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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Island

On this Puerto Rican island, many abandoned naval ammunition bunkers sit open while a few have been padlocked by locals as personal storage.
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Mosquito Bay

The world's brightest bioluminescent bay.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Tham Tu Pu

This elegant carving of the Buddha guards a small Buddhist temple within a cave.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Baan Dam (Black House)

Where an entire elephant skeleton, a snakeskin table runner, and thousands of animal remains become art.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun

A white Buddhist temple with a golden restroom.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park

Thailand's distressed elephants find peace at this Chiang Mai sanctuary.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Umong

Buddha shrines hide within dark tunnels at this unique forest temple.
Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit

This enormous gold Buddha statue was hidden inside a stucco decoy for centuries.
Bangkok, Thailand

The Standing Buddha

This statue took 60 years to complete.
Bangkok, Thailand

Erawan Shrine

A shrine built to combat the bad karma of a commercial venture.
Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun

This dazzling Buddhist temple was constructed from over one million ceramic tiles salvaged from a British shipwreck.
Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)

The headquarters of the Mahanikai school of Buddhism, Thailand's largest monastic order.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Frog Garden Fountain

Unbeknownst to many, this fountain was erected as a tomb and still holds the remains of a Frenchman.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Statue of Lenin

A gift from the Soviet Union in the 1980s, this is the only statue of the Soviet dictator in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi's Train Street

Twice a day a speeding train passes only inches from the homes of this residential neighborhood.
Hội An, Vietnam

Japanese Covered Bridge

One of Vietnam's most iconic landmarks was built by Japanese traders and is now in danger of sinking.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Reunification Palace

Meant to be a lavish presidential home, the palace became a symbol of the fall of South Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon Central Post Office

This French colonial post office is arguably the grandest in all of Southeast Asia.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

A nightmare for the claustrophobic lies hidden in Southeast Asia.
Hòa Vang, Vietnam

Bà Nà Hills

Founded by French colonists in 1919, this mountain resort has been transformed into one-of-a-kind theme park.
Hòa Vang, Vietnam

Golden Bridge

This spectacular bridge supported by two gigantic hands looks like something out of a fantasy universe.
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang Cathedral

This candy-pink cathedral of Da Nang is also known as the Chicken Church.
Da Nang, Vietnam

Lady Buddha

Vietnam's largest Buddha statue depicts a female sage.
Da Nang, Vietnam

Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge

This bridge is embedded with a giant steel dragon that breathes fire from its mouth.