Up a hill for tea

Novice Buddhist monks play tag in Pankam in Myanmar's hill country.

5:00 AM  A visit to the hill tribes of northern Myanmar means sharing in a divine gift.

Lonely Planet's best of Switzerland

The Aletsch Glacier, a 23 kilometre-long, five-lane highway of ice.

Look past the cuckoo clocks and yodelling – this cosmopolitan city is all about epic train rides and alpine highs.

'Mad Max: Fury Road': Namibia

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The crimson deserts, dramatic dunes and stark mountain ranges of Namibia make a magnificent film set.

'Airportman' scam on travellers

Andrew Gradon's activities have an echo of those of Frank Abagnale, pictured, who was depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can.

Dressed in a smart suit and tie, a flustered Andrew Gradon pleaded for help to get home.

The Karl Lagerfeld of cheese

Some of the 130-plus varieties of French cheeses at the Noumea Festival des Fromages.

A festival in Noumea in June will star the Karl Lagerfeld of cheese.

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Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

Our family went to Hanmer Springs just before the school holiday finished. On the day of leaving Hanmer Springs we decided to go for a short walk in the mountains. So we drove to Jack's Pass. The short walk actually turned to a full-length tramp. The girls were tired and wanted to stop at two thirds of the way. But we persisted and reached the summit. The panoramic view was magnificently rewarding. Mt Isobel is 1319m and we climbed 449m from Jack's Pass which is 870m. Well done for my 8 year old (Jasmin)and 12 year old!

This week's entries this week take us from the villages of Siem Reap all the way to the massive Grand Canyon.

Why everyone should travel solo

When you travel alone, you're in charge. That means you can plan your days however you want.

10 etiquette rules for travellers

Vanuatu, in sickness and in health

news

'Airportman' scam on travellers

Andrew Gradon's activities have an echo of those of Frank Abagnale, pictured, who was depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can.

Dressed in a smart suit and tie, a flustered Andrew Gradon pleaded for help to get home.

What's new in the world of travel

What's happening at home and abroad in the world of travel.

Fold-in wings a winner on Air NZ

Airbus predicts Auckland to NY direct

travel troubles

Home trashed in 'drug-induced orgy' video

Star and Mark King in their trashed home.

A couple who rented out their house on popular accommodation site Airbnb returned to find their home destroyed.

Demand for Bali holidays soar

Travellers show no sign of boycotting popular tourist destinations in Indonesia despite executions.

iPad map glitch delays flights

Luxury hotel accused of turning away quake victims

nz

Go wild on the West Coast gallery

Riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail in the South Island.

 Katie Kenny joins a bikie gang she’ll never forget.

5 Things: Whanganui's heritage

There's history on tap in this provincial city.

Midnight Espresso on Cuba street.

A capital cafe crawl

Wellington is almost as well-known for its cafe culture as it is for windy weather. We checked it out over a long weekend.

pacific islands

The island where you can disappear

The remote Pitcairn Island is home to 45 people who speak a language heard nowhere else in the world.

No plane or helicopter has ever landed here, nor has any ship ever moored off its coast.

Lost in time on Tikehau

There's nothing quite so blue — vibrantly, rivetingly, blindingly blue — as the blue of the lagoon.

Sein de Nounou, an "evocative" raw goat-milk cheese.

The Karl Lagerfeld of cheese

A festival in Noumea in June will star the Karl Lagerfeld of cheese.

themes

A capital cafe crawl

Midnight Espresso on Cuba street.

Wellington is almost as well-known for its cafe culture as it is for windy weather. We checked it out over a long weekend.

Small bars, big city

The cosy, quirky bars popping up in central Sydney are transforming the city's nightlife.

Sein de Nounou, an "evocative" raw goat-milk cheese.

The Karl Lagerfeld of cheese

A festival in Noumea in June will star the Karl Lagerfeld of cheese.

australia

Where the wild things are

Get up close to a turtle at Heron Island.

Queensland's remote Heron Island is a famous bird sanctuary and breeding ground for turtles.

Australia's biggest and best hotels

Australia's largest hotel may glow gold but it's not what you'd expect to see here.

Beer is served with vinyl at Mojo Record Bar in Sydney's York Street.

Small bars, big city

The cosy, quirky bars popping up in central Sydney are transforming the city's nightlife.

europe

Lonely Planet's best of Switzerland

The Aletsch Glacier, a 23 kilometre-long, five-lane highway of ice.

Look past the cuckoo clocks and yodelling – this cosmopolitan city is all about epic train rides and alpine highs.

Getting lost within the Grand Bazaar video

Take a stroll through the colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar, the heart of Istanbul.

The other place Gallipoli pilgrims must see

My year in France

uk and ireland

The odd case of Toast Mahal

The model version of the Taj Mahal, made entirely out of toast, appeared out of nowhere.

An unusual piece of edible street art has baffled the people of Peckham. 

Visit Game of Thrones sets

Game of Thrones has not only transformed television, it has also helped invigorate the areas where it is set.

Finding mysteries and spies in London

Stout and about in Ireland

usa

The best city for young people

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New York has been ranked as the most popular city for young people aged 15 to 29 years old.

Elvis is back in the building

Elvis Presley is back in the building, returning to the Las Vegas hotel where he performed more than 600 times, in a new permanent exhibition about his life.

Vegas no longer just a gambling hotspot

All that glitters isn't gold

canada & alaska

Sailing in Alaska

The Jackson's yacht Sunstone at the foot of a glacier.

Sailers in Alaska learn to quickly to gusts and lulls, and to carry pepper spray when going ashore.

The best place to watch grizzly bears

At the confluence of two streams, one glacial green, the other silver grey, it's salmon carnage.

Top 6 Alaskan wilderness lodges

Living on the edge

asia

Ten reasons to cruise the Mekong

Cambodia's Angkor Wat basks in evening sunlight.

A cruise down the Mekong gives you a insight into everyday life in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Cambodia: where empires fell

In the clearing near the temple entrance, it looked like musicians were getting ready for a performance on the green.

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20 reasons to visit Delhi

It once seemed like Hell on Earth. But India's most chaotic city has transformed.

cruising

Quiz: Do you know cruising?

Couple Drinking Champagne on Cruise Ship

Do you know which side is starboard and which is port?

Ten reasons to cruise the Mekong

A cruise down the Mekong gives you a insight into everyday life in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Cruising: More booze for your buck

Five alternative river cruises

snow

Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Video

Air NZ's trip down memory lane

Air New Zealand passengers took a journey down memory lane, to celebrate the national carrier's 75 years of service.

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