A trip to South Korea is one to remember for a lifetime. This dynamic country is home to delicious food, unique culture and a complex history. It can be overwhelming to decide what to experience first. Once you’ve booked your flight to Seoul, you may consider visiting South Korea’s world-class museums to get a taste of their national pride. And you’ll have plenty to choose from — there are over 500 museums and galleries in South Korea, something to suit everyone’s taste! Now’s the time get your cheap tickets to Korea and start exploring.
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No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to Angkor. This vast site is considered one of the most important archeological landmarks in Southeast Asia. This complex civilization is made up of temples, structures and travel routes. The most famous feature of Angkor is Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. It has become an international symbol of the country, appearing proudly on Cambodia’s national flag since 1863. Angkor Wat or “Temple City” draws in global visitors every day that wish to witness its beauty, history and astonishing preservation. About 50% of all Cambodian tourists visit the temple mountain. You can easily spend hours exploring Angkor Wat’s ruins, considered to be some of the beautiful and historic visions of pomp and grandeur. It unrivaled magnificence has made it one of the most famous historic landmarks in the world.
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There’s a reason Bali is considered paradise. Known for its white-sand beaches, beautiful dives and tropical jungles, this Indonesian island has been luring visitors from across the globe for decades. It’s the perfect place to unwind and commune with nature. Bali is by far Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, winning Travel and Leisure’s Best Island Award in 2010. And aside from Bali’s environmental beauty, the island has a rich artistic and cultural history worthy of exploration. Plus, locals are famously kind and laid back. As they say in Bali, “seng ken-ken” or “no worries!” The only question is where do you begin your Balinese adventure?
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Here’s a quick pop quiz for all the vagabonds and world wanderers out there among you — especially those who might be thinking about visiting Japan at some point in the near future:
- Are you a traveler … or a tourist? (If you’re not sure, try answering question No. 2.)
- When you venture abroad, do you tend to stray off the beaten path? Or do you stick to a checklist of tried-and-true guidebook recommendations and tourist sites?
Here’s the thing: Once you finally get around to buying a plane ticket and experiencing our big wide world, you’ll probably encounter some version of those two queries over and over (and over) again. But as almost anyone with a heavily stamped passport can surely tell you, not only are both of those questions annoyingly pretentious — they’re also pretty much impossible to answer with any sort of accuracy.
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While most American travelers are used to taking a shower before or after they get into a pool, the saunas and other amenities at spas are a way to not just get cleaned up, but experience the local culture when you visit South Korea. There are a number of options in and around Seoul, as well as Busan. Here are some tips on what to consider before you go, as well as some top sites to consider whether you are coming in from the beach, need to clean up after a hike, or simply want to experience the communal atmosphere.
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Sakura festivals whip into Japan for mere days in some cases, unloading swaths of cherry blossoms across the country. Briefly, it seems as if the entire population is en thrall to the fuchsia and lavender shades of the delicate flowers. If one can time his or her travel to visit Japan, locals agree that it is one of the most beautiful periods and offers a look into the beliefs of the Japanese and a celebration of both culture and horticulture alike.
Since the timing of the sakuras vary depending on the weather conditions, there is less pageantry than one might normally find in other Japanese festivals, especially those that ring in the new year in January. In spite of that, as soon as the first flowers are visible, food and drink vendors line the pathways into the grassy areas where cherry blossoms can be found.
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The mountains in and around South Korea’s second largest city have had a spiritual pull on residents for centuries, if not thousands of years. In order to pay homage as Buddhists, temples and pagodas have become as much a part of the landscape as the peaks piercing the sky. Travelers who visit South Korea and are either looking for a peaceful place to relax and meditate or take in ancient Korean architecture should take time out to visit these temples, well worth the time it takes to reach them.
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Ask Americans to imagine a beach vacation, and most will describe a lifeguard-staffed seaside, a boardwalk lined with souvenir shops and snack bars, and an amusement park or a water park, in addition to strolling for seashells, and building sand castles.
While this may be typical of beach vacations along the shores of the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, there are many other types of beach getaways to be enjoyed around the world. Thailand, for example, has an abundance of fine beaches and resorts among the hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, combining the exotic with the tranquil.
- Railay Beach - situated in southern Thailand and cut-off from the rest of the mainland by a string of dramatic limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is among the most spectacular beach destinations in Thailand. Accessible by long tail boat only, no cars are allowed! Although the powdery white sand beaches attract vacationers, Railay Beach is perhaps best known as one of the world’s greatest rock-climbing destinations. Continue Reading Five Distinctive Beaches of Thailand
What is a Hot Spring?
Hot springs are pools of water produced by the emergence of geo-thermally heated groundwater from the Earth’s mantle. Because Japan is located in a volcanic region, there are many hot springs concentrated in the region.
Since heated water can hold more dissolved solids, hot springs often have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium and lithium, to radium. Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, hot springs are often popular tourist destinations −considered highly restorative for health, mind, and mentality.
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So … you know you’re ready to book your flights to Japan.
But do you know how to get the lowest airfare? And once when you arrive, do you know how to track down the can’t-miss destinations? How to try the most authentic food? How to navigate your way around town?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
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