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South Korea’s Busan port is one of the best places to take photos after-dark

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 12 January 2015

During the day, Busan-South Korea’s second largest metropolis-is a bustling city with a huge shipping and trading industry. By night, this beautiful city comes alive in other ways. Busan is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula, with the country’s longest river-the Nakdong River-flowing through the west, emptying out into the Korea Strait.

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One photographer captures the roads less travelled of the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 9 January 2015

Many of us travel to places we’ve seen in movies or read about in books, but one photographer-Andy Lee-has made a note of travelling to places that are far less populated. Roads, as he calls his photo series, is all about one thing: exploring new ground.

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This van is equipped with everything a man needs to travel the world in (and a potted plant)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 January 2015

Mike Hudson quit his job as a systems engineer in 2013 to travel the world. And for that, he bought a 10-year-old van from eBay, retrofitted it into a one-man kingdom filled with an extendable bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a sink and cooker, a toilet and shower, and all the electricity he needs generated […]

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This is the exact point where two mighty oceans meet

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Cape Agulhas might not look like much, but this place is where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. It’s also the most geographic southern tip of Africa, 170 kilometres southeast of Cape Town. Portuguese navigators originally named it Cabo das Agulhas, which is Portuguese for Cape of Needles.

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Mudgee, NSW, has got that small-town thing going on

Ryman White Reader Find

By Ryman White in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

What does a country region need to put it on the map? For the Mudgee region of country New South Wales, it seems all it needed was pride, and the rest – a brilliant little town – grew from that. Now, one of Australia’s best kept secrets is a hotbed of wine, art, food and beer! [Check out the best dumplings in Mudgee and Mudfest, where you’ll see some awesome short films]

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Your lost luggage could be on sale at the unclaimed baggage centre, right now

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

I lost my suitcase once. After three days of airline staff telling me it was lost for good, it was delivered to me at 3am by a cranky New Yorker. Some people aren’t that lucky. A small fraction of lost luggage gets lost forever and ends up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. […]

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These rice fields are so spectacular, they look like giant works of art

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

Rice is pretty amazing. It’s the staple food of over half the world’s population and provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply. Not to mention making burritos all the more tastier! Many of us have probably seen a rice field-in person or in photos-and not given the landscape a second thought.

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This gas station toilet surprisingly looks better than your own room

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 2 January 2015

The next time you’re looking for an unrealistically cheap but fancy apartment, maybe you should try looking in Bohol, Philippines? Here’s the catch though: that swanky apartment is actually a gas station toilet!

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In Gifu, Japan, this mirror-walled cafe reflects the blooming cherry blossoms around it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

Japanese architecture studio Bandesign have created a mirror-lined cafe in Gifu, Japan, along a riverside street along a tourist route. While the inner walls of the single-storey timber-framed building are angled in a way to reflect a row of existing cheery trees, the outer facades are covered in white-painted steel strips with flaming red doors that […]

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This Santa rides on cables high up in the mountains instead of a sleigh pulled by his reindeers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 December 2014

Have you been good or bad this year? If you have behaved impeccably but don’t own a chimney, you may want to seat yourself inside a cable car at the scenic Shiniuzhai resort of Pingjiang county in Hunan Province of China. Because it is here that Santa has given Rudolph and his other reindeers some […]

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Come eat cereal from morning til night at London’s Cereal Killer Cafe

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 24 December 2014

There’s no shame in eating cereal for dinner, contrary to what some people might say. In fact, if given the choice between a home cooked meal and a bowl of cereal, I’d have a hard time choosing. And the staff at London’s Cereal Killer Cafe probably know the feeling. Located in Brick Lane, this cafe serves only cereal from 7am til 10pm.

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You can now order hotel rooms to come to you, wherever you are

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 December 2014

This is really quite something: mobile hotel rooms that come right to you, wherever you are. Hotel chain Scandic has launched its Scandic To Go stays for footloose travellers who want to pick the exact spot to sleep at, wherever they are. It’s like camping, with the comforts of a hotel room: the 18-sqm air-conditioned […]

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Get down, but not too dirty, at Mudfest 2015

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By Ryman White in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 December 2014

No need to worry, this ‘Mudfest’ isn’t about getting down and dirty. It’s all about kicking back and enjoying some of the season’s best short films!

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Take a heart-pumping lethwei class from the locals in Yangon, Burma

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Travel to Yangon for the sacred Buddhist landmarks and exquisite gardens, but don’t forget to do at least one thing any regular local would. Like practicing the 1,000-year-old Indochinese martial art, Lethwei. While watching lethwei is as thrilling as it gets, taking a class in this ancient sport will help you appreciate it like never before.

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This cosy BnB costs just $8.50 a night but its location may disturb you a whole lot

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 December 2014

Called the Ki no Ke Pension, this little bed-and-breakfast inn is located inside the runway area of Tokyo’s busy Narita Airport! It used to be the base of operations for protesters who were very much against the expansion of the airport’s original runway. Well, expanded it did and all around it too as Ki no […]

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