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The Military History Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Some cool old planes and tanks on display outside.

I've got a week in Vietnam and am planning to take it easy and relax a little here. Looking forward to sharing some photos of the countryside over the next few days.

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Early morning at the Nan markets in northern Thailand and things are already busy. For the best and freshest goods, locals start coming before 5am.

Just outside the stalls, the local monks walk by and accept donations of food. It's an interesting mix of quiet blessings and bustling shopping.

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As the sun rises, I explore one of the main temples in the northern Thailand city of Nan. The beautiful golden stupa catches the first rays. All is quiet - only the monks seem to be awake at this hour.

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At the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang temple in northern Thailand. It's one of the best preserved temple complexes of the Lanna style in the country.

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A monk sits and contemplates the Wat Pong Sanuk temple in the Lampang province of northern Thailand.

He was one of the local people who campaigned to save and restore the temple. He did such a great job, the site was given the "Award of Merit" by UNESCO in 2008.

The temple complex is a thousand years old and has a mixture of Burmese and Alanna styles.

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A panoramic view across the river in Bangkok. A beautiful time of day in the Thai capital.

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Good view! will visit there in April.
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On the streets of Bangkok. I don't think feeding the birds is this guy's official job - but it's a much nicer image if you imagine it that way! :)

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its cool...he shows care for other creature...lol
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My two guides at a temple in the city of Nan in the northeast of Thailand. The girl is 9 and the boy is 11. They're both learning english and work at the temple during their holidays and on weekends.

When I asked what they want to be when they grow up, they both said teachers. I think they'll make excellent ones, judging by the way they told me about the history of this place.

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In the north Thailand town of Phrae, this woman runs a small business making traditional blue cotton clothes.

She's well into her eighties so these days she just watches as others make the patterns and do the dyeing of the 'mo hom' garments.

It's a local style still made the same way as always, the blue dye produced from the indigo tree leaves. You can see she's wearing some of it.

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Hmmm... Some interesting food options at the jungle market near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

Bamboo worms, silk worms and all sorts of other creepy crawlies. Trust me, they're probably a bit more tasty than you expect. But would you try some of these yourself??

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+Michael Turtle , is it true that the worms actually do taste good?  (This is a wonderful photo)  :)    
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Walking along one of the canals of Bangkok and came across these local kids doing some arts and crafts.

I loved the way their drinks looked a bit like the paint palette they were using. Nearby was an artist's house where a traditional puppet show was going on for a local Thai crowd.

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I agree with Joseph Murphy, it is amazing, and you most definitely are blessed.
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It's so great to be back in Bangkok. I think I love this city more every time I come.

The afternoon was spent exploring the Chinatown area of the Thai capital. Amongst the crazy markets are quiet temples in back alleys. There's always some action on the streets amongst the traffic.

I'm going to be in Thailand for a week so expect plenty of photos from Bangkok and the north of the country.

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Back in the centre of town, one of the most interesting sights to see in the medina is the Bou Inania Madrasa. This old Islamic school was founded in 1350 and is not to be confused with the one of the same name in Fez. It is a beautiful piece of architecture with the detailed tiled and carved artwork on the walls that is expected of these institutions. The madrasa is a little bit tricky to find in the maze of the medina but is obvious once you get to it. As well as the main courtyard on the ground floor, you can climb up to see the bedrooms and classrooms on the upper level and then also climb up to the rooftop for a view across Meknes. Entrance is 10dh.
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A little bit out of the old town, past the Royal Gold Course (which is protected by a huge wall), are the Heri es-Souani granaries. The site is made up of two main areas. The first is the interior part which feels a bit like the Habs Qara prison except not as creepy. It was used to store huge amounts of grain (not people). The exterior part of the complex also has rows of stone arches but it was used to as a royal stable to keep horses and other animals. It is possible to walk here from the main part of town but takes about 30 minutes at a brisk pace. You might be better jumping in a taxi. Entrance to the granaries and stables complex costs 10dh.
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The mausoleum is the most important building in Meknes and is a must-see. It is just a few minutes walk from Bab Mansour away from Place Hedim. Moulay Ismail was the ruler who created the imperial city of Meknes, so it’s no surprise his resting place is so opulent. From the outside, it just looks like a large building but you then walk through several courts to an open air courtyard and then into the tomb itself. Once you take off your shoes, you can walk around this lavishly-decorated part of the inner mausoleum and look into the room where Moulay Ismail was laid to rest. There is no entrance fee but there will probably be a man who watches your shoes and points you in the right direction. You can tip him just 1 or 2dh.
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The Pergamon Museum was my favourite on Museum Island because it has such a unique and impressive way of displaying its collection. Inside the building are several large reconstructions of massive archaeological structures. These include the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Processional Way from Babylon. It is no surprise that this is the most visited museum in the whole of Germany. Plan your visit wisely to avoid the crowds.
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Just near the mausoleum is one the creepiest sights in Meknes. You wouldn’t know it from above but the little skylights in the empty square outside it are actually providing the only sunlight to an enormous underground prison. In the space below, Moulay Ismail kept up to 60,000 prisoners chained to the walls. They were normally used to build the palaces of Meknes during the day and then forced to sleep standing up at night. You can see the prison for yourself. Above ground is an elegant ‘Ambassador’s Pavilion’ where diplomatic meetings where held with emissaries from other countries. You buy your ticket there and then walk down a narrow set of stairs to the large open space with stone arches. It is quite dark and there is not much to see except the vast space itself. Entrance is 10dh.
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At the other end of Place Hedim is the Dar Jamai museum. The building is a palace built in 1882 by a powerful family called Jamai. Even without the exhibition inside it, the museum is worth visiting just to see the architecture. The room upstairs with rugs and cushions for the harem is particularly impressive. The exhibits are housed in different rooms and are mainly pieces of art from various centuries. There are ceramics, jewellery and even an old prayer platform. The main rooms all face towards a lovely central garden that is relaxing and cool on a hot day. It takes about 30 minutes to walk through the museum and look at the whole collection. Entrance is 10dh.
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The Bode Museum is slightly different from the other museums in that it houses a few unrelated collections under the same roof. The architecture (probably unintentionally) reflects that and breaks the layout into different distinct sections. There is a large collection of European sculptures, of Byzantine art, of coins and of medals. Although I personally found the items on display to be less interesting than some of the other museums, the interior of the building is stunning and worth seeing in itself.
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