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Asia Pacific   26 May, 2011, 17:48
Bangkok’s top 5 attractions  
Chris Rowlands

There’s so much to see and do in Thailand’s capital it’s hard to know where to start. Helpfully Chris Rowlands suggests Bangkok’s five sights that really can’t be missed.

Africa   26 May, 2011, 17:26
First impressions of Kenya  
Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor’s dreams of visiting Africa come true when she flies into Nairobi: even the surly officials at Jomo Kenyatta Airport can’t dent her romantic enthusiasm.

Central Asia   26 May, 2011, 16:12
Teaching Mongolians to tango  
Erika Lindsay

Travelling across Mongolia by camel, car and train, Erika Lindsay finds a country torn between tradition and modernity. Overnighting in a traditional nomad’s tent she adds to the confusion by introducing Argentina’s most famous dance.

Americas   26 May, 2011, 14:51
Hiking Brazil’s wilder side  
Sophie Cross

Hiking with a Brazilian sounds a good way to avoid chafing. Sophie Cross discovers beauty and history come together in Brazil’s Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Deals, Europe   25 May, 2011, 13:17
A world of class in a classic Spanish village  
Iain Miller

If you’re struggling to decide whether to focus on the stunning photographs or the lavish descriptions of the Grand Hotel Bahia del Duque in Tenerife, Iain Miller says you should just book yourself a visit and experience the Canary islands at their best.

Central Asia   24 May, 2011, 17:22
In the Chitwan Jungle guides drop like flies  
Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor gets through her guides as she tramps through Chitwan. Surrounded by too many young western girls and lubricated by too much local alcohol, her guardians become as much a hazard as the rhino and tiger outside her lodge.

Europe   24 May, 2011, 17:02
Drunk in Dublin and canned in Cork: New Year in Ireland  
David S Grant

To ring in the New Year, David Grant grabs family and friends and flies out to Dublin. The Irish ‘craic’ proves well up to the challenge and even leaves some quite clear memories.

Asia Pacific, Pole to Pole   20 May, 2011, 23:10
A ship alive: intercontinental travel by container vessel  
Roland Boer

When Roland Boer wants to get from Australia to Europe he doesn’t waste his cash on a flight. He books a berth on a container vessel and lets the journey become the experience.

Americas, Deals   19 May, 2011, 09:42
Benefits of Escorted Holidays to Alaska  
Iain Miller

It’s something of a challenge to explore America’s northernmost – and largest – state. Iain Miller says a guided journey is the way to experience Alaska’s remote beauty at its best.

Middle East   18 May, 2011, 19:10
Syria 2011: stay away or visit?  
Dorothy Conlon

Late April 2011 and government warnings are out in force. Stay away from Syria, they say. But with more than 80 years experience of travel Dorothy Conlon is quite old enough to form her own opinion: she visits Jordan and Syria and lives, quite easily, to tell the tale.

Americas   18 May, 2011, 17:19
Flooded, fragmented and often lost: Route 66 today  
Eric Whitehead

America’s classic Route 66 might be part of the American Dream but it’s no longer one road. Eric Whitehead tracks down the original tarmac and finds parts submerged, abandoned, built on and lost. But still, in the end, he gets his kicks.

Central Asia   18 May, 2011, 16:23
Exiled schoolchildren march for Tibet  
Anna Greenwood

Monday morning, and Anna Greenwood’s teaching day in Bylakuppe, India is disrupted by an outbreak of politics. As China squats on their homeland, her Tibetan students march for freedom.

Europe, Pole to Pole   18 May, 2011, 16:02
A very Russian experience on Greenland’s icy seas  
Jon van den Heever

A polar cruise around Greenland teaches Jon van den Heever an insight into Inuit culture and their icy world. But the most striking cultural interactions are with his ship’s Russian crew.

Central Asia   16 May, 2011, 11:47
Ulaanbaatar in winter: a Steppe too far  
Peter Golubock

If you’re thinking of visiting Mongolia, choose the summer, says Peter Golubok. Genghis Khan’s home re-defines ‘cold’.

Americas   12 May, 2011, 12:02
Underground in the ‘City that never Sleeps’  
Kyle Mendelson

The jostling crowds of America’s busiest city thicken around the compartments and turnstiles of the subway rail system. Kyle Mendelson steps back to take a cool look at urban behaviour in New York.

Central Asia   12 May, 2011, 10:45
A long draught of China on a slow-moving bike  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker is almost a year into an epic four-year cycle-ride that aims to reach the world’s ‘Four Corners’. With thanks to Lifeboat Tea (his sponsors) he details his experiences of pedalling through mainland China.

Central Asia   11 May, 2011, 12:31
A day in Bombay  
Matthew Paish

Mumbai is India’s largest city and not an obvious place to relax. After a day of walking the sites Matthew Paish finds the heat getting to him and needs a sea breeze: he finds this, and more, on Chowpatty Beach.

Europe   11 May, 2011, 10:58
What lies beneath: the catacombs of Paris  
Brett Longstaff

Most visitors to France’s capital waft around and see the usual sights; the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, perhaps. Brett Longstaff heads underground to meet some very old friends.

Americas   11 May, 2011, 10:40
La Pedrera; a journey within  
Daniela Maestres

Dwarfed by mighty neighbours, Uruguay is often overlooked. Daniela Maestres finds the tranquil, shifting coastline sets a reflective mood as she explores South America’s quietest destination.

Africa   27 Apr, 2011, 22:20
The ‘mammoth’ blows up in Mozambique  
Dana Haffar

Dana Haffar is well used to the road from South Africa into Mozambique, even loaded with teenagers and surfboards. Perhaps that’s why she decides to blaze a new trail through the Kruger, fording the Limpopo if and where possible. It’s not a complete success….

Americas   27 Apr, 2011, 21:45
Cycling Heaven in the heart of Texas  
Lindsay Salt

America always seems rather too large for a bicycle, but Lindsay Salt is made of sterner stuff. This account details a group marathon that explores the rural hinterlands of the Lone Star State.

Asia Pacific   27 Apr, 2011, 21:42
Burma’s refugees flatline in Malaysia  

Tourism booms in the orient but life isn’t so easy for Burma’s Shan refugees, even when they’ve fled to Malaysia. Anthonio Graceffo tells one refugee’s sorry tale.

Editorials   27 Apr, 2011, 21:17
How to Weekend in Annecy  
Lauren Migliore

It’s easy to get a taste for France, says Lauren Migliore, and then proves it with this exuberant – and informative – guide to a Savoyard gem in the Rhone-Alpes region: Annecy.

Deals, Middle East   20 Apr, 2011, 15:17
Sharm el Sheikh Holiday Destination Guide  
Iain Miller

It’s ironic that the Middle Eastern revolutions were inspired by the desire for more jobs but as tourists stay away they’re resulted in less jobs. Iain Miller outlines some very compelling reasons to escape to Egypt for a beach break.

Americas   20 Apr, 2011, 15:07
Baseball’s big in Boston: touring Fenway Park  
Debra Rughoo

You can’t stay long in Boston without hearing about the Red Sox. One of America’s greatest baseball teams operates out of a shabby-chic stadium that predates both World Wars. Debra Rughoo takes a tour of Fenway Park and stays to watch a game.

Middle East   20 Apr, 2011, 14:50
In Israel and Jordan  
James Sinclair

James Sinclair spends some time in the fragile heart of Israel and then breaks out to explore the highlights of Jordan. This earns him a thorough search when he comes to fly home.

Central Asia   20 Apr, 2011, 14:38
A hellish busride to Jaisalmer  
Steve Rudd

Escaping Pushkar’s camel market proves to be somewhat problematic for Steve Rudd. The overnight bus to Jaisalmer was not the deluxe model promised on the posters and India’s crowded, potholed roads did little to help.

Asia Pacific   20 Apr, 2011, 14:32
Kayaking in Krabi  
Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher’s painstaking account of his most recent visit to Thailand details every stage of travel but comes to life exploring the hidden hongs of Krabi’s limestone mountains.

Americas   20 Apr, 2011, 14:22
Dancing with Dolphin  
Berit H. Hagen

There are ethical issues with keeping dolphins in captivity and training them to perform and interact with humans. But wild dolphins die young. On the Caribbean island of Tortola Berit Hagen’s swims with dolphins and finds they seem revel in their new easy life.

Americas   18 Apr, 2011, 13:18
Snakes and sorcery in Guyana’s soggy hinterlands  
John Gimlette

Deep inside roadless Guyana the Rupununi Savannah is the last refuge of a vanishing way of life. In this extract from ‘Wild Coast’, his excellent new book, John Gimlette steps out with the locals to go and hunt for food.

Europe   18 Apr, 2011, 12:41
Beating the Bulgarians at Table Football  
Charlie Sanchez

In Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia, Charlie Sanchez finds a place to stay. Best of all he finds that when he teams up with his new flatmate for a game of table football they seem to be the best players in the neighbourhood.

Americas   18 Apr, 2011, 12:03
Getting high in the Andes: Machu Picchu  
Frank Rawlins

A training hike up Hereford’s Symonds Yat proves little preparation for Frank Rawlins’ visit to Peru’s iconic ‘Lost City’. But the sight of Machu Picchu makes it all worthwhile.

Asia Pacific, Central Asia   3 Apr, 2011, 14:55
Cargo-boat cruise round the Maldives  
Donna Richardson

The Maldives are best known for their luxury resorts, crowded onto a few small islands leased to international hotel chains. Donna Richardson hops on a local cargo vessel heading to the archipelago’s southernmost islands and uncovers an alternative Maldives.

Central Asia   1 Apr, 2011, 09:49
Yoga for sale in Kathmandu  
Sarah Taylor

Nepal sells yoga classes as though they invented meditation. The signs make it sound a relaxing business. But Sarah Taylor’s account makes it clear that it might be a business but is anything but relaxing.

Americas   1 Apr, 2011, 09:36
Island-hopping by yacht in the British Virgin Islands  
Troy Shoen

In a hot tub in St Thomas Troy Shoen is told how to climb a palm tree. But it takes several days sailing around the islands – and a few too many painkillers on Yost Van Dyke – before he tries to put theory into practice.

Central Asia   1 Apr, 2011, 09:06
Adventure trekking returns to Afghanistan  
Thomas Bodkin

Headlines suggest remote Afghanistan is still in a state of war. But a British ex-officer says the Wakhan region is one of the world’s most rewarding trekking areas, and is looking for volunteers to join a 2011 expedition. Thomas Bodkin reports from the Hindu Kush.

Americas   1 Apr, 2011, 08:53
Finding Christoph a Guyanese snake  
Dorothy Conlon

A Swiss traveller with 25 pet snakes at home searches Guyana in vain for a snake in the wild. At Karanambu Lodge, river-otter country, Dorothy Conlon is there when he finds his first.

Asia Pacific   26 Mar, 2011, 23:02
Getting too close to an Indonesian volcano  
Alan Deegan

In the aftermath of Japan’s Tsunami the hypnotic appeal of the Pacific’s ‘Ring of Fire’ volcanoes is more powerful than ever. Alan Keegan visits Anak Krakatau, an active volcano in Indonesia’s seas.

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