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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is a jungle reserve in Southern Thailand. It is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand. Walking is the primary mode of transportation, as the road to the park is only 2 km and the farthest one can walk into the park is about 20 km. Tours can include tubing down the river, caving, kayaking, and zipline riding in the forest canopy. Many tours will include drinks, food, and/or basic accommodation. Ask your guide in advance about dietary concerns (vegetarian or “jeh” for example), if lunch is to be provided for you on the tour. Doing any 2-4 day tour in the national park will easily please any traveler. Your guesthouse can easily help set you up. Choosing a tour that involves at least one night in a floating raft house in the national park lake is an unforgettable experience.

Visit the jungle cave temple. Go hiking in the national park by yourself or by hiring a local guide. The trails inside the park are well marked and there are several waterfalls on the way. From January to February it’s possible to find the world’s biggest flower, the Rafflesia blossom. This is a perfect place for any adventurer to visit.

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Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines

The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant is a truly singular and memorable experience. Located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the San Pablo City, Philippines, guests can enjoy lunch while the water flows under their feet. Besides enjoying the authentic local cuisine, you can enjoy the almost untouched nature of the region formerly occupied by a farm and coconut plantations.

If you need to burn calories after lunch then you have opportunity to do some sports activities like Bamboo rafts. Try your hand at paddling a native bamboo raft on lake Labasin. Unlike most waterfalls that would be deadly or dangerous to eat near, at the foot of the Labasin Falls people are encouraged to take their shoes off, relax and eat their popular Filipino dishes.

If you are admirer of bird watching this is the place for you. Bird watching at the resort is beautiful and relaxing travel adventure. Wake up to the chorus of the resident orioles, mynahs, kingfishers, doves etc. Enjoy in truly untouched nature as a variety of birds fly around the area’s lush gardens, orchards and open spaces. With close to 600 recorded bird species, 30% (181) found only in the Philippines, it has the highest rate of avifauna biodiversity per square kilometer in the world.

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Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The Algarve is Portugal’s most popular holiday destination due to the clean beaches (approximately 200 km of them), the cool, unpolluted water, and the facts that it is relatively cheap, very safe and overall welcoming. English is spoken at most resorts. The Algarve is rich in culture and diversity. If you are looking for fast paced resorts or a calm tranquil setting either is attainable. The entire region is graced with over 100 different beaches. If you are into nature the choices are many from the Ria Formosa to Monchique mountain, from Caldeirão mountains to Sagres cape, in fact there are over 30 hiking trails.

We recommend you visit places like:
Lagos – The old inner city inside the remnants of a protective wall. You’ll find winding streets barely wide enough for small cars, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants.
Silves – The red stone castle. The road there is narrow and winds through some rural areas, but it is definitely worth a half day trip if you like castles.

We also suggest you try out the Medronho, a traditional fruit brandy, traditionally produced and drunk in The Algarve. Medronho can be fiercely potent and is available in variations ranging from unlabelled local homebrew bottles, moonshine style, to connoisseur tipples at more of a premium price range.

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Cala Dogana, Levanzo

Levanzo is the smallest of the three main Aegadian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily, Italy. It forms a part of the municipality of Favignana in the Province of Trapani. The only town on Levanzo is Cala Dogana which is mainly centered around a tiny port, that gives little shelter from storms. While in Levanzo, you will surely see Cave paintings at Grotta del Genovese which are about 10,000 years old. It is also a heaven for nature-lovers and those who enjoy peace and serenity. There is only one road which bisects the island from north to south. A lot of people also take a chance for hiking along south western coast.

The northern part of the island consists of a succession of sheer drops, rocky outcrops and secluded little creeks, while in the south is the tiny hamlet of Cala Dogana which overlooks a bay of the clearest water on the south side of the island. From here, a path winds its way to the bays and tiny pebbled beaches that open out along the south western coast. This unique residential area of the Levanzo island is made up of white cubic houses set out in tiered rows in the indent of an inlet bathed in crystalline water. A path departing from the village takes you to the inlets of the Southwest coast up as far as a rock called the Faraglione. This is one of the most romantic places you will see.

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a car-free village in the upper Valais, one of the alpine cantons of Switzerland. It’s probably best known as a platform for skiing and mountaineering, especially on the mountain which towers above the village, the Matterhorn.

You can have plenty adventures here. The “Breithorn” (4150 m) is the easiest 4000er of the Alps. Using the lifts “Furri” (1700 m), “Trockener Steg”(2800 m), “kleines Matterhorn” (3883 m) you reach the top of the little Matterhorn. Go down to the “Theodul-Gletscher” and follow the trail to left on the Breithorn. The top of the Breithorn can be reached after 2 h walking (no climbing!). A rope is necessary and a mountain guide is recommended. You should not start the tour from the little Matterhorn after 10:00 in the morning, because the snow gets too weak and you will not reach the last lift down to Zermatt in time.
The “Matterhorn” (4478 m) can be climbed by experienced mountaineers. The usual pattern of ascent is to take the Schwarzsee cable car up from Zermatt, hike up to the Hörnli Hut elev. 3,260 m (10,700 ft), a large stone building at the base of the main ridge, and spend the night. The next day, climbers rise at 3:30 am so as to reach the summit and descend before the regular afternoon clouds and storms come in.

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Waimea Canyon, Kauai

This canyon is also known as Grand Canyon of the Pacific and it is located on the western side of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. This is a truly beautiful destination not only for looking, but for thinking. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Wai’ale’ale, among the wettest places on earth. The lavas of the canyon provide evidence for massive faulting and collapse in the early history of the island.

Waimea Canyon is enormous and full of excitement, get lost in the verdancy. The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai’s dramatic interior. The road continues into the mountains and ends at Kokee State Park. There are numerous trails to traverse for beginners and seasoned hikers. Adventurous people will be most amazed by this place, while other people will also feel a connection with this place. As we all have our stories, nature has its own also, so come and feel it with all your senses.

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and of Brussels Capital Region. Plenty of things you can see here like:
Grand Place, surrounded by the city tower and a range of beautiful 300 year old buildings. In the evening, surrounded by bright lumination, it is simply ravishing. Some evenings a music and light show is provided with the buildings serving as a canvas. Just a short walk from the Grand Place-Grote Markt is the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue thought to represent the “irreverent spirit” of Brussels. This statue of a child performing one of Nature’s most basic functions. Belgians have created hundreds of outfits for this statue.

Definitely check out the Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog on the east side of town. It’s in the Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark. It is possible to go up to the terrasse above the arch, from where you’ll have a good view of the city. Entry is through the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History and is free.

Don’t forget the Atomium, an unavoidable icon of Brussels and Belgium, important place for international tourism, unique creation in the history of architecture.

Definitely a lovely city, and you won’t regret visiting it.

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Hang of Toronto’s CN Tower (Edgewalk)

At 1,814 feet tall, Toronto’s CN Tower held the record of tallest building in the world for more than three decades, until it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa a few years ago. It attracts more than 2 million visitors every year, many of whom climb to the observation deck and risk severe vertigo by peering down through a glass floor to the ground. But if you think that takes guts, you’re not ready for the CN Tower’s new challenge: walking on a ledge 1,168 feet above the ground and hanging out into empty space.

This will scare the hell out of you, but it is worth it. EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its 35 year history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.
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Hotel La Montaña Mágica in Hulio, Chile

As you can see, this is nothing less than a hotel that is build like a volcano-waterfall starting from the top and representing life. It is really creatively designed and breathtaking when you are standing in front of it. It is a lodge built with quality material by craftsmen of surrounding communities and Puerto Fuy Neltume, small wood-based mountain villages. La Montana Magica is located in the middle of a 120,000 hectares native forest (a UNESCO biosphere reserve). The water in these places has great purity, and from the idea, of showing the energy and life of this element, was born the project of a mountain, from which comes the life and contains the magic of the forest, finding in each of its details, the beings and elements that are unique and irreplaceable, what came to life the native forests.

The greatest luxuries, however, come from the remote natural reserve surrounding the lodge, where you can find virgin beaches, explore rivers and lagoons and discover all types of birds and fauna. As for activities, the reserve offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there’s a Hot Spring Lake in the middle of Lake Pirehueico which is linked by bridges and filled with thermal water, a trip to the Huilo Huilo waterfalls, and hike along the Deer Trail where you’ll find a deer farm and a boar farm. Additional activities include horseback riding, canopy tours (including the longest zip line in South America), sailing and kayaking, fly fishing, mountain biking and more.

Lodge service provides you with: – Playrooms for children – Mini golf – Reading room – Restaurant – Bar – Laundry – Sauna – Tubs in ancient trunks with naturally heated water.
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Castle Hill, Budapest

Castle Hill in Buda, is on the western side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Castle Hill, known as Várhegy in Hungarian, was first settled in the thirteenth century, after a Mongol attack led Buda’s citizens to seek a more easily defended neighborhood.

There are a lot of things you should see, like:
Royal Palace is probably the most popular attraction on Castle Hill. It is unusual in that it has never actually been occupied by the Hungarian Royal family, and is more of a pseudo-historical mishmash, like the Mátyás-templom.

Mary Magdalene Tower, on the corner of Országház utca and Kapisztrán tér is the part of a 13th-century Franciscan church used by Hungarian speakers. Under Turkish rule, this was the only church allowed to remain Christian: all others were converted into mosques. The chancel was destroyed in World War II and has not been rebuilt except for one stone window, as a memento.

Vienna Gate at the northern  end of Castle Hill. This was the market for non-Jewish merchants in the Middle Ages, and is where all four streets that run the length of the hill converge.

Fisherman’s Bastion is a large white tower and lookout terrace complex you see hanging over the side of Castle Hill beneath the Mátyás Church.
The National Gallery that houses an astounding collection of paintings. For those interested in Hungarian artists, this is the museum to visit. The exhibition of nineteenth-century Hungarian paintings is most notable.

This is a perfect place to visit in this part of the year, so go pack your bags and visit Castle Hill!

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