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The goings good: horse racing in Ireland

‘A landscape awash with colour and legend’: Killarney’s racecourse surrounds a golf course and lies above Lough Leane, between McGillycuddy Reeks and Torc mountain. Killarney, the best spot to join the Ring of Kerry, is a place of tour buses. Vast hotels sit on the market town’s outer reaches and along the main street tourists

Rockies road trip: driving Colorado in the summer

The dramatic Colorado landscape near Aspen. Photograph: istockphoto For much of the year, Colorado lies buried under snow. Rich people glide across it on skis and 4X4s, between resorts at Aspen, Crested Butte and Breckenridge. But when the snow melts, Colorado’s perilous mountain passes, plains and canyons make the perfect setting for a road trip

Battambang, Cambodias art and soul

Monks collect morning alms outside Battambang’s Make Maek gallery in front of scultpture by Mao Soviet. Photograph: Mok Roth The resemblance is rather striking. With his dark hair swept to the side and bee-stung lips, Cambodian painter Chov Theanly is often told he’s the dapper doppelganger of the country’s most well-known crooner, the late Sinn

How to holiday on Italy’s Amalfi coast on a budget

View of the Amalfi coast. Photograph: David Noton/Getty Images One of Europe’s most desirable and romantic destinations, the Amalfi coast has been seducing visitors since antiquity. But until the 40km-long Strada Statale 163 – connecting the hilltop village of Meta, just outside Sorrento, with Vietri sul Mare in the east – was blasted out of

Cool holiday cottages in the New Forest

The Beech Hut near Sopley in the New Forest The Beech Hut, Near Sopley Check into this blue-and-white-painted hut and your neighbours will be beech trees, fruit bushes (it’s on a PYO farm), barn owls and deer. A kitchen, shower space and toilet provide basic comforts, while reclaimed oak floors and an oval door add

Summer sessions: Rob da Banks Bestival warm-up mixtape

Rob da Bank shares his Ibiza-inspired summer playlist. Photograph: Elliot Smith/guardian.co.uk Rob da Bank is so much more than a lover of leftfield electronic sounds. His eclectic record label and music brand, Sunday Best, has become a force to be reckoned with, and as Bestival – the festival founded by Rob and his wife Josie

Top 10 hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Relax and reflect … the pool at The Plantation hotel The Plantation Phnom Penh may just have the highest proportion of places to stay with swimming pools of any Asian capital, and they are a treat after a day amid the dusty streets or riding around in an open-sided remork (Cambodia’s tuk tuk). Set in

Top rocks: bouldering in Fontainebleau, France

Rock on … a climber at Font, with rubber-soled climbing shoes, chalk for dry hands, a crash mat but no ropes. Photograph: Alamy One thing you quickly learn when you go bouldering – a sort of low-level rock climbing done without ropes – is that you can find yourself in a pretty sticky situation even

London maps: a unique view of the capital through classic cartography

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Part of the Totally Thames festival, Mapping London is an exhibition of maps of the capital, dating from 1572 to 2013. Curated by Daniel Crouch, a leading specialist map dealer, it runs from 4 to 14 September at the gallery at Oxo Tower Wharf Continue reading… Travel | The Guardian

Bed and breaking news: Ghents newspaper hostel

The bar and lobby area of Backstay Hostel Ghent A new hostel in the Belgian city of Ghent is looking to put an inky spin on budget travel by allowing guests to stay in dorms and bedrooms named after famous newspapers. And, yes, you can choose to show your allegiance by staying in the Guardian