A trip to Iran is a chance to peel the layers of a country with a serious image problem. Beyond the stereotypes that you will experience a country desperate to see what it is, rather than perceived. Whether you’re in cities like Isfahan and Tabriz, in Iran’s Zagros Mountains Central or the deserts around Kerman, Iran, the real will be revealed. It is a country where the glory of ancient Persopolis Desert coexists with the current dynamics of traffic choked Tehran today. At the bottom you will discover a country of warm and fascinating people who live within an ancient and sophisticated culture. Embrace Iran and allow the Iranians to embrace – is the most valuable experiences.
Roger Housden has been saved by beauty combines an attractive travel guide with a memory philosophical on his trip to Iran in search of the beautiful culture that first fell in love with (distance) as a student.
If I am right, and poetry offers the key to understanding the Western Middle East, especially Iran, then Roger Housden is the perfect person to unlock the meaning.
Before visiting Iran, wrote several books of poetry, including one on Rumi, the revered Iranian poet of the 13th century. Thus, in 2007, about to turn 60, starts with Rumi in his pocket to find what he calls the other Iran. What is confusing some of his previous hypotheses about a deeply complex.
The book has a foreword chilling Housden police questioned about their true reasons for being in Iran. This scene contrasts sharply with the world when it is immersed in Iran.
Capturing the essence of Africa on paper without using all the topics in the book? No other continent comes close to her on the stairs, the variety and impact pure, raw. Africa offers a travel experience of a thousand miles of good backpack, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the theme parks of the cash cow of Australia or Europe.
The natural history of Africa alone will make a dozen visits worthwhile – elsewhere in the world can fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions, or see a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake ? The parts of a landscape so spectacular display of time will condemn Africa near his mind, but the essence of this continent is not unbelievable in any desert, mountain or a lake. It is the spirit of the people – pushing, shoving, sweating, dancing, singing and laughing – that infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful that they will never come back, sometimes against all sense or reason.
Debate with venerable merchants among the cold and narrow streets of a medina Arabic dance hits of reggae beats that come from a market stall in West Africa, or chatting with the fishermen of India under the palm trees of the ocean, and he was beaten mostly good for honesty, effusive and vitality of African peoples.
Africa is not always an easy place to travel, can be frustrating and difficult at times. The logistical difficulties and disasters can occur. But do not believe everything you see on TV: Africa is not a hell hole full of civil war, plague, famine and violent crime. It is a fantastic, enlightening continent, surprising and intriguing. Try it once, and we guarantee you will dream of returning for the rest of his life.
Hua Hin is well known to be the perfect place for relaxed beach holiday. But not only that, it is also now considered to be the sport capital of Thailand, offering many different fun sports to practice during the whole year; so whether you’re passionate about playing in the water, hitting long balls, sailing, blazing trails, tackling rivals or burning rubber, Hua Hin has got you covered.
Hua Hin is one of the best regions for Kite boarding worldwide, hosting the Kite-board World Championship 2010 and offering unbeatable conditions for Kite lovers from December to April. Also, wake boarding or water skiing on a freshwater lake at Black Mountain Resort is always an alternative when winds calm down; it just opened this year, offers a beautiful course and has professional equipment for sale or rent. Jet skiing in Cha Am is another fun option, with the International Championship taking place in its astonishing beaches and perfect conditions all year long.
Obviously, sailing is one of the classics; Hua Hin hosts the famous Kings Cup and blows strongly enough all the time to sail Hobby Cats, Windsurfs or Cabin Cruisers all the way down to Malaysia. Para sailing and Kayak rentals can be also found all along the beaches of Hua Hin.
Besides the usual games of Beach Ball, Beach Volleyball and special competitions like the famous Cha Am Bikini Beach Run, the Beach Polo is really an outstanding event, and Hua Hin is one of the very few places in the world where you can experience the breathtaking action of this sport. But if you wish to see its exciting big brother version, Hua Hin hosts the well known Elephant Polo games once a year; not at the beach this time, but definitely an event you can’t afford to miss.
Running the Takiab Beach is quite an experience too, but for true runners there are many competitions organized in Hua Hin throughout a year such as the Half Marathon, the Full Marathon, the Queens Cup, the Olympic Triathlon, and many other different leveled races to set your goals. Great tracks and friendly enthusiasts of Ten-speeds, Mountain Bikes, Downhill, Touring, Tandems, Fixies or even BMX can also be found all around town. There are a 700m Go Cart track and a Drag Racing track just outside Hua Hin aswell. And if you prefer it with less action, the impressive Vintage Car Parade takes place on the Hua Hin Bike Week.
Mountain bike trails are outstanding in Hua Hin, so you can choose from easy cross country to challenging mountain tracks. Motocross around Hua Hin is mostly on the rocky desert side, but it offers endless trails and no limits to go where the nature takes you. Trail runners will find their dream routes at the beaches, in the mountains or in Kaeng Krachan, Thailand’s largest national park, with a system of trekking trails that’s second-to-none.
Climbing is becoming more and more popular in Thailand and in Hua Hin you can find many beautiful routes around the Kao Kalog area. Some limestone rocks directly at the beach are great to climb but very sharp edged, so watch out. Taping your fingers will always be a good idea, as well as nice bouldering over soft sand up to 8+.
Still not impressed? For the real adrenaline junkies we got the bungee catapult at the Santorini fun park, just outside town, The jump tower at the Tanarat army camp, Skydiving in Cha Am, and the possibility to fly Para motors and Para glides in some camps of the south part of Hua Hin.
Football and Basketball Pitches with leagues going on during all year in Hua Hin mix Thais with Foreigners in healthy battling for the win. Some host fun tournaments, other prefer serious competitions, all put pride at stake.
And last but not least, the most played game of all Hua Hin is Golf, of course. There are up to 9 beautiful world class level Golf Courses in impressive conditions and for quite low fees, as well as many renamed tournaments. Several of them even include properties for rent with views to the course and lessons given by famous retired golf players.
At the end of the day it will be quite difficult to find another tropical beach paradise with such an amount of sport and leisure activities available, giving you the comfortable opportunity to switch between heavy action and beach relax whenever you feel like it. Enjoy!