Thursday, August 11, 2011

10 Travellers’ Trivia

Most often, it is curiosity that leads us to travel to other countries. We hear stories about a certain place and the determination to prove the reality of the bits of information shared with us becomes our constant driving force to purchase air tickets that would bring us there.

So for those who are low-spirited about traveling and are just contented with a trip to the bars during the weekend, here are a few trivia to ponder. Maybe, this will lead all of you to find interest in backpacking and traveling:
1.     Mount Everest in Nepal continuously grows. Growing an additional 4mm every year, it seems like it is constantly assuring its title as the tallest peak in the world. At the moment, it measures around 8500 meters tall and it is a very challenging hiking destination for many. 

Mount Everest

2.     If an air ticket to Venice, Italy is unaffordable to you, then perhaps, a trip to Macau will somehow compensate. There is this one famous hotel called The Venetian Macao which allows its guests to enjoy gondola rides like how it is in Venice. It also has a fake ceiling that looks like the real sky and is equipped with lighting facilities to adapt to the time of the day.

3.     There is this phenomenon called the Midnight Sun, wherein for 24 hours, there will be no darkness as the sun will be visible during the whole time.  It is visible in some part of countries crossed by the Arctic Circle. It is best seen in Norway.

Norway's Midnight Sun
Photo by Nicola Gambetti 

4.     Many people say that seeing Aurora Borealis is one of the must-do before they die. And indeed, it should be because nothing could ever beat the glorious beauty of dancing colors in the night sky. It is best seen in countries in the Arctic region like Alaska and Norway.

Aurora Borealis
Photo by Lightscape
5.     Shoppers who can’t get enough of their favorite activity will love Seoul. In this South Korean city, there are over 25,000 shops that are open 24 hours a day.

Night Market
Photo by Mike Swigunski 

6.     Backpackers who wouldn’t want to pay high rates of accommodation in Japan can enjoy the ‘Capsule Hotel’. It is definitely cheap and was started to cater to the needs of Japanese office workers who missed the train due to overtime.

Japan's Capsule hotel
Photo by Alec Favale 
7.     The official name of Bangkok is "Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit".

Bangkok Thailand
Photo by Evan Krause 
8.     The world’s highest man-made waterfall is located in Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. It stands 30 meters tall.

Image from Google Search

9.     The Philippines has a great educational system which is relatively cheap compared to other countries so students may now settle their enrolment in Philippine universities.

Philippine classroom

10.   There is a huge diversity in the language in the Philippines. Aside from the widely spoken Tagalog, there are more than 170 dialects used in the country.

Philippine Map
Image from Google Search
There are lots of mysteries to unearth and trivia to discover about this world we are living in. So make life more interesting! Book tickets online now and see for yourself the wonders of this planet.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top Tourist Destinations in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Victoria Harbour
Photo by Unknown Wong 

Hong Kong is said to have multiple personalities. A lot of beautiful spots and attractions can be seen in the region – perfectly satisfying the cravings of people for total entertainment and relaxation; and definitely proving that purchasing an air ticket to Hong Kong is a good decision.

A small country it is, but it is gifted with natural beauty and is furnished with awe-inspiring modernity. The most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong are as follows:

1. The Peak
Hong Kong flaunts a very beautiful skyline and there is no other place in the region that could give a more stunning view of it other than The Peak. Located a few hundred meters above sea level, this spot surely provides a good escape from the bustles of the downtown. The air is fresh and lush greens abound. Though quite commercialized already, The Peak is still an ideal destination for people who wish to calm their minds and souls. 

2. Victoria Harbour
Splendid particularly at night, the Victoria Harbour is definitely a precious gem for the tourism industry of Hong Kong. It is one of the places that people will never get tired of. The main feature in the area is the Symphony of Lights wherein colorful light beams can be seen dancing on the blank sky, as emitted by more than 40 skyscrapers by the harbor. It is a magnificent sight to see, especially while on a romantic cruise across the river.

3. Ocean Park Hongkong
Since its opening in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong has always been a great attraction. It houses fascinating animals like pandas, monkeys, rodents, alligators, salamanders, and more species that are natives of Asia. It also has an amusement park wherein the main attraction is a 360-degree water-screen show.

4. Hong Kong Disneyland
One reason why one should purchase an air ticket to Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Disneyland. The fare to this magical world is relatively cheaper so people will have more cash intended for fun in the park. Features include rides, parks, and encounters with Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, and the Disney Princesses.

5. Ping Shan Heritage Trail
To fully appreciate Hong Kong, one has to understand its history and to do so, tourists must visit the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. It gives home to ancient pagodas, temples, and edifices in which walls the colorful and rich history of the region is etched.  It is a haven for photographers. 

There are lots of other places in Hong Kong which tourists must discover for themselves. It is certainly worth the visit.