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Archive for May, 2010


Cambodian Visa Requirements to Visit the Temple of Preah Vihear

May 30th, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Cambodia, along its border with Thailand.  The immense temple of Preah Vihear is one of the jewels of Khmer architecture.  Construction on the temple began in the 9th century, but the temple complex was rebuilt and improved by successive generations of Khmer rulers. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, it was eventually converted to a Buddhist temple when Buddhism overtook Hinduism in popularity in the region. Located along a cliff for maximum dramatic impact, the temple is an impressive sight for pilgrims and tourists alike. Since the temple is located right along the border of Thailand and Cambodia, it was the source of a decades -long dispute between the two countries.  However, in 1962, the International Cou

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5 Reasons to Get a Chinese Visa

May 29th, 2010
China is a magical place, at once ancient and modern, as more and more American tourists are discovering. There are innumerable reasons to get a Chinese visa and go exploring, but here are 5 of our favorites: The Great Wall- Yes, visiting the Great Wall may be something of a cliché. But it's still impressive. Tomb of Qin Shi Huan: The tomb of Qin Shi Huan features thousands of terracotta soldiers and horses, each one unique. If Qin Shi Huan got in a fight in the afterlife with an Egyptian pharaoh, the Chinese emperor would most likely win. Tiger Leaping Gorge: If you are the outdoorsy type, Tiger Leaping Gorge offers what is quite possibly the best backpacking trip in all of China. Chinglish- Chinese and English are too very different languages. When attempting to translate bet

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Brazilian Visa Requirements for Birdwatching

May 26th, 2010
Have you ever seen a black-hooded antwren? How about a cock-tailed tyrant? With 1,622 different known species of birds, Brazil is a birdwatchers' paradise.  In fact, when it comes to sheer variety of birds, Brazil comes in third place among all the countries in the world, behind only Columbia and Peru.191 of those species are found nowhere else on earth, making Brazil a "must-visit" destination for birdwatchers with a taste for the exotic. Brazil is home to over 70 different kinds of parrots, as well as countless other types of birds: flamingos, hummingbirds, hawks, eagles, toucans, penguins and many more. Because Brazil is such a popular destination for bird-watchers, many companies offer "birding tours" to take you to the best places to view a variety of different species. 

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Panama Visa Requirements For An Evening in Panama City

May 25th, 2010
Panama City is Panama's capital and largest city. As you might expect, there's no shortage of ways to spend your time there. In fact, you may find yourself with too many activities to choose from. To get the most out of any visit to a new city, it's best to ask a local. Recently, Time magazine asked 3 famous native Panamanians for their recommendations. For example, according to New York Yankee's pitcher Mariano Rivera, the best time to visit the Panama Canal is from late afternoon until sunset, while the best seafood restaurants are located on the Calzada de Amador. Architect Spiros Vamvas recommends an itinerary that starts with whiskey sours at the Bristol Hotel and ends with dinner and dancing at Habana Panama. Naturally, jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez recommends visiting

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Bolivian Visa Requirements to Visit Salar de Uyuni

May 23rd, 2010
Located in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Stretching for 4,086 square miles, the landform is virtually flat, save for a few "islands" created by the tops of old volcanoes. As the name suggests, the surface of the salt flat is made entirely of a crust of salt. Underneath the salt is a pool of brine, containing possibly the world's largest reserves of lithium. The Salar de Uyuni has to be seen to be believed. Describing the  a trip to the Salar de Uyuni for BootsnAll, Christian Celind writes “A picture is worth a thousand words” doesn’t even apply here. How do you explain an optical illusion in words?" You might think that a salt flat this big would be barren, utterly devoid of life. For the most part, you'd be correct, but some of the isl

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