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Playing with Brand Bhutan

Playing with Brand Bhutan

FregmontoMar 30, 20102 Comments

Fregmonto is heading off to study in Bhutan -- the last hope for Western tourists searching for an authentic Buddhist cultural experience now that Tibet has been thoughtfully modernised by its caring older brother China.

Slide Night: Scanning the Somalian streets

Slide Night: Scanning the Somalian streets

CrikeyMar 29, 2010

John R shares snippets of life in Somalia, from the bashed up streets full of armoured vehicles, to the graffiti created by the American military.

"Yep, it sucks": the failure of the guestbook

Kevin O’FaircheallaighMar 25, 2010

Do guestbooks actually have a point? It seems that South East Asia is obsessed with them, despite there being little logic or wisdom in the inane writings of others, writes Kevin O’Faircheallaigh.

Slide Night: A tale of two Romes

Slide Night: A tale of two Romes

CrikeyMar 22, 20101 Comment

Rome, the city where tourists live peacefully -- minus their cameras -- with a huge homeless population. It might not always be pretty, but it's interesting, writes Tristan.

The apocalyptic language of travel advisory warnings

The apocalyptic language of travel advisory warnings

Kevin O’FaircheallaighMar 19, 20101 Comment

Travel advisory warnings always send me into a spin, writes Kevin O’Faircheallaigh. Two hundred words describing the many ways I can die in this country, followed by two useless ones on how to avoid it: "Stay alert". That's it?!

A Bali without bogans, touts or yoga

A Bali without bogans, touts or yoga

CrikeyMar 18, 20102 Comments

Ashlee Betteridge reports from Bali on its day of silence to mark the beginning of the Hindi Saka New Year. Yes, commercialism does take a back seat in Bali, at least once a year.

Slide Night: The secrets of the Swiss

Slide Night: The secrets of the Swiss

CrikeyMar 17, 20101 Comment

Switzerland: it's an odd country of neutrality mixed with camo dressed teenagers and nude hiking but fanatical privacy, says Crikey reader Tristan.

The Insider: Slumming it not always a bad thing

CrikeyMar 15, 2010

The latest travel issue for people to growl about is slum tourism: tourists heading into slums in Mumbai, a la Slumdog Millionaire. But, says Intrepid CEO Darrell Wade, people need to be educated on world poverty. Just don't be a jerk.

Slide Night: The madness of Marrakesh's market

Amber JamiesonMar 12, 20101 Comment

Welcome to Slide Night at Back in a Bit. Sit back, relax and get ready to travel far away from your desk and your sore computer eyes as we share our favourite travel snaps and the quirky stories behind them.

The reclusive tiger elephants of Ayutthaya

The reclusive tiger elephants of Ayutthaya

Kevin O’FaircheallaighMar 10, 20101 Comment

One of the trickier ethical dilemmas of traveling through Asia comes in the form of the treatment of animals. So how does one deal with the elusive 'tiger elephant'? asks Kevin O’Faircheallaigh.

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