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In the Jungle, The Quiet Jungle….A Borneo Adventure

Today’s blog comes from Fiona Bryce, a travel expert in our Edinburgh store.

The first myth to dispel here is that the jungle is quiet. During the day most of the jungle noises are drowned out by the noise of you, and the people you are with, charging through it disturbing the wildlife. At night it really becomes the animals’ domain and the noise is quiet unbelievable. You’ll be overwhelmed with the sound of insects chirping away and wondering just what it is shuffling about above your head making the leaves shake.

 "Eager" jungle campers

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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Five things not to miss in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis surrounded by culturally diverse suburbs slap bang in the middle of a jungle. The overgrown, half-finished building works on the outskirts look like the remains of a hidden lost world and just a short train ride away you’ll discover ancient caves guarded by giant golden statues.

It’s not all rainforests and ruins though, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC for short) is as modern as central London (and much cleaner) with towering skyscrapers, underground malls and some great hidden gems. Read on for our top five things to do in this epic city.

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Epic Journeys: Vietnam South to North

Vietnam is like a supermodel during Paris Fashion Week – long, thin and a bit wibbly. To see the best of the country a journey up (or down) the coast is a must and one of the top road (well mostly rail actually) trips to take on your South East Asian adventure.

Here we profile some of the key destinations on the route, how to get from A to B to sea, and pick out some hidden gems along the way. Hold on to your conical hats….


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How to train your Komodo dragon (or not)

If you think Indonesia is all beaches, rice paddies and frangipani, then think again. As the world’s largest archipelago, with over 18,000 islands, Indonesia has a lot more to offer the intrepid explorer.

For one thing, where else in the world can you find real life dragons?!

Yep, you heard right: Indonesia is the only place in the world that you can see the legendary Komodo Dragon going about its sinister daily business.


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