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Chop Chop! Make Sure you Know your Chopstick Etiquette Before you Travel

18 May 2013

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Chop Chop! Make Sure you Know your Chopstick Etiquette Before you Travel

A lesson in chopstick history and etiquette for all fumbling foreigners. From Confucius to Bill Bryson, we explore the oldest, longest and unluckiest pair of chopsticks! If you're concerned that you might starve rather than master the skill of the chopsticks, don't fear, we're here to help with all the chopstick dos and don'ts!

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

26 March 2013

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

With Lonely Planet being sold by the BBC this week for a shocking £55 million loss, does this put the future of guidebooks into question? This happens in the same week that we hear Frommers guidebooks, born in 1957 with the groundbreaking ‘Europe on 5 dollars a day’, announce the decision that they will publish no more titles. So what do you think? What is the future of Lonely Planet and the travel guidebook in general? Is there still a place for the guidebook when you are planning your trip?

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Four Months on a Bicycle in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

21 February 2013

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Four Months on a Bicycle in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Backpacker and travel writer Nathan Edgerton spent four months travelling on a cheap bicycle the entire length of Vietnam from the biggest city in the South to the capital in the North. In this article, Nathan gives you many reasons why travelling on two wheels is way cooler than four...

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Off the Beaten Track: Conquering Vietnam’s Highest Peak, Mount Fansipan!

10 October 2012

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Off the Beaten Track: Conquering Vietnam’s Highest Peak, Mount Fansipan!

There are many incredible opportunities for trekking in South East Asia, from Malaysia's mighty Kinabalu to Indonesia's steaming volcanoes. English backpacker, Selena Black climbs to the wild peak of Vietnam's highest mountain, the rugged Mount Fansipan, and lives to tell the tale...

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Stitched up in Hoi An! Welcome to Vietnam’s Fashion Capital…

14 August 2012

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Stitched up in Hoi An! Welcome to Vietnam’s Fashion Capital…

London, Paris, New York, Milan... Hoi An! There's quaint little town on the central coast of Vietnam, home to a unique and extremely addictive shopping experience... Here you can have any item of clothing or footwear tailor made for a tiny fraction of what you’d pay in the West – is it even possible to resist at least a couple of small purchases (even if it means lugging them around the whole of South East Asia in your already overstuffed backpack)? S.E.A Backpacker Magazine Editor, Nikki Scott was up for the challenge!

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Backpacker Video of the Month: Six Months Walking in Asia

26 June 2012

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Backpacker Video of the Month: Six Months Walking in Asia

To discover the beauties of the planet and to make them immortal; to represent the spirit of every magical corner of the world and every culture... June's Backpacker Video of the Month is Marco Giovanelli's wonderful visual representation of his adventure through Asia. It kept all of us at the office captivated and smiling - you're gonna LOVE this..!

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Join the Flash Mob! The Lofi Inn & The Rise of Budget, Boutique Hostels in S. E. Asia

21 June 2012

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Join the Flash Mob! The Lofi Inn & The Rise of Budget, Boutique Hostels in S. E. Asia

Swanky and elegant are not usually words synonymous with the backpacking world but ‘times they are a changing!’ Gone are the days of travellers-on-a-shoestring having to endure rat infested dorms and filthy beds as a new wave of hostels pops up all over South East Asia...

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Photo of the Month: Forgiven or Forgotten?

8 June 2012

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Photo of the Month: Forgiven or Forgotten?

Our Photo of the Month for June appears insignificant at first glance - a middle-aged man in a bright shirt, posing for a picture in front of a pretty backdrop; what's so special about that? - but, what it represents could mean so much more...

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Joma Fair Trade Coffee: Helping Communities & The Environment in Laos

8 August 2011

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Joma Fair Trade Coffee: Helping Communities & The Environment in Laos

Joma Bakery is leading the way in Fair Trade, organic coffee in Laos and Vietnam. Working with the Jhai Coffee Farmers Co-operative (JCFC) to cultivate the unique 'arabica' coffee bean, Joma is able to serve coffee that is delicious, ethical and environmentally conscious. The local ethnic groups who work in the Bolaven Plateau coffee growing area are ensured a fair sale price and the plants are grown in an eco-friendly way. Learn more about where coffee comes from in Laos and why it is important to be aware of where your food and drink comes from!

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7 Epic Journeys in South East Asia

11 February 2011

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7 Epic Journeys in South East Asia

Some involve arduous days on a hot, cramped bus, some consist of a five minute breezy ride on the turquoise sea... no matter how long or short, there are some journeys from your backpacking adventure that you will never forget! We spoke to backpackers to find out the most memorable trips in South East Asia. From the famous 27 hour Laos-Vietnam bus, to the infamous tuk tuks of Bangkok, how many journeys can you tick off?

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