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    Making a meal of the mighty Mekong: Author Sandra Howard is served up treat after treat as she unlocks the secrets of laidback Laos

    Author Sandra Howard went in Laos at the Wat Xieng Thong templeI had been told that Laos was a gentle, placid country with beautiful French colonial architecture. But no one had mentioned the cooking. From mok paa, the sublime, delicately perfumed fish in banana-leaf parcels we had while cruising down the Mekong, to the yellow curry chicken and wok-fried buffalo steak flamb with red sticky rice in Luang Prabang, the list goes on.We had decided to explore Laos on the way home from ...

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    Hold on tight! Rollercoasters take on a scary new twist as riders are decked out with virtual-reality headsets

    Diving into the depths of the ocean in our high-tech submarine, we were surrounded by the sights of amazing marine life and undersea volcanic activity.It was a startling vision, especially considering that just moments earlier we had been strapped into a rollercoaster in Orlando.It was even more incredible when we suddenly dived straight into a seabed chasm that opened right before us but this is the basis for the latest virtual-reality technology at SeaWorld in Florida. Now you see it: Riders enjoy the virtual-reality on ...

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    Sailing into luxury! Stepping aboard the world's largest full-rigged sailing ship for magnificent meals and muscle-soothing massages

    For those who hate the very idea of cruising eating, sleeping and sightseeing among hundreds, or indeed, thousands of strangers may I present Star Clippers.This upmarket company offers cruises aboard fully crewed, elegant tall ships, with all the benefits of holidaying afloat included: visits to a number of places in the same trip while unpacking only once, a range of excursions, on-board activities and entertainment, and all meals.Star Clippers operates holidays in Europe, Caribbean, Cuba and, new this year, Asia and Indonesia. [media_photo id="891554" height="385" width="634" alt="In full sail: The Mail On Sunday's Wendy Gomersall went on an 11-night cruise ...

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    Forget leaving England! From pool-trimmed manors to beach-side estates, the most lavish holiday rentals in the country revealed

    It's hard to believe some of these exotic-looking houses are in England.And while they certainly aren't cheap, it does go to show that you don't necessarily have to board a plane in order to have a blow-out holiday.Marsden Manor, for example, nestled away in the Cotswolds, sleeps 20 guests and boasts everything from a pool and a wendy house, to a cinema and a tennis court, priced at 234 a head for a three night weekend.Nudge the boat out further, and Dart Valley House in Dartmouth also sleeps 20 and for a weekend at 347 per head, it has two ...

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    France's family favourite: How Ile de Re always works its magic on lively children and stressed-out parents

    There were moments during what was supposed to be a gentle family bike ride around Ile de Re where we felt that, just maybe, we d bitten off more than we could chew.One was when I managed to wedge the bright blue trailer carrying our toddler girls between a wooden fence and a thick hedge.The next was when my husband forgot about our four-year-old on the back of his bike as he jumped off to help. [media_photo id="888972" height="460" width="634" alt="Divine: The Daily Mail's Caroline Gammell went on a bike ride while in sunny Ile de Re with her family, ...

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    A book club mini-break: Stately homes, hearty stomps and generous pub grub in the Peak District

    The Peak District is a rich source of literary inspiration, which is why I m here with my book club. We aren t all insatiable readers, but we do love a good yarn.We are staying in the village of Litton in Derbyshire, within striking distance of Wentworth and Chatsworth houses, two of Britain s most feted private homes.Our base is Littonfields Barn, which would suit friends or families travelling en masse. It s comfortable, sleeping 12 with a brilliantly equipped kitchen and huge sitting room with a real fire. [media_photo id="888969" height="420" width="634" alt="Inspiring: The Peak District National Park offers ...

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    An Inspector Calls: The Castle House Hotel in Hereford leaves a sweet taste with sherry at the bedside and the perfect rack of lamb

    Rating: You could hardly wish for a more pleasant spot for dinner al fresco than by the water s edge of what used to be a moat near the centre of Hereford. This is the Castle House Hotel.The sun is setting, birds dip in and out and occasionally there s a splosh in the water caused by a lively fish. On the next door table is Sir Roy Strong dining with the Dean of Hereford Cathedral. [media_photo id="888979" height="483" width="634" alt="The Castle House Hotel in Hereford prides itself on being a city centre hotel that 'feels ...

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    It mud be love! Millions of revellers get down and dirty in the sludge at South Korea's annual Boryeong festival

    Many of the UK's annual festivals descend into unwelcome mud baths.But revellers who travelled to South Korea's Daecheon beach were looking for exactly that this week - as they proved by getting downright dirty at the annual Boryeong Festival.Millions of people gathered to roll around in sloppy water at the vast ten-day event, which is now celebrating its 19th year. Dive in: A tourist expresses his delight as he gets mud messy at the annual Boryeong festival In order ...

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    You could buy a mansion for that! Inside the 250-ft superyacht with a pool, six lavish suites and a self-playing piano... yours to charter for 690,000 a WEEK

    Just think what you could do with the princely sum of 689,000.For the mega-rich, it's just another week on the Amaryllis, a lavish 250-ft superyacht equipped with all the spoils of a luxury hotel - six suites, two gyms and a spacious lounge dripping with chandeliers among them.Built in 2011 by acclaimed German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen, the five-deck mega vessel was photographed on Thursday berthed at the James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock, Scotland. The identity of its current occupants are unknown. The gleaming Amaryllis has space for up to 12 guests and more than twice the number of ...

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    Passenger horrified after his oxygen mask FAILED to drop as plane made emergency landing during flight from Ibiza to the UK

    A British man's oxygen mask failed to drop during a plane's 30,000-ft dive to an emergency landing, he claims.John Hatfield had to frantically rip down a metal panel to access his safety mask when the Jet2 plane he was travelling on was forced to land 35 minutes into the flight.The 33-year-old was on a flight from Ibiza to Leeds Bradford with his girlfriend when the 'minor fault' caused the plane to be diverted to Barcelona. [media_photo id="888991" height="444" width="306" alt="Fear factor: The 33-year-old was on a flight from Ibiza to Leeds Bradford with his girlfriend when the 'minor fault' caused ...

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    Fed up of lugging your booster seat around? New 30 inflatable device could save families a fortune on holiday hire costs

    Lugging around a booster seat for your child on holiday is far from fun.And with airlines and car-hire companies often charging anywhere from 10 a day for a booster seat, renting one can be an expensive option. But this new inflatable booster seat, retailing for 30, might just be the answer to parents' prayers - and they're flying off the shelves. Easy jet-set: Busy parents can easily seat a trio of children with this new device, ...

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    Thirsty work indeed! Brits graft THREE TIMES harder to buy a pint of beer than Belgians (but Monaco residents have it easiest)

    The British workforce is already known for putting in some of the longest office hours in Europe.And what with the price of alcohol in the UK, it should come as no surprise that Brits end up working harder to afford a well-earned beer at the end of the day - three times harder than Belgium, for instance.New research which analysed the average salaries and the cost of a pint in countries around the world revealed that Monaco citizens only need work for four minutes to earn a 1.50 pint; while employees in Azerbaijan must work the longest - an hour ...

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    'I say attractive women are suspicious just so I can touch them': Airport security staff reveal brazen details about their jobs

    Staff claiming to be employed by America's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been sharing anecdotes about their role.And there have been some unsettling confessions. Writing on secret-sharing forum Whisper, one stated: 'I'm a TSA agent. I always pull really attractive women to the side and say they're suspicious so I can touch them.'Another wrote, somewhat worryingly: 'I work for the TSA and have no idea what to look at when I X-ray people's bags'.And another revealed: 'I'm super nice to the Middle Easter passengers because I know how hard they have it in airports.'Since there's no way to verify these ...

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    Dust tornadoes, 24-hour parties and no money allowed: A week inside Burning Man, the utopian A-List beloved festival deep in the Nevada desert

    It s one of the most unusual and extreme festivals in the world, attracting more than 70,000 revellers a year - the likes of Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk among them.Held deep in the Nevada desert at the end of the summer, Burning Man consists of a vast, purpose-built, city which is reconstructed from scratch again every year, and hosts a mind-bending array of art, music and performances.I attended last year, despite absolutely detesting festivals, and loved it beyond compare. The only way to get a sense of it, obviously, is to go. But here, I answer just about every ...

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    Polo in the desert and a Chinese palace on the beach: A swift stop in Dubai, the curious fledgling city which borrows culture from all around

    Dubai: the most expensive city in the Middle East, with the tallest building in the world, and also the largest shopping mall.But when it comes to history, this cluster of gleaming skyscrapers has almost none. I ventured to Dubai - which in its modern state is little more than 50 years old - interested to see how it was carving out its culture as a city without a past.What I found - in two short days - was an Oriental-themed resort with a Turkish spa on a man-made island; and a lavish polo estate with an American burger joint nestled ...

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