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Ilha de Moçambique: A Closer Look
More from our explorations of this one-of-a-kind East African UNESCO heritage island.
Riding the Post Bus in Mozambique
Forget chapas, the Post Bus has taken Mozambique by storm, and comfort, affordability, and service coverage are its hallmarks. Here's to a long life of plying Mozambique's Estradas Nacionais--the future
Buddha Park: The Hidden Gem of Greater Vientiane
Looking for something a bit different to discover around Vientiane? The mysterious “spirit city” of Xieng Khuan (commonly known as Buddha Park) is quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
The Zoo with a Surprising Secret
The Lao Zoo may just be the most overlooked and misunderstood zoo in Southeast Asia. It’s not really a “zoo” at all, but in fact something far more interesting.
Ilha de Moçambique
Ilha, strange and wonderful and not-ready-for-primetime Ilha.
Mooxeleliya Lodge
Don’t be discouraged by the intimidating name, Alojamento Mooxeleliya (literally, “Did You Sleep Well? Lodge” is one of the best mid-range lodging bets in the heart of Mozambique Island.
Badal House
Helmed by the incomparable Badal Singh, Badal House in Khuri village is a desert homestay and camel trekking jump-off point like no other.
Khuri Village in the Thar Desert
Looking for an out of the way alternative to Jaisalmer and Pushkar with a side of hardcore camel trekking in pristine desert? Khuri may just be the answer.
Riding the Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’
The glory days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway may be long gone, but the little steam engine that could keeps chugging along—through some of India’s most stunning landscape.

Luang Prabang, Laos

The charming former Laos capital of Luang Prabang has fiercely guarded its religious traditions for centuries. Yet, the UNESCO town’s biggest test may still lay on the horizon.

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Palatium Cafe…and Dungeon?
When we found Palatium Cafe in the heart of Istanbul, we thought we had stumbled upon just another trendy cafe in the heart of the Old City...until we went searching
Aloran
Ottoman clay pot lamb stew served in the age-old tradition—and oh, so much more. That's Aloran Restaurant, in the heart of Istanbul's Old City.
Xinjiang Ya Kexi
A short ride from Old Town Suzhou, Xinjiang Yakexi restaurant serves up delicious Xinjiang Muslim cuisine for those craving something apart from the city's norm.
Pin Von
Pin Von Teahouse is said to be one of the world's best. And it's right in the heart of Suzhou's romantic and historic Old Town.
Where to Eat and Drink in Vientiane
Our favorite local and international restaurants, cafes, and bars, from living in and traveling through the laid back Laos capital of Vientiane.
Devouring Zanzibar Pizza at Forodhani Night Market
Forodhani isn't your typical night market, and Zanzibar pizza certainly is not your typical pizza---but both will likely surprise you, in the best way possible.

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Darjeeling   Istanbul   Izamal   Luang Prabang   Ilha de Moçambique   Rajasthan   Suzhou   Vientiane   Zanzibar

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Mooxeleliya Lodge
Don’t be discouraged by the intimidating name, Alojamento Mooxeleliya (literally, “Did You Sleep Well? Lodge” is one of the best mid-range lodging bets in the heart of Mozambique Island.
Badal House
Helmed by the incomparable Badal Singh, Badal House in Khuri village is a desert homestay and camel trekking jump-off point like no other.
Mbuyuni Beach Village
Wondering where to stay on the beach in Zanzibar? How about one of our favorite little beach resorts in the whole wide world!?
Antique Hippodrome Apartments
Antique Hippodrome Apartments are an unbeatable lodging/hotel deal in the heart of Istanbul's Old City, just minutes away from the major UNESCO sights.
Sala Prabang
Wondering where to stay in Luang Prabang? In terms of mid-range options, Sala Prabang Hotel is hard to beat for its location, service, and overall value.
Coco de Mer Hotel
Wondering where to stay in Zanzibar? If you’re on a budget, check out Coco de Mer Hotel for its central location and excellent value.

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Buddha Park: The Hidden Gem of Greater Vientiane
Looking for something a bit different to discover around Vientiane? The mysterious “spirit city” of Xieng Khuan (commonly known as Buddha Park) is quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
The Zoo with a Surprising Secret
The Lao Zoo may just be the most overlooked and misunderstood zoo in Southeast Asia. It’s not really a “zoo” at all, but in fact something far more interesting.
Khuri Village in the Thar Desert
Looking for an out of the way alternative to Jaisalmer and Pushkar with a side of hardcore camel trekking in pristine desert? Khuri may just be the answer.
Riding the Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’
The glory days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway may be long gone, but the little steam engine that could keeps chugging along—through some of India’s most stunning landscape.
Jambiani Village
Laid back, local, and untouched by mass tourism, Jambiani is that idyllic and quintessential Zanzibari fishing village you've been dreaming of.
8 Awesome Things to Do in Vang Vieng with a Baby
Wondering what to do in Vang Vieng with a baby (or toddler)? Here are eight fun (and totally realistic) things, taken from our own experience as parents living in Laos.

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Ilha de Moçambique: A Closer Look
More from our explorations of this one-of-a-kind East African UNESCO heritage island.
Riding the Post Bus in Mozambique
Forget chapas, the Post Bus has taken Mozambique by storm, and comfort, affordability, and service coverage are its hallmarks. Here's to a long life of plying Mozambique's Estradas Nacionais--the future
Living Abroad & Taxes: Agony (…and Ecstasy?)
Didn't know Americans living abroad have to file each year? Neither do countless American expats, it seems. Here's our experience.
Four Train Stations (and One Big Mistake)
A traveler’s nightmare — racing to catch the last train out of town with only minutes to spare, only to discover you’ve made a horrifying error.
Lessons on Life from a Journey to the Jungle Cave of Death
An unexpected journey into the jungle of eastern Laos reveals humanity's penchant for both destruction and compassion.
How to Get To and Around Vientiane
Laos' laid back capital, Vientiane, is not a major travel hub and doesn't yet have a lot of public transport options. Here's what you need to know for getting in

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I’m David. Since 2010, my wife, Lori, and I have been sharing our travel stories with the world over at AwayGoWe.com. PlacesApart.com is the next evolution of that project.

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