A man walks in front of a door in Rabat’s Medina. Unesco made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a “must-see destination”. But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to discover its charms. While visitors squeeze through the better-known sites of Marrakesh and Fez, the old part of Rabat – with its beautiful Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas – remains an almost unspoilt oasis of calm. Smaller and more compact, its labyrinths of streets, passages and dead ends are a treasure trove of shapes and colours, moments begging to be caught by the photographer’s lens.
Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it’s image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants. They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US).
A woman waits for business in the red light district despite the curfew in Bangkok, Thailand, following a coup. The country’s new military ruler on Monday declared the coup royally approved and warned his junta would use force to crush peaceful anti-putsch protests.
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A hot air balloon hovers over the temples of Bagan in Myanmar, on Tuesday. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the city, in Mandalay province, was the kingdom’s capital and one of the most important centres for learning in Asia.
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People cross the medieval Charles Bridge, lined with baroque statues, as the sun rises in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday
South Korean tourist police officers queue for their inauguration ceremony near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace and also one of South Korea’s well known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea unveiled its new tourist police force to protect foreign tourists during their stay in Seoul.
A walker passes wicker beach chairs in Cuxhaven-Doese, Germany, which have been removed for transportation to their winter quarters
Bedouin women sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen‘s stability
Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa summer festival in Sanaa on Tuesday. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability
A Bedouin man takes a leap of faith and jumps over three camels delighting visitors to the summer festival in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday.