Hidden Gems

Introducing you to some of the more unusual parts of the world to experience on your travels. Be it off the beaten track, a hidden gem that is rarely visited or simply the weird and wonderful of the world, it will be well worth the effort to seek these out.

Extra time in…Egypt

  After spending a week or so exploring the ancient ruins and bustling souks of Egypt you may have some time to spare – from a few days to an evening, and are wondering how to make the most of … Continue reading

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Khajuraho – Home of the Kamasutra

  Heading to Khajuraho, on our 18 day Highways to Himalayas group tour, all that Emma McInnes really knew was that it was brimming with temples depicting erotic images. This week Emma tells us about her time in the home … Continue reading

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Uncover North Korea

  There’s something about North Korea – Asia’s rogue state, that has the inquisitive traveller thoroughly intrigued and keen to discover its hidden attractions of communist-style statues, historic monuments, ancient temples, halls of treasures and stunning mountain scenery.  With just a couple thousand … Continue reading

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Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

  Originally established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa has quickly become one of northern Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations. With gorgeous scenery of cascading rice paddies and mountains carpeted with lush vegetation, Sapa is the … Continue reading

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Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple of Chiang Rai

On the outskirts of Chiang Rai sits Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple. This beautiful intricately designed white and silver masterpiece is still in the making, however what has been done so far is simply spectacular says Ann Amies … Continue reading

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Stopping in for a drink at the FCC in Phnom Penh

No trip to Phnom Penh’s bustling Riverside district would be complete without stopping for a drink at the iconic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). First time visitors would easily be forgiven for imagining the club sprang from Cambodia’s colonial era, but the … Continue reading

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Bike riding to Tra Que, Vietnam

  Having recently returned from Southeast Asia on our 15 day Journey to Angkor Wat tour, Clare Bailey tells us about one of the highlights of her trip – cycling through the Vietnamese countryside to Tra Que village where she … Continue reading

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The way to Machu Picchu – Inca Trail, Lares Trek or the train?

The legendary lost city of Machu Picchu easily makes it to the top of every traveller’s wish list, and with views like this, it’s no wonder why. While the Inca Trail is by far the most popular route to this incredible … Continue reading

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Journey through Jordan

From the bustling capital city of Amman and the Roman ruins of Jerash, to the archaeological wonders of Petra, the vast red landscape of the Wadi Rum, and the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, Hollie Youlden takes us on a journey through Jordan.  We … Continue reading

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A Day at The Lake Palace, Udaipur

Set in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, the suitably named Lake Palace Hotel is a truly special place, offering peace and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here Tracey Olsen tells us about what makes … Continue reading

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