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All About The Classy Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

Overlooking the turquoise Andaman waters, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort runs half a mile along pristine white shores graced by gently swaying palm trees. The ultimate privacy and seclusion this retreat offers even during the peak tourist season is only one of the many reasons why it’s the perfect choice for your Thailand getaway! Need more? Read on.

Supervised diving, Thai Spa, kayaking in shimmering lagoons, hiking through lush jungles, sipping cocktails by a vast pool, and lazing around on an empty beach…if this was enough to entice you, we promise you’ll be packing your bags before you’ve reached the end of this list!

First, let’s start with the basics:

Location: 49 Moo 8, T. Aonang, A. Muang Krabi, Koh Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand
Area: 70 acres
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Here are all the major reasons why a stay at this resort will be the best decision of your Thailand tour. At Phi Phi Island Village Resort, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice!

1. Private Speedboat Transfers

Sail to and fro with easy-breezy private speedboat transfers

Confused about how to get to Phi Phi Islands Village Beach Resort from Phuket? The remoteness of the resort is no hiccup in your vacation as the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort has its own boat service for speedy and private transfers. You have to just sit back and enjoy the beautiful vistas, the turquoise Andaman waters, and the lush green palms as you are transported to the beautiful land of this beach resort. The transfers are convenient with no worrying about taxis, crowded ferries, or change of boats and are totally safe as they are managed by the resort itself. So just enjoy this amazing boat experience.

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2. Phi Phi Island Dive Village

Swim to the depths of the Andaman Sea at the certified Phi Phi Island Dive Village

Say hello to seahorses and sea turtles as you plunge into the depths of the ocean and explore beautiful corals, exotic caverns, and marine life. The Dive Village is a PADI certified 5-Star Gold Palm dive center which allows one to go diving with experienced instructors. The resort has some great dive sites a 15 minutes boat ride away. One also gets a diver education for some well-needed marine awareness before he plunges into the sea.

3. Complete Privacy

Own complete privacy even in the peak season

With Thailand being an easily affordable top tourist location, there is always a rush of visitors here. Finding a tranquil place then becomes a tough job. This resort is that ray of silver lining behind the grey clouds of crowded resorts in Thailand. It has the much sought privacy that people long for on vacations.

Firstly, its outlying location on an island makes it completely tranquil. Secondly, its bungalows are completely independent and located far away from one another. This resort has sequestered and quiet bungalows nestled in nature’s bounty allowing couples and families to spend quality time with one another, amid nature’s bounty and free from any intervention.

Tip: Book a beach facing villa for the best of both worlds – a secluded bungalow as well as your very own share of the pristine beach!

4. Marine National Park

Explore the lush environs of the surrounding marine national park

The Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort lies in the region of the beautiful Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. The marine park is paradisiacal as it is abundant in natural beauty with its exotic islands, pristine white sand beaches, and tropical coral reefs. The limestone mountains with cliffs and adventurous caves in this national park are all open to explore. There is also a shell cemetery, Susan Hoi, which folklore claims to be 75 million years old, a top attraction and a Chinese temple at this cemetery, open for general public.

5. Wana Spa

Get pampered at the Wana Spa

Indulge yourself in the ultimate rejuvenating spa treatments at the Wana spa. The Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort Spa specialises in the traditional Thai massage and various facials and body treatments for complete purification of the body, and to calm the mind. The experienced therapists at Wana lead one into a blissful state of mind and rejuvenate the body inside out. You can choose from a range of signature to honeymoon packages at Wana according to your need.

6. Garden of Eden Wedding Venue

Have the perfect Destination Wedding at the Garden of Eden

If you are planning on a destination wedding then this is the ideal beach resort to make your wedding a fun-filled, romantic, and memorable affair. Have a dainty beachside ceremony, a Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort wedding as you choose between the traditional Thai or the western style wedding. Step into your new life with your partner amidst nature and bliss. Do not worry about any last minute fuss as all the elements ranging from the bride’s bouquet to the groom’s corsage would be taken care of by the resort’s team. One can choose from the amazing packages on offer.

7. Thai Styled Accommodations

Stay at Thai styled lavish accommodations

Phi Phi Island Resort can accommodate a huge number of guests owing to its luxurious 201 rooms. The guests can choose from a wide range of Phi Phi Island accommodation which includes Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort Superior Bungalow, Deluxe Garden Bungalow, Deluxe Bungalow, Deluxe Sea View, Beachfront Junior Suite, 2 Bedroom Family Bungalow, and Hillside Pool Villa.

All the bungalows are impressively designed keeping in mind the comfort of its guests. Each of them are separate from one another with lush green canopy surrounding them. They have a contemporary Thai decor and the bungalows are made in natural wooden materials with Thai styled thatched roofs. Located on the beautiful resort grounds, all these accommodations offer all amenities.

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8. On-Site Activity Centre

Feel your adrenaline levels rise at the On-Site Activity Centre

If you’re not interested in self-guided hiking and trekking tours through the lush forest surrounding the island, the resort has something pretty interesting onboard! The on-site activity center lets guests enjoy adventure activities in the beautiful Hat Noppharat Thara National Park marine sanctuary. One can witness the colourful coral reefs, take the speedboat and long-tail boat tours with experienced guides, embark on tailored sightseeing visits and private tours organized by the resort, and much more. One can also choose from the various activity programs like Island Exploring Trip, The Early Bird Trip, Krabi Adventure (Sea Kayak – Elephant trekking), Romantic Rendezvous, and Tonsai Village Shopping out of others.

9. Bank on the Phi Phi Family Background Programme

Bank on the Phi Phi Family Background Programme

Wondering what your children would do as you relax at this amazing resort? The Phi Phi Family Playground programme has an array of activities designed especially for the little travelers. There are children friendly fun activities which involve island experiences and learning opportunities. There is the Little Islanders Programme for 3-10 years old which involves swimming and craft lessons. For 10-16 years old there is Young Explorer Programme which includes Seaside Boot Camp, which has yoga, aerobics, Thai boxing training, and Mangrove Explorers, having guided kayaking adventures.

10. Authentic Thai food

Relish authentic Thai food

Looking for some amazing Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort breakfast and other meals? Relish seafood and enjoy cocktails at The Beach House Grill & Chill. The Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort restaurants offer lip-smacking food. Another restaurant is The Api Restaurant & Bar which starts operating at 6:30 AM and serves amazing international and authentic Asian cuisine. The restaurant has an all-day dining, interesting theme nights, and relaxing bar and lounge. Another restaurant serving great Thai cuisine is the Ruan Thai Restaurant. Enjoy stunning views from the hillside setting of this restaurant as you gorge on amazing Thai food.

A lot can happen over a cup of coffee (or tea!).
Choose from a wide variety of specialty tea and coffee, small bites, and homemade ice cream as you relax at Bean/Co, an open-air lounge. The resort also has a poolside bar if you don’t feel like sipping on a cocktail while relaxing by the pool.

What to try: Blackened Mahi Reuben Sandwich, Massaman Curry, Prawns

phi phi island beach resort Infinity Pool Sun deck

The room tariff ranges from INR 9,332/- to INR 25,886/-, based on average rates for a standard room.

The best time to visit is between November and April. It is also the peak tourist season in Thailand but you won’t need to worry about that at this beach resort which will give you total privacy and utter tranquility even during this time.

Not convinced yet? Read these Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort reviews to know the first hand experiences of travelers who stayed at this paradise:

1. XGemma says: “It was like a tropical paradise from when we arrived at Tonsai Pier and were met with the representative from the hotel to take us on the long tail boat to the hotel. Our room was a lovely villa set in the gardens. The pool areas were fabulous with stunning sea view rooms. We were at the beach restaurant one night and had seafood which was a pretty area right by the beach and ate at the main buffet the other night where the food was lovely. Overall the resort was amazing including the trips we booked through them. I would definitely stay at this resort again when I visit Phi Phi :)”

2. Jallaan says: “We were here for a couple of hours for a tour. The place itself is beautiful and there is a lot to do. We didn’t have too much time to do all the stuff so we didn’t get to see a lot of it but it’s definitely worth the visit.”

3. Kboczar says: “We recently stayed at this resort on Phi Phi Island. The whole experience was phenomenal. The arrival was made extremely smooth with the water taxi waiting to take us from the main pier. The welcome and check-in at the hotel was warm and had a nice touch. The staff overall was fantastic. The room was well kept, clean, and spacious. The restaurants and food on-site were phenomenal. The breakfast buffet was top notch. We also ate at the Ruan Thai restaurant and were picked up and dropped off with our own personal golf cart. The food and ambiance at this restaurant were so nice for a special date! There are restaurants and bars close by too for guests that wish for something different. The premises and pools are amazing with great views and are very clean and well kept. Would definitely recommend this resort when staying at Phi Phi Islands! Thanks for an amazing stay!”

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Now that you know all about the wonderful Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, book your trip to Thailand with TravelTriangle and kiss your worries goodbye! Enjoy a relaxing vacation full of comfort, hospitality, and serenity amidst the swaying palm trees, all at a stone’s throw away from the pristine white sand beaches of Phi Phi.

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Top Things To Do In Thailand On Honeymoon For A Perfect Start

For me, traveling is like meditation. It’s the best medicine for relaxing, getting rid of any stress, and giving my mind a refreshing break because I end up feeling immense happiness and peace. Being born in South India, I have always had a love for new places, and so taking a honeymoon trip to one of the hottest destinations was another thing on my list.

After a lot of research, I finalized Phuket, Thailand for our honeymoon and chose TravelTriangle as our holiday planner. I found out about them through Facebook when I was planning a trip with my friends to Rishikesh earlier this year.

The incredible experience and smooth planning convinced my heart to rely on them completely for planning our honeymoon as well. And I must, not only the things to do on a Thailand honeymoon made our experience memorable, but also the continuous support and smooth planning from Fantabulous Holidays – our travel agent.

Trip Type: 3 Nights 4 Days Honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand
Cost: INR 28,000 from Fantabulous Holidays
Inclusions: Airfare, accommodation, breakfast, transfers from and to the airport, sightseeing, English speaking driver, a private cab, and GST.
Exclusions: Dinner, private expenses, and anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Listed below are the things to do on a Thailand honeymoon.

  • Explore Patong beach
  • Explore Phuket
  • Phi Phi Island tour
  • Taste Thai cuisine
  • Enjoy Phuket nightlife
  • Explore the James Bond Island
  • Canoeing & capturing memories

Here is what all we did on our honeymoon in Thailand. Have a look at the best things to do in Thailand on honeymoon.

Day 1: Exploring Patong Beach and Phuket

Patong beach Thailand

It was 7 in the morning when both my husband and I had reached the Phuket Airport, and we were welcomed by our tour representative who was waiting for us with a private Cab. It was then our Thailand honeymoon kick-started and we couldn’t hold the excitement for long. Immediately after the airport, our driver drove us to the Patong beach, which was only an hour away from there.

Patong Beach

seafood

delicious seafood

Upon reaching our hotel – IBIS later, where our honeymoon stay was arranged, we freshened up, relaxed, and met our Phuket tour representative – Ms. Pum. She took us through our entire itinerary, and with a few suggestions from her, we made some changes and finalized our travel plan for every day. And since the first day was for leisure, both of us walked around the city, spent some time on the beautiful beach, relished the Thai flavours, and came back to the hotel.
Tariff: INR 1700 (starting price)
Amenities: Sun terrace, pet friendly, in-house bar and restaurant, free wifi, accessible parking, swimming pool

couple on Patong Beach

After getting some rest, we headed off to the beach again, which was only a few minutes’ walk from our hotel. The streets at were not so crowded, and looked bright and lively. We were amazed to see that the local culture and people were so welcoming as they treated all of us with great love and respect.

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Day 2: Taking a Phi Phi Island tour, savouring Thai cuisine & witnessing the Phuket nightlife

speed boat ride to Thailand

As part of the ‘things to do on a Thailand honeymoon’ list, we had our breakfast at the hotel and left for the great Phi Phi Island tour by 7:30 AM. Ms. Pum, our tour representative suggested us to take the speed boat for taking the Phi Phi Island tour rather than taking the ferry. We went ahead with her suggestion and had one hour of awesomeness on the speed boat on our way to the Phi Phi Islands.

Best beach in Thailand

Phi Phi Island Tour

On this day, we covered five islands of which first was the beautiful Maya Beach. The crystal clear blue water looks so captivating that you feel like diving into it. After spending some 40 minutes on the beach, we headed to the Monkey Island, where one can see swimming monkeys in the rocky island. Followed by this, we went to Phi Phi Le and Phi Phi Don Islands, and had a sumptuous Thai lunch together.

Thailand island

Phi Phi Islands

lantern in thailand

Snorkeling is one of the must things to do in Thailand on honeymoon, especially when you are surrounded with beautiful corals and fishes. What made our experience more memorable was swimming amongst the gorgeous marine life. We returned to our hotel by 7 in the evening and headed out again to explore the famous Bangla street known for its nightlife. It took us by surprise as we saw one whole street full of lights, street magicians, dancers, music, pubs, bars, strip clubs, and more. It is undoubtedly one great place for spending your weekend and partying like there’s no tomorrow. The same street also leads to the beach where you can have a couple of beers while relaxing on the sand and even take a dip in the waters. We were absolutely mesmerized with Thailand’s nightlife and didn’t want our honeymoon to end.

Day 3: Exploring the James Bond Island, canoeing & capturing memories

boat ride

The third day of our honeymoon started with a Continental breakfast at the hotel after which we left for the James Bond Island tour planned for the day. A one hour drive through the beautiful roads of Phuket led us to the jetty from where we took the ‘Big Boat’ for our island tour. We also had a group of travelers from China along with us and it was great meeting all these people from a different culture. This island tour is another of those things to do in thailand on honeymoon that one should not miss.

  • James Bond Island Entry fee: INR 2886

kayaking

kayaking

After a two hour’s ride we reached a rocky island where we got into Canoeing boats. Of all the things to do on a Thailand honeymoon, kayaking was one adventurous experience that we had. We rowed through the deep dark caves in the islands from the sea where we could see hundreds of bats hanging upside down. The glistening rocks shined like precious stones, and it looked like a true wonder of the earth. We then kayaked through two more such islands which had sky high cliffs, deep forest, and beautiful hidden beaches that made it look exactly like a Jurassic Park.

lunch on the boat

caves in thailand

james bond island

Post kayaking, we had lunch on the boat, and then reached the famous James Bond Island. We walked around the island, posing for photos near the famous James Bond Rock before heading back to Patong. At the night, we explored around and tasted the mouth-watering seafood of Phuket.

Day 4: Taking a Phuket city tour

buddha temple

sightseeing in phuket

It was the last day of our honeymoon in Phuket and we wanted to make the most of it. So, after checking out of the hotel by 10:00 AM, we were received by Ms. Nana, a lovely tour guide who took us for the Phuket city tour. First, we went to the famous Buddha temple where the holy remains of Lord Buddha left us mesmerized. And later, we headed to a beautiful three beaches viewpoint, a Honey bee factory, and a Pearl factory.

phuket city tour

tiger kingdom

tiger kingdom

tiger kingdom

The most thrilling part of the day was our visit to the Tiger Kingdom, where we touched and posed with the mighty tigers. A visit to this place is definitely one of the top things to do on a Thailand honeymoon. On our way back to the airport, we visited an emporium to buy some souvenirs so that we could keep our Thailand honeymoon memories fresh even after coming back home.

  • Speed boating and big boat ride to the islands
  • Snorkeling
  • Visit to the Tiger Kingdom
  • There were exactly no such low points or negative experiences on our honeymoon. The only sad moment was the time when our driver had reached early to pick us up on one of the days, and we were not done with the breakfast yet, so we had to leave it and head for our tour.
  • Decide the budget of your holiday and let the trip agent know all the experiences you wish to have so that he can plan accordingly.
  • Check in advance for the extra money that you may spend during the trip apart from the package cost, so that you have enough foreign currency during the vacation.
  • Do check the reviews posted by the other travelers before finalizing the place, hotel, and more.
  • Pack your clothes according to the weather in Thailand.
  • Keep your itinerary handy so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Overall, our honeymoon in Thailand with TravelTriangle was adventure-packed and fun-filled. It was because of their constant support throughout the trip that we could put such a perfect start to our new lives, and have such a hassle-free experience. This was the second time I planned my trip with them, and I would definitely love to do it again!

 

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10 Incredible Places To Visit In New Orleans On Your 2019 Trip With Family And Friends

Let the good things roll – as they say in New Orleans, the city is bustling with energy and an indomitable spirit to live life king size. A fine mix of picturesque landscapes, historical architecture, food and music, the city packs quite a punch for the tourists. Enveloped with the Mississippi River and other water bodies, stories from the past, the one-of-a-kind cemeteries that is hard to be found in any other part of the world, the city has a character of its own that grows on you.This city is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations and invariably an important pointer in the bucket list for globetrotters. Here are the must-visit places to visit in New Orleans.

Here is a compilation of some absolutely most unavoidable places to visit in New Orleans for you. Make sure you visit each and every one of them to make the most of your time in USA. It will be worth it:

  • Bourbon Street
  • French Quarter
  • Voodoo Museum
  • Moonwalk Riverside Promenade
  • Multiple Museums
  • Multiple Swamps
  • Audubon Park
  • Museum Of Art
  • Preservation Hall
  • St. Louis Cathedral

1. Bourbon Street

one of the oldest streets in New Orleans

If you really want to touch the soul of the city, one of the best places to visit in New Orleans, Lousiana for you is the Bourbon Street. Dating back to 1718 when the city was founded, it is one of the oldest streets in New Orleans. It is a street that never sleeps. Loud music, chatters, and laughter of the people from every corner of the street, the neon lights, the restaurants welcome the crowd 24/7 and the sheer vibrancy of the street just refuses to die out from your memory even long after you have left the place. It is one of the top places to visit in New Orleans.

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2. French Quarter

the crown jewel of the city

Rightfully referred to as the crown jewel of the city, the French Quarter has been a silent witness to all the historical events ever since the inception of the city of New Orleans. One of the most happening places to visit in New Orleans, the place has blossomed fine over the centuries to exude subtle bohemian vibe through the bustling streets such as the Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, old-world charm in its architecture, antique stores, art galleries and restaurants that are almost centuries old. It is one of the most famous places to visit in New Orleans.

Street performers displaying entertaining performances, street artists eager to make your portrait and important historical buildings such as the Cabildo, Presbytere and St. Louis Cathedral are some features that give the French Quarter its character.

3. Voodoo Museum

one of the special attractions in the city

Sounds spooky, right! The cemeteries are one of the special places to see in New Orleans. The tradition of this city of having the graves above the ground has a very distinct historical as well as mystic relevance. The city has been a seat for Voodoo – the black magic that dates back to the era when the first African slaves entered the city.

It is said that around 1830s, Voodoo reached its full manifestation, cross-breeding between Creole culture and Voodoo dancing that is said to have given birth to the famous Jazz music. There are a lot of ghost walks and tours organized to get the feel of the bygone era to the tourist.

Entry Ticket: INR 500

4. Moonwalk Riverside Promenade

the most peaceful time you can spend

A walk by the River Mississippi is perhaps the most peaceful time you can spend all by yourself. And the Mississippi River is one of the most gorgeous things to see in New Orleans. It is a well-deserved break from the otherwise high volume experience that is offered by the rest of the city. It is a time you can just sit back and relax, take a steamer ride if you wish to or just let it be. Rather watch the street performers putting up the best acrobats with the river quietly flowing by. Enjoy the view, enjoy the people and just connect with yourself.

5. Multiple Museums

the city loves to memoir each piece of its memories

Well, when you talk about museums, the city will leave you to be spoilt for choice. Right from art museums to historical ones to religious to nature to even Madi Gras museums, the city loves to memoir each piece of its memories with a lot of care it seems. You can tour the museums of your interest. However, don’t miss the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

6. Multiple Swamps

offers you the serenity of nature

While exploring the three centuries-spanning history and culture of the city, don’t forget to get some glimpses of the most picturesque water bodies and plantations that offer you with a world full of amazing adventures such as kayaking, fishing, sightseeing and air boating. This is one city that offers you the serenity of nature and an unstoppably chattering and bustling city on the same platter.

Price: INR 3500 for adults, INR 1750 for kids

7. Audubon Park

the best place to heal your soul

Make sure not to miss Audubon Park since it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in New Orleans for free. Home to some of the most beautiful oak trees and sprawling green as far as your eyes go, it is the best place to soak in the ever soothing and tranquilizing environ to heal your soul. Just take a walk or spend time with your friends and family, the time spent in this park will give you moments to be cherished for a lifetime.

It is difficult to encapsulate all the major attraction of the city. A city that spans over three centuries has a lot of stories to tell. Every nook and corner, every turn of a street has something new and unique to offer. All we can say is, make sure you have an open mind to embrace as much as the city has to offer to you… As no amount of backpacks will have enough space to hold the number of moments and memories that you will bring back home.

8. Museum Of Art

Museum of Art

The Museum that began with merely nine pieces is now home to atleast 40,000 works of art. It showcases Asian and European works from 16th & 20th centuries. Adjacent to the museum is a park which holds 64 sculptures created by the artists that you cannot afford to miss out on! This is one of the best things to do in New Orleans in June. Make sure you stop by here when you visit New Orleans.

9. Preservation Hall

preservation hall

Live music is everywhere in New Orleans. You can find it on the streets, in parks, in bars and restaurants, basically, everywhere. The Preservation Hall hosts the best jazz brunches. It is crowded on the weekend, so we suggest you to visit a little earlier to get the best out of this place here. Make sure to gather your friends and family. It will be great fun!

10. St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans’ most recognizable landmarks. The oldest cathedral in North America, St. Louis Cathedral was originally built in the early 1700s. The structure standing today is actually the third cathedral built on this spot, since the first two were destroyed. Religious services are still held here, as well as numerous cultural events, including free concerts.

the flight connectivity is best

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is one of the most well-connected airports. If you are traveling from India, you will board from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai with a flight duration of approximately 18 hours covering a flight distance of 14291 km.

The city is very well connected and requires the least dependency on conveyance. Some parts of the city such as the French Quarter, the Arts/ Warehouse Districts or Downtown are connected to most of the tourist destinations within a walking distance. The travelers can use streetcar or even rent bikes in order to make their trip easy and comfortable.

New Orleans is a place full of history, culture, and exciting things. With an array of experiences at your disposal, a trip to USA will make a memorable holiday with your family, friends, or spouse. Make sure you explore the aforementioned places to visit in New Orleans on your trip. It will be worth it!

 

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Manila In December: A Handy Guide To Soak In The Philippines Essence

Considered to be the heart and soul of the archipelagic country of Philippines, Manila is the capital city that offers plenty of splendid views for all kinds of tourists. From museums, and churches to parks and shopping malls, this stunning city will sweep you off your feet with its fabulous location on the island of Luzon. If you’re planning to visit Manila in December, then rest assured this guide will surely help you out for a fun itinerary.

 

So, while you sit back and relax, take a look to know what awaits you in this gorgeous land that has it all!

City View

Although you can visit this city throughout the year, an ideal time to explore this place would be around the dry season from November till April. The area witnesses a high level of humidity and therefore, traveling around the cooler months leads to a pleasant experience. Despite a soothing weather, it is also advised that you carry a small umbrella as well as a full sleeved clothing in case it gets slightly chilly.

A long list of experiences await you in this scenic land. So, why wait? Scroll down to know our top picks for your next fabulous holiday experience here!

1. Rizal Park

Rizal Park

The charming Rizal Park in Manila is located on Roxas Boulevard and attracts several visitors throughout the year. One of the main reasons why tourists are keen on visiting this park is because it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia and is crowded on Sundays and national holidays. Named after the famous national hero Jose Rizal, this park is open throughout the week.

2. Intramuros

Intramuros In Manila

A stone citadel spread across 64 hectares of land, is more than a tourist attraction for the locals as it has survived many wars, colonial invasions and natural disasters. It was primarily made to protect the city from invasion when it was under the Spanish rule around the 16th century, however, later it was damaged when the building was recaptured from the Japanese Imperial Army.

3. San Agustin Church

Church View

One can clearly find similarities between the temples constructed by the Augustinians in Mexico and this beautiful church in Manila. This magnificent structure was started in 1587 but got completed only in 1604. Located inside the stunning historic city of Manila, this Roman Catholic church was built during the Spanish colonial period and has also been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

4. Casa Manila

Casa Manila

The exquisitely grand Casa Manila is a stone-wood built museum and is surrounded by several famous streets such as Urdaneta, Calle Real and Cabildo. If you know about the structure and appearance of San Nicolas House in Calle Jaboneros that used to exist in 1850, this place is an exact replica of that, as some say. Depicting fine Spanish architecture, this Casa is more than what meets the eye.

5. National Museum

National Museum In Manila

One of the most famous museums in the country, the National Museum in Manila organizes several exhibitions relating to history and art. Also featuring some of the most stunning archeological, ethnographic and anthropological artistry, this place is known to preserve a vast number of natural collections that are of great historical significance to the country.

6. Divisoria Market

Market In Manila

This marketplace is a one-stop shopping destination for all kinds of folks, whether you’re a tourist or a local. Having some shopping malls also on board, this place is known to have almost everything you need. From clothing, accessories, and toys to fruits, household supplies, and electronics, you’ll find all right here in this market. What’s more is that this district is also well connected with different parts of the city such as San Nicolas and Tondo streets.

7. Robinsons Place Mall

Mall View

Considered to be a hotspot for the adjacent University students, Robinsons Place Mall is the largest mall constructed by John Gokongwei. There are various stores that facilitate the needs of common folks as well as provide a great sight for tourists. Among these are Robinsons supermarket and Robinsons Departmental store. Located right behind the General hospital, this place can be easily accessed from any part of the city.

8. Manila Bay

Manila Bay In Manila

Lined with several ships, one can spot the enormous bay in Manila which opens way to other parts for trade and commerce. Holding great commercial importance, this bay is the national port in Philippines and provides a firm connection to other neighbouring countries. You can take a stroll down the beautiful bay around sunset to witness the spectacular view.

Bayside evening walks or a tour down the history lane of this paradise that has an essence of Spanish colonialism evident in the architectural work around the city, what will you choose for your next vacation in Manila? Plan a trip to Philippines for an extraordinary experience this december and don’t forget to tag your favorite travel buddies along!

 

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10 Amazing Nepal Mountains You Can’t Afford To Miss On Your Next Trip

Nepal is a landlocked country, which is located in southern Asia. It is mainly located in the Himalayas but also includes the portions of Indo Gangetic Plain. Nepal is fortunate enough to have the world’s eight tallest mountains, including the Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain of the world. People who are the die-hard fans of mountain-climbing are usually in search of the best peaks to climb on.

Nepal draws the attention of the tourists for various reasons. One of the most important ones is the mountains situated in this country. Some people love to be lost in the white snow on the peaks and lead an adventurous life by finding their way, for them, Nepal mountains tend to be the best options. Mentioned below is a list of mountains in Nepal that you cannot miss out.

1. The Mount Everest

The Mount Everest

The Mount Everest, needless to mention, is the tallest mountain in Nepal and also the tallest one in the world. Its height is 8,848 meters above the sea level and is located in Solukhumbu District, part of the Khumbu Mahalangur Himalaya Range. It is on the top list of Nepal mountains and is admired for its height and beauty. It is also called “Sagarmatha” in the Nepali language which also means “the head of the sky”. Everest region in Nepal is the most popular region for trekking in the country.

Nepal, Mount Everest mountains are endowed with the beauty of flora and fauna both of which never fail to amaze the trekkers. Mount Everest’s peak even penetrates the stratosphere exposing it to the jet stream where the winds have the freezing temperature. The beauty of the snow is so admirable that for some people climbing Mount Everest is the ultimate salvation. The best time to travel Mount Everest is mid-September to May, coinciding with the end of the monsoon season

Elevation: 8,848 m
First Ascenders: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

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2. Mount Kanchenjunga

Mount Kanchenjunga

Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world with five prominent mountains and therefore called “the five treasures of the snow”.The height of this mountain range is 8,586 meters above sea level and it is located in Taplejung District. Part of the Northern Kanchenjunga Himalayan range. Trekking is a seldom thing in this mountain range making it more exciting to give it a try. Kanchenjunga’s dominating peak is so high that a trek to its base camp is quite an adventure that keeps kicking the adrenaline rush. The beauty in nature has its own heavenly feeling. Best time to travel is Mid March – June and Mid September – October. You should not go for trekking in monsoon season as they track gets really slippery. You can feel the essence of heaven in the white covered peaks of Nepal.

Elevation: 8,586 m
First Ascenders: George Band, Joe Brown

3. Lhotse

Lhotse

Lhotse is the fourth tallest mountain of the world and stands amongst the finest Nepal mountain ranges. It is the best alternative to Mount Everest as the track is more over the same.It is also known as the ‘a wall of glacial blue ice’ and is been said as the most romantic peaks of the world. Poets have described the beauty of this place ‘like Hollywood, thrilling and yet mesmerizing’. Spring is the best season to visit thing amazing mountain.

Elevation: 8,516 m
First Ascenders: Fritz Luchsinger, Ernst Reiss

4. Mount Makalu

Mount Makalu

This mountain resembles like a four-sided pyramid of snow and ice. It is named after the Hindu God, ‘Lord Shiva’. It is also known for its giant size. It is considered one of the most difficult peaks to climb on. It the best place for the people who seek adventures and thrill. This place is full of dangerous rocks and curves which make it the most interesting peak to climb. Best time to travel in this area is again during the spring season. This mountain range is among the best Nepal mountains to climb.

Elevation: 8,481 m
First Ascenders: Lionel Terray, Jean Couzy

5. Mount Cho Oyu

Mount Cho Oyu

Mount Cho Oyu acts as the natural border between China and Nepal. The meaning of Mount Cho Oyu is a turquoise goddess. It is so-called because of its cerulean tincture. Is it said according to a Tibetan legend that the Bald God- Cho Oyu turned his back to Chomolungma- the Mother Goddess Mount Everest because she refused his proposal of matrimony. This mountain is easiest to climb as it is only 8000 meters. The beauty of this place can be seen in the caravans of mules in the white snow. This mountain is the best if you are a beginner in mountain climbing.

Elevation: 8,201 m
First Ascenders: Pasang Dawa Lama, Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler

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6. Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and has its name derived from a Sanskrit word “Dhwala” meaning “dazzling, white, and beautiful” and “Giri” meaning “mountain”. Nepal mountains seem like heaven on earth, this is what the trekkers say when they visit these mountains. There are a few people who visit this mountain range so it offers a great opportunity to people who want to have the trekking experience in a less- crowded area. The ridges provide the best and spectacular sights of the area around.This region is really vibrant because of its climate. Best time to travel this region is June to mid of July.

Elevation: 8,167 m

7. Mount Manaslu

Mount Manaslu

This mountain range is also called the mountain of spirits and intellect as many saints and gurus are found here chanting and meditating. This place is not usually visited by people because this area very quiet and blocked in many regions. This place is best for the beginners in trekking.

Elevation: 8,156 m
First Ascenders: Artur Hajzer, Gyalzen Norbu, Toshio Imanishi

8. Annapurna I

Annapurna I

The Annapurna Mountain gets its name from Sanskrit that actually means “Full of Food”. The mountain is often associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi- the Goddess of Good fortune and wealth. This place is full of beauty. The snow and beautiful ranges attract the tourists to visit this region of Nepal. The mountain ranges seem so well sculpted that no one can resist themselves from clicking Nepal mountains photos.

Elevation: 8,091 m

9. Gyachung Kang

Gyachung Kang

The height of this mountain is 7,957 meters and it is located in Khumbu. Part of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. This mountain is the heavily glaciated peak of Gyachung Kang. This mountain is covered with multiple pine trees and looks beautiful when the tips of the trees are covered in snow.

Elevation: 7,952 m
First Ascenders: Pasang Phutar Sherpa, Yukihiko Kato, Kiyoto Sakaizawa

10. Annapurna II

Annapurna II

This mountain range is known for its steep and dangerous slopes which make it really a herculean task for trekkers to perform. This mountain range is least traveled but every year some of the other trekkers try to stand victorious in climbing this range. You can not only experience the beautiful and grand mountain ranges but also the people of this place are really humble and kind-hearted. When you think about trekking expedition, the size of the mountain matters. People who want to climb the huge mountains and want to have your life’s best experience to come to Nepal.

Elevation: 7,937 m
First Ascenders: Chris Bonington, J. O. M. Roberts, Richard Grant, Ang Nyima

Nepal is blessed by mother nature. It is endowed with natural beauty which makes Nepal look like a piece of heaven on earth. Top ten highest mountains of Nepal attract the tourist towards this country and thereby help increase revenue earned through tourism. Trekking is quite common in this area as it covers many peaks which are blessed with beauty and godly quiet.

Nepal mountains are also called ‘country’s crown jewels’. Therefore, it can be said Nepal is full of beauty and most of its beauty is trapped in the mountains. So, when you plan for your trip to Nepal , do not forget to witness the magnificence of these mountain peaks if you don’t want to regret.

 

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Seville In Winter: 10 Best Things To Do For Ultimate Fun In The Snow

If you are planning to fly abroad during your winter vacation, Seville is the place to go. Although Seville is not much of a winter wonderland, in recent year’s Seville in winter has got more popular. More and more tourists are visiting the city every year during the festive winter season. During this time, the festive cheer in the city rises to unprecedented levels. The entire city gets involved in the celebration of Christmas and New Year. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Seville during the month of December. Seville as a city has a unique charm in itself. It has a lot to offer to every kind of traveler, and so planning a trip to Seville during the winter time is certainly a great deal.

But before you fly off to Seville, here’s a pocket guide that’ll help you get a sneak peak of all the things that you can do there, places you can visit, and tips you must keep in mind. Take a look!

Weather In Seville In Winter

t is true that Seville is mainly known for its summer months but the winter time in the city is actually noteworthy. Seville winter temperatures range from 10 to 12 degrees during this time of the year. The pleasant winter in Seville is what is attracting more and more people to the city. During the winter time, the city has a different vibe about itself. The gentle chill feeling of the streets in Seville is totally worth experiencing. The best thing about winters in Seville is that you can get plenty of things to do in the city during this time.

Winter is considered to be a festive time in the city of Seville. During this time you can see the entire city getting cheered up in the festive mood of Christmas. There are plenty of things that you can try in the city and make your trip a happening one. We have shortlisted a few of the activities that will give you a better experience in the city. Here you go with the list of things to do in Seville in the winter.

1. Spanish Cuisines : Taste some exquisite dishes

 Taste some exquisite dishes

Regardless of the season, food in Seville is simply amazing. The exceptional taste of the food is surely going to burst your taste buds. During the winter, you can try the traditional tapas of the city which is treated as the comfort food during the cold winter days. The taste of devouring a plate of chickpeas or tender pork cheek stew with spinach and red wine reduction feels simply amazing.

Location: Alameda neighborhood

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2. Christmas Market : Shop for all things cute

Christmas Market

Your visit to Seville in winter is incomplete without paying a visit to the famous Christmas market in the city. Seville has different Christmas markets located at different parts of the city. The markets are filled with beautiful Christmas gifts and hand-crafted items. You can actually get some unique items in the stalls of the Christmas market. This is the best way to entertain yourself especially if you are a shopaholic.

3. Sightseeing : Explore the city at its best

Sightseeing

Seville has numerous sights that demands to be explored and winter could perhaps be the best time to visit some of these locations. The two main beautiful places that you simply cannot afford to miss are the gardens of Alcazar Palace and the architecture of the Cathedral. At the time of sunset, you can enjoy a walk through the Plaza de Espana and Maria Luisa Park and have some great time. It can be said that there is a kind of magic in the winters of Seville which is worth experiencing.

4. Feria : Enjoy the Belen tradition

Enjoy the Belen tradition

This is one of the main traditions that is practiced by the people of Seville. During this time, if you take a walk through the city you will get to see nativity scenes are being displayed on the churches and the shop windows all throughout the city. Every year during this time, a large gathering of people visits the Feria, del Belen. This is a market located at the foot of the Cathedral which is known to specialize in decoration and figurines for the nativity scene. If you happen to be present in the city at the time of Belen, you should definitely take part in it.

Location: Feria del Belen

5. New Year’s Eve : Relish the 12 grapes

Relish the 12 grapes

New Year’s Eve is a great affair in Seville. As the clock strikes 12 in the midnight each member of the family tries to eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke. This is known to shower good luck. People gather in huge crowds in Plaza Nueva to take part in the grapes eating tradition while waiting to welcome the New Year. You can also enjoy beautiful fireworks in the sky. This is an experience worth having.

Location: Plaza Nueva

6. Cabalgata de Los Reyes : Witness the end of festivity

Cabalgata de Los Reyes

Every year on January 6th, there is a huge parade that is organized through the city of Los Reyes Magos where people throw sweets and small plastic toys to the people who have gathered to watch the parade. This day marks the end of the holidays as kids are sent back to school the next day. Well, this is how Seville puts an end to their festive season.

Location: Los Reyes Magos

7. Dessert : Enjoy the finest sweets in the city

Dessert

In the winter months, you can get to taste some of the finest sweets in the city. If you have a soft spot for cakes and pastries well, this is surely good news for you. You can find numerous pastry shops in the city. However, some of the best sweets are made by the nuns in the convent. The nuns are known to sell their sweets at a huge bake sale that takes place at Real Alcazar’s Patio de las Banderas.

Location: Patio de las Banderas, Real Alcazar

8. Coffee : Kick-start your day on a warm note

 Kick-start your day on a warm note

December is the best month to enjoy a cup of coffee in Seville. You can start your day with a cozy cup of coffee. You can find a number of coffee shops and cafes to serve you with the best coffee that you deserve.

9. Nightlife : Explore the rooftops & other fun clubs

Explore the rooftops & other fun clubs

Seville is a city where you can find some of the age-old icons including the beautiful Cathedral and new modern architectures like Las Setas. In the night you can appreciate the stunning view of the city from a fancy rooftop bar. If not that, you can also stop by at a fun nightclub to let your hair down for the evening.

10. Day Trip : Indulge in some thrill

thrilling place

It is worth taking a trip outside the city if you have enough time in your hand. You can explore the mountainous region of the Sierra Norte which stays coated under layers of snow. You can even go for hiking and mountain walks if you are the adventurous type.

If you want to enjoy Seville, winters are the best time to visit the city. Now that you have the list of things to do in winter in Seville, you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest. It can be said that visiting Seville in winter is the best thing that you can do. So, make sure you add it in the itinerary of your Spain trip with TravelTriangle and make the most of the season!

 

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Visit Tanzania In October To Experience The Best Of African Paradise

Tanzania is known as the jewel of East Africa because of its sheer abundance of nature and wildlife. From the stunning views of the Indian Ocean to the highest point in the whole of Africa, Tanzania is a basket of nature’s beauty. Tanzania is famous for the density of fauna it is home to, making it an interesting destination for eco-tourists. Almost a third of Tanzania is protected as a natural habitat for more than 430 variety of species of wildlife. Visiting Tanzania in October gives the best opportunity to cross paths with thousands of species of wildlife in any of the 14 National Parks of the country.

Lake view

October is a dry season in Tanzania, making it an excellent time to view the wildlife. The average temperature during the day is around 29℃ but may vary according to the altitude and region within Tanzania. The nights are much cooler, sometimes falling below 16℃. Some early showers can be expected towards the end of October as the rainy season begins in November in Tanzania. The comfortable temperature during this dry season makes it the best time to visit Tanzania to either climb up the Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru or to go on a safari.

Here are the exciting things that one can do on a trip to Tanzania in October:

1. Climb the Mount Kilimanjaro

Beautiful mountain

As the proximity of the mountain is quite close to the equator, the weather around it is never too hot nor too cold. Instead, it has only two seasons, a dry and a wet season. The wet season starting from November-May brings along a lot of rain making the path to the summit very slippery filled with mud and snow. Hence, one should climb the Mount Kilimanjaro, making the best of Tanzania’s climate in October.

October being the best season for trekking, one should expect a lot of foot traffic. The best time to trek up the mountain is during the full moon for stunning views from the summit. The best routes to take to the Uhuru Peak are the Machame route (via Shira Plateau) and the Mangaru route(via Gilman’s Point). Visitors can climb Mount Meru as well in October for the same reasons.

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2. Visit the Selous Game Reserve

Zebra and Giraffe

Selous Game Reserve is the second largest Conservation Area in the whole of Africa and is practically undisturbed by civilization. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a lot of volcanic springs, lakes, and rivers such as Rufiji and Rhuha flowing through it. Apart from the North of the river Rufiji is open for tourism.

As the Tanzania weather in October is a bit dry, the foliage in the Reserve is very thin making the spotting of wildlife easier. Due to the scarce availability of water in the area, the animals congregate around the five lakes allowing a proper view of the big cats like lions and leopards as well as the wild dogs. Other than these, one can spot elephants, black rhinos, antelopes, crocodiles, hyenas and some endemic species of monkeys.

Visitors have an option of going on a boat safari that allows them to cruise over the lakes and channels to view certain animals and birds closely. Other than the usual Jeep safari, Selous Game Reserve conducts walking safaris as well making it the best Tanzania safari in October.

3. Visit the Zanzibar Islands

Island

October temperatures in Tanzania is generally cool but dry making it a perfect time to visit the Zanzibar Islands. This archipelago is located 40 km away from the Tanzanian Coast in the Indian Ocean. Visitors can enjoy this beach escape along the sun-drenched white powdery beaches and the palm trees. Scuba diving is highly recommended on the North coast of the Islands in October.

The former capital of the Island, Stone Town is a World Heritage Site filled with cobbled streets and a few interesting places such as the Sultan’s Palace and the Ivory Port. Plantations of spice is found all along the Island and visitors can buy some from the bazaars in the Stone Town.

4. Attend the Bagamoyo Arts festival

people dancing

Bagamoyo Arts Festival is a week-long event conducted annually in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. One should plan a trip to Tanzania in October to enjoy the festival of traditional East African music, dance, and theatre. It is held at the Bagamoyo College of Arts every year in October to encourage the Swahili speaking population to portray their creativity in the field of African music and art. One can expect acrobatic displays, sculpture making, poetry reading among other things. The music and dance enthusiasts display traditional and contemporary performances including afro jazz, taarab, reggae, and African fusion.

5. Go Bird Watching in Arusha National Park

Birds drinking water

October is the best time to visit the Arusha National Park where Mount Meru is situated. If climbing the Mount Meru is one of the options to enjoy Tanzania in October, bird watching is another must-do activity in the National Park which houses a few endemic species. The park inhabits over 400 species of birds and Momella Lake is the best spot to view varied birds in this dry season. One can spot flamingos, hornbills, Hadeda Ibis, pelicans and Verreaux eagles. The late October month starts the season of European migration and allows one to observe more unique species of birds.

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  • The wildlife population is higher and can be spotted easily during the dry season as the vegetation is scarce.
  • Few mosquitoes around in the dry season.
  • Chimpanzee trekking is easier in this season as they are closer to the park shores.
  • Clear skies make a perfect photography aid.
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving is recommended during this season. One can even spot the great whale sharks.
  • October makes the perfect season to go Mountain trekking.
  • One can be a part of the Arts festivals of Africa and the bizarre goat races.
  • Warm clothing is recommended as the nights get quite cold.
  • Book early as a rush of tourists would make accomodation limited and rates high.
  • Visitors are expected to get the Yellow Fever Vaccination and carry a proof of it before entering Tanzania.

Though Tanzania can be visited all throughout the year, Tanzania in October offers many activities to indulge in making it the perfect getaway in the fall season. Pack your bags for some adventurous holiday and book your tickets with TravelTriangle and do not forget to share it with your friends.

 

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3 Interesting Things To Do In Pinnawala Sri Lanka On A 2019 Tour

Pinnawala is a tiny village of Sri Lanka, situated in Kegalle District of the country. At a distance of around 90 km from the capital town of Colombo, one can take local buses to reach this village which is quite famous for its Elephant Orphanage. Listed here are some interesting things to do in Pinnawala Sri Lanka. Have a look before you plan a trip there.

Elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The best time to visit different parts of Sri Lanka is heavily determined by the rainy season. The location of Pinnawala is such that November to early April is a good time to head here. The weather is warm during this period and the temperature ranges from 29.3°C to 33.9°C. It is also that time when a lot of travelers and tourists visit the country.

Here are some of the things to do in Pinnawala. The elephant orphanage and the theme park are a highlight of this place. Have a look.

1. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Just like the turtle hatcheries in Bentota, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established to give a home to abandoned, injured, or abused elephants as well as nourish and care for them. Housing over 40 elephants presently, many of which are babies, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has made tremendous efforts for the welfare and protection of elephants in Sri Lanka. One of the most soothing free things to do in Sri Lanka is to watch these naughty, yet adorable creatures bathe in the river near the orphanage where they engage in mischief, pull each other by their tails, and try to escape the hands of their caretakers in amusing ways. A trip to this orphanage will surely give you the happiest memories of your trip.

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2. Pinnawala Open Zoo

asiatic lion

The first open air zoo in Sri Lanka, Pinnawala Open Zoo is an amazing place to visit on one’s trip to Sri Lanka. Situated close to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, one can explore both these places together. Home to a lot of endemic species, one can see quite a variety of fauna here. Visiting this place is one of the top things to do in Pinnawala.

Location: Kegalle – Rambukkana Rd, Rambukkana, Sri Lanka

3. Iperanigama Theme Park

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Another interesting place that offers one with quite a lot of activities to do in Pinnawala is Iperanigama Theme Park. This is a cultural place which gives one insight into the traditional village life. There are food stalls too here and one can relish the local authentic cuisine on their trip to Pinnawala.

One can reach Pinnawala from various cities of Sri Lanka.
By Air: Bandaranaike International Airport is the nearest airport to Pinnawala at a distance of 78 km and one can hire a private cab to reach this place.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Rambukkana from where one can further catch a bus.
By Road: One can take a bus to Kegalle or hire a private cab to reach Pinnawala.

Excited to interact with these lovely elephants at the orphanage? These were some interesting things to do in Pinnawala Sri Lanka. Take out a day or two from your trip, and do visit this exciting village. Book your Sri Lanka tour with TravelTriangle and have a great trip experience.

 

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Sagarmatha National Park: A Spectacular Bioreserve In The Lap Of Mount Everest

Encircled by mighty Mount Everest, and other peaks, deep ravines, and Himalayan glaciers; Sagarmatha National Park is one of the most scenic masterpieces on Earth, located in north-east Nepal. Nestled at a distance of 135 km from Kathmandu, this national park is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the Sacred Himalayan Landscapes. From flora, fauna to spectacular landscape, every aspect of nature’s charm is preserved here.

If you are planning a visit to this Himalayan wonder, this little guide on Sagarmatha National Park will help you make the most of it.

a man trekking in snow covered mountains

The best time to visit is from October-November and March to May. June to September should be avoided as the place receives heavy rainfall, approximately 1000 mm and makes it difficult for hiking and camping. Winter months starting from December to February are extremely cold and snowfall is common in these months.

trekking in snowy mountains

Established in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park is located in Khumbu region of Nepal. It is the first national park of Nepal. Encompassing an area of 1148 sq. km, this bioreserve ranges in altitude between 2845-8848 m. Sagarmatha National Park is bordered by Qomolangma National Nature Preserve of Tibet Autonomous Region in the north and Dudh Koshi River in the south. Sagarmatha National Park became a natural World Heritage Site in 1979.

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Climate

The climate at Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal varies between semi-arid subtropical to temperate type, with medium to heavy annual rainfall. Summer months are moderate, whereas July to September record heavy precipitation. Winter months are extremely cold and the temperature drops below freezing point.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee And Timings

The scenic park remains open for 24 hours to offer convenience to all tourists, but it is advisable to visit the same before sunset. Hiking and trekking in dark is a bit risky, owing to the presence of endemic wildlife.
For the entrance, you need to buy an access pass from the visitor centre for Sagarmatha National Park, which is located at Monzo and Namche Bazaar. The pass costs INR 1500 for SAARC nationals, INR 3000 for foreigners and INR 25 for locals of Nepal. Passports are required to issue the access pass.

The national park in Nepal is profusely rich in variety of flora and fauna. If you lovebirdwatching, you are in for a treat. There also unique indigenius animals that you will find along the trail.

Flora Of Sagarmatha National Park

Flora of the himalayas

As the national park varies in altitude from 2845-8848 m, one can witness distinct variation in vegetation types. The forests of lower altitudes are dominated by rhododendrons, birch, juniper, blue pines, fir and bamboo. In higher altitudes, dwarf shrubs, mosses, and lichens are found. Rhododendrons bloom in April and May and stay colorful and vibrant till September.

Fauna Of Sagarmatha National Park

faurna of himalayas

There is a wide range of wildlife that can be spotted inside the park which includes Himalayan Tahr, Musk deer, Ghoral, snow leopards, wolves, lynx, and weasels. Sagarmatha National Park is the home to almost 1000 plus rare to endangered bird species and some of them are Himalayan monal, Snowcock, Yellow-billed chough, Blood pheasant and Red-billed Chough. This is the reason, why Sagarmatha National Park is coined as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

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There are a plenty of things to do and experiences to have in this park. make sure you make your trip to this attraction enriching by adding all these experiences on your list.

1. Hiking

trekking through mountains

In Sagarmatha National Park, hiking is the most popular adventure activity among visitors. Rugged hilly trails are present inside the forest and each trail offers excellent views of Himalayan peaks, mountains, and valleys. People can access most of the trails on their own but if you hire a local Sherpa, it is certainly better and more effective. Take a  Sagarmatha National Park tour to visit the best of hiking trails and camping sites.

2. Gyko Lake: Camping!

camping in mountains

If you are fond of adventure and thrill; camping on the banks of the beautiful Gyko lake is an awesome idea. This is a beautiful lake, located in Sagarmatha National Park, which remains frozen during winter. Pitch a tent beneath the open sky and take camping experience to a different level. Though the place offers enthralling views of surrounding mountains and glaciers but seeing the mighty Mount Everest from Gyko Lake is surely a stunner.

3. Mt. Taboche: Trekking Up To The Highest Point Monastery

Trekking up to Mt. Taboche

Trekking up to Mt. Taboche is steep and challenging, but as soon as you reach the highest point monastery at Taboche; the surrounding views will surely make your jaw drop and refresh your heart. Taboche monastery is a beautiful stupa and a Buddhism preaching and promotion center. Visit this place to worship, seek blessings and soothe your heart.

4. Mount Everest: Viewing It From Kala Pathar

gorgeous views of the mountains

Kala Patthar, located within Sagarmatha National Park is the closest viewpoint of Mount Everest. Located at 5545 m, one needs to experience a steep ascend before reaching this mesmerizing spot. Not only Everest, the spectacular scenery of snow-laden Himalayan peaks and ranges, make the trek, worth in every sense.

5. Dudh Koshi River: Chilling

Dudh Koshi River

Dudh Koshi River borders the bioreserve in the south and offers the amazing sight of flowing stream over rugged terrain. Spending time on the banks of this forceful river and enjoying the stunning beauty is one of the best things to do in Sagarmatha National Park. There are a lot of suspension bridges over the river, which offer even more amazing views.

homestays in mountains

Wondering where to stay during your excursion to this park? Well, here is your answer to the best available accommodation in or near the park. Well, there aren’t fully-equipped hotels and resorts near the park, so where to stay near Sagarmatha National Park is a concern that haunts every traveler. But worry not! There are some decent homestays and lodges nearby, that offers comfortable and convenient accommodation with basic amenities. You may book at Yeti Mountain Home Phakding, Thanka Inn, Everest Inn, and Hotel Khangri.

gorgeous mountain views

Sagarmatha National Park enjoys a remote location and accessibility is quite a challenge. The nearest air connect is at Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla- which is 33 km away. The best and easiest way to reach Sagarmatha National park from Kathmandu is to take a short flight (25minutes) to Lukla. From Lukla, one can trek up to the national park. The trail is steep, rugged yet extremely exciting.

Kathmandu to Sagarmatha National Park distance: 135 Kms

Is your brave heart ready to explore Sagarmatha National Park? Fair enough! Plan a trip to Nepal and put this attraction to your itinerary to get the best of Nepal’s nature.

 

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Wander Into The Wild For A Thrilling Thai Getaway At Khao Yai National Park

Khao yai national park is a Unesco world heritage site owing to it being the largest monsoon forested area in mainland Asia. The beauty of the park is surreal with paradisiacal waterfalls, riverside camping sites, and scenic trails to hike and trek. There is a variety of fauna and the Khao Yai National Park animals includes the elephant, macaque, barking deer, sambar deer, gibbon, porcupine, and civet.

The park is any bird watcher’s paradise where one can catch glimpses of the scarlet minivets, Asian fairy bluebirds, trogons, drongos, broadbills, mountain scops-owls, great slaty woodpeckers, collared owlets, blue-winged leafbirds, and magpies.

Khao Yai National Park Location: Thailand
Khao Yai National Park Opening Hours: 6 AM
Khao Yai National Park Entrance Fee: INR 866/-

How To Reach

By Air:

The two international airports closest to Khao Yai National Park are the Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport.

By Road:

Reaching Khao Yai National Park from Bangkok is easy as there are private taxis, buses and minivans running till Pak Chong.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Pak Chong from where local transport can be hired.

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This national park can be visited all year round but the best time to visit is in between November to April due to the favourable climatic conditions. March and April sees migration of birds, making it a haven for all the nature enthusiasts. The temperature is pleasant and the rains are not too heavy which makes exploring easy.

Here are the Khao Yai National Park attractions and activities:

1. Watch the Haew Narok Waterfall

Haew Narok Waterfall

This is the highest Khao Yai National Park waterfall. The beautiful cascade is the largest in the entire park and one can drive to the falls. Scooters can be hired to get around inside the place. The final distance to the falls is needed to be covered through a 1 km hike which is totally worth it.

2. Camp at Lam Takhong or Pha Kluaymai

Lam Takhong

Khao Yai National Park camping is an experience not to missed. The two major sites are Lam Takhong and Pha Kluay Mai. Lam Takhong is an open site while the Pha Kluaymai is hidden by jungles. Extending along a river, the site continues upto the cascades of Haew Suwat.

3. Trek to Nong Phak Chi Watchtower

watchtower sightseeing

There are several trails from the main road which leads to the Nong Phak Chi Watchtower. The Khao Yai National Park trekking adventure is thrilling. One might encounter the whirlpool of flora and fauna thriving here. The trek is mainly through the grassland, making the Khao Yai National Park hiking easy and fun. One can spot various animals and birds on the way here.

4. Book Khao Yai National Park Tours

Book Khao Yai National Park Tours

There are various Khao Yai National Park tour package like the Khao Yai National Park day trip and the Khao Yai National Park night safari. Booking these tours is a great way to explore the national park as they are hassle free and looks into the complete requirements of the visitors. They include accommodations, food and transportation.

Khao Yai National Park Accommodation

A lot of hotels and guesthouses are available to stay at the boundary of the national park. There are a few bungalows too inside the park which one needs to book much in advance. If one wants to experience the complete wild affair in the park, then there are two campsites where tents can be set up. If you book a Khao Yai National Park tour package then your accommodation would be booked by the operator himself.

So when are you booking your trip to Thailand and experiencing the thrills of the Khao Yai National Park?

 

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