Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam is deputy travel editor at The Independent. She joined the travel desk in 2004, having gained a taste for travel during a spell in Central America.

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Farm house: A dining table in one of the properties

Stay the Night: Stein's at Trevone Farm, Cornwall

The television chef's latest venture is a joint project that goes back to his early days. Sophie Lam checks in

The Big Six: Cotswolds retreats

Farmhouse chic, original beams, serene furnishings, Chris Beardshaw gardens, and mounted antlers

In the bag: Part of the security process at Gatwick

Backstage travel: No 8 - The airport security team leader

It’s service with a smile as you head off to departures

Portugal's Ria Formosa: Spot the exotic visitors as they fly in

Birds and planes are major features of the Ria Formosa. Sophie Lam takes to the water to explore this extraordinary lagoon

Wild weekend: the hens hike up Chase End Hill

Not your average hen weekend: going wild in the woods

Bushcraft and camping (and champagne) in the Malvern Hills provided bride-to-be Sophie Lam with a weekend to remember

Rustic retreat: the lounge

Room Service: Serenity and style in the Algarve

Fazenda Nova, Portugal

Open all hours in Bangkok

Sunset is no reason to stop shopping in the world's most visited city, says Sophie Lam as she explores its bustling night markets

Room Service: The Nolitan, New York City

Take the rough with the smooth

Been there: Souvenirs can be a competitive sport among travellers

Sophie Lam: Which is more powerful, a tourist trinket or a memory?

Souvenir: "a memory", in French; or a thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place or event. It comes from the Latin, subvenire: "occur to the mind".

Wilde at heart in the capital: Café Royal, London

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