Traveling in Indonesia: instructions for use

Do you dream of traveling to Indonesia? Java, Bali, Lombok, Borneo… Indonesia is full of magical places to discover. In addition, it seems that Indonesians are very welcoming and warm. We met Martine from the blog Leaving Indonesia, a lover and expert of the country (she lived there for 10 years, so much to tell you that the country does not have much secret for her!). She was kind enough to answer our questions and give us her tips and advice to travel serenely in Indonesia.

Can you introduce yourself quickly and your blog?

Hello, I’m Martine from the blog Leaving Indonesia. I would like to share with you my passion for this beautiful country that is Indonesia. I lived there for ten years. I was a guide at the National Museum in Jakarta, adventure travel organizer, diving instructor (I had the opportunity to dive on remarkable and uncrowded spots as a cruise director). Blogger, curious, great travel enthusiast, I traveled through Indonesia: alone, with my family, friends, tourist or professionally and I continue to do so.

Can you introduce us to Indonesia?

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with about 17,000 islands and extends over 2,000 km around the equator and 6,000 km from east to west.

The main islands (in terms of area) are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo Island), Sulawesi and West Papua. Kalimantan is bigger than France and Java is a little over a quarter of France!!! To this is added smaller islands but very tourist like Bali and Lombok and the small islands of Sunda.

Indonesia has great seismic activity. Located at the convergence of 3 tectonic plates (Asian, Australian and Pacific), there is a belt of volcanoes (called fire belt) that goes from Sumatra to Papua. Many volcanoes are still active and it is not uncommon to feel minor tremors and there have been some sadly famous natural disasters (Tsunami in Sumatra in 2004, eruption of the Agung volcano in Bali in 1963…).

250 million live in Indonesia, including 120 million on the island of Java alone. Like many Asian countries, you will be surprised to see people everywhere, especially in cities. For example, Jakarta, the capital is a city of about 12 million people. But this archipelago still offers many virgin and wild places.

It is a young republic with an elected president and various political parties. The majority religion is Islam. In the Indonesian constitution, 5 religions are allowed: Islam, Hinduism, Protestantism, Catholicism and Buddhism. There is no imposed religion, but Indonesians must declare one among the 5. The religion is also written on their identity papers.

When is the best time to travel to Indonesia?

Indonesia is a large country that covers several latitudes and is divided into two by the Wallace Band, which allows traveling there in all seasons. The best season to travel to Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi is from May to November and if you go further west to the Wallacea zone (or intermediate zone), to Maluku, Papua or to the small islands of the probe, the best season is from November to April.

Restaurant on beach

The motto on the Indonesian beaches: REST!

Is it easy to travel to Indonesia?

The geography of Indonesia with its 17,000 islands makes it necessary to make choices:

  • Either you go from islands to islands : you will have to fly or boat, so plan a minimum or have time, to book a ticket or even to find a ferry or boat schedule. You can buy tickets from Indonesian airlines from France, online at their sites (Air Lion, Air Asia, Sriwijaya, Garuda, etc…).
  • Either you stay on an island : you have the choice between usual land transport: car, taxis, motorcycle.

The road network is not very developed and the traffic in the big cities is difficult. In Jakarta, there is a bus network not too bad (the new Transjakarta buses), and trains that go to the main cities of Java.

In Bali, buses are almost non-existent and the best is to rent a motorcycle or a car.

In general, in big cities you will find buses but no line plans. The easiest way is to look at the direction that is marked and ask the driver if it serves the place you want to go. Depending on the city, buses have different colors. These are actually mini-buses that stop everywhere on their way, at the request of customers.

My advice : If you can, take a driver, it is not very expensive and it will save you a lot of hassle. Driving is difficult especially in cities because of traffic jams and the passage of motorcycles all over the place. You will find cars and motorbikes for rent everywhere.

What is the language spoken on the spot?

Indonesians are usually bilingual since they speak their local dialect and Bahasa Indonesia. In tourist areas, English is quite common. By cons, French, not really.

Indonesia 3

Welcome to paradise

What are your top 3 experiences not to miss in Indonesia?

The diving of course…

If you have never had this experience, Indonesia is the country where you have to do at least one dive. The backgrounds are colorful, full of fish and visibility is very good. The temperature of the water varies between 22 ° and 30 ° C according to the places and the seasons. You will find diving clubs everywhere. The safety rules are the same as everywhere in the world and the procedures follow the specifications given by organizations worldwide (PADI, CMAS, NAUI, etc…) so do not panic on that side!

Nice little blue fish.

A trek of a few days…

At the Baduis in Java or elsewhere to live in a still virgin nature in beautiful villages, cut off from the outside world and discover their rich ancestral cultures.

The ascent of a volcano…

Like the Kawa Ijen in East Java where you will see porters of sulfur, the Rijani in Lombok from which you can admire the whole island, or the Kelimutu in Flores with its 3 colorful lakes or Mount Agung in Bali.

Be careful, do not underestimate these treks, because if they are not difficult technically, unevenness are very important. Many people turn around before reaching the summit because they are poorly equipped and poorly prepared. Do not go in tongues!!! Allow more time than the guides will tell you. But the view at the top is really worth the effort.

Bromo volcano, Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java, Indonesia

The Bromo volcano on the island of Java just majestic!

 

The Indonesian dish not to be missed?

  Nasi goreng (fried rice) and soto ayam (chicken soup). This is what I take when I travel and I do not know the “warungs” (small restaurants). It’s very cheap, always good and you can find it everywhere with various recipes.

Do you have an unusual anecdote about Indonesian culture?

If you ask someone for help, and she tells you that she’s going to do what you want, she usually does, but it can be at the last moment (in fact, it’s often last moment). The key word in Indonesia is “SABAR” which means patience. It’s a bit difficult for us Westerners who want to plan everything, but there, if we lose patience, and we do not try to relax a little, we miss a lot of things. Indonesians live in the present and they are people who can be trusted.

Photo credit: Martine from Leaving Traveling

“The key word in Indonesia is” SABAR “which means patience. “

Make us dream: can you tell us about your best memory in Indonesia?

  I have a lot of very strong memories, but I will choose the day we left the Korowais in Papua and where the children decorated with flowers, accompanied us on the tarmac of fortune, to the small plane that came to recover us. We were 6 women and we had just spent 5 days with them in their jungle. It was very moving this departure.

Korowais children in Papua

Do you have any other advice for future travelers?

Do not plan to drive too many kilometers because the roads are not in great condition. Take the time to relax and enjoy the scenery, people, your holidays what! Indonesians are very smiling and welcoming people, let them guide you, make you discover their country, their culture. They will always do it with great pleasure.

Thanks to Martine for sharing her vision of Indonesia with us. You will find more information, tips and tricks to stay in Indonesia on his blog Leaving Indonesia.

In addition, she offers a free guide ” Approach Indonesia by staying zen! ” With the 16 differences between Indonesians and you to know absolutely before you go!

 

 

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Top 6 Tourist Activities Unmissable in Bangkok

Are you planning to come to Thailand soon? When you come, you will hardly be able to miss Bangkok, its capital. This fascinating city combines culture, modernity and nightlife completely crazy. Whether you like it or not, one thing is certain, Bangkok intrigues. Here are my tips to go to its discovery with my 6 things to do in Bangkok.

The Grand Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha

This is undoubtedly one of the major tourist attractions of the country. Designed in 1782, this house hosted the royal family until the middle of the 20th century. Inside you will discover many palaces, real architectural jewels. The Grand Palais Royal also contains Wat Phra Kaeo and its sublime Emerald Buddha. A must visit when you come to Bangkok.

My advice : It is best to make your visit early in the morning if you want to avoid the tides of Chinese tourists armed with their camera! Similarly, the heat will be more bearable. The site is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and the entry costs 500 baht (= 13 euros). As with most Thai temples, you will not be able to go in shorts and bare shoulders, dress accordingly.

 

royal palace bangkok thalande

Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Thailand’s most famous and visited temples include Wat Pho at the top of the list. One of the main reasons is, of course, the presence of the majestic reclining Buddha! 46 meters long and 15 high, completely covered with gold leaves. For 100 baht (= 2.50 euros) per person, you will enter this colorful temple. A real place of worship for Thai people.

My advice : A visit in the morning will allow you to avoid the crowd. However a visit at the end of the day can allow you to enjoy the sunlight to make pretty pictures. Wat Pho is open from 08:00 to 18:30. Beware of people who approach you by telling you that the temple is closed, it is of course not true. Finally, consider wearing a decent dress to enter.

wat pho temple bangkok

The Chatuchak Market

This huge market is the place to stroll favorite of tourists. You will find countless booths of all kinds. If you want to bring back a little souvenir or invest in a pair of pants or a dress, you will undoubtedly find your happiness. This market is free but open only on weekends. To get there, take the subway to Chatuchak Park.

My advice : Take the opportunity to eat on the spot, the street court offers an impressive number of possibilities to satisfy your appetite.

chatuchak market stand

Wat Arun

Among the many temples to visit, Wat Arun has a real charm. After a short boat ride, you will discover this temple bordering the Chao Phraya River. At dusk, the light on the temple is very different and you can make pretty pictures. The entrance costs 50 baht (= 1.25 euros).

My advice : Visit Wat Arun after Wat Pho, you are already in the area.

wat arun temple

Khao San Road

Once night falls on Bangkok, go to the unsurpassed Khao San Road. This is without a doubt the most famous street in Bangkok. Be careful not to make you swallow everything! While this neighborhood is not the most typical of the city but it is part of the folklore. It is the rendezvous of tourists and backpackers. You can find everything from street food, clothes or bathing suits or massage your feet! And if you’re the intrepid kind, scorpions, grubs and other grasshoppers are waiting for you to be tasted on Khao San Road.

My advice : Rendez-vous on site instead of the night, this is where you can really take the measure of the neighborhood. Prefer the stands as restaurants unless you want to dance and enjoy the music. If we suggest you go to a Ping Pong Show know that it does not have much to do with ping-pong!

khao san road by night

 

Chinatown and Little India

If you have some time left during your stay in Bangkok, go for a visit to Chinatown and Little India. Even if you do not need anything, you will find something to buy. The Chinatown also offers an impressive number of street vendors to restore you no matter what time!

chinatown bangkok

What do you think of these unmissable? I hope, in any case, have made you want to discover Bangkok! See you soon for the rest of our adventures.

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50 Amazing Journeys to Make Once in Life

What is it that makes you feel in heaven? To contemplate how the sun rises in Giza in the great pyramids? See the sunset of Tanah Lot in Bali? For lovers of travel and adventure seekers around the world, here we put the definitive list of some incredible trips that will blow your mind, change your world view and allow you to delve into foreign cultures.

1. The beaches of Okinawa in Japan

Coral reefs and tropical beaches are the hallmarks of these beaches located about 2.5 hours by plane south of Tokyo. The islands of Kerama, where Tokashiki and its paradisiacal Tokashiku beach are located will make you forget the typical image you have of Japan.

2. Horseshoe Bend, the horseshoe of the Colorado River

This is another of the wonders of the world not so well known. People go to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and do not know that not far away is Horseshoe Bend. Through a path is where you can access the viewpoint where you can see the general panorama of the Colorado River (the photo is taken from the viewpoint). This meander in the shape of a horseshoe will make you live a moment of cinema.

3. Mount Roraima in Venezuela

3. Mount Roraima in Venezuela

To access the majestic Mount Roraima must be accompanied by an indigenous guide, which must be hired in the town of Paraitepuy, San Francisco de Yuruaní or Santa Elena de Uairén (here there are tour operators). It takes two to get to the top. Most people like to spend the night there because the place is idyllic.

4. See the sunrise of the temples of Bagan in Myanmar

Imagine more than 2000 temples while you are lying in the any point of the valley where you have such incredible views. Some mornings there is a mist that gives more charm if possible. As the sun rises, the domes of the decks slowly emerge, initially white to see how they become deeply golden. Colossal!

5. Crossing the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

It is the closest thing to confusing heaven with earth. You really have the feeling of crossing the sky. So to speak, it is a mirror of 9,000 square meters made of salt dishes covered with water in the rainy season (from December to April). On the other hand, it becomes a white desert during the dry season. The nearby city of Uyuni is 10-12 hours by bus from La Paz or 7 hours by train from Oruro.

6. A photographic Safari in Tanzania

Of the total of 16 national parks in the Serengeti, Tanzania is the perfect place to see the annual wildebeest migration. Seeing elephants playing with their young in the Rufiji River in the Tarangire is one of the experiences that remain engraved in the retina for life. Rates start at $ 60 per visit and you can check the rest of the rates here.

7. Heliski in Girdwood, Alaska

If you like skiing and risk, heli-skiing is one of the experiences that will change your life! Where to do it? Girdwood (Alaska),
Recommended by National Geographic has a lot of incredible sites, some of them off the slopes where you can also be the first to release your powder snow. There are day trips to about 3,000 meters high. From $ 1,275 per person.

9. Oktoberfest in Munich

9.- Oktoberfest in Munich

It is the party in which Germans most enjoy by far. The Oktoberfest begins in the middle of September and will last until the beginning of October. Take a look at the website. The price of a liter of beer is around € 10 on average.

10. The party of the tomatina

The San Fermines and the Tomatina festival are undoubtedly the best-known festivals abroad. Trucks full of ripe tomatoes arrive downtown. The battle begins when a person gets into a truck and throws a tomato, then officially begins the funniest tomato fight in the world. But nevertheless. Not only is the famous battle, there are also music groups, parades, dancing and fireworks. The night before the tomatina, a paella contest is held in which anyone can participate. You can check out the entrance on their official website (10 euros). It is always the last Wednesday of August.

11. Do yoga in Pune (India)

11.- Do yoga in Pune (India)

Meditate on Lake Mulshi with incredible views while eating food that is in harmony with the environment say it has healing properties. A vacation based on Yoga, will give you balance again in your life and allow you to discover something more about yourself. In addition, you can do other types of activities such as visiting incredible temples, such as the Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati and iconic Iskcon Nvcc.

12. A kind of pastry in Paris

Do you plan to go to Paris? Why do not you take the opportunity to do a three-hour pastry course ? I found this one that goes for 95 euros.

13. Visit the Moai on Easter Island

One of the mysteries of humanity that continues to be solved. How and why these statues made of solid rock were created and how they were transported and erected in various places around the island, remains a mystery. Easter Island is about 3,800 km west of Chile.

14. Contemplate the northern lights in Sweden

14.- Contemplate the northern lights in Sweden

You will be amazed to see the northern lights. Sky green, blue indigo, yellow, purple… a mix of colors that will amaze you. In the Abisko National Park, Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley are the best places to see it.

15. Go to the Carnival of Venice and buy yourself a mask

15.- Go to the Carnival of Venice and buy yourself a mask

Venice is a wonderful city and very beautiful to visit at any time of the year but it is at carnival when more life and color has; He dresses in costumes and masks. It is celebrated from January 31 to February 17, there are numerous events and parties. Take a look at the carnival program to find out what are the best dates to travel there.

16. Submarinism in the Great Barrier Reef

2,600 km of coral formations of all shapes and colors. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef is like entering another universe. It does not matter if you are a diving expert or just want to see it with some glasses and a tube. The Great Barrier will leave you speechless.

17. Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand

Discover the magical world of Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand. Whether you’re in love with the Lord of the Rings or not, seeing those little houses tucked away on the ground and hidden in green hills is very beautiful. Excursions range from $ 75 per adult.

18. Climb up the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge

18. Climb up the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge

It is the best place to have incredible views of the harbor and the Sydney Opera House. Guided tours are offered daily by Bridge Climb Sydney from 148 Australian dollars.

19. Bungee jumping on the Bhote Koshi river, near Kathmandu

Known to be one of the highest falls in the world, you are also in a picturesque gorge 160 meters high. Prices range from $ 145 per person.

20. Get on the Glacier Express of Switzerland

20.- Get on the Glacier Express of Switzerland

The slowest and most scenic train route in the world at the same time. The Glacier Express connects two main mountain resorts, St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Throughout your 7.5 hour trip, you travel 291 bridges through 91 tunnels and cross the Oberalp Pass (at its highest point reaches 2,033 meters). All this, while you watch impressive alpine landscapes through the window. The guide price is 149 euros, although children under 6 years get free, children and teenagers between 6-16 years half the price. Prices go up to 262 euros in the adult rate on the St. Moritz-Zermatt route. More info here

21. Hiking in the Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

21.- Hiking in the Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Only 150 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Tamana Negara Park is a place where you can still find a family of elephants as you stroll through a 130-million-year-old rainforest. The price of the ticket is ridiculous: 0.25 cents, plus 5 RM: 1.2 for the camera.

22. Take a boat trip on the Ganges in Varanasi

22.- Take a boat trip on the Ganges in Varanasi

The Holy City of Varanasi is 2000 years old. It is a hard and spectacular place where you see the whole cycle of life, from young children learning to walk, to middle-aged men and women washing their clothes and bathing a few meters away, to the funeral fires in the ghats, where they bathe the deceased in the Ganges for the last time and cremated later in sacred fire. The prices of a boat trip depend to a great extent on what you negotiate, but it must not exceed the INR 250 (~ € 3.5).

18. Enjoy a night on a desert island

There are many islands in the world but to search for something more unknown I would choose the Togian Archipelago in Indonesia. Here there are a lot of desert islands, some of them do not even have a name and are located around the well-known Kadidiri. Another is the small island of Karina beach.

23. Swimming in the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

23.- Swimming in the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

We already talked about her here. It is built on the 50th floor and measures 150 meters. The price per night is around 300 euros.

24. See the sunrise and sunset in Uluru, Australia

24.- See the sunrise and sunset in Uluru, Australia

The sacred stone of Uluru in Australia, turns dark brown and red under the first rays of sun. But just as beautiful is the sunrise, I have the sunset, when the monolith turns bright orange. A three-day visit costs $ 25.

25. Scale on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

25.- Scale on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

There are more than 350 routes to do on this mountain from which you have an amazing view of Cape Town and the Atlantic. A one-day pass costs 80 Rands, approximately 6 euros.

26. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

26.- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

Ice and fire are hidden in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Yellowstone National Park leaves its mark with its combination of desert and mountains. Admission costs $ 25 for a vehicle and $ 12 for each visitor who enters on foot, by bicycle, ski or snowboard.

27. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon of Iceland

Swim in the warm turquoise waters of this incredible geothermal pool in Grindavík and enjoy incredible scenery while your body relaxes. A single ticket costs € 35 while premium packages can go up to € 165 / per day. More info here.

28. See whales in the Gulf of San Lorenzo, Canada

28.- See whales in the Gulf of San Lorenzo, Canada

Despite having a black history of whalers fishing them, the Gulf of St Lawrence is still one of the best places in the world to see belugas and blue whales 25m long. The high season is from May to September.

29. The lines of Azca in Peru

29.- The lines of Azca in Peru

These mysterious geoglyphs are another mystery that humanity has not been able to unveil. There is still no proven data on why and most importantly, how these peculiar images were drawn in the south of the Peruvian desert about 400 km from Lima. The tour packages vary in price and start from about 150 euros.

30. The Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place in the world

30.- The Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place in the world

More than a kilometer of sand stretches along the Pacific coast in Chile. Atamaca has extreme temperature changes that range from -1 ° C in the morning to 22 ° C at noon. Be prepared if you want to explore the Valley of the Moon (with a landscape similar to the surface of the moon) or see the geysers in El Tatio. The excursions range from approximately 600 euros for a four-day trip.

31. A walk through the Mekong in Laos

31.- A walk through the Mekong in Laos

Life revolves around the Mekong in Laos. Pilla un héa sáa (typical small boat) to Luang Prabang from Huay Xai (the border city of Thailand). For two days you see how life is on the banks and take the opportunity to test what sellers of boats that come to your boat sell you. The one-way ticket costs around 20 euros per person.

32. A salsa class in Havana (Cuba)

32.- A salsa class in Havana (Cuba)

In Havana you can do many things (excursions, go to many of its beaches, see the old town of Havana…) but few people take advantage to give them a salsa class. For about 7 euros an hour is easy to find.

33. A sleigh trip pulled by huskies in Lapland, Sweden

33.- A sleigh trip pulled by huskies in Lapland, Sweden

You are brave? Learn to ride a sled and even take part in a race through the lakes and frozen forests of Lapland. Prices depend on tour providers and normally vary between € 700-790 for a three-day tour.

34. The temple of Ramses II (Abu Simbel) in Egypt

Did you know that the Abu Simbel temples were built twice? Originally they were carved on a cliff in the 13th century BC, the Great Temple and the smaller Temple of Hathor. They took stone by stone and took a few kilometers in the 60s to avoid major damage due to the rising waters of the Nile. Do not miss a wonderful light and music show that is held every day at 7:00 p.m. 20-00 in winter and at 20-00 and at 21-00 in summer.

35. Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

35.- Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Making a hiking route to reach 6,000 meters is hard but it can be done. If you are a nature lover this adventure is amazing. There are eleven main routes to reach the summit that last from 5 days to two weeks. So it’s up to you to decide how long you want your adventure to last.

36. Hiking along one of the Annapurna circuits in Nepal

36.- Hiking along one of the Annapurna circuits in Nepal

It is possibly one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. You need about 24 days to complete it. The landscapes are very varied, from the terraces of emerald green rice in the lower part to the northern lunar terrain and finally the large number of snowy peaks that you see at 6,000-8,000 meters (Annapurna I, II, III and many more without a name).

It is highly recommended to get trained before making the circuit, as well as being prepared for the weather and changes in elevation of height that can influence our performance very negatively. The cost of each excursion or route varies and goes from € 20-30 per day to adventure type excursions that go from € 800/22 days.

37. Baliem Valley in Papua, Indonesia

In 1945 an airplane crashes in the jungle and an indigenous population is discovered. Their customs and methods of living are still intact. They are dressed with cap-tails and the pigs are the main currency and mark the wealth of each family. We advise you to go to the valley in August, when all the tribes gather at a great festival to show their skills such as archery.

38. The Great Wall of China

Walk and contemplate how the ancient Chinese empire was protected. Going through it in its entirety is hard but everything you can go through would amaze you. Admission: 45 RMB (~ € 7.00).

39. The tiger’s nest in Bhutan

39.- The tiger

One of the most difficult temples in the world. The Tiger’s Nest needs some time and effort to get to see it. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, it also imbues a unique peace. It is an opportunity to discover the other secret of happiness that only the people of Bhutan know. More info here.

40. Try on a maiko costume (apprentice geisha, samurai or geisha in Kyoto, Japan)

40.- Try on a maiko costume (apprentice geisha, samurai or geisha in Kyoto, Japan)

If you are one of those people that you like to have your geek time, this is one of the funniest ideas you can experience. If you are a girl, they will make up your face until you look like a geisha from the Land of the Rising Sun. Experience what it is like to walk in those tiny traditional wooden heels and wear an obi kimono. Dressing up and a professional photo will cost you around 9500 yen (~ € 75).

41. The Potala or temple of Lhasa in Tibet

41.- The Potala or temple of Lhasa in Tibet

The imposing Potala Palace will make you feel in another world through its many stairs, unique corridors and spectacular views of the Himalayas. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed inside, so enjoy the moment by recreating and admiring every detail. Visits are restricted to 2,300 people a day, so you must arrive early. You can buy the online ticket: RMB 100 (~ 15 euros) in low season (from December to May 1); RMB 200 (~ 30 euros) in high season (from May 1 to November 1).

42. Get on the Trans-Siberian in Russia

The good thing is that you can also adjust your trip to the days that best suits you. They can go from 7 to 21 days. There are routes to China and Mongolia, in this case if you need 21 days. Prices range from 599 euros to 2,000 euros. Transfers are included as well as accommodation while you wait from train to train.

43. Snorkeling among eagle rays and blankets in Bora-Bora (French Polynesia)

43.- Snorkeling among eagle rays and blankets in Bora-Bora (French Polynesia)

Bora Bora is one of the paradises on earth, even without having to dive. However, we advise you to snorkel and if you can rent a team and put anything near the impressive blankets. You will be amazed when you find yourself surrounded by fish of all shapes and colors and you will also find eagle rays and blankets.

44. Ponte a few meters from Gorilas in Rwanda

44.- Ponte a few meters from Gorilas in Rwanda

Enter the exuberant and humid jungle and walk a few kilometers and when you least expect it you will suddenly run into a family of gorillas playing on the shore of a lake for example. With only about 700 mountain gorillas left in Rwanda and Uganda, there is not much to look forward to in this adventure. The entrance permits cost around 500 euros and involves a group pass for eight people and you are accompanied by a forest ranger.

45. The Machu Pichu in Peru

It may sound like a typical tourist place but it is not like that. Being able to see the great Inca temples, getting lost among its many polished dry stone buildings erected over centuries and centuries or seeing the sunrise or sunset is impressive. Visitors are restricted to only 400 a day, so you should plan your visit and buy the ticket in advance on the official website.

46. Attend a tea ceremony in Japan

The art of the traditional rules of the tea ceremony has not changed much since the Emperor’s time. The manner of how a tea ceremony is performed depends on the time of day, the season, the place and other considerations. All guests have to make a sequence of special rituals before entering the teahouse and maintain a special code of conduct during the ceremony that lasts two hours (or even four hours). You can attend a guided ceremony where all the subtleties are explained. There are many places in Tokyo. Prices start at 8,000 yen (~ 65 euros) per person.

47. The sunset of the Taj Mahal

A symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal has a special color during the hours of sunset. In addition, at that time is when there are fewer tourists. Entrance: Rs. 750 for tourists (~ 10 euros).

48. Admire the painting of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican

48.- Admire the painting of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican

How many hours can one spend watching the paintings of this genius before your neck starts to hurt and your eyes do not know how to look at such beauty? Admission costs € 16.

49. A SPA in Bodrum, Turkey

From time to time we all want a truly relaxing vacation, even a good idea before returning to the routine of work. Bodrum is reputed to have an amazing SPA’s. Some of them are created by the world-renowned Amanda Hamilton. These luxury spas are priced at around 850 euros / week. Also, you have the beach next door to be able to change a bit.

50. Contemplate the sunrise in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

50.- Contemplate the sunrise in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The temples of Angkor are a well-known destination but it does not take away distinction. Getting up early to see the sunrise of its temples reflected in the waters of the lake is exciting. Tickets: one day about 18 euros, pass three days valid for a week about 35 euros and pass seven days valid for one month, 60 euros.

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