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This famous Thai beach is now closed to tourists, here’s why | travel

Maya Bay is famous for its emerald waters and glistening white sand.

Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach has been exhausted by mass tourism. Now it’s getting a break. After Friday, the daily influx of dozens of boats and thousands of visitors unsuccessfully scrambling for an unspoiled view of Maya Bay’s ...

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Fisherman by day and photographer by night

Fisherman by day and photographer by night

When we first meet Bala Krishnan at Marina Beach, he is in a standoff with a tourist couple from China over the price of the photographs he has clicked of the man. Fisherman by day, photographer by evening and an occasional lorry driver, Krishnan straddles completely different worlds in one ...

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Travel to Kerala for the best Indian adventure

Travel to Kerala for the best Indian adventure

On the world tourism map, Kerala once meant laid-back, secluded beaches and misty hills. However, in the last few years, another word has been added to the lexicon defining the State — adventure. From surfing and scuba-diving to river rafting and paragliding, adventure tourism is making waves here. A look ...

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Adrenaline rush in God’s own country

Adrenaline rush in God’s own country

On the world tourism map, Kerala once meant laid-back, secluded beaches and misty hills. However, in the last few years, another word has been added to the lexicon defining the State — adventure. From surfing and scuba-diving to river rafting and paragliding, adventure tourism is making waves here. A look ...

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Yanni’s music draws its own band of listeners as was evident at a recent concert in Philadelphia

Yanni’s music draws its own band of listeners as was evident at a recent concert in Philadelphia

In 1993, when Yanni performed at the Acropolis, Greece, the Internet was just being born. So was the Backstreet Boys band. In the 25 years since, the world of Internet grew unrecognisably. (As did Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys!) But, even at 63, Yanni still has the long hair and ...

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Trample Around: Economy takes precedence over environmental ethics. Even the generous-hearted philanthropist among us is swayed by it

Trample Around: Economy takes precedence over environmental ethics. Even the generous-hearted philanthropist among us is swayed by it

A few years ago, when I was in Bagan (Myanmar), a little boy tried selling me postcards. Only that this little boy, with unkempt hair like loose straw streaked across his face, was peddling doodles of his own, unlike postcards and trinkets peddled by hundreds of other little children at ...

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A tale of spice and slavery

A tale of spice and slavery

We flew in to Zanzibar from Arusha in northern Tanzania on a small 40-seater plane run by a private airline called Flight 540. The view from 20,000 ft. above, as we approached Zanzibar, was spectacular – clear green waters of the Indian Ocean, dotted with small land masses filled with ...

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Namibia is a must-go-to luxury destination for 2018

Namibia is a must-go-to luxury destination for 2018

Enchanting five-star accommodation. Utterly clear skies. Eerie ghost towns and ocean-meets-desert coastlines. That’s Namibia for you. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry vacationed here before their engagement and nuptials. The soon-to-be-finished eco-friendly Hoanib Valley Camp, which lies in the northwestern region of Kaokoland, was also rumoured to be Meghan and Prince ...

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How much of the tourism buck really trickles down to the local economy?

How much of the tourism buck really trickles down to the local economy?

A few years ago, when I was in Bagan (Myanmar), a little boy tried selling me postcards. Only that this little boy, with unkempt hair like loose straw streaked across his face, was peddling doodles of his own, unlike postcards and trinkets peddled by hundreds of other little children at ...

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How to be a Shakespearewala: Visiting the charming Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace

How to be a Shakespearewala: Visiting the charming Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace

The thought of Shakespeare’s birthplace conjures up visions of a cosy medieval town with a scholarly air to it, packed with libraries and theatres while Shakespeare’s busts adorn the streets. Stratford-upon-Avon still retains its medieval allure and flaunts an array of theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre. ...

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