Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam is Head of Travel at The Independent. She joined the travel desk in 2004, after spending several months in Central America and when not in the office is happiest on the beach.

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Goa is not typical of India when it comes to the code of modesty

We pay scant attention to local customs when abroad

We should remember we are not at home

Technology is being used to replace traditional functions like the key

Travel technology opens doors, but human contact is key

Introducing a layer of technology separates us from the very people that could enhance our emotional experience

The Linley Suite’s circular bath

Berdoulat & Breakfast, Bath: B&B and beyond

Berdoulat & Breakfast offers guests a behind-the-scenes experience of its magnificent architecture, says Sophie Lam

Light fantastic: night view over Shanghai's overpass

John Malkovich: My life in travel

'Returning to Shanghai, it was just a different world'

Trulli special: The traditional Italian dry stone huts with conical roofs are now part of the UN's expanding brief

UNESCO awards: A confusion of titles and sub-categories

The organisation has taken to handing out titles at a puzzling rate

High and handsome: spacious bedrooms at Lakshman Sagar

Lakshman Sagar, India: Relax in bustle-free, rustic Rajasthan

This 19th-century maharaja's hunting lodge is marked out by two striking buildings that gleam like white marble temples astride a serene lake

Suite dreams: the JW Marriott in Venice

Chic new hotels in 2015: From Britain's first football-themed property to a Facebook millionaire's debut desert resort

You won't be short of new and unusual options next year, says Sophie Lam

The vintage modern look in the lobby

Abode, Mumbai, India: B&B and beyond

A tucked-away guesthouse, near India's most famous hotel, hints at Mumbai's youthful, creative outlook, says Sophie Lam

On the rocks: a Jawai safari car on the look-out for leopards

Rajasthan leopard safari: Spot the boundaries

A pioneering safari camp in Rajasthan focuses on a thriving local leopard population. A key to the cats' vitality could be the absence of fences.

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