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

Poshanu Cham Temple and The Prince’s Castle – Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Cham Towers A and C
Tower C, the Fire Diety Tower, is just a small mound compared to Tower A

Renting scooters is a thrilling way to explore Mui Ne and Phan Thiet, and stopping at the Cham Temple and Prince's Castle on Banai Hill is the perfect stop to break up the scooting and stretch your legs hiking up to the ruins. Atop the hill you get great views of the coastline and a massive cemetery dotted with colorful grave markers. If you are looking to buy souvenirs, there is pottery, woodcarvings and silk textiles that are hand loomed on site. There is a nominal entrance fee, and if you forgot your water or want some ice cream there is a small outdoor shop near the Towers.

Cool STA Travel Commercials – Move, Learn, Eat

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Move STA Travel Commercial
A screen cap from the "Move" STA travel video

Just discovered these videos. I don't normally post random youtube videos, but I found these really cool, hopefully you like them too.

Best Way To Get Around Amsterdam: Bikes

Monday, July 18, 2011
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Amsterdam Bike Parking Lot
A regular site in Amsterdam, rows and rows of bikes

Amsterdam is a city of cyclists, with twice as many bicycles as cars on the road. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Dutch person who doesn’t own a bicycle. With an abundance of bike-only lanes and special traffic lights, cycling through Amsterdam is safe and easy for visitors of all sorts. Whether you’re traveling solo, sight-seeing with a group, or have a toddler in tow, you’ll love the leisurely experience of exploring this colorful city by bicycle.

Accommodation Secret – How To Stay At Monasteries In Europe

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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Scottish Countryside Rainbow
A rainbow over a building in the Scottish Countryside (not an actual Monastery)

One of the best ways to travel through Europe on a budget is to stay at Monasteries. Monasteries are generally cheaper then hotels (and sometimes even hostels) and they provide basic accommodation and even include meals depending on which monastery you're staying at. Don't expect luxury accommodation because you won't get it. Usually you get a private room with a bed and access to a shared bathroom. This may not seem like much but in fact it’s more than you get at a hostel for the same price.

Top 10 Best Places To Couch Surf

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Sukhumi, Abkhazia
A man fishing at sunset in Sukhumi, Abkhazia

By now the secret is out. The evolution of budget travel has gone from $5 for a crappy dorm bed to a free private room. With the explosion of sites like CouchSurfing.org a new generation of penny pinching backpackers are able to travel further for cheaper. As a CS Ambassador, i'm always finding myself caught up in the philosophical (and moral) discussion of CouchSurfing being more than merely a free place to stay. It is instead an opportunity to share cultural experiences with locals (or quite often ex-pats) giving you an inside scoop. While you aren't paying for the room/bed/couch/floor space, a token gesture of a cooked meal or bottle of wine is always a welcome thank-you from the surfer. But regardless of your intentions, CS is a valuable tool every traveller should be packing.

Visiting China – Questions & Answers

Great Wall of China - Jinshanling and Simatai
The best part of the wall to see from Beijing: Jinshanling and Simatai

Q. I need tips for China, I'm going there this week and meeting Anna on tuesday. We start from Beijing, and then have no idea where to go, have about a month there. Any must places outside of the big cities what did you enjoy, or anything else you recommend?

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, Kilkenny, Ireland

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, Ireland
A view of St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Round Tower in Kilkenny, Ireland

St. Canice’s Cathedral and the 9th century Round Tower are near the center of town in Kilkenny, Ireland. While not justifying more than an few hour visit, unless you plan to attend mass, the Gothic Cathedral and Round Tower are very impressive and create an atmosphere of antiquity. There is no charge to look around the property; a cemetery that feels more like a park. I am sure stopping by the area at night would give you an entirely different feeling.

Cool Photo Project About Chinese Propaganda

Saturday, April 16, 2011
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Chinese Cultural Revolutionary Opera Editorial Photos
An example of old Chinese opera editorial

I stumbled across this kickstarter project this morning, sounds like it could be cool. Heres the gist of it:

Mana Island Guide – Fiji

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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White Sand and Clear Waters, Mana Island
White Sand, Clear Water, Palm Trees. Typical Mana Island

Mana island is one of 333 fijian islands, just a 4 hour boat ride from Nadi from about $50 return. Mana island is a lovely little island you can easily walk round in about 3 hours providing you're steady on your feet as you do have to clamber over rocks round some of the edges. The accommodation on Mana varies from budget to exclusive with the island having its own airstrip its a popular destination for families and honeymooners as well as backpackers. The island seems to be split in to 3 sections, the section where you arrive on the boat is where all the backpacker accommodation is, some more expensive than others. I stayed at 'Serenas' which was $35 a night with 3 meals included; the dorm rooms were basic as was the one cold tap used as a shower. Although the family that ran it were lovely and very helpful i wouldn't recommend it, the food was questionable, often cold, and I personally don't enjoy doughnuts for breakfast. The situation was similar next door at Mana Lagoon, although they have a small games room and the only shop on the island.

Drinking Cava in Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Drinking Fjian Cava With The Locals
Drinking Cava with the locals at a “Cava Ceremony”

If you're visiting fiji you have to try cava! Cava is a local drink usually drank with a group of people in a 'cava ceremony' it is made from a plant root grown on the main land. The root is ground down in to a fine powder, its then wrapped in muslin cloth and put in water it is dipped in and out and squeezed many, many times until all the goodness from the roots is realised in to the water.

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