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  • Seoul food: the transformation of a neighbourhood | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    No self respecting Korean woman would have ever stepped foot in this area Linus Kim says strolling the streets now lined with trendy shoe shops and boutiques showcasing up and coming designers Kim a Korean American is a member of the gyopo the cultural name for foreign born and bred Koreans He and a handful of others have returned to Seoul to open restaurants blending the adopted food of their childhoods with Korean flavours In just the last five years Kim and other gyopo have created a restaurant renaissance that s turning Itaewon into one of the city s top attractions for expats and locals The most popular places are all within walking distance of Itaewon station and offer small dishes as well as large The best way to sample as much as possible is to dine out in true Korean style by eating a small meal at one restaurant followed immediately by a second meal at another nearby Here are a few of the best Vatos Urban Tacos Kenny Park a California born and bred Korean was the first gyopo to break ground in Itaewon He and his partners opened the famous Mexican fusion restaurant Vatos Urban Tacos There are now six branches including an express version in the food hall of Shinsegae Seoul s upscale department store The original one in Itaewon remains a favourite Stop by on a Saturday to see the place in full swing from lunchtime until late as diners feast on inventive dishes like bacon and blue cheese guacamole as well as traditional Mexican food A photo posted by Vatos Urban Tacos vatoskorea on Mar 2 2015 at 6 53pm PST Linus Bama style BBQ Koreans love barbecue but it doesn t bear much resemblance to American style cue Linus Kim brought his slow roasting techniques to Seoul five years ago and now locals queue for tables at Linus Bama BBQ known for his tender pulled pork and comfort food like Mac and Cheese balls Kim s bbq joint is so popular he s had to turn his patio space into all weather seating The Rye Post The Rye Post opened by a Korean Canadian serves New York deli food and sandwiches made with homemade bread It has the distinction of being the only place in Seoul to serve proper rye bread Those who appreciate pastrami and Reuben sandwiches say these are world class A photo posted by ikkoi on Jul 23 2015 at 1 12am PDT Southside Parlour Texan Koreans serve Southern food and super sized classic American cocktails at Southside Parlour Drink Moscow Mules and G T s on the roof one of the biggest in Seoul Left Coast Artisan Burgers Craft beers and burgers are on the menu at Left Coast Artisan Burgers The John Wayne with bacon cheddar cheese onion rings and barbecue sauce is popular but it s the Kalbi fries fans find most addictive The Korean style fries come smothered in braised short ribs sour cream and pickled

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  • Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first? | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    a dollar The street food in HCMC is just as readily available as up north but tends to be slightly sweeter Fantastic smells waft through the side streets of both these foodie heaven cities and there s a lot more to tempt your palate than just banh mi filled baguettes and pho Café culture a hangover from the French permeates both cities too in HCMC the coffee is sweeter and not quite as punchy as the equivalent brews in Hanoi Both cities have an astounding array of international cuisine though HCMC just about trumps Hanoi on the breadth and quality of choices as well as for upmarket restaurants What about nightlife The Vietnamese government is cracking down on venues opening after midnight so several establishments close earlier than they used to HCMC has managed to retain far more late night options than its northern sister though a handful of Hanoi bars still manage to stay open until the last punter leaves or passes out The narrow streets of Hanoi s Old Quarter come to life at night with thousands of locals and tourists alike flooding the alleyways consuming cheap drinks on tiny plastic stools while snacking on steaming plates of barbequed pork and fried chicken feet Many of the bars in HCMC have live music at the weekend and it s certainly the place to be for classy cocktail lounges If you re looking for a refined evening out or for a club with air conditioning where you can party till the small hours HCMC is your best bet For cheap booze and backpacker vibe though the area around De Tham in HCMC is great Hanoi has far more going for it for the laidback on a shoestring traveller If you didn t pack your smart shoes Hanoi is where you want to be Where should I shop Hanoi has the superior choice of crafts silk accessories and handmade goods Craftsmen specialize in wood and stone carvings embroideries and lacquerware the finest of which are on sale at the southern end of the Old Quarter HCMC offers a plethora of cheap souvenir options such as at Ben Thanh market or for upmarket boutiques try Dong Khoi The southern city is also the king of the malls with vast modern air conditioned edifices housing copious brand and designer shops ideal for cooling off from the humid urban heat Where should I go to relax Hanoi has developed rapidly in recent years with new skyscrapers hastily transforming the city s skyline outside of the Old Quarter Both cities have populations of around eight million but people are more crammed into the smaller HCMC That said the pedestrianized streets of Hanoi s Old Quarter can get so packed with people that during peak hours it can be difficult to move at all and the city s ceaseless noise can be too much for some Traffic in both cities is continuously hectic with countless hooting scooters zipping about in a seemingly insane manner The

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  • Pictures of Cambodia | Pictures of Angkor Wat | Rough Guides
    Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 11 gorgeous pictures of Cambodia By Fiona Campbell January 11th 2016 View Comments This beguiling country in Southeast Asia has captured the hearts and imaginations of travellers from all over the world Travel photographer Fiona Campbell is one of many entranced by its magic here she shares 11 of her favourite photos What makes Cambodia extraordinary is its cheerful smiling people Despite the fragility of this country these are broadly some of the most relaxed happiest people I have ever encountered There is an irresistible sense of freedom in this delicately drawn country In a country where you can carry a wardrobe on a moped and no one bats an eyelid you feel you can do anything The coast near Sihanoukville where islands the size of Hong Kong are almost entirely blissfully undeveloped is a last outpost of wilderness staring out to Koh Rong you feel a palpable sense of adventure This is a creative place The great Angkor temples with their twisting cotton trees and multi hued sandstone buildings are said to be presided over by Vishnu god of creation Look out for the many Apsaras or angels carved dancing and almost disappearing in the rock face surrounded by half ruined temples stacked like fallen dominoes In Phnom Penh there is a thriving art scene too revolving around the Java Arts Café

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  • An insider’s guide to Thailand: 9 tips from our author | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    trekking Wildlife Winter sports An insider s guide to Thailand 9 tips from our author By Paul Gray January 11th 2016 View Comments Having finally settled down in Thailand after twenty years of toing and froing our author Paul has plenty to write home about Here are some of his favourite experiences from the new Rough Guide to Thailand 1 Get a traditional massage in Bangkok A good pummelling at the massage pavilions amid the historic kaleidoscopic architecture of Wat Pho is one of Bangkok s unbeatable experiences Excellent massages are available on the east side of the main compound allow two hours for the full works and come prepared for queues 2 Catch a performance of Khon It s hard to catch these days but if you come across a performance of Khon a form of traditional Thai theatre sit down and soak it up The haunting music beautiful costumes and exquisite gestures of Thailand s highest dramatic art are spectacular 3 Mess about in boats Messing about in boats is a big part of island life and it s hard to beat a short richly diverse circuit of Ko Tao Make sure to visit the beaches of Ko Nang Yuan this close knit group of three tiny islands provides the most spectacular beach scenery in these parts thanks to the causeway of fine white sand that joins up the islands 4 Let yourself go at a festival Join the mad bad and bawdy carousing at Yasothon s Rocket Festival a fertility themed extravaganza or catch the costumes and parades at Phi Ta Khon in Dan Sai 5 Explore Thai cuisine Deliciousness is never far away in Thailand be it fluffy deep fried catfish with a tangy mango salad toothsome beef green curry or mango with sticky rice and coconut milk Not sure where to start Try our ultimate foodie itinerary for ideas 6 Buy a memorable souvenir Among dozens of highly skilled good value handicrafts in Thailand one that s especially appealing is celadon elegant stoneware subtly glazed in green Look for it in Chiang Mai one of the top places in the country to buy souvenirs where several kilns specialise in the art 7 Discover Thailand s most remote province The three thousand bends of the Mae Hong Son loop reveal the pick of Thailand s upland landscapes Hire a motorbike or jeep for this rollercoaster journey through the country s wildest mountain scenery and make sure to leave time for a chill out break in laidback Pai 8 Take a road trip from Chiang Khan to Nong Khai You ll get to know the mighty Mekong River up close and personal along the Chiang Khan Nong Khai road in Isaan The scenery downstream from Chiang Khan is still relatively wild with just a couple of small towns dotted between the stretches of lush vegetation Stopover in the peaceful town of Sang Khom about 60km east of Pak Chom which has some basic amenities and a smile

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  • Hyderabad: India’s most up-and-coming city | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    cultural group Women in full black burqa or the occasional more colourful hijab scuttle around shopping in the cramped alleyways of Lad Bazaar where you can find anything from spices clothes and cheap bangles to high quality silver filigree jewellery and exquisite bidriware It s a great place to get lost and caught up in the atmosphere At the centre of Lad and its sister bazaars lies Hyderabad s most famous landmark Charminar which means four minarets This chunky triumphal arch with four 56m high towers commemorates the city surviving a plague epidemic in 1591 Nearby the massive Mecca Masjid built in 1598 boasts some delightfully delicate architectural features and can hold up to 3000 worshippers The other major tourist attraction in this area is the now fully restored Chowmahalla Palace Dating from the mid nineteenth century the official residence of the Nizams who ruled the region is actually a group of four imposing palaces and other ceremonial buildings These are set in extensive and beautifully manicured grounds which make a fine spot for a picnic Find space to breathe on the lakeside Nobody can claim that Hyderabad is without its issues principal among them its diabolical traffic and concomitant air pollution Just crossing one of the main thoroughfares requires putting your faith in Allah or your preferred deity The main relief from this mayhem comes in the shape of the large man made lake called Hussain Sagar which effectively divides the twin cities The best place to enjoy the respite it offers is at Lumbini Park on its southern shore from where you can also take a short boat trip to get a close up view of the huge statue of the Buddha Purnima the water s focal point Nearby stands a prominent hillock atop which the lively Birla Venkateshwarar Mandir curves and tapers towards the sky The temple forms part of a complex that also includes the BM Birla Science Centre This museum typifies the city s tendency to straddle time by having displays on satellite technology and modern gadgets cheek by jowl with a modest collection of dinosaurs as well as an entertaining planetarium See the old and new together The past and present come into play again with the most notable out of town attractions In many ways the jewel in Hyderabad s crown is the magnificent Golconda Fort around 11km to the west This grand edifice with ascending ramparts piled on top of gargantuan foundations like grey stone lego completely lords it over the surrounding plains of dry scrubland Various halls baths and palaces are linked by a series of steps solid arches and lush lawns to give an overall very harmonious impression While here be sure to check out the amazing acoustics which allow claps and shouts at the upper levels to echo clearly down below Predictably there is also a slightly cheesy and over dramatic sound and light show in the evening Just one kilometre to the north more attractive lawns surround the

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  • Kyoto and Nara: Rough Guides Snapshot Japan | Rough Guides
    village to Todai ji Detailed maps and up to date listings pinpoint the best cafés restaurants hotels shops bars and nightlife ensuring you make the most of your trip whether passing through staying for the weekend or longer Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Japan with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around Kyoto and Nara including transport food drink costs health festivals and culture and etiquette Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Japan Full coverage Kyoto Around Kyoto Nara Around Nara EBOOK 2 99 EPUB and MOBI GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats Published October 2014 Series Snapshots More Products Asia Japan Related Guides 2 99 Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 2 99 Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide 24 99 The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide 2 99 Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 2 99 The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide

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  • The Rough Guide to Japan | Rough Guides
    or wind your way through mountain traverses in the Japan Alps Gain a richer understanding of the country through chapters on Japan s history religions arts movies and music plus coverage of pressing environmental issues There are maps of all the main tourist destinations together with easy to read colour transport maps covering the Tokyo and Osaka train and subway systems Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Japan Now available in ePub format EBOOK 24 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Authors Simon Richmond Jan Dodd Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published September 2014 Series Main Series More Products Asia Japan Related Guides 2 99 Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 2 99 Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to Thailand View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Southwest China View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide

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  • The Rough Guide to the Philippines | Rough Guides
    halo and adobo as well as up to date descriptions of all the best attractions dive sites beaches mountains festivals hotels bars clubs shops and restaurants throughout the archipelago Make the most of your time on Earth with The Rough Guide to the Philippines now available in ePub format EBOOK 18 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Authors Kiki Deere Stephen Keeling David Dalton Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published October 2014 Series Main Series More Products Asia Philippines Related Guides 18 99 The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to India View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide 2 99 Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Southwest China View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide 24 99 The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide 2 99 Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to China View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Singapore

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