A guide to the New East
Special report
Unlikely escapes in the new east
How far are you prepared to go for a unique summer break? From a mountain spa resort in Tajikistan to a sailing trip in southern Russia, our correspondents have searched out the hidden treasures of the new east. With stories updated over the week, this is a special report from the road less travelled.
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Contents

Travel

Taking the waters

How to kick back at a Soviet-era health spa in Tajikistan

Photography

Return to Lake Balaton

Revisiting communist Hungary's favourite summer holiday resort

Travel

Winds of change

Can sailing transform unlovely Yeysk into a Russian riviera?

Travel

Go forth and multiply

Notes from an accidental fertility tour of Central Asia

Photography

Beyond borders

A journey through the disputed republics of Transcaucasia

Travel

Rich seam

In search of amber, Kaliningrad's famous yellow stone

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