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Try before you fly: the UK’s top Thai restaurants and where to find them

From jungle curries in Northern Thailand to seafood in the south, find inspiration for your next trip to Thailand by first exploring the UK’s burgeoning food scene

In Pictures: Life along the Mekong in Thailand

Ostensibly the border between Thailand and Laos, the Mekong River serves more as a thread connecting the two cultures, making it a complex and fascinating prospect for visitors, far from the busy streets of Bangkok
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Ostensibly the border between Thailand and Laos, the Mekong river serves more as a thread connecting the two cultures, making it a complex and fascinating prospect for visitors, far from the busy streets of Bangkok

The world's best food destinations in 2019

Whether it’s an Italian temple of gastronomy or an Indian veggie paradise, some places seem to have good food woven into their DNA. From Mendoza to Mysore and Bologna to Beirut, we pick out some of the best destinations for food lovers

Family travel wishlist 2019: Action-packed Patagonia

With out-of-this-world landscapes and faraway fauna, nowhere packs a punch like Patagonia for the ultimate family adventure.

See how this former monk blesses others with his spiritual tattoos

Meet Thailand’s renowned tattoo master, Ajarn Noo Kanpai. People from around the world travel to Bangkok to seek his blessings and the spiritual powers of an ancient tattoo art called sak yant. Using yantras, geometric designs inscribed with Buddhist psalms and prayers, sak yants are believed to offer protection to the wearer. Originating thousands of years ago, sak yants were once tattooed by monks on warriors to keep them safe during battle. After leaving the monkhood himself to further pursue the art of sak yant, Noo began his own tattoo samnak, institute, where he shares his philosophies and continues to tattoo people the traditional way by piercing the skin with a sharpened bamboo stick dipped in ink. One of Noo’s most popular tattoos is the hae taew, a five row yantra, which he designed. Each row represents a line of sacred Buddhist scripture.

How to navigate elephant tourism in Thailand

Elephants have long been synonymous with Thailand, yet their treatment in the name of tourism is questionable. Ethical camps are few and far between but it's here we see how good life can be for these incredible animals, if treated responsibly
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A Taste of Thailand: Bangkok

One of the world's most exciting cities for food, Bangkok is synonymous with street food, spice and, of course, pad Thai
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A Taste of Thailand: The Central Plains

Head north out of Bangkok, to Thailand's Central Plains, where the abundance of coconuts gives the cuisine a soft sweetness, and ingredients like tamarind add a surprising flavour twist