Category: travel basics

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Malaysia to Thailand by car

Planes are strange things. They cut short your travel time and make travelling easy, and yet when you fly you lose out on what travelling feels like. You hop on a plane, get served...

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Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital

Unlike many old cities, Mandalay was not born at the crossroads of converging trade routes, or because it was the site of an ancient settlement. Instead, it grew out of a prophecy. When King...

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Being five feet tall

What does it mean to be travelling when you’re five feet nothing? I have wished to be taller on many occasions- when there’s a large crowd gathered and I can’t see anything or when...

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Hotels from hell

  MY room in Phnom Penh was the perfect setting for a horror movie. It was a small room at the top of the stairs, away from everyone else, dark and spartan with a...

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What you need in a travel partner

Good travel companions are elusive but once you find them, you’ll want to hold on to them. They’re a bit like underwear: they support you where necessary and help to keep everything together. They...

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Vietnam by train

Travelling by train is an excellent way to explore Vietnam- local trains are affordable, fairly comfortable and safe. Vietnam’s main railway track – the North-South Railway- runs along the length of the country, connecting...