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Jeju Island South Korea Island of the Gods

Korea-Tour-Jeju-Island-Gama-Anantara-1Dubbed the island of the Gods, Jeju Island (locally called Jejudo) is a premier vacation destination not only for Koreans but for international tourists. In many ways, Jeju has been groomed to be a tourism hub so it offers something for everyone, families, honeymooners, and outdoor enthusiasts.

There are two major cities on Jeju that lie on the central northern and southern region of the island respectively; and these are the capital Jeju City and Seogwipo. Most visitors land at the airport in Jeju City. As expected, it has a plethora of accommodation options, bars, shops, restaurants and other commercial establishments. But it is interesting to note that the most prominent attractions on the island are outside Jeju City. From here you have options to either book tours to the attractions or rent transport and drive yourself. Seogwipo is an excellent alternative base for people exploring the island. This is the home of many attractions including the Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex and the Jeju World Cup Stadium.

However, if you do not like staying in the urban areas, you can

Discovering the Wonders of Naejangsan National Park South Korea

11Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Korea, Naejangsan National Park is also one of the earliest regions officially designated as a national park in the country. You will find this magnificent park in province of Jeolla-do, specifically within the Honamjeongmaek range which links to the Baekdudaegan vicinity, often called the Backbone of Korea. Encompassing a land area of 81.7 square kilometers, Naejangsan covers three districts, which are Baegamsan, Ibamsan and Naejangsan.

Naejangsan National Park is known for its mountainous peaks, which although not relatively high, have unique formations. The park is home to almost 1000 plant species as well as more than 1,880 animal species, so there are plenty of the flora and fauna to discover! Some say that the true beauty of Naejangsan National Park comes out during autumn, when the crimson leaves from thousands of trees fall to the ground creating an enchanting scene. This is the ultimate reason why Naejangsan is arguably the best mountain spot to visit in South Korea during this period.

But the trees are not the only things that

Rome The City of Love

unduhan (5)It is also known as the City of Love, as its name has been derived from the Italian word “AMOR” which is spelled backwards as ROMA that means love. Love is forever in the air in this divine city. Rome has a number of attractions that make it all the more beautiful and worth visiting once. You’ll surely like to come back if you have already spent a vacation here. Here are some more reasons that will make you explore this incredible destination if you haven’t done that yet.

1. Colosseum: The Colosseum is one of the most ancient architectures in the city of Rome. It happens to be an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It was used for gladiator battles, theatre, hunting animal, battle re-enactments, executions and many other purposes.

2. The Vatican: The Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, which is also the smallest country of the world. The cultural sites such as, St. Peter Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum are a part of this small yet attractive city.

3. Trevi Fountain: The Trevi Fountain is

The Hidden Majesty of Lake Chini Malaysia

unduhan (4)Lake Chini is the second biggest natural freshwater lake in Malaysia. Although not really one of the most famous sites for tourists visiting the country, the lake is an attractive option to backpackers, nature lovers and travelers who love to go the off-the-beaten-path-way.

The lake lies about 85 kilometers from the city of Kuantan, and according to historians, it might have been the site of an ancient Khmer city. Lake Chini is made up of 13 interconnecting water bodies. It is surrounded by thick forests and its shores are populated by a couple indigenous tribes who believe that the lake is mystical and is home to a monster guardian called Naga Dir Gumum. The Jakun tribe’s largest population lives in the lake the area. These people still maintain most of their traditional way, but they have also embraced tourism, demonstrating their crafting skills to visitors.

When it comes to biological resources, Lake Chini is quite blessed. It boasts hundreds of flora, non-aquatic vertebrates and freshwater fish species. The location also attracts bird watchers who usually visit during the months of October through March in time for the

The Glorious Royal Abbey of Fontevraud France

unduhan (3)The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud) was definitely one of the largest and most significant French monasteries in the Middle Ages. Its history goes back to 1100, when a preacher named Robert d’Arbissel was seeking to establish a place of worship in a remote location.

Soon a new monastic order was born in Fontevraud and spread all over France. The abbey complex that people see today was remodeled by the wealthy personalities that became benefactors of the order. The then count of Anjou, Henry II Plantaganet and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine were among them. After some time, Henry eventually became King of England.

The Abbey is comprised of four sections which housed the monk and nun residents headed by an abbess, as well as the sick people that sought refuge in the abbey. During the time of Napoleon in the early 19th century, the abbey was transformed into a prison. By the dawn of the 20th century, the Fontevraud Abbey underwent restoration spearheaded by Lucien Magne. These days, the exquisitely restored abbey complex is an important site in Anjou France, acting as both

The Lovely Castel Pergine in Trento Italy

unduhan (2)Do you want to spend a night or two at a real storybook castle without breaking the bank? Then Castel Pergine is certainly your ideal travel destination.

Situated in Trentino, Italy and perched on a hill in the western Dolomites, Castel Pergine is the genuine 13th century castle on the renowned Roman road. Despite the passing of centuries, Pergine has managed to maintain its marvelous medieval architecture, offering its guests magnificent views of Lake Cadonazzo and the upper Sugana Valley.

Once owned by the Dukes of Austria and the Emperor Maximilian I, this Italian castle was converted into a hotel by the turn of the 20th century. Today, Pergine is privately owned by the Swiss family Oss Emer and makes the perfect accommodation for mid-budget minded tourists. It has 20 rooms and 3 towers of varying sizes and furnishing. In general, the rooms are not large or super luxurious but they are comfortable and exhibit a contemporary style. For instance, you can book a nice double bedroom with bathroom and breakfast for around $165.

If by chance you are unable to book a room at this

A Luxury Train Ride on the Belmond Royal Scotsman

belmond-royal-scotsman-2upA train ride that combines outstanding scenery and luxury- this is the experience that Belmond Royal Scotsman offers its passengers. Dubbed as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Royal Scotsman takes you into an incredible journey through the Highlands of Scotland. The journey promises to be one that is immensely memorable and enjoyable.

Royal Scotsman’s inclusive approach to passenger amenities and services ensure passengers do not have to worry about the costs; as a train ticket includes not only accommodation and meals, but also alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as other leisure activities. The train carries a maximum of 36 passengers on a given trip. If you are one of the lucky guests, you will get to sleep in one of its posh single or twin state cabins complete with modern amenities like en suite bathroom. Royal Scotsman is also equipped with an Observation Car, an elegant space that gives you the opportunity to mingle with fellow travelers.

But being on the Belmond Royal Scotsman does not mean that you will only be staying on

The Picturesque Village of Tellaro Italy

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Big things come in small packages. This is what the Italian village of Tellaro seems to embody as it mesmerizes tourists with charm and beauty. Nestled on a dramatic harbor at the eastern most tip of the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti) and surrounded by cliff-top roads, Tellaro can be found in the renowned province of Liguria, Northern Italy. And because it is in the same region as other more prominent towns like Portofino and Vernazza, Tellaro is often overlooked by tourists. Nevertheless, it is every bit of picturesque as these other towns, and without the crowd.

With a history that goes all the way back to the Etruscan times, Tellaro has managed to maintain its small fishing village persona – serene and laid back, despite its every potential to become a tourism magnet. There are no upmarket shops or fashion boutiques here. What you have is the vast expanse of the ocean staring out you. While in Tellaro, you will rediscover the simple delights of life such as walking through narrow

Volcanoes of Iceland

11 Apr 2013, Acireale, Sicily, Italy --- Acireale, Italy. 11th April 2013 -- Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, pictured as it spews red hot lava into the night sky over Sicily. -- Mount Etna has yet again erupted red lava, spewing it into the sky over Sicily. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. --- Image by © Angela Platania/Demotix/Corbis

Some say Iceland is a volcano. That may or may not be true, but sitting squarely as it does right on top of one of the world’s most active undersea hotspots, it’s certainly one of the more geologically exciting places to be!

As far as volcanos go, Iceland has something to suit almost every taste. Fancy a classic cone design? Take a drive to Snæfellnes to visit the (possibly) dormant but lovely Snæfell volcano, and even climb to the top if you’d like. Are you more into fissures? Go see the Laki rift which last erupted in 1782, and caused climate changes as

Waterfalls in Iceland

unduhan (1)The thunder of tons of water endlessly falling onto the riverbed below. The spray of fine, cool mist swirling in the air. The constant power, strong enough to change the landscape yet somehow silken soft. A waterfall is an amazing experience!

Here in Iceland we bring you close to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, or foss, in the world. Dettifoss, or Fallling Falls, made famous in movies like Prometheus, is Europe’s most powerful. Skógarfoss, or Forest Falls, is said to hide a hidden treaure ~ a chest of gold and riches sits behind its intense veil. The waters of Goðafoss, or Gods Falls, are watched over by lava formations that have commanded respect for over a millennia. And of course Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, with its wide and graceful tiers poses picture perfect for visitors in all seasons. And in between these beauties, silver lining the bare mountains, are thousands of smaller foss, most with names and a story or two behind them. Some are seasonal, appearing with the spring thaws, while others stay the year round, freezing into odd winter shapes. But all bring us drop

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming USA

unduhanAlthough it may not be as popular as it neighbor Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park is still stands as a very magnificent green space, often admired for its impressive mountains. Situated in the Rocky Mountains in Northwest Wyoming, United States; Grand Teton’s imposing peaks are a geological masterpiece. Decorated by coniferous forests and alpine meadows, granite pinnacles; the Teton peaks are divided into three groups – the Grand, Middle and South Tetons.

Aside from the mountains, the national park also showcases a selection of crystal clear lakes, streams and a number of hiking paths. So what does one do at Grand Teton? Apparently a lot of activities that will especially thrill adventure seekers. But even if you are not the outdoor type, it is clear that this amazing national park’s beauty has all the potential to inspire the nature lover out of you.

One prominent section of the park is the broad lush valley called Jackson Hole, which is a world renowned ski resort. Some guests are more drawn to getting panoramic views of Grand Teton, and fortunately, there are exceptional lookouts to choose from. If

Cappadocia Turkey

unduhan (91)Cappadocia situated in Central Anatolia meaning the Land of Beautiful Horses in the Persian language, comprises the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir. Major towns include Uchisar, Avanos, Urgup, Derinkuyu, Kaymakli and Ihlara.

Millions of years ago, the volcanos of Erciyes, Hasandag and melendiz mountains erupted and covered Cappadocia with a layer of tuff. Over millennia, this tuff layer was eroded, producing earth formations that, in turn, inspired cave art that has carried the imprint of ancient civilisations to our times. The earliest human settlements in Cappadocia date to the Palaeolithic Period, and the written history of the region goes back to the Hittites. Throughout its history, Cappadocia has served as an important trading post and bridge between the various lands of the Silk Road.

In the Upper Miocene epoch, the volcanos under the lakes erupted and spouted lava. The lava formed a plateau, a landscape that smaller eruptions constantly altered. During the Upper Pliocene epoch, the Kizilirimak River, together with lesser streams and lakes, cut deep into the tuff plateau, and the region gradually began to take its present shape.

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Buck Island in the US Virgin Islands

unduhan (90)Considered by many to be the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea, Buck Island Reef National Monument is a popular day-trip destination for people visiting St. Croix. This region is one of the prominent sections of the US Virgin Islands. Established in 1961, through a Presidential proclamation, Buck Island and its surrounding waters is a fully protected marine area within a National Park System.

This gorgeous island covers 176 acres of land area and is enveloped with the elk horn coral barrier reef. The coral system is highly admired for its extraordinary formation, and is home to an abundant number of underwater animals, which include reef fish, crustaceans and hawks bill turtles.

Since the island is a highly protected destination; don’t expect to find the usual water sports like jet skiing, fishing, surfing and kite surfing conducted here, as they are all prohibited. But what you can truly enjoy while here is hanging out on the beach, having picnics, swimming, snorkeling and just soaking in the tranquil and secluded ambiance. Although scuba diving is not permitted at the

Grand Canyon Helicopters Offer Adventure And Scenic Wonder As Summer Winds Down

helicopter gcSummer is almost gone, so it’s time to plan a fun getaway to send it off in style. What could be more fun than taking an air tour of the Grand Canyon? If that sounds like a good plan, then here are some tips for having a great time and getting a good deal.

Prepare For Hot Weather

Even though summer is about gone, the temperatures are still hot at the canyon. Temperatures can soar about midday, so if you want to stay cool, pick a tour that leaves early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Sunrise and sunset tours are idea because it’s cooler then, and also, the scenery is a lot more colorful.

The helicopters used on these tours offer climate control, so you’ll be comfortable while you’re in the air, but if you take a landing tour, be prepared for the intense heat when you get out of the chopper. You’ll want to wear lightweight clothes and sun protection in the form of sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.

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Great Britain As a Tourism Destination

unduhan (88)Steeped in centuries of History, the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, collectively known as Great Britain have so much to offer the tourist. I am originally from England now living in Canada and to be honest I never appreciated the beauty and history of Britain when I lived there. Now after living in Canada for many years I’ve come to appreciate the history and culture of these magnificent islands that make up Great Britain.

Canada where I now live is a wonderful Country and has much to offer as well, but in a different way as a young country of just over 200 years it just doesn’t have the History offered in Great Britain.

The quaint, scenic country British roads inevitably lead to an historic pub or a cute Bed and Breakfast. Britain is steeped in extremes, the Yorkshire Moors with it’s stone cottages and wandering sheep, the Lake District with it’s magnificent lakes, numerous Castles dotted throughout the countries, the many Art Galleries and tourist sites, unique cities like Chester with it’s Tudor Buildings, walled cities like York. Centuries of history mixed with modern

Our Heavenly Experience at the Flamenco Beach in Culebra San Juan Puerto Rico

531d109421ec7ab3f63c012fd39f93e3It was a summery evening, and the heat was pleasantly intense. Wandering through Old San Juan’s blue cobblestone streets hand in hand, soaking up the history of the stately old buildings around us, my fiancé and I felt like we had stepped into another era. On some streets, particularly the older ones, we felt as if we were in Spain at the time of the conquistadors, while on others, the French colonial influences were unmistakable, reminding us of New Orleans. Colors were everywhere around us, in the dress of the well-tanned Puerto Ricans, in the fresh fruit juices, smoothies, iced teas, and ice-cream on sale on nearly every street, in the bright kites soaring on the azure sky in the distance.

Yesterday, on the day of our arrival here, we had settled comfortably at the charming La Terraza de San Juan, a centrally-located hotel which captures so well the spirit of the place. After refreshing ourselves in the swimming pool on the rooftop, we had gone on a quick tour of the historic forts and fortresses which San Juan so abounds

The Advantage Of Having A Beach Vacation

unduhan (87)Having a vacation is really needed for you to be refreshed and be more productive when you come back at work. Most people nowadays need to escape to extract themselves from their usual routine and transplant their lives somewhere beautiful, just to breathe and get a fresh perspective of their lives and the world, even for just a few days.

For many people, having a beach vacation is the best relaxation. There’s an abundance of scenic places to escape to and a lot of activities you can do.

Finding the perfect beach in your area is the key. If you’re inclined to think that’s it’s just like any other seaside escape, you’re greatly mistaken; this place has a charm uniquely its own. The local vibe is most certainly not similar to other beach towns in the country, and if you intend to bring your entire family with you for a holiday, you will find that it has more delightful provisions to ensure convenience for you and your company. Check out the advantage you can get from having a beach

The Marvelous Semmering Railway in Austria

unduhan (86)Imagine riding a train on a track nestled on high mountains and covering a distance of more than 40 kilometers. This is not just a figment of the imagination as the Semmering Railway is very much real! Even though the railway was built in the late 19th century it is still considered one of the greatest achievements in the field of civil engineering.

About 20,000 men were commissioned to carve limestone rocks to pave way for the track. It is remarkable that the excellent quality of the tunnels, viaducts and overall infrastructure of Semmering, guaranteed that the railway would be in great condition for years to come. It is no wonder that Semmering Railway is hailed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

But aside from amazing engineering, the reason travelers should experience Semmering is because of the spectacular views of the mountainous landscape in between the Austrian towns of Gloggnitz and Murzzuschlag. The train ride on this railway highlights everything that is majestic about the eastern Austrian Alps and the Hungarian plains. The trains originally used for the track

Love in Tokyo

images (16)The title for this post came into my mind while I was in the Tokyo metro. But later I remembered the Bollywood movie with the same title released in the 1960’s. Since it was a romantic drama movie set in Japan, it quite aligns with the story I want to share through this post. As I was sitting in the cathay pacific flight to Japan I stretched my legs, looked out of the window and thought to myself that its been a long time since I had taken a break from the long hectic schedule of work and stress that I was enduring for a couple of years now. Although the season of cherry blossom had gone and it was the grey month of the year always cloudy and raining, I was so refreshed to walk along the streets of Kashiwanoha, a small place in the outskirts of Tokyo, that it was like sakura blossoming in my heart. Sometimes the sun would peep from the nimbus laden sky and I would sit on a chair in the balcony to see the beautiful wilderness in the golden sunshine.

Travel Tips When Going to Safaris

unduhan (85)Here are some general guidelines that can help you when going on safaris:

1. Personal safety – in any place that you travel to, you must ensure your personal safety.

• Do not bring huge amounts of cash.
• Your passport, cash, and other travel documents should be in a pouch under your shirt or stuffed in your daypack or camera bag.
• Watch your personal bags closely while walking in jam-packed places, such as on the streets, restaurants, markets, and airports.
• Do not walk alone in the evening.
• When going out, consider your cash, passport, and airline tickets in the lodge or hotel safe.
• Do not bring any jewelry during your travel. It is best to leave them at home.
• Valuables, such as your camera, handbag, wallet pouch, and mobile phones, should be kept hidden, and definitely not in your car hire, tour bus, or back seat. Make sure also that you do not leave them in your room at safari lodges or camps.

2. Travel insurance – obtain travel insurance as soon

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