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You can now book a room inside a crane for your vacation

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 8 August 2014

We have found the perfect hotel room where there will be no next door guests talking non-stop or making the walls shake till three in the morning. Two, in fact and both are located inside a crane! The next time you’re in Netherlands, do check out Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in Amsterdam and Crane Hotel in Harlingen.

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Everything in this London cornershop is made from felt

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 August 2014

In a bid to bring her local community together, Lucy Sparrow raised £10,744 (roughly US$18,000) via a Kickstarter campaign to fund the  transformation of a deserted store space located in Bethnal Green of London. What’s extraordinary about it? Everything inside The Cornershop is made out of felt – canned goods, newspapers, toiletries, cigarettes – all 4,000 of them, including a full-size cash register replica!

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Cthulhu finally gets his own currency

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

This must be one of the weirdest things we’ve seen on the Internet all day: a community of Cthulhu devotees apparently are waiting for the release of the Cthulhu currency that will reward one worshipper when the ‘Great Old One’ awakens. Huh?

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If you want to visit Anus or Blowhard, you can find them on this map

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

The twelve year old in you would be so happy to come across this map. Geotechnologist Gary Gale has not only compiled a name list of places around the world that sound most crass to delicate ears, he has also located them and put them on a map he titled Vaguely Rude Place Names Of […]

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A hotel which doesn’t exist gets multiple reviews on Trip Advisor

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

Don’t you just adore the rather quaint hotel featured in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel? Apparently, some of us like it so much we have made fantasy trips to it and left reviews of our imaginary stays.

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Wine and dine at the bottom of a waterfall? Sure!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Lunch is served… at the waterfalls? What? Well, not quite on the edge of one, but right at the bottom of it. The colonial-style Villa Escudero coconut plantation and resort in Laguna, Philippines, harbors a waterfalls restaurant where you can dine at a bamboo dining table just inches away from the falls, with crystalline spring […]

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This vineyard in Tuscany doubles up as an Italian prison

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

We never knew this before, but it makes sense: a penal colony located on the island of Gorgona in the Tuscan Archipelago, is home to 50 or so detainees who work on a vineyard owned by one of Italy’s oldest winemaking families, Frescobaldi. There they produce Gorgona, a white wine blend of vermentino and ansonica […]

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Frozen freshwater lake glows magnificently in turquoise

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

Looking at the frozen wonder that is Lake Baikal, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were rich. The freshwater lake, located in Southern Siberia in Russia, is a sagely 20 to 25 million years old that, according to My Modern Met, during March every year, causes ice to form unevenly in pressure and temperature. Which […]

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An Italian alpine mountain retreat with panoramic views can be all yours for only €245,000

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 25 July 2014

If you’re a lover of mountain trekking and all things Italian, you may just wanna pop by Ebay cos an entire Italian mountain retreat is on sale right now. Described as having the freshest of alpine air, the eagle eye of panoramic views, and only a stone’s throw away from touristy Turin, the quaint village […]

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The world’s first public toilet for dogs has been installed in Spain

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 25 July 2014

Public toilets for dogs sound like a great idea, especially in towns like El Vendrell in northern Spain where pet owners can be fined up to €750 for neglecting to pick up their dogs’ waste. Located along one of its busy thoroughfare, the stainless steel contraption consists of two sections installed side by side – a doggy potty and a doggy urinal.

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Say ‘I do’ in a junk food wedding? In McDonald’s Hong Kong, you can

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 25 July 2014

Looks like we’ve found the perfect budget wedding idea, and it’s right under the Golden Arches. That’s right, in McDonald’s Hong Kong, you can choose from any one of four wedding packages starting from US$373 ($2,888 HKD) for a Happiness Party to US$1290 ($9,999 HKD) for a Love Forever Party. The package includes two hours of venue-renting, audio equipment and a party MC.

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The perfect getaway at Château les Merles, in Southwest France

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 July 2014

The majestic Château les Merles in southwest France has everything you could require in terms of luxury, relaxation and good-eating. Located in the region of Dordogne, so named for the mighty river that runs through its hills, Château les Merles is perfectly situated among the famous vineyards and medieval landscapes that have so entranced European […]

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This shrine in Japan is adorned with thousands of fortune cats

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 21 July 2014

If lucky cat figurines are to be believed, then the Gotoku-ji Temple in in Setagaya, Tokyo should be the luckiest place in the world, as it has over thousands of these little statues left behind by worshippers! Travel bloggers Michel Powell and Jurgen Horn of travel blog ‘For 91 Days’ recently featured the shrine that is home to these ‘Maneki Neko’, or translated as ‘lucky cat’, ‘fortune cat’, or ’beckoning cat’.

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Thai citizens show you how to render mermaid cosplay the budget way

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 21 July 2014

A Thai TV serial drama titled รักนี้…หัวใจมีครีบ (loosely translated as Mermaid’s Love) has captured the palpitating hearts of many ardent Thai viewers and made them swoon collectively with its lighthearted school-life romance drama that revolves around some handsome marine science students and pretty tail-swishing mermaids.

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The Mesmerizing Junk Ship Harbour Of Moreton Island

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 20 July 2014

‘Cool’ doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible the Tangalooma Wrecks are. It’s located off Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia, and is made up of 15 ships that were deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, as well as a wreck dive for snorkeling.

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