Vacation and Sightseeing in Myanmar (Burma)

Vacation and Sightseeing in Myanmar (Burma)

Vacation and Sightseeing in Myanmar (Burma) – paxgaea.com Buddha Statues, Burma, Myanmar

This is a guest blog post by Michael Shaw.
Born in South Africa, raised in Zimbabwe, studied in New Zealand and currently living in the U, Mike has enjoyed seeing different parts of the world and will keep trying to find those hidden gems while working with the Travelling-Nomads.

When most would-be travellers think about holidaying and sightseeing, Asia holidays are often one of the last options that come to mind.  While Burma in particular may be one of the lesser known areas in East Asia, it is for this very reason that it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for sightseers.  With dozens of attractions to visit, over 1900 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline, and a growing urban environment, Myanmar has become somewhat of a hidden gem for visitors interested in something unique.  Above all, low prices, abundant lodging, and a wide variety of local cuisine make this destination a memorable one, and arguably one of the best places to visit during a tour of East Asia.

Ecotourism

For those looking to visit natural attractions, Burma’s wide spanning forest and mountains make it an excellent destination for ecotourism, and sightseeing.  As a whole, Burma’s ecotourism focuses on its forestry, mountains, and wildlife sanctuaries.  Many of the national parks and reserves focus on trekking, safaris, and other guided tours for tourists, as well as open trails with available car hire for those interested in exploring the area on their own.

While there are many options available, a few stand out above the rest.  In terms of National Forestry Parks, the Alaungdaw Kathapa National park and the Hlawga National Park stands above the rest, while Popa Mountain is the most popular mountain destination in the area.  In terms of wildlife, the Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary ranks highest, with other unique wildlife to be found on Lampi Island.

Architecture and History

While the recent history of Burma speaks little about the area, the past millennium of history makes the Myanmar area an excellent place for sightseers.  While major areas such as Bagan and Rangoon have their own unique architecture, there are several unique temples and buildings still standing, some of dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.

Within major cities and urban areas, history takes another form.  With such a great recorded history of shifting control over the centuries, many museums in the area store what remains of these ancient cultures.  The list of museums and attractions vary significantly, so it’s an excellent idea to plan ahead and select your sightseeing in advance.

Planning and Reservations

Unlike many smaller East Asian nations, Myanmar as a whole spans nearly 2000 kilometres, with tourist destinations all over.
For travellers looking to take the guesswork out of planning a trip in East Asia, or those who are simply interested in maximising their time in the area, a skilled travel agent is suggested.  Vietnam tours, trips to Cambodia, and sightseeing in Burma are just a few of the many opportunities available to tourists. Customisation for a trip like this is important, so take the time to find the travel agent best suited to planning East Asian Trips.


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Israel – A Land of Many Contrasts

Tel Aviv at Night

Tel Aviv at Night

Following on the three posts on Israel,  I found this incredible video of Israel – If you intend visiting Israel this is a must see video which will give you a wonderful perspective of the country,

http://www.youtube.com/embed/tLgdb6r0MQ4?rel=0

 

Cynthia


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South Africa A Land Of Contrasts And Wonderful Safari’s

A Magical Journey Through South Africa

by Cynthia Taylor

A Magical Journey Through South Africa

A Magical Journey Through South Africa

Travel in South Africa is a wonderfully rewarding, exciting and at times awesome.  There are so many wonderful places to see and the wild life, the fauna and flora is well worth the effort.

When planning your South African Safari you need to take some things into consideration, depending on what you expect from your safari choose  your seasons wisely to suit your choice of Safari, do you want lush country side then chose to visit after the rainy season, but if you want to see the wild game easily then choose the winter months to visit the game parks, Winter in South Africa is from usually from May to September and depending on where  you wish to view animals, October and September are also good viewing periods in various game parks. Do research of the area you wish to visit is important.

Your choice of Safari will also depend if you wish to ‘go it alone’ or book a pre-planned safari, or you could choose a company that specializes in organizing safaris to suit your individual needs, and your budget.

Game Reserves and Private Game Parks

There are many large game reserves as well as private game parks that can enhance your experience greatly.  The most well known is the Kruger National Park, this game reserve has much to offer with everything from excellent accommodation to suit all budgets and plenty of game to view on game drives, but be aware the Kruger National Park and other private game parks such as Sabi Sand and the Timbavati.  The Kruger National Park is a very large park and you might have to drive for miles before seeing game. It’s advisable to make use of the expert guides that are available, they have vast storehouses of knowledge between them and they will know the best places to view game in any given season.

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On an African Safari you need to be flexible, the game do not work to an itinerary, so you might be woken up early to view the sunrise, as well as wildlife viewing, followed by a large breakfast.  Another good time you will be called to view game is late afternoon and finish off with a good dinner. Midday is time for relaxing, swimming, a nap after your early call and be ready for the next drive out. Or if you are energetic then take a nature walk.  You must also be aware that midday is the hottest time of the day so take the necessary precautions, wear a hat, use sun screen and wear sensible clothing.

Timbavati Home of The White Lion

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thesouthafricaguide.com Timbavati home of the white lion

Other famous game parts are the umfolozi/hluhluwe game reserves, and Phinda.  St Lucia, Drakensberg world heritage, all in Kwa Zulu/Natal. One of the advantages of Safari’s in South Africa are the many malaria free game lodges that offer plenty of game as well is the ‘big five’, these game parks are ideal for family safari’s.  Africa has many places that are high risk malaria areas, so if you would prefer not to risk getting malaria despite all precautions then visit South Africa’s malaria free game parks. Western, Northern and Eastern Cape, Addo National Park and Shamwari,  the Garden Route, North West province and parts of the Limpopo province all offer malaria free game lodges like Madikwe and Welgevonden.

Apart from Game viewing South Africa also offers wonderful subtropical beaches, incredible isolated deserts, tribal villages, bush wilderness, abundant birdlife, bushman art, excellent world class wines and visits to wine lands with tours of how wines are made to wine tasting.

Prior to planning your South African Safari, it’s a good idea to do some research; the internet has many excellent websites that offer incredible ideas on safaris to suit many people’s needs. Read some travel books and guides to give you an idea of what to expect and experience on a South African Safari.

Budgeting is important

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travel2southafrica.net

Decide on your budget, this is important when deciding on what type of safari you would like to go on. You can find ultra luxurious safaris and some cheaper safaris that are less about luxury and more about getting the feel of Africa.  Only you can determine your budget and how fit you are to understand a more rigorous safari.

Most people wish to see the big five, but don’t overlook the many other wonderful wild life that is available, South Africa has 299 different species of Mammals, abundant bird life, interesting insect life and much more, most of the game parks have expert guides who can show you the best of South Africa’s wonderful wild life.


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Top 5 Attractions in Tel Aviv, Israel

Attractive Tel Aviv for the Most Discerning Visitor

Tel Aviv at Night

Tel Aviv at Night

Ready to visit Israel and see what the Holy Land is hiding? You can start with a trip to Tel Aviv. As one of the most popular destinations in the country, it’s teeming with clubs, nightlife and all-around entertainment, more than enough to gratify even the most insatiable of tourists. Before you travel to Israel without a map, consider making plans to see the following:

5:      Tayelet

One of the highlights of most tours to Israel, Tayelet is the shopping experience of a lifetime. It dominates over 2km of boardwalk between Tel Aviv and Jaffa, offering its walkers everything from restaurants to souvenir shops to high-end boutiques, and when your wallet is exhausted, simply hop off the pier and spend the rest of the day playing on the beach.4: Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center Catch a show, enjoy a concert or simply admire the displays of photography and modern art. Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is a modern marvel of creativity and expression, and since it’s educational and entertaining at all once, it’s one of the many attractions of Israel that you simply can’t miss.

3: TLVnight

Anyone can take tours to Israel, but how many can say they specifically went on a bar tour? TLVnight is the smart man’s alternative to simply stumbling around the Israeli bar scene and hoping to find a party. TLVnight will guide you through the best of the best of Tel Aviv nightlife, introducing you to the right people and showing you all the hottest bars, clubs and after-hours celebrations.

2: Tel Aviv Museum of Art

A taste of culture, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art houses over 200 paintings and artifacts from Israeli and European artists alike. Wander through the hanging veils of Izhar Patkin, enjoy the wing of authentic Van Goghs and be amazed by the 87ft spiraling atrium that serves as a centerpiece to a half-dozen individual galleries. The museum attracts thousands of visitors each year and is one of the shining gems of modern Israel tours, so it’s definitely an attraction you don’t want to miss when you travel to Israel.

1: Tel Aviv Port

You can’t visit Israel without stopping by the Tel Aivi Port. Considered by many to be the heart of the city, it’s the go-to neighborhood for wining, dining, shopping and sightseeing. Lovers flock in droves to its tasty restaurants and all-night clubs, and Israel Tours make a point of stopping by for shops and souvenirs. If you’re looking for the ultimate experience in Tel Aviv, this is where you’ll find it.

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Jerusalem: Holy and Wild

Jerusalem a Country of Contrasts

Jerusalem Old City

Jerusalem Old City

Taking a trip to Jerusalem means visiting a city of contrasts. Jerusalem has always had seemingly incongruent aspects living side by side. All Jerusalem tours will make that apparent to any visitor. One of the most interesting contrasts a visitor will find on Holy Land tours is the holy present with a walk on the wilder side.

The Holy

Jerusalem is home to holy sites for three major world religions. Jerusalem tours will take to you all the major religious sites. As the capital city for the Jewish nation for more than 3,000 years, Jerusalem holds Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. The Western Wall is the only remnant left of the walls that surrounded the Holy Temple, last destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.
The next stop on the holy side of Jerusalem tours is to the Dome of the Rock. This mosque was built on the site of the Holy Temple in 637 A.D. as part of the Muslim conquest of Syria, which controlled Jerusalem at the time. The mosque has come to be associated with the Koranic miracle known as the “Night Miracle.” Non-Muslims can visit the Temple Mount area, which is the courtyard outside the mosque. However, they can’t enter the mosque.

Right in the same area of the Old City is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the area believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. Holy Land tours can show visitors the burrowed and cavernous insides of the church, including what’s considered to be the Tomb of Jesus and beautiful mosaics.

The Wild

Jerusalem night life

Jerusalem night life

After you’ve visited the holy sites on your trip to Jerusalem during the day, you can head out for some nightlife. In fact, Jerusalem nightclub Haoman 17 is regularly ranked as one of the world’s best. It’s located in the industrial area of Jerusalem’s Talpiot neighborhood. Another famous club and music venue in the same Talpiot neighborhood is Yellow Submarine. This club is known for its live indie music acts.

The Yoel Salomon pedestrian area has a congregation of cafes, restaurants, wine bars, and one popular nightclub, the Underground. It’s an open air area good for a visit if you’re not sure where you want to go because you’ll have lots of choices, including Latin American dance clubs. This street is also home to one of Jerusalem’s best secrets – a non-kosher restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day, the perfect place to fill up after a long night out.

This is a guest blog post by Holy Land Tours


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Discover Israel: A Country of Many Faiths

Walk in the Paths of the Ancients

Discover Israel; A Country of

Discover Israel; A Country of

There is good reason why Israel is popularly referred to as “the Holy Land.” The State of Israel is home to numerous holy sites and pilgrimage spots of interest to people of all three major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and other minority groups such as the Druze and the Bahai.

All across Israel, and especially in the capital city of Jerusalem, you will find synagogues, churches, temples and mosques, as well as other religious sites and attractions. Since visiting Israel is an integral component of many people’s cultural and religious traditions, it is no wonder that a trip to the Holy Land is often considered a dream come true.

For Jews, a trip to Israel means a trip to the Promised Land, as well as to their national homeland. Jerusalem – the capital city of the modern State of Israel, as well as the capital of King David during Biblical times and the site of the First and Second Temples – is of particular importance. For Christians, Holy Land tours mean visiting the birthplace of Jesus, as well the place of his crucifixion and resurrection. Muslims believe that it was in Israel that Muhammad ascended to the heavens, where he met the prophets of Islam, while people of the Baha’i faith believe that their prophet, Baha’’u’llah, was exiled to Israel.

To help you prepare for your much-anticipated trip to Israel, here are some of the most popular sites and attractions of interest to people of all faiths:

Jewish Tourist Attractions

  • Western Wall (the Kotel)
  • Western Wall Tunnels
  • Water Tunnels in the Old City
  • Ancient Cardo
  • Ramparts Walk (walk along the Old City walls)
  • Tower of David
  • Mount Herzel Museum
  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Mount of Olives
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Zfat (Sefad) Synagogues
  • Diaspora Museum (Beit HaTfutzot)
  • Mini Israel
  • Time Elevator
  • Masada
  • Israelite Temple of Arad

Christian Tourist Attractions

  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Church of the Nativity
  • The Way of the Cross
  • Last Supper Room near Mt. Zion
  • Nazareth
  • Bethlehem
  • Jericho
  • Sea of Galilee/Church of the Loaves and Fishes
  • Bethany (Tomb of Lazarus)
  • Capernaum
  • Mount Nebo
  • Mount of Beatitudes (site of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” where he named his twelve apostles)
  • Mount Tabor
  • Garden of Gethsemane

Islamic Tourist Attractions

  • l Aqsa Mosque
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Dome of the Chain
  • Madrasas of Jerusalem
  • El-Kas Fountain
    Islamic Museum
  • L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art
  • Mosque of Omar
  • Tomb of David

No matter what faith or religion you adhere to, Israel tours are sure to fascinate, educate, and entertain you throughout. Not only is the country steeped in ancient history and religion, but the modern State of Israel is brimming with museums, sprawling national parks, mouth-watering Middle Eastern delights, adventurous tours and hikes, thrilling amusement parks, captivating archeological sites, and breathtaking panoramic views.

Its diverse landscape means you can go skiing on top of Mount Hermon one day, go scuba diving in the southern resort city of Eilat the next, and proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the face of the earth, for a rejuvenating mud bath or salty swim on the water. Add to this Israel’s warm climate, stunning beaches, and an endless list of things to do, see, taste, and experience for the whole family, and Israel “the country of all faiths” is second to none.

This is a guest blog post from Israel Tours

 


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