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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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Small Dakota town for sale, the bar is yours for free

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 5 July 2014

Cough up US$400,000 and you can have your very own township, called Swett in rural, southwestern South Dakota to be exact. In the 1940s, the town was bustling with 40 people, a few houses, a post office and a grocery store.

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Blogger travels around Europe accompanied by cutout of deceased dad

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 July 2014

When a beloved leaves you behind, what would you do? In Jinna Yang’s case, her father passed away in 2012 from stomach cancer. To honor her dad who had worked hard to raise her and never travelled abroad during his lifetime, she had a life-size cutout of her dad made, quit her job, gave up her New York apartment and flew to Europe with it.

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There’s a town in Morocco that’s painted in shades of blue

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 June 2014

Now that there is something you should definitely add to your travel bucket list! Chefchaouen is a surreal town in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Amidst idyllic valleys and gorgeous hillsides, you can see the place has one very distinct and memorable feature: the color blue. Set against the arid landscape, vast palettes of blue and white adorning the town’s old Spanish and Moorish architecture make it stand out like a sore thumb.

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You can bounce up and down 180 feet high inside this huge slate mine

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 27 June 2014

It’s high time we reconnect with the kid inside us because the world’s largest underground trampoline has just been unveiled in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, in United Kingdom. Bounce Below is a network of trampolines and slides mounted to the walls of an abandoned slate mine at dizzying heights of up to 180 feet above the ground. To pump up the adrenaline, kids and the young-at-heart can climb, bounce, slide, and jump in the netting amidst a dazzling technicolor light show.

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Surreal underwater river in Mexico is the stuff of dreams

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 27 June 2014

Somewhat reminiscent of this park in Austria’s Gruner See that becomes submerged in lake water every June, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, an optical illusion of an underwater river occurs naturally with a layer of hydrogen sulfate looking like the real river deal.

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Fabulous costumes donned by Japanese football fans

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 26 June 2014

Japanese football fans are getting a neat reputation these days for their unparalleled sporting spirit — they recently stayed behind after a World Cup match to clean up their litter, despite having just watched their team lose to Ivory Coast. As this photo roundup in The Huffington Post shows, Japanese fans also appear pretty winning […]

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Only in Athens: Stavros Mellissinos, sandal maker and world-renowned poet

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Go to Athens for the incredible history and architecture. For the food. For the people. But go to also meet a world-renowned poet, who just happens to be a sandal maker, too. The Poet Sandal Maker of Athens, as Stavros Melissinos is called, has worked on crafting sandals all his life and today he and […]

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In Sri Lanka, reading the news will keep these darned mozzies away

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Mosquitoes are never fun — and in Sri Lanka, which has been facing a dengue fever epidemic (over 30,000 were infected last year alone), these annoying bug bites and buzzing are even less of a laughing matter. Recently, one of the nation’s newspapers, Mawbina, in conjunction with a public awareness campaign together with Leo Burnett […]

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Only in Athens: A Greek fast food eatery that looks every bit like a circus

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Wow, this is just dizzyingly fun. Architect Minas Kosmidis, who is behind the circus-in-town look of Biribildu Souvlaki (‘souvlaki’ is a sort of kebab-like Greek fast food) restaurant in the Alimos municipality of Athens, makes us want to run away to the circus immediately. The interiors come complete with numerous circus lights, cut-outs of carousel […]

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