Thursday, October 4, 2012

Towering High rocks in the Ennedi Desert


Ennedi plateau also known as the Ennedi Desert lies in north-eastern Chad, Africa. This is one of the most inaccessible in the middle of the Sahara.

Travel to the area is difficult and dangerous due to the state of poverty, lack of tourist facilities, and political unrest. But this time, the area is accessible by 4x4 vehicles although no regular way.

The area is full of interesting sandstone formations, rocks, and hundreds of natural arches, including the Aloba arch has a height of almost 120 meters and is one of the world's most spectacular arch. In addition to the geology, petroglyphs or rock paintings are found in this place.

In the south there are some gueltas Ennedi (with desert), Guelta d'Archei near Fada City is a popular one. Lake is the main source of water in the desert which is frequented by many people and camels are endless. On the lake there is even this desert crocodiles eat fish and camel dung.

In 2012, a team led by climber Mark Synnott, Alex Honnold, James Pearson, Tim Kepler, and Renan Ozturk became the first mountaineer Ennedi arch which has the largest scale.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gdansk, the City Beautiful on the edge of the Baltic Sea


As the host of the persistence of Euro 2012, the City of Gdansk has become an important attraction that draws tourists in Poland. The city offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the sea, ships, and the spire are arranged nicely in the old town with a dive into the ups and downs of European history.

One of the city located in the Baltic Sea was once an important role in history, especially in the 20th century. The city is listed in critical times of World War II in 1939, then became a place inception Solidarnosc workers' movement in 1980, which started the end of Communist domination in Eastern Europe.

Gdansk Old town area is a must-see attraction while in the city Gdansk. Here you can down a variety of buildings typical of the classical Eastern Europe, especially the Gdansk City Hall was built from the 14th century, and is the city's history museum.

If interested head to Mariacka Street, on both sides of this small street filled with shops that sell jewelry precious stones and decorative items. Some buildings are decorated with gargoyles of stone, adding a romantic yet mysterious ambiance. A variety of antiques, art, and of silver is also sold on this street.

After the Gdansk's old town, walk to the downtown. You'll find water fountains from the 17th century depicting the figure of Neptune, god of the sea, located in the town square. Then there Dlugi Targ (extending the market), which became a symbol of the city.

Visiting the city is not complete if not stopped at Westerplatte. This area is a place where German semanjung open attack on the garrison of Poland on 1 September 1939. A monument honoring the Polish people who fought for seven days to attack the German artillery was built here.

Other historic places to visit are the shipyards Walesa. This is where Lech Walesa led the revolt of the workers at the shipyard in Gdansk. Liberation movement he founded called Solidarity, which became a key factor in the Eastern Bloc to overthrow communism.

Hindu grandeur in Batu Caves, Malaysia


Batu Caves is a popular tourist area in Malaysia. The complex mix of ancient caves and Hindu temples which are located in the stunning complex of limestone crest of the hill, about 13km from Kuala Lumpur. There are three main caves there, but the biggest, most magnificent and most popular is the Temple Cave is a place to worship the god Murugan.

Temple complex in Batu Caves area is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. To arrive at the court of the temple and enjoy the splendor of the cave and temple ornaments are beautiful, you have to climb the ladder as high as nearly 100 meters consisting of 272 steps.

But the beauty of Batu Caves complex is not only monopolized by the caves with amazing temples up there. At the foot of the hill, at the court of the cave, there is a golden statue of Lord Murugan a heroic welcome by every tourist who want to visit it. Tall statue of the great god of 42.7 meters is one of the highest and most impressive statue in the world.

Besides the statue of Lord Murugan, you can also look around the temple is decorated statues of gods and goddesses as well as paintings and reliefs that tell wonderful stories of Hinduism, such as the Ramayana and Lord Murugan, the god of the sacred in areas such as South India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. If interested in learning more and more about the history of the Batu Caves this story, you can utilize the audio tour that has been provided by the managers of tourist attractions.

Besides popular as a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, Batu Caves is also a popular place for climbing, with over 160 points scattered around the cave area is offered for interested persons. In this case you do not need to have extensive knowledge and experience as most of the climbing is climbing friendly terrain.

To enjoy the charm of temples and sacred caves in Malaysia, you can take advantage of public transportation such as bus or taxi from Kuala Lumpur, or for a more efficient selection and perfect, take advantage of the train routes that depart from Central Station.

The largest island in Hawaii, Serve Sensation Volcanic Earthquake


This island is the largest island in the Hawaiian Islands. These volcanic islands located in the north Pacific Ocean, an area of ​​10,430 square kilometers.

The island is formed of five slabs volcano, some of which are still active. Even 35 miles southeast of the island there is an underwater volcano known as Loihi. With a situation like this, earthquakes are common, occurring in the island.

Big Island also has calm waters are home to manta rays, big stingray body width can reach six meters. You will be taken by the dive guide shortly after sunset, then dive to a depth of 10 meters. Armed with a flashlight, you will witness firsthand how big the fish is approached.

In Travel + Leisure awards, the Big Island was ranked eighth with a score of 87.95.

Sicily, the Mediterranean Island of Rich Culture


Sicily dalah an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of ​​25 703 square kilometers. Sicily has the highest mountain in Europe, Mount Etna, with a height of 3320 meters. The mountain is the most active volcano in Europe and the world.

Sicily famous throughout two millennia as a grain producing areas. Olives and grapes are the result of agricultural Sicily. Sicily also has a rich and unique culture, set forth in art, music, literature, cuisine, architecture, and language. Sicily has several important archaeological sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, and Selinunte.

Typical Mediterranean climate is warm and rich culture and archeology that make Sicily one of the favorite tourist destinations in the summer. The World's Best Awards award travel magazine Travel + Leisure, the Sicilian was ranked ninth with a score of 87.87.

Kauai, Hawaii


Kaua'i is the oldest island in Hawaii and the fourth largest in Hawaii, with an area of ​​1446 square kilometers. The island is formed from a volcano, the highest peak is Mount Kawaikini reaches 1598 meters.

The beauty of the island of Kauai immortalized in a movie, starring veteran actor George Clooney. The film, The Descendants, took place at St. Regis Resort, Kauai, Hawaii. Nan stunning five-star hotel is located on the north coast of Kauai, overlooking Tanjung Hanalei.

Kauai island, even in the tropical Hawaiian Islands, it is the wettest place on Earth, with an average rainfall is 460 inches (11.700mm) per year. High annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the mountains, carve a cliff with a beautiful waterfall.

Kauai Island is ranked seventh in Travel + Leisure award as the best island in the world, with the acquisition of a score of 89.09.

The Great Barrier Reef, Swim between the row of Coral World's Largest


The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest collection of coral reefs are composed of approximately 3,000 reefs and 900 islands, which stretches 2,600 km. This reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.

Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space and is sometimes referred to as the single largest organism in the world. In fact, reefs are formed from millions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.

Wealth of biodiversity, warm and crystal clear waters, and the affordability of a floating facility (called live aboards), making these reefs highly popular tourist destination, especially for scuba divers. Many cities along the Queensland coast which offers tours to the coral sea, every day. Several continental islands have also been changed into the resort.

In this respect, the Great Barrier Reef was ranked fifth, with a score of 89.28.

Beautiful Island, Honeymoon Destinations Favorites


Santorini is a circular group of volcanic islands in the Aegean Sea, located 200 kilometers from mainland Greece. This island is the Cyclades group of islands, with an area of ​​73 square kilometers.

Santorini is known for its natural beauty dominated by the white building on the cliffs of the island and the wine industry. Santorini also has several historic sites, which was once one of the important centers of civilization.

Santorini is often used as a honeymoon destination because of its typical Mediterranean beauty. In Travel + Leisure awards, the island was ranked sixth with a score of 89.20.

Cappadocia, Seeing cities from Air Balloon Fairy


Cappadocia, a city located in Central Turkey, famous for its unique composition of the rock formations. Because of its uniqueness, this area is also referred to as the "house elves" by tourists.

This unique rock formations formed from volcanic activity that occurred millions of years ago, resulting in an open and hot lava rocks formed with the help of water and natural breezes.

In ancient times, the rock is hollowed into caves by ancient humans to protect them from the weather and wild animals. As a result, the architecture of this stone now looks like a city carved in the rocks.

"The City" on the rocks is the main attraction for tourists themselves. Generally Capadocia crowded in summer, especially in September when the grape harvest and also the holding of Cappadocia Folk Festival, and also Oct. enlivened by the Air Balloon Festival.

Air Balloon Festival is the most amazing sights in Cappadocia. Tourists can take up this balloon, while enjoying the beautiful view of Cappadocia rocks above the height of 1,500 feet. Travel Air Balloon itself is available throughout the year, only adapted to the air and is better if it can be enjoyed with a suitable season. Looking at the overall landscape of beautiful and unique Cappadocia is best when done from the wind with this balloon.

To reach Cappadocia is also relatively easy. The city can be reached by overnight bus journey from the city of Istanbul and Ankara. This bus can also take tourists berkekliling into beautiful small towns that are not less interesting than such Uçhisar Cappadocia, Göreme, Avanos or Ürgüp.

To participate in a hot air balloon ride is also easy, because many travel agencies that offer travel packages complete with surround air balloon tours Cappadocia.

Courage Test at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Adrenaline when traveling is not always done by doing extreme activities like bungee-jumping or flying fox. You can take the test of courage by crossing a bridge mine in Northern Ireland.

The bridge is named Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or Bridge Mine Carrick-a-Rede. It is a suspension bridge that connects the main island with tiny islands, the island of Carrick.

The bridge consists of two pieces of mine to grip when crossing the long bridge with a width of two meters only one adult size only. Formerly, this bridge is a means for Irish fishermen to catch salmon in waters approximately Carrick Island.

Cross the bridge is quite stressful as strong as if not bear your weight. But do not worry because the bridge is designed so it is safe for visitors.

After crossing the bridge, visitors will arrive at Carrick Island, where visitors can enjoy stunning views towards seamless Rathlin Island and Scotland.

Bridges mine is one of the main attractions in Ireland which attracts up to 247,000 tourists each year visit.

Church Spassky Cave


On the edge of the River Don, Russia, there is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the country, the Spassky Church Cave. The church is unique in that it carved out of a rock.

The church is believed to be carved thousands of years ago, even before Christianity came to Russia. Formerly, this is just a giant rock hollowed to make the monks cave hideout Russia.

Because of the lack of records and historical evidence, it is not known exactly when the rock was turned into a church. However, no doubt that this is one of the church buildings with antique architecture in Russia.

Church architecture is influenced by the Byzantine style, but the interior is more stylish Orthodox. The church can accommodate up to 2,000 worshipers each year come from all over Russia.

It has a magnificent and unique building, the church was also storing a sad story. Formerly, the church was often a witness to the oppression of the communists against the monks and nuns. During the communist regime came to power, they were expelled from the church, even one of them was shot dead.

In addition to having a unique architecture, this church is believed to cure diseases and injuries. This may be influenced by the landscape around the beautiful church.

In the vicinity there are other attractions that can be visited, namely the Mount Golgotha​​, Mount Tabor, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Locals believe the area around the church is a sacred area.

Difficult vacation in Machu Picchu site


Majestic Machu Picchu archaeological site located in Peru, since a World Cultural Heritage, was never lonely travelers. Even now, you have to book tickets in advance before visiting this place.

Since mid-2011, especially, local governments set rules only allow 2500 visitors per day to travel in this Inca site. As a result, tourists are increasingly harder to come by. This is done to protect and preserve this historic archaeological sites from being damaged due to the density of tourists.

Travelers who want to visit Machu Picchu required to purchase tickets in advance, especially if you want to come in season, such as the May to September. Unfortunately, how to order tickets are still fairly difficult and far from efficient.

The most frequently made ​​to order tickets Machu Picchu is to buy through the official website of the government, but these transactions require a Visa credit card that has diverfikasi. In fact, these sites often fail to serve the Machu Picchu entrance ticket purchases because it is often detected a counterfeit credit card.

Another way to do is buy a ticket at hotels located in major cities around the site of Machu Picchu. However, the consequences, the ticket price paid so much more expensive than when bought at the official site.

If you travel with a travel agent, then go to Machu Picchu becomes easier again. Still, before you book a trip with a travel agent, check back at the official site of Machu Picchu is a tourist agency that you choose an authorized agent.

When seen, it is difficult to reach the archaeological site of Machu Picchu's incredible. However, all the pain will pay off when you get on it and see the beautiful scenery full of history.

Jinxi, China. Quiet Village Water that Got Much Museum


Amid China's densely populated and busy being a superpower, you can travel to a village that is very quiet and beautiful. More unique again, this village is called the water village.

The village is located on the outskirts of Jinxi Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province. This village is a tourist village that has not been developed in China. The village is called the water village, which is located on the banks of the Yangtze River.

Unlike other riverside village, the village of Jinxi endowed with many water sources. A large lake is located at the gates of the village. Meanwhile, the river flowed around the city that requires a lot of bridges to connect from one place to another.

The existence of the bridge is also a unique feature that characterizes the village Jinxi. When you walk along the one kilometer, you can see 36 antique bridge. Most of the bridge was built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

In addition to the bridge, the villagers are also associated with traditional boats. On normal days, the boat is used for fishing or clean up the river. While on a weekend, the boat was used to transport the tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of the village from the boat.

Which makes this country different from other tourist village is a village in China Jinxi has many museums, like the Museum of Ancient Chinese Bricks and Tiles, Red Stoneware Museum, Root Carving Museum, and the Museum of Outstanding People Jinxi.

Visiting the village is very appropriate to do in the morning. In the morning, the beauty of the village will be more beautiful Jinxi enjoyed, when river water flows calmly and lotus flowers blooming.

The Bongeunsa Temple of South Korean


Fill your holiday with a trip to the City of Gangnam towards cultural tourism. Gangnam has Bongeunsa Temple full of history and Pulmuone Kimchi Museum which is a reflection of South Korean society.

Want to try other tourist attractions that are different from other tours? You can visit the temple Bongeunsa. One of the largest Buddhist temple is located opposite the COEX Mall.

Outside the temple, you can see a statue of Maitreya white solid. 23 meter tall Buddha statue is one of the largest in South Korea. Many tourists and local people worship in this temple because most Koreans are Buddhists.

Bongeunsa Temple is one of the oldest existing temple in Gangnam. This temple was built in 794 during the reign of the kingdom of Silla. In 1939, the majority of the original buildings of the temple was burned when the Japanese invaded. Over time, the temple was renovated and rebuilt.

Bongeunsa Temple consists of several parts, the Dae-ungjeon, yeongsanjeon, Panjeon, Myeongbujeon, and Mireukjeon. Outside Mireukjeon or The Buddha Maitreya Hall is standing while the surrounding area is used for certain ceremonies.

To be able to enter the temple, you do not need to pay or free! In fact, there are attractive offers given this temple. Program live in the temple became the mainstay of the program offered to the tourists. The cost depends on how long you will be staying at the temple.

These activities include touring the temples, tea ceremony (Da-do), meditation, and make a lotus flower. If you are planning to attend this event, do not use an open dress socks and use.

The temple is open every day from 03.00 till 22.00. Time to come to this temple is that when Buddha Birth Day celebration, because at that time there will be a lotus lantern festival. The festival lasts for three days, with beautiful lanterns on display at this temple for 10 consecutive days.

Pulmuone Kimchi Museum, a part of the lives of Koreans


Who would have ever heard of kimchi, Korean traditional foods? Kimchi is not just a typical Korean food, and even now has become a culture of its own. In Gangnam, there is a museum called Pulmuone Kimchi Museum.

This museum contains the history of kimchi, how to manufacture, the types of kimchi, materials manufacturer, the literature on kimchi, even you can make kimchi at this museum. To be able to enter the museum, you have to buy a ticket for 3000 Won

The museum is open every Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. In this museum, you are free to use the camera to document the trip. For the museum that had stood since 1986, you take approximately 15-20 minutes.

The museum is composed of several parts of the room. The first part contains the history of kimchi. There are a variety of literature from the past that tell about kimchi. Furthermore, you can find out the time when the peppers begin to be used in kimchi.

At first, the 17th-century, kimchi is made without the use of chili. The addition of spicy flavor there are only 200 years later. Even before the 19th century, using only the basic ingredients of kimchi vegetable native Korean, because after the 19th century chicory recently recognized by the people of Korea.

After that, you can see the demonstration kimjang. Kimjang culture make kimchi is made ​​by the Korean people. Not only the look, you can try making kimchi and taste.

In this museum also explained the benefits of each type of kimchi. Kimci is one of the healthiest foods in the world due to the low calorie content, but it contains high fiber. In this museum exhibited hundreds of types of kimchi are scattered around the world.

Beach, Desert, Mountain, All There in Oman


Want a vacation to the beach, visiting the bustling city, and wandered in the desert at the same time? Only in Oman you can do it all. 

Sultanate of Oman offers diverse travel. You can lay relaxed on the beach, watching the bustle of the city in the next day and spend the night while sleeping under the stars in the desert. 

Country's second largest after Saudi Arabia, located in the Arabian Peninsula has a variety of unique landscapes. The stunning scenery in the northern Musandam Peninsula, green valleys in Dhofar, to the stunning Hajar Mountains with gurunnya exceptional. 

One of the best destinations in Oman you can choose is Muscat. The town is located on the shores of the Gulf of Oman is framed by the magnificent Hajar Mountains and bordered the beach with dramatic rock formations. Thanks to conservation, Muscat still retain the remaining traditional history, with antique buildings. 

Do not miss the opportunity to explore the maze of alleys in Muttrah Market, where you can see local life among stalls selling a variety of crafts silk to spices. 

If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of the beach, walk in the Muttrah Corniche, a beautiful beach surrounded by palm trees. Do not forget to bring a lunch for a picnic on the beach. 

Muscat also give visitors the opportunity to experience a more contemporary and cosmopolitan with a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as some building with modern Islamic architecture, such as the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Mosque. 

Warm temperatures Oman, tourist destinations as diverse countries in the Arabian Peninsula made it worthy of being your travel options throughout the year.

Ageless with bath in the Fountain of Youth


When you watch the movie Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Stranger Tides Ton, you must be familiar with the Fountain of Youth at the center of conflict film starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Apparently, the magic fountain is indeed real and tangible.

In Florida, the United States, there is a tourist site which is very interesting and full of history. Place is the Fountain of Youth. This fountain is precisely located in the south border of Alabama.

Fountain of Youth is famous is legendary. The fountain was discovered by the Spanish in the 1500s. Juan Ponce de Leon, who named this peninsula with the name La Florida (which later became the name of the state of Florida), believed to be the first European to reach Florida.

Told that de Leon around the world to get to the fountain, which is believed to have a property to make people who drink the water to be ageless. But history also mentions that de Leon never make it to this fountain.

Currently, the Fountain of Youth is better known by the name of Ponce de Leon Springs State Park. The fountain is in the spring that produces 14 million gallons of water. Throughout the year, the water temperature around 20 degrees Celsius.

The fountain is surrounded by trees around it, adding to the cool atmosphere. Is this fountain efficacious ageless as his legend? has never been scientifically proven, but the cold water is certainly making visitors feel as fresh as a young back.

Basic fountain is sand and limestone were obvious from the turquoise water. Activities that can be done here is a picnic, snorkeling, swimming and observing wildlife in the vicinity. Fountain is especially crowded in the spring.

El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines


Southeast Asia does save a lot of beautiful tourist locations. The Philippines is one of them. The beauty of this country is less exposed in foreign countries, unlike Thailand with Phuket or Bali Indonesia with her​​.

Though the Philippines is also an island nation with beaches and beautiful islands are hidden. One is El Nido, Palawan Island is a beach located on the west end of the Philippines.

With white chalk cliffs stand above the sparkling white sandy beaches welcome the crystal clear ocean water with tropical fish brightly colored, this place is perfect for relaxing on the beach while enjoying the spectacular sunset.

Around El Nido many other small islands that you can visit one by one. To get to this island, you can rent a boat or using a tour package that has been provided in the city. There you can laze on the white sand deserted beaches, or kayak into quiet coves while enjoying lunch.

The beauty of El Nido is not only above, but also under the sea. Take the time to dive in and spend time with reef fishes are pretty colorful, beautiful coral reefs and if lucky you may run into a dolphin and shark fins and white.

You can also see directly the activities of local people in the process to make a bird's nest bird's nest soup, a typical Chinese delicacies. El Nido itself in Spanish has the meaning 'nest'.

Indeed, so far El Nido is still quiet of foreign tourists due to reach this place needs a long way. To get here, you have to use a plane from Manila for Coron first, then on the road for 6-7 hours to El Nido by boat.

Nagsasa Cove Beach, Hidden Destinations of the Philippines


The Philippines is probably still less popular than Bali and Thailand. But apparently this island nation also save a lot of 'treasure' is hidden travel destinations shores.

One of the hidden treasures in the Philippines is the West Coast of Luzon. This tourist destination named Nagsasa Cove Beach, which is located away from the bustle of Manila. This was despite the calm waters from the waters of the South China Sea strong currents.

Nagsasa Cove you will not find in any tourist guide book, even if you ask the citizens of Manila, they may not even know the existence of this place.

Nagsasa Cove was formed by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. Pine seedlings in mountain flying to a place that became Nagsasa Cove today and start a new life there comes a calm water surface reflects the shadows of the surrounding mountains, as well as a waterfall that flows into a river that ended up in the beach. Hard to believe that this place is as quiet as possible because the eruptions.

The journey to Nagsasa Cove can be started from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. With motor vehicle for 3-4 hour drive, you will arrive in the city of San Antonio. Then the journey continued with trishaw ride for 20 minutes to Barangay San Miguel. To get Nagsasa Cove trip will end with a motorized boat for 30 minutes.

The ride was quite long, but the equivalent of a 'treasure' you'll find here. Visits to Nagsasa Cove for someone who prioritizes privacy and tranquility.

But unfortunately, the secret Nagsasa Cove began to unfold, as the local news bloggers Philippines. Take the time to visit this place before full silent serenity feel lost.

Golden Dome Mosque, Puller Interests Tourists to Brunei Darussalam


Not only Indonesia has a golden dome mosque. In other countries there is also a gold-domed mosque, which shows the splendor of these religious buildings and tourist attractions.

The mosque in question is Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin belongs the kingdom of the Sultanate of Brunei, located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam. The mosque is to be the most impressive in Asia Pacific, as well as a landmark and a major tourist attraction in Brunei.

The mosque is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the Sultan of Brunei to-28. The mosque dominates the city of Bandar Seri Begawan symbolizes the splendor and glory of Islam being the official religion of the majority religion, and Brunei Darussalam. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

This mosque architecture Mughal style combines with Italy. The building was designed by architectural firm Booty and Edwards Chartered by the design work of the Italian architect, Cavaliere Rudolfo Nolli, who has long worked in the Gulf of Siam. The most amazing characteristic of the mosque is covered with pure gold dome.

The mosque is built on an artificial lagoon or pond by the river Brunei, exactly Kampong Ayer aka "village in the water". This mosque has scenic gardens and fountains. Beautiful garden surrounding the mosque symbolizes heavenly garden in the Islamic faith.

Almost all mosque building materials imported from abroad, namely marble from Italy, granite from Shanghai China, crystal chandeliers from England and carpets from Saudi Arabia.

A bridge spanning the middle of the lagoon to Kampong Ayer in the middle of the river. A marble bridge more toward Boat building is a replica of the Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai kingdom that ruled in the 16th century.

The building is made ​​to commemorate 1,400 years Nuzul Al-Quran, was completed in 1967 and used as a stage Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran (Al-Quran reading competitions) in Brunei.

The charm of Latvia, Most Beautiful Country in the World


Not long ago, Latvia was chosen as the most beautiful country in the world based on a poll in cyberspace. How to charm the beauty?

Latvia is a country located in northern Europe. Latvia has a white sand stretching along the coast as well as yellow sand beaches that are along the beach Tuja. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Latvia also has thousands of creeks and beautiful lakes to enjoy.

There are also several places in the country to be a very attractive tourist destination. Places, among them Rundale Palace, located in the middle of a lush Zemgale Plains in southern Latvia. With beautiful architecture, the palace has become one of the most prominent monuments in Latvia. Built approximately 1740, this palace was originally intended to stay the king and queen during the summer. Most of the decorations were the work of Italian artists and German copyright.

Today, the palace is used as a place to study the history of Latvia through a collection of paintings. Rundale increasingly look beautiful with French-style garden filled with rose gardens, fountains and greenery in front of him. A beautiful garden can be enjoyed by the general public. Even in the summer, the park was used as a festival.

Besides Rundale palace, there are beautiful buildings towering named Aglona Basilica. The building was built in the style of Baroque is decorated with two 60 meters tall towers on either side. This site is one of the most sacred sites in the world. A touch of white on all parts of the building makes it more spectacular.

Kuldiga is a charming small town in the Kurzeme nan. City center were developed in the 17th century is even more beautiful with the old buildings made from wood that lined the streets Kuldiga. Currently, the old town and bridge Kuldiga contained red brick across the river Venta including UNESCO world heritage candidate. Even this city is famous for the widest waterfall in Europe, and referred to as the Venice Latvia due Aleksupite river that flows through the buildings in this city.

Turaida Museum is one of the heritage that is in Latvia. Regions with an area of ​​42 hectares, it covers archeology, beautiful architecture, historic monuments, and all the events that explain the history of the 11th century. Located 50 km from Riga, the capital of Latvia, the building is famous for its beautiful surroundings. Turaida locals in the ancient language means "garden of God". When viewed from the air in the fall, like a ship Turaida majestic fort built of red brick. Turaida Church is one of the oldest churches in the country, was allegedly the church has been built since 1750.

Travel to Bhutan, landed at the airport Courage Big Scary World


Paro Airport is the only airport in Paro, Bhutan. The airport is located between the hills of the Himalayas as high as 5,500 meters. It took guts if you want to travel here.

Paro Airport, you will experience turbulence is not like most. Required a professional pilot who has had special linsensi to land a plane at the airport.

Different sensations you will feel when the plane began to land on a runway. As you know, the airport runway was quite scary because one of the shortest in the world. However, a stressful experience that you experienced during landing be paid by the tourist destination in the country.

Paro places that you can make as a tourist destination, including Paro Dzong. Paro dzong is a symbol depicting the religious side of this city. This place has been established since 1646. Paro Dzong is a building which shows the strong culture of the royal architecture of touch shown.

In the tower located at the top of the Paro Dzong, the National Museum Buthan there. The museum is one of the newly built tourist destination. The museum collection contains quite a lot of the weapons used by the royal, stamps, animals, such as birds and mammals, are also not behind the works of art exhibited typical Buthan so beautiful, including artifacts.

Taktshang Lhakang (Tiger's Nest) to other places you must visit in Buthan. This site is the most important religious site in Buthan. It is located approximately 80 km from Paro, the monastery stands at the edge of a cliff. It makes it more unique.

To go to this monastery, you need to go through the deserted because only certain tourists who are interested to go into here, other Buddhists. Taktsang Lhakang is a place where the residents believed that Guru Rimpoche was present many millions of years before the legend of the tiger. For the development of tourism, the government has set up an angle Buthan that you can use to relax while drinking coffee and enjoying the beauty of the view from the corner of this place.

When the right time comes to Buthan is when spring arrives. In the spring, every year there was a very famous festival in Buthan. Tshechu named Paro Festival is held to commemorate the arrival of Guru Rimpoche to Paro Valley in the 8th century. Festival held in ParoDzong is a kind of festival mask filled with musical entertainment and dancing in memory of the past.

A trip would not be complete without purchasing a souvenir. If you want to shop, you can go to the market held every weekend or small shops scattered here. The merchants will offer a wide antique silver, local products, woven fabrics, and antiques from Tibet and India. If you want to take it for a gift, you need a certificate made by the local government.

Quanzhou, Former Asia's Largest Port City

type='html'>Shanghai has now become the world gates to enter China, the port and modernity. Did you know that 1,000 years ago China had a city like Shanghai, called Quanzhou? 

Quanzhou is a city in north Fujian, Southeast China. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the city is the largest port city in Asia. According to legend, a sailor and world traveler Marco Polo visited the city in the 13th century and dubbed "Alexandria of the East". 

Now, it has lost a great Quanzho with Shanghai. The city became a regular port city inhabited by eight million people. The town is in fact often escapes the tourist radar, but in it there is something interesting high value. 

For the former the largest port city in Asia, certainly has a lot Quanzho maritime heritage trail. They are saved in the Maritime Museum, and is one of the few maritime museum in China. 

Surprisingly, this is not a museum containing vessel or other maritime matters. The museum contains a collection of tombstones from the Yuan Dynasty, which describes Quanzho maritime culture of the past. 

Quanzho China was once the gateway to the west and the other east. No wonder a lot of traders who eventually settled in this city, one Muslim merchants, who left a little culture in the oriental feel. 

Islamic culture can be seen in the Ashab Mosque, built by the Arabs in 1009. The mosque is the only mosque in China that survived since the Song Dynasty. In this mosque, you can see the decorations blend Arabic and Chinese culture. 

Unlike other cities in China, Quanzhou city center is very quiet. The atmosphere is very antique, old-style buildings that are still maintained. On the side of the road, pertokoannya sell gold jewelry, as well as culinary China, such as pastry pillows and oyster omelets.

Quiet atmosphere is enhanced by the performing arts can make you relax. Every night, precisely at the Temple of Confucius, local musicians, amateurs and professionals gathered to practice Nanyin music, the oldest genre in China. 

This music was born in the Han Dynasty (202-220 BC), which is still maintained and continue dimaninkan by these musicians. Music is played with Chinese instruments, such as the bamboo flute, and the lute (China pipe). Later, the singer sang his voice with the local dialect, Minnan. One song can be sung anywhere from a few minutes up to 30 minutes. Nanyin Objects Not already a UNESCO heritage since 2003.

Long Neck tribe, Controversial Tourist Attractions in Thailand


Described by many as a "human zoo", the place is located in the north of Thailand. Is a tribe in the village of Padaung Karen presenting controversial tourist attraction.

Of the name the girl with "long neck", they are five years old with brass rings piled on her neck. The brass ring will continue to grow in line with their age.

The effect obtained is getting their chest and shoulders down. This gives them the impression of a longer neck than normal neck. By paying a sum of money, a travel agency will usually invite tourists to visit villages in the hills.

Some people support the tourism program on the grounds that maintaining culture in Thailand in the eyes of world travelers. However, other groups balked because they think it is a form of exploitation of women and children. In fact, there are some people who are not native Thailand, go to this place in order to earn money.

The documentary, "Silent Hope" highlight the plight of these women. The dialogue in the film mentions that Karen Padaung village women wear brass rings around the neck to carry on the tradition with sincere feelings. However, sincerity is being used by some travel agents to increase profits. The village does not get any benefit because no one has had access to electricity, roads, health, and even schools.

"Women receive only a fraction of the profits received by the travel company. Most of the money goes to the travel company. The girls will never be able to choose not to follow this tradition, "said the opinions of a reader, as quoted by the Times Thailand Chiang Rai pages.

Tribal village of Baan Tong Luang opened was opened in 2005 in the northern province of Mae Rim Ciang Mai, home to six tribes in Thailand. Visitors must pay 500 Baht to enter. Once inside, they can take photos and buy trinkets from the souvenir shop owned by the villagers. However, the attraction of the village is still the long-necked Padaung women.