Thailand in All Its Beauty

The Land of Smiles, Thailand is a spellbound country. Its hundreds islands and its metropolitan capital city makes it a unique destination to its visitors. Every traveler is pampered according to their budgets and wishes to explore this magnificent country. It possesses world best popular attractions. From delicious cuisine, shopping, leisure and sight-seeing, every traveler is spoiled. Break-taking beaches, gorgeous and impressive temples, to modern urban city, Thailand is a treasure where getting bored is not even an option. Prepare to be charmed by this exotic Thailand.

  • Float your way to the Market

Thailand’s floating markets are bustling, thrilling, and shows an insight of the local culture. The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the biggest and the most popular. The market is located about 100km outside of Bangkok. It is a good way to start your morning to explore this beautiful pearl of the country. The narrow canals and small wooden stilt houses are photogenic. A long-tail boat with food, gifts and souvenirs, clothes and fresh product are available. You may have breakfast at the market, a variety of food is at your service: noodle bowls, fresh fruits, stir fried rice, spring rolls, coconut pancakes and so on.

  • An escape to Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a charming destination with stunning beaches, great Big Buddha and various excursions. Chaweng is the most happening and famous beach with 5 km of golden sands. The island brags a range of night life and you have numerous entertainment options. From delicious street food to 5 star dining, you have a choice for your palates. Soak up in the local atmosphere to shop. Explore the particular charm of bargaining.

  • Thai Massage

An experience of a Thai massage in Thailand is the most invigorating feeling. This style of massage is popular around the world and is unique. Thai massage focuses on pressure points, it boosts your body. The treatment starts with the feet and continuously moves upwards toward the head. Methods like rhythmic compressions and manoeuvres are employed to relax and realign the energies in the body. Different amounts of pressure are used to energy lines throughout the body with the Ayurvedic principles of balancing one’s energy. Every city and small town have numerous massage parlour and the prices are low-cost compared to what you will pay back home.

  • A trip to Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is a sheer beauty tickling everyone’s fantasy. Stunning beach, amazing rock formation, tranquil, clear and turquoise waters tickling with exuberant marine life. It has a dynamic and vibrant night. It possesses world class diving and has rock climbing. The famous classic of Leonardo DiCaprio classic “The Beach” and James Bond were shot here.

  • Indulge in some street food

Gastronomical dream, Thai street food is a quintessential experience in Thailand. Wherever you go, there is ample food stalls. It’s heavenly to wander in the streets and it is safe. You can see what’s being cooked and it’s fresh. You interact with locals, an authentic touch. The food is delicious and low-costs. You can go to the same place every night and have different variety of meal. Street food is a unique and pure way to get in touch with the local culture.

  • White bits of Thailand

“Wat Rong Khun”, the White Temple is eye-catching. It is a unique, modern Buddhist Temple situated at 20 minutes of drive south of Chiang Mai. It was conceptualized and built by Thai artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. The artist showcased a surreal representation of what he thinks are obstacles to the path of enlightenment. The use of pieces of glasses in the plaster twinkles in the sun. The white colour represents the purity of Buddha, the glass conveys the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma the Buddhist teachings. Its designs does not have the traditional style of other Buddhist Temples all along Thailand. It beholds the style of the Game of Thrones fortress.

  • Koh Phangan

The highlights of this stunning island are absolutely undeniable. From gorgeous beaches with powdered soft sand along to a dense jungle are the hat trick of the island. Koh Phangan is synonymous to party. Every month, more than thousands of people grace the Full Moon Party when the moon is full. The spiritual side of this island consist 20 temples and it has a small fishing village with a peaceful and unique air. The Island is full of adventure and outdoor pursuits: diving, snorkelling, Angthong Marine Park, kiteboarding and yoga.

  • Explore Sukhothai on bicycle

Sukhothai means the dawn of happiness. It is a UNESCO World Heritage City as it has a vast number of historical sites and temple ruins. The number one attraction is the Sukhothai Historical Park. While visiting the region, try to make some time at nearby Si Satchanalai Historical Park. The must-see temple ruins are Wat Mahathat and the giant seated Buddha at Wat Si Chum. At last, try the popular noodle fish named after the area Kuay thiao Sukhothai.

  • Chiang Mai

Spiritual capital of Thailand, a temple’s galore, there is a whole different activities to experience in Chiang Mai.

  1. Zip line through the jungle: Zip lining is a smart way to view the forests of Chiang Mai without long walking. Be a gibbon for the day and ace it through the trees.
  2. Play with elephants: Located from an hour from Chiang Mai city centre, the Elephant Nature Park is an elephant sanctuary where visitors can play, feed and bath these awesome creatures. It’s awe-inspiring.
  3. Temple hopping: there are about 200 temples in Chiang Mai. Indulge your inner self and seek enlightenment. Wat Chiang Man is the oldest in the city, Wat Chedi Luang is in the heart of the walled old town, Wat Phan Tao, and the city’s jewel Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
  4. Night shopping spree: what’s more exciting than to shop at night. Many streets are closed to traffic and it is filled with vendors and stalls. There is so much to see, to do and to eat. There is a variety of stuffs available.
  • Try a cooking class

Thai food is absolute ecstasy. A balance of sweet, spicy and salty in the same dish. It is a delightful combination. The food is healthy, full of flavors and colorful. Fresh herbs, spices and fermented fish sauce are used in almost every meal. Thai cuisine is nutritious as fresh vegetables, lean meats and seafood are used. Thai cuisine is easy to learn and for foodies out there, it is a worth it experience.

  • Watch a boxing match

Thailand is the birthplace of Muay Thai. It is the national sport of Thailand. If you are a sport’s fan, it’s a must experience to watch the thrills and the electric atmosphere in the stadium. Muay Thai is famously widespread worldwide, it attracts a mass of visitors and travelers. Every town and city has a Muay Thai stadium but the best and largest venues can be found in Bangkok. Experience an authentic fight while you are in Thailand.Thailand is an addictive and eco-friendly destination. It is a bundle of surprise and it offers everything from seducing beaches, an alluring culture, great shopping and mouth-watering cuisine. The locals are friendly and they have a laid-back approach to everyday life. Thailand is a colorful country in many ways. Make your trip worthwhile and dynamic while exploring this vibrant country with its huge array of activities.

Exploring Poland and Belgium

My trip to Poland was by far the best trip I have ever been on. I knew when studying abroad one of the first trips I wanted to plan was to Poland. After finding that I still have family residing there, I knew I had to experience my family’s life for my self.

My roommate at the time and I initially flew into Krakow, Poland. We we were then picked up from my distant cousin and drove a few miles to his him where he showed me his town and the house I would be staying in for a few nights. It was everything I ever imagined it to be and more. We we were treated like royalty, exactly how my grandparents treat me when I visit their homes. The next two days were filled with site seeing the popular Salt Mines and touring throughout Krakow.

A few days later we caught a bus to Zakopane, Poland. Here I stayed with more distant cousins from my dad’s side of the family. My experience in Zakopane was surreal. I got to see my dad’s house and where he lived and went to school. I got the chance to sit at the dinner table with family and feast on amazing home cooked meals. Before I headed back to the airport we took some time to hike and find one of the most beautiful natural lakes buried into the mountains. It was an amazing end to my trip in Poland. I only hope to visit there again soon.

To begin with, our flight to Brussels was not ideal for a group of inexperienced travelers. We flew from Bucharest, Romania with an early flight departing around 6:30 AM. So in case you’re wondering, we were required to be awake and ready to leave our hostile around 3 AM, then find our bus, which was hopefully arriving on time, to reach the airport. You could only imagine some of the emotions and attitudes existing among my friends. But for me, I was optimistic, looking forward to the Belgian waffles, French fries, and of course, beer!

We arrived to the airport on time for a generally quick flight into Brussels airport. The only problem now was to find transportation into the city center so we can get to the fun stuff I have already mentioned. Can you tell how well we planned this trip? Fortunately, everything worked out to our favor. We ended up finding a cheap bus ticket that transferred us to lockers where we stored our carry-ons from the flight. First thing we walked through was an interesting flea market outside a train station. Just a quick walk from there we reached Grand Place, the heart of Brussels city center. The building and monuments were amazing to see. After taking some pictures of the sights there, it was time for the famous Belgian waffle. Belgian waffles shops are at every corner of Grand Place. Mine was filled with brown sugar and Nutella. The city is also filled with Belgian style beer bars, chocolate shops, and French fry shops. I did not know French fries were so popular in Brussels, but they are served in a paper cone with your choice of over 20 different sauces. We wandered the streets, enjoyed our time at a Christmas festival, and marveled at the beautiful buildings.

Exotic Manali – A Picturesque Paradise for Nature Lovers

Enchanting beauty of Manali is hard to be described in words. The breathtaking scenic views of this hill station has successfully magnetized Indian and foreign tourists. Serene Atmosphere, lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, and divine view of this natural paradise make it a perfect retreat during summers. This charming hill station is now a popular tourist destination. When newly-wed couples plan their honeymoon to any picturesque hill station, then Manali is given high preference for being affordable and stunningly beautiful.

Tourists from all corners of India flock to Manali during favorable season. Even foreigners visit this enchanting heavenly place. The rise of armed militancy in Kashmir surged the growth of tourism in Himachal Pradesh. The fine amalgamation of pretty landscape, sprawling apple orchards, lively local culture, historic mythological temples and warm hospitality makes it a perfect tourist destination. After registering significant boost in tourism, Manali has started embracing modernism. You can enjoy the bliss of delicious food, stay at comfortable hotels and partake into exciting activities such as skating, skiing and even paragliding. The idyllic time for visiting this Himalayan paradise is between May and October.

Many tourists heartily admit of being infatuated by the ultimate beauty of Manali. Here, true nature lovers can embark upon a never-ending, pleasant, sightseeing spree. Hadimba Devi Temple is perhaps the most famous attraction bordered by cedar forest.This temple was built almost five centuries back and is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Hindu mythological character “Bhima.” She is highly regarded for being patron deity of Manali. The tempting beauty of Manali is visible in every nook and corner whether it is pastoral quaint villages stuffed with apple orchards or fields covered with lush greenery. If you want to cherish the tour of Manali for entire lifetime, then include the destination of Rohtang Pass in the itinerary. The Pass is exhilarating playground for tourists of all age groups.

The incredible, stunning sightseeing views of great Himalayas; tranquil environment makes Manali an ideal tourist destination. Take out some time from your busy schedule and purchase handlooms and handicrafts made by artisans of Kullu Valley. You can find excellent arrangement of lodging at Manali. Guest houses, inns, lodges, hotels equipped with modern facilities give you a rare chance to take a glance of scintillating beauty of snow-capped mountains from the window of your suite. Local population has definitely played remarkable role by preserving the pristine beauty and legacy of Manali.

Top New Travel Cities

We’ve put together 5 Up and Coming Travel Spots for 2017. Starting with the easy breezy beautiful beachy coasts to mystical locales with deep cultural histories. Let us know about your journeys to these special destinations.

For a serious beach getaway El Nido, Philippines is your new go to! El Nido is located in the southwestern island of Palawan. The area is home to crystal white beaches, limestone cliffs shooting into the sky and coral reefs magnifying out of the turquoise ocean water. El Nido is one of the most magnificent travel destinations, with miles of seascapes that are breathtaking. For a superior experience in El Nido, The Lagen Island Resort offers four very different types of accommodations: water cottages, beachfront cottages, Forest rooms as well as Forest suites. The resort is nestled in a lush rain forest and a lagoon offering panoramic views of the cove. Be sure to catch the island-hopping tour excursion that includes visits to Big Lagoon, Seven Commando Beach, Secret Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Zimizu Beach.

A must see ‘Tropical’ travel destination is: Kihei, Hawaii. Kihei is in South Maui, Hawaii, and has a long history of whaling. Although the regions climate varies greatly, sunny weather is present on the coast with cooler weather in the upcountry do to the many glorious rainforests and waterfalls. The Mana Kai Maui Resort boast elegance and unmatched amenities, which overlooks Keawakapu Beach where guests can swim and snorkel in the ocean just outside their doors. In addition, the hotel has condos instead of rooms and maintains the upscale Five Palms restaurant. A once in a lifetime excursion should be at the top of your to do list! Through, Maui Flight Academy a day trip that lands on several different islands and includes visitors taking the helm in the small plane taken during one of the stops. This is an awesome experience! Beach excursions can also be had with the Molokini sail and snorkeling adventure. Make sure you experience the Kamaole Beach Park, and the humpback whale sanctuary.

Although Jericoacoara, Brazil is quite difficult to reach, the moment you arrive you are transfixed through its natural beauty and gripped with the relaxed vibe; it is apparent this is not going to be an ordinary journey! The indigenous Tupi-Guarani people have inhabited this region of Brazil called Jericoacoara (Jeri) for millennia, building their villages on its lush landscape. The region was declared an Environmental Protection Area in 1984, and by 2002 it had become a National Park. Jeri has the steadiest wind on their sea (South Atlantic), combined with consistent waves, the region holds the title of the best location for water sports in the world. An exciting and rare excursion can be taken by kayaking through mangroves to discover Mangue Seco. This village is completely isolated from the world. Mangue Seco is located between the mouth of the Real River (Royal River), the ocean and large sand dunes that move with the wind. The only way into the village is through water, its difficult access makes Mangue Seco a special treasure, surely unique to the world.

For the travel explorer there is Easter Island, Chile. Easter Island, which sits in the South Pacific country of Chile, and has unique historical intrigue. Yes, the Island is small, but exploring Easter Island gives travelers a rich experience! The area of Rano Raraku, is home to ‘The Grand Statues’ monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between 1250 and 1500 A.D. The mystery surrounding these statues lives on because the ancestors of carvers still populate the island today. Apart from the deeply rooted culture, Easter Island has many impressive 5 star properties, The Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa, is one of the most prestigious on the Island and offers two restaurants, a pool, and a full pampering amenity; the spa is world renowned. You can’t miss exploring Easter Island’s treasures, including: the archeological museum ‘Hanga Roa’, the Rano Kau crater, the Orongo ceremonial village, as well as a viewing of the southern fur seals.

Another destination wrapped in culture is Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is known as the ‘Paris’ of the middle east and is a unique rare city by the sea, the Caspian Sea to be exact. The city is made up of a few different cultures: (Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East), but European culture is felt. The ‘Palace of the Shirvanshahs’, a vast royal complex, is a wonder to be seen. The medieval walled old city houses the iconic stone Maiden Tower; an incredible history to be surrounded by. After you the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. There is a lot of fun to be had in Baku as well; the day can begin with scuba diving in the city and end with snow skiing in the north. The Fairmont Baku at the Flame Towers has an exemplary property in the center of the city.

Temples Of Chiang Mai Thailand

If you don’t have time or the energy to visit all 300 temples, there are definitely some must see temples, which should be on your list. Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man, & Wat Phan Tao are beautiful temples located within the city walls & all three temples can easily be visited in one day. Another awe-inspiring temple & most visited is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, but this temple requires a journey up a mountain road & 309 step walk to reach the top of the temple.

The Temple Of Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is definitely not flashy, shiny, or gold plated, but it’s definitely are-inspiring. Built in 1441, Wat Chedi Luang stands as one of the largest ancient structures in Chiang Mai. The temple was a little bit taller until ether an earthquake or cannon fire during the recapture of Chiang Mai from the Burmese in 1775 destroyed the top of the chedi.

The temple has 4 sides, each with a staircase guarded by mythical Naga creatures. Midway up the stairs located on one section of the temple, there are beautifully sculpted stoned elephants stand guard overlooking the grounds. Besides the towering & awe-inspiring Chedi, the temple grounds contain two viharns, which are structures used for ceremonies & worship.

The first viharn, which is used as an assembly hall is a large, beautiful building with a three tiered roof, & gold plated on the front. Inside the building stands a large Buddha, which dates back to the time of when the temple was constructed. The second viharn is much smaller, but equally impressive & stunning. The entrance leading into the viharn is elegantly decorated with intricate wood carvings & guarded by large Nagas, which are mythical snake like creatures.

A Much Needed Break After The Craziness Of Bangkok & Pattaya

After spending 10 days between Bangkok & Pattaya, I needed to slow down & take a break. The much needed slow down started with the 14 hour train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which I highly suggest. Upon arriving in Chiang Mai, I instantly noticed the city was much greener, there were zero skyscrapers, & everything was much more low key.

My stay in Chiang Mai was only three days, but I made sure one of those days was dedicated to visiting some of Chiang Mai’s awe-inspiring temples. The first day I hired a tuk tuk & was taken to Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man, & Wat Phan Tao. Wat Chedi Luang & Wat Phan Tao are adjacent, which provides two stunning temples within a short walk of each other.

All three temples should definitely be on your list! Over the course of three days, I visited more than 10 temples. A short walk from my hotel & it felt like there was a temple on every corner. After the craziness of Bangkok & Pattaya, the low key environment of Chiang Mai & its temples, definitely provided a much needed break. The temples of Chiang Mai are definitely worth a visit & something everyone should see if there visiting Thailand.

One Crazy Day On Coral Island In Pattaya, Thailand

A Speed Boat, No Padded Seats, 4 Scared Passengers, & Possible Kidnapping!

After our nail biting motor bike ride from the Centera Grand Resort to Bali Hai Pier, I was looking forward to the relaxing ferry boat ride to Coral Island. We had our bottle of vodka, some orange juice, & everything needed for a relaxing ride. As my friend Drew & I walked down the pier towards the ferry, a man approached & offered a round trip charted speed boat for 600 baht total “$20.00”. There would be no relaxing time drinking our vodka on the ferry boat ride, we decided to take the chartered speed boat instead.

As we were lead to the chartered speed boat, I noticed the boat definitely seen its better days! There were around 8 additional passengers also heading to Coral Island. We got seated in the front of the speed boat, & were handed some very old life jackets. I noticed some of the passengers giggling & talking with the captain, which I assumed was because of the hot pink colored life jackets handed to us. As we start our trip to the island, it quickly became apparent this was not going to be a relaxing ride.

The ocean was choppy, the captain was going full throttle, & our seats were wooden with absolutely no padding. After getting some air off one of the waves & slamming my tailbone into the seat & hitting my forearm into the handrail, I quickly realized I needed to hold onto the bottle of vodka & be very careful it doesn’t break. After 20 minutes of hauling ass over the rough seas & holding onto the bottle for dear life, I thought we reached our destination.We pull up to the side of very large boat & quickly started getting slammed.

The captain was having issues securing the lines, which was causing the two boats to slam against each other. After a few tense moments, the captain was able to secure the lines. He quickly rushed most of the other passengers dangerously off the back of the boat onto the larger boat. Assuming this was our destination, we walked towards the back of our boat to climb aboard the larger boat. We approached with the last two remaining passengers, but the captain started shouting & waving everyone back & looked angry.

Without giving an explanation the captain gunned the engines towards the ocean. I only grew concerned when I glanced over towards the local Thai ladies & noticed they were concerned by their facial expressions. As we head further into the ocean, I glance over at Drew & attempt small talk. Drew was growing more concerned by the minute & basically ignored my attempt at small talk. As I grow more concerned, the boat suddenly banks left & hundreds of boats & other travelers come into view. We were safe, not kidnapped, & finally about to open the bottle.

Finally The Bottle & Relaxation!

Upon exiting the speed boat & walking towards the beach, we were greeted by a women who lead us to some lawn chairs. The lawn chairs were placed under large tents along the entire path of the beach. The cost per lawn chair is 100 Baht each “$3.00” & this came with one small table. There were food stalls & souvenir shops including a variety of shops offering different activities. At this moment our only concern was getting some more alcohol into our system.

We sat down & had some shots, bought some BBQ chicken, & reluctantly agreed to my first & last manicure. I’m not a big fan of people touching my feet & the lady accidentally clipping a chuck of my small toe with the clippers did not help the situation. Besides getting a chuck of my small tow clipped off, which Drew found humorous, Coral Island was a great escape from the craziness of Pattaya. We relaxed, ate some food, went swimming, & rode some motor bikes around the island.

When the allotted time came & went for our charted speed boat to arrive, we began to wonder if we were left behind on the island. After one hour passed from our departure time & not seeing the other two passengers, I decided to relax on a lawn chair & watch Drew squirm on the beach. It was around 90 minutes passed our departure time when the chartered speed boat finally arrived.

A Perfect Crash To Finish The Perfect Day!

After a fun & relaxing day at Coral Island, we were heading back to the craziness of Pattaya. We arrived in Bali Hai Pier & exited the speed boat with only 200 baht between the both of us. We were half-way to our hotel & each 20 baht short for individual motorbike taxis. We decided to put our money together & take one motorbike for 200 baht. Based on the days events, I should have known this would not end smoothly, but sometimes you need to learn things the hard way.

My name is Phillip Whitehair, I quit my job in 2016 & started traveling around the world. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Asia! I was lucky enough to check out Ream National Park in Cambodia, which still is one of my highlights in Asia.

I support myself online & want to inspire others to hit the road & travel. Anyone can hit the open road & experience life, you just need to make it happen. That road you travel could be the road leading into Ream National Park!

5 Weirdest Facts About New Zealand

Visitors come to New Zealand expecting something unique and different, to have a once-in-a lifetime adventure that they will never forget. Aside from the stunning natural wonders, New Zealand is also the word’s self-declared extreme sports capital. Skydiving, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, river boarding, and many other adventure experiences for adrenaline junkies abound in this wonderful country. Many visitors find the need to take out travel insurance with a special provision to cover special sports and activities.

As much as there are many noteworthy places to visit and one-of-a-kind experiences in New Zealand, there are weird facts that make the country simply stand out above the rest. Visitors will be delighted to discover these five weirdest facts about New Zealand:

1.Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

Yes, there is no typographical error, you read it correctly. This is an 85-letter Maori name for a hill that overlooks Hawke Bay, New Zealand. This is a relatively ordinary hill, 305 metres high. What makes it unique is that it is the world’s longest place name, according to the Guinness World Records. The name is roughly translated as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with big knees, the climber of mountains, the land swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one.” Hawke’s Bay, where the hill is located, offers a lot of activities for visitors with their bike trails, beautiful peaks, stunning lakes, and one of the most sought-after coastal resorts in the country, Waimarama Beach.

2. Population of New Zealand – 6 sheep to every 1 human

The current population of New Zealand is 4.5 million humans, and 27.6 million sheep. In the ’80s, sheep numbers hit a high, with 70 million for every 22 humans. While the sheep population significantly decreased in the past few years, New Zealand still has a strong hold on the sheep meat industry, earning $7 billion annually in export revenue.

3. Te Waikoropupu Springs can provide drinking water for the entire New Zealand population

In New Zealand’s south island, there is a must-see location in a place called Golden Bay, in the Takaka area: Te Waikoropupu Springs. These are the largest freshwater springs in the country, and the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere. These springs are a record breaker in many ways. They produce more fresh water than any other springs in the entire world, in fact, enough to provide drinking water to the entire population of New Zealand. It produces two billion litres of water, and it has one of the clearest natural waters. It is so clear that you can see 63 metres through it.

4. The world’s largest known volcanic eruption in 70,000 years

Lake Taupo is the location of the world’s largest known volcanic eruption in the last 70,000 years. Modern-day Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, is one of the results of the gigantic eruption. The eruption is a series of events, culminating in a very large blast that affected a land area of 20,000 square kilometres. It was such a huge eruption that the dust of the super-volcanic eruption could be seen in modern-day China. Lake Taupo is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. It has a lot of exciting activities and places to visit, such as a sightseeing trip to Huka Falls, an exploration of Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, and a hike to the sacred mountains of Tongariro National Park.

5. New Zealand loves women

New Zealand was the first nation to have universal suffrage for both men and women in 1893. In a trailblazing legislation, Governor Lord Glasgow signed a law which made New Zealand the first self-governing country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Other democracies in the world, including Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia, did not have women’s right to vote until after the World War I. Another woman, Queen Elizabeth II, is officially the queen of New Zealanders, represented by a Governor General. In another trailblazing move for women, in the early 2000s, New Zealand was the first country in the world to have its three key constitutional positions of power held simultaneously by women. The Prime Minister, the Governor General, and the Chief Justice were all women.

Why Is Aswan a Surprising Place for Travelers?

Aswan the major city of Egypt. It is the last railway station in the southern part of the country. After Luxor, it is considered as the second most important city of Egypt. The majority of the tourist visit Aswan because it is the base for one day stay who are keen to visit Abu Simple Temples. But apart from this, there are many other places in Aswan to visit during the trip.

Aswan is also the home to world famous Nile Cruises running on the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan along with the other known centers of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization that include Esna, Kom Ombo Temples, and Edfu. Aswan is an authentic place to experience the traditional culture of Nubian of Egypt. If you are visiting the Egypt you can discuss your trip and places to visit with Luxury Egypt tours.

Here is the list describing Luxury Egypt tours attraction of the Aswan city-
Aswan tourist attraction is divided into the four major parts such as West Bank, East Bank, in River Island and places that can only cover by the cab only.

1. Tourist attraction on the West Bank- in these attractions includes the tombs of the Nobles, Quebbet-El-Hawa, Monastery of St. Simeon, A Nubian Village and Mausoleum of Aga Khan. If you and your group like more adventurous on your trip, then no need to hire a car on West Bank.

2. Tourist Attraction on the East Bank- The place can also be covered by walking. This place includes Fryal Garden, Catherdral and Nubian museum. The entire place can be covered in almost 30 minutes of walking along the Nile waterfront.

3. Tourist attraction in River Island and can be visited by using public boats- Elephantine Island, Aswan Museum and Nubian Village, Kitchener Garden. Public Ferries are also for the visitors from the East bank to these places of the island.

4. Tourist attractions that can be covered by only a cab- At his place tourist can’t get the public transport. These places include Philae Temples, Kalabasha Temples, Unfinished Obelisk, Fatimid Cemetery and Aswan High Dam. Public Transport in the Aswan city is not so great, so it is better to cover all these places by cab only.

If you are coming for a short trip, then there are some places which are worth of visiting in that short time period. And also visiting these places can also make your short trip a successful and enjoyable one.

Attraction on the west bank-

• Tomb of the Nobles- These tombs are placed on the West Bank of the Nile River. They are basically considered as the tombs of the Egyptian Princes; tombs from the time of the Old Kingdom. There are some of the tombs which belong to the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom times. These tombs are decorated with some of the nice and beautiful paintings.

• Qubbet el- Hawa- The place is known as the dome of the wind. The tomb was basically the tomb of the holy man, but today the place is suitable for hiking and worth of hiking as at the end you will encounter the best sightseeing.

Trekking the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal – Travel Guide and Information

The Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is one of the most famous trekking journeys in the country. Nepal is famous as “the Land of the Himalayas” and albeit it’s relatively small size, the country has the encompassment of a wide range of diversities that pertain to geography, culture and wildlife. Among the ten tallest mountains in the world, Nepal has eight of them, including Mount Everest- the tallest mountain peak on the planet. As such, trekking in Nepal has become one of the most sought-after adventure to do among enthusiastic travelers and trekkers all over the world. The country has many amazing trekking destinations that vary from each other in terms of topography, their cultural prominence and landscape. Every year, thousands of trekkers and travelers visit the country to enjoy its many natural, cultural and traditional hallmarks. Among all of the trekking destinations of Nepal, the region of Everest is considered the most famous, and the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most widely done trekking journey responsible for a large portion of revenue generation in the tourism sector of the country.

One would think that trekking to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak is something that requires much effort and money, but that cannot be much farther than the truth. Everest Base Camp Trekking is cheap, super affordable to do, can be done at all times of the year and by people of all demographics. It can be done by novice first-time trekkers as well as experienced mountaineers. The base camp trek journey is a great opportunity to experience the Everest region’s (also called the Khumbu) many amazing features and aspects, like rich Sherpa culture, beautiful mountainous landscape brimming with river valleys, gorges, moraines, glaciers and mountain rivers and magnificent views and sights of the Mahalangur Himalayan range that consists of some of the tallest mountains on the planet. The Khumbu is a prime Sherpa settlement of Nepal and the region has a very rich and dense concentration of Sherpa tradition and practices that isn’t found anywhere else in the country. The legendary Sherpa people are also famous for their mountain-climbing ability and their agility in the Himalayas. As the indigenous mountain people mostly follow their own unique form of Buddhism, the Khumbu is ornamented with many chortens, Gumbas, small stupas, monasteries, prayer flags and Mani stone wall carvings. The trekking trail of the base camp trek to Everest goes through many villages of the Khumbu and also follows major mountain rivers that drain the region. Furthermore, the path to the base camp is decorated with alpine woods, forests and pastures in the low-lands and snowy acreages as the elevation rises. The views of cerulean mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Thamserku, Kongdi Ri and many more are also a constant presence as one treks on the amazing trail that goes through the heart of the Himalayan region.

The Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail

The journey to the base camp of Mount Everest usually starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. A plane journey from the capital of the country to Lukla takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is considered as one of the most dramatic short plane journeys on Earth. The Lukla Airport is also a very fascinating airport that is situated on a cliff and has a single runway that drops off to the gaping open valley below as the runway ends. It is surrounded by tall green hills and mountains, and the terrain at Lukla is quite different from Kathmandu. This change is felt immediately as one lands at Lukla. From the village of Lukla, the trekking trail then proceeds to go through villages like Phakding, Monjo, the Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep before finally reaching the Everest Base Camp. Usually, the trekking journey lasts for two weeks, but this duration can be adjusted to suit the trekker’s requirements and conveniences. The duration from one location to the next takes about 5 to 6 hours as the distance between two consecutive villages in the Khumbu is about 10 to 12 kilometers. Acclimatization to the high altitude terrain is usually done in the famous mountain town of Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trekking

The trek can be done at any time of the year and is available to do throughout the year. Nepal mainly experiences four main seasons- autumn (September to December), spring (March to May), winter (the end of December to February) and summer (June to August). The autumn and the spring seasons are considered the best seasons for trekking the base camp trek because the weather conditions during these months are vastly favorable and suitable. The clouds tend to dissipate and the views of the mountains are clear. Summer and winter aren’t ideal for trekking, but the journey can still be gone through with. The monsoon occurs in the summer months and trekking trails become muddy and slippery with the constant rain. The views of the mountains are also not as clear as the autumn or spring seasons. In the winter, high passes in the mountains tend to become blocked due to heavy snow and the region experiences extreme cold temperatures. That is why autumn and spring are considered the peak trekking seasons as most of the trekkers to Everest arrive during this time and hotels and plane tickets become booked quickly.

Essential Trekking Equipment

Essential trekking equipments for the Everest Base Camp Trek include proper trekking boots, sleeping bag, duffle bags, hiking poles and appropriate hiking clothes. It is important to have trekking boots that you are comfortable with and have “broken into”. Trekking in boots that you are not comfortable in can result in blisters on the foot and just an unpleasant journey constantly ruined by the feel of uncomfortable boots in the mountainous terrain. That is why having good and comfortable trekking boots (of any brand, as long as you are comfortable wearing them) is important. It is also highly recommended to pack as light as possible. Packing lightly will result in fewer hassles and chances of losing things. In the mountains, porters are generally hired for carrying duffle bags. A porter is capable of carrying up to 25 kilogram of weight between two people. So packing a duffle bag that does not exceed the weight of more than 12 kg is the most appropriate way to go. Hotels in Kathmandu also provide services of safety storage lockers where you can store your excess luggage not really necessary for the trek. There are many shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking and hiking equipments. You can rent/hire them once you arrive in the city as well before you start the trek. A proper Down Jacket is necessary, but if you are trekking during the autumn or spring, the temperatures during the day remain mildly warm and you can hike comfortably in T-shirts and hiking shorts. The temperature does drop down a notch or two as the sun sets and the atmosphere becomes chilly, so warm caps, wool socks and jackets come in handy. Other essential items can include sunscreens, sun-glasses and hiking hats.

The Accommodations and Meals during the journey

Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels ranging from three-star to five-stars categories. But once the trek commences, the availability of the accommodations in the mountains can be limited to guesthouses, tea-houses and lodges. Places like Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla do have the availability of guesthouses that offer more services, but the rest of the places present basic guesthouse accommodations. That is not to say that the accommodations are not comfortable. On the contrary, the guesthouses and the lodges are very comfortable and breakfast and dinner are served there. Generally, twin-sharing lodge-to-lodge accommodations are available in the mountains and trekkers are sometimes required to share the room with other trekkers (of the same gender). Electricity is available at all guesthouses and some even have the service of wifi. Laundry services are not really available, except at Namche, Lukla and Phakding and extra amount have to be paid to use hot water.

Regarding meals, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. Breakfast in the guesthouses can vary from oats, toasts, eggs, pancakes and juice to dumplings, noodles and pastas. For dinner, trekkers generally have rice and vegetables. Lunch is served along the journey from one destination to the next in the afternoon. Drinking water can be bought from the shops in the mountains. The cost of a liter of water during trekking is about USD 100 or 150. Trekkers can also bring water-purifying tablets with them. This method is the best for drinking water because it is less harmful to the environment as opposed to buying plastic water bottles in the mountains and is easier to carry and execute. There are many springs, wells and pumps in the villages in the mountains and filling up the bottle and purifying it with the tablet makes it appropriate for drinking. It is important to know that the tap waters are not suitable for direct consumption, and using precautionary measures like water-purifying tablets are necessary before consuming the water during trekking.

Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization

Altitude Sickness is a condition of the body that occurs when the body is not able to adjust to the high altitude conditions in the mountains. The occurrence of this sickness varies from person to person. If the symptoms of the sickness are not taken care of properly, the condition can even turn serious. That is why having proper and enough acclimatization time is important while trekking to let the body adjust to the altitude difference. Ploughing through the trek without properly acclimatizing is strongly advised against, especially for novice trekkers. Some of the symptoms of the sickness include headache, loss of sleep and appetite. It is important to stay properly hydrated while trekking and eating contently for energy. Going slow and steady in your own comfortable pacing is recommended. Medicines for the sickness can also be taken to reduce its chances. Medicines like Diamox helps. Some trekkers even take the medicine from the very beginning of the trek from Kathmandu itself. If the symptoms of the sickness occurs and one isn’t able to continue further on, then it is advised to stay and rest until one feels better before continuing on.

Money

There are many money exchange centers in Kathmandu where you can exchange foreign currency. Taking foreign currency in the mountains is not advised because it can prove to be a hassle. Instead, exchanging money before the trek starts is the best way to avoid unnecessary hassles while trekking. Local currency also lets one buy things and pay for services in the mountains easily.

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