Top 10 travel destinations in South Asia

February 14th, 2014 by cooldude

travel destinations in South AsiaSouth Asia mainly comprises the countries which lie between the Indian Ocean and the Himalayan Range and the Indus river valleys and the Ganga. It is a triangular shaped landmass that has some of the best destinations which you may visit. Given below are the top ten travel destinations in South Asia:

• Bangkok- this place is full of Buddhist temples which are exquisitely decorated. The gourmet meal together with the dance and architecture makes this place a must visit. The nightclubs and the restaurants are amazing and you should never miss Siam Niramit, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and The Grand Palace.

• Tokyo- Tokyo is an exciting place to be in with its modern drabness. When you visit Tokyo you should first visit The Imperial Palace which is home to the Emperor. In addition to this the Edo Tokyo Museum should also be visited. The Sensoji Temple also attracts many tourists as it is the oldest temple in the city. You should also see the Tokyo Tower and Meiji Jingu.

• Beijing- the works of Kublai Khan and the historical artifacts which are present in Beijing are some of the reasons why this place is so popular. It is home to some historical places such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Hall of Preserving Harmony and many other places. You should not miss out on the Great Wall of Mutianyu, the Temple of Heaven and The Palace Museum.

• Shanghai- it is regarded as the modern face of China which is filled with people who love shopping and good food. It has a beeline of stores, fashionable restaurants and the city is always fun filled. The Bund, Shanghai Museum and Oriental Pearl Tower should not be missed when you visit Shanghai.

• Siem Reap- it is a fast growing city and the night life here is wonderful. It has some ancient temples which make the city all the more beautiful. The Angkor Archaeological Park, the Bayon Temple and the Angkor Wat are some places which you must visit when you are in Siem Reap.

• Chiang Mai- the restaurants, hotels, trendy bars and ancient temples are the main attraction here. Patara Elephant Farm, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep are also some important places where you can visit.

• Hong Kong- it is home to some of the best restaurants and bakeries and it is widely known for the egg tarts, pineapple buns and fish balls. Some of the beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong are Hong Kong Skyline, Victoria Harbor and Big Buddha.

• Singapore- it is a busting Petropolis but is also one of the safest and cleanest cities in South Asia. Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore Zoo and National Orchid Garden are some of the great places where the tourists visit when they are in Singapore.

• Kyoto- this is a very romantic place with some great destinations to visit such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Golden Pavilion.

• Male- this is an island in Maldives and is filled with beautiful places like National Museum, Dive The World Maldives and Male Fish Market.

Honeymoon trip to Mexico

December 30th, 2013 by cooldude

Honeymoon trip to MexicoNewly married? Looking for options where you can go for a lovely honeymoon? But do not want it to empty your pockets totally? Well the answer you are looking for might just be Mexico. Mexico being a very short plane ride from most cities in the US, travelling expenses might be pretty nominal. Also its beaches and its beauty make Mexico an ideal honeymoon destinations for newlyweds. Below are some of the most romantic locations for a honeymoon in Mexico.

Banyan Mayakoba Riviera Maya

The Banyan Mayakoba Riviera Maya is a resort located on the Yucatan Peninsula shore and can be reached by a shuttle ride from the Cancun International Airport. The resort has over 130 private pool villas, each providing a view of the Caribbean Sea. It also has other facilities such as spa treatments and golf courses. 10 minutes ahead of the resort and you will find Playa del Carmen, a fun place for you to spend the day off from the resort with your spouse.

Valentin Imperial Maya

This might be the ideal place for your honeymoon, because the Valentin Imperial Maya resort is a strictly adults only resort. It is located on a beach, the Playa del Secreto (Secret Beach), and is not far from Cancun. Here you and your spouse can enjoy nine restaurants, eleven bars, two swimming pools and a direct access to the beach. The resort being all inclusive, you can enjoy everything that it has to offer.

El Dorado Maroma

45 minutes south of the Cancun Airport is the El Dorado Maramo, one of the most romantic resorts in Mexico, and again strictly adults. You can choose from a variety of suites, such as Jacuzzi suites and Oceanside view suites. If you do not want to just relax on the beach, you can participate in diving, kayaking and sports fishing with your better half.

Exciting Vacation to California

December 1st, 2013 by cooldude

Vacation to CaliforniaThe conditions of California are very favorable to go travelling in the vacations. Tourism is the main source of earnings for the people in California. No matter what you want to enjoy, you will definitely find here. You will find over 120 beaches and some of them are over 1000 miles long in length. Some of the must places to visit are:

a) Hidden Valley: This place is located in the Joshua Tree National Park which is surrounded on all sides by walls of granite. The sold rock that is found here has enough of places for holding by hands and foot so it is a very exciting place for rock climbers. This national park is located is located in a desert area near Los Angeles. This place also has boulders jumbled up in the way of building blocks and hence it is also a favorite spot for boulder climbers.
b) Coronado Beach: This island is linked to San Diego by a bridge. This is a very enjoyable place for surfing, sailing, playing volleyball, riding bike and basking in the sun. There are residential areas, restaurants and boutiques. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the pacific ocean.
c) The thousand Island Lake is located in the Inyo National Forest. This alpine lake was made famous by the black and white photography of Ansel Adam. This forest is located in the Sierra Nevada region of California. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Banner Peak and the volcanic geology. Fishing is a very famous sport here. You can also grill the fish for your dinner.
d) Sea Ranch in Sonoma County: This place is located at a distance of about 100 miles from San Francisco, It can be a very important holiday spot. There houses are built with timber frames and the use of unpainted wood is done on the exteriors of the house.

Tips to mind while traveling with tiny tots

November 21st, 2013 by cooldude

traveling with tiny totsDo you have a proposed journey or travel schedule in the pipeline? Are you kind of worried because you have got tiny tots to take care of? Well it appears that you tend to have some ungrounded fears. Having tiny tots is a situation but it cannot ruin the mirth that you are going to have. Here are some of the most important tips to mind while traveling with tiny tots. Keep a close eye on them.

• In the first place you are definitely going to make it sure that you are going to keep certain important things with you. You do need to carry antibacterial soaps, clothes, liquids, sick bags, toilet rolls as well as all other vital stuffs. You bet that they are going to come real handy during the travel.
• You do need to make it a point that you are going to select or pick up a light schedule. If the itinerary is light then the kids are not going to get bored up. Chances are that they are not going to fall ill as well.
• You do need to make it a point that you are going to carry a particularly beneficial stuff which happens to be none other than the rubbish bags. You bet that they are going to come real handy during the travel.
• You do need to make it a point that you are going to halt at some museums. Zoos, theme parks etc. As a matter of fact, these are the exact places which are going to act as attractions to them. You bet that your kids are going to like them very much.

These are definitely the most important tips to mind while traveling with tiny tots, Make it sure that you are not at all going to skimp on these vital ones. They are really going to make your travel or journey an experience to cherish in your memory.

Why go to Amsterdam?

October 27th, 2013 by cooldude

Amsterdam travelAmsterdam offers an unforgettable trip to everyone who set their feet in this city. Given its splendid attractions this Dutch capital manages to attract eager tourists all throughout the year and never lets them go back without the most beautiful experience. Amsterdam the capital city of Netherlands is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, doing anything here would give you something to remember forever. Whether it be taking a trip to the national museum, just waking by the canals or even having a good cuppa from any of the cafes of the city- any of this would fill you with a good mood.

An enchanting garden called Begijhnof is a must see place in Amsterdam. This beautiful garden is planted in the midst of the archaic Dutch houses. The serenity and calmness surrounding this place takes you away to a whole new world-A world without the usual chaos and hubbub of city life. The Van Gogh museum is another must see place in Amsterdam. If you are interested in art and architecture this is the place you should not miss. This museum contains the largest collection of the paintings of Van Gogh. There are around 550 sketches and 200 paintings and letters from the artist. The Dutch capital also has this very interesting must-visit Anne Frank house.

Amsterdam is also referred to as ‘the Venice of the North’. This is because of the most famous attraction here being the 3 main canals and a number of its counterparts which make up the main tourist destination. You can either cycle along the canals or plan out a cruise, both will be worth it. Then there is the National museum of Netherlands- Rijksmuseum which you must visit. It has works from the 17th century which is marked as the golden era of the Dutch.

These sightseeing places make Amsterdam worth visiting.

Traveling to Turkey with your pet

October 17th, 2013 by cooldude

Traveling to TurkeyAre you planning a trip to Turkey and want to take your beloved pet along with you? Well, for travelling to Turkey with your pet, you will have to go through a multi-step process and you will have to set up quite a few appointments, your pet needs to get the immunization shots and you will also have to get a certificate of good health for your pet. You will also have to keep in mind that flying with your pet in the cabin is way easier than flying the pet in a cargo hold as the latter involves significant delay. Also securing approval from customs is a fairly costly affair.

You will first have to call the airline pet department and find out whether your pet can travel in the cabin or will have to travel in the cargo holder. While talking to the department representative make sure that you clearly specify the type of pet that you will be traveling with. The Turkish Air allows pets to travel in cabin and you should try and book your tickets with them as pets in cargo hold will involve a lot of extra paperwork. Most airlines have a few requirements for flying with pets and you must make sure that you meet all these requirements.

Next, you will have to make sure that your pet gets all the immunization shots. Dogs and cats need rabies vaccine before entering Turkey and your pet has to be immunized by a state approved veterinarian so that your pet gets the Form 7001 (certificate of good health). This will certify that your pet is fit to travel by air (required by all airlines) and your pet is healthy (a requirement for entering Turkey). When you arrive in Turkey, make sure that you have all the required documents with you. If your pet is in the cargo area you will have to pay 500 Turkish Lira to release your pet.

Tips to organize a school ski trip

September 17th, 2013 by cooldude

school ski tripAre you in the management or governing body of some school? Are you planning to organize a ski trip for the students of your school recently? Well, before you set out for the ski tip there are many factors you should take in to consideration to avert any possible accidents. This article will take you through some of those factors for your convenience. The first thing you should keep in mind that the boys and girls you will be taking to the ski trip are minor and haven’t got gull maturity. So, it is very necessary that you talk individually to the parents of each of the student and seek their permission before you taker ward for the ski trip. Many schools just serve a notice to the students while organizing such excursion trips and ask them to bring a No Objection Letter from their parents. This is not the correct approach because it had been seen that many boys simply don’t inform their parents and bring a forged letter to go to the excursion. So it is always advisable you talk face to face to the guardian of every student individually.

Also, before you go for a ski trip you must know who all already know skiing because it is simply not possible for you to take the students out there and teach them how to ski. Even if you do that there is a high chance of some serious accident. Understanding the health condition of each and every student is also very important and you should arrange a medical checkup camp prior to the trip. You find that few students have asthma or similar problems and so they are not fit for the trip. Also when the main thing that is the money part comes, it is advisable that you talk directly to the guardian rather to the student. Because in the past it is seen that students adopt unfair means to arrange money for the trip.

Top 3 places to visit during winter

September 6th, 2013 by cooldude

travel in winterWith winter just around the corner you would definitely be making some plans to go for a vacation. Going on a long vacation often takes that stress away from your whole body and keeps you fresh and energetic. Given below are three best places that you can visit during the winter season:

• Cappadocia, Turkey: one of the most popular holiday destinations for people is Turkey and Cappadocia is one of the busiest destinations of Turkey because of its ancient underground cities, the marvelous rock formations and also other places. This city is located 450 miles away from Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey. If you visit this place in winter then you should bring some heavy winter garments because it is really chilly during winter. You would also have to bring waterproof boots for the underground adventures.
• Whistler, Canada: this is basically a mountain range located in Canada which is perfect for seekers and skiers who love some adventure whenever they are on a vacation. It has some of the best views and which place you go it would be a pleasure to your eyes. A ski gear and shearling coat is a must when you visit this place during the winter season and you would also need to carry sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the cold rays of the sun.
• Buenos Aires, Argentina: if you are not fond of the cold during winters then you should visit Buenos Aires. It is a rather warm place famous for the great food, exciting dances and last but not the least the wine. In this city you can enjoy 24 hours a day and you will surely find people to accompany you. the atmosphere of the place is very nice and that is the main reason why people are so enthusiastic to visit this place during winters.

A Tour at Ko Tao, Thailand’s Little Paradise

August 23rd, 2013 by wholetravel

bangkokIn an article published by Yahoo! Travel, Bangkok has finally overtaken London as the world’s most popular destination. According to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2013, the Southeast Asian city received 15.98 million tourists in 2013 as compared to London’s 15.96 million. MasterCard reported that the activities and allures such as spicy Thai cuisine, ancient temples, huge Buddha statues, shopping malls are what lured in millions of tourists to visit the Southeast Asian paradise.

If you’re going to divide that 15.96 million to seven (the number of months that has passed this 2013), it shows that an average of 2 million visitors arrives in Bangkok every month; that is too much for a tiny city. Not that it is a bad thing, but for travellers whose aim is relax and recuperate, the busy streets of Bangkok is the best place to unwind. If you are thinking the same way, here’s something you can do: finish your shopping escapades in the city right away and ask your agent from http://www.dialaflight.com to book you tickets to a paradise called Ko Tao. This island, which is 30 minutes away from the Thailand capital by plane, is known for its peaceful atmosphere and eco-tourism.

flight bookings thailandKo Tao is called Turtle Island because its shape resembles a turtle. Because the government keeps it that way, the island is not as crowded as Phuket and other mainstream Thailand beaches. You will definitely feel refreshed and at ease in this place as the island receives only an average 9,000 visitors per month.

Apart from taking a dip in its cool and pristine waters, tourists also come to Ko Tao to take part in a one-of-a-kind diving experience. As of this year, the island has a total of 12 official diving spots, all featuring a wide range of marine life. Among the marine species that people get to see during their diving sessions are the great barracuda, titan triggerfish, clown triggerfish, hawksbill turtle, whale shark, and manta ray. The island also boasts scenic natural landmarks like huge boulders and odd rock formations, white sand beaches, hundreds of hard and soft coral formations, and a huge rock chimney that features an amazing vertical swim-through. Other activities worth-trying in Ko Tao are hiking, camping, sailing, island hopping, and mountain biking.

When it comes to hotel accommodation, you will never feel like you’re away from the city as Ko Tao has a number of hotels and resorts with 24 hour air-conditioning, in-house theaters, mini-golf courses, and sizzling bars. Restaurants around the island also serve different cuisines, boasting cuisines like Thai, French, Italian, and so much more. With a combination of natural and man-made pleasures, Ko Tao island is surely the place to be.

Finding cheap vacation packages online

August 22nd, 2013 by cooldude

cheap vacation packages onlineDo you want to take your family on a vacation but are worried about the mammoth cost you will have to bear for it? Well, if your answer to this question is a yes then you need to understand that you are not the only one. There are many people who deter from taking their families on vacations because of the big bucks they will need to shell out. However, you will be glad to know that if you do a bit of research then finding cheap vacation packages are not that difficult at all. Here are a few steps for finding cheap vacation packages.

To find cheap vacation packages, you must first undertake an online research. Most travel agencies advertise their vacation packages online nowadays and the internet is the best place where you will find holiday packages that will not burn a hole in your pocket. Once you have found travel agencies that offer cheap packages to the tourist destination you are on keen on, you will have to compare the deals that each of them are offering. Give preference to packages that are all-inclusive; they include both flight fares and hotel tariffs and gives you a very clear idea about the money that you will have to spend. There are some holiday packages that offer discounts on car rentals as well. What you will have to do is first whittle down your option to two or three packages. Then you will have to call these two or three package providers and ensure that none of the things mentioned in their advertisements are misleading.

After you have decided on a certain vacation package, you will need to book in online. To successfully book the package you must follow the directions mentioned on the website. After completing the booking procedure, make sure that you receive the confirmation email.