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10 Cambodian Street Food Everyone Must Try On Their Trip

Cambodia is one of the most prominent South-East Asian countries, especially in tourism. The food, culture and traditions of Cambodia attract a lot of tourists all over the world. The place offers one of the most economical yet beautiful trips you can take in a lifetime. Be it the exotic temples or tasty Cambodian street food, there is something for everyone in beautiful cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Read on to know more about the top 10 popular Cambodian street food delicacies you must enjoy on your trip to Cambodia. So, which of these will you be feasting on first?

1. Lort Cha

Lort Cha

Made of fat rice noodles, this dish will remind you a bit of Indian fried chow mein. Fried with different vegetables (mainly spring onions, chives, beans), this dish then takes an unexpected turn and is mixed with beef, finally topped off with an egg. You can have it with spicy red chili chutney. This is the perfect lunch or dinner to have while roaming around the streets of Cambodia. You will find many Lort Cha vendors with their big frying pans and collection of ingredients ready to whip you a tasty plate of noodles.

Where to try: Kandal, Phnom Penh

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2. Bai Sach Chrouk

Bai Sach Chrouk

Eating street food in Cambodia is quite popular among the locals which is why this rice and pork dish is how most natives prefer to start their day. You will see women selling the dish at small barbeque stalls, with pork strips being grilled at small mesh-like structures. The rice served here is fresh, soft and smells divine. To be truthful, a meal here is better than dining at some of the restaurants. The plate of rice is topped with pork and spring onion and a sprinkle of oil (fried with garlic and onions). Top the whole dish off with egg and sides of pickled veggies and broth, and the day is made!

Where to try: Pork and Rice Man, Phnom Penh

3. Balut

Balut

Balut or duck foetal egg is one of the most exotic delicacies of Cambodian food. The dish is a fertilized embryo (straight out of the eggshell), which the locals gorge upon. Yes, you might find the act of squishing the little thing and mixing it with rice a little squeamish, but if you are someone who loves different food and wants to enjoy the local culture, Balut is a must try for sure. It is usually eaten with generous amounts of salt and pepper along with a sprinkle of lime juice – making it taste quite tangy and tasty.

Where to try: Pub Street, Siem Reap

4. Grilled Skewers

Grilled Skewers

One of the least messy and most filling foods out there – any Cambodian bbq festival is incomplete without these tasty skewers. Mostly, the skewers with meat or seafood are the popular street food in Cambodia. Be ready for anything from chicken hearts to prawns, pork or quails and of course full pineapples which are quite a treat. Such meals are quite proteinous and healthy and most night markets in Cambodia will be full of stalls selling grilled skewers.

Where to try: Central Market, Phnom Penh

5. Kuy Teav

Kuy Teav

A noodle soup is something that originated in South East Asia and Cambodia is one of the best places to have the dish. Here, the soup is usually made with local greens along with rice vermicelli, scallions, and pork or chicken bones. For the adventurous, you can choose to add livers, intestines, tongue or even blood to the soup (as per your liking). The soup is quite filling, which is why you will find hordes of people lining up against the stalls in the night to have it.

Where to try: Central Market, Phnom Penh

6. Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

Think chocolate, coconut and strawberries. The ice cream served in Cambodia will remind you of the famous Thai dessert, however, the taste and plating are quite distinctly different. Truth be told, Cambodian street food recipes are quite interesting, and this is another example of that. Here the ice cream is served with the baguette (making it an ice cream sandwich) or chocolate wafers along a drizzle of peanuts atop. You can go for sweet, condensed coconut milk as an add-on or simply get the husky coconut water (on the side) that works brilliantly in the warm, humid Cambodian weather. Yum!

Where to try: Mr. O Coconut Ice Cream, Phnom Penh

7. Kralan

Kralan

One of the lightest things on this list – Kralan is basically sticky rice filled inside a bamboo. Made of sticky rice along with black beans, the dish acquires its distinct flavor with the grated coconut and coconut milk that is added to the mix. After filling the ingredients inside a bamboo stick, it is put on a charcoal fire to roast. The smoky flavor takes the taste to another level and the distinct sweet, light but roasted taste is the right kind of treat during your evening strolls.

Where to try: Battambang

8. Chet Chien (Deep Fried Bananas)

Chet Chien

Cambodia has the most interesting answer to delicious street food dishes – deep fried bananas. A popular Cambodian street food in Siem Reap, this dish is made of ripe bananas which are first flattened and then covered with a sweet batter. The batter also has sesame seeds, which lend the dish a certain roasted flavor. The bananas are then deep fried in hot, sizzling oil, and hogged down by tourists and locals alike. You will find many cart vendors selling different versions of the same dish in the capital city of Phnom Penh as well.

Where to try: Psar Leu, Siem Reap

9. Noodles with Iced Coffee

Noodles with Iced Coffee

Hands down, this combination is the best Cambodian street food. The coffee making process in the country is a bit different, where beans are dried out in the sun and then roasted. It lends a distinct aroma to the coffee, which you can find on a number of local carts easily.

Noodles are the staple diet here which is why fried noodles can be grabbed on a number of carts in every nook and corner of the country. Your choices of vegetables, beef and/or tofu can be added, which makes them the perfect thing to eat with your iced coffee!

Where to try: Daughters of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

10. Pickled Fruits

Pickled Fruits

Cheap street food in Cambodia does not mean a compromise on taste, quality, or health. Think mango, apple, guava, papaya or pineapple – a number of fruits can be found in the munchie bag of pickled fruits. The dish is served with a side sauce of salt, sugar, chili and yes, fish sauce! This sure is one healthy and economical way to keep up with your minerals and nutrients while on a visit to Cambodia.

Where to try: BKK Market, Phnom Penh

Cambodian street food prices will never burn a hole in your pocket – you will find almost all the above-mentioned dishes in the range of INR 50-100. Already planning a trip to Cambodia? We know you are!

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10 National Parks In Israel That All Adventure Seekers Would Love For Sure!

Israel is one of the most popular Mediterranean tourist destinations in the world. It is packed with beautiful monuments, ancient ruins, national parks, beaches, nightclubs, luxurious resorts, and the mighty mountains. A trip to Israel is an enriching experience in terms of culture as well as history. But there’s more to Israel than meets the eye! There are several national parks in Israel for people who wish to explore beyond the historical attractions and cultural centers of this beautiful country.

The wildlife and flora of a country tell a lot about that place, which is why we bring you a list of the best national parks in Israel that you must visit:

1. Makhtesh Ramon National Park

Makhtesh Ramon National Park

Moving South in the Negev Desert area, you will come across one of the most beautiful national parks in Israel named Makhtesh Ramon. The national park is situated inside a crater which formed after the ocean water started to recede. Currently, the area of Makhtesh Ramon is 40 kilometers. The park is famous for various species of rare vultures as well as reptiles. You can book a jeep safari, hire cycles or just go for hikes. If you like spending time in national parks, you could also book an overnight stay with one of the camping agencies.

Location: Mitspe Ramon
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM, open on all days
Entry fee: INR 1,482 onwards per person

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2. Beit Shean National Park

Beit Shean National Park

This national park is famous for its untouched beauty, wildlife and the night shows. The best time to visit the park is during the early hours as the place gets very hot during the afternoon. If you are looking for a good time at the park, you must book an overnight tour. During the summer months, the park hosts an audio-visual show every night. The show enables people to enjoy the beauty of the park.

Location: Beit She’an
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM, open on all days
Entry fee: INR 1,482 onwards per person

3. Mount Carmel National Park

Mount-Carmel-National-Park

Mount Carmel National Park is famous for the towering pine trees and over a hundred different plant species. In a country like Israel, this is the only park which is evergreen. You can visit Mount Carmel throughout the year. It is a great spot for people who just want to go for long treks. They also have camping packages available at very reasonable prices. The forest was devastated after the wildfire in 2010, but the rehabilitation project has made significant progress.

Location: Route 4 via Oren Interchange, Haifa
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM, open on all days
Entry fee: INR 684 with private car tours

4. Gan Hashlosha National Park

Gan Hashlosha National Park

One of the most beautiful national parks in Israel, Gan Hashlosha National Park is also known as Sachne. According to some legends, this park is the site of the famous Garden of Eden. The park has a cascading waterfall, spring water lake, thick green grass, and tall trees to boast of. Apart from this, it has a stockade, museum, and tower. If you are looking to sunbathe or have a nice picnic, then this is a place that you must visit in Israel.

Location: Nir David
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM (summers), 8 AM – 4 PM (winters)
Entry fee: INR 722 (adults), INR 437 (children), INR 361 (senior citizens)

5. Achziv National Park

Achziv National Park

Achziv is a well-known nature reserve in Israel. It is the best place to relax by the shore and learn about the history of Israel. The park is located between the cities of Acre and Lebanon. It is a hub of historical artifacts dating back to the second millennium. The place looks absolutely stunning as the sun goes down and the skies turn into various shades of pink, red and orange. If you are a nature lover, then you must visit Achziv National Park.

Location: Achziv
Timings: Open throughout the day
Entry fee: Free

6. Agamon Hahula Park

Agamon Hahula Park

All the people who love watching birds, Agamon Hahula is the place to be! It is one of the few Israel national parks which are home to a wide variety of bird species. It is located between the bridge of Africa and Asia. Every year, during spring and autumn over 500 million bird species cross this park while migrating across the world. You can opt for guided safaris, walk, cycle, or roam around in golf carts in the park. If you opt for a night safari, you can spot some owl, bats and the nocturnal cats.

Location: Hula Valley
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM, open on all days
Entry fee: INR 380 onwards per person

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7. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Apart from the various Israel national parks, this place attracts hundreds of tourists. It is located on the west shore of the Dead Sea. It is popular for the two spring water pools, extensive flora and the several species of wildlife. At this reserve, you can spot ibex herds and leopards. The reserve was used in the olden times for cultivation of dates and making perfumes. You can also visit the remains of those agricultural areas and the buildings.

Location: Ein Gedi, South District
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM, open on all days
Entry fee: INR 1,482 onwards per person

8. Gamla National Park

Gamla National Park View

Another noted tourist site in Israel is Gamla National park. The park is famous for four, very different reasons. Firstly, it is home to one of the largest vulture populations in the world. Second, the hike to Mount Gamla and the waterfall is worth every drop of sweat. Lastly, the park boasts of various antiquities from the centuries-old ruins. It promises an action-packed day for you and your family or friends.

Location: Golan Heights
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM (summers), 8 AM – 4 PM (winters)
Entry fee: INR 475 (adults), INR 247 (children), INR 238 (senior citizens)

9. Qumran National Park

Qumran National Park

One of the oldest national parks in Israel, Qumran has been mentioned in biblical manuscripts as well. Most of the manuscripts were moved to the museum at Jerusalem. However, there are some well-preserved manuscripts at the park which tell the story about the Qumran National Park. The area was once the hermitage site for a particular sect which had cut it off from the worldly matters. It is a major attraction for the people who are interested in world history.

Location: North on Route 90, Dead Sea
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM (summers), 8 AM – 4 PM (winters); the park is closed on Saturdays
Entry fee: INR 532 (adults), 285 (children)

10. Korazim National Park

Korazim National Park

This Park was once home to a civilization from the era of Second Temple. The total area of the park is about 25 acres. According to the New Testament, Korazim was a city cursed by Jesus. The ruins in this park are made of black rocks with some very intricate designs. You must visit the synagogue which dates back to the fourth century and the ancient bath area used for rituals.

Location: Route 8277, between Korazim and Almagro
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm (summers), 8 am to 4 pm (winters)
Entry fee: INR 418 (adults), INR 171 (children)

The best way to grab great deals for a trip to Israel is to book a trip during the winter season. The temperature in Israel does not go below 13 degrees Celsius. You can skip the heat and the hot winds at the national parks if you visit during winters. Also, the hotel and flight bookings are comparatively cheaper between November and February.

A trip to Israel is incomplete without exploring the nature reserves and national parks in Israel. If you loved exploring the cultural and historical aspect of the city, you’ll definitely love exploring its natural side as well. Book your trip right away and skip the hassles of navigating through confusing Israel national parks map or guides.

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Bandos Maldives Island: An Ultimate Guide For A Blissful Staycation

Maldives has been everyone’s dream destination and this is because it has such beautiful islands and places where you can make many memorable memories. There are many provinces and every province has a beauty of its own and is quiet distinguishable due to the different attributes of different islands. If you fall in love with beaches and eye-pleasing islands, then Bandos is a place you should visit. This Bandos Maldives Island is astounding and should not be missed if you love waking up to white sand beaches and endless blue water of ocean.

beautiful island

Bandos Island is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. The snowy white beaches compliment the lush green forests of this island. Irresistible beaches are one of the main attractions of this island. This land is a 180000sq km wide area where tourists can spend their time and walk around leisurely. North Male Atoll is the center location of Bandos and is a popular diving spot here and there are over 40 diving sites which makes this island a perfect place for divers.

It is a multi-lingual island and people are always happy to help tourists around. Turquoise lagoon, pearl white beaches, clean blue water and lush green forests is what makes this island an amazing one. Bandos also has a glamorous Bandos Convention Center that can accommodate around 400 people and is a great architectural and modern piece on this island.

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1. Big-game fishing

catching fishes

With a great expanse of sea around this island, fishing seems to be a normal activity here. Big-game fishing is recreational fishing game that fisherman play to entertain them. They play which big fishes like tuna and marlin are used and it is an offshore game fishing that fisherman enjoy. This is also known as blue-water fishing or offshore sport fishing.

2. Snorkeling

snorkeling in seawater

This is one water sport that tourists and local people seem to love on this island. As this island is surrounded by water on all the four sides, snorkeling is bound to be a popular water sport. So, make sure you indulge in this experience during your trip to this place.

3. Windsurfing

adventurous windsurfing

This is also a known sport that many people do here. People seem to enjoy such recreational activities as they are worth your time. Water sailing is another activity which visitors seem to enjoy as gives the ultimate thrill to satiate one’s adrenalish rush.

4. Catamaran sailing

catamaran sailing

This type of sailing is a multi-hulled watercraft. Two parallel hulls that are held by a deck. Bandos has catamaran sailing which is a recreational sport and most of them also have a trampoline on the boat.

5. Wakeboarding

wake boarding in Water

Water sports are a big thing on this spectacular island and wakeboarding is another sport which is quiet popular. Tourists love the numerous sports available here as many visitors love a good adventure.

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6. Parasailing

man on balloon

Some love a good outdoor sport and for such people parasailing is the best option here. Tennis is also another sport which is played on this island. Parasailing is also known as parascending or parakiting.

These are some things one can do on this island when they are done exploring and relaxing here. Many more activities that are offered by some resorts that will leave you exhausted by night but in a good way.

1. Bandos Maldives

Luxurious rooms

This hotel is 8.4km away from Male airport. Travelling to this place is quiet convenient and easy. People also guide you around if you get lost around this island. Luxurious rooms and this hotel is a popular one amongst all others. Villas and bungalows are also offered here and based on your budget and liking you can choose an appropriate option.

2. Kurumba Maldives

kurumba hotel in Maldives

2.9 km away from Male airport, this hotel is really easy to locate. They also have amazing views that will be great start of your morning and a wonderful end to your night.

3. Paradise Resort And Spa

room with all facilities

Male airport is just 10.1 km away. People seem to love this place and good reviews are heard about this hotel and its not even that expensive. Many more hotels are available here from which you can choose and select the best option according to your budget and preference. Most of the hotels are sea facing and give you a great view of this spectacular island.

This magnificent island has so much to offer and see. So, don’t wait and visit this paradise by planning your Maldives trip with TravelTriangle.

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Shopping In George: 10 Best Places To Shop Till You Drop

George is a very famous place in South Africa. If you are planning to go on a trip to South Africa then George must be visited. It is for sure that you will really be amazed by the awesome view and beautiful nature of George. Apart from this, if you have visited a place you will definitely want to shop for some items. So shopping in George will be a noble decision. There are numerous things that are sold here. Apart from this, there are many shops and stalls that are located in various corners of the city. It is always better to first roam around the market and then go for the best one from the list.

Now let’s have a look at some of the best places for shopping in George. It would really be nice to gather some relevant information about these things.

1. Outeniqua Farmers’ Market

Outeniqua Farmers' Market

It is a great place for early morning adventure and shopping for fresh foods and vegetables. The market covers about five-hectare area and is ideal for local foods. Most of the farmers bring local vegetables and fruits from the field and sell in this market. If you wish to taste something pure and fresh then this would be the right place. The price of the products are very reasonable and within the reach of common man. It has been seen that Georgetown shopping is really a unique experience.

Location: George 6530, South Africa
What to buy: You can easily get a wide variety of things commencing from berries to bread and vegetables. All the products are genuine and pure.

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2. Garden Route Mall

Garden Route Mall

This mall has a good variety of shops and ATMs too. You can shop for various types of items. Apart from shopping, you will also like to taste a wide variety of coffees and types of foods. The mall also provides good parking facilities for its visitors. There are many open spaces within the mall. The washrooms are very clean and well maintained. Georgetown DC shopping will be really an amazing experience.

Location: 72 Knysna Road | Intersection of N2 and Knysna Road, George 6529, South Africa
What to buy: Apart from buying apparels, people can also buy various types of home decors.

3. Cape Palette Art Gallery

Cape Palette Art Gallery

It is a perfect place for buying all types of paintings. The store was formed in 2002 and it has a good collection of items that can enhance and increase the beauty of your house to a great extent. The shop also provides good parking facilities for the visitors. The store also conducts various types of exhibitions on a regular basis.

Location: 34 Airway Road | Heatherpark, George 6529, South Africa
What to buy: You can get various types of beautiful paintings in this store at a relatively reasonable price.

4. The Fudgemaster

The Fudgemaster

This is a great place where one can get and purchase various types of tasty fudges. They are also a pioneer in catering. Most of the products are preservatives and gluten-free so they are safe for consumption. The price of the items is very nominal. The store has also received many awards for their extraordinary products.

Location: Knysna Road | Garden Route Mall, George 6529, South Africa
What to buy: You can buy a wide variety of sweet dishes. They are so tasty that you will never forget the taste.

5. Wonki Ware

Wonki Ware In George

If you have a great passion to decorate your house with handcrafted pottery works, then this place is the ideal one. All the items are made and manufactured on the spot. So no need to worry about the quality and other related things. Each of the items is very unique a one will not match with the other.

Location: 42 York Street, George 6529, South Africa
What to buy: If you wish and dream to decorate the house with wonderful items, then this place is the best one. All handcrafted items are available here.

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6. Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre

Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre

It is a lovely place for shopping in open air. You will really enjoy a lot while shopping at this place. There are ample shops inside this mall and the items are mainly used in daily life. There are ample parking facilities for the visitors. So no need to worry about parking vehicles. The ambiance is very nice.

Location: Knysna Road, George 6529, South Africa
What to buy: Apart from getting daily items, you can also get various types of household items in this store.

7. Arms Tackle & Outdoor World C C

Arms Tackle & Outdoor World C C

It would really be a great experience to shop in this type of stores. The stores have a good stock of various items. You will really love shopping at these centers. Apart from this, the prices of the items are relatively low in comparison to other places.

Location: Shop 10 -12, Redefine Boulevard, George, 6529, York St, George, 6530, South Africa
What to buy: You can easily shop for various type of fishing items at a much-discounted rate.

8. Meyer Von Wielligh Furniture

Meyer Von Wielligh Furniture

It is a great furniture house where you can get various types of furnitures with unique types of designs. The quality of the furniture is of top quality. The designs too are very nice. You will really feel nice to shop the items. All the furniture’s are made of pure wood.

Location: South Africa, 9 Diamant St, George, 6536, South Africa
What to buy: You can buy any type of wooden furniture at a very good price. The quality will be very nice and the shop is very reliable.

9. Sports Center George

Sports Center George

This is the place where you can various types of sports item. Each of the items is very nicely made and good fabrics are used for stitching sports garments. In fact, this is the right place for buying sports items. They are also a wholesale manufacturer.

Location: 94 York St, George Central, George, 6530, South Africa
What to buy: If you are wondering to buy any type of sports item then this is the right place indeed.

10. Golfers Club

Sports playing in ground

Most of the golf items are available at this shop. The products are all of high quality. Any type of item that is not available in any place is easily found in this shop. The service of the shop is very nice and can be appreciated.

Location: 43 York St, Dormehls Drift, George, 6529, South Africa
What to buy: Any type of golf item is available in this shop and above all the price of the item is very reliable. The shop remains open throughout the week.

George is really a matter of great fun. You will really enjoy a lot while shopping at this place because, besides shopping, you can taste various types of food items. There are many people who usually visit George for shopping for various types of items. You can start shopping from early morning by buying fresh vegetables and then other household items. Most of the shopping places are located in good positions. This is really a great advantage for the visitors. So, plan a trip to South Africa and shop till you drop!

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10 Best Places Every Shopper Must Visit To Experience The Best Of Shopping In Moldova

Every trip should be a memorable one and the factor that creates a beautiful memory depending on various factors which will attract the tourists. Moldova is a beautiful European country which is surrounded by lovely cities like Romania, and Chisinau. Moldova is very well known for its red vineyards, natural’s forts and also for the best shopping in Moldova. With all these well-known spots how to make your tour the best one. Moldova is famous for wine production and a trip to Moldova gives you a fair reason and opportunity to taste the newly brewed wine. Moldova is also very famous for shopping. Ever interested in shopping within your budget? Moldova is the right place for shopping within a budget.

The streets of Moldova are filled with antique things and many more products which will let you satiate your shopper craving. And if you’re looking for the best places around then make sure to visit these 10 best shopping places in Moldova.

1. Piata Central

Piata Central

Piata Centrala is located in the capital city, Chisinau. This place is a wholesale open market where you can buy anything from fresh fruits to the latest electronics. The streets of this place are divided into multiple categories depending on the products. This place is very well known for fresh fruits and special varieties of cheese.

Location: Bulevard Bd Stefan Cel mare si sfint, Chisinau.
What to buy: Fresh fruits, cheese, and electronics.

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2. Andrei Mudrea

Andrei Mudrea

Andrei Mudrea is one of the best places to visit in Moldova if you are interested in modern art. This place is very well known for the collection of original and unique artworks. Though this place is filled with classic and unique artwork it stays hidden from the minh city. Every piece of art in this gallery requires a creative mind to reveal the perception of the creators. This place also has a section which includes artworks designed from daily usage products and recycled material.

Location: Chisinau,Moldova
What to buy: Modern art unique creations from junk, wall paintings.

3. Greenmarket center

Greenmarket center

Greenmarket center is a huge market which offers edible items from fresh fruits to fresh fish and so on. There are different sections for fruits and vegetables, fish and cheese and also non-season and imported products. The best thing about this whole market is that you can taste any item you would like to buy. This place offers the best quality food at a minimal price without any compromise in the quantity also. This is one of the best local markets in the country where you can buy fresh farm harvested fruits, vegetables, and nuts for the cheaper price.

Location: Tiraspol, Moldova.
What to buy: Dry fruits and nuts, eggs, homemade cheese, homemade butter, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh fish, hot pastries and so on.

4. Bucuria

Bucuria

Are you candy level? We have the best place in the city who produce candy of all varieties. Bucuria is an authentic Moldovan chocolate and confectionary shop. They have various varieties of chocolates, biscuits, candy, marshmallows and so on. This company is in the business from 1946 and they are the best in chocolate industries. You can taste the best and authentic Moldovan chocolates and pastries as much as you can in five minutes. This place is an ancient yet authentic candy shop in the center of the city.

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
What to buy: Homemade chocolate, homemade confectionaries, and marshmallows.

5. Istanbul Bazaar

Istanbul Bazaar

A trip ends with a gift to your loved ones. A trip to Moldova is always made the best with the gifts and ornaments which can be purchased from the unique creators in Istanbul Bazaar. This bazaar has a different section for every item from the experienced and talented creator. You can find carpet merchants clothing, antique, and shoes. This place enables you to experience the cultural importance of this place by providing traditional and cultural clothing and antiques. You can also buy Turkish groceries, spices, nuts and many more from this market. This market is a very well known place for gift articles.

Location:Chisinau, Moldova.
What to buy: Turkish groceries, Turkish delight, Turkish spices, antiques, antique jewelry, carpets and many more.

6. Cahul central market

Cahul central market

This place is the center of shopping avenues in Moldova. Every shopping center can be easily accessed from this center market. This place contains many open market and open shops. This place is famous for the open fish market where you can find almost every variety of seafood which is fresh and cheap.

Location: Cahul, Moldova.
What to buy: Sea foods, candy and so on.

7. Mihai Eminescu Street

Mihai Eminescu Street

This Street is one of the best shopping streets in Moldova as it is a collection of every branded item in the city. Here you can find various choices of fashion from Hugo Boss, Zara, and Benetton to any brand you wish to buy.

Location: Chisinau, Moldova.
What to buy: Fashion clothing, accessories and so on.

8. Chisinau Art Square

Chisinau Art Square

Chisinau Square is filled with multiple stalls selling traditional and cultural items like hand-woven blankets, carpets, embroidered boots carvings rugs and blanket.This is the first opened market in Moldova and is one of the famous shopping places in Moldova.

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
What to buy: Handmade rugs, blankets, carpets, and textiles.

9. Fantezie

Fantezie

Fantezie has the name described is the best place to buy souvenirs to help you with your fantasy throughout the trip. You can buy famous maps to help you with your trip, standard mugs, and magnets traditional shirts and dolls.

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
What to buy: traditional mugs, maps, and souvenirs.

10. Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Last but not least, Carpe Diem is the best place to taste the authentic Moldovan wine direct from the cellar. This place is famous for the small winery products and also is the best-suited place for the night owls who love to get boozed and party at nights. This place allows the visitor to taste the best wines in the city which makes it even more special.

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
What to buy: Best wines direct from the cellar

The above are some of the best places famous for shopping in Moldova and there are many more places in the city special for many products. This city is filled with streets where you can buy almost any product and as the country’s currency value is less in the market, you can buy multiple times the regular quantity than usual. This list of famous shopping places in Moldova will help you to enhance your visit to Moldova and thus will make your trip special with the list of all items you can get from different cities of Moldova at a cheaper price with the best quality. Choose Moldova for a trip to Europe , utilize the trip maximum for shopping and make it the best experience!

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10 National Parks In Japan To Delight The Wildlife Fanatic Inside You!

Do you have an adventure on your mind and are looking to indulge in a range of activities such as whale watching, scuba diving, hiking and soaking in hot springs? What if we told you can do all of this and more when you visit these fabulous national parks in Japan!

The national parks of Japan are famous for their unique habitats, terrain, and stunning locations, which offer the country’s most beautiful sights. From dense forests, mountains, volcanoes and beautiful lakes, these national parks and nature reserves in Japan have it all.

To make things easier, we’ve made a list of ten national parks in Japan that you shouldn’t miss out on. So, scroll down to know some of the best ones that are definitely worthy of a visit.

1. Yoshino Kumano National Park

Yoshino Kumano National Park

Yoshino Kumano National Park is located in the Kansai region. It also has 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include Mount Yoshino and the Kumano Region. Mount Yoshino is home to more than 30,000 cherry blossom trees, which makes this one of the most beautiful cherry blossom viewpoints.

You can easily spend 2-3 days here just indulging in a range of activities such as scuba diving, visiting the Kumano Hongu Spa Village, seeing the Kumano-Nachi Taisha Shrine by the Nachi Falls or going on refreshing nature walks in the morning. So, make sure you add Yoshino Kumano National Park to your list of national parks in Japan to visit.

Location: Nara Prefecture, Japan
Timings: Open 24 hours

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2. Ogasawara National Park

Ogasawara National Park

The Ogasawara islands hold the prestigious title of being one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in Japan. The site is spread out over 1,000 km along the southern region of Tokyo, by the Pacific Ocean. This subtropical haven is home to unique plants and marine life that are only found in Ogasawara National Park.

You can spend the day spotting Indian Ocean Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback Whale watching and also see a few Green Turtles swim in their natural habitat. There are many scuba diving spots and snorkeling areas where you spend hours exploring the coral reefs and its thriving marine life.

Location: Chichijima, Ogasawara, Tokyo, Japan
Timings: Open 24 hours

3. Sanin Kaigan National Park

Sanin Kaigan National Park

The beautiful Sanin Kaigan National Park is the center point of the Sanin Kaigan Geopark. This park is known to feature some of the most diversified terrains, which date back to the actual formation of the famous Sea of Japan. Some of the main attractions here include igneous rock formations, rare natural sites, glistening sand dunes and breathtaking cliff points and caves.

You can also explore other activities such as paragliding, cycling, sea kayaking and trekking. You can also choose to spend time admiring and exploring countless stunning sites during your visit.

Location: Oshima, Toyooka, Hyōgo Prefecture

4. Akan National Park

Akan National Park

Akan National Park is home to dense forests of Sakhalin, volcanic peaks, huge caldera lakes and of course the mountains. Akan National Park has 3 lakes located inside the park Lake Akan, Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo, out of which, Lake Mashu is known to have the clearest water in the whole world.

Akan National Park is divided into two separate regions. The western region has Lake Akan, along with a lakeside hot spring resort, while the larger eastern part contains the remaining lakes Lake Mahsu and Lake Kussharo (Sulfur Mountain).

Hiking is one of the star attractions of Akan National Park, which draws in hikers from all around the world. You can also enjoy a small picnic while watching the sunset from one of the many viewing points inside the park. Almost every nook and corner of the park offers some of the most beautiful views, which you can’t help but admire.

Location: 1 Chome-1-1 Kancho Akankoonsen, Kushiro, Hokkaido

5. Nikko National Park

Nikko National Park

Nikko National Park is located in the Kanto region, which is very easily accessible from Tokyo. It is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, which features historic shrines such as the Toshogu Shrine; amongst the most decorated shrines in Japan. There are many ways to spend time here. You can start by visiting the waterfalls, admiring nature, going on refreshing morning walks and also taking a dip in the onsens.

You can also see the statues of the famous three wise monkeys, visit the Hall of the Medicine Buddha and the Yomeimon Gate. Nikko National Park is definitely worth a visit during autumn, as this is when the green leaves change their colors from green to deeper hues of red and orange.

Location: Honshu, Kanto Region, Japan

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6. Yakushima National Park

Yakushima National Park

If you are a true nature lover and enjoy your time admiring every sight and sound which you come across, then Yakushima National Park is meant for you. This national park is home to some of the oldest living trees in Japan.

The most famous of them all is Jomon Sugi, which is an enormous cedar tree that is supposed to be 7,000 years old. The foggy nature walks in the morning are definitely a sight to behold as you make your way to see the ancient Jomon Sugi. You can also spend your time by indulging in eco-tours, go hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling or camp out in the wild.

Location: Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

7. Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

National Park And River View

Fuji is truly a gift from nature, which makes this one of the most popular national parks in Japan, visited by tourists from across the globe. Hakone is famous for its ancient history, beautiful shrines and the famous hot springs. You will never run out of things to do during your visit, from mountain climbing to hiking, going on nature walks, sunbathing on sandy beaches or relaxing in an onsen, Fuji Hakone Izu National Park has it all.

Location: Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

8. Towada Hachimantai National Park

Towada Hachimantai National Park

The Towada Hachimantai National Park is situated in the Tohoku Region. This amazing national park is known for its mountain streams, volcanoes and lakes, which are some of the star attractions of the Towada Hachimantai National Park. The Hachimantai area has 40 volcanoes spread-out through the national park.

There are also many regions in the park from where you can vapor gases coming out of the volcanoes. Towada Hachimantai National Park is considered to be a prime location for viewing the extravagant display of the colorful fall foliage. You can also enjoy camping out, going on nature walks and also try mountain climbing.

If you are visiting the park in winter, then you can try out Snowshoe trekking, which can be thoroughly enjoyed by any age group. If you want to spend more time at the national park, there are many hotels and ryokans which would be glad to accommodate you.

Location: Iwatesan, Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

9. Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park

Kirishima

If you are looking to see live volcanoes in action, then you should definitely pay Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park a visit. The volcanoes can be found in the Kinkowan Sakurajima area, and the rest of the Kirishima Coast is perfect to go hiking.

After finishing a refreshing hike in the morning, you can spend your evening soaking in the billowing steam of the onsen water. Scenic views of the mountains, volcanoes, blue water and the wildlife are just a couple of reasons, why you shouldn’t miss visiting this national park in Japan.

Location: Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Timings: Open 24 hours

10. Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko-National-Park.

Shiretoko National Park is located on the island of Hokkaido, which holds the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2005. One of the star attractions of this park is the large population of Brown Bears, making Shiretoko National Park one of the most popular national parks in Japan to visit.

During the summer, you can take part in activities like watching Brown Bears from the sightseeing boats and during winter time, you can try your hand out at drift ice activity. The roads inside the park only cover one-third of what the park has to offer, the remaining parts of the park are open for people to explore by foot or from a boat.

Location: Hokkaido, Menashi District, Japan
Timings: Open 24 hours

Every national park in Japan gives nature enthusiasts the opportunity to explore nature at its finest. So, don’t wait any longer to explore all the above-mentioned national parks in this beautiful country. Take a trip to Japan at the earliest and unveil what lies in these wild corners with your adventure-hungry pals!

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Try Your Luck At These 10 Casinos In Hong Kong For A Fun Night In The City!

Hong Kong is an East Asian country with many gambling opportunities in and around it. Most of the casinos in Hong Kong are found in the various gambling cruise ships which depart or are passing through Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, the largest gambling city is Kai Tak and the largest casino is in the Holland America Cruise Line. Macau is a former Portuguese colony which is very close to Hong Kong and is a popular one day trip destination from Hong Kong known for its several casinos which offer an exhilarating experience. Generally, the Hong Kong casino age limit is 21 years & above.

With so many options of casinos in and around this place, one may wonder how many casinos are there in Hong Kong which are worth visiting. Below is the list of casinos in Hong Kong (and around it) for experiencing everything from gambling to entertainment.

1. Celebrity Millennium Cruise

Amazing Celebrity Millennium Cruise casino

This cruise has one of the most popular casinos in Hong Kong island. The most popular place in this cruise which is swarmed with visitors is the Fortunes Casino. It is an ideal place for all gambling enthusiasts for placing a bet and winning some big money. The casino offers big thrills and exciting nights with many options including Blackjack, Slots, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Baccarat Get Lucky, Let It Ride etc, to win some serious money

Location: Kai Tak city
Time: Opens one hour after sailing when the ship enters international waters

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2. Silversea Shadow Casino

Playing poker in Silversea Shadow Casino

This is the largest casino in Hong Kong. Visitors here can enjoy a flutter by challenging their luck at a variety of table games like Blackjack, Ocean Poker, American Roulette as the cruise glides silently through the ocean waves. The amateurs at this game can visit the champagne section of the cruise and learn all the games which are offered on this luxurious cruise. An assortment of multi-denominational reel, multiple games, and video slot machines are also available on the cruise which offers an exciting experience with every spin of the wheel and every turn of a card.

Location: Kai Tak city
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Slot machines: Opens from 10 AM
Other games: 02:30 PM till the Time the last guest leaves

3. Hong Kong Poker House

Playing in Hong Kong Poker House

Hong Kong Poker House is the first ever club in Hong Kong casino to host a wide variety of games in a sophisticated and stylish ambiance. Visitors can enjoy playing poker which is complemented with additional services like delicious food and a range of cocktails and mocktails from the trendy bar space and restaurant, and foot tapping lounge music played by an in-house DJ. This Poker club features well-trained dealers, customized poker chips, six high-quality full-sized tables, other many accessories.

Location: Hollywood Rd, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

4. Holland America Cruise Line Volendam

Amazing Holland America Cruise Line Volendam

The casino of Holland American Cruise Line is one of the largest operational casinos of Hong Kong, China featuring a total number of 8 table games and about 72 gaming machines. The casino space is wonderfully adorned with stylish fittings and offers a very exhilarating environment making it the perfect place to enjoy an evening full of different gambling games.

Location: 33 Shing Fung Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong

5. Venetian Casino Resort

Graceful Venetian Casino Resort

This is the worlds largest casino resort featuring a premier shopping mall, gondoliers roaming canals running along the mock Italian streets and more than 3000 rooms. The true feeling of being in Venice can be experienced in this wonderful casino resort. This resort has the best of Las Vegas and Venice transported to China, offering a wonderful gambling experience at the resort with well-trained dealers and appetizing snacks and drinks from the bar.

Location: Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

6. City Of Dreams Casino

Amazing City Of Dreams Casino

This casino is the newly bred mega casino resort in Macau and offers round the clock entertainment, gourmet restaurants and high-end hotels making it the perfect destination for travellers who are seeking to relax as well as gamble. It is closest to having a Vegas type of experience having 42, 000 sq ft gaming floor.

Location: In Cotai, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

7. Sands Casino

Royal looking Sands Casino

Sands Casino offers an entertaining experience, unlike any other casino. It is located very close to the ferry terminal and therefore can be reached quickly from Hong Kong. This is truly a gamers paradise as it attributes many eye-catching features like 23,00 square meter of gaming space with 20 m spacious high ceilings. The casino on the gaming floor has over 200 exciting tables and over 1000 slot machines.

Location: In Largo De Monte Carlo, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

8. Wynn Casino

The Wynn Casino

A much smaller casino when compared to the other casinos of the region. This is where the big rollers go to spill their cash. The interior of the hotel is adorned with million dollar tapestries and Qing Era vases. One of the most exclusive tables of the city is found here, in which the rollers place a high minimum price bet. The casino of this hotel is definitely worth a visit.

Location: Cidade De Sintra, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

9. Grand Lisboa

Casino Grand Lisboa

This is one of Macaus original casino palace and was the most popular destination in town for all the gamblers before the other Las Vegas imports arrived in the place. It still remains the most attractive place for gamblers as it focuses less on the glitz and more on the gambling experience. Plenty of big rollers visit this place frequently as the main focus remains on showing the cards rather than catching a show and this makes it the best place for enjoying the classical Macau casino experience.

Location: De Lisboa, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

10. The Plaza Casino

Enjoy in The Plaza Casino

This is a casino connected to the Four Seasons hotel in Macau. It offers an unparalleled level of hospitality and service and has stylish interiors with the perfect blend of European elegance and Asian flair. This casino offers a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience through its high-end table games at the 105,000 sq ft of gaming space which includes VIP rooms for exclusive premium players.

Location: In Cotai, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong

Since there are only a few gambling options available in Hong Kong, casinos in Macau can also be explored as the city is in close proximity to Hong Kong. If you love the thrill of rolling high numbers and showing cards and winning some serious money, head to Hong Kong and try your luck at these glitzy casinos in Hong Kong!

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7 Stunning Cruises In Bangkok For A Perfect Getaway To The Vibrant City

Bangkok is a city rich in culture, ful of light and great food. Due to its vibrant culture, the city has witnessed a large number of tourists in the recent years. One can never be bored in Bangkok as there are a plethora of things to do like visiting historical places, temples, palaces, vibrant nightlife, relaxing experiences like an affordable spa or dinner cruise. Cruises in Bangkok are one of the best ways to get around the city. Be it a fantastic dinner experience along the Chao Phraya river or a romantic sunset view, a cruise offers it all in the most convenient way. Make your trip unforgettable by not missing out the attractive cruises in the vibrant city.

Enjoying a Bangkok dinner cruise is one of the most recommended activities to do while in Thailand’s capital. Check out the amazing cruises in Bangkok along with the basic details.

1. Floating Markets Of Damnoen Saduak Cruise

Bangkok Thailand Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Watch the local vendors selling fresh vegetables and handmade sweets from their traditional canoes on your private day tour of the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak. Explore the floating market on a long-tail speedboat and get a personalized experience of rural Thailand. You will have a guide to answer all your queries and provide insight into the life of local people in the water.

Time Duration: 7 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 4,900 per traveller

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2. Apsara Dinner Cruise By Banyan Tree

Nature Cruise Dinner Water Vessel Open Lake

Embark on this most exciting dinner cruises in Bangkok on the traditional Thai vessel Apsara. You will get to see the most amazing temples at night while you drift along the Chao Phraya river. This is surely the most enchanting view and the four-course meal will prove to be an ideal romantic setting. Enjoy the best soups, rich curries and delicious desserts that are the best of Thailand’s legendary cuisine. The city skyline illuminated at night will leave you mesmerized and make your night memorable.

Time Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 6,450 per traveller

3. Bangkok Dinner Cruise On Chao Phraya River

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya dinner cruise in Bangkok enables you to enjoy a fine dine on a stylish luxurious cuisine. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Chao Phraya river embracing your dinner experience to another level. Being one of the best dinner cruises in Bangkok, it lets you explore the historic temples and landmarks as you gulp your dinner in buffet style. This cruise is ideal for private parties, meeting or wedding receptions providing you with timeless memories.

Route: Starts with your pickup at Central Bangkok and sails through the bank of Chao Phraya, Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace and back to your location.
Time Duration: 3 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 3,000 per traveller

4. Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise

Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise

Experience an elegant dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya river in the newest and most luxurious boat offering great entertainment with dinner by candlelight. The boat has modern amenities and takes you to ancient architecture including temples, markets, skyscrapers and a royal palace.

Route: Starts with Valley of Kings and sails through architectural heritage including Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Wat Phra Kaew, the Royal Grand Palace, the Golden Bridge and enjoying cruise’s entertainment and back at River City Pier.
Time Duration: 2 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 4,150 per traveller

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5. Arena River Indian Dinner Cruise

Arena River Indian Dinner Cruise

The only authentic Indian dinner cruises in Bangkok, let you experience two cultures at once along the Chao Phraya river. You can enjoy a variety of Indian buffet including vegetarian options while listening to a live Indian singer and DJ. You also get to see the major attractions of Bangkok from the water the view of which is unbeatable. This river cruise in Bangkok is perfect for those who love to see the blend in two cultures while enjoying the scenic beauty in a romantic setting.

Route: Starts from Asiatique pier and takes you along Chao Phraya river letting you enjoy various attractions and experience two cultures and back to your location.
Time Duration: 2 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 3,200 per traveller

6. Grand Pearl Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise

Grand Pearl Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise

Anyone looking to beat the crowd can take a mesmerizing sunset dinner cruise on the Grand Pearl along a Chao Phraya river. You get to enjoy the beautiful sunset views on both sides of the river. The cruise will pass through interesting attraction in Bangkok letting you explore the major temples, Royal palace, 5-star river hotel and more. This cruise is also ideal for culture lovers as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy classical dance and live music while you have your fresh buffet dinner.

Time Duration: 2 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 2,750 per traveller

7. Rice Barge Afternoon Cruise

Cruise Port Kiel Passenger Ship Baltic Sea Ship

Bangkok canal tour via long-tail cruise boat will let you enjoy the Thai scenery. Just sit and relax as you enjoy local fresh fruit and soft drink on board. You can learn about the life of locals as you see them doing their daily routines. There are plenty of photo opportunities, therefore, don’t forget to pack your camera.

Route: Starts from canals of Bangkok and sails through restores rice barge along the Chao Phraya river and back to the starting point.
Time Duration: 3 hours
Timings: Daily
Price: INR 2,800 per traveller

So, wait no longer! Book your trip to Bangkok now and get ready for the world-class experience of cruises in Bangkok. Get up and pack your bags and make this trip count. We promise you won’t be disappointed and come back with a bag full of memories. So, get up now and pack your bags and get set Bangkok.

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Pigeon Island National Park – Home To Some Of The Best Remaining Coral Reefs In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is popular for its two marine national parks, out of which the Pigeon Island national park has always been the crowd puller. The Pigeon Island National park is spread around an area of 470 plus hectares and was classified as a sanctuary in the early 1960s but changed to a national park in 2003 – making Pigeon Island National park 17th national park in Sri Lanka. The national park got its name after rock pigeons/doves that inhabit in the national park itself.

Small water point

The famous Pigeon Island National Park is located just 1 km off the coastal town of Nilaveli in Eastern Province. There are many different ways to reach the town. If you are an international traveler, you land at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka, and you can take a 1.15 hours long flight to Nilaveli airport. If you are a budget traveler, you can take a night train as low as 10 USD, but you are most likely to miss the scenery of Sri Lanka because of the night travel. The day train is around 30-40 USD and shows you more of Sri Lanka or you can even rent a taxi for a bit more money.

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Beautiful place

You can visit the Pigeon Island National Park Sri Lanka in both summer and winter season. However, the best time to visit the island would be in summer during June.

Summer Season

Best to visit the island national park is between May – October. Nilaveli is amazing in summer. You can enjoy the calm sea with beautiful bright weather. If you are looking for some water sports, summer is the best time to visit. According to the locals, the best time to visit the Pigeon Island National park is in June.

Winter Season

Best to visit the island national park is between November – April. The venue overall is less crowded in winter. The sea is slightly rougher compared to the summer but Pigeon National park is still a good place to visit in order to get away from a deserted beach.

1. Pigeon Island beach

Pigeon Island beach

The pigeon island national park comprises of two islands – the large pigeon island and the small pigeon island. The best thing about any island has to be the beach, and it is no different with the Pigeon Island National Park. The twist to the plot is the coral reef that extends 200m long and 100m in width. So, you can see plenty of sea life within the reach of the beach. The small pigeon island is has a rocky islet surrounding on its coral rich habitat. The rocky outcrops and the islets is a breeding and feeding ground for over 300 species coral reef fish keeping the colorful underwater symphony alive. You can just chill, like in any other beach but, make sure you wear your slippers all the time. Coral cuts are a real thing here.

2. Snorkeling at its best

Snorkeling view

The Pigeon Island is a heaven for people who are looking for a good snorkeling spot. The clear water makes the snorkeling easy and safe starting from 1 ft of water to 6-7ft. You can witness a variety of underwater life ranging from Trumper fish, angel fish, parrot fish, eels, coral gardens, and other colorful fishes, etc. There is also a high chance of seeing huge sea turtles and even blacktip sharks. You do need a rent a boat and rent some snorkeling gear, but that is a small sacrifice for the experience you get. It is recommended to ask for a guide while you book the boat trip as there are a few restricted areas. If snorkeling is not enough, the Pigeon Island resort also offers deep-sea dives for the adrenaline junkies. The resort has different packages for safe dives for children. You can take different deep and night dives with underwater photography with a certified diver.

3. Other water activities to do

water Sport boat view

If snorkeling does not fall under your topic of interest, the speedboat ride is worth a trip itself. You can enjoy swimming to the other side of the island or go even fishing in the ocean. Windsurfing is another secondary activity you can do at the Pigeon island beach but you have to be lucky enough for the waves.

1. Koneswaram temple

temple view

With just about 40 minutes drive from the Pigeon Island National park lies the Koneswaram temple, one of the closest points of interest from the island. The ancient Hindu temple is located on the top of the hill with a big statue of the Hindu God. You can see inscriptions in the walls that the temple was made in the 17th century and like in most Hindu temples, you have to walk barefoot inside, but for most of us, this is an experience in itself. If you are looking to blend into the Sri Lankan culture or trying to get some peace during your trip, this is a perfect spot. You can take a good evening tour as you walk up the temple to enjoy the breeze and the view of the great Indian Ocean.

2. Kanniya Hot Springs Well

Hot Springs Well

Another close excursion from Pigeon Island National park, the Kanniya Hot Springs is just 35 minutes drive from the island. This popular attraction of Trincomalee consists of 7 hot water wells (each with a slight difference in temperature) and is believed to have healing powers and can cure illness through its therapeutic abilities. This place also carries a great mythological significance, as it is believed that King Ravana created these wells for his mother. It is a great place to visit for a refreshing bath and connecting with the locals.

National Park

For locals, the admission fee is as low as Rs. 350, but the rates go up to Rs. 2000 per person(10 to 13 USD) for foreigners. You can rent the snorkeling gear for about Rs. 600 (4 to 6 USD). The boat rides can however vary. The boats are usually Rs. 2000 (11 to 13 USD) for 5 people, but people have even paid up Rs. 5800 (32-35 USD) for the same trip. It is best that if you book a hotel including both the snorkeling gear and the speedboat ride. The island is open from 8 am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening all 7 days a week. If you need any information, here’s the pigeon island national park contact number: +94 112426900 (Sri Lanka Tourism Head Office in Colombo).

Located north from the Trincomalee, the Pigeon Island National park is one of the few protected areas after being affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. However, it is one of the best places you can visit in Sri Lanka. The scenery and serenity you find here are hard to discover anywhere else making the island a great place for your next vacation. So why not give the Pigeon national park a try on your trip to Sri Lanka? After all, the great Italian explorer Marco Polo said that Sri Lanka is “the best island of its size in the world”.

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National Parks In Greece: 9 Places To Experience The Best Of Greek Beauty And Wilderness

The magnificence of national parks of Greece doesn’t need any introduction. The Greek Gods have structured their nation with absolute flawlessness. There are numerous travel destinations in Greece that are essentially remarkable. There are delightful scenes with landscapes that will leave you awestruck, a variety of food and drinks will encourage your foodie soul and local people who will charm you with their anecdotes and folklore.

Indeed, even the islands brag their very own picturesque attribute. Regardless of whether you are a lover of nature or just want to explore the age-old landmarks, sanctuaries, and shorelines, here is a list of the beautiful national parks you can visit in Greece.

If you are confused about which park to visit, the solution is very simple. Regardless of which national park in Greece you pick, it has something to offer and they all make for an ideal place to click photos. Here is a list of the national parks in Greece that you can visit:

1. Mount Olympus National Park

Mountain view

Established in 1938 on the mythical abode of the Greek Gods, the ‘Mount Olympus National Park’ is a place of significance, be it natural, archaeological or historical. In light of its social significance and special environment, the government declared this 193-square mile region as a national park. From that point onwards, it has been declared both a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of “The Most Important Bird Areas of the European Community.” This national park in Greece is bliss for nature lovers, as it is the natural environment for a wide assortment of flora and fauna species, and flaunts deep gorges, thick woods, and more than 50 peaks. Here, visitors can appreciate more than 1,700 diverse plant species, from deciduous trees to uncommon Bosnian pine trees. The park is a hotspot for mountaineers and explorers, and it also highlights a network of shelters that can accommodate twelve of individuals immediately.

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2. Prespa National Park

Prespa National Park

The ‘National Park of Prespa’ is home to the captivating pools of ‘Mikri and Megali Prespa’ and was built up in 1974 to ensure the biodiversity of the two lakes. Isolated by an islet and encased by forcing mountains, the lakes, shared between Greece, Albania and FYROM (the Republic of Macedonia), are natural surroundings for a variety of plant and animal life. The two lakes are likewise the breeding ground for aquatic birds. The area attracts native and foreign visitors, coming to reconnect with nature, watch the various flying creatures and to explore the few fascinating landmarks. Guests can likewise visit nearby villages that have long been abandoned. Frequently ignored by the majority of travelers rushing to Greece, the Prespa National Park genuinely deserves a visit as it is one of the best national parks in Greece.

3. Pindus National Park

National Park view

Recognized in 1966 and situated in the northeastern ‘Pindus’ mountain range, near West Macedonia,’ Pindus National Park’ covers an area of 17,120 acres with a principal area of 8,300 acres. This secluded area ranges in height from 1076 to 2177 meters. Otherwise called the ‘Valia Kalda’ valley, the park has a system of mountain lakes, springs and waterways dotting thick forests. This national park in Greece is home to wildcats, lynx and otters, and more than 80 bird species. This park is noted for being 1 of 3 places in Greece where a little populace of Eurasian bear can be found. Despite the fact that it is one of the minima visited zones of the nation, the ‘Pindos National Park’, open from the little town of Perivoli, offers adequate hiking chances and highlights a climbing resort close to the Mavrovouni peak. Visitors can appreciate nature in peace as a result of its less popularity. Camping, outside the park, is possible while kayaking requires special permission.

4. Vikos Aoos National Park

Vikos Aoos National Park

Situated in northwestern Greece, in the beautiful area of Epirus, the ‘Vikos – Aoös National Park’ is 30 kilometers from Ioannina. It is an area of more than 12,600 hectares of gorges and canyons, caverns, lakes and streams and thick forests. Built up in 1973, the park is home to wolves, dark-colored bears, and deer, and is most loved among local people for open-air exercises. Furthermore, it is viewed as a UNESCO Geopark because of the vast assortment of natural living spaces within its borders. Ecotourism activities are well known here. Ideal for climbing, ascending, mountain biking, boating, and kayaking, the region is perfect in the event that you are searching for charming nature, truly flawless mountain towns and adrenaline-pumping activities.

5. Parnitha National Park

National Park

Set up in 1961, the ‘Parnitha National Park’ covers an area of 61,776 acres of land, including the highest mountain near Athens. It is 30 kilometers from Athens and is a vital living space for bird species. Aside from the mountain of a similar name, the park has lakes, gorges, and caverns. Ideal for climbing, bird watching, and mountain biking, the park has two refuges and is known for its wild tulips. In any case, the region is likewise a characteristic territory for pine and fir trees, and also different untamed life and incorporates a few destinations of archaeological interest, for example, the Tatoi Palace, the ‘Monastery of Kleiston’ and fortresses.

6. Zakynthos National Marine Park

Marine Park View

The Zakynthos National Marine Park was established in 1999 and covers a territory of 52 square miles, including the ‘Bay of Laganas’, the wetland of ‘Keri Lake’ and the two little islands of Strofadia. Situated in the south of the island of Zakynthos, the third biggest island in the Ionian Sea, the Zakynthos National Marine Park is famous for loggerhead sea turtle’s (Caretta) nesting areas in the ‘Mediterranean Sea’. It is a sanctuary for monk seals. Here, guests can go swimming or underwater diving. One can explore the waters or pursue the trails while being mindful so as not to aggravate the turtles’ characteristic living spaces.

7. Alonissos Marine Park

Seal under water

With 13,700 kilometers of coastline, it isn’t shocking that Greece additionally has a marine park. Alonissos Marine Park was recognized in 1992 and is one of the biggest secured marine territories in Europe. In addition to protecting the sea, this park also includes 6 little islands and 22 isles. This natural park in Greece is the perfect living space for a few rare types of greenery, including 300 fish species, monk seal, 80 bird species, wild goat of Gioura, red coral, Audouin’s gull, and Eleonora’s hawk. Guests can explore the park by scuba diving or swimming and, if they are fortunate, they may even spot a couple of Mediterranean monk seals. Moreover, sightseeing, strolling, and fishing (in permitted areas only) are other basic activities here.

8. Oeti National Park

National Park View

‘Oeti National Park’ was established in 1966 and covers ‘Mount Oeta’ in the central region of Greece. Covering an expanse of 7,000 hectares, the ‘Oeta National Park’ is the third biggest national park in the nation. Part of the Natura 2000 Network, the park, where chasing and some other unsafe activities are prohibited, is home to no less than 50 endemic plant species and several untamed life and birds including the roe deer, wild hog, rabbit, and additionally brown bears, wolves, and wildcats.

Travel enthusiasts visiting this park can experience a fantastic bird watching opportunity, explore caves and look at the historical center in the Agathonos monastery.

9. Samaria National Park

Samaria National Park

‘Samaria National Park’ was recognized in 1962 and is situated on the island of Crete. Part of the Samaria National Park, the ‘Samaria Gorge’ in southern Crete is the longest gorge in Europe. The gorge is the most popular tourist spot in this national park in Greece has been declared as a ‘World Biosphere Reserve’. It runs about 10 miles long, starts at 4,100 feet in height down to the little seaside village of Agia Roumeli. This park is additionally home for around 450 plant species and several endemic animal types, for example, the kri-kri, an endangered wild goat.
From the coast, voyagers can take a ferry ride to the neighboring towns of Sougia and Hora Sfakion. Guests to the park can hike most of the gorge, which empties into the Libyan Sea. If you are a hiking fan, the ‘Samaria National Park’ should be on your bucket list.

Regardless of its size, Greece has a rich assortment of scenes, from wetlands, forests, shorelines, and high mountains and valleys. If you are a nature lover and exhausted of the chaos of the city and want to take a break from your routine life, head for the above-listed national parks in Greece to encounter something astonishing and extraordinary. It is time to plan an outing to Greece to get these moments captured ASAP!

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