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B4, Kolmanskop, Namibia
Kolmanskop is a ghost town that was abandoned by German miners after the 1920's. In the 1980's, diamond giant De Beers refurbished some of the structures and established an on-site museum. After you check in and get your permit, you're allowed to...
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The Fish River Canyon is Namibia's Grand Canyon. The canyon is only slightly smaller than the famous U.S. National Park, yet it somehow manages to often fall off of foreign tourists' radar when researching a trip to Southern Africa. The canyon...
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D3254, Namibia
While you're in Damaraland, the Organ Pipes are just a short drive away from Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Trees. After paying a small tip for a guide to accompany you (there was no real indication if this is necessary or not so you might just...
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Botswana
Located at the northernmost tip of Botswana, Chobe National Park is known for its high density of elephants. You're almost guaranteed to leave this park with a memorable close encounter with a heard. Of course, elephants aren't the only species...
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R335 Paterson Road, Addo, 6105, South Africa
As a lover of elephants I was swung in the direction of Addo Elephant park when making my choice of South African safari. Being up close to these magnificent animals is a memory not to be forgotten. There is no malaria risk in this area and it is...
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Betty's Bay, 7141, South Africa
The Cape Whale Route lies east of Cape Town and is a scenic drive on R44 through villages and towns set along the Atlantic Ocean. Between August and October, the warm waters off the coast of the Cape Peninsula serve as breeding grounds for...
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Firgrove, Cape Town, 7110, South Africa
Once numbering in the many thousands, the beautiful cheetah is now on the brink of total extinction. One of the reasons for this rapid die-off comes from farmers who shoot the cheetahs in order to protect their flocks and herds. The Cheetah...
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113 Boyes Dr, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
The water surrounding Cape Town is home to a bounty of marine life, including one very famous apex predator: the great white shark. The conflict between sharks and humans is a subject of heated debate in South Africa because the ocean is...
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Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
There is a paved walkway that hugs the water and extends from Muizenburg Beach to Kalk Bay Harbour. Along the way, you pass St. James, which features a tiny little beach, a sheltered cove, and brightly-coloured changing rooms. While parking can be...
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Dalebrook Rd, St James, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Like a smaller scale Bondi Icebergs, there are a handful of whitewashed cement enclosures along the False Bay waterfront that are used as public swimming pools. Even in winter, locals plunge into the icy Atlantic water to start their day. The...
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Boyes Dr, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, South Africa
While hiking in Cape Town, there are plenty of moments when you'll stop for a water break, wipe the sweat from your brow, and ignore those voices inside yourself saying you can't possibly take another uphill step. This moment is fleeting, however,...
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157 2nd Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa
Banana Jam Café is tucked away in the quiet village of Kenilworth, just steps from the neighborhood MetroRail train stop. This restaurant is one of the best destinations for happy hour in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs. They've also become a...
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2 Mains Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa
The best pizza in Cape Town isn't found in the city center; it's actually found at Borruso's, a small restaurant tucked away in the small suburb of Kenilworth. Located down a small alleyway at the intersection of Main Road and Summerly, it's one...
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Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
One of my favorite walks in Cape Town is the paved pathway hugging the Atlantic Ocean shoreline between Sea Point and finish by the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is a tiny gelato shop near the corner of Surf and Surry, or for a bigger meal, the...
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Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
When you take the MetroRail into the heart of Cape Town, just before you reach the station you can notice the sharp, granite corners of the Castle of Good Hope. This historic fortress, built in the late 1600’s, was originally a storage facility...
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Corner Adderley Street and, Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
History buffs and those who are curious about the slave trade and its impact on South African development (specifically the Western Cape colony) will find a visit to the Slave Lodge very insightful. The theme of the museum is "from human wrongs to...
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5 Wale St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
A talented team with a love of good food and jazz, have led to this year’s opening of The Crypt Jazz Restaurant. Situated in Cape Town’s landmark St. George’s Cathedral, The Crypt offers a unique dining and music experience. The...
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38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
In a city with no shortage of great lodgings, Cape Town’s Grand Daddy Hotel offers guests something a little different: a night’s sleep in a vintage Airstream trailer parked on the roof of the hotel. The top-floor trailer...
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Quay, 6 W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
You’re spoiled for choice when booking accommodation in the V&A Waterfront neighborhood of Cape Town, but there's one thing that sets the Table Bay Hotel apart from the rest: the decadent breakfast buffet. The hotel's Atlantic Room restaurant is...
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Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Farms, Cape Town, 7551, South Africa
There are certain events that signal the arrival of summer in Cape Town: the agapanthus are in bloom, the whales are frolicking in False Bay, and The Galileo Open Air Cinema is open for another season. The best part about this open air cinema is...
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Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Bloubergstrand and Table View are only a half-hour or so from Cape Town's city centre, but are in an area often overlooked by travelers. On a clear day, the view from the beach is a postcard-perfect photo backdrop of Table Mountain. You can also...
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Bain`s Kloof Pass, South Africa
Hairpin curves and rugged mountain slopes are two defining characteristics of Bainskloof Pass. Only an hour from Cape Town, it's hard to believe you're in the same province, let alone country, once you begin your drive through the area. Locals who...
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Abdulla Bin Jasim St, Film City, Qatar
Film City, located on the Ras-Abrouq peninsula, used to be a fishing village, but was abandoned in the 1970s. The place was partially rebuilt in 2009 to function either as the set of a Hollywood production or for a local film, it all depends on...
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Khor Al Adaid Beach—also known as Inland Sea Beach—is a 90-minute drive south of Qatar. No roads lead to this beach, so you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle if you want to transport yourself there. Otherwise, a few local tour operators organize...
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Banana Island, Qatar
Banana Island Resort, an Anantara property, has an observation area, a helipad and 900 yards of private beach from where the views of the city, the Arabian Sea, and the new Hamad International Airport with its blue mosque and minaret, the emiri...
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Al Mijdaf St, Doha, Qatar
Doha Tower, also known as Burj Doha, like its neighbor Tornado Tower, is not the tallest or the newest or the prettiest structure in Doha but its massive cylindrical shape and intricate lattice-like façade make it one of the most recognizable...
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Doha, Qatar
Al-Fanar Islamic Cultural Center is one of the most widely known architectural landmarks in Doha. In this wedding-cake shaped building, non-Muslim visitors are offered extended as well as crash-courses on the Islamic faith. It offers a variety of...
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Al Corniche St, الدوحة، Qatar
The corniche: A waterfront promenade and probably the most attractive 5 miles in Doha. This crescent-shaped boardwalk runs along the Doha Bay allowing unobstructed views of the Persian Gulf on one side and the bustling business district on the...
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Qatar
There are a few countries in the world where the ocean encroaches deep into the heart of the desert: Qatar is one of them. There only 30 singing sand dunes sites in the world and Qatar has one of them. The combination of these two unique features...
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Qatar
This white mangrove forest is accessible by kayak from the Al-Thakira Marina in the northern town of Al-Khor. This network of channels is home to an unexpected variety of birds, including flamingos and a new species of sea slug. It’s an easy...
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Al Souq, Doha, Qatar
These jewels of lanterns hung though the art galleries in Doha’s Souq Waqif pull in almost as many shoppers as the air conditioning does. The small gelato place behind it is a hidden treasure well worth the hunt.
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Hire a tour company to take you to this inlet of the Arabian Sea bordering Saudi Arabia. This tour operator will take you “dune bashing,” an experience that combines the thrill of driving 4X4s on a roller coaster of massive dunes, with a cooling...
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Corniche: Taking a leisurely stroll down the corniche is mandatory for all visitors. This horseshoe-shaped esplanade gives the visitor a vast view of the blue waters of the Arabian Ocean and an unobstructed view of the modern architecture of Doha’...
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Jassasiya rock carvings, located in the northeast of Qatar, 50 miles from Doha, are easy to access on a 4x4. This archaeological site comprises a total of 874 petroglyphs dating back to the 15th century. Although Qatar has other rock carving...
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Unnamed Road, Zekreet, Qatar
Zekreet: Hire a 4x4 and drive west across the peninsula for about 55 miles and brace yourself for an array of unusual sights. For starters, the road to Bir Zekreet passes through a natural reserve where deer and oryx can be seen roaming freely in...
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Al Asmakh St, Doha, Qatar
Go to the corniche, and go on a dhow cruise. You can see spectacular museums and buildings and markets anywhere in the world, but a cruise aboard a traditional Qatari wooden boat is an experience unique to Qatar. You can hire the dhows by the hour...
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Qatar
The azirat Bin Ghanam, also known as Al-Khor Island or Purple Island, is located off the east coast in Shaqiq Bay. Some people think that the island was named after the purple flower that grows in the area swamps, but the truth is, the island was...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
It's hard to imagine a more cognitively dissonant experience than skiing in Dubai—but in Dubai, if something seems impossible then it'll probably be done. Ski Dubai's five runs—open year-round—vary in difficulty and height....
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Dubai Marina - دبي - United Arab Emirates
For an enchanting view of the city, take a cruise on Dubai Creek on a dhow—the traditional boats of the region. There are a wide variety of options, including dinner cruises, allowing you a chance to soak up a sunset and watch as the lights...
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17, The Iridium Building, Umm-e - Umm Suqeim St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Get away from the "City of Gold" for a fun adventure in the sand dunes of Dubai. Jump the dunes in a jeep tour, watch the sun set and head to a stimulating bedouin camp for some mediterranean cruise, shisha smoking, and belly dancing. It gets a...
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24th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road - Umm Suqeim - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Don't come for the atmosphere or decor, which are usually big draws in Dubai where bars are often extravagant and over-the-top. The interior of this compact watering hole up on the 24th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel won't win any design awards. I...
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It's always surprising to Dubai tourists that a desert city can have such a vibrant beach culture. While it's not quite RIo, beach life in Dubai has it all: bikinis, volleyball, kayakers, standup paddle...you name it. When the wind comes up, as it...
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1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There's a lot to see in Dubai, a lot of shopping malls and shisha cafes. However, the Burj Khalifa is an amazing architectural creation that offers 360-degree views of this surreal civilization in the desert. Located on the 124th level of what is...
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Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
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Jumeirah Street, Next to Burj Al Arab، Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai is known for doing things on a grander and bigger scale, and Wild Wadi Waterpark is no exception. When it was built, it had the tallest water slide outside of North America. That slide has since been replaced, but Wild Wadi is wilder than...
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Building 8, The Shoreline - Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai’s one and only stand-alone beach club, Riva gets rave reviews for its Ibiza like ambience. With a private beach on one of the giant fronds of the Palm Jumeriah, the biggest man-made island in the world, there are plenty of sun loungers,...
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Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeriah not only hosts the hottest beach party in Dubai, but the most insane snorkeling as well – in their 11.5 million liter fish tank, the largest open air aquarium in the Middle East. The 10 meter deep...
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Ground Floor - Times Square Center - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When you think “Dubai,” do you think subzero temperatures, designer parkas, and furniture made of ice? No? Well, maybe you should. Scandinavia might have Ice Hotels, but now Dubai has the Chill Out Bar, where they take cooling off from the Arabian...
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Dubai - Al Ain Road - Al Marmoom - دبي - United Arab Emirates
The Camel Racing Festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates a sport that has deep cultural roots in the region. Much like the city itself, the current festival has a modern twist (as you can see): robot-jockey-mounted camels gallop...
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Rurutu, located in the remote Austral Archipelago, is a magical land of migrating whales, abundant vegetation, limestone caves, and smiling faces. Accessed via Air Tahiti flights from Papeete five times per week, the car-free island is like no...
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This is about as close as you can get to the ends of the earth. The most remote of the French Polynesian island groups, the Mangarava or Gambier Islands at the extreme southeast end of the long arc of the Tuamotu Islands. The few tourists that...
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Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
There may not be much to this tiny island in the French Polynesia but it's big on history if you have any interest in Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. If you are looking for a secluded spot with little amenities, this is a perfect spot in paradise....
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French Polynesia
On a recent trip to research resorts, I had the opportunity to visit Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the island of Taha'a. All were fabulous places to explore, but my favorite stay was at the Five Star Taha'a Island Resort and Spa on the island of...
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Tikehau, French Polynesia
This oval-shaped atoll in the Tuamotu island group strung across the South Pacific Ocean some 300 kilometers from Tahiti is covered in pink and China white sand and surrounded by a jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise, jade, and cerulean hued lagoon...
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Maupiti, French Polynesia
I love Maupiti, which is the smallest and most isolated of the Society Islands, and feels like an unblemished tropical playground, where tranquility trumps everything else and romantic love stories of deserted sparkling white-sand beaches...
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Lesser known (and less expensive) than its sister island Bora Bora, Moorea is just as beautiful with as many (or as little) activities as you can jam into a day. Although the best thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the gentle breezes,...
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Diving in French Polynesia one supposedly gets used to the seeing black tip reef sharks. You actually feel comfortable in their presence (after all we are not a part of their food chain). We took a few dives with our kids while traveling on the...
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Huahine, French Polynesia
Welcome to the vagina island, no joke (the rough English translation of the word Huahine is vagina). And although no one knows exactly where the name originated, historians think it has to do with the important role women played in the island's...
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Ave du Prince Hīnoi, Pape'ete 98713, French Polynesia
There are many accessible waterfalls on Tahiti that are perfect for a refreshing shower or swim after a hike or long car ride. If it is good enough for the locals..why not?
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Society Islands, French Polynesia
Spectacular view from the top of "Magic Mountain," which is truly magical. You can only access this through 4 wheel drive or ATV. We went up on ATV's (using Albert Tours) which was a ton of fun! The road is narrow and steep but offers a...
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Tahiti is a country full of waterfalls. As you drive down the main highway leaving from Papeete, you'll see towering waterfalls gushing in the distance. Tahiti's falls are stunning, lush, and majestic. I love this picture of Vaimahuta because it...
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Delphi 330 54, Greece
The belly button of the world lies eighty miles northwest of Athens, where the southern slope of Mount Parnassus, cut deeply by cascades feeding the River Pleistos, drops precipitously into the Gulf of Corinth. High above the ravine in a cleft...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
Our villa's patio in Santorini was equipped with some comfy benches that provided the perfect, secluded oasis to enjoy the sunset from the hordes of people who flood the northern town of Oia at day's end. The soft dusk light blankets the...
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Kalabaka 422 00, Greece
Meteora means "suspended in air" in Greek. The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site: six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to...
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Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Greece
American students practicing Qigong at the Temple of Poseidon.
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Athens is the capital of Greece, a city where you can find anything you want. Delicious greek but also international food, the unique greek nightlife and the beautiful archaeological places. What makes this city so special? Ancient Greece had a...
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Imerovigli, Thira 847 00, Greece
Some of the world’s most jaw-dropping images of hotel infinity pools have been taken on Santorini, aka the honeymoon island. What makes The Grace stand out? With only eight rooms, 12 suites, and one villa, guests receive the...
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Mesta 821 02, Greece
Chios has a long and brutal history of invasion by the Turks, and so it makes perfect sense to find one of the most carefully preserved fortress towns in Europe right here on the island. It's a village-castle from the Byzantine era, and its houses...
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Άκρα Ακρωτήρι, Σαντορίνη 847 00, Greece
In the 20th century, an archaeologist by the name of Spyridon Marinatos wanted to prove “the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded world history” was the reason for the Minoan collapse. It didn't take long for him to find Akrotiri. Akrotiri is...
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Dedalou, Iraklio 714 09, Greece
Heraklion is the capital city of Crete, the biggest island of Greece. This is my hometown, so I can give you every single information about that "holy" place! First of all, you have to visit the minoan palace of Knossos, which was the headquarter...
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Olympia 270 65, Greece
Located in the western Peloponnese, Olympia is home to the most important athletic event of our time, the Olympic Games. Come see the Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held. It's often considered the most important ancient site in Greece...
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Paleokastro 831 00, Greece
Also known as Old Navarino Castle, Paleokastro—built by the Frankish ruler Nicholas II de St. Omer around 1278—is located above Voidokila Beach in Messinia's Mediterranean area. Make sure to bring your camera, as a trek to the castle awards...
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Dio-Olympos 270 65, Greece
Olympia is where the first-ever Olympic Games took place, in 776 B.C.E., held in honor of Zeus, the Greek god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Today, visitors can walk through the ruins of the old stadium, as well as see the flickering...
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Mystras 231 00, Greece
It's truly amazing to find a complete ruined city and archaeological wonderland. The abandoned Byzantine city of Mystras in the mountains just above Sparta in the Southern Peloponnese, is one such frozen city. You can walk through the largely...
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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
All the way across the landscape from the top of the Acropolis is a green-covered hillside topped with an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos. This site is not only historic but an...
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Fira, Θήρα 847 00, Greece
Santorini, Greece is an unquestionably beautiful island, but you can take the island experience up a notch, from beautiful to breathtaking, by hiking the ancient footpath from Thira to Oia. Start just before sunrise and meander the ancient dirt...
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Thera 847 00, Greece
Being in Santorini was like a dream come true. The breathtaking views were like none other I had ever seen. The white buildings against the beautiful blue sea. I spotted these two dogs and thought to myself, "Wow! What a life. What I wouldn't give...
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Located right next to the ancient site of Akrotiri is the Red Beach, where the sands are in rare red color. After you park the car, you almost have to hike a little bit in order to reach the beach. Right there, you can rent two benches with an...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
At the northern edge of Oia lies a pool lounge overlooking the Aegean Sea – a peaceful place to stay while cruise crowds storm the town in the afternoon. The pool is open to the public and makes money off the purchase of snacks and drinks from...
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Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
The town of Imerovigli in Santorini, Greece, is sometimes missed by tourists because it's not overdeveloped yet like its famous cousins Oia and Fira. But at the highest point of the cliff, the view is spectacular!
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Μέσα Βουνό, Σαντορίνη 847 00, Greece
A Greek , a Serbian, an English, and an American got together in this multi-cultural group to form this successful enterprise that hopes to enliven an otherwise blend domestic beer-drinking scene. The equipment was imported from Austria and housed...
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If you think about, the Greeks really invented the open-air cinema prototype -- starting with the theatre. Open-air cinemas have been popular in Greece since the 20s, and this one on Santorini is no exception. Few things rival a good movie with...
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We don't normally shop when we travel, but the local markets in Santorini that are perched on top of the caldera really got our attention. Grocery shopping is definitely that much more exciting when you have the Aegean Sea as the backdrop. These...
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OIA, Santorini, Thira 847 02, Greece
Put on some comfortable shoes and get a serious leg workout on the 350 steps that connect the cliffside town of Oia to the port at the base of Amoudi Bay. Visitors can grab a drink or calamari at one of the tavernas while watching fishing boats...
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Pyrgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece
Pyrgos was my favorite little town on Santorini island. It didn't have the dizzying caldera views of Oia or Fira, but it did have the white-washed adobe homes built up into the sky. Here you'll find cobblestone streets, blue church steeples, Greek...
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Located next to Emporio village, Perissa Beach and Kamari are divided by Messavouno Mountain. Perissa's black sand is attributed to several volcanic eruptions, giving it an unusual appearance compared to other beaches in Greece.
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Erithrou Stavrou, Thira 847 00, Greece
After partying in Mykonos for 4 days, I expected Santorini to be a bit more relaxing; I was sadly (or happily, perhaps) mistaken. Murphy's in Santorini was just as lively as most of the bars in Mykonos, and the drinks were about half the price.
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Fira 1564, Thira 847 00, Greece
The unique quality of soil on Santorini is all due to the island's history of volcanic activity. The soil is known as "aspa," and is rich in essential minerals. Santorini is home to some excellent wineries, including Santos Wines Winery, Gavalos...
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Greece
Thanks to doing research on AFAR.com, I learned that one could sea kayak around the island of Milos. I signed up with Rod from Sea Kayak Milos and had a fantastic time. My fellow kayakers and I paddled through bright blue water, in and out of...
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Cyclades, Greece
If you've never embarked on a sailing trip before, the Mediterranean is the place to do it. Especially when it comes to the Greek islands. The best part? It doesn't matter what your budget is, you're sure to find something that suits your style....
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Paralia Super Paradise, 846 00, Greece
Super Paradise Beach is a gigantic stretch of sand tucked away next to Paradise Beach. It's only reachable by taxi-ferry or by public bus, but the trek is worth it. It's also a notorious party destination, with a friendly gay community. Super...
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Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece
Exploring the back streets of Mykonos town.
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Naxos, Greece
While visiting the island of Naxos, this scene called out to me, the sly way it showed the bright and open style of Greek life. I can picture the owner of the bathing suit, walking in the sea every morning, avoiding the afternoon sun, unlike...
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Beyazıt Mh., Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
We found shops throughout Istanbul selling these colorful candle holders, but this shop in the Grand Bazaar had the best display.
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When Captain Ressa moved Oceania Cruise Lines' new Marina cruise ship from the pier in Istanbul, he could not have had better timing. As she swung about to slip by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace, an intense vivid red sunset...
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Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
If you go to Turkey and Istanbul (which I highly recommend), you must go to Tokpaki Palace. It is gorgeous and gives a glimpse into an opulent lifestyle and culture. The sultans had it made! Spring is lovely as the flowers are in bloom....
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one of the many musts in istanbul in here do not take the tour, just take the ferry and get down on the last stop and come back
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Istanbul, Turkey
My roommates and I got really sick of people trying to constantly trying to convince us to go on overpriced tours while living and traveling in Turkiye. At the time we were students, and like most students, we didn't have a lot of money to spend,...
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When the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality host the International Istanbul Tulip Festival every April most locals travel north - past the second Bosphorus Bridge - to Emirgan Park to see 117 acres of parkland blooming with millions of tulips....
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I had just left the Spice Bazaar behind me when I noticed the entrance to Yeni Camii (New Mosque). It was late afternoon, and I was already exhausted from a very long day of sightseeing. I wanted nothing more than to call it a day but I was...
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Yıldız Mh., 34349 Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey
You know that you are at Ortakoy when you see rows and rows of stalls selling all sorts of flavours of waffles you can ever imagine.
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Zeytinburnu/İstanbul, Turkey
The Theodosian Walls (aka The Walls of Constantinople) stretch just under 6 km across the border of Istanbul's Old City. Built by the Emperor Theodosius in the 5th century, they complimented an earlier protective wall built in the 4th century by...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
If the mosaics of the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) and Kariye Museum (Chora Church) left you dizzy with admiration, then do take the time to visit The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics. The bi-level gallery sits beneath the Arasta Bazaar, just a stone's...
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Kalenderhane Mah., Haşim İşcan Gç., 34134 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
The 921-meter long Valens Aqueducts - a prominent landmark in Istanbul's Fatih district - played a vital role in supplying water to the people of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The Roman Emperor, Valens ordered the construction of the aqueduct...
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Ali Kuşçu Mahallesi, Fatih Türbesi Sk. No:1, 34083 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Most travelers to Istanbul will make a bee line to photograph the blue hues of the hand-painted tiles that give the Blue Mosque its name. Though, for many locals one of the more intriguing mosques to visit is Fatih Mosque, located atop the highest...
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Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
This cistern is thought to have been built after the Nika revolt in 532 AD. It was known as the Basilica Cistern during the Roman period. After the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Turks, it was forgotten and nobody knew that it existed. It was...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
In the summer of 2006, my family and I went to Turkey for about three weeks. We started out in Istanbul, then spent the rest of the time on the coast in Turunç and Knidos. I can really say it was a great family vacation, there were 13 of...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
first night in Istanbul, summer breeze cool and uplifting, local beer in hand - cold, delicate on the palate - food ordered... the sun setting, casting shades of peach and blue and glowing shadows across Hagia Sophia. I felt like I could reach out...
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Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk., 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Usually, if there is a possibility of a panoramic view, I'm climbing up, paying the fee, and getting that shot. Galata Tower did not fail to provide that view I so desire whenever I travel. From the top, the traffic is just a hum, the people like...
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Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 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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Nong Han, San Sai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my favorite festivals in the world is the Loi Krathong / Yi Peng ‘festival of light’ in Thailand. Both occur at the same time and although differing slightly, both represent the cleansing of sins. Yi Peng takes place mainly in Chiang Mai in...
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Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
Perhaps one of the most unique experiences in the world, deep water soloing in Southern Thailand is a crazy adventure. Much of Southern Thailand's coastline contains soaring karst cliffs that jut straight out of the azure water. It's a rock...
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Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand
DJ's, stages, jump rope set on fire, waterslide set on fire, fire twirling shows, fluorescent body paint, alcohol and social travelers all gathered on one beach........ What's not to love?!
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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
While you're in Thailand, be sure to escape the colorful chaos of Bangkok and head toward the historic capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The best option to get there would be by train and they run frequently from Bangkok's...
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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
On the weekend, escape the bustle of central Bangkok for the Amphawa Floating Market, a bohemian trading post nestled along the Mae Khlong River canal network. Meander along the waterway and browse local crafts, retro kitsch, and delicious...
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Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
Famous for its seven-tiered waterfall, Erawan National Park is one of the most picturesque spots in Central Thailand. Be warned, however, it is no secret spot and it teems with visitors at weekends. Come during the week to se it at its best and...
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ตำบล ช้างเผือก อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50300, Thailand
For less than it would cost for a taxi between bars in San Francisco, we rented a private tuk tuk and driver for the morning to visit the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The ruins cover an area that is...
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Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I've been to Thailand half a dozen times over the last four years, but until November I had never visited during the Lantern Festival. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be quite as amazing as it actually was - Chiang Mai was transformed for a...
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209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
They say the eyes are the "window to the soul." What kinds of stories do these eyes tell you? The Elephant Nature Park outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand is a truly wonderful place that takes in elephants that have been injured and abused. They are...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Every year, on the evening of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, thousands of paper lanterns are launched into the skies above Chiang Mai. At temples all across the city, monks help tourists and residents alike light their lanterns and send...
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Tham Lot, Pang Mapha District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
After your guide takes you in to the caverns of Nam Lod Cave, you will feel a sense of awe...like you were welcomed to "the garden of eden". This 1-hour or so cave trek involves a bamboo boat ride, walking on sometimes slippery terrain and...
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Wat Chedi Luang is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. The grounds are made up of three buildings: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin. Wat Chedi Luang was formerly the home of the Emerald Buddha, which...
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One of two chedis rises adjacent to the top of Doi Inthanon summit. This one here is built for Queen Sirikit. From the King's chedi vantage point, it was significantly the smaller of the two yet elegantly feminine and equally as magnificent....
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ตำบล ป่าอ้อดอนชัย อำเภอเ มืองเชียงราย เชียงราย 57000, Thailand
Barely a hint of the usual temple colors. No shimmering gold leaf or red gleaming fires decorate this temple near Chiang Rai, Thailand. But think again if you think there is no Buddha as there are two, one seated and one painted on the wall...
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Na Hin Lat, Pak Phli District, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Far outside of the bustling city of Bangkok, there is a magical place called Khao Yi National Park, a UNESCO site. Within this park are many 'hidden' waterfalls, which is not a misnomer at all, since you literally discover them as you explore the...
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Indochina
I’d have to say the Naga Fireball Festival is one of my favorite Thai festivals. Locals gather for a two-day celebration in Nong Khai, Thailand by the Mekong River to witness this yearly event where balls of fire rise from beneath the surface of...
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Han Kumphawapi, Udon Thani 41110, Thailand
During the dry season, the rice paddies in northeast of Thailand have been harvested and rain is very scarce, so the breathtaking vistas on Nong Han Red Lotus Sea are all the more surprising. Almost invisible from the shores, behind elephant ear...
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Na Pho Klang, Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
One of Thailand's least visited national parks, Pha Taem deserves much more exposure. Not only does it boast some awesome scenery -- the views over the Mekong River to Laos from the top of the cliff that dominates the park are incredible -- it...
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Nong Chaeng, Bueng Sam Phan District, Phetchabun, Thailand
Angthong National Marine Park makes for a great day trip from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, or any of the other outlying islands. The park boasts some of the most stunning unspoilt beaches in the country, breathtaking views of limestone...
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Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
When you arrive to Ko Samui and grab a tourist map, one of the first sites you see is Wat Phra Yai, or the "Big Buddha." You negotiate with a taxi driver for how many bahts you will pay to have him drive you around the island for the day, and head...
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Located about 90km west of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, a tiny archipelago of nine islands make up the Similan Islands. Travel is only permitted during non-typhoon season, from November-May, since the only way out to the islands is about an hour...
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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Ko Lipe, Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe is up and coming, while it is recently becoming more and more popular on the tourist trail, for the moment at least, it still holds a sense of isolation. Surrounded by Thailand's largest marine park the area offers literally hundreds of...
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29 Maharaj Road, Sub District Krabiyai, District Krabi, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
The Thai Buddhist Tiger Cave Temple is an arduous climb up 1,237 steps, and worth every one. Bring water and a snack as there is nothing up and down the mountain. Make sure to stop in the cave before the mountain to read up on how the temple got...
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158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
One of the famous temple in Bangkok city. The full name of the temple is Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร). Named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, the Wat Arun is considered one of the most well known of...
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21 100 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
The Banyan Hotel has several amazing places to catch a glimpse of the breadth of Bangkok. AFARer John Galante recommended the Moon Bar at the very top of the 61-story building. Unfortunately when I arrived there was a private event being held. The...
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
For anyone that enjoys the journey as well as the destination then whilst there is nothing fantastically remarkable about Wat Doi Suthep the 15km ride up the mountain really puts the cherry on the cake, a stunning piece of tarmac which snakes its...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
The thick jungles and elevations changes of northern Thailand are absolutely perfect for ziplining. Therefore, it is no surprise that several outfits have set up in the area. One of the best is Flight of the Gibbon, which has nearly 5 kilometres...
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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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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
In the days when Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East many people got around by boat and plentiful trade was done on the water. Though many of the canals have been filled in to make way for roads, the age-old process of buying and selling...
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19/27 Moo 6, Soi Wasana, road T. Rawai, A. Mueang, ถนน วิเศษ ตำบล ราไวย์ Phuket, ภูเก็ต 83130, Thailand
Off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, in the Andaman Sea, a string of small islands plays host to a series of spectacular sea caves. Your guide will assist you, navigating your kayak between towering stone walls through a maze of narrow rock...
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Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga, Thailand
Seasoned Thailand travelers often complain how the crowds have ruined places like Phuket and Samui, once rustic tropical oases before they succumbed to mass tourism. This old school charm is still alive and well on Koh Yao Noi, near Phuket on the...
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I’m most impressed by the light and bright Islamic architecture, of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque just outside central Abu Dhabi. It stands in stark contrast to the dark and gloomy Christian Cathedrals I’m accustomed to in the west.
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Yas Marina, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For a memorable excursion, take a seaplane tour with Seawings. The 30-minute aerial tour takes off from the water and leads to panoramic vistas. You'll see the city, mangrove forests, and shoreline. Planes can accommodate up to 9 people so it's a...
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Shirley Heights, Antigua and Barbuda
As far as I could tell, all of Antigua heads to Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening, and its no surprise why. An open air party atop a hill where the views are beautiful and the rum flows freely - the best night of my trip. Around 5 o'clock I...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
The weather outside may be frightful, even in summer, but the waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland are always delightful. We visited the Blue Lagoon Spa during an 8-hour layover in Reykjavik. All inclusive round-trips are available...
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Hvammar, Kópavogur, Iceland
First time: We took the Northern Lights tour out about an hour outside of Rekyjavik and they didn't show. Second time: Northern Lights tour canceled for the night because of visibility problems (cloudy day). Third time: We went an hour outside...
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Námafjall, Iceland
At the foothills of this spectacular volcanic mountain is an expanse of hot springs called Hveraröndor Hverir that are known for their changing variety. You may also find a number of fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots that all seem to be boiling...
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Iceland
I read somewhere before I arrived that Icelandic landscapes looked like the moon. Nowhere was that more true than here.
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Jokulsarlon Floating Iceberg Boat Tour was a Must See in Iceland! It is South East on the ring road and is at the bottom of Skaftaell National Park on the map.
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Iceland
My husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland for my 40th birthday - what a country! We were lucky enough to be there during a solar storm that last occurred about 7 years ago. The solar storm made the Northern Lights brighter and more...
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Látrabjarg, Iceland
Rauðisandur, or (Red Sand), is precisely that: a beach with red sand. Endless red sand. Well, not endless, but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of...
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Haukadalur, Iceland
We got to the Langjokull Glacier by Super Jeep, reaching an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level. Being the second largest glacier in Iceland, approximately 950 square kilometers with a volcano occupying over half of this area, you can imagine...
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Mývatn, Iceland
During summer the northern parts of Iceland get almost continuous daylight. The area around Lake Myvatn is ridiculously scenic - and not a little surreal - with geothermal areas (pictured), volcanic lakes and more. This image was taken at 11pm!
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Landmannalaugavegur, Iceland
At the beginning of a 4-day, 40-mile trek through the fringes of the Icelandic highlands, we saw these artistic masterpieces. Landmannalaugar. To me, they were the Rainbow Mountains. Majestic. Surreal. Hiking by this beautiful landscape seemed...
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Dynjandi, Iceland
Twenty kilometers east of Hrafnseyri, at the point where Route 60 weaves around the northeastern corner of Arnarfjörður, the impressive Dynjandi waterfall plunges over a 100m-high clifftop into the fjord at Dynjandisvogur inlet, forming a...
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Hverfjall, Iceland
Up near Lake Myvatn looms this immense black volcano. To stand near it is to be humbled, yet again, by the majesty of Iceland's pure and raw nature. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter and it's estimated to be around 2,800-2,900 years...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Outskirts of REYKJAVIK, Iceland --- We travelled on the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that covers about 300 km with primary stops that include national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning "golden falls"), and the geothermally...
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Northern Europe
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. I find turf homes very cute, so I had planned to visit a few. To visit the Glaumbær Farm in rural northwest Iceland, it was a small detour off...
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On our way from Selfoss to Vik, we passed this gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss cascading over towering cliffs that used to make up Iceland's coastline. Long ago the coastline receded towards the sea about 3.1 miles but the former sea cliffs...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
The impossible-to-pronounce Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland lies on the Southern Ring Road between the towns of Selfoss and Skogafoss on the way to the coastal town of Vik. The falls plunge about 200 feet into deep pool. Much of the waterfall...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland

Three days in iceland. Doesn't sound like much time?  I'm here to convince you otherwise.  We experienced glacier hiking, ice climbing, waterfalls, volcanos, Icelandic horses, snow-capped mountains, lava fields, Vikings, Viking beer,...

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My husband and I just returned from Iceland for my 40th birthday. What a beautiful country! Because of technical problems with our plane leaving JFK, we ended up arriving in Reykjavik at 2:00 a.m. We drove straight from the airport to Gulfoss,...
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Ok. It's not as blue as the Blue Lagoon. But it's an unforgettable experience. North shore of Iceland, at the end of Road 748... We were there June 21st, the longest day of the year. Water is very hot just beside the sea... the cold sea! Peaceful,...
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Kirkjufell, Iceland
Ever dance with the Devil in the pale moon light? No? You should try it. You'll love it. If you can't find the Devil, try dancing with a sheep. There are plenty in Iceland. Vikings too - but it's tough to teach a Viking how to dance (citation...
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One of Dubrovnik’s oldest fortresses stands atop a 100-foot rock, guarding the western land entrance to the Old Town. Vigilantly turned toward Venice, it serves as a monumental tribute to Dubrovnik’s foresight, encapsulated in the...
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Ulica kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
I kept putting this off during my trip thinking it was too touristy, but I'm glad I finally did it. The view really is breathtaking and the museum in the Imperial Fortress just behind it is a must.
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Ul. od Sigurate 7, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When in Dubrovnik you have to walk atop the city walls. Try to go all the way around, its well worth it and you will get a great workout. Every corner you turn offers fantastic views.