11 things to see in China beyond the Great Wall

11 things to see in China beyond the Great Wall

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From narrow hutongs to wide-flowing rivers, China is a land of opposites, superlatives and fascination. There will always be plenty to see and do here, and the likes of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, the Bund, Zhangjiajie and Terracotta Army usually take the limelight. In need of more eclectic inspiration? Look no further – here are eleven other things to see in China.

1. Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan province

Built into the riverside’s red sandstone cliffs over 1300 years ago, Leshan’s Giant Buddha is the world’s largest sculpted figure of its kind, sitting at a gargantuan 71 metres tall. Climb to the top of the mountainous scenic area to bring you level with the ten metre-wide head, and follow his gaze across the Minjiang River. Then, clamber down the steep, zig-zag path to the Buddha’s feet and lean back until it hurts to stare up at the colossal, figure for an evocative, unforgettable image of China.

2. Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan province

Not for the faint at heart, you’ll need a sturdy pair of shoes to take on the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike in southern Yunnan province, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things to see in China. The powerful Yangtze River surges between two huge mountains, with the 3000-metre-deep river canyon providing a continuous flank of wobbly ‘V’ shapes down the middle. With dramatic scenery, welcoming homestays and roaming wildlife, this makes for one of the most stunning hikes in China.

11 things to see in China: Tiger Leaping Gorge (hutiaoxia) near Lijiang, Yunnan Province

Tiger Leaping Gorge

3. Hanging Temple of Hengshan, Shanxi province

From a distance, Datong city’s Hanging Temple looks morphed into the mountainside, with its washed-out reds, jade greens and faded yellows trundling uphill. Up close, marvel at the intricate details of the structure, which has seen Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism practiced here since its construction in the fifth century. Those who are feeling brave should tackle the ten-metre hanging plank bridge which connects the northern and southern sections of the temple.

4. Saint Sophia Cathedral, Harbin, Heilongjiang province

With its deep-turquoise domes, white crucifixes and Byzantine Revival architectural style, Saint Sophia Cathedral makes for a unique construction in China. This former Russian Catholic church was built in the early twentieth century, when Russians made up one third of the population in Harbin, northeastern China. Today, it serves as an art gallery and museum enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

11 things to see in China: St. Sophia Church in Harbin

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

5. Changbaishan Nature Reserve, Jilin province

Despite its remote location, Changbaishan Nature Reserve is easily accessible with regular transport links shuttling visitors to and from the area. Tian Chi is the must-see here and is often referred to as ‘heavenly lake’ – for good reason. During the harsh winters, the five-kilometre-wide lake freezes over, and dense forests cover the cragged mountains, making for truly spectacular scenery. The lake runs along the China-North Korean border – but, of course, straying onto the other side is strictly forbidden…

6. Li River, Guilin, Guizhou province

Lush, green foliage carpeting the sloping hills, grazing water buffalo and fishermen sharing bamboo rafts with cormorants: the Li River is an attractive introduction to southwest China’s Guizhou province. A peaceful boat trip is the best way to take in the hazy-green scenery, and part of the route includes the small market town of Xingping, the spot that is featured on the 20 RMB note.

11 things to see in China: Li River fishermen

Li River fishermen

7. Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, Sichuan province

A medley of colours can be found in Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in southwestern Sichuan province: the still, blue lakes mirror the gold and red forests in the autumn, and the vivid blues and greens in the summer. In winter, the land is doused in brilliant-white snow. It’s also home to the milky-blue Pools of Immortals: bright turquoise bathing pools that seem to come straight out of a fairy tale. Equally impressive are the numerous waterfalls that drop like curtains over the rocky outcrops.

8. Huang Shan, Anhui province

Huang Shan (“Yellow Mountain”) in eastern China’s Anhui province is often described as the mountain that champions all others. Yet despite its popularity, there are still wedges of forest where you can find much-needed stillness, away from the crowds. The high, crooked mountains feature streaks of forests, and are joined by swirls of mist at the very top. Whether you choose one of the easier walks or a more demanding route, tackling Huang Shan can take anything from two hours to three days, depending on how much you want to explore.

11 things to see in China: Mt. Huangshan in Anhui

Huang Shan, China

9. Xi’an city walls, Shaanxi province

For 10 dynasties (spread over 1,000 years), Xi’an served as the imperial capital of China. It’s home to the famed Terracotta Army and is the starting point of the Silk Road, making it one of the best things to see in China in terms of bang for your buck. A great way to experience this impressive city is by visiting the historic city walls that still stand. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (705-904 AD), they took their modern form in 1568, when they were reinforced with brick. The city walls rise up in a 12-metre-high rectangular formation, with a 14-kilometre-long perimeter. They still include imposing watchtowers, fortress-like gates and a small moat, so hire a bike to explore this slice of regal history in a modern city.

10.Fire-breathing opera, Chengdu, Sichuan province

Despite being a proudly modern city, Chengdu is home to some of the best Sichuanese traditions. There are teahouses to play Mahjong in and spicy hotpots to devour; but, best of all, there’s the Sichuan opera, which started in the late seventeenth century. Performers incorporate humour, storytelling, hand puppetry and more in a seemingly effortless fashion; and the show usually ends with an extraordinary, hair-raising fire-breathing display.

11 things to see in China: Sichuan opera

Watching fire-breathing opera, one of the most unique things to see in China

 11. Qingdao, Shandong province

The coastal city of Qingdao has a distinctly European feel to it, thanks in large part to the existence of a German military base in the area during the nineteenth century. The German residents also established the Tsingtao brewery here, producing the now internationally sold beer (“Tsingtao” being the old transliteration of Qingdao). With Bavarian architecture, cobbled streets and small churches peppered around the city centre, Qingdao feels like a small German town. But, with food markets serving fresh, delicious seafood and market stalls selling shells from the nearby beaches, it has a distinct Chinese essence.


7 Brilliant things to do in Vietnam

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If there’s one thing to be said for Vietnam, it’s that the country really has everything. Stunning and diverse across cities, villages, mountains, rivers and beaches, it’s all wrapped up in a package for you to explore. But the appeal goes deeper than that; it’s the experiences you can enjoy that really make Vietnam unique. Young or old, backpacker or flashpacker, you’ll find an almost inexhaustible list of things to do in Vietnam. Here are some of our favourites, to give you a taste of this beguiling destination.

1. Set off on a Ha Long Bay cruise

Let’s start off with one of the most well known things to do in Vietnam: Ha Long Bay. Yes, it’s a top tourist draw, but it’s also a spectacularly impressive place. The bay – whose name means ‘descending dragon’ – is made up of emerald waters and towering limestone karsts speckled with greenery. Rather than a quick day trip, opt for a multi-day cruise so you can explore the outcrops at leisure. Watching the sun rise and set across the bay will make an indelible impression.

If the presence of other tourists will spoil your enjoyment, go alternative and visit Ha Long Bay’s less frequented neighbour, Bai Tu Long Bay. Located some 30km east, Bai Tu Long Bay looks almost identical and you wont have to fight for space. What’s more, you’ll have more time to swim and kayak around the rocks and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Floating fishing village and rock island in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam

2. Take a food tour in Hanoi

Pho, bahn mi, cao lau, banh xeo… drooling yet? It’s no secret that Vietnam has an incredible foodie offering, mixing Asian ingredients with French influences. While you’re sure to grab some good grub all over the country, we recommend a food tour in Hanoi if you want to taste the creme de la creme of this delicious cuisine. You’ll find food stalls everywhere, so go on the look out (we recommend the French Quarter), pull up a stool and tuck in. Plus, Hanoi has gained a reputation as the pho capital of Vietnam, so you know you’ll be in for one of your best meals to date.

Street Pho, Vietnam.

Pho eaten streetside in Hanoi

3. See a water puppet show in Ho Chi Minh City

Catching a water puppet show is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Vietnam. What to expect? The shows consist of wooden and lacquered puppets on a watery stage, with narrators, singers and musicians sitting at the sides. Yes, it might sound odd at first, but the tradition began in the 11th century and has stood the test of time. You may not understand much (performances are all in Vietnamese), the combination of the intricate puppets, choreography and music will nevertheless entertain. Head to Ho Chi Minh City, specifically the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, where show performances last 50 minutes and take place multiple times each evening.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City: a traditional water puppet performance

A traditional water puppet performance

4. Hike the hills in Sa Pa

Sa Pa is a township located in northwestern Vietnam, in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains. It’s well known to adventure seekers as a base for thrill-seeking activities. Plus, it’s famous for its vivid rice terraces, but that’s not all there is to this stunning area. Dig deeper and you’ll find some treasures. There are hikes ending in waterfalls and landscapes you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Vietnam. What’s more, you can arrange to visit a tribe for an insight into local mountain life.

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Rice terraces near Sa Pa

5. Light a lantern in Hoi An

Historic Hoi An is a kaleidoscope of colour with string lanterns hanging all around the town. This is accentuated ten-fold every year during Tết (Vietnamese New Year) and the Lantern Festival. Lasting seven days, the main festivities happen in the Old Town – between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge. Celebrations are not limited to lanterns and light, either – food stalls and singing groups bring the town to joyous life. Make sure you’re there to watch the hundreds of tiny lanterns making their way down the river during the festival. For a small price you can board a sampan boat and take a closer look and even light one yourself, watching as it floats peacefully away.

Illuminated lanterns in Hoi An Old Town

6. Float through the Mekong Delta

To get a different perspective on Vietnamese life and to simply experience a fun mode of transport, taking a boat through the Mekong Delta is one of the best things to do in Vietnam. The Mekong is Asia’s seventh longest river and flows through six countries, including ChinaMyanmarThailandLaosCambodia and Vietnam. Here, it slows down to a more languid pace, welcoming life in many forms. You can see floating markets, stilted villages, uninhabited islands and more – just hitch a ride with a cargo boat or go full-on cruise.

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Boats in the Mekong Delta

7. Drop into the largest cave in the world

In 1991, in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, near Phong Nha, a local man discovered a long forgotten cave, but couldn’t find a way inside as the drop was so deep. It wasn’t until 2009 that an expedition to survey the mystery cave finally began. What the team discovered was the largest cave in the world, Hang Son Doong, loosely translated to ‘cave of the mountain river’. It’s believed to be between two and five million years old and is so large it has its own ecosystem, with a subterranean river and even underground trees. Trips for tourists started in 2013, and while expensive, it’s certainly one of the most unique things to do in Vietnam and a biggie off the bucket list.

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The entrance to Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world


10 Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka may be a small island in the Indian Ocean but that’s the only thing small about it. The country, formerly known as Ceylon, boasts an ancient civilization, golden sandy beaches with their swaying coconut palms, mountains, and rubber and tea plantations. While visiting the island, you’ll see colonial architecture from the days when the Portuguese, Dutch and English ruled. You’ll see lots of elephants, some of which participate in local festivals and, if you’re lucky, perhaps a leopard or two at a wildlife sanctuary. An overview of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka:

10. Bentota

Bentota

 

With coconut palms swaying in the breeze, Bentota is a multi-tasking tourist town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. One of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches, Bentota is first an Indian Ocean beach resort where water activities, such as surfing, sailing and snorkeling, abound. When it’s time for a change of pace, you can visit a sea turtle hatchery and conservation center, which monitors five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world. You can also take in a 17th century fortress, lush gardens and an old Buddhist temple that dates from medieval times.

9. Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

 

Sri Lanka is famous for its tea. What better place to learn more about tea than the source itself: Nuwara Eliya. With a temperate climate and elevation of 1,900 meters (6,100 feet), Nuwara Eliya is the country’s tea production capital. You can tour a tea plantation and see how tea is made. Founded in the 19th century, this hill country town soon became a retreat for British colonists, earning the nickname Little England. April is a good time to visit, when visitors flock here to see the blossoms and celebrate Sri Lanka New Year. Other sights include Lake Gregory and Laxapana, Sri Lanka’s most famous waterfalls.

8. Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura

 

Anuradhapura is an ancient sacred city that was established around a cutting from Buddha’s fig tree. Dating back to the third century BC, Anuradhapura was established by the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. This magnificent city of palaces, temples and monuments flourished for 1,300 years but was abandoned after it was invaded in the late 10th century. Much like Peru’s Machu Picchu, locals were aware of it but not many others until it was “discovered” by Europeans many centuries later. These fantastic ruins have since been excavated and are accessible for the public to enjoy.

7. Colombo

Colombo

 

Colombo has been the commercial capital of Sri Lanka for more than 2,000 years when its large natural harbor made it popular with ancient trades from Italy to China. It’s often referred to as the country’s capital, though the legislative capital is located in a nearby city. Ruled over by first Portuguese and then British colonists, Colombo is a popular tourist destination. One of the most popular attractions is Galle Face Green, a strip park along the Indian Ocean. Also not to be missed is Gangaramaya Temple, which is known for its mix of ethnic architectural styles.

6. Yala National Park

Yala National Park

 

Animals rule the roost, the ground and the sky at Yala National Park, a wildlife sanctuary about 240 km (150 miles) from Colombo. Yala offers a plethora of things to do. Your visit begins with a safari to see animals, including elephants, water buffalo and leopards, found here in higher density than any other place in the world. Note: the park closes for September’s leopard breeding season. The park also is home to 215 bird species, of which seven are native to the park. Top sights, besides wild animals, are Sithulpauwwa, an ancient rock temple that once housed 12,000 monks, and Magul Maha Viharaya, once the setting for a royal marriage.

5. Mirissa

Mirissa

 

If you’re looking to holiday in a tropical paradise, Mirissa just might be the answer to your dreams: swaying coconut palms, beautiful golden sand beaches, days spent rocking away in a hammock. It doesn’t get much better than this. This crescent-shaped piece of paradise is famous for having the most stunning sunsets and sunrises in Sri Lanka. There are no luxury resorts to mar the landscape, so it’s just you, the beach, and quiet during the day. The pace picks up at night. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is a good place to go dolphin and whale watching.

4. Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

 

The terms “beauty” and “beast” usually go together well, except at Polonnaruwa where beauty goes better with “ruins.” The second oldest kingdom in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is known for the ruins of this ancient garden city. The 12th century ruins are some of the best preserved in the country. Polonnaruwa was a place where traders of exotic goods mingled with worshippers in the many temples. Start your tour of Polonnaruwa at the Archaeological Museum, then proceed to the massive (50 buildings) Royal Palace with its well-preserved audience hall. The stunningly decorated Sacred Quadrangle is another must-see here.

3. Kandy

Kandy

 

Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka, is the gateway to the Central Highlands and its tropical plantations that grow both tea and rubber. If you’re driving from Colombo, you’ll pass by rubber plantations on a road that is considered one of the country’s most scenic. The last capital of the ancient kingdoms, Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world. A major, colorful festival involves taking the tooth relic around the city. Movie buffs may be interested to know Kandy was a chief location in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

2. Galle

Galle

 

Galle’s most famous attraction is its 17th century fort built by Dutch colonists. Sitting on a promontory overlooking the Indian ocean, the fort is known for its architectural style. Galle is considered a prime example of a fortified city. The fortress is not just another pretty place, however; today the fort houses courts and businesses. Galle is becoming known as an arts colony and its expat community – about a third of the city’s homes are owned by foreigners. Other top sights include a natural harbor, Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse, a maritime museum, a key Shiva temple and the Jesuit built St. Mary’s Cathedral.

1. Sigiriya

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Sri Lanka

 

Wannabe archaeologists need to put Sigiriya on their list of must-see places to visit in Sri Lanka. This ancient city is built on a steep slope, topped by a plateau almost 180 meters (600 feet) high. This plateau is known as Lion’s Rock as it oversees the jungles below. Access to the site is through staircases and rooms emanating from the lion’s mouth. You’ll also see ponds, gardens and fountains. Pretty cool! Locals consider the site the eighth wonder of the world. This ancient rock fortress dates back to the third century BC when it was a monastery. It was later turned into a royal residence.


10 Top Tourist Attractions in Singapore

Singapore is one of the great cities of the world, with its blend of Asian and European cultures. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous city states and boasts one of the world’s busiest ports.

Graceful colonial buildings co-exist alongside centuries-old street markets and modern high-rises. Though the government can be strict with residents and visitors who misbehave, travelers who follow the rules can’t help but be fascinated by this multi-cultural city. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Singapore:

10. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

 

If construction costs are a traveler’s bag, then they’ll delight in seeing the Marina Bay Sands, a resort that cost US$5.7 billion to build, making it the world’s most expensive building when it opened in 2010. The Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort that has it all: a luxury hotel, restaurants, an endless collection of shops, a convention center that is one of the largest in Asia, theater, an ArtScience Museum and other entertainment centers. It also has an indoor skating rink made with synthetic ice.

9. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

 

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel, only with benefits, that only start with the stunning views below. Cars hold up to 28 people as they circle above the city. When it opened in 2008, it was the highest Ferris wheel in the world, reaching 165 meters (541 feet) up into the Singaporean sky. With advance notice, the Flyer can accommodate disabled guests in wheelchairs. Located on Marina Bay, the Flyer’s terminal has three floors of restaurants, shops and other services.

8. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

 

The Chinese build temples to a lot of gods and other things, but the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the more unusual. In the late 1980s when a Buddhist temple was first proposed for Singapore’s Chinatown, it was supposed to become a more traditional temple. Somewhere along the line it became the Tooth Relic Temple, a home for a tooth relic from Buddha. The temple, located in central Chinatown, also features other arts and culture of Singaporean Buddhists.

7. Night Safari

Night Safari
Travelers who enjoy nightlife but are tired of the club scene should head over to Night Safari where nocturnal, not party, animals are on display. Since it opened in 1984, it is one of Singapore’s top attractions, with more than one million people annually enjoying a tram ride through seven of the world’s geographic regions. Visitors also can take a trail walk to learn more about animal habits while another section features a show on the organization’s work to preserve threatened species through captive breeding programs. Three restaurants features menus and entertainment that reflect life in the jungle or rainforest.

6. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Travelers on a budget will appreciate the Singapore Botanic Gardens as most of the gardens are free; there is only a charge for the National Orchid Garden, the most visited section of the garden. The garden contains more than 60,000 species of plants and animals, and is home to the world’s first children’s garden. Past visitors rave about the tropical greenery of the gardens.

5. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

 

Gardens by the Bay is a recent addition to Singapore’s tourist attractions, but is one that gardeners won’t want to miss visiting. Open less than a decade, Gardens by the Bay is built on reclaimed land in central Singapore. It consists of three gardens: Bay Central, a garden with a waterfront walk that will eventually connect the other two gardens; Bay East, which is opening in phases as sections are completed, and Bay South, the largest garden, which showcases tropical horticulture and includes tree-like structures up to 50 meters (160 feet) high that dominate the Gardens’ landscape.

4. Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

 

Raffles Hotel, with its graceful colonial style, is the face of Singapore. Since it opened in 1887, it quickly became THE place to stay in Singapore, with writers Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway, among others, adding to its fame. This epitome of luxury boasts 15 restaurants and bars, including the Long Bar where the cocktail Singapore Sling was invented. The Raffles Hotel is legendary the world over, down to the uniformed Sikh doormen who introduce guests to this bit of Southeast Asian history. The lobby of the main building is open to the public while the hotel museum is hidden away on the 3rd floor.

3. Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

 

Clarke Quay is another part of Singapore’s past that is still a happening place today. One of the key tourist attractions in Singapore, the quay, at the mouth of the Singapore River, was the city’s hub of commerce in the late 19th century. It still hustles and bustles today, but with a different kind of commerce: trendy restaurants, unique boutiques, pushcart vendors and more, all of which blend Asian and European influences. Once a market, always a market, except at night when Clarke Quay teems with chic nightspots.

2. Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

 

Resorts World Sentosa is a Singaporean destination unto itself. Located on an island off Singapore’s south coast, the property features hotels, restaurants, a casino, theme parks – in short, something for everyone no matter how old they are. With this location, attractions obviously center around the sea: Marine Life Park, Dolphin Island, a water park and an aquarium. Other attractions include Universal Studios Singapore and nightly entertainment. The casino offers a variety of table games sand 2,400 slot machines; be forewarned, it does enforce a dress code. The resort offers more than 60 dining options for hungry guests.

1. Orchard Road

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Singapore

 

Orchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore, regularly frequented by the locals as well as foreign tourists. Named after the fruit orchards that the road led to, Orchard Road is flanked by malls, numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. It is also the site of the official residence of the President of Singapore, the Istana. The Christmas decorations along Orchard are famous and entirely over the top, with reindeers cavorting through palm trees and gingerbread houses topped with fake snow.


Discover the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

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In the center of Sri Lanka, an immense column of rock rises out of the forest surrounding it. The rock is nearly 200 meters (660 feet) tall and is home to the ruins of a fortress as well as an ancient palace complex. It was constructed during the reign of King Kasyapa, which lasted from 477 A.D. to 495 A.D. This site is called Sigiriya, which means Lion Rock. After the king’s death, the palace was abandoned, but was later used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. After this period, no records are found on Sigiriya until 300 years later when it was used briefly as an outpost of the Kingdom of Kandy.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, seen from Pidurangala Rock, Sri Lanka

The Sigiriya rock itself is a hardened magma plug from an extinct and long-eroded volcano, similar to the Devils Tower in Wyoming. Archaeologists believe that this region has been inhabited since the third century B.C. King Kasyapa chose this site for his capital because, with the 360-degree view from the summit, it would give him an advantage if attacked. After several years, plans to create a palace complex on the top of the rock finally came to fruition, and the complex became a major palace as well as a fortress. The plans called for an upper palace on top of the rock and lower palaces at ground level.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

The king had lavish gardens built throughout the complex. The gardens, one of the most beautiful aspects of Sigiriya, consist of three sections: the water gardens, the terraced gardens, and the cave and boulder gardens. Of the three gardens, the terraced gardens seem to grab the most attention from visitors. These landscaped gardens are among the oldest in the world, and tourists are able to follow the paths through the gardens to the palace at the top of the rock.

Climbing

Climbing

 

Nearly all the visitors strive to reach to the top of Sigiriya where the king’s palace complex is located. There is a stairway made of stone that leads from the bottom of the rock to the top.

Lion Paws

About halfway up, there are two lion paws that were part of a massive lion with an open mouth. The open mouth is the entrance to the palace. Today only the lion paws remain.

Sigiriya maiden

The Cobra Hood Cave contains paintings more than 1,500 years old. These frescoes, protected from the elements by the cave, depict Sinhalese maidens performing various tasks. Archaeologists do not know if the images show religious rituals or if they depict the numerous wives of the king.

Mirror Wall

One fascinating feature of the site is the Mirror Wall. Situated on the western side of the rock, the Mirror Wall was a brick wall covered with white plaster so highly polished that it could produce reflections. As time passed, this wall became a graffiti board, covered with messages from the various visitors to Sigiriya. Some of the Sigiri Graffiti has been dated as far back as the eighth century A.D. With so many visitors wanting to leave a message, the tradition was discontinued and the wall is now undergoing protective restoration.

The ancient palace

Today, the palace complex is one of the best-preserved examples of urban planning. The fact that Sigiriya still exists for visitors to explore is a testament to the innovative engineering and design used in the building of the palace/fortress.

View from Sigiriya Mounatain

The Sigiriya Museum has exhibits of tools and other artifacts found during the excavation of the site. It also contains photos and reproductions of the exquisite frescoes found in the Cobra Hood Cave. Additionally, translations of the graffiti from the Mirror Wall are available for viewing at this museum.

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Sunset over the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

It is amazing to see how an untouched rock can be transformed into a living complex as well as an impressive work of art. A visit to Sigiriya should definitely be a part of any itinerary when traveling to Sri Lanka.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan

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In North India is Rajasthan, an Indian state close to the border with Pakistan. This incredible state is a popular travel destination because of its landscape, which includes the immense Thar Desert and the magnificent Aravallis Mountains. As a center of Rajput culture, Rajasthan is also a wonderful place to explore palaces and temples created by Rajput kings of the past. As you criss cross the state, aim to add as many of these incredible places to visit in Rajasthan to your itinerary as possible.

10. Mount Abu

Mount Abu

 

Mount Abu is a hill station that offers exceptional views of the surrounding area. A rocky plateau of a summit means that there is a large space to explore, not to mention an abundance of attractions. Nakki Lake is a must-see spot near Mount Abu, and you can even rent an affordable paddle boat to get on the water and admire the hills surrounding the lake. Also of interest in Mount Abu will be the Dilwara Temples. These temples from the Jain religion date from about the 12th century and are carved from an exquisite white marble.

9. Bikaner

Bikaner

 

Although the city of Bikaner is home to a palace, a historic fort and even a camel research center, many Indians know it as a destination for foodies with a sweet tooth. One of the local specialties you’ll definitely want to try is Kesar Kulfi, a sweet and iced dessert that is delicious and refreshing on a hot afternoon. Desert safaris are also popular in Bikaner, and you can ride a camel into the desert to explore the local culture and landscape. It is impossible to miss Bikaner’s Junagarh Fort, built in the 16th century and now holding an extensive museum about the region.

8. Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

 

The city of Chittorgrah, situated on the banks of the Berach River, is known for one particularly impressive attraction: The Chittorgarh Fort. Built in the seventh century, the fort is one of the largest in India and is guarded by seven gates. The fort is large, and seeing it all in a day can be challenging. Start with the Victory Tower, built in the 15th century and illuminated beautifully each night. Also make time for Rana Kumbha’s Palace, the oldest part of the fort, and the Meera Temple, which honors Vishnu and boasts a large collection of idols.

7. Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park

 

This national park is also a wildlife sanctuary, and it is known as one of the top spots in the entire world to see tigers in the wild. You can book a wildlife safari to explore the park and see the animals up close. A smaller, open-top vehicle called a gypsy is best for the braver visitors, and the larger open-top vehicles called canters offer a little more protection. In addition to the tigers, Ranthambhore National Park boasts wildlife that includes leopards, hyenas, sloth bears and so much more. On a safari, you will also have the chance to see Ranthambhore Fort, which dates back to the 10th century.

6. Bundi

Bundi

 

The city of Bundi is a unique destination, and it is a place that is widely known for its step wells. While this means of water collection is no longer used in the city, Bundi still has more than 50 step wells that you can see. The most famous is the Queen’s Step Well, which dates back to the 15th century and boasts more than 200 steps. Also of note in Bundi is the Taragarh Fort, constructed in the 16th century and now home to a staggering art collection. Escape the urban environment easily at one of the lakes surrounding Bundi, or set off on a wildlife safari at Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary.

5. Pushkar

Pushkar

 

Pushkar is a holy city, and it is known best for its Brahma temple and its annual camel fair. Brahma is one-third of the holy trinity in Hindu religion, and Pushkar is said to be the home of Brahma. The Brahma temple in Pushkar is impossible to miss, especially because of the frequent chanting ceremonies that take place several times a day. Pushkar is also home to several other temples devoted to Vishnu, Savitri and Shiva. Every November, Pushkar comes alive with a camel fair and Hindu pilgrimage.

4. Jodhpur

Jodhpur

 

Jodhpur, or the Blue City, is located on the edge of the Thar Desert. Its colorful nickname comes from the many blue homes in the city, which make it look blue when viewed from above. Filled with forts and temples, Jodhpur is a historic destination with plenty of appeal. No trip would be complete without a tour of the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in all of Rajasthan. The fort complex is home to a stunning mirrored hall, intricate sandstone screens in the Zenana Deodi, the Chamunda Mataji Temple and even a number of costumed people who really bring the fort to life.

3. Jaipur

Jaipur

 

The capital of Rajasthan is Jaipur, a bustling city teeming with interesting attractions and things to do. Jaipur forms one corner of the Golden Triangle, and it makes a great gateway into the lesser-known destinations within Rajasthan. There are three major forts in Jaipur: Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Also worth exploring is the City Palace, a stunning blend of Mughal and Rajput design that is so big most travelers can’t see it all in a single day. Jaipur is also home to a number of temples as well as a major bazaar which comes alive each night as the sun sets.

2. Jaisalmer 

Jaisalmer

Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is a remarkable city right on the fringes of the Thar Desert. The dominating features of Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort, or Sonar Qila, which is still an inhabited space. Unlike virtually every other fort in India, Jaisalmer is completely functioning, and within the fort you’ll find private residences, shops and even restaurants. Souvenir shopping within the fort is a fun experience, with common souvenirs including bronze statues and silver jewelry. Within the fort’s walls, there are also a handful of temples. These Jain temples date back to the 12th century, and most are open to the public in the morning.

1. Udaipur

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Rajasthan

 

Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, so it should not come as a surprise that the lakes are a main attraction. Two of the biggest lakes, Fateh Sagar and Pichola, are artificial, but that makes them no less beautiful. The main reason to visit Udaipur is for the chance to explore Udaipur City Palace, a collection of palaces, museums and gardens in a range of architectural styles. Shrines, temples, royal residences and art collections are also available to admire within the City Palace. Just north of the palace is Jagdish Temple, Udaipur’s most famous temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple boasts stunning carvings, and it is now an iconic landmark in the city.

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10 Most Amazing Temples in India

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India is a land of many temples. They range in size from tiny structures located in the middle of roads to massive ancient temples carved out of rock. Some are famous and accented in gold, while others are much more modest. There are even some temples in India that are covered with erotic carvings. If you decide to visit a temple, please remember, no matter the size or condition, always make sure to remove your shoes before entering.

10. Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy Temple

 

This temple, which is located on Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the god Shiva. It contains one of the 12 jyotirlingas, which are devotional objects that are supposed to represent Shiva. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is also one of the four destinations on the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit for Hindus. It is believed that if a person journeys to all four, any sins from their past life will be washed away. The large Ramanathaswamy Temple is enclosed by high walls and boasts a 126-foot-tall eastern tower, a 78-foot-high western tower, and 22 holy wells. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. Devotees are expected to bathe in the waters of these holy wells before entering the inner sanctum of the temple.

9. Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

 

This complex, which is located in Bodhgaya, is a very important holy site for Buddhists. It is built on the site where Siddhartha Gautama — Buddha — was said to have attained Enlightenment. Buddhists also consider this spot to be the naval of the earth and is also believed to be where this earth will end, and the location where the next re-creation of earth will begin. The Mahabodhi Temple, which was built during the late Gupta period, is also one of the oldest brick structures in eastern India. Inside of the temple is a very large, gold-covered, seated Buddha, which has been dressed in bright orange robes. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is also famous for being home to a descendant of the original Bodhi Tree, which was the fig tree under which Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment.

8. Ranakpur Temple

Ranakpur Temple

 

Ranakpur Temple is one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India. It is constructed out of light-colored marble and boasts 29 halls and 80 domes. It is also known for having approximately 1,444 marble pillars that have been individually carved so that no two are alike. The appearance of these columns change color from gold to light blue depending on the time of the day. Ranakpur is a stunning temple that is covered in exquisite and intricate carvings that depict everything from flowers to geometrical patterns. Located in a lush valley between Udaipur and Jodhpur in the village of Ranakpur, this temple is only open in the afternoon to tourists. So make sure to plan your visit accordingly.

7. Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

 

Compared to some of the other famous temples in India, the Akshardham Temple is fairly new, having been built in 2005. Located in the eastern suburbs of New Delhi, it is the largest Hindu temple in the world and was constructed using ancient techniques. So while new, it also honors the past with stunning, intricately carved sandstone reliefs. As you approach this breathtaking temple, rising high and alone in the middle of the complex, it has an almost fairy-tale-like presence to it. The Akshardham Temple complex, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River, also features a boat ride that will take you on a journey through India’s history, a musical fountain show and an 11-foot-high, gilded statue of the Bhagwan Swaminarayan, for whom the temple is dedicated.

6. Kailasa Temple

Kailasa Temple

 

Located in Ellora, Maharashtra, the Kailasa Temple is truly one of man’s most amazing ancient creations. Built in 760 AD by King Krishna I, this temple was carved from a huge solid rock by hand using chisels, hammers and picks. Because this temple — which was built to represent Mt. Kailasa, the deity Shiva’s home — is so amazing, some people have even theorized that aliens may have built it. And it’s not hard to see why once you visit Kailasa Temple. Although the exterior of the temple is relatively plan, the interior is covered in intricate designs and reliefs and boasts columns that have been carved from solid rock. The temple is just one of 34 man-made caves at the site. Of those caves, 12 are considered Buddhist temples, 17 are Hindu and 5 are Jain.

5. Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

 

The Lotus Temple, which is located in New Delhi, is also known as the Bahai House of Worship or Bahai Mashriqul-Adhkar Temple. Opened to the public in 1986, this is a very interesting looking temple that was built in the shape of a lotus flower. Because the Bahai faith believes in the “Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions and the Oneness of Mankind,” the Lotus Temple welcomes worshipers of all religions. In addition, no sermons are allowed to be said in this temple. The Lotus Temple is also an architectural treat. The structure, which was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, boasts 27 marble petals that give the building its Lotus shape.

4. Khajuraho Temples

Khajuraho

 

These temples are definitely not for the prudish as they are decorated with explicit erotic carvings. But if you have an open mind, you might find these temples quite spectacular. Built between 900 AD and 1130 AD by the Chandela dynasty, the Khajuraho Temples are located in Madhya Pradesh. It is believed that there may have been as many as 85 temples in the area, but today only 25 remain. It is not really known why these Jain and Hindu temples boast erotic carvings, but they are very detailed and show humans — and sometimes animals — in a variety of hedonistic couplings. One school of thought is that these carvings may have been made in honor of Kama — or the pursuit of pleasure, which is considered one of the four permissible goals in Hinduism.

3. Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple

 

This temple, which is located on the Tungabadra River, is the oldest functioning temple in India, having been in use since the 7th century AD. The Virupaksha Temple was once a part of the royal city of Vijayanagar, which was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Although the temple is still intact today, the rest of the city is now mostly in ruins. The Virupaksha Temple complex consists of three towers and is dedicated to the deity Shiva, known here as Virupaksha. While visiting Virupaksha Temple, make sure to get a blessing from the temple elephant, Lakshmi. And if you get there early enough, you may get to witness the elephant’s morning bath ritual.

2. Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple

 

Most of India’s more important temples are relatively plain in color. Not the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which is an explosion of colors. Located in Tamil Nadu on the banks of the Vaigai River, it boasts 14 towers that are covered in 33,000 colorful sculptures and is dedicated to Shiva and a consort, Parvati. There has been a temple on this site since the 6th Century BC, but the original structures were destroyed in the 1300s by the Muslim general Malik Kafur as a part of his mission to convert the area to Islam. The temples were, however, rebuilt in 1559 by the first Nayak king of Madurai. Though the statues on the towers were once plain, paint has been added to them over the years during festivals, which has created the riot of color that can be seen today.

1. Golden Temple

Golden Temple

 

This stunning temple, which sits in the middle of a small, sacred lake, is the most holy of all Sikh shrines. Gold panels cover most of the exterior of the temple and its dome is also gilded — hence its name. The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar, Punjab and has an interesting story. It is said that Buddha once spent time in this location, and then 2,000 years later, the Guru Nanak, who was the founder of the Sikh religion, ended up living here by the lake. Eventually, his followers built a temple on the site. If you visit this temple, try to catch the ceremony held each morning to install the Guru Granth Sahib — the sacred scripture of the Sikhs — into the temple or the ceremony held each night to return it to the Akal Takht, the seat of the Sikh parliament.

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Beijing

Category : Asia , Beijing , China

Beijing is a bustling city teeming with people and sounds. The Chinese capital is a fascinating city that is quickly modernizing but keeping some aspects of its glorious past. It is a good city to explore on foot, tucking into hutongs, enjoying delicacies at a night food market or visiting some of the top tourist attractions in Beijing.

10. Gulou and Zhonglou

Gulou and Zhonglou

 

Gulou and Zhonglou, known as the Drum and Bell Towers in English, used to be Beijing’s official timekeepers during the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Today, they are tourist attractions that provide insight into traditional Chinese architecture. Gulou, the Drum Tower, standing at the intersection of Gulou and Di’anmen streets, was constructed in 1272 by Kublai Khan. Visitors who are able to climb the steep stairs will be rewarded with great views of Beijing. Zhonglou, the Bell Tower, is located a short walk behind the Drum Tower. Both are located in one of Beijing’s few remaining hutong areas.

9. 798 Art District

798 Art District

 

Even people who don’t like art will come away with an appreciation for the topic after a visit to the 798 Art District, Beijing’s avant garde art district. Located in what once was an old electrical power plant, the 798 Art District is a beehive of artistic activity. Visitors can see artists at work in their studios, purchase art and art-related souvenirs, relax their tired feet at a sidewalk café, and admire the hundreds of statues that can be found outdoors on any street. To fully appreciate the 798 Art District, visitors might want to spend at least a whole day here as there is too much to see in just a few hours.

8. Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang

 

Nanluoguxiang is Beijing’s yuppie street. The nightlife in its trendy restaurants and bars draw young people like a magnet; sometimes the activity spills into the narrow street. It’s quieter during the day as shoppers seek out the latest fashions in its boutiques. Located just off Guloudongdajie (East Gulou Street), Nanluoguxiang is a short walk from the Drum Tower, making it a perfect place to explore the hutongs, as the narrow lanes lined with traditional housing are known. The Gulou area is one of the few areas left in Beijing that still has hutongs, though many of these quadrangle homes with red door are being modernized, too.

7. Lama Temple

Lama Temple

 

The Yonghe Lama Temple (Palace of Peace and Harmony), located in the northeastern part of Beijing, is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The temple was built by Chinese emperors who harbored a deep fascination for the Tibetan version of Buddhism. Over the years, many Tibetan and Mongolian monks lived and taught here, and there are still monks in residence today. The temple contains a 26 meter (85 foot) tall statue of Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of white sandalwood.

6. Beihai Park

Beihai Park

 

Beihai Park, in central Beijing, is a delight to visit any time of the year. As Beijing’s most popular park, people ice skate on the lake in winter and stroll around it in the spring when the trees are in blossom. Its Tibetan-style White Dagoba Temple on Qionghua Island is a landmark in Beijing. Because it’s so close to the Forbidden City, the park was once a royal playground. Weekend mornings are a good time to visit, as the Chinese turn out to dance, sing karaoke or Peking opera, play badminton or perform in string quartets. It is a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment.

5. Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

 

Surrounded by Soviet-style monuments and government buildings, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world. It remains an astounding place and a spot to linger and see visitors from all over China, many visiting their capital for the first time. There is a flag raising and lowering ceremony at dawn and dusk at the north end of the square. There are 4 marble lions in front of the Tiananmen gate, the northwest one has a bullet hole on its stomach from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

4. Summer Palace

Summer Palace

 

The Summer Palace is located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing and is mainly dominated by the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. As its name implies, the Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China’s imperial rulers – as a retreat from the Forbidden City. The gardens were substantially extended in 1750, reproducing the styles of various palaces and gardens from around China. Kunming Lake was extended to imitate the West Lake in HangZhou.

3. Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

 

The Temple of Heaven is regarded as a Taoist Temple although Chinese Heaven worship pre-dates Taoism. The temple was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Not only a beautiful sight, the temple is also surrounded by a vast public park popular with local residents practicing tai chi in the mornings and on weekends.

2. Badaling

Badaling

 

Badaling is the easiest site to access the Great Wall from Beijing, making it one of the most crowded. (Hint: To avoid crowds, go on a midweek afternoon or turn left at the main gate.) Reachable by public bus from Deshengmen on Beijing’s Second Ring Road, Badaling is the place where the Chinese government takes its official visitors. The views of the Great Wall – the world’s longest outdoor museum – snaking through the mountains are awesome. Badaling, which has wheelchair access to some sections, also is home to the fabulous Great Wall Museum, with its dioramas of building and defending the wall.

1. Forbidden City

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Beijing

 

The Forbidden City is one of the world’s great palaces, ranking right up there with the Kremlin, Buckingham Palace and Versailles. It is unarguably the most popular tourist attraction in Beijing, with the crowds to prove it. It was the seat of the Chinese government for many centuries, and thus was off limits to commoners. Today it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Middle Kingdom’s heritage. There really is no way to avoid crowds here, but visitors might want to check out the halls on each side to learn more about the country. Most people walk right up the middle to see the big halls and ignore the treasures off to the side.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

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Category : Asia , Vietnam

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the South China Sea and the Laos and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile delta and beautiful beaches of the south. Included in the mix are booming modern cities, colonial towns, traditional villages, archaeological sites and otherworldly islands. An overview of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

10. Dalat 

Dalat

 

Year-round cool weather and idyllic scenery of misty valleys, lush pine trees and colorful flowers are some of the reasons that Dalat was once used by Vietnamese emperors and French colonials as a summer retreat. Today, this charming town in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam is a popular destination for those looking for relief from the heat. A walkable city, Dalat is a beautiful scene of French colonial architecture and villas set amid picturesque landscapes.

9. My Son

My Son

 

Located on the central coast of Vietnam near the Duy Phú village is the important archaeological site known as My Son. One of Southeast Asia’s most notable ancient sites, My Son was once a significant center of religious Hindu ceremonies where the kings of the Champa Kingdom built numerous temples devoted to the worship of the god, Shiva, between the 4th and 14th centuries.

8. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

 

Lying along the Siagon River near the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon and served as the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of the reunified country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic and modern attractions to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife.

7. Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

 

Colorful floating markets, fruit orchards, rice paddies, sugar cane groves, bird sanctuaries and quaint villages are all what draw many to the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam. Nicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket,” the Mekong Delta is an agricultural region made fertile by the maze of canals and streams fed by the Mekong River. Stretching from the Gulf of Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta feeds more than a third of the country from its rich plantations, orchards, rice paddies and fish farms.

6. Nha Trang 

Nha Trang

 

Located on one of Asia’s most beautiful bays off the coast of South Central Vietnam, Nha Trang is a popular seaside resort city. Picturesque mountains, beaches and lush islands all make it a favorite destination among tourists, Vietnamese and scuba divers. Adorned with resorts, palm trees and a lovely promenade, Nha Trang’s beach is its main draw. Amusement and water parks provide fun for everyone with roller coasters and wave pools.

5. Sapa 

Sapa

 

Surrounded by pictorial mountains, rice terraces and a diversity of hill tribes in the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a quiet town frequently used as a base for trekking in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and touring rice paddies and traditional villages. From the town, there are many organized tours that aide tourists in mountain hikes and exploring the nearby rice paddies and remote villages. These tours present views of beautiful waterfalls and the opportunities to experience the food, customs and way of life among the local tribes.

4. Hue 

Hue

 

Situated on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam, Hue once served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Today, the vestiges of this former glorious period are reflected in the city’s architecture, culture and cuisine, making it one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Of the city’s monuments, the Citadel is the most famous. Once the seat of the Nguyen emperors, the Citadel is a sprawling complex of grand palaces, ornate temples, walls and gates Another important landmark on the river is the city’s official symbol, the Thien Mu Pagoda.

3. Hoi An 

Hoi An

 

Located off the coast of the South China Sea in South Central Vietnam, Hoi An is a beautiful, old city dating back 2,000 years to the Champa Kingdom. The city’s historic architecture, traditional culture and textiles make it a popular destination in Vietnam. At the heart of Hoi An is its atmospheric Old Town which is small enough to walk around easily. The narrow, winding lanes of the Old Town are lined with beautiful old architecture, traditional wooden houses and hundreds of tailor shops selling clothing, shoes, bags, souvenirs and custom-made services.

 

2. Hanoi 

Hanoi

 

For the last century, Hanoi has the Indochina and Vietnam Wars to emerge as the booming capital city of a reunified Vietnam. At the heart of Hanoi is its Old Quarter, an open-air museum of historic Asian and French colonial architecture that has largely remained intact despite the bombings of the Vietnam War. Here among scenic tree-lined boulevards, tourists can browse busy markets, sip coffee at quaint cafes and visit prominent sites like the Grand Opera House, the Presidential Palace and Saint Joseph Cathedral.

 

1. Ha Long Bay

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Vietnam

 

With its aqua-green water and cluster of limestone rocky outcrops rising from the water like sea dragons, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story. Located about 130 km (80 miles) east of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, this otherworldly bay features more than 2,000 jungle-covered islands pitted with intriguing caves, grottoes, sinkholes and lakes. Many of the islands have been sculpted over the centuries by natural processes into fantastic formations.

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Manila

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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-24%

399305

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JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi

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Lotte Hotel Hanoi

★★★★★

-35%

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Melia Hanoi

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-48%

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★★★★★

-40%

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20193

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154105

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-14%

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Crowne Plaza West Hanoi

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-40%

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Hilton Hanoi Opera

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-25%

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Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - MGallery

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-9%

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Hanoi Daewoo Hotel

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-38%

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Pullman Hanoi

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Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel

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Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi

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-49%

18292

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10 Best Thailand Beach Resorts

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With hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, Thailand has no shortage of fine beach resorts. This list presents the best beach resorts in Thailand, as rated by visitors. Although hotels in Thailand are available in every price range, the resorts on this list rank at the higher end. Most of the luxury beach resorts can be found on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket.

The best prices for accommodation can be found during Thailand’s low season, which not surprisingly also coincides with the region’s monsoon season.

10. Bo Phut Resort & Spa

Bo Phut Resort & Spa

 

Combining an exotic and tranquil setting, the Bo Phut Resort & Spa resort is situated in the northern tip of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. The 32 villas and 29 deluxe rooms are designed in a Modern Thai style, featuring modern amenities.

9. Le Meridien Khao Lak

Le Meridien Khao Lak

 

Tucked between primeval forests and 10 kilometers of pristine beach, Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach and Spa Resort offers an indulgent experience. The extensive facilities include three swimming pools, an award-winning spa, six restaurants with creative menus, and an array of sports facilities.

8. Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa

Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa

 

The Mai Samui Beach Resort is a stylish hideaway situated on the west coast of Koh Samui. The resort consists of 97 rooms ranging from the chic Deluxe Room and the decadent Mai Pool Villa. The hotel spa host a number of pampering treatments, from purifying facials to aromatic salt scrubs and ancient Thai massage all delivered by professional spa therapists in a wonderfully soothing environment.

7. Long Beach Chalet

Long Beach Chalet

 

Perhaps the most affordable among this list of Thailand beach resorts, Long Beach Chalet is located on the island of Ko Lanta, close to Long Beach and Klong Dao Beach. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a lounge bar are all open for drinks. Each of the 15 individually furnished and decorated rooms have a balcony with garden views. The rooms also contain free internet and cable television.

6. Sri Panwa Villas Phuket

Sri Panwa Villas Phuket

 

This boutique hotel is situated high above the waters of the Andaman Sea on Cape Panwa in the south east of Phuket. It offers both panoramic views from the top of Cape Panwa, as well an exclusive private beach. The resort offers accommodation in one- or two-bedroom pool villas and family suites. Amenities in all the villas include a private infinity swimming pool with a jet stream spa pool and outdoor soaking tub.

 

5. Ko Yao Island Resort

Ko Yao Island Resort

 

The Koyao Island Resort is located on the island of Ko Yao in the Phang Nga Bay near Phuket in southern Thailand. Remote but still accessible, the beach resort is surrounded by secluded beaches, rain forests and uninhabited islands. The hotel has 23 luxury villas, designed in traditional Thai architectural style, each villa facing the beach with its own private garden.

4. Sandalwood Luxury Villas

Sandalwood Luxury Villas

 

Sandalwood Luxury Villas is situated on a hillside amongst lush tropical gardens on the island of Koh Samui. The villas are a stylish combination of traditional Thai design and modern elegance. Each of the 40 villas has its own unique charm and features a balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf of Siam.

3. Layana Resort And Spa

Layana Resort And Spa

 

The luxury beach resort Layana Resort and Spa is located on the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai, at the Phra-Ae beach. Facing a 3 kilometer stretch of fine white sandy beach, the hotel is set against a picturesque backdrop of forested hills. The hotel provides 50 rooms each with four guestrooms, nestled within landscaped gardens, balcony, satellite and multi-lingual TV channels.

2. Paresa Resort Phuket

Paresa Resort Phuket

 

Perched high on a cliffside, amid tropical forests, overlooking azure blue waters and a picturesque panorama of the Andaman Sea, the Paresa Resort is an oasis of tranquility and luxury. All villas and suites face the ocean and offer different views of the sea and nature. This Thailand beach resort in Phuket is situated close to many attractions, including Patong Beach, and close to Karon Beach, as well.

1. Banyan Tree Samui

#1 of Thailand Beach Resorts

 

The Banyan Tree Resort boast a collection of private villas, each with its own private infinity pool. Each villa in this luxury Koh Samui resort is designed with Thai elements using local materials. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors open onto the open decks. The resort overlooks the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches along Lamai Bay in Koh Samui and is just a half hour’s drive from Samui International Airport.

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-17%

125104

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Ariyasom Villa

★★★★

-11%

229204

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Adelphi Forty-Nine

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Riva Surya Bangkok

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Volve Hotel Bangkok

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128117

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Amp Am House Bangkok Hotel

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Theatre Residence

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SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok

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Adelphi Suites Bangkok

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-54%

11150

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Bangkok Patio

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5445

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Cabochon Hotel & Residence

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168156

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Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

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-29%

6647

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★★★★

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123103

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6554

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★★★★

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Casa Nithra

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-33%

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