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10 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Oceania

Oceania is in a continental group consisting of 14 countries and includes Pacific islands and Australia. Often Australia is named as continent, but this means that the many islands and countries except Australia would then be not included. Oceania in fact is mostly ocean and spans a vast area, here are 10 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Oceania

Oceania includes 14 countries: Australia, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

10. Christmas Island – Australia

Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 km west of the Australian mainland and 2600 km from Perth.

Although it is an Australian territory, Christmas Island’s nearest neighbour is Indonesia, which lies about 350 km to the north. The island is around 500 km from Jakarta.

Christmas Island’s remote location has produced an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including rare birds and land crabs.

Despite its relative isolation, Christmas Island can be easily reached by air from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Christmas Island’s mass red crab migration is one of the most incredible natural processes on Earth.

Every year, millions of these large crabs emerge from the forest and make their way to the ocean to breed, swarming across roads, streams, rocks and beaches.

It’s a truly spectacular sight that world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough described as one of his greatest TV moments.

9. Fiordland National Park – New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, scenic natural area in the southernmost part of South Island, New Zealand. Established as a reserve in 1904, it was designated a national park in 1952.

It covers an area of some 4,600 square miles (12,000 square km), making it one of the largest national parks in the world. Fiordland, along with nearby Mount Aspiring, Mount Cook, and Westland national parks, collectively constitute Te Wahipounamu (South West New Zealand), which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.

A fiord is defined as a u-shaped glacier-carved valley which has been flooded by the sea. The fourteen fiords that fringe this south-west corner of the South Island were 100,000 years in the making, with the final details added during the most recent ice age just 10,000 years ago.

The Maori attributed the creation of the fiords to a giant stonemason called Tute Rakiwhanoa, who hued out the steep sided valleys with his adzes.
On all sides of the fiords, spectacular waterfalls tumble incessantly as the region’s plentiful rainfall finds its way to the sea.

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is always spectacular – daily scenic flights and cruises reveal its beauty to visitors.

At 421 metres, Doubtful Sound is the deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. It’s a haven for nature, with resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

8. Kakadu National Park- Australia

Kakadu National Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171 km southeast of Darwin.

The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. It covers an area of 19,804 km2 (7,646 sq mi), extending nearly 200 kilometres (120 mi) from north to south and over 100 kilometres (62 mi) from east to west.

It is the size of Wales, about one-third the size of Tasmania, and nearly half the size of Switzerland. The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive uranium mines in the world, is surrounded by the park.

The park is a living cultural landscape. Its archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of Aboriginal people over tens of thousands of years. Kakadu’s rock art documents Indigenous creation stories and makes up one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.

Kakadu’s ancient escarpment and stone country spans more than two billion years of geological history. It’s rivers and coastal floodplains are more dynamic environments, shaped by changing sea levels and big floods every tropical summer.

Kakadu National Park was first added to the World Heritage List in 1981, with further areas added in 1987, 1992 and 2011.

7. Tasmania- Australia

Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait.

The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of about 537,000 as of December 2019

Home to untamed rivers, ancient pine trees and giant sand dunes, the west coast is at the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness. Challenge the infamous Franklin River on a white-water rafting expedition, cruise down the majestic Gordon River and hike past 1,000-year-old Huon pines in one of the world’s last temperate rainforests for a true taste of this rugged corner of Australia.

Considered one of the country’s last wilderness frontiers, the region’s convict, logging and mining past has helped shaped the social fabric of the state.

Coast past dense temperate rainforest as you travel the calm waters of Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Depart from the town of Strahan and journey across Macquarie Harbour into Gordon River aboard a large catamaran with Gordon River Cruises.

An expert nature guide provides commentary as you explore the Gordon River, cruising quietly under Spirit of the Wild’s electric motors, while international passengers can plug into complimentary audio tours.

6. Mount Cook- New Zealand

Mount Cook Maori Aoraki, mountain, the highest in New Zealand, located in the Southern Alps, west-central South Island.

Surrounded by 22 peaks exceeding elevations of 10,000 feet (3,000 metres), the permanently snow-clad mountain rises to 12,316 feet (3,754 metres). a landslide in 1991 decreased the height of the peak by some 30 feet (10 metres).

New Zealand is a paradise for travelers who love the outdoors. Its South Island is especially known for stunning natural beauty, with gorgeous Queenstown dubbed the “adventure capital of the world.” Most NZ visitor itineraries include time in Queenstown, with many adding a cruise on the splendid Milford Sound in the Fiord lands National Park.

Mount Cook is flanked by the Hooker Glacier to the west and Tasman Glacier to the east.

5. Te Mata Peak- New Zealand

Te Mata Peak is a peak south of Hastings rising up to 399m in the Te Mata Hills in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand.

A sealed road leads to the popular lookout at the summit, as well as several trails for hikers and mountain bikers. The Hastings suburb of Havelock North is built on the slopes of the peak.

As the highest peak in the area, it offers views over the Heretaunga Plains, and Hawke’s Bay, including Napier. On a clear day, the view stretches as far as Mount Ruapehu and Mahia Peninsula. Beneath rests the Craggy Range vineyard and the Tukituki River.

4. Waitomo Caves – New Zealand

Glowworm Cathedral at the end of Waitomo Cave in New Zealand

Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves.

Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.

3. Uluru (Ayers Rock)- Australia

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.

It’s within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation.

The Uluru Base Walk is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty and get up close to Uluru. You can circumnavigate the 9.4 km base and relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.

Join a guided tour to hear stories of the Dreamtime passed down by generations. See incredible rock art sites, learn about the natural flora and fauna of the area, and find out more about the fascinating geology of this area.

2. Fiji- Fiji

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It’s famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.

Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits

A discerning tourist can choose the most suitable of Fiji tour packages to experience the best of this island country. Tourists can visit Suva, the capital of Fiji, situated in the island of Viti Levu, to experience the local culture and festivities.

They can even check out the Fiji Museum to explore the history of this island nation or go on a day trip to Mamanucas, which is home to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

The Interior Highlands of Viti Levu offer an excellent opportunity for trekking, nature exploration and a host of adventure activities. Travellers looking for relaxation and rejuvenation can head to the Coral Coast to indulge in the idyllic charm of its sun-lapped beaches as well as enjoy coral diving like nowhere else.

A Fiji tour cannot be complete without a visit to Coral Coast. Located 40 minutes from Suva, the Pacific Coast is another place worth exploring where there are a lot of adventure sea activities to catch up with. That is perhaps the reason why it is also known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Fiji.’ For die-hard surfers, the ‘Frigate’s passage’ near Yanuca Island offers the chance of a lifetime to test their skills and take adventure to a new high.

Denarau offers a number of holiday activities and an entire range of accommodation facilities to meet the individual needs of travellers in an effective manner. Couples can go on a romantic cruise from Port Denarau to admire the unspoilt beauty of South Pacific. Apart from fun and adventure, Fiji also offers an opportunity to experience eco-tourism at its best.

1. Great Barrier Reef- Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia

Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations, a must visit 10 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Oceania

A visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

1. Mount Everest, Nepal.
2. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe.
3. Grand Canyon, USA.
4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
5. Northern Lights.
6. Paricutin volcano, Mexico.
7. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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20 Amazing Places to Visit in Africa

With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world’s second-biggest continent is the paradise for photographers.Throw in that sense of being in a place that hasn’t changed centuries, and you get some of the most inspiring, and inspired, destinations on the planet. Here are 20 of the most amazing places to see when you visit Africa

1. Great migration, Tanzania

It’s follow-the-leader time as wildebeests make a dangerous but necessary river crossing. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move across Serengeti and Masai Mara landscape in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern.

The migration is actually a year-round event as the animals move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up to Serengeti around June and hit Kenya’s Masai Mara around September, before journeying back south again.

2. Table Mountain, South Africa

Table Mountain is the iconic landmark of South Africa. It is also the country’s most photographed attraction

Cable car rides to the top of the mesa will give you great views, fantastic sunrises and sunsets and some awesome photo. Table Mountain, which is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth and home to 2,200 species of plants and 1470 floral species . ( Booted eagles, African harrier-hawks, peregrine falcons and rock kestrels are the notable once )

3. Djemaa el Fna, Morocco

Famous Djemaa El Fna Square in early evening light, Marrakech, Morocco with the Koutoubia Mosque, Northern Africa

Its the world’s most exciting town square, Djemaa el Fna reminds you you’re in Africa. In the heart of the city of Marrakech, snake-charmers, henna-painters, storytellers, date-sellers and orange juice vendors set up their stalls in the heat of the afternoon.

As night falls, the vendors are joined by tribal drummers, ladyboy dancers and mobile restaurateurs selling delicious grilled meats, bread and salad as the smoke rises past midnight.

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4. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water” but you will not get to see any water here, Namibia’s most outstanding attraction.

The dunes have developed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf.

Climb the dunes to get a breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried, white clay of ancient camel thorn trees.

5.Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

A close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Rwandan rain forest is a lifetime experience . Various operators run tours tracking silver backs and their troupes into these dense forest.

At an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, the Nyungwe National Park is an isolated region, covering more than 386 square miles across southwest Rwanda. Tourists can meet a vast range of primates and also the East Africa’s highest canopy.

6.Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The world’s largest waterfalls and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, located in Southern Africa.: Victoria Falls

One of the world’s most majestic water spectacles, Victoria Falls (also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Cloud That Thunders) — were reportedly discoverd by a European when Scotsman David Livingstone in 1855.

Since then millions have enjoyed the spray from the 108-meter high cascade, which was once recorded flowing at 12,800 cubic meters per second i.e almost double that of Niagara’s highest flow point.

7.Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Namibia’s deserts are so fascinating that this attraction deserves mention in this list of amazing places to visit in africa.

The Spitzkoppe is a grouping of granite peaks in Namibia’s Namib Desert, with the highest peak hitting nearly 1,800 meters (about 5,900 feet). This place is fondly loved by climbers, geologists, stargazers and watchers of weaver birds.

8.Sahara Dunes, Morocco

The most user-friendly part of the Sahara is accessible from north of Morocco. One can trek with Berbers from the town of Zagoura, or camp out in Tazzarine, Its here were runners from all over the world complete the week long Marathon des Sables every spring.

The foot of the Merzouga Dunes is the ultimate location for gazing at stars, totally free of light pollution.

9.Draa Valley, Morocco

Between the Atlas Mountains and the dunes of the Sahara lies one of Morocco’s most splendid and rewarding landscapes: the Draa, a mass of date plantations punctuated by kasbahs made of rammed red earth rising against the sky.

Zagora, at the southern end, makes a good base with decent hotels and restaurants. Allow five hours to reach the Draa from Marrakech via a spectacular route across the Atlas Mountains — it’s best not to self-drive.

10.Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The most famous of the structures at Giza, near Cairo, the Pyramid of King Cheops was built around 2650 BC from 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Its sides are oriented exactly to the north, south, east and west.

The Chephren pyramid, built by Cheops’ son, is similar in size and incorporates the entrances to a burial chamber that still contains the large granite sarcophagus of King Chephren.

The pyramid of Mycerinus is smaller than both and all three are surrounded by other smaller pyramids and dozens of tombs.

11.Sphinx, Egypt

This colossal temple is on the way down to Egypt’s Valley Temple of King Chefren. The body of a lion with a human head is 70 meters long and 20 meters high — as tall as a six-story apartment block.

Although the Sphinx has been thought of as female, many scholars believe the face is that of King Chefren.

12.Wonders of the Nile, Egypt

A cruise down the Egyptian Nile, ideally on a romantic felucca rather than a crowded tourist boat, reveals relics of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.

The high point is the Valley of the Kings, with its monumental statues, and the magnificent Kom Ombo Temple, north of Aswan on the east bank.

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13.Nyika Plateau National Park, Malawi

Nyika, the largest national park in Malawi, is one of the most unusual in Africa, with a plateau cut by numerous rivers that reach Lake Malawi by way of waterfalls off the eastern edge of the mountains.

The eastern border of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The great domes of hills have gentle slopes, making Nyika perfect for both trekking and mountain biking as well as Jeep exploration.

Antelope and zebra abound, and the park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa.

14. Mount Mulanje, Malawi

At around 3,000 meters (about 9,850 feet), the Mulanje Massif dwarfs the lush land that surrounds it. It’s split in two by the Fort Lister Gap, a broad pass eroded by the Phalombe and Sombani rivers.

The mountain is distinguished by giant basins of rock and narrow gullies cut by fast-flowing streams. A strenuous trek leads to magnificent viewpoints.

En route, expect to encounter monkeys, hares, voles and a carpet of enchanting wildflowers after the rain. Large numbers of butterflies are another feature.

15.Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Some say you can hear your own blood flow in this vast area of dried-up salt pans in the Kalahari Desert, a forbidding landscape formed by a huge lake that dried up millennia ago.

But it can transform in an instant during winter, if rains have been good enough to make lush grass sprout, bringing a stampede of wildlife to break the silence, including zebra, wildebeest and flamingos.

16.Nxia Pan National Park, Botswana

Lion (Panthera leo) and a captured Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), prey, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana, Africa

The Baines baobabs that sit close to the entrance of Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park take their name from a series of watercolors by Victorian explorer and artist Thomas Baines. Their fruit apparently tastes a little like sherbet.

The Nxai Pan park is great for viewing the vast, salt-rich pans that characterize the Kalahari and is also known for lion, leopard and cheetah and unusually large herds of giraffe.

17.Riding Safari, Kenya

The best way to experience Kenya’s zebras is from the back of a horse. Travelers can gallop alongside the stripey beasts in the Masai Mara, covering up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) in a week.

18.Flamingos, Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 1 million resident flamingos, providing one of Kenya’s most unforgettable sights.

This lake has become famous for the greatest bird spectacle in the world, with swathes of vibrant pink filling the alkaline lake and the huge sky.

19.Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

The 10-minute helicopter ride across the Bazaruto Archipelago to the Azura Retreats lodge on Benguerra Island is worth it in its own right.

This award-winning boutique hotel set on a remote desert island is set within a Marine National Park, giving the chance to see whales, dolphins and dugong.

20. Cape Verde Archipelago

Located in the North Atlantic and consisting of 10 islands, the Cape Verde archipelago is a cultural blend of African, Iberian and Brazilian influences.

From water sports and hikes through volcanic landscapes to leisure times at the scenic beaches, Cape Verde offers it all the fun.

The annual Cape Verde carnival in the cultural capital of São Vicente is a must-see in the amazing places to visit in africa.

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10 Alternate cities in France after Paris

France is the most visited country in the world, and it’s not surprising that most people planning a French city break head straight for Paris. Below is a list of 10 Alternate cities in France other the Paris

But don’t limit yourself to the capital – there are plenty of options for a city break in France where you can get your fix of French food and culture.

1. Nice

Mixing Riviera glamour with the more down-to-earth atmosphere found in a major city, Nice is one of the highlights of France’s Mediterranean coast.

Join the chilled-out crowd strolling along the beach club-studded Promenade des Anglais that hugs Nice’s beachfront. Then, dive into the maze of streets that make up the old town, Vieux Nice, full of ochre Italian-style townhouses and narrow alleyways that lead to the colourful food market in Cours Saleya.

For fabulous views of the city’s terracotta rooftops, walk (or take the lift) up to the park at Colline du Chateau.

2. Marseille

France’s cosmopolitan second city keeps its scruffy charm despite being cleaned up for its 2013 stint as the European Capital of Culture. With a spruced-up Vieux Port and new museums brightening up the old docks area, the city is more vibrant than ever.

Check out the trendy bars and cafés in the Saint-Victor quarter, along with the cool Cours Julien district and the atmospheric narrow lanes of the Marseille’s oldest area, Le Panier.

To take advantage of its seaside location, hop on a bus to one of the many city beaches, or go swimming or boating in the pretty coves within the Calanques National Park.

3. Toulouse

There’s a richness in Toulouse that pervades the south-western city, from its signature cassoulet dish of duck and haricot beans to its rose-coloured architecture.

Its warmth and laid-back atmosphere make it an appealing French city break, especially when you add superior museums including the Fondation Bemberg and Les Abattoirs.

Influence from its Spanish neighbours mean lively tapas bars dot the city, especially in the Quartier des Carmes, and don’t miss the chance to taste the fantastic food displayed temptingly in the Victor Hugo market.

4. Lyon

Even Paris acknowledges that Lyon really is the gastronomic capital of France. This elegant city in the Rhône Valley, where both the rivers Rhône and Saône flow through, has a rich culinary tradition that takes in everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to family-run places known as bouchons.

Lose yourself in the UNESCO-listed medieval lanes of the old town before taking the funicular to Fourvière Hill to see the impressive Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the oldest ancient Roman theatre in France.

5. Lille

The capital of French Flanders – and northern France’s largest city – is very easy to reach from the UK, which might be why it’s often overlooked.

To go with its upbeat university-town vibe, Lille has elegant Flemish architecture and an attractive old town of cobbled lanes filled with excellent restaurants and shops. In summertime, watch the tango sessions held in the beautiful 17th-century former stock exchange in Grand Place or, go in winter for the glittering Christmas market.

Then, hop on the metro to the suburb of Roubaix, home to La Piscine, an enchanting museum set in an old Art Deco swimming baths.

6. Bordeaux

France’s wine capital has a winning combination of a buzzing UNESCO-listed city centre, the River Garonne with a quayside life of its own and plenty of places to try some of the finest wines in the country.

See for yourself in Bordeaux’s bars and restaurants squeezed into the “Golden Triangle” formed by streets Cours Georges Clemenceau, Cours de l’Intendance and Allées de Tourny.

To learn more about the city’s famed export, take the tram to the shiny Cité du Vin museum – this audacious creation shaped like a giant flowing wine goblet is a captivating celebration of wine from all over the world.

This is a must visit in the 10 Alternate cities in France.

7. Montpellier

Montpellier manages to keep its mellow Mediterranean feel despite being one of the most dynamic cities in France. Maybe it’s all that sunshine that the Occitanie region gets.

Home to one of France’s oldest universities, Montpellier combines a beautifully preserved medieval centre with some audacious new architecture, a constantly evolving restaurant scene and huge green spaces.

Combine beach with the city by taking the tram or bus to one of the sandy beaches that are 30 minutes away by public transport.

8. Strasbourg

Strasbourg’s prettiness is practically off the scale. Its old town, Petite France, is crammed with beautiful half-timbered houses swamped in bright flowers, usually with a river or canal flowing past.

As the city has been passed from France to Germany several times during its history, there’s a delicious blending of the two cuisines along with its uniquely Alsatian take on the hearty food of eastern France.

Make time to visit the cathedral, which features an astronomical clock and a rooftop viewing platform with views as far as the Black Forest.

9. Nîmes

Sunny, easy-going Nîmes is the place for a short French city break where you can soak up superb culture and history tinged with a sultry Spanish flavour.

Its Roman amphitheatre and temple are some of the best preserved in France, and there’s more if you take the bus out to the towering Roman-built Pont du Gard. Visit in the summer and you can have a refreshing swim in the Gard River.

Back in the city centre, wander through its pedestrianised city centre which throngs with tapas bars, restaurants, and excellent shops and delis.

10. Nantes

It’s no longer part of Brittany, but there’s still a strong Breton streak to Nantes, which you’ll notice in its crêperies and seafood restaurants.

The city on the Loire and Erdre rivers has a habit of reinventing and reinvigorating itself, its latest incarnation being an arty place full of fun quirks befitting of Jules Verne’s birthplace. Head down to the transformed waterfront to see Les Machines de l’Ile, a fantastic collection of giant steampunk-style mechanical animals, the star of which is a huge elephant you can ride.

Discover the city’s long history at the 15th-century castle of the dukes of Brittany before taking a lazy boat cruise on the Loire.

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10 Best Beaches to Visit in Asia

Everyone has their own idea of what a beach holiday should be. Some likes loud parties and fun in the sun; others are looking for quiet isolation’s. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Asia. Get ready to pack your bags as we’ve put together a list 10 Best Beaches to Visit in Asia

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

This is Bali’s original beach. You won’t find peace and quiet here, but it’s still worth a visit. Shop at the beach walk mall, go surfing, or watch the sunset.

Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Patong is Phuket’s main tourist spot, and the beach is lined with resorts and hotels catering to the many visitors who come to swim, snorkel and sunbathe.

When the sun sets there is a bustling night market and a vibrant nightlife centered around Bangla Road.

Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Chaweng Beach is one of Koh Samui’s most popular resort areas. The 5km stretch boasts white sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the beach.

Located on the north-eastern tip of the island Nation, it stretches south to the scenic Coral Cove.

Maya Bay, Thailand

The famous Phi Phi Islands are just a 40-minute boat ride from Phuket Island and here you can see Maya Bay, where The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed.

Ahead of here is Viking Cave, with its dramatic limestone structures and cave used for harvesting the lucrative sea swallow nests, used to make bird’s nest soup in Chinese delicacies.

This is a must visit recommendation in our 10 Best Beaches to Visit in Asia

Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Mirissa Beach is a small and beautiful beach located at the most southern tip of Sri Lanka. In this relaxing hideaway, you can laze around all day drinking beer and eating freshly-caught red snapper.

From November to April, whale watching is the top attraction here.

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

El Nido is a small town and municipality located on the northern tip of Palawan island, in the Philippines.

The area around El Nido Palawan has lots of small islands (almost 50 total), making it pretty much heaven for tropical island hopping!

Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Singapore

The city state of Singapore may not be renowned for being a pristine tropical paradise, but Sentosa Island is keeping up with the competition when it comes to lively, fun beaches.

Siloso Beach is a family-friendly day out, with attractions such as the historical Fort Siloso.

It is home to Singapore’s biggest annual rave party ZoukOut.

Palolem Beach, Goa, India

Palolem Beach in south Goa is a picture-perfect, semicircle beach flanked by coconut palms on one side and the glistening blue sea on the other.

Located in the region of Canacona, the beach provided the setting for the opening scenes of the 2004 film The Bourne Supremacy.

Nha Trang Coast, Khánh Hòa ,Vietnam

Nha Trang may be one of Vietnam’s main seaside attractions.
These perfect white sandy beaches are still relatively unknown and extremely underrated by overseas visitors.

Located along the coast of central Vietnam, Nha Trang has a range of five-star resorts and is a popular choice with fans of scuba diving, theme parks and those in search of an exciting nightlife scene.

Teluk Siang, Redang Island, Malaysia

Redang Island, off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is an unspoilt and quiet island, which is a favourite for diving, snorkelling and wildlife-watching.

The Teluk Siang Bay is one of the most picturesque on the island, where you can expect to enjoy a great deal of privacy in the sun and are more likely to run into a turtle than an islander.

South Asia Private Driver & Motorbike Rental

If you want to explore South Asia in the comfort and safety of a private car with a driver, my top recommendation would be 12GoAsia

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Their price is 450k IDR ($30 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Bali (up to 10 hours) for 1-5 passengers. That’s the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It’s a steal.

If you’d rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 85k IDR (~$6) and include a helmet, rain coat, and pickup in the south Bali area.

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20 Best Places to Visit in Europe This Summer

Full of vibrant cities with great history, culture and wonder , Europe makes for an ideal summer destination. You will find stunning beaches, amazing landscapes and charming urban scenery here. It has so much to offer for a fantastic vacation. What’s more, is that Europe is easy to get around which is why European adventure is still a classic for summer travel. With so many good spots and so much to see, it can be hard to decide where to go in Europe. So we decided to make things easy for you.Here is the list of the top 20 places to go on holiday in summer in Europe that you must visit in the year 2020

1. Crete, Greece

Crete is not only the largest island in Greece but also one of the cheapest places to holiday in summer in Europe for your vacation in 2020. With splendid beaches, dreamy villages, exquisite cuisine and a hundred years of history and culture, Crete is truly a feast for senses. Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, it is the birthplace of Minoans, the first advanced society on European soil who ruled some 4000 years ago. Take it all on your driving tour as you explore the longest gorge in Europe, see the cave where Zeus was born and cycle through the orchards on the Lasithi Plateau.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

A place where east meets west, Istanbul is Turkey’s star city and a spectacular place for your summer vacation. Its strategic location attracted many armies and the city has been ruled by several empires. One will find several historical monuments and relics reminiscing the bygones. Spend your time in Istanbul by visiting its beautiful mosques and brilliant art museum. Explore the Grand Bazaar, take a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus and enjoy the authentic Turkish cuisine in one of the restaurants – Istanbul itinerary is sorted for you. The city has something for everyone, whether you are an art lover, an architecture enthusiast or a tourist looking for an escape.

3. Budapest, Hungary

With Stunning architecture, dramatic history, healing thermal baths and an active nightlife, Budapest is a cosmopolitan city that draws all quite travellers. It is one among the few cities in Europe where planning a visit won’t weigh heavy on the pockets. The 19th century was the golden age during which most parts of the city that you see today was built. Budapest is a food lover’s paradise, all thanks to its reputation as the food capital. Do not forget to get a taste of Hungarian food and excellent choice of wines on your trip to Budapest.

  • Things to do: Club-hopping, Spa
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 18-19°C
  • Travel Tips: Pack a swimsuit, sample the local wine

4. Rhodes, Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese Islands and historically the foremost important, Rhodes certainly is one among the loveliest Summer Holiday Destinations in Europe. It remains one of the most affordable places to visit in Greece. Whatever you’re trying to find , Rhodes has it all – a huge ancient history, beach-side resorts, a buzzing nightlife and delightful countryside. With plenty of cafes, clubs and restaurants, Mandraki is the cosmopolitan centre where tourists can discover the cuisine and nightlife of the island. Visit the Old Town of Rhodes if you would like to explore the historical side of the place.

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  • Things to do: Hiking, Windsurfing
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 26-29°C
  • Travel Tips: Rent a bicycle

5. Rome, Italy

One of the world’s most romantic cities, Rome is a heady mix of ancient ruins, inspiring art and lively street life. There is so much to do in Rome and you’ll be able to explore it completely if you spend your entire summer here. Take a walk through the history of this ancient city as you explore its key roman sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum. Also, visit the Vatican City to admire the much-revered Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the summer sunshine in the many parks and gardens in the city – the landscaped grounds at Villa Borghese and the Botanical Gardens are some of the most popular gardens here.

  • Things to do: Sightseeing, Heritage Walk, Shopping
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 28-32°C
  • Travel Tips: Always carry cash, wear comfortable shoes

6. Florence, Italy

Once a Roman city, Florence certainly haven for art lovers. With its stunning architecture and narrow cobbled streets, Florence is essentially a living gallery which is packed with art and architectural masterpieces at every turn. Nothing has changed in this small city located on the banks of the Arno River in northeastern Tuscany. A walk through its cobbled paths is a feast to the eyes with its elegant century old palaces, medieval chapels, marble basilicas and world-class art museums. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Do not forget to visit the museums to admire world-famous Renaissance paintings.

  • Things to do: Sightseeing, Shop for Souvenirs
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 28-32°C
  • Travel Tips: Get a Firenze card for free admission to museums, bus ride

7. Vienna, Austria

A unique blend of imperial grandeur and spectacular modern architecture, Vienna definitely is a fantastic Europe destination for the summer. Alongside the plush cafes and coffee-houses lies the imperial palaces and ornate streetscape of Vienna attracting tourists from all over the globe. You will find a variety of things to do in summers. It is the perfect time for sightseeing and outdoor activities. You may also get a chance to attend the Donauinselfest, the largest open-air music festival in Europe. Get to see some of the priceless works by Old Masters, and antique treasures by visiting its Kunsthistorisches Museum located in one of the Habsburg’s most impressive Ringstrasse palaces.

  • Things to do: Sightseeing, Hiking
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 18-19°C
  • Travel Tips: Use public transport, tip your waiter

8. Santorini, Greece

One of the most iconic Greek islands to visit, Santorini needs no introduction. It is recognizable with its white-terraced houses and cave-like hotels overlooking the blue ocean. Probably, the foremost popular destination in Europe, it gets incredibly busy in summer so it’s best to book your flights and hotel way ahead. With its pretty beaches, crumbly cliffs and beautiful sunsets, you will be captivated by its beauty and charisma. Do not forget to go to the coastal village of Perivolos where you’ll find the simplest stretch of sand, water sport opportunities and a number of beach bars.

9. Interlaken, Switzerland

Located in the heart of the Bernese Alps and surrounded by pristine lakes, Interlaken is a paradise in Switzerland that truly captivates your senses. Also known as the adventure capital of Switzerland, it is a hotspot for adventure seekers and hikers. Offering numerous opportunities for rafting or canyoning, skydiving or bungee jumping, it is a paradise for adrenaline junkies. Interlaken is also surrounded by prime hiking spots providing an ideal base to explore the Jungfrau region.

  • Things to do: Canyoning, White Water Rafting and Paragliding
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 22- 24°C
  • Travel Tips: Carry your hotel card for free travel on public transport

10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is completely gorgeous with its pretty canals, treasure-packed museums, cute flower-shops and ultra-niche restaurants. It is a haven for art lovers as you are likely to bump into a masterpiece within every mile as one explores the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and The Museum Het Rembrandthuis located few blocks away from each other. Enjoy a cruise around the canal as you get a glimpse of all that the city offers and having a cup of coffee in the canal-side cafes. The real Amsterdam lies within the smaller neighbourhood outside town centre.

  • Things to do: Cruise, Museum-Visit
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 19- 22°C
  • Travel Tips: Get an I Amsterdam Card, avoid visiting in weekends

11. Venice, Italy

One of Italy’s most famous destinations and amongst the top places to go on holiday in summer in Europe, Venice is a poetry in itself with its historic buildings and gorgeous canals. It consists of a cluster of 117 small islands divided by canals and linked by bridges. Very few places have managed to stay to be such a stunning natural setting with untainted architectural heritage. With around 114 churches which are galleries in themselves and museums, a visit to Venice is a dream come true for every art lover.

  • Things to do: Sightseeing, Ferry Ride,
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 26- 28°C
  • Travel Tips: Carry Mosquito Repellent

12. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon attracts tourists with its laid-back charm. Perched atop seven hills, Lisbon looks straight out of picture postcards with its cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Although the modern sleek buildings are slowly rising the village life still holds strong. On your trip to the city, explore the Fado clubs Bairro Alto and enjoy the view from the top of Santa Justa Elevator or just soak sun as you laze around the Cascais beaches, Lisbon is full of extraordinary opportunities for fun and relaxation

  • Things to do: Go for a walking city tour, Wine-Tasting
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 25- 28°C
  • Travel Tips: Wear comfortable shoes

13. Reykjavik, Iceland

With a vibrant cultural and design scene, and plenty of museums, galleries bars and restaurant to explore, Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a perfect destination to visit in Europe during summer. It is a great destination for travellers who are interested in exploring the wilderness and looking for adventure tours. Go on day-trips to discover the pristine beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and after a hard day of hiking, relax in one of its many hot springs.

  • Things to do: Hiking, Explore the Countryside
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 12- 14°C
  • Travel Tips: ferry ride to Videy Island

14. Porto, Portugal

Situated on the banks of the Rio Douro, Porto is a fascinating city in Portugal that boasts a vast history, wonderful tourist attractions and a lively nightlife. It offers a rewarding experience to travellers who wish to explore its narrow streets, majestic churches and cathedrals. It is famous for the production of Port wine, which is matured and stored in the vast cellars situated along the banks of the Douro River. On your trip to Porto, admire the contemporary architecture while enjoying a fine meal and a glass of wine on a roof-top restaurant.

  • Things to do: Discover local art in the art galleries and take a stroll in Serralves Park
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 23-26°C
  • Travel Tips: Get Porto card for unlimited access to public transport

15. Cyprus

A sun-soaked island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus will surprise you with its compelling beauty, culture and landscape. Located East of Europe, you will be mesmerized by its white sandy beaches and turquoise seas which is the calling card of Cyprus and there is a beach for everyone. Steeped in myth and ancient riches, the Island is divided into two parts, the North and the South. Discover its past and the preserved architectural legacy in its Neolithic dwellings, Bronze Age tombs, Roman mosaics, mountaintop castles and Byzantine churches as you explore the different sides of the island. Popular holiday spots include Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol and Ayia Napa.

  • Things to do: Scuba Diving, Wind-surfing, Hiking
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 23-30°C
  • Travel Tips: Most shops remain closed on Sundays

16. Andalucia, Spain

Portrayed vividly in operas and literature, Andalucia often acts as a synonym of Spain with its scent of orange blossom, flamenco and white-washed villages. There is no place like Andalucia, and the fascinating architecture and breathtaking natural setting is an ode to that. Part of the charm lies in its peculiar history with a cross-fertilization of two ideologies, Islam and Christianity. Several ancient mosques transformed into churches and one would witness vast palaces replete with stucco work with hammams and teahouses evoking the Moorish lifestyle. Andalucia is a great place to explore capable of inspiring its visitors.

  • Things to do: Visit the Nerja Caves, Sightseeing
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 25-28°C
  • Travel Tips: Use public transport, most shops remain closed on Mondays

17. Albanian Coast, Albania

A lesser-known tourist destination in Europe, Albanian Coast was a revelation a decade ago that was waiting to be explored. Backpackers discovered this last piece of Mediterranean island and flocked there to set up their campsites. You’ll find here fewer crowds and some of the prettiest beaches with crystal clear turquoise water. Ksamil, Borsh, Jala and Dhermi are some the best spots in the Coast. It is also one of the cheapest countries to explore in Europe . transit and food are very cheap here.

  • Things to do: Hiking, Cable car to enjoy the view of Tirana
  • Average temperatures (June-August): Approx 22-25°C
  • Travel Tips: Carry hand gel and toilet paper while travelling around

18. Sardinia, Italy

An island off the west coast of mainland Italy, Sardinia is an independent region of the country. It has some of the dreamiest beaches and numerous cultural spots like historic structures, parks and churches. You will not only be mesmerized by its beauty but also the rich heritage and culture it showcases. Porto Giunco, Cala Mariolu and Spiaggia Tuerredda are the top beaches of Sardinia that you must visit on your trip to Sardinia. Spend your holiday relaxing on the scenic beaches and exploring the archaeological sites located within the island that predate Rome by thousands of years.

  • Things to do: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Average temperatures (June-August):  21-25°C
  • Travel tips: Use public transport

19. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza needs no introduction. It is the party getaway that is perfect for relaxing and having a great time. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza has some of the best nightclubs in the world and a favourite destination amongst celebrities. With a great music and scene, the bars and clubs of Ibiza have become legendary. When not partying, one can enjoy the stunning beaches, explore pristine landscape or visit the historic town. Follow your wild party nights with therapeutic and relaxing days spent on the jaw-dropping beaches. Step off the beaten track and explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Dalt Vila to get a glimpse of the island’s rich history and heritage.

  • Things to do: Club-Hopping, Watersports, Shopping
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 22-26°C
  • Travel Tips: Carry cash

20. Algarve, Portugal

Located in the south of Portugal, Algarve is one of the sunniest places in Europe making it the perfect destination for your summer vacation. With elevated cliffs and golden beaches, it attracts over 4 million visitors every year. It is a paradise for surfers and one of the best golfing destinations in the world. Step off the beaten track as you go up the hilly hinterland to explore the historic castle-towns and the rolling countryside with its citrus orchards and white-washed villages. Spend some time while having fun in the water-parks and relaxing beside the pool.

  • Things to do: Beach Hopping, Golf
  • Average Temperature (June to August): 22-24°C
  • Travel Tips: Take public transport, Eat at local restaurants

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Life After Lockdown: Peek into the Future of Travel

Remember when you used to go to bars and restaurants and cafés? When going to a museum or a tourist attraction was your Saturday afternoon activity, instead of a virtual museum tour? Remember when you used to plan weekends away and scour the internet for cheap flight deals for a sneaky city break, instead of adding travel shows to your Netflix queue? Those were the days, weren’t they? But it looks like life after lockdown – and after coronavirus – is going to take a little while to get back to something more familiar.

In early May, Tiqets conducted several surveys with over 200 Tiqets customers and followers. We asked you what you missed most in lockdown (the resounding answer: travel), what sort of virtual activities you were trying out (which were mainly virtual museum tours and online gym classes), and we asked you how you felt about traveling again. While many of you miss traveling the most (us too!), it’s also the thing you’ll be most cautious about getting back to.

Are we ready to travel in a post-pandemic world? 

The short answer: not yet – especially seeing as the pandemic isn’t over. While many people have had to cancel a trip because of the coronavirus outbreak (73% of survey respondents said that they had to cancel trips/holidays), they’re not quite ready to pick up where they left off.

Only 23% of survey respondents said they would want to start traveling again as soon as lockdown in their respective countries is lifted.

32% of respondents said their travel decisions would be informed by when lockdowns in other countries are lifted.

17% of respondents said they would wait 1-2 months after lockdown to start traveling.

14% of respondents said they would wait 3-6 months before traveling again.

12% of respondents answered that they hadn’t really thought about when they would be ready to start traveling again.

But while it looks as though many of you won’t be ready to travel in the immediate future, there’s no shortage of enthusiasm for the activity. When asked which popular cities they’d like to visit first and which iconic attractions they’d like to see first, respondents were quick to share their preferences.

So, life after lockdown may not immediately include travel, but there’s no doubt it will return. In the meantime, industry-wide predictions suggest that many of us will turn to weekends away in remote places, road trips, and local adventures to soothe our wanderlust-seeking hearts.

Are we ready to visit local museums and attractions?

Speaking of local adventures, who says you need to travel anywhere to be a tourist? Exploring your city, and its attractions and landmarks can be just as exciting as visiting a new destination. So how ready are you to visit local attractions? Our survey on when people will return to museums and attractions, and what they’ll expect from these venues after coronavirus, provided some interesting insights.

When asked how they feel about the reopening of museums and attractions, respondents were hesitant.

35% of respondents said they couldn’t wait to visit, while 65% answered that they would wait a while before returning.

18% of respondents would be ready to visit museums as soon as the doors opened.

23% said they would wait 1-2 weeks before visiting museums.

24% would prefer to wait 1-2 months before visiting museums.

35% said they’d wait 3-6 months before visiting museums and attractions again.

Do you find yourself worried about hygiene and safety measures at museums and tourist attractions? Our survey respondents surely were.

65% of survey respondents thought it should be the visitors’ responsibility to bring their own face masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves when attending a museum.

80% of survey respondents believed that museums and attractions should provide information about their safety measures on their websites.

54% of survey respondents felt that the venues should take care of safety measures like crowd control and keeping a safe distance and that they should be responsible for enforcing the rules that they have in place.

Hygiene and safety measures are high up on the priority lists of museums and attractions that are reopening – especially seeing as many governments are enforcing capacity restrictions and insisting on certain hygiene rules. If these are your main concerns about visiting museums and attractions, you can rest assured that the tourism industry is doing a whole lot to make sure you feel comfortable on your next visit.

Tips for visiting museums and attractions after lock down

While some of you may feel daring enough to board a plane the moment you’re allowed out the house for more than your weekly grocery run, the truth is you simply may not be able to do so. Many countries are allowing things to open up within their borders, but they’re not necessarily reopening their borders to other countries.

This means that exploring your own city or planning a road trip or weekend break to a nearby place may be the best option for travel and culture lovers for the foreseeable future. And if that’s the case, you’ll need to know how to visit that iconic landmark that you live around the corner from (and are embarrassed to admit you’ve never visited).

Channel your inner Lady Macbeth and wash those hands regularly

Good hygiene remains one of the best ways to combat the spread of coronavirus. The staff at museums and attractions can insist on visitors wearing gloves and face masks, and provide hand sanitizer, but it’s your responsibility to use hand sanitizer and use it regularly.

Get precious about your personal space – and respect others’

Those of you who like your personal space will be pleased to know that this is an important part of the post-pandemic world. Don’t be afraid to remind others to keep their distance and remember to be respectful of other people’s personal space. That’s right, you’ll have to wait your turn to gawp at your favorite painting; no nudging the person in front of you out the way, and definitely no coughing or throat clearing to get their attention – you may get yourself kicked out of the museum!

Spontaneity is so 2019 – get with the times and start booking ahead

Capacity restrictions are coming. To avoid the disappointment of arriving at a museum or attraction only to be told they’re at capacity for the day, book your tickets to visit in advance. If you book through Tiqets, it’s easy to get tickets for the date and even a specific timeslot in advance. Nervous about booking in advance and suffering a change of heart the day before? No worries – when you book through Tiqets, you can cancel or change your tickets up until 24 hours before your visit.

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The Great Wall of India

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Standing thousands of miles long, the Great Wall Of China is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with over 10 million visitors each year. There’s no denying that the wall is certainly spectacular (after all, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World), but what if you could see a version of it without the crowds? That’s where this other “Great Wall” comes in:

Generally called Kumbhalgarh Wall or Kumbhalgarh Fort, the “Great Wall of India” was built in the 15th century. It is a part of the hill forts of Rajasthan, an UNESCO protected site in the northwestern part of India.

Stretching 22 miles long, the “Great Wall” is the second largest wall in the world and home to about 300 ancient temples. Surrounded by lush mountains and forest, the wall is the perfect tourist attraction for those who like to go off the beaten path.

Visitors who have trekked to the wall before call it “phenomenal” and say to “go early or late for good pictures.” The best way to reach Kumbhalgarh is to bus or taxi in from the town of Udaipur city, which is about 2 hours away.

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20 Most Popular Museums in the World

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20 Most Popular Museums in the World

This week the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM released their 2014 Museum Index which ranks the world’s most popular museums by the amount of visitors they had. Once again the Louvre in Paris ranks as the number one museum in the world. Here is a list of the top 20 most popular museums in the world.

These museums have started to introduce various ‘Baseball Pins‘ which creates a great souvenir to take home and remember your experience. I’m sure there will be some competition to see who has collected the most…

1. Louvre, Paris, France

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Louvre attracted 9.3 million visitors in 2014 making it the most popular museum in the world.

2. National Museum of China, Beijing

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The National Museum of China was the second most visited museum in the world with 7.6 million visitors.

3. National Museum of Natural History, Washington

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The National Museum of Natural History dropped one spot to become the third most visited museum in the world. Attendance dropped nearly 9% from 8 million to 7.3 million.

4. National Air and Space Museum, Washington

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Smithsonian National Air and Space museum received 6.7 million visitors as one of the most popular museums.

5. British Museum, London

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British Museum is the fifth most popular museum with 6.7 million visitors.

6. National Gallery, London

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6.4 million visitors

7. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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6.3 million visitors

8. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Vatican Museums had a 13% increase in attendance with 6.2 million visitors.

9. Tate Modern, London

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Tate Modern had an 18% increase in attendance with 5.8 million visitors.

10. National Palace Museum, Taiwan

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National Palace Museum in Taiwan had a 22% increase in attendance with 5.4 million visitors.

11. Natural History Museum, London

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5.4 million visitors

12. American Museum of Natural History, New York

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American Museum of Natural History had 5 million visitors.

13. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

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The attendance at this museum jumped nearly 18% to 4.2 million visitors.

14. National Museum of American History, Washington

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The Smithsonian National Museum of American History had an 18% decline in attendance with 4 million visitors.

15. National Gallery of Art, Washington

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National Gallery of Art welcomed 3.9 million visitors.

16. National Museum of Korea, Seoul

This museum had 3.5 million visitors, a 16% increase making it one of the most popular museums in the world.

17. Musee d’Orsay, Paris

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This art museum welcomed 3.5 million visitors.

18. Centre Pompidou, Paris

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Centre Pompidou is the 18th most visited museum even though attendance dropped by nearly 8% with 3.5 million visitors.

19. Science Museum, London

Science Museum in South Kensington had 3.4 million visitors.

20. National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul

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National Folk Museum of Korea had a 21% increase in attendance with 3.3 million visitors.

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Tiger Cave Temple – The Best Free Attraction in Thailand

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Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi is a must visit for anyone that likes adventure.

Tiger Cave Temple is the best free attraction in all of Thailand yet many people choose not to visit it.  Even those that are already in Krabi may skip it in favor of more beach time.  Certainly they are missing out on a terrific experience.  Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Suea is a spectacular Buddhist temple and a must visit for anyone traveling to Krabi.  So what makes Tiger Cave Temple so special and different from all the other temples  in Thailand?   Keep reading to find out.

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Tiger Cave Temple is relatively a new temple as it dates back to 1975.  Legend has it that a tiger once lived in one of the caves here.  It is only about 15 minutes away from Krabi town and about 30 minutes from Ao Nang.  It can be easily reached by Songthaew, taxi or by renting a scooter.  Although if you are going to rent a scooter be prepared that you will be riding on some busy highways in order to get to the temple.

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The main attraction of the temple is the 1237 stairs it takes to climb to the top of the mountain.  The climb up is no joke even if you are in great physical shape.  You may think to yourself, “What’s the big deal, it doesn’t sound that hard”.  Well when you take into account the heat, humidity and the fact that some of the steps are twice the height of normal steps you got yourself a pretty difficult climb.  It may be difficult but most people can do it as long as you take breaks and drink lots of water.

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The temple is open from sunrise to sunset.  It is best to do the climb in the morning or late afternoon.  You should allow about 30 minutes for the climb with a few stops along the way. Make sure to bring at least one bottle of water.  You will need it.  There is water at the top if you run out.  I did this climb in June and started at 5:30pm (17:30).  About half way through the climb I was completely drenched in sweat.  Even in the evening the humidity was really bad.

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The stairs are numbered, as to give you encouragement that you are getting close.  ( It could also have a negative effect if you think there are too many to go.)  Along the way you will encounter many people coming down and giving you words of encouragement and telling you that the climb is totally worth it.

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You will also encounter many monkeys.  These monkeys may look cute but are very unpredictable.  They have been known to steal things from people and get aggressive so it’s probably best not to mess with them.  On the way up I encountered probably about 20 monkeys through out the climb.  The way down was a different story.

Soon enough you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are rewarded with breathtaking views.

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The views stretch for miles.  From here you can see Krabi Town, Krabi landscape, the sea and the karst mountains.  All the hard work has paid off and it was totally worth it.

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The top of the mountain is not crowded at all and very peaceful.  Many people choose not to make the trek all the way up and there are some that are afraid of the monkeys.

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The Giant Golden Buddha and Chedi at the top of the Tiger Cave Temple in Thailand are simply stunning.

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I have heard that the sunset from the top of the Tiger Cave Temple mountain is spectacular but unfortunately the day I went up was cloudy so no sunset.  Maybe next time.  You can spend as much time at the top as you want.   I spent about 45 minutes at the top taking in the sights and the views but it was now getting dark and time to head back down.

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The walk down is easier  and quicker but your legs definitely feel like jello at this point.  When walking down I did not see any monkeys and began to wonder where did they go?  Did they all go to sleep? My question would soon be answered.  It seemed that all the monkeys from the mountain congregated in one place and waited for me to come down.

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There must have been 50 monkeys in one place on the hand rails and stairs.  It was super freaky and felt like a scene from “Planet of the Apes”.  The darkness did not help either.  I was walking very carefully trying not to step on any of their tails.  (Somehow I didn’t) I imagine it would not be a pretty scene if I did.  One of the monkeys did grab on to my leg and held on for a couple steps.  Amazingly the monkeys remained pretty calm and let me pass.  Before you know it, I was all the way down the stairs.

Tiger Cave Temple was definitely an awesome adventure and I would highly recommended it to anyone.  It is one of those experiences that you will remember for a very long time.  Probably more so than lounging on the beach.

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Have you visited the Tiger Cave Temple?  What did you think?  Planning a visit?  Let us know in the comments.

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Is Railay Beach One of the Best Beaches in the World

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I first heard of Railay Beach only a few years ago, while reading other bloggers stories of the beach and seeing their amazing photos. Suddenly this beach located in Krabi province of Thailand shot close to the top of my bucket list.  I made it a mission to see it, next time I was in Thailand.  That time finally came in June.  Since my head was filled with so many picturesque images, the expectations were super high.  I was afraid that when I arrived I would be disappointed. Well I’m happy to report that I was not.  Railay Beach is still extremely beautiful and I would say one of the best beaches in the world.

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Railay may not be the longest beach or have the whitest sand in the world, but what makes Railay so special is the incredible natural scenery and the journey to get there.  Railay is only accessible by boat.  The best way to get there is by catching a longtail boat in Ao Nang.  It costs 100 Baht each way.  Depending on the time and season you may have to wait till there are enough people. There is 8 person minimum for the longtail to depart.  Since I went in June I had to wait about 15 minutes.  Be prepared to get wet while getting in and out of the boat.  The ride takes approximately 10 minutes and is very scenic.

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As the boat gets closer the dramatic karst limestone cliffs come into full view.  At this point I was starting to feel a lot of excitement and little apprehension.  I feared that the beach would not live up to my expectations and be very crowded.  Incredibly it was not crowded at all and looked as beautiful as I imagined.  Being there in June probably had something to do with the low amount of tourists, nevertheless it was much less crowded than Maya Bay.

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Railay is much more than just Railay Beach.

The peninsula consists of three beautiful beaches: Railay, Phra Nang beach and Ton Sai beach.  Phra Nang beach is accessible by the walking street from Railay, while Ton Sai is accessible through a hiking trail from Railay.

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Entrance to the walking street

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The path to Phra Nang Beach

There are several caves on Railay.  The most famous one being the Phra Nang Cave or the Penis Cave as some call it.  One legend says that the cave is a shrine dedicated to a goddess princess named Phra Nang. Today local fisherman leave offerings to her to ensure safe travels on the sea.  Many of the offers take the form of male genitalia.

phra nang cave

phra nang cave

Railay is also home to some 0f the best rock climbing in the world.  Climbers of all skill levels are welcome here.  Even if you have never rock climbed in your life,  this is the perfect place to start. There are many schools here that offer 1 or 3 day courses.  One such climbing school is Basecamp Tonsai.

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Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach is considered by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  It was much more crowded than Railay Beach.

Phra nang beach

Phra Nang beach

Railay has accommodations for every budget.  Ton Sai Beach with its hippie culture generally has the less expensive rooms and bungalows.  There are restaurants and even convenient stores.

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No need to haul beer to Railay Beach when there are convenient stores here.

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Lizard on Railay Beach. Photo Monika JK

My time in Railay was way too short.  Looking back I wish I stayed here as opposed to Ao Nang.  There are many things I wish I could have done such as rock climbing and trekking to the blue lagoon but did not have enough time.  Oh yeah there is a hidden blue lagoon in Railay and the hike to get to it is not exactly easy.

The last longtail boat to Ao Nang leaves at 6pm (18:00).  Unless you are staying in Railay you will not get the chance to see brilliant blue bio luminescence light up the water at night or the fire dancing and parties that are happening on Railay Beach.

Railay is truly a paradise, a place I can’t wait to visit again and this time for much longer.  So when visiting Krabi stay here and not Ao Nang.

 

Rafal Kamysz

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