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The world’s best hidden beaches? Thailand's Trang archipelago

While popular Thai destinations such as Koh Samui and Phuket stagger under the weight of development, these southern islands retain a sleepy, tropical charm.

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66 hours in Saigon

From backstreet bia hoi joints to the best banh mi – here’s how to make the most of a weekend in Vietnam’s biggest city.

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24 hours in Sydney, Australia

Weekend reporter (and Sydneysider) Nick Baker shares his ideal day in the Harbour City.

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Where to go in 2017

Forget the road less travelled – this year is all about taking another look at familiar destinations, says Myanmar Times travel writer Rachna Sachasinh.

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Inside Vietnam’s astonishing caves

Since Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, opened to visitors in 2013, tourism has soared, but locals around Phong Nha are keen to protect the area and promote community homestays and tours.

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Looking for meaning on Lover’s Island

As the sun fades into dusk, the last stream of visitors to Lovers’ Island makes their way across the sand bar back to the beach before the rising tide severs the island to the sea. The name, Lover’s Island, seems to invoke mythology of star-crossed lovers banished from the mainland only to kindle their love among the lush foliage 500 metres from shore.

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Hunting for treasure on Pulau Ubin island

During the week or so that the Pokemon Go craze lasted, people around the world could be observed capturing virtual monsters that “existed” only insofar as players were willing to keep their eyes glued to their mobile phones. While I have never played Pokemon Go, I have occasionally indulged in geocaching, which similarly involves relying on a phone app – or a GPS unit – to navigate real-world locations while on the hunt for a particular objective. Here's how it's done.

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Return to Kyaukme

Eight months after the conflict in Kyaukme township made international news, convincing visitors to return hasn’t been easy – but there are many reasons to visit this picturesque region of Shan State.

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Rattanakosin: ‘Island living’ in Old Bangkok

“Did you know Rattanakosin is [an] island?” Phan the tuk-tuk driver hollered over the two-stroke engine’s sputtering cough, as we took a spin around Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, a sprawling oval green park where Thailand’s highest royal ceremonies – and lately political demonstrations – are staged.

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Escape the city on a tour of the Delta

For a close-up of life at the river’s edge, get out of the city and explore the Ayeyarwady Delta’s river system by boat.

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