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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The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel perches at the top of a dramatic valley

Oman: Green shoots in the uncharted mountains

A new luxury hotel is putting the Jabal Akhdar range's dramatic gardens and gorges - once sealed off as part of a military base - on the tourist map

Go with the flow: the Douro is an intrinsic part of Porto

48 Hours In: Porto

Walk in the footsteps of Prince Henry the Navigator, tour Baroque churches and historic port lodges, or just stroll beside the Douro, writes Sophie Lam
Nutcracker: A rare red squirrel out foraging

Backstage travel: The Conservation Ranger

Caring for creatures, great and small, in woodland Cumbria

5 ways to kick back in the Cyclades

With new flights, this Greek archipelago is even easier to enjoy, says Sophie Lam

Going up: the Eiffel Tower

5 ways to experience the Eiffel Tower

The seminal landmark opened in Paris on 31 March 1889 as the entrance to that year’s World’s Fair

5 ways to... Take a cycling holiday

Whether it’s rolling gently across flat-as-a-pancake landscapes, facing thigh-burning mountain ascents or pootling around vineyards, a cycling holiday lets you plug in to the heart of your destination.

Make tracks: The Venice-Simplon Orient Express will be part of a newly branded luxury travel portfolio

Sophie Lam: It's all change for the Orient Express brand

Something to Declare

Weald view: The House’s charming exterior

Stay the Night: The House, Kent

This large, listed 16th-century property creaks with history and impresses with eclectic décor, says Sophie Lam

Join the Club: Val Thorens Sensations

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Travel special 2014: Let the legendary seduction of the Indian railways cast its spell on you

We were like thieves in the night. We'd been plotting our movements for weeks, working out timings, checking then re-checking our itinerary. A getaway driver had been enlisted and pulled up in the silvery moonlight in a thicket of palm trees almost exactly on time. "Canacona?" he called out to us. We piled into the back of the auto-rickshaw and sped off through the Goan countryside.

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