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Grace Bay

Turks and Caicos The jewel in the crown of Turks and Caicos – an archipelago of 40 islands – Grace Bay boasts a staggering 12-mile arc of powdery white sand lapped by turquoise waters that teem with marine life. It’s consid ... [Read more]
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Old San Juan

Puerto Rico El Viejo San Juan, the seven-square-block landmark zone of the island’s capital, is a perfectly microcosm of Spanish Colonial architecture and a walk back through history. In fact, were it not for the chaotic traffi ... [Read more]
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Rincon And La Ruta Panoramica

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico’s wild and wonderful west coast is one of the world’s top surfing destinations, and its town of Rincon was put on the map when the World Surfing Championship were hold here on Domes Beach i n 1968. Rin ... [Read more]
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Negril

Jamaica It’s always party time in hedonistic Negril, set on the northwest tip of Jamaica and one of the country’s most affordable destinations. The development but still lovely Seven Mile Beach (also known as Long Bay) is the ... [Read more]
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Montego Bay

Jamaica Jamaica’s second largest city after Kingston, Mo Bay is charged, hip, and gritty, with a lively music scene that reaches its frenzied height at Reggae Sumfest, a reggae and dancehall marathon that showcase star performe ... [Read more]
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The Republic Of Golf

Dominican Republic Bermuda, move over. The Dominican Republic has claimed the title as the finest golfing destination in the region. In the last decade world-class golf courses have opened up across the island, following the 7,000 ... [Read more]
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La Habana Vieja

Havana, Cuba Anchored by the gracious Plaza de la Cathedral, Havana’s Old Quarter (La Habana Vieja) is a magnificent architecture ensemble of monuments, fortresses, cobblestone streets, and grandiose townhouses that once belong ... [Read more]
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Bermuda

Bermuda Considerably cooler than the Caribbean islands that lie south of here, Bermuda is best known for its stunning pink sand beaches (the result of sand mixed with the crushed red skeletons of reef-dwelling protozoa), Bermuda s ... [Read more]
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South Georgia Island

South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands (British Overseas Territory) Windswept and largely unknown, the utterly isolated isle of South Georgia stands days away from any civilized shore, a white crest of carved ice rising from the ... [Read more]
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The White Continent

Antarctica Antarctica – terra Australis Incognita, “the unknown land of the south” – is the surreal seventh continent at the bottom of the world, a place of ethereal beauty and unequivocal grandeur that inspired the great ... [Read more]
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Punta Del Este

Uruguay

Straddling a peninsula flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio de la Plata, “Punta,” as South Americans call it, has reigned for decades as the continent’s premiere jet-set mecca. A former fishing village now full ... [Read more]

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Jose Ignacio

Uruguay A 40-minute drive east of Punta del Este but a world away from its high-rise development is the small peninsula of Jose Ignacio and the stylish Playa Brava beach. Former fishing village set around a rocky promontory, its m ... [Read more]
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Lake Titicaca

Puno, Peru Set in the Andes at 12,500 feet above sea level, legendary Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and, at 3,200 square miles, it is the continent’s largest. Ancient myth holds that Manco Capac and h ... [Read more]
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The Nazca Lines

Nazca, Peru Peru’s desert coast is the setting for the mysterious, ancient Nazca lines, a vast series of furrows in the earth that depict stylized human and animal forms as well as geometric shapes. The full impact of their 193 ... [Read more]
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Lima’s Food Scene

Lima, Peru American chef Todd English has hailed Lima as the culinary capital of Latin America – recognition that its distinctive, inventive cuisine is leaving an imprint around the world. It’s a cuisine as cosmopolitan as it ... [Read more]
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Cuzco And The Sacred Valley

An obligatory stop for those setting out for Machu Picchu and other sites in the Sacred Valley, Cuzco – steeped in ancient culture and surrounded by the beauty and mysticism of the Andes – is something overlook as a unique destination unto itself ... [Read more]
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Peruvian Amazon

Amazonas, Peru The confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Loreto, Peru, forms the legendary head of the mighty Amazon, 2,400 miles from where it flows into the Atlantic. Though Brazil garners most of the fame as the home ... [Read more]
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Otavalo

Ecuador The oldest, best-known, and most important Indian market in South America takes place every Saturday high in the Andes. Otavalo’s market has always served as the social and economic heartbeat of the northern highlands; t ... [Read more]
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Galapagos Island

Ecuador A modern-day traveler’s rules of thumb: Visit the most fragile places first; stay on the trails; disturb nothing. Nowhere does this apply more than to the 58 islands and cays of the Galapagos archipelago, which straddle ... [Read more]
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Old Cartagena

Colombia When the Spanish came looking for the kingdom of El Dorado in 1533, they landed at Cartagena and built its wealth on slavery, gold, and sugar. Today this coastal gem of Colonial architecture is beautifully restored, parti ... [Read more]
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The Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Stretching over nearly one-third of Chile’s surface, the Atacama Desert is so otherworldly that NASA has conducted experiments here. But word of its austere yet striking natural has travelled far, an ... [Read more]
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Torres Del Paine National Park

Patagonia, Chile This remote outpost in the heart of Chilean Patagonia is one of nature’s last virtually untrammelled wildernesses. Unmapped before the 1930s, the Torres del Paine park is a 600,000-acre network of aquamarine la ... [Read more]
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Easter Island

Chile The tiny, windswept speck of land called Raja Nui, aka Easter Island, continues to captivate a curious world long after its “discovery” by the Dutch West Indian Company on Easter Sunday 1722. It’s the world’s most re ... [Read more]
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The Wine Roads Of Chile

Central Valley, Chile Winemaking was brought to Chile by the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries, who cultivate the grape for sacramental purposes, but the wines really came into their own when noble French cuttings were plant ... [Read more]
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Sao Paulo’s Food Moment

Sao Paulo, Brazil Dining is a serious pastime for paulistas, and they stay well informed about the best places to savor the countless cuisine in this diverse metropolis. To understand first-hand something of the local bounty, sta ... [Read more]
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Pantanal

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil The largest freshwater wetland in the world, a place where more than 100 rivers meet, the Pantanal is an oasis for wildlife of staggering variety. It supports the greatest concentration of fauna in the w ... [Read more]
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The Festivals Of Salvador

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Rio’s Carnaval is carnal, seething, pulsating extravaganza that attracts all the notoriety, but these days many travelers are heading north to Salvador da Bahia for an authentic, more participatory, an ... [Read more]
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Brazilian Amazon

Amazonas, Brazil The vast kingdom of the Amazon, known as Amazonia, stretches across nine South American nations. At 1.4 billion acres it is the largest and densest rain forest on earth, roughly the size of the contiguous United ... [Read more]
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Uyuni Salt Flat

Bolivia The world’s highest and largest salt flat, and the only remnant of a prehistoric salt lake that once covered much of Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni feels like another planet. The white expanse, lying 11,927 feet above sea l ... [Read more]
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Witchcraft Market

La Paz, Bolivia La Paz’s daily Witchcraft Market, known locally as either the Mercado de Hechiceria (“sorcery”) or Mercado de Brujas (“witches”), is a fascinating place, brimming with everything from herbal tea infusion ... [Read more]
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Copacabana And Lake Titicaca

Bolivia This is the original Copacabana – not the beach in Rio de Janerio, but a sunny little town up in the Andes, blooming with red-tile roofs and set on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. One of South America’s most impo ... [Read more]
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Glaciers National Park

Patagonia, Argentina Characterized by a barren but beautiful landscape that is pocked by 50 major glaciers and more than 200 lesser ones, Parque National Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) seems like another planet. While mos ... [Read more]
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Peninsula Valdes

Chubut, Argentina Jutting into the Atlantic from Argentine Patagonia, the Valdes Peninsula was, until recently, the country’s best-kept secret. Its grassy expanses and 250 miles of rugged, cliff-lined coast are one of the world ... [Read more]
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Las Pamas And Estancias

Buenos Aires Province, Argentina The pampas – “the only place on earth where God can roam large” wrote Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges – are the vast, flat grasslands stretching for hundreds of miles from where Buenos ... [Read more]
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Panama Canal

Panama City to Colon, Panama Built across the narrowest point between the pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century. It stretches 50 miles from Panama City t ... [Read more]
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Granada

Nicaragua Lack of tourism has helped keep both Nicaragua’s natural environment and its heritage intact. Nowhere is this more evident than in Granada, an elegant and colonial city on the western shores of Lake Cocibolca (also cal ... [Read more]
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Market At Chichicastenango

Quiche, Guatemala Guatemala’s largest market takes place in Chichicastenango, one of the country’s most colorful and accessible highland towns and an important trading center since pre-Columbian times. “Chichi” is famous ... [Read more]
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Lake Atitlan

Panajachel, Altiplano, Guatemala The Altiplano, Guatemala’s western highlands, is the country’s most stunning region, and bluegreen Lake Atitlan – mirroring these Fuji-like volcanoes – its most perfect snapshot. Those who ... [Read more]
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Corcovado National Park

Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Costa Rica boasts one of the world’s best systems of reserves and national parks; its 35 wildlife refuges protect more than 25 percent of the country’s territory, so deciding where to hea ... [Read more]
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Tortuguero National Park

Limon, Costa Rica A lowland wilderness on Costa Rica’s northern coast, Tortuguero National Park lies between the Caribbean and a dense maze of jungle canals. Its 22 miles of protected black sand beaches are one of the world’s ... [Read more]
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Placencia

Belize With long, sleepy stretches of white sand shoreline and turquoise water, the 11-mile-long skinny peninsula of Placencia parallels the coast of southern Belize near the Guatemala border. These are the country’s best beach ... [Read more]
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Belize’s Barrier Reef

Ambergris Caye, Belize Belize is part of the longest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. The coral mountains and canyons of the Great Mesoamerican Reef stretch unbroken for 750 miles, from Isla Contoy, on the tip of Me ... [Read more]
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Chichen Itza And Merida

Yucatan, Mexico

The magnificent metropolis of Chichen Itza, the most spectacular, and consequently most visited, of Mexico’s ancient sites, was the principal ceremonial center of Yucatan, the heartland of the Maya. The complex ... [Read more]

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Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico

A remarkable blend of Old World and deep-rooted Zapotec and Mixtec traditions are gloriously at play in the cobblestone historic center of Oaxaca. You can spend days visiting the city’ 27 ornate churches – whi ... [Read more]

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Copper Canyon

Chihuahua, Mexico

Northwest Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range encompasses one of the greatest canyon complexes in the world, Barrancas del Cobre. Though called the Copper Canyon in English, it is actually a series of six ma ... [Read more]

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Sea Of Cortez And San Ignacio Lagoon

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Separating the 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, the Sea of Cortez brims with pristine, plankton-rich waters that create an amazing ecosystem like no other on earth. Jacques Coust ... [Read more]

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Los Cabos

Baja California Sur, Mexico

At the tip of the 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the resort area of Los Cabos (the capes) stretches over a 25-mile corridor that joins the desert towns ... [Read more]

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Carnaval De Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

In winter’s frosty midst – partly in defiance, partly in celebration – Quebec City springs to life during the Carnaval de Quebec (Quebec Winter Carnival). The world’s largest winter carnival a ... [Read more]

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Polar Bear Safari

Since long before Churchill had a human history (with stints as an Inuit settlement and armed forces base), it was the polar bear capital of the world. Today, every October and November, up to 1,000 of these generally solitary creatures gather jus ... [Read more]

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Heli-Skiing And Heli-Hiking

British Columbia, Canada

Just well of the Canadian Rockies lie waves of mountains: The Cariboo, Bugaboo, Monashee, Selkirk, Galina, and Purcell ranges are unknown to many but famous to fans of high-mountain hiking and powder ski ... [Read more]

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The Canadian Rockies By Train

Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

When railroads first crossed Canada in 1885 (“an act of insane recklessness,” read the headlines), they did more than bring in settlers: They opened up western Canada to tourism. “If we ... [Read more]

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Banff, Jasper, And Yoho National Parks

Alberta and British Columbia

Spanning the crown of the majestic Canadian Rockies are Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks, collectively known as the Rocky Mountain Parks. Banff was Canada’s very first national Park and is no ... [Read more]

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary goes Western during its world-famous stampede, kicking up its (boot) heels for ten rodeo-filled days in July. Rodeos have been a part of Calgary summers since 1886, soon after the city was founded ... [Read more]

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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, U.S.A.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s oldest national park, known worldwide for the geysers and geothermal pools that Hark back to its volcanic past yellowstone’s 3,500 square miles enco ... [Read more]

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Route 66

New Mexico and beyond, U.S.A.

There’s no road embedded in the psyche of America than Route 66. Commissioned in 1926, the 2,448-mile “Mother Road” epitomized the American dream and led Dust Bowl refugees and beatniks alike t ... [Read more]

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Swimming With The Manatees

Crystal River. Florida, U.S.A.

Their bodies look like zeppelins and they’ve got faces like sad-sack hound dogs, so it must have been the manatees’ plaintive, squealing murmurs that made old-time sailors think they were mermai ... [Read more]

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Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.A.

Set amid 140,000 acres of marshland and mangrove swamp, Kennedy Space Center has been the headquarters of American rocketry and space exploration since the launch of the unmanned Bumper 8 research ... [Read more]

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Yosemite National Park

California, U.S.A.

“No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote naturalist John Muir, who contributed to the 1890 founding of Yosemite National Park. The park’s dramatic beauty has been famously captured in ... [Read more]

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Death Valley National Park

California, U.S.A.

Located in the northern reaches of the Mojave Desert. Death Valley National Park is the lowest, driest, and hottest spot in America, with scorching summers that reach 125 degree F and higher – in July 1913 i ... [Read more]

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California Wine Country

California, U.S.A

If America has an answer to Tuscany – our own locus for great wine, great food, and the good life – Napa and Sonoma valleys are it. These fraternal twins, separated at birth by the Mayacamas Mountains, now b ... [Read more]

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The Kenai Peninsula And Prince William Sound

Alaska, U.S.A.

Lying across a narrow channel from metropolitan Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula is like a movie trailer of Alaska highlight: incredible fishing, hiking, and kayaking opportunities; prolific wildlife; and to its eas ... [Read more]

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Inside Passage And Glacier Bay

Alaska, U.S.A

Alaska has over 40,000 miles of coastline, and you can take in some of the most beautiful from your ship’s deck while sailing the Inside Passage. It stretches through 500 scenic miles in the southeast of the state ... [Read more]

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The Iditarod

Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

Starting from Anchorage ever March and ending 8 to 15 days later in Nome, the Iditarod is one of the great endurance tests in sport, with competitors mushing sled dogs across 1,150 miles of snow and ice ... [Read more]

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The Highlands Sing-Sing Festivals

Papua New Guinea

Few places in the world fascinate anthropologists more than Papua New Guinea. Occupying the eastern half of the world’s second largest island, “PNG” is known for its warm seas rich with marine life and suk ... [Read more]

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Moorea

Society Islands, French Polynesia

There is no South Pacific view as spellbinding as the one from Moorea’s Le Belvedere, a lookout high on the wall of the extinct volcanic crater forming this extraordinarily beautiful island, w ... [Read more]

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Bora–Bora

Society Islands, French Polynesia

Grab a seat on the left side of the plane for your first glimpse of Bora-Bora, the dramatic, lagoon-surrounded rock that has mesmerized visitors since Caption James Cook saw it more than 200 yea ... [Read more]

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The Marquesas Islands

French Polynesia

For years the wild beauty of the little-visited Marquesas Islands –some of the most remote inhabited islands on earth – has drawn artists and writers, and that’s hardly a surprise: This is the untainted tr ... [Read more]

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Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resorts

Savusava, Vanua Leva, Fiji

It’s difficult for a small, intimate resort to successfully host bath couples seeking a romantic escape and families with small children. But Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, set within a 17 ... [Read more]

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The Home Of Bungee Jumping And Jet Boating

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

If you want to learn something fundamental about the Kiwi character, you need only know that New Zealand is the recognized home of both bungee jumping and jet boating. The former act of madn ... [Read more]

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Napier And Hawkes Bay

North Island, New Zealand

In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of the North Island and fire tore te downtown of Napier apart. The residents rebuilt in the popular architectural style of the day, and now th ... [Read more]

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Lake Taupo And Tongariro National Park

North Island, New Zealand

Local bumper stickers call Lake Taupo “The Rainbow Trout Capital of the Universe,” and they’re not exaggerating: Even by New Zealand standards, these fish are monsters, with the average catch weigh ... [Read more]

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Snorkeling With Whale Sharks

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Australia One of the new places you can swim with the world’s largest fish is Ningaloo Reef, on Australia’s west coast. Whale sharks are capable of growing up to 60 feet long, though here they ... [Read more]
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Freycinet National Park

Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park is a dramatic combination of pink granite mountains (called the Hazards), white sand beaches, and lapis-blue ocean, all easily explored. A self-guided 2 ½-hour nature walk through fiel ... [Read more]

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Kangaroo Island

South Australia, Australia

Australia’s third largest island, “K.L.,” as it’s known to the locals, is uncrowded and uncomplicated. The sheep outnumber the people 300 to one, and it boast a trove of rarer animal life too ... [Read more]

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Barossa Valley

South Australia, Australia

The picturesque Barossa Valley is Australia’s epicentre for all things gastronomic. Together with nearby Clare Valley, it produces over 400 percent of Australia’s wines. Easy to reach from Adelaide, ... [Read more]

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Sailing The Whitsundays

Queensland, Australia

It would be hard to conjure a more splendid destination for setting sail than these idyllic islands in the Coral Sea, discovered by Captain Cook in 1770 on Whitsunday (49 days after Easter). Cradled by the ... [Read more]

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Lord Howe Island

New South Wales, Australia

Hailed as one of the most beautiful subtropical islands in the Pacific, the tiny crescent of Lord Howe Island boasts 90 species of fish, and more than 130 recorded bird species, including the endemic w ... [Read more]

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Saigon’s Bustling Markets

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam is a Communist country, but visitors would never know it from the explosive wave of commercial activity that has washed over the country since the 1990s, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City (still ... [Read more]

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The Food Scene In Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

If diving headfirst into a country’s local food, outstanding local eateries, and well-priced restaurants serving international cuisine. Hanoi’s iconic dish is bun cha – a bowl of fresh rice noodles, shredded ... [Read more]

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Ha Long Bay

Vietnam

Vietnamese legend maintains that dragons once descended from heaven and spouted streams of jade droplets into the waters of Ha Long Bay (Vin Ha Long), forming thousands of island to protect the bay and its people from in ... [Read more]

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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle,Thailand In the rugged north where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet and the Ruak and Mekong Rivers converge, travelers encounter a lush, mountainous region with an abundance of opportunities for adventure. Treks to ... [Read more]
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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai,Thailand Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and the unofficial capital of the country’s north. Previously the sleepy hub of a rural hinterland and gateway to treks to the outlying hill tribes, this cooler ... [Read more]
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Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya,Thailand Once called the “Pearl of the East,” Ayuthaya – the artistic, spiritual, and military center of Southern Asia – was the capital of Thailand from 1350 until its destruction by marauding Burmese 4 centuries ... [Read more]
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Singapore’s Street Food

Singapore

It’s no wonder that eating (even more than shopping) is Singapore’s favourite pastime – the city may well be the best place on the earth for sampling the astonishing variety of Asia’s many cuisine, which you ca ... [Read more]

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Amanpulo

Pamalican Island, Cuyo Island, Palawan Province, Philippines

Of the 7,000-odd island in the Philippines, the most exclusive is Pamalican, a minuscule speck in the Sulu Sea. It is occupied by a solitary luxury enclave, Amanpulo, a ... [Read more]

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Inle Lake

Myanmar

The quite magic of Inle Lake in central Myanmar feels a world apart from the congested capital, Yangon, offering a time-warp setting of calm waters, gentle light, and warm smiles. Most of the tribal people who live on its ... [Read more]

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Bagan And a Cruise On The Ayerwady River

Bagan and Mandalay, Myanmar

A cruise down the Ayerwady (Irrawaddy) River – the country’s great natural highway and the focal point of Burmese life – is an opportunity to observe the languid and timeless rhythms of rural li ... [Read more]

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Feasting On Kl’s Streets

Feasting On Kl’s Streets,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Don’t let the dazzling, steel-clad Petronas Towers and slick shopping malls sidetrack you: It’s the authentic array of edible delights that makes Kuala Lumpur such a great cit ... [Read more]
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Borneo

Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia Ginger-haired orang-utans swinging through tropical rain forest and communal longhouses once home to legendary headhunters are the images commonly associated with Borneo. The world’s third la ... [Read more]
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Sipadan

Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia “I have seen other places like Sipadan – forty-five years ago – but now, no more,” said Jacques Cousteau. “Now we have found again an untouched piece of art.” Part of the Semporna Archipelago, o ... [Read more]
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Vientiane

Laos

Although it reflects the laid-black, friendly nature of the country that surrounds it, it is hard to believe that tiny, drowsy Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong River is the capital city. Nearly all Vientiane was razed i ... [Read more]

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Sailing The Mekong

Laos

Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam share a history of war and French colonial influences. But it’s the Mekong River that both links them and, in many places, separates them, running along much of Laos’s western border with Myan ... [Read more]

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Luang Prabang

Laos Most places in Laos are apt to take you back in time, but this is especially true in sleepy, temple-filled Luang Prabang (City of the Buddha of Peace), in the mountains north. This small city sits on a peninsula at a confluen ... [Read more]
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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park,Komodo, Indonesia Komodo Island, a mere 150 square miles and with a population of just 2,000, is the nearest thing to a 21st-century Jurassic Park. It was established as a national park in 1980 to protect Vara ... [Read more]
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Borobudur And Prambanan

Borobudur And Prambanan,Java, Indonesia The hike to the top of the Buddhist monuments of Borobudur, a 1-hour clockwise path from base to apex, takes pilgrims through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology: the worlds of desire, f ... [Read more]
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Ubud

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia The island of Bali stands out in Indonesia not only for its beautiful landscape but also for its sophisticated Hindu art and culture. The Balinese have always believed that the gods live in the mountains and ... [Read more]
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Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia One of the world’s premier architecture sites, Angkor’s temples and monuments encompass an area of about 40 square miles in north-western Cambodia. The capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from A.D. 800 to ... [Read more]
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The Silver Pagoda

Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Once considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, Phnom Penh still retains much of its charm despite the violence of Cambodia’s late-20-century history. A recent influx of ... [Read more]
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Samarkand

Uzbekistan Like Athens or Jerusalem, the name Samarkand evokes imagine of medieval armies, ancient architecture wonders, and bygone splendor. It was a romantic destination even for the Greeks: “Everything I have heard about [Sam ... [Read more]
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Bukhara

Uzbekistan As a key stop along the ancient trade route between China and the West, Bukhara became one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world by the 10th century. It declined, courtesy of Genghis Khan, them=n returned with a ven ... [Read more]
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Tolkuchka Bazar

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The central Asian state of Turkmenistan is the home of one of the world’s least known and most reclusive societies, ruled for 15 years by Saparmyrat Nyyazow, a president-for-life eccentric who renamed th ... [Read more]