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Elephants walk in a ring during a show at the National Elephant Institute in Thailand. The Institute helps rehabilitate injured elephants and works to better treatment of elephants in Thailand.

A ride you'll never forget

Two trainers stood behind me and yelled, "Go, go, go!" Muscles already sore and strained, I took a running start and jumped again.

I ended...

The Great Wall of China.

CHINA

It was so amazing to believe this was China: Audis on the highways, Heinekens at the bars, Nine West and Adidas shoes available at non-knock-off...

Michelle and Hema atop an elephant on a trek through a forest on Koh Lanta. The elephant is native to northern Thailand, but many are brought down south to work as part of the tourist industry. Our trek lasted two hours and included an hour-long ride and an hour-long hike into the woods to a waterfall.

The quiet side of Thailand

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on

visiting Thailand, from the street vendors and bars of Bangkok to the

spas...

Just one of many golden turrets inside the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The palace, built in the late 18th century, was home to the country's Rama leaders. Now the Thai king only visits for ceremonial rites, such as changing the robes on the Emerald Buddha three times a year.

3 nights in Bangkok

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part

series on visiting Thailand. Next week's story will take you from the

belching buses...

Mongolia's rule once stretched throughout Asia and into Europe. Now the country is finding its way as a new democracy in a global marketplace. Still, with only 2.8 million people spread across 600,000 square miles of country, the present can seem slow to eclipse the past.

Mongolia: A country of choices

As our plane taxied from the runway it

neared midnight, two hours later than our scheduled arrival in

Ulaanbaatar. Passengers...

The trail to Hiji Falls follows the picturesque stream for much of the time. You can see the trail guard rails in the top right hand side of this picture.

Stairways to heaven

"There are so many stairs."

That's a common response -- some would call it a complaint -- about visiting the picturesque Hiji Falls.

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Upon leaving the Mai Dreamin maid cafe in Akihabara, visitors blow out a candle signifying the end of the dream. Clockwise from left: Tim Boisvert, Peter Smith, Bryan Koslow, David Heath, and Josh Porter.

STAG NIGHT

The prospect of finding an acceptable venue for a religious man's bachelor party is what led a group of six 30-somethings to Tokyo's electronics...

Sitting and enjoying the Odaru Falls in these hot springs are one of the experiences you can enjoy when visiting the Seven Waterfalls in Kawazu.

Chasing waterfalls

The picture of a beautiful waterfall could be the visual highlight of any trip.

If you combine friends and family and a visit to the Seven...

Masako Kawasaki, of the Zama City Women's Association, leads bon-dancing students at Camp Zama, Japan.

Smooth moves

Camp Zama residents got the chance during August to experience and understand Japanese culture through Bon Odori, also known as bon dancing.

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Visitors to the Tachi Neputa parade float museum in Goshogawara city, Japan, get a unique opportunity for a top-to-bottom, 360-degree viewing of the 70-foot high floats.

Get close

Dwarfed. No other word better describes how you feel standing under one of the gigantic Tachi Neputa parade floats that dominate the streets of...

The ceiling of a cave fell in - creating a view of the sky in the roof of an island at Dogashima. The cave has been designated as a national monument.

Have it all on the Izu Peninsula

Two hours from Tokyo by train is a place where you can have it all: historical sites, hot springs, pristine water front and great seafood.

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Various plastic food displays made into magnets are great for souvenirs and gifts and can be found in Kappabashi.

Culinary delights

Kappabashi is a shopping paradise for chefs of all skill levels -- or tourists simply looking to pick up some plastic or wax food that is commonly...

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