Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dublin City Guide

Dublin is a city that wears its history – and its heart – on its sleeve.

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Must- Things to do while in Thailand

Take a boat ride on the Chao Praya River:  one of best things you can do in Thailand is being on Chao Praya River. Bangkok’ major tourist attractions are along the river. Besides the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, there is China Town, Temple of the Dawn, (Wat Arun) the National Museum, The Gem Stone Market and 5 Star Hotels. You can hop on and hop off for the low price of 20 baht (less than 1 US dollar) for the tourist boat or 8 baht for the local boat. You can even get a day pass to hop on and off as many times as you like for 100 baht.

Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River

 Take part in the World’s Largest Water Fight: if you happen to be in Thailand during the  Songkran Festival then you don’t want to miss the festive fun. It is the hottest time of the year and what better way to cool down than to throw freezing water at each other for days on end? It is a festive time of Thailand’s New Year held in mid April and water can be seen at every angle of the streets of Thailand. The festival is the annual ritual bathing of the Buddha images and is celebrated by the Thais water fighting themselves. If you plan a trip to Thailand, try to schedule your vacation around Songkran, it is worth seeing.

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival

Shop at Chang Mai’s Night Market: the streets of Chang Mai come alive and are filled with rows and rows of vendors. The prices seem to be higher here than anywhere else in Thailand, but once you know what to pay for the item you need; you can get them down to the proper price. Bargaining with the thai is part of the fun as you are seen as a long term visitor. With everything to choose from, it is your one stop shopping for every souvenir and piece of clothing that you need.

Hang Mai’s Night Market

Hang Mai’s Night Market

Elephant Trek in Khao Sok: A beautiful National Park in Southern Thailand, it is less of a circus than the elephant treks in Chang Mai. The elephants seem to be treated fairly and look healthy in Khao Sok and to sit upon this gentle giant is so awesome. They manage to move down steep hills and over rough terrain with ease as you hang on hoping not to take a tumble off your high perch. Stay in one of the many bungalows in the park and spend days exploring the trails, waterfalls and wildlife.

Elephant Trek in Khao Sok

Elephant Trek in Khao Sok

 Try traditional street food: Everyone has heard of the slightly unusual delicacies served in Thailand’s bustling streets and markets, especially along the Kho San road in Bangkok. If you have adventurous tastes and want a real experience on your Thailand palatable, there are many other delicious options available from street vendors, such as rice porridge with meatballs and ginger, Pad Thai- fried noodles with diced shrimp and tofu, or Som Tam- spicy salad with shredded papaya.

Thailand traditional food

Thailand traditional food

The Secret Seven of South Africa’s Winter Season

Louvre Museum

Established in 1793, the Louvre—is one of the world’s largest museums, and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissemen.

Top five architectural gems of Prague

Prague is an open-air museum of architecture, with a mix of old and modern marvels scattered across the city. Lonely Planet takes you to five worth checking out.

World’s largest building’ opens in China

Adapted from CNN.com

Chengdu's New Century Global Center

Chengdu’s New Century Global Center

The superlatives in China continue — the latest symbol of China’s “bigger is much, much better” ethos is open for business.

Located in Chengdu (population 14 million), capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China, the New Century Global Center is the “largest freestanding building in the world,” Chinese officials say.

Though the words “world’s largest” usually bring to mind an image of a towering skyscraper, this project actually isn’t all that tall. But it’s certainly big.

At 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the 1.7-million-square-meter mega-structure is capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses and almost three times the size of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The Global Center, which opened June 28, is home to business offices, hotels, movie theaters, shopping malls, a faux Mediterranean village and family-themed attractions such as a water park called Paradise Island.

The New Century Global Center is located in an entirely new planned area of Chengdu called Tainfu New District.

Chengdu is also currently expanding its subway line and plans to construct a new airport by 2020, further suggesting official ambitions to make the city an economic and cultural capital of western China.

From June 6-8, Chengdu hosted this year’s Fortune Global Forum, an annual invite-only event featuring chairs, presidents, and CEOs of the world’s largest companies.

According to Xinhua, China’s official state media, by the end of 2012 Chengdu’s GDP had hit 800 billion RMB (US$130.48 billion).

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