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Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur, the sixth most visited city in the world, is the capital of Malaysia. Tourism here is driven by the city's cultural diversity, relatively low costs and wide gastronomic and shopping variety. The major tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur include the Merdeka Square, the House of Parliament, the Petaling Street, the National Palace (Istana Negara), the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Museum, the Central Market, the Monument, andreligious sites such as the Jamek Mosque and Batu Caves.The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centered in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road.


GENTING HIGHLANDS
Known as the "Fun City Above the Cloud", Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group. The resort has three theme parks which are Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park and Water Park. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway (3.38 km) which at its opening used to be the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.


PUTRA JAYA
Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas. In Malay/Sanskrit, the words "putra" or "putera" means "prince", and "jaya" means "success" or "victory". The botanical gardens, the Seri Wawasan bridge and a cruise by evening in the city is a must do when you visit the city.


LANGKAWI
Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 104 islands in theAndaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. Malaysia's best-known holiday destination, Langkawi is one of those places whose name alone summons up images of tropical romance and carefree days under swaying coconut palms. Fringed with long, sandy beaches and with an interior of jungle-clad hills and picturesque paddy-fields, it's easy to see why this is Malaysia's most heavily promoted tourist hotspot. Away from the built-up areas Langkawi is still a rural Malay island of small villages, rice paddies, water buffaloes and natural beauty.


PENANG
Like many company settlements, Penang wilted after the collapse of the British Empire. Today it's become the 'Silicon Valley' of Malaysia although this high-tech world is scarcely noticeable to the casual traveler. Beyond the capital Georgetown's heat and decay are beach resorts, such as Batu Ferringhi, and the sleepy Malay fishing village of Teluk Bahang. Entrepreneurs of every imaginable ethnicity, most notably Chinese, flocked to this new land, creating wealth and cultural hybrids. Penang showcases a religious fusion of Temples, as well as churches and Mosques.


TIOMAN ISLAND
Like a giant sleeping dragon, the dark green ridges of Tioman Island rise up above the waters of the South China Sea. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the dragon's dark green scales are in fact giant trees and impenetrable jungle; that the grey claws are giant granite boulders and that the dragon's horns are twin peaks with smooth, straight cliffs, surrounded with swirls of mist. The natural beauty of the island is its biggest attraction. Lush tropical jungle covers about 12,000 hectares of the island and countless mountain streams and waterfalls sustain the many protected species of mammals and birds. Tioman has options for every kind of holiday-maker: families with small children, honeymooners, scuba divers, backpackers, adventurers and even those looking for a slice of exclusivity and luxury.


TAMAN NEGARA
No holiday or vacation in the tropics is complete without visiting a tropical rainforest. And there's no grandeur than to visit the TAMAN NEGARA, reputed to be The Oldest Jungle, The Best Kept Tropical Rainforest & The Great Natural Wonders of the world. By that it means that Taman Negara's flora & fauna has evolved naturally over hundreds of millions of years without any disruption or major calamities. The stated purpose of Taman Negara is "to utilise the land within the park in perpetuity, for the propagation, protection and preservation of indigeneous flora and fauna". With so much to see and do, a trip to Taman Negara is a must on your itinerary.


SELANGOR
Located on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the state of Selangor occupies some 125,000 sq. km. Outside its cities, Selangor is adorned with lush green vegetation that varies with the landscape and topography - from the coastal mangroves and verdant tropical rainforest right down to the charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. The great Titiwangsa Range runs across Selangor. Should you be inclined to trek up the many hills and mountains here, you'll discover that they each feature a unique personality that is simply thrilling.


MELAKA
One of Malaysia's most eagerly sought-after destinations, the small city-state of Melaka (Malacca) lures droves of visitors to its namesake historic port city, where they are quickly steeped in an intoxicating multicultural world of heritage architecture and the alluring aromas of distinctive local cooking. Melaka remains one of Malaysia's most rewarding tourist experiences. Proud of its multicultural heritage, plentiful museums and assorted cultural attractions, plus the wildlife and theme-park attractions of Afamosa. Melaka is a tourist habitat par excellence.


CAMERON HIGHLANDS
Malaysia's most extensive hill station, about 60km off the main KL-Ipoh-Butterworth road at Tapah, is at an altitude of 1300m to 1829m. The Cameron Highlands is a vast area of rolling green hills, tea plantations and forests. There's a network of jungle trails, waterfalls and mountains, and less-taxing points of interest, including colourful temples, rose gardens and tea plantations where visitors are welcome to try the local brew. Despite all the changes from an old fashioned English atmosphere, the regular rain, and the dampness and visiting hordes, the Cameron Highlands is still a relaxing destination and one of Malaysia's most rewarding stopovers.


PANGKOR ISLAND
The island of Pangkor is low-key resort island noted for its fine beaches. The jungle-clad hills of the interior of this island, though, are virtually untouched. At 8 sq km, Pangkor is a small island, but that hasn't stopped the state government from trying to promote it as one of Malaysia's main tourist destinations. Fishing and dried fish products are still a major industry for the island, particularly on the east coast, with most tourist development confined to the west coast. Pangkor is a popular local resort. It can get very crowded on weekends and holidays when prices are highest, but during the week the beaches are almost empty.


JOHOR BAHRU
Capital of the state of Johor, Johor Bahru (popularly called JB) is the southern gateway to Peninsular Malaysia, connected to Singapore by road and rail. Economically, it is one of the most important states in the country with various large plantations. They include commodities such as rubber, palm oil, and pineapple. On top of agricultural products, Johor is also becoming an industrial base. It has even developed to become one of the most populated states with Johor Bahru (JB), its capital city, as the second-largest city in Malaysia.

Singapore

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region. Some of the main attractions for tourists in Singapore are city centre with magnificent lighted buildings, temples, gambling in two great casinos, food, entertainment parks and annual festivals. Singapore is also a medical tourism centre of Southeastern Asia.

Singapore is in fact one of the most enjoyable cities in Southeast Asia. As you zoom in from one of the world's best airports along the lushly tree-shaded expressway. And as you stroll through the fashion emporiums of Orchard Rd, poke around antique shops in Chinatown or take a walk around one of the dozens of beautiful city parks, you'll know the city bears no comparison to crime- and poverty of neighboring countries. You can be drinking and dancing until dawn in the city's pubs and clubs, or sipping a cocktail surrounded by the colonial elegance of a Raffles Hotel veranda.
There's no law that says an Asian city can't be well run. It may have been a long and difficult haul from swampy colonial outpost and notorious den of vice to powerhouse industrial nation, but those who say that Singapore has lost its soul along the way couldn't be more wrong.

Few cities in Southeast Asia can boast Singapore's fascinating ethnic brew. Where else in the world can you dip into the cultures of China, India and Muslim Malaysia all in one day, against a backdrop of ultra-modern Western commerce? Not only has Singapore's history of migration left a rich cultural and architectural legacy that makes wandering the streets an absorbing delight, it has created one of the world's great eating capitals. If there's one thing more stylish than the bars and restaurants, it's the boutiques that have made Singapore a byword in Asia for extravagant shopping. Away from the Gucci and Louis Vuitton onslaught of Orchard Rd, however, there are bargains to be found on everything from clothes to electronics - and a range of art and antique shops that few Asian cities can match.

But Singapore is not all about shopping and eating. Nor is the notion of Singapore as completely urbanized anything more than popular myth. Adventure activities include diving with sharks at Underwater World on Sentosa, mountain biking around Bukit Timah, leopard-spotting at Singapore Zoo's magical Night Safari, waterskiing or wakeboarding on the Kallang River, go-karting and rock climbing. And if you want to retreat from civilization completely, the centre of the island retains large tracts of forest where the only sound you can hear is the monkeys swinging through the trees. In fact, Singapore is one of only two cities in the world that still retains a patch of primary rainforest, in the form of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

It's a fascinating place - and a remarkable achievement. No-one is denying that Singaporeans have had to sacrifice some level of freedom in their island's rise from racially divided, resource-starved port town. But you get the feeling that if Western development aid had ever matched Singapore's strides in poverty reduction, education, infrastructure and health care, they'd be patting themselves on the back and saying that political freedom was a small sacrifice to make.
Besides, it's not all strait-laced conformity. You don't have to look far to find echoes of the island's colourful, rakish past, or evidence of a thriving and creatively unfettered artistic community. Singapore's soul is alive and well - and it is unique.


Singapore Attractions

Singapore Zoo
Set on a peninsula jutting into the Upper Seletar Reservoir, the Singapore Zoo is world class. Its 28 landscaped hectares and open concept (no cages) are a far cry from the sad concrete confines some zoos retain. The Singapore Zoo is one of the best in the world.


Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is an expensive 30-minute ride with views towards the Colonial District, CBD, Marina Bay, the high-rise housing landscape to the east and out to the South China Sea. You're better off going on a clear day than at night, if only to avoid the annoying flashing neon lights outside the cabin


Singapore Botanic Gardens
If Singapore's urban planners could manufacture paradise, it wouldn't look too different from the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The front entrance leads to an idyllic koi pond. On weekends, laughing children feed the multicoloured fish. Right behind, a waterfall gurgles and birds hop around the water's edge, at ease with the locals


Jurong Bird Park
This ageing attraction is still popular with school kids, families and nature photographers. The Jurong Bird Park is home to 8000 birds -600 species, 30 of them endangered. Visitors walk through themed enclosures along 1.7km worth of trails: pelicans gawp at passers-by along a boardwalk, leggy pink flamingos stand proud by a lake, penguins nosedive through water in air-conditioned comfort and cutting through it all is the escapable scent of bird poop.


Orchard Rd
Famous by name, Orchard Rd was once was lined with nutmeg and pepper plantations. Today it's the domain of Singapore's elite and well-heeled tourists, lured here by the shopping centres, nightspots, restaurants, bars and lounges. A showcase for the material delights of capitalism, Orchard Rd also possesses some sights of cultural interest where a credit card is not required.


Little India
This modest but colourful area of wall-to-wall shops, pungent aromas and Hindi film music is a relief from the prim modernity of many parts of the city. Centred around the southern end of Serangoon Rd, this is the place to come to pick up that framed print of Krishna you've always wanted, eat great food and watch streetside cooks fry chapatis. The Zhujiao Centre is the main market, but there are also interesting spice shops nearby. The best temples are Sri Veeramakaliamman, Sri Srinivasa Perumal and the glitzy Temple of 1000 Lights.


Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
You'll be fluttered by more than 50 species of butterfly inside the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. The Insect Kingdom museum has thousands of mounted butterflies, rhino beetles, Hercules beetles (the world's largest), scorpions, and other critters and varmints - kids stare wide-eyed while adults feign disinterest.


Night Safari
You can walk around the three trails in the 40-hectare forested park but the best experience is via the tram (adult/child S$10/5), even though we think it's a little cheeky (and greedy) that you have to pay for the atmospheric 45-minute jungle tour past a parade of 120 different spot-lit nocturnal species.


Wings of Time
End your day at Sentosa with the Award Winning Outdoor Night Show (Wings of Time) in the world set against the majestic open sea. Be mesmerized by a multi-sensory presentation of water display, laser show, fire effects and spectacular music as you soar through space and time in a magical adventure.


Universal Studios
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa onSentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting's bid for the right to build Singapore's second integrated resort. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia (Japan being the first), and the first in Southeast Asia. Universal Parks & Resorts markets the park as a "one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia" and promises that the park will be the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years.


Thailand

Ayuthaya
The sacred city, the sacked city, Ayuthaya is complexly intertwined with Thai nationalism and religion. Ayuthaya was the former royal capital. The city was named after Ayodhya (Sanskrit for 'unassailable' or 'undefeatable'), the home of Rama in the Indian epic Ramayana. Its full Thai name is Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya (Sacred City of Ayuthaya). A day trip gives a superb introduction to the architectural heritage of the ancient capital Ayutthaya. A thriving trade and political capital of Siam for over 400 years, Ayutthaya is filled with palaces, temples and religious monuments of great historical and cultural significance - even in their ruined state. It is fair to say that no study of Thai architecture or art is complete without a trip to this once glorious capital, which gave birth to the unique U-Thong style.


Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Bangkok is one of the world's top tourist destination cities. With so much of life conducted on the street, there are few cities in the world that reward exploration as handsomely as Bangkok. Cap off an extended boat trip with a visit to a hid- den market. A stroll off Banglamphu's beaten track can end in conversation with a monk. Get lost in the tiny lanes of Chinatown and come face to face with a live Chinese opera performance. After dark, let the BTS (Sky- train) escort you to Th Sukhumvit, where the local nightlife scene reveals a sophisticated and dynamic city. Among Bangkok's well-known sights are the Grand Palace and major Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, to name a few. The Giant Swing andErawan Shrine demonstrate Hinduism's deep-rooted influence in Thai culture. Vimanmek Mansion in Dusit Palace is famous as the world's largest teak building, while the Jim Thompson House provides an example of traditional Thai architecture. Other major museums include the Bangkok National Museum and the Royal Barges National Museum. Cruises and boat trips on the Chao Phraya and Thonburi's canals offer views of some of the city's traditional architecture and ways of life on the waterfront.


Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai hosts many Thai festivals, including: Loi Krathong (known locally as Yi Peng): Held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, being the full moon of the 2nd month of the old Lanna calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Every year thousands of people assemble floating banana-leaf containers decorated with flowers and candles onto the waterways of the city to worship the Goddess of Water. Lanna-stylesky lanterns, which are hot-air balloons made of paper, are launched into the air. The sky lanterns are believed to help rid the locals of troubles and are also taken to decorate houses and streets. Songkran : Held in mid-April to celebrate the traditional Thai new year. Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular locations to visit for this festival. A variety of religious and fun-related activities (notably the good-natured city-wide water-fight) take place each year, along with parades and a Miss Songkran beauty competition. Chiang Mai Flower Festival : A three-day festival held during the first weekend in February each year, this event occurs when Chiang Mai's temperate and tropical flowers are in full bloom. Tam Bun Khan Dok, the Inthakin (City Pillar) Festival, starts on the day of the waning moon of the six lunar month and lasts 6-8 days


Pattaya
Pattaya's a stay up late kind of town, but wake up earlier than most and there are activities galore to redress your daytime/nighttime balance. Hit the dive shops to explore the city's offshore reefs and wrecks, or get some fresh air on world-class golf courses. And if you're here with the family, the kids will find plenty to do to make it a real holiday.


Phuket
Phuket is Thailand's largest and most popular island, Phuket is as colourful as it is cosmopolitan and one of the world's most famous dream destinations. Phuket boasts some lush inland vistas, including a few remote swathes of rainforest on Ko Yao, but the island really comes into its own along its western shoreline, where hunter-green foliage meets the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The mile upon sandy mile of coastline boasts tons of water sports, delectable restaurants and decadent resorts


Phi Phi
The Phi Phi Islands are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland. The islands feature beaches and clear water that have had their natural beauty protected by National Park status. In the early 1990s only the most adventurous travelers visited the island, staying in only the most basic accommodation. Nowadays, however, the place has turned into one of the major destinations for visitors to Krabi. Ko Phi Phi is a popular place for diving and snorkeling, kayaking and other marine recreational activities.


Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is a town in the west of Thailand and the capital of Kanchanaburi province. With field, forest and stream, Kanchanaburi has become a catch basin for new arrivals overwhelmed by Bangkok (a mere 130km east) and a closer alternative than Chiang Mai for Thailand's soft version of 'trekking' (elephant rides, short hikes and bamboo rafting). The town sits in a fertile valley where sugar-cane fields bow in the breeze, measuring out an easy pace. Kanchanaburi is famous for their temple caves, an underground communion of animistic spirit worship and traditional Buddhism.


Khao Lak
As the most practical base for exploring the Similan and Surin islands as well as the mainland wonders of Khao Sok and Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Parks, it's no wonder that the beautiful, bronze beach of Khao Lak has been experiencing a tourist gold rush in recent years. After the area's near total devastation from the Boxing Day tsunami and subsequent rebuilding, resorts have been flinging open their doors, tourists (especially divers) have been flooding in and new infrastructure has been laid down at a terrific rate


Ko Pha-Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan (or Koh Phangan, is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in South East Thailand, and located in Surat Thani Province. It is famous for its full moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpackers destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.


Ko Samui
Ko Samui , often called just Samui is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Ko Samui is a fairly big island. The most popular and commercialised beaches are Chaweng and Lamai, while the northern beaches and their adjacent villages of Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Rak and Choeng Mon are more peaceful choices, and the west coast beaches are still comparatively quiet. Ko Samui is paradise - white-sand beaches with palms blowing in the wind and clear green seas sparkling in the sunlight, against a picture-perfect background of lush green hills and brown roads interspersed with rough wooden structures

  • Hua Hin
  • Krabi


Hong Kong

Macau
Macau is a city with two faces. On the one hand, the fortresses, churches and food of its former colonial master Portugal speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style on the China coast. On the other, Macau is the self-styled Las Vegas of the East. And while that comparison might sound overblown, it's not. During the past few years charismatic-but-sleepy little Macau has experienced the sort of boom usually associated with cities like Shànghai. But rather than skyscrapers and office towers, the construction here is all about Vegas-style mega-casinos and hotels. The reason, of course, is that casinos are legal in Macau, while in China and nearby Hong Kong they're not. It's a big market... There is, however, much more to Macau than gambling. The peninsula and the islands of Coloane and Taipa constitute a colourful palette of pastels and ordered greenery. The Portuguese influence is everywhere: cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and restful parks and gardens. It's a unique fusion of East and West that has been recognised by Unesco, which in 2005 named 30 buildings and squares collectively as the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. There are also several world-class museums. Especially if you've been in China for a while you'll also find there is a distinctly different feel to Macau. While about 95% of residents are Chinese, the remainder is mostly made up of Portuguese and Macanese (people with mixed Portuguese, Chinese and/or African blood). It's this fusion of Mediterranean and Asian peoples, lifestyles, temperaments and food - oh, the food - that makes Macau so much fun.


Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island is the island that gives the territory Hong Kong its name. Although it is not the largest part of the territory, it is the place that many tourists regard as the main focus. The parade of buildings that make the Hong Kong skyline has been likened to a glittering bar chart that is made apparent by the presence of the waters of Victoria Harbour. To get the best views of Hong Kong, leave the island and head for the opposite Kowloon waterfront. The great majority of Hong Kong Island's urban development is densely packed on reclaimed land along the northern shore. This is the place the British colonisers took as their own and so if you are looking for evidence of the territory's colonial past, then this is a good place to start.


Hong Kong DisneyLand
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on reclaimed land inPenny's Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The park consists of six themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland,Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land. The theme park's cast members speak in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English, French, and Japanese. To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Many years ago, Walt Disney introduced the world to enchanted realms of fantasy and adventure, yesterday and tomorrow, in a magical place called Disneyland. Today that spirit of imagination and discovery comes to life in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart - with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration, and an enduring symbol of the cooperation, friendship and understanding between the people of Hong Kong and the United States of America.
-Michael D. Eisner and Donald Tsang, 12 September 2005


Shenzen
Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta. Neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, Shenzhen's location gives it a geographical advantage for economic development. In 1980, the first Special Economic Zone of China was built in Shenzhen. From then on, the city become a highlight of China, one known for its rapid economic growth. More than thirty years ago, Shenzhen just was a small fishing village called Baoan County. In 1979, it was renamed Shenzhen City. When the Special Economic Zone was built, the city was divided into six zones, four of which are located in the Special Economic Zone. While Shenzhen City does not have as many historical attractions as other famous cities in China, it has created a number of excellent theme parks which entertain while teaching visitors about China and the world. Splendid China and China Folk Culture Villages introduce visitors to China's long history and varied cultures, while Window of the World will take you to every corner of the world in one day. Additionally, if you want to make your stay even more luxurious, visit Happy Valley, the largest of the theme parks in the city, situated on a picturesque coastline. More attractions are: Dameisha & Xiaomeisha Scenic Area, Meridian View Center, Minsk World, Overseas Chinese Town East, Shenzhen Safari Park, Xiaomeisha Sea World and Xili Lake Resort. Come enjoy the coastal view, the theme parks, the city, and especially the people of Shenzhen.


Windows of the world
Shenzhen Window of the World is a fantastic replica park situated at the Overseas Chinese Town. Here you can see vivid replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages and famous scenic sites. The entire masterpiece is built at ratios of 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15. Within one day, you can visit many reproductions of famous sites from different countries. For example you can find the Mahamuni Pagoda of Mandalay and the Angkor Wat of Cambodia here. European architectural splendors, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Ancient Athens, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Tower of London will carry you back to the cradle of classical European culture. When you tour the miniature Roman Colosseum, you might notice a cruel and bloody scene. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you take a gondola along the canals of Venice. Mysterious Africa is always full of life and vigor. Here, the Pyramids and the Sphinx are quietly waiting for your visit. After traveling through typical African hamlets, you come to the Oceania. Sydney Opera House, which boasts a unique style, is a landmark not only of Australia but also the whole Oceania. Looking from a distance, it looks like a luminous pearl on the vast expanse of blue sea water. The rumbles of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon lead you to the America, a young continent. These two natural wonders are awe-inspiring. Moving on to modern civilization, in the replica of Manhattan you will see rows of towering skyscrapers. No wonder they say the rhythm of life speeds up here


Kowloon
Kowloon "nine dragons" in Cantonese is the peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island. The mountains that overlook Kowloon account for eight of Kowloon's nine dragons while, as the story goes, the ninth dragon refers to the emperor who counted them. Of the eight mountains that overlook the crowded city, the most famous is Lion Rock, which when seen from the right angle, really does deserve its name. Kowloon has a matching array of places to shop, eat and sleep. Tsim Sha Tsui pronounced "Tzeem Sah Jeui", the tip of the peninsula, is Kowloon's main tourist drag and has a mix of backpacker and high-end hotels. Further north, Mong Kok (??) has a huge choice of shops and markets in an area of less than a square kilometre.

Lantau Island
Lantau Island (also Lantao Island; Chinese: ), based on the old local name ofLantau Peak (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Làntòu; lit.Ragged Head), is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Administratively, most of Lantau Island is part of the Islands District of Hong Kong. A small northeastern portion of the island is located in the Tsuen Wan District. Lantau Island is often referred to as "the lungs of Hong Kong", because of its abundance of indigenous forest and relative scarcity of high-rise residential developments which characterise Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The largest country park of Hong Kong, Lantau South Country Park is located on the island, which hosts two other parks, namely Lantau North Country Park and its extension. These parks cover slightly more than half of the area of Lantau Island.


Sri Lanka

COLOMBO
The country's metropolis, former capital and commercial hub, that boasts 400 years of history from tiny fishing hamlet at the mouth of a river to what it is today. This is not your regular urban jungle of just glass, but instead is living history. It still bears the marks and structures of its colonial past and these co-exist in harmony with the modernization that has taken place in the past many decades. A centre of life and beating heart, Colombo is a must see when visiting. Don't be fooled by its all work-work look at first, but to those who are willing to take a closer look, the city is willing to present treasure after treasure, street by street. From 400 year old stone walls inside a bank to Stupa's built on stilts to the awe-inspiring sunsets of the golden mile and a lot more.


BENTOTA
Sri Lanka's first ever planned tourist resort Bentota is famous for its sun, sand and water sports. An all year destination located down south, favoured by those on short holidays in search of R & R, because of its close location to the airport; a one and a half hour or less drive. Bentota can also be reached from certain other parts of the country via the Bentota River Airport which makes possible commuting in watercraft. For those who can't swim, you can visit the turtle hatcheries in nearby Induruwa or Kosgoda. For those interested in architecture and in the know-how on South Asian architecture, Bentota where the late Geoffrey Bawa's holiday home is located, and open to the public.


BERUWALA
It is where the country's oldest mosque is located and the starting point for the 130+ km of beach that stretches down south from there on. Beruwala is known for its bay and harbour from where the area began and then grew as more Muslim merchants settled in over the years. The town has perennially been known for as a trade hub and is unique because of its high density of Muslim merchants. It was once a hotspot for buying gems brought down from Ratnapura. The Islam driven culture of the town dates back to 8AD and it is a rich treat for the culture vulture.


DAMBULLA
One part of Sri Lanka's world famous 'Cultural Triangle', and considered one of the most important cities in the country because of its historical, cultural and agricultural value. The area is said to have the largest deposits of rose-quartz in South Asia, and the main highlight is the Dambulla Rock Temple. Built in 1BC by King Walagambahu, the monastic complex is cut right into the rock and consists of five main caverns which contain over 150 statues of the Buddha, ranging in composition, posture and size. Being a sacred pilgrimage site for over 22 centuries, the temple is a masterpiece of ancient engineering combined with modern preservation techniques. For the nature lover, Dambulla's National Parks, Minneriya and Kaudulla are some of the best places in the island to spot elephants, and for those who are bored of the usual safari, can go about doing it in a hot air balloon.


KANDY
The capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy is situated in the central highlands of the island and overflows with culture and history. Famous for the Temple of Tooth that houses Lord Buddha's sacred tooth relic, home of the Esala Perahera, the beauteous scenes of Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and much more, Kandy is ideal for relaxation and recreation whilst indulging in the sights, culture and traditions of this quaint yet mighty hilltop capital. With panoramic views overlooking the Temple of the Tooth, the Kandyan Cultural Shows and sights and sounds of the Market Place and Arts & Crafts show room, Kandy comes alive beckoning you to join in.


NUWARA ELIYA
Little England of Sri Lanka sits high atop the inner highlands blanketed with cool air and misty clouds, the perfect blend of relaxation that comes with a hot cup of tea nipped from the heart of Tea Country. This beauteous town is a continuing memory of Sri Lanka's British past, as the houses of Nuwara Eliya hold the architectural design elements and look of an English countryside. 1890 meters above sea level, this town is ideal for tea cultivation, which is the usual sight when making your way to the top. Panoramic views are what you will find when on a sightseeing expedition to Lake Gregory or the highest mountain on the island, the mighty Pidurutagala. Even a great shopping adventure at the Nuwara Eliya town and market place, or a few swings on the evergreen Golf Course, being one of the finest 18 holes golf courses in Asia, could be just what you needed. Take the winding scenic route to this mountain top town filled with culture and history for a memorable time.


PINNAWALA
Make a pit stop at Pinnawala on your way to the hills and take in the sight of the only elephant orphanage on the island. Filled with pachyderms of many shapes and sizes, it is an ideal place to watch these majestic beasts as they take to their daily routines, whether it is feeding or bathing in the river nearby. One of the heart-warming sights at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is to watch baby elephants being bottle-fed. Bring your camera and catch these caring mammals care for their families of pachyderms they have welcomed and formed at Pinnawala.


SIGIRIYA
A towering rock fortress is a beautiful sight as you wake and walk out of your lodgings, powerful and ever reminiscent of the culture and history of the land and that is why Sigiriya is one UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Built in the 5th century by King Kassapa and inhabited for 18 years, this rocky royal citadel is a true wonder and testament to the skills of that era of Sri Lanka. Ringed with a moat and a rampart, the lion rock's entrance made of lion paws beckons you to discover and climb the 200 metres of rock that juts out from the foliage. The 'Ladies of Sigiriya' await you in the midst of the journey to the top to the famous frescoes that have been preserved for centuries. Find the beauty of Sigiriya within your imagination, as you see what was from the remains left behind.


TRINCOMALEE
Trincomalee, the port city with heavenly sights from the turquoise waters to the golden sandy beaches, the British and Dutch heritage to the most recent additions to the land that make it worth the journey. From sightseeing to recreational and relaxation, Trincomalee is the place to be. The Koneswaram Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that stands atop a cliff since it's relocation by the Portuguese, to Lover's Leap which has a love story connected to it, to the beauty that is Nilaveli beach, Fort Fredrick which was built by the Dutch and much more. This beauteous and colourful city has many stories to tell and many sights to see. One of the famous attractions being the Nilaveli Beach that has golden sand flirting with the turquoise of the Indian Ocean until the eye can see.


YALA
All of Sri Lanka's 24 parks are different to one another, and Yala National Park being one of the most prominent is home to the beauty of the land, and a bounty of fauna, flora and foliage. Found in the southern regions of the island, the Ruhunu Yala National Park is home to jumbo pachyderms, majestic peacocks and skilled leopards roaming the wilderness that is. Yala also boasts of many other attractions found within, from the varying species of animals who have made it's home at the park to the ancient monastery caves found as well as the Salt Pans of the Palapatuna Sea are all things to look out for, or rather go in search of when you make your way there.


Egypt

CAIRO
Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city. Home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights in Egypt, this city is where you never know what incredible, half-forgotten monument you might stumble across while wandering around. Enjoy the Nile view from your hotel room balcony, visit the capital's medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili, or walk down the Nile promenade. There are also plenty of cinemas, theatres and modern malls. Go for an opera or enjoy oriental music dance shows. Good for short breaks and long stays; you'll get to see the Giza Pyramids, thousands of ancient artifacts in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and much more.

Moreover, Cairo is for everyone, there are plenty of mid range and budget accommodations to choose from. Pick a charming boutique hotel in the heart of downtown or indulge in utter luxury in one of the city's most luxurious establishments. These usually house professional Spas and wellness centres where you'll be treated like royalty. There are more than 75 four and five-star hotels in Cairo, which all offer stunning views over amazing landmarks such as the majestic Nile, the Pyramids, beautiful parks and gardens, and upscale clubs and compounds.


LUXOR
Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's "greatest open-air museum." From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor to the exciting and fun Nile cruises, Luxor is the perfect choice for culture vultures. Luxor is divided by the Nile into two areas commonly called the East Bank and West Bank which were considered in Ancient Egyptian times as symbolizing respectively Life and Death. While the East Bank has grown to become a modern city, it has retained its lush green setting, its traditional bazaar and stunning view of the Nile. The East Bank boasts some of Egypt's most refined hotels, home to amazing Spa's and a golf course.

The West Bank is known for its necropolis and mortuary temples: the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Workers Village, and the Temple of Medinet Habu are the highlights of Luxor's West Bank. In Ancient Egyptian mythology the setting sun to the west symbolised the journey to the afterlife, so it was fitting symbolism to bury the dead west of the Nile.

While in Luxor, you can opt for a simple accommodation at one of the simple hotel of the West Bank, where archaeologists used to stay when on excavations missions, or you can take it to the other extreme by staying at one of the town's luxurious establishments, such as the El-Moudira Hotel on the West Bank or the history-filled Old Winter Palace on the East Bank.


ASWAN
Aswan is a serene Nile Valley destination where the Nile is more majestic than anywhere else, flowing through granite rocks, and round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. It is considered as an all-time favourite winter destination. Moreover, you'll be surprised to see how many monuments and sites this small city has to offer. Consider sailing to the temple of Philae, seeing the Agha Khan Mausoleum and taking an excursion to St. Simeon's Monastery. Egypt's sunniest southern city is the perfect destination to stroll and relax in a magical cultural setting: wander down the broad walkway, locally known as the corniche, to watch feluccas slowly sailing the Nile then stop at one of the floating restaurants to enjoy Nubian music and freshly caught fish. Aswan offers a splendid view of the Nile and is a great starting point for a Nile cruise.

Aswan also offers a rich cultural experience; you'll get to know Nubian culture and shop for spices, henna tattoos, souvenirs and African handmade goods at the Aswan souk. The word Aswan derives in fact from the Ancient Egyptian word "Soun" meaning souk or trade. It has earned its name thanks to the city's strategic position, on the trade route linking the North of Egypt to its South.


ABU SIMBEL
The very small village of Abu-Simbel lies 280 km south of Aswan, and only 40 km north of the Sudanese border. Even though it is home to several hotels, the small town is usually overlooked by tourists as a holiday destination. Most of them prefer to visit the Nubian town on a daytrip from Cairo or Aswan or as an extension to a Nile cruise or a Lake Nasser Cruise. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Nile, the majestic Abu-Simbel Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to Ramses II & Nefertari, the world-famed temples will take your breath away. After a visit to this inspiring site, you can walk around the colourful touristic market, go bird watching on the Lake Nasser, and get back to the temples again in the evening for the amazingly inspiring sound & light show.

Staying in Abu-Simbel for a night or two will allow you to enjoy the peace and magic of this Nubian town at your own pace and discover the true spirit of Abu-Simbel, gaze at the magnificent statues for hours and avoid the hordes of tourists arriving usually in the early morning. You'll also get a glimpse of the hearty Nubian culture by listening to Nubian music, meeting with the locals, and maybe even escaping to the nearby desert for some more inspiring experiences.


ALEXANDRIA
"Pearl of the Mediterranean," the captivating Alexandria will fascinate you with its mix of history and modernity. Although very little remains of the old city, Alexandria still retains its Mediterranean ambience and old European residence houses, combined with old cafes and Greco Roman monuments. The Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, the underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura and the city's vibrant arts scene make Alexandria a great sightseeing destination. Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque and the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark are also sights to behold. The beauty and cosmopolitanism of Alexandria inspired great authors such as the British novelist E.M. Forster, the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy who respectively lived in Alexandria in the early and late 19th century, and Lawrence Durrell who lived and wrote about the city during World War II. The Alexandrian coastline extends on no less than 70 km, from the north-western side of the Nile delta to Mariout Lake in the east. The coast is dotted with beautiful bays and harbours, such as Abu-Qir and the crescent-shaped Alexandrian Eastern Harbour which is overlooked by the majestic Qaitbay Fortress. The Cornice in Alexandria is a treat during both summer and winter. Starting from Ras El Tin and stretching all the way to Montazah you can enjoy spectacular view of the White Mediterranean. The Cornice was developed in the 1930s and further developments were made to it in the early 1990s. Beaches stretch along the coast from Maamoura in the east and all the way to the Agamy beach west of Alexandria.


SHARM EL SHEIKH
With sunshine and warm waters all year round, Sharm El Sheikh is the closest destination to Europe where you can soak up sun, dive amazing corals reefs, and enjoy the sea any time you need a break from routine. The climate is lovely and dry all year long with temperatures ranging between 20° and 25° C in the winter months, whereas in summer the temperatures go up a little reaching highs of 30 to 35° C. Sharm El Sheikh boasts the widest array of fun, exciting and even crazy water and extreme sports: besides diving, snorkeling, sailing, wind and kite-surfing, you can even try sky diving or parachuting from a helicopter on your next holiday in Sharm El Sheikh. Moreover, from Sharm El Sheikh, you can easily book trips and safaris into the nearby Sinai desert and discover the amazing St Catherine Monastery, or the majestic Sinai Mountains. You can also head to Sharm for a wellness and pampering holiday; the town is home to Egypt's most famous and professional Spas in Egypt.

Add to that endless nights spent at local bars, nightclubs and beaches dancing the night away or the magic of an existing safari into the mountainous Sinai desert landscape and you'll know why Sharm is ranked among the best vacation destinations in the world. Sharm El Sheikh has it all to make your holiday an unforgettable experience.


United Arab Emirates

DUBAI
Dubai is the second largest emirate in the federation of the United Arab Emirates. It is, also, the economic capital of the state due to many advantages offered by this modern city on all aspects. For a long time, Dubai Khor was one of the most famous landmarks of the emirate which was built on its banks. Al Khor is a waterway used in the past as a small port to unload cargo ships and transport to markets. Dubai Khor centers amid this beautiful city and divides it into two parts; Bur Dubai in the south which is the traditional heart of the city and Deira in the north which includes a lot of shopping centers and the famous markets famous in the emirate. Dubai offers a large range of accommodation options in the city, on the beach and inside (the desert resorts). All hotels in Dubai are equipped with modern facilities. Most of the hotels contain rooms for conferences and meetings and fully equipped with health clubs and sports halls. Besides, there is a wide variety of international restaurants series. Unlike many of the emerging destinations, Dubai offers several options to the tour operators and travel agents abroad for dealing with local tourism companies that has high-level experience and qualifications. These companies include a team specialized in organizing marvelous tourist programs along with tour guides, who can speak several languages, and highly qualified drivers. Morover, it has modern, comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles which are used in the interior tourist tours to transport visitors from/to airport.


ABU DHABI
Abu Dhabi has high-level tourist componants that meet the needs of all types of tourism such as conferences, business and entertainment tourism. Abu Dhabi offers modern and luxurious conference rooms equipped with the latest technologies. Furthermore, it contains a lot of five-stars luxurious hotels, interesting recreational centers, golf stadiums, theaters, as well as, a lot cultural centers. Soon, Abu Dhabi will host two of the most famous museums in the world; the Louvre - Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim - Abu Dhabi. The luxurious shopping opportunity can be found in Abu Dhabi where a lot of malls that contain the most famous commercial brands and the global fashion showrooms with competitive prices, where all products are exempted from sales taxes. Also, the restaurants offer a variety of Middle Eastern and European cuisine and other international cuisine. Abu Dhabi is characterized by a world-class tourist structure which allows to practice the entertaining sports such as walking, running and biking, taking into account the requirements of the movement of the special needs people in its streets and parks, where it witnesses several celebrations and festivals in the national events.


AJMAN
Ajman, the charming Emirate, is located on the Arabian Gulf coast in the Northern Emirates that covers an area of 260 square kilometers. The emirate of Ajman consists of three cities; Ajman City which is the largest city that comprises the Ruler's office, companies, banks and commercial markets. in addition to, the Ajman port, which is located on natural valley passes through the city. The other two cities are Al Manamah city and Masfout city which are distinguished by their rare nature and rich agricultural environment.


United Kingdom

London
There's nowhere in the world quite like London. This isn't just another capital city, it's a thriving metropolis with a unique personality formed by its iconic landmarks, centuries of history, world-class shopping and achingly cool fashion, arts and food scenes. London is the perfect playground for kids of all ages. Don't miss the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Horniman Museum, where they'll have so much hands-on fun they'll forget the're learning. Animal lovers will love getting up close to the creatures at London Zoo and the London Wetlands Centre and Battersea Park Children's Zoo, and if there's pocket money to be spent, head to the world famous Hamleys toy store. It may be one of the world's most cutting-edge cities, but there's evidence of London's rich history all over. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Tower of London, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Maritime Greenwich are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as top attractions. For a glimpse of London that dates back to Roman times, visit the historic City of London, also known as the Square Mile. You can't go far in London without stumbling across one of the city's iconic attractions. A 40-minute walk along the South Bank will take you past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. There are also eight Royal Parks to explore, and over 300 museums and galleries, many offering free admission.


Windsor
Windsor, a short break destination combining history, fine shopping and dining, sports, leisure... Windsor is famous for its royal connections and is steeped in the pageantry and history of the Royal Family. Less than 30 miles west of London it's surrounded by the delightful countryside of Royal Berkshire and makes a great day trip from the capital. You'll discover a lively town in a glorious riverside location with great shopping, restaurants and Windsor Castle - one of the Queen's official royal residences and the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. If you love history and royal tradition, Windsor is the place to head. As well as the enormous Castle, there's historic Eton College , where Princes William and Harry went to school, and Frogmore House - the elegant property where Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert are buried.


Canterbury
Canterbury, in the South East of England, has been an important player in England's history since its early beginnings as a Roman settlement. Canterbury is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is also one of Britain's Heritage Cities. Canterbury was named one of Britain's Heritage Cities due to its fascinating history and heritage. In 597 A.D. the Pope St Augustine came to Canterbury, to convert the region back to Christianity. In recognition of this, UNESCO granted World Heritage status to part of the city, including St Martin's Church, St Augustine's Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral , which date back to that period.


Straford-Upon-Avon
Situated on the River Avon in the Heart of England, the most well known Stratford-upon-Avon attractions include the most famous as the birthplace of England's greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, 5 historic houses linked to the Bard and a wealth of other great tourist attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon also has some great accommodation on offer. The thriving market town is a perfect combination of old and new, and with its beautiful surroundings, is a fine place to visit for a relaxing holiday. Stratford-upon-Avon's magical blend of heritage and drama resulted in it being named one of Britain's Heritage Cities. Explore Shakespeare's Birthplace for a fascinating insight into his life and times, and visit one of Holy Trinity to see his grave. See his great works performed at The Courtyard Theatre, which is the Royal Shakespeare Company's main venue during the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


Wales
Wales, bordered by England on the east, is a small country with a colourful history and spectacular landscapes, including 3 National Parks and 5 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At only 170 miles from north to south and 60 miles east to west, it's no surprise that you're never far from a mountain or the sea. But Wales is also home to vibrant cities, traditional villages and great tourist attractions. Welsh - the native language - is spoken by many people in Wales, and is one of the oldest languages in the world. The history and myths of one of the world's oldest civilisations have created an unforgettable range of sights to explore; Roman forts, 641 castles, and countless sights linked to Kind Arthur and Merlin the magician. And from small country villages to the buzzing cities with their vibrant music and nightlife, there are fascinating local attractions to explore everywhere.


Liverpool
Liverpool the birthplace of the Beatles and home of Liverpool FC, it's also a great tourist destination with more listed buildings, theatres, museums and galleries than any city outside London. Where else would you find a dedicated Beatles museum and a Tate gallery next to each other? This diverse, vibrant and laid-back city has the ability to make anyone feel instantly at home with its extensive history, modern tourist attractions and youthful vibe - a visit to Liverpool is sure to satisfy every appetite. Liverpool's attractions have something for everyone. The Albert Dock is one of Britain's top tourist attractions, and is home to the Beatles Story , Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum . But the jewel in the crown of Liverpool's museums and galleries is the amazing Walker Art Gallery- the National Gallery of the North.


Leicester
Leicester is everything you would expect from a truly multicultural metropolis - vibrant, thriving and ultra cosmopolitan. From the heart of the regenerated city centre with its new world-class theatre, fine restaurants and superb new £350 million Highcross Leicester retail development, to award-winning family attractions like the out-of-this world National Space Centre and ancient Roman ruins at the Jewry Wall Museum , Leicester is a diverse melting pot of new, old, fun and bold! The city's impressive multi-million pound Curve Theatre finally opened its doors in November 2008. Described as 'Europe's most exciting cultural project', the ground-breaking theatre runs a year-round calendar of exciting productions. For inspiration of a different kind, pay a visit to the awe-inspiring National Space Centre. With interactive challenges and the most advanced space theatre in the world, you're guaranteed to be taken where you've never been before. For animal lovers, a visit to Twycross Zoo in nearby Atherstone is a must. Or keep the kids' minds engaged throughout the summer months at spectacular annual family events like The Spark children's arts festival taking place in May/June.


Edinburgh
Edinburgh, a city loved by royalty and party animals alike. Centuries of history have left their mark on this city, giving you the atmospheric, medieval Old Town, elegant, Georgian New Town and the attractions of one of Britain's most cutting-edge cities, all within the space. With so much to see and do in Edinburgh, it can be hard to know where to start exploring. We suggest you head to the Royal Mile, home to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the Queen's official residence in Scotland - at the other. As you make your way along the mile, you'll pass the iconic St Giles' Cathedral, The Real Mary King's Close underground tour and the cutting-edge Scottish Parliament building.


Glasgow
Edinburgh, a city loved by royalty and party animals alike. Centuries of history have left their mark on this city, giving you the atmospheric, medieval Old Town, elegant, Georgian New Town and the attractions of one of Britain's most cutting-edge cities, all within the space. With so much to see and do in Edinburgh, it can be hard to know where to start exploring. We suggest you head to the Royal Mile, home to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the Queen's official residence in Scotland - at the other. As you make your way along the mile, you'll pass the iconic St Giles' Cathedral, The Real Mary King's Close underground tour and the cutting-edge Scottish Parliament building.


Scotland
Scotland is a diverse and extraordinary country, with a rich and fascinating history. The country has nearly 800 islands, only 300 of which are inhabited, and these islands are home to some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. A land of contrasts, Scotland boasts vibrant and exciting cities to visit and breathtaking lochs, mountains and coastlines that shouldn't be missed. Scotland is bordered by England on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the North Sea on the east. Scotland's diverse and exciting history is reflected in many of its attractions. Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city's Old Town is a must-see. A visit to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is an unforgettable experience, as is a trip to any of Scotland's fantastic Whisky distilleries. And of course, you can't visit Scotland without trying to find Nessie at Loch Ness.



Indonesia

Bali
Bali has been the favorite destination for locals and international tourists for ages. Full of magnificent beaches, breathtaking sceneries, marvelous trinkets and interesting culture, Bali is ideal for people wanting to escape from daily activities, enjoy a honeymoon, or even, have a great time with family and friends. Many beautiful resorts offer fine lodgings. Most of the starred hotels are located near the beach. Otherwise, they usually have their own private spots at certain beaches. You can find them easily at p opular spots like Kuta or Sanur. If you're in a serene highland like Ubud, forget starred hotels. You're there to embrace the atmosphere. Just pick one of the small lodgings lining up the streets. And even the smallest one's ready to make you feel welcome. s a tourist icon of Indonesia, Bali has so many interesting objects to see. We can say that the beauties of nature in Bali are almost complete. As a relatively small island, Bali has many beautiful beaches. One of the beaches which are very popular with its beautiful wave is Kuta beach. Bali also has highland and mountains area which are cool and chilly, such as Kintamani and Bedugul. In fact, there are hilly areas that allow visitors to see the beauty of the sunset combined with a landscape of the sea spread below. There are also rivers, which often served as a place to do rafting like Ayung River. In addition to natural beauty, which is very interesting in Bali is the beauty of cultural diversity. Balinese dance is one of the most beautiful dances in Indonesia, which can be enjoyed in many places in Bali. One of the dances are very interested by tourists is the Kecak Dance. Traditional Balinese Hindu culture which is still very inherent in the community also becomes part of a very interesting to be enjoyed in Bali. Every day tourists can view the activities associated with the religious and cultural rituals such as the view of Balinese women bringing ritual offerings wearing traditional clothing.


Jakarta
Jakarta is the biggest city in Indonesia with a role as the capital of Indonesia as well as the government center of Indonesia. Jakarta is also one of the 33 provinces in Indonesia, and therefore governed by a governor who reports to the President of Indonesia through the Internal Affairs Minister. Due to the multi role as both a provinc regency. The five municipalities are North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara), East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur), West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat), South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan), Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat), and Thousand Islands Regency (Kepulauan Seribu). Each municipality headed by a Mayor who assists to prepare the planning of their region. Thousand Island is headed by a Regent who's responsible on the financial matters. Jakarta is a metropolitan city which has millions enchantments to enjoy. There are many comfortable malls and luxurious plazas for shopping, entertainment places like bars, night club, discotheques and live music, as well as international restaurants serving good taste cuisines. Besides modernity, there are many simplicity you could see in Jakarta, such as small shops (warung) under the tent, sidewalk shops, Bajaj (three wheeled vehicle), and bicycle ojek (ride by bicycle).


Sumatra
Sumatra is a region of Indonesia and the 6th largest island in the world. Wild and rugged, it has a great natural wealth. Nature is the primary attraction of Sumatra. There are jungles, volcanoes and lakes. The rain-forest of this island is so important that in 2006 no less than 25,000 square km was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and named The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. This area comprises three distinct national parks. Perhaps the most notable specific attraction is the endemic Sumatran Orangutan (smaller and rarer than the only other species of orangutan which is endemic to Borneo). These are restricted to the northern parts of the island and perhaps the easiest place to see them is at Bukit Lawang in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Rarer still are the tiny populations of critically endangered Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhinoceros. The chances of casual visitor glimpsing one of these are slim, but you never know. Also in the north, Lake Toba is the world's largest volcanic lake and a popular stop off on the backpacker trail. In a nation of active volcanoes, Mount Kerinci in Kerinci Seblat National Park, is the highest of them all at some 3,805 metres.


Java
Java is Indonesia's fifth-largest island. Its 130 million people make up 65% of Indonesia's entire population, and makes Java the most populated island in the world. Covering an area of 127,569 sq. km (7% of Indonesia's area) and with a population density of 940 people/sq. km, Java is the world's most crowded major island as well. Java offers everything a somewhat adventurous traveler is looking for: two of world's great ancient monuments, volcanoes (all 121 of them), major national parks, rainforests, tea and rice plantations, large cities, big waves and even savanna. The scenery in most parts of Java is spectacular and, while the island is overpopulated, there are still plenty of unspoiled places. Even though the beaches are not very appealing in Java and tides can be fatal especially in south part of Java, in nearby archipelagos like Pulau Seribu or Karimunjawa the traveler can find white sand beaches and corals islands.


Kalimantan
Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world. The Indonesian part covers some 580.000 km2 (225.000 sq mi), the vast area is home to only 12 million people, so most of the provinces, especially the interior is very sparsely populated, and the vast rain forests here is some of the most bio-diverse areas in the world.