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South East Asia travel guide - Tips and Tricks about backpacking

26 beautiful photos you won't believe were taken in Pakistan

10 Things to Know About Travel in Southeast Asia

Lots of globetrotters and backpackers have journeyed to the fertile and culturally rich Southeast Asia. Known for its beautiful beaches, mesmerizing historical sights and a touch of adventurousness, this comparatively inexpensive travel destination baits thousands amongst thousands of people every …

South-east Asia

Dog lovers and dog eaters square off at China's Yulin festival

<b>Yulin, Guangxi province, China (CNN) —</b> Boss Ning has been running a dog meat restaurant in this southern Chinese city since 1981 and she says business is thriving.<p>Her customers can feast on crispy dog or dog hot pot, as well as lamb, duck and other meats.<p>Dog is particularly popular in the region …

Japan’s rural schools run out of students

Urban migration, dwindling birthrates and an ageing society are combining to present Japanese education authorities with a big problem<p>In Aone’s historic wooden schoolhouse, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks …

Japan

Why Bavaria Rivals Texas in State Pride

When I lived in Texas for college, I was struck by the strong sense of state pride -- many residents pitied anyone who wasn't born in what they considered the nation's greatest state, and I even knew multiple people with Texas tattoos. Though I've lived in and visited many places since, I didn't …

Best Tours in Asia 2014

From Traveler Magazine's 2014 Tours of a Lifetime<p><b>Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: Caucasus Culture Club</b><p>This specialist in travel to post-Soviet states has plumbed the rich culture of the Caucasus to deliver an itinerary with uncommon access, from a recital by Armenia’s Luys Quintet to a private tour …

Greece Photos

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Greece (including the Parthenon, Santorini, Kalymnos Island, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

European Travel

Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik)

With breathtaking nature, charming architecture, and a long Adriatic coastline, there's plenty to see in this spectacular country.<p>Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the …

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

Your New Zealand Photos

The 15 Best Natural Wonders in Southeast Asia

BlogSoutheast Asia<p>22 Aug 2014<p>22<p>As my time in Southeast Asia draws to a close, I’m starting to think about all of the awesome places I’ve been. I love …

Our Top 14 Ultimate Luxury Hotels in South East Asia

It's a mistake to think that South East Asia is a low-budget destination, especially when it comes to the glittering levels of consummate luxury to be found in this region. In fact, some of the world's best hotels, properties and sailing boats reside in these lands and on its iridescent waters, …

The Fun-House Mirror That Is the Syria Decision

Alan Lowenth­al has a head­ache.<p>Who can blame him? The fresh­man House mem­ber, a Cali­for­nia Demo­crat, is genu­inely torn — torn up, really — over …

Middle East

An Antiwar Activist Searches for a Way to Support a Strike on Syria

It was 1968. His her­oes Bobby Kennedy and Mar­tin Luth­er King Jr. were dead. The Vi­et­nam War raged on. Ger­ald Con­nolly, a nat­ive of Bo­ston, …

Vietnam War

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

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The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

Hong Kong

Fall Travel: Top Three Spots to Visit in Maine This September

Pack away your beach towels and sunscreen until next year because in many parts of the country a new travel season is just about to begin. And when you thought it was about to get too cold to explore the states of New England, the beautiful fall colors on the mountains and the many shining lakes of …

6 Colorado Fall Festival Musts

If you're looking for something fun to do this season, start with some of these health-focused fall festivals. The mountains are the perfect place to experience a myriad of outdoor activities, from hiking, biking and walking to trail running and more surrounded by the most amazing scenery in the …

Best of the World Weekly

Each week National Geographic Traveler editors select a seasonal trip showcasing the world's best destinations to visit right now.