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Enchanting Chanthaburi and community-based tourism

Chanthaburi is one of Thailand ‘s lesser-known treasures, with a beautiful church, the fascinating 300-year-old Chanthaboon River Community, gemstones and delicious fruit.

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Chong Changtune Live Eco-museum: A Day at the Spa

As you may remember, I’ve decided to say yes to everything… well, at least most things. Here’s the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!

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Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here’s your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took us all around the island. Along with a selection of […]

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Al Bastakiya: Historic Dubai and Emirati culture

Dubai is perhaps best known for its futuristic skyline, its just-a-wee-bit-over-the-top shopping centres and luxury hotels, its record-breaking skyscrapers, and its slightly indulgent lifestyle. But there’s more to this affluent Arabian city than first meets the eye. If you’re interested in learning about Emirati culture, traditions and religion, I recommend visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre […]

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The Peranakan of Singapore

I’m writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I’ve been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I’m here without the girls, and I must […]

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Mardi Gras World: where the magic happens

Have you ever wanted to experience Mardi Gras? Me, too. As it happened, however, life (i.e. other travel plans) meant we would be in New Orleans 10 days too late. As with most things in Louisiana, Mardi Gras came with the French settlers. Records from as far back as the early 1700s describe masked balls […]

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Easter traditions in Norway

  Easter 1911 Spring is finally in the air up here in the northern world, although it looks like snow will be on the ground for a few more days at least, to the delight of most. Easter, you see, means a 10-day-vacation – we’re in the middle of it right now – and skiing […]

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