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UNESCO World Heritage Site #49: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

From the World Heritage inscription: Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. [...]

Q&A #1

I sent the word out on Twitter to see if people had any questions for me about my travels. Here are the first batch. I’ll be doing this every so often, so make sure to follow me on Twitter if you’d like me to answer a question. @feureau If you could pick one place to [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #48: Complex of Hué Monuments

From the World Heritage inscription: Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, [...]

The Musandam Experience

I am back from Oman and in Dubai for a few days before moving on. I am still having issues with finding a good internet connection anywhere in the Middle East. I still have photos from Thailand I have to upload. The hotel I’m at now in Dubai put a 120mb cap on bandwidth, which [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #47: My Son Sanctuary

From the World Heritage inscription: Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #46: Hoi An Ancient Town

From the World Heritage inscription: Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An is one of [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #45: Preah Vihear Temple

From the World Heritage inscription Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #44: Angkor

From the World Heritage inscription: Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat [...]

So that thing about the thing….

So…..now I am going to Musandam. Arun, who lives in Oman and met me on Twitter, came through and figured out where I had to go. The ferry company is in a very nondiscript building with a temporary sign out front behindsa tree With all the money they spent on the boat, they forgot to [...]

So, about that Musandam thing….

There are certain assumption you make when you travel. They are usually pretty mundane things like “there is an airport in the capital city”, or “a major city will have hotels”. You usually don’t have to worry about the things you assume because they are always true. Having read numerous articles about the ferry to [...]

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