Get Rates On Grand Canyon National Park Tours So Low They’re Spooky

Halloween will be here soon and in honor of the freaky holiday, I want to show you how to get savings so spooky on Grand Canyon tours that you’ll be yelling “trick or treat” at the top of you lungs!

Don’t assume you will get a good rate on a Grand Canyon Tour by buying your tickets at tour time. It doesn’t work that way. In fact, it’s downright wrong. If you decide to buy your tickets at the gate, you will have to pay a lot more than your fellow passengers who know how to score discounted tickets.

What’s the deal?

Tour operators are a lot like airline companies. When you buy a ticket close to your travel date, you have to pay more. This is especially true if you book within 24 hours of take off. If you want to go completely crazy, buy a ticket the day of the tour.

There is no reason to go through all that. All you have to do is plan. Try to book your tour of the Grand Canyon at least one week before your tour date. Not only does this nearly guarantee you seat, but it also gives you access to the most departure times and regularly scheduled tours.

There are plenty of benefits to getting your tour seats ahead of time. Here are some other things to think about.

You want to buy your seats online. You might have some concerns about using your credit card online. That’s easy to understand. I used to be that way too. But the truth is, it is very easy and convenient to book your travel plans that way. The risk is low if you stick with legitimate travel sites.

Here’s the thing. I like to save money. It is probably important to you too. At any rate, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Web is home to the best deals on National Park tours. There are plenty of other places to buy tickets such as your hotel or a kiosk on the Strip. Avoid those places because you have to pay more when you get your tickets at a kiosk or hotel.

Remember this important point. Always complete the transaction on the site. That is the only way to get the low Internet rate. When you do that, you will get a confirmation email with your order information. Allow up to 45 minutes for the email to hit your inbox, then print it out.

About Your Tour

Halloween savings abound on Grand Canyon tours, especially helicopter flights, airplane rides and bus tours. To reap your rewards, follow my advice regarding reservations and online bookings. You will love a fall tour of the canyon. Temperatures are nice and the overall weather is great. Thrill your little goblins with a Halloween experience they will remember for a lifetime.

Tips for feel safe and comfortable Travel to Beach

Traveled delightful place to visit next is the beach, waves, sea sand and sea breezes offer a sensation for us to travel to the beach. There are a few tips so that we feel safe and comfortable when we went to the beach, so the travel time we really could enjoy without any significant disruption, the following tips:

  1. Looking for information about our destination

Try to find info on the beach our goals, how access to the beach, the availability of inns and hotels around the beach, easy or not getting the food and beverage and other info-useful for you before you visit a beach destination. This is so that you more or less know the condition of the beach and the surrounding environment, so that when you come to the beach would have no difficulty da confusion that could really enjoy the conditions and the sights.

  1. Do not Go Alone

Enjoy the beauty of the beach is more fun when enjoyed together, invite family or closest friends to have fun together enjoying the beauty of the beach, sunbathing and playing around water, achieve an atmosphere of togetherness and dried by a game and a game or a sport like volleyball or soccer ball.

  1. Use Clothes Made Light

Visit the beach and trips to the beach always makes us wet, for the use of clothing or shirts are easy to dry, avoid wearing clothing made thick because it will burden you while swimming or playing around the beach. Try not to swim safely exceed the line that has been set by the administrator of beaches.

  1. Bring the Sun Shields

Prepare all gear for a trip to the beach, including personal protection from the sun. Bring sunglasses, hats or umbrellas could be an option to avoid direct sunlight. But use all the equipment necessary, if it has been deemed more scorching sun we can use, because the sun is too hot can lead to skin burns.

  1. Choose the right time to sunbathe

If you wish to sunbathe, try to choose the right time to avoid the hot sun during the day. Time sunbathing on the beach right is in the morning until 11:00 am or afternoon from 15:00 until sunset. Nothing wrong linger with a splash of sunshine as well nourish the skin, but it should be noted that the heat of the sun can burn our skin. Use a sunscreen or sunblock regularly every 4 hours if it were on the beach all day, this will prevent our skin from the burning hot sun.

  1. Remain cautious and wary

While you sunbathe and relax on the beach there is no harm to remain cautious and wary of our surroundings, do not get too engrossed close my eyes or listening to music through a headset us. Always watch where the stuff we were and also note what a beast beaches around us lest we stung or bitten.

  1. take a bath after playing seawater

Once satisfied to have fun and play water and swimming, there are good you get take a bath, because sea water contains a lot of salt that can cause allergies for those not used. Do not linger with wet clothes after playing the water at the beach because the salt content will make your skin drier. Try to rinse in the shower that has been provided by the manager if you feel comfortable to take a shower in a public place, body wash with clean water and really make sure the salt content of sea water is no longer attached to the body.

Holidays and trips to the beach be events and activities are great fun for us and the family, but the main thing is safety, always look for signs of what is allowed and what is prohibited in the area around the coast of our goals for safety and comfort of our holiday. Similarly, 7 tips on vacation at the beach with a safe and comfortable and can be useful, “Preserving our natural, not for us but for our children”


Easy tips to help you bring the good to your own journeys

Those who leave their homes for temporary jaunts to other places can be sorted into three basic categories:

Tourists, travelers, and good travelers.

I owe many of my most memorable trips to the serendipitous kindness of strangers, and am firm in the belief that you get what you give when you travel. Here are a handful of easy tips to help you bring the good to your own journeys:

  1. Stop acting like you know. Taxi drivers and bartenders are your consiglieres, your guides. Don’t tell them where you want to go; ask them to point you where you should be. This also applies at restaurants. I gave up menus and entrees years ago. Make snacks your friends and simply ask the experts (i.e. people who work there) what you should be eating. If you already know what you want, then you really didn’t need to leave home in the first place.
  2. Tap your friends (and friends of friends) for advice.Ask people what you should go see. I found all the highlights of this road trip by following suggestions from locals (some of them strangers, but now friends).
  1. Take care of the people who help you.Everyone at the hotel gets a tip except for the people who make sure your sheets are clean and your bed is made? C’mon. Leave a few bucks with a note attached to thank the maids, the most under-appreciated (and most important) people there.
  2. Be British.I never thought I’d say that, but one thing the Brits do well is self-deprecation. Be fully prepared to make fun of yourself, or your hometown. There’s nothing worse than a traveler who’s deadset on convincing everyone that they’re not a stereotype.
  3. If you’re a sports fan, watch (and cheer) from your hotel room.Nice as most people might be, there is a line. And it usually involves the score.
  4. Stay away from Interstates if you can. A city’s charms lie miles from the fast roads.
  1. Take chances with conversations.Oh sure, we can be reserved back home, but sitting down and talking to people on either side of you makes for a more authentic experience… or that might be the Okie in me talking.
  2. Write postcards, not emails. Let’s bring back the images that got us wanderlusting in the first place. And speaking of bringing things back, how about classing it up again on airlines? I’m the biggest offender of this rule, refusing to travel in anything but my worn-out yoga pants, but still. Let’s bring style back to travel.
  3. Take people up on their offers.When someone invites you over to their house, or out to dinner, or on a tour — take them up on it (but be safe). Heartfelt generosity is the reason I’ve been able to travel so long on so little money. People love

being ambassadors of their town/state/country and will enjoy it as much — if not more — than you.

  1. Follow the Golden Rules of Guesting: leave a room/house in better shape than when you got there and never ever show up at a host’s place empty handed. I usually take 4-5 copies of my favorite bookfor these occasions (if you follow my 10 rules of packing, you should have plenty of room); ink on paper lasts a lot longer than the predictable bottle of wine will.

I’ll leave you with one last tip — the most important of all: Go to places for the experience, not just to see stuff. You can see stuff at home.

Go for the people.

And go for the good.

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Tour de singkarak 2016 split into 8 stages

Indonesia’s prime Cycling event: Tour de Singkarak will again take some of the world’s most renowned cyclists on an exciting race across West Sumatra’s magnificent landscapes from 6th to 14th August 2016. Part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) race series, the international cycling competition will be held in the class 2.2 category.

Covering a total distance of 1,100 km across 17 cities and regencies in West Sumatra, Tour de Singkarak (TdS) will take 9 days to complete and is participated by 25 Indonesian and international teams. This year, TdS will see its start at the Solok Regency, and will finish in the province’s capital city of Padang.

Slightly different from previous editions, this year’s TdS will only feature 8 stages instead of the usual 9 stages. This is due to unsafe  road conditions in the Solok Selatan Regency for the competition caused by recent floods.  Therefore, the 9th stage, which was initially scheduled to pass the area has been canceled. “We will be restoring the roads immediately, so it is only this year that the 9th. stage has been taken off the race, next year it will be ready again for the competition” said Nasrul Abit, Vice Governor of West Sumatra as quoted from

The 8 stages of this year TdS are as follows:

Stage 1/Grand Start (96.6Km), Saturday 6th August From Solok Regency to Payakumbuh City.
Stage 2 (119.5Km), Sunday 7th August from Limapuluh Kota to Tanah Datar.
Stage 3 (122.8Km), Monday 8th August from Pasaman to West Pasaman.
Stage 4 (150Km), Tuesday 9th August from Padang Panjang to Agam.
Stage 5 (152.6Km), Wednesday 10th August from Pesisir Selatan to Pariaman City.
Stage 6 (149Km) Thursday 11th August from Padangpariaman to Sawahlunto.
Stage 7 (133.4Km) Friday 12th August from Sijunjung to Dharmasraya
Stage 8 (146.5Km) Sunday 14th August From Bukittinggi to Padang.

On Saturday, 13th August 2016 there will be no race schedule since all participating cyclists will be taken on a City Tour to some of the most fascinating attractions in the area by the Office of Tourism of West Sumatra Province. Through the race, riders will be taking in the beauty of the countryside at Lake Singkarak, the Harau Valley, Lake Maninjau, the old coal mining town of Sawahlunto and a whole lot of other fascinating spectacles, as well as of course greeted by the welcoming smiles of the people cheering racers on along the entire track.

Through the years, Tour de Singkarak has included more and more districts in West Sumatra, as its positive economic impact spread throughout the province. The holding of the Tour de Singkarak has spurred  improvements in the road infrastructure and opened up opportunities for investments and Tourism. Local creative industries have also been revived especially in those regions passed by the Tour de Singkarak.


Most beautiful sunset in the world in zadar

15 selected destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2016. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Zadar was elected Best European Destination 2016 and won this prestigious title.

Athens, Plovdiv, Nantes, The Azores Islands, Paris, Novi Sad, Brussels, Kotor, Milan, Prague, Rome, Vienna, Madrid and Nicosia are the next best destinations for a holiday or city-trip in 2016. We thank all the participants from Tourism Offices, community managers and the 288,992 voters who made their choice and influenced the result!

Zadar in Croatia
European Best Destination 2016

1. Zadar
Welcome to Zadar European best destination 2016 ! Zadar is a great city, a city full of tradition and modernity, a city open to the sea. Stroll along the waterfront and hear the amazing sound of the “sea organ” while watching “the most beautiful sunset in the world” according to Alfred Hitchcock.

This city of Zadar is marked by its history and turned  towards modernity. Zadar is a different city, incomparable, with a soft and cozy atmosphere, a holiday atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. Zadar is quiet and safe: you can go for walks during the night as well as during the day. You will discover splendid vestiges of the Roman era, but also fine shops, restaurants at affordable prices, fruit and vegetable markets, outdoor concerts.

In Zadar you will enjoy delicous food and nice walks along the docks and you will listen to the sound of the sea organ, a unique facility in Europe that allows the sea to compose a sweet and enchanting music.

  1. Athens, Greece
    From the iconic Acropolis, rising above the city, to charming up and coming neighborhoods and contemporary art galleries, the city of Classic Marathon and Olympic Games is a majestically quirky clash of past and present.

One of the world’s oldest cities with a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!

  1. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Nestling in the south part of Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a leading cultural, religious, wine and shopping destination which never fails to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. With its 8-millennia history, Plovdiv has been proclaimed the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe and the 6-th oldest in the world. In 2019 the city will be the European capital of culture.

Various sites and activities turn Plovdiv into a real treasure on Earth, which must be discovered!

  1. Nantes, France
    Once a busy seaport in the estuary of the Loire, the fascinating city of Nantes was chosen in the old times by the dukes of Brittany as their historical capital. If the city still boasts a unique architectural heritage with its magnificent Château des ducs de Bretagne, a Renaissance-style castle nestled in a fortress, a medieval quarter and one of the highest cathedrals of France – it has been transformed in the last 20 years probably more than any other city in France.

It is not only a vibrant and young metropolis often rewarded for its top-quality of life – Nantes was also Green Capital of Europe in 2013 – but a city where art has literally been integrated in all possible aspects, making it a true example of how artists can turn a city upside down!

  1. Azores, Portugal
    In the blue Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and America: the Azores islands, an autonomous Region of Portugal, are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. Brought together in an archipelago, each Azorean island has its own identity. Even if they all share an extraordinary natural legacy, they also have their own unique strokes in their landscape, traditions, cuisine and architecture.

There are no words capable of describing and classifying the charm of these nine charismatic islands!

  1. Paris, France
    Paris is one of the world’s few really legendary capitals. Far from resting on its laurels, the French capital has taken a pro-active approach to enhancing its appeal by undertaking a quality-focused and sustainable development strategy based on constant innovation. This great city is a blend of past and future. Its pleasingly symmetrical layout, the result of the work of visionary rulers and architects, dates to the 19th century, while 21st-century Paris is a laboratory of the future. Paris is a dream destination for French and international visitors alike.
  2. Novi Sad, Serbia
    Novi Sad is the city that provides the visitors the agenda of unbelievably rich content with its urban core and rural surroundings. Each visitor, according to his or her internal feeling for nice and pleasant, attractive and joyful, useful and accessible can create his or her own experience while learning about all the layers of the past and present of Novi Sad. Novi Sad, the city on the Danube, the city with the European history and tradition and Balkan hospitality is the experience you must not miss.
  3. Brussels, Belgium
    Brussels, the capital of 500 million Europeans, is waiting to share its treasures and talents with you and to tell you its story. It has an ability to adapt to its visitors: no matter when you come, there’s always something happening here; no matter how long you stay, there are several different ways to experience Brussels, each with some brilliant surprises in store.

A multicoloured heritage of the most diverse styles, a contagious creativity tinged with surrealism and humour, a sociable and epicurean art de vivre.

  1. Kotor, Montenegro
    Beautiful Kotor, a cultural and natural world heritage site is located in a secluded part of the Boka bay.  If you are passionate for nature, art, history and want to know more about the rich cultural heritage and customs of this region, visit the town of Kotor, the baroque city of Perast, visit the islet Our lady of the rocks, and finally discover the archaeological site Roman mosaics in Risan with mostly superb representation of the god Hypnos and observe the traces of the first civilization.
  2. Milan, Italy
    Milan has been interesting and vibrant at least since it was the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. Have a look at the imposing marble Duomo, at our churches, palaces and museums. You will also be delighted by contemporary art and architecture.

While you visit, let the atmosphere of Italy’s most modern and advanced city seep in. You will be captured by the elegance and style; by the energy and the international flair. An incredible shopping experience for all tastes and pockets, in a place where design and fashion have made their home.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague has been considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since Middle Ages. Adjectives such as “golden“, “city of a hundred spires“, “the crown of the world“ were attributed to Prague, which is located right in the heart of Europe. And how to get the city into your heart? Try with us to wander not only in the Historic Centre of Prague that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992 and with its 866 hectares is the largest historic city centre on this list in the world, but also in the vibrant cultural metropolis.
  2. Rome, Italy
    The province of Rome is a matching frame for the many treasures of the capital, and the surrounding area has, more or less directly, experienced the influence of the history of the Eternal City.A region with a great deal to offer: sea, nature, good food and villages rich in history and art. The sea, the hills, lakes, rivers and vineyards: the surroundings of Rome offer a kaleidoscope of diversity and attractions for nature lovers.
  3. Vienna, Austria
    Vienna’s Ringstrasse is the most beautiful boulevard in the world. Nowhere else can you find such a dense concentration of so many representative buildings, palaces and parks.

All of these splendid buildings still have their full radiance today. An elegant promenade for the wealthy and beautiful has become a modern boulevard for everyone.  And the section of the Ring along the Danube Canal has become a hotspot: an urban bar scene and modern architecture attract a primarily young audience.


  1. Madrid, Spain
    Madrid is an open-minded city where culture and entertainment share a thriving space. The Spanish capital makes everyone feel right at home while providing them with some of the world’s most interesting tourist attractions.

Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest, most entertaining and vibrant cities during the day, but even more so at night. The Spanish capital does not only offer art, shopping, nightlife and excellent gastronomy but it also presents both visitors and locals with all imaginable options for leisure.

  1. Nicosia, Cyprus
    For the lovers of the Mediterranean the island of Cyprus is an absolute must. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite is famed for its spectacular beaches, its breathtaking sceneries and the warmth of its people. It offers the visitor a large selection of unique activities that can fulfill almost any wish.

Nicosia is the island’s 10 century old capital. It is situated in the middle of the island and is a busy commercial and business center. Its old quarter is surrounded by a Venetian sandstone wall, a vivid remembrance of Nicosia’s turbulent, medieval history. Wandering around the narrow streets with the overhanging balconies and the beautiful pedestrianized precincts is an experience that should not be missed!

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One of enchanting tourist destinations in East Java

Travel to the East Java town do not forget to stop by this one.

Malang may not be as big and crowd as Jakarta and Surabaya, but this city is popular as one of enchanting tourist destinations in East Java. Also known as the city of apple, Malang has cool atmosphere and makes a perfect destination for family holiday as there are many attractive places that offer exciting experience to create beautiful memories.

10 Best Tourist Destinations In Malang

Malang’s atmosphere is dominated by mountains and hills that make cool air and green scenery as far as the eyes can see. This is also among various reasons for many people both local and foreign tourists to put Malang in this list of favorite tourist destinations.

  • Secret Zoo

In this place, you can see a zoo with concept that has never existed before. The visitors can see various collections of animals that are placed in glass cage surround with cliffy rock. This interesting concept is capable to attract children and parents can teach them about the animal in a fun way.

  • Batu Night Spectacular

Located in Batu district, Batu Night Spectacular (BNS) is one of the most famous recreational sites in Malang, particularly at night. In this place, visitors can enjoy the beauty of night scenery in Malang with various decorative lights and enjoy challenging rides. There is also night market where you can buy unique handicraft of Malang.

  • Balekambang Beach

Looking at its contour and shape, Balekambang Beach’s contour has similar shape with Tanah Lot beach in Bali, particularly with the existence of temple above the rock in the middle of the sea. Located in southern part of Malang city, Balekambang beach is the favorite place of local people to relax.

  • Si pelot Beach

Not many people know this place, but Si pelot beach is a must-visit for beach lovers. Located in Pujiharjo village, the beach has brownish sand and blue, clear seawater. Unfortunately, it also has pretty strong waves so you have to be careful when swimming on the water. But don’t be worried; since you can swim on the sea, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of Si pelot waterfall.

  • Sumber Pitu Waterfall

Located in Duwet Krajan village, this place allows you to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of seven – yes, seven – waterfalls at once. According to legend, the waterfalls have magical power and sacred by the local people.

  • Jatim Park

Jawa Timur Park or more often known as Jatim Park is a well-known theme park in Malang that offers various rides, and entertainments. There are pools, science stadium, 3D theatre, Go kart area, and many more. Located in city center of Malang, Jatim Park makes a great place for children to play and learn.

  • Eco Green Park

Eco green park is built specially as education facility for children, loaded with educational value where they can learn about various things in this place. Family can visit this place during holiday, where they can enjoy mini zoo, have jungle adventure, geology science center, animal farm, duck kingdom, eco science center, and many more.

  • Angkut Museum

Angkut is the word of transportation in Javanese. Angkut museum is the right tourist destination where you can learn about the history of transportation and its development around the world. There is huge collection of transportation types, divided in 10 different country zones.

  • Coban Pelangi

Coban Pelangi or also known as Rainbow Waterfall is the next in the list of famous tourist destinations in Malang. This natural attraction has interesting scenery where visitors can see rainbow among the waterfall even there is no rain. The 30-meter high waterfall is perfect for relaxing; you can play in the water or simply enjoy the scenery from the huts.

  • Coban Rondo

Coban rondo is the next gorgeous waterfall located in Pandansari village that hides beautiful paradise. To reach the place, you must drive 12 km from Batu district, walk down the stairs, and enjoy the cool, green, and relaxing atmosphere of the waterfall.

Malang offers various great tourist destinations because the city has so many attractions to enjoy. Apart from entertainment theme park, there are also educational places, museum, and natural attractions that will delight your holiday.


The beauty of nature in Banyuwangi Indonesia

Having been to Banyuwangi?. Well, if not you should immediately visit there. Nice nice tourist spot

Banyuwangi is the eastern-most regency of East Java. To the north lies the regency of Situbondo. The regencies of Jember and Bondowoso neighbor Banyuwangi to the west. To the east lies the island of Bali and to the west lies the Indonesian Ocean. Banyuwangi is situated on the coordinate 70 45’ 15” S and 113’ 38.2” E. Because of its location, Banyuwangi has diverse natural scenery, rich art, culture, customs and traditions.

The beauty of nature is spread across Banyuwangi from the west to the east. Mountains, forests and beaches mark the landscape of the regency. For instance, Ijen Crater, in the western part of Banyuwangi is famous for its beautiful crater lake, the traditional sulfur miners who amazingly climb up and down the slope of Mount Merapi, and the plantations that cover the Crater’s slope. The National Park of Meru Betiri is famous for its Java Tiger and turtles. These locations form the center of the Tourism Developed area which is called the Diamond Triangle, which connects one Tourism Object to another.

Banyuwangi also has various art, culture, customs and traditions. One of the typical arts of Banyuwangi is Gandrung, a welcoming dance for distinguished guests. The dance is the defining dance of Banyuwangi. Besides Gandrung, Seblang, Kuntulan, Damarwulan, Angklung, Ketoprak, Barong, Kendang Kempul, Jaranan are arts that can be seen in Banyuwangi. Other customs that can be observed in Banyuwangi include the sea offering, metik (a celebration performed before rice and coffee harvesting), Rebo Wekasan, Kebo Visit Banyuwangi the Real Tropical Country keboan, Ruwatan, Tumplek punjen, Gredoan, Endog-endogan, etc. These events are performed every year and are included in the Calendar of Events of Banyuwangi. The typical handicrafts and traditional foods are available across Banyuwangi. The products and places that should be visited are Batik Tulis at Temenggungan and Tempo, Bamboo handicraft at Kecamatan Rogojampi and Kalipuro, etc. Banyuwangi also has typical food products; such as bagiak, selai pisang (banana jam) etc.

There native people of Banyuwangi are Banyuwanginese. They have their own dialect which combines the languages of Javanese and Balinese. Ethnic Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and people from Banjar also call Banyuwangi home. The diverse natural scenery, the rich art, culture, customs and traditions, constitute worthy treasures that must be introduced to all people. The people of Banyuwangi and the local government will be supported and benefited by tourism. The income from tourism will provide the capital to develop the regency of Banyuwangi. Tourists will also benefit from their rich experiences as they visit Banyuwangi.

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Yogyakarta, the cultural city

Yogyakarta (also Jogjakarta, or Yogya and Jogja for short) is the capital city of the Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta) in Java, Indonesia. It is famous for its tradition, culture, and arts. It is every traveler’s paradise and shopper’s delight. When visiting this cultural city, make sure you do not miss these 8 must-visit spots.

Malioboro Street

Malioboro Street is the biggest shopping street in Yogyakarta. Around one-kilometer long, Malioboro Street offers  different choices of shops, hotels and restaurants for its visitors. The shops vary from traditional local shops, to big shopping centers. Local vendors are spread along the sidewalks in Malioboro, and you can choose from many types of souvenirs: batik clothes (traditional cloth painted with wax), wayang (Javanese puppets), and much more.

Kraton Yogyakarta

Kraton Yogyakarta (or ‘Yogyakarta Palace‘ in English) is the heart of Yogyakarta. It is not only a palace complex, but also where the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family live. Be prepared to be amazed at the Dutch-style stained-glass windows which decorate the palace, or the intricately decorated roof and marble floor. Here, you can find several small museums which display artifacts from the different sultanates, as well as other Javanese artifacts from different eras. You can also find old photographs of former Sultans of Yogyakarta.

Taman Sari Water Castle

Taman Sari is a water castle located approximately two kilometers south of Kraton Yogyakarta. It is an old royal garden built in the 18th century. The complex includes a workshop area, a resting area, a meditation area, a defense area and a hiding place. Basically, Taman Sari can be divided into four different zones: the Segaran Lake area in the west, the Umbul Binangun bathing complex to the south of Segaran Lake, the Pasarean Ledok Sari and Garjitawati Pool in the south of the bathing complex, and the remaining parts of the complex.

Prambanan Temple

Being one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia, Prambanan Temple was also believed to be the testimony of love from a powerful young man named Bandung Bondowoso to Princess Roro Jonggrang. The temple itself was built in the 10th century as an tribute to Shiva. Visitors will be mesmerized by its many magnificent structures. The temple opens daily from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets are classified by domestic or foreign visitors. The latter are charged USD 18.

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is clearly the crucial destination to visit when in Yogyakarta. Being the largest Buddhist temple in the world, visitors will be delighted with a breathtaking view from the top of this 800-AD temple. Beat the crowds and the heat by visiting the temple at sunrise, at approximately 4:30 am. The local guides will help visitors understand the ornately decorated relief walls around the temple. Foreign visitors are charged USD 18 to enter.

Ullen Sentalu Museum

The Ullen Sentalu Museum is a private museum on art and Javanese culture. It is situated in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta. Established in 1994, the museum belongs to four of the central kingdoms of Java: two kingdoms in Yogyakarta and the other two in Surakarta. It displays a wide range of paintings, artifacts and relics from royal houses and palaces (kraton) of Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Pakualam and Mangkunegaran.

Mount Merapi

The beautiful yet terrifying Mount Merapi is the perfect tourist attraction for adventurous travelers. This very active volcano in Indonesia has erupted 68 times since 1548. Dare to hike the mountain to shoot spectacular photos while grooving on amazing scenery. A ticket booth is available before the village of Selo, and it is the only way to hike to the summit of the mountain. Most climbers start their hike at 1 am to be able to reach the summit by sunrise at 5:30 am.

Beringharjo Market

Being the oldest market in Yogyakarta, Beringharjo Market upholds the town’s historical and philosophical values. It is a multi-level market with diverse sellers, offering different items from fabrics, clothing, herbs and spices, to wedding supplies and souvenirs. It is also the land of batik in Yogyakarta, especially inexpensive stamped batik (batik cap). The market opens daily from 7:30am to 4pm. Visitors are advised to bring cash and to utilize their bargaining skills when shopping in the market.

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Good backpacking tips for limited budget

Those who want to travel but do not have a big budget. MAY tips below are suitable for us.

Just because you’re pinching pennies doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun backpacking trip. It does mean being smart, finding ways to cut corners and watching your spending throughout your journey. Figure out which country you want to visit and how you’re getting there, and then make it your goal to have a little money left over for your next trip. Use these 10 tips to keep your backpacking trip on budget.

Pack light

The key to backpacking is “less is more.” If you try to bring 4 pairs of jeans, there’s no way you’re hiking that mountain or catching that last minute train. Leave stuff behind and it will all be there when you come home. This includes objects with sentimental value! Whether it’s your favorite piece jewelry or a letter from a grandparent, bringing valuable items is asking for disaster. Only pack what you wouldn’t mind replacing. Dodge an emotional disaster and avoid paying airlines for overweight luggage or extra checked bags.

Camp out

If possible, try camping out for at least part of your journey. In developed countries, there are plenty of comfortable campsites that won’t dent your budget. It’s a great option for a seasoned camper who doesn’t mind carrying their own tent. Just remember to stay safe, especially if you’re backpacking solo.

Get a hostel with a kitchen

If camping isn’t your thing, then try one of the hundreds of backpacker-friendly hostels across the world. Check to see if they have complimentary breakfast or, better yet, a communal kitchen stocked with basic utensils and cooking items, as these are the best places to backpack. Making a couple meals at your hostel will save you a lot of money in the long run. A communal kitchen is also a great place to meet and bond with other travellers.

Bring your own snacks

Backpacking can be exhausting. Snacking between meals will help you stay engaged in all your adventures. Even in the cheapest countries to visit, local vendors know this, and will upcharge tourists who come to them for a quick bite. Bring your own granola bars and save that money.

Buy a train pass

In certain regions, like Western Europe or Asia, you can pre-purchase a train pass that allows you to travel relatively freely over a period of time. If you know you’ll be travelling a lot within the region, the pass could save you money over the course of your trip.

Walk instead of taking a cab

It may seem convenient to take a cab to your destination, but don’t do it! Between the mileage cost, tipping, and the added secret tourist fee (many cab drivers can charge tourists more than locals because they don’t disclose rates) you could rack up a hefty bill. Walking a little extra is good for your body, the environment and your wallet. If something is too far to walk, then take a bus or metro. Public transit costs less than $2 in many cities.

Be careful of pickpockets and scam artists

Whether you’re backpacking through Europe or Southeast Asia, every city has some form of pickpockets or scam artists. They can spot a tourist from down the street and they will take advantage of you. The fastest way to lose money when traveling is having it stolen, so keep that cash close to your body, in hidden pockets and money belts.

Visit the liquor store

As you’ve probably realized, local businesses are eager to squeeze every penny possible from foreigners—and can you really blame them? Bars and clubs located near major tourist sites will charge more for beers, because travellers won’t know the difference. Pregame at your hostel and buy less drinks when you go out. Many cities also allow public drinking, but check the local laws in your travel guide before you leave.

Also be aware that a lot of European clubs use drink cards. The club gives you a card when you enter, it gets punched each time you order a drink and then you cash out your card at the end of the night. Pay attention to your bartender to prevent over-punching. And don’t lose your card! The fees for a lost card can be astronomical.

Avoid tourist traps

Follow the locals. Where do they go for lunch, how do they spend their Friday afternoons? Make a list of things that are free all week: parks, sculpture gardens, window-shopping, etc. Make sure you have enough free entertainment throughout your backpacking trip that you never feel forced into paying money (take advantage of free walking tours, but keep in mind you’re expected to tip your guide). Then figure out which tourist attractions offer the best deals. Museums and playhouses sometimes offer student discounts, or free/reduced admission on certain days. Prioritize your activities to keep net costs low.

Travel with a group

Solo backpacking is a freeing experience, but if your friends are willing and able, bring them along! Travelling in a group can save you major money. For starters, you share necessities and downsize your luggage. One person carries toiletries, the other brings snacks. In a group, less food is wasted and you can take advantage of each other’s particular set of skills. You might not know how to pitch a tent, but your friend does (see tip 2). Meanwhile, you might be the only one who knows how to cook (see tip 3). Of course, travelling with other people complicates the planning process, and you might not always agree on where to backpack, but don’t let that scare you. Even if you split up for part of the trip, you can reconvene in certain cities.

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The best place in Asia for real travelers

Many interesting places in asia that must be visited. Here are places in asia that must be visited if you are a true travelers.

  1. Siem Reap, Cambodia

When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.

2. Hanoi, Vietnam

The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or “ascending dragon,” but it hasn’t forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.

3.Ubud, Indonesia

The village cluster of Ubud is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage and soak up the ambiance of one of Asia’s top spa destinations. Acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy star in the island’s distinctively firm massage treatments. Ubud is also the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene, home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Monkey around at nearby nature reserve Monkey Forest Park, home to hundreds of mischievous long-tailed macaques. Don’t miss the valley of tomb cloisters at Gunung Kawi.

  1. Bangkok, Thailand

Golden palaces, floating markets, majestic porcelain-laid spires…you’ve never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Visit Pratunam or Siam Square for premium shopping, then unwind in the European-style gardens of Dusit. Thon Buri is home to the awesome Wat Arun temple, and over in Phra Nakhon, you’ll find the Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha. Savor mango sticky rice at a food stall before taking in the gilded splendor of the Grand Palace.


  1. Hongkong, China

Delectable dim sum, floating islands, and a one-of-a-kind skyline are just some of Hong Kong’s unique features. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping village, then take the tram to the tippity-top of Victoria Peak for unparalleled views. The rocks and gentle hills of Nan Lian Garden will bring you inner peace, as will a calming cup of tea in a Stanley café. Become one with everything at the Chi Lin Nunnery, a serene Buddhist complex.

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Tradition collides with pop culture in Tokyo, where you can reverently wander ancient temples before rocking out at a karaoke bar. Wake up before the sun to catch the lively fish auction at the Tsukiji Market, then refresh with a walk beneath the cherry blossom trees that line the Sumida River. Spend some time in the beautiful East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, then brush up on your Japanese history at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Don’t forget to eat as much sushi, udon noodles, and wagashi (Japanese sweets) as your belly can handle.

  1. Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel District. Explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans—carpets and paper prints are specialties.

  1. New Delhi, India

New Delhi is all at once chaotic and calm, a complicated city where cows often wander the shanty-lined streets. The 17th century Red Fort is a mass of domes and turrets, while Chandni Chowk is an exercise in friendly haggling. Jantar Mantar features larger-than-life sundials and astronomical instruments that are still used to predict the weather. Travelers and locals flock to the India Gate, the national monument of India that honors the soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Afghan War.

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

You can eat very well—and very cheaply—in Taipei. The restaurants may not look posh, but the quality of the food is superlative. And there’s a huge variety of restaurants—in addition to local Taiwanese specialties, you’ll find regional cuisines from all over China, as well as great Indian, Japanese and even Italian options. Just make sure to leave some room for snacks—street-vendor food here is addictive.

  1. Hoi An, Vietnam

This city on the central Vietnamese coast is a well-preserved example of the important Southeast Asian trading port it was from the 15th-19th centuries. Already a common stop for backpackers, it is becoming better known to tourists. On the 14th day of each lunar month, the town trades its electric lights for traditional colored lanterns. Sights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple. Let the town’s expert tailors make you some bespoke clothing.

  1. Kathu, Thailand
  2. Krabi Town, Thailand

The southern Thailand town of Krabi serves as base camp for exploring the province of the same name, a lush region of jungles, limestone cliffs and idyllic isles floating just offshore in the Andaman Sea. Buddhist shrines still used by local monks are tucked into the chambers of the town’s top attraction, Tiger Cave. The riverside pier links travelers with ferries and longboats to the best scuba diving, rock climbing and white sand beaches on the coast.

  1. Jaipur, India

If you take one look at the glorious stucco buildings that line Jaipur’s wide streets, you’ll understand why this is nicknamed “The Pink City.” Spend your days exploring City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Amber and Jaigarh forts. And if you’re looking for a unique souvenir, head to one of the bazaars, where you can pick up a pair of camel-leather slippers.

  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

You could spend your whole Chiang Mai vacation exploring the famous Night Bazaar. Once you’ve exhausted the art of the cheerful haggle, however, there’s plenty more to explore. The National Museum and Botanic Garden are great places to soak up some local culture and to breathe in the delicate fragrance of Thai orchids. In the city’s center, the remains of ancient walls embrace over 30 temples. Limber travelers can climb 300 stairs to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, an ornate Buddhist temple in the hills.

  1. Bophut, Thailand

Learn to dive, sunbathe on a sandy beach or indulge in inexpensive spa services (including amazing Thai massages) in Bophut, a beach village that recently has become home to many new hotels and villas. Try the main street for trendy shops and restaurants, or visit the Fisherman’s Village for more traditional shops.

  1. Beijing, China

Welcome to a capital city whose story goes back at least 3000 years. In Beijing, you’ll find a wealth of history, both ancient (the Hall of Preserving Harmony, Summer Palace, Forbidden City) and more recent (Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Tiananmen Square). For the best market experience, choose the Dirt Market over the touristy Silk Market. A visit to the Great Wall, the longest manmade structure in the world, is absolutely essential.


  1. Singapore, Singapore

The Singapore cityscape looks like it was ripped from the pages of a science fiction comic book. If you’re hungry for a true Singapore experience, sample the myriad street foods or take a cultural cooking class. The Botanic Gardens and the Gardens By the Bay offer a slice of horticultural heaven, and the observation deck of the Sands SkyPark makes you feel like you’re high above the clouds. The banks and walkways along the Singapore River bustle with local activity.

  1. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam’s bustling largest city sets the cultural and economic pace for the country. The former Saigon boasts charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards, usually thronged and choked with traffic. Taxis are an option for seeing the sprawling city. The War Remnants Museum shows the Vietnam War through Vietnamese eyes. Don’t miss the impressive Jade Emperor Pagoda. Go to the frenetic Ben Thanh Market for food, flowers or frogs. Tour through the Mekong Delta, past rice paddies and houseboats.

  1. Kyoto, Japan

The shrines and temples of Kyoto offer a rare link between modern life in the city and its very ancient past. The Shimogamo Shrine dates to the 6th century and seems suspended in time, its serenity and spiritual power still palpable. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, then see the life-sized Thousand Armed Kannon statues of Sanjūsangen-dō. Enjoy traditional geisha performances, then savor a tranquil meal at a restaurant overlooking the Kamo River.

  1. Goa, India

The sandy coast of Goa is perfect for reclining by the sea. Nestle into a cushioned chair at a beach shack and savor a curry while you sip a Kingfisher beer, watching the sun slip lazily below the horizon. In Old Goa, the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of baroque architecture. Visit during Christmastime to experience a fantastic religious and cultural mash-up of East and West.

  1. Shanghai, China

The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.

  1. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is the business and cultural hub of South Korea, where skyscrapers tower over Buddhist temples. Take it all in from the N Seoul Tower, built atop a peak in Namsan Park. The teahouses and shops of Insadong give you a taste of Korean flavor, which you can further experience with a visit to the grounds and museums of Gyeongbokgung. UNESCO World Heritage Site Changdeokgung Palace is a fine example of authentic ancient architecture.

  1. Kuala Lumpur

The cultural hub of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is visually defined by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which, at 88 stories high, are the tallest twin buildings in the world and a vision of modern architecture. On the flip side, the Sri Mahamariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia, its façade a colorful totem pole of iconography. Shopping at the Central Market is a joyful experience that involves haggling, handicrafts, and happiness.

  1. Osaka, Japan

Home to nearly nine million and powering an economy that exceeds both Hong Kong’s and Thailand’s, Osaka packs quite a punch. The confident, stylish city is a shopping hub, with fabulous restaurants and nightlife. It’s an ideal base for exploring the Kansai region; Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, Nara’s temple and Koya-san’s eerie graves are within 90 minutes by train. Top city attractions include the aquarium, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and the futuristic Floating Garden Observatory.

  1. Mumbai (Bombai), India

Though Mumbai can feel chaotic and crowded, there are peaceful moments to be found here. Nibble a paper cone of bhelpuri while you stroll the sands of Chowpatty Beach. Then, take a short walk to Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi once lived, strategized, and was ultimately arrested. The markets are spirited places to bargain for spices or souvenirs. Take a guided tour of Dharavi – made famous by “Slumdog Millionaire” – for an eye-opening glimpse into what Mumbai life is like for nearly a million people.