• South Asia
    Should I give money or food to child beggars in India?

    It’s good to be aware of what to do when you are approached by child beggars in Indian cities like Kolkata. Photo: iStock “We don’t encourage travellers to purchase souvenirs, trinkets or other items from child sellers, or give money or food to children begging,” says Pravin Tamang, general manager for Intrepid Travel in India. “That’s […]

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    Six of the best: Luxury hotels in Bhutan

    Amankora, Punakha.  Como Uma Paro.  The Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimphu. Photo: Alamy Como Uma Punakha.  Zhiwa Ling, Paro. Photo: Jock Montgomery Gangtey Lodge, Gangtey Valley.  You may also like these photo galleries <img alt="Plane secrets: Things on an aircraft you never knew about Crew Rest Compartments are found on all long-haul …” title=”” src=”http://www.traveller.com.au/content/dam/images/g/o/4/d/x/v/image.imgtype.thumbnail.150×100.png/1500874621782.jpg”> Is your life […]

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    Travel advice: How can I get off the beaten track in Sri Lanka?

    Mountain of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Photo: iStock WANTING TO VISIT SRI LANKA FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. ORGANISED TOURS DON’T OFTEN GET YOU OFF THE BEATEN TRACK BUT NOT SURE ABOUT GOING IT ALONE. A HAPPY MEDIUM PERHAPS? N. FORREST, MORNINGTON, VIC Guided tours do a great job of showing you the highlights in good time, […]

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    Bhutan: A road trip through the ultimate trophy destination

    Running a monk. Photo: Scott Woodward Punakha Lodge Courtyard Terrace. Photo: Scott Woodward/Supplied Welcoming staff at Gangey Lodge. Photo: Scott Woodward Stunning Punakha Dzong. Photo: Scott Woodward A traditional Bhutanese bath at Gangtey Lodge.  A young monk and his rice bowl. Photo: Scott Woodward A simple bridge. Photo: Scott Woodward A young monk and his cape. Photo: Scott Woodward Punakha Lodge. Photo: Scott […]

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    Six of the best: Maldivian holiday experiences

    Five of the world’s seven species of turtles occur in the Maldives so it’s not surprising that one of the signature Maldivian experiences is to snorkel with these so-called ancient mariners of the sea.  One of the most distinctive and exotic sights of any visit to the Maldives is that of a dhoni, the traditional […]