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Top 10 things to spot in the Algarve

10 great things to look out for as you travel around the Algarve

Top 10 things to spot in the Algarve

Keep your eyes wide open to spot these things that make the Algarve such a special place.

There are so many tourist attractions to choose from, fun things to do and sites to visit in the Algarve, it’s easy to miss the natural wonders and interesting reminders of local heritage that make the Algarve such a special place. Here we’ve listed our... more »

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Bali Airport to Close

Bali Airport to Close

If you planned on landing in Bali between Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th March this year, you will need to change the date. Bali Ngurah Rai Airport will be closed from 6 a.m. on the 9th until 6 a.m. on 10th. All of Bali effectively shuts ...more »

Bowie's ashes coming to Bali

Bowie's ashes coming to Bali

David Bowie's ashes will be scattered in Bali. The singer's family said they planned a private ceremony to celebrate the late rock legend, honouring his wishes to remain discreet about his death. Bowie died on January 10, two days after ...more »

Phuket's Old Town Renaissance

Phuket's Old Town Renaissance

Fifteen years ago, the historic Old Phuket Town district in Phuket Town was a charming but slightly faded place in danger of being lost to modern development. However, Phuket residents and tourism figures saw the potential in preserving ...more »

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Malta Style

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Malta Style

Christmas in Malta is a wonderful mix of the merrymaking associated with the festive season together with the religious traditions still very much alive within the Maltese community. In the spirit of the famous Christmas carol, we list ...more »

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market

If you like bargain-hunting and don’t mind a bit of hustle and bustle, why not try a real-life market. A word of caution: you are stepping off the tourist track and rubbing shoulders with hundreds of like-minded Thais and expat ...more »

Phuket Museums: Kitschy Time Trip

Phuket Museums: Kitschy Time Trip

Museums by their nature tend to be fusty and odd and Phuket's two largest museums are no exception. Informative? Sure. Eccentric? Definitely. Let's take a stroll through time ... Millions of holidaymakers visit Phuket every year for a ...more »

Things To Do in Hue

Things To Do in Hue

Say to the mausoleums and temples, no to the tickets to enter samey tour destinations, if you have not! Instead, live and breathe like the locals, eat where they eat, and do what they do, in Hue. Cyclo ride Why not? Many tourists reflected ...more »

Guide to Silves, Algarve

Guide to Silves, Algarve

Silves, the ancient Moorish capital of the Algarve is a charismatic town steeped in history. A great place to visit at any time of the year, there are plenty of things to do and see here. The town nestles against the hills on the banks of ...more »

Shopping in Saigon

Shopping in Saigon

When you think of shopping in Asia places like Hong Kong, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur stand out above most and shopping in Saigon is often overlooked. It can be great fun and many bargains are waiting to be found, though it's not necessarily ...more »

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Travel wouldn't be travel without taking in exactly what makes a destination come alive. Culture is such an integral part of a county's fabric that experiencing its many colours is both utterly unavoidable and deliciously intoxicating. From visiting an art gallery, watching a music concert or learning about local arts and crafts to checking out some home-grown theatre or taking in a museum, these articles give you an insight into the many ways you can soak up the local culture and traditions of your next holiday destination.

Maybe you want to know more about local customs, how to dress or say hello? Perhaps you'd like to coincide your visit with a local festival or celebration? Or, you just want to know which museums really are worth your precious holiday time? Practical tips as well as inspiration should help settle the appetite of our hungry culture vultures. The rest is then up to you...

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