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Guide on What Places to Visit in Israel

Every year, millions of Christians Israel to explore its holy sites as well as other biblical sites.  The

Most Christians will travel to Jerusalem because it is where you can find most of the holy sites. Jerusalem, known as the City of Peace has a lot of archaeological attractions. If you want to visit Jerusalem, you can book your flights to Tel Aviv and take a bus to Jerusalem from there.

Temple Mount is an important holy site you should visit in Jerusalem. It is believed to be Mount Moriah, the mountain were Abraham attempted to make a sacrifice of his son Isaac to God. The Temple Mount is the site where King Solomon built the first temple. The wailing wall, also known as the western wall, is the wall that surrounds the Temple Mount plaza. Everyday, thousands of Jews will come over to the wailing wall to leave their prayer notes. Some people come here to pray for 24 hours a day.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the most important places on the Christian’s list of sightseeing attractions because it is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected. You will be able to see the Stone of Anointing, the place where they anoint Jesus before burying him. If you climb the stairs and turn right, you will arrive at the Calvary where the crucifixion of Jesus was carried out.

If you are someone who enjoy nature, you should visit the national parks in Israel. Israel has a number of national parks that offers a wide variety of plants and animals in exhibition. Caesarea National Park used to be an ancient city that is built by King Herod. There are lots of restaurants and cafes around the Caesarea National Park. En Gedi national park is a desert park that houses an oasis.

You will get to explore archaeological ruins at the En Gedi national park, for example an ancient village that dates back to 2000 years ago. Masada National Park which is located nearby to the Dead Sea is rich with Jewish history. If you enjoy going for picnic or strolling, you can visit the Mount Carmel National Park. Mount Carmel National Park has an extensive network of trails that allows you to explore the entire park on foot. You can enjoy the scenery while strolling along the trails.

If you are in Israel, you should not miss visiting the Dead Sea. While at the Dead Sea, you can carry back some of its mud as souvenirs. The mud is said to provide benefits for your health when you apply it on your body. Nearby the Dead Sea, you will find a lot of attractions such as Qumran, Nahal Bokek, Neve Zohar and Mount Sodom. Mount Sodom has a rock that serves as a memoir for Lot’s wife who turned into a pillar of salt for looking back during the rain of sulfur on the city of Sodom in the book of Genesis in the bible.

If you want to enjoy some beach recreational activities, you should visit Tel Aviv because it offers a lot of fantastic beaches there. Hilton beach in Tel Aviv does not have waves so it is safe for people who would like to go for a swim in the ocean. Gordon beach is a very popular beach in Tel Aviv that is crowded with tourists every day. Frishman Beach is a clean beach offering nice lounge beds and is located within proximity to the Dan Hotel.

Affordable holiday travel destinations for the whole family

There’s a ton of information online about finding affordable places to travel, which makes it easier for people to decide and save money. The places you can travel to without breaking your bank will surprise you.

So where do we start? With locations, of course!

Vanuatu. Ever heard of Vanuatu before? If you have, I expect you’ve heard only good things. This relatively untapped destination is a worldwide favorite for its unique tropical climate and beautiful nature that’s packed with cheap activities for families, friends, or the lone traveler. Cheap flights to Vanuatu are happening from Jan 7, 2017 so check it out now before seats run out.

Vanuatu is only a short distance from many eastern seaboard cities of Australia, so it’s a plus if you’re currently staying in the down under. There’s also regular flights from Noumea, Honira and Fiji. The weather here is favorable all year, so visit anytime you want. You’ll never run out of gorgeous sunsets, fresh food, activities, and culture experiences while staying in this raw and scenic place.

Costa Rica. This small, but popular Central American country should be in your nature bucket list. It has everything from jungles, streams, volcanoes, lakes, and mountains teeming with wildlife species. You may get rental opportunities for only $50-$100 per night. As with most destinations, you may use sites like TripAdvisor, VRBO, or Airbnb to find a cheap accommodation. If you want a shorter family holiday, you could arrange your own travel than going through a travel partner – this saves a lot of money too.

Belize. This sub-tropical country is becoming more popular every year because of its amazing natural environment, quiet pace, and affordability. Also, English is the country’s official language, which makes it easier for English-speaking tourists to communicate. If you enjoy beaches, outdoors, and water, then the Caribbean water will make sure you enjoy it here with up to 83 degrees’ Fahrenheit that’s perfect for snorkeling, fishing, or just diving.

Vietnam. Added bonus if you’re already in Phnom Pehn since a $10-$20 ride will take you there to Saigon, Vietnam. You’ll love the low-cost enjoyable food and the booming local markets. Do your research prior to coming and you’ll save up a lot on accommodations and shops. From an overnight stay on Halong Bay to taking cooking lessons, you’ll find many budget-friendly things to do and discover in Vietnam.

Cambodia. A real affordable travel destination! Cambodia boasts one of Southeast Asia’ most stunning natural wonders and ancient architectures. It offers a plethora of low-cost options for transportation. To enjoy the scenery, ride a bus, or a slow-moving train rather than driving yourself. You may also rent a bike to really interact with the people and see the great landscape.

Summary

To make your travel cheaper (and this applies to all destinations above,) it is best to travel off-peak. You’ll normally find more affordable flights, like the cheap flight to Vanuatu. Many attractions and hotels also slash their prices. Consider flying midweek as well since it’s generally more expensive to fly weekends and around holidays. And do create a vacation budget, so you don’t end up buying every single piece of foreign decoration you see, check-in to some outlandish hotel, or eat at a fancy restaurant you can barely afford.

Best of luck! Enjoy traveling in style and on budget.

6 Tips to Spend a Week in Bangkok

When you arrive in Bangkok for the first time, the city can be intimidating. It is tempting to want to hurry up, check into your hotel, and rush into the city. But, if you do not take the time to plan out your trip, you could end up missing a lot of cool sites and attractions.

6 Tips to Spend a Week in Bangkok

Even with a whole week to enjoy Bangkok, you may not get the chance to see everything. Use the following 6 tips to make sure you get as much out of your trip as possible.

#1 – Travel in Metered Taxis

This first tip is perhaps the most important. During your week stay, there is a good chance that you will be taking taxis to reach the majority of your destinations in Bangkok.

The majority of taxis in the city now uses meters, instead of charging a flat rate. This is good for you, as flat rate trips tend to be more expensive than they should be. Though, some drivers will turn off the meter and attempt to charge a flat rate. If this occurs, get the driver to turn on the meter.

The average rate is about 35 baht for the first couple of kilometers. So, typically, you should only get charged about 50 baht to travel a few kilometers.

As a side note, it is a smart idea to have a staff member from the hotel where you are staying write down the name of the hotel in Thai on a piece of paper. In case your driver does not understand English, this can be incredibly helpful.

#2 – Take the Skytrain or Subway

During rush hour, or during heavy rains, you may have trouble finding a taxi. Even if you do get a taxi, you could find yourself stuck in traffic for over an hour just to travel several blocks.

The alternative to taking a taxi is to ride the Skytrain (BTS) or take the subway (MRT). You will find stops for both options at most major hubs. This is cheaper than taking a taxi, but may not get you to your exact destination.

#3 – Respect the Local Culture

With travel out of the way, the next tip is to make sure you respect the local culture, etiquette, and laws. You may notice that people in Bangkok tend to greet each other with a prayer-like bow. When someone greets you in this manner, it is respectful to return the greeting.

Also, when you are out in public, do not make a spectacle of yourself. Despite the fact that Bangkok is known for its nightlife, yelling and shouting is not appreciated.

As for the local laws, there are a few important tips. You should never deface any images of the Thai King. This includes images of the King that appear on money. This is against the law and will land you in jail. Also, all drugs are illegal in Bangkok and possession could result in a death sentence.

#4 – Visit Buddhist Temples  

Now that you know a few basics about staying in Thailand, it is time to have fun. During your stay, you should definitely check out at a couple different Buddhist temples. These beautiful temples often feature intricate detail and amazing architecture.

There are over 400 temples (wats) located throughout Bangkok. Some of the most well-known Buddhist temples include Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha).

#5 – Go Shopping at a Thai Market

Along with traveling to nearby Buddhist temples, your trip will not be complete without shopping at a Thai market. Bangkok is home to some of the largest markets in the world. You can find everything from clothing and foods to souvenirs.

At the top of the list of markets to visit in Bangkok is Chatuchak Weekend Market. There are over 15,000 booths. Each day, this market attracts over 200,000 visitors, which also makes it one of the most popular markets in the world. You could spend the entire day at Chatuchak market without getting to visit every booth.

Other places to check out include the Klong Toey Fresh Market (tons of fresh food) and Klongsan Market (food and just about everything else).

#6 – Stay Safe During Your Trip to Bangkok

Bangkok is a safe city for tourists, despite having a notorious red light district. You just need to follow a few basic safety precautions, as you would when you travel to any major city. You should never carry your wallet in your back pocket. You should always be aware of your surroundings. And, you should look both ways before crossing a busy street.

Bangkok is a major city, with over 14 million people in the metro area. From its origins as a small trading post, Bangkok has grown to become a sprawling city. The quick growth in the past several decades has led to a mixture of tradition and modern sensibility.

There so much to see and do in this city. While you are busy checking out the amazing sites, it is important to remain safe. Use the tips mentioned to ensure you have a great time and get the chance to see everything on your itinerary.

Author Bio – This article is a work of James Cross on behalf of Ferry Samui, a leading ferry agent specializing in ferry service from Koh Phangan to Bangkok.