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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.

 

This article is written by Anwesha Karmakar. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

10 famous cities to visit in South America

Surrounded by the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, South America is among the continents holding a reputation for their biodiverse culture. If you skip a heartbeat at the thought of adventure, or you are dazed at the thought of vivid colourful cities and dazzling beauty of sky-reaching buildings, or just want a walk through a land of cram full tradition and culture; South America has starling places to visit for each one of you. The hospitality and the warm-hearted welcome offered by the indigenous people here is overwhelming and worth relishing.
So if you are planning to visit this land of superlatives, with greatness flooding in every aspect, these cities are worth adding to your trip-

 10. Lima, Peru

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The capital of Peru, Lima owns its reputation as World’s Heritage Site. This city traces back to the colonial period reflecting the copious history this city possesses. This city is no less than idyll for art lovers: museums, archaeological sites, Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are enough to leave you jeopardized. The city is embellished with placid beaches, valleys, happening nightlife with a shot of adventure. The cuisine here is no behind when it comes to offering a good time to the visitors.

9. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is an exotic city for people having a taste for wine. This sophisticated and seductive city with rows of colourful houses hosts the most exuberant dance party, with feet matching the music doing the tango. You won’t miss out on astounding views and culture either. Head on to Cerro San Cristobal for exquisite views

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8. Santiago, Chile

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For the people in love with food, Santiago has plenty of restaurants that are ever experimenting with their cuisine. Cosmopolitan yet never missing out on culture, Santiago is a city of contrast. This beautiful and vivid city is an eye candy for the visitors. Enjoy shopping in the local art markets, pedestrian malls and the famous Central Market. The neighbourhoods of the city are perfect to wander with secluded hills and tranquil beauty.

7. Quito, Ecuador

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The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is a beautiful ancient city situated at an altitude of 2850m. This city was founded back in the 16th century from the ruins of Inca city. The indigenous culture and history of the city is well preserved and is reflected successively by the stunning churches in the city.

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6. Cusco, Peru

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Situated along the edge of the Urubamba valley, Cusco is a doorway that opens into one of the seven wonders of the world Machu Picchu. The old remains of once what have been huge plazas is astonishing. Other important sites include the Archbishop’s palace, built centuries ago. The narrow tortuous city lanes and perfect for paddle walking while enjoying the delicious food the city offers.

5. Cartagena, Colombia

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Along the coast of Colombia is this city embellished with tall palm trees and white sand beaches renowned for its coral reefs. As you walk through the city or hop in a horse-drawn carriage, you explore centuries-old stone walls giving you a glimpse of the colonial period. You can soak yourself in the art and theatre in evening after the daylong sightseeing.

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4. Rio de Janerio, Brazil 

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The magnificent 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven wonders of the world, stands atop Mount Corcovado, in the exquisite city of Rio de Janerio. The city is also gifted with twin beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, whose tranquillity will leave you enchanted. The city is replete with colours as this city hosts the world’s greatest street party; the carnival where a city is flooded with dancers; the vibrant costumes and the sublime music leaves the onlookers spellbound. So this city has ample to offer you ranging from sightseeing to partying; and peace to shopping, making it a holiday paradise.

3. La Paz, Bolivia

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This vibrant city has breathtaking adventures in store for you, making it a perfect holiday stop for enthusiasts. Apart from architectural wonders and old churches, the colourful markets and the museums will keep you engaged. Enjoy the aerial cable car system to peer upon the city’s dramatic setting; the brightly colours houses packed neatly alongside one another. Here the bars and restaurants are a perfect place to land into after your day-long adventures.

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2. Asunción, Paraguay

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The way they experiment with your favourite food here adding their own touch to the traditional recipes is appreciable. Pizzas while originating from Italy mustn’t have thought they would land into Asuncion and meet the traditional Asado toppings. While the National Cathedral and Municipal Museum are 2 eye candies; the local markets are a good deal to explore. This city is also the centre of poetry, art and music that will set your feet in motion. The grassy Gran Chacho region sways your mind away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and has a fortunate stroke of serendipity.

1. Medellin, Colombia- “City of Eternal Spring”

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If spring is your season, Medellin is the right destination for you. The yearlong modest climate complimented by the jaded mountains make offers you your piece of quietness. As you walk along the plantations of the city, you’ll be mesmerised by the smell of fresh flowers and coffee reaching your nose. The downside of the city is adorned with sculptures by Fernando Botero. The Colombian artworks can be seen in the Museo de Antioquia.

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This article is written by Shivani Gothwal. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

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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This article is written by Anwesha Karmakar. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

Top 10 places in Africa still need to be unmasked

Africa a place that is generally seen as a poor and underdeveloped continent, but it has rich potential for resources, beautiful and breathtaking landscapes that still needs to be unmasked in front of the common public. So here is a rundown of the best antiquities, spectacular towns and stunning natural features from all around this continent.

1. Serengeti National Park

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Located in Tanzania, Serengeti national park is the place for all animal lovers. Here you can spot lions, giraffe, buffalo, rhinos and gazelle across woodlands, savannah, and plains. Every year many antelope, zebra, and wildebeest stop here while heading towards the green pasture in the Maasi Mara in Kenya. This place is one of the most remarkable sites of the natural world.

2. Gondar

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Often known as Camelot of Ethiopia, Gondar is known for its massive historical remains. Built in 17th century by the emperor Fasilides and his successors, this place was used as a picturesque royal enclosure. Filled with palaces, libraries, banquet halls and castles for the Ethiopian aristocracy, this place was constructed under the influence and guidance of European Baroque Who was brought here by Portuguese missionaries.

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3. Rwenzori Mountains

Found in Western Uganda and some in the Democratic Republic of Congo, This natural beauty is generally overlooked. This place creates a climate that mixes alpine with the tropical. Here you will spot some rare plant species like Lobelias, and some mountain peaks covered in snow and filled with a glacier, waterfall, and lakes. The third largest mountain in the African continent, Mount Stanley comes in the Rwenzori range and is the permanent source for the river Nile. The first European to laid his eyes on the mountains was Henry Morton Stanley in 1889.

4. Sahara Dunes

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Stretching from Egypt in the east, all the way across North Africa to Morocco in the west, this is one of the most spectacular and romantic places in Morocco near to the border with Algeria. The ideal base to explore the sands is at the village of Merzouga from where groups head out on the backs of camels to seel the desert sands.

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5. Victoria falls

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On the Zambezi River and on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, this Victoria falls provides a breathtaking view that can surely make anyone’s day. Named by David Livingstone for Queen Victoria and commonly know as Mosi-oa-Tunya in the native language that literally means the smoke that thunders, is a reference to the immense spray and rumbling that the fall generates. With a width of 1700 m and a depth of 108 m twice the height of Niagra falls, with a surrounding of savannah, full of Rhinos, hippos and linos this gives us such a beautiful view that is worth your time.

6. Sidi Bou Said

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One of the prettiest and gloriest village in Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast that has given us many great painters and writers for over a century. Once a local religious site looking at the high and low tides of the sea, just before the French artist Baron Rodolphe D’Eralanger introduced a scheme of whitewash and light blue color that now practically covers the whole village. The buildings of this village are famous for its crescent pattern and studded doors. This is a place to visit if one ever visits Africa.

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7. Pyramids of Giza

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This UNESCO world heritage site and also one of the seven wonders of the world, this is the result of immense dedication and labor of thousands of workers. The Giza Complex just outside of Cairo on the edges of the Libyan Desert sublime and very strange in nature as this place was created to keep the royal dead pharaohs and all the items they need to rule the afterlife.

8. Table mountain

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Looming over Cape town at the southern tip of Cape of Good hope, Along with the peaks of Signal Hill, devil’s peak and lion’s heart this place was a huge amphitheater where the Dutch settlers of the 17th century established what would later on known Tio the world as cape town. With a flat top over 1000 m above sea level, table mountain is often interrupted by the clouds from the ground level. But there is a cable car available to take you up there and witness a breathtaking view.

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9. Zanzibar Archipelago

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The Zanzibar Archipelago is a tropical paradise on the off coast of Tanzania in the Indian ocean. What makes this place beautiful is its Golden beaches, Cerulean waters and swaying palm trees. There are 4 main islands Unguja, Pemba, Mafia and Latham islands which are mostly inhabited with many small islands surrounding them. On Unguja Island you will be able to find Zanzibar city which is quite famous for its Historic stone tower and its connection with the slave trade and spices.

10. Sossusvlei

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You may have not heard about this place but I am damn sure that you have seen this place a lot in the movies. Lies in the southern deserts of Nambia, this place is a collection of the dry lake, claypan and orange and red sand dunes. Combining two words one Afrikaans word ‘vlei’ meaning ‘marsh’ and the local Nama word meaning ‘of-no-return’. While having a remarkably clean beauty, spare, full of dead acai trees, the deep blue sky over your head and the shifting burnished ran sand make a perfect stunning vision that soothes your eyes.

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This article is written by Chirag Jain. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.