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1. Posted by Helena224 (Budding Member, 54 posts) 24 Apr '07 08:07

Just thought that it would be interesting to hear of places that people have found on their travels which are not suggested by the guide books. Those places that you kind of feel that you have partly discovered.

Thanks,

Helena
xox

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1263 posts) 11 May '07 22:37

Quoting Helena224

Just thought that it would be interesting to hear of places that people have found on their travels which are not suggested by the guide books. Those places that you kind of feel that you have partly discovered.

Thanks,

Helena
xox

I wouldn't say "hidden" but not that many Western tourists visit Bagan in Myanmar. Lots of temples there, more than Angkor Wat. Also, Mount Popa is another attraction in the same area.

Link: http://www.terragalleria.com/wallpaper-samples/picture.14.html

Mt. Popa link: http://www.ancientbagan.com/mt-popa.htm

In Thailand a nice re-constructed temple to visit is the Phimai Wat, not far from Khorat. You can take a bus from Khorat to get there. Phimai Inn (on the main highway across from the "newer" bus station) is a good cheap hotel to stay at.) Nice area to relax at. Also, in the same area, visit the largest Banyan Tree in Thailand (or did they say the world, I forgot.)

Link: http://www.kanjanee.com/kanjanee1.htm

Also, near Khorat is an open exhibit of a "dig" that is interesting. Link : http://nakhon-ratchasima.com/guides/Thailand/Nakhon+Ratchasima+(Khorat)/sightseeing/banprasat.htm

On the border of Thailand and Cambodia is Phra Wat Viharn (located near Si Saket.) The temple is in Cambodia but you can only reach it from the Thailand side. Not many Western tourists go there. Check first sometimes the border is closed do to banditry or border disputes. Bring passport but no visa required last time I went there.

Link: http://www.kanjanee.com/kanjanee9.htm

Good luck.

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru, 1756 posts) 11 May '07 22:50

hi helena,

I have been to Leh thrice, one of least visited tourist destination in india... the land route is open only from the first week of July through September. Even though the journey is long and tough but it passes through spectacular landscape. U will be on the edge of ur seat and enjoy every bit of it. Moreover Himachal Government tourism runs a daily bus service from Manali to leh with an overnight halt in a tent in a beautiful valley town called Keylong. The bus has more foreigners than Indians. I highly recommend that. Then if u wanna fly, there are daily flights from Delhi to Leh which operate round the year..
The road journey from manali to leh of 470km, passing through spectacular landscape is worth the pain.

Once u reach Leh u have 2 important excursions....one to Nubra Valley and other to Pangong Lake.. the road to Nubra valley passes through Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the road at almost 6000metres. Pangong lake at an altitude of 4200m is a beautiful lake which is 120Kms, half of which is in India and the rest in China.... Some of the landscape was so barren and bizzare that it appeared we r travelling on moon. Apart from these there are numerous trekks available ranging from 4 days to a month.

Do let me know if u need more info

Arif

4. Posted by Helena224 (Budding Member, 54 posts) 13 May '07 02:54

Thanks so much to both of you. Some wicked suggestions. xox

5. Posted by runfrank (Budding Member, 10 posts) 13 May '07 05:50

Hi there;

I want to do my little contribution too!
It;s not about a lanscaperelated thing but somethingelse;

Since 1996 I visited Nepal 4 times and when you come off the airport you mostly get dropped of in Thamel, the Kathmandu touristarea.
Here you can find most of the hotels , souvernirshops ,restaurants and so on.

I like the local life more, and according to me, if you like the Nepali's kindness then you'll love this part too!

Just take 2 min. walk and get into Ashan , here come Nepali's to shop, drink their cup of tea...
I feel so very much at home in this area... i think once you get to Nepal you should find out if you can have the same experience..
It's located between Thamel and New Road.
Even after crossing New Road you can continue your meeting with local life.
Discover the hidden squares, temples and so on...
Nice idea is; you can't get lost although you might think it is quite a big square of the city.
Just keep on walking into the left direction and you'll meet the Ringroad at last.... somewhere you can catch your taxi for just a few rupees who will bring you back to Thamel....

grtz,
Frank.

6. Posted by Helena224 (Budding Member, 54 posts) 20 Oct '07 11:47

Sounds really good to me. Its really good that every person on their travels finds an unforgettable place for themselves. Hopefully I will too. Any other suggestions would be interesting to read. xox