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Lonely Planet March 2017

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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this month...

…we’re celebrating festivals around the world. Amid Morocco’s rust-red Atlas Mountains, one will leave you smelling of roses (p56). In Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, another is guaranteed to see you happily drenched from head to toe (p68). Between the fairytale villages and eerie forests of Saxony-Anhalt in eastern Germany, we beckon you to join a gathering of witches and ghouls (p78). And against the backdrop of Venice’s palazzos and canals, the arrival of masked carnival revellers makes for an unmissable set of photo opportunities (p88). As the party mood gathers, I’ll sign off by pointing you in the direction of a preview of next month’s magazine (p104), our 100th issue! • Subscribe! See p18 • Follow us on Twitter @LPTraveller and Instagram @lonelyplanettraveller • Join our Lonely Planet Traveller Insiders panel at immediateinsiders.com…

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behind the scenes

TRIPLE TROUBLE We sent Matt Munro to photograph three risky places this issue To shoot Songkran (see below) I needed to wrap my whole camera in layers of clingfilm, and also to wear wrap-around glasses, as everyone thought it was fun to play ‘soak the photographer’ with high-powered water pistols. For Walpurgisnacht in Germany (p78), the biggest issue was how cold it was in the Harz Mountains at night. Although with so many witches and wizards about, I also had a slight concern I may have had a hex cast upon me. In Arizona (p41), I had to tread with care around the cholla cactus: its spikes form hooks when in contact with skin, which are very hard to remove. PRECIOUS PETALS Writer Oliver Berry and photographer Lottie Davies arrived in Morocco to…

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WEXFORD, IRELAND Against the tide I recently visited County Wexford for two days with my partner and our three-year-old daughter. On the second day there, we went to the Hook Peninsula. The idea was to capture the sunset at Hook Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the world, and the oldest operating one. It is also one of the most visited places in Ireland. The place is very special, because it is so wild and the waves here are really freaky. Every tenth wave or so was particularly big. I didn’t manage to get a shot of one at its peak, because it felt too dangerous, but I was delighted with my photograph. BAYAN GOBI, MONGOLIA Intent look Two friends and I took a trekking tour of Mongolia, travelling through steppe, mountain and desert.…

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All eyes on Kazakhstan IT’S NOW EASIER THAN EVER to visit this particular ’stan after the country introduced visa-free travel for the UK. But should you? Emphatically yes, says Lonely Planet destination editor Megan Eaves: ‘Kazakhstan’s greatest draw is its incredible natural scenery – it’s a country the size of Western Europe with the population of the Netherlands, so there’s lots of open space. The country lies on the ancient Silk Road, and you can get a taste of that history in the city of Turkistan – a 14th-century Sufi pilgrimage site.’ You can’t go to Kazakhstan without seeing the new capital, Astana, and its quirky architecture, such as the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre (pictured). Says Megan, ‘Highlights include the Bayterek Tower, meant to embody a folktale about a mythical bird…

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mad for manga

100 MangaArtists (£12.99; Taschen) charts the reach of Japan’s popular comic art form, which has found influence everywhere from mainstream advertising to the film industry. Offering an A›Z of all the major manga talents, the book includes plenty of examples of their work, the distinctively wide-eyed characters popping up on almost every page. MANGA HIGHLIGHTS IN JAPAN Kyoto International Manga Museum This former elementary school has a vast collection of comics on display – a decent number of which have been translated into English – and hosts weekend sessions where visitors can have their portrait done by a manga artist (kyotomm.jp/en). Manga drawing class, Yokohama Inside Japan Tours can organise tuition at a well-regarded animation school in this seaside city just south of Tokyo, if booked as part of a longer tour package with them.…

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rivals to rio

Belgium Though the ostrich-plume hats may look familiar, you won’t catch Binche Carnival performers in a bikini. Parade costumes are inspired by its medieval origins (26-28 February; carnavaldebinche.be). France The highlight of the Côte d’Azur’s Nice Carnival is the batailles de fleurs (flower battles), when blooms are flung into the crowds (11-25 February; nicecarnaval.com). Spain Cádiz Carnival is Spain’s most raucous and is notable for its roving bands of musicians, who perform comic songs in fancy dress (23 Feb-5 Mar; andalucia.org).…