Seoul, one of the largest cities in the world, like most other great Asian cities, is a bewitching mix of ancient and modern. This dynamic capital of South Korea was founded by the Joseon dynasty some 600 years ago. Since then Seoul has traversed a long path, that can be witnessed in its glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers and in the fact that the city seems to rebuild itself after each passing decade.
High-tech electronic equipment, glittering designer stores and chic malls clamor for your attention, yet amidst this din, the traditional wooden houses with tiled roofs and a maze of cobbled alleys, ancient palaces and temples too make their presence felt.
People still visit traditional tea houses to relax or enjoy cultural performances in the World Heritage Palaces. Colorful festivals, folk villages and folk museums allow the visitors a peek in Korea’s feudal past when the noblemen lorded it over their wives, concubines, peasants and slaves.
Come evening and the entire city seems to sweep into entertainment districts complete with nightclubs, bars, and pubs. The smoky barbecue restaurants, teashops, plush mugwort saunas, DVD mini- cinemas and more open
Skyscrapers, whether they’re viewed as symbols of economic and technological strength or seen as the shining phallic symbols of capitalism, have captured the public’s attention since the first one was consructed in Chicago in 1885. Now every city worth its salt has a horizon dominated by office towers and some cities have even become famed tourist destinations because of their skylines. In this list we’ll look at the cities with the world’s most impressive skylines and their most recognizable buildings.
1. Cairo, Egypt
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Notable structure: The Great Pyramid at Giza. While not a skyscraper in the traditional sense, this wonder of the ancient world held the title of tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years. Constructed in 2,500 BC, the Great Pyramid at Giza reaches a height of 480 ft (about half the size of the Eiffel Tower). One interesting way to reach the pyramid is to ride a camel across the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.
2. Sydney, Australia
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While some travelers are perfectly content to spend their vacations lounging at a beach resort or on a cruise ship, for others a vacation is only a memorable if the destination is exotic and off the beaten path. For those travelers, we present our list of the world’s top ten hidden travel gems.
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10. Guanajuato, Mexico
Most people visit Mexico for two things: beaches and sun. However, travelers willing to venture inland from Mexico’s busy coastal areas are rewarded with the colonial town of Guanajuato. Formerly a major mining town, the hillside city of Guanajuato is now one of the best preserved towns in all of Mexico. It’s located halfway between Mexico City and Guadalajara and its nearest airport is in the city of Leon.
Visiting Guanajuato is like stepping into the elegance of Mexico’s storied past. Many of the streets are pedestrian only and meandering among its tiled-lanes and past its colorful colonial-era mansions and many small plazas is a charming way to experience Mexico.
9. Busan, South Korea
Skinny-dipping or an afternoon on a topless beach is for amateurs. Nudist and naturist resorts are popping up all over the globe and are as diverse as ones that require clothes. From family friendly naturist campgrounds complete with vegetable patches to couples-only naughty resorts dedicated solely to revving up your sex drive, these top ten choices are ready to welcome those who want to make the jump from part-time toplessness to full-on frontal.
[Also see our travel articles “The World’s Best Nude Travel Destinations” and “The Ten Best Nude Beaches in the World“]
1. Caliente Caribe, Dominican Republic
Caliente Caribe has a sister resort in Tampa, Florida and also offers erotic cruises. Several weeks a year are set aside solely for nudists, so those who prefer it bare don’t have to run into pesky prudes. Views from every room overlook the sparkling Caribbean, and the attentive staff keep things low-key. If there’s no theme or lifestyle week, it can be pretty quiet, so visitors can choose to enjoy a nearly empty resort or go when a lifestyle week matches their own.
2. Recanto Paraiso, Rio de Janeiro,
When you’re planning your trip to Milan you inevitably think about how you can arrive from the airport to your hotel, or at least to the center. In Milan are three airports: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio. The good thing is that all of them provide airport transfer services.
You can choose a private airport taxi Milan service. You can pre-book a ride, so you won’t have to wait in the airport. Besides, prices are fixed and inclusive. When you arrive in the airport you will meet with one of the drivers. Usually, drivers wait next to the arrivals gate and hold a sign on which is written your name. You will find more information about the exact meeting location in your confirmation mail. In case your flight is delayed, the driver will be announced and informed about your new arrival time.
Moreover, you have a large selection of vehicles to choose from. You can opt for a low cost minivans and sedans or you can opt for a luxury executive bus, minibus or sedan. Plus, it saves you money and time
Singer island located in riviera beach, American. This island has beautiful scenery, especially the beach panorama. There are many attractions that can be visited if traveling there. Many areas, each of which has different atmosphere. Singer island has many attractions that can be visited with an interesting past. If you want spend your holiday time there, Singer Island rentals will help you find the best hotel accommodation with an attractive price for you. It’s the wonderful one and it will be pleasure to enjoy your holiday. there are many advantages that you can get it, one of it is you get the affordable price beside the great destination. Then, singer island will be a good idea to enjoy your holiday. it’s so interesting place if you like beach scenary.
The singer’s natural beauty on the island that makes the island is visited by many tourists. beach on the island including one of the most beautiful in America. Diving and see the beauty of sea at the beach becomes a mandatory activity that you can do when visiting this island. the beauty of coral and sea plants makes you want to longer enjoy the beauty of it. A
Saving for and going on a well-deserved holiday is a great thing and is beneficial for the following reasons. Working all year can create a lot of stress, tension and anxiety for many people. It’s important to be able to get away from it all and relax in a location that is far away from both home and work. In this way, you can feel like you are leaving all your troubles behind. Psychological research informs us that having a change of scenery can do wonders for anxiety. By going on a vacation, you change scenery and also change routine. This reduces levels of stress and brings down levels of cortisol, which is a stress chemical released in the body.
Going on vacation to places that you’ve never been to before can be a great form of education. Not only will you be relaxed, but you will also be open to new experiences and learning about new things. Broadening personal horizons in this way can be a great way to stimulate the brain and remain young and healthy in both body and mind.
Going On Vacation the Smart Way
It’s not always easy to save
Going from one city to another city is such a common thing to do nowadays. We can go from one city to another city for any kinds of reasons. The most common reason is for the business or for the job. When we should be dealing with the clients for example, we should have the meeting out of the town and it means that we should go to the different city. Do you face this kind of condition? If yes, it means that we need to prepare for all of the things like the flight ticket and also for the accommodation.
For the flight ticket, it is so easy for you to have the online booking. Through the online booking, you can choose any flight time and any destination that you want to choose easily. Then, you only need to proceed it to the payment. For the hotel or for the accommodation, you can do it easily too. With the help of Mister Aladin, you can choose any kinds of hotel that you really want to book. Let’s say when you are in city A, you want to spend your days in hotel A. You can find it easily in Mister
Thailand is one extraordinary nation that can be found in the southeast part of the mainland of Asia. Authoritatively, this Southeast Asian country is being alluded to as Kingdom of Thailand. It lies on the Indochina promontory where the shorelines, nature, scenes, and mountain reaches are totally amazing. This wonderful country is taking after an administration arrangement of Monarchy, and its present pioneer is none other than King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He is the ninth Chakri Dynasty’s ruler. This is the motivation behind why he is likewise called Rama IX. Moreover, he assumed control over the position path back in the year 1946 as of not long ago.
The cash of Thailand is called Thai Baht, and it has an exceptionally dynamic capital city that is the city of Bangkok. Bangkok is likewise the business focus of this great nation, and there are various exceptional sights here, which clarifies why there are a huge number of remote vacationers who continue returning this city and in the entire nation as a rule. The various Buddhist sanctuaries are a portion of the reasons why this nation is an extremely famous visitor destination in Asia, as well as in the whole world also.
With the estimated
Having a high mobility in our life is such a normal thing to do. When we move from one place to another place, it means that we have the high mobility. The high mobility is commonly influenced to our activity too. When you have to handle your business for example, you need to go from one city to another city. This is such a normal thing that you can and you have to face. Then, when you have the high mobility like this, you need to prepare for the accommodation too. For the transportation, commonly you need to book the flight tickets. This is a big deal and you need to take it for the fast mobility. The flights commonly will offer you with the good price if you book it some months before.
Then for the accommodation, have you prepared it well? For the accommodation, you can choose the best deal for it. You can get the low price for the hotel with the good facilities. Do you want to have it for your mobility? Here are some tips that you can do for getting the best hotel with the low price. First, you need to do the online booking
These days flying can seem more like a chore than the fashionable adventure it was in the 50’s or 60’s. It was then that airlines like Pan-Am and American turned air travel into something that was affordable to the average tourist and here it is six decades later and air travel has turned into something just that, completely average.
Average is not the word used to describe these airports though. They are the best in the world and many of them are filled with more amenities and luxuries than your average hotel. So read our list of the world’s nicest airports and make an informed decision the next time your travel agent (or online booking site) suggests a flight connection.
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The Century of Asia
It’s the century of Asia, or at least that’s what the Chinese government and American newsweeklies keep saying. While the game of geopolitical chess has yet to be decided, when it comes to airports it’s clear that Asia has a decisive advantage. In fact the top three Asian airports on this list are
Watching the sun set seems like a rare treat with all the day-to-day nonsense, but it’s possible to make it a real luxury by seeing the sun melt into the horizon from a spectacular location. Whether from a mountaintop, next to the ocean, on a glacier or at the top of a skyscraper, looking to the west has never been so inspiring than from these 10 incredible vantage points.
1. Taj Mahal, India
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Dulcet tones of yellow, orange and pink enhance the warm glow of the Taj Mahal at sunset. With such a saturated palette against the white marble and delicate carvings, this striking sunset is a paragon of romance, and one that will whisk away any negative thoughts, along with the sun, into the night.
2. Empire State Building, New York
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This one’s a must for rom-com lovers everywhere. Cemented by Sleepless in Seattle as a place of true love, the Empire State Building evokes a feeling that everything will be alright, especially when watching the sun go down over one of the most vibrant cities on Earth. And who knows, maybe
The title pretty much says it all – if you’re hoping to get away for the weekend somewhere in England or Wales, there are plenty of options available to you. Let’s jump right in with some of the best luxury hotels in the English and Welsh countryside!
A luxury country stay at Nash Hall in Powys
This former threshing barn dates way back, all the way back to the 1600s, in fact. It has since been rather beautifully restored (you’ll be pleased to hear), and has a number of great little pieces such as its very own games room and a proper vintage jukebox.
It is very close to the great Offa’s Dyke Path, so it makes for a fab starting point for any exploration of the area and of Hay-on-Wye. So get to Nash Hall to get your country chic on.
The Hotel and Extreme Academy in Cornwall
If you’re looking to take to the water and try your hand at some surfing, get yourselves down to Cornwall and stay at this hotel just above Watergate Bay, a two-mile long stretch of golden sands famous for its surfing opportunities.
The hotel is nice enough, and all bookings include breakfast, but it’s its in-house Extreme Academy
For many South Korea conjures up images of traffic-laden streets and blinding neon signs, but once travelers leave the capital city of Seoul that image quickly fades into a more serene and complete picture of Korea.
One destination in Korea, that is most certainly a world away from Seoul, is Jeju Island. Located off the southern coast of Korea, Jeju is a volcanic island that has a mesmerizing mixture of sandy beaches and rugged landscapes.
As the island is Korea’s closest thing to Hawaii, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers and honeymooning couples. Besides exploring the natural beauty, the island also has golf courses, casinos and a vibrant nightlife to entertain tourists, but for our look at Jeju we’ll focus chiefly on the natural highlights of the island.
The volcanic Mount Hallasan, at more than 6,000 feet, is Korea’s tallest mountain and it literally dominates the interior of Jeju Island. There are five hiking trails to the top of the mountain, most of which are open year-round. Two trails, Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa, both about nine kilometers long, finish at the absolute top of the volcanic caldera at Baeknok Lake, which is a crater lake.
Another volcanic-themed attraction on the island is the Manjanggul Lava-Tube
It’s true that illegal logging, poachers and globalization are all taking their unfortunate toll on lush Asian terrain and the wildlife it houses. However, many sanctuaries and national parks are doing their part to rehabilitate endangered species and reintroduce them into the wild, as well as to establish eco-tourism adventures. And with so many refuges across Asia, travelers can choose by country, animal or type of adventure for a customized visit to the animal kingdom. To make that choice easier, however, we have collected the ten best places in all of Asia for wildlife watching.
[Also see our travel article “The World’s Best Places to See Wildlife“]
1. Ranthambore National Park, India
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The former hunting grounds of the maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is now one of the largest national parks in northern India. Its main draw is seeing tigers in their natural habitat; however, the park has much more to offer. The 10th-century, 700-foot tall Ranthambore fortress lies within the sanctuary, and visitors can also spot hyenas, wild boar, leopards and a huge variety of local flora and fauna.
2. Woraksan National Park, South Korea
Asia is experiencing a huge travel boom that coincides with the continent’s rising economic fortunes and the outpouring of newly wealthy Chinese travelers who are eager to explore the tourist attractions of their neighbors. Asian countries now account for two of the world’s ten most visited countries, and for the first time ever an Asian city, Bangkok, is the world’s most visited city. We wanted to do something to showcase these up-and-coming Asian destinations, so we put together a ranking of the ten most visited countries in Asia using data compiled by the World Bank on international arrivals.
1. Japan with 6,219,000 foreign visitors each year
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Somewhat surprisingly, Japan is only the tenth most visited country in Asia. This is despite being home to Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities, the second busiest airport in Asia, Tokyo Haneda, and some seriously amazing secondary destinations. Japan’s modest visitor numbers can be explained by its remoteness and its lack of large neighbors, which means that unlike most of the other nations on this list virtually all travelers to Japan must arrive by air.
2. India with 6,309,000 foreign visitors each year
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Egypt is a mysterious country with a rich and ancient culture. In the Sahara Desert pyramids compete with sand dunes for attention; while the country’s arid landscape gives way only for the snaking path of the Nile River. Egypt has been a stopping point for travelers, merchants and conquerors for centuries. The Romans came for Cleopatra and her gold, and tourists today come to see the last surviving wonders of the ancient world.
Egypt is a large country, but a surprising amount of ground can be covered in only ten days. The Arab Spring movement has unsettled Egypt’s political processes, but by most accounts the country is still safe for travel. Just exercise caution in Cairo and avoid political demonstrations, i.e. Tahrir Square.
[Also see our travel article “One Week in Israel“]
Day 1: The last wonder of the ancient world
The Great Pyramid of Giza holds the distinction of being the only surviving member of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is also the biggest tourist draw in Egypt and has been for thousands of years. This wondrous pyramid is an astonishing 4500 years old and reaches a height of 480 ft. It was built to serve as the tomb of
At one time, 4,000 years ago, the ancient city of Luxor was one of the greatest cities in the world. The golden-era of Thebes, as Luxor was then known, lasted for thousands of years and its grandeur rivaled even that of Athens or Rome. Great pharaohs built an almost unbelievable amount of tombs, temples and monuments in the city and its surrounds, which even today retain much of their incredible glory.
Roughly 700 kilometers south of Cairo, Luxor, like most Egyptian cities, sits on the River Nile. The longest river in the world, a small patch of greenery lines the shores of the River Nile as it snakes through the Sahara Desert and its waters are the only reason civilization ever flourished here.
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In Luxor it creates quite the contrast, as the city itself is rather green with its suburbs dominated by small farming plots, but travel just a few minutes outside of the city and one could be forgiven for thinking that the massive sand dunes and mountains of the Sahara were endless.
Today, most travelers begin their holidays to Egypt at Luxor’s international airport, but it is still possible to arrive the traditional
Green hotels aren’t just huts on the beach — and if they are, these exceptionally modern green hotels have luxury in their corner. These ten are just a sampling of a stunning array of how far the eco culture has come and how it can provide a dreamy honeymoon or adrenaline-filled getaway for every type and budget.
10. Adrère Amellal: Desert Ecolodge, Siwa, Egypt
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Step way, way back in time at Adrère Amellal, where beeswax candles replace electric lights and the crisp desert nights stand in for air-conditioning. Set in the protected Siwa Oasis, the ecolodge was hand-built using a mixture of stone, salt water and clay, and blends into the shade of a giant yellow rock mountain. Except for the modern bathrooms and comfortable, locally made beds, the place looks like it hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Leave modernity behind while dining on local organic fruit and veg, and learn the value of an early bedtime and sunrise wake-up call.
9. Six Senses, Con Dao, Vietnam
Six Senses cares for its guests, the environment and its neighbors in equal measure, making it a truly guilt-free splurge. The hotel puts a portion of
Wow. Is all you can say when you walk into the huge living room complete with grand piano and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. And through the windows you can spy the room’s private, infinity-edge pool against the 180-degree uninterrupted backdrop of Hong Kong’s famous city skyline.
This is the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental, and at 7,000 square foot, it’s the largest suite in Hong Kong.
The bathroom, too, is something else. Firstly, the bathtub complete with countless jets is so big that you could fit a whole Hong Kong Rugby Sevens team in it. It’s also perched right by floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering sweeping views of the city while you bathe. The super–high-tech showers also offer the same stunning view. And then there’s the private steam room and sauna. Oh, and Chanel toiletries.
But it’s the suite’s private pool that has really become an iconic image across the world. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s large for worldwide private villa standards, let alone space-starved Hong Kong standards. Nestled alongside the pool is a private sunbathing area. And to the right, a trellised hangout spot where many-a-celebrity has hosted a luxurious private party.
But if the Presidential Suite is a little out of