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Pickled wild grass soba at Hatsuhana

Noodles and naked northerners in Japan

Destination: Hakone-machi

It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone. Across the valley, at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, other Leeds girls were revealing their naked curves to the cool night air...

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Estuary crocodiles inhabit the wetlands of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Wet and wild: the forgotten Singapore

Destination: Singapore

With monitor lizards, crocodiles and exotic birds, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve provides a welcome contrast to the busy shopping malls of Singapore city centre

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Buddhas and bullet trains in Tokyo

Destination: Tokyo

With a population of millions, Tokyo can be a real assault on the senses but trips out to other parts of Honshu will give you a break from the relentless urban buzz

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Plastic ice cream cones at a stall on the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, Asakusa

Plastic sushi and peanut ice cream in downtown Tokyo

Destination: Tokyo

Tokyo is exquisite. There is an attention to detail that is utterly charming, and you feel like a child in a sweet shop as you walk the streets of Asakusa, finding treasure at every turn

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Cuteness rules in Japan!

What to see and do in Osaka

Destination: Osaka

A 24-hour Japanese metropolis may conjure up images of a bleak, Bladerunner-esque, neon-lit landscape - but the reality of Osaka is a wonderful blend of the traditional and the ultra-modern

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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Tea and trails in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands

by MelV

Destination: Cameron Highlands

When Malaysians want a break from big city bustle or lowland heat, they head to the Cameron Highlands, a gloriously scenic region of tea plantations, butterfly farms and beautiful hill walks

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Taiwan

Taipei: markets, massages and memorable meals

Destination: Taipei

Visit the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, and you'll find much that's strange and unfamiliar to Westerners - but plenty to tickle the tastebuds, satisfy any shopaholic urges, and keep you entertained

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Holy cows are everywhere in Jaipur.

The tastes, sights and sounds of Jaipur

by rwicks

Destination: India

It is Rajasthan’s most colourful city, guaranteed to leave your senses smitten. To navigate your way through the confusion, follow my advice on where to stay, what to eat and where to rest your soul

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practising techniques

Thailand's Koh Samui - sun, sea and Thai Boxing!

by fran

Destination: Koh Samui

Combine learning the martial art of Thai boxing with the sights and sounds of Thailand's third largest island, Koh Samui. Relax on the beach, train, and refuel with delicious Thai food

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A child in one of Cambodia's slums

Sew and reap in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Destination: Siem Reap

Despite mass tourism overrunning Siem Reap, the province is still one of the poorest in Cambodia. Now several hotels have pledged to help communities fight back against poverty

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