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In South Korea, a café where you can sip coffee alongside two lovable sheep

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 February 2015

It’s not hard to see why people keep on coming baaa-ck to this café in Seoul, South Korea. The Thanks Nature Café doubles as a mini petting zoo, allowing customers to sip a cup of coffee while playing with the two resident sheep, Anna and Elsa.

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Have you been pronouncing your favourite cities wrong? This guide will help you not look foolish

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 16 February 2015

There’s something irritating about people not pronouncing your home city correctly, even after you’ve told them repeatedly the ‘e’ is silent or there’s no stress on the last syllable. To save us all a headache and hours of debate, thrillophilia put together a list of commonly mispronounced cities to educate us on the correct way to say them.

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How to perfectly relax in Bentota, Sri Lanka

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 15 February 2015

The right words to describe the beachside town of Bentota, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka, are a mixture of relaxing, peaceful and idyllic. And frankly, they don’t go far enough: this is luxury that won’t cost you a fortune, and will surprise you.

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Exotic postcards from places that don’t even exist

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 February 2015

You might’ve gone on a few exotic trips in your time but have you ever been to Atlantis? Oz? What about Dystopia? Well, you can’t, but you can get the postcards!

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An inside tour of public and private art at 798 Art District, Beijing

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By David Langley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Starting in the 1950’s, 798 was originally part of the 718 Factory district of Beijing. During the “Great Leap Forward” the recently formed People’s Republic of China constructed a massive district for the people to live and work on a variety of military and civilian equipment. 798, in particular, was where the ammunitions factories were located.

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These visitors to a hot spring resort would rather wrestle in tofu and milk

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2015

While others visit hot spring resorts to chill out, visitors to one particular hot spring resort in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province of China, seem hellbent on raising temperatures even more. Holidaymakers here make a beeline for a tub filled with steaming tofu and milk – not to soak in it, but to wrestle!

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This crazy hotel in Taiwan has a slide down to the main lobby!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Sure, you’ve stayed in honeycomb sleeping cells, a seaport and you’re even planning to spend a night or two in an amethyst-shaped hotel. But you haven’t experienced anything quite like a stay at the RedDot Hotel in Taiwan, where you can take a slide straight down to the lobby.

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Japan used bulldozers to make this massive Star Wars snow sculpture

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

Every winter in Japan, more than 2 million visitors attend the Sapporo Snow Festival to see over 200 sculptures made of snow and ice. This year, attendees were treated to an epic exhibit which appeared to have come from a galaxy far, far away.

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We want to move to this village in Japan where you can get close to hundreds of free-roaming foxes

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

If rabbit island or cat island hasn’t sold you yet on visiting Japan, here’s another reason to go there: fox village. Opened back in 1990 and located in the mountains near Shiroishi, ‘Zao Fox Village’ is a sanctuary where hundreds of free-roaming foxes eat, live, work, and play.

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Bucket list #66: Stay at world’s oldest hotel, established in 705 A.D

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 February 2015

The oldest hotel in the world that, as awarded by the Guinness World Record, is the Keiunkan Inn in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Established in 705 A.D., it’s hotel guest list has included many dignitaries and even a handful of the emperors of Japan. A huge selling point of this venerable hotel is the […]

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This otter house in japan has a roundabout to prevent otter traffic jams

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 2 February 2015

Japan has finally found a solution to their long-standing otter traffic jams: an underwater roundabout! At the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Miura City, otters travel from their living area to their workplace – a water tank where they entertain visitors – via a pipe. Installed within the pipe is a roundabout that eases congestion and otter traffic accidents. It sure beats underwater traffic lights any day.

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AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa: Sri Lanka’s amazing resort getaway that won’t break the bank

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 1 February 2015

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is luxury and relaxation done right. Located in Bentota itself, famed for its coastline and sunsets over the Indian Ocean, AVANI is perfectly situated right on the warm, gentle waves.

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Care to stay in this Airbnb luxury cable car that’s 9,000 feet above the French alps?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Those with fear of heights need not apply. Airbnb has announced a contest that offers a night’s stay inside a cable car-turned-luxury hotel room situated 9,000 feet above the French Alps. The room comes with two beds, a fancy dinner, and breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy landscape.

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1 million residents of Beijing are living underground as part of the ‘Rat Tribe’

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Beijing might be known for its high rise buildings and millions of residents but below this enormous city you’ll find an underground world that’s home to around 1 million residents. Located in basements and former air-raid bunkers, these windowless rooms are home to people who can’t find ordinary accommodations above ground, or who are trying to save money in the big city.

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The world’s first airport terminal designed for animals will be ready in 2016

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 26 January 2015

Come 2016 and the world’s first airport terminal for animals will be opened at the John F Kennedy International Airport. Named The Ark, and built at a cost of US$48 million, the 178,000 square feet terminal will serve as a comfy waiting area for all animals while they await their turns at being transported to their destinations overseas.

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