June/July 2015 issue • On sale from 28 May

Issue number: 157

In this issue

Secret Japan

Follow in the footsteps of the samurai to discover temples, mountains, geishas and more


150 years after the Welsh landed in Argentina we go on a journey to explore 'Little Wales'

Western Australia

Head down under to discover wine, walking trails and whales

Offbeat Thailand

From city treehouses to island homestays, how to go green on your next adventure

10 phenomena worth travelling for

From singing sands to great migrations, northern lights and midnight sun

Whale-watching hotspots

The 13 best locations to see marine life around the world

Plus... You CAN film your next travel adventure - here's how; First 24 hours in Denver (America's Mile High City); Brian May interview, a short foodie break in Athens, exploring Venice and lots more...

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Additional content


South America's 12 best walks
First 24 hours in Bueno Aires
Hike, sip & ride in Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina travel guide


Hidden gems of Phuket
Learning to cook in Chiang Mai
South-East Asia in two weeks?
Thailand travel guide


Travelling in Japan's Kiso Valley
First 24 hours in Tokyo
Winter in Hokkaido
Japan travel guide

Western Australia

5 places to eat in Western Australia
Travel blueprint: Western Australia
Underwater safari: snorkel with whale sharks in Western Australia
Australia West Coast travel guide

Masai Mara, Kenya

Preserving Kenya's Masai Mara
Jonathan Scott: Why you must visit Kenya now
Tribal gatherings: Lake Turkana Festival, Kenya
Kenya travel guide

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Brian May talks travel and astronomy: read the full interview!
12 adventurous river cruises

Articles from this issue

How to build a good (and safe) campfire

Building a campfire can be difficult and dangerous – so read this 5-step guide before you start striking matches

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Photography tips: How to capture everyday life

Taken aback by an intoxicating street scene, but disappointed when your photos don't capture the magic? Photographer Victoria Alexander reveals her tips for great street shots

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A quick guide to the Magna Carta

June 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta – but what actually is it? And why is it so important?

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Whale watching in Western Australia

A marine marvel has been discovered in the waters off Western Australia – though things are pretty special on land, too...

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First 24 hours in Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and a state filled with rivers, canyons and deserts, but is it worth lingering in the city?

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Eco-friendly travel in Thailand

From city treehouses to island homestays and hope for gibbons, Thailand is awash with eco-initiatives that help local communities and provide extra insight into the Land of Smiles

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A quick guide to the Matterhorn

July 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of Switzerland's mighty peak, but you don’t need to be a mountaineer to celebrate...

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Protecting the elephants of Tsavo National Park

Tsavo is supposed to be a safe haven for Kenya's elephants, but with poaching on the rise can this national park keep its mighty tuskers safe? Brian Jackman investigates

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Discovering the secret side of Japan

Nowhere mixes the old and new quite like Japan – use modern trains to discover pilgrim paths, timeless peaks and glimpses into the past...

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Traveller's guide to short-sleeve base layers

You need a base layer that will keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot – forget the old cotton tee and try one of these for size

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10 phenomena worth travelling for

From flashing plankton to singing sand, the world is full of weird and wonderful things. So why not include some of these brilliantly bizarre spectacles into your next trip?

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A foodie break in Athens, Greece

Europe’s most controversial capital has more on its plate than economics. For a flavour of this classical city, embark on a food tour...

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The world's 12 best locations for whale watching

Want to see whales in the wild? Make sure you're in the right place at the right time, with the help of our expert guide.

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