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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I watched as the streets flooded rapidly and the Vietnamese locals didn’t skip a beat. Rain doesn’t stop them – and it shouldn’t stop you. I often get people who tell me they are skipping a country in Southeast Asia because...
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Jl. Suweta No.31, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
What was supposed to be a solo trip turned into a serendipitous rendevous with one of my dear college friends and creative collaborators, who happened to be in the Philippines right as I was planning to tour Bali, and then Manila. He ended up...
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Kyaukse, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the ancient city of Inwa, the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery is constructed entirely of teak wood and is a representation of the Wayzayanta Palace, which is the highest level of heaven in Buddhism. Built in 1838 A.D., the entire monastery is...
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Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230, Thailand
Waking early to the loud morning chorus of the Thai rainforest is an amazing experience. Whooping gibbons, honking hornbills and buzzing insects compete to fill the air waves with their loud songs to the new day. The floating bungalows on Lake...
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Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Spending an early morning with our family in the monkey forest was a nice way to avoid the crowds, and have fun observing the monkeys. We enjoyed exploring this amazing nature reserve and shoot some family pictures given the lovely morning light.
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Gitgit, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
Legends abound about Gitgit Waterfall: Locals say that those who can see animals in the rock behind its 115-foot falls have a special spirit; others say couples that bath in the pool beneath the falls will eventually separate. Who knows whether...
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Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Balinese people have taken ritual baths in the waters of Tirta Empul since it was founded in 962. The waters are believed to have healing powers, both physically and spiritually, so people come from all over the island to purify...
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The best babi guling (suckling pig) in Ubud can be found at the no frills, open air Ibu Oka, Jalan Sueta / Tegal Sari No 2. Sit on the floor in front of a low table (you may have to share) and rip into a plate of tender pork served with rice and a...
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Jalan Hanoman, Desa Padang Tegal, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Everywhere in Bali cool drinks to quench one's thirst are to be found. With or sans alcohol many use local fruit and spices to put fresh spins on cocktails. This one from Uma Ubud's bar is called a Bent Blinder. It combines scotch with fresh...
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Severely dehydrated, severely under-dressed, severely cold (the sum of these parts means, of course, that I am severely stupid) my travel partner and I dragged our sorry carcasses through the woods and over rocks in the dead of night in search of...
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia
A visit to the Perhentian Islands is a must if you find yourself in Malaysia and want some beach time! If you want a nice quaint island stay on Perhentian Besar. If you are looking for more action then stay on Perhentian Kecil, but even Kecil is...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 瓷器库胡同2 邮政编码: 100006
Li Qun Duck Restaurant is hidden in a Qianmen hutong. (To find it, follow the ducks painted on the hutong walls!) The restaurant doesn't put on airs, and feels effortlessly authentic despite the fact that pictures of statesman and ambassadors who...
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18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
The best fast food in Singapore's central business district can be found at Lau Pa Sat (Raffles Place MRT stop). This 150-year-old former fish, fruit, and veg market was converted into a collection of hawker food stalls in the 1970s. The market,...
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Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Don't worry, I did sample traditional Khmer and Cambodian food in Phnom Penh but a friend who used to live there highly recommended Yumi and I'm so glad we took her advice. Set in a restored red lacquered shop house, Yumi's barbecue ribs, pumpkin...
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4-5 ban Phonepheng, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
This cheerful flower seller in Phosy Market was preparing beautiful marigold tower temple offerings for sale. The market, south west of central Luang Prabang, is where locals go for fresh produce, meat, spices, baguettes, rice and sundries. Some...
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78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 162078
Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore's most atmospheric neighborhoods. Art deco government-built housing developments are being turned into renovated loft apartments with cafes, bookstores, and vintage clothing boutiques at street level. On a lazy...
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2 Telok Blangah Way, Singapore 098803
Relive your youth at this local bowling alley near Mount Faber. Games are super cheap ($4.40 per person), the tunes are fun, and beer and samosas are on offer from the snack bar. SAFRA is a club for members of the Singapore Armed Forces but you...
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Pulau Ubin, Singapore
After a 10-minute ferry ride from Changi Point in Singapore City, you’ll arrive on Pulau Ubin—a small, densely forested island where life moves a little slower. Rent a bicycle and spend a lazy day pedaling around this sleepy fishing kampung...
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3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Visit three distinct neighborhoods in central Singapore to get a feel for the cultures that have contributed to the city’s pan-Asian identity. You can start in Chinatown, where the high rises of the central business district give way to foot...
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Singapore
In most of Singapore, street art is still considered vandalism. But the city has started to sanction some street art projects that are adding a lively new dimension to the urban landscape. At the pedestrian Helix Bridge, which opened in 2010 and...
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920 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 158792
Grab a seat at one of the newsprint-covered tables (or “chope” the table by putting down a pack of tissues to let others know it’s taken) and then stroll the aisles to check out what looks good. I recommend Fu Ming Carrot Cake, dim sum in little...
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River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Tour the spice garden at Fort Canning Park with a botanist to see and smell chilies of all types as well as lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, curry leaves, limes, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.Fort Canning Park is bounded by Hill Street, Canning Rise,...
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Singapore
Known for being a bit boisterous and rowdy, Little India has a distinct personality from the rest of Singapore. It can start to feel a few degrees hotter than the rest of the city as you dodge shoppers, temple goers, and trinket sellers on...
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30 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898
Many of the buildings in Tiong Bahru, a neighborhood near Chinatown, were built in the 1930s when the Singapore government undertook one of its first housing development projects. The two-story Tiong Bahru Market, which was completed in 2006 but...
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102 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207678
Singapore's Little India has a wealth of South Indian restaurants to choose from, but my favorite for an unfussy, authentic South Indian meal is Anjappar across from retail giant Mustafa. Hailing from Chennai, the restaurant is known for its dosa—...
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68 Seng Poh Lane #01-10, Singapore 160068
When wandering through Tiong Bahru on a Saturday morning, I always stop into Flea & Trees, a quirky vintage boutique with great dresses and one-of-a-kind statement necklaces and baubles. https://www.facebook.com/FleaTrees?ref=br_tf
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8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium is the world’s largest and is home to thousands of marine life species. An open tank behind the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel showcases rays swimming in formation and playful sharks biting each other’s tails. With...
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44 Eng Hoon St, Singapore 169786
The Monkey God Temple (Qi Tian Gong) in Tiong Bahru dates from 1920 and is a reminder of the ethnic Chinese soul of this neighborhood, which has recently undergone somewhat of a transformation. When you visit this temple you breathe in the vibrant...
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154 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218431
Bak kut teh (or meat bone tea) is a simple, hearty, comforting Chinese soup with a peppery kick that you can dress up as simply or as daringly (add kidneys, liver, and other organs) as you like. Originally a breakfast dish, it is now eaten any...
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1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
The Fullerton Hotel sits on the site of a former fort, which also served as a lighthouse for ships coming into Singapore to unload or refuel. The lighthouse beacon is now in a museum but climb the spiral staircase from the Fullerton's Lighthouse...
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1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
The Butter Factory in One Fullerton is a dance club that draws a young crowd with its fun music and irreverent vibe. Patrons can shake what their mamas gave them across two loud rooms decorated with equally loud wallpaper and cheeky faux-taxidermy...
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8A Marina Boulevard B2, 05, Singapore 018984
Din Tai Fung is not a Singaporean chain—it originated in Taiwan—but outposts of this restaurant have flourished all over the city, thanks to its addictive dumplings. (Seriously: addictive.) Making the perfect soup dumplings (xiao long...
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#01, 8 Raffles Ave, 15 Esplanade Singapore, Singapore 039802
If you are eager to try the famed Singapore street food but don't know where to begin, come to Gluttons Bay by the Esplanade for a tutorial. Here you'll find lots of signs explaining the various options and friendly hawker stall uncles who will...
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Jl. Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83355, Indonesia
Gili T is the largest of the three Gili islands near Lombok. It has all the restaurant and nightlife offerings of Boracay in the Philippines but with the relaxed, friendly, tout-free vibe of the Perhentian islands in Malaysia. There are no cars or...
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#01, 1 Kadayanallur St, 04 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Devout foodies flock to the hawker stands in Singapore, one of the world's cleanest cities. Check out the tasty Hainanese Chicken Rice at the famous Maxwell Food Centre; you'll want to find the Tian Tian stall. Explore the other stands and...
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Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Puri Lukisan, or temple of paintings, was the first museum in Ubud, opening in 1956. The aim was to preserve the art of traditional painting in Bali in its many styles. Included in the collection now are three main sections of traditional...
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Jl. Gn. Sari No.1, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
As in most tourist towns it can be tough to find places to eat in Ubud that aren’t just full of other tourists eating what locals eat but paying 3 times the price. Mangga Madu is one of those rare finds that caters to expats, locals and tourists....
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Lovina Beach, Anturan, Buleleng Sub-District, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Lovina is a quiet beach village way up on the north coast of Bali. Back in the 1980’s and 90’s it was a bustling tourist destination, but since the bombs in 2002 and 2005, tourism in the north has been pretty much wiped out leaving Lovina and its...
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Jl. Br Semawang, Dangin Puri Klod, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80232, Indonesia
Pasir Putih or White Sand Beach in the village of Bugbug is one of the few beaches that hasn't yet been developed. It really is a quiet paradise with just a few small warungs selling cold drinks and simple food. There have been rumors circulating...
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Sanur, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
Sanur is a beautiful and quaint part of Bali with hotels along the boardwalk that lines the beach. The boardwalk really makes Sanur special, as walking in Bali can be treacherous in most of the towns with narrow streets and tiny sidewalks, but...
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Poppies 2, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
If you like your bars a little rough and ready, completely casual, and seriously boozy, don't miss Alleycats on Poppies II in Kuta. Day and night there are people hanging out, tucking into excellent hangover food and playing pool. To really become...
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Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 planning to stay 8 months and ended up living his whole life on the island. He began painting 15-year-old dancer Ni Pollok shortly after her arrival and fell deeply in love with her; the couple...
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Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning No.6, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The lovely Ibu Ayu at d'waroeng is a nothing short of brilliant. The food she turns out of a tiny dark kitchen on the main road in Nyuh Kuning just outside Ubud, is delicious, free from MSG and just like home cooking. The ayam bakar (grilled...
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Jalan Laksamana Oboroi No.177X, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80561, Indonesia
La Favela is ridiculously cool. Dark and a bit like a hipster dungeon, there are couches, mixed tiles, pictures of the Virgin Mary everywhere and lots of candles. Why this makes it so cool, I'm not sure but it really is...
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Jl. Raya Legian No.83A, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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YOLO is like the bargain basement of bars. Every night has a different deal to draw in the crowds. It's only a tiny place but gets pretty packed on the weekends and every night in high season. Bar staff are fun and the crowd...
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Jl. Raya Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The ridge walk is an absolute must while you're in Ubud. Walking out of Ubud to the west you will see the Ibah hotel on your right as you go down the hill to the river in Campuhan. If you go into the driveway of the hotel there is a small sign...
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Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80362, Indonesia
Karma Beach Club looks like a place you see in movies and think, "there is nowhere that really looks like that". Well there is and if you feel like disappearing to a place where you can totally relax and pretend you're on some kind fancy deserted...
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Jl. Sulawesi, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Jalan Sulawesi, right in the heart of Denpasar in what used to be the Chinese district is the place to go for fabric. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful piece of traditional batik or something a bit more funky, the selection on this street is...
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Kayubihi, Bangli Sub-District, Bangli Regency, Bali 80652, Indonesia
The hot springs at Mount Batur are rich in minerals and said to heal rheumatism, muscle pain and stiffness, fatigue, and even to enhance fertility. Even if you don't have any such complaints, soaking in these pools and looking out over the lake is...
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Kamasan, Klungkung Sub-District, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Just outside Gelgel and Klungkung, which were the seats of the Majapahit Kingdom from the 15th until the second half of the 17th century, is the village of Kamasan. This village was and is still of great cultural importance to the Balinese as it...
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Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran Bay is a beautiful white sand beach with calm water and gorgeous sunsets and is known to have the freshest and tastiest seafood in Bali. During the day a seafood market sells to restaurants and private buyers, and at night there are...
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Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
The wax resist dying technique of batik is one of the symbols of Indonesian culture. Although it actually came from Java to Bali with the Majapahit Kingdom in the 14th Century, the Balinese now consider it as much part of their culture as the...
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Jl. Sari Dewi No.17, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
It may sound a bit rough, but Straw Hut is actually one of the trendiest little bar/restaurants in Seminyak right now. The atmosphere is really laid back and beachy (even though it's not on the beach). The glass doors open wide so there is plenty...
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Everything about this hotel, from its beachfront locale to the sweeping terraces and sliding-glass doors, is aimed at maximizing views of Bali’s most sought-after shoreline. Local stone and wood put an Indonesian twist on the resort’s...
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Jalan Raya Ubud No.77, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Padang food from Sumatra is the staple of travelers, students, and people too lazy to cook for themselves in Bali. Cheap, delicious, and fast, you choose what you want from piles of meat, vegetables, tofu, and tempeh dishes and top it with spicy...
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Jalan Raya Pengosekan, banjar Pengosekan, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Warung Sopa is an all vegetarian restaurant with 2 locations in Ubud. The original one is on Jalan Sugriwa and the second larger one with lots of garden space is in Pengosekan. The menu is a mix of Indonesian nasi campur (rice and small portions...
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Jl. Raya Seminyak, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Warung Ocha is a staple for tasty, cheap Indonesian food right in the middle of Seminyak, and also has a great range of salads and pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. Basically, if you're hungry they have just about any food you might crave. They...
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Warung Semesta is one of those great cafes that you stumble across and wonder why you've never been there before. It has 2 nice open levels with lots of light and air, although upstairs is for smokers, and big tables, which are great if you need...
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Sunset beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Lembongan island, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Located just off the eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia, is a small island called Nusa Lembongan. It is a great place for a day trip if you're vacation in Bali, and it's only a 30-40min boat ride from Sanur. There is a boat that will take you...
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Jalan Batu Belig No.41, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
A stay in Ubud wouldn't be complete without dropping by Naughty Nuri's for a rack of ribs, smoking hot off the grill. Casual, open air dining with more pork than you can shake a rib at, burgers and steak as well. Nuri's is a "local's joint" often...
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There’s a reason there are no McDonalds in Saigon- they can’t compete with this lady. Her product is simple; fried and scrambled eggs, jerky, cilantro, cucumber and Chin Su chili sauce in a hot French baguette that was made just hours prior. Douse...
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While traveling in Vietnam in 2010, I had heard mentions of a legendary "lunch lady" who served the most delicious soups out of a small cart in Ho Chi Minh City's city center. Each weekday she features a different soup, each hand made with fresh...
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38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps....
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72 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Nestled about the chaos of the city is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s great escapes, Shri. The city has a dozen or so rooftop restaurants but what sets this one apart from the rest is the location just outside District1 in neighboring D3. It’s outside...
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Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao Dist, Côn Đảo, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu 74000, Vietnam
The Island of Con Dao. Once a prison now is a paradise that is unknown by most.
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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, Vietnam
Sau Beach at Sunset
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Don't skip Temple of Literature when you visit Hanoi, especially if it is during the time of the New Year Celebrations. This is when students and their families will come and pay a visit and calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Mt Bromo, Area Gn. Bromo, Podokoyo, Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia
Bright and early, just before the sun comes up over Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and Mount Batok, with ample rolling fog and an epic eruption for good measure. We climbed Mount Penanjakan in our Toyota 4x4 pre-dawn in the headlights of some 1,200...
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Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Less than half a mile from the port in Padang Bai is the small but perfectly formed Bias Tugel beach. The years have been kind to this beach, and despite the beginnings of developments on the cliffs overlooking the beach, it has remained quiet....
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Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Neka Museum, just up the hill from Ubud in Kedewatan, is a fabulous collection of art made by local and foreign artists in Bali. There are now about 300 pieces on display, from traditional Balinese paintings and carvings to the paintings of...
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Tenganan, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
The Bali Aga people are similar to the Amish in America. Most of their communities do not encourage visitors and are religiously and ceremonially unique, but in Tenganan they actively promote tourism and encourage the purchasing of their artwork....
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Jl. Raya Bunutan Amed Ababi Abang Karangasem Bali, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
I went on a solo journey to experience Bali. The highlight by far was diving at the wreck site of the USS Liberty, a WWII cargo ship torpedoed and dragged up to shore. It now sits just below the waterline, covered in a rich tapestry of underwater...
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Dusun Ngadas, Ngadas, Poncokusumo, Malang, Jawa Timur 65157, Indonesia
The towering waterfall called Coban Pelangi is one of the nice side trips you can take while visiting Gunung Bromo in Central Java.
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Pangkalanbuun, Mendawai, Arut Sel., Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
Here's a monkey that is truly nosey, but not from being overly inquisitive. As you motor up and down the Sekonyer River from Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park, you hear the loud warning calls of these Proboscis Monkeys, followed by the...
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Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Go back in time with these partially ruined temples from the 9th century. Celebrating the hindu trinity (Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh, Creator- Sustainer-Destroyer), these temples have seen their cycles of creation and destruction more than once.
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Jalan Manisrenggo KM. 1, Tlogo, Prambanan, Pemukubaru, Tlogo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Klaten, Jawa Tengah 57454, Indonesia
The Plaosan Complex, located near Jogyakarta in Central Java, is a pair of Buddhist temples and associated structures that were constructed in the middle of the ninth century AD - long before the arrival of Islam, which dominates the island today....
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Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
The bell-shaped stupas are pierced by numerous decorative openings, and each of them has a statue of the Buddha sitting inside.
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Jl. Prawirotaman, Brontokusuman, Mergangsan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55153, Indonesia
Let's be honest, I booked a room at the Ministry of Coffee guest house because the name amused me. I took it in the religious, not governmental, sense of the word and imagined a band of do-gooders making the world a better place through coffee....
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Notoprajan, Ngampilan, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55262, Indonesia
Keraton, as it is widely known to tourists and visitors to Indonesia, is the royal palace complex of the Sultan. Once the sole rulers of Yogyakarta, now resigned to governorship on Java, the royal family has a rich history of power, beauty and...
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While in Yogyakarta, we stayed at this wonderful guesthouse. The place is quiet, and what I liked most is that the place has most amenities in most luxury hotels without the pricey tag!
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I was at the Camp Leaky's feeding platform in the Tanjung Puting National Park for about an hour with about 20 other people, watching the female and baby orangutans. The crowds slowly left and my Dayak guide told me to hang around for a bit longer...
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Kumai, Sungai Kapitan, Kumai, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
A 30 minute boat ride from Kubu beach takes you Tanjung Keluang, an island resort favoured by locals in search of some weekend relaxation. The resort also runs a small sea turtle conservation project where, for a small donation, you can release a...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dumplings are delicious. That's not much of a secret. But snacking on dumplings in one of the world's busiest and most atmospheric night markets? That's an entirely different experience. Namdaeumun Night Market, located smack dab in the heart of ...
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Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked away in the heart of downtown Seoul is the quaint Insadong district, where a Korea of yore comes to life in the form of traditional artists and musicians, shops selling Korean crafts and souvenirs, and street performers dressed in native...