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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

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

The Great Wall of China.

CHINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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As our plane taxied from the runway it

neared midnight, two hours later than our scheduled arrival in

Ulaanbaatar....

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

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"There are so many stairs."

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

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

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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'...

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

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

If you combine friends and family and a...

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

Smooth moves

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

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