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Ho Chi-Minh: Vietnams Second City

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Ho Chi Minh

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In 1623 Ho Chi Min City was originally a small port town called Prey Nokor, situated on the Mekong Delta and was originally part of Cambodia. Over the next 75 years thousands of Vietnamese migrated from all over the country to settle in and around the growing port. In 1698 the city was absorbed by the ruling dynasty of Vietnam (the Nguyens) and became (more…)

Moscow: Once Is Not Enough

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Moscow

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Since its inception in 1147 the Russian capital has arguably been the centre piece of the country’s history. Today Moscow is the social, economic and political centre of the Russian Federation. Covering an area of 386 square miles (880 km2) the Russian capital is home to approximately 8-10 million people and since medieval times the city has been (more…)

St Petersburg

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St Pete

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The city today known as St Petersburg was founded on May 27th 1703, approximately 3 weeks after Peter the Great captured the city (called Nyen), from Sweden, in the Great northern War. The conflict lasted two decades and ended with Sweden losing huge sections of its empire. The treaty of Nystad signed in 1721 by both belligerents transferred huge (more…)

Jaipur

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Jaipur

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Jaipur – the city of victory – is a jewel of the ‘desert state’ of Rajasthan and ancient home to the Maharajas. The city looks back on an eventful history stretching out over almost 300 years that saw war and betrayal, prosperity and cultural bloom. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur replaced the history-steeped and well-embattled Amber as (more…)

Delhi

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Delhi

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Delhi is a metropolis in Northern India. It comprises New Delhi, the capital of India, built in the 20th century only; and an older, more historic part whose first settlements date back to the 6th century. The whole of Delhi counts more than 16 million people, which makes it India’s second largest city by population. More and more people flow into the metropolis daily, in search of work, a better lifestyle or political power, making Delhi one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Delhi is the largest city in India by area. (more…)

Agra

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Agra

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Agra is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and home to the Taj Mahal, the ‘Crown of Palaces’, a marvelous wonder in white marble. Little known, however, are the other two well-preserved and impressive world heritage sites in the city, the Agra Fort and the former Mughal capital Fatehpur Sikri. (more…)

Kolkata

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Kolkata

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Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is a state in the Northeast of India and the state capital of the state of West Bengal. With more than 14 million inhabitants – including large minorities from surrounding Indian states, as well as India’s only Chinatown and illegal migrants from the neighboring, ailing Bangladesh– Kolkata is India’s third largest city by population. (more…)

Bangkok

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Bangkok

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Bangkok, sometimes called the ‘City of Angels’, is the capital and largest city in Southeast Asian state of Thailand. 14 million out of the country’s 66 million people live in the Bangkok area, making it by far the most populous and most important city in Thailand. The city’s ceremonial name is allegedly composed of 24 words and currently holds the world record for the longest city name. (more…)

Chennai

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Chennai

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Chennai, earlier known as Madras, is the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the most populous city in Tamil Nadu with 8.7 million people. In fact, Chennai even surpasses the South’s other metropolis, Bangalore, by a few hundred thousand inhabitants, making it the biggest city in India’s South and the fourth largest city countrywide. Located on India’s southeastern coast, called the Coromandel Coast, the city spreads out over almost 1200 square kilometers (more…)

Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is the capital of the Chiang Mai province in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai province is the second largest province within the country, home to nearly 1.7 million people. Looking back on a long history, the city Chiang Mai is the North’s biggest and most culturally significant city. Close to one million people live here, spread out over a vast enough area to give the whole town a hardly crowded, relaxed atmosphere. (more…)