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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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

Room Service

The Big Six: Panama retreats

Tropical forest, beach-facing suites and luxury tents

Gene Salomon in his taxi

Manhattan transfer: New York by cabbie

A new book by one of the Big Apple's legion of yellow-cab drivers reveals a close-up view of life on the city's streets. Sophie Lam goes along for the ride

‘We worship big things – most importantly, the mountain’

Back to the source: Bali’s design for life

Its architecture has been copied all over the world, but there’s a vital element in this Indonesian island that’s missing from its imitators, says Sophie Lam

Christmas gifts for globetrotters

Frequent business traveller, swanky city-breaker or intrepid explorer? Whoever you are buying for, Sophie Lam has the perfect present all wrapped up

Christmas gifts for globetrotters

Frequent business traveller, swanky city-breaker or intrepid explorer? Whoever you are buying for, Sophie Lam has the perfect present all wrapped up

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