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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



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.

The 6 Best Places to Celebrate Halloween This Year

This Halloween, explore one of these 6 cities by night to discover all the spooky souls living on your doorstep.

To prepare you for Halloween, we compiled a list of the 6 best places to celebrate Halloween and help you spot all the ghosts haunting European cities. Be prepared to meet the spirits of murderers, prisoners and lost souls from times gone by!

 1. London


See London’s haunted sites and hear about its ghosts. London is said to have one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena of the world’s major cities. This spooky walking tour brings the otherworldliness of this great metropolis to life.

Otherwise, enjoy 75 spooky minutes of sightseeing London aboard the Ghost Bus! Your creepy conductor will show you all the best city sights and give you a thrilling insight into some of the more gruesome histories of London’s most popular attractions.

2. Edinburgh


Edinburgh’s best and oldest ghost tour shows you the Old Town and the city’s underground vaults. Your cloaked guide will reveal the dark side of Edinburgh’s history with passion, humor, and flair. Be ready for the unusual on this 75-minute adventure!

3. Paris


Explore the underground ossuary of the Catacombs of Paris and enter a mysterious underground world.

The Catacombs of Paris contain the bones of over 6 million people, and your guide will explain why this labyrinth of tunnels became an underground cemetery in the 18th century. Due to tight constraints on the number of visitors allowed inside each day, this is truly one of the hardest tickets to secure in town.

4. Prague


Come with us on a walk through Prague’s dark past, through narrow, cobbled streets and winding lanes where murderers, alchemists, monsters and spirits once walked.

We will take you away from the bustle and noise of the Old Town Square into one of the eeriest parts of Prague, once a den of poverty, plague and magic, an area often overlooked by tour guides yet full of history, intrigue and atmosphere. You’ll hear stories of death and betrayal, dark arts and demonic visions.

5. New York

New York City Hosts Annual Halloween Parade

Go on an adventure beyond the pale as you discover paranormal phenomena and the terrifying other-worldliness of the “Big Apple” on a walking tour of New York’s ghostlier landmarks.

One of the great urban centers of the modern world, New York City also has one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena. Get into the spirit of discovery as you walk through some of the ghostlier neighborhoods.

6. Berlin


Explore the newest visitor attraction in the city – the Berlin Dungeon. Located between Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz, here you can discover Berlin’s darkest history.

Nine notorious Berliners take you on a journey through 700 years of history – from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. Experience 9 eerie shows with state-of-the-art special effects with the backdrop of Berlin’s darkest moments in history.