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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.

Travel to Fiji

travel to fijiIt is believed that the first inhabitants of the island came from Southeast Asia long before the Europeans in the seventeenth century discovered. Despite the beauty of its shores was not until two centuries later when starting definitively established here frequent trips Fiji by the aristocratic classes more adventurous.

These were the times that were formed as colonies of the British Empire until 1970, Queen Elizabeth II granted independence. However she was reigning there indirectly, a situation that changed in 1987 when a coup established a republic which has now been replaced by democratic normality.

In Fiji travel can be seen as the natives have managed to retain many of the traditional art forms including some popular folklore customs. Even the Christian missions, so destructive to colonized cultures have been able to eliminate many of the aspects of this cultural village, at the same time has adapted to the demands of tourism.

Travelers find here endless activities and attractions between what stands are those practiced outdoors as is the case of snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, rafting or sailing.

Especially in the first two cases, what they do is more popular coral reef environment is offering to its shores for the fans of this sport one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world.

However, surfing, a sport rife among those who love water sports, is rare here as these coral reefs are rare cause the breakers suitable for surfing. Still, there are some highlights in the islands centers Mamanucas where good waves and where are the sports fans.

Madagascar

Forget the frivolities of Hollywood, Madagascar is like nowhere else on earth. In fact, all things considered, hardly qualifies as part of Africa: the two are separated by hundreds of miles of sea and 165 million years of evolution – long enough for plants and animals of Madagascar to become some of the strangest forms on the planet. Nowhere else can see over 70 varieties of lemurs, including one that sounds like a police siren, chameleons largest and smallest of the world, and the last on hold elephant bird, the largest bird ever ever. About Ifaty south of Madagascar, you will see the forests of gnarled and thorny “pop” trees and in the west, marvel at the bottle-shaped baobab trees, especially in the Avenue du Boabab near Morondava.

And be on the look out for the carnivorous pitcher plant found around Ranomafana, more than 60 varieties of them. Not for nothing is considered priority.And Madagascar’s world number one conservation people are no less interesting: arriving here about 2000 years ago along the Indian Ocean trade routes, growing rice in paddies terraces, and speak a language that has more in common with its origins in Southeast Asia than Africa. Their culture is full of taboos and magic, caves, waterfalls, imbue animals and even some physical objects with supernatural attributes. Mountain people live in traditional brick houses with carved balconies several stories, and in some areas, dance with their dead ancestors in the ‘turning of the bones of the ceremony.

Throw in a little history of pirates, the coast full of shipwrecks, great cuisine, some of the world’s longest name place, and people unfailingly polite and friendly, and enjoy a refreshing take on excess “only” tag.

The small town of Ankify is the main port for ships and ferries between the coast of Madagascar and Nosy Be. If you make the journey from Nosy Be too late, and can not find a minibus to Diego Suarez, will have to spend the night. The last taxi leaves brousse Diego around 11, since no one wants to drive at night.

Africa

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.
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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.