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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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Ski diving over Lake Wanaka

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

Some say skydivers have a death wish; others call them adrenaline junkies. Lost At E Minor wouldn’t disagree on either count, having witnessed the action up close and personal.

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Skiing at Coronet Peak (Bra Fence)

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

On a recent ski trip to New Zealand we came across a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, the Cardrona Bra Fence. It is believed that The Bra Fence began at some point between Christmas and New Year 1999, when four bras were attached to the wire fence alongside the road.

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New Futuristic Russian tram unveiled … and it’s super badass

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel, Tech on Friday 18 July 2014

It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]

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Tokyo kids wear turd hats and jump into giant loo to learn how toilets work

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 July 2014

Yes, this is now happening in a Tokyo museum: an interactive exhibition about poop, toilets and all that sort of thing. Even space toilets are featured. A major highlight, as these pictures show, is a giant replica of a flush toilet playground, where kids wearing turd hats climb on it with the help of a […]

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Swanky pool in the Mojave desert is open for anyone to take a dip in — if they find it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 July 2014

Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia has done something slightly audacious by bringing public art to a space where the public will need to hunt for it: he built a lux eleven-by-five-feet wide pool in the Southern California desert.

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The world’s largest swimming pool is more like an inland sea

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 July 2014

You won’t believe your eyes. We present to you… the World’s largest swimming pool! In some ways we’re not even sure if swimming pool is the right term to use as it conjures images of a few yards of water that you can swim across in under a minute easy. If it’s a big one you might not be able to stand in the deep end but that’s normally about the limit. This monster at the San Alfonso Del Mar private resort in Chile is technically a swimming pool, but we urge you to remain open minded!

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Mountain views from spring-fed hot pools in Queenstown

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 14 July 2014

Onsen, Queenstown’s only dedicated hot pool complex, is located at the bottom of Coronet Peak Ski Field – making it an epic place to relax after a long day skiing up the mountain! Guests can even have their own private spring-fed hot pool. The pools sit up high on the cliffs resulting in stunning views […]

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You need a super strong gut to dine at this open-air restaurant 160 feet up

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 12 July 2014

While it is fair to say that the F&B scene in Shanghai is fast evolving, with intense competition for its increasingly sophisticated palates, this new comer literally went to new heights to stay one head above the rest. Diners enjoy the high life when they partake in this one-of-a-kind dining experience in a sky box, […]

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KitKat bars as train tickets in Japan’s north

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

London has Oyster Card, New York has MetroCard, Melbourne has Myki, and the folks using the Sanriku Railway network have KitKat. That’s right, Starting from June this year train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets.

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French wines and the Wooing Tree: a tour of New Zealand’s vineyards

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

You say wine, we think France! Until New Zealand came along that is… Now you can get the very best of both with Funky French Cars. The company has been set up to allow visitors to explore the vineyards of the Central Otago region in a classic French car.

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Trekking in The Remarkables wearing shoes fashioned from old seal guts

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

Several animals have evolved oversized feet, enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. It is this quirk in evolution that has inspired indigenous people around the world to create ‘shoes’ that are much larger than their feet, allowing the wearer to travel over the snow without sinking.

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Every Shade of Perfect: amazing video of Australian islands shot entirely on a smartphone

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Some of this planet’s most dazzling islands lie just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays, some 74 islands strong, are overflowing with natural beauty and boasting pristine beaches and clear waters.

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A mythical half-fox, half-woman chimera charms visitors at Karachi zoo

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 5 July 2014

Visitors to Karachi Zoo in Pakistan make a beeline towards the the cage of ‘Mumtaz Begum Africa Wali’ which has a mythical half-fox, half-woman chimera. Her believers believe she was born in Africa 35 years ago and live on cake, juice and fruits. They ask her serious questions about their destiny, examination results, or whether their daughter can be married off and she answers them in several local languages.

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