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EXOTIC DESTINATIONS

Created by nature – paradise places on Earth

Unique places to be visited

Endless hours in the office and everyday stress provoke any plans for the upcoming holiday or vacation. We offer places must visit while you have the opportunity to travel.

Dream vacation does not have to be the most commercial tourist destinations, there are places that will really jealous that you were.

Around the world there are thousands of beautiful and amazing paradises see some of them.

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Shanghai

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Shanghai is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.
Shanghai (上海 Shànghǎi) , with a population of more than 23 million (with over 9 million migrants), is the largest and traditionally the most developed metropolis in Mainland China.
Shanghai was the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East already during the 1930’s. In the past 20 years it has again become an attractive city for tourists from all over the world. The world once again had its eyes on the city when it hosted the 2010 World Expo, recording the greatest number of visitors in the event’s history.
Shanghai is split in two by the Huangpu River (黄浦江 Huángpǔ Jiāng). The most basic division of the area is Puxi (浦西 Pǔxī) West of the river, versus Pudong (浦东 Pǔdōng), East of the river. Both terms can be used in a general sense for everything on their side of the river, but are often used in a much narrower sense where Puxi is the older (since the 19th century) city center and Pudong the mass of new (since the 1980s) high-rise development across the river.

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Fiji islands

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is an independent nation, the majority of which is located just over the western side of the International Date Line, near the equator. Most indigenous Fijians are actually Melanesians, but for several thousand years Fijians have been sailing to, interacting and intermarrying with Polynesians, especially the people of Samoa and Tonga and other smaller island groups near there. Like the Polynesian people of Samoa and Tonga, modern Fijians have held on to many aspects of their traditional culture: For example, most still speak Fijian, as well as English, and many Fijians still live in the types of houses seen at the Polynesian Cultural Center. They also prefer to wear the traditional wrap-around sulu or sarong, especially on formal occasions.

Just under half of the population of Fiji are the descendants of contract laborers imported from India by the British government over 100 years ago. Fiji today still maintains some aspects of its historical British association, including a parliamentary style of government – which is advised by the Great Council of Chiefs, driving on the left-hand side of the road, and a deep love of rugby and soccer.

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Tenerife

Tenerife is the biggest and best-known Canary Island, with over 10 million visitors a year, and finally the word is out that the landscape, sights and attractions here go way beyond beaches, lap dancers and the best bitter on tap.

The potpourri of experiences includes 350km of coast; tropical-forest walks and designer-shop struts; dark forays into volcanic lava; traditional Canarian cuisine and (if you must) egg and chips. As for the drama, this is where Tenerife really does soar high and above its neighbouring islands. At 3718m the Pico del Teide is Spain’s tallest peak, surrounded by a moonscape of rock formations and intense volcanic colours. It’s fabulous walking territory; pack your lace-ups. Tenerife is also diverse enough to allow an authentic Canarian experience. Simply put, the further you head away from the southwestern resorts, the fewer tourists you find. For example, the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is delightfully untainted by camera-wielding coach loads, although Carnaval gets packed with a clued-in crowd here for an experience second only to Rio in terms of raw fiesta spirit. The same cannot be said for Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas & Costa Adeje in the South where neon lights and over-sunned northern Europeans abound amidst the shimmering white sands of this resort-heavy area. In stark contrast, Parque Nacional del Tide in the Centre offers a bit more elbow space, at least by Tenerife standards.

Putting pleasure before business is an appealing quality of the Tinerfeños, which means there is plenty of nightlife choice, ranging from spit-and-sawdust local bars to big bad discos with international DJs and foam parties.

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Azerbaijan

Neither Europe nor Asia, Azerbaijan is an incredible tangle of contradictions and contrasts. It’s a fascinating nexus of ancient historical empires. Yet it’s also a new nation finding its feet as it emerges from a war-torn post-Soviet chrysalis on a petroleum-funded gust of optimism. Surrounded by semi-desert on the oil-rich Caspian Sea, the nation’s cosmopolitan capital Baku is a dynamic boomtown, where flashy limousines and mushrooming skyscrapers sweep around a picturesque Unesco-listed ancient core. Yet barely three hours’ drive away lies an entirely different world: timeless villages clad in lush orchards from which shepherd tracks lead into the soaring high Caucasus mountains. Where Baku is multilingual and go-ahead, the provinces shuffle to the gently paced click of nard (backgammon) on tree-shaded teahouse terraces: women stay home, herds of cattle wander aimlessly across highways, and potbellied bureaucrats scratch their heads in confusion on finding that an outsider has wandered into their territory.

Visiting the country takes creativity and imagination, as the tourist industry is at best ‘nascent’. Although there are plenty of rural ‘rest-zones’ for holidaying city folk, they cater mainly for locals who want to unwind with hefty feasts and family chats, so rarely provide any activities. Very few people outside Baku speak English, but the challenge is a great part of the appeal. So where to, then? Southern Azerbaijan is one of the country’s more pleasant regions, both along the coast and inland: Lәnkәran is a quaint seaside town famed for its flowers, while Masalli & around makes a good entry point for exploring the Talysh mountains. Northern Azerbaijan is where you’ll find the Caucasus Mountains and the incredible village of Xinaliq, with its jaw-dropping views and traditional mountain culture. And for something completely different (in a country full of completely different travel experiences!), there’s always the remote and intriguing enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Bali Indonesia

Bali is a world away from the rest of Indonesia, and it’s a longstanding favorite with independent travelers. Itinerant surfers started coming as early as the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that surfing holidays in Bali became fashionable. Today, the island legacy continues, and Bali sees as many bohemian surfers as it does affluent resort tourists. With miles of luxurious coastline and a range of accommodation in Bali, this small island has room enough for everyone.

Indonesia may have the world’s largest Muslim population, but Bali fosters its own distinct culture. Hinduism has flourished here for nearly 2,000 years. Away from the beaches are fascinating Hindu temples, cultural exhibitions, terraced rice fields and colorful festivals all worthy of a visit – any many photos.

Kuta is the busiest resort district in Bali, with a few of the top luxury hotels in Bali. Behind the main waterfront is a spread of budget guesthouses that are still within easy walking distance of the beach. From here it’s a short trip by taxi or rented motorbike to Uluwatu, a massive limestone peninsula jutting out in the sea. Tourists visit Uluwatu to see the temple, go surfing or watch the sun set over the majestic cliffs. Nusa Dua/Benoa is another major tourist area, with scores of high-end, big name hotels.

Legian is another must-see. This relaxed beach boasts excellent surf and a strip of restaurants and bars near the onsite hotels. Life in Legian begins and ends on the beach. Surf shops give lessons by day, and then give way to lively bars and live music venues after sunset. Kuta Beach is also legendary and offers up a smorgasbord of luxury beachfront resorts.

Further south is Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport, one of Indonesia’s busiest travel hubs. Flights connect to prominent cities across southern Asia, and most of the major hotels in Bali offer free transfers from the airport. For those not staying in a hotel near Bali airport, metered taxis and rental cars are easily arranged around the Arrivals Hall.

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Zakynthos Greece

Zante is the flower of the East.

Zákynthos (Zante) is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate (area: 406 sq. km; coastline: 123 km). Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island.
The Venetians, who ruled Zákynthos from 1484 to 1797, called the island “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zákynthos. The third largest island of the Ionian Sea, after Corfu and Kefaloniá, is internationally known as “Zante”. Zákynthos is said to have been the island’s first inhabitant and the ancient acropolis is attributed to him. He was the son of Dardanos who ruled the ancient kingdom of Frigia. A Venetian fort was built at later times on the site.

The Venetian architectural influence has left its stamp on Zante despite the damage sustained due to the seismic activity in the area. After the ravaging 1953 earthquake and the ensuing fire, a number of historical buildings and churches burned to the ground. Consequently, the significant treasures these buildings were housing perished. The town was rebuilt according to a plan where strict anti-seismic specifications applied and, to a large extent, respecting the town’s former architectural structure.

On Zante, great care is taken to protect two endangered animal species, namely the caretta aretta sea turtle and the monachus monachus seal.

The city of Zakynthos is the capital of the island and at the same time the island’s port.

Take a tour around the city and visit:

– The Solomos Square surrounded by buildings with characteristic traditional architectural features of the island, arch-shaped windows and arcades. The bust of D. Solomos national poet of Greece dominates in the centre. Here you can also find the Public Library (with 55.000 volumes), the Post-Byzantine Museum of Zante exhibiting treasures such as statues trimmed with gold, icons and art woodcuts.

– The Post- Byzantine Museum of Zante in Solomos square, exhibits treasures such as statues trimmed with gold, icons and art woodcuts.

– The coastal road known as Strata Marina (K. Lomvardou street), which is one of the most frequented part of the city, with cafes, bars and restaurants, from the Solomos Square up to the church of the patron-saint Aghios Dionysios.

– The Aghios Markos square. Here, in 1797, the revolutionaries (popolaroi) burnt the Libro d’ Oro and planted the tree of freedom. This paved square is the main meeting point for locals and visitors. Here, you will find the Museum of Solomos, Kalvos and Eminent Zakynthians which also hosts the bust of the Greek national poet, created by Georgios Broutos in 1902.

– Rouga: Its name is Alexandros Romas street, starting at Aghios Markos Square crossing almost the whole town. This street with the impressive arcades has been the main commercial center of the city for centuries.

– The Venetian Castle situated on a hill overhanging the town in the place of the old acropolis named Psofis.

– The Stranis hill, 2 km away from the town, offering a great view. Here, the poet Dionysios Solomos inspired the ‘Hymn to Liberty’ (later the Greek national anthem) and the “Free Besieged” attending the siege of the city of Messolonghi.

Visit also the remarkable churches of Zakynthos

– Aghios Nikolaos tou Molou (Solomou Square): a church of Renaissance order (17th century) with a belfry dating back to the Byzantine period. Aghios Dionysios lived here in 1853.

– Aghios Dionysios (at the new pier of the port): where the relic of the patron-saint of the island is kept in a silver larnax.

– Aghios Markos (1516): The belfry of this catholic church situated at the Aghiou Markou Square is a copy of the one of Saint Mark’s basilica in Venice.

– Aghios Georgios: The army commanders Kolokotronis, Nikitaras, Fotomaras as well as other fighters of the 1821 Revolution took their vows on the icon which is kept in this church.

– Panaghia  Pikardiotissa at the outskirts of the castle.
Zakynthos is famous for its cultural life.

Some of the famous cultural Events are:

Carnival: A traditional town crier goes around the island proclaiming the program of the Carnival festivities. On the last Sunday of the Carnival is the procession of the Carnival King. The festivities end with the “Mask Funeral”.

Litany and artistic events in the memory of Aghios Dionysios on August 24th and December 17th.

Easter: The Holy Week in Zakynthos has its own character with ancient customs and an exceptional rite as far as the religious ceremonies are concerned.

The celebration of Holy Week on Zakynthos Island is considered to be unique and unforgettable both for locals and visitors to the island. At noon, on Good Friday, crowds of worshippers take part in the procession of the Crucified through the town.

In the early hours of Holy Saturday morning and starting from the “Saint Nicolas” Cathedral Church the epitaph procession takes place in accordance with the local ancient custom, while the Bishop announces the Resurrection at sunrise.

At the first chime of the bell, the Bishop lets white doves free while from the bell tower clay vessels are thrown onto the road just as is done by all the inhabitants of the island out of their windows.

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Bora Bora French Polynesia

Bora Bora island is possibly the single most famous island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words “Bora Bora” bring an almost mystical presence to the island.

It’s true Bora Bora is indeed a wonderful place to vacation… but this magical presence is not so unattainable.

This website seperates the facts from the fiction regarding this wonderful Tahiti Polynesian island paradise: Tourism aspects, activities, practicalities, culture, and all the things you’ll want to know when planning a trip to Bora Bora. We propose to the would be traveler that the Island of Bora Bora is quite real and attainable as a vacation getaway.

This girl is sitting on a motu…Part of the allure has to be its almost unbelievable beauty. Two towering peaks of sheer black rock dominate the center of the island and make an impressive backdrop to an assortment of blue waters that will dazzle the eyes.

Bora Bora’s lagoon is its most treasured feature, and allows the traveler many opportunities to experience it in a variety of ways. Windsurf, jetski, scuba dive, snorkel, swim, bask in its warmth… the list goes on.

Bora bora is truly an experience worth having. A wonderfully relaxing place to be as well as a great island for you to experience, your Bora Bora vacation will never be forgotten.

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25 interesting facts about Thailand

Thailand is a country with beautiful nature , charming beaches, amazing culture, commendable hospitality , fantastic temples, real culinary treasure, and this is what more …

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Thailand is often called the ” Land of Smiles ” because very kind , polite and always smiling Thais .

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According to the World Meteorological Organization Bangkok is the hottest capital city in the world.

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One of the main sources of income for the country come from the export of orchids – about $ 250 million annually.

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Thailand is greater as a territory of the United Kingdom , Iceland, Belgium and Austria combined.

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Queen of Thailand – Sirikit is among the most beautiful women in the world in the 20th century.

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Thailand is a country of ancient culture. UNESCO are – Ayutthaya , Sukhothai , Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng, Ban Chiang and forestry complex Pong Phayayen-Khao Yai.

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Between 1970 and 1996, the Thai economy is the fastest growing economy in the world.

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Thai boxing is the national sport in Thailand.

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Residents of Thailand 63 million , 95 % of them are Buddhists.

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Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej This ( King Rama IX) is the longest reigning monarch in the history not only of the country but for the whole world . He ascended the throne in 1946.

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According to archaeologists , the oldest and well-developed Bronze Age civilization existed in what is now Thailand before 5000-10000 years.

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Spoken Thai comes from Vietnam and China, and there is written from 1283 and is based in Sanskrit and Hindi. Thai are very words of Khmer .

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Thailand is the largest rice exporter in the world.

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The largest production of pineapples harvested in Thailand.

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By 1949 the country was called Siam when officially renamed Thailand ( ” Thai ” Thai means ” freedom” ) , literally Land of Liberty.

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In Thailand Past Indians , Mongols and Rouge , participated in the creation of the unique culture of the country.

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Thailand managed to keep the culture and cultural monuments, because it is the only country in South Asia that was never colonized .

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Thailand is known as the Land of the White Elephant . White elephants are highly respected as a symbol of peace and prosperity.

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In Thailand it is considered disrespectful to touch someone on the head as Thais believe that the soul (which is sacred ) lives in the head.

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The full name of Bangkok is the longest in the world, try to pronounce it : “KrungThepMahaNakhonAmonRattanakosin
MahintharaAyutthayaMahadilokPhopNoppharaRatchathaniBuriromUdom
RatchaniwetMahasathanAmonPhiman
AwatanSathitSakkathattiyWitsanuKamprasit ”

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The largest Chinatown in the world is this in Bangkok.

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Contrary to widespread belief , prostitution is illegal in Thailand .

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Kilometer from Co. Tao is Koh Nang Yuan , the only island in the world , created by three separate islands linked together through deposits.

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The ancient city Muang Boran, south of Bangkok topped the charts for the largest outdoor museums in the world .

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Family in Thailand is very important , as individual families live closed . Children are educated in respect to their parents and observing the rules of the hierarchy , according to which the mother and father are on top.