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23 things to do in Myanmar

Myanmar is a cultural gold mine: the plains Bagan which are strewn with thousands of temple ruins; Mandalay and Yangon are heaving with colonial buildings and glittering stupas; Inle Lake is a place of heart-stopping beauty; the golden sands of Ngapali provide a quirky Myanmar beach holiday; the remote islands of the Mergui Archipelago are little-known gems to escape to. Rudyard Kipling wrote that Myanmar is ‘quite unlike any land you know about’, and this still very much applies today and luxury tailor-made holidays to Myanmar can be hugely rewarding. Read on to discover our top 23 Things to Do in Myanmar:

Shwedagon Pagoda

Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site is the famed Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering 2,000-year-old pagoda, in the heart of Yangon...

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20 Places You Should Visit in 2020

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2019 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2020. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration.

Overberg South Africa

South Africa

It’s been a few years since South Africa has been the star of travel media coverage, which is unfortunate. After making some incredible headway in travel and tourism, the nation took some steps backward making planning a trip there more challenging...

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Do I need a visa to visit Japan?

Whether it’s the modern skyscrapers of Tokyo or the old geisha traditions of Kyoto that draw you, or something else altogether, Japan is sure to offer you one of the richest and most rewarding travel experiences. The country is enjoying the global spotlight currently, what with the Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics, but there are many cultural highlights to also enjoy. If you’re inspired to visit this fascinating nation for yourself, then the first thing you’ll need to know is whether you need a visa. Courtesy of a collaboration with Visas Japan, this post is designed to tell you in the ins and outs of Japan’s visa requirements.

Who needs a visa?

Whether you need a visa to visit Japan depends on your nationality...

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5 reasons why travelling Thailand in the low season is amazing!

If you hear the phrase “wet season” and shiver, you’re not alone. Many people who’ve not experienced the country run (or fly) in the opposite direction at the thought of massive rainstorms eating away at their beach time.

But wet season also translates to ‘low season’, and savvy travelers know there are some major benefits to traveling anywhere off peak. As long as you’re aware, and take a few basic precautions, the pros of traveling during the low time of year can greatly outweigh the cons.

  1. It’s way less crowded

There’s a reason millions of people flock to Thailand every year; it’s awesome. The downside is you can be wrestling and jostling with literally thousands of people at some of the ‘must do’ attractions...

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to India

Beginners Guide to India

India is a vast country and has such great diversity in so many aspects: its food, its people, its geography and even its languages. India is home to 22 official languages, written with the help of 13 different scripts and over 720 dialects!

With a country so large and rich in culture, what better way to learn about the area than from a local? From the top 10 destinations to visit, tips on getting around, and the best time to visit, Parita Bhansali, a travel enthusiast from Mumbai, is sharing some of the key points.

Here is the ultimate beginner’s guide to India!

 

Taj Mahal, Agra

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Known For: Art, history, architecture

Agra witnesses the greatest number of foreigners year-round to see the magic of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal!

The Taj Mah...

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Your Guide to Responsible Travel to Thailand

There’s more to Thailand than full moon parties and delicious food. We are given the privilege of travel, so why not give something back? By volunteering in Thailand you’ll immerse yourself in the country’s culture and really get to know the wonderful people of Thailand. Whether working with animals is your thing or you’ve always wanted to teach English, here are some fantastic ways to immerse yourself in Thailand…

Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition

There’s not many things more rewarding than giving up your time to the conservation of some of the world’s most delicate and endangered species and their habitats. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy Bangkok life, you can spend your days on the Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition, saving the planet and making tons o...

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8 honeymoon destinations in Bali

Bali is renowned across the globe as the ‘last paradise’ for good reason. Images from this exotic land have long filled people the world over with dreams of that perfect holiday that brings together sun, sand, waves and world-class luxury. Then there are the volcanic mountains, lush green forests and unexplored getaways that leave you speechless.

Bali is Indonesia at its unadulterated and natural best. It’s no fluke that the little island has shot to the top of world tourist map at such a dizzy pace. Resorts draped in an air of romance and pristine beaches that wash away all your woes have played a major role in this little island’s immense popularity.

As a honeymoon destination, Bali is second to none...

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Leading the way for luxury vegan travel in the Maldives

As the interest in plant based food shows no sign of slowing down, we are finding more and more luxury hotels and resorts embracing this demand. It wasn’t so long ago that you would often struggle to find a veggie option let alone a vegan option on the menu so it’s exciting to see things are changing. These luxury resorts are leading the way for luxury vegan travel in the Maldives by offering not just vegan options but vegetarian restaurants, vegan menus and even the very first 100% plant based restaurant in the Maldives. Read on to find out more about how we were literally spoilt for choice with the huge selection of creative plant based cuisine during our last trip to this tropical paradise.

OBLU SELECT at Sangeli

OBLU SELECT at Sangeli can be reached after a short and exhilarating s...

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A Solo Female Travel Guide to Thailand

It’s no guessing why Thailand is one of the most traveler-friendly countries – the tourism infrastructure is easy to navigate, it has cheap (but insanely delicious) foods and has culture bursting at the seams. This makes Thailand a great country to start your traveling career – especially if you want to be a Solo Female Traveler!

Where to Go

Bangkok

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Bangkok may seem like an obvious choice being Thailand’s capital and largest city – but Bangkok has a lot more to offer than just the cheapest airfare! With unforgettable night markets selling mouth-watering, cheap food and the city showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples; Bangkok has it all. Check out this guide to some great accommodation for your stay in Bangkok!

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The Best Time to Travel to Sri Lanka

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Nestled on the southern tip of India sits the tropical island Sri Lanka. Sitting as the 25th largest island in the world, the small island packs quite the punch. Although it is relatively small, it experiences two different monsoon seasons with some “shoulder” months between the two.

Because of this, the weather is a big part of choosing when to visit this tropical sanctuary and using the weather to help you navigate your trip can be, well…complicated.

Here are the best times to travel to Sri Lanka!

January to April

While this may seem like a long stretch of time, January to March is one of the best times to visit Sri Lanka, especially the west and southern coast.

While the temps remain fairly constant throughout the year, December to March sits in between the two monsoon season...

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