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The exotic culinary adventures of Burmese cuisine

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There is a bounty of wonderful, exotic, and enticing food to be had in Asia, and we’re especially excited about the culinary specialities of Burma. Burmese food tends to suffer a bad rap – a rather unjustified bad rap in our opinion. While Burmese food can be somewhat oily, and lacks the spicing of the cuisine in neighbouring Thailand, with a bit of advice and background knowledge we’re confident you’ll return from Myanmar having savoured some truly tasty and memorable meals. They are flavourful and colourful and will leave you wanting more. Check out some of our favourites…

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Video simulation of the world’s tallest skyscraper will make your stomach churn

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

Warning: do not watch this demo video without a barf bag in hand. The Skyscraper in Skyplex Orlando is set to be the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017. It will take thrill-seekers on a 570-ft climb before plunging into stomach-twisting turns, loops, and spins, all the way down the side of the tower. The video below gives you a first-person look at what’s in store. (Clue: lots of dizziness and screaming.)

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All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.

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A flyer’s worst nightmare: the 747’s non-stop piano lounges of American Airlines

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

What could be more extravagant than the inflight entertainment we have on today’s flights? As it turns out, there is something more extravagant than today’s entertainment-the piano lounges of the 1970s. It sounds like something you’d only ever dream about, but back in the seventies, American Airlines offered passengers in economy a non-stop piano bar during flights. Ok, it wasn’t exactly a piano-it was an electric Wurlitzer organ, but I’m sure it would’ve been just as disruptive.

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Head to northern Scotland for an action-packed sleddog safari

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Action-packed vacations don’t ordinarily come to mind when dreaming of Scotland, but one company is offering once-in-a-lifetime sleddog holidays in the northern area of the country. Starting every November, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, offers 3-hour sleddog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sleddogs.

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The smallest museum in New York is situated in an abandoned 60-square-foot freight elevator

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

This very small museum is nestled within TriBeCa in New York. It’s actually built into an abandoned 60-square-foot freight elevator, out of sight to even most of Tribeca’s residents and to those in the know, accessible only via a dark alleyway. Simply called The Museum, it was officially opened in May 2012.

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Here’s your railway station master in Wakayama, Japan… it’s a cat!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Oh, wow. In the Kinokawa town of Wakayama, Japan, where the Wakayama Electric Railway-operated Kishi railway station lies, the latter has, among its rank of employees, a cat named Tama. Apparently the feline has been pulling in the crowds to take the train ever since she was recruited as station master. This can only be […]

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The chillest bar in Barcelona, made entirely from ice!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

When it comes to chilling out in Barcelona, there’s one place where you can literally stay chilled all night: Icebarcelona. This is the place for people who can’t get enough of the frigid temperatures because this bar maintains a temperature between -5 and -10 degrees celcius all year round.

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Melbourne may soon have a heated pool with 5-foot artificial waves

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

If you don’t have time to go to the beach, why not bring the beach to you? Melbourne may soon have its very own surf park – complete with a heated pool, artificial waves, a beach, a grassy hill, and shops – right at Docklands Central Pier in Victoria Harbor.

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Take a tour of Brisbane’s craft beer scene

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 18 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

Finally, a legitimate reason to drink beer in the middle of the day! Get to know Brisbane’s craft beer venues with a two and a half hour tour led by beer enthusiast and guide Madeline Smith. The tour begins on the corner of Petrie Tce and Caxton Street at 2pm on Saturdays. You’ll then walk to five places where you’ll get to know the history, brewing process, and current state of the craft beer industry.

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Shag: Melbourne’s must-visit thrift store

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 17 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

If you’re on a shopping excursion in Melbourne, there’s one must-visit store you’ve got to pay a visit to: Shag. Located along trendy Chapel Street, this funky thrift store is filled to the brim with treasures you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

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Hold your nose and go on an underground sewer tour in Vienna, Austria

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 17 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

If you’re a classic movie buff, you might recognize this place in Austria. It’s from the movie, The Third Man, starring Orson Welles-the sewer system of Vienna! Yep, this is where a Hollywood film was shot back in the 1940s and today visitors from all over the globe are flocking to this somewhat odd but interesting tourist attraction.

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Go on a rainforest conservation adventure in Australia’s far north Queensland

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Friday 14 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

If you’ve always wanted to make the earth a greener place, and you’re willing to forego that luxurious vacation, embarking on an Australian conservation volunteer holiday might be your dream come true! Over five days, you’ll have the opportunity to work with conservation volunteers and assist scientists at the CSIRO and James Cook University in vegetation measurements at several key plot sites in the lowland rainforest based around the beautiful Cape Tribulation.

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Cool down this summer at the Crown Metropol with the only real rooftop pool in Melbourne

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 14 November 2014

Summer has almost hit in Melbourne and we have a tip for the best way to stay cool while BEING cool. Crown Metropol is the newest of Crown’s three hotels and, luckily enough for visitors, it is also home to Melbourne’s only sky-high day spa, Isika, situated all the way up on the 27th floor! Yep, that high.

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Roar and snore: Sydney’s ultimate zoo adventure

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

Roar and Snore is Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. This is because the overnight accommodation takes place is Australia’s most famous zoo: Taronga Zoo. Instead of sleeping in a luxurious hotel while in Sydney, the zoo offers camp nights in safari-style tents that overlook the Sydney harbour, with views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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