Reading between the lines – travel guidebooks and how to use them

Guidebooks are useful, insightful, helpful and informative – and also infuriating, misleading, out of date and sometimes just downright wrong.

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Jungle emergency

To get to the lush Cameron Highlands – home of Malaysia’s best-known tea plantations – you go through the old tin-mining town of Ipoh. And to get to Ipoh, you used to have to go through my dad, who was stationed there as a conscripted National Serviceman in the early 1950s.

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