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5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the...

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand Dog meat for sale in Hanoi (Wikipedia) Thailand has a thriving illegal trade in dog meat. While authorities have been cracking down on it recently, the demand is such that many dogs are stolen off the streets to supply restaurants in Cambodia and China, where the consumption...

Railway Hackers In Cambodia Build 'Bamboo Trains' (VIDEO)

A decrepit railway line in Cambodia only sees about one scheduled train per week, but that doesn't mean it goes unused the rest of the time. According to BoingBoing.net, entrepreneurial railway hackers have been building makeshift trains out of a slatted, bamboo platform...

Lost City Uncovered In Cambodia

Lost City Uncovered In Cambodia saturn ♄, Flickr A 1,200-year-old city has been uncovered by archaeologists in a thick, mountainous jungle in Cambodia, Australia's Fairfax Media has reported. An international team of researchers using helicopter-mounted laser-imaging technology discovered dozens of...

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday xcode, Flickr AKA: Vesakha, Vesak, Wesak, Visak, Vixakha and many more derivatives. When? The second Sunday in May OR the day of the full moon in May OR the Sunday nearest to the day of the full moon in May OR the eighth day of the fourth lunar month OR if you've decided...

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East estetika, Flickr In the West, randomness is a crucial, torturous pillar of border security. Those who have been to Asia know that active sadism is supplanted by bureaucracy, vanity and venality. In my opinion these are highly preferable alternatives. Once you know how land...

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran AKA: Thai New Year, Water Festival, Pi Mai (Laos), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia), Thingyan (Myanmar), Water-Splashing Festival (Chinese Dai minority) When? April 13 to 15 officially, though celebrations may last longer Public holiday in: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962...

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat As the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is truly massive, taking hours to get just a cursory view of the temple complex. While it is Cambodia's prime attraction, there are still plenty of corners in which to find your own personal space, which is...

5 Countries That Are Great Alternatives To Their Crowded Neighbors

5 Countries That Are Great Alternatives To Their Crowded Neighbors It's the great hypocrisy in the mind of every traveler that they want to tour a place free from other tourists. Grumbling that a place is overcrowded isn't without grounds, though. Who hasn't wanted to pull a Dr. Manhattan on the tour groups that take group photos with...

Video Of The Day: Scenes From Southeast Asia

This video made by Birk Poßecker and Diana Weschke is a collection of scenes from a trip to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia this past October. It takes viewers across these countries via motorcycle, zipline, plane, bus, van and even the back of an elephant....

Vagabond Tales: How Traveling Helps You Realize You Look Weird

Vagabond Tales: How Traveling Helps You Realize You Look Weird When I was 4 years old I had my picture taken by a large group of Japanese tourists. While this in and of itself is slightly strange, the curious part of the story is where it happened. I was seated with my family – mom, dad, and infant baby sister – while...

Video: A Sublime Disruption

"A Sublime Disruption" from Gareth Nolan on Vimeo. Gareth Nolan shot this short film, "A Sublime Disruption," during a trip around the world he took in 2011. "This video is not about the places I visited, but merely an attempt to evoke the feeling of wonder and...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single...

Video Of The Day: Take A Walk Around The World

Planes, trains and automobiles are what first come to mind when most people think of the act of traveling. But really, some of the best people and experiences are discovered by simply walking. This fun video, created by filmmakers Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet,...

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited President Barack Obama will land in Myanmar (aka Burma) this week, a first-time visit for any President of the United States. Never mind that Myanmar is best known as a brutal dictatorship, not exactly in line with U.S. foreign policy. Disregard any political or...

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops And most people get jumpy when their flight hits turbulence. Passengers of a Bangkok Airways airplane were in for a unnerving surprise when Cambodian troops opened fire at the them. The airplane was supposed to land in Siem Reap Airport; however, due to bad weather, the...

The Vine Retreat: An Eco-Friendly Escape In Kep, Cambodia

The Vine Retreat: An Eco-Friendly Escape In Kep, Cambodia Sometimes you just need a hammock and a view. At least that's how I felt after six weeks of life as an ex-pat in the loud, congested capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I found respite at The Vine Retreat, a rustic eco-friendly hotel in the southeastern Cambodian...

Photo of the Day: Cambodian Sunset

Photo of the Day: Cambodian Sunset This Photo of the Day comes from Gadling Flickr pool member James Wheeler who captured this image titled Cambodian Sunset. Upload your best shots to the Gadling Group Pool on Flickr. Several times a week we choose our favorite images from the pool as Photos of the...

Photo Of The Day: Biking In Cambodia

Photo Of The Day: Biking In Cambodia Today's Photo Of The Day was taken by Luke Destefano, and depicts a cyclist at the water's edge in Siem Riep, Cambodia. I love the way this photograph simultaneously captures a perfect silhouette (complete with a bike basket, a relaxed hand and flowing, long hair) and a...

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