Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thailand is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country gives off a certain lustre, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizenry.
Thailand's cool season runs from November until the end of February. With its low humidity, relatively low temperatures and clear skies, the cool season is the best time to visit, though regular days of high 20s and low 30s might leave you wondering just who came up with the term ‘cool’. It is also the peak tourist season, so expect lots of new friends at the more popular spots like the islands and major towns.

First introductions are made in Bangkok, a modern behemoth of screaming traffic, gleaming shopping centres and international sensibilities interwoven with devout Buddhism. Chiang Mai, the country's bohemian centre, is where the unique and precise elements of Thai culture become a classroom, for cooking courses and language lessons; while climbing into the mountain ranges around Mae Hong Son you'll find stupa-studded peaks and villages of post-Stone Age cultures. Sliding down the coastal tail are the evergreen limestone islands of Ko Tao and Kho Phi Phi Don, filled with tall palms angling over pearlescent sand. Thailand's beaches are stunning, hedonistic and mythic among residents of northern latitudes.

People come here as miners: first perhaps for the uniquely Western concept of R&R. And while they toast themselves to a bronze hue on the sandy beaches, they find in the daily rhythm of Thailand a tranquillity that isn't confined to vacation time. The northeast is a region better suited for homestays and teaching gigs than quick souvenir snapshots: here, you can dive deep into the Thai psyche, emerging with a tolerance for searingly spicy food and a mastery of this strange tonal language. Welcome to a life-altering experience disguised as a holiday.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Picture-Perfect Switzerland

Switzerland is lovingly known as ‘heaven in the world’. The landlocked hill country is known as the land of Alps as it offers spectacular views of the panoramic Alps. Switzerland is the most ideal place for visitors who want to enjoy a memorable vacation along with the outstanding wonders of nature. Though small , it is one of the richest countries in the world. The rich heritage, unique culture and lingual diversity marks this country as one of the worlds most charming and unique. Truly speaking there is no substitute to Switzerland in the entire world, neither its beauty now its charm can be compared with any other place in the earth.

Shimmering glaciers, snow capped mountains, gorgeous blue lakes, amazing views of the green rolling hills, picturesque landscapes, lush meadows, beautiful villages and the glamorous cities are very enticing which will leave you spell bound on your visit to this picturesque hill country. Switzerland tourism offers everything to everyone. The taste of the most delicious chocolate and the best mood making wine can be experienced here in this country along the cool climatic conditions. Tourists are drawn to Switzerland’s Alpine climate and landscapes, in particular for skiing and mountaineering.
From the excursions to Zurich to a ride on the Swiss rail Switzerland offers tourists a truly picture-perfect holiday. Switzerland is a destination for all seasons with tourist coming in from all over the world.

Gorgeous hills, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear lakes the beauty of this country has to be seen to be believed.

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