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A trip to India is a trip to a unique and different country. The Indian society surprises the traveler who decides to travel to India for the first time and traps completely in a kind of spell in which millions and millions of people are hopelessly trapped. India is not a half-way destination. Only on a trip to India can you discover if the magic of this place will conquer you forever.

Much of India is rural with many contrasts with the Himalayas to the north, a vast desert to the west, huge and subtropical beaches in the south and a marked tribal culture on the central and eastern borders. One of the most interesting aspects of these groups are their totemic beliefs. According to their religion it is forbidden to exert violence against totemic animals, which are respected with great veneration. They believe in the gods that inhabit nature so they also revere their mountains and forests.

Tribes are the traditional social division of any region. These inhabitants are often linked to each other by blood or religious ties. In India, tribes are mostly referred to as Adivasis which is a generic term. Generally they are not very advanced in terms of education, technology, living standards and facilities enjoyed.

In the Indian subcontinent, the nature of tribes and their way of living and adapting have changed considerably. In this modern era, the tribes have been reduced to a very small number. Their way of living has also changed significantly. Today, we don’t see the people who belong to a certain tribal ethnicity the way they lived some centuries ago.

The Constitution of India recognizes a lot of communities of tribes in Schedule 5. There are as many as 645 tribal communities in India, out of which, some are very popular.

Nagas - A group of many tribes!

The Naga people are probably the most popular and widely-known tribal community in India. The Nagas group consists of a number of tribes such as Rengma, Sema, Angami, Sumi, Chang, Sangtam, and many more which collectively form the Naga Group. Each of these tribes has their own language and they are mostly derived from other ones, like Tibeto-Burman. They are basically the ethnic groups originating from the North-Eastern part of India, like Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, etc. These tribes are also spread in Myanmar, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Back in the 19th century, many Christian-Protestant communities succeeded in converting people from this community into Christianity. However, this conversion was not very widespread as the people had a sense of resistance towards foreign cultures and succeeded in maintaining their own.

Lambani Tribe - The most colorful people!

The Lambani is a tribal ethnicity from the western part of India, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to be precise. However, it can be found in the northern parts of Karnataka as well. People from this tribal ethnicity speak a language which is familiar and said to have come from Rajasthan.

People of Lambani tribe of India can be distinctly recognised due to their clothing. Women wear clothes and fabrics that are overly decorated and have a lot of ornaments all over their body. These ornaments include bangles, bone-made rings, bracelets and necklaces.

On the other hand, men have a type of coarse turban-like headgear. The tight breeches that they wear extend up to the knee or a few inches below it.

Another significant thing about the Lambani tribe is that they keep travelling from place to place, earning their livelihood by sell clothes along the beaches or local markets.

Kalbelia Tribe - The Dancing Tribe

The Kalbelia tribe is known to have wandered from places to places all through the ancient and medieval ages. The traditional occupation that these tribal people do is catching snakes to trade their venom. And due to this, they are often referred to as saperas.

However, the recent enactments in law have forced the Kalbelia tribe to dive away from their traditional occupation and earn a livelihood with their art. In the present day, the Kalbelia people perform a specific type of dance, called the Kalbelia dance, in joyful occasions within their community.

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Delhi, the capital city of India, is not just known for its rich history and monuments, but also for food. Ask any Delhiite and they will tell you all about the scrumptious food their land has to offer. As said, to know a place, one needs to know its food and this goes the same for Delhi.

To know the hidden layers of the beautiful city, travelers head out on a food hunt, understanding the culture Delhi envelopes. Are you a foodie at heart?

Famous Delhi Food

Here is all about the best Indian street food and the famous dishes of Delhi, you must try on your next visit to treat your taste buds. Keep reading!

1. Aloo Tikki

Literally meaning potato croquette, Aloo tikki, one of the famous foods of India is made from mashed mashed potatoes, and then deep fried. The fried boiled potatoes are then blended together with green chilies, shallots, radishes, and other spices. It tastes like rujak, with a denser texture. In Bengal it is eaten with puffed rice.

2. Golgappa or Pani Puri

If you have ever watched the Dangal movie, then you will feel familiar with this one culinary. Yes, Golgappa or Pani puri is one of the favorite North Indian snack made of a type of puffed bread which is punched in the top. Then pieces of red onion, celery, and water or seasoning sauce are added. It feels unique and refreshing.

3. Pakora

These fries are made from vegetables, such as spinach, which is fried in flour and can be eaten directly or with green chutney. Although it looks similar to fried foods in Indonesia, but it doesn't taste as good as bala-bala, et al. The texture is also not too crisp. But if you are lazy to cook yourself, the pakora can be a substitute.

4. Samosa

Similar to pastel cakes in Indonesia, Samosa has various fillings, such as potatoes, peas, peanuts, and other spices. The shape of the pyramid is a characteristic of this food item. In India, samosa is usually a vegetarian dish.

But in other countries, the contents for samosa have been modified according to the taste of each place. For this reason, we can now find samosas with cheese filling, noodles and also minced meat.

5. Momo

Momos saves a place in the list and it is too obvious. Though most popular in the regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Sikkim, Momos are amongst the famous Delhi foods and you bet they are tempting. Besides being found in India, this dish can also be found in Nepal and Tibet. Momo is believed to have originated from Tibet and was spread to other areas around there by Tibetan traders in the past.

Momo is one of the most loved and most popular dishes among the Nepalese. The bite-sized dumpling is the common afternoon snack dishes in Nepal. Made with a spoonful of stuffing wrapped in dough, Momo is prepared with a combination of ground meat, vegetables, paneer, cheese, tofu or any vegetable and meat combinations.

Momo can be served steamed, fried or steamed-fried with dipping or Achar made with a blend of spices and flavors. Momo is served in various shapes, sizes and with all kinds of filings. Momo is served in various shapes, sizes and with all kinds of filings. Some of the common varieties of Momo are Steamed Momo, Fried Momo, Chilly Momo, Jhol Momo and Kothey Momo.

Served both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties, these succulent dumplings come with a hot red sauce. You can enjoy it as street food snacks in your cocktail parties or simply get on the street side and cherish the delicacy, especially in winters with soup. Heavenly!

The best known places for momos are Nagaland Food Stall in Dilli Haat, Majnu ka Tilla in North Campus, Kamla Nagar Market and Sikkim House in Panchsheel Marg.

6. Chaat

Undoubtedly, chaat is one of the most famous dishes of Delhi and it has to be on the list. Yes, there are many other cities famous for their delicious street food, but Delhi is no less than a competition to them. Every form of chaat is available in the city. You can activate your taste buds with the spicy aloo tikki, papri chaat, raj kachori and just keep naming them.

That green chutney, yoghurt and meethi (sweet) chutney on top is the best part of the dish. This popular street food in India is believed to be served best at Chandni Chowk's Daulat ki Chaat and Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, Bittoo Tikki Wala in Karol Bagh and Pappu Chaat Bhandar, KG Marg. If you just want to have papri chaat or gol gappe, Delhi has vendors at every corner and there is no doubt it won't be fantastic!

7. Kebab

True, kebabs found its origin in Turkey, the grilled meat chunks tastes no lesser delicious when marinated in Indian spices and Delhi proves that quite honestly. Kebabs are one of the various other things Delhiites thank Mughals for. If you are a non-vegetarian and got the advantage of being a foodie, do treat yourself with the Karim's delicious seekh kebab and sutli kebab by Kale Baba ke Kebabs in the front lane of Jama Masjid.

Alkakori Alkauser in RK Puram, Galouti at Kainoosh, Salim's Kebabs in Khan Market, Ghalib Kebab Corner in Nizamuddin and MI meat shop in Meherchand are some of the famous eateries for Kebabs in Delhi.

8. Paratha

For a healthy start of the day, Parathas serve to be the best breakfast for Delhiites. From plain butter parathas to the varieties of stuffed parathas (aloo, mooli, onion, gobi, keema and you name it!), there are places serving delicious parathas anytime you want it - morning, evening or for a tummy filling dinner. Ask any locals or students to know the best places serving parathas in Delhi and Chandni Chowk's Parathe Wali Gali and Moolchand ke Parathe would be on top of their lists.

9. Chole Bhature

Here is some free advice. Have this delicious Punjabi dish on an empty stomach to enjoy it to the fullest. Chole Bhature has to be on the list for its mouth-watering, spicy and rich taste. Every Delhi food joint have this food delicacy on their menu for its popularity among Delhiites.

If you could not make to it for the breakfast, have hot, crispy bhature and rich, spicy chole for dinner or just as a snack in the evening. Paharganj's Sitaram Diwan Chand, Chache di Hatti in Kamla Nagar and Lajpat Nagar's Baba Nagpal Corner are some best known places for yummy Chole Bhature in the city. If you are in Noida, do stop by Sagar's Special Paneer Chole Bhature in Sector 18 or for a pav bhaji, misal pav or South Indian vada pav with coconut chutney.

10. Butter Chicken

For all the Chicken lovers out there, here is something you need to know about one of your favorite dishes - Butter Chicken. In Delhi, this delectable non-vegetarian dish was first originated in 1950s by Kundanlal Gujral at the Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. However, Moti Mahal is not the only one stop point for Butter Chicken today.

The dhabas in Delhi serve you the real version of butter chicken, try out Rajindar da Dhaba in Safdargunj Enclave. Some other well-known places for butter chicken are Kainoosh and Gulati at Pandara Road. You can best enjoy the famous Delhi food with naan or rice.

11. Kulfi

Like Food is incomplete without a dessert, so would be our list of Delhi's famous food without a mention of the most-loved dessert Kulfi. Finding its name origin from Persia, Kulfi is a creamier and denser version of ice cream and is believed to be first introduced by the Mughals in some place in North India.

Be it a house party with your friends, kitty party or a wedding, it is only the yummy Kulfi stick that completes the dinner. You will definitely find a Kulfi stall in Delhi weddings. Look out for the best Kulfi corners in the city such as the Defence Colony Market, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh's Roshan di Kulfi and some more.

If you want something more special, take a halt at Chandni Chowk and visit Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale that introduces all new version of the dessert by adding real fruits like custard apple, mango, etc. to the mix before they freeze it.

Planned your trip to the capital city of India? Now that you have the knowledge of the most famous dishes of Delhi, do plan your food hunt before you reach!

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What could be better than a wedding in Las Vegas? How about the honeymoon in Vegas? As you can see here, there is no better place to celebrate for newlyweds than Las Vegas. With incredible suites, unlimited fun and without inhibitions, walk together to the altar and from there to the main avenue to start your new life together in this exciting adventure called Las Vegas.

Its cool and urban atmosphere makes it a perfect destination for both a fast and original wedding and a sophisticated and fun honeymooning in Vegas. In addition, it is the starting point for a romantic road trip through the canyons and deserts of the southwest USA.

For many people who have never set foot in Las Vegas, the hype is all there to savor. No mindless drinking and getting married at a whim! No slot machines! And certainly no getting home penniless. But this is not to say that you need not be there to experience Las Vegas. Having a life defining experience that matches up to the many stories you have heard from your peers all boils down to preparation. Yes! In as much as it may seem like a bold and boring word, it certainly makes up for it when adequate preparation leads to a great time.

Getting married in Las Vegas

Yes, we've seen it in so many movies that getting married in Las Vegas is a cliché, but the truth is that it's a fun and unforgettable experience. Surely that's why every year a few thousand couples get married in the chapels of the Capital of Sin, some with a singer-impersonator Elvis, others with a serious minister.

But Las Vegas also offers more exclusive weddings, from outdoor ceremonies in beautiful places such as the Red Rock canyon to sophisticated parties in casino complexes on the Strip, such as the Bellagio, with its artificial lake and dancing fountains. You have to apply for a marriage license in advance.

Las Vegas For Couples

Ok, you're already married. It's time to think about the best honeymoon in Las Vegas and celebrate it in style. The Capital of Marriage, offers a good number of activities to inaugurate married life altogether. Go on a gondola ride through the Venetian canals or by a lake under the moonlight. Visit Graceland Wedding Chapel where Jon Bon Jovi got married. Relaxing in Qua Baths & Spa is perfect for future brides or honeymoon couples.

Toast at Mandarin Bar & Tea Lounge overlooking the Strip. Tour the Eiffel Tower Experience to spend the honeymoon in the City of Light. Look at Vegas Weddings, the only window for express weddings from the car, with a beautiful mini-cathedral. Go to Spa by Mandara, where couples can choose the "Paris for Lovers" treatment package, with a Jacuzzi for two.

Have some tapas in La Cave, between arches in Spanish style and by candlelight. Have a romantic date in Parasol Up and Parasol Down, two memorable places to taste craft cocktails. Room service menus include champagne, gourmet chocolate, and non-family-friendly treats in case you need a little push. The luxury restaurants and bars have cozy tables, and chapels specialize in carrying out fast weddings everywhere.

If it is mentioned in the hotel reception that it is a romantic trip, you can get extras such as jacuzzi or rose petals on the bed. The accessories with the rubric "Just Married" are not only a kitsch souvenir, but the bars and casinos of Strip offer free drinks to those who wear them.

Discover The Strip and Fremont Street

The Strip is a large avenue about six kilometers long that brings together most of the leisure and fun of the city. Do not forget to take pictures with the famous sign "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada", near the Mandalay Bay hotel. Go to the Stratosphere hotel tower or visit hotels, casinos and resorts, such as Bellagio or Caesars Palace.

And if you have a chance, do not miss a night walk on the Strip. You will discover a world of lights and neons, and some of the great spectacles of the city, such as the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel. And if you want to travel during the day, do a sightseeing at The Deuce, a popular double-decker bus. In Fremont Street do not miss the Fremont Street Experience, a magnificent show of lights, video and sound in one of the largest screens in the world, which makes roof part of this street.

If you want 24 hours of fun, buy the special Las Vegas Pass, with free access to 50 attractions or the Go Las Vegas Card, which allows you to visit the top attractions of the city. Remember that many of the attractions of Las Vegas are located within the hotels.

The Stratosphere hotel with a 350 meters high tower is the best viewpoint in Las Vegas and three unforgettable attractions like Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the Ride. Right in front of the New York hotel is the roller coaster, which can reach 100 kilometers per hour, or the High Roller, the largest panoramic Ferris wheel in the world.

Luxor Las Vegas: Where Class And Sophistication Meet

Sleep in the themed hotels in Las Vegas

Do not miss staying at a themed hotel on the Strip. They are gigantic and will surprise you with their shops, theaters, swimming pools, discos, chapels for weddings, casinos. Among the most spectacular are the Luxor hotel, inspired by ancient Egypt with its great pyramid.

When you plan to take a break and travel to Las Vegas, Luxor Hotel is not just a pipe dream, but one to be realized when you finally get to be wowed by its many luxuries. With hardly a few months from celebrating its 25th anniversary, Luxor Hotel & Casino has come a long way. From a position of detached objectivity sort of a like a fly on the wall it is easy to downplay that.

But like they say, you need to see it to believe it! Spread out over 120000 sq.ft., this expansive hotel and casino boasts of over 29 retail stores, 4 swimming pools, a salon and nurture spa, 4407 rooms, 87 tables and 2000 slot machines. And that's just a tip of the iceberg, as locals are accustomed to saying.

Consisting of a staggering 30 floors, you forget that you're on the other end of Las Vegas Strip when you realize that you can see quite a great deal of surrounding areas from your hotel balcony. Located on the southern tip of the Strip, the hotel is surrounded by two bays, Mandalay and Excalibur. A pristine location, it doesn't come as a surprise that it was built at a cost of USD 375 million.

So many delightful treats await you on arrival that trying to take on everything at once can be likened to charging an elephant. You have the world famous Criss Angel performing his heart wrenching acts of magic once a year. Then there's the LAX Nightclub, which was officially opened by Britney Spears and just recently hosted Christina Aguilera.

And top all of that, you have the cream of the crop: The Luxor Sky Beam, which is the strongest and one of the longest beams of light shooting out from a pyramid into the universe. Visible from as far as 275 miles, this is a must see for any Star Wars fan.

It is therefore fitting that a resort like Luxor Hotel and Casino was featured in a host of movies and popular television shows, like Hangover, Fear Factor and CSI, as well as having its maiden appearance in a the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It is therefore widely considered as one of the best hotel destinations in the world owing to its postmodern architectural brilliance and savvy attractions.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas is a luxury hotel located between floors 35 and 39 of the Mandalay Bay resort. The hotel is a 30-minute walk from Town Square of Las Vegas, 15 minutes' walk from Monorail MGM Grand train station. The property is 5 km from the McCarran International Airport.

It has 424 elegant and sophisticated rooms with a maximum capacity of four people, which are equipped with marble bathrooms with rear lighting mirrors, work area with ergonomic armchair, iPod docking station and tea and coffee service, among other amenities.

This pet-friendly hotel has an elegant swimming pool, as well as a spa where clients can treat themselves to beauty treatments and massages with products from the best brands. The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas emulates the desert environment in the colors and materials with which it was designed. There is also a gym and a business center that has specific spaces and means available 24 hours a day.

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas have a banquet room and pastry services, florist, as well as event organization. In the section of restoration they are the Veranda restaurant, whose specialty is Italian cuisine and the Charlie Palmer Steak, specialized in meats. In addition to shows, it has an aquarium in which there are sharks and crocodiles.

Both have separate bars serving light dishes and drinks in an elegant atmosphere. There is also a social lounge with outside terrace overlooking the pool. In addition, guests of the Four Seasons Hotel can enjoy the facilities of Mandalay Bay, which has a casino and an artificial beach with waves, sand and other attractions. Finally, the Four Seasons Hotel offers its clients the possibility to visit the Valley of Fire by helicopter.

In the Venetian you can take a gondola ride through canals like in Venice. New York-New York Hotel has an impressive facade of the New York skyline. Caesars Palace will transport you to ancient Rome. Paris-Las Vegas has a 100-meter-high Eiffel Tower. The entrance of Circus Circus imitates a large circus tent.

Also, do not forget to visit the Neon Museum, where the history of Las Vegas posters is collected. In fact, one of the typical visits is the welcome sign of the city, which has been filmed in numerous films. In the vicinity of the city is the Red Rock nature reserve and there is also a reservoir, the Mead, which is the largest in the United States, where you can perform various water activities.

For many couples being alone under starry skies is a trip as romantic as the hotels that leave a chocolate on the pillow. The starting point is Las Vegas, Nevada, the perfect place to relax after a great wedding. After the break, hit the road, starting at the Grand Canyon, an incomparable natural wonder in the nearby state of Arizona or the great Hoover Dam, or spend a day in the Black Canyon by the Colorado River to do kayaking or go to Scottsdale. So make a date with Nevada, and kick off your holiday break with a BANG.

The best time to visit Las Vegas is in late April, May, September and early October. Temperatures are milder in the desert and it does not snow.

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Ah, the monsoon! Downpours, waterfalls and the open road. While many adventure junkies look forward to this season for the myriad activities and trips that are unique to this season, monsoon travel is fast becoming popular. Still considered off-season by popular standards, this season presents numerous opportunities for everyone. Too many options dragging you down? We have a handy list of travel tips and tricks to ensure you have a magical monsoon break.

Monsoon Travel Tips India Goa

Plan Ahead

While just loading up a car/bike and taking off might seem like the perfect getaway, travelling during the monsoon might require a little more preparation. The monsoon brings with it uncertainty in the form of traffic diversions, alternate routes and sometimes the occasional blocked access route.

Figuring out the best routes and planning out the most scenic one/with the minimum disruptions would go a long way in making your trip one to remember. For those looking at setting off for the mountains or waterfalls that abound during the season, it is advisable to look up alternate routes in the event of roads being blocked/landslides etc.

Check Expenses

Looking to make your monsoon trip within a budget? While you should not cut back when it comes to supplies and medicines, technology can go a long way in helping you save on other expenses. Looking at refuelling along the way? Keep track of daily changing fuel prices through handy apps like BankBazaar. Here you can receive alerts on petrol and diesel prices based on the city you are in.

Check real time petrol price and rein in those ever-mounting petrol bills. Avoid time and fuel-wasting diversions by tracking traffic in real time, so you can get to your destination in the quickest and most convenient way possible.

Also, do make sure you track your overall spending on the trip so you don't go over budget. Personal finance features on mobile applications like the BankBazaar Mobile App can help you keep track of every expense on the road. Tracking expenses for the duration of your trip can help you keep a check on unnecessary expenditure. It will allow you to enjoy your vacation without worrying about going over budget.

Keep Updated on the Weather

Regularly keeping track of the weather along your route and at your destination is another handy tip. It could go a long way in making that vacation a memorable one. With the monsoon being unpredictable, there could be a chance of cave-ins or traffic disruptions along your route. To avoid being stuck in traffic jams or having to turn back midway, monitor the news or use a weather app to track climate. It is also advisable to avoid accident-prone areas as far as possible.

Waterproof Luggage

Thinking of setting off on a monsoon trek, or visiting a waterfall? No matter what your activity or travel plan, ensure you have waterproof and quick drying clothing so you are comfortable throughout your trip. Trundling through a winding road dripping wet can ruin even the most diehard traveller's day.

So stock up on those quick drying clothes and invest in waterproof covers for your essentials and electronics. Look out for water resistant bags or covers for your regular luggage, if you are not looking at buying new gear. For those travelling with electronics, dry bags are an excellent way to keep electrical items safe and dry when on the road.

Pack for the Season

Seems like a no-brainer, but packing for the season and location is a must when you are looking at monsoon travel. Based on your planned location/locations and activities, packing appropriate clothing makes a world of a difference. You won't be lugging around huge suitcases, totes or backpacks, for one, and you will be prepared.

Wet weather usually entails a sticky, muggy climate and swarms of mosquitoes in most places. So keep those bug sprays and disinfectants at the ready. Another essential for monsoon travel is protective gear-raincoats, ponchos, and umbrellas. Keeping warm and dry is always preferable to getting soaked and spending the rest of your travels sniffling.

Handy Spares

Whether you are riding into the sunset or planning a drive, carrying along spares is a must. Since the season sees fewer travellers, finding help along the way might prove difficult. So remember to carry essentials wherever possible. Spark plugs, cables and a spare tyre for a four-wheel drive are some basic spares that will ensure you are not stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Make a checklist of supplies and spares that you would require so as to avoid missing out on anything. Rechargeable batteries and portable charging stations are also must-haves. It can be picked up at most electronic shops and added to your travel tool kit.

Sturdy Shoes

A wardrobe essential for monsoon travel, carrying or wearing a sturdy pair of shoes can make or break your trip, especially if you have activities planned. Flimsy flip-flops or fashionable boots should be left behind in favour of comfortable sandals or quick-drying shoes. With rain always on the horizon, surfaces will be slippery so ensure your shoes can grip slick surfaces.

Investing in a pair of rubber-soled shoes or sturdy rain shoes will tide you over for the duration of your trip and beyond. Carrying shoes based on the activities you have planned is also advisable. Planning a trek? Look for lightweight waterproof trekking boots that can double up as rainwear shoes as well.

Medical Kit

Another no-brainer, a first aid kit should be one of the first items you load up on that bike/car before you set out. It is advisable to take a fully stocked first aid kit and some seasonal additions in the form of insect repellent, seasonal medication in case of allergies and plenty of disinfectant for those errant scratches.

You can either buy a fully stocked medical kit or make up one based on your individual requirements. Remember to pack a spare flashlight/torch for emergency purposes, as well as a spare set of batteries. Keep these tips in mind and make the most of your monsoon break, without breaking the bank.

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Traveling offers you the chance to see the world, do things you have never done before, and, of course, get away from the stresses of work and everyday life. Unfortunately, as amazing as traveling can be, it can cause you a lot of stress itself.

Whether you realise it or not, going on vacation takes its toll, both physically and mentally, from the moment you start planning until way past you return home. This is especially true if you are not used to planning trips and traveling the world. Thankfully, you do not always have to deal with exhaustion, worries, and frustration. In fact, you can have uninterrupted fun and relaxation. To help you with that, read these useful tips for the budget traveller for a solo vacation to relieve stress.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

1. Start Planning Right Away

As soon as you know that you want to go away for awhile, you should start to research and plan. You will feel more stressed the less time you have to get things done, so it is important that you start this process as soon as you possibly can. This way, you will be a lot more organised, and should avoid making any frustrating mistakes. Booking early also means that you will save money on flights and accommodation, so you will have a more flexible budget to work with.

2. Stick To Your Budget

Holidays can be incredibly expensive, and unless you are careful, you will end up massively overspending, leaving you without any cash to last you the rest of your time away. Because of this, it is crucial that you plan your budget carefully and try to stick to it your entire trip. There are going to be days where you spend a little more than you were supposed to, but that just means you will have to spend a little less the next day or dip into your emergency fund if you really need to.

3. Stay Somewhere Like Home

Simply being away from your home comforts is enough to put you on edge, so you should try to find accommodation that is like being at home. If possible, you might even want to consider buying a property abroad. This way, your apartment will be just how you like it. If your budget does not quite stretch to this, then make sure to bring some home comforts with you, like your favourite dressing gown and slippers.

4. Plan To Do Less

As you plan your holiday, you will probably start writing down a list of things you want to do while you are away. These could include places you want to visit, activities you want to try, or restaurants you want to eat at. Of course, you should try to do as many fun things as you can, but avoid putting too much on your plate. Cramming every day with back to back activities will exhaust you, and you won't enjoy your trip away. You need to give yourself some time off too.

5. Sort Out Your Routine

Many people view a trip away as a chance to escape from their regular routines. They stay up late, sleep in, and eat whenever they feel like it. Unfortunately, while this does work for the few, most of us suffer when we try to do this. The body runs on cycles, and, as such, loves a regular schedule. Because of this, it is crucial that you sort out your routine and set regular times to sleep and eat. If you do not, you will end up tired and irritable, which could ruin your trip.

6. Packing Hacks

Packing is something that can cause you a lot of stress if you are not careful. You can pack way too much and way too little at the same time, leaving you with a bag of things you do not really need and a house full of things that you did. Because of this, it is important that you write a list. This way, you can check things off as you go, so that nothing vital is forgotten.

7. Make Luggage Stand Out

Everyone's heard the holiday horror stories, where entire families have gone on vacation together, and every single one of them has had their luggage lost or stolen. Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do about the airline losing your luggage, besides buying travel insurance for travellers, but you can keep people from taking your bags by accident. All you need to do is make it stand out some way, such as by adding a colourful bow or ribbon to the handle.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

8. Rest The Night Before

Traveling can be an exhausting experience, which is why you need to make sure that you are properly rested before you go. There is no point in saying that you will sleep on the plane because, with turbulence, other passengers, and your family, this might not be possible. Instead of staying up all night packing, planning, and worrying, you need to get a good night's sleep. If you are struggling to do this, here are some tips to help you.

9. Lock Up Your Home

Nothing ruins the buzz of a vacation like coming back to a ransacked house. If you want to avoid this stress, then it is crucial that you lock your home up properly before you go. This means checking every single window and door. You should also ask someone you trust to check in on the property and ensure and looks lived in, by moving the post from behind the door, opening and closing the curtains, and turning lights off and on at different times throughout the day.

10. Enjoy A Stress-Free Vacation With A Travel Insurance Policy

Going on vacation essentially means taking time off from your work and daily life. There is a fine line between every other trip and a vacation. The purpose of travelling may be due to attend a business meeting, participate in a competition or conference or even for studies abroad but going on vacation typically means a stress-free holiday or to enjoy life with your own ides. To ensure a relaxed, enjoyable and tension-free vacation, it is crucial to cover your trip using the travel insurance.

It has been scientifically proven that vacationing has physical and psychological benefits. Going for a vacation not only opens your mind to new ideas but also raises your professional and personal proficiency. Travelling is a key point for having a healthy life and blossom of new ideas. It not only reduces the stress but also improved productivity. Travelling makes you more relaxed, healthier, makes you happier with life, keep the mind calm and the most important it helps to make live a longer.

Travelling allows you to experience new cultures, learn and do new things, spend quality time with your travelling partner or family and increase awareness. Planning a vacation has such a positive influence that it can reduce stress and anxiety almost immediately.

But planning and going for a vacation comes with its own set of challenges. The risk of uncertainty can ruin a vacation. However, travel insurance plans can significantly help in managing the perils of travelling and minimizing the risks that come with it.

Travel insurance plans cannot stop or restrict a mishap but can cover you against travel related financial losses, helps to tackle medical emergencies, unforeseen expenses and various other risks that you might encounter during initiation of the trip.

In simple words, you can say that leaving for a vacation with a backup plan known as Travel Insurance. It allows you to be well prepared for any contingencies that you may face while travelling in an unknown location. Incidents such as loss of luggage, loss of wallet, loss of passport, cancellation of flights are covered under a travel insurance policy. This insurance policy provides cover to both domestically or internationally. The insurance provider may also provide round-the-clock support for any mishaps and make alternative arrangements for a smooth travel experience.

How do travel insurance plans keep you covered?

Travel insurance provides a traveler with the much-needed assurance that their investment on a vacation is used to the best and any unforeseen travel related contingency is taken care of.

Various companies offers various policies under the travel insurance plan. But it is to be suggested that before taking any plan must check the features and benefits you get for yourself. The following are some of the instances in which travel insurance can significantly minimize your losses and mitigate the risks associated with it.

Protection from medical expenses - If you get injured while indulging in adventure sports or fall ill due to change of climate or diet, your travel insurance policy will keep you covered and reimburse all such costs related to medical assistance.

In case of a serious medical emergency, your insurer will locate the nearest hospital, arrange for transportation and facilitate cashless hospitalization.

Reimbursement for flight delay or cancellation - If your connecting flight or pre-booked cruise gets cancelled or delayed due to bad weather or technical glitches, your entire vacation can get jeopardized. In such a scenario, your travel insurance will keep you covered for the cost of new tickets.

Coverage for loss of luggage, wallet, passport - In case of loss of baggage, your travel insurance will reimburse the additional cost of buying new clothing and other essentials. In the event of loss of wallet or passport, the insurance provider will pay for related expenses as well arrange for a duplicate passport.

Arranging help when stranded - Every travel insurance policy in India typically comes with this benefit. In an unknown place, having round-the-clock assistance is a major relief. The policy offers protection against any medical crisis, loss of baggage, loss of identity documents, or even support in case of personal liability and legal issues.

Home safe home! - Some of the best travel insurance providers also keep your home covered when you are away for your vacation. Under some of the comprehensive travel insurance plans, depending on the terms, conditions, and inclusions, you can cover your house burglary and fire when you are away vacationing.

To cater to your specific travel insurance needs, Bajaj Finserv offers a series of customized solutions under Pocket Insurance which you may avail to cover your vacation. Some examples are Pilgrimage Cover, Road Trip Cover, Holiday Cover, Solo Trip Cover, Trek Cover, Honeymoon Holiday Cover and more. Available for a tenure of 10 days to 365 days, these products are affordable and hassle-free to buy.

Tips And Tricks To Help You Travel Without The Stress

Traveling offers you the chance to relax and get away from everyday stresses. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, it can become a stress itself. If you want to go on vacation without the bother, then remember the tips and tricks listed above.
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Thinking of traveling to Singapore? Once a colonial trading post, this city-state has evolved into one of the world's greatest financial hubs. It is also fast becoming one of South East Asia's must-visit travel destinations. Whilst a lot more expensive than its neighbors, Singapore has a growing number of tourist attractions that have made it an exciting and unique metropolis.

Singapore is the most happening in place for tourism in Southeast Asia. It boasts nature, islands, scenic beaches, heritage, and culture. People from across the globe visit here for long-term vacation. It has one of the modern tourist facilities and amenities. The best season to visit this place is throughout a year. The tropical climate prevails here, which is bearable by people of other climatic zones. It is a tourist-friendly place.

You must check your affordable Singapore Thailand tour package includes the below-mentioned ten things to do once in Singapore. An all-inclusive package is the best to book. You must see it includes a local guide. Singapore Thailand tour package is cheaper to book through an online channel. You will get some discounts and offers on your accommodation and flight tickets.

Combined with a tropical climate, it is the perfect vacation spot. Here is a Singapore travel guide and blog with 7 cool things to do in Singapore.

1. Explore the Central Business District

Singapore's Central Business District is where most of the commerce goes on, but it is also a popular spot for tourism. It is here you will find some of the city's most impressive skyscrapers including the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - three skyscrapers with a ship on top! There are also a number of quirky things to do in Singapore including going around the Gardens By The Bay, a nature park with an impressive suspended walkway hanging over it.

The Marina Gardens is the place to see the spectacular artificial glowing trees. This shows Singapore’s neo-futurism architect in making to receive the highest number of tourists among the Southeast Asian countries. They have looked mystic and magical since the sunset. This is a free attraction to see by anyone in this location and from the garden.

It is possible to take a tour along the Singapore river in which you can learn about some of the landmarks along the way. There are various river tour companies to be found operating along the banks that focus on the CBD area. You can also take a walk along the riverside where you will find lots of street entertainment, particularly around the Marina Bay area.

One thing that shocks most people is how clean the pavements are around this area. Although this may have something to do with Singapore's zero tolerance approach to littering and you can get fined thousands! Hotel prices can be expensive in the Central Business District due to the views and attractions on one's doorstep.

If you are on a budget, you could be better off looking for accommodation on the outskirts and traveling in. Similarly, if you are traveling to the city for work and looking for a studio apartment for rent in Singapore, you might be better off looking for properties outside this area where you are likely to find more affordable rental rates.

Transport links into the Central Business District are very good and relatively cheap (so long as you stick to trains and buses - taxi fares can be steep).

Once you reach MacRitchie Reservoir, you will be amazed to take a treetop walk trail. This is an 11-km stretch of hanging bridge with a small walkway path. You will feel like a cross-country hike on this bridge. You can see lush green vegetation and the reservoir. You will feel as if you are walking over the top of the trees. You can sight colorful birds sitting on the trees.

2. Grab a bite in Chinatown

Singapore's Chinatown is a great mix of old and new and well worth a visit simply for the sights and sounds. However, if you want to make your visit to Chinatown complete, you will want to taste some of the local cuisine here which is renowned for being some of the best in the city. Many of the locals stick the Hawker Centres.

In Singapore, eating is not cheap, but I've known Din Tai Fung for years but I have to say that the difference was noticeable especially in the portions. Every time that I tried Chinese food in my part I promised myself not to do it anymore. I was able to taste dumplings both of meat and vegetables and then rice with prawns although there were also vegetarian options at Din Tai Fung.

You must reach Telok Ayer Street to explore China Town. This is the place to shop electronic, China products, gift items, leather accessories authentic arts and crafts of China. You must bargain to get the best price for your shopping. You can also taste a variety of Chinese foods from this market.

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3. Try a Singapore Sling in one of the city's many cool bars

On the topic of cocktails, Singapore has long been famous for its bar wizardry. One of its most signature beverages is the Singapore Sling - a gin-based cocktail which can be found across the city.

The Raffles Hotel, a historic hotel in the city, happens to be the birthplace of this cocktail. Most people go here to try an authentic sling. Unfortunately, The Raffles Hotel is currently under restoration until late 2018. So those visiting before then may miss out on the opportunity to try the drink in its original form.

That said, there are plenty of cool bars throughout the city where you can still taste this iconic cocktail. Smoke and Mirrors is one bar worth visiting situated atop the National Gallery with incredible views of Marina Bay. Another great bar worth visiting is Flagship. Whilst its traditional pub feel may make it the last place you would expect to get a cocktail, the bar actually serves a mean Singapore sling with its own unique addition of pineapple syrup.

You must try your luck and spend a night once in Singapore in its casinos. You are interested in gambling or not, you can taste delicious food and drinks from the casino. Yet you can try some slot games. This is also a part of Singapore nightlife. The Marina Sands Bay and the Sentosa Island are the best places to land in a casino. It will be better to stay in a casino hotel and enjoy a casino at your wish 24-hours. You can also try a cruise casino in Singapore.

4. Ride the Singapore Flyer

This giant Ferris wheel found in Marina Bay offers some of the best views of the city to be found. It was the largest observation wheel in the world, surpassed by Las Vegas High Roller. Its capsules are able to carry 27 people and are air-conditioned, making it a great escape from the muggy city heat.

You must go to Raffles Ave to take a ride on this iconic flyer of Singapore. Its magic is it is a high-end flyer. You will be in an A/c capsule and you will not get any dizziness due to its superior bearings and suspension. You will reach a top height of 165-m on this flyer. You can have a glimpse of this city skyline.

Operating until 10:30 pm, it is possible to even take in the city sights at night if you get a late night ticket. You can buy tickets for the Singapore Flyer online or purchase them from the counter at the attraction. Combo tickets may include access to the Gardens By The Bay giving you two attractions for the price of one.

5. Drive the Formula 1 circuit

Racing enthusiasts may also want to pay a visit to the city's formula one track. First opened in 2008, the Marina Bay Street Circuit has been a fixture for every Grand Prix since renowned for being one of the most challenging city circuits (more so that Monaco according to many of the F1 drivers).

Throughout most of the year, it is possible to walk the circuit for free. However, for a more thrilling experience, you can also drive on the track in a supercar. Accompanied by a professional driver, it is possible to hire out a Ferrari, Mclaren or Lamborghini and drive around the track. You don't need any racing experience, although you will want to bring along your driving license and book at least 48 hours in advance.

6. Enjoy a day out at Universal Studios

The US isn't the only place where you can pay a visit to the Universal Studios theme park. Singapore has its very own version with 24 movie-themed rides and attractions to choose from. You can take a boat trip through Jurassic Park and ride a Transformers-themed roller coaster. It is the perfect attraction for thrill-seekers and movie buffs alike.

As with all big theme parks, you can expect long queues throughout most of the year (weekends are generally busier, as are bank holidays). It is worth paying extra for an express pass. These tickets allow you to enter a faster queue, which could allow you to get on more rides.

There are combo-ticket deals online that can allow you to also visit the Singapore Zoo and Wild Wild Wet Water Park. Hotels near Universal Studios can be more expensive, but the convenient access could be more worthwhile if you want to get the most out of your visit. This is the amazing theme park, which is the best to visit by all age of people. This is a busy place in the Sentosa Island. The weekends are full as this is a local picnic spot. You cannot see one similar theme park of this kind is its magical attraction.

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7. Relax on the beaches at Sentosa

Once in Sentosa Island, you must visit Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore's highest observation tower. It is advisable to go in the day and night time to see the beauty of this city in daylight and in the night with city light. The best part of this tower is you can view the Malaysian region from this place.

Many people are surprised to learn that Singapore has beaches. The truth is that few of Singapore's beaches are natural. Most were wiped out centuries ago with the construction of the city's harbors. However, there are still some beautiful man-made beaches to be found on the island of Sentosa that are perfect for soaking up the city's year-round sunshine.

Built using imported sand from Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, these beaches are rival to other Southeast Asian shores if you can get past the fact that they are artificial. Here you will also find a number of luxury hotels in Singapore and lively beach bars that could be perfect for a tropical beach holiday combined with a city break.

Palawan Beach is the most family-friendly strip featuring a pirate-themed waterpark and scenic suspension bridge. Siloso Beach meanwhile is the best beach for bars and watersports as well as being a popular picnic area. There is also Tanjong Beach, which is one of the more secluded spots on the island better suited for those that want to relax with a book.

This is the most visited beaches by families taking a tour to Singapore. This is popular for children-friendly beaches. It has shallow and silent seawater. This is a scenic beach too. You can take a sunbath and take a dip in the sea. It is the best place for taking postcard size photos.

All in all, there is plenty of opportunities to hit the beach in Singapore. You can even take a day trip to the nearby Indonesian island of Batam for some extra beach outings. Hope you find our Singapore visitors guide useful.
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When we plan to travel to Europe alone or with friends or family, every itinerary will share one common destination, and that is Rome. Rome is the capital of Italy, and it needs no introduction. It is one of the oldest city in Europe and is full of historical sites that date back to ancient Roman Civilization. But visiting Rome to see these magnificent historical sites is not the only reason to go there. You can enjoy different world famous cultural festivals in Rome that are celebrated all around the year.

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Cultural Festivities in Rome

Romans are known to be exuberant and persistent fun-chasers. They do not need any excuse to be happy and celebrate each day. Apart from that, there are multiple things to do, foods to try at exotic restaurants, and different bars in the city. In ancient Rome, there were more than a hundred days in the year that were celebrated by the people.

Though some of the days are not celebrated now, and with time have perished with the fall of Roman Civilization. But some are still celebrated and have integrated with the modern society. People of Rome are very traditional, and although the total number of festivals have reduced with time, they still value their culture and traditions.

The importance of each festival depends on its significance. Religious festivities are considered important and the whole city celebrates them with a mandatory public holiday. The weather of the city also affects the festivities and their dates. For example, Rome experiences the perfect weather conditions between August and October.

For this reason, these dates have the most number of events, festivals, and cultural celebrations. If you plan your trip in these days, you will not only cover the magnificent landmarks this city is famous for in the whole world. You can also attend maximum festivals that Romans celebrate and get amazed at the landmarks, events, and cultural significance of Rome.

There are some festivals in the city of Rome that are attended by people from all over the world. Rome is also one of the most important Christian cities in the world, so it is visited by millions of people each year who want to do a pilgrimage in the Vatican City.

How to go to Rome?

Going to Rome has never been difficult at any time. But in modern times, traveling there has become so much easier. You can fly to Rome from anywhere in the world and reach in a few hours. Before embarking on your journey to this great city, we recommend you to book your airline tickets, hotel accommodation and other travel related details from a renowned travel agency in the UK, or anywhere you are coming from. In this way, you can enjoy a pre-planned trip, along with other savings.

5 Not-To-Miss Cultural Festivals and events in Rome

Are their cultural events in Rome? In order to guide our readers to the cultural events taking place in Rome, we have listed 5 cultural festivals that this city hosts. When you are visiting this ancient city, try not to miss these amazing festivals in Rome. They will make your trip even better, and you will leave this city with amazing memories.

1. Roma Fringe Festival

Roma Fringe is a festival that is celebrated on a national level. It is actually an international theater and performance festival that celebrates different performers, artists, and theaters. It takes places from 30th August to 23rd September, or around these dates, at Villa Merced Rome. You can attend it by buying a ticket for 6 euro per person.

Last year, more than 150 events were planned for this festival so you can expect around the same number of events for this year as well. You can also expect a fresh roster of shows as well. Enjoy this festival and make the most of it create wonderful memories for yourself.

2. Taste of Roma

A Taste of Roma is a festival of food celebrated in Rome. It provides a great chance to local innovators, foodies, chefs, and organizers to take part in a celebration and promote themselves, their food recipes to not just the citizens of Rome, but all the people visiting from all over the world.

It is one of the biggest food festivals in the world and the whole city participates in it. Tickets cost 16 euro per person and it takes place over a 3 or 4 day time period. Last year, it took place from 21st to 24th September over the weekend. The foods presented and made at this festival are delicious, and you can enjoy yourself even more if you are a foodie.

3. Romaeuropa Festival

Not to miss in rome, Romaeuropa is a festival that is organized by Fondazione Romaeuropa. Considered as one of the most important and prestigious festivals of Rome, it promotes dance, arts, theaters, music, and other cultural foundations of this city. Although there are different tickets and passes available in multiple parts of the city, we recommend you to buy them in advance. People wait anxiously all year long to attend it and if you get late in acquiring them, you may get them later with extreme difficulty.

4. Testaccio Street Food Festival

Testaccio is a well-organized festival that takes place in Testaccio Village, not far away from Rome. This festival takes place all over the summertime. People spend their time near slaughterhouses in purpose-built areas. People slaughter animals in this festival and make their barbecues, and other food items.

They dine and celebrate together and organize music nights, discos, and other social events. The theme is always different each year, so research a bit about the year you plan to visit this festival so that you can maximize fun and memories.

Cultural Festivals in Rome

5. Natale di Roma

Rome is a very special city in the world. It even has its very own birthday, and the whole city celebrates it. Rome was born around 753 BC. It is one of the oldest human settlements still in existence. Even the old city is preserved to some extent. A city with such historical and cultural significance is always important to the history of the world.

6. Easter

The city of bon vivants is for those who cannot get enough of the good food and cultural experiences. Easter is not only a perfect time to eat authentic gelato but is also the most important Catholic feast. See evocative Easter procession at the Colosseum, which is led by the Pope himself.

So travel to Rome on 21st April and join different events and functions taking place all over the city to commemorate its birthday. You can enjoy historical enactments, plays, fireworks, gladiator fighting (acting), and much more.

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South and Southeast Asia are some offbeat options for experiential travellers, because they promise untold stories to be listened to. Although well known for their tourist centres and warm welcome, they have a lot left to be seen and shared by locals!

Dream trips are selected Asian islands - a beautiful blend of fabulous nature, culinary pleasure and total relaxation. Why do so many of us thirst for travel? Is it our desire to explore other cultures from the inside out or just to add another stamp in our passport? Is it to mingle with people from far away countries who may speak different languages? Is it to worship different gods and eat different foods but are just like us in so many ways?

Is it our yearning for novelty, and the desire to be surrounded with new and exciting sights, sounds tastes and smells? Or is it simply that we yearn for beauty and will travel far and wide to see it writ large in huge monuments of brick and stone built centuries ago, azure blue oceans and gorgeous, sprawling examples of nature's architecture?

Or perhaps there is something deep within us that far-flung destinations call to. It is a yearning of the soul that is nourished when we step outside of our comfort zone. Whatever it is that lures us overseas time and again, we are definitely in love with travel. Travel teaches us more about the world and about ourselves.

By removing ourselves from the familiar we think and behave in different ways. We learn more about who we are outside of the context of our studies, our jobs, and our social circles. That is why international travel is so incredibly important for young people.

While some may be content to travel to the same destinations year in and year out staying at the same hotels, eating the same foods and hobnobbing with the same people, for seasoned travel bugs familiarity is anathema. The more exotic and adventurous the better.

Life Changing Experiences In Southeast Asia

For those with exploration and adventure in their hearts, it is easy to understand the appeal of Southeast Asia. The region offers not only warm weather, friendly locals and pleasant conditions. It also offers some of the most extraordinary areas of natural beauty on the planet.

It boasts of some of the most diverse, fascinating and beautiful flora and fauna in the world. If you love animals, appreciate nature, crave adventure and yearn for a vacation that nourishes the mind and the soul, the region is an ideal choice for you.

That is why we have compiled this list of some life-changing experiences from across Southeast Asia. If you want a vacation that allows you to grow as a person and expands your mind even as you relax and unwind, you could do worse than add any of the following best places to visit in Southeast Asia to your travel bucket list.

1. Gaya Island, Malaysia

In some islands bordering the coast, Gaya Island in Malaysia is the most imposing, allowing both to enjoy the beach and hiking in the interior jungle land for those who prefer to play sports to rest. You only need a few minutes to leave the urban environment of Kota Kinabalu to reach this preserved and relatively beautiful island.

Do not hesitate to tour the island, instead of settling for the first beach you find when you arrive. Maybe you can find a small resting place for yourself. Rest on a white sand beach north of the island, not forgetting a little snorkeling.

2. Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo is one of the most arboreally gorgeous places on the planet and is known for its diverse wildlife. For those who harbor a love of nature and exploration, there are few locations so perfect. While many locations in Borneo offer a chance to view the regions incredible animals, among the most fascinating, are the native orangutans.

These playful and intelligent primates give off a sense of serenity and wisdom and deserve to be treated with love and respect. This is especially as we are responsible for the widespread deforestation that has led to significant habitat loss for these noble creatures. Like Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, Camp Leakey Orangutan Rehabilitation Reserve was devised with the welfare of the animals rather than profits or tourism in mind.

Located just off the banks of the Sekonyer river inside Tanjung Puting National Park, the reserve has earned quite a reputation for itself since it was first founded in the 1970s. While it sees an influx of tourists, the facility is also an active research facility where scientists come together to protect and observe the orangutans.

The park itself is one of the most naturally beautiful of its kind with a wealth of beautiful and fascinating plant life. The orangutans here are treated with respect with minimal human interference, although in some cases tourists are invited to help feed some of the orangutans. But the park doesn't just stop at primates. It is also home to stunningly beautiful clouded leopards and Malaysian sun bears.

Aside from the life-affirming greatest adventures Southeast Asia also has a plethora of luxurious hotels, sumptuous Thai foods and no shortage of luxurious beaches. Here you can sun yourself, relax and recuperate. Make sure you add these destinations and activities to your bucket list. Your life will be all the richer for them.

Surrounded by the South China Sea, Pulau Tiga in Malaysia literally translates to three islands. It makes for a perfect weekend getaway and is far away from the hustle-bustle of the cities. Picturesque sceneries of the vast ocean, white sandy beaches to sink your toes in, and a therapeutic soak in the mud pools will be a sure way to ease away tension and churn out a couple of laughs within your party.

3. Malacca River, Malaysia

Without a doubt, all cities open to the sea or with a river always have a special charm. Malacca could not be less. But do not be fooled, the Malacca River is much bigger than you might expect and it was much deeper that turned the city ​​into one of the largest ports in all of Southeast Asia. There passed all boats from Europe, Asia, China, India.

After the conquest of the city by the Portuguese, the Dutch arrived. They were there for 200 years and definitely left their mark in the center of the city. The so-called Red Square or Dutch Square is one of the most photographed places in Malacca with its simple and smooth reddish walls with shutters, its clock tower and even a mill next to the bridge that goes in the direction of Jodamer Street.

On Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock street you will find a famous craft shoe store. Today you can still buy hand-made nine-centimeter shoes. During the 19th century, for Chinese women, having small feet was synonymous with beauty. So the feet were bandaged from girls to stop their growth and to be able to wear those tiny shoes.

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While Southeast Asia offers outstanding natural beauty, don't be fooled into thinking that the pleasures of the region are solely rural. Indeed, the area is also home to thriving cities that are teeming with activity virtually 24 hours a day. For the adventurous spirit, however, the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur has a whole lot to offer.

You can enjoy a day of water slides and a whole lot of splashing at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. You can climb the Kuala Lumpur tower to see the city's incredible skyline from the greatest heights. Or you can surround yourself with fluttering beauty at the Butterfly Park. But for the true adrenaline junkie, the greatest challenge will be base jumping from the tallest towers in this sprawling city.

The Petronas Twin Towers stand at almost 1,500 feet. These giant monoliths are the most incredible place to see this beautiful city before you plummet down towards her busy streets. It doesn't get much more extreme than this. But if you are looking for a life-changing experience there are few that can match this adrenaline-soaked adventure. If you are feeling brave enough, you can book right here.

Leave your footprint at the oldest Hindu Temple in Kuala Lumpur. Sri Mahamariamman Temple was founded in 1873 as a private family shrine, later on the temple has relocated at present location Jalan Tun H.S.Lee. The Sri Maha Mariamman temple's gopuram is 75 feet high and made up of 5 tiers fully adorned with miniature sculptures of 228 hindu deities.

5. Penang, Malaysia

Malaysia certainly has a lot of luxury to offer tourists. From opulent hotels to an affordable but luxurious Penang apartment stay, the region has a lot to offer tourists who want to enjoy the champagne lifestyle while they travel. You can also quench your thirst for a meaningful experience.

But if you feel particularly blessed or lucky to be in this vibrant and beautiful city, it may be an idea to pay your respects to Guan Yin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. Located in the Kek Lok Si temple complex in George Town, you will find Guan Yin's statue. To be honest, it is pretty difficult to miss. She is rendered in bronze and stands a Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas filled with alabaster and bronze Buddhas which can also be found at Kek Lok Si.

The temple complex is actually one of the largest in Malaysia and is well worth a visit whatever your faith if only for the majesty of its construction. It was built over the course of 40 years, beginning in 1830. It provides a humble and life-affirming testament to what can be created when one has devotion, dedication, love, passion, and skill.

6. Taipei, Taiwan

Located in the north of the island of Taiwan, the capital of the country, Taipei, is today one of the most modern cities in Asia. Considered one of the five most famous museums in the world, National Palace Museum houses more than 650,000 works of art from almost all periods of China's five thousand-year history. The museum building is built in the style of the palaces of Beijing.

It has unique works of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, of painting, calligraphy, and all kinds of artistic objects that show the richness and beauty of Chinese culture and art. It is a sanctuary of art that has become a must for anyone traveling to Taipei. There are places of rest and coffee shops, as well as two old-style Zhishan and Zhide gardens that make the visitor appreciate even more the spirit of Chinese art while travelling in Taipei.

The Taipei 101 skyscraper, until recently was the tallest building in the world. From the 85th floor observatory it offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Taipei and its surroundings. Despite its height, it gives the impression of great flexibility, and It is a harmonious blend of traditional Chinese architecture with typical elements of Taiwan.

The 101 skyscraper shopping center houses several banks, shops of the main international brands, bookstores, several Asian and Western restaurants, as well as small coffee shops and tapas and refreshment stands. It is located in the center of the commercial area of ​​Xinyi, and being surrounded by the World Exhibition Center, the International Congress Center, financial centers, five-star hotels, department stores, cinemas, nightclubs.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Building is a majestic construction built in memory of the late former president. The night markets have become the main attraction of tourists visiting Taiwan. Shilin night market is the largest of its kind and also the most visited by students to buy clothes and food at affordable prices in the city of Taipei. The temple of Confucius honors the most famous master of China.

The Jianguo Flower and Jade Market, located under the overpass of section 3 of Xinyi Avenue and Jinan Avenue, is only held on weekends and holidays. Yangmingshan National Park is located north of Taipei, in the central area of ​​Datun volcanic areas. Famous for its thermal springs, Beitou is an area north of the city of Taipei, surrounded by green hills and close to the Shamao Mountain.

From Taipei Main Station, you can go to Songshan Station and from there take the train to Jiufen Old Street. The journey is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Jiufen is a small town in the mountains of northeastern Taiwan, known as the little Hong Kong. Its charm is its mountainous landscape with views of the Pacific, traditional buildings, and the hundreds of lanterns that are scattered throughout the town.

Walk (and eat) on Jishan Street, go to one of their teahouses, and admire the landscape from a high point. It has unique surprises of this city, such as peanut ice cream wrapped in dorayaki or a kind of pancake.

7. Hualien, Taiwan

Most of the tourists arrive here to visit the Taroko Gorge, but Hualien is also the beginning of the trip through the less urbanized and more autochthonous Taiwan. From Taipei there are trains that surround the east coast of the island. There are many different types of trains and schedules, so it's easy to get close to the station window and find a train ticket for the same day.

The center of Buddhist studies is a mixture of university, temple and hospital surrounded by tranquil gardens with small samples of how people lived in the city centuries ago, when the place was mostly inhabited by the aboriginal Amis tribe. The market of stones show there the stone works that characterize the artisans of the Amis tribe of Hualien.

Some stones have curious shapes like a pig's foot. In the evening, free traditional dances are held which, despite having lost their original aura, are a good approximation to the aboriginal culture of Taiwan. Taroko : is the most spectacular mountainous landscape in Taiwan. Guangfu and Shoufeng is full of rice fields, coast and small aboriginal towns.

In Hualien there are trains to the tiny town of Chongde. A few kilometers away from the town station there is a beach area from which you can see the cliffs of the coast. On the clearest days the views are spectacular, but even if the weather does not go along, the visit is worth it.

Dongdamen night market in Taiwan is located on an esplanade next to the sea and there is a pedestrianized shopping area along which the old train line ran. Apart from a couple of bars, the other alternatives are the shopping center, a small cinema and three dumplings stores that open 24 hours a day.

8. Taichung, Taiwan

Although Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan, and cannot be found on all travel itineraries, this city is a great stop on your route to the south while travelling to Taiwan. With the high speed train (HSR), Taichung can be reached from Taipei in about 40 minutes. The HSR train station in Taichung is located far from the center and, therefore, you will have to take a taxi or the shuttle buses that will take you to the city.

For example, visit Rainbow Village, an artistic village just outside the city center, for which 'rainbow' is almost a euphemism. The colorful buildings are painted by Mr. Huang, a Chinese war veteran who wanted to save the people from ruin in this way. And it worked!

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the best museums in the region and offers a good insight into the contemporary Taiwanese artistic world. You will find exhibitions of local and international artists, and it is also worth visiting the surrounding sculpture garden.

In addition, Taichung is a base for hiking in the nature reserves that can be found in the city. For example, follow the accessible hiking trails in Dakeng or the beautiful mountains around Dasyeshuan. One hour and a half by car from Taichung is Sun Moon Lake, a beautiful natural area around the largest freshwater lake in Taiwan.

This area can be explored by boat, bicycle or bus that makes several stops around the lake (tip: buy a day pass instead of individual tickets), in this way you will see much more. Sun Moon Lake is ideal as a day trip from Taichung, but if you have time, spending the night in this area is a magical experience.

Taiwan's most famous beverage, bubble tea, was invented according to several sources in Taichung. Try the original recipe with the manufacturer Chun Shui Tang. Do you prefer coffee? Taichung is known for its countless trendy cafes. Several streets in Taichung are full of night markets as dark as night, of which the Fengjia night market is one of the most popular and large. Go on an empty stomach, because there is so much to try!

9. Tainan, Taiwan

The city of Tainan is undoubtedly an essential visit during a trip to Taiwan. Located in the south of the island, Tainan is an essential city for those who want to know what traditional Taiwan is like. Forget the ultra modernity of the capital Taipei or Kaohsiung, here you will have the impression of discovering a new country, another Taiwan.

The main wealth of Tainan is the number of temples it houses. They are absolutely impressive and the religious activity in them is usually intense. In fact, attend the celebrations of the main Buddhist festivities. After long cultural days, discover the nightlife. Do not forget to sit at the table of a small street restaurant. Tainan cuisine has the reputation of being the best in the country.

10. Kaohsiung, Taiwan

This is a travel guide to Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Take a high-speed train to Kaohsiung. At the HSR station, buy a ticket for Zuoying Station, in the northern area of ​​Kaohsiung. Depending on the train you take, the trip will last from an hour and a half to two hours, with a good view of the west coast.

From Zuoying you can take the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), a subway system that goes to different points of the city. You can buy the tickets at the counters destined to it or in automatic machines. The price depends on the distance you are going to travel. Mark the desired destination and it will tell you how much money to insert (it is easier if you have coins, since not all machines accept bills or credit cards). You will obtain a blue chip with which you can pass the winches.

The main part of the city is located around the harbor area and the Love River. The Tuntex Sky Tower or 85 Sky Tower is the tallest building in the unofficial city and icon of it. You can go up to the 74th floor and enjoy the views of the city, beautiful but not like from the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower.

There are several parks in the city and its surroundings, but Lotus Lake, near the Zuoying station is surrounded by numerous statues, temples, pavilions and trails, which offer good photos and a quiet night walk. The Love River area is popular at nightfall, as are the various night markets in Taiwan that come to life at sunset.

The Maolin National Scenic Area is in the rugged Central Mountain Range that serves as the backbone of the island. The main attraction, apart from the magnificent mountainous landscape, is its location as a highlight to see the purple crow butterflies, which abound at certain times of the year.

In the immediate vicinity is the Duona suspended bridge , which is exactly what its name suggests. This huge pedestrian section crosses a beautiful gorge, where you can take impressive photos. Although Mandarin Chinese is the official language , most of the signs are also in English, so it should not be difficult to find streets, buildings and orient yourself on the subway.

11. Phonsavan, Laos

If you come to Phonsavan in Laos is for one reason only: Plains of Jars in the province of Xiengkhouang. There are several esplanades where a kind of stone cubes are kept, of which the origin and purpose are unknown. From Luang Prabang you can go by minivan or by bus. Depending on your taste, you can visit the Mining Advisory Group (MAG) - a humanitarian organization that recovers the remains of the conflict for the benefit of local communities around the world.

There are still thousands of unexploded bombs threatening in the fields, and impeding the normal development of the country. It is estimated that 30% are still undetonated (these are the so-called UXO: Unexploded Ordnance). Today they continue to kill and maim many Laotians who work in the fields and are caught by surprise.

Observe the local daily life of the ethnic groups and visit a small monastery in Ban Xiengdi through areas that were important battlefields during the American war. Continue the tour with Muang Khoun - the only place located in the old provincial capital that was not destroyed by the US bombing.

12. Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi itself is actually a collection of 99 islands with few high-rise buildings. You may either do nothing at its beaches or fill your soul with adventures!

What to do in Langkawi? Explore pristine beaches and islands around Langkawi on a jet ski. Rent a bike and drive through the scenic route to Datai Bay. If you are the adventurous kinds, challenge yourself to a Skydive from 14000 ft to soak coastal views and a soft beach landing. Or explore the Geopark by small boat tours or private Jet Ski safaris. And don’t miss the cable car - the steepest cable car ride in the world.

13. Sabah, Malaysia

The Sun always shines on Sabah. And that's why outdoors is where you gotta be as soon as the cocks crow to the morning light. Which by the way are many (cocks that is), as Sabah's rural life is a symbiotic identity of its multicultural ethnicity.
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