While in Laos I did a jungle trek into the Bokeo Reserve, then spent three days ziplining from treehouse to treehouse. We would sleep up in the canopy and every morning and evening our meals would come zipping in.
I had a wonderfully fun and relaxing stay on Vietnam's Halong Bay. I recommend the 2-night trips - just one night is not enough!
Here is the best hotel you can find in Alonissos. I stayed to this property not too long ago and I had a great experience. It's family owned and operated therefore they pay close attention to each individual guest. It is a 1st category hotel (****) situated in Chrissi Milia, just 4.5 km from the island’s main town (the port) called Patitiri : perfect location. The hotel’s architecture is ideally combined with the two dominant elements of the surrounding space, the flora and the sea. Visitors can enjoy the view towards the Aegean sea at all hours of the day. If you don't have time to go to the sea, you can relax at the outdoor pool and have a drink at the poolbar and later on enjoy dinner at the restaurant of the hotel that offers Greek and Italian cuisine. I guarantee that your vacation here will be unforgetable. Just relax, close your eyes and let yourself dream in a Mediterranean...
I love wine. But, I also love vineyards. I love the bright green leaves; the green, red and purple juicy grapes; but, mostly, I love the symmetry of the rows of grapevines. There is something orderly to it all. And throw in a brightly-colored red barn or house, and it just makes it more interesting. Having been to Oregon a few times, this has to be one of my favorite images of the vineyards. I highly recommend the area around Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville for superb pinot noirs and a very relaxed stay. Take your camera. It is beautiful country!
I hadn’t been awake for longer than a minute. I peeled back the tarp door to my room, walked out onto my deck, and leapt. It was an abrupt but purifying way to start the day. The cool, brackish water instantly defogged my mind, and my eyes opened to see the surrounding Tatai River and dense Cambodian rain forest. A lone sampan, anchored along an islet, was the only man-made object to interrupt the natural scenery.
My chic bungalow lightly swayed on the calm water behind me, an incongruous encampment against the wild jungle backdrop. Located on the southern tip of the Cardamom Mountains, near the Gulf of Thailand, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge lives up to its name. Accessible only by boat, the retreat’s 12 landless suites all float ontheir own buoyant platforms, moored to the riverbank. Outfitted with a ceiling fan, armoire, and wood-paneled shower, each of the towering, safari-style...
There is nothing better when you visit an island than going to the sea! Heraklion is surrounded by so many different but beautiful beaches that you will need more than a week to visit all of them. Clear & deep blue water, golden sand, incredible sunset are 3 of the thousand things you can discover by visiting the Cretan sea! Amazing landscape, mountains which end up exactly to the sea and many traditional taverns along the coastline for those who want to taste the real cretan food but more the fresh seafood that almost every tavern and restaurant in the city can provide to the visitors and also cafes and beach-bars for entertainment till late at night. You need less than 15 minutes to visit the nearest beach to the city. Some of the most famous are "Lygaria", "Agia Pelagia", "Gouves", "Gournes", or even further from the city like "Lentas", "Hersonissos", "Malia", "Tsoutsouras" and...
After traveling overland from Vietnam to Laos, we opted to spend the next few days floating down the Nam Ou, stopping at various villages along the way. This photo was taken as we neared the village of Muang Ngoi Neua, about six hours after our start from Muang Khua. The slow boat lived up to its name, but the ride could have lasted a week and I never would have asked "Are we there yet?" It was an incredible way to experience Laos' quiet, relaxed atmosphere and stunningly beautiful natural scenery.
South Korea. To the world it is bright neon lights, fuel-efficient cars, genetic research and kimchi. The Land of the Morning Calm is deservedly lauded as a spreading ground for future tech and well known as the K-pop powerhouse, though Seoul is furiously rebranding as a design-centric, green-focused hub to East Asia. But what of the Korea that existed before and beyond the glass and granite of modernity? How much of it remains?
The emerald carpets of the Boseong Tea Fields offer a glimpse of what Korea was before it became an Asian power, and is a relaxing respite from the chaos of the city centers.