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If your trip will include Asia, be sure to browse through all the Asia articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Asia, we've been there done that when it comes to Asia, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Asia.

India Advice

Friday, January 31, 2014
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Nasty Hotel Room In India
The bathroom in my hotel room

Hey what's up! My name is Justin. I work with Colter and he told me your the guy to talk to if I'm planning a trip to India. He said you had a guide or a book you put together about your trip. Just looking on any insight on time of year to go and what hostels would be good. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanx!!

Exploring The Maldives

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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The Maldives
The clear blue waters, reef, and resorts of the Maldives

The Maldives is world-famous as the ultimate luxury holiday destination, but there are some great deals to be found for holidays here, giving you the chance for the holiday of a lifetime!

Really Good Boxing Day Tsunami Film

Friday, September 7, 2012
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Tsunami Wave
The tsunami wave about to crash into the shore on Boxing Day 2004 in Phuket, Thailand

I just came across what I thought was a 10 minute compilation video of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. I clicked on it, got hooked, then found out it was only part 1 of 7. By that time I couldn't put it down, and ended up spending the next hour plus watching a handful of people's first hand Tsunami stories.

Travel Hotspots That Will Nurture Your Inner Nerd

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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The Yoda Fountain
The Yoda Fountain of Lucasfilm’s Headquarters near San Francisco (source: dougSawyer

Didn't "geek" used to be derogatory? When once to be called a "geek" was enough to cause one to have a lifelong inferiority complex, it now is considered a badge of honor. Consider Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg--both self-described lifelong geeks. Who's laughing now?

Advice For 1 Week Trip To SE Asia

Angkor Wat Carvings, Cambodia
Intricate carvings on the walls of a temple in Angkor Wat

Q. I am going to SE Asia for spring break, will be there a week. Going to Vietnam and Cambodia, but do you think that is enough time? In Cambodia I just want to go to Angkor Wat, how many days there do you recommend? And what do you think about Vietnam? South? North? Penny for your thoughts...

Bangkok For The First Time Traveller

Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Food In Bangkok, Thailand
Pots of fresh seafood in Bangkok

Even for seasoned travelers, navigating Bangkok’s dazzling kaleidoscope of wonders is a balancing act and its intoxicating atmosphere can sweep anyone off their feet. Whether you’re budgeting at chic but cheap Bangkok hotels or indulging in the VIP treatment at a five star resort, first time visitors can find it challenging to keep their proverbial balance in this foreign environment. Staying grounded when faced with the cornucopia of food and shopping markets, entertainment and fascinating sights requires grasping the nuances of dealing with the summer heat, local scam artists, opportunistic shop keepers and questionable street food vendors.

100 Of My Favorite Monkey Photos

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Curious Monkeys
2 curious monkeys hanging out the fence checking me out at a wildlife refuge off the Great Ocean Road of Australia

I've taken a lot of monkey photos in my travels, both in the wild and in captivity. Monkeys might be my favorite thing to photograph as their interactions with both people and the camera are so funny and unpredictable. Sometimes it can be a bit scary because a monkey at 10% of my body weight would probably win in a fight, but this just adds to the fun. Below are 100 of my favorite monkey photos from my travels around the world.

My 5 Best Travel Experiences Of 2011

Lechon With Friends In Siargao, Philippines
Eating Lechon (roasted suckling pig) and sushi on a private beach with friends

As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be cool to talk about my top 5 travel experiences of the year. My year was split roughly 6 months in Australia, 3 months in Southern Asia, and 3 in the US. It's hard to pick just 5, but here are my favorite travel memories from 2011, in no particular order.

Travel Colombo: What To Do And See

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Mt. Lavinia Beach. Colombo
Mt. Lavinia, the best beach in Colombo

Although Sri Lanka is an amazing country to visit, their capital city of Colombo is not one of the highlights. Don't plan to travel Colombo, but since you'll probably be entering and exiting from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you'll have to spend a little time in the city, so you should know what to do and see. I had 1 day in the city, and chose to have a wander around, find a haircut shop, then board the local train down to Mt. Lavinia, Colombo's best beach.

The Best Way To Get Around Delhi, India

Thursday, December 22, 2011
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The Red Fort
The famous Red Fort

Delhi is a giant city, with a population of nearly 17 million people, it's the second largest in India (behind Mumbai), and the 8th largest in the world. Public transportation is mediocre at best, although it was significantly improved for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Traffic is as you'd expect for a city of 17 million, congested. So, as a tourist, whats the best way to get around Delhi for a reasonable price, in a reasonable amount of time?

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