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On the road to Montanita

A surprising side of Ecuador

Destination: Ecuador

Ecuador might not leap to mind as a nightlife destination - but from the clubs of Quito to the full-on partying of Montanita, it's got more than its fair share of action going on

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Geisha at the tea party

Kyoto: a fascinating base from which to explore Japan

Destination: Kyoto

Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world but with a few tips on saving money under your belt, you can still experience all the amazing culture on offer without breaking the bank

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The jagged, granite massif of Mount Kinabalu (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

Sabah: mountain high to ocean deep in Malaysian Borneo

Destination: Sabah

Lying on the edge of civilisation, with wild orang-utans, desolate mountain peaks, coral reefs and jungle trails on offer, Sabah has something for everyone. Here's a selection of the best on offer.

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Railay Beach West

Krabi: the jewel in Thailand's crown

Destination: Krabi

Most people have already discovered Phuket and Koh Samui but follow the backpacker crowd to Krabi, and you’re assured of something special

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Waterfalls at Litchfield National Park

Doing Darwin in the dry season

Destination: Darwin

Venture to Australia’s Top End between April and October, and you can enjoy Darwin at its sunny, lively best, with everything from jumping crocodiles to didgeridoo drum 'n' bass

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Mountain views, Nepal

On top of the world in Nepal

Destination: Pokhara

Trekking in Nepal will, quite literally, leave you feeling on top of the world, and the Annapurna Circuit will challenge even the most enthusiastic walker

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Post-dive sunset

Take the plunge on Thailand's Turtle Island

Destination: Ko Tao

Bask beneath swaying palms with a plate full of fresh fruit and a cool drink while watching the sun rise before a dive. Welcome to Turtle Island - one of Thailand's last secret beauty spots

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