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The port city of Da Nang is a beacon for foodies, who flock here to sample the... more
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Da Nang
The port city of Da Nang is a beacon for foodies, who flock here to sample the famously fresh and bold flavours of Central Vietnamese cuisine. Taste your way through the streets on a walking or biking culinary tour. Work off those bowls of spicy noodle soup with an exploration of the caves and grottos of the Marble Mountains. Be sure to time your nighttime stroll so you pass the Dragon Bridge when its “head” breathes fire over the River Han.
The white sand beaches of Sihanoukville are the coastal Cambodian city’s biggest... more
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Sihanoukville
The white sand beaches of Sihanoukville are the coastal Cambodian city’s biggest draw. Spend a blissful day snorkeling or splashing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Explore the mangroves, waterfalls and wildlife of splendid Ream National Park, or rent a dirt bike for some awesome all-terrain exploration. A Saturday evening at Otres Market promises lively music, terrific food and a true taste of local culture.
The beaches of Ao Nang are picture-perfect stretches of gleaming sand, sparkling... more
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Ao Nang
The beaches of Ao Nang are picture-perfect stretches of gleaming sand, sparkling waters and candy-coloured sunsets. Book a snorkel or SCUBA tour for some underwater exploration, or just relax on the deck as you cruise between local islands on a vintage teak boat. Rock climbers will drool over the limestone crags and cliffs of nearby Rai Leh.
Go from the 13th century to the 21st in one day in Naha. Its ancient Ryukyu... more
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Naha
Go from the 13th century to the 21st in one day in Naha. Its ancient Ryukyu Kingdom centrepiece, Shuri Castle, has been restored and is the city's top tourist attraction. Meanwhile, on Kokusai-dori (International Boulevard), the pace never lets up as locals and tourists hop from restaurants to bars to nightclubs.
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The island capital of the Maldives teems with high rises and narrow streets, all... more
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Male
The island capital of the Maldives teems with high rises and narrow streets, all ringed by seawalls. Shopaholics can savor Male's flavors in the local markets, which are packed with fresh produce, and along Chaandanee Magu, the spot for local souvenirs, such as carved wooden dhonis, miniature replicas of the boats dotting area waters. The golden-domed Friday Mosque presides over the landscape, while the underwater riches of the atolls lure scuba enthusiasts from around the globe.
The historical center of Baku reveals its tumultuous past, from its roots as a... more
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Baku
The historical center of Baku reveals its tumultuous past, from its roots as a Persian capital, through its oil boom to its Soviet occupation. The old city is a maze of alleys, mosques, historic buildings and remnants of fortification, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower, now listed among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Much more than a historic site, the city hosts vibrant arts and cultural activities, as well as a bustling modern business sector.
The Ladakh capital city of Leh lies near the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir,... more
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Leh
The Ladakh capital city of Leh lies near the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir, on the crossroads of the historic "Silk Route" from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. The humbling monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi, Thikse and Lamayuru will nurture your spiritual needs, and the landscape of Leh provides for a number of adventure activities including mountaineering, white-water rafting and trekking along the Markha Valley.
Kandy is an awesomely beautiful and holy place. Designated a UNESCO World... more
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Kandy
Kandy is an awesomely beautiful and holy place. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kandy is a sacred pilgrimage destination that has played a highly significant role in the popularity and history of Buddhism. The Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue keeps watch over Kandy’s holy sites. The Temple of the Tooth and Lankatilaka Temple are perfect places for serene contemplation. Museums, Ayurvedic spas, tea plantations and an elephant sanctuary make Kandy an even more special place to visit.
Long fought over by warring empires, the city of Yerevan survived centuries of... more
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Yerevan
Long fought over by warring empires, the city of Yerevan survived centuries of foreign occupation, finally becoming independent with the fall of Soviet Russia. This capital city, a center of Armenian culture, has celebrated its freedom with a flurry of construction and a growing population. Despite this push forward, history survives in Yerevan - The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts houses books dating back to the 9th century, and the ruins of the Erebuni Fortress, built in 782 BC, still stand.
The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, holds deep cultural... more
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Rishikesh
The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for local Hindus. Sacred rivers and mountains set the scene for yoga and reflective hikes, and rafting here is an absolute must. The Beatles got in touch with their Eastern spiritual side here, writing several songs during a 1968 stint at a local ashram.