Archive for May, 2010
Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia. This thanks to the incomparable natural beauty, as its beautiful tropical islands to the south and the jungle in the north, but also historical and artistic wonders, Buddhist monastery and museums. All this accompanied by the possibility of creating very beautiful places for vacation without spending astronomical sums.
The excellent quality-price ratio is indeed one of the most obvious travel destinations. True shopper’s paradise, Thailand has earned over time a well-deserved fame as a natural and cultural heritage: a journey into the land of smiles means coming into contact with a place that likes to call itself a strong identity and distinguish itself as “thainess” food, massages and wellness, crafts, holidays, accommodation, everything falls into that particular principal character of being “Thai”.
From spectacular sunsets over the Grand Tetons to wildlife safaris, this five-night package offers scenic outdoor adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyo. At nearly $244 per person, per night pre-tax, it’s not cheap, but it includes a lot of activities and even a massage to help you recover.
Deal: The Summer Adventure Package at the 36-room Spring Creek Ranch starts at $1,218 per person pre-tax, based on double occupancy. The hotel says this package saves you nearly 20% off paying for each item separately. It includes:
> Five nights in a 450-square-foot hotel room with a wood-burning fireplace.
> Breakfast for two each morning
> Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Tram Ride
> Four guidebooks for self-guided hikes in Grand Teton National Park
> White-water rafting on the Snake River
> Mountain bike tour in the Grand Tetons
> A four-hour dawn or dusk safari with the ranch’s naturalist
> A one-hour horseback ride on the 1,000 acre ranch property
> A one-hour massage for each person
When: June 10-Sept. 17.
Tested: Reservations agents told me the hotel was sold out the first part of July (around Fourth of July) and on Aug. 4-7. With taxes and a $20 daily resort fee, the package for two costs $2,633 for a June 27-July 2 stay. Extra nights with the package cost $250 per night (pretax).
Caveat: To reserve this package you need to make a $1,218 deposit. It’s refundable up to to 21 days before arrival, but after that, you may be held liable for the full amount, according to reservations agents.
Contact: Spring Creek Ranch, (800) 443-6139.
– Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Photo (top): Exterior of Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Credit: Spring Creek Ranch
Photo (bottom): Spring Creek Ranch room. Credit: Spring Creek Ranch
By LA Times
The Tropicana Las Vegas hotel-casino is in the midst of a $165-million makeover that’s more South Beach than Vegas. In April, 569 newly designed rooms (above) were unveiled in the Paradise Tower, and a new pool area made its debut last month. There’s more to come as the hotel revamps rooms in the Island Tower (due in July) and Garden rooms (due in the fall).
For those who want to sample the new rooms and take a dip in the new pool, the hotel is offering a Summer in Paradise special through August that starts at $49 per night.
Deal: The package includes:
Themes from the Italian Rivera and savannas and the legendary place where the conditions of children, Orlando has everything you could want in a resort hotel and much more! May are10 of the most unique and spectacular hotels & Resorts Orlando are listed in random order.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, this lodge-style hotel is Africa with 33 acres of wildlife preserve where more than 30 species of animals roam freely. It also offers an authentic African-inspired architecture, thatched ceilings, huge beams, ceiling textured, hand-carved gold-tone software, authentic African art, a large mud fireplace in the main hall, two African-restaurant theme and a narrative field of fire by night.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort Escape to a tropical paradise with lush plants, straw, koi ponds, white sand beaches and culture of the South Pacific. And all the Disney World property, so you can spend the day having fun and some of the best attractions in the world. Resort features two 11-storey and three storey longhouse village and ceremonial Great House, built to resemble the Royal Tahitian hearing tests. At night you can do the traditional fire knife dancing, accompanied by real drums, singing and Luau.
Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel was built out to copy the style and grandeur of the building turn-of-the-century Florida, and inside you’ll find modern rooms and fine dining, shopping, spa Relache fantastic amount of space in the contract. The signature three glass Atrium Gaylord is tropical, lush and three new themed environment Florida Everglades, Key West and S. Augustine.
Join festive events during your Tibet tours and it will surely add more to your memory of the snowland.
Tibetan New Year is the most important festival in China’s Tibet. It is an occasion when the families reunite and expect that the coming year will be a better one. Known as Losar, the festival starts from the first to the third day of the first Tibetan month. Preparations for the festive event are manifested by special offerings to family shrine deities, painted doors with religious symbols, and other painstaking jobs done to prepare for the event. Tibetans eat Guthuk (barley crumb food with filling) on New Year’s Eve with their families. Eating Guthuk is fun since the barley crumbs are stuffed with a different filling to fool someone in the family. The Festival of Banishing Evil Sprits is observed after dinner. Signs that the New Year is approaching when one sees lit torches, and people running and yelling to get rid of evil spirits from their houses. Before dawn on New Year’s Day, housewives get their first buckets of water for their homes and prepare breakfast. After breakfast, people dress up to go to monasteries and offer their prayers. People visit their neighborhoods and exchange their Tashi Delek blessings in the first two days. Feast is the theme during the occasion. On the third day, old prayer flags are replaced with new ones. Other folk activities may be held in some areas to celebrate the events.
Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival, falls on the fourth up to the eleventh day of the first Tibetan month. The event was established in 1049 by Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama’s order. It is the grandest religious festival in Tibet. Religious dances are performed and thousands of monks gather for chanting before the Jokhang Temple. Examinations taking form of sutra debates for the Geshe degree, the highest degree in Buddhist theology, are also held. Pilgrims crowd to listen to the sermons while others give religious donations.
The Butter Lamp Festival, Chunga Choepa in Tibetan, falls on the fifteenth day of the first Tibetan month. The event was also established by Tsong Khapa to celebrate the victory of Sakyamuni against heretics in a religious debate. Giant butter and Tsampa sculptures varying in forms of auspicious symbols and figures are displayed on Barkhor. People keep singing and dancing throughout the festive night. And it’s great experience for visitors in their itineraries of Tibet China tours.
The challenge for Disney and Pixar animators in creating the new “World of Color” water show at Disney California Adventure was making well-known characters and signature scenes seem fresh yet familiar.
In using 26 films (21 from Disney, five from Pixar) and more than 130,000 digital images, the animators drew from a deep catalog that stretched from 1937 (an animation short called “The Old Mill”) to 2009 (”Up” and “The Princess and the Frog”). The latter two films weren’t even in theaters when work began on “World of Color,” which will make its debut Friday.
Complete ‘World of Color’ coverage
Show review | Show overview | Special effects | Animation | Concept art | Scene-by-scene preview | Video gallery | Hype | Crowds
While many of the moments in the 25-minute show will seem familiar to fans, most of the scenes were created entirely from scratch with all-new animation.
The San Luis Creek Lodge in San Luis Obispo, on California’s Central Coast, is a bed-and-breakfast with style – three, to be exact. Each of three lodges at the site reflects a distinct design inside and out: Londonderry, Plantation and Craftsman. In this deal, you can choose whatever style you like and get a free upgrade and more.
The deal: The two-night “Bed and Breakfast-in-Bed” package, which starts at $259 pretax midweek and $329 on weekends, gives you an upgraded room with a fireplace; breakfast in bed for two; and a bottle of wine. Be sure to ask for the deal by name.
Clouds reaching out for you, water everywhere creating a scene of natures wonder, seeing it gives you feeling of peace of mind and enlightenment of the soul and the sound of it mesmerize you. What your mind was telling is absolutely right; this is all about Niagara Falls. It is a place that is so close to nature, a place which has no comparison with any scenery and beauty in the world. Whether going for a honeymoon or for holidays with family, Niagara Falls is one of the best places to go. This article will give you information about attractions, great hotel deals and travel blog to help you out for planning your journey as convenient as possible.
Niagara Falls hotel deals range from the luxurious to the one that comes within the budget. The most rated hotel but the tourists is “The Giacomo” and the luxurious hotel includes Marriott Hotel Fallsview Niagara Falls, Holiday Inn Niagara Falls and the most closest one to Sheraton Hotel Fallsview Niagara Falls. Marriott Hotel Fallsview Niagara Falls offers wide range of hotel deals as well as serenity Spa by the falls to casino packages. Most of the tourists recommend Marriot hotel to others who want luxury, comfort waiting reasonable price.
You can also find discount hotel deals and coupons from many hotels while doing online reservation. It all depends on what you want in your hotel room, convenience, comfort or affordability. You can find wide range of hotels fulfilling your preferences and can even find hotels having all in one. Hotels Break website provides you with the different packages of discount hotel, making your journey not only enjoyable but also affordable. Niagara Falls hotel deals provide you with a safe and sound service and a user friendly procedure. The reason being is that there you are involved in booking unswervingly with the hotel and you can have the privilege of booking at the best available hotel discount deals.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world’s zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here.The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.
Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka, India. With an estimated population of six million Bangalore is India’s third largest city. It is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India for the large number of information technology companies located here. Bangalore is also India’s fourth largest business market.Bangalore has a pleasant climate with three seasons, namely summers, winters and monsoons. October to February is cool and also the best time to visit. Summers are mild but the mercury rises high regularly.After India gained independence, Bangalore evolved economically as well culturally. The economy comprises industries like telecommunications, machine tools, space and defence. Also, Bangalore experienced the software boom owing to which the economy considerably grew.
Cubbon Park. A 121 ha (300 acre) green lung vacations in the center of the city. Sitting in the shade of one its many magnificent trees and watching towering bamboo sway in the breeze, it is hard to imagine that you in the heart of a metropolis of over 6.0 million people and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing cities. There is also a toy train offering children’s rides.
Killarney is known to be one of the oldest tourist destinations in the world. There are records of travellers to Killarney long before the Queen Victoria of England came in 1861. She was accompanied by Albert, the Prince Consort, and and their four children.
The visit of the queen was a great boost for tourism in Kerry and thousands of visitors followed her example and have continued to come in millions ever since then.
The Lakes of Killarney are noted worldwide and the mountains and woods which form the backdrop offer some of the most stunning views in the world. Some visitors come just for the scenery and never leave disappointed.