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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam
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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam

A day spent visiting the Hoi An Temples are a day well spent in Central Vietnam Buddhist influences are felt far and wide throughout Southeast Asia, but perhaps the most beautiful and unique are the Hoi An Temples. Thanks to a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and even French architecture notes, the temples are a stunning part of Central Vietnam's ancient capital. For all my travel blog posts ...
Hot Shots from Ho Chi Minh – Part Two
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Hot Shots from Ho Chi Minh – Part Two

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and has huge buildings, awesome nightclubs and a vibrant culture. Southeast Asia feels like a totally different world for western travelers, however Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing a renaissance complete with an influx of professionals from the west. Here are a couple of my favorite little spots around the city. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click ...
Chillin in Ho Chi Minh City – Part One
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Chillin in Ho Chi Minh City – Part One

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's former capital and one of the funnest cities in Southeast Asia!  A backpacker's paradise, Ho Chi Minh City has everything a traveler is looking for - interesting history, amazing nightlife, vibrant culture, good shopping and of course, it's cheap! For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For part two of my visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Click Here For ...
Shooting Fire at the Da Nang Dragon Bridge
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Shooting Fire at the Da Nang Dragon Bridge

The Da Nang Dragon Bridge is a symbol of the resurgence of Central Vietnam both culturally and economically. The fire-breathing Da Nang Dragon Bridge is located in the heart of Danang and spans the length of the Han River a whopping 666 meters (2,185 ft). For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Da Nang Dragon Bridge: Click Here "Cau Rong ...
The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang
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The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang

The city of Da Nang in central Vietnam has so much to offer travelers - whether that be backpackers, photographers or regular run-of-the-mill travelers. An afternoon drive along the beach brought me to the Vu Lan Bao Hieu - Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple and I just had to snap some pics. Located along the beach just before the magnificent Son Tra Peninsula, the Chua Buu Dai Son is a colorful reminder to ...
A Rainy Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam
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A Rainy Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Few places in the world are as renowned for its incredible natural formations like the karst limestone mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam The sheer size, scope and beauty of the natural rock formations of Halong Bay, Vietnam, first captured my imagination several years ago when I caught a glimpse  of them on a television program on the National Geographic Channel. Seeing is believing and it is truly one of ...
Throwback to 2004 – London, England
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Throwback to 2004 – London, England

A first trip abroad to England included a 6-hour flight and a terror scare! London, England is a brilliant place for a first-time traveler and the ease of which you can move from place to place (not to mention a pretty non-existent language barrier) makes for a great time all around. For all my travel blog posts: Click Here "Spring Break 2004! Panama? Nah... England? Great! Shorts and no shirt ...
Honeymoon in Style in Koh Phangan, Thailand
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Honeymoon in Style in Koh Phangan, Thailand

If you're looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or vacation with a partner, look no further than Koh Phangan, Thailand The islands of Thailand may no longer be secret getaways, however they are just as romantic and luxurious as ever! And even if you are looking to travel in style but want to save a bit of cash, Koh Phangan, Thailand, has all that you could ever dream of and more at a reasonable ...
Walking with Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Walking with Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Asian Elephants are some of the most amazing, graceful and gigantic creatures on Planet Earth. On a misty morning and up in the high mountains of northern Thailand, I found a herd of formerly-abused Asian Elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. The ensuing shenanigans made for possibly the most fun day of my two week-long northern Thailand/Laos trip. For all my blog entries in Thailand, check out ...
Charming Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand
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Charming Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai is one of the gems of Northern Thailand's dense jungle region The jungles of Northern Thailand are still a mysterious and wild place to visit, however a traveler can hang his hat in Chiang Mai while enjoying modern first-world comfort For all my blog entries in Thailand, check out the blog: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Chiang Mai, Thailand: Click Here Chiang ...
A Morning with the Monks of Myanmar
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A Morning with the Monks of Myanmar

I recently had the opportunity to spend a morning with the monks of Myanmar and, as you would imagine, it was an unforgettable experience. Spending a morning with the monks of Myanmar is a must when traveling through the Golden Land. I headed near the Kabar Aye Pagoda for a morning walk with the monks. For all the high-resolution photos from this part of my journey: Click Here Well, it's good to ...
Stunning Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda
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Stunning Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda

The Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda is a magnificent work of art located in Yangon One of Yangon's more unique pagodas, Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda looms behind several large trees on Shwedagon Pagoda Road. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here

Located just south of the ...
The Immaculate Rangoon War Cemetery
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The Immaculate Rangoon War Cemetery

Amidst the crowded streets and loud ruckus of day-to-day Yangon, the Rangoon War Cemetery is a welcome reprieve The Rangoon War Cemetery is a perfectly-kept grass rectangle hidden down a dark alley from small street food shops and local car repair joints. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Rangoon War Cemetary: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Rangoon War ...
Laos Photo Essay: Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng
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Laos Photo Essay: Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng

Traveling by "VIP" bus from northern to southern Laos through unpaved jungle roads and picturesque mountainous passes makes the perilous journey all the more pleasurable 170 kilometers (105 miles) is the pittance of a distance that separates the Laotian cities of Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. In Laos, however, that's a five-and-a-half hour journey. On the "new" highway. Our bus took off from Luang Prabang ...
Vang Vieng is Animal House in Laos
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Vang Vieng is Animal House in Laos

Jungle parties, rafting on the river, bars and restaurants all around... Vang Vieng is basically the Animal House of Asia "If teenagers ruled the world, it might resemble Vang Vieng" - The New Zealand Herald For High-Resolution Photos of my journey to Luang Prabang: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my journey to Vang Vieng: Click Here To check out my trip in Luang Prabang, click here. For ...
A Crazy Trip to Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos
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A Crazy Trip to Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos

The Kuang Si Waterfall is a jungle paradise and a crazy trip On the way to the Kuang Si Waterfall, we passed two massive water buffalo dead on the street and another monster which squared us down. For High-Resolution Photos of my journey to Luang Prabang: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my journey to Vang Vieng: Click Here To check out my trip in Luang Prabang, click here. For the crazy ...
Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery
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Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery

The Taung Pulu Monastery is one example of the many hidden gems of Yangon "Off-the-beaten-path" is la régulière for seasoned travelers in Southeast Asia's largest continental country and to find the Taung Pulu Monastery you'll need to be determined and adventurous. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Taung Pulu Monastery: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Taung ...
Cheap Thrills in Kiev Ukraine
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Cheap Thrills in Kiev Ukraine

A never-ending nightlife and an excellent exchange rate makes for an incredible weekend in Kiev Ukraine It's chilly in Eastern Europe and even in March you gotta bundle up to head out and about... that is if you can wake up at a respectable hour after partying all night in one of Kiev's word-famous nightclubs. For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Kiev, Ukraine: Click Here First and foremost, ...
Magical Maha Wizaya Pagoda
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Magical Maha Wizaya Pagoda

 The Maha Wizaya Pagoda is an often overlooked gem located down the road from the Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon is flush with golden pagodas of all shapes and sizes and each is as unique as the previous. The Maha Wizaya Pagoda (Maha Wizara Pyay; on Google Maps: Mahavijaya Pagoda) is no exception, as the interior of the grand stupa is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information from our Travel ...
Real Myanmar Nature at Hlawga National Park
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Real Myanmar Nature at Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park is a great way to see some Myanmar nature while in Yangon About an hour and a half north of the hustle and bustle of Myanmar's largest city and former capital of Yangon is the Hlawga National Park. The jewel of a Myanmar nature preserve is flush with free-roaming monkeys, deer, elephants and more. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Hlawga National Park: Click ...
The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar
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The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar

The Mitta Oo Pagoda is a local temple complex located down the road from the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda One of the things I love about Myanmar is that the dearth of available information (in English anyway!) on the internet makes travel around the Golden Land so fun and fascinating. The Mitta Oo Pagoda is a perfect example of that. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Mitta Oo Pagoda: Click ...
Israel’s Mitzpe Ramon Crater
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Israel’s Mitzpe Ramon Crater

The Mitzpe Ramon Crater is a unique geological formation located in southern Israel The Negev Desert of southern Israel is home to one of the rarest geological formations on earth, the Mitzpe Ramon Crater. For more posts on Israel: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Mitzpe Ramon Crater: Click Here  Located in the heart of the Negev Desert in Southern Israel, the Ramon Crater is ...
Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv
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Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the party capital of the Middle East and a hub for high-tech Israel is home to 3 of the major world religions and Tel Aviv is where you go to take a break from them all. For more posts on Israel: Click Here For some high-resolution photos from the Dead Sea: Click Here Tel Aviv has a magic and charm so great that I lived there for several years! A bustling and growing city located on ...
Bangkok Style: Sunday Drive in a Tuk Tuk
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Bangkok Style: Sunday Drive in a Tuk Tuk

When in Bangkok, one must Tuk Tuk Known as a rickshaw in the west, the tuk tuk is the east's primary form of transportation when facing the choking traffic of Thailand's capital of Bangkok. For more on the Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace: Click Here For more on the Wat Arun and Temple of the Dawn: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wat Phra Kaew: Click Here For all the ...
Bangkok Shop ‘Till you Drop
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Bangkok Shop ‘Till you Drop

Bangkok Shop UNTIL YOU DROP! Alt. Title - Leave the Mrs at Home! It's called Bangkok Shop 'Till you Drop because lets be honest - after parties and ladies (and ladyboys) Thailand's capital is a consumers' paradise. For some cool high-resolution photos from Bangkok: Click Here Everyone has heard the excuse "Sorry, my dog ate my homework." It's not funny or believable. The Burmese version of this ...
Fast Times at Koe Htat Gyi
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Fast Times at Koe Htat Gyi

The Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda (Koehtatgyi) is a massive monument which stands testament to Burmese artistry They don't call Myanmar the "Golden Land" for nothing, and the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda is yet another example of gold mixed with ingenuity and devotion to Buddhism. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Koe Htat Gyi ...
The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi
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The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi

The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is an enormous Gautama Buddha Image centrally-located in Yangon The Golden Land is filled with massive pagodas and the Nga Htat Gyi (Ngahtatgyi) is a testament to the Burmese use of gold and design to create a brilliant Image. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click ...
Off the Grid in Yangon: Wijuwedo Paya
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Off the Grid in Yangon: Wijuwedo Paya

Day-trip to the Wijuwedo Pagoda and you won't forget it! Close to Yangon but still 'off-the-grid,' the Wijuwedo Pagoda stands tall in the jungle. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here The phrase "off the grid" in Myanmar is a very relative term - meaning that if you travel just a hop, skip ...
Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya
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Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya

The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda is a gorgeous gold and white dome standing over Yangon's north The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda in Yangon's North is a welcome respite from the more touristy pagodas of its center and south. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here As with most places in Myanmar, several ...
Massive Statues of Meilamu
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Massive Statues of Meilamu

The Meilamu Pagoda is a Disneyland-like playground of Pagodas north of Yangon There is so much to see and do in Yangon and one thing not to be overlooked on your travels is the Meilamu Pagoda. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Meilamu Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Meilamu Pagoda: Click Here The Meilamu Pagoda, located on Thudhamma Road in the ...
Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave
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Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave

The Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave complex are prominent landmarks near Inya Lake Yangon's Inya Lake houses two huge pieces of modern Myanmar history in the form of the Kabar Aye Pagoda and Mahapasana Cave. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Kabar Aye Pagoda: Click Here For more information from our Travel Guide on the Mahapasana Cave: Click Here For all the high-resolution ...
Ho de Yangon Zoo ho de
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Ho de Yangon Zoo ho de

The Yangon Zoo is one of Myanmar's most prestigious zoological gardens If you've ever wanted to get a taste of wild Myanmar, head to the Yangon Zoo and be prepared to sweat! Check out the Travel Guide to the Yangon Zoological Gardens by Clicking Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Yangon Zoo: Click Here Let's start with a quick lesson in the Myanmar language - "Ho de" is literally ...
Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes
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Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes

Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes - Checking out Inya Lake in Northern Yangon Surrounded by new developments and dilapidated old ones, Inya Lake is a part of Yangon's long and storied history. For Myanmar Travel Guide information on Inya Lake: Click Here For all my high-resolution photos of Inya Lake in Yangon, Myanmar: Click Here
 
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Israeli Abroad

IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!