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Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower

A New Zealand communications tower stands as the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Indonesia

Abandoned Bounty Beach Bungalows Resort

A Balinese resort, empty and trapped in time.
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle Fort

This fort dates back to 1588 and was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English and sits prominently on the Indian Ocean where azure water lap the coast.
Rochor, Sri Lanka

Adam's Peak

Once thought to be the Garden of Eden it holds a holy footprint claimed to belong to Adam, Buddha and Shiva.
Nanuoya, Sri Lanka

The Main Line

Known as the most scenic route in Sri Lanka, this train line is steeped in history and offers an unparalleled view of the country.
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sign

A Sri Lankan tea factory's ironic take on the Los Angeles landmark.
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla Royal Cave Temple

This ancient cave temple complex is the largest and best-preserved temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya

An ancient stone fortress considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

This sacred fig tree with a link to the Buddha is one of the oldest human-planted trees in the world.
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pettah Floating Market

Pettah's beautiful floating market was once a stinky canal in a sketchy industrial area.
Nizwa, Oman

Nizwa Fort

This beautifully restored fortification kept the city safe for centuries.
Muscat, Oman

The Muttrah Souq

This bazaar is one of the oldest in the Arabian world.
Muscat, Oman

Chandelier at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This spectacular mosque houses the second-largest chandelier in the world.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab

A preposterously luxurious hotel with gold-plated iPads, Rolls Royce chauffeurs, and a staff that trains by watching "Downton Abbey."
Cape Town, South Africa

District Six Museum

A sobering account of the vibrant multicultural neighborhood that was destroyed under apartheid.
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.
Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

The remains of diamond fever taken over by the desert.
Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dead Vlei

This "dead marsh" sits among the largest sand dunes in the world, a forest frozen in time.
Namibia

Namib Sand Sea

A desert that rolls right up to the ocean, where it's so dry animals live off the fog.
Namibia

Tropic of Capricorn Crossing

Road signs in Namibia mark the location of one of the five major circles of latitude.
Aswan, Egypt

Unfinished Obelisk

The largest known Ancient Egyptian obelisk.
Nagoa Ash Shatb, Egypt

Temple of Kom Ombo

One of its engravings is believed to be among the first representations of medical and surgical instruments.
Luxor, Egypt

Colossi of Memnon

These Egyptian statues have survived for 3,400 years and were an acoustic wonder of the ancient world.
Meknes, Morocco

Volubilis Archaeological Site

Mosaics, storks, and brothels—this ancient city has it all.