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LP Pathfinders: top posts from March 2015

Pho_Vietnam Pho is a classic dish to try in Vietnam. Image by Jame Healy / CC2.0

Our Lonely Planet Pathfinders have been venturing far and wide this month, from the lofty tea plantations of Darjeeling to the icy length of the Trans-Siberian railway. We've curated the best of their travel tips and stories here.

Darjeeling: India's Decompression Chamber - Nick Hewitt

With a tantalising view of Nepal and the mountains within, this calm alpine town stands in stark contrast to the rest of India. It offers tea like nowhere else on earth, a UNESCO-listed steam train and an unconventionally thrilling gondola ride. Welcome to Darjeeling, India's decompression chamber.

Nick and Elle spent five months travelling across Asia. Follow their blog at followmeeast.com.

What to eat in Vietnam - Yasmine

Yasmine shares her guide to eating in Vietnam, covering a range of dishes, including banh cuon, banh mi and, of course, pho.

Yasmine is a food-loving traveller currently based in Japan. Follow her blog at peekingduck.co.

The Ultimate Guide to Antwerp, Belgium - Aileen Adalid

Aileen shares what she's learnt so far about Antwerp — the place she now calls 'home'. Her post is packed with details and suggestions on what to do and see in Belgium's hidden gem, as well as great photographs of the city.

Aileen is a digital nomad currently based in Antwerp. Follow her blog at iamaileen.com

5 Quirky things to do in Bogota, Colombia - Sarah V.

Once you've seen the major tourist attractions of a big city, it's worth spending some time exploring its quirks. Sarah reveals what makes Bogota bizarre in her alternative to-do list for Columbia's capital.

Having visited 73 countries so far, Sarah's definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Follow her blog at travelcake.net.

Caviar in Amazar - Matthew Woodward

On a typically unusual day on board the Moscow to Vladivostok Trans-Siberian train “002”, Matthew learns to cope with time zone distortion and goes on a quest for a meal that he can't quite believe is available.

Matthew has been travelling for over 25 years. Follow his blog at toadstraveladventures.blogspot.co.uk

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