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Posted on 12 September 2016 by Kati Taylor
Where to go in Bhutan
Bhutan
Classic
Cultural
History
Bhutan seems as old as time itself. Distant Himalayan peaks glower over clustered villages and valleys checkered with pastures. A spiritual calm pervades all aspects of life with tradition and worship taking priority over the inconveniences of the modern world. Development is minimal and its gentle pace bestows the landscape with an ancient, everlasting appeal. This is a mystical land of legends and mountains, virgin forests and jaw-dropping views.

Posted on 01 September 2016 by Martha Hales
Jordan's tourist attractions - how many can you fit into a week's itinerary? Make your next week off into something amazing!
Jordan
Coast
Cultural
Great journeys
Wonders of the world
History
Classic
Small though it is, the list of attractions in Jordan is a long one. Biblical landscapes compete with convivial towns and historic jewels for your time, yet everything is relatively close by, allowing you to fit a lot into seven days. Embellish your time in this petite country with culinary delights and enriching interactions with Jordanians - hugely welcoming and open hosts. Jordan is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling destinations in the Middle East and only a short haul flight from Europe, making it an ideal target for shorter trips. If you’re happy to spend some time on the road, you should be able to squeeze all of the following into a whistlestop week; if you prefer a more leisurely pace, pick out your favourites from the list. Whatever your priority, fill out our online form and our local experts will do the rest.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Planning A Trip To China
China
Classic
China is a great destination. Few places in the world feel quite as ‘other-worldly’; few places have a history and culture so different from our own. Yet planning a trip to this part of the world can be a little daunting - China is such a vast country, with countless cities and places you’ve not heard of. Here the TravelLocal team present their top tips for planning a trip to the Middle Kingdom.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Get Away This Christmas And New Year
Vietnam
India
China
Classic
Some people love the Christmas period, with its long dark nights, cold days, and naked commercialism. For some though, the string of bank holidays present the perfect opportunity to escape these shores for somewhere warmer, or just somewhere different.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
China's Forbidden City - Our Favourite Intrigues
China
Classic
Wonders of the world
This week China's Party Congress will announce who will lead China for the next ten years. Occurring every five years, it is the greatest gathering of the political great and good of China. The Congress is held in the Great Hall of the People, sitting at one end of Tiananmen Square. At the other end of the square sits the Forbidden City, the former centre of political power in Imperial China, and home to a succession of 24 emperors, constructed by a million workers between 1406 and 1420.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Three Trips To Go On Next Week
Thailand
Vietnam
Sri Lanka
Classic
Some destinations / itineraries need planning a good time in advance. With others - it's not always necessary. Find yourself with a few weeks spare? Spotted some flight bargains? Consider one of these destinations, all of which can be visited at the drop of a hat.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Saigon by...Vespa??
Vietnam
Classic
Saigon...by Vespa? Click here for a short film on YouTube.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Our Man In China - Meet Wei
China
Classic
Easy Tour China, one of TravelLocal's first partner companies, is now a stalwart of the website. Wei, the Managing Director, is an old friend of the team here - we've known him for nearly ten years. Easy Tour China was founded in 1999, though Wei and his team had all been working as guides since 1987, when tourism to China first began to really take off.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
The Perfect Beijing Day
China
Classic
Wonders of the world
Beijing - city of emperors and concubines, comrades and capitalists - 20 million of them. The spiritual and cultural capital of the Middle Kingdom, there's a lot to get to grips with here.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Trip Tips - The Silk Route
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
China
Off the beaten track
Classic
History
Cultural
Walking/hiking
Travelling along the Silk Route (or "Silk Road" if you prefer) can seem a daunting prospect. Huge distances, high altitude and remoteness can put off many travellers. But we tend to find that those who do travel along the Silk Road are scratching an itch - they literally have to go. For me the obsession started with reading Peter Hopkirk's books "Foreign Devils on the Silk Road" and "The Great Game", both classics. I knew then, at the tender age of 15, that one day I would be heading out to Bukhara, Kashgar and the Tien Shan mountains.

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