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Five Must Dos in Southern Thailand

Thailand is a traveller’s spiritual home and a rite of passage for backpackers. The mantra goes something like this: for trekking, temples, and culture – head north. For beaches, parties, and the ultimate paradise – head south. Ok, it’s not a massively catchy mantra, but it works.

Read on for 5 must dos in Southern Thailand. We’re hitting some of the big highlights here so, if off the beaten path is more your thing, make sure you check out out classic guide to Thailand’s best kept secrets!

Jump head first into southern Thailand

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State of Play USA: Louna Maroun’s Deep South

Louna Maroun – an Australian vlogger, singer songwriter and red hair enthusiast – and her partner Daniel Hynes, travelled between Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans to discover the musical rhythms of the South. This is their story …

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Quick Start Guide to the Thai Islands

This blog comes from STA Travel’s James Greenslade, who has left his Oz homeland for a few months to explore the UK. He can currently be found staring at still light sky at 9:30pm, shaking his head and muttering about witchcraft.

Thailand’s many islands are a staple on the backpacker, flashpacker, gap year, sabbatical, long break, beach holiday, and any other circuit you can think of. And there’s a reason – they’re bloody brilliant.

But the sheer number of versions of paradise to choose from, and hassle of wading through millions of blog posts, articles, reddit threads and Instagram pictures, can leave you in an agony of indecision about which to choose. No more. Check out our quick start guide to the Thai Islands for those who want less time researching, more time sunbathing.

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5 things to do in Washington DC on a budget

Today’s blog is brought to you by STA’s Alice Tolson, who spends her time pretending that living in Melbourne is amazing, while actually planning on escaping at every opportunity.

So you’ve decided you want to visit the home of  American politics and, more importantly, ridiculously addictive political dramas. If you’re hoping to meet Frank Underwood you’re both a sucker for danger and very silly. He’s far too busy for the likes of you.

Fictional politicians aside, there are so many free attractions in DC, is really is perfect for the budget concious traveller. Read on for our pick of the best things to see, do and eat in the capital of the US of A.

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Reel Philippines: Volcanoes and National Parks

This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Josh Cowan and Jack Harries of JacksGap to The Philippines to film incredible volcanoes and National Parks.

While the videos speak for themselves, what about the story behind the lens? Watch the video with Josh’s director’s commentary below and read on for an insider’s glimpse in exploring, and filming, in the Philippines.

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