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10 gorgeous places to see in a kayak

By: Josh Lew on March 20, 2013, 1:50 p.m.
The Thalane Gulf in Krabi is a great kayaking spot.

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Paddle through nature

Some travelers go to great lengths to get a unique view, like trekkers who climb to the summit of a mountain in the pre-dawn hours to enjoy a sunrise panorama.

You could argue that an amazing visual experience is one of the main reasons for traveling. Sure, many people talk about travel in terms of accomplishments: they reached the top of some mountain or walked the entire length of a hiking path or set foot on some rarely visited island. But what they are really doing — at least in part — is seeking out unique views and scenery.

One way to find stunning views of the coastal variety is to trek via sea kayaks and canoes. Not only is the vantage point unique, but paddlers also enjoy the quietness and freedom that these small, motorless watercraft can provide. Want to have this kind of paddle-powered travel experience? Here’s a list of picturesque places to get your imagination started.