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VIET YUM: The Dead Backpackers Society: Vietnam’s Top 10 Traveler Cafes Offer Much More Than Just Coffee
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VIET YUM: The Dead Backpackers Society: Vietnam’s Top 10 Traveler Cafes Offer Much More Than Just Coffee

On the far shore of an artificial lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, I found a much-needed antidote to restaurant hell, with its gastronomical woes on untranslatable menus (involving Indochinese delicacies like baked sparrows, fried scorpions, sautéed snakes, and roasted rat): a coffee stand. But not just any coffee stand. Here they […]

Stone lanterns, Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan
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Getting Soaked in Japan

Perhaps none of Japan’s numerous cultural icons are more endearing or significant to the Japanese people, and visitors as well, than the famed onsen (hot springs resorts/hotels and spas) located throughout the island country. A big part of the Japanese lifestyle is enjoying the numerous onsen, or hot springs resorts, […]

A male Bengal tiger soaking in a waterhole
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A Visit to Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park

To see an animal in its natural habitat is a privilege. To see a Bengal Tiger is almost a mystical experience, Yet with only about 3,000 of these magnificent creatures left in the wild, the likelihood of seeing one outside a zoo lessens with each passing day. To appreciate them […]

Tips About a Vacation Paradise on the Bodrum Peninsula
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Tips About a Vacation Paradise on the Bodrum Peninsula

Odds are you will be thrilled by this 3,000-year-old holiday haven. It is the perfect family resort or romantic escape. Resting on the edge of the ever-blue Aegean Sea, Bodrum has it all – sun, sand, food, fun. When we told friends that we were flying to southern Turkey to […]

Applying the mud.
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Living It Up On The Dead Sea

DEAD SEA, Jordan—We’ll begin at the very end, the mysterious and biblical body of water known as the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the face of the earth, and the final stop on almost every Jordan tour. Its very name staggers the imagination—the sea where no one can sink […]

Eton Hotel Night View
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Shanghai’s Hidden Secret – The Eton Hotel Shanghai

Opened on March 1, 2007, The Eton Hotel Shanghai, (Yu Jing) a 40-story, distinctive, five-star hotel, with an emerald green glass tower, keeps guests coming back with an impressive blend of fine service, great amenities, and affordable rates. A member of the World Hotel group, the Eton Hotel Shanghai is […]

Guide Anton in jungle village market.
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Tracking the Wild Tarsiers

SULAWESI JUNGLE, INDONESIA—“You look up, I look down,” my guide, Anton, whispered. “They may be anywhere.”   We are in the North Sulawesi jungle hunting for a rare animal found only in Indonesia, an elusive freak of nature known as the tarsier. It is a weird looking creature, with enormous […]

Luang Prabang Outside The Tourist Radar
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Luang Prabang Outside The Tourist Radar

Pre-breakfast Treasures This is not a typical morning for me, mostly because it’s 5:30 a.m. and I am not snoozing, but also because I am kneeling on a sidewalk with my head bowed respectfully, holding a pot of sticky rice, waiting for a procession of monks. This is not an […]

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers
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Keeping the Miracle in Mind at Tel Aviv’s Sheraton Hotel & Towers

There is a Frenchman at the helm of the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and he fits it (to coin a cliché) like a glove. The elegant Jean-Louis Ripoche was born in Paris, his family comes from the Loire Valley, and he brings to the property an élan and savoir faire bred […]

Komodo Island: Home of 300-Pound Flesh-Eating Dragons
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Komodo Island: Home of 300-Pound Flesh-Eating Dragons

When a really hungry, flesh eating, 300-pound Komodo Dragon is ferociously sniffing the air for fresh meat less than 20 yards away, you curse the curiosity that brought you here in the first place.