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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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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]

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The Whirling Dervishes Of Konya

Konya, Turkey

Konya is Turkey’s most important center of Sufism, a mystical sect of Islam, and for nearby 700 years has been home to the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. Their MevlanaTekke (Mevlana Monastery) was found ... [Read more]

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Pamukkale

Anatolia, Turkey

A beautiful freak of nature, Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) resembles a series of bleached rice terrace as you approach. The white travertine tiers, joined together like huge water lilies by petrified waterfalls and ... [Read more]

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The Cultural Triangle

Cultural Triangle,Kandy, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka Three ancient capitals delineate Sri Lanka’s Cultural (aka Golden) Triangle: Kandy, in the south; Anuradhapura, in the north; and Polonnaruwa, in the northeast. Anur ... [Read more]
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Osh

Kyrgyzstan

Osh is one of the oldest cities of Central Asia, and its residents claim it’s even older than Rome. The assertion may not be far from the truth, as historical remains indicate human habitation since around the 5th ce ... [Read more]

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Yurt Stay At Lake Song Kol

Kyrgyzstan

Lake Song Kol is cowboy country – Kyrgyz style. The blue, almost perfectly round body of water is ringed by prairie and mountains, located at an elevation of 9,953 feet, and is one of the world’s biggest lakes. The ... [Read more]

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Chomo Lhari Trek And The Tiger’s Nest

Paro Valley, Bhutan Tucked along the southern slope of the Himalayas below Tibetan China and bordered by India on three sides, the little-visited nation of Bhutan is one of the most remote and protected places in the world, tanta ... [Read more]
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The Festivals Of Bhutan

Bhutan The sacred festivals of Bhutan – or tsechus – are the perfect way to take in the rich Buddhist heritage of the country known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Filled with the sounds of flutes, cymbals and trumpet ... [Read more]
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The Palaces Of The Joseon Dynasty

The Palaces Of The Joseon Dynasty,Seoul, South Korea The capital of the nation for centuries, today’s Seoul is one of the densest places in the world, with more than 24 million people crammed in a sprawling metropolis of high-r ... [Read more]
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The Steppes And Forests Of Mongolia

Mongolia

Ever since Genghis Khan encouraged his people to live by the sword, not the plow, Mongolians have been nomadic herders, holding to their horse-based culture and leaving vast tracks of ruggedly beautiful countryside virtu ... [Read more]

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The Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia

For centuries, the nomadic people of Mongolia’s Altai Mountains have hunted with the aid of the magnificent golden eagle – one of the world’s most powerful raptors and a symbol of military might – to capture smal ... [Read more]

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The Gobi Desert

Mongolia

Lying between Siberia to the north and the Tibetan Plateau to the south – and covering a landmass of 500,000 squares miles – the Gobi is one of the most remote and least trodden deserts in the world. The third larges ... [Read more]

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji,Shizuoka and Yamanashi , Honshu , Japan Revered in the Shinto religion as a sacred mountain, 12,388-foot Mount Fuji is Japan highest peak and its national symbol. Elegant, snow-capped, symmetrical – and spellbinding ... [Read more]
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Cherry Blossom Viewing

Cherry Blossom Viewing,Yoshino and beyond, Nara, Honshu, Japan Witnessing the exquisite yet fleeting beauty of countless cherry trees exploding into bloom is quintessential Japanese experience not to be missed. Come spring, sakura ... [Read more]
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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan The Japanese talent for reshaping nature is unmatched. The country that raised ikebana (flower arranging) and garden design to high art also transformed the weeklong Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) i ... [Read more]
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The National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum,Taipei, Taiwan The world’s largest and most valuable collection of Chinese art – nearly 700,000 pieces – is housed at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, one of the most visited museums on the plane ... [Read more]
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The Road To Shangri-La

Yunnan, China The remote agriculture Yunnan Province lies deep in China’s southwest. With its beautiful eastern Himalayan scenery, its ancient trading town, and the vibrant cultures of many ethnic minorities (members of almost h ... [Read more]
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Giant Panda Tracking

Foping, Shaanxi, China

It’s estimate that less than 1,600 giant pandas remain on earth, and despite aggressive programs creating reserves for these gentle giants, they are limited in number, and the never-ending threat of poach ... [Read more]

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The Li River

Guilin, Guangxi, China Guangxi Province, with its beautiful mountains and rivers, has been eulogized for 13 centuries by painters and writers who have tried to capture its unearthly landscape on paper. A cruise down the Li River ... [Read more]
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Huangshan

Anhui, China Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in eastern China’s Anhui Province is the perfect blend of natural beauty and human ingenuity. Emperors and poets have lauded the mountain range’s misty landscapes, scroll painters have ... [Read more]
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The Three Gorges

Hubei and Chongqing, China, Asia

The mighty Yangtze River cuts right across the geographical and imaginative heartland of China, and it’s most famous stretch through the Three Gorges ranks among the world’s most beautiful pl ... [Read more]

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