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Most Exciting Day Trips from Phuket

Coral Island

Coral Island is a popular day trip destination that is only 6 km from mainland Phuket and favored by beach lovers and snorkelers for the soft white sands and coral. Snorkeling gives the chance to see a variety of tropical fish, such as trumpet fish, butterfly fish and parrotfish. The island has two major beaches with Long Beach the easiest to reach, while Banana Beach is a further option, but does require a 15 minute trek through the jungle to reach. Popular activities include relaxing and massages on the beach, banana boat rides, kayaking and parasailing.

Phi Phi Islands

One of the most enjoyable day trips is certain to include a stop at the Phi Phi Islands. This island is only a 50-60 minute journey from Phuket and has the stunning scenery of jade-green sea mixed with the limestone karst formations. Even though the Phi Phi Islands has the picture-perfect scenery, it isn’t the best destination for those in search of seclusion because it is extremely popular with day trippers. A couple of

Great Places to Visit in Australia

Uluru

Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It has a length of 3,4 km, a maximum width of 2 km, it’s 9 km in circumference, and most of its bulk is actually below the ground. The peak rises majestically to a height of over 350 m above the surrounding plain. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red.

Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders of the natural world and one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Sydney Opera House

Cape Town Water Sports

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is popular throughout the year in Cape Town, so whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the activity. False Bay is one of the main places to visit, with fantastic visibility in winter up to 25 metres. You’ll find reefs and shipwrecks to explore, as well as a large variety of marine life including seals, octopuses, lobster and dolphins if you’re lucky. You also have both the Atlantic and the Indian oceans to choose from so there are plenty of options.

Shark Diving
One of the biggest thrills you can experience in Cape Town is shark diving. South Africa boasts some of the biggest great white sharks in the world, and you can go face to face with one from the safety of a steel cage. You’ll have to travel about 90 minutes to reach Gansbaai, near which you will find Shark Alley. This is the perfect way not just to experience a real thrill but to learn more about these feared and misunderstood creatures.

Surfing

Convenience & Class, All In One Scratch Map

Has it ever happened to you that you are happily stuffing your mouth with some Baklava in Turkey and all of a sudden you feel a pang of sadness. You realize that you will not get to see your beloved travel map for another week and that you need to keep your need to scratch off under control. Or maybe you are someone who is tired of all the scratch maps out there playing it safe with just some combination of white, black or gold. You want a scratch map that is different, unique and yet chic at the same time.

Scratch Map Rose Gold Travel – Bundle Of Goodness In A Small Package: Since the launch of scratch maps by Luckies of London in 2009, the world of maps has undergone a drastic change. No more boring one-dimensional travel maps, maps now are interactive and personalized. For the people who fell in love with the concept and the originality of Luckies scratch maps but still wanted something more elegant and different, Rose Gold Scratch Map was introduced. For the more finicky traveller who wants something compact, the awesomeness of the Rose Gold travel

Trip to Puerto Rico

When we were deciding where to spend our last spring break of college, my friends and I explored a lot of different places. The idea of going somewhere “tropical” was definitely a key factor to us, regardless of the fact that we live at the beach. Another factor that may have played a toll more, however, was the cost of the trip.

Being a server throughout my college career, I was living on a budget, so I was definitely looking for a deal as well. My roommate’s mom is a travel agent and recommended that we check out Puerto Rico. In the beginning, the main reason for this was the fact that we didn’t need to purchase passports for this trip, which automatically took off about $200. As we began to research, however, we realized that there was so much more that Puerto Rico had to offer than simply being a U.S. territory.

Air & Hotel

Though we had to drive six hours to Orlando, the round-trip flight was very reasonable. It is important to note that nothing seems to be included in this price: checked luggage, snacks and beverages, and seat preferences.

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Things To Do On A Mountain Retreat, California

Today’s mountain retreat is more of a relaxing jaunt into wooded areas with a much more, dare we say, ‘posh’ feel to the whole experience. The idea of the modern mountain retreat is to return to a simpler lifestyle, with a calm pace & tranquil demeanor. In essence, you’re getting away from the dreariness of the urban jungle and looking to sink your teeth into nature & all of its glory.

If you’ve got your sights set on a mountain retreat pretty soon and still on the fence, these seven things may help you decide if this type of getaway is right for you:

Hiking – Get your heart pumping by hitting the hiking trails. Sure, your nice brown hiking boots look great with a pair of blue jeans, but they might be right at home tackling the terrain they were made for in the first place.

Biking – Why navigate through what feels like a lawless disregard for bike riders in the city when you can actually grab your bike, strap on your helmet, and put some serious mileage on your tires? Ranging from hardcore to laid-back, the bike trails on your mountain retreat

Vacation with Family in British Columbia

British Columbia offers a wide variety of fun filled activities for the whole family whether it’s a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium or a setting up camp in the Okanagan. We have outlined a few excellent destinations for the whole family to enjoy.

If you are a local Vancouverite or visiting and planning on heading into the vast and beautiful province of British Columbia car rental companies have the perfect vehicle for your family vacation. Consider renting an SUV or an 8 & 12 Passenger Van to ensure the whole family and all your belongings fit comfortably for the haul. We know how it can be on those long road trip drives and how any discomfort in the back translates into a whole lot of discomfort up front.

Okanagan Valley

Located centrally in the province of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is a very arid region that offers many different resorts from large brands to small quaint family owned spots, although camping at the many sites in the very favorable summer climate is a great experience. The region is dotted with tons of lakes where you can enjoy boating, watersports, swimming and splashing at the

Shopping in Bay Area Houston

1. Space Center

The Houston Space Center is a wonderful place to bring your science minded friends/family and children alike. Not only does it provide a respite from a typical hot and humid Texas day, but it is full of attractions and events that are often perfect for first time and regular visitors. Located centrally and close to all other attractions, the space center is sure to be a hit, not only among those who love space and space exploration. Stop by the gift shop on your way out to find unique souvenirs as gifts or mementos.

2. Clear Lake Park

This park has almost 60-acres with access to playgrounds, picnic spots, sports fields, fishing and boating piers, and jogging boardwalks. A perfect place to go for a jog or simply to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the day. Near the fishing and boating piers you can find some interesting mom and pop shops catering to the locals and providing tourists with excellent shopping for gifts and special trinkets to remember the moment.

3. Seabrook Trails

Take a break from shopping to for a long bike ride or hike. Seabrook trails is

Attractions Must be Visit in Beijing

1. Forbidden City
For many out there the Chinese capital is the eastern most ancient city and with any Beijing transfer tours this place could be the ideal one for you to start with. Unveil the mysterious face by beginning the tour from the Palace museum itself. The place is spread for over two hundred fifty acres and has about nine thousand rooms. This palace is indeed a large complex which was built between 1420 and 1406 AD. Although it had been burnt down, renovated, sacked and rebuilt countless times yet you get see architecture dating back to the eighteenth century. The organizers will certainly have guide accompanying you who shall elucidate the stories behind sites and tell about the significant historical parts.

2. Great wall
If you have less time in hands ten you can make the most by hiking any of the Great Wall sections. Along the entire length of the Wall you shall find eight major sections including Simatai, Jinshanling, Gubeikou, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Huanghuacheng, Juyongguan and Badaling.

3. Heaven temple
Most of the organizers arrange for Beijing transfer tours because they aim at supplying customer services that are considerate. Among the five temples

Things To Do On Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cable Car to the Top
The best way to experience the mountain for all ages, the cable car is not for anyone with a fear of heights, but for anyone else it will be an exhilarating ride. Buy a ticket online to avoid the queues (but children under 4 go free), and then enjoy the five-minute journey from ground level up to the very top of Table Mountain. From the top you will get an unbeatable view of Cape Town and the stunning ocean over 1,000 metres below, as well as the new Cape Town Stadium built specially for the World Cup. From there just enjoy strolling around and admiring the plants, animals and the views until you’re ready to go back down.

Hike the Mountain
Hiking in Cape Town is accessible to anyone with a love of the outdoors, and is certainly available to novice walkers as well as hard-core hiking enthusiasts. There are lots of routes to choose from, and many guided walks are also available. The scenery is spectacular, and the views as well. You could choose to hike up, hike down, or take the cable car up and down and hike around at

Great Wall of China Facts

# The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese agricultural lands from invasion and to keep the nation’s people from vacating the empire.

# That the Great Wall is a single, continuous wall built all at once is a myth. In reality, the wall is a discontinuous network of wall segments built by various dynasties to protect China’s northern boundary.

# The wall was renovated in the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) to link the old sections that were built in previous dynasties, which were unified to build a whole entity.

# Over 1700 years, the Great Wall of China was enhanced and enlarged which gradually became a world renowned manmade wonder.

# Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from the moon without aid.
# It used to be called the Ten Thousand Li Wall which referred to the wall’s length. (1 li equals half a kilometer or one third of a mile).

# The sections of the Wall in the eastern part of China were built out of bricks and stones while in the western sections of the Wall were made out of less

Great Place in Cordoba, Spain

Mezquita is undoubtedly an awe-inspiring place of worship. Located in Cordoba city of Spain, Mezquita was built as a mosque in the year 758 over the site that was originally a Visigothic Church. Later, Mezquita was christened as a catholic cathedral. Art lovers find Mezquita to be an auspicious blend of religions and cultures. Visitors in thousands travel Cordoba, only to visit Mezquita. Mezquita is a magnificent exemplar of Moorish architecture and it really gives a good reason for Cordoba visit.

It’s easy to get to Cordoba through Andalucia. Cordoba is also easily reachable through Madrid and Seville by train. Through train the journey takes around 3 to 4 hours. The fastest way to reach Cordoba from Seville or Madrid is through a high-speed train called Ave. This train has only three stops at Madrid, Seville and Cordoba. Cordoba is also easily reachable by bus with many connections from Ronda, Seville and Granada.

After you reach Cordoba you’ll have to reach the mosque. The visitor entrance to Mezquita is through Puerta del Perdon which was built in the fourteenth century. This entrance connects you to Patio de las Naranjas which is a beautiful patio full of

Great Adventure Destinations

Maui
Home of some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the planet, trips to Maui for adventure seekers often revolve around some of the gorgeous terrain that make up the mountainous regions of the island. Hiking through some of the primeval jungles of Maui can be awe-inspiring and can be the highlight of any trip to Hawaii. Outside of that, adventure-seekers will also be interested in the surfing that a Hawaii vacation has to offer that brings in people from all over the world.

Channel Islands
Located just off the coast of California, a trip to Santa Barbara or Los Angeles trip is not complete until you get to visit Channel Islands. This chain of five islands is perfect for anyone looking for a paddling adventure and can be highlighted by sea caves, which dot the shore. Take an expert with you if you can and be sure to bring plenty of water and let someone know where you are when you’re paddling around these magnificent islands.

Niagara Falls
This might a little outdated, but Niagara tours used to include a barrel and a whole lot of water. Now however, Niagara Falls tours are more

New Zealand’s Great Heights

Sky Tower

At 328m high, the Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Its height might have nothing on Aoraki or Mount Cook, which at 3,754m is already over ten times that height, but it’s certainly a lot easier to reach the summit and be rewarded with the view from the top. The Sky Tower contains a revolving restaurant so, after a long day of New Zealand walking, you can grab a table and look out over the towering skyscrapers below. The main observation area even has thick glass flooring which enables you to see all the way down to the pavement below – this is obviously not recommended if you suffer from vertigo. Traditionally, New Zealand has always been popular with tourists craving adventure sports and the country’s tallest structure holds no exceptions. Adventure junkies may want to attempt the famous SkyJump, a bungee jump from the observation deck, where participants can expect to meet speeds of up to 53mph.

Titahi Bay Transmitter

New Zealand’s second tallest structure is a radio transmitter that stands at 212m tall, against the backdrop of Titahi Bay. The bay situated on the North Island

Majorca Secret Village

Majorca has a real mix of attitude from people who might be considering a holiday on the well known Spanish island that has proved so popular with tourists in the past.

On the one hand there is the image of Magaluf to consider. It’s a town that attracts some but is a definite turn off for others.

And for tourists who prefer peace and quiet to a walk on the wild side, Magaluf is set to become even more of a party magnet as ‘Mallorca Rocks’ has opened – sister hotel to the successful ‘Ibiza Rocks’ just across the water.

Fantastic for the young, and young at heart who can discover Majorca as well as Ibiza. For those who like their clubbing and nightlife Mallorca Rocks will be the centre of a Majorca holiday for many of them.

And the Majorca hotels could benefit as stag weekends and hen parties view Majorca as an alternative to Ibiza, bringing in good revenue year round from young Europeans with disposable incomes.

Flights are inexpensive to the island, and with airlines operating from many regional airports from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, for students and

Top Food Travel Destinations

Some of the most enjoyable moments of any vacation can be feasting on the local cuisine and indulging yourself on your vacation. Even food you can get in your own neighborhood can taste a lot different and most of the time better when you’re eating it in its place of origin. In fact, one of the things that some of our friends always mention when talking about taking a trip is taking a trip to Philadelphia to taste a real cheese steak with the Cheez Whiz on it and all. Aside from that, here are some of the top places to go to enjoy some of the finest foods the world has to offer:

– France – A trip to France will result in you being in a place where culinary arts and famous chefs go hand-in-hand. With more than 2,000 years of culinary influence backing it up, France’s dining is a great reason to make this trip.

– Italy – Most people love pasta, pizza and the like and an Italy trip will get your taste buds clamoring for its authentic pasta, prosciutto, Parmigiano, rigatoni, risotto and other fantastic foods.

– Japan – Whether

About Kyoto and Tokyo

Kyoto and Tokyo are composed of the same letters, the similarity in these two cities pretty much ends there. The relation between these two cities can be explained as two twins separated at birth, who have grown into two dramatically different people with completely different identities.

When you plan your Japan tour, make sure you visit both the cities. If you travel to only one of them, and don’t visit the other, you will miss out on a chance to explore the other half of this interesting country’s culture. As they are separated by only a couple of hour’s journey by a bullet train, it is easily possible to combine a Tokyo tour and a Kyoto tour in your Japan travel package.

Here’s a striking difference to expect before your travel to both the cities.

Kyoto is a city that has preserved the rich history and ancient culture of Japan. It houses the famous historical towns of Nara and Himeji. It boasts a plethora of beautiful temples, shrines, artistic pagodas, historic architecture, and beautiful gardens. Kyoto is most definitely a major city of Japan in its own right. If Kyoto is all about history, Tokyo

Cape Town’s Best Places to Picnic

Table Mountain

The obvious place for an outdoor picnic on your visit to Cape Town is high above the city on Table Mountain where, no matter how good, the food will always be overshadowed by the spectacular views. Depending on your level of fitness and the amount of time you have in Cape Town, you may choose to take the hard way to the top of Table Mountain on foot. Whilst not a particularly hard walk, you will need to pack some water as well as wine in your back pack! If you’re not quite feeling up to a hike up the side of the mountain, you can take the easy way up by cable car. Whichever method you take to arrive at the top of Cape Town’s majestic Table Mountain, the journey will be well worth the rewards as you nibble on your lunch with perhaps one of the best restaurant views in the South Africa.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

If you’d like some sea-breeze with your baguettes then take a leisurely drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Renowned as Cape Town’s most scenic drive there are many places perfect for a do-it-yourself lunch stop; but

Famous Travel Attractions in Kenya

The 580,367km2, Kenya is one of the ideal tourism spots in Africa. During the peak seasons, there are nearly 1.8 million tourists who come from all over the world to explore this marvelous destination. These holidaymakers are the country’s biggest earner of foreign currency. Though, Kenya has numerous tourists’ attractions to offer, but there are a few hot destinations which are worth visiting and unique from all others.

Hosting to one of the the seventh wonder of the world, the 1530km2 Maasai Mara National reserve from July and also November showcases the world known wildebeest’s migration spectacle. As this place is quite noisy, where you will get amazed to see the Mara River infested with large number of crocodiles, visitors from across the world pitch their camps nearby the crossing limit in hope for days get a view of these crocodiles.

The Maasai Mara has got all the “Big Five” creatures that is, the elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and also the rhino. They are best viewed at the Mara River and Esoit Oloololo escarpment. Tour firms also provide hot air balloon expeditions for holidaymakers to observe the natural areas of the grassy large plains, from birds