Leighton Literature’s Travel Guide to Vietnam.

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28 days, 13 locations, god knows how many sub-locations (I can’t be bothered to count), 80 articles. Interested in traveling Vietnam? Click below: https://leightonliterature.com/vietnam/    

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My 5: Beekse Bergen Safari Park, The Netherlands.

1. Beekse Bergen Safari Park, October 2012. Anyone looking for an African style safari park experience probably wouldn’t think of The Netherlands! And yet Beekse Bergen, located in the municipality of Hilvarenbeek in Brabant Province, offers just that with the simultaneously enticing/dubious tagline “Sleep among the animals!”

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My 5: Xiamen University, China.

Xiamen University Fujian province China

1. Xiamen University, August 2017. I hadn’t even thought of visiting Xiamen University, not until a friend of mine suggested it. “It’s one of the most beautiful campuses in China!” she claimed, so off I went, full of anticipation. When I arrived at the entrance gates I was met by a long line of people […]

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My 5: Railroad Culture Park – Xiamen, China.

Railroad Culture Park Xiamen Fujian province China

1. Railroad Culture Park, August 2017. One of my favorite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. It stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometers of landscaped gardens set around a stretch of preserved rails. Popular with ramblers, dog […]

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My 5: Phnom Sampeau – Battambang, Cambodia.

sculptures killing caves Phnom Sampeau Battambang

1. Phnom Sampeau, December 2015. The curious little Cambodian city of Battambang offers visitors a handful of unique sights that stand right up there with the country’s must-see attractions. One of these is Phnom Sampeau, a massive limestone outcrop 12 kilometres outside the town centre. It’s a steep forty-minute walk up to its highest paths, […]

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My 5: Schwetzingen Palace, Germany.

1. Schwetzingen Palace, November 2008. In late 2008 I undertook my second visit to Germany. I’d recently gotten married and my wife was a Dutch girl whose mother’s side of the family hailed from Deutschland. Living in Brussels, the two of us made the four-hour drive to Wiesental, a small village in the southwestern state […]

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