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One of the most magical places in Egypt, people mostly dream about visiting Marsa Alam, seeing the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab. Why don’t they realize this dream you ask? Because Marsa Alam used to be a 12- hour drive from Cairo and, even though Marsa Aalam international airport was opened in 2003, not everyone can afford the plane ticket. However, all this changed with the opening of the new highways all over Egypt, now you can be in Abu Dabbab Beach just after eight hours of leaving your house or hotel in Cairo! We tried this marvelous trip ourselves to give you a road map for a vacation of a lifetime, a vacation that you will definitely want to experience again and again, as Marsa Alam can be addictive. Kindly note though that the sole purpose of this trip was swimming with the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, there are a lot more things to do in Marsa Alam but this short trip was all about the dolphins in Samadai and the sea turtles in Abu Dabbab. The road to paradise Google maps said the road should take 8 hours, so I started the trip at 6 am, planning to be at the hotel by check-in time. A lot of people prefer to start these trips earlier, and I might do that in the future, but as it was my first time driving this path I wanted the drive to be in the daylight. A road trip from Cairo to Marsa Alam means driving through Sokhna, Zaafarana, Hurghada, Safaga, and Al Qusiar, to reach your destination. You should take a look at a map of Egypt to check the distance and the roads before leaving. First of all the road is safe, Egypt is safe in general, but this was extra safe, a woman can drive along this road all alone and the worst that could happen to her is get a speeding ticket (guilty as charged) so that was definitely a good start to the trip. As safe as the road is for people it is still a very long drive with some parts surrounded by just the desert and the sea, so make sure to check your car before leaving. Pros of the road other than safety: The mountain views are breathtaking, and you travel by sea for two-thirds of the trip, which means beautiful relaxing views all the way. The first leg of the trip, from Cairo to Hurghada, is a piece of cake. Four to five hours of driving peacefully on a newly paved mountainous highway (Galala Road) with gas stations, side road cafes, and services. This should give you a decent start so try not to stop at this part except for gas. With the stops for gas and coffee, three gas stops, and one coffee break, the road took just the promised eight hours. Cons of the road other than the length: Galala road goes through a mountain, this provides a marvelous view but the altitude might be upsetting for some, especially if they suffer from middle or inner ear problems. The second leg of the road, from Safaga to Marsa Alam is a narrow two-way highway, some might find this scary especially with the twists and turns of driving through mountains. The fact is though you scarcely encounter other cars so it’s not that scary, just don’t drive too fast and stick to the speed limit. After Safaga there are no gas stations until you reach Al Qusair, so make sure to fuel before that stretch of the road. Is Marsa Alam really there? After eight hours of driving you might start thinking that Marsa Alam is just an illusion or a mirage, the city starts to feel more like a dream than a reality, more so when you start encountering hotels that promise they are in Marsa Alam while all they are surrounded by are the desert and the sea. This is because the populated city occupies around a third of its total area, the rest comprises beaches, mountains, and vast desert, with resorts dotting this expanded space. Beach Resorts start more than 50 kilometers north of Marsa Alam and continue all the way to Mount Hamata in the south. They are spaced apart in some areas and stacked together in others, but the whole city is quiet and serene, no place feels crowded there. In addition to being quiet, Marsa Alam is an impressively clean city, everything seems spotless from the pristine beaches to the azure water to the small streets. Everyone you interact with there will probably remind you to keep the beach clean and beware of plastic flying with the wind and tarnishing the sea. You don’t do that of course dear reader so just do as I did “smile and wave!” Finally, Samadai Dolphine house Before leaving Cairo I checked the trips to Samadai Dolphine House, how often in your life can you swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural habitat! Most trips are one and the same, it’s all about finding a good boat with the best professional crew, advanced divers, and experienced snorkeling guides. The trip starts at the marina, and here I have to admit that the rural looking small marina gave me an uneasy feeling, where are the throngs of tourists? I asked myself! This is part of the charm of Marsa Alam, it’s famous for being tranquil, so no one wants to disturb this serenity by building modernly crowded places. Albeit the small marina, the boat I chose was nice, modern, and spotless, and the 40 minute trip to Samadai Dolphin House was fairly easy. We were warned though the trip back won’t be as smooth, as we will be traveling countercurrent. When the boat finally docked at Samadai natural reserve we were instructed on how to proceed. Boats are not allowed to go further, so snorkelers will be taken by zodiac boats while divers should get ready to dive from the ship with the instructor. The zodiac trip was exhilarating, just a few minutes ahead we started to spot dolphins jumping in the water beside us, a lot of dolphins! Zodiacs stopped outside the Dolphin house as they cannot go further, this is the part you have to swim on your own. It is very safe though, even if you can’t swim, as wearing a life jacket is mandatory and every group must have a licensed guide. This is a surreal experience that should not be missed, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat, these are not trained dolphins, they are real, everything is so real that it feels more like a dream your first time, just like Marsa Alam! Back to the boat to take a break, then another round of snorkeling, this time around the coral reefs where the ships dock, at the gate to the Dolphin House. The water is so clear and so blue that you can see all the way to the bottom, with all the fascinating marine life below. Facts about Samadai Dolphine House Marsa Alam The reef is actually called Sha’ab Samadai, the name Dolphin House was first commonly used by the locals for the presence of a permanent family of dolphins. The nickname became as famous as the real name that they have merged into one: Samadai Dolphin House National Park since 2004, the reserve is governed by very restrictive rules, as previously mentioned floating vests are mandatory, and licensed guides. The rare horseshoe-shaped coral reef is 500 meters wide and 900 meters long, making it a very fertile environment for the dolphins that live and move there in very large pods. The site is divided into three areas: Zone A is exclusive for dolphins, Zone B is for snorkeling, and Zone C is where the boats dock, it is also the only zone where diving is allowed. The reserve is only open to visitors from 9 am to 3 pm, that’s why all boats plan their trips accordingly Abu Dabbab Beach: sea turtles dugongs, and crystal clear waters One of the best beaches in Egypt, and one of the best places to spot dugongs and giant sea turtles, a trip to Marsa Alam is not complete without paying a visit to Abu Dabbab. You can find Some hotels along this beach that lies 30 kilometers north of Marsa Alam, but if you are staying someplace else you can enter the public beach for a fee (130 EGP for Egyptians). It is fair to say that Abu Dabbab is one of the most tended public beaches in Egypt, or dare I say the world. The public beach is no different than a five-star hotel private beach, clean with elegant chaise longues and stationed umbrellas. All services and facilities can be found on the beach, whether you are looking for a place to have lunch, have a drink, or take a shower after swimming. Abu Dabbab is considered one of the top diving and snorkeling spots in the world, the water is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom, for 30 or 40 meters, while snorkeling. Also, the two well-preserved vast coral reefs are rich with diverse marine life, a whole world is going underneath you while you swim. In addition to all that, the sun is nice, the weather is balmy and the water is so warm in the summer, which makes for a perfect swim. If you don’t want to get lost (like I did) I highly advise that you stick to the coastal road while traveling from one point to another in Marsa Alam, the mountainous road doesn’t get good cellular coverage so Google maps can’t offer much guidance all the time. Facts about the sea turtles and dugongs in Abu Dabbab Bay Marsa Alam turtles like leatherbacks and hawksbills feed on jellyfish. That’s why they die from consuming plastic floating in the water, it looks like jellyfish. Large in size with impressive longevity, baby leatherback, and flatback turtles are larger than other adult sea turtle species. They can also live for a hundred years. A mammal that lives on seagrass, The dugong has been on the red list of threatened species and has been considered vulnerable to extinction Since 1990. Dugongs have shorter lives by half compared to sea turtles, they only live for 50 years. Dugongs and sea turtles alike live in Abu Dabbab because of the abundance of seagrass around this reef. Strict measures have been taken to preserve the marine life in Abu Dabbab, boats are not allowed inside the bay now and moorings have been removed. Also, some local seagrass areas are now off-limits to divers and snorkellers, and stepping on or touching the seagrass beds or reefs is prohibited. When to go to Marsa Alam Most tourists think of Egypt as a winter destination, especially the red sea and upper Egypt, and while this may be true when it comes to cities like Luxor and Aaswa, when it comes to the red sea I beg to differ. The weather is perfect during winter of course, and the water is largely warmer than most other countries, but it is still a bit cold and it gets chilly in the desert night. Besides, dolphins get a bit shy from December to March. In summer the weather is perfect, but it can be deceptively balmy. Unlike really hot destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, Marsa Aalam weather feels nice with a light breeze, so if you fry easily take good measures and use lots of sunscreen. The warm water though is worth it, it nearly feels like bathwater, only better. If you want to play it safe though then spring and fall are your ideal time, nice weather, nice water, nice everything. The road back With a sad face and happy memories, I left Marsa Alam, positive that I will visit again. I still need to check Sharm El Luli and Wadi El Gimal, which I had no time to visit on this trip. The road back took me through Al Qusair city and took only 7 hours rather than 8. Allowing for a stop for lunch and another stop for coffee it should take 8 hours to Cairo if you are staying in one of the resorts north of Marsa Alam, add another hour if you are staying at a more southern resort. The road might be long, but Marsa Alam is definitely worth it, so is swimming Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab.! To learn more about Marsa Alam see also: Marsa Alam: Explore the Beauty of the Red Sea
One of the most unique and the most beautiful countries in the world, Nepal is a magical destination. Nepal is divided into elevation zones. This is due to the mountainous nature of the country, some parts of Nepal lie at 100 meters elevation and others stand at 8000 meters. This diverse nature makes trekking in Nepal one of the most sought-after adventures in history. Numerous trekkers and adventurers have attempted climbing the Himalayas, specifically mount Everest. However, that’s not the only trekking you can enjoy in Nepal. And while climbing the highest peak in the world is definitely tempting, there is a lot more trekking that even amateur travelers can do. So no matter what your climbing skills may be, you will most probably enjoy your trip to Nepal, you just need to learn about the dos and don’ts and you will be fine. So before you go trekking in Nepal, here are the trekking guidelines, as well as the best places to go trekking. What you will need for the trip Before you go trekking in a mountainous region, you need some important equipment, as well as some necessities, so here is a list that you need to prepare. Head: Sun hat warm fleece hat Sunglasses Head torch Body: Cotton t-shirt Light thermal Leggings Fleece jacket down jacket Lightweight walking pants Hiking Shorts Feet: Inner Socks Thick warm wool hiking socks Comfortable Hiking boots Hands: Fleece Gloves waterproof wind fleece gloves Accessories: Sleeping bag liner Poncho rain cover Trekking poles Headlamps watch with light alarm Water bottle Money belt Dry packs Toiletries and Personal Hygiene: Sunscreen with high UV Protection Personal care products in small packs Medical Kits: See your doctor for complete travel medicine including High altitude medicine When to go trekking in Nepal Trekking and hiking in Nepal can be done year-round, as they are the most common attractions there. However, there are two peak seasons: fall and spring. Whether you prefer going in the peak seasons to take advantage of the nice weather and the multitude of services or going another time to avoid the large numbers of trekkers is totally up to you and your personal preference. Fall season (October & November) The most popular trekking season in Nepal for a reason, sunny balmy weather, clear views, and nice temperatures. The only con for this time is that because it is the most popular it is the most crowded season, trails will be packed. Spring season (March & April) The second most popular time of the year. The time when giant trees bloom and when temperatures are at their best. The cons to this time are busy trails and the probability of hazy skies, less clear mountain views than fall. However, hazy skies tend to clear as you climb in elevation. Winter season (December to February) Some sparse sunny days can be found during the wintertime and a brilliant mountain view. Nonetheless, temperatures can be extremely cold, and the higher you go the colder it gets, daylight hours are shorter, and unpredictable storms can ruin all your plans in a blink of an eye. In addition to that, many popular trails might be closed due to snowfall. All that said, prices are good during that time, and the solitude in the quiet trails can be addictive. Monsoon season (May to September) Traveling during the monsoon season is not a good idea. In addition to the hot humid weather, the mountain views are obscured by clouds. Also, monsoon rains bring landslides, which make trekking difficult and dangerous, and leeches, which make life unbearable. Where to stay while trekking in Nepal By nature, a trekking trip takes a lot of planning, one of the most important questions while planning is where will I stay? Solo trekking: Teahouse Trekking The normal way for accommodation while trekking in Nepal is stopping at a teahouse when you are ready to take a break or and drink something or eat a hot meal or even go to sleep and call it a day. That is why teahouses, which are small mountain lodges, are frequently spaced along trekking trails. On most popular trails you can pass a teahouse every hour or two. Teahouses are usually simple, comfortable, and affordable. They also sell snacks and showers, if you just want to take a shower and go back to your trek you can do that in a teahouse. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, you can arrange a camping trek with a local trekking agency. This may end up costing you more than teahouse trekking because you will also need a guide and some equipment. Also, camp trekking is often done in remote less trodden routes, as popular routes feature a lot of teahouses which make camping unnecessary. Camp trekking: Guided trekking If you decide on camping you will definitely need a guide and porter. A guide is a person responsible for arranging logistics and safety on your trek, and a porter is a person responsible for carrying heavy gear. Not only will the guide manage transportation, lodging, food, hiking schedule, routes, and safety on the trail, they can also be a good source of information on local culture, customs, festivals, and norms. Some people even choose to hire a guide when they go teahouse trekking. Porters carry heavy gear, so you trekkers don’t have to. This comes in especially handy for older trekkers, inexperienced trekkers, or people trekking with children. You still need to keep your load at a minimum though, you might not be carrying it but another person is. Important safety tips Hiking in Nepal is an adventure, and like any adventure, it has some dangers that you need to keep an eye for. Here are some safety tips that will help you avoid those dangers. Check the weather conditions before you plan, and again every day. Mountain Storms can develop quickly. Trekking travel insurance is really important, getting aid atop mountains is pricy Carrying a lightweight first aid kit is a must. Trekking alone may not be the safest way to do it, if you’re traveling alone maybe hiring a guide is a good idea. Keep a paper with an emergency contact number with you at all times. Leave a detailed itinerary with someone and call them when you get to checkpoints. Let yak or donkey caravans pass to the side of the cliff while you walk to the inside (away from any cliff). Keep an eye for landslide and avalanche areas and don't take unnecessary risks. If moving forward seems dangerous go back and find another way. Stay hydrated to avoid acute mountain sickness, and beware of its symptoms. What you need to know about mountain sickness Mountain Altitude Sickness can affect anyone above 3000 meters. Altitude Sickness affects people regardless of gender, age, and fitness. That is why it is highly advisable to get a check-up and ensure you are in good health prior to trekking. It is also recommended to start walking training prior to departing so you have the most enjoyable time whilst trekking. ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS! Many people suffer from mild symptoms of AMS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS) A light headache, loss of appetite, and disturbed sleep may occur when suffering from AMS. If you experience any of these symptoms do not continue to ascend. Instead, stay where you are or go down to acclimatize. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: Persistent severe headache, difficulty breathing, confused thinking, loss of appetite, rapid breathing or breathlessness at rest, vomiting, coughing up pink, brown or white sputum, the sound of liquid in the lungs, blueness of face and lips, severe lethargy (not wanting to do anything), persistent bubbling cough, or persistently increased heart rate. Prevention Drink plenty of water and eat fruit, especially when crossing high passes. Where to go trekking in Nepal Now to the important question, what trail should I hike? Should I attempt to climb Everest? Everest Base Camp Disclaimer: This route does not in fact climb to the top of Everest! The most popular trail in Nepal, and the good thing is that anyone can trek it. While climbing to the top may need experience, the base camp trail is a fairly moderate one. It usually takes 14 to 16 days to complete the trail. Everest Three Passes Loop This spectacular route is one of the difficult trails, it takes 18 to 20 days to finish it, and requires physical ability. You get to hit the highlights of the Everest Base Camp route and the stunning Gokyo Lakes in an epic trip. Annapurna Circuit It takes 12 to 16 days to complete this trail. Annapurna Circuit trail is very popular because it combines stunning mountain scenery with Tibetan culture and culminates at one of the highest trekking passes in the world, the Thorong La. Annapurna Base Camp This moderate trail only takes 7 to 10 days to finish. However, this does not make it less astonishing than the others, just shorter, easier, and at a lower elevation. That is why it is suitable for novice trekkers. To learn more about Nepal see also: The land of mountains and magic: Top things to do in Nepal
From Aswan to Matrouh... There's a place for a honeymoon in Egypt. As the summer season approaches, the marriage season is starting, and thus the pressures increase when planning the wedding, then the search for honeymoon trips for couples to spend unforgettable honeymoon increases. Brides and grooms prefer to spend a magical and romantic time during their honeymoon, and Egypt is one of the best honeymoon destinations because of its many tourist locations suitable for a romantic honeymoon. Honeymoon trips in Egypt Egypt has so much beauty to offer which makes it a great travel place and one of the best honeymoon destinations. This is due to its fantastic weather, amazing landscapes, golden sandy beaches, and clear waters, making it one of the best ideal honeymoon destinations. For thousands of years, Egypt has inspired travelers worldwide, as it is home to the world's oldest and most ancient civilizations. If you love new cities, fascinated by the serenity of the desert and mountains, adore historical temples and ancient ruins, want to sail in the arms of rivers and seas, want to relax on the best beaches in the world, Egypt is full of amazing honeymoon trips and romantic places that make you express your love. It has everything that any couple can dream of, and the most essential thing is that it suits different tastes and levels. We list for you the top 10 tourist places for the newlyweds in Egypt. The best 10 Honeymoon places in Egypt Dahab… Adventure Trips Dahab, located in the south of Sinai, is one of the most romantic and calm honeymoon trips inside Egypt, due to its white beaches, natural beauty, and reasonable prices. Things to do in Dahab Hiking, Safari, and Diving, as Dahab city offers many recreational activities, the most important of which is diving, as it is an international center for diving. If you want to experience a diving adventure, you can go to the Blue Hole, the Three Balls, Abu Galum, the Blue Lagoon, and the Canyon. Resorts and hotels in Dahab Jaz Dahabeya, Blue Beach Club, Le Meridien Dahab, Swiss Inn Resort Dahab, and Acacia Dahab. The best time to visit Dahab Between March and April, and October and November. Sahl Hasheesh… Luxurious Relaxation Located 18 kilometers from Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is a resort known for its gorgeous beaches and pure white sand. It is considered one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt, where there are many water activities that couples can enjoy and spend an unforgettable romantic time. Things to do in Sahl Hasheesh Horseback riding - Quad biking - Windsurfing - Relaxing in a luxury spa - Banana boat ride. Hotels suitable for a honeymoon in Sahl Hasheesh The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, and Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh. The best time to visit Sahl Hasheesh The period from June to September. Marsa Alam… Divers Paradise You can not miss a visit to Marsa Alam if you are looking for a private honeymoon place. It is one of the most wonderful tourist destinations in Egypt, where it has charming beaches filled with coral reefs, luxury, and private resorts. The most famous tourist attractions in it: Wadi El-Gamal, Abu Hassan El-Shazly tomb, and Mount Hamata, which is characterized by a rare mangrove tree and marine animals. Things to do in Marsa Alam Safari trips, boat rentals, diving, swimming with dolphins. Resorts and hotels in Marsa Alam The Three Corners Equinox Resort, Laguna Beach Resort, Magic Tulip Beach, Blue Reef Resort, Rehana Guest House, Shams Alam Beach, and Aurora Bay Resort. The best time to visit Marsa Alam October, November, and December. Alexandria… Beautiful Beaches If you want to spend your honeymoon in a lively place full of recreational activities, green spaces, multiple services, and vibrant nightlife, then you should choose Alexandria. Alexandria is one of the best honeymoon trips in Egypt because it is the second-largest city in Egypt, and it is also called the “Bride of the Mediterranean” because of its beauty and picturesque beaches that make you refresh. Things to do in Alexandria Swimming, visiting the Alexandria Library, Montazah Palace, Maamoura, Royal Jewelry Museum, Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria National Museum, Roman Theater, Greek Museum, and Stanley Bridge. Hotels and resorts in Alexandria Helnan Palestine Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria, Sheraton Montazah Hotel, and Paradise Inn Maamoura. The best time to visit Alexandria From March to June. Siwa Oasis… Positive Vibes Have you ever thought about spending your honeymoon in an oasis? Think a little, and you will do as many couples love to have a unique experience. Head to Siwa Oasis, located between the Great Sand Sea on the Western Desert, which is considered one of the most untouched and beautiful destinations in Egypt, as it is nicknamed "God's Paradise on Earth". Although it is a desert, you will find everything that attracts you from greenery, hot springs, lakes, palm trees, and fruit trees scattered all over Siwa Oasis. Things to do in Siwa Oasis Safari trips, sandboarding, cycling, climbing Mount Dakrour, swimming in Cleopatra’s Hammam, enjoying simple Bedouin sessions, visiting the most important landmarks in Siwa such as Gebel al-Mawta, Amun Temple, and Shali Fortress. You can also head to a restaurant and enjoy a romantic dinner. Resorts and hotels in Siwa Siwa Safari Paradise Tourist, Siwa Safari Gardens, Siwa Paradise, Siwa Chali Resort., and Adrere Amellal, which is a different experience as there is no electricity and the place is candlelit making it more romantic. The best time to visit Siwa Oasis From January to March. Sharm El Sheikh… Desert Safari It is one of the first options available to those who want to spend a romantic honeymoon trip and at the same time full of recreational activities. Sharm El Sheikh overlooks the Red Sea and combines beautiful nature with distinctive amenities. Sharm El Sheikh has the best coral reefs, wonderful sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts. Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh Diving underwater. Safari trips. Bike riding. Sandboarding. Staying up at night. Shopping in the traditional markets. Naama Bay tour. Watching the sunrise in Jabal Musa. Hotels and resorts in Sharm El Sheikh Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Iberotel Palace, Al Fayrouz Resort, Domina Coral Bay, Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, and Jaz Mirabel Beach. The best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh April and mid-October to mid-November. Hurghada… Explore Fun Activities This attractive tourist city, which many couples visit, is one of the most romantic destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. This is due to the picturesque natural attractions, wonderful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, rare coral reefs, and high-end resorts. Things to do in Hurghada Safari - diving - windsurfing - playing with dolphins - horse riding - hiking. Hotels and resorts in Hurghada Hurghada Marriott Resort, Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort, Desert Rose Hurghada, Soma Bay Hurghada Hotel, Coral beach resort, and El Gouna Resort. The best time to visit Hurghada From April, June, September, and November. Nuweiba… Camps by the sea What about sleeping under the stars during your honeymoon? Does it sound truly romantic? If this is convenient for you, you can spend your honeymoon in Nuweiba and stay in many camps. Nuweiba is a coastal city located on the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula and is characterized by countless camps on the sea, with its natural landscapes, its clear blue sea, and its majestic mountains. Therefore, it is one of the most romantic and suitable destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. Things to do in Nuweiba Walk on the sandy beaches, have a romantic dinner, and watch the sunset. Hotels in Nuweiba There are many camps you can choose from Basata, Nuweiba Lodge, and Habiba Beach Lodge to name a few. The best time to visit Nuweiba From November to April. El Gouna… The luxury city During your visit to El Gouna, expect a mixture of romance, fun, and excitement, where you will find a range of water activities, lakes, luxurious spas, and wonderful sandy beaches. El Gouna has many high-end romantic resorts where you can spend a romantic honeymoon. Things to do in El Gouna Sailing, boat tours, beach walks, snorkeling, windsurfing, watching the sunset, attending concerts, and having a romantic dinner. Accomidtaion in El Gouna Abe Tig Marina, Panorama Bungalows El Gouna Resort, Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna The best time to visit El Gouna From April to June and from September to November. Aswan… Cruising Through The Historical Sites If you are looking for a different place for your honeymoon in Egypt, many couples who visit Aswan should be on your list. This city has the best archaeological and tourist attractions in Egypt. Aswan is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, and it is one of the honeymoon places in winter in Egypt and one of the most romantic destinations for honeymooning in Egypt for newlyweds, as it combines beauty and simplicity, and is characterized by warm weather in winter, as well as its historical monuments, and its distinctive location on the Nile River. Things to do in Aswan Take a private tour of the High Dam of Aswan, ride a camel to one of the monasteries, visit the Elephant Temple and the Island of Plants, dine at a restaurant on the river, and ride a felucca on the Nile. Accommodations in Aswan Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Movenpick Resort Aswan, Helnan, Orchida St. George. The best time to visit Aswan From September to April.
Luxor and Aswan are two cities in Upper Egypt located along the River Nile and known to be home to marvelous ancient Egyptian temples that date back almost 4,000 years ago. Luxor alone has one-third of the world’s ancient monuments, and many Egyptians like to call Aswan the “Egyptian Paradise”. Both cities have a rich historical background and equally interesting cultural traditions. Whether you are a history lover or not, you will find yourself fully amazed standing in front of ancient temples whose secrets are still unknown. You will live a seamless experience listening to the whispers of kings and queens narrating untold stories through the stunning drawings that have survived thousands of years. The best time to visit Luxor and Aswan is in December, January, and February, as the gentle shining sun really makes these two cities special during winter. You can escape the cold, whether it’s in Cairo, Alexandria, or another metropolis around the world, to enjoy the warm southern Egyptian winter sun. Taking a cruise from Luxor to Aswan is a must-consider if you want to enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere while sailing through the Nile. On both sides of the river’s banks, you can satisfy your eyes with a combination of sand and green lands and enjoy mesmerizing golden sunrises and sunsets. In this article, we tried our best to be your guide to two stats-of-art cities on the land of Egypt. Two cities that no matter how many words anyone can say about their beauty, will never be enough till you see them with your own eyes! Temple of Philae Philae is a beautiful island surrounded by clear blue water and black granite boulders in Aswan. It is located in a beautiful setting and landscaped to match the original site of the temple when it was relocated by UNESCO after the building of the Aswan Dam threatened the site. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, the Temple of Philae has several shrines and sanctuaries such as Trajan's Kiosk or Pharaoh's Bed. For a morning visit, sail there, enjoy the sun and river and snap the reflection of the temple in the water. And for a night visit, don't miss attending the marvelous Sound and Light show! You can see this temple and more if you join us for a trip to Aswan! Nubian Village Aswan is surrounded by many small islands and Nubian villages on the west bank. The Nubian villages are such a cheerful sight for being painted with bright colors and inhabited by Nubians who speak their own Nubian Languages and have specific traditions that are different from the rest of Egypt. The village is like an outdoor museum filled with vibrant colors and symmetrical patterns. Buy herbs and handicrafts and ask about women who draw Henna for tourists. Between all Luxor and Aswan attractions, visiting the Nubian villages could be the only trip that will capture your heart in all meanings. It is such a wonderful trip for adults, kids, and all ages. Unfinished Obelisk The unfinished obelisk's construction was ordered by Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt and the second female pharaoh. The large unfinished obelisk in Aswan in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. The unfinished obelisk is nearly one-third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,090 metric tons (1,200 tons), a weight equal to about 200 African elephants. Elephantine Island The island of Elephantine is one of the major Aswan attractions floating on the Nile. Elephantine Island is the biggest island in Aswan and its history dates back to the pre-dynastic period. The island received its name after its shape, which in aerial views is similar to that of an elephant tusk, or from the rounded rocks along the banks resembling elephants. Elephantine Island was the place where ancient Egyptians first resided when they first settled in the area. There are many attractions on this Island Such as The Nilometer, the Elephantine Museum, and the Temple of Khunum and all are definitely must-visit. Valley of the Kings The Valley of Kings is situated in the ancient site of Thebes in Luxor. It was the burial place of Egypt’s New Kingdom Rulers and a few lesser nobles. The tomb of Tutankhamun (King Tut) that was discovered in the 1920s is located there. Additionally, there is also a Valley of Queens, which is the place where the wives of the Pharaohs were buried. The legendary Queen Nefertiti’s tomb lies in The Valley of Queens. So far about 65 ancient tombs have been discovered while a big number is still hidden to this very day. A tour package to Luxor would be a great way to see all that for yourself! Temple of Karnak Being the largest religious site in the world, Karnak Temple is the most astonishing and magnificent tourist attraction in Luxor and one of the most popular and most visited temples in the world. The Karnak Temple Complex was built by the pharaohs for over 2000 years and was dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. What makes Karnak Temple unique is the fact that around 30 Pharaohs contributed to it. The result is a fabulous treasure trove of ancient buildings and structures, columns, courtyards, pylons and obelisks, even a sacred lake, the scale of which is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Luxor Temple The Luxor Temple is a large ancient temple complex located on the East bank of the Nile River and amongst one of the beauties of Luxor. Dedicated to Amun, his companion Mut, and their son Khons (the moon god), Amenhotep II and Ramses II built this temple in 1400 B.C. It was built with sandstone and its main purpose was to celebrate the Festival of Opet. This festival was by far the largest and most important celebration by the Pharaohs. The Luxor Temple was held in honor of the great Pharaoh Amun in the season of inundation. Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari Located beneath massive cliffs near the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, The temple of Deir al-Bahari, popularly known as the Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple is dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. The light-colored sandstone of the temple stands out significantly against the golden yellow rocks behind it. The temple complex lies on the three terraces linked via ramps that divide it into the northern and southern half. The beautiful temple has three floors and a long sweep of steps and a walkway as its entrance. Inside you'll see the sun court, chapel, and sanctuary. The temple is unique because it was designed like classical architecture. Also Read: 10 Best Travel Apps To Make Your Next Trip Much Easier
Riyadh is the capital city and seat of government of the Riyadh Province and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It's the largest city on the Arabian Peninsula and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. There are several places to visit in Riyadh and enjoy to the fullest. Riyadh had a population of 7.6 million people in 2019, making it the most populous city in Saudi Arabia, the second-most populous city in the Arab world after Cairo in Egypt. Riyadh is home to Saudi Arabia's best museum, a World Heritage Site that relates the Kingdom's genesis story, and some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the country. Riyadh is situated in the central portions of both the country and the larger Arabian Peninsula. Few of the world’s cities have transformed as rapidly as Riyadh, which grew from a small, fortified desert village in the 17th century into a modern metropolis of several million inhabitants in the 20th century. Riyadh feels more conservative than other Saudi cities like Jeddah. But the winds of change sweeping the nation are also affecting the capital. A long overdue metro system is on its way, as is a public bus service, and the atmosphere is far more liberal than it has ever felt before. Riyadh recently hosted the country's very first music festival, where a female singer performed live for the first time in Saudi history. In this article, we will walk you through the best places to visit in Riyadh, exciting things to do in Riyadh, and much more! Riyadh tourist places Saudi Arabia continues to work on becoming more attractive to tourism. Many entertainment and leisure ventures have been opening in the Kingdom’s capital that will attract tourists from both other parts of the country and abroad. Here are some of the best places to visit in Riyadh: Edge of the world Riyadh The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh. Located only 90 kilometers outside of Riyadh, the place is perfect for a day trip or an overnight camping trip from the city. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Riyadh, and the top place for Hiking in Riyadh. World sights park Riyadh This small and strange spectacle offers you a magical tour of the world. It holds miniature replicas of world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. There are also Saudi landmarks, including the two Holy Mosques, Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. A tour in Riyadh can include a world tour if you visit this place! Masmak Fort Masmak Fort is vast clay and mud-brick citadel that witnessed the birth of a kingdom, Al Masmak — the word means a high, strong, and thick building — serves as a proud reminder of Saudi Arabia’s storied history. Built in 1865, the fortress has served many purposes. Although originally used to house the garrisons who protected the city, it later was an ammunition warehouse after the raid by King Abdulaziz and, later still, a prison. King Abdulaziz Historical Centre Located near the National Museum, King Abdulaziz Historical Centre is considered one of the most distinctive tourist places in Riyadh. It extends over a large area and includes many exhibitions that cover different topics, such as the history of Saudi Arabia, the ancient and modern Arabian Peninsula, the relationship of man with the universe, and the history of Islam and other Arab civilizations. Kingdom Center Kingdom Centre clinches a vision of the future with the sky bridge which commands a remarkable view of Riyadh city unrivaled by any other. Kingdom Centre SkyBridge is a steel structure extending 65 meters in length and weighing about 300 tons sits on top of the 300-meter height tower and overlooking the whole of Riyadh. Its unique position gave it the advantage of being one of the most important attraction points for tourism in Riyadh. Diriyah Diriyah was once the home of the Saudi Royal family and the first Saudi capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was one of the largest cities on the Arabian Peninsula until it was destroyed in the early 19th-century. The city is now a tourist destination where visitors can enjoy up-close the ancient mud architecture, numerous parks, and its interesting spaces – including the Saad bin Saud Palace, which is famous for its courtyard. Things to do in Riyadh What to do in Riyadh? From shopping malls and parks to desert trekking and museums, Riyadh has a range of different activities to try and enjoy whether alone or with a group of friends or family. Riyadh Water Park Riyadh has some water parks and theme parks where you and your children can enjoy such as: Water Splash Riyadh: This place is great for kids. It has a big Pool with few slides of different styles and a few other splash things for kids' entertainment. There is an ice-cream shop, a small tea shop and lots of open areas for parents to keep an eye on kids and relax. It also has a small garden, a toy store and small bits that you can rent. Al Yamama Pools and Resorts: Enjoy a fun-filled day by taking part in amazing water activities and fascinating water rides at Al Yamamah Resorts which boasts of having the largest wave pool in Riyadh. Paintball Riyadh Paintball games are stress busters while you thoroughly enjoy the combats against your opponents. One of the best places to go for paintball is ( 1st Paintball Riyadh ). The place is one of its kind and is the largest facility in the Middle East. It has huge outdoor as well as indoor arenas to let you enjoy paintball to the fullest. They provide all the necessary equipment required to play the game. Riyadh National Zoo Riyadh National Zoo is stretched across a beautiful landscape of 55 acres, this park contains over 150 exotic animals and includes 40 species such as reptiles, birds, amphibians, and endangered animals as well. Animal lovers will definitely find this visit worthwhile! Al Faisaliyah Tower Al Faisaliah Tower is another iconic tower in the Riyadh skyline. With 44 floors, this is the fourth tallest tower in the city and it towers over Riyadh at 267-metres high. Just like with Kingdom Tower, you can go up to its viewpoint at the top and find a mall at its base (Al Faisaliyah Center). Also Read: Places to visit in Saudi Arabia: Discover the beauty of Saudi Arabia
Traveling is something we all love doing and has become the lifestyle of many. But because of the current situation, this is now a passion we all have to put aside for a while to make sure we can come back to it as soon as possible. But if we try to be a bit creative we can still enjoy being able to travel without leaving home. Here are our suggestions that will still make it possible to explore different cultures, meet international travel enthusiasts, try food from all around the world, learn languages and discover travel destinations from your home sweet home. Travel virtually to a park, zoo or aquarium Elephants, monkeys and penguins can be viewed through webcams, virtual tours and “home safaris.” Visit Georgia Aquarium to keep an eye on Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales which are the stars of this aquarium's live cam. The San Diego Zoo is live-streaming a number of animals on its website and lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting. You can also bring exotic animals like snow leopards into your living room with a selection of live video streams from Australian zoos. Discover the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park and the magnificent peaks of Banff National Park via Google Earth, watch a live view of Algonquin Provincial Park and let a guide take you on a video tour of Gros Morne National Park. Learn your favourite foreign language We all have at least one language we've always wanted to learn but we keep procrastinating it anyway. But don't you see that it's the perfect time to start diving into this lovely language you admire? Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. There are plenty of resources available such as language lessons on Udemy, books on Amazon, Youtube videos, language learning podcasts, and even practice groups on Facebook and Telegram in most large cities. Read travel blogs Some of the best travel stories and travel tips can be found on (no surprise!) travel blogs. Add in interesting writing, gorgeous photos, hilarious stories, and you’ve got hours of entertainment. You can find new blogs to read by scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, or doing a good Google search for your next destination. Additionally, *cough cough* Ootlah's blog articles are a good place to start; it's just two steps far from here ;) Dive deeply into Travelporn on Pinterest If you are a visual person, you defiantly love Pinterest as it's the ultimate in inspiration. It also goes hand in hand with reading travel blogs. Follow all your favourite travel blogs on Pinterest and that way, you can see at a glance if there are any articles you just have to read and you can save anything interesting to your own boards. Follow as much as you like of travel blogs so you’ll never be lacking for visual goodness. You'll learn about so many new places this way. Sort all your boards by destination, so when you do have the opportunity to travel again you can go back to the board for the country you're heading to and read through all of the pins you’ve saved. Listen to travel podcasts Travel podcasts are one of the best ways to pass the time, especially if you are doing something monotonous like cleaning or exercising. Listen to your favourite travel podcasts to learn something new or just get inspired. Bonus points if the hosts are funny and interesting, which they all are in Amateur Traveler, Women Who Travel, Indie Travel and much more. Watch movies that fuel your wanderlust Watching movies is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to travel without leaving home . Just pop in a movie, grab some popcorn, and get your fill of wanderlust from the comfort of your own couch! Watching movies about travel or movies from different countries will put you in a better mood, give you so many new ideas for your next vacation, and shows how people live around the world. Pick a country or region and gather all of the movies or TV shows you could find either about or set in this place. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the all-time favorite travel movies: Hector and the Search for Happiness The trio: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight The Secret Life of Water Mitty Midnight in Paris Eat, Pray, Love Put on some foreign music “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Music is and has always been a great source of inspiration and entertainment for many. For a quick and easy mood booster, Put on songs from other countries you didn't listen to their music before. Open Spotify or Youtube and search for whatever strikes your fancy. Feeling tropical? Put on Caribbean steel drum music. Want to be the epitome of chic and classical? Put on some French Brigitte Bardot songs. Want to be transported to a cafe in Korea? They have that as well! Just search Youtube for “Korean Cafe Music”! Plan your next trip Just because you've had to stay home and shelve all your travel plans doesn't mean you can't look forward to a future trip. Often the happiest part of travel takes place before you ever pack your bag! Read about destinations, search for hotels and decide on what to do once you get there. If nothing else, it will tide you over during this lockdown period and give you something fun to look forward to when this is all over. Check out Ootlah's Instagram and Facebook feeds for some amazing ideas. You can also get inspired by our vacations and flexible trips— all designed to let you book with peace of mind. Last things last, Remember that we are all in this together and we are not missing out on anything. Soon we will travel again and enjoy it even more because we will appreciate it more. Be creative and make the most out of your around the world from home trip! Don't miss reading part one here. Enjoy what travelling brings to our life without having to move from the couch!
In terms of entertainment, going into a home self-quarantine probably means you’re in for a lot of boredom, a lot of Netflix, and a lot of browsing the internet. While travel may be out of the question for the present, we're still dreaming of our next adventure and all the places we hope to get to soon. Until then, we've made a list of "Ways to travel without leaving home" so you can color the time during coronavirus quarantine. Discover museums around the world The digital age has made it easy to visit some of the world’s most famous museums from the comfort of your own couch. Google Arts & Culture brings you virtual tours in over 2500 museums and galleries around the world. The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. Take a look at just some of Google’s top museums and galleries that are offering online tours and exhibits all for free. While it’s hard to beat the experience of seeing a seminal piece of fine art or important historical artifact with your own two eyes, you could easily spend a lifetime traveling the world in search of all of them. Cook meals from different countries What about a two-weeks challenge of cooking a new meal every one or two days that belongs to the list of your favourite world kitchens? Spice it up with an Instagram story for each meal and let your highlighted stories section welcomes a new member. You can take online cooking classes such as Nonna Live, where you'll learn to make classics from an Italian grandma. Free lessons have cropped up during this downtime, including daily Delish.com cooking videos for parents and children, and Kitchen Quarantine, Instagram lessons from Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura to help you cook during coronavirus quarantine. Try to make yourself that Italian pasta dough, the Indian curry or the Mexican fajitas. And remember that the harder the recipe, the better.. We have a lot of time in this coronavirus quarantine! Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites There is a list of 1,121 locations on the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a collection of places considered to be of “outstanding universal value”, whether for cultural, historical or natural reasons. The list includes everything from European towns to tropical islands, American national parks to African churches, and endangered wonders at risk of disappearing. And obviously there has never been a better time to explore the greatest sites on the planet like these days. It’s not quite the same as being there, but it's still cool being able to visit some of the world’s most celebrated heritage sites without leaving home. Many of these cultural sites, such as India's Taj Mahal, England's Stonehenge and Peru's Machu Picchu, have their own virtual tours that enable you to see detailed panoramic images while reading all about these fascinating places to appreciate why they are so important. Watch travel vlogs Travel videos have gained a lot of popularity in recent years and they are a wonderful diversion during a boring coronavirus quarantine time at home. Forget the typical stuff you always find on TV and tune regularly to watch some funny & inspiring YouTube travel channels! YouTube is full of passionate travellers that share their adventures in entertainment videos that make you feel like you joined them on that trip. This is also a great way to make a list of places you want to actually visit once that is again safe and possible. By watching these videos you get to know what to do, what to expect, and everything else you need to know while traveling. Make photo books out of your old vacation photos Whether traveling alone or with a group of friends, we all want those memories to last forever. Digital photography means no long waits to have your film developed, and you don’t pay for wasted frames on those lousy images. However, it also often means that your precious travel pictures get stuck on SD cards, hard drives and computers, and not out in the world where you or anyone else can enjoy them. A travel book is an easy way to keep all of your favorite travel photos in one place. Just pick it up and flip through the pages. No need to turn anything on or wait for it to load, it’s a more intimate, tactile experience than looking at photos on a screen. Photo books can be more than just pictures. You can include notes, scanned ticket stubs, and excerpts from your travel journal to accompany your images. They also make a beautiful addition to a coffee table, and visitors love to look through them. Read travel books This coronavirus quarantine has made us all run back to pick some books and start reading even more. You can read books about travel or books from another country depending on your interests. It’s especially interesting to see how writing is different across cultures and how writers build up their story using visuals, symbols, words, and so on. There are so many options for books that narrate a story through traveling or tell you about a country, its culture and history in many different ways just like travelling itself. Check out the travel genre list of recommended books by the Goodreads to get inspired and pick a favourite for you. There are also a few excellent travel magazines, but even fiction can offer a look at a completely different way of life in another part of the world. List all of your favourite travel-related books so you will just keep it to the books you read at the end of the year. Follow travel influencers on Instagram There are thousands of travel influencers on Instagram so it’s easy to travel vicariously anywhere in the world, with any age, gender, and style of travel. It not only gives you inspiration but also motivation to continue to save and practical tips for what to do once you got on the road. You will have the opportunity to walk through the life of genuine, passionate people who simply love to share the world with others. Pick a few favourites and travel vicariously while you can’t travel yourself. There are indeed several travel influencers you admire for their amazing creativity, talent, and sense of adventure. Cyber-stalk your favourite travel influencers as they will influence you to start planning for your next go. Whether it was through their writing or creative media, they'll inspire you to travel the world. Also Read: Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens
You will find that many tourists love traveling to Indonesia and enjoy incredible days there, because of how beautiful and adorable this country is. Known to many as Wonderful Indonesia, where it brings you the second-largest tropical forest and numerous virgin beaches with great diving sites and surfing waves. As well as the amazing hiking to active volcanoes and wildlife. There are plenty of places to visit in Indonesia that you can enjoy. Indonesia may not be the first place that many people think to go to, but it is a real hidden gem in Southeast Asia although it is large in size, with more than 17,000 islands with 240 million people! In this large country with all these diverse cultures that cover many time zones, you can find many places to visit in Indonesia from the mysterious island of Bali to the magnificent Dragon Komodo. Indonesia is still far from the radar of the travel map, with the exception of Bali, where its infrastructure is still lacking in development and faces major challenges. Backpackers can enjoy the pleasure of exploring undefeated paths while luxury seekers may find they already have many options as well. When is the best time to visit Indonesia? Indonesia's Weather The weather in Indonesia differs from one season to another, known as the two seasons - wet and dry - with warm tropical temperatures averaging 28 ° C throughout the day, throughout the year. In most regions, the dry season runs from May to September, with precipitation between October and April. Generally, the best time of year to visit and enjoy Indonesia tourist places is between May and September when the weather is beautiful and the days are dry and sunny. However, the temperatures remain high during the rainy season, and the precipitation comes in the form of intense tropical rain for a few hours and you do not need to spoil your flight. Indonesia's best areas In some areas, the difference between the two seasons is not extreme: for example, Bali and Kalimantan are not relatively affected by season change, but the contrast usually increases as you travel east to the Nusa Tenggara region (to Lombok Islands, Flores, and beyond) where there is more chance of flooding during the rainy and dry season in the dry areas. It really depends on your travel plans: Muddy back roads can be a problem during the rainy season if you intend to explore more outside the hammered track sites and harsh seas can make some islands inaccessible. The best months to dive off the coast of Bali, Lombok, or Komodo National Park are April to September, with harsh seas, especially in January and February. If you are planning to climb one of the many volcanoes in Indonesia, such as Mount Bromo or Mount Rinjani, a dry season is recommended. Expect the temperature to cool while going up and pack some warmer layers. Kind People of Indonesia With people of diverse origins and religions, Indonesia has a good mix of Indonesian cultures and festivals, creating a unique kind of melting of species. But one thing that is similar in people is that they are generally nice for travelers. Indonesia vacation is an ideal holiday for families, as Indonesians respect family gatherings and offer many places to visit in Indonesia as well as activities for children. Diverse cultures bring great food from varieties and flair. Try all of the delicious Indonesian foods like Nasi Padang, Nasi Temple, Nasi Uduk, Pakmi, Kuwaiti, Pako, Soto Ayam, Ayam Bakkar, Gado Gado, Sambal, Koi, and fresh local fruits just to name a few. Festival and Indonesian Food From street food to home (the restaurant) to fine dining, you can be sure to satisfy your appetite in Indonesia. Indonesia is a good option for holidays as it has plenty of Indonesian tourist spots. Also, it has a lot to offer for travelers even for those who travel on a budget, but they are willing to take advantage of their time and effort to reach some places that are nice to know that they deserve it. In short, you must go to Indonesia to discover the beautiful nature of beaches, and the marvelous tropical forests, as well as the active volcanoes and wildlife. Also, don’t forget to learn about the impressive history of monuments, and experience the great diving and surfing. But most of all, you must go to Indonesia to experience all that you offer people to culture and food, which ultimately concludes with what we might call an unforgettable and satisfying journey. Accommodation and Hotels Indonesia is a cheap country, it has plenty of hostels and hotels that range from 1-star hotel up to 5-star luxury hotels. Hostels could cost you 10 American Dollars The price of a 1-star hotel starts from 26 USD The average price of a 5-star hotel could be around 357 USD. Itinerary and activities in Indonesia vacation It is important to know from where to start your trip to Indonesia vacation, to make sure that you will have fun and enjoy it to the max. For that, we recommend you to begin with Bali, where you will enjoy the best attraction in Indonesia. After that, Lombok will be your next destination where you can enjoy a quiet and beautiful city. In the end, you can have fun in Jakarta while you are strolling in the most luxurious malls. Bali (4-5 Nights) You can begin your tour with Bali, as it has many attractions and different types of activities. Exploring Bali will need about 4 to 5 nights in this fabulous city. Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and the most popular destination for Indonesia vacation, and with good reason, this island of gods is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by the azure sea and golden beaches, Bali is considered a paradise for the surfing lover, and if you are looking for a beach vacation, there is no better place to find it than this gorgeous island located in central Indonesia. Besides the sea and sand, Bali has many other attractions to enjoy such as temples, museums, and caves, as well as waterfalls and markets. If you are a history lover and like culture, you can spend hours learning local and Balinese myths. Also, you can learn about the traditions in places like Ubud. If you like adventure activities, you will not be disappointed on a trip here, and you can expect an impressive array of water sports, water diving and snorkeling, and the opportunity to travel through a forest canopy like Tarzan. Here is a list of the most popular activities that you can enjoy at Bali: 1- Explore the paddy fields of Tabanan Those looking for something a little different in Bali can head to the Tabanan area covered with lush rice sparkling with emerald colors in the sun, which is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. The big lot here is that in addition to examining the scenery, you can also share and learn how to grow and harvest rice in Bali. If you're feeling adventurous, you can sweep mud in the paddy field and choose some of it. 2- Spend time with the monkeys at Monkey Forest One of the stunning places to visit in Indonesia is Monkey Forest. Monkey Forest is a Hindu temple complex in Ubud and also one of its main landmarks. The complex is filled with more than 500 monkeys and the three temples that remain here dating back to the fourteenth century. The whole area is a nature reserve and you can walk around and wander around the landscape as well as take pictures of monkeys. You can buy bananas to feed primates from the main entrance, but beware if you have anything else you want such as sunglasses or water bottles that the monkeys have been known to take over as many visitors as you can. 3- Get back to nature at Bali Zoo Bali Zoo is located in Gianyar Regency, and if you want to check out some Southeast Asian animals this is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia and to do it. The zoo consists of outdoor containers instead of cages designed to mimic the natural habitats of the species here. Some of these include tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, and a group of colorful birds, and you can either visit during the day or choose the perfect night safari if you want to see some of the nocturnal animals that summon the zoo home. 4- Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa Tanjung Benoa is the place to come to Bali if you want to try watersports and you can find a range of different activities on offer. However, one of the most exciting is the water jet link, which allows you to fly up to the sky at a height of 10 meters and sessions usually last about 20 minutes. One of the big draws of using jetpacking is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Bali island from the air, even if you haven't done something like this before our professional coaches teach you how to fly in a safe and controlled environment. 5- Go snorkeling in Amed If you're looking for a quieter corner in Bali without the hassle of crowds pouring in tourists here, Amed is a great choice. This part of the island is still relatively far from radar and not quite a city, but rather a group of villages lying near the sea. Forming one of the most adorable places to visit in Indonesia. The reason many people come here is snorkeling and diving is because the visibility is excellent and you can dive at a relatively cheap price compared to other parts of Bali. 6- Turtle Island Bali Tanjung Benoa One of the family activities you can do in Tanjung Benoa during your vacation, along with water sports is Turtle Island Bali Tour with a glass-bottom boat. This creates an opportunity for a water sports operator in Tanjungbenoa, to provide boat trips while visiting Turtle Island and to maintain the marine park abroad. While you are on a glass-bottom boat, the boat driver will accompany you. From the glass-bottom boat, you can enjoy beautiful underwater scenery without having to join scuba diving. You also can see the beautiful coral reefs, a variety of ornamental fish, and marine plants as well as other marine animals. Do not forget to bring bread so that children can feed the fish while they are on the boat. Lombok (3-4 Nights) After Bali, you can visit Lombok, where you can find peace and quietness. Exploring Lombok only needs from 3 to 4 nights to allow yourself to enjoy the best beaches ever. Lombok offers many beaches of empty and often isolated beaches. It is a great place to have an unforgettable Indonesia vacation, as it is quieter than Bali. It also has friendly and interesting people, as well as delicious food and wonderful nature. Transportation to Lombok To reach Lombok, there are only two options, the plane, and the boat. You can take flights from many cities in Indonesia to Lombok, which is more recommended than taking a boat, however, you can take a boat to Lombok from eg Bali, Gili Islands or Sumbawa. Here is a list of the best and top activities that you can do in Lombok: 1- Pusuk Monkey Forest The second option to reach Bangsal is to winding along a scenic mountain landscape. In it, you will find a forest of monkeys, named after many wild monkeys, in the forest, and near the street. Feed the little bastards hungry and annoying at the views if you like. 2- Pink Beach It's no longer just a tip, but it's still worth a visit! If you get there, you will be rewarded with a quiet, deserted beach. It is called after the pink sand that consists of coral. The view from the nearby viewpoint is also great, and the slopes worth seeing in Tanjung Ringgit are close to the hotel. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia. 3- Mosques and Hindu temples Unlike Bali, Lombok and the rest of Indonesia are mainly Muslim. This is why you can see mosques, especially hearing them everywhere. Also, the Balinese minority in Lombok acquired its temples such as Pura Meru, Pura Lingsar, Pura Narmada, or Pura Patu Bolong. Most of them are located in the western part of the island and around Mataram / Cakranegara or Senggigi. It is one of the worthy places to visit in Indonesia, especially for history lovers. Jakarta (2-3 Nights) Jakarta has the most luxurious malls in the country, for that we recommend visiting it at the end of your trip so that you can travel freely all over the country without being annoyed by your belongings. It only needs from 2 to 3 nights to explore it and have fun while strolling through the city and its leisure malls. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia for now but nowadays they are looking to make Java the capital. Jakarta is a sprawling megacity, with more than 10 million people of diverse ethnic backgrounds from all over Indonesia. During the day, the number increases as passengers arrive to work in the city and flock again in the evening. Jakarta Pusat or Central Jakarta is the place where you can find the most famous landmarks such as Monas, Independence Mosque, Merdeka Palace, National Museum, Jakarta Cathedral, Monumen Selamat Datang or the welcoming monument widely known as Pondiran Hai. Some prestigious malls and upscale hotels are located in the heart of Central Jakarta. Here you can enjoy the excitement 24 hours a day in Jakarta! Also, Read: Sri Lanka Tour: Beauty, adventure and impossible greenery Hidden gems: Explore the marvelous beauty of Saint Kitts
Mobile apps, no doubt, have made a huge part of our lives much easier and worry-free. The travel and tourism sector obviously has a fair share of such helpful apps that bring magical solutions to every traveler worldwide. So whether it's a road trip, family vacation, solo wellness retreat, or a last-minute long weekend getaway, these 10 apps will definitely get your back. If you are a regular traveler, you may know or have already used more than one of them. But if it's your first time abroad, these 10 best travel apps will be such a treasure for you! Skyscanner Who doesn't like finding a cheap flight ticket especially to a destination that has high price ranges like Europe? This mobile app searches millions of flights from over 1,200 sources and then gives you the best options available (whether it’s the cheapest route or the easiest one). Additionally, Skyscanner's handy chart feature lets you look at the cheapest days or months to fly to your destination and sends you notifications of price changes. It also helps you find the best airfare rates by alerting you when prices dip. Airbnb Airbnb is a marketplace app that allows you to search for and find unique accommodations across the world, from rooms or couches to an entire apartment or hacienda based on the price, requisite amenities, and more. Airbnb covers a range of prices in more than 34,000 cities across almost 200 countries, which means the adventurous or flexible traveler has some interesting choices for accommodations on their next trip. Just enter your destination and dates, filter results based on the home type, and choose whatever suits you! And for last-minute travels, you can also search only for accommodations that don’t require pre-approval. Hopper Hopper is a favorite app for thousands of travelers worldwide and one of the best travel apps absolutely. This amazing app uses a massive database of airline prices and historical trends to predict when prices to a destination are likely to be lowest when they're likely to change, and the best time to buy a ticket for a particular date and destination. Hooper shows you a calendar of the coming year with dates color-coded to reflect historical price averages. Days in green are the cheapest, followed by light orange, coral, and red, with red indicating the most expensive days to fly. You can watch flights on specific dates or destinations, and the app will advise you whether it's worth it to buy now or to wait and notify you of price drops or rises. TripIt This app will let you amazed that you haven’t used it more throughout the years. TripIt organizes all of your itineraries in one place. You can set your reservations to be automatically sent to TripIt, which will let you view travel confirmations, flight itineraries, tickets, hotel and Airbnb booking info, rental car reservations, ferry tickets, and driving directions without ever leaving the app. TripIt also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever you want. For a premium service, TripIt Pro (€44.39/year) boosts your organizing power with additional features such as real-time flight alerts, refund notifications, and the ability to track reward points and miles as well as a currency converter, a list of the socket and plug requirements, tipping advice, and more, for 180 countries. HotelTonight Booked a last-minute flight and now you're in the air trying to figure out where you're going to sleep when you arrive? Don't worry! HotelTonight finds last-minute deals on hotels near your location, ranging from "basic" to "luxe" options, including unique boutique hotels. The app allows you to filter for location, dates, the number of guests, whether the hotel is "pet-friendly" or not, as well as other amenities. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it doesn’t take long to reserve a room. You can search by city or attraction, or on the map, and then check out the reviews and photos from other travelers. It also has 24/7 customer support. Roadtrippers From now on, you won't worry much about planning any road trip. Why? Because this handy app helps you find everything along the road from diners and dives to hotels, national parks, restaurants, roadside attractions, and other scenic points of interest. The app even has pre-made guides for popular road trips. Users can plan out trips in the app or the Roadtrippers web portal, saving locations and stops into a trip plan which you can sync across multiple devices for easy reference. The app allows you to map your trip with up to 7 waypoints for free. After that, there's an option to upgrade. PackPoint PackPoint helps you build a packing list based on your trip by providing a checklist of travel essentials that you need to pack, depending on the nature of your trip. Users simply create a trip profile, with their destination, length of stay and purpose of travel. PackPoint then creates a customized packing and luggage checklist that takes into account whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the type and amount of clothing to pack based on the weather forecast, and other factors. Just input the dates, the location, the type of travel, and the activities you plan on doing—and the app will conveniently generate a list of items you should bring. Plus, if you’ll have access to laundry facilities in your destination, PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times. This App is one of the best travel apps that will make you avoid distractions. App In The Air The app has been placed on Apple’s coveted “Best App” list as it not only keeps track of itineraries, boarding passes, and frequent-flier programs, but it also tracks boarding and landing times, along with current waits for check-in, security, and customs. App In The Air condenses all of this information so that it's easy to refer to at a glance, while also providing handy extras. You can integrate the app with TripIt, track loyalty rewards, and view airplane amenities. Through augmented reality, even helps you figure out if your carry-on is the right fit for your next flight. And also, if you're the competitive type, you can keep the "score" of all of the places you've been on the worldwide leaderboard. MeetUp Isn't it great to meet and talk with locals from the country you're visiting especially if they share the same interests as you? Meetup can help you connect with people with common interests. The app shows you groups that are formed around particular interests in your city, including photography, cinema, yoga, cooking, hiking, and much more. You can join groups to get updates on particular events you may want to participate in, and the app can even help with networking, as there are many groups dedicated to business and technology. You might even be able to join a co-working group. Travelers with kids can participate in family-friendly meetups, and it’s one of the best travel apps for solo travelers to make friends and connect with others. TripAdvisor TripAdvisor is your #1 guide who allows you to browse through millions of reviews, images, and videos featuring various establishments worldwide. You can access contact details; search for nearby establishments; explore restaurants by food type, price range, or rating; check out airfares; and even add to the knowledge base by posting your own reviews, images, and entries for the places you visit. Being available in 28 languages, you can read articles for inspiration and write your own reviews, follow friends and travel experts for advice that matches your interests. Also Read: Travel checklist: The best travel advice you will ever get
The Kingdom of Bahrain has been an expat destination for centuries. It is considered a true melting pot of expats outnumbering the locals! Living in Bahrain puts you at the center of the Persian Gulf, the region’s financial hub and cultural heart. In this article, we brought you all you need to know about getting a Bahrain visa, be it a tourist visa, a work visa, or a family visa (residence permit). Additionally, you will find more about the nature of life in this small Arab country and what makes it "Top Middle East Destination for Expats". Visiting and Tourist Visas Citizens of the USA, most EU countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland can get a visit visa on arrival for BD5. This is normally for two weeks, but the US and EU nationals can get three-month visas for the same fee. Visit visas can be renewed once from within Bahrain, but any further renewals require exit and re-entry. Citizens from all other countries require visas prior to travel to Bahrain. All GCC nationals (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia) do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Bahrain. However, visitors who have been residents in the GCC for a minimum of three months, and who possess a return visa for the country of GCC residency valid for at least 3 months can enter and this varies between different nationalities. Regulations should be checked before traveling. Tourist visas don’t allow visitors to engage in any employment, and there are two types of tourist visas: Two Weeks Tourist Visas Tourist visas are issued for stays of two weeks to citizens of the European Union (EU), Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA. Applicants must possess valid, up-to-date passports and a return or onward ticket. A visa fee of BD5 is applied and can be obtained at entry at the Bahrain International Airport. 72 hour/7 day Visas This visa is obtained on arrival at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway. In addition to a passport, the passenger must have a confirmed return/onward journey ticket for the visa application to be processed. Living and working in Bahrain If you wish to live and legally work in Bahrain you will need to apply for the following visas and permits: 1- Work Visa To live in Bahrain, all expatriates must be sponsored. The majority of expatriates coming to Bahrain are sponsored by their employer for the purpose of work and residence. Most people are recruited from overseas and your employer will arrange for your entry visa before you arrive. You must also have a work permit to work in Bahrain. People wishing to visit or work in Bahrain would now be able to know if they are eligible for a visa, apply and even view its status electronically without the need of being present in person. The Bahraini government is trying through these services to help people get their visa applications processed in the fastest time possible without any delays as requirements are clearly stated for the e-visa to be issued. You can determine if you are eligible for any visa and what's required online: Online Visa eligibility - http://www.mofa.gov.bh/Default.aspx?tabid=147&language=en-US In case the information is invalid or unacceptable, procedures can be done manually following the below-mentioned steps. Employers are advised to arrange and process necessary documents to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority prior to the arrival of their employees and dependents. Be noted that: Work visas are issued based on the Non-Objection Certificate (N.O.C) issued by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports, and Residence in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Working Visas cannot be issued without taking prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Requirements: Visa application form Employee’s passport Passport size photograph Sponsorship Letter: a letter of employment indicating employer’s name/organization, commercial registration number, employee’s capacity, salary, contract duration, employee’s name, birth date, and nationality Copy of the contract Health record from an authorized clinic BD100 fee 2- Residency Permit (Family Visa) This permit is submitted to Labour Market Regulatory Authority and issued by General Department for Nationality & Passport Residence. It requires the following: Application form Employee & family’s passport copies Employee’s sponsorship letter Employee’s contract Family health record from an authorized clinic BD22 fee per applicant 3- CPR Card (Identification Card) Submitted to and issued by Central Informatics Organization, you are required to get: Employee (or spouse) passport Sponsorship letter stating names of dependents Marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificate (for children) BD1 fee per applicant Why Bahrain is the coolest country in the Arab Gulf region to live in? The Kingdom of Bahrain has a super attractive cultural diversity as 45% of Bahrain’s population is expats coming from different countries around the world. This enriches Bahrain’s cultural life and turns it into a large platform displaying the world’s different lifestyles. You can find multiple restaurants boasting different cuisines from America, Asia, Europe, and Arabian food of course, culture centers, art galleries, and a unique state of harmony binding all these cultures together. Bahrain is popular for being more liberal than the surrounding Middle Eastern countries, but it still has moral rules that govern almost every aspect of life. Most of the locals speak English and are generally welcoming to foreigners. Also, there are presently over 25 faiths and respective churches in operation and about 60% of their population is expats, so the cultural diversity is immense. A number of multinational companies have set up headquarters in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama. Some of the other fields in which Bahrain is actively involved include trading, construction, ship repairs, and tourism. The island state is known to have the most liberal economy among all the Middle Eastern countries. Bahrain’s healthcare system has considerably improved during recent years. Expats will discover comprehensive healthcare infrastructure with options for public and private healthcare. There are a number of state-funded hospitals, private medical facilities, clinics and maternity hospitals. Compared to other countries in the region, Bahrain spends the most on health and is also one of the healthiest Gulf countries. Last but not least, Most people living and working in Bahrain maintain that they earn a larger disposable income and have a higher standard of living than they did in their home countries. So if you got the opportunity to make it and work in Bahrain don't think twice and be certain that the country's quality of life is of real worth! For more about Bahrain read also: Holidays in Bahrain: Things to do on your next holiday Activities in Bahrain
New year, new beginnings, new plans, and new roads to hit; Are you wondering about where to head next? Don't think too much. In this article, we bring you the best travel destinations 2020 with a sneak peek at the most exciting and interesting events from all over the world. We bet you're definitely going to want to put these spots on your travel wish list so Enjoy reading! Egypt From its great history, ancient treasures and interesting culture to its flowing Nile, warm sun, vast deserts, and cool beaches, Egypt has too much to offer than anyone can expect. It's not an exaggeration at all to define the "perfect vacation" with only one word: Egypt. Why? Simply, Because Egypt has it all. Egypt features a diversity of worship serene places, mind-blowing Nile cruise tours, thrilling desert adventures, therapeutic tourism spots, magical beaches and of course a wide range of delicious food. Most importantly in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum which is the largest archaeological museum in the world will open to the public and the exhibits will include thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts that have never been seen before! Croatia With its breathtaking coastal vistas, hidden islands and incredible food, Croatia represents the perfect balance between relaxation, culture, and activity. The young European country was named the top “Emerging Destination” for the new decade, honoring the stir caused by the "Game of Thrones" effect, dramatic landscapes, and proximity to other European destinations. In 2020, when Croatia’s third city will be honored as a European Capital of Culture, plenty is planned within the port town to mark the occasion. More than 1,000 official musical performances will be held, as well as literary events, art exhibitions, and parties. But the most remarkable event is the reopening of the ship Galeb (Seagull), which is being refurbished and transformed into a museum in the global spotlight. United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates is the destination where luxury meets the future. Dubai the capital is home to not only the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, but also the largest artificial islands in the world, the Palm Islands. 2020 will be a particularly special time to visit the UAE since the Expo 2020, the first World Expo held in the Middle East, will be happening from October 20, 2020, and April 10, 2021. The theme of the event is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and over 130 countries will be participating in the pavilions and events. The United Arab Emirates is one of the best, must-consider travel destinations in 2020. Costa Rica Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a popular destination among lovers of nature and wildlife. With its abundance of wildlife, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches, Costa Rica offers marvelous adventure, culture and even some useful insight into living a happy life. People of Costa Rica extremely value happiness, down to their "Pura Vida" philosophy, which means ‘the simple life’ and encapsulates Costa Ricans’ ability to appreciate the little things. 2020 brings new cultural and adventure activities. For example; chocolate lovers will get a kick out of a new route through the province of Talamanca that guides visitors through 17 factories, demonstrating the importance of cacao in Costa Rica. And for thrill-seekers, a cycling route is opening around the Arenal Volcano in the Central Pacific region. Greece The Greek islands have always been a popular choice for both international and local travellers. Besides its outstanding Greek museums and archaeological sites, Greece is known for its delectable cuisine and traditional dishes which have stood the test of time offering the perfect balance of healthy, fresh and flavorful. For 2020, the Santorini Council has made plans for new roads and parking areas to make the town more accessible. Furthermore, several new hotels are opening. Coming to Seajets, it has added 17 ships to its fleet for 2020 and is the largest high-speed fleet of the Aegean. Greece is absolutely one of the best travel destinations you shouldn't miss in 2020! Sri Lanka With an abundance of natural wonders, overflowing UNESCO World Heritage sites, exquisite cuisine, world-class hotels, enchanting wildlife, and a rich cultural legacy, there is no wonder why Sri Lanka has shot to the top of the list of many travellers dream destinations. For 2020, The government announced a decrease in handling charges for airlines and a cut in aviation fuel prices, which means cheaper airfare in and out of the country. It will be a perfect time to discover the beautiful country, making your way through tea plantations, rainforests, temples, national parks, and the southern coast. Brazil South America’s largest country and the world’s most biologically diverse, Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world offering everything from 2,000+ tropical beaches to amazing Amazonian adventures. UNESCO selected Rio de Janeiro as the first World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Rio will be celebrating with special events all year. And that’s in addition to hosting the world’s largest party, Carnival, one of the major cultural events which annually drawing thousands of revelers to different cities. The whole country transforms itself in the carnival season, with endless possibilities of fun from North to South, including numerous street carnival blocks and groups in all cities. Additionally, the Formula One motor race "Brazilian Grand Prix" will be held in November. Poland As a country that has been through a re-birth process, Poland is, today, the success story of Eastern Europe. The country has embraced its re-birth process, which is especially evident in its contemporary and restoration architecture, as well as in its love of culture, entertainment, and hospitality. The year 2020 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Poland remembers the tragedy of war, with a death count of almost 6 million citizens—about one-fifth of the pre-war population. Today, the country welcomes guests to dually understand the atrocities that occurred within its borders and witness its process to heal. Japan From its ultra-high-tech cities and world-beating food to its grand temples and bamboo forests, there really is no other country like Japan. 2020 marks the year the Summer Olympics head to Japan for the second time. Swap the fever-pitch festivities in the capital for an enjoyable experience in the birthplace of the country’s most famous martial arts export, karate, which has just been added to the Games roster. The Olympic torch relay passes through Okinawa prefecture, from Naha to Nago, on May 2 and 3, bringing with it a host of celebratory activities. Argentina Argentina is famous for many things: great wine; spectacular landscapes; the tango; FOOTBALL… yet Argentina will have another claim to fame in 2020: It will be one of the best places on the planet to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This year on December 14 in the afternoon, at the small town of Fortin Nogueyra, visitors will be able to experience one minute and 57 seconds of totality. Obviously, Argentina is one of the best travel destinations in 2020, so make sure of marking it on your calendar. Also Read: 7 cheapest travel destinations in the world for low-budget travelers
“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” – Paulo Coelho .. So now you are a solo backpacker or a group of friends with a mid-range budget or even a couple of honeymooners, who want to spend time abroad in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world all on a low budget? All right we got you covered. In this article, we bring you the 7 best and cheapest travel destinations worldwide so that you can get the most value for your money, meet friendly locals, eat delicious food, and have fun. Keep reading to find a quick overview of every country, places to visit there, things to do, some tips and tricks and the average range of a day cost in each country. Nepal Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia that borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west. This beautiful country has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Traveling to Nepal is very popular because it is one of the world’s cheapest places for mountain trekking, whether guided or independent. However, take care when it comes to trekking as Mt. Everest, in particular, costs too much money. There are routes throughout the Himalayas that are very well-supported and have many tea houses where you can eat and sleep. A private room in a tea house and three delicious meals a day costs about $20. Usually, when you stay in a tea house, you can negotiate to have your room for free if you agree to eat at the tea house! Don’t miss visiting Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cambodia Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, and Vietnam to the east. Cambodia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world as you can easily spend a month in Cambodia with just $1000. One of Cambodia's main attractions is Angkor Thom which was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Several monuments from earlier eras are located within Angkor Thom such as Bapuon, Phimeanakas, and the Royal Palace. You can also enjoy swinging in a hammock on the quiet island of Koh Rong Sanloem, or river boating and hiking in the Cardamom Mountains. A day in Cambodia usually costs between $25 and $45. Vietnam Vietnam is one of the mind-blowing spots in Southeast Asia which shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. Vietnam is popular for the best, healthiest, and cheapest street food you will ever taste. You are going to fall for the soup with rice noodles, cilantro, and the amazing broth. Vietnam's top attractions include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoàn Kiếm Lake, and Ha Long Bay. The magic here is that Vietnam is really one of the cheapest travel destinations where you can spend a day for only $25, including a guest house, food, transport, and more! Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka's must-visit spots are the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and Golden Temple. A Day in Sri Lanka can be spent on closer to $30 including food, transport, accommodation, and the Internet. Here's to mention that there are some expensive activities you might want to consider such as safaris and admission into the UNESCO World Heritage sites. A train ride in Sri Lanka is really worth it, not only is it the cheapest transportation, but it is also very delightful and relaxing. Enjoy an unforgettable trip in Sri Lanka Egypt From renowned historical attractions to world-class dive sites, golden Mediterranean and Red Sea beaches, desert oases, and natural alternative healing spots, Egypt has something for almost everyone. While the most famous landmark is The Pyramids and all Pharaohs, Roman and Greek monuments, Egypt has so many underrated spots of entertainment which are considered one of the best in the world, especially reef beaches, islands, and natural reserves. However, the cost of travel in Egypt is so cheap and full of value too, with a rich cultural history, top-class delicious food, helpful locals, incredible regional diversity, great tea, wild nightlife, and a lot to do. A day in Egypt might cost from $20 and it increases according to the type of activity you want to do as Egypt is one of the most countries in the world that has an endless list of entertaining, exciting, and fun activities to offer. India India is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world that is a must-visit, as it is even way cheaper than neighboring Nepal. Occupying the greater part of South Asia, you might spend a couple of years backpacking across India and not be able to finish half of what this amazing country has to offer. From Taj Mahal to Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the breathtaking Ganges, it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your entire life. Similar to Nepal, if you walk into local guesthouses, restaurants, and tour companies, you could easily get the same things in person for half the quoted price online. A day in India would cost about $30 or less in case of staying in cheap guest houses, taking second-class trains, and avoiding Western food. Of course, prices vary according to the comfort level you're seeking. Turkey Being a transcontinental country that lies in both Asia and Europe and links between East and West, traveling to Turkey is an epic way to travel overland from Europe to Asia. You’ll enjoy seeing a lot of Roman ruins and cave cities as Turkey was once home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Moreover, it is popular for its buzzing bazaars and plenty of golden Mediterranean beaches where a traditional gimlet sailboat cruise is a must. The stunning Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the breathtaking white travertines in Pamukkale, are relatively affordable to enter, as a dip in the thermal pools in Pamukkale costs about $5. As for the bit costly historical places, you can save your cash and buy a five-day Museum Pass, which gets you into 12 sites with discounts at lots more. Street food is so delicious and cheap (Don't miss trying the Balik Ekmek). A day in turkey might cost between $30 and $50. Also Read: Weird Hotels: 11 wonderful hotel you can stay at around the world
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