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Tagong Horse Festival Sichuan China

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival It’s the Wild West, with fast-riding horsemen and long-standing family feuds and even the occasional mineral-rights dispute. It’s not Texas though, it’s China, the Western reaches of Sichuan province where Tibetan culture keeps a firm hold on the ancient region of Kham. And in the town of Tagong, for a …

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Exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan China

Your Travel Guide to Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan, China

Your Travel Guide to Jiuzhaigou National Park Southwest China is one of my favorite places in the world, and Jiuzhaigou National Park is one of the best places in Southwest China. Far in the north of Sichuan province, ten hours by bus from Chengdu or several days overland to Lanzhou, this remote Tibetan area’s snow-capped mountains …

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Solo Cycling trip around the Baltic Sea

In the summer of 2015, Jennifer Tough cycled from Copenhagen to Copenhagen, a complete 3800km circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea, solo and unsupported, in just 35 days. The trip started with freezing nights camping in deep forests of the Nordic countries, then transitioned to terrifying and at times goofy Russian traffic, then she explored the …

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7 Reasons to Visit Northern Chile

If you’re backpacking through South America, you’ll likely pass through Northern Chile—after all, the northernmost city, Arica, marks the only route to Peru. But it would be a mistake to truck through without spending at least a few days—the region’s colorful architecture, perpetually cool beaches and proximity to little-seen desert parks makes it a totally unique experience, …

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8 Best Southeast Asia Experiences

  Top 8 Best Southeast Asia Experiences   Intricate temples, bright white beaches, shaven-headed monks, humid jungle, delicious and bizarre food; Southeast Asia packs a lot in. Whether you’re sticking to the well-trodden backpacker circuits or heading out on a mission into the wild, this part of the world has something for you. Parts of …

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Prasat Preah Vihear Temple Cambodia

Introducing: Prasat Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia

Introducing: Prasat Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia An 11th century Hindu temple built on top of the remains of a 9th century hermitage, perched on top of a 500m cliff overlooking the vast plains below, in recent years a point of contention and ownership clashes between two government over whose country the historic religious site belongs …

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Ask GoMad Nomad: Turkmenistan Transit Visas

Ask GoMad Nomad: Turkmenistan Transit Visas This month’s ‘Ask GoMad Nomad’ advice column follows up closely on November’s topic of Solo Travel in Central Asia. Reader Lewis asks about getting a transit visa for Turkmenistan, to facilitate a short visit he plans to make soon. Visas in the Central Asia region are a complicated case, …

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AskGoMad: Silk Road Solo Travel

Ask Gomad Nomad: Silk Road Solo Travel?

Ask GoMad Nomad: Solo Travel on the Silk Road? This month’s Ask GoMad Nomad column comes from longtime reader Heidi, whose question concerns a region near and dear to several of the writers behind GoMad Nomad: Central Asia and the Silk Road. I recently decided that I want to travel the Silk Road from China …

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