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[Photos] The Japanese Village That Replaces the Departed With Creepy Dolls

More than 10,000 towns are facing depopulation in Japan, but in Nagora — a village hidden away in Shikoku Valley — locals are returning in bizarre fashion: as dolls that replace the dead.

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[Photos] Con Dao: From Prison to Paradise

Fast earning a place on travelers' radar, sleepy Con Dao is home to pristine beaches, ornate rock formations and some of Vietnam's best diving. Pair these natural attractions with the island's trouble...

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[Photos] Photographers Capture Firefly Season in Japan

For Hanoians, the arrival of summer usually equals either raincoat season or swimming pool season. But, for a select group of photographers in Japan, with summer comes fireflies and a chance to captur...

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[Photos] Nature Takes Over Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

On tiny Gouqi Island, one of the 394 Shengsi Islands at the mouth of China's Yangtze River, lies Houtou Wan, a long-lost fishing village which now sits abandoned.

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Urbanist Getaways: Discovering Serenity in Bhutan – The Other Hermit Kingdom

Only a handful of pilots can manage the treacherous flight into Bhutan’s tiny international airport. As the plane tilts for the final descent, passengers gather by the windows — smartphones recor...

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[Photos] Flycam Photographers Capture Vietnam's Mesmerizing Landscapes From Above

From lush, green tea plantations stretching towards the horizon to islets dotting the ocean blue, flycam photography captures unique angles of Vietnam's landscapes in crisp, vivid images.

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Urbanist Getaways: Exploring the Izakayas of Japan

“I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road,” Dostoyevsky writes in his 1879 novel, The Brothers Karamazov. “There one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal i...

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[Photos] Time Stands Still on Sri Lanka's Colonial-Era Trains

The train from Colombo to Ella rolls along Sri Lanka’s undulating hills on a set of uneven tracks. Aging passenger cars, hot and crowded, click-clack past a patchwork of verdant tea plantations and qu...

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[Photos] Cool, Calm and Collected: Life in Cau Hai Lagoon

Forty kilometers southeast of Hue, Cau Hai Lagoon is among the largest freshwater lagoons in Southeast Asia. Tucked between the East Sea and the mountains of central Vietnam, its placid waters are hom...

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[Photos] Towering Brick Kilns in Vinh Long Form Mesmerizing 'Red Kingdom'

In the Mekong Delta, ancient clay deposits give rise to robust communities of terracotta roof tile and brick makers.

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[Photos] Exploring Dala Township on the River Yangon's South Shore

Only a 10-minute ferry ride from central Yangon, Dala is a blur of motorbike horns, trishaw drivers peddling scams and old ships rusting on the riverbank.

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[Video] A Mesmerizing Timelapse of Mui Ne From Above

It’s safe to say that Rufus Blackwell has a soft spot for Vietnam.

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[Video] Stunning Travelogue Showcases the Poetic Intimacy of Hanoi

For newcomers to the city, Hanoi seems like a complete sensory overload.

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Looking Ahead While Remembering the Past: Cu Lac’s Bomb Crater Bar

The village of Cu Lac in central Vietnam is a postcard image of rural life. Water buffaloes and cattle graze among low-slung houses, and verdant rice paddies stretch to the nearby Ho Chi Minh Highway....

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[Photos] Under the Great Northern Sky: Life in Vietnam's Pastoral Provinces

In my travels, I don't think I've ever found a nation like Vietnam, whose landscapes differ so vastly from north to south. I imagine the great hills and sharp peaks of the north as the scaly, rugged h...

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[Photos] Naypyidaw's Ghostly Central Train Station

Naypyidaw central train station, 11am. A heavy cloud hangs over the entire place. The moment you set foot in the city, it gives you the chills.

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[Video] The Beauty of Vietnam Seen With Fresh Eyes

Claire Imler’s new video Vietnam lets viewers experience what it's like to see the country for the first time: from grass brooms swishing warm rain across a tile floor; charcoal flames caressing ...

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Urbanist Getaways: Finding Tranquility on Japan’s Shonan Coastline

It was my first trip to Zushi beach and the sun was beginning to set. 

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[Video] Incredible Singapore Timelapse Took 3 Years, 10 Terabytes to Make

In just four and a half minutes, Melbourne-born artist Keith Loutit captures three years of change to the Singaporean skyline by way of a stunning timelapse video.

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[Photos] A Glimpse Into Mongolia's Tough Way of Life

Despite Mongolia’s -15oC winters, an intrepid photographer has waded through thick layers of snowfall and braved local hostility to capture life in the mysterious East Asian nation.