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Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India — So Haunted It’s Illegal To Visit After Dark!

The haunted Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India

Are you a fan of haunted places? Do you have nerves of steel? Well then, this place may be just for you — if you also do not mind being arrested abroad. Like all haunted places, Bhangarh Fort not far from Jaipur has no shortage of myths and ghost stories. However unlike other places this … Read More

Hiking Diamond Head Volcano in Hawaii

View from the top of Diamond Head Vocano in Hawaii

Located on the island of Oahu, Diamond Head is a young but extinct volcano that makes for a fantastic and inexpensive day trip. Entering into the crater through a large tunnel in one side of the volcano wall, immediately the place just opens up and the sky is revealed around you. One small corner of … Read More

Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat, India: Home Of The Asiatic Lion

Lion at Gir Forest in Gujarat, India

A wildlife trip is always exciting and adventurous. I have covered various tiger reserves in my previous journeys and an encounter with tiger has always been thrilling but this time I had planned a different jungle safari and intended to see the Asiatic Lions at Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat, the only place in … Read More

Your Guide To The Phong Nha Caves

The colorful Phong Nha Cave

Tucked away in Quảng Bình province far removed from most tourists lies the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, home to over 300 caves including the largest one in the world, Sơn Đoòng Cave. Back in 2003 the park earned itself a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List and tourism has been slowly increasing ever … Read More

Photo Journey Through Thiên Đường “Paradise Cave” Vietnam

Thien Duong "Paradise" Cave in Phong Nha, Vietnam

When Thiên Đường “Paradise” Cave was discovered in 2005 within Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park it took the title of longest cave in Vietnam away from the name star of the park, Phong Nha Cave. At 31km in length Paradise Cave is more than four times longer than it’s nearby sister and has much more … Read More

The Great Shakespeare Museum Confusion: Knowing Less After Visiting

Shakespeare Museum

Just as Shakespeare has confounded high school students for generations, it seems the playwright has been doing the same to historians for even longer. Recently, new research found that as well as hoarding grain during food shortages, the Bard was also threatened with jail for tax evasion. Given my thirst for knowledge, this meant a … Read More

Sabtang Island, Jewel of Batanes, Philippines

Morong Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

When visiting the Batanes island chain in the far northern reaches of the Philippines, one island in particular stands out: Sabtang. This island is only home to 1,500 people but is well-known throughout the country for its white sand beaches, old stone houses, and Mission-style churches. Sabtang Island northeastern coastline   Thankfully the weather was … Read More

Banyusumurup Traditional Village: Home Of The Keris

Banyu Sumurup, Indonesia, home of the keris

In my quest to explore the non-touristy side of Indonesia I recently took a day-trip out to Banyusumurup, a small village located southeast of Yogyakarta and home to dozens of skilled craftsmen that still produce the renowned keris. Although the village itself is well off the beaten path, the keris themselves — despite their rich … Read More