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  • Bangkok craft villages

    Bangkok craft villages

    Short-term visitors often size up Bangkok as a place of glitzy malls, thumping nightclubs, street stalls, traffic jams and impressive, but touristy, temples and palaces. Peel back this out layer to discover a rich and persistent artistic heritage that's likely to turn first impressions of the city on their heads. How to find it? Any of six centuries-old craft villages are great places to start.

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  • Ha Long Bay or Sapa?

    Ha Long Bay or Sapa?

    Ha Long Bay and Sapa are both highlights of Vietnam for good reason, but if you only have time for one, which should you choose? It's not a decision we'd like to have to make but we've put together some guidelines to help if it's one you'll have to face.

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  • Soi Dog Foundation

    Soi Dog Foundation

    Phuket, like most areas of Thailand, is home to many stray animals in need of care. But visitors returning to Phuket will notice that there are far fewer sad, sickly dogs and cats on the loose than there were a decade ago, thanks in no small part to the tireless work of Soi Dog Foundation in providing medical care, sterilisations and adoptions for the island's strays.

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  • Great Thai food blogs

    Great Thai food blogs

    At Travelfish, we work hard to steer you towards the best Thai food in Thailand by way of our many Eat and Meet sections, like this one for Chiang Mai. But those who want to voyage deeper into the vibrant world of Thai cuisine have several terrific blogs to choose from. In no particular order, these are the sites that we look to when our taste buds need some inspiration.

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  • Thailand's Full Moon Party

    Thailand's Full Moon Party

    It's around 02:00 at Greenpeace Restaurant in the heart of Ko Pha Ngan's Full Moon Party and Nat is up at the counter trying to pay the bill for our table. "What did you have? We have no idea what you had," says one of the Burmese staff "Just pay me whatever you think is right." He's distracted, busy trying to deal with a Western guy who is covered in his own faeces, so Nat passes him a few hundred and we move on.

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  • Exploring Yangon's stalls

    Exploring Yangon's stalls

    Downtown Yangon (Rangoon) is known for its crowded, friendly streets, packed with vendors and teeming with life. But as in much of the rest of the country, development and tourism is rapidly transforming the city. The latest change: street vendors are to be banned from October. So enjoy the street life while you can!

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  • Ko Yao Noi or Ko Yao Yai?

    Ko Yao Noi or Ko Yao Yai?

    The sister islands of Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai just off the east coast of Phuket are both worth a visit for their peaceful beaches and back-to-nature feel, but if you have time to see only one, which is better?

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  • Luang Prabang for kids

    Luang Prabang for kids

    Luang Prabang is a great holiday for easygoing parents and curious, adaptable children -- but not children who must have access to modern distractions as you won't find cinemas, malls or flashy theme parks here. We’ve seen many families with young kids enjoy a week in the town, finding plenty to do while not having to travel far. Luang Prabang is convenient to explore, with everything close and relatively safe. And Lao people are very family-oriented -- it’s very natural to have children around, and you’ll find that yours will be most welcome everywhere you go.

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  • MyME Yangon

    MyME Yangon

    If you've been to a teashop in Burma (Myanmar), you've probably been served by young kids who work every day of the week for well over 12 hours a day. Many will never attend school, missing out on an opportunity to improve their outlook in life. The myME Project tries to change this by taking the classroom to them.

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  • Ten thoughts on ten years with Travelfish

    Ten thoughts on ten years with Travelfish

    We've told the story many a time: Travelfish was conceptualised over a couple of lazy afternoons on a Ko Maak beach in eastern Thailand. We had a couple of false starts, but when the site finally "officially" launched on July 12, 2004 it was primarily a collection of our favourite places in the region. As is the case now, it was a bit of an eclectic mix, from backpacker stalwarts like Khao San Road and Ko Phi Phi through to more off the beaten track destinations like Phrae, Phayao and Salavan.

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  • Forget time at Lupa Masa

    Forget time at Lupa Masa

    Just 15 metres from the Poring National Park boundary in Sabah, East Malaysia, the forest is alive with birds making their early morning ablutions. Resident-volunteer Graham stares into the forest and gestures to me with two fingers from his eyes outwards. "I don't believe you can count a creature unless you've looked into their eyes," he says. That would make my count the morning after the night before at "eco-jungle camp" Lupa Masa four humans (including Graham) and two birds -- one sleeping.

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  • What to buy in Luang Prabang, Laos

    What to buy in Luang Prabang, Laos

    Long after we've left, the sight of a special souvenir will trigger a fond memory or feeling we experienced during a trip away. This is especially true for those who have ventured to Luang Prabang, where many various handmade items tell a story about the place and the people. From designers putting a chic new spin on traditional motifs to elephant slippers that have reached cult status, here's a rundown of souvenirs you should consider buying if you're shopping in Luang Prabang.

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