Asia: home of ancient civilizations, tropical jungles, and the tallest mountains on Earth. Travels in Asia are a sensory barrage, the aroma of spice markets, the brilliant colors of clothing, the cacophony of some of the most crowded cities in the world.

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Asia: The Bucket List

red sea diving

Diving the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel

The Red Sea is one of those mythical dive destinations that you hear about almost as soon as you get your C-card. Although the Red Sea extends south to Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia  (on its western shore) and to the southern part of Saudi Arabia and Yemen (on the eastern side) ...
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Burj Khalifa

Taking an Architecture Tour of Dubai

The title of this article would have been impossible a mere 50 years ago. Back then, what is now the high-gloss oil-infused city-state of Dubai was little more than a desert outpost with more sand than pavement. Even until the 1990s, it wouldn't have been an exaggeration to say that ...
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A precarious bridge over a glacier-fed river

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

My stomach has turned itself inside out. "No one is immune here," the doctor at the clinic back in Kathmandu had said. Having just come off a several-months-long hike in the Rocky Mountains during which I'd drunk water that had dead animals in it, I'd have thought my immune system was ...
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Phang Na Bay feature

Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat

The limestone juts straight up into the sky, precipitous as a Manhattan skyscraper and just as tall. If you want a mental image, think of James Bond and "The Man with the Golden Gun."  That cliff you remember, the one that soars out of the sea? That's just one of ...
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bathng the elephants

Mahout for a Day: Learning to Care for and Ride Elephants in Thailand

DoDo is my responsibility for the day. A big responsibility, four tons of it. He stands seven feet tall, and measures a good ten feet long. "He is a champion elephant, this one," says Teerapat Trungpakan (Pat, for short),  owner of  Patara elephant farm, located just over an hour's drive from Chiang ...
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