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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

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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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Drink at this bar in Berlin, Germany, and pay whatever you want

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Thursday 13 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

In Berlin, you can be sucked into paying quite a few euros for a meal, let alone a glass of wine. But if you’re coming to this city, there’s a restaurant you need to try, not only for its food and wine, but for its ancient honour code. At Weinerei, you pay what you want.

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Travel to Laos and swim in the spectacular Kwang Si waterfalls

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Travel just 29 kilometres south of Luang Prabang in north central Laos, and you’ll come to the most amazing landmark to explore: Kuang Si Falls. Here you’ll find a three tier waterfall that begins in shallow pools of a steep hillside. The water gushes down the hill in a 60-metre cascade and tourists can actually swim in the waters below. Now, you might be thinking that Kuang Si is just another waterfall, but the water is unlike any other hue you’ve seen before because these waters are crystal clear and turquoise.

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One-star Yelp reviews from people who don’t know what to make of national parks

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 10 November 2014

Mashable recently hit upon this brilliant idea of juztaposing a lovely quote collection of one-star Yelp reviews by real people who left unimpressed with America’s national parks they visited for whatsoever reasons, against pictures of these world-class nature-scapes.

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Climb a hill in Lithuania to see more than 100,000 crosses at the summit

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 10 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Put the Hill of Crosses on your bucket list at once! This landmark lies about 12 kilometres north of Šiauliai in Lithuania, and has turned into a major tourist attraction since people starting erected crosses there in the 1800s.

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Visit these ancient monasteries in Greece, 370 metres above ground

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There’s only one place you need to go if you’re looking for amazing vacation photos-The Metéora. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, The Metéora is an area in Thessaly, Central Greece, where you’ll see incredible natural sandstone rock pillars towering over the earth. Look closely above and you’ll see that these natural wonders have either been carved into caves (thousands of years ago) or turned into the foundation for monasteries.

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The Blackman Hotel is the most artistic place you’ll stay in Melbourne

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 November 2014

Perfect for both leisure travelers and the corporate set, The Blackman hotel is unique in its artistry and design. Inspired by seminal Australian artist Charles Blackman, The Blackman is an imaginative, contemporary five star boutique hotel. It’s one of the best stays in Melbourne and is certainly amongst the most unique.

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You can request a slow and leisurely ride when you get into this Japanese cab

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Over in Yokohama in Japan, there’s a fleet of Turtle Taxis waiting patiently for passengers who’ll prefer a slower ride to those driven at breakneck speed. There are people like the elderly (remember Driving Miss Daisy?), pregnant women, mommies with young kids in tow and tourists who want to take in more of the city during commute who’ll appreciate such a service.

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Visit the Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park in Ho Chi Minh City and be schooled on Buddhism

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Yes, it’s true. There’s a theme park in Vietnam devoted to Buddhism. The Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park is located just 15 kilometres outside of Ho Chi Minh City and uses dragons, unicorns, tortoises, and phoenixes as the sacred animals of the park.

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Queensland’s Coconut Island is your under-the-radar destination, with less than 200 inhabitants and crystal clear waters

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Wednesday 5 November 2014

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If you’re searching for an idyllic paradise where fewer than 200 people live, you should definitely head straight to Coconut Island. Here is where paradise lies, just 10 degrees south of the equator and 130 kilometres northeast of Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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Yours Is A Very Bad Hotel: Hotel guests immortalize bad hotel experience with PowerPoint slides

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Haha, sarcasm never gets cold. On Nov 15, 2001, two business travellers from Seattle, Tom Farmer and Shane Atchison, turned up at the DoubleTree Club hotel in Houston with a guaranteed room booking that turned out not to be guaranteed after all.

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Just in time for summer: new California-inspired juice bar opens at Bronte Beach

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 November 2014

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New to beautiful Bronte Beach, California-health inspired cold-pressed juice and raw foods cafe Cali Press has opened just in time for the Sydney summer. 100% raw, organic cold pressed juices, raw smoothies and organic whole foods, along with AllPress Espresso coffee, this place has it all.

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This Dutch couple just up and left their jobs to go have an epic adventure

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Monday 3 November 2014

Once in a while we all feel the urge to cast off our chains and take to the open road. Earlier this year that’s exactly what Pieter and Mandy did, they quit their jobs and set off on an indefinite adventure. After leaving their jobs in the Netherlands the couple purchased a pair of motorbikes and set off for distant Mongolia. Three months and sixteen countries later and they found that they had developed quite an appetite for their new life of boundless possibility.

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An inner Sydney coffee spot that really takes their caffeine seriously

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 3 November 2014

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People might tell you Melbourne is the country’s caffeine capital, and those Victorians sure know how to whip up a mean latte. But if you’re in the inner-city Sydney suburbs, you might want to drop into The Reformatory Caffeine Lab to grab one of the nation’s most serious cups of coffee.

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