Top Tourist Attractions in Macau, China

Situated on the southern coast of China, the city and region of Macau is a wonderfully diverse destination, attracting tourists from around the world.

Not only is the city on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its unique Portuguese and Chinese architecture, but it’s also known as the Las Vegas of the East because of its vast array of gambling options—among the many other tourist attractions in Macau.

If taking a trip here, you’ll find plenty of things to do, whether it’s exploring the historical sites or enjoying playing on one of the city’s many slots machines.

Make sure you plan your trip in advance to get the most out of your visit. Here are just a few of the top Macau tourist spots to enjoy.

Top tourist attractions in Macau

Venetian Macao Casino

While Las Vegas may be considered the gambling capital in the western world, in Asia, Macau is by far the best place for those looking for a casino experience. Playing games such as poker, blackjack and slots are an increasingly popular form of entertainment and while many play casino games online, Macau’s gambling venues are the place to be for an evening of luxury and indulgence.

Set on the Cotai Strip, the Venetian Macao Casino is currently the largest casino and luxury hotel resort in the world, spread across 10,500,000 square feet of floor space. There are over 800 gambling tables on the floor and thousands of differently themed slot machines.

Opened in 2007, the Venetian is themed around Venice architecture and decor. For VIP guests and high rollers, there is the exclusive Paiza Club which has individual gaming rooms themed around Asian cities and a 24-hour dining space.

In addition, there are countless bars, restaurants and shops to explore inside the resort. A visit to the Venetian Macao should be planned as a day trip or overnight stay, to give yourself enough time to explore this magnificent attraction.

Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Show

The Cybernetic Fountain is a popular Macau tourist spot and not to be missed. It is the largest water feature in the whole of Asia with 86 waterspouts and the capability to shoot water 80 metres into the air.

Famous for its laser show, people gather to watch over 280 coloured spotlights glow and dance on the water in an astonishing performance. A series of cannons are also strategically placed to spray water in a coordinated rainbow.

The fountain shows are free for the public to watch, and extra special shows are put on at important times of the year, including Chinese New Year.

Studio City

Another glamorous entertainment resort in Macau can be found at Studio City, which has even more expansion plans underway. The resort has many different entertainment options, including the world’s highest Ferris wheel.

There is also a grand theatre that features The House of Magic, where many of the world’s most talented magicians go to perform. For fans of Batman, there is also the Dark Knight Rises 4D flight simulation ride.

The hotel has over 1,600 upscale rooms and, for guests in Star Tower, there is a private heated indoor pool and health club. One of the resort’s best features is its Tech-Based Entertainment (TBE) Park that centres around virtual reality tech as well as motion tracking and projection mapping.

In terms of dining options, there are a number of restaurants offering a huge range of different cuisines, from traditional Chinese dishes and Portuguese snacks to American style burgers and even a McDonalds.

A-Ma Temple

Temples are popular tourist attractions in Macau. And for visitors hoping to explore historical sites with great cultural significance, the A-Ma Temple is well worth a visit. The temple is the oldest in the city and is said to be the place where Macau’s name is derived from.

It is the temple to the sea goddess Mazu and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the grounds you will find a memorial arch, gate pavilion, Buddhist pavilion, prayer hall and hall of Guanyin. There is also the hall of benevolence which is thought to be the oldest part of the temple.

Taipa village

Another characterful Macau tourist spot is Taipa village. The village has influences from both Portugal and the Mediterranean, as well as traditional Chinese architecture. While you won’t find gaming venues here, there are a number of unique shops and dining options to explore between tours of the authentic heritage attractions.

Taipa was once known as a fishing village with most residents making their living from the fishing trade, you can find out more about its history at the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History. There is also the Tin Hau Temple and the Pak Tai Temple, both are small but full of rich history and are a place for quiet reflection and tribute offerings.

Taipa is easily accessible from other tourist spots in Macau, with direct walkways from both The Venetian Hotel and Galaxy Macau for your convenience.

Top Things to do in Darwin, Australia

Darwin is a small yet cosmopolitan city. People from more than 50 nations make up its population of 110,000. It is on the Timor Sea (a branch of the Indian Ocean) in north-central Australia. Darwin is the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory.

Darwin is notable amongst the capital cities in Australia for its relaxed lifestyle and unique multiculturalism, where people from over 50 different cultures live and work side by side.

The regular Asian-style markets that form an instrinsic part of the everyday Darwin landscape for local residents see food, music, language, and culture from just about every Asian nation, alongside crocodile hunters, local Aboriginal artists, musicians of every genre, sports fishing operators, sunset sails, and families with children playing on the beach.

Thanks to this diverse mix, there are many things to do in Darwin.

See also Darwin’s Popular Roadkill Cafe

Top places to visit in Darwin, Australia
View of Darwin Waterfront, which is a popular area for locals and tourists in Northern Territory of Australia – depositphotos.com

A brief history of Darwin

Darwin’s unique cosmopolitan makeup has been recognised as an “multicultural icon of national significance” by the Australian National Tust. Darwin’s tropical climate has two major seasons, the ‘dry’, from about May to October, and the ‘wet’, from November to April. Major cyclones have occurred approximately once every three decades. Much of the city was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

Darwin is also the only Australian capital city to have come under substantial attack during a war. On 19 February, 1942, Japanese planes made two major air raids on Darwin from the aircraft carrier fleet that had attacked Pearl Harbor less than 3 months earlier. These were the first of 64 air attacks experienced by the city during World War II, the last being on 12 November, 1943. (Other areas in northern Queensland and northern Western Australia were also bombed by Japanese aircraft.)

Natural sights of Darwin, Australia

Among the top things to do in Darwin are visiting the many beautiful natural sights.

Berry Springs 

The perfect swimming spot is only 45 minutes from Darwin city. Berry Springs Nature Park has shaded picnic and barbecue areas and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local birds and wildlife. Bring along your goggles to explore the underwater world in the crystal clear pools.

Territory Wildlife Park

The Territory Wildlife Park is a popular attraction, home to monsoon and paperbark forests and a wetlands walk. You can stand nose-to-nose with a 3.7 metre saltwater crocodile on a walk through the aquarium tunnel. Don’t miss the twice-daily birds of prey show or animal encounters presentation. 

Bicentennial Park

This scenic stretch of parkland along The Esplanade overlooks Darwin Harbour. It’s a great place to kick a footy, soak up some rays or have a picnic while watching the sun set. 

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

A stone’s throw from the city centre are 42 hectares of gardens that showcase local flora and that of other tropical habitats around the world. Explore monsoon forests, coastal foredunes and open woodlands on a stroll through the botanic gardens.

Places to visit in Darwin, Australia
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Lake Alexander

An ideal spot for swimming all year round, Lake Alexander is popular for picnics and barbecues. Spend the day by the water, have a game of volleyball and tire the kids out on the playground. 

Casuarina Coastal Reserve

The Reserve encompasses 1500 hectares, including 8 km of sandy beaches bordered by dramatic cliffs. Stretch your legs on one of the walking paths or grab a table and settle in for a barbecue under a shady Casuarina tree.

Charles Darwin National Park

Shell middens in the area indicate that it has been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the land. During World War II, this area was part of a network of military sites that formed Australia’s front line of defence, and as a result there are many bunkers and storage facilities remaining.

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is in the Northern Territory (Australia), 69 km south of Darwin – it makes for a great day trip from Darwin!

For visitors, Litchfield National Park’s main attractions are permanent spring fed waterfalls (Florence, Tolmer and Wangi); the clear pools of water they cascade into; cascades at Buley Rockhole; magnetic termite mounds; and a wildlife cruise along the majestic Reynolds River.

During the hot dry season the park is a magnet for people looking for a refreshing swim. Crocodiles do not seem to be as much a threat in Litchfield as they are in other Darwin top end parks, such as Kakadu National Park.

Other features of the park include the termite mounds and the “Lost City”, an area of bizarre sandstone block and pillar formations which have been sculpted by wind and rain over thousands of years.

The Northern Territory supports a wide diversity of native animals including birds, insects, reptiles, marsupials and mammals. This tropical environment is prolific with barramundi and produces the most exciting sportfishing in Australia.

There is no entry fee for the National Park. Camping fees are charged per person per night.

The National Park has a network of sealed and unsealed roads. The northern end can be visited by 2WD on bitumen roads. To visit the southern end, it is necessary to have a 4WD due to several river crossings and the variable nature of the road conditions. Note that during the wet season (Dec-Mar) access by road may be not be possible as the 4WD tracks are closed due to flooding.

Historical sights in Darwin

Darwin is also packed with history, here’s where to get your history fix in Darwin.

World War II Oil Storage Tunnels

Hidden deep beneath the city is one of the most interesting historical sites in Darwin. The World War II Oil Storage Tunnels were built during World War II due to the vulnerability of standard storage tanks to aerial attacks. Delays and the failure to properly seal the tunnels from water meant that they were never used for their initial purpose. Two of the tunnels are open to the public and feature an awesome collection of photographs of life in Darwin during World War II. 

East Point reserve

East Point Reserve, just north of the city, is filled with walking trails and cycling paths. The area is also home to Darwin’s East Point Military Museum. Here you can check out WWII relics and watch footage of the Darwin bombing. Go near dawn or dusk to see Agile Wallabies. 

Darwin Wharf Precinct

At 9.58AM on February 19, 1942, the wharf was a target for Japanese bombs, which claimed the lives of many service personnel and waterside workers. Many of the historical landmarks remain and can be explored today. 

Darwin Wharf Precinct
Australia, homes on recreation area with lagoon on Waterfront precinct in Darwin – depositphotos.com

Fannie Bay Gaol

Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Darwin’s major prison for almost 100 years from 1883. Two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s and the gallows were used for executions until 1952. The building’s grim and oppressive history can be felt as you walk through.

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, houses an impressive collection of the Territory’s aviation history and reminds us of Darwin’s frontier role in World War II. To fully appreciate all the centre has to offer, allow yourself at least an hour and a half. Take advantage of the guided tours, video presentation and range of souvenirs. entry fees apply. 

Burnett House at Myilly Point

Architect B.C.G. Burnett designed homes adapted to the climatic conditions of the Top End, which included the use of lightweight materials and natural ventilation. It is worth leaving your visit to Myilly Point until Sunday afternoon, when you can take High Tea in the shady tropical gardens at Burnett House.

Browns Mart

Browns Mart is a stone building that was opened in 1885 as the store ‘Solomon’s Emporium’. It played many roles over the years, but today has become a cultural and historic icon of the city that is regularly used for theatre and performances.

Adelaide River War Cemetery

During World War II, Adelaide River township was the site of a large military base. The war cemetery created there is now the final resting place for 434 military personnel and civilians involved in the war effort. The cemetery is set in lush surrounds alongside the Adelaide River with beautifully tended gardens providing a peaceful backdrop for remembering the fallen.

Lyons Cottage

Lyons Cottage, overlooking Darwin Harbour on The Esplanade, was built in 1925 to house staff working on the submarine cable that connected Australia with Britain. Also known as British Australia Telegraph (BAT) House, Lyons Cottage survived the Japanese bombing raids of 1942 and 1943 and escaped structural damage from Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The Cottage today houses a collection of Aboriginal and European photographic displays.

The Old Court House and Police 

Built in 1884 for the South Australian Government, these colonial style buildings made from local stone have housed criminals, the Navy and today the NT Administrator’s Offices. Restored after damage by Cyclone Tracy, these buildings are a stark reminder of the Darwin of yesteryear.


Top Places to Visit in Belgrade, Serbia

Over the past few years the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, has become increasingly popular with visitors who want to get a real taste of the Balkans.

Unfortunately there are not many guide books which cover this amazing city which makes it a bit difficult to plan a trip in advance and know which places to visit in Belgrade.

Over the past five years I have spent quite a few months in Belgrade and if I had to come up with the five best things to check out for a first time visitor it would look something like this:

Places to visit in Belgrade, Serbia
View of Belgrade city from Danube river – depositphotos.com

Places to visit in Belgrade

Here are the best types of places to visit in Belgrade!

A Café

Belgraders love going for a coffee. You will find cafés on every corner and they are always packed with people. “Going for a coffee” can easily mean sitting around for a few hours, chatting with friends, watching passers-by and being watched.

Check out the various places on the central pedestrian Knez Mihailova street, the beautiful art-deco Hotel Moskva (Terazije 20), the distinctly 19th century “Ruski Car” (Obilicev venac 29), or the alternative “Centrala” (ul. Simina 6).

Places to visit in Belgrade, Serbia
Old Town Central Street in Belgrade – depositphotos.com

A Fast Food Place

Serbians love meat and they love their fast food places. Once you have tasted a typical Balkan burger you will never want to go back to the likes of McDonald’s.

Try a “gurmanska pljeskavica” (beef patty with cubes of bacon and cheese worked in); there’s nothing better than that after a night out. Recommended places include “Loki” (corner of ul. Kralja Petra and ul. Gospodar Jovanova), “Sis” (ul. Goce Delceva 27), and “Stepin Vajat” (ul. Vojvode Stepe 2I).

A Pub

Belgrade is renowned for its nightlife and what better way to start your night out than with a cool beer or a nice cocktail. Streets like Obilicev venac or Strahinica bana offer plenty of bars and pubs. The latter is dubbed “Silicone Valley” for the high number of silicone-enhanced goods on display at night.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hidden, try to find “Klub Svetskih Putnika” (also known as “The Federal Association of Globe Trotters”; bul. Despota Stefana 7). For a traditional atmosphere with gypsy music you will have to go to a “kafana“, e.g. “Blek panters” (Ada Ciganlija).

A Club

When you’ve had a few drinks and the night is still young, then you should head out to the clubs. Definitely check out the rafts (“splavovi“) on the Sava and Danube rivers. They are a bit mainstream and a bit more expensive but typical for Belgrade (a popular one includes “Freestyler“; fair warning: do not chat up random girls in these places, this could end badly).

If you’re looking for a more alternative crowd check out the clubs in the centre, e.g. “Francuska Sobarica” (ul. Francuska 12), “Siprazje” (ul. Golsvordijeva 13) or “Corba Kafe” (ul. Bra?e Krsmanovi?a 3; good live music).

Note that many of these clubs may be temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Something Else

And now that I have talked in length about options for food and drinks, I realize I should probably also recommend something that better fits the word “sight”.

So, when in Belgrade these are the things to see:

  • Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Temple of Saint Sava
  • Saint Marko’s Church
  • Museum of Nikola Tesla
  • House of Flowers/Tito Memorial
  • Ada Ciganlija
  • Palace of Kneginja Lubica

… phew, that’s more than enough for a few days in Belgrade!

For more places to visit in the Balkans, check out these posts:


Top Coolest Bars in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to some of the highest rated and coolest bars in the world.

We are talking secret doorways, desserts served with your cocktails, old fashioned unheard of locations, and bars made completely from ice

Whether it be a cocktail, some traditional sangria, a good old beer or purely the entertainment of a spectacular venue, read on to find the best bars in Barcelona.

See also Where to Get the Best Ice Cream in Barcelona and Cheap Tapas Bars in Barcelona

The top 9 coolest bars in Barcelona

Paradiso: ‘The pastrami bar which hides a secret’

Paradiso was ranked 19th in the world’s best 50 bars. The owner, Giacomo Giannotti, and his team spent the good part of a year designing this menu, and speaks for itself.

In Paradiso, you will walk into what appears to be a pastrami bar, in which you can walk through the cabaret entrance which is disguised as a refrigerator, into the incredible dark and mysterious bar. 

The cocktails in Paradiso are presented in the most theatrical way. Ensuring that the presentation is unbeatable, Paradiso is the place to go for an unforgettable experience

Address: Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona

The Antic Theatre: The Palau de la Música’s fun neighbour!

The Antic Theatre can be found next to the Palau de la Música Catalana, it is filled with locals and serves very reasonably priced drinks, serving beers at 2€ and wine at 3€. Although a small and hidden bar in Barcelona, they have a garden area and inside terrace giving you an incredible view of the enormous courtyard.

The perfect location on a hot day, they provide everything from live music, to poetry and theatre

Address: Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís, 12

See also The Best Viewpoints in Barcelona

Creps al Born: Cocktails and a crepe?

Creps al Born provide you with the fascinating combination of the finest alcoholic beverages and cocktails served with delicious French crepes

Creps al Born is a local pick, located in the heart of El Born. They serve everything from classic cocktails to their own signature cocktails, created by professional mixologists, as well as both sweet and savoury pancakes and are renowned for their cheery and friendly staff, and unique and cosy atmosphere. 

Address: Passeig del Born, 12, 08003 Barcelona

Bobby’s Free: You can only enter with the secret password…

Bobby’s Free looks from the outside as your everyday barbershop, when you enter, you won’t see any drinks or bar stools. In Bobby’s Free, you have to provide the ‘barber’s’ secret passport to enter, which changes every month. Don’t worry, this can be found on their Instagram and Facebook

Once in their bar, you’ll see that it has a classic 1920s prohibition vibe, with an outrageous selection of gins and cocktails to try. They are in easy access for all you G&T lovers, you can find them close to both the Passeig de Gràcia and Plaça de Catalunya. 

Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 85

Bar Mariatchi: The very first clandestine bar in the city!

Located in the backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, Bar Mariatchi was one of the first clandestine bars to open in the entire city. Squatters would occupy buildings which owners could no longer afford to run and transform them into underground drinking dens. 

Today, there’s no chance of finding yourself at the centre of a police raid like in the past! Its tagline is ‘bad parties, worse hangovers’, and it regularly hosts musicians for some live events alongside some tasty drinks.

It’s definitely one of the bars in Barcelona with the most street cred.

Address: Carrer dels Còdols, 14

El Bosc de les Fades: Fancy a fairytale?

El Bosc de les Fades is less of a bar and more of an enchanting forest, making you feel like you just fell into a fairytale. In fact, the name of the bar literally translates to ‘The Forest of the Fairies’. The place is surrounded by leafy trees and mythical creatures, and they serve everything from coffees to delicious mojitos. 

El Bosc de les Fades can be found just a short walk from La Rambla, in the Museu de Cera, Barcelona’s famous wax museum. For a unique and magical experience, el Bosc de las Fades is the place for you. 

Address: Passatge Banca 5, 08002 Barcelona 

See also The Most Unusual Museums in Barcelona

Manchester Bar: Bucket hats at the ready…

If you’ve ever visited Manchester then you can probably guess what this bar entails… bucket hats, parkas at the ready. This place is your go- to for the Mancunian music scene, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. 

Manchester Bar is decorated with iconic black and yellow stripes of the Haçienda, an old Mancunian club from the 80s and 90s. 

In this bar, you can enjoy whatever beverage you like, whilst jamming to the likes of The Stone Roses, Joy Division and Happy Mondays. Both tourists and locals love this little hidden gem in Barcelona, and whether it be solely a cheap drink or some Mancunian culture education you’re after, this is the place for you. 

Address: Carrer de Milans 5, 08002 Barcelona

IceBarcelona: Subzero temperatures on the beach in Barcelona?

Barcelona is not the place you would imagine to experience subzero temperatures, but in the IceBarcelona, your surroundings will be maintaining -5ºC (20ºF). You may sit and relax with your cocktail, surrounded by ice sculptures and furniture made with ice. 

A ticket price to this bar includes a warm coat, gloves and a drink, meaning you don’t have to worry about ruining your party outfit. This place is a hit amongst both tourists and locals, and the most unusual part about this bar is that it is actually located on the beach… if you want your heart warming in subzero fun, this is the place for you. 

Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 38 A, 08005 Barcelona

Futballárium: Football Fanatics prepare yourselves

Barcelona is nonetheless a football mad city, Futballárium is literally a bar which is entirely dedicated to the sport. They have memorabilia plastered on every wall, making them a football lover’s dream. 

Futballárium is a family- owned business and a relaxed venue in which you can enjoy both delicious food and a wide range of beers, whilst of course watching whatever live football is showing at the time. 

They are situated in Les Corts, just a couple of steps away from FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium (which we recommend visiting), this is not one you want to miss if you’re into football!

Address: Carrer de Benavent 7, 08028 Barcelona 

Futballarium in Barcelona, Spain.
Futballarium in Barcelona, Spain.

These are a just a few of the best bars in Barcelona to try out. The city is teeming with incredible things to do and places to visit, check out some of our other posts below for more places to explore:


Top Reasons to Travel to Europe in Autumn

When it comes to finding an adventure vacation, it can be all about the timing! In Europe, each season brings with it a whole new experience. The summer months can be extremely hot and busy while the winter months are great for skiing and other snow sports, Europe in Autumn however, is one of our favorite times to visit.

For the Americans reading, we’re talking about traveling to Europe in the Fall. The season where the leaves start changing, the days get a bit shorter and the air a bit crispier.

Autumn is a great option when looking for a adventure vacation in Europe. Here’s why:

Europe in autumn
Europe in autumn

Here are the top 10 reasons to travel to Europe in autumn

1.  The summer crowds are nowhere to be seen

Can you imagine just walking into the museum of your choice… with no lines!  How about getting into the famed restaurants you have read all about?  (August in Europe is known for closing places down so the employees can have some time off.) Traveling in the off-season means less crowds and more opportunities for experiencing the destination like a local.

2. The weather is great

The autumn temperatures, are much more conducive to active vacations.  With temperatures leaving the 90’s for the more comfortable 70’s and 80’s, fall is the perfect time to get outside! The cooler temperatures make an Italy bike tour the best time to go. Be prepared for a few rainy days though!

3.  Changing of the seasons

You always hear about it for the U.S. midwest and northeast and the same goes for many European destinations.  Imagine the hills of Tuscany golden, to match the light! As the leaves start changing their golden shades of auburn, orange, and brown, the streets and hillsides take on a whole new vibe. It’s beautiful and so picturesque!

4.  Your photos won’t look like everyone else’s

Fewer strangers in the backgrounds, the fall colors highlighting the city and landscapes, moodier lighting from earlier evenings, and more beautiful sunsets falling behind that amazing cathedral you just saw for the first time.

5.  Getting Time off

You can get time off work more easily because everyone else is fighting over the summer holidays. Or, you could always work remotely and take an extended stay.

6.  Wine lovers

Wine grape harvests fall in the autumn months: August for Italy, and September and October in France.  Amazing festivals often coincide with harvest time – meaning even more wine tasting!

7.  Restaurants change

Seasonal mushroom and truffle dishes are a real treat during fall. Who wants to eat schnitzel in the summer anyway? Traveling to Europe in autumn means that some days can be spent enjoying a fresh meal outside in the sun while other days are spent inside a cozy restaurant tucking into a hearty meal while the rain falls outside.

8. It’s more affordable

Off-season means you can typically find cheaper price tags on airfare and hotels.

9. Shorter days

Shorter days means there are more opportunities for moonlit strolls.  Imagine the romance!

10. Best season for visiting museums

As rainy season approaches, you won’t feel like you are missing a beautiful, sunny, day if you spend your time inside. Musee D’Orsay anyone?


Top Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

What are the top tips for booking cheap flights?

We all want to save on flights but most of us could do with some help and advice to get us started.

You should already know to compare prices for everything you need from flights, travel insurance, hotels and more but these tips should help further.

Follow this tips for booking flights and you’re no doubt about to get the best deal.

Booking cheap flights
Booking cheap flights

Top Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

When is the best time to fly

Did you know the day of the week that you choose to travel can affect the price of your air ticket? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to fly if you like a bargain. Fridays and Sundays are the most popular so expect higher rates on these days. With Saturdays, it depends on the destination as the day is not liked by business travelers but is popular with one week package holidaymakers.

Even if you do need to travel on a high demand day, the time of day can still make a difference. Evening flights are wanted by business travelers so think about leaving at lunchtime instead. The overnight red-eye flights can have some great deals as can the early morning flights, especially with budget airlines.

When to book flights

If you are looking at a budget carrier then the earlier you book the better. Months before your departure date is when the bargains are to be found as prices go up as availability reduces.

Other airlines will also try to entice you with offers and deals when they first release tickets so, again, early planning can be best. If you have a preferred airline, sign up for their e-newsletter/Like them on Facebook/follow them on twitter, etc. as they often offer deals to subscribers first.

If planning so far ahead is not for you, the other time to get a great deal is a few days before the flight leaves. Last minute offers are there to try and fill up the remaining seats so if you can be flexible with when you can fly then try this option (read all about planning last minute vacations).

The time of day you look for an online fare also matters as strangely many have found the cheaper fares in the early hours of the morning, around 2-3am. Whether it’s in your time zone or the airline’s is not clear but bargain hunters could try both options.

Related Read: How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets Using a VPN

Where to book your flight

Online travel aggregators such as Expedia are a good place to start as you can compare rates with different airlines and they do bundled packages with accommodation.

Travel search engines such as Kayak are considered to be second generation travel aggregators and offer similar options.

Travel Agents can still be worth talking to as they are travel specialists but be aware they may have commission deals that suit them well but possibly not you.

Airline websites are the place for those last minute deals and to get an idea of routes and prices they can offer.

Finding the best airfares during peak season

So how do you find affordable flights to popular destinations during peak holiday season?

Here are some tips:

  1. Looking for airports close to your destination (for example Sharjah is an airport which is only a 30 minute drive from Dubai). Sharjah is the hub of Air Arabia, (one of the best low cost airlines in the Middle East). Check out these airports in California.
  2. Keeping an eye over airlines, especially national carriers, which provide affordable airfares to destinations as compared to other carriers.
  3. Being flexible with dates of travel (+/- 2-3 days). There are always chances of you getting affordable airfares for flights taking off during weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) than weekends.
  4. Catching a red-eye (night) flight. While flying in odd hours or avoiding rush hours can be a bit tough it could be a lot easier on your wallet.
  5. Booking in advance (if possible, although I would recommend you to book flights only when your travel plans are confirmed as Air Tickets are usually non-refundable).
  6. Managing your Frequent Flier Miles to your benefit.
  7. Using internet tools for airfare tracking.


Top Costa Rica Travel Tips to Make the Most of your Trip

A popular destination for bird-watching, surfing and adventure sports, from white-water rafting to zip-liningCosta Rica is undeniably touristy, so unless you stay in the middle of nowhere, don’t expect to escape other visitors completely.

However, if you choose your time (don’t go over the Christmas holidays) and destination carefully, you can escape the crowds.

If you’re going to be heading to Costa Rica anytime soon, we’ve got the top Costa Rica travel tips to make the most of your trip to this adventurous country.

Related Read: Costa Rica 7 Day Itinerary

Costa Rica travel tips
Costa Rica travel tips

Top Costa Rica Travel Tips

Follow these top tips for Costa Rica travel to make sure that you have the most enjoyable and memorable trip to Costa Rica.

1. Make Manuel Antonio your home

The small southern Pacific Coast community of Manuel Antonio and the adjoining town of Quepos have an interesting population mix of expats, tourists and locals, making it a fascinating place to spend some time. It’s also very attractive, set amongst lush jungle and boasting alluring beaches.

2. Book a beach/tree house

We did both. We spent one week in a jaw-dropping villa without walls overlooking the jungle and another week at a house just steps from the sand. They were both wonderful, and aside from the luxuries of space and privacy, and the opportunity to cook our own food (we made local dish gallo pinto!), what we loved most were the friendly visits by locals who dropped in unannounced each day. Yes, I’m talking about the monkeys!

We love this Tree House Lodge in Puerto Viejo.

3. Use public transport

There’s no need to hire a 4WD, which is what many guidebooks tell you to do. After heavy rains some of the roads are impassable, so trust me, you don’t want to be behind the wheel – it’s best to be in the back seat of a vehicle driven by an experienced local.

Organize a transfer to your holiday rental, and then use the affordable local buses that frequently run between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.

4. Shop the local markets

An excellent farmers market is held in Quepos, running parallel to the waterfront, where you’ll find plenty of fresh local produce for about the same price you’ll pay in the supermarket, only the quality is better. You’ll also find free-range eggs and baked breads and cakes.

5. Do as the locals do

There are all sorts of regular local events happening in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, from yoga classes and football matches to chess tournaments and movie nights, and the friendly locals are more than happy to welcome newcomers.

How much more authentic can travel get?

6. Hit the national parks

Costa Rica has 32 national parks and Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular, with plenty of wildlife to see. On the morning we visited, we spotted sloths, agouti, tent-making bats, blue morpho butterflies, purple and orange tropical land crabs, red and black scarlet tanagers, a laughing falcon, vibrant toucans, glorious iguanas, cute raccoons, and a boa constrictor.

The locals love the wildlife as much as the tourists do, so go with a local, such as the excellent licensed guide we used.

Check out these tours to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica travel tips
Visit the sloths in the Costa Rica National Parks

7. Spend time on the sand

The locals seem to live on the beach. It doesn’t matter where they come from but they all have deep dark tans. When we were here we would bump into people we met everyday at the beach – taking their daily walks, collecting seashells, reading a book, riding a horse, throwing a Frisbee, just watching the sunset, or enjoying a surf.

8. Learn to surf

Costa Rica is a popular surfing destination, for locals and visitors alike, so if you don’t surf and you want to do as the locals do, then you need to learn how. There are a couple of surfing schools, but individual instructors came more highly recommended to us by locals, such as long-time surfing teacher Ivan Castillo (batiquepos@hotmail.com) who can be found renting his boards out under a shady tree not far from the lifesavers’ stand.

9. Volunteer

The locals and expats are an active and altruistic bunch, devoting time to all sorts of causes, so why not volunteer a day or at the very least a few hours of your time while you’re there? We participated in a tree-planting event with local schools organized by the Titi Conservation Alliance, aimed at re-establishing a biological corridor for the endangered red backed squirrel monkeys.

When we visited they’d already planted 35,000 trees and planted 650 the day we joined them.

Related Read: Cultural greetings while volunteering in South America

10. Do very little

There’s no denying that it’s hot and humid here, so how do the locals always look as cool as cucumbers? By doing very little, that’s how. The locals have ‘the art of doing nothing’ down to a very fine art. How many destinations can you go to where you can live like locals and take a good old-fashioned lie-on-the-beach holiday at the same time? Manual Antonio, for one, Costa Rica for another.

Costa Rica beaches
The perfect spot to do nothing in Costa Rica

Here’s a few more Costa Rica travel tips


Top Places to Visit in Colombia

There are so many incredible places to visit in Colombia!

If you’re going to be visiting anytime soon, here’s a list of the must-do’s when you visit Colombia!

Related Read: Undiscovered EcoTourism Destinations in Colombia

Top Places to Visit in Colombia

1. Cabo de la Vela

Welcome to the “Wild West” of Colombia. Home of the Wayuu people, Cabo de la Vela is truly a unique and wonderful place to visit. This is where the desert meets the sea. Spend your days hiking to wild and unique beaches. Spend your evenings lounging under the star filled skies in a chinchorro (a large, comfortable hammock with a built in cover, made by local Wayuu women). Eat fresh, daily caught lobster and fish. Greet the goats, iguanas, lizards and crabs as you explore the beaches “Ojo de Agua,” “Pilon de Azucar” and rocky cliffs overlooking the expansive Caribbean Ocean at the northern edge of the South American continent.

Cabo de la Vela is one of those places to visit in Colombia that is well worth the journey.

2. Bahia Aguacate

Literally “Avocado Bay” this gem of a destination is truly where the jungle meets the sea. Set amidst palm trees and lush tropical forest, Bahia Aguacate offers amazing ocean views with craggy rock outcroppings against a backdrop of dazzling blue waters and bluer skies. Bahia Aguacate is a breathtaking hour walk from Capurgana, a small fishing village that boasts of a hopping nightlife on the weekends.

A short boat ride away from Capurgana is La Miel, the first successful European settlement on the mainland of the Americas, 1510. From there, take a 30 minute hike across to border back into Colombia, to the picturesque beach town of Sapzurro. This corner of the continent is reachable only by plane or speedboat, so this spot has retained its rugged beauty.

If you are looking to feel the sun, swim in crystal blue waters, and hear only the sounds of the waves and the ocean breeze, Bahia Aguacate is the destination for you!

3. Mesa de Los Santos

Located in the State or “Departamento” of Santander, about an hour south of Bucaramanga, Mesa de los Santos, “The Plateau of the Saints,” was once home to the Guane and is rich in history, culture and beauty. The Mesa butts up against the Chicamocha Canyon, the largest canyon in Colombia.

Hiking along the Mesa is like a journey back in time. Pre-Colombian petroglyphs, caves for spelunking and amazing views. One can almost imagine how it would feel to live here among the multicolored sand and rocks, stunning blue skies and yawning canyons as the Guane once did. Rock climb at perhaps one of the world’s best sites – La Mojarra – enjoy the sweetest pineapple you’ve ever had or just experience some of the most amazing topography in Colombia.

Whatever you brings you to Colombia, you must visit Mesa de Los Santos!

Places to visit in Colombia - Mesa de Los Santos
Mesa de Los Santos in Colombia

4. Palomino

Another one of the great places to visit in Colombia with a beach.

Palomino is a deserted beach, the deltas of two large and beautiful rivers surging with wildlife, a one of a kind mountain range, reflecting the morning sun. In Palomino, you will find all of this and more! A sleepy town northeast of Santa Marta, is where you can go for peace and relaxation.

Plan a day trip to hike part way up the Sierra Nevada and float down the lazy Palomino River always to the Caribbean Ocean. Stay at one of the all inclusive beachfront lodgings and enjoy nighttime walks along the beach where the sand “sparkles” with static electricity at every step! Or just enjoy solitude and sunshine on the beach.

If you are looking to “get away from it all” Palomino is the perfect place in Colombia to refresh your body and soul!

5. Barichara

Barichara is by far one of the most charming small towns or “pueblos” in Colombia. Located in the Santander region, Barichara’s white washed buildings with traditional rock “zocalos”, or baseboards, steps one back in time.

Men in traditional garb linger on park benches while children wander home from school, savoring afternoon ice cream.  Barichara, originally named “Barachalá” by the native Guane, meaning “a good place to rest” – an appropriate description of this lovely town. Don’t miss the “Camino Real Guane,” a path from Barichara to the very small pueblo of Guane.

In this case, the journey is the destination, as the views are incredible and the stone pathway is filled with age old fossils. Barichara is also home to the “Hormigas Culonas” or Big Booty Ants, a delicacy of the region. These ants are farmed locally and are eaten pan fried, as snacks, on steak, in a delicious sauce or just about any way. If you are looking to experience a small, colonial Colombian pueblo with lots of character, don’t miss Barichara!

6. Cartagena de Indias

Located on the Caribbean Colombian coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena for short, is most famous for its preserved downtown, the “ciudad amurallada” or walled city. With horse drawn carriages, colonial architecture, international cuisine and boutique hotels, Cartagena attracts tourists from all over the world.

Historically, Cartagena was the most important Spanish port in South America where all the gold was stored and later shipped to Spain. This lent to the fortification of the city, preventing invasion from English and French official and non-official attacks. Today, the city walls welcome countless national and international tourists making it the most popular tourist destination in Colombia. If you want unsurpassed history, a caribbean feel and a conglomeration of tastes, Cartagena travel delivers!

Places to visit in Colombia
Cartagena in Colombia

7. Coffee Triangle

Usually when one thinks of Colombia, two words come to mind: Coffee and that other “C” word.

The best coffee in the world is grown, handpicked, washed, roasted and packaged here in everything from giant, mass production operations to small, family owned farms. The coffee triangle or “Eje Cafetero” is a large area covering the middle of Colombia. Here the Andes Mountains provide the best topography for growing the many varieties of Arabica coffee. Enjoy a cultural coffee tour or take a tour through a large direct exporting operation, both providing a different look at the business of coffee.

Countless, centenarian Haciendas dot the country side and the hills are lush with coffee, guayacan, mandarin and plantain trees. Starting from the northern most point of Manizales, down to Pereira and then swinging to the east to Armenia, the region hosts many localized customs, traditions and peoples.

Calling all coffee lovers! The coffee triangle is waiting for you! Don’t let it wait long!

8. Valle de Cocora

Wax Palm trees, check. Breathtaking views, check. Tourist trap, double check.

To be fair, Valle de Cocora doesn’t have to be tourist trap but it’s definitely a must places to visit in Colombia. This is why it attracts large flocks of national and international tourists all wanting to see the Colombian national tree and tallest palm trees in the world.

The best time to visit Salento, the jump off point to the valley, is during the week. However, if you’re a professional people watcher or enjoy shopping for handicraft souvenirs in very boutique type shops, Sunday is the day to show up.

The valley is best hiked and one should start early enough to not miss the return Jeeps to town. Head north once you’re at the top and come down the Valle de las Palmas or Valley of the Palms. As the name implies, this is where the majority of the wax palms will be found. The trek down is magnificent with breathtaking views of the entire valley, best to be done as the sun is close to setting. The wax palms shimmer and rustle in the wind. A river runs through the valley and adds a refreshing coldness in the heat of the valley.

Truly a unique place with an even more unique flora.

9. Santiago de Cali

Dubbed the Salsa Capital of the World, Santiago de Cali, Cali for short, is the third largest urban center in Colombia and sits snuggly in the Valle del Cauca, the largest valley in Colombia.

The Feria de Cali, held the last week of each year, is the main tourist attraction for the city with salsa concerts and “rumba” or partying being its main focus. Bull fights, parades and other shows round out the festivities. The nightlife in Cali is world famous and the main reason to come.

If you’re a salsa aficionado, interested in taking lessons from world champions or hanging out in a legendary salsa club, Cali is your go to destination. Every day of the week offers a club or two or more with booming sound systems playing Salsa, Reggeaton, Merengue and even Champeta.

Cali is also a great jump off point to visit Lago Calima, the top kite and windsurfing destination in Colombia and other points South, such as Popayan, San Augustin and Pasto.

With a tropical daytime heat and a cool nightly breeze, it’s a partier’s paradise.

10. Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal

Colombia’s unique geography gifts it with many thermal springs and this one is above and beyond the best places to visit in Colombia for a thermal spring experience. Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal are actually two sites: one more private with a hotel, and another one that is for day users.

Both source all of their water from thermal springs up high in the mountains where the water temperature is at a scorching 190 F/88 C degrees. The hot cascade then merges with  an ice cold waterfall, and is then routed to the baths. At the hotel site, there are private baths that accommodate up to four people, and an outdoor shower for those staying in the original part of the hotel.

The hottest section of the main pool is adjacent to the waterfall  at 100 F/37 C degrees. Pools further from the waterfall are progressively cooler. Next to the “coolest” pool is an ice cold waterfall, a lovely place to cool off and increase circulation after languishing in the warmth of the thermals.

With a full service food section, plenty of space to move around, and numerous pools of healing thermal water, Termales Santa Rosa del Cabal is a perfect way to add relaxation to your Colombia trip.


Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Looking for the best Koh Tao diving sites?

Lucky for you, there’s a lot of them! It’s one of the top places to go scuba diving in Thailand.

This travel tip will probably make it harder for you to choose a diving spot… as there are so many. Best is to try them all!

Go scuba diving in Koh Tao with Nava Scuba Diving. They offer Discover Scuba Diving, 3-day PADI open water dive, 2-day PADI open water dive, refresher dives and fun dives. Book here.

Top Koh Tao Diving Sites
Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Top Koh Tao Diving Sites

Mango Bay

Located to the north of Koh Tao the area around Mango Bay makes a nice relaxing dive. With depths ranging from 2 to 15 meters its ideal for beginners and snorkelers. Hard and soft coral formations here are plentiful along with a variety of sponges and clams. The bay is only accessible by boat and makes a popular snorkelers day trip. Drop in further around the northwestern tip of the island and drift into the bay area to avoid the crowds.

Sail Rock

One of the more famous Scuba diving sites in the Koh Samui archipelago. It is an iceberg shaped pinnacle that rises from the sandy sea floor at 40 metres and rises 15 metres above the surface. It is a suitable dive site for all levels of diver, from Discover Scuba up.

Its surface consists of small patches of hard and soft coral. Common fauna that may be seen include barracuda, batfish, jacks, occasional whale sharks, and many other species of tropical fish. The currents can vary considerably, but generally are mid to strong. Visibility is usually in the 10-30 meter range. For more advanced divers, there is a vertical ‘swim through’ on the northwest side of the rock. Commonly called “The Chimney”, it begins at a depth of 18 meters and exits the rock again at depths of 12 and 6 meters. There are no associated fees as yet with diving Sail Rock.

Chumphon Pinnacles

Widely regarded as the Gulf of Thailand’s premier dive sites, 5 km Northwest of Koh Tao. The site is comprised of one huge granite pinnacle with some smaller pinnacles rising from the bottom. 40 Meters. Bull Sharks, schooling Barracuda. Batfish, Giant Gropers, Pacific Lionfish, occasional Whalesharks.

Southwest Pinnacles

Consisting of seven granite pinnacles ranging from 5 to 30 metres deep and located around 12km off the south west coast of Koh Tao is one of the islands best dive sites. The shallower sections of the pinnacles are covered in anemones, whip corals and sea fans. Big groupers and barracudas can often be seen here and you may be lucky enough to spot even larger visitors.

Green Rock

Green Rock offers several small swim throughs, caves and crevices where marine life can be seen sheltering. The boulders range in depth from 5 metres down to around 32. There is often a strong current here that you can use to drift around the submerged pinnacles so its not really recommended for inexperienced divers. You will certainly encounter Yellow Margin and Titan Trigger fish here as it forms a popular breeding ground for them … so approach with caution.

White Rock

Two large granite boulders make up the White Rock dive site. An expansive coral garden can be found here at around 10 meters that’s teeming with schools of butterfly fish and angelfish. Blue spotted stingrays are also a common sight on this dive. White Rock is also a popular night dive spot where feather stars, and an array of crustaceans can been seen hunting for food.

Red Rock

This Koh Tao diving site is also referred to as Nang Yuan Pinnacle. It starts at around 2 metres and drops to 22. The pinnacle itself is nothing special and the main attractions to this site are the swim throughs. The entrance to the swim through can be found if you leave the pinnacle and head west towards Koh Nang Yuan. This is usually done as a drift dive down to Japanese Garden where you can relax for the safety stop.

Scuba diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
Scuba diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

Twin Pinnacles

On the far side of Koh Nang Yuan starting at around 5 meters below the surface and dropping to a depth of 18 metres is Twin Peaks or just “Twins”. This is an ideal site for beginners due to its depth and ease of navigation. The rocks are embedded into white sand and there is no shortage of marine life here. A friendly pair of rare saddleback clownfish and be found to the western side of the larger of the Twins.

Japanese Gardens 

This dive site is named after the ornate arrangement of coral boulders here. Situated on the east side of Koh Nang Yuan and with depths ranging from 2 to 12 meters it is suitable for snorkelers & beginners. Plenty of staghorn and plate coral can be observed in the shallows. A popular drift dive can be done from Red Rock through a series of swimthroughs and emerging into Japanese Gardens for a relaxing safety stop amongst the myriad coral formations.

Hin Wong Pinnacle 

Situated on the east side of Koh Tao is Hin Wong Pinnacle. This site comprises several large granite boulders covered with sea fans and whip corals, as well as filefish, shrimpfish, coral grouper and many other reef fish. You may encounter the resident Green Turtle if you’re lucky. The summit is a tabletop rock formation within about 10 meters of the surface and the maximum depth at Hin Wong is around 32 meters.

Laem Thien Pinnacle

Laem Thian Pinnacle is a great rocky dive site near Mao Bay full of swim throughs, caverns and small caves. There are a few steep walls with some predators hunting for smaller prey. Some excellent white soft coral and sea whips can be admired along the wall at depths between 18 and 5 meters. It is possible to combine this cave dive with the beauties of shallow reef diving inside Mao Bay or Aow Mao.

Shark Island

Named after its resemblance to a dorsal fin, Shark Island is a twin rock outcrop situated to the southeast of Koh Tao. Each side of the islet offers a different array of marine life and features making it almost two sites in one! On the east side you’ll find myriad soft corals, gorgonians and sponges while the west offers hard coral formations that are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, sting rays and the odd Leopard shark. Titan triggerfish can be very aggressive here so approach with caution. Maximum depth at this site is 25 metres.

Unicorn Wreck

It was rumored at the time of sinking in 1989 that the Unicorn was sunk on purpose as an insurance scam. The 60 meter long cargo vessel was reported to have a hold full of expensive tuna fish which turned out to be inexpensive dog food, hence the nickname it later acquired – the “dog food” wreck. Lying around 12km off Mango Bay and in 50 meters of water it is also a technical diving site. Still mostly intact with the majority of the obtrusive fishing nets now removed some penetration is possible. The wreck is now home to some big red snappers and patrolling groupers.

Torpedo Wreck

The Torpedo is a 70 meter Japanese cargo vessel sitting upright in around 55 meters of water an hour north of Koh Tao, she sank in the mid 1970’s. Due to the depths involved this has been classified a technical dive for experienced divers only. There are three areas of penetration however visibility is usually poor at depth. The deck is at 45 meters and the cargo holds are still full of teak logs, with a few scattered on the seabed.

Hin Ngam

Same wider bay as Aow Luek, shallow training or sheltered dive dive.

Hin Pee Wee

Next to White Rock, 30m.


Top Everest Trekking Package – Himalayan Asia Treks

Being Top Destination for Trekking and Hiking, People many have disarray which is the best travelling and climbing trail in Nepal so we are Trying to Explain here for your Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages.

This Top 3 Everest Trekking Packages as a result of Mountain see, Cultural and Natural magnificence, and to learn Nepalese ways of life in the Himalayas.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is daring trip bundle schedule best in Khumbu Everest area which prompts Mt. Everest headquarters with both route trips with a helicopter with legitimate wellbeing back.

This Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days Itinerary goes through exciting antiquated travelling course followed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is arranged in the Khumbu district of Nepal where world-acclaimed Sherpa’s settlement with their credible way of life. It is one of the most well known and requesting travelling objections for the whole traveller all around the globe. This classical 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is notable for its fabulous snow-topped mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Island top, and great Khumbu icy mass and strong of pinnacles.

During 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, you will get a plentiful chance to investigate snow-topped mountains, special scene, widely varied vegetation, the way of life of Mt. Everest climber’s, mountain towns, rich green backwoods, old Buddhist cloisters, etc. The conventions, culture, and accommodation of Sherpa’s is another significant feature that you can insight during a Trek to EBC.

Everest Base Camp Tours is essentially round year journey; in any case, March-May and September-November are the greatest months to travel. Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days is appropriate for any sorts of travellers yet ought to have a decent degree of physical wellness. This Everest Base Camp 14-day Trek schedule has been redone for novices to encounter adventurers which take you to the world most noteworthy Base Camp.

14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is an energizing excursion of a lifetime which starts with an energizing beautiful helicopter departure from Kathmandu to Lukla-entryway to the Everest area. At that point, the trip to Everest Base Camp takes you towards the well-known towns of Phakding, capital of Everest locale Namche Bazaar. Next, you move towards Tengboche which reflex the noticeable Sherpa culture and furthermore the most established and biggest Buddhist cloisters. Giving progression your trip, you journey towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep to your last objective Everest Base Camp. At that point you move to Kala Patthar-the most noteworthy purpose of a trip to investigate 360-degree all-encompassing perspectives on the world’s most noteworthy mountains with dynamic dawn and nightfalls. Your Everest headquarters journey course keeps on sliding towards Pheriche, Namche, and end your trip at Lukla. In conclusion, you make a return trip back to the capital city Kathmandu and investigate world legacy locales.

 

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,320 m).

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 04: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and journey 2-3 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and climb to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep. 6-8 hrs.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) and a trip to Pheriche (4,371 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850 m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m) 35 min. and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: Departure

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trekking is for the individual who needs to travel high in height, see the greatest mountain on earth and can deal with this genuinely chilly atmosphere which exists at practically any season at this elevation.

Mt. Everest, also called Chomolungma (Tibetan, which means Goddess Mother Mountain) and Sagarmatha (Nepali, which means One Whose Forehead Touches the Sky), the most elevated heap of the world is a definitive dream, everything being equal, and mountain dwellers. Here we have a particularly planned this outing to carry you to Kalapattar-the best perspective and furthermore the headquarters. Everest Base Camp is surely the most cherished journeying objective of Nepal yet in wording adventurers’ traffic is the second as a result of its availability.

Following an amazing, brief departure from Kathmandu to Lukla in the Khumbu district, you land and eat at 9200 feet before starting your trip to the Everest headquarters. En route, you will be roused by magnificent perspectives on Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

 

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Manthali (5 Hrs.).

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and Trek to Phakding (2,652m-3 Hrs.).

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m-6 Hrs.).

Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and climb up Hotel Everest View for Everest Panorama.

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,110m-6 Hrs.)

Day 07: Trek to Machherma (4,470m-5 Hrs.)

Day 08: Trek  to Gokyo Village (4800m-6 Hrs.)

Day 09: Explore Gokyo Valley and Lakes and Acclimatization day.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5357m 3 Hrs.) and trek to Thaknak (4750m-3 Hrs.)

Day 11: Trek to  Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940m-7 Hrs.)

Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m-3 Hrs.), explore Everest Base Camp (5364m-3 Hrs.)

Day 13: Hike to Kala Pattar (5554m) for 360 deg. displays and trek to Pheriche (4280m-6 Hrs.)

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (4050m) and Tengboche (3800m) to Namche Bazaar (7 Hrs.)

Day 15: Trek back from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m-8 Hrs.)

Day 16: Fly to Manthali-drive back to Kathmandu, move to Hotel.

Day 17: Departure.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek

The 3 high goes of the Khumbu is an exploring trek into the recognizable wild over the treetops of the Everest district.

These 3 genuinely lumpy high ignores referred to the world as the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La at (5,340m) of the better realized Khumbu zone are what thrill seeker climbers will need to do once in a blue moon in the light of its sheer excellence and the considerable difficulties it presents. The endeavour additionally covers notable path that incorporates EBC, the transcending Kalapathar and the quiet Gokyo valley with its emerald lakes.

The social parts of this excursion are basically astonishing as it gives you profound experiences of mountain customs and how mountain networks get by in these cruel zones, however yet save their comforting grins for guests notwithstanding the gnawing cold. Our excursion wanders into the virgin Nangpa la valley, a grand Sherpa town where adventurers relish the intensity of nature and this likewise covers the energetic town of Thame which is home to probably the greatest cloister in the Khumbu and the Himalayan perspectives from around here is supposed to be the absolute best on the planet.

Your 20 days Everest 3 High Passes Trek starts with an inquisitive recorded and social visit through the antiquated souks of the archaic Kathmandu valley and visit covers some world legacy destinations of gigantic intrigue. This follows with a beautiful trip to the Everest legend Hillary’s air terminal of Lukla, one of the most elevated on the planet and generally emotional.

At that point you start your mainstream climb through Phakding up the seething ‘Dudh Koshi’ [river of milk] on your approach to Namche and the world-well-known Sagarmatha National Park. In the wake of summiting your quick go at Kongma La, at that point you scramble toward the renowned Everest headquarters. You climb past the frightful Khumbu icefalls, the entryway to Everest from the western cwm. Cho La is the following test you defeat after which; your journey to the grand vantage purpose of Kalapatthar and afterwards, it’s an honoured descending path to the emerald pools of Gokyo. Appreciating heavenly perspectives from the fifth lake close to Gokyo Ri, you set out for the imposing last go of Renjo La. At the point when this is done, you take an old course utilized for quite a long time by Tibetan brokers by means of Nangpo La arrive at Thame and crash out in Marlung for the evening. Subsequent to setting your markers in the laps of Everest, you finish up your outing at Lukla to bounce your trip back to Kathmandu and a warm delicate bed at your inn.

 

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m)

Day 2: City Excursion and Trek Preparation. (1300m)

Day 3: Kathmandu (1,300m) to Lukla(2,845m) to Phakding(2,610m) 3-4hrs journey.

Day 4: Trek to  Namche (3440 m) 6-7hrs.

Day 5: Acclimatization and Exploration day.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche(3,870m) 6-7hrs.

Day 7: Trek to  Dingboche(4,410m) 6-7hrs .

Day 8: Trek  to Chhukung (4,730m) 3-4hrs.

Day 9: Rest and acclimatization day at Chhukung.

Day 10: Pass the Knogma La Pass (5,535m) and Trek to Lobuche(4,910m), 9-10hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep(5,160m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – Gorakshep 8-9hrs.

Day12: Trek from Gorakshep(5,160m) – Kalapatthar(5,550m)- Gorakshep – Dzonglha(4,830m) 6-7hrs.

Day13: Dzongla(4,830m) to Cho La Pass (5,420m) to Thangnak(4,700m) to Gokyo (4,800m) 9 – 10hrs.

Day 14: Acclimatization and exploration day at Gokyo valley:

Day 15: Gokyo(4,800m) to Renjo La (5,345m)to Marulung(4,210m) 8-9hrs

Day 16: Trek to Namche(3,440m), 7-8hrs

Day 17: Trek to Lukla2,845m)8-9hrs trk.

Day 18: Lukla (2,845m) to Kathmandu (1300m) flight (30-40 minutes flight)

Day 19: Departure

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