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The Night Train to Chiang Mai

Guest blogger John Borthwick rides the rails from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on one of Thailand’s best-loved train journeys. Thailand scrolls past your train window in a sunny morning rhythm of bridges, stupas, paddies and towns. The vision, plus the tune of level-crossing bells, beats the plane or bus show, hands-down.

Muay Thai boxing: the art of eight limbs

Travel writer Julie Miller visits the ancient city of Ayutthaya to witness the 11th World Wai Kru ceremony celebrating ‘the art of eight limbs’. Let me say this up-front – I’m not a fan of combat sports. The sight of grown men beating each other to a pulp just doesn’t do it for me, regardless […]

10 things to do when it rains in Phuket

Travel blogger Holly O’Sullivan learned the hard way that you can’t always rely on non-stop sunshine when you’re travelling, and on a recent visit to Phuket, despite the rain, she was determined to enjoy herself. It was raining the day I arrived in Phuket but I made it my mission not to let it stop […]