Koh Kood - another great tropical destination in the Gulf of Thailand

21.03.2011 In: Travel destinations

Koh Kood is emerging as Thailand’s latest destination for those who want the tropical island lifestyle without the crowds, offering mountains, waterfalls, and perfect white beaches along with minimal development and only a limited number of quality resort hotels.

Situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand, one hour by speedboat from the coast of Trat Province, Kood is the kingdom’s fourth largest island. There are many islands in the vicinity that can be explored, including Koh Chang, the second largest island in the country.

Koh Kood, therefore, is a popular destination for those who love nature and adventure,and will be one of the choices for the coming summer season for family holidays and groups of friends.

Away Koh Kood, which is part of the Centara Boutique Collection, is located in Klong Chao Bay on the west coast of the island, near to Klong Chao, Kood’s most beautiful waterfall.

Standing in more than six acres of beachside gardens, the resort is the epitome of an island hideaway. There are only 34 villas, each with its own private terrace and ocean views, and for the feeling of truly being away from it all there are 13 Island Canvas Retreat units, a spacious bungalow “tent” that features 30 square meters of space with a master bedroom, spacious bathroom, large terrace, and individual air conditioning.

Living on an almost deserted tropical island doesn’t mean you have to eat basic food. Escape Restaurant & Bar is set beside the ocean under the palm trees, and it serves a tempting a la carte of international cuisine along with a selection of Thai dishes and other Asian specialities.

Away Koh Kood features the largest activity and dive center on the island, named The Hub. Professionally run by a team of qualified instructors, The Hub offers diving courses that will soon have even the inexperienced visitor exploring the crystal clear waters and enchanting reefs with their teaming marine life.

Other activities include canoeing and kayaking; island excursions; sightseeing tours; fishing; and car, motorcycle, and boat rental. Island tours are available and can be tailored to suit the time and interests of resort guests. Popular attractions nearby the resort are the Klong Chao waterfall, Ao Salad Bay, the Rang islands, a pearl farm, and a firefly night trip.

Zimbabwe - best climate in the world and spectacular Lake Kariba

14.03.2011 In: Travel destinations

Zimbabwe is a country of contrasts, and it comes as no surprise that its climate was voted “the best climate on Earth” alongside that of Malta in International Living magazine’s 2011 Quality of Life Index, published this January. Every year, the magazine rates and ranks 192 countries for this index, and Zimbabwe scored 100% on climate, one of the nine categories voted upon.

Alas, a month later its capital city, Harare, was reported to be the “worst livable city in the world,” placed in last at 140 behind even the dubious cities of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, and Lagos in Nigeria. Harare had particularly poor scores for stability, economy, health care, and infrastructure, according to this annual ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence...

Fujian Tulou Hakka Yongding - better come to see it than try to read

28.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

On Feb. 20, 2011, hosted by the Fujian Provincial Tourism Administration and Longyan Municipal Government, produced by JSB Destination Marketing Co. Ltd., the "Fujian Tulou Hakka Yongding" destination promotion conference and global marketing campaign launch ceremony was held in Beijing.

Fujian Hakka Tulou is "the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwelling" of the Hakka and others in the mountainous areas of western Fujian, China. They were mostly built between the 12th and the 20th centuries.

A tulou is usually a large, enclosed, and fortified earth building, rectangular or circular in configuration, with very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls between three and five stories high, and can house up to 80 families. Smaller interior buildings are often enclosed by these huge...

2011 America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations - be sure to see them all

21.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2011 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations. For 12 years the National Trust has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and lively entertainment, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

This year's destinations range from a waterfront city that George Washington called home and an Old West town that was once the unofficial capital of Indian Territory to a laid-back wine country destination and a charming seaport town with a rich seafaring tradition.

"This year's Dozen Distinctive...

Rwanda forests - a great place to visit from now on

14.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

"The land of a thousand hills," as Rwanda is known by her friends from near and far, has in recent years enjoyed a boom in tourism arrivals, and before becoming a victim of its own success with only one major tourism product on offer, acted quickly and decisively to diversify the range of offers to tourists of what to do in the country. The then office for tourism and national parks – ORTPN – now part of the Rwanda Development Board, brainstormed over the options of "what new" to put on the market. It took little time back then to identify the country’s tropical rainforests to be one of the assets tourism could make use of. While sports activities like cycling and boat trips on Lake Kivu were also added, as was birding, it was primarily the forests which held the solution to the...

New show at SeaWorld across the USA - don't miss those killer whales!

07.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

SeaWorld parks across the United States will debut an all-new killer whale show this spring and summer, connecting guests to the sea with a new level of energy, excitement and vibrancy as it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world.

"One Ocean" features SeaWorld's majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and the ocean as the center of our natural world. The show connects guests with these remarkable animals and immerses the audience in the vivid colors and sensations of the underwater world. At the core of the show is the unifying message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and its future is in our hands to cherish and protect.

"One Ocean" is scheduled to premiere at SeaWorld Orlando at the end of April, SeaWorld San...

Philippines tourism opportunities in anticipation of the Travel Expo on February, 18

31.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

There was a time when one had to pay an arm and a leg to enjoy a decent vacation. Thanks to the boost in the international and domestic tourism industry, travel destinations have become more accessible to tourists. Competition has also played a role in giving travelers great choices in booking their trips. Indeed, nowadays going on a trip is no longer a luxury but a way of life.

Travel enthusiasts are sure to have a great start of the year as Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2011 gives us an array of the best deals in the market this February 18 to 20, 2011 at the SMX Convention Hall. Now on its 18th year, the TTE is an annual event in the Philippine travel and tourism industry organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Department of Tourism (DoT) and serves as a...

A new village for ecotourism to be built in Indonesia

24.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

Habitat for Humanity Indonesia announced it is partnering with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to create Habitat’s first eco-tourism village of more than 420 homes and guest accommodations near some of Indonesia’s most picturesque ancient temples.

The development will take place in the village of Soran, located near the famous Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built around 850 AD. The village is also located near Mount Merapi, the nation’s most famous volcano, which erupted last year.

Soran has a long tradition of creating music and crafts, but 60 percent of families there live below the poverty line.

The project will improve housing for most villagers, while establishing a sustainable, eco-friendly hospitality business built on the community’s historic cultural...

Get to know some of the top travel destinations for the year 2011

17.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

In 2011, travelers want to be able to book their travel with their mobile devices, and they are looking for vacation package deals where they can save on airfare, hotel, and car by purchasing all trip aspects at once. This is according to in-house industry experts at Orbitz, who are also predicting London and Australia to be the hotspots for the current year.

London's popularity is already noticeably improved due to the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton that will take place on April 29. And when Oprah Winfrey hollered out to her audience, "We're going to Australia!" she granted the country her noble touch of gold - whatever Oprah talks about, is like sending a message on a skyrocket to be emblazoned on the global skies.

And what will be the best destinations in...

Things to see and visit in Rome in 2011

10.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

The Forum Roman is dressing up in new ecologic light and illuminating one of the most precious and beautiful places in the "Eternal City" until the early hours of dawn (2:00 am). Since December 30, 2010, radiant light from Campidoglio to Titus Arch - all along the ancient way from Temple Vespasious to the Temple of Saturn (700 meters) - is illuminating the architectual glory of Rome’s past. Over 140 projectors have been installed, bringing to light and life, a past which has been hidden by night for ages.

This brillant idea is supposed to make up for the new tourist tax that begain on Janauary 1, 2011, adding a cost of 1 euro for entry into Roman museums.

“The tourists not asking for discounts but asking for highlights and Bellezza," explained Francesco Giro, Italy’s...

Sabah - one of the most diverse states of Malaysia

03.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

“Malaysia Truly Asia” is the tried and tested advertising slogan, which has considerably helped brand Malaysia and implant its unique identity to the world. The country is truly Asian and is made up of a potpourri of ethnic races, cultures, and religions. It is precisely this ethic mix, or cultural cappuccino, that brings out the best in Malaysia. From its food to its traditions the country is one of the most diverse and yet tolerant nations in Asia, if not the world. It is home to three main races - Malay, Indian, and Chinese - all practicing their respective religions alongside a multitude of many Christian churches, which prevail throughout the country.

Kuala Lumpur is home to the iconic Petronas Towers and is a vibrant commercial capital home to both government and commerce....

Bukittinggi - you must have never heard of it

20.12.2010 In: Travel destinations

Is tourism normalization on its way in West Sumatra? While Padang is still struggling to recover as urban reconstruction moves at slow pace, the rest of the province is back to the normal. This is especially true in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra’s largest tourist destination. The city has a population of over 90,000 inhabitants and is considered as the cradle of the Minangkabau culture, the principal ethnic living in the region. Only 90 km from Padang, the city can be reached from the capital in two hours. Its cool climate made it a favorite retreat during the Dutch colonial time as many European-style bungalows still testify. Next to the Jam Gadang (a clock tower built in 1926 by the Dutch) a local open-door market is the most attractive destination for tourists. Bukittinggi offers also a...

Cancun Underwater Museum - a hand-made wonder

13.12.2010 In: Travel destinations

The Cancun Underwater Museum officially opened its doors, completing the exhibition titled “The Silent Evolution” by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. With 400 life-size sculptures submerged, this completed phase 2 of the world’s largest underwater museum, located in the beautiful waters of Cancun.

The National Park located on the West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, welcomes approximately 750,000 tourists a year and is now home for this impressive sculpture museum. Just days after almost all the sculptures were submerged, the welcoming they received by Mother Nature was amazing, with hundreds of swarming 'grey angel' fish, that up until now, were rarely seen around the area. The main gallery is formed by 400 life-size figures, based on real people. Its building...

Winter vacations can be spent best in Costa Rica

06.12.2010 In: Travel destinations

Costa Rica, an amazing diverse country and a global leader of sustainable tourism, has put together a broad variety of vacation packages and discounts for the upcoming holiday season. Travel deals are available after the Thanksgiving weekend through the first few months of 2011.

Whether someone is looking to enjoy beautiful sun and beaches, relax with the family, explore nature, take in a second honeymoon with someone special, or all of the above, Costa Rica has something for everyone. There are over 70 special travel promotions running throughout the country. These travel promotions will only be valid for a limited time, so travelers shouldn’t miss out on the chance to book today.

Vacation packages and promotions will be running across the country and in all of your favorite...

Seoul - a Soul of Asia and a World Design Capital

29.11.2010 In: Travel destinations

Travelers who visited Seoul a decade ago might probably remember South Korea’s capital as a rather bleak place. But Seoul has changed beyond recognition in the last five years. “Rising standard of living in the population has suddenly redefine priorities in Seoul. In the past, Seoul used to build quick and cheap to accommodate a growing population. With more and more affluent people, Seoul has now decided to reinvent itself and fix architecture failures from the past,” explained Maureen O’Crowley, Senior Director, MICE marketing Tours at Seoul Convention Bureau, during a presentation on Seoul.

Seoul’s location has always been exceptional: the massive 10-million people city is adorned by a chain of mountains, giving the city its distinctive shape and impressive vistas. “From...