a phrase you don’t often hear these days among the traffic jams and sunbed logjams of Bali’s booming tourism centres. People say that Bali is spoiled and for years the search has been on for a “new Bali”. But the old Bali never really disappeared: it just went west. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Mark Eveleigh Tweet

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Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast

Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast Not many people think of Sri Lanka as a sailing destination but that is now changing thanks to an initiative set up after the 2004 tsunami After blazing down all day, the sun slips behind a bank of clouds in the west. As we make for a bay just beyond Dondra Head, the lighthouse on this most southerly point of the country grows slowly larger against a golden sky. It’s a laid-back moment on the sundeck of the Crystal, literally: most of us are pretty much horizontal in the relative cool of the evening. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Liz Boulter Tweet

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Japan’s arty-pelago: Naoshima and beyond

Japan’s arty-pelago: Naoshima and beyond Among shrines, rice fields and abandoned buildings, contemporary art has transformed 12 rural islands into a creative paradise – the setting for the 2019 Setouchi Triennale I’m sitting on a concrete floor watching water droplets as they skitter across the smooth surface. Around me, other people seem equally transfixed. They stand in silent contemplation staring at beads of water bubbling up from tiny holes in the floor, or lie gazing at the vast domed roof, where two oval openings let natural light flood in. The slightest movement echoes around the space. I take a pen out to make some notes and a member of staff suddenly appears at my side and indicates that I…

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Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc

Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc Read all about these Luxury Resorts and Vegan Food in Phu Quoc from our recent trip to the Vietamese island which is a fast growing tourism hotspot. We experienced 3 luxury resorts that were all very different to each other but had one thing in common for sure. Upon request they were more than able The post Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Eyers Tweet

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A river ride to Rishikesh: India’s new adventure capital

A river ride to Rishikesh: India’s new adventure capital Rishikesh shot to fame when the Beatles arrived, in search of enlightenment. Half a century on, the area is attracting a different kind of seeker – those after rapids, zipwires and mountain treks I’ve only been in the raft a few minutes, bobbling down a placid stretch of India’s holy Ganges River, before my guide, Kalyan Singh Bhandari, puts his paddle down and sings a haunting Garhwali folk song typical of these Himalayan foothills. The warbling tune is, he says, meant to bring us good luck as we navigate the class 3 and 3+ rapids ahead. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Mark Johanson Tweet

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A new take on the January blues

A new take on the January blues We’ve got a new take on the January blues… here we highlight some of the most beautiful blue places around the world to visit, from exploring the brightly-coloured alleyways of Chefchaouen in Morocco to sailing around the turquoise waters and tropical islands of Raja Ampat in Indonesia on a traditional phinisi yacht. Chefchaouen, Morocco Chefchaouen The post A new take on the January blues appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Thomas Ryves Tweet

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