Authors Posts by Amila Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi is a Food & Travel blogger who writes both Food Corner and this travel blog.She resides in Singapore.

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Bangkok city is one of the most top of mind of tourist destination. Steeped ever, culturally liberal and astounding in term of modernism, Bangkok stands apart from all of those other world.

The city greets you on arrival using a countless of attractions and sights, the following are best three recommend tour outside and inside Bangkok:

The Grand Palace

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

The Grand Palace: Perhaps the best historical invests Bangkok Day Tours, this area is a perfect instance of architectural brilliance and historical legacy. It features a cluster of several beguiling buildings, which can be associated with royal categories of Thailand. The sheer size, exuberant atmosphere and stunning assortment of artifacts in Grand Palace will truly delight your senses.

The Grand Palace could be the city’s most well-known landmark and a trip to Bangkok Day Tour will not be complete without clicking here.

The Bangkok Grand Palace had been built in 1782 and has been the house of the King, the Royal court along with the administrative seat of presidency for 150 years. The intricate details and exquisite architecture will continue to draw tourist and admire it. Today, the Grand Palace still may serve as spiritual center of Thailand because,

Inside of Royal complex lies the Wat Phra Kaew or perhaps the Temple from the Emerald Buddha, which needless to say has the revered Emerald Buddha. Thai Kings stopped surviving in the palace round the 1900’s but all ceremonies are still performed here.

** Note that the Grand Palace close till 31 Oct 2017 , due to the king funeral

Damnern saduak Floating Market

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

During Bangkok Day Tours the largest with the floating markets you’d be noticing is Damnoen Saduak, which pulls a huge number of tourists, as well as locals buying food, every day. The many traders here gives the site a chaotic feel, because they make an effort to maneuver their boats for the best positions near to the side of the canal and shout towards the shoppers to get their attention.

In addition to food, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is a good location to buy souvenirs, as most of the traders look after the tourist market and provide the sort of trinkets you’d probably only find in Thailand. But do not are taken in by how the traders work, since they are all skilled negotiators – as you will discover by trying to haggle for the purchase.

The most common one of the floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak, noted for being large and classy. On the other hand, smaller markets, including Ampawa and Tha Kha, gives travelers a peek at the area flavors of this beautiful city.

Historical Park and Capital of Siam – Ayutthaya

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Founded in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, by King Ramathibodi I in 1350, the old – Ayutthaya took over as second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Day Trip from Bangkok to this particular ancient site will point the large reliquary towers in the massive monasteries giving a touch in the history grandeur from the city. In the 1700s, the Burmese took a couple of years to capture the town, simply 2 days to eliminate it. Consequently, Ayutthaya collapsed. But, right after, town of Ayutthaya was re-founded ten or twenty yards away. Town and Park of Ayutthaya were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

So these are the three places that I highly recommend to visit and hope you can have a good time there.






Manage Your Trip

Let’s face it – travel is one of the industries that has been completely redesigned and changed with the rise of technology and the Internet. The truth is, this growth has been achieved mainly by tools and platforms that revolutionized the way people book, travel and organize their tours.

Manage Your Trip is the perfect example of such platform – and according to many – is the leading cloud platform for tour operators that are running groups and private tours. Basically, the platform makes creating, marketing and managing trips way better in an online experience that can be accessed from any device, anytime and anywhere.

Manage Your Trip

Interaction, Back-Office And Marketing Made Easier

Long gone are the days when back-office and interaction was made to be part of computers and part of offices. Nowadays, travel agencies are more mobile and organized than ever before. As such, they certainly need a more mobile and adaptive presence.

Thanks to Manage Your Trip and its interface, you can now simplify your accounting, access your back-office in an easy way and interact with your travel agency suppliers in real-time. This makes getting feedback on tours easier and simpler than ever before.

Manage Your Trip

So, How Can You Take Advantage Of Manage Your Trip

As we said earlier, the ideal users are travel agency owners looking for a more customized, more decentralized and a tailor-fit solution that lets them organize their travel tours in a better way. You can either get in touch via social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) or directly on our website to see how Manage Your Trip can work for you.

According to many, the platform is initially great for servicing your bookings easier and managing your travel in a more effective way. For travel agency owners and managers with groups of 10+ people in a tour, it is a perfect way to simplify your operations and change the in-house booking systems (and even GDS systems) for a more advanced platform.





The Best Countries To Visit In Africa

When you think about Africa, you think about the sheer amount of choice you have as a visitor. If you want a taste of the fast paced city life, you can visit Cape Town. If you want to see history kept alive, head to the pyramids in Egypt. If you want nature and the wildlife experience, there are safaris in most African countries. Here is a list of the best countries to visit in Africa.

1. Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

With Mount Kilimanjaro dominating the scene, Tanzania has so much to offer for the nature lover. At Serengeti National Park, you could catch a glimpse of the Big Five- the African elephant, the lion, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo and the leopard. The country has a combination of plains, meadows and forest, beaches and rivers. The national parks are the best way to experience wildlife and you can choose to go on a Tanzania safari, drives, or cycle rides to explore the territory.

2. South Africa

Family Friendly African Destinations

No list about countries in Africa is complete without a mention of South Africa. This gorgeous country has the Kruger National Park, one of the earliest entrants to the world of safari travel. It also has Table Mountain, an important site for the aborigines. Taste delicious wine at the vineyards, enjoy a night on the town at Port Elizabeth and learn more about the history of this great country.

3. Morocco

Nothing shouts exotic quite like Morocco does. Bracketed by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Morocco is an amalgam of beauty and world influences. Marrakesh is its most famous face and rightly so- it is colorful, steeped in history and a dream for shoppers. The main town square, Djmaa el Fna is a noisy, crowded haven with all sorts of stalls, selling all sorts of things.

Morocco is great for long drives. Make your way through the Atlas Mountains and get to the Draa- it is a landscape like nothing else, brown earth is given some relief by date plantations and human settlements. It is a sight you won’t forget for a long time to come. Get to the Merzouga Dunes to look at the stars like you never have before- the only light you’ll see for miles on end.

4. Kenya

When we think of Kenya, we think of the magnificent Masai Mara. But the image of a million flamingos coloring the sky pink with their flight, is one of those experiences you need to witness. This is the biggest, grandest feathered spectacle in the world and when you go through it, you’ll see why. You should also head to the savannah and chase some zebras. Choose a riding safari and get on a horse to keep pace with the striped animals. Or make your way to Solio Reserve and try and get a glimpse of the magnificent black rhino and the white rhino. There are close to 250 animals here, so you might just get lucky.

5. Botswana

The Best Countries To Visit In Africa

Renowned for the Kalahari, Botswana is gorgeous in more ways than one. The sunsets are jeweled and splendid, and animals abound in the Chobe National Park, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and many other places. The country takes its environment very seriously and is active in its promotion of conservation efforts. Go to the Nxai Pan Park and gaze at the massive salt filled pans of the Kalahari and turn away from it to check out some animals. There’s a lot to admire in this fabulous place.

It’s not fair to complete the list of African countries without mentioning Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Rwanda. Check out what each country has to offer and set off on your trip.




Phnom Penh first impressions

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is with lot of unique views and attractions. It is not a completely clean city where you will not see any dirt. Instead this city shows signs of similar Asian countries which are not developed. However we had exciting 3 nights stay in Phnom Penh without many worries experiencing the difference in culture, views and attractions.

Well, our trip to Cambodia is well planned though we didn’t visit the most popular Siem Reap attractions. We decided to visit only Phnom Penh simply because we had 3 days for the holiday. Still we have plans to visit Siem Reap in near future.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
View from a busy street of Phnom Penh

As another Asian country, I absolutely like our stay at Phnom Penh though there are strange experiences and views than we expected. Below are some experiences and impressions I want to note down here which I found as unique to this simple city of Cambodia. Anyway I don’t have any intention to make this as a fun post or to laugh at people of Cambodia. Instead these are the moments that made me feel like I am in another destination which made me exciting!

The Visa process

Cambodia offers visa on arrival facility for some selected countries. As Sri Lankans we require visa to enter into Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Though we can use the facility of Visa on arrival, we applied for our Cambodia visa before we travel. I think we were lucky. As I noticed it was crowded for visa on arrival service. We saw people waiting at the immigration area for their visa.

It is true that anyone wants to reach the hotel or destination when they are in a new city than waiting in a long queue. In such, if you require visa for Cambodia, plan it before arrival or get ready for a long line.

Airport transfer

Once we are in Phnom Penh airport, it was really easier to hire a taxi to the hotel we stayed. For a car the rate is around $9 within the city area. The car driver was friendly and helpful. He talked with us and was helpful for planning our tour schedule giving us some ideas about the attractions.

Phnom Penh first impressions

Something I noticed while we were in the car was that in Cambodia they use cars which steering wheel is on the left side of the car. It is new for me as I am familiar with the car drives with right side steering wheels.

Phnom Penh City views

Phnom Penh is not one of the most cleaned cities I’ve seen. There is garbage along the roads and it can be too hot during the day time. Other than this I noticed their overhead cables. Those are so massive and lots of overhead cables are exposed along the road.

Phnom Penh first impressions
I can’t forget these overhead cables along the streets. 🙂

Narrow streets are so packed with vendors and shops. Other than that sometimes there is no space to walk. If you plan to bring your stroller with the kid, I must say that Phnom Penh streets are not stroller friendly. But, you can use strollers in some attractions such as Royal palace garden or for your river sidewalk.

Transport and getting around the city
Phnom Penh first impressions
You will see beautiful decorated Tuk Tuks in Cambodia,Phnom penh.

While there are different transport options are available in Phnom Penh, Tuk Tuks are much popular. I really like these tuk tuk rides while watching the streets, city views and people of Cambodia. These tuk tuks are beautiful decorated and some are well maintained. We saw many tuk tuks along the streets parked till a customer request a ride.

Phnom Penh first impressions
These scooter rides with more than two people or without safety helmets are common sights in Phnom Penh

Other than tuk tuk rides, it seems motor bikes are one of the popular ways to travel for the people in Phnom Penh. There are lots of scooters around the city. In the evening traffic jam was so much higher and we saw lot of scooters which is an unusual compared to the cities we have travelled before.


We can’t forget the friendly people from Phnom Penh. They are extremely polite. They smile easily. We had the feeling of staying in a long time familiar country though we stayed just 3 nights there.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
I had opportunity to talk with this local vendor while tasting a young coconut at the Central Market of Phnom Penh.

In the streets you will also notice street vendors who sell different stuff including the street foods. Local markets are so much popular and these places are the best to experience the culture and lifestyle of Phnom Penh. Other than local markets, we also visited Buddhist temples. We also can’t forget the Opportunity to talk with Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.

My first impressions of Phnom Penh are different from other cities we have visited before. Phnom Penh is a city with friendly people, both rich and poor. City views are with both clean and dirt. But it is a fantastic city. Country is rich with heritage cities, historical attractions and culture. If you plan a visit to Cambodia or Phnom Penh, don’t think twice. As a traveler you will really enjoy the different experiences there!

Have you been to Cambodia or Phnom Penh before? Or how do you experience your first visit to any city?Please share your thoughts below.






Moving to a new location sounds really interesting. A new city or country always gives new experiences for the life. But don’t forget the things to do at the time of shifting the belongings to the new location. In my childhood I have experience of shifting home for new cities 2-3 times. As a child it was a nice experience for me. New friends, new school and different experiences made me exciting. But, at the same time I remember experiences of lost stuff while we were moving to new cities in Sri Lanka.

steps to hiring a mover


Then after getting married, we moved from Sri Lanka to Singapore. It was another experience including setting to a new country with different culture and everything new for us. During our first few years in Singapore, we shifted our rented home few times until we move to our own home. So, I have experience with hiring movers for our stuff. Each time we had different experiences. But we are lucky, finally we found a great moving company who finally became like our family mover.

He served us the best and professional way including packing the stuff safely and moving using the manpower that are well trained for the job.

With our experiences with hiring movers for different moving needs, I thought of sharing this post which can be helpful for you if you plan to relocate to a new city.

Although packing the stuff and moving sounds stressful, with the right mover you can always enjoy the excitement of shifting to a new place with new things to see and experience.

Here are our tips and steps to hiring a mover!

steps to hiring a mover

Ask for recommendations

Before you hire a mover, check with your friends and family members for any recommendations. If they have recent experiences with moving stuff or if they know a reliable company, this will be a good start for you to select a reliable mover to help with your stuff.

Otherwise, you can easily check online reviews and recommendations. Actual reviews from users can be really helpful to find friendly and helpful mover from the location that you want find help for transportation of your stuff.

If you find a mover who has website or at least Facebook page, this will be a good place to find more details and recommendation from others. You will easily find photos and testimonials from others who have used the moving company recently. Use these recommendations and ideas to shortlist the movers around your area. Finally call them and short list 3-4 movers to get the quotations.

Call and get quotations

Once you have a list of shortlisted movers, call them and get quotations. When you contact them, let them know all the details including the stuff you own, from where to where, details of bulky items and also the fragile items. Sometimes, moving company will send a representative to check the stuff you have to move before they give their quote. In such times, show everything that you need to move including any special remarks such as items that are fragile. In this way you will get the best quotation.

If you contact a professional moving company such as Northwest Movers you can easily get the quotation with different options such as including pack and unpack by them or without such option. They also help with specialty moving such as antiques, fine arts and even a big item like a piano with special care. So, if you own such special items always ask the mover for the details of pricing for moving the items for your new location.

Make sure to hire a professional mover

When you get 3-4 quotations from different moving companies it is easy to decide the mover using your budget in mind. However, always the lowest estimate cannot be from the best mover. Instead consider the things such as experience and way of handling the stuff of selected movers’ .Check whether they do moving in a professional manner or not. You not only need to move your stuff, but also need those to move to your new location without any damage.

Check how they help in packing, what are the tools and equipment they use to load and unload the stuff and other related things. This can be really helpful to decide on the moving company that you can get the help.

When you follow these steps, it is really easy to select the perfect mover for your moving job. When you hire the right company for your moving need then that will be a nice start in your new location.

Do you have experience with moving household items from location to location? Please share as comments.





When it comes to Prague hen do weekends, you want for sure a once in a lifetime experience. Something unique, relaxing and, in the same time spiced with a little bit of adrenaline. Something hot, but not too dirty, stimulating, but not exhausting. Something that your bride will love to keep in mind for the rest of his life.

The question is: how to get the perfect recipe?

The list of Prague hen do activities is not so short, so you may have a hard time making your itinerary. When it comes to unique experiences, the city has developed an incredible reputation over the years.

To help you take some good decisions, here are 3 smart ideas of things to do in Prague on a hen weekend.

1. Day Spa with Massage

hen do weekend in Prague

All the wedding buzzing can be so exhausting, so you better give your hen the chance to be prepared for the big day. In this case, spa and massage sounds just perfect! Nothing more relaxing than spoiling yourself for the whole day.

So be ready for a tremendous refreshing session in a Finnish sauna, with a well-deserved 30 minutes massage. After this, you’ll be prepped, glowing and ready for a spicy night out hitting the bars and clubs of Prague.

2. River Cruise with Strip

Things to Consider when Selecting a Cruise Line

You’ll think nothing can be more ordinary in a hen do weekend than a river cruise, but you’re totally wrong! What about a completely naked gorgeous man, standing on the same boat you and your hen group are enjoying the stunning Prague view? Does that sounds better?

A River Cruise with Strip is just the perfect activity for a hen do to remember, so you must put it in a place of honor in your agenda. Be ready for a 60 minute private river tour along with the most entertaining male stripper, ready to give your hen the experience of your life.

3. Club Night VIP Mecca

Your hen do weekend is far from being complete without a nightclub experience. All you have to do is rent out a private table at one of the cities top nightclubs. Sounds like an opportunity you can’t ignore, doesn’t it?

Not only will you be surrounded by some of the capital’s most attractive men, but with your own table, you’ll be free to drink and dance as much as you want! So the hen do weekend is begging you to let go of your inhibitions and be carried away by desire.

This will be quite a memory for the future bride!

How to Plan the Perfect Hen Do Weekend in Prague

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Best Tours in Pattaya

There are places in this world that are really amazing. These places offer the spectacular views and amazing moments that are unforgettable in the whole life time. Pattaya is such a magical destination in Thailand which is full of different experiences. Be it cultural, wild life or scenic Pattaya has something to offer for different taste buds.

As one of the best destinations in Thailand, our next holiday will be to Pattaya. These days I am planning our trip to Thailand including Phuket and Pattaya. After checking the visa status for us to visit Thailand, now I am planning the activities and attractions to do in Thailand.

With range of tours available in Pattaya from cultural shows to wildlife adventures our holiday in Pattaya will be memorable for sure! If you plan a visit to Pattaya I am sure this Thailand, Pattaya tour plan will help you to explore the beautiful attractions without much trouble.

Why we like to Consider Tour plans for Pattaya Visit?

As a new destination,it is always easy to hire a tour guide or tour company as they know the details of the attractions better than us.Places like floating market are really worth visiting with a guide who knows the places that we can shop for unique things from Thailand.We also like the fact that it is always time saving and we know what are the attractions we can visit when there are planned tours available.

With my taste, here are the 3 best tours in Pattaya which I like to experience together as a family. I am sure these Pattaya tours will give us wonderful memories and joyful moments.

1. Pattaya Underwater World

Tours in Pattaya

We are visiting with a kid. So, our tour plans are always with kids friendly attractions including some activities for us. Pattaya Underwater World is a must visit place together with kids as it is one of the best attractions in Pattaya that attracts little ones. Pattaya Underwater World consist of attractions such as Koi fish Waterfall, Touch pool and Ocean floor. Shipwreck Zone will be really amazing as it is a sunken ship which the tourists can see in real eyes! A one day Pattaya tour will be worth to see this place with lot of fun!

2. Floating Market in Pattaya

Best Tours in Pattaya

You can’t talk about Thailand or any of its destinations without talking about floating markets. Floating Markets are like an icon for Thailand. So, I don’t want to miss the chance of having the experience with a floating market in Pattaya. That is why I want to know how to plan our trip including Pattaya local floating market tour. When I checked Pattaya tours for details, I found that they offer a day trip to Floating Market including a long tail boat trip. Their packages also include the option of visiting the local market without boat tour. Interestingly this floating market tour includes return transfer from the hotel in Pattaya and admission tickets. So we don’t have to worry much about meeting point once we book the Pattaya floating market tour online with Pattaya Tours.

3. The Sanctuary of Truth

Best Tours in Pattaya

I always love to visit temples and historical sites during any trip. So, in Pattaya I found one day tour to The Sanctuary of Truth which sounds like an amazing cultural tour. The Sanctuary of Truth is popular as the highest wooden temple in the world which is designed according to the Khmer architectural style. This temple can be a wonderful place to experience the ancient Khmer style which we also learned during our recent visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Above are my best 3 tours in Pattaya to experience in next holiday. At the same time, shopping, food and beaches will be in our travel plan. Coral Island is another beautiful island to explore in Pattaya which we may consider to include. So, wait for photos from our tour. I hope to update the blog soon with our experiences in Thailand, Pattaya and Phuket!





Planning a Gorilla Safari Trek

Gorilla Trekking is ranked among the best adventure activities that wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy in the world. On planet earth, there are only three countries that host the mountain gorillas. These three countries have become popular destinations and thousands of adventure seekers visit these countries all year round.

Would you like to do something different this summer? Why not take a gorilla safari in Africa with your family. Going on a gorilla trek will get you off the beaten trail. Break your usual kind of life and try out something different. In the long run, holidaying with the gorillas will bring together tour good family and also get you off the stressful moments. Do you realize that spending time with your kids, spouse and grannies is a natural rehab!

Planning a Gorilla Safari Trek

Choosing Gorilla Trekking as a Family Trip

As many may think of taking kids for swimming, recreation centers and zoos one would opt for a another lucrative adventure. Though many would like to take a traditional African safari within the national parks, gorilla trekking is a life time family experience! Gorilla Trekking in Africa is one of its own in the jungle – in other words planning for a gorilla safari trek is the best family holiday choice.

Like other vacations, planning a gorilla trek is not all that easy! It involves a lot of logistics and takes you different steps to choose the best trip for your family trip. Below are some of the important things to consider when making prior preparations;

The best tour operator and company

For you to enjoy a stress free family holiday, it requires you dealing with genuine tour operators who will take care of all the logistics involved. They will handle all your travel arrangements, answer your queries and it is advised to choose a tour operator who is flexible for any tailor made request in the course of preparations.

Time of Travel

All the three countries that host the mountain gorillas i.e Uganda Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are located in the tropics. Tropical countries are much known for good weather. These destinations receive tourists throughout the year. However caution should be taken about the weather of some months that receive heavy rains. When you travel from December to March and June to September you stand higher chances of enjoying a spectacular trip because here it’s known as a dry season where little rains are experienced than in the wet season in April to May and October to November.

Know the Age Limit

Before you set off for your gorilla family vacation you need to pay attention to the age of your family members. Because the conservation gorilla trekking age limit is from 15years and above. Also take note of the birth certificates and passport numbers otherwise schedule for a gorilla trek after the last bone’s 15th birth day.

Planning a Gorilla Safari Trek

What to Pack for your safari holiday

It’s now a family thing remember to pay attention to the details. Pack all the necessary medical gadget like malaria pills, insect repellants and everything required in your medical kit otherwise it will be a mess if you fall sick on your gorilla trip. Still with what to pack it’s a family moment with long lasting memories. Please endeavor to secure fabulous lenses for your cameras to take clear pictures for future adoration.

On the same note each family member is reminded to pack the best terrain boot as the jungle seems having slippery routes and most especially penetrating through Bwindi Impenetrable forest and hiking to a high Elevation.

Also take note of what to pack. Pay attention to the destination where you will track the mountain gorillas. Pack long sleeved outfits wears, rain jackets, garden gloves from red ants and stinging nettles.

Body fitness

Each family member is urged to keep a reasonable degree of fitness prior to the tracking day. This is because it requires you enough energy during the activity otherwise you may end paying extra charges. Once you fail during the trek, potters will have to carry on the stretcher commonly known as the Jungle ambulance.

Gorilla trackers go tracing through the forest, looking out for the trails of gorillas very early morning. Read about the dos and don’ts even before reporting for the briefing about the activity of the day.

During the trek, trackers keep following the gorillas as they keep precautions given by the park rangers. These guides will brief tourists and direct them to which sections in the jungle to use once the activity starts and this is done to try ease the process! Please take note that the gorillas are wild animals that live by themselves and they can determine their destinations with no bounds.

The families that you will visit are habituated and used to human presence. These families are safe for tracking and after briefing everyone knows what to in the gorilla zone

Precautions and Valid Travel Documents

Endeavor to validate all passports and driving Licenses if you detect any approaching expiry dates as this will keep the family calm and settled.

With no excuse you are recommended to take Yellow Fever Vaccinations as its pre-requisite to all immigration points especially in Africa so take note of visiting the family Doctor before boarding your plane to the virgin land.

Securing a Gorilla Permit

A gorilla Permit is like a passport or a password to access the jungle for the rare mountain gorillas for both Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.  Volcanoes national park, Virunga National Park Mgahinga and Bwindi National Park. Gorilla permits are booked on first come first serve where by you are recommended for earlier booking before your travel dates to avoid last minute panic.  There are only 8 gorilla permits available per day per gorilla group which means only 8 members are entitled to go gorilla trekking per day.
On this note Rwanda has 12 gorilla groups; Uganda which has 15 gorilla groups and DR Congo has only 8 habituated gorilla groups.

Lodges and Location

Consult your tour operator for best accommodation especially for a family. Also mind about the location of the lodge you are looking at staying in – This is due that this will be your base for all the activities you will engage in during your safari.

Beyond the gorilla trekking experience

African SafariYou may go extra mile as it extends beyond your gorilla trekking experience! Don’t miss other awesome and spectacular activities that make a family smiling till the last point. There are many other attractions in the visited destinations. Interesting wildlife in some nearby national parks include Antelopes, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, giraffes in the savanna land. You will only need a safari jeep to explore the region.

Guide to Planning a Gorilla Safari Trek

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

In the centre of Turkey’s Anatolia is a unique place known as the ‘Land of Beautiful Horses’ or Cappadocia. The area is rich in history and each of the many valleys have their own rock-hewn churches and geological abnormalities, while quaint rural villages, which make up the region, have their own stories to tell. Cappadocia tours take visitors to many points of interest in the magical Lunar Landscape but the best way to really discover Cappadocia is on foot.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Start with an Easy One

Goreme is the main transport hub of central Cappadocia and is therefore the most popular place to stay while visiting the region. Fortunately many hiking trails begin from the outskirts of this Anatolian village and a fairly easy one runs from Goreme, along a 4 km trail at the base of the steep slopes of Pigeons Valley to the village of Uchisar. The route passes by hundreds of man-made dovecotes, many of which are still inhabited by nesting pigeons, and interesting rock formations before entering a tunnel to the base of Uchisar castle. The hike should only take 1 to 2 hours therefore you should still have energy to climb to the top of the castle for a stunning panoramic view and enough time to grab a bite to eat in a local cafe restaurant.

Hike Between Fairy Chimneys

Love Valley has by far the most and the biggest ‘Fairy Chimneys’ in Cappadocia. The interesting mushroom like formations have taken their unusual shape from thousands of years of wind and water erosion on the soft volcanic tuff, however locals prefer to give them a more romantic name as stories say that below the Cappadocian moonscape live a community of fairies who of course need chimneys to release the smoke from their underground homes. Whichever story you believe, a 2 hour hike with your camera through Love Valley will give you plenty of opportunities to take photos with these odd shapes and fascinating landscape. This trail also runs between Goreme and Uchisar and can be combined with Pigeon Valley to make an 8 km circuit.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Discover Cave Homes

10 km from Goreme is one of the most historically interesting of Cappadocia’s Valleys, home to the Zelve Open Air Museum. Marked trails pass through Zelve valley and you can hike from 1.5 km to 8 km into what was once one of the largest cave communities in the area. Walking through you can still find stone age dwelling and early Christian rock churches. The trails continue into the neighbouring Monk’s Valley, which is also filled with Fairy Chimneys. Monk’s valley also had religious significance and it is where many hermit monks chose to built their homes. As you walk, take a moment to glance inside some of the stone pillars and you can find steep staircases leading into conical rock bedrooms where monks used to live in almost complete solitude. Some of these elevated homes are as much as 15 metres above the ground.

An Old Greek Town & Selime Monastery

It is said that Ihlara Valley once hosted 100 rock-cut churches and over 4,000 cave dwellings. The first part of the trail is quite popular, descending 360 stone steps from the village of Ihlara and following the Melendiz River to Belisirma where the old Greek village clings to the slopes of the valley above a handful of colourful riverside restaurants. Most organised day tours stop here so the remaining 7 km through Ihlara Valley to Selime Village  and Monastery will be both peaceful and pleasant. The trail passed under pistachios trees and between vineyards along the river, eventually arriving at the rock-hewn monastery which once served as a caravanserai to travelling tradesmen on the Silk Road.

Hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses, Turkey

Detour to the Open Air Museum

Most visitors to Cappadocia head directly to the Goreme Open Air Museum on a North Cappadocia tour and even if you prefer independent travel this UNESCO site certainly shouldn’t be missed. This museum is not like your standard ‘four walls and glass displays’. Instead the site extends over a vast space between green slopes, rock formations and colossal boulders. The area contains 11 refectories with the best preserved rock-hewn churches of the entire Cappadocia region, complete with stone tables and benches and original frescos from the times when early Christians took refuge here. The museum is only 1.5 km from the village of Goreme and sits between the entrances to various valleys therefore taking a detour to the unique museum will still leave you plenty of time for hiking in the Land of Beautiful Horses.

Must Visit Places in Armenia

Armenia is a real godsend for those who want to see the oldest historical monuments, be among the magical beauty of the vast mountains and feel the warmth of the local residents.

The most interesting sights of Armenia are both in the capital and in its surroundings.

Must visit places of the tour to Yerevan are the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran, the picturesque Cascade next to it, as well as museums dedicated to history of the country and the world-famous Armenians.

It is necessarily to visit the sights in the vicinity of Yerevan, including the pagan temple of Garni, the monastery complex Geghard, Amberd and Erebuni fortresses. Tourists also have the opportunity to watch the stars in the Byurakan Observatory and spend a wonderful vacation with family in one of the health resorts in Armenia.

Must Visit Places in Armenia

A tour of Armenia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Echmiadzin. The city of Echmiadzin is located about 20 km from Yerevan. Armenia is the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion (in 301 AD) and the Echmiadzin Cathedral was built to commemorate this. Built on the site of an ancient pagan temple, Echmiadzin is the religious centre of all Armenians.

Every tour to Armenia is a fabulous trip imbued with the beauty of Armenian mountains and forests. One of such places is the Tatev monastery. This is a real miracle of architecture built in the 9th century on the edge of a gigantic canyon.

Another ancient monument of Armenian culture and spirituality is Noravank church surrounded by beautiful mountains of unusual red color. There are many exciting adventure tours to ancient mysterious places in Armenia. One of them is the Khndzoresk famous for its ancient caves and also a huge bridge connecting two sides of the huge gorge.

Summer holidays in Armenia can be held in one of the medical resorts known for their magnificent natural conditions, as well as the purest healing spring water. Locals and tourists escape from the heat on the shore of Sevan Lake. There are all conditions for a winter holiday in Sevan. For example there is a ski resort for the cold months.

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