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9 foods to try in China that you (probably) won’t find at your local takeaway

By now we all know the mantra that, when you’re travelling, you should do all you can to eat “local”. It’s not only cheaper and easier to source (after all Thai food in Thailand is just…food), it’s almost always of a far superior quality that knock-offs of already substandard fast food chains.

But while this may be easy in some countries (basically the whole of South East Asia is a foodie’s dream), China and its multitude of cuisines is a challenging prospect. We asked some long-term china residents to give us the low-down on dishes they will miss when they head back to the UK. Hold on to your chopsticks…

Chinese street BBQ

Image courtesy of Thomas sauzedde on Flickr

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“Damn…don’t you guys work?” 9 Months Travelling Around the World

In February 2013 Karl Watson and James Walsh quit their jobs and headed off on a 9 month, 20 country, epic adventure around the world! Luckily for us they took a camera with them and their awesome video is now featured on our YouTube channel.

We caught up with Karl and asked the questions you really want to know: How much? Where was best? How did you not kill each other?

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Cave Cruising, River Crossings and Cheeky Monkeys – On the Road in Southern Laos

Today’s blog comes from Rick who recently returned from a trip to Laos with Stray Asia – a hop-on hop-off bus which is one of the only ways to travel through the remote region.

When most people think of Laos, they think of Luang Prabang, the old French colonial capital, Vientiane, the current capital, and Vang Vieng, the party capital. When my partner and I set out to travel Southeast Asia we wanted to venture into the south of Laos, to really experience a relatively untouched part of the world. We certainly got our wish…

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9 Romantic Experiences in Thailand

Today’s blog comes from Jay, our Tailor Made Asia Expert who’s travelled extensively in the region including time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as a stint living in Cambodia.

With the dreaded hotly anticipated Valentine’s day just around the corner, romance is on my mind (what can I say, I’m soft like that). Combine that with our friends at Bridge the World giving away a Tailor Made trip for 2 to Thailand with the winner (hopefully) announced on February 14th and there’s no wonder the title of this blog sprang to mind.

Massive disclaimer – the activities here would be great with or without a significant other. After all, who wants to share their lovingly prepared Tom Kha Gai with anyone, beloved or otherwise?

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17 Adventure Tours Under £800

It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.

It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.

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