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The extreme polarities of a winter in Hokkaido

Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.

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Explore Thailand

From tropical beaches and golden, glittering temples to wildlife, sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand has it all. It’s a place where the warmth of the sun and Andaman sea is reflected in the locals’ welcoming smiles. It’s a place like no other.

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The duel of Japan: Tokyo versus Kyoto

As much as I’m selling the city to tourism with the idea of crossing a road and then walking on some grass, Tokyo is one of those places that give even the simplest of things a uniquely different twist so nothing is mundane (just wait until you go to the toilet).

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The day I didn’t get shot on the line of control

Hearing gunfire echo around the valley reminded us that we were not in the Swiss Alps!We silently contemplated the prospect of spending a night in the woods, acknowledging that we were unlikely to all wake up in the morning.

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Shimmer and shine it’s Vietnam time!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: VISA: For many nationalities, visa can be bought on arrival and apply online.  http://www.vietnamvisapro.com CURRENCY: Besides the US

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Stairway to the clouds – Mua Caves in Vietnam

Epic limestone karsts rise out of the green rice fields for miles around to give the landscape a middle-earth feel. The misty cloud that characterises the area further adds to the effect and creates a wonderful contrast with the brilliant green paddies below.

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Into the Labyrinth

Perhaps the most striking thing about a visit to Cu Chi is the incredible resourcefulness of the soldiers who lived and fought at Cu Chi. Everything was reused or recycled.

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How to be an Olympian without qualifying

The Winter Olympics always held a certain magic for me. An inaccessible dream. In the last few months, the dream became a reality and I saw first hand what it takes to make the magic happen.

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Before She Wakes

India is a kind of madness one can’t explain; it is the sound of 1.3 billion people trying to make life happen. The noise is incessant: endless hooting (horn blowing), the push and shove of tuk-tuks, cars, busses and bicycle rickshaws, not to mention the persistent shouts of vendors.

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