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Cultural Wonders of Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Founded more than 700 years ago, Thailand’s northern capital of Chiang Mai grew through history in relative isolation before a railway system was built in the 1920s. These days, Chiang Mai is a hop and skip, either through its international airport or far cheaper bus alternatives.

However, before the innovation of modernized transportation, the grueling trek required weeks-long trips both on elephant and river, making it slow to the influence of the outside world.

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January 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[VIDEO] Private Tour: Old and New Delhi in a Day

Getting to know India‘s capital city can feel difficult at first, but a private tour of Old and New Delhi will give you both the personal attention of having your own guide, and also the freedom to see the city at your own pace.

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January 20, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Save 50% on Beijing and Great Wall Day Trips

HURRY! Beijing tours on sale for 3 days only! Get 50% off select Beijing and Great Wall Day Trips. This deal is only available for 3 days – so hurry! You must book by January 19, 2012 to SAVE 50%! This exclusive offer is available on travel from January 31, 2012 to June 30, 2012 on all scheduled departure times and dates.

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January 17, 2012 by | 0 Comments

5 Places to Travel in Winter

Just because most of America is in a deep freeze (or at least not shorts weather), doesn’t mean the rest of the world is experiencing the same. Thankfully, there are plenty of places enjoying summer whilst we pack on the layers and bundle up to face winter’s wrath.

During the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, many other places are enjoying some gorgeous weather, free from the rainy seasons, monsoons and sweltering heat, so now is the time to head to one of these exotic locales to enjoy some sun, blue skies and less clothes. A lot less clothes.

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January 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Top Things to Do in Kyoto: A 5-Day Itinerary

Kyoto offers a glimpse into the past of Japan, a city of rich tradition and cultural importance. It’s been said that you must dig to find the historical side of Kyoto, with its layers of the past nestled here and there among bustling city streets and tall modern buildings. But for me, it felt like the other way around. There are several thousand temples, hundreds of Shinto shrines, pagodas, Zen gardens, and numerous historical districts to be explored.

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January 2, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Anna in Singapore

Meet Anna Ong, one of Viator’s local experts in Singapore (and a highly rated licensed tour guide you’ll find at Viator Private Tour Guides).

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December 28, 2011 by | 0 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Naga in Hyderabad, India

Meet Naga Subrahmanyam, one of Viator’s local experts in Hyderabad, India (and a highly rated licensed tour guide you’ll find at Viator Private Tour Guides).

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December 16, 2011 by | 0 Comments

Tang Bao in Shanghai

Tang Bao Soup Dumpling in Shanghai

Tang Bao can refer to XiaoLongBao in Shanghai, but more often is the name of a big soup-filled dumpling, basically a bun with soup inside. You do not find much stuffing like the common meat/vegetable buns. A popular kind of Tang Bao is with crab meat or crab roe inside. You can break a small hole on the skin or put a straw on top for the soup. Either way, be aware of the hot soup.

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December 7, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Mid-Lake Pavilion in Shanghai’s Old Town

Mid-Lake Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Mid-lake pavilion has been a tea house since 1885 in the Qing dynasty. The building was originally a pavilion inside the Yuyuan garden, and later turned into a meeting place for cloth business men in 1784. It is located by the zigzag bridge in Shanghai old town bazaar. Visitors can have a break with a nice tea in the 200-year-old building while watching the lake and passersby.

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December 6, 2011 by | 0 Comments

Top 5 Attractions in Ipoh, Malaysia

A small delight of a city just 125 miles (200 km) north of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is a relatively young city that has seen a wealth of movement since its inception in the 19th century. It found prosperity through a booming mining industry brought on by British colonization, and though things have since cooled off, Ipoh has become a relatively quiet town known for its delicious cuisine and regal infrastructure. With the added benefit of being nuzzled in the depths of Malaysia‘s distinctly unique terrain, Ipoh affords the opportunity to explore jungles or go cave diving, making it an ideal weekend trip from the regular hum of Southeast Asia.

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November 28, 2011 by | 0 Comments

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