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Ninh Thắng, Ninh Bình, Vietnam
Visitors have a love hate relationship with Tam Coc - and Ninh Binh in general - thanks to the aggressive nature of the touts that descend upon them the moment they disembark from their day trip tour buses from Hanoi. Solution? Don't get on the...
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Careful cookery, with good enough service, too. When I return to Hoi An, I'll just dine here every day, it's consistent to the core, every other restaurant in town is a bore. [Feature dish: White Rose (banh bao): steamed prawns in rice dumplings...
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Set along the evocatively named Perfume River, Hué is a good place to get a feel for the conflux of Vietnam's history, French colonial influences, and postwar life—and this riverside hotel is the perfect base from which to soak it all...
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99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand
Staircase inside of the second floor of the Erawan Museum in Bangkok, Thailand. The Erawan Museum is located in Samut Prakan Province (on the outskirts of Bangkok) and was built by Lek Viriyaphant, an eccentric Thai millionaire who was also...
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Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
It's quite a trek to the viewpoint at Ko Wua Talab, but the views out over Mu Ko Angthong National Marine park are worth the climb. It certainly doesn't feel worth it while you're scrambling over razor-sharp rocks that threaten to snap your ankles...
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Ko Wua Ta Lap, Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Climbing to the top of Mue Koh for a bird's eye view of Angthong Marine National Park near Ko Samui, Thailand really makes you feel "on top of the world". There are several tour operators on Ko Samui that offer day tours to the park that include...
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661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Wat Traimit Wittayarama, the Royal Temple in Bangkok, houses the Golden Buddha—the world's largest gold seated Buddha. At the top, a series of bells can be rung for good luck. These bells surround a giant metal kettle where you can throw...
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Ko Lanta Yai, Ko Lanta District, Krabi, Thailand
Here's a list of things I love about Koh Lanta: - rocks. - waves. - green curry. - how warm Beer Chang still tastes decent. - sand. - sunshine. - sunsets. Sunsets on Klong Hin Beach are a thing of beauty, indeed. And there's a very good chance,...
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Koh Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
Siam Hut has amazingly cheap bungalows right on the beach of Koh Chang. The bungalows come air conditioned or with fans, they have private bathrooms and there's a big communal seaside deck off the Tree House restaurant. At night they light these...
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James Bond Island, 82130, Thailand
This a breath-taking place, the James Bond Island in Phuket, Thailand. The island got its name from featuring in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". This is a must-go place part of the island-hopping activity in Phuket.
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Phaknam Bay, Phi Phi Island Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
On the island of Kho Phi Phi, there is the usual town that greets you with bars, restaurant and easy-to-get lodging if you didn't plan ahead. However, if you are so inclined, on the far side of the island there is a veritable Smurf village that...
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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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Myanmar (Burma)
Sunset over a few of the thousands of temples dotting the plains of Bagan, Myanmar. I took this with a telephoto (300mm) from the top of Shwe San Daw temple (if memory serves)--absolutely stunning view of the unforgettable Bagan sunset.
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Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Tall chimney rocks scatter across this landscape where I'm sure both tinkerbell and the lost boys have carved out their homes in the caves. The day starts in black with the first sounds of the gas flame blowing up the balloon for our flight. We...
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344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Monk on mobile phone at Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) in Bangkok, Thailand.
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2 ถนน สนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
One of the largest wats in Bangkok and home to over 1,000 images of the Buddha, Wat Pho is most famous for this sculpture of a giant reclining Buddha. He's 46 meters long with feet inscribed with mother-of-pearl mosaics and a body covered in gold...
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Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand
Soi 11 in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok is filled to the brim with street food vendors. But I can say with a little bit of certainty that this lady serves up the tastiest soup in the neighborhood.
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2 ถนนสนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
When I reached this place, I thought that it would be a perfect shot for the symbols of Bangkok, when I could also ban a tuk-tuk on the photo... After a few minutes waiting I had the chance to capture this... btw - the King's Temple or Wat Phra...
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Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
When I lived in Bangkok, I chose my apartment due to one important factor: it was close to a restaurant my friends affectionately dubbed "Pumpkin Lady" because of the stuffed pumpkin desserts. The dining experience is hyper-local; food is served...
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Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Carved bas relief on the walls of the Elephant Terrace near Angkor Thom, Cambodia.
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Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Sawah, Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia
The resort’s 36 limestone-clad suites were inspired by Borobudur, Java’s famous Buddhist sanctuary two miles away, and face the surrounding rice paddies. Don’t miss the Grain of Rice experience, which starts with a visit to...
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Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Visiting the newly reopened top level of Borobudur at sunrise is worth everything it takes to get there. I imagine people who scale a mountain feel much the same, and symbolically, the summit of this 8th century Buddhist shrine is the mountaintop....
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Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On any muggy night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia you could find yourself being driven home in a sunken cab and look up to this blur of the Petronas Towers, a KL centerpiece that you can't miss. That is, of course, after you get your fill of the...
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Japan, 〒511-1135 Mie Prefecture, Kuwana, 長島町浦安368
It's a wonderful amusement park south of Nagoya, Japan with ten dollar coasters, a water park and an outlet mall. The Steel Dragon 2000 is the longest coaster in the world.
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130C Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, khu phố 2, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Vietnam
Minh Tam isn't a luxury resort, it doesn't serve the best food in the universe, and it isn't situated right on the beach - you have to walk a few hundred meters for that. What Minh Tam lacks in creature comforts it more than makes up for in...
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446/13 หมู่ที่ 1 โครงการหมู่บ้านอาซาญ่า ถ.แม่ริม-สะเมิง (สายเก่า) ต.ริมใต้ อ.แม่ริม จ. เชียงใหม่ 50180 Tambon Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
A hotel is usually a gateway to your travel destination, but when the hotel is the Azaya Villas, you may find yourself lacking the motivation you need to lock the door behind you. At least that's how I felt after walking through the gates at Azaya...
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1 ถนน หน้าพระลาน แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace, which rests elegantly in the middle of the city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. From the outside walls to the inside decor, the palace is positively dripping with vibrant...
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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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Unlike some of the other places you will visit throughout Asia, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh actually has a King living in it. Constructed in the 1860's, the palace has been the home to all royalty since, with exception to the time around the...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Better known as the Tomb Raider Temple since its starring role in the Hollywood movie of the same name, Ta Prohm has at least as much star quality as Angelina Jolie. Cloaked in dappled shadow and locked in the embrace of the vast root systems that...
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Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia
A gorgeous Hindu temple complex built practically on the water of a lake based at the foot of two large volcanoes in central Bali.
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Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:13, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
A city as ancient as Istanbul has many layers of history, and you’ll have to go below the surface to see the Basilica Cistern, the largest of the underground cisterns. Built in the sixth century for the Byzantine emperor Justinian, the...
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Ninh Bình, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam
During my solo trip to Vietnam I ended up booking a day tour with the assistance of the hotel I was staying at to Ninh Binh, from Hanoi, my base city. It was a rainy day when we first started out. Our first stop was at Hoa Lu, which was the...
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Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand
The island of Ko Tao, in the Gulf of Thailand, is a pretty little island that's a perfect spot to park yourself for a week, or two, or more. Look to stay at the "OK II" bungalows - rustic, yet cheap, accommodation built upon boulders right on the...
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Demirtaş Dumlupınar Mahallesi, Fevzi Çakmak Cad./çifte Fırın Sok. Berk İş Hanı, 16245 Osmangazi/Bursa, Turkey
If time permits, definitely check out Bursa, about two hours from Istanbul. It provides a perfect escape! It is much quieter and smaller than the city in which Asia and Europe meet. The old city in particular is peaceful and beautiful; the Green...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
"Tak Bat" or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos which has become a tourist attraction on the must see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight and even after living in Laos for almost 2 years, I never tire of it....
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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
For my first taste of Sri Lanka the small town of Dambulla welcomed me well, showing off its large golden Buddha as I arrived around 4pm, a bit jetlagged and anxious to see something outside of a taxi (we drove directly from the Colombo airport to...
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Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, General Yazgan Sk. No:8, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
You've strolled the 1.5km of Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street for a spot of shopping, but hunger sets in and the purse strings are tight. Where do you go for a bite to eat? Answer: Helvetia, a modest lokanta (restaurant) tucked away on a quiet...
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Enez, 22700 Enez/Edirne, Turkey
Historically known as Ainos, Enez is on the Saros Gulf which is one of the very few gulfes on the world that clears away itself. So the water is always clean.It's 4 hrs from İstanbul by car and that looks like a small cost to swim in the aegean...
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Andifli Mahallesi, Hükümet Cd., 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
It's on the south coast of Turkey. Kaş has an amazing nature with its wonderful blue -green water. You can do scuba diving, yacht tours to see its beautiful bays, paragliding, sea kayaking among the ancient ruins and eat delicious food at the...
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Amaya Hills, Herrassagala, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
My favorite breakfast on earth is a Sri Lankan egg hopper. The hopper itself is a thin crispy crepe made by covering a round frying pan, deep but small in circumference, with a thin layer of batter. After the batter is swirled around the pan, an...
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Sri Maha Bodhi is one of the greatest sites of Anuradhapura. Take a walk around at sunset and pray with local people surrounding the big bodhi tree. It is the best place for people seeking meditation in Sri Lanka.
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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Visiting rock temple in Dambulla feels like visiting a while church. It's a place where you can "touch the heaven" with your hands.
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20190 Pamukkale Belediyesi/Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey
Pamukkale, "cotton castle" is an incredible calcium creation revered for thermal pools since the Greco-Roman and Byzantine eras. Located in southwestern Turkey near Denizli, Pamukkale town is quite small and consists mostly of hotels, hostels and...
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Alacaatlı Mah., Alacaatlı Mahallesi, 3158. Cadde No:38 D:A-5, 06810 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Macarons are my weakness, so when I stumbled upon Macarons d'Antoinette at Tepe Prime in Ankara, I felt my Achilles twitch. The crispy outside is pleasantly complimented by a generous serving of fluffy, fresh cream. With flavors from coffee to...
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10/4, Roomassala Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Guest rooms connect to an open-ceilinged room consisting solely of a koi pond flanked by a giant, concrete foot. My room features tall ceilings, ornate wooden furniture, and a spacious bed caged in a mosquito netting strewn with flower pedals. The...
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Delighted to awaken from our wee hour airport transfer to a clean-lined, airy reception with expansive views of the Indian ocean and a crisp pool large enough to swim laps in, the tensions from our months of travel subsided within the first few...
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Boek Phrai, Chom Bueng District, Ratchaburi 70150, Thailand
"NO ELECTRICITY in the heat of Thailand? Are you crazy?" Yes, this super eco friendly hotel operates without the use of electricity. It's snugged deep inside the luscious green mountain on River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province. I was scared of the...
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Dragon's Back, Shek O, Hong Kong
On this day, we discovered there's way more to Hong Kong than high-end shopping and dining. I'll never forget these views and the sense of tranquility we found up here. We also spent some time at the lovely little Shek O beach, which you'll find...