Halloween in Bali

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Do you know that Halloween is celebrated by the Balinese? Yes, it is not trivial, but Western influence has managed to make its way into Balinese culture to see the birth of the festive halloween. This can easily shock when you know the origins of Halloween that go back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Celtic Feast, which once animated the evenings over 2,000 years ago in the region now known as Ireland

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For the Balinese, Halloween parties are like crazy parties in Bali the day before Nyepi. Nyepi, the Hindu New Year and the most important day of Hinduism. The night before Nyepi, the Balinese go crazy with “Oga Oga” (the scary floats) because they want to scare the evil spirits. The next day you must stay in the house and be very quiet; otherwise evil spirits will come back and possess you. You can compare these crazy and scary nights with Halloween nights.

However, Halloween is a typical Western tradition. For the Balinese, Halloween has nothing to do with their religion. Due to the growth of tourism and the great Western influence, Bali started to celebrate Halloween in one way or another. Restaurants and international hotels are passionate about Halloween and start disguised parties with great prices for the scariest Halloween costume. The most famous holidays always take place on the Saturday before Halloween.

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If you’re looking for a scary costume for Halloween, go to a famous couturier. The couturiers of the common tourist cities know this western tradition. Just show them a picture of the costume you’d like to have (and maybe bring them the material if it’s something special) and they’ll personalize it for you.

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If you want to burn a scary face in a pumpkin, you do not have to look for a normal pumpkin. Try to buy a “labu parang” – it’s an Indonesian pumpkin-shaped pumpkin known – although the color is a little different.

The great thing about Halloween in Bali is that if you find the right place to celebrate, it’s truly a great experience.

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The best places to rent a villa in Bali

Welcome to Bali

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Destination of the most appreciated by the visitors of the whole world, Bali is a magic place which fascinates from the moment when you put feet there. And the choice of accommodation preferred by holidaymakers is the rental of a villa, especially for its comfort and to have more privacy.

Nicknamed the Island of the Gods, Bali is endowed with incomparable beauty. This small island in the Indonesian archipelago attracts many tourists every year. There you will find a wide selection of villas to suit your needs and your budget. The villas in Bali are well maintained and are perfect for families, friends or lovers.

The island is full of riches and offers a cocktail of ingredients for your holidays to be successful. Gastronomy, well-being, activities and leisure … Nothing is missing in Bali.

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Its magnificent beaches with white sand will amaze you. You can also visit the forests, explore the rice fields and discover the volcanic territories of the region or the stone temples where live the malicious monkeys.

Balinese, friendly and warm are always there to help. Always attached to the values ​​of their traditions, they live in isolated hamlets.

Where to rent a villa in Bali?

It is recommended to use travel agents to be sure that the service corresponds to the one presented on the internet. Remember to study your guide to see if the place is suitable.

Many visitors prefer beachfront villas, ideally located near the sea.
Bali’s flagship destination is Seminyak, home to restaurants, high-quality cafes, luxury shops and sublime beaches nearby where parties are held regularly. Other more affordable villas are Kerobokan, Legian, Canggu or Umalas.

Water sports enthusiasts can opt for a villa in Nusa Dua while nature lovers and cultural sites will prefer Ubud, famous for its temples, rice paddies and wild jungles.

Need a villa to spend holidays in peace away from mass tourism? Head east or north of the island.

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Activities in Bali

Bring masks and snorkels for a great dive and discover the wonderful underwater world of Bali.

Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy their passion with a stroll in Barat National Park or other unexplored places near Mayong.

The more adventurous sportsmen will be able to surf or raft.

Finally, to satisfy your taste buds, enjoy good Thai, Indian or Japanese cuisine. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy nasi goreng and eat tropical fruits such as mangosteen or rambutan.

10 Most Mystical Spots In Hawaii

Hawaii is actually the name of the entire state that groups this archipelago of islands paradise lost in the Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is composed of more than 130 islands, including 6 main islands: Oahu, Hawaii or “the Big Island”, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai – followed by Niihau and Kahoolawe.

Each island is different and has its own interest, with the Kauai cliffs, the coasts of Waikiki Beach on Ohau, the sandy stretches of Papohaku Beach on Molokai, the crystal clear waters and dolphins of Hulopoe Bay on Lanai,Volcanoes of Hawaii The Big Island

Bamboo Forest, Haleakala National Park, Maui

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The Queen’s Bath, Kauai

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Sea cliffs of Molokai

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Glass Beach, Kauai

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Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees

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Sweetheart Rock, Lanai

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Annual lantern floating memorial ceremony, Ala Moana Beach, Oahu

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The top of Mauna Kea, Big Island

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 Banzai Pipeline, Oahu

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Travel to Morocco

Discover Morocco

Going to Morocco to stay in a 5 * hotel on the beach, as many tourists do, is it well worth it? The imperial cities of Marrakech and Fez really deserve to be pampered, to get lost in the streets of the medina, and that lovers of hiking, Saharan landscapes and lost villages clinging to the mountains will delight in Crossing the Atlas and the south of the country.

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Despite a large number of visitors, it is still possible to travel simply in Morocco, if one agrees to leave the beaten track and the most frequented seasons. As for the low cost flights, they make it possible to greatly reduce the cost of the plane ticket.

Reasons to go

How many tourists see Morocco as the hotel complexes of the seaside and a quick passage in the souks? It would be a pity to stay with this image: Marrakesh, Fez, the Atlas Mountains are easily accessible to independent travelers and it is possible to leave the beaten path:

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Marrakech is undoubtedly one of the most known and most frequented cities of the country. Do not hesitate to discover it in low season, or at least dare to leave the most frequent routes. And it is undoubtedly an ideal starting point to cross the Moroccan south.

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Fez is the other imperial city of Morocco: its medina is a true labyrinth populated with architectural marvels. An official guide will not be superfluous especially if you stay there little time. The potters of the city have been famous since the Middle Ages and broadcast their productions throughout the Mediterranean, visiting their workshops will allow you to discover their techniques.

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Lovers of desert landscapes can not miss hiking in the massif of the Atlas: Ouarzazate, the ksour of Ait Benhaddou, superb fortified village are steps of choice.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius guidelines

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Swimming with dolphins represents the dream for many, adult or children. It is an experience of a lifetime, in a place renowned both for its breathtaking scenery and its great respect for dolphins, whales and other mammals : Mauritius

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However, if the conditions in this country are optimal to go to the meeting and swim with the dolphins , if your dream is to swim with dolphins (free, of course!), The first thing to do is to find out more about The conditions of this kind of encounters, and choose accordingly. Indeed, if you wish to swim dolphins, it is most certainly because you like these animals meeting them in their natural habitat promote their freedom and help grow awareness for this stunning animals.

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If you sail, you may have already had the opportunity to meet dolphins accompanying your boat. Maybe even you’ve already swum with them. Anyway, if you find yourself one day in the presence of dolphins and you want to jump in the water with them, here are some guidelines to respect:

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Do not throw yourself (literally) into the water

By throwing you loudly in the water, you will probably make the dolphins want to go somewhere else! So be sure to enter calmly into the water, whatever your level of excitement. You do not want to give the impression to our dolphins friends that you are a rude character. Respect their life and environment and always remember that you are a guest in this giant and mysterious place we call the ocean.

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Do not touch the dolphins

This is probably one of the most important rules. If you get to intrigue a dolphin or a group of dolphins, they will come and observe you, do some laps around you. Do not use it to try to caress them. It is the dolphins who will initiate, perhaps, a contact. Anyway, do not take the lead. Especially since, in certain circumstances, this can lead to undesirable reactions from them. These animals are known for their good humanness, but they are mostly wild animals, do not forget it.
Visual contact

Try to create a visual contact with the dolphins that will come to meet you. Those who have the opportunity to exchange a look with a dolphin, a whale or a sperm whale will tell you: there are many things that pass (some even speak of telepathy). Whatever may be a very strong impression, which may give you the certainty, if you had not already, that these creatures are indeed of extraordinary intelligence and sensibility.

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7 paradise islands where you can still travel without breaking the bank

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Want to go for a dream trip in a paradise destination? You want to play Robinson on an island (more or less) deserted, and enjoy the blue sky, fine sand and turquoise water

The problem is that often paradise destinations are expensive. This is understandable: a sense is part of the myth. If everyone could snap their fingers and spend their holidays on a tropical island, they would probably lose their appeal. And we would end up looking for vacations elsewhere.

Three islands paradise to enjoy the Caribbean without breaking the bank:

When you think of ‘paradise destination’, you immediately imagine the Caribbean, its blue sky, its fine sand, and its coconut palms. And I will not contradict you: the Caribbean is full of beautiful islands, treasures of nature, and romantic beaches for a paradisiacal holiday, cocktails and bathing in warm and translucent waters.

Below are some ideas for spending a dream holiday in the Caribbean with a tight budget.

The Pearl Archipelago, Panama

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The Pearl Archipelago is about two hours away by ferry from the capital, Panama City. If you are on road trip in Central America, it is really the right plan to discover a real corner of paradise without ruining you in accommodation (less than 30 USD per night) or in food (small restaurants between 10 and 15 dollars

Important: there is no bank or ATM on the paradisiacal island of Contadora (nor on others, to my knowledge). Make sure you have a small amount in cash before you arrive, to be sure to be able to meet your needs on site (most establishments will accept the credit card, but you are never too careful

Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico / United States

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United States to see a paradise island?  you are going to have a hard time believing me: except Hawaii and its surfers, there is nothing that comes to mind spontaneously. And yet … Here is Puerto Rico! The island is part of the Commonwealth, and to get there, the formalities are exactly the same as for the United States.

Puerto Rico may be considered an American territory, it really does not feel like being in the United States, believe me. It really feels like a little tropical paradise, singing Caribbean Spanish accent included.

I recommend Vieques Island, a former American military base in the middle of the 20th century, which is a short distance east of the island of Puerto Rico. It is one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches (especially Blue Beach, a must!).

Caye Caulker, Belize

 

Belize is a tiny country stuck between Guatemala and Mexico. Independent of Great Britain since 1981, it is not the place that comes to mind spontaneously when one thinks to leave in Central America

Yet, Belize has many paradise beaches and plenty of interesting spots to share with passing travelers. Starting with Caye Caulker, a lively, vibrant, cheap island (it’s easy to find nice places to sleep for 25/35 dollars a night, which is increasingly rare in this corner of the globe).

Explore it by bike, then at the end of the day go for a head in its translucent waters. Lovers of diving and seabed will be delighted here: multi-coloured fish await you. An ideal place to recharge the batteries without breaking the bank after a backpacking tour through Central America!

Southeast Asia: paradise of paradise islands

The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

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Southeast Asia, and this time take the direction of Malaysia, a few hundred kilometers further south.

There are two main islands: Kecil and Besar. The first, the smaller of the two, is also the most lively. If you want a spot to enjoy the marine activities during the day and go out or basically party in the evening, this is ideal. Besar on the other hand is quieter, more suitable if you are looking for tranquility in a heavenly corner.

The Perhentian Islands are famous for snorkelling: its seabed is absolutely superb: you will have put your nose in the water (well, with a tuba eh), that you will discover fish of all colors and corals to be absolutely unique.

Koh Chang, Thailand

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Koh Chang is the most accessible paradise island of Thailand from Bangkok (at least by road, otherwise the flight to Phuket is very efficient). Ideal to unwind at the end of the trip, before returning to France, if you fly from the Thai capital, as was my case during my last trip to Asia.

The prices are very reasonable as long as you do not stay in the luxury resorts. There are plenty of guesthouses where you can bargain prices and have a cozy, comfortable room, frankly not much (twenty- five dollars per night big max, if you go in the high season and you are not Hyper at ease with bargaining).

Kanawa Island, Indonesia

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The island of Kanawa is a tiny island that you can walk around in less than an hour (walking a good walk, anyway). It is right next to the island of Flores, much more known and tourist (a quasi-obligatory passage in Indonesia).

Kanawa is a real piece of paradise. The island is quiet (you will not find any cars), relaxing. People are warm and welcoming.

The seabed is there still absolutely superb and, rare in Indonesia, preserved from mass tourism.

The icing on the cake: the cost of living is really affordable on this island. It takes only a few days if you are in roadtrip mode in Southeast Asia, and it is only one stop before your next destination, but a full week is very nice if you just want to enjoy Sun, way ‘holidays in paradise’.

The paradisiac islands of Africa

For example, the Zanzibar archipelago, for example, offers an enchanting setting off Tanzania to rest after a safari or road trip in East Africa. Off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde is worth its weight of peanuts as well. And it is still a very little tourist destination.

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And, of course, Mauritius which will delight all travelers in search of fine sand and turquoise water.

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Discover a Secret waterfall in Mauritius

Eau Bleue Waterfall is simply amazing and offer a magical view of the wild side of Mauritius island. Named after its turquoise ponds, Eau Bleue Waterfall is a must for nature lovers.

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Located on the southeast of Mauritius island, Eau Bleue Waterfall with its breathtaking views only 20 minutes from Curepipe is perfect for a day off the beaten path for a weekend getaway and a must things to do in Mauritius.

How to reach eau Bleue waterfall

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Eau bleu waterfall situated on the Central Plateau, 20 minutes from the town of Curepipe, Eau Bleu, also called Cascade Rama sources off the Eau Bleu reservoir, in central south of the island

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Eau Bleue was named after its stunning azure color and the purity and clarity of its water. What explains this unique and natural color? During summer, Eau Bleue is supplied by underground water springs which give the river and the ponds that turquoise glare.

If you want to discover all the five waterfalls, do equip yourselves with suitable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and closed shoes. You also need to possess an average fitness level in order to hike in the area. Watch out for steep paths or paths covered with thick vegetation and roots. The area also becomes slippery during the raining season.

6 travel destinations to celebrate Christmas in the sun

 

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What if we celebrate Christmas in an unusual place this year? Why not swimsuit with a cocktail in hand on a beach at hundreds of miles from home?

Guadeloupe

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Spending the Christmas holidays in Guadeloupe can really change you every day, with local specialties: pudding, ham with pineapple and coconut, but also the famous local song “sung Nwèl”, tradition of the West Indies. You will of course taste the local Ti Punch and party all night. With an average temperature of 29 ° C at this time of the year you will not be cold for Christmas!

Canary Islands

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A few hours from Paris only, you could settle on the beach to make your castle in the sand or to taste the famous trucha de batata. In Yaiza, you can even test a camel ride like a King Mage! To spend Christmas in the Canaries is a nice option and not too expensive.

Mauritius Island 

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The end of the year is very touristic in Mauritius, especially for the New Year, but at Christmas it is very pleasant to discover the traditions of the island. You can find Christmas gifts in the market of Port Louis and bring back some local spices for your kitchen. Of course it is a bit more expensive than other destinations as it is very popular.

Bali

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The advantage to Bali as throughout the southern hemisphere, you will not need sweaters in your suitcase. If you come a few days before Christmas you will enjoy the amazing flora and fauna and a temperature around 30 ° C. Perhaps you will enjoy a coconut milk trek for Christmas, as it is one of the Indonesian specialties.

Cape Verde Island

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Cape Verde is the ideal destination if you want to enjoy the turquoise water and fewer tourists to spend a relaxing Christmas. There are some celebrations organized on the beaches for the New Year, but otherwise it is a fairly quiet period. Know that Merry Christmas in Cape Verde is called “Boas Festas”.

Crete island

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Did you like Crete in summer? Are you interested in a Greek Christmas and have your visited Crete Island  yet. Fewer people are still under the sun at this time of year. Put your suitcases in Heraklion, the heart of Crete, to eat the famous Vassilopita cake and admire the huge pine tree on the square with the Christmas village for children. Kalä Hristoügénna!

Bora Bora, the mythical island

The mythical island of Bora Bora in Polynesia, has not stolen his nickname “Pearl of the Pacific”! Known worldwide for its magnificent lagoon and its variations remarkable colors, Bora Bora is a gem of wonder. Island of romance , it has everything you could want to celebrate your love. Experience unique moments in Bora Bora!

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Bora Bora, the earthly paradise of Polynesia

Who has never dreamed he heard his name? Located about 50 minutes flight from Tahiti, in the heart of the Islands in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a jewel of nature. And for good reason … Its lagoon is reputed to be one of the most extraordinary in the world: it offers sublime shades of blue depending on the depth of the seabed and is home to dozens of species of tropical fish and beautiful coral that will the delight of diving enthusiasts. In this Polynesian natural aquarium, you can observe manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles all year and humpback whales from August to September.

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Enjoy the white sand beaches you will not see anywhere else and begin your relaxing stay on the beach of Matira, THE most beautiful beach in Bora Bora, located south of the island. The sand is very fine, almost white and coral pushed on shore like a sea foam … a warm, gentle breeze, in charge of tiare fragrance lulls this magical paradise where the sunsets are magnificent! As for accommodation, Bora Bora has a varied hotel infrastructure that fits perfectly to the exceptional scenery of the island. The overwater villas is a must: typical Polynesian, it offers a level of exceptional comfort, from your private balcony, direct access to the crystal clear lagoon and the privilege of enjoying your breakfast delivered on board a canoe.

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A multitude of activities to do during your stay in Bora Bora

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There are no better than Bora Bora place to enjoy water sports enthusiasts will be thrilled by the possibilities. The queen activity is of course diving. A test version of snorkeling or scuba diving. In addition, you can enjoy many excursions to go around the island within the lagoon: a semi-submersible submarine or catamaran (ideal to discover the island for those with the sailor as for those less experienced). The possibilities for walks on the lagoon are many.

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More extreme, you can also go jet skiing in the crystal clear waters, discover the Polynesian island in another way thanks to parasailing or witness the spectacular “shark feeding” safe. Bora Bora also allows for many shore excursions: tours in 4×4, on foot, by bike and quad or horse … In the Heart of the Journey recommend renting a car to move on to Bora Bora the coastal road and stop at the three main villages on the island or on archaeological sites and viewpoints offering unusual views of the lagoon and surrounding Polynesian islands.

The 5 best places to visit during your honeymoon in Cambodia

Honeymoon in Cambodia

 

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The stress of the past marriage, it is time for you to unwind and enjoy the lovely honeymoon offered by friends and family on your Zankyou list. Cambodia is the ideal destination for adventurous couples seeking adventure. This paradise on earth, nestled between Vietnam and Thailand, two neighbors who are attracting more and more curious.

Suitcases, tickets in hand, out of the question to go home without seeing these five essential!
1. Make a vow to Wat Phnom

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How about a little luck to start your adventure together? See you at the top of one hill of Phnom Penh, in the temple of Wat Phnom where the Khmers love to pray for luck. If the wish is granted, it is customary to bring back the gift promised to the foot of the altar. Another custom is to buy a bird cage riding on top of the hill, take in hand during prayer and release.

 
2. Marvel contemplating the Silver Pagoda

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Still in Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace temple houses some of the most prestigious national treasures like the Emerald Buddha Baccarat crystal or Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with diamonds and adorned with nearly 10,000 regalia.

 
3. Open your senses to market Psaar Chas

At the gates of the ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap stopover of choice. In the evening, let yourself go for a stroll along the river and discover the many local products sold in the night market Psaar Chas. Palm wine, river eel, perfume, stoles … Crack for all kinds of local products enjoying an unparalleled atmosphere.

 
4. Learn about the history of Angkor

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Ranked in the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor is one of the main archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptures … The prestigious remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire lie in the middle of a forest, in an archaeological park of some 400 km2.

 
5. Do you like to Banteay Srei

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Banteay Srei or the Citadel of Women. Real gem of the city of Ankgor, the temple houses the most famous models of classical Khmer art and especially the distinction of being built in pink sandstone. At the time of the sunset, you can live a magic moment with your partner