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Yes, it's hot, expensive, and ridiculously full of dudes and dudettes you'd much rather avoid being penned in with for hours on end. That said, Coachella's lineups read like a who's who of the music world, mixing tested and widely-known acts with up and comers who you'll get to say "I saw them at Coachella" about when they get big next year. A standard-bearer for the world music scene, and a festival second to none.
Though the original Great South Gate that was once the symbol of the city was torched by an arsonist a few years back, this old section of Seoul north of the river remains a great spot to visit for its gritty charm and maze of street markets and stalls, selling a little bit of everything.
Though it's going to disappoint in comparison to the temples of Cambodia and Thailand, this set of ruins makes a worthwhile day-trip if you've got a free day in Hoi An. Like virtually everything in Vietnam, the temples here bear some scars from the American War.
This no-frills resto in the Mission is great for huge portions of tasty vermicelli, spring rolls, and other Vietnamese favorites. The ambiance will hardly knock your socks off, but the food (and price!) more than make up for it.
Famous for its nudity (which isn't really the whole beach), this is the "town" beach for SF, and while it won't change your life it *is* lovely. A great place to chill out with a beer and people-watch or have a dip on a hot day, though beware of rips. For a bit of adventure, climb around on the rocks heading towards the Golden Gate.
Kurokawa Onsen village is everything a traditional Japanese hot spring village should be - tranquil, pretty, relaxing, and charming without being hackneyed. An hour's drive from the rail junction at Aso, the village manages to find a balance between the neon and concrete sprawl of larger onsen towns, and the ultra-expensive exclusivity that makes others inaccessible to all but the well-heeled. The two dozen traditional ryokan inns in town have banded together to allow day visitors to visit on the 'onsen passport' system, a 1200Y pass that grants access to any three of the onsen in the village. Personal favorite? -- Yamamizuki ryokan's stunning riverside bath, a short walk from the town center.
Located in south Delhi (enlist the help of the internet and a competent rickshaw driver to find it), this tomb of a renowned Sufi (Islamic) saint is one the most fascinating places to experience a bit of spirituality in the Indian capital, provided you visit on the one night a week (Tuesday at 7pm at time of research) that Sufis from all over the capital come to gather and pay respects. Elsewise, it's merely an ancient bit of the city rich in history.
Four floors of respectable drinking and nightlife in the heart of Sydney's seedy Kings Cross neighbourhood (actually, avoid the first floor -- it's mostly bogans and barflies). There's a rotating menu of good food and drink specials (including a $5 beer of the month that's almost always a great choice), and the 2nd-floor terrace is one of the best spots to people-watch the crowds on the street below. Upstairs there are often DJs and live bands on weekend nights. Awesome local radio station FBI (94.5) hosts cool local live music every week for FBI Social.
Near the King Street Wharf area, Sydney's new(isn) One Six Eight is a pricey but good-value addition to the city's gourmet dining scene. The eight-course tasting menu with matching wines is highly recommended, featuring inventive creations like kingfish ceviche with horseradish ice cream -- divine.
One of the best examples in the world of traditional Dravidian (South Indian) temple architecture, the riotously decorated gopuram towers of this temple have to be seen to be believed -- adorned with an incredible collection of deities and animals. Beyond that, this temple is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in South India, and is an excellent place to get into the swing of the subcontinent's spiritual side. Bring a camera, but be forewarned that only Hindus are allowed into the innermost sanctum (though this is only a small part of the temple complex).
The ultimate in authentic no-frills Chinese cheapies, this spot serves amazing specialties like steamed pork-and-chive dumplings and wonderfully chewy Xinjiang noodles, among many others. BYO is only $1, and portions and quality are as good as anything the city has to offer.
Beloved as the go-to spot for Sydney's runners, walkers, cyclists and equestrians, you don't have to venture far in from the paved oval that runs around the park perimeter to find a bit of natural beauty. With palm-lined tracks and placid, reed-fringed lakes, it's a gorgeous spot for a wander -- open space that's the silver lining to Sydney's sometimes relentless sprawl.
Cat Ba Island is the perfect place to get a little bit off the Ha Long Bay tourist treadmill and go exploring. Much of the island is a lush, green national park with nifty walks and caves to explore. Come independently, hire a motorbike for a day or two, or just set off on foot.