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Laos

After years of war and isolation, the most pristine environment in Southeast Asia, intact cultures and quite possibly those most chill-out on the land means the destination Laos is fast earning cult status among travelers. Is developing rapidly, but still has a lot of tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple, and even in Vientiane, it is hard to believe this sort of languid riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then, of course, is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries the monasteries is as romantic as a scene that you will experience anywhere in Asia.

Away from the cities, there is more to be seen, the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province, the forested mountains of northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around the backpacker shelter Vieng Vang and the Deep South, more beyond the market area Pakse, is Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), where the mighty Mekong river spreads and all hammocks are made.

The wilderness of Laos is attracting travelers in search of nature, adventure, or both. Kayaking, rafting, climbing and biking are available, but the community-based trekking is popular because it combines spectacular natural attractions with the opportunity to experience the “real-Laos” with a family home town – while spending your money where most needed.
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There is undoubtedly a tourist route that grows in Laos, but that just means that there are plenty of ways of Route 13 where you can make your own way. After all, half the fun of traveling here is on the same trip – the people you know, seats share chickens, and retakes Wrong Lao-Lao drinking with family smiling down the road less traveled.

China

Enthusiastically taking his place among the world’s travel destinations top, especially since Beijing took center stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and pull of Shànghǎi from volcanic Sichuan dishes to beer to the bag Qīngdǎo sea, a journey through this colossus of a country is a fascinating encounter with the most populated, perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.

The great diversity of land to China takes him from the noisy cities fizzing with the energy of isolated mountaintop-Ming Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop. Pǔdōng ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement, but could not be further from worldly renunciation acted in remote monasteries of Tibet.

Curator of the oldest continuous civilization in the world, China will encounter history at every turn. It is not just a museum of imperial relics: the frisson of development that has left China coast with some of the brightest cities up to the minute in the world is the engine of the earth with a dynamic visionary.
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And people – inevitable in their vast numbers – provided by the incessant drama and entertainment. Thinking out loud, talkative and quick, you will see Chinese pushing on the dangerous-looking bus, walk in pajamas all Shànghǎi or invite others to sit in one of the most varied cuisines in the world. Encouraged by a palpable sense of pride, the Chinese delight in descent of his country. Everyone is talking about China, why not find out what all the fuss?

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since 1920. The exploits of legends like George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the huge mountain on the map, thousands of people have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts at the summit.

But today, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a hint of the world’s highest peak. In 2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 people marched in the Everest region.

What’s it like trekking to Everest Base Camp?

Aside from stunning scenery, travelers in the region can experience unique Sherpa culture visiting monasteries and museums along the way. The days are full of walking for the sheer pleasure of it, past prayer wheels through colorful and swing bridges out of an Indiana Jones movie, while nights are rewarded with a hot meal and a conversation with people like-minded around the fire in the dining room.

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The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a sense of personal achievement and the Nepalese warm hospitality, makes the Everest Base Camp Trek one of the world’s most unforgettable.

When I have to make the trip?

From March to May and September to December. It gets hot in May, just before the monsoon season, be prepared for possible rain. Reaches zero temperatures in December, but the days are still beautiful and there is a smaller number of hikers (but remember to cherish the evenings).

Moldova

Landlocked and surrounded by Romania and Ukraine, the ethnic divisions that demonstrate, Moldova has come a long way in a short time and is certainly more advanced than the EU-Romania easier in many ways. The focus of tourism is undoubtedly the country’s wine industry, which produces surprisingly excellent varieties and offer tours of the wineries that will win the strongest of constitutions – try Cricova, near Chisinau. Less famous are the attractions in the vineyards: fields of sunflowers, watermelons, vast, bucolic pasture land and the people incredibly friendly. Attractions more sober are the remote monasteries cut into limestone cliffs and a rural, inhabited by people of welcome.

But it goes further. What could have been a fascinating ethnic mix went horribly wrong in the 1990s. The Turkish Gagauzia and Transnistria Soviet areas bent recognize the opportunity and declared their independence almost at the same time, culminating in a bloody civil war. Today, it maintains a quiet truce with Moldova Gagauzia, while the Transnistrian region seductively strange is about to reopen old wounds.

While still in the fight for the title of Europe’s poorest country, Moldova prices (particularly for housing) are unexpectedly high. Coming from Romania, expect to pay about the same for almost everything.

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Gagaúsia capital, 92 kilometers south of Chisinau, is but a dusty town with little of interest, besides being an interesting cultural and provincial rarity. In 1990 ComRes was the scene of fighting between the Nationalists and the Moldovan armed forces Gagauzia, hastened by the calls of local leaders for the Moldovan government to hold a referendum on the issue of sovereignty Gagauzia. The protesters joined local Transnistrian militia, who are always game for a bit of shock.