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Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai

When the USA donated cement and funds to expand the airport in Laos, the Laotians built a massive monument instead.
London, England

The Blind Beggar

This East End pub gained notoriety as the site where gangster Ronnie Kray publicly shot a rival.
London, England

Tower Bridge Chimney

An architectural oddity hides in plain sight on this iconic London bridge.
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait Water Towers

Kuwait City's uniquely designed water towers look straight out of a retro sci-fi cityscape.
Hisor, Tajikistan

Hisor Fort

The first version of this stalwart construction appeared around 3,000 years ago.
Quito, Ecuador

Palacio de Carondelet

Ecuador’s historic seat of government has been quietly looted in recent decades, and no one knows how or by whom.
Bangkok, Thailand

Sahachat Memorial

This ambiguous pig shrine is actually a monument to a beloved queen.
Cusco, Peru

Plaza de Armas

Built on the remains of one the Incas’ most important gathering spots, this square keeps the spirit of a fallen empire alive.
Tambon Tham Lot, Thailand

Tham Lod Cave

A mile-long navigable cave adorned with stalactites and stalagmites reaching up to 65 feet tall.
Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo

A short volcanic hill in Quito doubles as a stellar observation point of an iconic statue.
Tambon Mueang Kao, Thailand

Phra Achana

An enormous Buddha peers through a gap in its ruined chamber.
Taungbi, Myanmar (Burma)

Nat Taung Kyaung

Amazingly, this centuries-old wooden monastery is still standing today.
Po, Thailand

Phu Chi Fah

This mountain sunrise is one of the most breathtaking views in Thailand, yet well off the tourist trail.
Karak, Jordan

Kerak Castle

Perched above the bustling town of Kerak is a sprawling, ruinous castle that has witnessed nearly a millennia of Levantine history.
London, England

Electric Avenue

"We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue, and then we'll take it higher..."
Edinburgh, Scotland

'Center of Edinburgh' Bollard

This mundane post marks the old location of the city's main postal hub.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Dry Bridge Market

You'll find just about anything in this funky Tbilisi flea market.
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Vilcabamba

In this pristine Ecuadorian hippie town, residents remain active well into their eighties and nineties.
Santiago, Chile

Monument to the Indigenous People

This sculpture meant to honor the bravery of the indigenous Mapuche people of Chile proved controversial.
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Mercury House

Freddie Mercury's childhood home is now a monument to the iconic Queen rockstar.
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar Square

This historic square in Nepal is home to temples dating back to the third century.
Asunción, Paraguay

Casa de la Independencia

The fighters and conspirators that won independence for Paraguay held secret meetings at this historic house.
Champasak, Laos

Crocodile Stone

This mysteriously shaped boulder may have been used for human sacrifice in ancient times.
Areedh Sub-District, Jordan

River Canyons of Jordan

Concentrated around the Dead Sea, these surprising canyons are filled with coursing water, fish, and even crabs.