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The World's 7 Urban Wonders

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The ‘Paris of the Middle East’
The ‘Paris of the Middle East’
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Immerse yourself in the sites and sounds of the city as you amble down Gemmayzeh Street (the “Greenwich Village” of Beirut). Shop ‘til you drop at Beirut Souk and enjoy the best street food in the city on Bliss Street. Saifi Village is the heart of the city’s burgeoning art scene with dozens of antique shops and art galleries which line the narrow streets.

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Food
Beirut has plenty of great restaurants, but our favourite is Tawlet, and you can find it just behind the Anthurium flower shop.
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History
Beirut’s history goes back more than 5,000 years, and the best place to explore this exciting period is the Beirut National History Museum
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Shopping
With over 200 shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities the City Centre Mall Beirut is the place to find what you need.
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Nightlife
Beirut offers one of the most lively nightlife scenes in the region, check out Cherry on the Rooftop for a nightclub with a view.
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Nature 
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is the largest of the Lebanon nature reserves, and stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar to Niha Mountain
“The heart of the city”
Saifi Village
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The Pigeon Rocks.

Also known as Rauouche Rocks, the Pigeon Rocks are towering stone sentinels that stand off the Western tip of Beirut in the Mediterranean Sea. Beirut is densely urbanised and, not withstanding some delightful beaches, the Pigeon Rocks are the best natural features of the city.

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Nejme Square.

Nejme Square (also known as Place d’Etoile) is the centre of downtown Beirut. Wonderfully restored Art Deco buildings surround the square and house some of Beirut’s key attractions, like the Lebanese Parliament, St George Orthodox Cathedral and Crypt Museum.

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Nahr Ibrahim (Abraham River).

For a day trip outside the city, head to Abraham River.
Located 32 kilometres from Beirut, the river, also known as the Adonis River, snakes its way down the Mount Lebanon mountain range and empties into the Mediterranean.

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Where the streets pulse with the rumble of classic car engines
Where the streets pulse with the rumble of classic car engines
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The real spirit of Havana is not its local beverage but it’s colourful fusion of old-world charm, Latin sensuality and Communist restraint. While communism has done little to buoy the Cuban economy, the arts flourish in Cuba.

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Food
A modern wave of restaurants has arrived in the Cuban capital, but the paladares, which are eateries run by self-employed Cubans are the best options for food. 
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History
Havana was founded in 1515, or 1514, the exact date is undetermined. You can learn more about the history of the country from the “Felipe Poley” Natural History Museum.
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Shopping
Havana is the best shopping city in Cuba, although the majority of product is aimed towards tourists.  You can find a great many stalls at Centro Cultural Antiguos.
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Art
There are some big art museums in Havana. The National Museum of Decorative arts, the Artistic Ceramic Museum, The Colonial Art Museum, and the National Museum of Music.
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Nightlife
Havana nightlife is buzzing. There are a huge variety of venues which you won’t tire of. The music scene is prolific in Havana. 
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Nature 
At the North end of the Riverfront Park is the Havana Nature Centre which has boat docks, picnic areas and regular exhibits.
“the arts flourish in Cuba”
Pictured Left - The Cathedral of Havana
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Old Havana

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, the streets of Old Havana are lined with the crumbling facades of Spanish Colonial buildings. Even now, with decay worn into every crevice, the careworn buildings still stand as a glorious testament to Havana’s former wealth.

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El Morro

El Morro, alternatively known as Morro Castle, is the 16th century Spanish fortress built to protect the harbour at Havana Bay. Perched on a rock across from Old Havana, El Morro can be seen from kilometres out at sea and proved an intimidating force for would-be invaders.

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Playas de Este

After days of sightseeing, take a break and stretch out on your own patch of sandy paradise at Playas de Este, 18-kilometres outside of Havana, where the city comes to play during the summer months. Playas de Este is laidback, sunbaked luxury at its finest.

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The jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula
The jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula
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Qatar is the richest country (per capita) in the world and nowhere is that wealth reflected better than in the capital city of Doha. Museums, cultural centres and art galleries abound – check out: Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar, MATHAF, Alriwaq, Katara Art Centre, Anima Gallery and Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

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Food
The food culture in Doha is cosmopolitan, so you’ll find plenty of international cuisines at some of the more expensive restaurants – Latino Restaurant, Ruby Wu’s, Spice Market and The Cellar.
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History
A jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the tiny nation of Qatar is quickly capturing the attention of savvy world travellers. The Qatar National Museum is one of the best museums in Qatar
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Shopping
Doha is the perfect place for shopping in the Middle East. It features some of the most fabulous shopping malls, such as Villagio, known to man and includes some nice boutiques too.
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Art
For museums, cultural centres and art galleries check out: Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar, MATHAF, Alriwaq, Katara Art Centre, Anima Gallery and Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.
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Nightlife
To drink or dance the night away, try: WAHM, Skyview, The Lounge and Champions. They are the perfect places to spend an evening until the early hours.
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Nature 
Dubai is known for pushing futuristic modernity to its limits. But there are plenty of spots for nature too including Aspire Park, Khor Al Udeid beach, Al Wakrah Park and Doha Zoo.
“History, culture and modernity”
Water Park Doha Qatar
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Al Zubarah Fort

Used by the Qatari Coast Guard until the 1980s, the Fort is now a historic site open to visitors; several rooms on the ground floor have been converted into an exhibition space to house archaeological artifacts unearthed from nearby Al Zubarah town.

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Doha Corniche

Built along several kilometres of reclaimed land skirting Doha Bay, Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade in the West Bay district. The promenade is perfect for cyclists, runners or those looking for the a stunning photograph of the Doha city skyline.

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The Pearl

Is there anything money can’t buy? Not in Qatar. No visit to Doha would be complete without a stop at The Pearl, an artificial island that spans nearly four million square metres. The Pearl is a mixed-use residential and commercial district that has been under construction since 2004.

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The beating heart of Bolivian culture
The beating heart of Bolivian culture
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La Paz is the beating heart of Bolivian culture; colonial Spanish architecture lines the streets, and museums and other artistic centres thrive in La Paz, preserving and presenting traditional cultures to local and international tourists.

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Food
Gustu, Manna Ser Sano, Chalet La Suisse, El Pueblito and Paceña La Salteña are some of our favourite places to eat out.
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History
For La Paz history, visit Museo Costumbrista, a doll museum featuring 19th century ceramic dolls. Also for a broader history experience, visit Museo del Oro.
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Shopping
The best places to go shopping are the Mercado 16 de Julio market for souvenirs or Plaza de la Paz for more serious shopping.
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Art
For the La Paz art experience wander down to the National Museum of Art or the Museo Nacional de Arte. It’s a 1775 building featuring a huge collection of Bolivian art.
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Nightlife
When the sun goes down in La Paz, be sure to visit one of the nightlife hot spots which include Pa'Goza, Forum and Ram Jam.
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Nature 
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the best place to satisfy your desire to see some nature. It’s the most popular attraction in Costa Rica.
“History, culture and modernity”
Valle de la Luna in La Paz, Bolivia
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Tiwanaku 

An hour and a half outside La Paz city sit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiwanaku. Although Bolivia is known for its strong Incan heritage, the site at Tiwanaku offers an important historical insight into the Tiwanaku civilization that inhabited Bolivia before the Incas.

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The Witches’ Market

The Witches’ market, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas, is a popular stop for tourists and locals alike. Local witch doctors, known as yatiri, sell potions, talismans and herbs used for local medicinal and ceremonial recipes.

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Illimani 

No matter where you are in La Paz, there’s no escaping the stunning sentinel of the city – the snow capped peak of Illimani. Illimani means ‘water bearer’ in the Aymara language and is considered the queen of the mountain gods in the range.

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Travel back in time to the Spanish-era Philippines
Travel back in time to the Spanish-era Philippines
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Vigan is a UNESCO world heritage listed site for its preservation of Spanish European culture in South-east Asia.  There are 187 preserved houses and buildings in the city

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Food
Cuisine in Vigan is predominately Spanish-influenced. Enjoy empanadas, chickacorn (flavoured popcorn) and bagnets (pork belly). Try breakfast at Café Leona's for Vigan Longganisa.
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History
You can learn a lot about the history of Vigan from the museums littered around the city. If you have to pick one to visit, then Padre Burgos House is the Nations museum.
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Shopping
When purchasing souvenirs in Vigan, be sure to bargain and get the receipts. Often the products, such as religious artefacts can be  very fragile so remember to ask that they are packaged well. 
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Art
For art in Vigan, you just need to walk the streets. The Spanish-era Philippines style walkways and horse-drawn carriages to pull you down them through the colonial architecture is more than enough
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Nightlife
After travelling the streets of Vigan, you would be forgiven for trying to find the energy for a night out, but if you manage it, there is something for everyone.  Be sure to visit Legacy.
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Nature 
Mira Hills is a lovely place for a picnic. There’s a swimming pool surrounded by trees and birds and it makes for a great view of the city, mountains and the sea.
“Vigan is a romantic’s paradise”
South Ilocos, Vigan
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Calle Crisologo 

Time stands still on Calle Crisologo, an historic street in the heart of downtown Vigan. The 500-metre stretch was established as far back as the 16th century as the commercial hub of Vigan. Some of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial houses stand along Calle Crisologo.

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Bantay Bell Tower

A short ten-minute tricycle or taxi ride out of Vigan sits Bantay Bell Tower, one of the oldest, most historic sites in the region. Built in 1591, the Bell Tower attracts visitors from around the world. Although it’s popular, it does not host regular tours but caretakers will often open the locked gates.

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Dancing Fountain 

Move over Bellagio, Las Vegas; say hello to the Dancing Fountains of Vigan. Sandwiched between the Vigan Cathedral and Plaza Salcedo sits Vigan’s newest attraction. The Dancing Fountains are a far cry from the historic, horsedrawn nostalgia of Calle Crisologo, which brings vibrancy to the city.

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A tropical paradise all year round
A tropical paradise all year round
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Durban’s culture is an eclectic mix of Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences, which are wonderfully represented by the city’s memorable food and striking architecture.

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Food
The promenade leads you straight to the Suncoast Casino, an entertainment destination filled with fantastic seafood and curry restaurants, cafes and coffee shops.
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History
Our top 5 museums in Durban are; Killie Campbell Africana Museum, The Natural Science Museum,  The Old Court House Museum, the KWA Muhle Museum, The Natal Maritime Museum.
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Nightlife
If your perfect holiday is sipping cocktails by the water, then Durban is the perfect place to be. You can party till the early hours and watch the amazing sunrise over the warm Indian ocean. 
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Nature 
The Durban Botanic Gardens is a must see. Developed in 1849 for the trial of agricultural crops, Durban Botanic Gardens is Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden and Durban’s oldest public institution.
“Memorable food and striking architecture”
Overhead view of Durban Harbour
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Durban Botanic Gardens 

Developed in 1849 for the trial of agricultural crops, Durban Botanic Gardens is Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden and Durban’s oldest public institution. The tranquil grounds sprawl for 15 hectares with gorgeous collections of indigenous plants as well as plants from all over the world.

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Suncoast Casino

You can’t miss the Suncoast Casino on Durban’s Golden Mile because it literally lights up the sky with 6km of neon lighting! It’s the biggest casino in South Africa with over 1330 slot machines, 50 gaming tables, and home to Durban’s only million Rand paying bank of slot machines.

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uShaka Marine World 

Over 16 hectares, uShaka Marine World is the 5th largest aquarium in the world and the biggest in Africa. Located on Durban’s Golden Mile, it offers a world of family-friendly fun in its giant world-class water theme park, which is also home to a variety of other large attractions.

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Kuala Lumpur is a true melting pot
Kuala Lumpur is a true melting pot
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Malaysia – ‘Truly Asia’ - celebrates its unique multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual identity. Persian, Arab and European influences can been seen mixed with Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous elements in both architecture and food.

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Food
For a taste of the streets, head to Jalan Alor, a strip of Chinese seafood restaurants and hawkers stalls. 
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History
Lumpur is a modern city, but it doesn’t lack in culture and heritage. The National Museum and Islamic Arts Museum feature some of the best exhibits.
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Shopping
Don’t miss out on a visit to Chinatown, a mixture of the city’s Oriental history and some of the best value-for-money shopping in KL. 
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Art
For art, look no further than the National Art gallery.  The first floor features a gorgeous contemporary art and the second more modern. Floor number two, there is an additional room which features sculptures and other more exotic pieces.
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Nightlife
From Bangsar’s cocktail bars to Changkat Bukit Bintang’s, there’s no shortage of nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur.
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Nature 
The Rainforest and Canopy Walk, the butterfly reserve and Bird Park are some of the nature perks of Kuala Lumpur.
“Malaysia – Truly Asia”
Sunset Skyline of Kuala Lumpur
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Petronas Towers 

These towering glass twins dominate the KL skyline, reaching an impressive 451.9 metres into the sky – that’s nearly half a kilometre! Each tower has 94 floors, five subterranean levels and 88 above ground. The two Patronas towers are connected by a double decker sky bridge.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world; at an impressve 421 metres high, it also offers visitors the highest observation deck in Kuala Lumpur. The super-speed lift from the base to the top only takes 52 seconds!

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Aquaria KLCC 

The Aquaria KLCC is an immersive sealife experience. The best time to visit is during feeding times, which vary by exhibit. The Pirahna feeding at 4pm is definitely worth checking out. A walk through the 90-metre fish filled tunnel in the Oceanarium will bring you up close to the sharks.