Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

Hugging the South Carolina Coast, Hilton Head Island is the essence of the Lowcountry. As soon as you drive across the bridge, you feel it.

It’s the sounds of waves breaking on the beach, the scent of the salt breeze through the palmettos, it’s the glimpse of moonlight trickling through the Spanish moss.

Here, an insider’s look at what makes this 12 miles of beachfront the ultimate retreat that will fuel your wanderlust.

Travel Light, Stay Luxe

Traveling to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina has never been easier with a plethora of non-stop flight options and luxurious oceanfront accommodations from which to choose. It is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport: Getting to Hilton Head Island is a breeze with the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Choose from seven different airlines offering nonstop service to a variety of major cities.

From the rocking chairs scattered throughout waiting areas to the welcoming staff, you will be surrounded with Southern hospitality at every turn.

Hilton Head International Airport

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort: This tropical beachfront resort is a destination like no other. Each of its 323 suites offers beautiful views of the ocean or its landscape of verdant, native tropical foliage.

With two family pools, an adult pool, and private cabanas, this casual resort s amenities and unparalleled service will make you never want to leave.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Taste of the Lowcountry
“Eat like a local”—a truer statement has never been made about the culinary scene on Hilton Head Island. From upscale to traditional Southern cuisine, there are so many options to choose from that you will want to make sure you leave room to enjoy as many as possible.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks: When searching for an authentic Lowcountry dining experience, look no farther than Hudson’s. With one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island, it brings fresh catches from the dock to table daily.

Try the crab-stuffed mushroom caps while sipping a Southern Berry and enjoying views of Port Royal Sound.

Old Oyster Factory: Multicolor sunsets and. of course, oysters are what draw patrons to this waterside dinner-only seafood restaurant. It’s special sunset dinner menu (offered from 4:45-5:30, give or take) is a delicious offering of fresh-caught fare and beer-infused dishes.

Broad Street Seafood Gumbo. Smoked Craft Brew Chicken. Almond-crusted Mahi Mahi…you really can’t go wrong.

Signature Experiences

A visit to Hilton Head Island is not complete unless you explore some if its iconic landmarks. Whether it’s the island’s famous lighthouse or exploring its lush and abundant natural beauty, there’s no shortage of must-see spots to discover.

Harbour Town Lighthouse: Perhaps one of the best views on all of Hilton Head Island is just 114 steps atop this iconic red-and- white striped lighthouse.

View the breathtaking scenery as you look out over one of the most famous holes in golf, the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links, as well as the sleek yachts and fashionable shops at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, harbourtownlighthouse.com

Harbour Town Lighthouse

Outdoors & Recreation: On Hilton Head Island, the attention is given to the environment. Absorb the island’s appreciation for the environment—enjoy bird watching, take a zipline canopy tour, discover the beautiful wildlife and foliage of the Lowcountry at the Audubon-Newhall Preserve and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge or explore miles of trails and paved paths for some of the best biking and hiking in South Carolina.

A world of natural wonders awaits you on Hilton Head Island.

Chart Your Course

With 12 miles of pristine beaches, it is no wonder most things revolve around the water on Hilton Head Island. From navigating the many lagoons to discovering hundreds of bird species along the shore, head to the water to indulge your sense of adventure.

Kayaking. Fishing. And More: With six marinas, there is any number of water activities from which to choose on Hilton Head Island—from kayaking to standup paddle boarding to fishing. Charter a boat to try your hand a catching fall specialties, such as Red Fish and Sea Trout.

Dolphin Watching: Broad Creek is one of the many ways to get the chance to come face to face with one of Hilton Head Island’s friendliest neighbors, the Bottlenose Dolphin. These salt water marshes are also home to an interesting cast of characters, including river otters, oyster beds, and blue crabs.

Cultural Experiences

While Hilton Head Island is commonly beloved for its beaches and all the activities that go along with it, it is also home to a thriving arts scene and some of the best jazz north of New Orleans.

Art Galleries: For the traveler who likes to experience the local arts and culture scene, browsing local galleries is one of the ways to do so.

The Lowcountry s abundant marsh views come alive through the eyes of local artists—from Gullah sweetgrass baskets that tell the tale of the Sea Island history to sweeping Southern landscapes. Don’t miss the chance to stroll the island’s unique shops and galleries

The Jazz Corner: Although it has a low-lit, laidback atmosphere. The Jazz Corner’s music is anything but Noted as one of the finest jazz dubs in the country, lively and exciting tunes will transport you to the roots of jazz—a classic American art form that hits all the right notes on Hilton Head Island.

 


Top US Destination – Charleston – South Carolina

From high above, the Charleston area resembles a beautiful tapestry woven with shades of indigo, marshgrass and oyster shell.

Etched with barrier islands and bodies of water, the landscape has a poetic shape.

With the perfect combination of beautiful beaches, world-class cuisine, antebellum architecture, and an endless supply of engaging things to see and do. It’s no wonder the Charleston area is consistently named a top U.S. destination.

In Charleston, daily life is accompanied by a gentle harmony of church bells, rustling palmetto fronds, and lyrical sea island accents.

Church steeples-not skyscrapers-dot the skyline, and a tangible connection to the past permeates the community.

Copper gas-lit lanterns and hitching posts hint at a bygone era and heirloom varieties of grits and rice are mainstays on the menus of local James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs.

Discover the people, places, and traditions found only in Charleston. South Carolina. Come, let this special destination enliven your senses.


Fall in Love with Savannah – Georgia

Draped in Spanish moss and bursting with natural beauty, Savannah is fantastic in the fall.

A charming southern escape, it is the oldest city in Georgia-offering art, architecture, and coastal cuisine.

Rent a bike and discover the city on wheels or simply stroll around and visit historic sites, architectural landmarks, and pre-Civil War-era mansions.

Head to the Historic District for an eclectic shopping mix of local makers and national brands or test your bravery on a haunted ghost tour.

Foodies will feel at home with Savannah’s cuisine offerings. Local hot spots focus on fresh, locally sourced, coastal dishes with a Southern spin that will keep you craving more.

Your getaway wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of its fall events- the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, the Savannah Film Festival, and the Savannah Boat Parade of Lights.

Warm temperatures welcome visitors who come to enjoy art, architecture, coastal cuisine, local shopping and endless festivals and events.


The Seagate Hotel & Spa – Coastal Charm – Delray Beach

The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, Florida, combines all the charm of a beach resort with the chic sophistication of a boutique hotel.

The tropical location on award-winning Atlantic Avenue, coupled with the hotel’s lush amenities, make this a preferred destination for winter getaways, holiday parties, and unforgettable destination weddings.

Whatever the occasion, there will be no shortage of things to do. The hotel is home to critically acclaimed restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and an 8.000-square-foot spa and fitness center.

The Atlantic Grille serves up bold flavors, inspired culinary techniques, and fresh ingredients in a surprising decor, featuring eclectic touches like a 2.500-gallon shark tank.

The Seagate Spa pampers guests with luxury treatments and soothing rituals from premier brands like Elemis and ESPA.

A stay at The Seagate Hotel also grants you exclusive membership privileges at other distinguished Seagate properties.

Enjoy one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in all of Palm Beach County at The Seagate Country Club.

The Seagate Country Golf Club.

Guests can work on their game with the help of an impressive staff of professionals, including PGA great Craig Harmon.

For beachgoers, The Seagate Beach Club provides private access to world-class oceanfront restaurants and Delray’s award-winning beach.

And, for younger family members, the hotel offers three pools, water sports rentals, a Kids’ Club, and movie nights on the beach.

Indeed, there’s something for everyone at this intimate, seaside luxury resort.


Muscat – Discover the Old World Made New Again

Compared to flashy Emirati neighbours like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of Oman is a breath of fresh, sea air. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, but its terrain brings the biggest thrills.

This port city on the Gulf of Oman is backed by the arid Hajar mountains, meaning you can trek deserts at dawn, spot dolphins at sundown, and enjoy plenty of effusive Omani hospitality in between.

To See a Remarkable Mosque

Towards the western end of Muscat’s long urban sprawl, the suburb of Ghubrah is where you’ll find the stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Opened in 2001, this is the only mosque in Oman open to non-Muslims and one of the largest in the Gulf, with room for an estimated 20,000 worshippers in the two prayer halls and surrounding courtyard.

The mosque itself sits within a walled compound with a minaret at each corner, plus a fifth, larger minaret halfway along the northern wall. The overall style is a kind of stripped-down contemporary Islamic, clad in vast quantities of white and red-brown marble.

The minarets offer a nod towards traditional Egyptian architecture, while other decorative touches were inspired by Omani and Persian traditions. Other architectural details, such as the impressive latticed golden dome over the central prayer hall, are entirely original.

Visiting the mosque, note that its popularity and limited opening hours mean that it often gets absolutely overrun with coach parties by around 10am. The earlier you can visit the better.

Visitors are required to dress appropriately (no shorts or uncovered arms, while women are required to cover their heads) and to remove their shoes before entering either prayer hall. Under-10s are not allowed into the main prayer hall.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

For Palatial Modern Architecture

A natural starting place to gaze at regal architecture is Al Alam Palace, a resplendent gold and blue royal residence. At the heart of Old Muscat is Al Alam Palace (“Flag Palace”), the most important of the six royal residences of the ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos, which are dotted around Muscat, Salalah and Sohar.

Built in 1972, the palace is Oman’s most flamboyant example of contemporary Islamic design, with two long wings centred on a colourful, cube-like central building, its flat, overhanging roof supported by extravagantly flared blue and gold columns.

The palace complex is impressively stage-managed, approached via a long pedestrianized boulevard framed by two arcaded colonnades, with copious amounts of highly polished marble covering every available surface.

On either side stretches a cluster of impressive government buildings: huge, snow-white edifices sporting crenellated rooftops, traditional wooden balconies and window shutters. Look right as you approach the palace and you’ll also see a fine section of the original city walls snaking up the hillside, punctuated with three large watchtowers en route.

Al Alam Palace

To Access Breathtaking Hiking Terrain

Northeast of Nizwa rises the great limestone massif of the Jebel Akhdar, centred on the Saiq Plateau (pronounced “Sirq”, and often spelt Sirq or Seeq). This is one of Oman’s more unusual natural curiosities: an extensive upland plateau, lying at an altitude of around 2000m and ringed by craggy summits to the north and the vertiginous gorge of Wadi al Ayn to the south.

The plateau has been extensively farmed for at least a thousand years thanks to its temperate Mediterranean climate, which allows for the cultivation of many types of fruit which cannot survive the heat of the lowlands: peaches, pears, grapes, apples and pomegranates all flourish here, along with a wide range of vegetables and the area’s famed roses.

The plateau is particularly beguiling during the hot summer months, and deliciously cool after the heat of the plains below.

Lace up your walking boots for the rocky C38 trail from Muscat’s Riyam Park into the hills; rewards for this two-hour exertion include bird’s-eye views of the port and fortresses, and blissful mountain solitude.

Fjords of Musandam

Exploring the Fjords of Musandam on a Dhow

At the northeastern most tip of the Arabian peninsula (and separated from the rest of Oman by a wide swathe of UAE territory) the dramatic Musandam peninsula is perhaps the most scenically spectacular area in the entire Gulf.

Often described as “The Norway of Arabia”, the peninsula boasts a magical combination of mountain and maritime landscapes, as the towering red-rock Hajar mountains fall precipitously into the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, creating a labyrinthine system of steepsided fjords (khors), cliffs and islands, most of them inaccessible except by boat.

Musandam remains one of Oman’s great wildernesses, with a largely untouched natural environment ranging from the pristine waters of the coast, where you can see frolicking dolphins, basking sharks and the occasional whale, through to the wild uplands of the jebel, dotted with fossils and petroglyphs.


Sky High – Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia which is unique miraculous nature wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region.

In an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness, Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

With soaring rock formations, uniquely-rippled landscapes, splendid walking trails, mysterious underground cities and rock-cut churches, Cappadocia is the must-see destination in Turkey.

Hot Air Ballooning

Cappadocia has unreal amazing landscape which makes balloon flights one of worlds the top 3. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.

Cappadocia is a landscape that you will have never witnessed before in your lifetime. This makes it one of the most popular spots in the world to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. As you take off for sunrise you will start to be hypnotized by the spectacular and surreal landscape that lies below you.

You will gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. The different colours of the diversified landscape will leave you breathless. An activity not to be missed.

Hot Air Ballooning over Cappadocia

Cappadocia Balloon Tour Types

Standard Balloon Flight

The standard balloon tour is the most common activity in Cappadocia. Total tour time is about 3 hours which 1 hour is the flight time. Duration of the flight can change by 5 -10 minutes depending on the availability of landing area.

Comfort Flight

If you want flexibility and style during your balloon tour the comfort flight is the best for you. Even two people less in the basket makes difference. Baskets which are used on Comfort flights are not more than 16 passenger size.

Deluxe-Long Balloon Flight

The Deluxe-Long Flight Package is a world class ballooning experience for those guests who want it all and more. There will be no more than 16 people in the basket of this one and half hours unforgettable balloon ride.

Tip: Most balloonists enjoy low level flight over the Cappadocia region to witness the spectacular fairy chimneys and rock formations. The typical balloon flight can be anywhere from tree level to about 3000 feet above the ground.

Where to Stay

The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel offers magnificent views over the village, and to the valleys and mountains beyond. Kelebek offers the best views of the hot air balloon rides amongst the cave hotels in Cappadocia. With specially-crafted rooms, they offer the cave or cave stone experience, helpful & knowledgeable staff, and all the amenities a modern traveler requires.

Goreme Open Air Museum

The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions.

It is only 15 minutes’ walk (1.5km, 1 mile) from Goreme village center. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness.

It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey.

The area covered by this Open Air Museum forms a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity. There are eleven refectories within the Museum, with rock-cut churches tables and benches. Each is associated with a church. Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.

Goreme Open Air Museum

How to get there

Goreme open air museum is near the Goreme town of Nevsehir province. You can go by walking to museum from Goreme in 20 minutes. Entrance fee is 15 TL. If you want to join Goreme Open Air Museum tours we suggest Lanora Travel Agency with best price guarantee.


The Avatar Mountains – Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

If you’ve seen the movie Avatar, you’ve already seen Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – but don’t let that stop you seeing them in real life. These mountains were the inspiration behind the Hallelujah Mountains in the mythical world of Pandora in the movie Avatar, and it’s easy to see that when you visit.

In fact, the government has even changed the name of one of the mountains in the park to “Avatar Mountain”. The park, however, does offer so much more than just that one set of mountains.

Zhangjiajie National Park

Zhangjiajie is located in the west of Hunan Province, over 1,000 kilometers from both Shanghai and Beijing. Zhangjiajie National Park isn’t actually located in the city of Zhangjiajie, and to reach it, it will take a 30 kilometres or 50 minutes drive to Wulingyuan.

There are a lot of interesting places in the park: caves and authentic local villages. But using a drone inside the caves, even the biggest ones, turned out to be quite impractical.

Everyone who visits the park has a choice: either take a walk on the lower lanes between the 400-meters tall vertical rocky pillars gazing up at themor climb the mountain with the help of 360-meter tall Bailong elevator. You can take the bus and observe rocks from the top.

The park itself is not actually Pandora with its flying rocks, lianas, waterfalls and even dragons. But if one mentally turns the whole picture upside down, the similarity will be obvious

The Zhangjiajie Park is a part of Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Zhangjiajie Park itself was listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The distances are impressive: sometimes there can be no connection between the parts of the park.

But every section has its own charm: the rock pillars of different height, pagodas, pavilions, rivers, arches and bridges. Lanes lead you from the hillside downwards: it will take you quite a long time to follow such a lane.

Zhangjiajie National Park

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge is also home to the highest public bungy platform in the world with a drop of 250 meters. The central suspension span is spectacular not only for having glass panels along its entire length but also for the tapered deck that is 15 meters wide at the ends of the bridge before narrowing to a width of only 6 meters in the center.

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge is one of several attractions within the privately owned park that is located just 20 minutes east of the famous Zhangjiajie National Park that inspired the look of the Avatar movies. Other attractions include a cliffwalk, mountain elevator, slide, waterfalls, caves, a smaller low level glass bridge, zip line and a boat ride.

For most visitors, the visual highlight of a trip to the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge will be viewing the gorge between their toes through glass panels 2 inches thick. But for those few who are brave enough to take their thrills to the next level, the ultimate fall awaits them on two separate platforms located several meters below the main deck.

Tip: Please keep away from monkeys on mountains. Don’t bring out food in front of them.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge

Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie, in the Hunan Province of China. Most people travel to Zhangjiajie to visit Zhangjiajie National Park, where the landscape served as the inspiration for the movie “Avatar”. Tianmen Mountain is a beautiful, thrilling place to visit and it is worth an extra day on your itinerary if you have the time.

There are two ways to journey to the top of Tianmen Muntain: The first way is Tianmen Shan Cable Car, spanning 7 kilometers and takes 30 minutes to travel from the city of Zhangjiajie to the top of Tianmen Mountain. The cable car passes over the edge of the city and then over farmland.

About halfway into the journey, the cable car begins its ascent. Tianmen Mountain looms in front of you, and from the cable car you have a perfect view of Heaven’s Door, the oval opening in the side of the mountain.

For another way, walk the narrow plank paths tenuously attached to the side of Tianmen Mountain. It is a poured concrete walkway with a railing. There is nothing underneath of the pathway except for air. It is long way down to the ground below. In fact, the walkway sits 1,400 meters off of the ground.

Tip: The best time to visit Tianment Mountain is between September and November when temperatures are pleasant and the weather is dry.

Must know: You will see red ribbons were hanging on the trees. People always write their wish on the ribbon and hang it from the tree.


Akita, Japan – Leave the City Behind

Akita Prefecture is situated in the northeastern part of the Japanese main island. The western side faces the Sea of Japan and has abundant flowing rivers, flatlands, and expanses of grain growing on fertile farmlands. High mountains surround the northern, southern and eastern sides. The inland areas are blanketed with heavy snowfalls in the winter.

Akita’s attraction is its many varied facets of nature’s beauty. These include, Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, Lake Towada, known for its mystic beauty, the Oga Peninsula with its beautiful coast line and colorful sunsets, the scenic Hachimantai Plateau, and Mt. Chokai, also known as Dewa (Akita) Fuji.

Mountain Chokai

Are you an avid mountain climber or someone looking for a fun challenge? Looking for a good day climb up a beautiful mountain side? Look no further than Mt. Chokai, also known as the “Fujisan of Tohoku” due to its symmetrical shape when viewed from Akita. Mt. Chokai is a 2,236 meter (7,336 foot) tall mountain located on the boarder of Akita and Yamagata prefectures, right along the Sea of Japan coast.

It has been designated one of the Top 100 Mountains of Japan, Top 100 Landscapes of Japan, and Top 100 Geographical Features of Japan.

While Mt. Chokai is technically climbable year-round, it is completely covered in snow for the majority of the year. However, from August until around the second or third week of October the trails are free of snow. It is during this time that most people venture to the top.

There are nine different trails to get to the top, but the most popular (and easiest) is the Hokodate Trail, which starts in Kisakata, Akita. This is the trail of choice among people climbing a mountain for the first time.

The first half of the trail is mainly stone stairs. Fear not, though, because this changes after the halfway point. The halfway point is marked by a cabin overlooking a beautiful lake.

Mountain Chokai view from Akita Prefecture, Japan

Tazawa Lake

Lake Tazawa is a crater lake situated near the center of eastern region of Akita Prefecture. It is the deepest lake in Japan, whose depth is of 423.4 meters and shape is almost perfectly circle. The lake exudes a mysterious atmosphere, being filled with sapphire-blue water.

The color changes from jade green to indigo blue, depending on the season and the depth of light that penetrates the water. It is a sure attraction for visitors at any time of the year.

Take a scenic bus trip around the lake and enjoy views from different spots. On the western shore, there is a golden statue of Tatsuko, a legendary princess who was transformed into a dragon, for she wished for the eternal beauty.

On the northern shore, there is Goza-no-ishi Shrine, known for the strikingly beautiful red gate and the spiritual atmosphere. Take a pleasure boat departing from two locations to see around the lake.

Statue of Tatsuko on the Lake Tazawa

Nyuto Onsen

Located in the Tohoku region of Honshu, the area presents beauty throughout the four seasons. There are seven hot spring inns scattered around the western foothills of Mt. Nyuto-zan in Towada Hachimantai National Park, which is known its beautiful Japanese scenery.

Nyuto Onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village spreads over a large area, blessed with natural hot spring waters that flow out from deep underneath the virgin beech forest over the valley.

Kuroyu Onsen

Kuroyu Onsen is located in a stunning valley, far away from everyday stress but still easy to reach, as it belongs to the Hachimantai National Park, close to Lake Tazawa. Kuroyu is proud of its tradition, which dates back to the Edo period.

As it offers a wide range of hot baths, there is something for everyone; including a mixed gender outdoor bath, which is generally not very common in Japan. Of course there are gender segregated indoor and outdoor baths as well, and every bath offers a magnificent view.

Tip: During the winter when the snow becomes very deep some facilities will close however, so it is advised to check their website in advance or contact the hot spring centre.

Kuroyu Onsen

Tsurunoyu Onsen

Tsurunoyu Onsen is located at the foot of Mt. Nyutoyama and is the oldest of the 8 inns in the Nyuto Onsen area. There are four kinds of sources of spring fountain in Tsurunoyu, which are called Shirao, Kuroyu, Mido no yu, Waterfall no yu respectively.

It is said that it was the origin of the name of Tsurunoyu that found local healing of local Matagi in the mountains healing wounds with hot springs.


Lanna Dusita by Andacura

Where

Lanna Dusita is located north of the city and only 15 minutes from the city center. Along the Ping River there are many cultural events throughout the year in the capital of Lanna former empire.

Getting comfortable commute Shopping Kad Luang (Warorot Market) Night Bazaar and Tha Pae Gate, all the needs and desires of those who stay in order to get the maximum satisfaction and tight seal in memory.

What

The view from the hotel ranks among the most beautiful spots facing the vast river bend. “Sai Ping” and “Ing Nam” Buildings are the accommodations in the hotel with Superior and Deluxe room settings, decorating in modern and contemporary Thai.

Ruen Fai Building showcases magnificent view of the green lawn leading to the blue infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the Ping River while Ngam Bua Building is set besides lotus pond.

Lanna Dusita river view

Eat

The Wai Restaurant is the place to be for amazingly good and fair priced food in a spectacular Iocation right on the river. The place is popular for a romantic dinner along the river and reservations are highly recommended.

Play

The resort focuses on authentic Thai massage, natural beauty, herbal medicine and natural healing to ease your ache and pain during the stay while making sure you rejuvenated after the treatments.


Sun & Moon Lake – Taiwan

Experience traditional way of life and be surrounded by wonderful nature at Sun Moon Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Taiwan. Located in Yuchi, Nantou County, Sun Moon Lake is renowned for its distinctive terrain which look like the sun in the east and the moon in the west.

Dubbed as “Switzerland of Taiwan”, the weather here is cool all year round, and that’s why Sun Moon Lake attracts a constant stream of visitors throughout the year. The region is home to Taiwanese native tribe called Thao before it was turned into a famous tourist attraction, covering 8 km2.

Visitors will get to buy local handicrafts, taste traditional dishes, experience 360 degree views from the cable car, and visit Formosan Aboriginal Village. Another highlight event happens in spring where thousands of people join the annual “Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival” for an exciting 3 km swim across the lake.

There are a few landmarks to explore at Sun Moon Lake. Starting at Wenwu Temple or Guanyu Temple at the foot of a hill with spectacular views of the lake. Devoted to Guanyu, the God of War and Honesty, and Confucius, the God of Intelligence, the temple is guarded by 2 giant red lions at the entrance in front of 366 steps that lead to the main shrine where the statue of Guanyu and Confucius stand.

Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake.

The temple palace style architecture takes after the architecture of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Originally Sun Moon Lake had 2 temples along its shore, but after Japanese occupation of Taiwan, a dam was built in 1934 and the 2 temples were drowned.

A new temple was built at the foot of a hill to compensate the loss of the 2 original temples, and it became the famous Wenwu Temple we know today.

Must Do: If you love cycling, you must not miss the Sun Moon Lake cycling track along the lake which CNN ranked one of the top 10 best cycling track in the world.

Tip: For an ultimate cycling trip, get a Sun Moon Lake Bike Pass at Taichung Bus Terminal.