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What is Dubai Known For?

Most people would say Dubai is known for wealth, skyscrapers, luxury shopping, glitzy nightlife, and white-clad Arabs driving expensive cars on desert roads. Dubai is also known for being a jet-set holiday destination. There’s more to Dubai. You’ll find history, culture, a mixed bag of nationalities, workers, and ex-pats. Dubai is also known for heat, …

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Getting a Traditional Thai Tattoo, a Sak Yant, in Bangkok

This post is about the experience of getting a traditional Thai tattoo, a sak yant, in Bangkok. We also suggest other places in Thailand to get a traditional sak yant. These are “bamboo tattoos” done with a long bamboo pole tipped with a spike. This is how I was able to book a Thai tattoo …

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Vietnam with Kids & Things to do in Vietnam with Kids

Vietnam is a popular destination for family holidays, gap year family travel, and the long-term travel crowd, but is Vietnam family-friendly? What is there to do in Vietnam with kids and where should you go? Maybe you’d like to book a vacation and need to find your perfect hotel for a kid-friendly holiday? Also what …

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Thaipusam Festival Kuala Lumpur

We didn’t plan it, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Thaipusam is a once-a-year Hindu religious festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most spectacular, unusual, and awe-inspiring religious festivals in the world. A post about Thaipusam, with pictures and information on the Thaipusam celebrations …

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Bhutan and the Sacred Phallus, Phallic Art in Bhutan

Bhutan and the Bhutanese have a thing about the phallus. They are penis obsessed and you’ll see large, lurid, male members artistically depicted on houses throughout Bhutan. One village, in particular, Sopsoka, near Punakha town and adjacent to Chimi Lhakhang, is famous for its penis art along with the fertility temple. This temple is also …

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