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A sketch of La Residence d'Angkor bu Candace Rose Rardon.

The art of discovery in Siem Reap

A guest post by Candace Rose Rardon. In 1860, French explorer Henri Mouhot stumbled across what is now known as the largest religious monument in the world: Angkor Wat. Originally constructed in the 12th century, for years the temple complex lay largely off the radar of the Western world, but Mouhot brought his discovery to […]

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Malapascua Island (image courtesy of Stephen Bugno).

Explore the Philippines underwater

One of the main tourist attractions of the Philippines is the ocean – not surprising considering the country comprises more than 7,000 islands! The archipelago often features in lists of the world’s best dive sites for good reason; it really is one of the greatest places in the world to see marine life. Clear visibility, […]

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Finding serenity, bliss and peace in Bali

A guest post by Candace Rose Rardon. It seems an unfair choice to have to make – deciding between serenity, bliss or peace. Can’t I have them all? But here in the Beach Spa of Orient Express’ Jimbaran Puri Bali resort, tucked away on the narrow isthmus connecting mainland Bali with the island’s southern Bukit […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi (image courtesy of J Pereira)

Ten colourful festivals in India

A guest post by Divij Pasrija. God may be one, but there are a whole lot of different forms of God that are worshiped in India. Almost every culture in India has its own forms of God which they worship with fervent delight. There are almost as many festivals in India as there are number […]

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Taj Mahal (image courtesy of Rachel)

Ten alternative things to do in India

India. The name conjures images of ancient temples and palaces, aromatic markets, colourful saris, curries and oh yes, the Taj Mahal. Dig deeper and one will quickly discover that India has much more to offer to visitors. With its amazing breadth and depth of attractions and experiences, it’s very easy to visit India and only […]

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Yangtze excursion boat

A luxury cruise on the Yangtze River

The Yangzi (or Yangtze) River is the world’s third longest river – with its humble origins in the Tibetan plateau, the river then grows in width and volume, flowing 6,400km (or almost 4,000 miles) to its mouth in Shanghai, where it empties into the East China Sea. The Yangzi River has historically acted as a […]

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Temple of the Tooth (image courtesy of Terry Feuerborn)

Temple-hopping in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of the Indian sub-continent. Shaped like a tear-drop, Sri Lanka is most famous amongst visitors for its sandy, palm-fringed beaches; colonial architecture; its mountainous core with lush forests and picturesque tea plantations; and its many fascinating Buddhist temples. In this […]

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The majestic Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, is a desert region in southern Jordan that consists of a broad valley with extensive dunes and impressive rocky outcrops, some as high as 1,500m (or close to 5,000ft), carved out over time by the eroding effects of water, wind and frost. These days, Wadi […]

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Ten islands to visit in Malaysia

Malaysia is known the world over for its cultural diversity, expansive tropical forests, mouthwatering cuisine and yes, its glorious beaches. I’ve had the privilege of visiting many Malaysian islands to laze on the blinding white sands, swim in the crystal-clear water and say ‘hi’ to the amazing marine life. Malaysia comprises two parts: Peninsular Malaysia […]

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Siam Bay facing west

The luxuries of dreamy Ko Racha

A special guest post by a girl named Bird. All too quickly and flippantly the word “undiscovered” is attached to the words “Thai island” and the hearts of numerous beach-loving travellers start beating a little quicker. For this reason I’d quickly like to state that Ko Racha Yai, a small island found 12 miles off […]

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