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Chaotic yet charming, Lebanon attracts various tourists to its doorstep to experience its delights and explore its landmarks. East meets West here in this vibrant country, where a proudly Islamic culture interacts with Western cuisine, clothing, and other aspects of living. Archaeological treasures hint of a magnificent past while the heritage lives on in its provinces, making Lebanon purely intriguing for tourists with a sense of adventure and a knack for mingling with other cultures.

Lebanon, rocked by sectarian conflict and tension from its neighbours, has been affected with political instability and security along its borders. A steady stream of refugees from the Palestinian Territories and Syria has put a strain on its resources, which has incensed various local citizens. Hezbollah and its continued aggression against Israel is also a thorn on its side. All these issues may have dampened Lebanese tourism in the recent years, but the country still remains one of the most exciting places to be in this part of the world.

Where to go

Beirut, with its magnificent array of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars, makes it an essential stop at the itinerary. Those going here can check out the National Museum of Beirut, which displays a vast collection of archaeological artefacts that offer a great overview on the history and civilisations that have made their home here centuries before. The highlights here include Phoenician gilded bronze figurines, Byzantine mosaics, and other pieces from different periods. There is also Cilicia Museum to view, where one can behold Turkish Armenian relics that give one a glimpse on the tragic Armenian diaspora. The Place des Martyrs, having been the venue of some of the largest public gatherings in the country, is also interesting to see. The March 14th demonstration on the murder of Hariri brought together a million people, which made Syria pull out its remaining troops from Lebanon.

Tripoli, famous for its wide range of fascinating architecture and shopping districts, makes another important city to visit. Bars and clubs are not found here, but the city is rich with sweets, such as the haliwat al-jibn. Tourists will also find here the Madrassa al-Qartawiyya, which is famed for its fine workmanship and its elegant facade of black-and-white stone facings with a honeycomb-patterned half dome. There is also the Khan al-Misriyyin, whose origins are estimated to be in the 14th century. Now, it is home of one of the city's most prosperous businesses, Sharkass, which produces good-quality Tripoli soap. One can then move to Souq al-Haraj, a structure said to have been built on a site of a Crusader church. Those going here will find a high vaulted ceiling with 14 granite columns, and a multitude of mats, pillows, and mattresses.

It might take around five hours or so to reach Antalya in Turkey, but the journey can be worth it to see the place called the 'Turkish Riviera'. Located on the gulf, this city boasts a fine harbour and a great view from the clifftops of hazy blue mountain silhouettes. One will also find here the well-preserved old city district of Kaleici, which will let one view finely restored Ottoman houses. There is also the Antalya Museum, which features comprehensive exhibits from the Stone and Bronze Ages to the Byzantium. The Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum is also another must-add to the itinerary. It contains life-size dioramas of the rituals and customs of the Ottoman Antalya, as well as a collection of the Canakkale and Kutahya ceramics in the former Greek Orthodox Church of Aya Yorgi.

From here, one can venture to Hadrian's gate, commonly known as the 'Three Gates' in Antalya. It was built for the emperor's visit in 130 CE, which stills awe one with its size and detail. Yivil Minare, a distinctive minaret, is also a major attraction here, which is also part of the restored Mevlevi Tekke, a whirling dervish monastery.

Malaysia, a Muslim country in Southeast Asia, makes nearly a half-day visit from Beirut. The 12-hour trip, however, can be enjoyable in the end due to the various landmarks one can see in Kuala Lumpur. It features various local, Chinese, and Indian influences, as well as a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers, Mogul domes, and minarets. One will find here the Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in the city. It has beautiful decorations, including two hanging carved panels.

There is also Kampung Baru to behold, where one will see traditional Malay wooden houses as well as the impressive Sikh Temple, the largest one in Southeast Asia. From here, tourists can check out the Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, a relaxing recreational park surrounding Lake Titiwangsa. Walking paths and boating facilities are available here with tennis courts, squash courts, and a remote-controlled car racing track.

How to get out

Those visiting other places from Lebanon can schedule connecting flights from Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. Airlines serving here include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air Arabia Egypt, Air Cairo, Air France, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Belavia, Borajet, Bosnian Wand Airlines, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cham Wings Airlines, EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Germania, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Iraqi Airways, Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Mahan Air, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Syrian Air, TAROM, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, UM Airlines, Vueling, Yemenia, and Zagrosjet.

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