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Playing host to world travelers

Sojourn today plays host to travelers from across the world descending on the northern Perak town for its legendary Maxwell Hill, Taiping Lake, colonial buildings, quaint old streets and clanhouses.


Contestants taking part in a horse race for thoroughbred Arabian horses in Syria's southern Aleppo countryside. Syria had nearly 750 breeding Arabian horses in 2010, according to the World Arabian Horse Organization which aims to preserve Arabian purebreds around the globe.

A forgotten town

Following the opening of Ipoh-Lumut highway, the Parit jetty ceased to operate in the 1980s, and the town has since faded into oblivion.

Seven Magic Mountains

The "Seven Magic Mountains" art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in Ivanpah Valley near Las Vegas. The seven towers of colorful stacked boulders stand more than 30 feet high in the Mojave Desert.

Shared bikes

A man cycling past Ofo shared bicycles at a repair centre in Beijing. A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc. Photo courtesy: AFP

After 10-year gap, Thai lotuses bloom again

For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret -- the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses.

Chinese cultural theme park in Alor Setar

The theme park has been constructed to promote the religious ideologies of great philosophers Laozi, Confucius and Gautama Buddha.

The hidden gem of rusticity

The simplistic yet ultra-chic hotel is just behind the time-honored Kong Heng Cafe.

Food truck invasion

Kuantan's commercial hub is no longer dead after dark, as food trucks flood the street with their tasty offerings.

Luxury Japanese train has bath and fireplace

It's got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel. Not bad for a train.


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