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Get to Borneo in June!

Fri, 30 May 2014 14:51:16 +00002014-05-30T14:51:16Z

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Photo by Greg Rodgers

The Gawai Dayak festival kicks off tomorrow evening in Sarawak, Borneo.

A few unlucky chickens will lose their heads in honor of a successful rice harvest, then the real fun begins. Revelry, weddings, family reunions, and lots of traditional activities happen in Sarawak during Gawai Dayak.

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Why Go to Asia?

Tue, 27 May 2014 16:49:16 +00002014-05-27T16:49:16Z

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Photo by Greg Rodgers

Asia is changing.

It's that simple. The largest continent on earth is also the busiest. With population growth and the Human Development Index out of control, many of the old traditions of Asia are slipping away to make room for the new.

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Martial Law Declared in Thailand

Wed, 21 May 2014 15:41:40 +00002014-05-21T15:41:40Z

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As political unease continues to boil, martial law was declared across Thailand on Tuesday.

Although the move was a surprise to many, the army insists that a coup is not going to happen. Since 1932, there have been 18 attempted or successful military takeovers in Thailand.

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New Delhi Becomes Most Polluted City

Fri, 16 May 2014 15:46:41 +00002014-05-16T15:46:41Z

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India's Center for Science and Environment announced in January that levels of PM2.5 -- the most dangerous airborne particulate matter -- had reached 575 micrograms per cubic meter.

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Earthquakes, Visa Changes, and Other News in Thailand

Mon, 12 May 2014 12:40:41 +00002014-05-12T12:40:41Z

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There seems to be quite a bit of news happening in Thailand recently. If you've got a trip planned, you'll certainly be interested in the following:

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Getting Ready to Go - International Travel

Wed, 07 May 2014 14:06:12 +00002014-05-07T14:06:12Z

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Planning a big international trip is exciting, but don't let anticipation turn into stress as your departure date creeps forward.

Along with the usual tasks of closing up shop for a -- hopefully lengthy -- vacation, getting ready to travel internationally presents several new challenges. Forgetting some to-dos such as letting your debit and credit card banks know that you will be traveling, could cause a lot of hassle later.

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The Thriving Markets in Asia

Mon, 05 May 2014 14:54:28 +00002014-05-05T14:54:28Z

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Photo by Greg Rodgers

Wandering through the sprawling, chaotic markets of Asia is certainly one of my favorite experiences.

Hectic? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. A whirl of business, bartering, and exchange takes place in markets daily. Fish flop, chickens cluck, veggies...well, do whatever veggies do. Walking through the labyrinth of market stalls is a sensory assault. Smells -- some nice, others best left undiscovered -- sounds, and sights come from all sides.

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Tipping in Asian Culture

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:54:33 +00002014-04-28T15:54:33Z

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Gratuity is a Western concept. In fact, the word 'tip' is thought to have come from the old days when customers would buy the barkeep or server a tipple (drink) to reward hard work.

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Here's to Surviving One More Round

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:52:52 +00002014-04-24T14:52:52Z

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Michael Hitoshi / Getty Images

I've found myself in some seriously hairy situations over the years of exploring Asia's backroads.

Maybe not dangerous in the traditional sense, but having glass after glass of a hellish local spirit thrust into your hands by well-meaning hosts can indeed get dangerous.

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First Everest Wingsuit Jump Canceled

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:58:59 +00002014-04-21T14:58:59Z

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Discovery Channel has announced that Joby Ogwyn's much anticipated wingsuit jump from Mount Everest has been canceled.

The stunt, planned to air live tentatively on May 11, was to be the first ever wingsuit jump from the summit of Mount Everest. As if climbing the mountain wasn't difficult enough, Joby Ogwyn planned to reach the summit then jump from 29,000 feet if weather conditions permitted.

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