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David Gareja is a cave monastery near Tbilisi, Georgia. We visited similar sites during a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see this one. Particularly since it was so close and easy day trip from Tbilisi, and that there is now a shuttle bus that travels there every day. According …

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In our last trip to Thailand, it didn’t take long to see advertisements for every sort of “elephant experience” – washing, bathing with, feeding, riding, and trekking with elephants. “Ride the Elephants!” “The Elephant Experience!” “Up Close with Elephants!” We saw baby elephants frolicking on the beaches under the watchful eye of a trainer. Elephants lined up …

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Tropical Spice Garden Penang Cooking Class – Learning to cook classic Malaysian Cuisine in a jungle paradise  Malaysia is known for its cuisine. With the blending of Asian and Indian influences (among others), you can imagine the exotic flavors that come into play. We decided to take a cooking class while in Penang, Malaysia in order …

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We visited Thailand’s topical island paradise recently and found that the sleepy destination had attracted quite a few more visitors since our last stay five years ago. Roadside businesses selling typical touristy trinkets, street food vendors, and restaurants lined sections of the road where on the previous visit there were none. The fact that long …

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Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is a wonderful place to get into nature and find some of the best that Chiang Mai Thailand has to offer. One of our favorite sites is only possible to experience on foot on a Doi Suthep (meaning Suthep Mountain) hike. Along the way, you will find sacred trees with orange sashes, a mysterious …

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