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An Awesome Two-Week Thailand Itinerary

In 2002 I visited Thailand for the first time. I vividly remember the moment that I walked out of the airport in Bangkok. The suffocating heat engulfed me in a way that I’d never experienced before in my life. It was the first time I’d travelled outside Europe, the first time I’d visited a temple, […]

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A Photographic Journey Through China’s Markets

I realised today, whilst performing research for an article on Beijing that I was writing for Hipmunk, that I’ve hardly published any blog posts about the three weeks I spent in China back in November 2012.  I’ve got a journal full of notes and a hard drive full of photographs, but just two published posts, on […]

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Twighlight Yokohama

Yokohama: The Cosmopolitan, Creative and Culinary Delights of Japan’s Second City

Second cities often get overlooked and Yokohama is no exception.  It lies so close to Tokyo that it could conceivably be considered a suburb. The former maritime centre is located just a 20-minute train journey from central Tokyo.  Whilst it started life as a small fishing village, it has developed rapidly since the mid-nineteenth century, and is now […]

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Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception by Patrick M. Loeff via Flickr Creative Commons Licence

From Beaches to Baroque: Your Mini Guide to Panaji, Goa

With a population of just 114,405, Goa’s capital city, Panaji (or Panjam, to use its former Portuguese name) is one of India’s smallest and most laid-back state capitals. Ironically the city whose name means “land that never floods” is located on the banks of the Mandovi River, and its wealth of well-preserved colourful, colonial architecture […]

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