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How Malaysia inspired Becky’s career in travel

Travel expert Becky reveals the story behind her career in travel. Whisked away as a child to the tropical riches of Malaysia, the food, history, architecture and landscapes captured her imagination. It was then she decided she wanted to travel for the rest of her life and pursue a career in the industry. Here she shares her life-changing experience:



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Things to do in Cambodia

World famous for its lost cities, stunning coastal towns and dark recent history, a trip to Cambodia lets you broaden your horizons as well as indulge in some rest and relaxation. Beyond the temples, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on the best experiences in the country to incorporate into your visit. Here’s a list of our top 10 to help your planning:



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Top 5 insider family experiences in Indochina

Philly and family recently travelled to Indochina for a very special Christmas holiday. Celebrating in Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Siem Reap, their trip included some incredible moments thanks to the expertise and connections of Experience Travel Group. Here’s her top 5 list of things to do that you could enjoy on your next family voyage.



English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist David Bellamy tours the rainforest in and around The Datai Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. The tour was led by The Datai's resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak on January 22nd, 2015.

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Forest therapy in Langkawi, Malaysia

The Datai’s resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, shares his thoughts on the benefits of nature. A tradition of Mandi Embun runs through Malay culture, this describes a walk through forests to soak up the atmosphere and unwind. The luxurious rainforest resort The Datai is the perfect place to try it out for yourself; indulge in some low-tech relaxation and marvel in the magnificence of the surrounding thousand-year-old rainforest.



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Danum or Tabin: which is the ultimate ‘rainforest experience’?

One of the main attractions of Borneo is its ancient rainforest.

The jungle spans millions of hectares and there are a number of places where you can get a really good ‘rainforest experience’. Two of the most popular are Danum Valley and the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Both are situated in the eastern state of Sabah with access via the town of Lahad Datu. Due to their proximity to each other, they are often compared. I recently visited both, so thought I would offer a little insight into factors you might want to consider when choosing which one to visit.



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Gal Oya Lodge insights

Founder of Gal Oya Lodge, Sangjay, shares his tips for travelling like an ‘insider’ in Gal Oya National Park – home to herds of elephants, crocodiles and various bird life. From joining local naturalists on wildlife research missions, to walking with Vedha chiefs through ancient forests, to enjoying boat safaris spotting elephants – he details how to make the best of your visit.



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Things to experience in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has so many things to experience that it can be a challenge to work out what is actually worth doing. To help you decide, I’ve listed my favourite activities, any of which can be incorporated into a trip. From sipping delicious tea in the lush tea plantations of the hill country, to meandering through old colonial cities, from admiring the sun set over thousand year-old forests and ancient ruins to close encounters with majestic wildlife, I hope you’ll be inspired.



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Top 10 Family Experiences in Thailand

An unforgettable holiday…soaking up the enchanting Thai culture…marvelling at the captivating sites and landscapes…unwinding and relaxing (everything a holiday should be)…All without the kids getting bored?

We’re passionate about tailoring holidays that suit you – and that means making sure that everyone in your family has the best time. In our opinion, Thailand is one of the best places for a whole family to enjoy a happy, safe and treasured holiday – here’s our list of the top ten experiences that mum, dad and the kids will all love.



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Walking with elephants in Thailand

Sarah Blaine’s life changed after a visit to Thailand volunteering at an elephant project. Recognizing the obstacles the animals, mahout handlers and local families face, she set up Mahouts Elephant Foundation whose aim is to support responsible tourism in the country. Here she shares her story and details of her latest project: walking with elephants.



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Lucknow: North India’s hidden gem

The first time I saw Lucknow was on route to Varanasi – a fleeting visit while I waited for a delayed train – and all I saw of the city was its beautiful railway station. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to experience it a second time. We love the city so much here at Experience Travel Group that we have created our very own signature experience there.