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Life's Sweet
Take Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, add a twist of The Jungle Book and you’ll begin to understand what Big Tree Farms’ new Bamboo Chocolate Factory is all about. Set on a farm in Bali’s highlands, the factory is built entirely from bamboo – in fact, it’s the largest structure in the world made from the sustainable material. In addition to looking good and saving the planet, the factory happens to churn out fair-trade chocolate – Big Tree Farms works with about 3,000 farmers in Bali and Aceh to produce the cacao beans that are transformed into delicious, organic chocolate. If you needed an excuse to indulge, you now have one.




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Alodaw Pauk Pagoda Market

Give the notorious floating markets of Inle Lake a pass - unless you enjoy being endlessly harassed by aggressive touts and have a desire to be shaken out of your unstable skiff and dumped in the lake.

Yongsan Electronics Market

If it blinks, beeps, whizzes, whirs or walks with a computerised gait, chances are good you’ll be able to buy it at Yongsan.

Gypsy Bride Market

If you’re hard-pressed to find a blushing bride, you might consider a visit to the Gypsy Bride Market in Mogila.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.

The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a place where locals bring their prized song birds to sing cheery songs to one another.

Witches’ Market

Known locally as the Mercado de Hechiceria or Mercado de las Brujas, the Witches’ Market in La Paz is packed with shops selling goods used in local Aymara rituals.

Pottery Factory

San Juan de Oriente is a picturesque village that rests in the shadow of the indomitable Masaya Volcano.

Deyrolle Taxidermy

Less a market and more a shop, Deyrolle deserves honourable mention on account of it being the single strangest shop in all of Paris, and perhaps the entirety of Europe, mostly because there’s nowhere else


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