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8 can’t-miss sights in Singapore

Planning a trip to the vibrant metropolis? City life is unmatched in Southeast Asia when comparing it with Singapore.  Its fascinating fusion of eastern and western culture offers visitors the world in a 700-square kilometer microcosm. Here you’ll find Malay mosques, shopping malls packed with luxury items, gleaming skyscrapers, and Hindu temples all compactly neighboring each other.

Here are 8 of its best sights if you’re not sure where to start.

8. Universal Studios Singapore

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Walter Lim @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Worlds in worlds? That’s Singapore’s Universal Studios, complete with 7 movie-themed zones; you’ll be transported from Ancient Egypt to Jurassic Park and back to Madagascar.

7. Jurong Bird Park

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_paVan_ @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

8,000 birds of over 600 species ruling the skies over 50 acres. It’s more than just for the birds!

6. Telok Ayer Market

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Aussie Assault @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

One of the few remaining heritage sites in downtown Singapore, this market is a flashback to the country’s old, rich street food tradition where you can find anything from fish ball to pig’s organ soup.

5. Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Robert Lowe @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Free entry and a welcoming oasis of perfectly kept trees and flowers make this garden a great place to unwind after a hectic day in the city.

4. Night Safari

Night Safari

Night Safari

A nocturnal zoo? Yes! The one and only in the world, the zoo replicates natural habitats of animals from the Himalayan Foothills and the Southeast Asian Rainforest. Seeing the animals under moonglow is its best draw.

3. Singapore Flyer

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jh_tan84 @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Once the world’s largest observation wheel now an iconic piece of the Singapore skyline, the Flyer gives unmatched views over the downtown skyscrapers at night.

2. Singapore’s Chinatown

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Mike Cartmell @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Singapore’s Chinese hub is a colorful mix of garish and grand traditional temples and dainty shophouses. It gets packed, as visitors explore the narrow paths between stalls and alleyways. But if you’re on the lookout you can spot some real bargains!

1. Singapore Zoo

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chem7 @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Singapore’s Zoo was one of the first zoos to offer spacious, natural enclosures to help animals feel like they are in their natural habitat. Visitors are often only separated from the animals by moat, making it an incredible experience to get face-to-face with animals from all over the world.

 

Vietnam’s 5 most stunning tours

Vietnam is as exciting as it is diverse: over long complex systems of roads in the mountains and into hillside villages along the rivers, Vietnam’s landscape is tough to cover alone. But worth it.

These 5 tours cover the most iconic scenery of Vietnam and are experiences in and of themselves. Because, as we all know, the journey is just as important as the destination.

5. Cycling the entire Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son mountain range through bumpy village roads and through stunning nature reserves, rice paddies, and sugarcane farms far away from overcrowded cities. It was once used to facilitate the movement of troops and supplies from North to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

4. From Hanoi across the Luang Prabang Mountain Range

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Vietnam’s mountainous northwestern provinces are a bumpy ride through dramatic karst rock formations and remote hill-tribe villages. Isolated and far from any developed highway system, the payoff are the stunning temples and night market of Luang Prabang in Laos.

3. Trekking through Vietnam’s Sapa Valley

The Sapa Valley

The Sapa Valley

Surrounded by sloping rice terraces, Vietnam’s Sapa Valley combines dramatic mountain scenery and rich cultural diversity spread out among its many hill-tribe villages. At 1,500 meters above sea level, you’re up among the clouds staring across misty expanses.

2. Cycling or floating through the Mekong Delta

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Fruit orchards, floating markets spread out over an extensive maze of rivers and islands, life in the Mekong Delta floats at the pace of its watery vital force.

1. Through Ha Long Bay from Hanoi

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No limit of choice here: junk boats – that are really closer to floating palaces – drifting languidly through the stunning limestone karst formations of Ha Long Bay dot the turquoise waters as far as the eyes can see. Sporty travelers can kayak into hidden caves and camp on uninhabited islands.

 

Asia’s 10 most beautiful places

The world’s largest continent is host to some of its most spectacular natural and manmade wonders. With thousands of sights that are an optical feast, which ones should you visit first?

Here are 10 of our favorites for your next voyage to this wonderfully diverse land.

10. Bagan, Myanmar

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Paul Arps @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Described by Marco Polo as a “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes,” Bagan’s overgrown, forgotten temples are still as imposing as they were centuries ago, with over 2,000 temples scattered across the expansive dry landscape flanked by balloons hanging in the distance.

9. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Lang Bay

Ha Lang Bay

Gigantic limestone pillars teetering perilously over emerald waters, mostly uninhabited and capped with rainforests, carved out with coral grottos and caves. Ready to go?

8. Petra, Jordan

Petra

Petra

The “Rose City,” carved and built into pink sandstone cliffs, is part manmade, part natural wonder. Emerging after a deep narrow gorge, stumbling across Petra feels like entering another time and place, forgotten by civilization.

7. Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

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Frank Douwes @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

The stunning 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple is nestled in an idyllic landscape of rice-terraced hills framed by volcanoes. The grand structure seems to “emerge” – in all its grandeur – in the early morning wrapped in white shrouds of mist.

6. Taj Mahal, India

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Gerard McGovern @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

History’s greatest monument to undying love, the Taj Mahal’s architectural harmony is unmatched in scale and awe. Constructed out of pure, white marble and adorned with precious inlay jewels, it shines in the sun and sparkles in the moonlight.

5. Luang Prabang, Laos

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Mills Baker @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

The ancient town, a colorful mishmash of Lao and French architecture, sits sleepily at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan. Surrounded by verdant mountains, its an unmatched example of a town harmoniously joined with its stunning natural surroundings.

4. Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

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Nagarjun Kandukuru @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Perched on the cliffs of the Himalayas in Bhutan, the complex was built in 1692 at the site of a cave where Guru Padmasambhava supposedly meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. Ascending the mountainside, one passes thousands of prayer flags, crosses over steep waterfalls to finally stare down upon the Paro valley.

3. The Great Wall of China

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NomadFoto @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Winding ramparts stretching over mountains, deserts, and grasslands: this incredible feat of engineering can be seen from space.

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Bursting with gilded temples, flanked by moats and overlooked by Thailand’s tallest mountain, this quintessentially Thai city is a beautifully serene stroll through nature and civilization.

1. Mount Fuji, Japan

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Guilhem Vellut @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Japan’s highest mountain is a place of spiritual and national importance scaled by over 300,000 people a year. It forms a serene backdrop to the idyllic landscape outside of Tokyo best viewed and contemplated from afar.

7 of the most stunning nature adventures in the world

1. Gazing down at the Swiss Alps

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Kosala Bandara @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Yodel-ay-he-hoo! The Alps are almost mythical: the ideal mix of rustic rural lifestyle and some of the world’s most stunning scenery. Even though just fourteen percent of the Alps are in Switzerland, 48 of its 82 “four-thousanders” (mountains over 4,000 meters high) are in located in the Alpine country. It’s hiking heaven here. For the most spectacular of views, the Kleine Scheidegg Walk offers the unbeatable views of the “Big Three.”

Our recommendations:

Jungfraujoch Tour from Zurich or Lucerne

Kleine Scheidegg Tour – Centre of the Alps

2. Hiking through the Grand Canyon

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Moyan Brenn @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Overrated? Definitely not. The Grand Canyon is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and, while technically not the widest or deepest canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon inspires with its breathtaking range of visual spectacle. The best way to see it is plunge into its depth on a hike or ride to the floor and immerse yourself in millions of years of natural history.

Our recommendations:

Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour from Last Vegas

Grand Canyon South Rim: Motorcoach Day Tour from Las Vegas

3. Caravaning across the Great Sahara

Caravaning in the Moroccan Sahara

Desolate landscapes and welcoming oases of life: caravaning across the Sahara offers the chance to feel like spice traders of old, traversing between oases and civilization. The rocky landscapes are stunning in their simplicity, contrast, and MASSIVE horizons. Stop over in a Bedouin town and travel back in time to a culture that has maintained its traditions over centuries.

Our recommendations:

2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari

4. Flying over Sugarloaf Mountain and the harbor at Rio de Janeiro

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Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio

The harbor is another natural wonder of the world: Charles Darwin said it “surpasses in magnificence all that the European has ever beheld in his own country.” It’s the largest natural deep-water bay in the world, made up of 130 islands framed by massive granite monoliths. The truly adventurous can paraglide up in the sky, while the those looking for unbeatable selfies can take the incredible cable car to the top of Sugarloaf mountain.

Our recommendations:

Sugarloaf Mountain Half Day Morning Tour

5. Experiencing the Northern Lights in Iceland

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Moyan Brenn @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Or the Aurora Borealis, is one of the most spectacular spectacles in nature. The effect is, literally, out of this world, as you watch the emissions of photos leaving the atmosphere. The best spots are in secluded nature, far outside of Reykjavik. The feeling one receives standing alone under a glowing sky will give even the least sentimental of people goosebumps!

Our recommendations:

Northern Lights Hunt from Reykjavik

Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour in Reykjavik

6. Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

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Kyle Taylor @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

The largest coral reef in the world is also the planet’s largest “living structure.” It’s made up of more than 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands. If you go snorkeling or scuba diving here, you’ll immerse yourself in a whirlpool of millions of colorful organisms, living together in perfect harmony.

Our recommendations:

Premium Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns

7. Towering over Macchu Picchu

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Machu Picchu in Peru

Traverse the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and explore Incan ruins up in the clouds.  One of the most famous hikes in the world, it’s been called a “life-changing” experience by Lonely Planet. The path winds through the Urubamba Valley (also called the Sacred Valley), over impressive mountain slopes and through dense forests. Here you’ll feel like a god standing over the entire world!

Our recommendations:

Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel of Incas by Expedition Train

Cusco: 3-Day Inca Jungle Trek and Mountain Bike Tour

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