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Game of Thrones Filming Locations You Can Visit in Real Life – We Did

Where is Game of Thrones filmed you ask? We've got the answers. Dave and I have been to many Game of Thrones filming locations around the world and we round up the not to miss sets that you can visit right now! Game of Thrones is one of the most popular series in TV history. […] Read the original post Game of Thrones Filming Locations You Can Visit in Real Life – We Did on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Dave, Game Of Thrones, Cultural Travel, Meteora, How To Plan Your Next Trip, Winter Is Coming, Castle Ward, Film Location, Location Iceland


The Proboscis Monkey of Borneo – Proof that Size Matters After All

“Take you to see proboscis monkey?” suggested the taxi drivers lined up at the entrance to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Frankly, I had no idea what they were talking about. My visit to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo had two goals: see the endangered orangutans and sun bears. I’d never heard of proboscis monkeys, so later that afternoon I turned to Father Google. The moment I saw a photo of these strange primates, I knew I had to see them in the... The post T...
Tags: Travel, Monkeys, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kinabatangan River, Proboscis Monkey, Malaysian State of Sabah


Holi Festival in India 2019: The World’s Most Colorful Celebration

It is known as the Festival of Colors and it is unlike anything you've ever seen. Holi is a Hindu festival that takes places across India but nowhere celebrates the Holi Festival with more spirit than Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. Holi Festival India We were traveling in Punjab before Holi wondering where we should celebrate. […] Read the original post Holi Festival in India 2019: The World’s Most Colorful Celebration on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, India, Culture, Cultural Travel, Punjab, Mathura, Holi Festival


PHOTO: Lucky Closeup of a Bornean Thick-Billed Spiderhunter

I traveled to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo mainly to see orangutans in the wild and to learn about the endangered Sun Bears. An unexpected bonus was the astonishing birdlife. I spotted Rhinoceros hornbills, with their weird red and gold banana-shaped headdresses, as well as black and white Oriental Pied Hornbills. Unfortunately, my telephoto lens was not good enough to capture decent photos of either species, as they were sitting in high treetops, surrounded by dense foli...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Birds, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan


Protecting the Terminally Cute Sun Bears of Borneo

At high noon, I stood on the viewing platform at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sabah, Borneo. In the intense humidity, rivers of sweat streamed down my face and neck. Within minutes, my T-shirt was soaking wet. I peered down into the enclosures below expecting these smallest of all the bear species to be sleeping or at best lethargic, but to my surprise they were active. Borneo is in the tropics, where it is always steamy. These bears are not bothered by the heat and humidity.... T...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sabah Borneo, Sandakan, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, Sun Bear


PHOTO: Orangutan Best Buddies – So Like Humans

Humans have long been fascinated by all members of the ape family. Orangutans, second largest of the apes after gorillas, rank extremely high on our fascination meter. There’s no mystery about this. We look at orangutans and see ourselves. I felt the same way when I visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and watched the human like behavior of orangutans. This pair may have been mother and child, but to me their behavior screamed “best buddies.” Having successfully fended off the mac...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Apes, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


Swingin’ With the Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

“Say hello to the orange ones,” my friend said when he dropped me at the airport. He was referring to orangutans, known for their distinctive orange color and endangered status. For years I had dreamed of seeing them in their natural habitat and now, with a little luck, my dream would finally come true. I boarded the plane to Sabah, a Malaysian State on the island of Borneo, arguably the best place in the world to see orangutans in the wild. People have been fascinated for centuries by orangutan...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


Visiting Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…But Not for a Marriage Blessing

I first met David Hogan, Jr., the publisher of the award winning Malaysia Asia Travel Blog, during a visit to Malaysia’s Penang Island. On that occasion, he took me to one of the island’s most popular “hawker centers,” where we ate our way through outdoor food stalls that stretched for blocks. Some years later David and I reconnected in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL). This time he treated me to a delicious lunch at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the city’s Little India neighborh...
Tags: Travel, David, Culture, Malaysia, Little India, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Penang Island, David Hogan Jr, Kuala Lumpur KL, Thean Hou Temple


Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery of Hong Kong

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a quirky, unique treasure found some 400 steps above Hong Kong. Walk along a path lined by golden Buddha statues striking innumerable poses ranging from elated to solemn and everything in-between. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is perhaps one of the city’s most memorable cultural sites. […] Read the original post Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery of Hong Kong on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Cultural Travel, Hong Kong Walk


Golden Temple of Amritsar, India’s Shining Star

We had been back in India a mere two days when we made our way to Punjab to witness the Golden Temple. Sikhism’s Holiest site, this temple welcomes all to enjoy its beauty and spirituality. Dave and I don’t normally become excited over temples, but the Golden Temple is incredibly impressive and beautiful. It is not a large temple, but it is impressive. Built in 1577, the temples dome is guilded with 750 kg of pure gold. Read the original post Golden Temple of Amritsar, India’s Shining Star on ...
Tags: Travel, India, Dave, Culture, Cultural Travel, Punjab, Amritsar India, Golden Temple, Shining Star, Golden Temple Sikhism


PHOTO: Historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Grande Dame of Malaysia’s Capital City

I rounded a corner and stopped in my tracks. The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station stretched before me in all her glory. Her lacy white skirts were tatted with horseshoe, ogee, and keyhole arches, while her chhatri-topped towers were held aloft like frilly parasols, providing protection from the brutal Malaysian sun. This spectacular example of British Raj style and opulence is undoubtedly the grand dame of Malaysia’s capital city. During the early years of British rule, Kuala Lumpur (KL) had bee...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Capital City, Raj, Kuala Lumpur KL, Railway Stations, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station Grande Dame


We make Soupe and Music

We make Soupe and Music at the Porc Festival in Italy. The post We make Soupe and Music appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
Tags: Hotels, Italy, Cultural Travel, Soupe, Photo of the Day


Porc Festival in Italy

Italian Porc Festival or La Festa del Nino in the contrada Sant Adrea di Suasa. The post Porc Festival in Italy appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
Tags: Hotels, Italy, Cultural Travel, Sant Adrea


PHOTO: National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) in Kuala Lumpur

I was hot, tired, and sweaty after a day of exploring the Colonial Walk along the Gombak River in central Kuala Lumpur. I could have hopped on the Metro, but the city’s historic Railway Station, with its lacy onion domes and turrets, was on the way to my hotel, so I set off on foot. The main road I was following, Jalan Kinabalu, suddenly became flooded with hundreds of men walking in the opposite direction. I dodged and wove through the oncoming masses, wondering what on earth was... The post PH...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Metro, Railway Station, National Mosque of Malaysia Masjid Negara, Gombak River


There’s More to Kuala Lumpur than Petronas Towers and Shopping

Kuala Lumpur, capital of the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, has always been a “pass-through” destination for me. Either I never made it out of the airport during long layovers, or my time was limited to an overnight stay. I’d made the obligatory trek to see famous twin Petronas Towers, once the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and walk around the lovely lake and park at the foot of the towers. I’d had dinner in the Brickyards neighborhood more commonly known as Little India. And I’d spent...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Petronas Towers, Southeast Asian, River Of Life, Brickyards


My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features


Away Vegetarian Resort – A Whole New World for Traveling Vegetarians

It wasn’t easy to be a vegetarian when I began traveling the world in 1997. At best it was difficult to find food without meat; at times it was downright impossible. Thankfully, the vegetarian/vegan trend has taken off over the past few years. Rarely do I have problems finding my kind of food these days, regardless of where I travel. Recently, however, I discovered Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which takes vegetarian travel to a whole new level. Away, which is located ju...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Vegetarian, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Chiang Mai Thailand, Away Chiang Mai, Thapae Resort


All About Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple is a smoky, atmospheric, magical delight of a temple located in Hong Kong.  Built in 1847 during the Qing Dynasty, it is considered one of the oldest temples in the city and is famous for its saturated hues of gold and red coils of incense. About Man Mo Temple Man  Mo Temple […] Read the original post All About Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, China, Cultural Travel, Hong Kong Built


The Origins of Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival are Shrouded in Mystery

The full moon’s reflection splintered into bronze ripples on the surface of the Mae Ping River. On the shore, worshipers lit tea candles and launched them into the river on handmade boats known as krathong. Like thousands of glittering sparks cast off from the moon itself, they floated down the gently undulating river. On this final day of the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, I had joined thousands of Thais to pay my respects to the river goddess. The event is named for the Thai word “loy,”....
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Festivals, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong Festival, Mae Ping River


A “Suite” Experience at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

My bed said it all. Using pieces carved from dried palm leaves, the housekeepers at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort and Spa had meticulously spelled out “Ia ora na” across my king-size mattress. They added a dash of color with fresh flowers plucked from the garden and sweetened the offering with two bars of exfoliating soap made especially for the resort, using sand from its black beach. “Ia ora na” was a phrase I would hear repeatedly during my visit to Tahiti. Though technically it means “good morni...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Culture, Cultural Travel, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, South Pacific travel


Tattooed from Head to Toe in the Marquesas Islands

The seaman was a shock at first. I’d stepped through the bulkhead door and into a dim interior passageway on board the Aranui 5 cruise ship. When my eyes finally adjusted from the brilliant sunshine outside, I found myself staring into the face of a sailor who was tattooed from head to foot. After my initial shock, I gathered my wits and asked permission to take his photo. He stared back, perhaps as curious about me as I was about him, but then nodded once. Over the next... The post Tattooed fro...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Tattoos, Cultural Travel, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Marquesas, South Pacific travel


VIDEO: Delivering Freight in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia

Perhaps the best way to see French Polynesia is to take a cruise on the Aranui 5, a combination cruise ship and freighter. The ship visits three of the island groups in the French territory and delivers freight to all six of the inhabited islands in the Marquesas Archipelago. In this video, I interview Tino, head of freight operations for Aranui, who has been with the company for 35 years. He reminisces about the early days aboard Aranui 1 and 2, when many of the islands did not... The post VIDE...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Culture, Islands, Cultural Travel, Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, French Polynesia, Aranui, Marquesas, Tino, South Pacific travel, Marquesas Archipelago


Loy Krathong and Yi Peng – A Guide to The Lantern Festivals of Chiang Mai

One of the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand is definitely Loy Krathong (also spelled Loi Krathong) in Chiang Mai. It takes place at the same time as the extremely photogenic Yi Peng Festival. (Yee Peng) What is Loy Krathong and Yi Peng? People often confuse Loy Krathong for another festival known as Yi Peng. We […] Read the original post Loy Krathong and Yi Peng – A Guide to The Lantern Festivals of Chiang Mai on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Yi Peng, Yee Peng, Loy Krathong, Loi Krathong


The Kindness of a Stranger Makes Memories in the Marquesas Islands

I sometimes wonder what makes a trip memorable. I’ve traveled around 97 countries and six territories and, honestly, there are times when I can’t remember what country I am in, much less which city. My memories of destinations are sometimes indistinct. I can see the houses, the streets, the people, and even recall specific situations, but for the life of me, I can’t remember where they occurred. On the other hand, some places are indelibly etched into my psyche. The ancient Incan city of Machu P...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Machu Picchu, Cultural Travel, Tahiti, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Marquesas, South Pacific travel, Umu Hei


Sailing Around French Polynesia with Aranui 5, a Combo Cruise Ship and Freighter

One thing I know for sure. Not all cruises are created equal. I have long eschewed voyages on behemoth cruise ships that carry up to 6,000 passengers and offer on-board amenities like water slides, rock-climbing walls, and miniature golf. Likewise, I have no interest in glitzy ports where the focus is on shopping, or on shore excursions that offer bungee jumping or zip lining. As a traveler who thrives on cultural immersion, I want to learn about the history of a destination, sample authentic cu...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Cultural Travel, Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Aranui, Marquesas, South Pacific travel


PHOTO: Snoqualmie Falls, Generating Power for 100+ Years in Washington State

In the late 1890’s, Charles Hinckley Baker was employed as a civil engineer for the Seattle, LakeShore & Eastern Railroad, which operated a rail line that passed Snoqualmie Falls in the State of Washington. From the moment he saw the waterfall, Baker realized its potential for power generation. He convinced his father to lend him money to purchase the land around the falls and began designing a plant to provide power to the fast growing Seattle metropolitan area. Construction of the plant w...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Usa, Washington, Culture, Washington State, Seattle, Cultural Travel, Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie, Snowqualmie, Charles Hinckley Baker, Seattle LakeShore Eastern Railroad, Snoqualmie Falls Generating Power


PHOTO: Snowqualmie Falls, Generating Power for 100+ Years in Washington State

In the late 1890’s, Charles Hinckley Baker was employed as a civil engineer for the Seattle, LakeShore & Eastern Railroad, which operated a rail line that passed Snowqualmie Falls in the State of Washington. From the moment he saw the waterfall, Baker realized its potential for power generation. He convinced his father to lend him money to purchase the land around the falls and began designing a plant to provide power to the fast growing Seattle metropolitan area. Construction of the plant ...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Usa, Washington, Culture, Washington State, Seattle, Cultural Travel, Charles Hinckley Baker, Seattle LakeShore Eastern Railroad, Snowqualmie Falls


Mille Miglia – Stirling Moss

I’ve been taking photo’s of the 2017 and the 2018 Mille Miglia editions without publishing anything yet. As an intro to what I will publish the story of Stirling Moss with some mercedes participants. In 1955 Moss won Italy’s thousand-mile Mille Miglia road race, an achievement Doug Nye described as the “most iconic single day’s drive in motor racing history.” Motor Trend headlined it as “The Most Epic Drive. Ever.” Moss, then 25 years old, drove one of four factory-entered Mercedes-B...
Tags: Hotels, Rome, Cologne, Munich, Ferrari, Italy, Mercedes, Stuttgart, Cultural Travel, Moss, Adriatic, Mercedes Benz, Padua, Fitch, Stirling Moss, Brescia


The Hariphunchai Kingdom – Before Thailand Was Thailand

Before there was a Thailand, there was the Mon-speaking Dvaravati culture, which migrated from what is today Myanmar. The Dvaravati occupied present-day central and northern Thailand, and their seat of power was the central city of of Nakhon Pathom. One of the earliest cultures to reside in Southeast Asia, it lasted from around the 6th to the 11th century. Dvaravati was not so much a civilization as a collection of disparate moated cities. They became the basis for some of the earliest civi...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, History, Culture, Thailand, Myanmar, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Lanna, Hariphunchai, Hariphunchai Kingdom, Dvaravati, Hariphunchai Kingdom Before Thailand


PHOTO: Scarlet Passion Flower Vine Climbs a Tree in Lamphun, Thailand

My jaw dropped when I discovered this brilliant red bloom on a tree in Lamphun, Thailand. It was the most astonishingly weird flower I’ve ever seen. “Alien” flashed through my mind. The pistil and anthers protruding from the lacy white center petals looked like eyes. I almost expected them to raise their spotted red and green heads to scan me with some otherworldly laser ray. I snapped a few photos, thinking I’d figure out what it was later. Identifying it turned out to be a monumental unde...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Thailand, Flowers, Cultural Travel, Lamphun, Lamphun Thailand