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Muang Ngoy, Laos
The sleepy Laotian village of Nong Khiaw, in the north Luang Prabang province, can be deceptive. Before you arrive, you think, "Looks quite dull. Will pass through overnight and make my way somewhere more interesting." But once you arrive and see...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Just a little away from the more touristic area of this beautiful city, we find real life settings in quiet streets.
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7 Trần Quang Khải, Lộc Thọ, Thành phố Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa 650000, Vietnam
Unique boat made in bamboo basket to float on the sea? Would you dare sail the coast in it? Vietnamese do! The only control they have is a paddle.
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80 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
This was the last stop after a full afternoon of vineyard hopping and wine tasting. I met friends at Stonyridge to enjoy the sunset and the vineyard's signature reds and whites. The amber glow of the vineyards, blue sky and spring breeze were the...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
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Pier 4, 139 Quay Street,, Downtown Auckland, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
Our day began at Pier 4. It was slightly overcast, but plenty mild for a chartered boat excursion on the harbor. It was day one of five in Auckland, and we wasted no time getting familiar. The afternoon was perfect. We hired a boat for the day and...
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5/15 Moo 7 Phetkasem Road T. KHUKKAK A.TAKUAPA, ตำบล คึกคัก Khaolak, PHANG NGA 82190, Thailand
I loved finding little offerings in random places in Thailand. This was a few miles north of Khao Lak, a place devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami. I wondered if this offering was for the gods of the sea, keeping them happy and placated with...
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Nong Chaeng, Bueng Sam Phan District, Phetchabun, Thailand
What's Thailand without fire spinning on the beach, Chang beer in hand? Calling ourselves "true dirtbag adventurers", we resisted the resort scene for too long until we succumbed to sitting on the sand one evening on Koh Tao, entranced by the...
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Na Thung, Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon, Thailand
The food in Thailand is unreal. Our vocabulary was reduced to "I think I'm ready for another noodle bowl", hopping from one street stall to another.
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Wat Sam Phraya, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Thewet is known for its bustling vegetable market, however few tourists ever venture deep within the wet market buttressing the river. This is a great place to sample local foods and stock up on hard-to-find ingredients. Plan on doing a bit of...
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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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#215 Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Though Phnom Penh is rebounding from periods of war and unrest, a visit there is still fraught with reminders of its difficult past: children begging on streets, men with amputated limbs selling books and postcards, and tours of the Killing Fields...
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Pa O Don Chai, Amphoe Muang Chiang Rai Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
While there’s no shortage of spectacular temples in Thailand – or Asia for that matter – one of my absolute favorites is without doubt the distinctive Wat Rong Khun. Perhaps better known by the name ‘The White...
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121 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong
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A view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, or simply "the peak." It's a must to go here to see the city skyline and the harbour. There are shops, restaurants, and a Madame Tussaud's in the peak galleria. The best way to reach it is by the peak tram,...
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Join throngs of locals on the five-minute ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between the Tsim Sha Tsui cruise pier in Kowloon, on the mainland side, and the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island (a slightly longer ride goes to Wan Chai on Hong Kong...
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42 Phan Bội Châu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
I used to call Hoi An "The Venice of Vietnam" as its narrow streets and colorful houses remind me of Venice. The city is well-known for its lanterns. Highly recommended to stop by for few days, here in the center of Vietnam.
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ផ្លូវវត្តភ្នំ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wat Phnom the eponym of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (in English: "Temple of the Mountains" or "Mountain Pagoda") is a Buddhist temple in the heart of the city. It was built in 1373, and stands on a mountain a whole 88.5 feet above the ground. Actually it...
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Bunaken, Bunaken Kepulauan, Kota Manado, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia
Off the north coast of Sulawesi, 45min by boat is Bunaken Island. Well known for its excellent diving, it is also a good place to spot dolphins and dugong. We saw these spinner dolphins on an early morning boat ride, herding tuna, they were joined...
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Jalan Besar Orangutan, Bukit Lawang, Bohorok, Sampe Raya, Bohorok, Langkat Regency, North Sumatra 20774, Indonesia
After bathing elephants in the beautiful Batang Serangan river, my friends from Barcelona and I return to Green Lodge for a mid morning coffee.The dining area at Green Lodge is a solid construction made from re claimed timber, its entrance firmly...
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Kabin Buri District, Prachin Buri, Thailand
The train was probably the best decision I have made as a form of transportation in Thailand. We woke up early to catch the 5:55am train at Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok to Aranyaprathet. Then it was only a ten minute tuk tuk ride to the...
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237 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The [incredibly luxurious] Terrace Hotel might seem almost like a black sheep, located as it is in the downtown heart of the steel-and-glass CBD of Perth in Western Australia. Don't be fooled! The hotel is more like a spotless, white sheep, my...
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560 Group One ,, Kok Chork Commune, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
We probably woke up later than we were supposed to. We caught a tuk tuk at the Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel (recommended, but not windowless room no. 1), drove into the park with our tickets purchased the day before, and briskly walked the long...
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Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia
There's not too much to do on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, unless you want there to be! Since there aren't cars on the island, excepting the off maintenance vehicle and one bus, visitors use their two feet or...
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Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang Ti Pir, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
I snapped this shot in early morning, just before heading to the royal palace at the opening hour. We saw monks on the move throughout the downtown in morning. Insiders top: explore Phnom Penh just after sunrise, before the throngs of tourists,...
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An Hội, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Lemongrass pork grilled to a smoky, caramelized perfection over charcoal and served with herbs, lettuce, cucumber and fresh rice papers, accompanied by two friendly hosts and their delectable peanut chili sauce. The sticks resemble tiny ship masts...
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Tenganan, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
In an island well known for its mass tourism, there is a shining light. JED Community Ecotours, links four local villages and one turtle conservation project whose passion is culture and environment of Bali. One village engaging in the program is...
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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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Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
My travel buddy wanted desperately to visit Ao Nang and Railay Beach - but our driver had taken his sweet time in delivering us from our hotel in Koh Lanta to our place in Krabi, so we were left with a difficult decision; jump in a boat and hope...
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Pemberton WA 6260, Australia
OK so it's raining. And the metal spikes that they've nailed into the tree are slippery. My hands are shaking - and not just from the rain! But my buddy Bob is yelling down encouraging words like: "I sure hope you included me in your will"! and...
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37 John St, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia
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This is one of the most beautiful placees I've seen! Would love to go back to Cottesloe someday....We stayed at a backpackers' hostel and that sure helped with finances!
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61 Canning Hwy, South Perth WA 6151, Australia
I met my cousin Anton for the first time when I got to Perth. I was with friends for an international swim meet. And I'd heard rumors about a long-lost relative here, so found someone to help me look up his phone number. Shortly thereafter, we...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Your life will be forever changed after spending a few of days visiting the temples of Angkor Wat. A smart approach is to organize the same guide each day. They are a wealth of knowledge on the history of Cambodia, and can help you design your...
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Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
When in Bali, partygoers love to stay in Kuta, but it's more than fun, surf, and alcohol. Just a block off the beach, we stumbled on this serene temple. We just walked through the entry and meandered for a bit. I wish we had explored deeper the...
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnam has a coffee culture all to its own and in Hanoi, this includes a few cafes that serve it with egg. Whipped with sweetened condensed milk, the egg sits atop the slow roasted coffee, providing you with a hot afternoon treat that you'll...
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Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
One of the best places to watch the sun set is from the cliffs of Pura Luhur Uluwatu, or the site of the old Uluwatu Temple on the island of Bali. The dramatic cliffs overlook the ocean, and arriving before sunset allows you to explore before...
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Moo7 Faham, Faham Chiangmai, ตำบล สันผีเสื้อ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
The Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai is northern Thailand's version of the 'Loy Kratong' celebration. This event paying homage to Lord Buddha at Yeepeng Lanna International at Tudongkhasathan is where you can see the largest concentration...
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Bayon is one of the most impressive areas of the Angkor Wat complex. Bayon's most distinctive feature is the massive, serene stone faces on the many complex's towers.
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60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hong Kong
A serene respite from the towering urban sprawl nearby, this traditional Tang Dynasty–style landscaped garden is based on the design of the famous Jiangshouju Garden in Shanxi Province. Winding paths lead visitors past pines, cypress, and...
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Kawasan parkir Pura Uluwatu, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Desa Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Kecak Dance is a traditional performing dance and theatrical art, it has a story about Ramayana, an epic history of Rama and Shinta. The show is held in Uluwatu temple at the evening hour, and if you're lucky you will spot an amazing sunset over...
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41 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
There are those ubiquitous egg tarts on every dim sum menu in every city in the world, and then there are the egg tarts at Kam Fung Cafe, off a "blink and you'll miss it" side street in Wanchai. This Hong Kong coffeehouse, straight out of a Wong...
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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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Petulu, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Staying in this villa amongst the paddy fields was the highlight of my stay in Ubud, Bali. The villa is clean, comfortable, spacious and hosts a swimming pool that is a delight in the hot, sticky Bali weather. You can even get $10 massages in the...
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63X, Jl. Sri Wedari, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The best way to discover Ubud's tiny villages is by bicycle! There were a few steep sections where I had to walk my cycle, but for the most part the route is level with some ups and downs. We biked past locals going about their daily routines,...
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15 Nanshan Rd, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 310000
Leifeng Pagoda (Chinese: 雷峰塔; pinyin: Léi Fēng Tǎ) is a five story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, since...
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Mueang Pak, Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30150, Thailand
Though it pains me to say this - prior to traveling to Thailand, I had never heard of Ayutthaya. How could such a historically significant and architecturally fascinating place have completely evaded me?!? In case you're in the same boat as me,...
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222, อาคารคลังสินค้าชั้น 2 ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต, ตำบลไม้ขาว อำเภอถลาง จังหวัดภูเก็ต, 83110 Tambon Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
I’ve heard stories of travelers on ambitious multi-country extended trips that unexpectedly fall so in love with a place that they decide to stay for the remainder of the trip. Impossible, I thought – there are just too many places in the world to...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Exploring the area outside of Luang Prabang is as easy as pie (and, very cheap). Borrow a map, rent a motorbike and whala you're all set. The surrounding countryside is lovely and all of the sites are well worth a visit, but there is one that...
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5, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Battambang, Cambodia isn't famous for much really - but what it lacks in sights, it makes up for in beautiful rural countryside and hospitable, kind people. Exploring the area on the back of a tuk tuk proved to be quite an experience as well -...
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Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
Boys playing volleyball in the Tonle Sap River, Kampung Phluk stilt village, Cambodia.
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Angkor Thom, Angkor Archeological Park, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
There are really no words to describe the temples here. Every angle is breathtaking and inspiring. Enjoy the buddhas.
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60 Mahidol Rd, Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
There is a time and a place for eating at restaurants with well-trained chefs concocting creative delicacies all within a pristine environment. New York City, Madrid, Paris, even Bangkok - yes, I'm all for it. But in Northern Thailand, the magic...
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Huangphrabang Village 93, Louangphrabang (Luang Prabang) 0600, Laos
From the moment the plane touched down until this very second, I've been so enthralled, so entranced by Luang Prabang that I find it difficult to come up with the words to describe it. Obviously, the natural scenery is stunning, but there's...
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Mueang Kao, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai, Thailand
In Sukhothai, every bend in the the road presents a sparkling temple, ancient Buddha statue or team of orange silk-clad monks. . Really, it's like stepping (or, cycling) into a dreamland ablaze with history and color. Such a surreal experience!
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This outcropping is as scary as it doesn't look in this photo
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141 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Whether I’m at the beach or in the city, sunset is by far one of my favorite times of day. There are few better things in life than taking the time to enjoy a cool cocktail while watching the sun set over a sultry city skyline or glimmering ocean....
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175 Cửa Đại, Cẩm Sơn, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
My friend and I stayed at a beautiful little inn on the river in Hoi An. Vietnam was originally not on our trip list but, since we were visiting Thailand and Cambodia, we threw it in. We were so glad that we did! Vietnam is such a beautiful...
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Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Vietnamese love the cool climes of this town 5,000 feet above sea level in the highlands of southern Vietnam. Da Lat was "discovered" as a site for a potential town in 1893 by French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin; before long, it was established...
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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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287A Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường Hàm Tiến, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Vietnam
Drive four hours from frenetic Saigon and you’ll arrive at the port city of Phan Thiet on the southeastern coast, around which lie sand dunes, scenic lakes, quaint fishing villages, golf courses, and—along pristine Mui Ne...
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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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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by its dramatic setting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, a location that’s long been sacred to the native Gadigal people. While construction took...
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
11 tons of gold cover this towering pagoda, the most sacred in Burma. "Shwe" means "gold" in Burmese. No wonder!
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Travelers don't really go to Luang Prabang for a lot of excitement. What with getting up early for Tak Bat, the early morning alms walk by local Monks and the languid boat rides down the Mekong, it's doesn't exactly scream "party." . Still if you...
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cnr Th Sisavangvong & Th Kitsarat, Luang Prabang, Laos
Aimed primarily at tourists, the Night Market sets up each evening along a few blocks of Thanon Sisavangvong. Lining both sides of the street, with a section down the middle, stalls offer a plethora of souvenirs, from cotton shopping bags and...
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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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Manawatu-Wanganui 4691, New Zealand
In good conditions, the Tongariro Crossing can take anywhere from about 5 hours if you’re really hoofing it, to 8 hours if you meander and stop to breathe on the tricky ascents and descents. Budget more time if you want to summit additional peaks...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my most favourite travel experiences so far was the Loi Krathong festival in Thailand - and Chiang Mai is one of the best places to visit for this as they really go all out! It is held every year at full moon in the 12th month of the Thai...
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4-5 ban Phonepheng, Luang Prabang, 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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Aberdeen St, Hong Kong
Countless people could be seen carrying bouquets of exotic flowers, half as tall as they were, down the streets of Hong Kong. Flower markets are a huge deal this time of year, as certain blooms (we saw lots of chrysanthemums and peach blossoms)...
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Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
Man Mo Temple was built by wealthy Chinese merchants between 1847 and 1862 as a tribute to the God of Literature (man) and the God of War (mo). Both deities were worshiped by ambitious students eager to succeed in the rigorous civil examinations...
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51/1 หมู่ที่ 7 ถนน แม่ริม - สะเมิง Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Located 11 miles outside of Chiang Mai, Tiger Kingdom is a great day trip where you can play, pet and take photos of tigers. There is no fee to enter the park, but if you wish to enter the enclosure with a trainer for 15 minutes at a time, you pay...
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Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island and has over 100 pure freshwater lakes. Though this one doesn't look so pristine like the other lakes on the island it was refreshing nonetheless after a long hike through the sand dunes just to get...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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Shanghai, China
The most fun ever! Rode the sidecar with Thomas, owner of Shanghai Insiders. (shanghaiinsiders.com) We had three tours and they all took us to places we NEVER would have found on our own. Drove down narrow alleys to find old mansions filled with...
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I reccommend timing your arrival at Doi Suthep about 30 minutes before the sun goes down. That way you can watch the golden hues of the temple change with the fading light. Stick around to see the monks gather for an evening chant, and then wander...
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12/2 M.8, T.Maeram, A.Maerim, Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
We weren't staying at Sukantara, just passing through on a guided day trip around Chiang Mai. I spent a happy hour with my camera, crossing back and forth over the wooden bridge that spans the stream the resort is perched on, taking shots of all...
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Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Borobudur’s sheer size and epic grandeur – temple spires sprout of the Kedu Plain valley floor against a backdrop of countless volcanic peaks – floor even the most jaded traveler upon visiting. The wily English despot Thomas Stamford Raffles...
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Australia’s most famous beach has played many roles throughout history. In 1907, a group of local swimmers became the world’s first lifeguards; during World War II, it was fortified by barbed wire and iron stakes; and over the last few...
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If you are looking for a great underwater experience in Bali, then Menjangan is the place to go. Menjangan is a tiny island just off the coast of Bali National Park. Snorkling here is amazing. A good way to get there is to stay around Pemuteran...
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9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
I've done my share of silly things in the name of good food - some of those exploits documented here on AFAR, I'm sure. Standing on a street corner in the pouring rain at 9am waiting for a lunch restaurant to open with 150 other hungry visitors...
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Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Although the Routeburn Track is a three-day trek, one can walk part of it as a 7-kilometer day hike. The Divide trailhead at one end of the track begins with a steady climb through a beech forest and sub-alpine shrubs and continues with a steep...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Bugger off, Dos Equis. This here is the most interesting man in the world. This is the groundskeeper at utterly unpronounceable Wat Siphoutthabath in central Luang Prabang - in and of itself one of the most impressive temples in a city known for,...
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Hong Kong, Sheung Wan, Bridges Street1-9號 CentreStage G/F
Oolaa is a favorite of mine for meeting friends in Soho for brunch. The Breakfast Bruschetta is excellent, and their lattes are strong enough to kick the jet lag haze. The space is lovely and open, and good for a solo stop at a cafe table or grab...
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2 ถนนสนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
This is a most lovely temple with an impressively large reclining Buddha. The grounds of this temple is well worth sampling as well. Inside the temple, the reclining Buddha occupies much of the inner space leaving a narrow corridor for devotees...
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Don Det, Laos
We took the road north from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Don Det, one of the smaller of the 4000 islands of Laos, arriving as the sun set on the little emerald isle. It was quite peaceful; the only hint of its “party island” infamy was the chalkboard...
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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
Even on a cloudy day, Lake Tekapo's brilliant shades of blue are caused by "rock flour" - finely ground particles of rock from the glaciers at the head of the lake and suspended in the melt water. The treeline is comprised of Monterey Pines which...
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Climbing Mount Batur, one of the sacred volcanos of Bali, is a mind-warping experience if done before dawn. The volcanic sand runs away beneath your feet like an hourglass and the tassels of pine trees flow by you in the dark. My friends and I...
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Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand
I woke up one morning in Mae Hong Son to a thick morning fog. I'm no stranger to fog as I grew up outside San Francisco, but fog in a foreign place always feels different. It somehow shrouds an already mysterious place in even more mystery. I...
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia is an amazing place with vibrant genuine people.. explore the mighty Rivers, beautiful beaches and dark history in Phnom Penh.... you can also stop off and volunteer at one if the orphanages filled with kids and adults who have been by...
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Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
The massive sandbar extending from Tauranga's harbor leads to one of New Zealand’s most beloved beaches at Mount Maunganui, known locally as The Mount. The white sand ocean-side beach is a surfer’s dream, and while an artificial reef was installed...
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Boating Through the Jungle
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I think they call it 'awe'...right? When you look at something and can't catch your breath? When you're torn between rubbing the sleep out of your eyes and the profound desire to not miss a second of the glowing sky? I think it's awe. And I think...
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Queenstown, New Zealand
Arriving to Queenstown through Crown Range Road was quite amazing; I lost count on how many stops we’ve done to see Queenstown down there with Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is located in New Zealand South Island, surrounded by awesome mountains and on...
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Great Ocean Rd, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia
Surely when you are driving down The Great Ocean Road be it form Melbourne or Adelaide, you will be stopping at The 12 Apostles. Through there are no longer 12 of the epic rock stacks, the view is incredible. But, I cannot recommend more timing...
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394 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
Originally we had not set our sights on the Whitsunday's, rather we had booked a trip to Fraser Island. However a storm had cancelled those plans and suddenly the Whitsunday's came to us with all the magic of spontaneous travel. There are many...
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Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
We found this hidden spring nestled in the lush forest of Koh Chang, a small Thai island bordering Cambodia and a quick five hour bus ride from Bangkok. I was crashing there while waiting for my Indian visa to come through and the owner of our...
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2 Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong
A must-try when in Hong Kong, the Famous Tomato Egg Noodles of Sing Heung Yuen is strangely tasty. I must confess that the concoction looked dodgy to me. "How could it taste good?" was what I thought when I first saw it. It was slurpily delicious,...
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Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
This shot was made several years ago when I lived in Isaan, NE Thailand. I was staying at a hotel in Nakhon Phanom which overlooked the Mekong River. I always carry a camera and this shot was a clear case of "being in the right place at the right...
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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
Brace yourself for the physical pull you'll feel as you approach the dramatic, 7.5 mile long glacier named Franz Josef, in Westland National Park in New Zealand. Together with the nearby 12 mile long Fox Glacier, you'll be astounded by this unique...
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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...
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Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Travelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket...
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33 ถนนสามเสน แขวงวัดสามพระยา เขตพระนคร ใกล้สี่แยกบางลำภู Bangkok 10200, Thailand
May Kaidee taught me to cook amazing vegetarian Thai food on this day. We spent half the day visiting a nearby market, learning about Thai ingredients, cooking our way through about six courses, and lots of taste testing, of course! After this...
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Nakhon Luang, Nakhon Luang District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13260, Thailand
Tall grasses line a dulled concrete path leading to Prasat Nakorn Luang, an old summer retreat for the royal family. It’s not very popular with the tourists, explains the head monk. It seems most visitors stick to main temples in town when they...
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Krabi, Thailand
When travelling to Krabi, try and miss out staying on the mainland and either head straight to Raileh or Tonsai, both different beaches but both so beautiful. The sunset on Raileh needs to be a priority, in fact if you were staying there, it would...
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104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia

One of Australia's most famous beaches, Cottesloe is a popular place for locals to go jogging, play beach cricket and bask beside the Indian Ocean. The landmark Cottesloe Beach Hotel across the street features the Beach Club, Cott & Co. Fish...

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1 Barrack Street Jetty, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Follow the main highway south out of Perth, toward Bunburry, Denmark, etc. and look for billboards for the Tree Top Walk...that's how we found it! And it takes maybe only 30-45 mins to cover the whole walk. Insiders tip: make sure you take the...
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40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
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The Little Creatures microbrewery, housed in a converted shed overlooking the waters of Fishing Boat Harbour, was founded in 2000. After a morning spent exploring historic Fremantle, repair to the brewery’s convivial outdoor terrace and order one...