Mexico is mostly renowned for its beautiful beaches and unparalleled gastronomy, but not everyone knows that the country is full of archeological sites that are a legacy of the Mayan civilization.
One of these sites is Tulum, located only 65 kilometers from Playa Del Carmen, on the East coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Tulum is a set of monuments that were used by the Mayan people for multiple activities during their era, especially religious activities. It was built around 1200 AD at the time the Mayan civilization was already declining. Now ruins, the monuments still prove to what extend the Maya mastered mathematical notions. With thousands of tourists visiting it each year, Tulum is one of Mexico’s gems and should not be missed.
Orlando, with its popular Walt Disney World Resort and other attractions, make Florida one of the most loved and visited states in the USA. The «Sunshine State», as Americans themselves like to call it, is very inviting because of these grandiose attractions.
Gatorland, one of these attractions is home to thousands of… well, yes… alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles. The place also shelters the rare leucistic alligators, which are white. These powerful creatures can be observed from a small train that does rounds on the grounds, or from a bit further distance, in a tower that provides views of the breeding marsh and surrounding region.
For those who are dare-full, there is the zipline that runs over the top of these reptiles, but for those who are not that adventurous, they’ll be happy with the self-guided swamp walk.
Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? In Catalan, it means «steep coast». Costa Brava is a Catalan coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the province of Girona in Spain. The site is one of the favorite places for tourists visiting Spain. Appreciated mostly for its breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches with turquoise waters, Costa Brava attracts thousands of visitors each year.
With the multitude of activities that are possible there and games to enjoy, there’s no such thing as boredom. The most popular activities at Costa Brava are kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and of course, bathing in the water.
There are other ways to discover Spain’s culture through Costa Brava, including visiting the picturesque Medieval villages, museums, buildings with unique detailed architecture, eating at restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine, and so on.
If you’re traveling to Vietnam, one of the first things that should be on your «to-do» list, is visiting Ho Chi Minh City. With bicycles, motorbikes & cars in single file, people walking in the streets or having great conversations in restaurants and cafes, Ho Chi Minh’s streets are full of life and are very inviting, which makes it probably the country’s liveliest city. Whether you’re interested in art, history, gastronomy, culture, etc., you will find something to do.
Still called Saigon by some people, the city is considered also a province with its 19 boroughs and 5 districts. Dong Khoi, a small district, is where most of the city’s sights can be found. Whether it is the HCMC Museum, the Grand Notre Dame Cathedral or the other countless sights, this district sure makes Ho Chi Minh a Must-visit.
To make sure that your stay in Vietnam is complete, grab the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (Costa Rica)
Costa Rica is considered the greenest and Eco-friendly country on the planet, and when talking about it, the first thing that comes to mind is lush verdant forests. That’s exactly what this attraction offers, and even more.
A total of 15 bridges, 6 hanging and 9 still, which are linked by smooth trails, thus forming a 3.5 kilometers air network. Each bridge has a different length and height. One of the hanging bridges is called «Cascade Bridge» and is over 60 meters high. The purpose of the bridges is for visitors to see different perspectives of the forest.
If you’re someone who loves forest, animals, and hikes, this attraction is for you.
Kuala Lumpur is not only renowned for the Petronas Towers, but the capital is also known for 2 major parks, the Bird Park and the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.
Sitting on an area of over 20 acres, the Bird Park is home to 200 species of these winged creatures, for a total of over 3000 individuals. Annually, the park would receive 200,000 visitors. The park allows visitors to learn more about Malaysia’s flora and fauna and is an educational place, because of the breeding programs and scientific studies about the birds.
As for the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, it is home to over 120 species of this colorful insect. The park is a captivating place with its walkways, footpaths, lakes, ponds, and gazebos. Besides the butterflies, the local flora and fauna are also components of the park. To know more about the butterflies, there are educational explanations such as breeding programs and life cycle information.
This tourist attraction is one of the world’s most beautiful sites. Easily recognizable, Halong Bay is an unparalleled breathtaking seascape and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Halong Bay consists of thousands of limestone islands sitting in the bay and several caves inside which tourists can enter to discover more surprises. The three gigantic caverns and the emerald water make this site charming and can be an ideal background for pictures. The site is the perfect place for a boat cruise. During a trip to Vietnam, Halong Bay is a Must-see, if not, the trip is not complete.
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, this huge city is one of the country’s most visited places. Chichen Itza is a breathtaking archeological site reminiscent of the Mayan civilization. One of the most eye-catching monuments is the temple-pyramid of El Castillo whose design has a great astronomical significance. Each side of the pyramid has 91 steps, with one at the top, for a total of 365… the number of days in a year.
Two other monuments make Chichen Itza worth a visit, the Great Ball Court and El Caracol. The first one is a huge field measuring 225 by 545 feet is where the Mayan people used to play sport. The second one is a temple with a circular shape that the Mayans used as an astronomical observatory.
Hue is known mostly for its multiple historic buildings and attractions that have received the visit of countless tourists. Some of the Must-sees include the Mandarin Soldiers at Khai Dinh tomb, Lotus Lake, Perfume River, Nine Dynastic Urns, Meridian Gate, Wall of Imperial City, Mieu Temple, Truong Bridge, and many more.
A full-day city tour is probably the best way to discover the best of Hue, but one day is far from being enough to see even the sites mentioned. However, if you don’t have that much time, visiting the Tomb of Tu Doc and the Thien Mu Pagoda might be a very good idea.
With their stunning crystal turquoise waters and soft white sand, the Phi Phi Islands are one of Thailand’s most popular gems. The archipelago is composed of mainly 2 islets, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Le; the rest is essentially rocks. Located southwest of the country, they are administrated by the province of Krabi.
Koh Phi Phi Don, the largest and only permanently inhabited can be reached by kayak or even a small wooden boat for snorkeling, and of course, a beach day with family and friends.
At the Phi Phi Islands, 2 of the beaches have their particularities. Monkey Beach is known for being home to a bunch of macaques who like to steal food from people. As for Long Beach, it is said to be a great spot to watch the sunset. Maya Bay, where the movie (The Beach) starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed is also part of the archipelago.
Going to Thailand and not visiting the Phi Phi Islands is unthinkable.