Spectacular Places to Visit
At Least Once in your Life
Iceland, island of fire and ice, is the top travel destination of the world for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields and fjords rest at the edge of the Arctic Circle.
Not so far away from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík, Blue lagoon gives visitors the chance to enjoy an extraordinary and spectacular ‘bath’ in a natural geothermal spa. Hot water,the temperature of which ranges from 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, makes visitors to relax and have a bath in a unique and amazing natural habitat. Nearby you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It’s a petty not to visit this fantastic site, given the short distance drive from Reykjavík, where you can find daily trips back and forth.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, constitute scenery not unique in Iceland, since you can find it in other countries of northern Europe. However, it is worth seeing these lights, which derive from a combination of effects as a result of the solar wind and the magnetic field of our planet. What you have to do in order to enjoy the best view of the northern lights is to move from the city to a rural environment, and this can be very easily fulfilled by taking the night bus from Reykjavik with destination a quiet and remote rural location.
Vatnajökull National Park is a national park covered with ice. Specifically, this park consists of glaciers and ice caves. The most known is the Vatnajökull glacier, a vast white parcel of land. Among the various ice caves, Skaftafell Ice Cave and Höfn are open during the whole year, whereas Skriðuklaustur and Jökulsárgljúfur are not accessible in winter. The Skaftafell Ice Cave is well known for its amazing blue light, which usually appears after a not so light rain.
For a long time I wanted to travel in Myanmar. Finally, my dream came true in the last summer. I will never forget this experience. It is one of the best destinations I have ever traveled in my life. I spent 10 days in Myanmar and except for Naypyidaw I explored some of the most extraordinary and outstanding places that I have ever seen in my life. So, I decided to write this post, because I wanted to share with you what were the best places and sights that I visited in Myanmar
The most famous pagoda all over the country is surely the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, one of the busiest cities of the country. It is a landmark of Yangon that is worth a visit due to its majestic size and decoration. Also, it is one of the most significant religious sites of Myanmar that travelers should not miss at all. Admire the breathtaking view of the city of Yangon and learn about Buddhism, which is the official religion in Myanmar.
Bagan is one of the cities that every traveler should visit once upon his arrival in Myanmar. It has a long religious tradition and is considered a symbol in the history of Myanmar, as it was the capital of the ancient Pagan Kingdom. In addition, the temples of Bagan are characterized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and constitute spectacular scenery and unique all over the world. A hot-air balloon ride in Bagan is a good idea for a panoramic view of the plain that hosts approximately two thousand temples. On that location, once in the past, there were ten thousand temples, but now their number has been reduced significantly. Despite their decrease in numbers, the rest two thousand temples make the sight unique.
Hsinbyume Pagoda is very special due to its white colour, which is difficult met in the numerous pagodas generally. Started to being built in 1816, the construction was terminated in 1819 and it was a symbol of the Konbaung dynasty. It is also considered a symbol of love, because it is said that the construction of the Hsinbyume Pagoda by Bagydawprince took place, because of the death of his wife. The Hsinbyume Pagoda suffered damages and was again rebuilt to a significant extent in 1874 by King Mindon.
Cambodia is one of the most interesting Southeast Asian countries. It has plenty of natural beauties and ancient historic monuments dated back to 802 A.D. Travel to Cambodia and live a unique experience in one of the most remarkable world’s travel destinations.
During Angkorian period many great temples were constructed in Cambodia. The most well-known ancient site is the old city of Siem Reap where the Angkor Wat is located. Dated back to 802 A.D. and 1432, it was the largest medieval world’s city where the vast powerhouse of the Khmer kings tried to outbid their predecessors in the beauty of their constructions. Today, there are only city ruins, but the temples are preserved in a good condition. You need three days and more if you want to explore everything in surrounded area. The most important sights are the Temple of Ta Prohm, the Temple of Bayon, the Angkor Thom and the Preah Khan as well. In addition, the Angkor National Museum is really worth a visit, because you will learn about the history of the Angkorian period and the Khmer Empire.
The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Here, visitors can go to the National Museum and learn more about the dynasty of Khmer kings as well as the history during the pre-Angkorian and Angkorian period. In addition, here you can find the Royal Palace, the Tuol Sleng Museum, and the killing fields of Choeung Ek where you can be informed about the horror and brutality that prevailed during the Khmer dynasty. Also, if you have free time, you can visit the Wat Phnom Temple that was constructed in the 14th century. Other must-see attractions in Phnom Pehn are the temple complex of Wat Ounalom, the Psar Thmei market and the Independence Monument that symbolizes the Cambodia's independence from French in 1953.
Japan, one of the most perfect destinations in the world, consists of many cultural and historical sites that you must visit at least once in your life. Explore natural wonders of Lake Kawaguchi and the outstanding Mt. Fuji and discover popular places and picturesque Japanese villages.
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the busiest commercial center in Japan nowadays. However, there are many attractions and urban areas in Tokyo that must be visited without second thoughts. One of them, is the Imperial Palace surrounded by a magnificent park, walls and moats, “betoking” the initial construction as a fortress. Indeed, in 1457, on the same spot a fortress was constructed by the Lord Ota Dokan, constituting once the hub of the city. Nearby, the Nijubashi Bridge is an additional landmark of the complex. Regarding temples, the must see is the Sensō-ji Temple, which was built in AD 645 in favour of Kannon. One reaches this temple by walking on a very busy street with numerous vendors to sell their merchandise. The Thunder Gate welcomes the visitors and indicates the monumental identity of the sight. Moreover, a notable shrine of contemporary era though is the Meiji Shrine, which is dedicated to Emperor Meiji.
Kyoto, although its modern development, has hidden sights from an old era of Japan, mainly shrines, such as the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Buddhist temples, such as the Kinkaku-ji. The latter is now a Zen Buddhist temple, but once it was the villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It is also known as the Golden Pavilion because of its gold leaf. Another temples are the following: the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Sanjūsangen-dō Temple as well as the Nishi Honganji Temple. Apart from shrines and temples, on every July, the GionMatsuri festival takes place in Kyoto, attracting a large number of people across the country. The 17th of July is assumed to be the climax of the festival, as the procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko), which is the festival’s highlight, is held on that day. In respect of centrally located relaxing places, where one can let himself go, is the Sagano Bamboo Forest with many paths and sites to have a rest and admire the nature’s beauty.
Hiroshima, despite the damage it suffered though the World War II, is a tourist destination in Japan, because it combines history with parks and contact with the nature. On the one hand, there are historical places, such as the Fukuyama Castle and Hiroshima Castle as well as ancient temples. An indicative list of temples shall contain the following: the Koriyakushi Temple, the Tenneiji Temple, the Jinguji Temple, the Abuto-kannon Temple and the Kosanji Temple. On the other hand, parks, including of course the Peace Memorial Park and National Bihoku Hills Park, provide to inhabitants and visitors relaxing moments and the opportunity to calm down. In pursuit of calmness and serenity, Sankeien Garden is strongly recommended for the additional reason that across the garden, apart from the beautiful plants and flora generally, there are notable buildings to be found, such as a few tea houses as well as the Sanju-no-to, a three-story pagoda removed from the Tomyoji Temple, which was transferred into Sankein Garden from another province, especially from Kizuwagain southern region of Kyoto.
Vietnam combines a mix of natural beauties and cultural monuments. Here, you can enjoy landscape diversity from mountain peaks to endless fields. A plenty of outdoor activities are available for nature lovers.
Discover the Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a complex of small islands lies on sea surface. You can make a daily boat cruise exploring the area of Halong Bay and the Thien Cung Cave. In addition, there are many caves which are accessible, such as the Hang Sung Sot and the Hang Dao Go, where weird stalagmites and stalactites have been developed.
If you want to explore more caves, visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park where you will find the Paradise Cave that is extended 31 kilometers underground. Another must-see cave is Tu Lan, which is known as "wet cave", because of cave-systems river. If you have time, you have to visit the Phong Nha Caves, where you can go inside only by boat.
In Vietnam there are huge jungle areas that include a large variety of plants and animals. My Son, one of the most popular ancient temple city is located in the jungle covered by mountains. It is dated back to 4th century and was used as a Hindu religious place during the 7th to 10th centuries. At the beginning of 13th century it was abandoned. About twenty temples have been constructed in the area. The temples are divided into two groups, group A that includes destroyed monuments during Vietnam War, and group B for the oldest temples. You can arrive to My Som from Hoi An, which is the most atmospheric city. During the 15th century Hoi An was used as a trading center between Japanese and Chinese merchants.
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