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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.

Fukushima A Tourist Destination In 20 Years?

Monday, December 12, 2011
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Chernobyl Abandoned Amusement Park
The abandoned amusement park in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl Dead Zone

25 years ago, after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, nobody would have predicted the zone of alienation would become a tourist attraction. Although it's no Eifel Tower, and never will be, today Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat are one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Ukraine. Fast forward another 25 years, will Fukushima be the next post-nuclear disaster tourist destination?

Amazing Timelapse Video Of The Himalayas

Thursday, December 8, 2011
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Annapurna, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit in the Nepali Himalayas

I just stumbled upon this amazing timelapse video of the Himalayas in Nepal. Some cool shots demonstrating how quickly the weather can change, and an overall high quality video worth checking out. Filmed on the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in Nepal.

8000’s: The Mountains Of The Himalayas

Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Dark Mountains With Snow
Looking back up towards Everest from the memorial area above Dughla

The Himalayas, which in Sanskrit means “abode of snow,” is a mountain system in Asia that rises sharply from the Gangetic Plain, in many parts over 8000 meters high. It forms a broad, continuous arc for nearly 2,600 kilometers along the northern fringes of the Indian subcontinent and the south of the Tibetan Plateau (Qing Zang Gaoyuan). It extends from the bend of the Indus River in the northwest to the Brahmaputra River in the east, averaging 320 to 400 kilometers in width.

Cool Afghanistan Video

Friday, December 2, 2011
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Cherry Trees In Afghanistan
A boy running through the cherry trees in Afghanistan

My friend sent me a link to this really cool Afghanistan video focusing on day to day life in the war torn country. I hate it when media ruins public perception of a country, and while I have yet to visit Afghanistan, I'm confident real life for most of the 34 million people living there is closer to what we see in this video. It's really well done, HD full screen this bad boy and have a look.

Travel Vaccinations – The Hidden Expense

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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A Trash Pile in New Delhi
A massive pile of trash outside Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi

Travel Vaccinations are one of those things people generally don't plan for at the beginning of their trip. Everybody thinks about the big expenses like flights and accommodation, but if you don't have any of your vaccinations yet and are headed to areas like Africa, SE Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, travel vaccinations can be as expensive as a flight. The parts of this article relating to money may not apply to people from countries which get free health care, but as an American, getting vaccinated can be quite expensive.

Photos Of The Ancient City Of Petra

The Monastery Petra
The Monastery hidden deep in the mountains of Petra

One of my favorite places I've been to in all my travels has to be The Ancient City of Petra in Jordan. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a New 7 Wonder of the World, so there are plenty of resources for you to get detailed information about it. BBC calls Petra a top 40 must see place before you die, and UNESCO says it's "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". These are very bold statements, and I agree with both wholeheartedly.

The 5 Worst Border Crossings In The World

Friday, November 25, 2011
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Amigos En Nicaragua
The guys running our bus in Nicaragua

I hate travel days, packing up your bag, dealing with whatever means of transport is necessary to get to your next destination, and especially crossing borders. Borders are some of the most stressful places on earth, they're generally crowded, everybody is nervous, excited, tired, and just wants to get through and move on. It's not much better for the people working at them either, they have to deal with these people who are tired and stressed out, which in turn wears them down. Borders are also a place of great opportunity for locals; tourists are generally out of place, uncomfortable, unable to properly communicate, and easy to take advantage of. This translates to dollar signs for the clever, tricky, and/or dishonest locals looking to make a buck off the passing tourist, and even more stress and uncertainty for that tourist.

The Famous Towers Of Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Twin Towers, Malaysia
The tallest Twin Towers in the world - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest airline hubs in SE Asia, so if you're travelling through the area for any extended period of time, you're likely to pass through it. KL is not the most exciting city in the world, but it's worth checking out, and 2 of it's most popular landmarks happen to be towers. The famous Petronas Towers (AKA Twin Towers) and the less fancy Kuala Lumpur Tower sit less than a mile apart in the center of the city.

Honeymoon in Thailand Questions

Monday, November 21, 2011
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The Beach From The Beach
The beach from the movie "The Beach", on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand

Q. Hey me and Chris are trying to plan our honeymoon. Have you ever been to Phuket or Thailand? Let me know, or if you have other recommendations?? Somewhere exotic and tropical, but things/excursions to do with good food and drinks!

The New Seven Wonders of Nature Released

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

The New7Wonders Foundation has recently provisionally nominated the New 7 Wonders of Nature from Zurich, Switzerland. The list was selected by a combination of votes and "expert judging" from a group of 28 finalists. There are some big ones missing like the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef. I'm not sure I like this list very much, but I thought it was worth posting.

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