In this issue of Wanderlust magazine

Travel Hot List

New flights. New walking trails. New experiences. Discover the best places to travel in 2017

Chile: Trip Planner

Make the most of the new direct flights launching from the UK to Santiago in January with our expert guide to the coast, desert, mountains and cities of Chile


Searching for author Bruce Chatwin's Songlines, 30 years after his legendary journey - in the Northern Territory's Aboriginal heartlands

South Africa

Forget the winelands - head north from Cape Town to discover incredible birdlife, ancient rock art, wild rapids all without the crowds


Head underground for a subterranean adventure in Khammouane Province -  home to the largest active river cave in the world and a whole raft of hidden wildlife and tiny villages


...beyond the beaches. Known best by fly 'n' flop holidaymakers, shake the sand from your flip-flops and head inland to discover why this former Portuguese colony is a world apart from the rest of India

Plus... Survive your first expedition cruise; comedian Bill Bailey talks birds; the best Aurora trips - with added adventure; How to spend an alternative first 24 hours in Iceland's Reykjavik; discover another side to the Canary Island of La Palma with a whole host of wild walking trails; Explore Bali's Mother Temple; long-sleeve baselayers - tested, and lots, lots more...

December 2016/January 2017 issue • On sale from 17 November

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It’s common knowledge that elephants in Thailand are often abused and tortured for human gain. These responsible elephant experiences swerve well away from these practices, offering a natural way to get up-close to these incredible creatures

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7 dos and don’ts of Thai cultural etiquette

Thai culture contains a myriad of customs – both acceptable behaviours and faux pas. Take a step in the right direction with these seven know-before-you-go tips

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6 things NOT to do in Thailand

There are good green practices and poor green practices when you’re a traveller, and each country comes with their own set of eco-rules. Here’s what you shouldn’t do as a visitor in Thailand

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Experience the simple life on a new eco-trek into remote Chiang Mai

Wanderlust’s Online Editor Graeme Green enjoys the simple life, hiking with local people between remote forest villages in Thailand’s far north, as part of a new ecotourism trip

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Fancy an alternative beach break in Thailand?

Millions of people flock to Thailand's beaches every year, but this puts a strain on its beautiful coast. Organisations across the country are working to preserve its pristine white sands – here's how you can get involved too

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