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Sailing the Turkish Mediterranean Coast
Crystal clear waters and deserted beaches treat you to some of the most spectacular views where mountains meet sea and history is packed into every cove and tiny bay. Drift back in time as you pass through the waters where sunken cities lay beneath the sea and ancient Lycian tombs line the mountain tops. Each day aboard our traditional Turkish gullet we experience the best in local Turkish cuisine, the opportunity to explore the many ruins that form the history of this entire...
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Life in Goreme National Historical Park, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Ballooning over the fairy landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey
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Ballooning Over Frosty White Cappadocia, Turkey
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Living in a Rock. The rockhouses of Cappadocia, Turkey
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A Whisky Sail With Tallship Thalassa along the Hebrides of Scotland
A wee 'dram' of some of the best whisky in the world makes for a very sweet journey along the south west coast of Scotland, distillery hopping in search of that favourite single malt to warm your soul and share with the angels! From the Isles of Islay, Mull and Jura, then on to the Isle of Skye, the whiskies have been refining and defining themselves for centuries. This is an international business and an occupation that the Scots take great pride in....
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Relaxing in Style, Layana Resort, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta, Thailand At Layana Resort and Spa the welcoming is just the beginning; flower blossoms threaded into a necklace of exotic tropical aromas, scented hand towels, and a personal greeting from owners Bob and Margie Guthrie. It is no wonder that your start to total relaxation begins immediately. As the day turns to dusk, the sun performs its evening ritual, lighting the sky in a splendour of colour. The sea acknowledges its presence as each wave...
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Memphis, Tennessee, Capital of the Delta Blues
Arriving in Memphis for the 25th International Blues Challenge we hit the ground running. This is our first stop on a twelve day road trip through the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. We start with three days of music, music and more when hundreds of musicians from around the world converge on Memphis to play, defining and redefining the sounds that released the slaves from their burdens and the songs that have inspired centuries of music worldwide. All around Beale Street...
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Relaxing in style on Koh Mook Thailand
Sivalai Resort Koh Mook, Pearl of the Andaman Sea, Thailand Landing directly at the beach of Sivalai Resort on the island of Koh Mook, all of the local villagers have been watching the plane touchdown, delivering special guests from afar. Fresh pineapple and guava juice goes hand in hand with the warm welcome by the reception committee. What look like tiny reed huts from the air turn out to be the top in private luxury wooden bungalows, situated directly on the...
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Vietnam, an upcoming Tourism Paradise
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Subtropical Ticino, The Italian Canton of Switzerland
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Enjoying the clear blue sea, beaches, village and Greek food at Halkid...
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Singing Rocks of Silence, Meteora, Greece
Singing Rocks of Silence, Meteora, Greece Even though not everyone is to rise before the morning sun, the ancient bells from the monasteries of Meteora, Greece, continue to echo amongst the rocks, calling to prayer those who give themselves to an age old commitment of religious following. But the bells also ring throughout the day for those who come to stroll through the villages, wander through hillside forests or tackle the stone steps up to visit these historic places of worship. For...
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Rooftop Glamping in an Airstream Caravan in Cape Town
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Join the Kingdom of the Warrior King Shaka and the Big Five, KwaZulu N...
Considered to be South Africa's most 'African' province, KwaZulu Natal boasts it all. From Shakaland, set amidst the historic battlefields of the Anglo Zulu wars of 1879, to Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest game reserves, KwaZulu Natal will take you back in time, to the basics of nature and tribal existence. Whether it is the sangoma medicine market in the heart of Durban, a safari tent or a thatched hut in the wilds of Africa, there is never a day...
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River Romantics, wine, food and views of the Rhine, Ahr & Nahe
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is a combined-town in Rhineland-Palatinate. As the name suggests, it is made up of two towns: the spa town of Bad Neuenahr, and the picturesque old town of Ahrweiler. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is one of the largest towns in the red-wine producing Ahr Valley. Walk in the hills among the vineyards; try a section of the Red Wine Walking Route (Rotweinwanderweg). Relax in the heated pools of the thermal baths. Explore Ahrweiler's medieval streets The Rhine Valley is famous for wine,...
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The Tent Lodges of Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Camping between the mountains in the valleys of the French Alps
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Dutch Tallship Thalassa Barquentine sails the Irish coast and the Hebr...
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Exploring the Peloponnesos of Greece: Mani, Monemvasia, Gythio, Mystra...
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Loire a Velo, Cycling in France
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Corsica, a wildly beautiful sunny French Island in the Mediterranean.
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Exploring and diving Batudaka the Togean Islands of Central Sulawesi, ...
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Eagles Fly High over Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany
Eagles Fly High over Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany The sound of a trumpet echoes over the lake. The farmers and local villagers begin to celebrate the beginning of spring, preparing to herd the cattle to the upper alms. Everyone in the village, young and old, are decked out in their best finery; traditional dirndls for the women, lederhosen for the men and most important, flower adornments for the cows that will lead the procession up into the mountains. On the border between...
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Exploring the wilderness of the Dolomiti Friulane Regional Park in Ita...
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The Great Escapes of South Africa
I'm not sure if it is the soft white sandy beaches, the views from Table Mountain, the outrageously wonderful colours that paint the walls of homes in the community of Bo Kap, or the great music, delicious cuisine and outstanding wines that make this a magical place. From early morning and late into the night, beachside terraces are alive with the enthusiasm of locals and tourists alike. I've only just begun and I still have to see the Cape of Good Hope, a...
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Camping Around Lago di Garda Lake, Italy
There are small towns located all around Lake Garda, better known as Lago di Garda. The north of the lake seems to be more for the people who enjoy a quiet, peaceful holiday, but a bell rings from the Northern most town of Riva Del Garda often early in the morning! The south has a theme park and a few man-made beaches so is for the more outgoing, adventurous person. There are many historical places and buildings around the lake. The architectural style...
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Campering through the Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and Garden Route
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Railway to the mountains. Hiking by train through the Swiss Alps.
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Following the Soca river from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea of S...
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Portugal, Guimaraes 2012 European Capital of Culture
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Exploring the Spanish city of Valencia by bicycle.
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Hiking and Touring Peneda Geres National Park, North Portugal
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Travel Highlights of Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka Architecture by Geoffrey Bawa
Geoffrey Bawa was Sri Lanka 's most influential and prolific architect and South Asia 's leading guru of tropical architecture. An oeuvre spanning almost 50 years encompassed a wide range of work, mostly in south-west Sri Lanka . Bawa has also built in other countries including India , Indonesia and Mauritius . His genius is recognized in his sensitivity to site and context. In November 2001, he received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Special Chairman's Award. Geoffrey Bawa died on May 27,...
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Staying low in Nepal, exploring the ancient Royal cities of Kathmandu,...
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A taste of Italy's Abruzzo mountains
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Bangaram, Paradise Island of the Lakshadweep Atol, India
Bangaram, Paradise Island of the Lakshadweep Atol, India Our pilot from Kingfisher Airlines makes a huge circle around the tiny air strip on Agatti Island, one of the 39 atolls which make up Lakshadweep. From above we sense immediately that we have found our secret paradise. The idea was to find that true getaway; no televisions, no telephones, no internet or power boats and totally forget rows upon rows of beach chairs with sun tanning beach babies. On...
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The stunning landscapes of the Antrim Coast Causeway, Northern Ireland
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Relaxing on the Oristano coastline in Western Sardinia, Italy
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The Mystic Highlands of Kerala, South India
The Mystic Highlands of Kerala, South India As the early morning sun streaks light across a sea of green, plantation workers ready themselves for a blistering hot day collecting the leaves that will be your morning 'pot of tea'. Covered in burlap and plastic aprons the workers chop away filling their bags to make the daily quota of 40 kilos. Next door branches of pepper corn are thrashed by hand and foot, making the spice right Drums and symbols...
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A funeral ceremony in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi has a unique funeral tradition, with ceremonies reflecting a blend of grief and wealth. When a Torajan dies in Toraja land, family members of the deceased are required to hold a series of funeral ceremonies that usually last for several days before the deceased is brought to a funeral site for burial. The family of the deceased should provide tens of buffaloes and pigs for the ceremony. A group of funeral visitors and family members of the deceased...
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The Tana Toraja Highlands of South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tana Toraja, the famed "Land of The Heavenly Kings", or some people in southern region of South Celebes called people from north highland. Tana Toraja lies about 328 km north of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, in the central highlands of South Sulawesi. At 300 to 2880 meters above sea level, Tana Toraja combines tropical lushness with alpine freshness. Daily temperature of 16 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees celcius promotes rest and recuperation. Bright green rice terraces, tall limestone outcrops...
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Romance, Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Kerala, South India.
Romance, Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Kerala, South India. Slowly meandering along the rivers, lakes, lagoons and small canals in a traditional Kettuvallom (houseboat) brings you close to village life, local tradition and culture. More important though is the absolute, utter true sense of romance you feel. From private air conditioned quarters with ensuite, to a personal staff of three, to some of the most delicately delicious food to be imagined, there is no other place to be! A...
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Cochin, Capital of the South Indian Spice Trade.
Cochin, Capital of the South Indian Spice Trade. Arriving in Cochin, South India, is as close to a step back in time as you can get. The city, now known as Kochi, has found its way charmingly into the present with a natural sense of preserving the past. All of the present day facilities, from mobile phones, internet access points, high fashion shopping and five star hotels are at your fingertips. But the romance is definitely in the...
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In search of the Maya culture in Guatemala
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The End of the Line. Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, Canada
Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colourful history. From the 1920's to present day, residents of the Cove continue to maintain their firm hold on the area and take pride in being able to present it to the general public in as...
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Highlights of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sassy, Sophisticated & Outdoorsy! Vancouver, Canada Vancouver is: east meets west, Italian coffee bars, Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants, third largest Chinatown in North America, tapas bars, Japanese fusion food, the best of R&B and jazz music, film crews and stars in the new Hollywood of the north, and a whole load of people who are, basically, just really nice people (that's Canadian!) who know how to enjoy nature's best in their very own backyard. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall you will...
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Castles & Character of Prague, Czech Republic
Castles & Character of Prague, Czech Republic Prague, a city of fun, architecture, arts and music, is truly the crossroads of European cultures. The magic of castles and chateaus, the most per square mile of any country in the world, makes this city one amongst the most unique for any explorer, historian or culture freak. Whether during the summer months or winter periods, the central square is always alive with artisans exhibiting wooden carvings, metal sculptures and paintings, all mixed in with...
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exploring the Dalmatian Island of Korcula, Croatia
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Another one bites the dust. the Calgary Stampede 2008
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A roadtrip through Canada's Wild West
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From the Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea to the Jungles of Belize
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Highlights of Brazil
Travel Highlights of Brazil From the Urban Jungle of Rio de Janeiro to the Rainforest of the amazone, Brazil never fails to impress. A journey from the well preserved city of salvador to the jungle and the Amazone River. From the waterfalls of Iguacu to the famous beaches of copacabana. Brazil is a multicultural society with cultures from all over the world. From portugeze royals, the slaves of africa, to the indigenous people.
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Family adventure and luxury treehouses at Caves Branch in Belize
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Living the High Life in Tiroler Oberland, Austria
"Tiroler Oberland" comprises the towns of Kaunertal, Kaunerberg, Kauns, Prutz/Faggen, Fendels, Ried, Tösens, Pfunds and Spiss. Located south of Landeck towards Reschen pass, it is ideal for a summer getaway. Thanks to its location on the border of Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Tiroler Oberland is the perfect starting point to explore the landscape, culture and people of three different countries.
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Living on the Duerrstein Alm, Salzburgerland, Austria
Let Mountainl life take over. Take away televisions, computers, for that matter any electricity whatsoever. Add a bucket full of snow for cold storage, a well stocked wood pile to fire up the stove for heat and cooking, a good book to exercise the brain, a note pad to keep your journal and a deck of cards for some challenging entertainment. What more do you need? Oh yeh, the cows. We definitely cannot forget the cows that are brought...
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Exploring the City of Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
Innsbruck is the provincial capital of Tyrol. Its 110,000 residents make it the fifth largest city in Austria. It was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships. It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics making it not only an interesting and beautiful situated city but the "largest ski resort in the alps". It is located both close to Munich and northern Italy making it a must see alpine destination. Innsbruck became the capital of Tyrol in 1429 and...
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The Gateway Between East & West, Istanbul, Turkey
The Gateway Between East & West, Istanbul, Turkey As I walk through the streets of Istanbul I am startled by the fact that one city alone can represent so many. I come to realize that its location is the primary factor in this regard.. From the early ages, Istanbul has been a natural settling place for people of many cultures and religions. Historically valued for its representation of two great empires, the Byzantine and Ottoman, it holds many great treasures. It...
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The Historical Sites And Nature Along The Aegean Coast In Turkey
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Enjoying the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain. From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park --Britain's only coastal national park - the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life,...
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Living in the past, Traditional Life in Cappadocia, Turkey
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The Cajun Bayou swamps of Louisiana, USA
From the flatlands and cotton plantations of Mississippi, Bayou Country beckons with its mystical murky swamps, finger lickin' Cajun cooking and some infectious Zydeco and Cajun music that is sure to get you stompin'. Our rented houseboat in the Atchafalaya Basin swamps sits completely isolated deep in the wilderness. "I wonder if Huck Finn and Jim could find us way out here." We are totally alone. Only the gators and other 'critters' are aware of our presence. We rest, read and relax until...
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Driving South through the Mississippi Delta
The Deep South is a mixture of personality, hospitality and a whole lot of music which lives in the soul of all southerners. The back streets of Clarksdale, home of the Mississippi Delta blues, where the juke joints continue to attract some of the best musicians from around the globe, there is a deep centred rhythm that flows generously through the heart and soul of the South. From sharecroppers' shacks on the Tallahatchie Flats to the manor houses of Natchez, the legacy of...
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New Orleans, Louisiana, Life in the Big Easy
French Quarter, New Orleans. The city's heart beat is raging. It is pre-Mardi Gras and everyone is in high gear. Mind you, 'low gear' simply does not exist in New Orleans. Arriving on a Saturday afternoon is like plunging yourself into the deep end of a very deep pool that swirls its way to a magical world. There is no choice except to join in. We head straight to Bourbon Street of course. With 'go cup' in hand, the wanderer's way of drinking,...
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Exploring the wild Highlands of Scotland
Fort William & Lochaber, the outdoor capital of the UK, which forms a large part of the West Highlands of Scotland. It boasts the sheer beauty of the countryside. With a relatively low population, there is a real sense of countryside. Nevis Range and Ben Nevis, as well as the Glencoe area, are renowned as mountainous areas of great beauty. The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie by the locals, is said to live in the large Loch Ness Lake in Scotland....
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Highlights of Ihlara Valley and Uchisar, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Exploring the Lycian coast around Olu Deniz, Fethiye, Turkey
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Highlights of the Turkish Mediterranean of Antalya
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Sun Sea and Lounging in Bodrum, Turkey
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Safranbolu, home of the Turkish Delight
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Stepping Back in Time, Ayuthaya, Thailand
Stepping Back in Time, Ayuthaya, Thailand Disappear into the ancient world of Siamese dynasties, a period during which no less than 33 kings ruled Ayuthaya, once capital of Thailand. Merchants from around the world flocked to the city, claiming it to be the most illustrious and prosperous city they had ever seen and the magnificence of the Ayuthaya Court as incomparable. But this prosperity also brought others whose jealousy and greed drove them to conquer. It was in 1767 that Burmese...
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Finding Peace in Bangkok, Thailand
Finding Peace in Bangkok, Thailand Hidden away in the chaos of Bangkok lays Arun Residence, a recently renovated historic Sino-Portuguese river house nestled alongside the vibrant life of the Chao Praya River and set against an exotic vista of seventeenth century classic Thai architecture. Perched on the rooftop bar with a glass of Australian chardonnay in hand, one can thoroughly enjoy the transition of day into night. Across the river, above Wat Arun temple, we watch the sky turn salmon pink,...
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Island Hopping by float plane, Thailand
Island Hopping in Style, Thailand Luxury begins on the platform at Phuket International Airport where, with VIP escort, we are whisked through security to our Cessna 206 Amphibian, operated by Destination Air. With only a week to spend in paradise we don't want to lose time. What better way to get around than a float plane? Before landing, veteran bush pilot Charlie Pike of Destination Air banks steeply over the island, revealing a picture perfect tropical paradise; an island surrounded by...
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Bird Nest, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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