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THERE BE DRAGONS The western tip of Flores is the jumping-off point for the island of Komodo, where the world's largest lizards (or dragons, if you prefer) slink about looking for something to sink their razor-sharp, bacteria-covered teeth into. Make sure it isn't you—the odd foolhardy tourist is known to have been chomped, and even if you survive the attack the wound may become so infected that, without treatment, you could die. Day trips are popular, but true dragon fans can spend a night or two in spartan cabins in Komodo National Park to get up close with the fearsome...

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