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THE 10 BEST ISLANDS IN THAILAND

Overhead, coconut palms rustle in the light gulf breezes. Sloshing waves lap against the shoreline, rolling off a turquoise-blue sea. Bamboo shacks sizzle with the scents of pad Thai noodle dishes and bubble with the chatter of backpackers two buckets down. Volleyballs bounce here, SCUBA teams prep their tanks there, and everywhere life is good. Welcome to the Thai islands.

The Hill Adventure From Chiang Mai To Pai

Ah, Thailand. With ivory-white beaches and macaque-spotted jungles, awesome Buddhist shrines and perhaps the happiest locals on the globe, you offer plenty to love. But you're not all homogenous. From north to south you change entirely, which is precisely what I discovered as I traveled away from the glowing beaches of the Andaman, past buzzing Bangkok and up to the gateway to the north: Chiang Mai. It was just the start of an odyssey into the hills, up to where little Pai town beckons the more adventurous backpackers among us…

Top 8 Reasons to Live the YogaLife

Imagine the jungles of Krabi at your back, the sounds of swinging macaques echoing through the palm boughs. Then add the scintillating rollers of the Thai Andaman, lapping rhythmically against the karst cliffs and picture-perfect beaches of the shore. Drop in a group of likeminded travellers all eager for a blowout in the Land of Smiles, not to mention daily classes of yoga that push the body and mind, a regime of healthy smoothies and not-so-healthy Chang beers, the opportunity to scuba through coral reefs and the succulent flavours of the Thai kitchen. Bingo: that’s the YogaLife. As if you needed eight more reasons to go and live it!

Crazy Things You Might Just See On An Asia Tour

Asia has beaches and buzzing cities, it’s home to some of the world’s most eye-wateringly wonderful natural sights, it bursts with interesting history and flavours and it’s got some of the nicest locals on the globe. Still, none of that helps with the culture shock experienced by first time travellers on an Asia tour. Those folk will still have to deal with the curious nuances and traditions that have grown up in this vast continent over the years, and get used to the fact that what may seem weird and crazy in the West is totally fair game in these parts! Check out some examples…

12 Alternative Things To Do in Thailand

Thailand doesn't have to be all sparkling beaches and Full Moon Parties, you know. It can also be about oversized hotel rooms in the shape of dragon fruit, water-top, open-air cinemas, mummified monks and spine-tingling gardens depicting the seven levels of Hell.

A GUIDE TO TON SAI, THAILAND

Hidden behind one of the craggiest, most chiseled sections of clifftop on this stretch of the Andaman coast, and cut off from the bustling sand strips of Krabi proper by walls of impenetrable rock and jungle, little Ton Sai has managed to retain something of an off-the-beaten-path feel, even while spa hotels and luxury resorts begin to pop up on the beaches all around it.

12 OF ASIA'S TOP HIDDEN GEMS

From endangered dolphins weaving between rickety wooden river towns to Mughal temples and islands dressed in primeval rainforests, this list of Asia's top 12 hidden gems is fuel for that fire we call Wanderlust.

A GUIDE TO PAI, THAILAND

Little Pai sits nestled in the high hills of northern Thailand. Just a stone's throw from the border with Myanmar, it's a place of rickety bamboo bars and babbling rivers, dusty streets and enchanting local markets. In recent years, it's risen to become a favourite of the backpacking crowd, known for its laid-back vibes and long, lazy days.

GET TO GRIPS WITH THE THAI LANGUAGE

Knowing your mai khao jai from your sa wat dee was never going to be easy! But if you’re heading – like so many other backpackers - to the Land of Smiles this year, perhaps it’s finally time to get to grips with the tricks and twists of the Thai tongue. Not only will commanding a basic level of lingo put you in great stead when it comes to impressing the locals, but also be a helpful addition when you come to navigating through the beer bars of Khaosan Road, ordering up those frothy Chang beers, or finding out where the best beaches are in Phuket, Phi Phi and the other kohs of the south.

PICCHU, PARTIES AND BREATHTAKING WONDERS: 7 BUCKET LIST TRIPS YOU HAVE TO MAKE

Perhaps you’re pining for a party under the full moon? Maybe you’re longing to case out the mysterious wonders of Latin America’s ancient peoples? Or, are you eager to check off the world’s longest rail journey, Europe’s greatest historical treasures, and Croatia’s party towns? Whatever your wanderlust has got you thinking this year, be sure to check out this selection of LBW’s top bucket list journeys. We don’t think it’ll disappoint!

NOODLE SOUPS AND TAILORS: THE TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN

Hoi An is unquestionably one of the true bucket-list sights of Vietnam. Far from the heady fray of cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, the town oozes French colonial charm and the ancient traditions of both Chinese and Japanese settlers. It’s also got a fine beachfront of shimmering white sand, famous tailors and it’s very own cuisine. No wonder we head this way on our Vietnam Explorer itinerary!