Tuesday, November 30, 2010

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a resort town in Cameron County Texas, and a most popular Spring Break place. During the summer the island remains a popular spot, primarily because of its beautiful blue water.

Unlike Galveston island in Texas, which has a murky brown coast line, the cool, very beautiful waters of South Padre give a serene experience for families or couples looking for a nice getaway.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fansipan Mountain-Vietnam

For mountain climbers, Fansipan Mountain is one of the greatest mountains to climb. This tourist spot is now ranked number 12 in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the world. Fansipan is located 9 km south-west of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Fansipan is branded “the top of Indochina” with a towering height of 3,143 m. Fansipan had been proposed to be one of the very little eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral types and 327 faunal species.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mount Mayon- Albay, Philippines

The majestic Mount Mayon, it is considered as the world’s near perfect cone-shaped volcano, is one of the candidates of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and is now ranked number 9 in the list. Scenic volcano is located south of Manila, in the province of Albay, Philippines. Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano (47 eruptions since 1616) and it is considered to be the world’s most perfectly formed volcano for symmetrical cone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dinosaur Provincial Park-Canada

The initial destination in our list is Dinosaur Provincial Park. This unique visitor destination which is a UNESCO world heritage spot is located in Alberta, Canada.
The park is popular for being one of the greatest dinosaur fossil beds in the world, attracting more than 350,000 tourists yearly. 39 dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimen have been removed and exhibited in museums across the globe.

From North America, let’s slide down to South America – the ground of the Incas, who were regarded as “Romans of Americas” because of their capability to conquer.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chocolate Hills: Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate hill is the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol. This popular tourist spot is presently ranked number 6 in the list of New Seven Wonders of the world. Chocolate Hills consist of around 1,268 absolutely cone-shaped haycock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. The Chocolate Hills are a wonder of nature. The Hill is considered as a Philippine National Geological Monument.

During the summer, the dome-shaped, grass-covered limestone hills dry and turn brown transforming the parts into rows and rows of chocolate “kisses,” hence the name.

There is no normal formation like these in the world. From a distance, they look like partly a ball grown out of the ground. The molehill-shaped and almost equally sized hills dot the landscape with green and brown.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida is located along the Atlantic coastline less than 50 miles (85km) due east of Disney World. You can drive from the amusement parks in Orlando to this beach in less than 1 hour. It is the closest ocean beach to every the Orlando amusement attractions including Disney World, Universal Studios and Ocean World. Cape Canaveral lies just to the north of Cocoa Beach and city of Melbourne is just south of it.

Several visitors to the Orlando amusement attractions choose to drive over 100 miles (165 km) west to the Gulf beach beaches at Clearwater rather than these closer Atlantic beaches. The west seaside beaches are very nice with their warm shallow Gulf of Mexico waters, their powdery soft sands and their several tourist attractions, but these closer east beach Atlantic beaches also have much to offer.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island is a virtually uninhabited island located in the Sulu Sea. This tiny island is covered by thick tropical jungle that is surrounded by smooth, white sand - the perfect getaway.

It has the only dive resort in Malaysia's Sulu Sea called the Lankayan Island Dive Resort and is one of the best spots for whale shark sightings. The location of the whale shark is usually indicated by flocks of seabirds screeching high above the placid surface. With luck, divers and snorkellers may get close to this gentle giant, although it won't stay close for long.

During the day you can witness black-tip sharks swimming about by the beach. At night, hawksbill and green turtles may be spotted coming to shore. Large stretches of beautiful hard and soft corals belonging to numerous genera can also be found here, the perfect habitat for colourful friendly fishes.

Among the 40 dive sites is Lankayan Wreck, where the remains of an ocean-going fishing boat can be explored. This wreck now hosts many different species of fish from small glassfish, harlequin ghost pipefish, painted frogfish to giant grouper and marbled stingrays.

Despite the remoteness, the island has all the amenities of a tropical resort. Visitors can stay in wooden bungalows that blend into the natural surroundings.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yi Peng Festival

The activities contain a procession and Yi Peng Khom Contest as well as various Krathong designing contests. Lanterns will be posed and decorated around the temples and houses. Arches will also be put up. In addition, different fun fests will be arranged to participate in; for example, Lanna cultural performance, light and sound presentation, boat racing on the Ping River, and floating of Krathongs.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Niagara Falls

What is that thundering sound? You're hearing millions of gallons of water spilling over 170foot cliffs every little seconds. This city is named for its biggest star- Niagara Falls. You have probably seen it in pictures, and even a few movies. Up close and in person, the control and grandeur of the roaring waters still get you by surprise. Feel the intensity as you stand amid clouds of increasing mist and rainbow-painted spray on the Maid of the Mist boat tour or Cave of the Winds walk. You can get in a bird's-eye vision from the Observation Tower. Any seat in the house offers a wonderful scene at the Top of Falls restaurant.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Loi Krathong

Loy Krathong is a event which occurs on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, a date which usually falls in November.

Loy means to float and a Krathong is a little, hand-made “boat” or “raft” traditionally made from the leaves or bark of a banana tree and decorated with origami-esque banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense sticks. In current days, Krathongs are often made of specially baked bread, so the Krathongs are biodegradable, although many use styrofoam.

Many Thais trust that celebrating Loy Krathong by offering a krathong to the Water Goddess, Phra Mae Khongkha, will bring them good luck, particularly for couples, who will go to launch Krathongs together: a mainly auspicious event if the couple crafts their own krathong, although it is more common in modern days to simply buy krathongs from vendors close to the water.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Layang Layang Island

Layang Layang, meaning kite, is fast becoming another one of Malaysia's premier dive destinations after the world-famous Sipadan Island. This oceanic atoll is situated in the South China Sea about 300km north-west of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.

The little land mass supports a luxurious 90-room dive resort, a Malaysian Naval base and a nesting colony for several sea-faring migratory birds. The reef topography is essentially made up of a rich growth of hard corals; some so shallow that they break the sea surface during low tides, but most begin at depths of about 5m right down to the ocean floor.

Some of the marine animals observed around the 14 dive sites include black-tip sharks, hammerheads, jacks barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, lionfish, moray eels, turtles, nudibranches, gobies and the ghost pipe fish.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pangkor Island

Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating and convenient holiday destination. It presents the visitor with a rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle and also to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities.

The fishermen live in scattered settlements on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Visitors get a chance to see some of them on the 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut as the ferry stops at the main settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing at Pangkor Town.

Pangkor's two popular beach areas of Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah offer sun and sea enthusiasts activities like scuba-diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing and fishing. While Pasir Bogak is quite developed, Teluk Nipah still retains its kampung or village atmosphere. Teluk Ketapang or Turtle Bay still receives turtles on their egg-laying pilgrimages. Some of the resorts on the island also have excellent golf courses on their property.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

AlHoota Cave

"AlHoota Cave" lies in the southern part of Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain), specifically near Wilayat Al Hamra in Ad A'Dakhiliyah Region. It is about two hours drive away from Muscat and half an hour from Nizwa. AlHoota Cave was discovered by local residents hundreds of years ago, and its name derives from the village where it is located.

The cave extends for 5 kilometres underground, but it may only be accessed for a distance of 860 metres, ending at Cave Lake. Perhaps the visitor to this cave, passing through the surrounding area on his way there, will find proof of the claim that "caves are the underground equivalent of the landscapes we see above ground, like valleys, streams and springs." This cave has two holes through which water cascading from the mountain top enters via the (ALHoota) hole, and exits through the other (AlFalaah) hole after passing through the connected cave passageways.

AlHoota Cave Lake:

AlHoota Cave Lake is located at the end of a footpath. It is 20 metres deep, but there are many parts whose depth surpasses that. It is rumoured that it extends up to Tanuf Valley in Nizwa Governorate. The lake contains several species of blind fish: some are without eyes but have long bristles to sense their food, while others have very small eyes. Also living in the lake is a rare type of blind fish, coloured a translucent pink so that you can see the skeleton of these small fish.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kota Tinggi Waterfall

The waterfalls are located at the foot of Gunung (Mountain) Muntahak. It cascades down some 34 meters from the mountain.

The waterfalls are located at the foot of Gunung (Mountain) Muntahak. It cascades down some 34 meters from the mountain.

The natural beauty of the area is refreshing, and provides an escape for busy city-goers. The cooling river waters also provides an ideal place for swimming, and a nice spot for picnics.

It is a great place for nature lovers' who often spot birds, and numerous insects around the area. Those wanting to spend a night here, can also opt to stay at the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Wonders of Mongolia

Ugiinuur lake is registered as a Ramsar Wetland in 1998. Lake is covered 25 kilometers and located in Ugiinuur sum Arkhangai province.

266 kinds of flora well as 20 kinds of mammals were observed. Especially, 129 species of wild birds are observed at this lake.

The birds are such as: ducks, cranes, herons and raptors.

Since the era of Chinggis Khaan, it has been traditionally preserved as a closed lake.


There you can meet real nomads. Nomads at Ugiinuur area are preserved well their traditional lives. Also they preserve their traditional culture well and inherit the senses of environmental conservation and nature worship from generation to generation.

Their daily lives themselves, such as making dairy products, cooking, firing and making clothes.

Ugiinuur Information and Training Center- Ecotour

Five of the local staffs are eager their best to explain the center’s exhibition. Also they organize eco tours through the survey on local resources.

1. Horse-back Birding

Watching birds from horse-back is unique to the Ugiinuur area. Mongolian horses are ponies by European standards, with a shoulder height of less than 1.5 m. However, they are very strong, with amazing stamina. Interpreters will take care your safety.

2.Morning Bird Watching

Tour begins early in the morning. The bird watching program will be conducted around the center in the morning when the birds are active.

Tourists should pay attention to the baby that are following their parents when they approach by horses or cars. The local proverb says ‘if you find the eggs of a crane slow down your horse, otherwise stirrups come up to punish you’.

3. Crafts making

Women of nomads produce crafts made from felt and other materials. Actually, the process of making felt with wool is very interesting. Tourists can participate crafts making process by an instructor of locals.