Top 7 places to visit South East Asia

Southeast Asia is a group of countries with diversity. With white sandy beaches, vivid seas, dense rainforest and ancient temples in Southeast Asia are one of the most attractive travel destinations.

1. Malaysia

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Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country full of diverse atmosphere. From the sky-high buildings to the tropical rainforest, lovely beaches, breathtaking views will simply blow anyone’s mind. Variety of dishes are available here.

The Petronas twin tower is one of the tallest towers in the world. Both the towers of 88 stories are connected through a sky bridge at the 41st and 42 and floor.

Langkawi is one of the main islands of Malaysia. It is full of beautiful beaches and also a great place to enjoy crystal clear water and rainforest. Langkawi sky bridge is also a great place to enjoy the stunning beauty and spectacular views.

The Aquaria KLCC is said to be the world’s largest aquarium, holding major attractions like the tiger shark, bright coral fishes, sea snakes, seahorses and many more marine creatures.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Bako National Park, Batu Caves, Mount Kinabalu, Turtle Sanctuary Beach are some beautiful places.

Malaysia is the perfect place for Island hopping or to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beaches or the waterfalls all in the same place.

2. Philippines

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The Philippines is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire close to the equator. It consists of more than 7000 islands which makes it ideal for Island hopping. The scenic beauty of the islands with mountain and tropical rainforest are breathtaking.

Palawan should be at the top of the list for its spectacular beaches and islands. Underwater and overwater views will make anyone astonished. Bohol is an all-in-one travel destination containing beaches, natural landscape and heritage sites. Apart from beaches, there is Cordilleras, which is a mix of landscapes, waterfalls and mountain summits. If you want to enrich your photo gallery with some perfect beach holiday selfies Bicol is the place for you. Nature may seem to be photoshopped here.

Surigao is the best place for surfing for any off-beat traveller. There are a lot of waterfalls named Limunsudan falls, Tinago falls, Maria Cristina falls, Aliwagwag falls and many more. Cebu is a worthy place to visit for hiking.

There is a plenty of mouthwatering dishes to enjoy such as chicken adobo, Sinigang, Balut, Halo-halo, Leche flan every foodie must try. Exotic hotels are available easily and are available for online booking.

3. Singapore

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Singapore is an island city-state with a tropical climate. Visitors can travel Singapore all around the year because of its climate.

Marina Bay is the most famous place in the city to have spectacular views. Mariana Bay Sands complex is the focal point where around 8 pm spectacular light show can be seen. The light illuminates the water and various iconic symbols. There are many great things to do and see in the area around the epic building, such as the Casino, Science Museum, dining or to enjoy the nightlife.

Universal Studios is another main attraction of Singapore which contains more than 20 attractions including Ancient Egypt, New York, Lost World, Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, Madagascar, Far Far Away. Shows, Retail outlets and F&B outlets are also there. Gardens by the Bay is a huge beautiful garden situated by the bay area. The famous Supertree structures offer a skywalk to enjoy the view. A variety of plants and trees makes the destination enjoyable for both kids and adults.

Chinatown is a great place for shopping and dining. There are hundreds of restaurants and hawker vendors to choose from. Clarke Quay, the delightful riverside, is full of bars and restaurants, nightclubs and many more. Orchard Road, similar to London’s Oxford Street is the excellent location to spend all the day. Local and international departmental stores, spas and beauty salons, hotels, offices, restaurants, cafes, boutiques are there.

The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel having 150 meters in diameter, 165 meters high. Singapore Night Safari is a leading conservation and research centre attracting visitors.

4. Thailand

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Thailand has been a popular tourist destination for many years with endless places to visit. Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand has an incredible vibe, fantastic foods and is busy all the day. Parties, Nightlife and amazing street foods are remarkable.

Khao Yai National Park is filled with wild animals including Asian Elephants, Pythons, Bears, Gibbons etc. There are numerous waterfalls to relax. Beaches of Khao Lak are stunning. You can just chill out on the beach or enjoy scuba diving. Koh Samui island has spectacular white beaches and warm blue seas. Speedboat, jetski, scuba diving are great activities to enjoy.

5. Cambodia

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The main reason to visit Cambodia is definitely the spectacular Angkor Wat. It is one of the largest ancient temple complexes in Asia anyone would love to visit. It may take several days to explore it completely. Angkor Wat archaeological park is also a nice place to visit.

Another attraction of Cambodia is its wild islands, which are still undeveloped compared to its nearby countries. Those rugged beaches are relatively less crowded.
There is Bousra waterfalls, best for camping or hang out. Bokor National park is also great for some cool mountain air or a bike ride. Bikes can be hired at a rental cost.

6. Indonesia

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Indonesia is definitely a prior destination for surfing, trecking, diving or enjoying wildlife. The island of Bali is great for spending a week. There are a lot of ancient Hindu temples, volcanoes and of course beaches which make it worthy.

Mount Bromo, full of volcanoes is another worthy place to enjoy the sunrise. A jeep or a horse can be hired to get to the top.

Lake Toba, one of the most visited lakes in Indonesia, is great for relaxing, swimming or to enjoy the food. The cool breeze of Baliem Valley is quite soothing. One can enjoy the spectacular views or trekking.

7. Vietnam

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Vietnam is a wonderful mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. The rural areas, big cities and spectacular beaches are simply awesome. Halong Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site is famous for its scenery seen by boat and the caves that can be entered.

Ho Chi Minh City is another big attraction including HCMC Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda, History Museum, Independence palace etc. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam has the charm to offer. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnam Fine Art Museum are amazing.

The deep valleys and most beautiful rural areas of Sapa Countryside, the temple city My Son, Nha Trang beach, Ba Be National Park are other attractions.

 

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Importance of Planning before you travel

Being a traveller you would definitely like to plan for your vacation and about your dream destination beforehand. Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, planning in advance is the best way to save time and make the experience unforgettable. Some say travel planning is time-consuming because it includes a lot of factors such as where to go, how to go, what to see and many more. From packing your bags to get visas, innumerable things are there. If you are wondering about all these, relax… we have prepared a list below, only for you.

1. Choose the destination

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You must consider all the factors, i.e., who are you travelling with, how much time do you have, what are your preferences, when to go and what season do you prefer. All the above factors will help you fix your destination for your next vacation. You must choose the destination that allows you to gather a sweet memory.

2. Choose the mode of transport and book the tickets

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After deciding on the destination, you have to choose the mode of transportation and book the tickets in advance. Flights or trains or car whatever you prefer, just do your research and book it according to your budget. If you have a narrow time span for your vacation, it’s better to book a flight paying a little bit extra.

3. Book cozy accommodation

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Accommodation is one of the major expenses to consider. The place where you spend your night is really important. You can find the cheapest accommodation by getting the best value for money. Several hotels, apartments, guesthouses and luxury resorts are easily available. Most of the accommodations provide free cancellation.

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4. Checking of Passport

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For an overseas trip, you’ll need a passport. If you don’t have it apply 2 months before the trip and if you already have it checked for the expiry date. Most of the countries require six months of validity.

5. Visa Requirements

 

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Knowing the visa entry requirements is another great step. Every country requires a different criterion. It may take some time for the visa, so it’s good to think of it in advance.

6. What to see

 

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You’ll never try to miss the must-visit attractions. The best way is to google or to read the blogs or you can ask someone who had been there. You can make a list of things to do or to see. A planned trip will help you to save time.

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7. What to eat and drink

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Food is another main attraction to travel. If you’re a foodie you’ll never dare to miss the research about local dishes. Exploring foods in Cafes, Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and especially the street foods will please you.

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8. Health and Fitness

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Health is really important while travelling. You may talk to your doctor for necessary vaccinations for a particular region. Visiting your doctor before 2 months of departure is fine.

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9. Internet access

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While travelling, access to the internet becomes really important. You’d like to share your updates with friends or family. So, you can carry a mobile data device. Otherwise, you’ll need to buy a local data plan or access the free wifi of Cafes or hotels.

10. Accessing money

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Money is an important factor. The more money you keep, the more you can spend. International transaction fees are comparatively high and it takes a lot to perform bank transfer. You can use a credit card, debit card and cash of course.

If you consider all the above points it will be easier to pack your bags. So, enjoy your vacation and stay fit.

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10 Best Camping Sites in India

India is blessed with lots of geographical variations. From the snow-capped mountains to the spectacular beaches, from wild desert to tropical rainforest this country offers a rich variety of places to visit all the year around. Luxury hotels are fine, but the untouched beauty of nature is something else! Below are some camping places in India, you must visit,

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Spiti valley is one of the most desired camping sites with spectacular views and awesome weather. It is a cold desert mountain valley with a high altitude. This place is ideal for summer camping and to enjoy the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear river. In winter, it is covered with snow. The name Spiti means ‘The Middle Land’ which is the land between India and Tibet.

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

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One of the best tourist places in Rajasthan is Pushkar, which means ‘Blue lotus’ in Sanskrit. It is home to many temples among which Brahma temple is considered as most sacred. Apteshwar temple, Man Mahal, Pushkar lake and Pushkar Palace are another attractions. Luxurious tents with air conditioning bedrooms, living rooms, dressing room and balcony can make a remarkable experience for trekkers. Camel cart safari is easily available to enjoy the views.

Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

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Ladakh is located on a high plateau with a breathtaking clear view of mountains, lakes and vast sky. Due to its high altitude, this place is open for visitors for the period of summer only. It can be reached either by road or by air. The view of the gorgeous sunset and migratory birds is compulsory. Paragliding and rafting are some of the experience anyone would rather try to skip. Ladakh is a complete package of adventure.

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Sonmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir

Sonmarg, also known as ‘Meadows of Gold’ is situated on the lap of Himalayan glaciers, 87 km north-east from Srinagar. Snowy mountains along with azure sky make a deadly combination. Lying at an altitude of 2800 m above sea level it experiences heavy snowfall during winter, which makes the place inaccessible during that time. From the month of April, Sonmarg is open for visitors to enjoy the snow furnished like a carpet. Thajiwas glacier is the main attraction there. River rafting tournaments are organized yearly.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Manali, being surrounded by beautiful green valleys and high peaks is a magnet for the adventurers. Adventures like skiing in the Solang valley, trekking in the Parvati valley, paragliding, rafting makes this place so popular. Rohtang pass offers most of the beautiful scenes. There is Kalath hot water spring which is a natural sulfurous water flow offering private facilities for couples and families.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Mussoorie is known as the Gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is one of the best places to set up a camp and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. This place is well-connected by road from Delhi or other places. Every year thousands of adventurers visit this place to fulfill their wanderlust.

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Lonavala, Mumbai

Lonavala is something different despite being a part of the most crowded city of India, Mumbai. It is an ideal place for a short trip to just relax and enjoy the untouched beauty of nature. Besides its beauty, Lonavala also offers adventurous activities such as caving, rafting, rappelling, trekking etc. Pawna lake is the best place for camping. Several facilities like bonfire, barbeque or star gazing are provided, but mosquito repellent is a must.

Coorg, Karnataka

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The admirable and alarming views of Coorg have the potential to amaze anyone. Because of its spectacular beauty, it is the most popular hill station in Karnataka. It is also called ‘The Scottland of India’. Coorg is rich in wildlife and mountains covered with green carpet offers many medicinal usages.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri biosphere, featuring subtropical climate with mild weather throughout the year. It is basically the most popular summer destination. Dodabetta peak, the most popular viewpoint offers a spectacular view except the monsoon. Other attractions such as the Botanical garden, Ooty Lake, Avalanche Lake, tea factory are awesome.

Goecha La, Sikkim

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Goecha La, a tiny place in Sikkim is the perfect place for adventure lovers. The trek to Goecha La starts from Yuksom via Sachen and Bhakim. Yuksom is the starting point for the trek. Kanchanjunga and other peaks of Himalayas are there to amaze you.

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Top 10 best weather places in the World

In the world full of diversity and variations there are some places with a pleasant climate all the year. The top 10 places with best weather year-round are listed below.

1. Canary Islands, Spain
Canary islands, located near the shores of Africa are Spanish territory. The cold Canary stream which passes over the islands makes the climate cool. Air temperature remains moderate, neither too high nor too low. Usually, the temperature remains in the range of 20°C to 26°C throughout the year. The island of Tenerife gets heavy rainfall, unlike other islands. This island is also known as ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. The islands offer clean air and comparatively dry air, which make the islands more comfortable.

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2. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil has a pleasant weather. In summer, the temperature is about 27°C and in winter it is near 20°C. The summer is moderately warm and rainy whereas the winter is sub-dry with a strong wind flow. In summer days, rainfall is abundant. The city is located on a high plateau, which makes the climate tolerable. Formation of a cyclone or tornado is uncommon. Because of its excellent weather conditions, around 12 million people visit the city every year.

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3. Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu is one of the largest islands of Hawaii, located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The island is also known as ‘The Gathering Place’ because of its population and excellent weather conditions. The weather remains warm and sunny around the year. The weather makes the island most popular destination in Hawaii. Temperature remains in the range of 25 to 30°C throughout the year and the weather is almost dry. Rainy season is uncommon here. It experiences rain in the winter, but the sun reappears after a rainstorm.

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4. San Diego, California, USA
San Diego is a city in California, well known for its beaches and climate. The weather is one of the main reasons why most of the rich people choose this place. Summer is warm and dry with an average temperature of 25°C and a mild winter with around 19°C. Spring season also feels like summer. So, a warm sea can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Pacific Ocean and mountains make the weather so good and healthy. Cold streams passing around California brings the temperature in a moderate range. San Diego River flows from east to west.

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5. Sydney, Australia
Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales has excellent weather around the year. Climate conditions are categorised by warm summer, cool winter and average rainfall throughout the year. The temperature in summer remains around 30°C and 20°C in winter. The activity of the cyclone or thunderstorm is rare. Snowfall is also uncommon. Sydney is surrounded by mountains in the west and sea in the east. The geographical position of the city makes the climate enjoyable.

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6. Mombasa, Kenya
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. Being close to the equator it has a tropical climate. The temperature remains in the range of 20- 30°C around the year. A little cloudiness is common. Here the climate is wet and dry and the amount of rainfall depends on the season. In the month of April and May, most rainfall can be seen.

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7. Nice, France
Nice is one of the most popular cities in France. The city has mild Mediterranean climate conditions with temperature in the range of 20-27°C. This feature attracts a lot of people. Apart from the beautiful sea, the city is surrounded by mountains to the north. This city has one of the warmest climatic conditions corresponding to the latitude. Summer season is usually hot and sunny. Rainfall is moderate and about 50 days all around the year.

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8. Costa Rica
Costa Rica, a country in Central America is located near the equator. The climate is tropical year round. Temperature remains in the range of 19-27°C. The main seasons are summer and winter. Rainfall occurs in the winter of over 5000 mm per annum. The country is subdivided into many microclimates depending on elevation. The weather remains very warm and comfortable year round.

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9. Kunming, China
Kunming city in Yunnan has a fantastic climate all year. It is also known as ‘Spring City’ because of its perfect weather. Weather is neither too warm nor too cold. Mild climate with warm, humid summer and cool dry winter is its speciality. Weather is almost dry except the rainy season. Annual mean temperature is 16°C.

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10. Loja, Ecuador
Loja is located in Southern Ecuador in the bottom of Cuxibamba valley. The average temperature is 16°C year round. Variation of temperature is very rare. Though the days are warm and nights are cold and often wet. The absence of sunlight during the morning is common because of its location in the valley. The city is blessed with an average rainfall of 60mm.

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Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Shantiniketan is a famous town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is mainly known for the famous university Vishva Bharati, set up by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, one of Bengal’s greatest figures. It is well-known for its contribution to education, art, and literature.

HISTORY

In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore found this place very peaceful. He renamed it Shantiniketan, which means abode (Niketan) of peace (Shanti). In 1863, he founded an institution here. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school. Later he established Visva Bharati University here.

How To Get To SHANTINIKETAN

Shantiniketan is well-connected by rail and road from Kolkata. The train journey is short (about two hours) and scenic, to enjoy local food and music. It is good to reserve your seats in advance.

Road trip to Shantiniketan is amazing and refreshing as well. It will take approximately three hours.

What To See

Vishva Bharati university campus, the most important place in town which opens for visitors after 1 pm. This university offers a variety of courses. The most renowned ones are Sangeet Bhavan, the music department, and Kala Bhavan, the art department.

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Amritakunj is the open air classroom which is absolutely unique. Kala Bhavan is a worth visiting place where you can witness the works of some of India’s most renowned artists and watch students engrossed in creating their own masterpieces. Continue reading “Shantiniketan, West Bengal”