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The Ancient Capital of Hanoi, Vietnam, Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 23 March 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE. Over 1,000 years after it was first established, Hanoi remains one of Vietnam’s most important cities. Not only is it Vietnam’s political capital, it is also at the heart of the nation’s centuries-old history and cultural heritage. A fine blend of East and West, Hanoi exhibits traces of the centuries under Chinese influence and decades of French colonialism, both still evident in the architecture, cuisine, language and people.

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Luang Prabang, Laos P.D.R. – Please Don’t Rush

  • Cindy Fan
  • 15 February 2012

Time is such a precious commodity these days; we’ve been led to believe that if we don’t maximise our scant vacation time by hitting all the major tourist must-dos, we’ve somehow failed. But travelling and living in Laos has taught me that slowing down adds richness to your experience – like seeing the world vividly in Technicolor.

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The Inside Word… on Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Cindy Fan
  • 23 January 2012

Phnom Penh demands your attention from the moment you arrive. Vibrant, exciting and utterly unpredictable are just a few words to describe Cambodia’s capital. It’s a city of stark contrasts: slick SUVs share the road with old-world cyclos; visitors can relax in a posh cafe and think they are in Paris, or join the locals at a pop-up stall selling fried noodles.

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Four Excellent Overlooked Christmas Markets in Europe

  • Samantha Libby
  • 23 December 2011

While the celebrated Christmas markets in Germany, Poland and Switzerland always crowd up for the holiday season, there are other well-established European markets slightly further off the beaten track that offer thinner crowds and beautiful locally made products. Eastern Europe in particular is a great place to check out the growing markets, while farther in the west of the continent, the funky holiday Christmas stirred up in Amsterdam is not to be missed.

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The Inside Word… on Malawi

  • Kate Webb
  • 31 October 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods. This month, we hear from Kate Webb about local travel in Malawi from the inside.

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Video Spotlight: The Economics of Happiness

  • Paul Tavner
  • 9 October 2011

The Economics of Happiness is a recently released documentary that examines some of the most powerful forces that hold sway over our lives. The world, it seems, is moving in two irreconcilable direction simultaneously: a shift toward globalisation versus ‘localization’. This film waves some important important flags, raises some thoughtful points of discussion for all of us who love to travel.

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Video Spotlight: Buying Back the Bombs in Laos: peaceBOMB

  • Paul Tavner
  • 25 September 2011

peaceBOMB aims to raise awareness of a terrible ongoing situation in Laos. To do so, they make use of metal reclaimed from actual bombs to fashion bracelets for sale. The project channels funds directly to affected Laotian communities and makes the most of the expert metalworking techniques that local craftsmen have developed over the years.

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The Inside Word… on Fes, Morocco

  • Akim Elanbassi
  • 12 September 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we wander the ancient byways of Fes, Morocco, one of the holiest cities in the Islamic world.

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The Wealth of Diversity Project in Serbia’s Ethnic Villages

  • Biljana Marceta
  • 18 August 2011

In the province of Vojvodina and part of eastern Serbia, an area where tourism has yet to be tapped to its full potential, an undertaking called the Wealth of Diversity project has been set in motion. Coupled with the warm-hearted, friendly, open nature of the people who live there, the project guarantees visiting tourists a unique multicultural experience and hopes to help generate revenue in the hosting small villages.

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Finding the Fairest Souvenirs: How to Shop Responsibly

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 August 2011

Fellow travellers, I have a weakness: I like to shop. Worse, when I travel, my addiction takes over. My Achilles heel is for local souvenirs, the more creative and original, the better. Among my finer purchases is a gorgeous green silk scarf bought in Vietnam, an unusual hand-carved mask from Belize that now hangs on my wall and a pair of small but colourful paintings I picked up in Peru.

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