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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Popular Attraction in Vietnam and Cambodia

Archeologists date Vietnam’s genesis to approximately 300,000 years ago. Official history, however, dates Vietnam’s beginnings to about 4,000 years ago. Although the French governed Vietnam from 1858-1954, the name “Vietnam” conjures images of the war with the United States, which ended more than twenty years ago. Today, Vietnam welcomes tourists from many nations to its lush, green interior, where striking cultural sights and sounds abound. With tropical temperatures year round and the welcoming smiles of its people, the country is a popular destination for tourists seeking an off the beaten track” journey that artfully blends the physical with the spiritual.

Cambodia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand to the south, Thailand to the east, Vietnam to the West, and Laos to the North, was founded from 802 to 1431 A.D., stretching during its peak as far as the Thailand-Burma Border in the west and Wat Phou of Laos in the north. Ancient Khmer rulers enforced unity among and enhanced prosperity, leaving behind exceptional monuments such as Angkor Wat and numerous unique sculptures and artifacts, as well as a people who pride themselves on showcasing their country’s stunning contrasts.

The most popular Vietnam and Cambodian attractions include:
Vietnam Mount Fan Si Pan: the highest mountain in Indo-China, Fan Si Pan is located in the Lè o Cai province in Northwest Vietnam. Dubbed “the Roof of Indochina”, Fan Si Pan also boasts 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. Climbing Fan Si Pan is exhilarating and physical, a true once-in-a-lifetime experience not soon forgotten.

Angkor Wat: the best-preserved temple at Angkor, Cambodia, and the only temple to remain a significant religious center. A prime example of classical style Khmer architectural style, Angkor Wat has drawn high praise for the harmony of its overall design and the overarching sense of spirituality visitors experience.

Angkor Thom: One of the last and most enduring capital cities of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom was established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII and is revered for its large scale construction, widespread use of special weatherized bricks known as laterite, and the “naga”, or cobra-carrying giant monsters on its towers.

Preah Khan: Another temple at Angkor, Cambodia, Preah Khan was also built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII and has remained largely unrestored, with vast trees and vegetation growing among its ruins. According to Wikipedia, “Since 1991, the site has been maintained by the World Monuments Fund. It has continued the cautious approach to restoration, believing that to go further would involve too much guesswork, and prefers to respect the ruined nature of the temple.” Preah Khan is a huge and interesting monastic complex that draws visitors from across the globe.

Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple also built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, was meant to represent a mythical lake in the Himalayas known as Anavatapta, where the waters were believed to cure all manner of illness. Neak Pean was originally designed as one of several hospitals built by the king. Based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance, four pools connect, representing water, earth, fire and wind, with a central water source in the middle. Stepping into these pools was thought to balance the bather’s elements and cure disease. A statue of the god Bahala stands guard to prevent drowning.

East Mebon: A 10th century temple in Angkor, East Mebon was built during the reign of King Rajendravarman and stands today at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir, dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god, and honoring the parents of the king. Exquisitely sculptured, this temple includes freestanding stone elephants, two meters high, at the corners and religious scenes of revered gods elegantly carved on lintels.

Most travelers will never have the opportunity to see these wondrous sites. But now, 25 fortunate participants can partake in a two-week expedition that will literally change their lives forever. Noble-Manhattan Coaching, one of Europe’s longest established coach training companies dedicated to transforming lives and helping others achieve their goals presents Noble-Quest. Founded by Noble-Manhattan CEO Gerard O’Donovan, Noble-Quest is offering this exotic Southeast Asian adventure during October 19th – 31st, 2009. The quest will raise money for a charitable business, The Noble Foundation, committed to helping men and women become self-sufficient through micro-financing, and offers participants an unusual glimpse into the Vietnamese and Cambodian cultures, and the extraordinary opportunity to walk amongst ancient structures and bask in the beauty of these distant lands. Joining the group is Scott Milway, trained by the Deepak Chopra organization in Primordial Sound Meditation and ready to lead daily meditations for the group.

If a stunning destination of natural beauty, rarely seen culture, and ancient artifacts intrigues you, and if the chance to commune with your peers in a deeply spiritual and physically active setting sounds like the perfect way to recharge your batteries, please contact Noble-Quest to reserve your special place for this momentous expedition.

 

Madrid, Spain

If you are visiting Europe for the first time, you should not miss Madrid Spain and its vibrant, colorful and very friendly atmosphere. Moreover, the cost of living in Madrid Spain is slightly cheaper compared to other parts of Europe so if you are on a tight budget, Madrid is a good option for you. This place can offer you a lot of things for less.

Getting Around and Enjoying Your Stay in Madrid

There are plenty of things to see and do while staying in this beautiful city. If you are staying for a few weeks, you will have the luxury of time to explore the city at a leisurely pace. However, if you cannot stay long and you only have a couple of days to explore the city, you need to make sure that you visit some of the most interesting places that Madrid Spain has to offer.

To be able to visit the most interesting parts of the city, you need to understand the general lay-out of the city of Madrid. It will be easier for you to get around the city if you know where the roads are heading. No, it is not difficult to get to know the general lay-out of the city. Just get a map or a GPS then use this tool to find your way around.

Exploring Madrid Spain During the Day

When exploring Madrid during the day, you should start with visiting the museums and galleries with the city. Since there are many museums and galleries around the city, you need to narrow your choices to at least two of the most interesting ones. Why only two? Museums in Madrid Spain are huge and they contain a lot of things that are worth seeing.

You cannot possible visit more than two of these places in a day without getting worn-out. Besides, if you only have very limited time to explore Madrid Spain, you need to go to places other than Museums and galleries. Remember that Madrid Spain is not just about museums and galleries.

Exploring Madrid at Night

Madrid Spain has some of the finest bars and restaurants in Europe. The nightlife in this part of the world is also spectacular. If you love to party, you have to check out some of the bars around Madrid before you leave the city.

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Travel Destinations For Hiking

The Alps

This impressive mountain range is ideal for hikers who wish to revel in the many cultural delights of Europe whilst enjoying some outstanding scenery. The larger peaks such as Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Western Europe) are particularly popular with experienced hikers but can also be dangerous due to the risk of avalanches and sudden changes in weather conditions. A popular resort is Chamonix (France) which is an ideal base from which to hike across the popular mountains of Aiguille de Bionnassay, Aiguille du Midi and Dèmes de Miage.

Yosemite National Park

The incredible scenery of Yosemite in California is perfect for all hikers, from beginners upwards. Experienced hikers can take a cable car up Half Dome or head up to the top of Yosemite Falls and enjoy phenomenal panoramic views from there.

Iceland

Hot springs, dramatic caves and cliffs, impressive waterfalls and the unique, vibrant Nordic culture has given Iceland a reputation as one of the world’s premier hiking destinations. During the months of June and July, hikers can enjoy almost constant daylight and witness stunning ‘near’ sunsets lasting for hours around the midnight twilight, when the sun stays just above the horizon before rising again.

The Rocky Mountains, USA

These mountain ranges are a haven for hikers. Camping holidays are hugely popular in this wilderness and there is no shortage of outstanding scenery, with clear blue lakes, snow capped peaks and beautiful forests attracting millions of tourists to the Rocky Mountains every year.

Gorges du Verdon, France

This is the second largest canyon in the world (after the better known Grand Canyon) and undoubtedly one of the world’s great hiking Destinations. Explore this deep gorge with a boat ride along the Verdon River by starting off at the stunning mountain village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie before finishing off in beautiful Castellane several days later.

New Zealand

The colours and natural light of New Zealand are so distinctive to these islands that New Zealand has sometimes been described as the world’s best country for hiking. The dramatic mountains, rivers, lakes, volcanoes and marvellous clean beaches are popular with hikers from around the globe, particularly British tourists.

Blue Mountains, Australia

Just a short drive from the city of Sydney, the Blue Mountains contain exceptional rock formations and caves, such as the Three Sisters and Jenolan Cave and beautiful waterfalls including the Wentworth Falls and Katoomba Falls.

South Africa

The view of Table Mountain is one of the finest in Africa and is relatively easy to reach. Deep in the rural wilderness of this country there are many hiking routes and organisations that provide appropriate safety equipment and resources. The scenery here is much greener and more temperate in its appearance than that of the rest of the continent.

Norway

Dramatic fjords, a rugged coastline and magnificent mountain walks make Norway a premier destination for hikers during the spring and summer in particular. The very long days between May and July allow even more time to enjoy the wonderful scenery here.

The Amazon rainforest

This is a unique destination for hiking, with its superb range of wildlife and stunning tropical plants. A paradise for nature lovers and also ideal for those who don’t mind the high humidity and consistently high temperatures.

Top Tourist Destinations Around The World

1. Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a popular place that everyone wants to visit. Many travelers all over the world would love to see Los Angeles as the Hollywood is located here. It is also a hub of television movies and television shows. It has got 5 major airports that make the travelers more convenient. They can enjoy their traveling with rent a car service instead of hiring service providers. Los Angeles also called LA has got a world class cuisine. It is a cosmopolitan area. Art lovers can enjoy visiting the Paul Museum and it has got a Wide collection of art Gallery. Los Angeles has many Mexican restaurants and shops. It also got sunny beaches to enjoy your vacation. Venice beach and the Santa Monica are the famous beach is located in an impressive area. On the whole, LA is a wonderful destination to travel during all seasons.

2. Thailand

Thailand is a land of smiles as you can find many friendly people welcome you with a nice smile on their face which is really a great pleasure. It is one of world’s most exotic and colorful countries. It is the marvelous tourist spot provides more tourist entertainments compared to any other travel destination in Southeast Asia Region. It will fascinate you with the wonderful sights of an ancient civilization and it has got magnificent culture. The wonderful beaches at Phuket and Pattaya give you the utmost joy of the Nature. Thailand has wonderful dining. It has luxury spa will help you to refresh your mind and body and turn you to have a sound health.

3. France

France is also one of the top travel destinations in the word. France is a center city located in the Europe. The country has lot of artistic structure and beautiful attractions. It has a pleasant weather condition. Paris is another beautiful city of France. It is the capital city of France. It is also called as the charming city contains many tourist spots. All the cities and town has something unique to offer. Travelers can really enjoy their vacation being in France. It has got three big cities has tremendous tourist spots. They are Paris, Lyon and Marseille. It has got admirable churches and civic museums, rocky seas and the cliffs across the Atlantic coast. France is a breath taking tourist attraction place.

4. Walt Disney World, US

This is the famous travel destinations that everyone knows. No more specific explanation is required. It is the magical destination for the kids and even elders love to enjoy with the Disney cartoon characters. You can enjoy your time with the live cartoon shows that the real Disney characters would play for you. Enjoy seeing the pirates, Mickey Mouse, princess, Winnie the Pooth. It’s full of laugh and fun. Many parents would love to take their kids to Walt Disney World but they would think that they have to afford lot of money and it’s so expensive. But we have many cheap tourist packages.

5. Switzerland

Switzerland is a water tower of Europe. It is a charming city with lot of lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls. There are plenty of beautiful destinations in Switzerland to enjoy your vacation. It is a wonderful place to get away from summer. You can enjoy swimming on the cool river. The waterfalls in Switzerland are spectacular. Swiss chocolates are worldwide famous. It is the best known place for its fine cheeses, wonderful scenery, and old towns. Swiss provides utmost relaxation for the body and the mind. Ultimately, it’s a wonderful travel destination.