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Culturally Emersion Through Thailand’s Temples

Culturally Emersion Through Thailand’s Temples

Thailand’s vibrancy manifests itself in every corner of the country. From the scenery and art to its culture and people, you will be left awestruck from the moment you step off the plane. The country of smiles is more than just bustling Bangkok and pristine beaches, it’s a place of culture that’s deeply rooted to religion. And what better way to get to know Thailand than exploring its numerous, beautifully crafted temples? Download the Thailand Travel Guide and Offline Map to get started on your journey!

1.     Wat Pho

Among Bangkok’s famous sights, Wat Pho has gained its due fame from its gigantic Reclining Buddha. This temples has made a name for itself by collecting a handful of superlatives: the city’s largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, and the country’s earliest center for public education.

2.     Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok’s biggest tourist attraction and a pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists and nationalists. This architecturally awe-inspiring temple is the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, which houses the country’s most holy image, the Emerald Buddha. Attached to the temple complex is the Grand Palace, the former royal residence, once a sealed city of intricate ritual and social satisfaction.

3.     Wat Phumin

Located in Nan Province, bordering Laos, is Nan’s most famous Buddhist temple. It is adorned with exquisite murals that were done during the late 19th century by a Thai Lü artist named Thit Buaphan. The ornate altar in the centre of the bòht has four sides, with four Sukhothai-style sitting Buddhas facing in each direction.

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It’s the Prefect Time to Visit Riviera Maya and Here’s Why

It’s the Prefect Time to Visit Riviera Maya and Here’s Why

Visiting Mexico's Caribbean Coast, known as the Riviera Maya is a must for every adventurer at heart. It's great for road trips where you can explore more of numerous white-sand beaches, scenic ruins, and amazing cenotes. It might be a little too busy for some, but despite the development, you can still discover small fishing towns or set forth inland and experience the true-blue Mexican culture untouched by tourism. Download the Riviera Maya Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you plan your next trip.

1. Chichen Itza

The famous Mayan ruins are UNESCO world heritage and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Even if you are in your all-inclusive relaxing vacation, a day trip is totally worth it. Chichen Itza is a huge complex of Mayan ruins in a shape of pyramids built by Maya people approximately 1,200 years ago. Keep in mind that the area is big, it is not only one pyramid that you see on all the pictures, it is an ensemble of many greatly preserved ruins.

2. Grupo Nohoch Mul

Nohoch Mul (Big Mound) is also known as the Great Pyramid. It reaches a height of 42 meters, making it the second-tallest Maya structure on the Yucatán Peninsula. Climbing the old steps can be scary for some. Two diving gods are carved over the doorway of the temple at the top (built in the post-Classic period, AD 1100–1450), similar to sculptures at Tulum.

3. Grupo de las Pinturas

The temple at Grupo de las Pinturas (Paintings Group) bears traces of glyphs and frescoes above its door and remnants of richly colored plaster inside. You approach the temple from the southeast. Leave by the trail at the northwest (opposite the temple steps) to see two stelae. The first of these is 20m along, beneath a palapa. Here, a regal figure stands over two others, one of them kneeling with his hands bound behind him.

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Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Playa del Carmen's popularity is growing more and more each year. It now ranks as the third-largest city in Quintana Roo and competes with Tulum as one of the Riviera's rendiest cities. The town is ideally located: close to Cancún’s international airport, but far enough south to allow easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Cobá and other worthy destinations. So If you're looking for your next tropical destination download the Playa del Carmen Travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.  Cenote Diving

What’s a cenote you ask? It’s an underground cave filled with fresh water. The Yucatan has tons of them—sinkholes that open up into underground rivers with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. If you have your PADI license, you can go scuba diving in these caves with a guide. Because there’s daylight near the entrance a more technical cave diving license isn’t required. Not a diver? No problem. You can also go snorkeling at most cenotes.

2. Visit Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are located South of Playa del Carmen in the town of Tulum. A must-visit if you’re in the area.

Tulum was once a small but important port city for the Mayans. Along with impressive structures on the edge of a cliff, it has a beach below where you can swim too. Because Tulum is so popular, it can be crowded unless you arrive early in the morning. Coba is another Mayan site near Playa del Carmen which sees less visitors. You can still climb the pyramid there too.

3. Swim With Sea Turtles

Who doesn’t want to swim with sea turtles? I’ve always wanted to, that’s for sure. I got my chance at Akumal beach, 30 minutes South of Playa del Carmen. The shallow blue-green water here is home to Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead sea turtles that you can swim with.

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Reasons Why the French Riviera is the Ultimate Summer Destination

Reasons Why the French Riviera is the Ultimate Summer Destination

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is a dreamy French region that extends east along the coast from Menton and Monaco to Théoule sur Mer and up into the Southern Alps. The Riviera contains several cities (Nice and Cannes among them), 14 natural parks, Roman ruins, medieval villages and whale watching just off shore. So we're sure you'll have a grand time exploring the Riviera. Download the French Riviera Travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1. Vieux Nice

Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now packed with delis, restaurants, boutiques and bars, but the centerpiece remains cours Saleya: a massive market square that’s permanently thronging in summer. The food market is perfect for fresh produce and foodie souvenirs, while the flower market is worth visiting just for the colors and fragrances.

2. Casino de Monte Carlo

Peeping inside Monte Carlo’s legendary marble-and-gold casino is a Monaco essential. The building, open to visitors every morning, is Europe's most lavish example of belle-epoque architecture. Prince Charles III came up with the idea of the casino and in 1866, three years after its inauguration, the name 'Monte Carlo' – Ligurian for 'Mount Charles' in honor of the prince – was coined.

3. Marseille

Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the addition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. 

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Beat the Caribbean Blues in the Tropical Oasis that is Key West

Beat the Caribbean Blues in the Tropical Oasis that is Key West

This 7-square-mile island feels like a beautiful tropical oasis. It’s allure stems not just from beautiful beaches and palm trees, but from the classical Caribbean homes and its eccentric vibes. It’s easy to find your groove in Key West—no matter where your interests lie. As in other parts of the Keys, nature plays a starring role here, with some breathtaking sunsets—cause for nightly celebration down on Mallory Square. Download the Key West Travel Guide and Offline Map and prepare for your trip down Highway One!

1.     Mallory Square

The fun begins in the hours leading to dusk where you’ll witness every single oddity and eccentric character on the island. Have a beer. And a conch fritter, and take a front-row seat to the music-filled mayhem. Once sunset arrives, all eyes turn to the water; and the showing comes crashing to an end shortly after the streaks of post-sunset gold, amber and lilac light up the evening sky.

2.     Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

“America’s Southernmost State Park” is home to an impressive fort, built in the mid-1800s that played roles in the American Civil War and in the Spanish-American War. The beach here is the best one Key West has to offer – it has white sand to lounge on (but is rocky in parts), water deep enough to swim in and tropical fish under the waves.

3.     Hemingway House

Key West’s biggest darling, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this gorgeous Spanish Colonial house from 1931 to 1940. Papa moved here in his early 1930s with wife No 2, a Vogue fashion editor and (former) friend of wife No 1 (he left the house when he ran off with wife No 3). The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Green Hills of Africa were produced here, as well as many six-toed cats, whose descendants basically run the grounds.

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Top Three Destinations in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro

Top Three Destinations in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa where the beaches are golden, the mountains lush, and the nightlife is filled with samba. This city certainly does not disappoint, but don’t take our word for it, go see it for yourself. Lushly forested mountains fringe the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront. So download the Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide and Offline Map and start your adventure now!

1.     Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach is so famous that a song was named after it. Here you’ll enjoy a clearer and cleaner beach compared to that of Copacabana. The word ipanema is an indigenous word for “bad, dangerous waters”, which is not far off given the strong undertow and often oversized waves that crash onto the shore. The long stretch of sun-drenched sand is demarcated by posts, which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself.

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2.     Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The 39-square-kilometer tropical jungle preserve is extremely rich with what mother nature has to offer. It filled with beautiful tress, waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and high peaks. It’s hard to imagine what this place once was as Tijuca is all that’s left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. Serious hikers are very fond of Tijuca as climbing the 1,012 meter summit of Pico da Tijuca offers you a majestic view.

3.     Cristo Redentor

Of course, we can never leave out the famous Christ the Redeemer. Standing atop Corcovado, the massive statue of Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio. The mountain itself rises straight up from the city to 710 meters and at night the brightly lit 38-meter high open armed statue is visible from nearly every part of the city.

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Reason Why Ko Samui is Food for the Soul

Reason Why Ko Samui is Food for the Soul

If you’re looking for the perfect relax and unwind after stressful months of work then Ko Samui is the perfect getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Wether you’e sun-seeking, dozing in a hammock, feasting on world-class cuisine, partying by the beach or discovering wellness in an exclusive spa, Ko Samui has it covered. Discover this island paradise with the Ko Samui Travel Guide and Offline Map

.1.     Pristine Beaches

It’s hard to resist the deep azure of the sky and the gentle lapping of warm waves on the satin sands of Ko Samui. The island’s beaches are as diverse as they get. Head to Coco Tam’s in Fisherman’s village for some cocktails and serious chillaxing, Chaweng Beach for some sunrise and people-watching, and Mae Nam Beach for some napping before witnessing a magnificent sunset in the west coast. If this reason alone doesn’t tempt you too book that ticket, we don’t know what will.

2.     Mouthwatering Cuisine

Dining in Ko Samui is remarkable in itself, but pair it with the island’s seductive sands then that’s takes it to top indulgence right there. From the simplest of Thai dishes to scorching regional curries, and plates hopping with flavor on seaside tables, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice. Whatever suits your fancy, don’t ever overlook the flimsy wooden shack eateries. There you’ll find the best meals true-blue locals will not stop gushing about.

3.     Pamper Yourself

If you thought the beach and food was the ultimate pampering then you thought wrong. The island is filled to brim with places that will most definitely spoil your mind, body, and soul. Cleansing fasts, yoga, tai-chi, herbal steam treatments, and chakra-balancing—whatever you seek for full-on pampering, you’ll find it here. And while you’re at it ease away those aches and pains the island’s numerous spas can ease them to a next level of serenity.

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A Taste of the Pure Life in Costa Rica

A Taste of the Pure Life in Costa Rica

According to recent study, Costa Ricans live longer, healthier lives than people on the rest of the planet. And it all comes down to every locals' mantra, which is "pura vida" or pure life. After a few days in this beautiful, rich country, you'll soon realize the true meaning of pura vida and will start living it too. So just sit back and enjoy life's ride in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Plan your trip by downloading the Costa Rica Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1. The Peaceful Soul of Central America

Costa Rica is also known as the "rich coast" and for good reason. It earned its name for its cutting edge surfing, farm-to-table, and sustainable tourism. As one of the world's most biodiverse countries it also protects one-quarter of its wild lands through law. Developing infrastructure is balanced by green energy like wind and hydro, and while there's no standing army, you almost always feel safe.

2. Outdoor Adventures

Costa Rica offers a plethora of outdoor activities that any adventurous soul can think of. From rain forest hikes and white-water rapid rides to world-class surfing and canopy zip-lining--Costa Rica has it all. National parks allow visitors to glimpse life in both rain forest and cloud forest, simmering volcanoes offer otherworldly vistas, and reliable surf breaks are suited to beginners and experts alike.

3. The Wild Life

With half a million species--from insects to the giant anteaters that devour them--one quarter of its lands is protected by law. So much wildlife abounds in Costa Rica that it almost seems like you've been transported to a different land where only animals exist. Blue morpho butterflies flit amid orchid-festooned trees, while colorful tropical fish, sharks, rays, dolphins and whales thrive offshore – all as if in a conservationist’s dream.

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Travel Back in Time in Vibrant Cuba

Travel Back in Time in Vibrant Cuba

Globetrotters have been visiting Cuba left and right and for good reason. Walking down the vibrant streets of this country makes you feel like you've traveled back in time. Not much of Cuba's colonial cities have changed since pirates stalked the Caribbean. Making this beautiful gem a melting pot of well-preserved architecture, culture, and food. But asides from its world famous or should I say Instagram-famous colorful buildings of Old Havana, Cuba also boast pristine beaches. Download the Cuba Travel Guide and Offline Map and start planning your next adventure!

1.     Old Havana

There's something that just draws you to Old Havana’s eclectic beauty. Despite 50 years of neglect gold dust still shines in its magnetic architecture and vibe. Walk its street and you will feel engulfed with by its 500 years of colorful and rich history. Today, it boasts a surprisingly thriving art scene that is much to be coveted by any major city in the world. Lined by cool cafes and bohemian-themed bars, Old Havana is contradictoringly beautiful in its own unique way.

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2.      San Pedro Fort

People often come to San Pedro Fort for the history, but stay for outstanding views. Built in the 1600's to protect the city of Santiago from pillaging pirates. Although partially destroyed, Castillo de San Pedro, still stands tall and proud. At 60-meters high it's no wonder the views from here are impeccable. Explore the upper terrace where you will be greeted by a jaw-dropping view of Santiago's coastline with the Sierra Maestra in the background.

3.     Varadero

Known to be the largest resort in the Caribbean, Varadero is located on the 20-kilometer long Hicacos Peninsula. There's plenty to do here with over 60 hotels, shops, water activities, and poolside entertainment to choose from. Although, what really catches the attention of any tourist is the untouched 20-kilometer stretch of white sandy beaches that is said to be one of the best in the entire Caribbean You'll definitely have to see it for yourself to believe it!

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The Ultimate Foodie Guide to San Sebastian

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to San Sebastian

Oh, San Sebastian, one of the dreamiest cities in the world. It's so dreamy, that it's definitely very hard to resist falling in love with it at first glance. Its charm doesn't only lie in its spectacular landscape, but in its culture of indulgence--especially in food. Its tapa culture is unparalleled anywhere else in Spain and Michelin stars being given left and right to its restaurants. It is often a city that tops lists of the world's best places to eat. Foodie or not, download the San Sebastian Travel Guide and Offline Map and expect to be blown away.

1.     Parque de Cristina Enea

The hustle and bustle of San Sebastian might be too overwhelming for the faint hearted--there's just so much to see and so much to eat! Thank goodness, there is the Parque de Cristina Enea. Created by the Duke of Mandas in honor of his wife, the park is the considered to be the local’s favorite escapes. It is home to a variety of plants and even ducks and peacocks roam the open lawns. It is definitely an oasis in the middle of busy San Sebastian.

2.      Playa de la Concha

Probably the most iconic beach in San Sebastian and rightfully so. All summer long, a fiesta atmosphere prevails in Playa de la Concha. Asides from sunning and swimming, here you can also marvel at the beautiful beachside sceneries. On one side of the bay you will find the Urgull Mountain and on the other side of the bay, you will find the Igueldo Mountain. How many beaches out there can give you such magnificent views?

3.     Pintxo Bar Hopping

San Sebastian is known to be the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants per capita. And for good reason, culturally the people of San Sebastian enjoy food so much that you’ll literally find Pintxo Bras in every nook and cranny. The streets of the Old Town of San Sebastian are packed with these bars and it the best place to start your Pintxo tour. Each bar offers several different plates; after all, like everything else, Pintxos are never created equal.

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Top Three Spots to Visit in Nice, the Epitome of the French Riviera

Top Three Spots to Visit in Nice, the Epitome of the French Riviera

Do you have a trip planned to France during the European Winter, but can't take much cold weather? Then Nice is the place for you where the sun shines all year round. This 19th-century picturesque coastal city has everything you could ask for. It is filled with great markets, a bewitching old town, and of course, beautiful architecture. There's no better way to enjoy what the French Riviera has to offer than in Nice. So what are you waiting for? Download the Nice Travel Guide and Offline Map and head over to Nice!

1.     Vieux Nice

Nice' Old Town is such a treat for any explorer. With its well-preserved buildings from the 1700's, you won't mind getting lost in its narrow, winding alleyways. For all its delis, restaurants, and bars, there is one place that will instantly draw you in--the Saleya. A huge market square that's divided into sections. The most famous being the food market filled with fresh produce and foodie souvenirs and the flower market for all your fresh blooms and fragrances need.

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2.      Promenade des Anglais

In 2015 this famous 4-kilometer stretch of the Baie des Anges was submitted as a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status. And rightly so, the sweeping promenade is filled with historic landmarks including the Hôtel Negresco, the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée (1929) and Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie’s giant iron sculpture La Chaise de SAB (2014), which pays homage to the city’s famous blue-and-white beach chairs.

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3.     Musée Matisse

The brightly colored museum in the heart of the Cimiez quarter is home to a multitude of works by Henri Matisse. The fascinating art pieces range from oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries, and his most famous paper cut-outs. They are displayed as a permanent collection in a red-ochre 17th-century Genoese villa surrounded by an olive grove. Matisse himself is buried in the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez cemetery, across the park from the museum.

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There's More to Sardinia than its Picturesque Coastlines

There's More to Sardinia than its Picturesque Coastlines

Sardinian is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has nearly 2,000 kilometers of coastline. But beyond its famous sandy beaches and rugged landscapes, Sardinia also offers a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Its landscape is dotted with thousands of mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins called Nuraghi. These ruins are shaped like beehives and one of the oldest and largest Nuraghi is said to date back to 1500 B.C. What are you waiting for? Take that trip to beautiful Sardinia with the Sardinia Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

What's a trip to Sardinia without visiting its sole UNESCO World Heritage Site and the island's most famous Nuraghi. The Su Nuraxi is a 1500 B.C. tower. It once stood on its own but was later incorporated into a fortified compound. Many of the neighboring buildings were erected in the Iron Age and this makes the beehive of circular interlocking buildings that tumble down the hillside. The Nuraxi tower, the oldest part of the complex, originally rose to a height of 18.6m and had three floors.

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2.      Alghero

Like the rest of Italy, Sardinia is home to many medieval cities, but Alghero is probably one of the best on the island. Its picturesque historic center is one of the best preserved in Sardinia and is a great place to wind down and relax with an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from. It is enclosed by robust, honey-colored sea walls; it's a tightly knit enclave of cobbled lanes, Gothic palazzi and cafe-lined piazzas. Alghero makes an ideal place to stay between exploring the beaches and the nearby Riviera del Corallo.

3.      Costa Smeralda

Famous for its brilliant green-blue waters, Costa Smeralda or the Emerald Coast's beauty has drawn millionaires, royals, and business moguls to its coastline. Starting at the Golfo di Cugnana, the Costa stretches 55 kilometers northwards to the Golfo di Arzachena. The most famous spot among the yachties is the Porto Cervo, although Porto Rotondo comes to a close second with its attractive seafront promenade.

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Why Visit Alicante, the Spanish City Set in the Mediterranean

Why Visit Alicante, the Spanish City Set in the Mediterranean

The port city of Spain's Alicante in southeastern Costa Blanca s a melting pot of the old and the new. Nestled in this waterfront, Mediterranean city is a medieval castle, and old quarter, and a long waterfront with amazing hilltop views of the coast. Despite the sweeping medieval sites, Alicante is definitely one of the Spanish cities that is most influenced by tourism. So you'd also best expect an exciting dining scene and a legendary nightlife that's buzzing all year-round. So what are you waiting for? Download the Alicante Travel Guide and Offline Map now and make your way to this beautiful city!

1.      Castillo de Santa Bárbara

Set on Benacantil Mountain this large 16th-century castle offers a great panoramic view of the city at 166 meters above sea level. Archeological remains have been found on its slopes dating back to the Bronze Age, Iberian, and Roman times. The castle itself houses a museum that depicts the history of the city and as well as dedicating a couple of chambers for a temporary exhibition.

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2.      Playa del Postiguet

This lively beach town is famous among locals where the young and young at heart spend their day. If you don't mind a little bit crowd especially during the Summers then Playa del Postiguet is the perfect getaway for a blissful day at the beach. If you don't want to sunbathe or go swimming then you can stroll along the promenade and its many chiringuitos, cafés, and restaurants. There's definitely plenty to do for both city breakers and families.

3.      Basílica de Santa María

As the oldest active church in the whole of Alicante province, the Basílica de Santa María was built in Valencian Gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries over the remains of a mosque. The basilica stands tall with its single nave and six side chapels located between the buttresses. By the request of the city of Alicante to the Holy See, the church was promoted to the rank of basilica in 2007.

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3 Remarkable Things to do in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World

3 Remarkable Things to do in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World

It's hard not to take that flight to the sunshine state of Florida where they promise "Real People, Real Time, Real Florida," Florida is the southeastern most U.S. state, facing the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico on both sides. It isn't just known for the Walt Disney World and its hundreds of miles of beaches, but it's also well known for its rich Latin-American cultural influences. Enjoy Florida's remarkable art scene, nightlife, and beach vibe with the Florida Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.      Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World by the famed Walt Disney Company featuring four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including Disney Springs. Whew, if that's not enough to make you visit then we're pretty sure the hundreds of attractions will. From the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom to Impressions de France at Epcot and Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, there is definitely something for everyone.

2.      South Beach

South Beach is often referred to as the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. But there's more to this eclectic city than its pristine shores and vibrant Deco architecture. With its unique mix of Latin-American influences, it boasts a culinary flair of gourmet to casual beachside cuisine that you won't be able to find anywhere else. If you're taking a break from the sun, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst world-class boutiques, art galleries, and stores.

3.      Mallory Square

The famed Key West plaza is located just on the waterfront of its historic Old Town. There's so much to see around Mallory Square that it makes for one of the best tourist and local hot spots in Key West. Enjoy a little bit of history at the Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum and the Old Post Office and Customshouse and of course the very famous "Sunset Celebration." Enjoy this tradition of watching the sunset undisrupted by boats and yachts with local and tourists alike.

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Three Things You Must Do While In Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean Manhattan of Israel

Three Things You Must Do While In Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean Manhattan of Israel

Tucked on Israel's Mediterranean coast is one of its major cities, Tel Aviv. It is known for its thousands of remarkable 1930's Bauhaus buildings located in the White City architectural area. Its modern and vibrant cosmopolitan vibe is a stark contrast to its older sibling, Jerusalem, making it a must-visit when you're traveling to Israel. This bustling city always has something up its sleeve for the modern-day traveler. Go surfing at one of the many popular surf spots or go museum hopping and be witness to the countries rich culture and history or even go enjoy a day shopping at its most popular flea market. Whatever you do make sure you have the Tel Aviv Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you on your adventure.

1.      Surfing

Not a lot of people know this, but Tel Aviv is actually a popular surfing spot or locals. With 186 miles of sandy beaches and a sea that is virtually free of seaweed and sharks, it makes for a great spot for surfers. The soft and weak waves may not be for pro-surfers, however, this means it's a great spot for beginners and laid-back surfers. Surfing is also something that you can enjoy no matter what month of the year you visit. Thanks to Israel's mild climate there is ample Summer and Winter surfing to be had.

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2.      Flea Market Shopping

Get ready to have your senses tickled at the Jaffa Flea Market. Located just next to Jaffa’s picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower, it offers a treasure trove of boutiques, laid-back cafes, pop-up bars, and even outdoor entertainment during the Summer. It is “the Flea Market”, this port-side neighborhood of alleyways, covered walkways and outdoor verandas has been operating for more than 100 years across the same sprawling streets. Open six days a week, from Sunday through Friday, you can get a chance to snag yourself some antiques, handmade, and even secondhand items.

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3.      Museum Hopping

Don't let the modernity of Tel Aviv fool you, it is also a country rich in preserving its culture and history. Enjoy a leisurely visit to its numerous museums including the Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore, and crafts, and even features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins. In the center of the museum complex rises Tell Qasile, one of the most fascinating and important archaeological sites in the Tel Aviv area.

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Top 3 Spots in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Island Paradise

Top 3 Spots in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Island Paradise

Take a trip to Honolulu, the capital of America's tropical paradise, Hawaii. Whether you'll be traveling alone, as a couple, of even as a family there's always something for everyone to enjoy. From surfing world-class waves and breath taking diving spots to trekking amazing jungles and finding massive waterfalls, Honolulu is sure to leave you and the whole family amazed. Honolulu offers the best of worlds of gleaming high-rises and beautiful natural spots. You can also explore the traditional neighborhoods of Chinatown and Kakaako. Explore this paradise with the Honolulu Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.      Waikiki Beach

It doesn't come to a surprise that Waikiki one of the most famous beaches in the world. Whether you're off to the island paradise of Oahu, Waikiki to surf, canoe paddle, snorkel, swim, tan, or even just witness the beautiful sunsets--the two-mile stretch that is Waikiki Beach has it all. Prepare yourself as it's considered one of the busiest spots in Oahu with local and tourists about from sunrise till sundown. But don't let the bustling streets discourage you; the abundance of activities to do will surely keep you busy.

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2.      Submarine Adventures

Honolulu isn't just breathtaking on the surface; it's equally stunning underwater too. You can explore Honolulu's waters and descend 100 feet (30 meters) under the surface of the water without getting wet on several submarine tours available. You can even go on a glass bottom submarine ride. It won't just be a feast for the eyes, but you'll also learn about the local fish, coral, and other animals in this marine habitat through your guide's informative commentary.

3.      Diamond Head

The Diamond Head is one of the famous volcanic tuff cones all over Honolulu. Its cone shaped mountain range that was created due to a series of volcanic eruption events from the Ko'olau Volcano. It's one of Honolulu's famous landmarks, which includes Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island. It is estimated to be about 400,000 to 500,000 years old. Take a 1-kilometer hike to the edge of the crater's rim and enjoy a great view Honolulu.

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1.      Waikiki Beach

It doesn't come to a surprise that Waikiki one of the most famous beaches in the world. Whether you're off to the island paradise of Oahu, Waikiki to surf, canoe paddle, snorkel, swim, tan, or even just witness the beautiful sunsets--the two-mile stretch that is Waikiki Beach has it all. Prepare yourself as it's considered one of the busiest spots in Oahu with local and tourists about from sunrise till sundown. But don't let the bustling streets discourage you; the abundance of activities to do will surely keep you busy.

 

2.      Submarine Adventures

Honolulu isn't just breathtaking on the surface; it's equally stunning underwater too. You can explore Honolulu's waters and descend 100 feet (30 meters) under the surface of the water without getting wet on several submarine tours available. You can even go on a glass bottom submarine ride. It won't just be a feast for the eyes, but you'll also learn about the local fish, coral, and other animals in this marine habitat through your guide's informative commentary.

 

3.      Diamond Head

The Diamond Head is one of the famous volcanic tuff cones all over Honolulu. Its cone shaped mountain range that was created due to a series of volcanic eruption events from the Ko'olau Volcano. It's one of Honolulu's famous landmarks, which includes Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island. It is estimated to be about 400,000 to 500,000 years old. Take a 1-kilometer hike to the edge of the crater's rim and enjoy a great view Honolulu.

 

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1.      Waikiki Beach

It doesn't come to a surprise that Waikiki one of the most famous beaches in the world. Whether you're off to the island paradise of Oahu, Waikiki to surf, canoe paddle, snorkel, swim, tan, or even just witness the beautiful sunsets--the two-mile stretch that is Waikiki Beach has it all. Prepare yourself as it's considered one of the busiest spots in Oahu with local and tourists about from sunrise till sundown. But don't let the bustling streets discourage you; the abundance of activities to do will surely keep you busy.

 

2.      Submarine Adventures

Honolulu isn't just breathtaking on the surface; it's equally stunning underwater too. You can explore Honolulu's waters and descend 100 feet (30 meters) under the surface of the water without getting wet on several submarine tours available. You can even go on a glass bottom submarine ride. It won't just be a feast for the eyes, but you'll also learn about the local fish, coral, and other animals in this marine habitat through your guide's informative commentary.

 

3.      Diamond Head

The Diamond Head is one of the famous volcanic tuff cones all over Honolulu. Its cone shaped mountain range that was created due to a series of volcanic eruption events from the Ko'olau Volcano. It's one of Honolulu's famous landmarks, which includes Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island. It is estimated to be about 400,000 to 500,000 years old. Take a 1-kilometer hike to the edge of the crater's rim and enjoy a great view Honolulu.

 

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Must-See Islands in the Tropical Paradise of Seychelles

Must-See Islands in the Tropical Paradise of Seychelles

The island country of Seychelles consists of 115 islands that you can choose from. This little archipelago in the Indian Ocean is paradise on Earth filled with stunning beaches, powdery-white sandy shores lines, uninhabited islands, and kilometers of reefs. We warn you, it might be a difficult decision on which islands you'd like to visit as every single one holds its own special charm. But with the Seychelles Travel Guide and Offline Map rest assured that you'll be able to pick your little slice of paradise without a problem.

1.      Praslin Island

What is often dubbed as the "Garden of Eden", this island is only 12 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, but it has a plethora of things to offer. Take a dip in the most beautiful beaches on the entire Seychelles like Anse Lazio. It is considered as the best beach to visit and for good reason. The beach is bordered by large granite boulders making it postcard pretty. Praslin is also home to one of the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallée de Mai. The reserve is full of lush natural palm trees preserved in almost its original state.

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2.      La Digue

Even the tiny, La Digue, packs a punch when it comes offering the beauty of nature. With only 2,000 or so inhabitants it is the epitome of island life. You can expect to be completely relaxed with its slow pace and absolute silence. Signs of modern civilization like asphalt roads and tall buildings are absent and you can even see the occasional ox carts servicing as taxis. To preserve the calmness of the island getting around is exclusively done by foot or by bike.

3.      Mahé

Mahé is the biggest island of Seychelles and is home to 86 percent of the country's total population. You'd be surprised for such a small island it holds an international airport and the city of Victoria--the smallest capital city in the world. The island also offers a variety of entertainment options. You can even go hiking to the top of Seychelles' highest peak, the Morne Seychellois, which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park.

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Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Melbourne has consistently topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World’s Most Livable Cities List since 2011 and it is expected to be voted number one again this 2017. Here are some of the reasons that make Melbourne so desirable. Get the Melbourne Travel Guide and Offline City Map so you’ll know exactly what to do when you get there.

1.      The Weather

The Melbourne summer has just the right amount of heat to make you go running towards the beach which is just 20 minutes away from the city center. If you don’t feel like going to the beach, there are several hotels and numerous amusement centers that have rooftop pools. The Melbourne winter, on the other hand, is just cool enough to allow you to roam around comfortably as long as you wear the right winter wardrobe. Whether you visit in the summer or in winter, you’ll surely find the Melbourne weather quite pleasing.

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2.      The Food

Melbourne has a very innovative and exciting food scene which accurately reflects how much the people in the city love to it. You will be surprised at how varied the options are, especially for brunch. Here are the eateries and restaurants you should check out:

·         Industry Beans – serves the best coffee in the city. The coffee is roasted on-site so you can guarantee its freshness. Its menu has more caffeinated beverage options than Starbucks.

·         Ginger Boy – known for its delectable Asian Fusion cuisine. Its signature dish is the Son in Law Eggs while its signature cocktail is the Ginger Girl.

·        Embla  – a restaurant filled with the New York vibe that serves an unbelievable variety of small dishes you can eat handily on-the-go.

3.      The Racing

The Melbourne Cup is reason enough to visit the city if you are a fan of racing and everything fast. Its most notable event is the Autumn Racing Carnival’s Super Saturday in which the first horse to reach the finish line can win its owner as much as $500,000. It is a massive event in which countless families set up camp by the track side to make the most out of the experience.

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Be Enticed with Bali, Indonesia’s Island Paradise

Be Enticed with Bali, Indonesia’s Island Paradise

The lush paradise of Bali is the most famous destination in Indonesia and here are the reasons why. And friendly reminder, download the Bali Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map beforehand so you can have an easier time exploring the island.

The Weather

Bali is heaven for people who love the sun. The island is located just eight degrees south of the equator which grants it the perfect tropical weather. The island enjoys an average of 12 to 13 hours of sunlight each day which makes it the ideal place for surfing, sunbathing, beach sports, and all other outdoor activities.

The Beaches

Bali is home to a variety of spellbindingly gorgeous beaches, and each one has its own distinct charm. The south side of the island is known for its sandy beaches, especially those in the Bukit peninsula that are hidden between limestone cliffs. The north side, on the other hand, is known for its remote beaches with calm waters that are perfect for soaking with the whole family.

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The Temples

There are numerous complexes of mystical temples spread throughout the island of Bali, from the highest peaks to the lowest seashores. These temples are ancient and serve as a window to Bali’s rich and intriguing past. Even more impressive is that these temples are still fully functional today and many of them are still being used for various events and festivities.

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Value for Money

Bali is one of the cheapest world-class destinations you can visit. Indonesia has continuously been plagued by inflation. It only takes one glance at the exchange rate to get a grasp of much devaluation the Indonesian rupiah (IDR), the Indonesian national currency, has suffered. Today, your 1 dollar can be exchanged for about 12,000 IRD. Yes, for a little over $83 you can be a millionaire in Indonesia. This pretty much means you can afford anything during your visit, from luxury lodging, to the best food, to the biggest shopping spree of your life. You can even go to the local street markets to utilize your haggling skills and get great stuff at insanely low prices.

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Top Attractions to Visit in Phuket, Thailand’s Largest and Most Popular Island

Top Attractions to Visit in Phuket, Thailand’s Largest and Most Popular Island

The island of Phuket has been heavily developed for tourism and has become a favorite destination for families thanks to the availability of generous group holiday packages. Here are the reasons why you need to check out Thailand’s most popular tourist destination. Get your Phuket Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map to help you out in planning your itinerary.

1.      Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is famous for its towering limestone cliffs sticking out of the water but its most famous attraction is its Koh Ta-Pu. The charm and beauty of Koh Ta-Pu became world renowned when it was used as a major setting for the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. People started calling it James Bond Island ever since. If you love seeing different living creatures, the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park will keep you enthralled with its numerous species of fish, amphibians, mangroves, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Swing by Koh Panyee, a Muslim fishing village impressively built entirely on stilts.

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2.      Old Phuket Town

The old Phuket Town is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the island’s culture. Phuket architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more were greatly influenced by Chinese and Indians as the island used to be a major trading stop between China and India. Arab, Malay, and Portuguese traders also frequented it and left their own influences. Phuket Town is the largest town in the province and boasts a great selection of restaurants and cafes as well as awesome markets.

3.      Buddhist Temples

There are 29 vibrant Buddhist temples spread across the island. Among these temples, the Wat Chalong is the most popular, attracting thousands of tourists each year. The temple features a 60-meter tall pagoda and numerous gilt statues of two venerable monks who saved hundreds in the Tin Miners Rebellion of 1876. Today, the temple is known as a place of healing for both body and soul.

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4.      Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi chain of six islands is one of most famous tourist spots in Thailand. Phi Phi’s white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and intriguing rock formations have already been featured in countless local and international films. Take that ferry ride and enjoy ultimate relaxation in this exotic paradise.

 

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