7 Unmissable National Parks in Southeast Asia

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Southeast Asia is known for its warm beaches, plentiful islands, sprawling jungles, and varied wildlife. In addition to being a budget-friendly destination in a perpetual state of summer, Southeast Asia offers so much to do, and often in idyllic settings. While there are hundreds of national parks in Southeast Asia, there are a few that stand out from the pack. Some of the following are well known in the region, some are up-and-coming, and others are relatively unknown. These are some of the best national parks to target on your next trip to the beautiful countries that make up Southeast Asia:

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February 17, 2015 by
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The Surprising History of Antarctic Tourism

Tourism is booming in Antarctica, with nearly 40, 000 people making the journey to the bottom of the earth during the October-February Antarctic summer. It’s quite the increase since the first commercial tickets were sold aboard the SS Fleurus mail ship during its annual trip to the South Orkney Islands in the 1920s.

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February 13, 2015 by
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Panama Canal

The modern Plaza Carlos V in Casco Viejo, Panama City

You may think you’ve known all about the Panama Canal since middle school social studies. Most people know that the Canal was built across the isthmus of Panama to save ships from having to go all the way around South America to connect from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and back. In fact, you may even know it only takes 8-10 hours for a ship to pass through the canal’s three locks, the Miraflores, the Pedro Miguel and the Gatún Locks. Even more impressively, you may not have just Googled “isthmus.” Still, as I learned on a recent trip to Panama, there’s a lot more to the story of the Panama Canal than you probably know. See if you knew any of these ten facts.

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February 12, 2015 by
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Graceland Goes to Vegas: 11 Sights and Tours Perfect for the Elvis Fan

Visit Graceland

If you haven’t heard the exciting news, Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States, is headed to Las Vegas. While you’ll still be able to visit the original Memphis location, this second outpost at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino will feature Presley-inspired exhibitions, artifacts, memorabilia and Vegas-style live performances. In honor of the occasion — and to inspire all you Elvis Presley fans — here are 11 of the best Elvis sights and tours around the US.

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February 9, 2015 by
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6 Plants and Animals You’ll Only Find in the Seychelles Islands

In a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, the tiny archipelagic country of Seychelles is home to many of the world’s most unusual plants and animals, many of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else on the planet. From skyscraping palms to miniscule frogs, here are six of Seychelles’ most remarkable plants and animals.

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February 6, 2015 by
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February Top Photos of the Month: Love Around the World

Go on the perfect morning date with a horseback ride

Catch a glimpse of love around the world with the Viator’s February Top Photos of the Month!

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February 5, 2015 by
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The Best of Jackson Hole — On and Off the Mountain

Consistently named one of the best ski resorts in the country, Jackson Hole Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, is recognized not only for the annual snowfall (500 inches plus) and the extreme terrain on the mountain, but also for the intensity of its après ski scene. For all of the attractions on the mountain, though, there are plenty of attractions for those who want to skip the slopes and explore all that Jackson has to offer.

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February 4, 2015 by
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Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Less Expensive Europe

Sample Italy's finest

You know what’s the best thing, when you’re a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making European trips cheaper than they’ve been since 2003.

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February 2, 2015 by
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Out of Office: Patricia’s Outdoor Adventures on Hawaii’s Big Island

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real Viator Insider. In this installment, Patricia sees the Big Island of Hawaii from above and below.

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February 2, 2015 by
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26 Cheap Things To Do, Eat and See in New Orleans

Big cities can be a drain on the wallet with pricey options for food, entertainment, and transportation, but New Orleans, Louisiana, is particularly friendly for those traveling on a budget. Sure you can drop a ton of cash in The Big Easy, but it’s not necessary. Here are 26 cheap—and free!—things to do, eat, and see in New Orleans that won’t bankrupt your trip.

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January 30, 2015 by
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