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Angored in the past, steeped in the sublime

By Sasha Reid

The monsoon is due to arrive at any moment and the Tonlé Sap is at its lowest ebb. Our boat scuffs the riverbed sending plumes of mud and silt billowing in its wake. Behind us, Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s present day capital; ahead Siem Reap, gateway to the ancient Khmer capital, Angkor. The journey is advertised as taking five hours, but today it will take twice that long, leaving me plenty of time for sunburn and daydreams.

Attenborough's Africa

kilimanjaro

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The BBC spoils us with their visual spectaculars of the Earth’s wildest continent: Africa. Narrated by Attenborough, this is a steady supply of groundbreaking footage.

From introducing us to new species, uncovering previously unseen animal behaviour and shedding light on some of the most remote parts of Africa, these documentaries promise great things, and they deliver.

Pilgrim's progress

Winding between the jagged spires of the French Pyrenees before threading its way west across Northern Spain to the Atlantic Coast, the Camino de Santiago is well and truly scuffed by the footprints of time.

Burma by Bike

Burma skyline

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Take a ride off the beaten track to unearth Burma’s hidden gems…

‘Burma by Bike’ – my excitement was initially clouded by apprehension. With the release of the ‘The Lady’ from house arrest in 2010, the end of the tourism boycott and a period of relative stability, the number of visitors to Burma has rapidly increased, turning from pariah to a must-see destination.

Best Things to do in China

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As we flew into sleek, space-age Beijing Airport, I was eager for a taste of everything China had to offer.

In my world this is the perfect type of travel – you arrive starving, have enough time to delight in the nuanced flavours of each region, and digest the atmosphere, yet as you leave you’re still tantalised by all the morsels still left to taste.

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