Archive | January, 2013

PHUKET

9 Jan

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Nicknamed “The Pearl of the South”, Phuket is the largest island of the Kingdom. Located off the South West coast in the Andaman Sea, its length is 48 km from north to south, its width is 21 km from east to west.

 

It has fantastic scenery: rocky peak, sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, forested hills, small estuaries and lagoons, not to mention the lush tropical vegetation.

Mountains and valleys alternate. The main mountain range along the west coast and covers about 70% of its area. The highest peak, Mai Tao Sip Song, measuring 529 meters. The remaining 30% of the island is flat, especially in Central and Eastern. With its vast suface, microclimates have developed in some of these areas.

 

Phuket attracts thousands of tourists every year. Because the island offers a variety of things to do and see. There are sandy beaches on the west coast, mangroves fishing villages to the east, and a succession of hills descending from north to south, dividing the island in two.

 

The best way to visit Phuket and not remain a “prisoner” of a beach, then that there is an incredible range of activities and attractions.

Here are some places that you must do in Phuket :

 

– Watch the sunset at Cape Promthep. This is the most popular place to watch the sunsets. It is located on the southern most tip of the island.

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– Visit Phang-Nga (in canoe or small boat). Known for its 300 limestone peaks, the place is a feast for the eyes. The bay is also home to James Bond Island, known as since the filming of “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

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– Visit Namtok Ton Sai and Wildlife Reserve Khao Phra Thaeo. This is an unavoidable ride for nature lovers.

– Admire the collections of antiquities explaining life in old Phuket Thalang National Museum. In particular you can see a statue of Vishnu high of over 4 meters.

– Phuket Town Night Market. The market is divided into two main sections: shopping and Thai food. You will enjoy the infinite variety of Thai food, fruit and sweets. marche phuket
– Discover the famous temple Wat Chalong. It houses the statues of the most revered monks in the region: Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Pho Chaem. It is the most important Buddhist temple in Phuket, the largest and most decorated 29 Buddhist monasteries of the island.

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– Visit the village Thanon Thep Thai Krasattri: With Thai specialty restaurants, traditional dance shows, Thai boxing and elephant and a craft market, this village worth a visit.

– Make a trips to Ko Racha Yai, 2 or 3 hours by boat from Ao Chalong, with its enchanting beaches and its beautiful coral reefs.Ko Racha beach

For the pleasure of discovery, the island offers many different aspects and sensations.

Phuket is truly a wonderful country that gives everyone what he expected.

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CAPE TOWN

3 Jan

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Cape Town is located at the southern tip of the African continent.

Dominated by Table Mountain, which has been recently elected one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the city enjoys an exceptional natural setting and extends to the ocean and the surrounding vineyards.
Add to that a downtown that has kept its old buildings while providing the necessary modernity. A diverse population that lives in a relaxed and festive way.

So here are the 7 wonders of Cape Town that you should visit even if it counts more.

1) Table Mountain

Table Mountain from the top of the 1000m overlooking the city.
Its ascension from the garden of Kirstenbosch can have a splendid view of the peninsula.
At the top, the view over the city center and the surrounding beaches is breathtaking. On a clear day you can see the Cape of Good Hope.
For those who do not wish to walk a cable car reached the summit a few minutes.

2) The Kirstenbosch Garden

The garden is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens one of the world’s most famous. One can stroll around for hours in a green setting and mountainous. Plantations are divided by theme.

3) Robben Island

A short ten kilometers from the city, Robben Island is a small island famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. It is also now listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Visiting the island can also observe a colony of penguins and the boat ride far from the Waterfront will give you a breathtaking view of the city and Table Mountain.

4) The Cape of Good Hope

It is actually two caps located in a natural reserve: the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. The feeling of the end of the world is real and it is also the link of separation between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the return journey, a passage through the huge range NordeHoek and Chapman’s Peak Road is mandatory. The latter is considered one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world.

5) The Vineyards

A forty kilometers from Cape Town, around Stellenbosch, there are many vineyards that produce excellent wines.
Mountainous landscapes are also very beautiful. City Franschoek a few miles away also includes vineyards and the atmosphere is very relaxing.

6) The beaches

Located on a peninsula surrounded by two oceans, Cape Town boasts many beaches obviously very different from each other. Near the city center, there are the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay beach. The latter is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the atmosphere is dynamic at any time of the day.
In an environment less urban, you can enjoy surfing or walk to Muizemberg, Nordhoek or in Milnerton.

7) The city center and the Waterfront

The city center is very nice and is easily explored on foot. There are large buildings housing offices, shops, etc.. A large park can also enjoy the views of Table Mountain and relax.
Every day, it is possible to go to Greenmarket Square market to buy local handicrafts.
The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is not to be missed: it is a very pleasant place to live night and day around the harbor. Restaurants are plentiful and there are all kinds of food. The animations are numerous and almost daily. This is obviously a very touristy place but still enjoyable.

These 7 places is a glimpse of what this fantastic city has to offer, but there are many others in the region of the Western Cape which is extremely diverse.