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Venilale, East Timor

Venilale Tunnels

These underground shelters dug by the Japanese during World War II later helped East Timor achieve its independence.
Jiuquan Shi, China

Mogao Caves

Hundreds of caves filled with thousands of centuries-old statues and murals.
United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame

The world's largest frame offers spectacular views of the city's past and present.
Comunidad Challapampa, Bolivia

Chincana Ruins

Mysterious Incan ruins on a tiny island in Lake Titicaca.
La Convención Province, Peru

Pongo de Mainique

A paradisical gorge with rapids, waterfalls, and wildlife whose raw beauty is the stuff of CGI movies.
Frankfurt, Germany

Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge)

Fantastic views and thousands of love locks.
Choum, Mauritania

Mauritania Railway

Climb atop one of the world's longest and heaviest trains for an unbelievable journey across the Sahara Desert.
tx. Hương Thủy, Vietnam

The Tomb of Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

An extravagant monument to an extravagantly unpopular Emperor.
Prasat Sambour, Cambodia

Sambor Prei Kuk

More than 100 Hindu temples are slowly being swallowed by the forest.
Krong Ban Lung, Cambodia

Yeak Laom

Arguing within this idyllic, circular volcanic lake is forbidden.
Lumphat, Cambodia

Tonle Srepok

The river depicted in the antiwar film "Apocalypse Now" was likely based on this Mekong tributary.
Dakar, Senegal

Gorée Island

This tiny, tranquil Senegalese island serves as a powerful symbol of the Atlantic slave trade.
Edinburgh, Scotland

David Hume's Statue

Touching this 18th-century Scottish philosopher’s toe allegedly conjures good fortune.
Moneragala, Sri Lanka

Buduruwagala

Seven beautiful 1,000-year-old rock-cut Buddhist statues.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Kantharodai

This rural Sri Lankan village hides a cluster of small, enigmatic stupas.
Marrakesh, Morocco

Jemaa el-Fna Square

Fortune tellers, snake charmers, poets, and storytellers all gather on this historic square in Morocco.
Zakho, Iraq

Pira Delal

This ancient stone bridge is a hub for daredevils.
Rome, Italy

Sisinnius Fresco in the Basilica San Clemente

A rather vulgar example of the transition from Latin to the Italian vernacular.
Umm ar-Rasas, Jordan

Um er-Rasas

The remains of three different ancient civilizations have been found at this rich archaeological site.
Sylhet, Bangladesh

Lakkatura Tea Garden

One of the largest and most scenic of Bangladesh's tea gardens.
Areedh Sub-District, Jordan

Fortress of Machaerus

These ruins by the Dead Sea is where John the Baptist met his untimely end.
Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar Beach

One of the longest natural sand beaches in Bangladesh.
Tambon Pong Ngam, Thailand

Doi Tung Trenches

The Thai Army has dug deep trenches along the Thai/Myanmar border to prevent drug smuggling.
Tambon Rim Kok, Thailand

Tham Tu Pu

This elegant carving of the Buddha guards a small Buddhist temple within a cave.