Inside the abandoned horse racing grandstand in Japan

French photographer, Jordy Meow, explored the haunting Japanese grandstand and captured its decay Dating back to 1866, the site has had many incarnations including as a military printworks and a war prison Briefly a bowling alley in the 1980s, the derelict building, hidden in a park, has been left to ruin for decades  By Naomi…

The top ten most bizarre flight requests by passengers 

A booking site has revealed its strangest passenger demands in 2016 One customer asked to sit in the cockpit because it was their birthday  Another passenger asked for their plane meal be replaced with posh chocolates  By Caroline Mcguire for MailOnline It seems the phrase, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’ has a lot to answer for. …

Iran before the revolution shows a stunning contrast

MailOnline Travel has rounded up archive pictures of everyday life across Iran in the 1960s and 1970s  The tension between traditional and Western influences are evident in  locals’ fashions and leisure snaps  Pre-Revolution pictures offer an insight into an unseen side of a country still shrouded in mystery  By Naomi Leach For Mailonline From students…

Kangra Valley Railway through the Himalayas costs just 41p

The Kangra Valley Railway runs through the Himalayan foothills from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar The journey takes ten hours and crosses 950 ornate bridges with mountain views along the way Despite its charms, the railway is little-known to tourists and mostly transports passengers native to the area By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline It might…

Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton in the Maldives

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton recharged her batteries in the Maldives following the last season  She and husband Kevin stayed at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a 52-acre resort set in the heart of the Noonu Atoll  There she spent hours marvelling at the native fruit bats, while other highlights included a dolphin cruise …

A spy’s eye view of Russia: Never-seen-before pictures

Douglas Smith released the extraordinary photos taken by US Army Major Martin Manhoff from the 1950s The US diplomat was expelled from USSR for espionage after documents he left on a train were found He had travelled around the country taking thousands of photographs during the Stalin era 60 years ago They remained untouched in…

The Forbidden Forest opens up at the Warner Brothers Tour

The creepy Forbidden Forest featured in all the Harry Potter books and movies Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London has expanded to invite guests into the lair New attraction has 19 trees, special effects and life-sized creatures from the film By Naomi Leach For Mailonline The Forbidden Forest may be off limits to Hogwarts students…

Conde Nast video shows 100 years of flight attendant style

A century of cabin fashion is revealed with a fascinating new video showcasing uniform styles of each decade Journey from 1930s’ elegance through the hip outfits of the 1960s to the designer looks of today The styles of cabin crew provide a visual insight to traveller trends and aspirations of each era  By Naomi Leach…

Six things to do in Vaucluse, Provence

The Mail on Sunday’s Gareth Huw Davies visited the scenic region in Provence  Vaucluse boasts Roman ruins, cobblestone villages and plenty of French cheese It’s also a great spot for black truffles and hosts the stately Hotel Crillon le Brave By Gareth Huw Davies for The Mail on Sunday Vaucluse, on the east bank of…

Amsterdam is a great city break for all ages

Amsterdam has developed an unfair reputation as a stoner mecca It has great bars, unique property and one of world’s top art collections The stylish W Hotel has now opened one of its newest businesses there  By Caroline Mcguire for MailOnline Amsterdam is a Mecca for tourists both old and young, who head to the…