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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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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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