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48 Hours in Seoul: Past and Present

Seoul

Seoul’s bali bali (quickly, quickly or “hurry up”) culture is largely responsible for transforming the once war-torn city into a thriving metropolis within a matter of decades. With waves of skyscrapers, a world-class public transportation system and no shortage of locals setting fashion trends as they tap away on the world’s most cutting edge technology, it’s hard to believe Seoul was completely devastated by war 60 years ago.

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October 25, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam

Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to reply.

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October 20, 2012 by | 209 Comments

7 Top Sights in Kerala, India

Santa Cruz Basilica

Close your eyes for just a moment and picture a wide canal lined with coconut trees and the small, tin-roofed homes of local villagers. The mirrored surface of the river is disturbed only by a lone fisherman, poling his narrow wooden canoe downstream. Now open your eyes–and say hello to Kerala, one of India’s southernmost states perhaps best known for its intricate network of canals, lakes and rivers covering nearly half the state.

But beyond these blissful backwaters, Kerala offers myriad other delights to travelers–from the colonial heritage of Fort Kochi to breathtaking natural scenery. Here are seven spots top sights in Kerala.

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September 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Bhutan: The Ecotourist’s Shangri-La

Bhutan, a tiny land-locked kingdom perched high among the southern slopes of the Himalayas, enclaved by the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in the north and India in the south, is one of the least visited places on the planet, and is listed as one of the top 10 global biodiversity hot spots.

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September 20, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Best Festivals in India

Dussehra

In any country, visiting during a traditional festival can provide a closer look at the local culture. In India, it’s no different, as the sights, sounds, and tastes of each celebration showcase the beliefs and traditions unique to that area. Here are some of the best festivals in India you won’t want to miss.

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September 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments

Visiting Xiamen: China’s Crossroads of Old and New

On the southeastern coast of China, just across the strait from Taiwan, sits the city of Xiamen, also known as Amoy. While the huge cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an pull in hordes of tourists from China and abroad, this island city of just under 4 million people often gets overlooked. With a long history as one of China’s major ports and centuries of European influence, visiting Xiamen juxtaposes old European architecture with traditional Chinese culture, both ancient and modern.

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September 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Kecak Dance in Bali

Kecak Dance, Bali

While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a traditional Kecak dance in Bali.

While the island is most famous for its mega-tourist destinations–Kuta Beach and hillside Ubud–wherever you end up staying, an absolute must is to experience a traditional Kecak dance.

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August 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Bali: the Cultural Centerpiece of East Asia

Bali

Whether you have one or two weeks to explore, these are a few cultural activities outside of the famous Kuta area that you will need to experience before leaving beautiful Bali.

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August 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Asia’s Greatest Train Journeys

Trains often service areas farther away from airports and in many cases, particularly in Asia, offer a much cheaper transit option than flying. And best of all, you get to see the landscape passing by at ground level.

Here are a few of the best rail journeys in Asia.

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August 8, 2012 by | 5 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Ellen Lan in Beijing, China!

Viator private tour guide Ellen

Meet Ellen Lan, one of Viator’s local experts in Beijing, China with a license to provide private tours.

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August 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments

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