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Discover a destination where old-world romance meets modern city life
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From world-class shopping, dining and entertainment to a richly layered history and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, Macao melds the East and West together like no other place in China.

he picturesque seaside town of Azenhas Do Mar, off the coast of Lisbon
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The food is exceptional, the wine is divine, the people friendly, the scenery breathtaking – and it’s cheaper than France, Spain or Italy. Welcome to Portugal, once considered the poor cousin of western Europe but now emerging from the global recession to make its mark and take its place in the world.

Durian Crab at 80/20
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Whether you're spending your whole stay in this region or just passing through before venturing off, Thailand's centre has plenty to disover. Culinary gems, intruiging galleries and unique workshops – there's so much to see here. Hit the streets of Bangkok and its surrounding area to treat your inner creative...

Street-art by Martin Whatson ©copyright Matthew Brace 2018
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The Northern Quarter wasn’t called the Northern Quarter when I was at university in Manchester in the late 1980s. It wasn’t called anything. Bits of it were known as Back of Piccadilly or Towards Ancoats but it wasn’t one neighbourhood and from memory it was ‘right skanky’. I only braved its rainy streets to attend gigs at the fabulous and famous Band On The Wall venue, which I’m delighted to say is still full of life.

Baba Nest, Sri Panwa
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You've worked hard and finally escaped from it all on a romantic getaway – time to toast the occasion with a sundowner or two. Heading to a dreamy Asian destination? Whatever you're celebrating, pull up a bar stool or sunlounger at one of these stylish rooftop bars for a fabulous evening...

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