Terence Carter in Hanoi, Vietnam

On the road: Karaoke, bikes, loudspeakers – peaceful it’s not

48 hours in: Shanghai

This bustling Chinese metropolis, with its soaring skyline, delicious dim sum and colonial relics, can now be visited on a visa-free stopover

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His first disastrous visit to India left Joe Craig vowing never to return. Then he was lured back by the prospect of a game of cricket
Motoring along: Ho Chi Minh's luxury shops

48 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's biggest city packs in fresh flavours, French relics and a futuristic skyline

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Mysterious caves in remote Thailand reveal their secrets to Lucy Winstanley Norris

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Hanging upside-down off the back of a wildly bobbing boat is not the best time to do the grocery shopping. Eye-to-eye contact is, I'm told, a key to successful bartering but, like keeping my breakfast down, I'm finding it hard to maintain.

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Losing it in Laos: An adventure in Vang Vieng that almost went down the tubes

It's tough to recall after almost 10 years what posed the greatest risk in the flooded cave in which I'd become hopelessly lost: the darkness or the snake that patrolled black pools of frigid water. I was in Laos and a place I would later regret visiting. Vang Vieng used to be a sleepy river village in country known for its calm and natural beauty. Then came tubing. Every day, scores of feckless backpackers in bikinis and boardshorts float down the Nam Song on tractor inner tubes, turning pink as they guzzle cheap beer and leap off rocks. As the activity boomed, so did the number of 'happy' pizzas and vomiting teenagers, helping to turn the town into an ugly scar on the southeast Asia traveller trail.

A bold family trip to Thailand: Culture shock, death rafts, plague… is this really good for kids?

My mother was sneaky. It was 1994, and for a whole year she had been saving money, squirrelling it away, in order to pay for flights to Thailand. It was a surprise for me (aged eight), my brother Lyall (10), and my dad (unobservant, apparently).

Pondicherry

Pondicherry: A corner of India that is forever France

Will the glimpse of this gracious town revealed in 'Life of Pi' survive the subcontinent's booming economy? Mark Jones finds out

Ripple effect: tranquillity on Burma’s Inle lake

Traveller's Guide: Burma

Back on the tourist map after long years when visitors were urged to stay away, this  South-east Asian country is now a byword for exotic glamour, says Harriet O’Brien

‘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

Travel Challenge: A Brazilian break during Rio Carnival

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: Brazil for Rio Carnival. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and include 10 nights' B&B, flights from Heathrow to Rio in February 2013, transfers and a one-day Sambadrome ticket.

Traveller's guide: Indian wildlife holidays

With the return of tiger tourism and the release of the film adaptation of 'Life of Pi', now is the time to explore the subcontinent's national parks, says Harriet O'Brien

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