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Orlando, FloridaThe first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people when they think about Orlando in Florida is Mickey Mouse, rollercoasters and theme parks. This sunny part of the world has become a bit of a theme park homeland attracting families and couples from all over the planet to experience the rides and adventures on offer.

 

One of the most recent additions to the Orlando theme park roster is Harry Potter World, which is part of the Universal Islands of Adventure. Other impressive parks that you might already know of are Busch Gardens – home to some of the biggest rollercoasters – SeaWorld, and the original, and arguably still the best, Disneyland. You could spend your entire trip visiting these parks, and many people do. They may be a little bit pricey and they don’t offer the highest cultural experience, but where else in the world are you going to get to play out your movie star fantasies, adventure into an underwater world or even sign yourself up for American Idol and embarrass yourself on American TV.

Universal Studios in Orlando, FloridaAfter you have either entertained the kids, or enjoyed being one yourself, there are quite a few other highlights to be had on a trip to Orlando. Being California, there’s a tremendous collection of spas and health centres. There’s no end of luxurious places for you to spend the days pampering yourself. And if that’s not your thing either, or you want to get your husband out of the way so that you can stay in the spa a little longer, there are plenty of golf courses to while away the hours on too.

 

Space station in Orlando FloridaHidden behind the glare of the theme parks there’s also some genuine culture to be explored in Orlando. Whether it is the City Arts Factory, where you can look at the art or relax in their classy coffee house, the glass exhibit, or the world famous Blue Man Group concerts, you can fulfil a few slightly less guilty pleasures in Orlando too.

Orlando is one of the great family holiday destinations. Take them there before they grow up; just make sure that you take some time to enjoy the other sights once you get there.

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Thailand is a country which is packed to the brim with culture and incredible attractions; without a doubt, its crowning glory is its capital, Bangkok. Filled with magnificent architecture, lavishly decorated temples and colourful markets, the city is a feast for the senses. Travelup clients name Bangkok as one of their favourite places to visit – here are a few of the sights which they recommend.

If you’re less inclined towards the cosmopolitan attractions of the city, and are more interested in the ‘real’ Bangkok, a trip to one of the floating markets is a must. One of the busiest and most fascinating is Bang Khu Wiang, which stays open seven days a week. Here, you can purchase fresh fruit and veg, as well as handcrafted jewellery and clothing, which is piled high the boat stalls – be prepared to haggle, as stall owners expect this, and may even be offended if you don’t!

Architecture fanatics will adore the Grand Palace, and the temple Wat Phra Kaew which can be found inside this complex. The palace was constructed in the late eighteenth century and served as the seat of the country’s king for a century and a half. Wat Phra Kaew is home to the world famous Emerald Buddha, which is several feet tall and made from pure jade. This temple is considered to be the spiritual centre of Thailand, and is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it has a very peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Another temple frequently mentioned in Travelup reviews is Wat Arun. This is located on the banks of the River Chao Phraya, and is a beautiful sight indeed. Decorated with pieces of porcelain and glass, it’s a particularly stunning place to visit at dawn, as the rays of the sun reflect off the walls and create a glimmering effect.

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Travelup customers rarely miss out on a trip to China Town (Yaowarat) when in Bangkok. This is a great place for an afternoon stroll on a hot day; the atmosphere is electric, particularly during celebratory times, such as Chinese New Year, when thousands and thousands of residents take part in parades and parties on the streets. Amongst the endless rows of wooden houses and shops here you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants (serving everything from Shark fin soup to Dim Sum), as well as market stalls selling herbal remedies, gold jewellery and traditional Chinese clothing and souvenirs.


You’ll never be short on things to do when you visit Orlando – in fact, you may find that you can’t fit in everything you want to see and do during your holiday to this city. To help you choose which attractions to visit, Travelup offers some more information about the most popular spots in Orlando.

You can’t mention Orlando without discussing the Disney World Resort; although the city has plenty to offer aside from this, it remains one of the most well loved attractions here, with many Travelup reviews citing this resort as their favourite attraction in Orlando. The resort is made up of four theme parks, including Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot Centre and Magic Kingdom.

You can visit each one individually, or alternatively a ‘hopper’ pass can be purchased, so that you can take a trip around each one. Thrills and spills, classic children’s film characters and an abundance of places to dine make this a great place for a day, or even a week of fun.

Another option for theme park enthusiasts is Universal Orlando – this is made up of two different parks, namely Universal Studios Florida, and Universal Islands of Adventure. Here, Travelup explains, adults and children alike can experience their favourite cartoons, comic books, movies and stories in the form of cutting edge thrill rides and live shows.

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SeaWorld Orland is a must for anyone who loves water rides and non-stop action; this attraction is home to shows, featuring whales and various other aquatic creatures, as well as fireworks, fountains and plenty of gravity defying rides. Another nature-based attraction which is popular with tourists is Discovery Cove, which allows visitors to get a glimpse of life in the tropics. You can relax on the beach snorkel with stingrays and fish, swim with the dolphins or feed tropical birds.

For anyone interested in reptiles, Travelup says that a trip to Orlando would not be complete without a visit to ‘Gatorland’, home to thousands upon thousands of crocodiles and alligators. You can meet the creatures face to face at the petting zoo, take in a show or view the breeding marsh.


Many travel analysts agree that New York City is arguably the most sprawling and vibrant in the world, occupying 5 main neighbourhoods  with each having its own unique identity.

Travelup Reviews reveal that Manhattan borough is home to some of the most recognisable New York sites, dominating a popular perception of New York City. Some of the most famous regions include the Financial District and Wall Street, where investment banks coexist with landmarks such as the Trinity Church. The World Trade Centre was also in this district, until the tragic destruction in 2001, however today you can visit a memorial and a museum under construction.

If you are keen on African American studies, then you must visit Harlem while in New York, which is home to the Harlem renaissance and arguably, the country’s most cultural, artistic and literally district. You will appreciate the many southern restaurants and jazz clubs in the district says Travelup.

A visit to the Manhattan district is incomplete without a visit to the Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square. You will find numerous souvenir shops, Broadway musicals, and enormous billboards. A few blocks to the west, you find the famous Hell’s Kitchen, which is a community filled with bars, shops, eclectic restaurants, and the actors temple. Travelup Reviews

The other notable region include the Greenwich Village, which has some of the most expensive town houses in New York state, has a wide range of music clubs, bars and shops. The East Village is multi ethnic, in which young professionals and students have gone a long way to redevelop. Travelup Reviews say you are most likely to find vegetarian restaurants, craft shops, cafes, art exhibitions among others.

This is a huge borough stretching from the elegant Brooklyn Heights, to the festive Coney Island, but regardless of where they originate from, the dwellers are largely proud of their borough. Some of the attractions that they are proud of and that you will appreciate as well include the Brooklyn botanical garden, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Brooklyn museum.

If you love baseball, then you must visit Bronx, which is home to the New York Yankees as well as a well-manicured botanical garden. Lastly, end your travelup trip in Queens if you want to experience cosmopolitan lifestyle and cuisine, including cheap ethnic restaurants. This is also home to the Flushing Meadows and the Moving Image.

 

 


Tokyo is an extremely popular holiday destination, with tourists from all over the world, as it has much to offer visitors. If you are planning a trip to Japan, you may wish to visit Tokyo to experience the range of attractions there. Tokyo is Japan’s Capital City. It is the perfect example of a 21st Century Japanese city.

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There are more people living in this city, than in any other city this size, in the world. It fulfils all of a traveller’s expectations, with an extensive choice of: restaurants, entertainment, culture and shopping facilities to explore.

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Imperial Palace

The amazingly beautiful Imperial Palace is home to the Japanese Imperial Family. It is only a short walk away from the station. The palace was completely destroyed during the Second World War. Since the war ended it has been rebuilt, as it stands today.  A large park with trees surrounds the building. The palace is complete with defensive moats encircling it.

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Koishikawa Korakuen is a tranquil, landscaped garden, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It is among the oldest Japanese gardens in Tokyo. The garden dates back to the 1600’s when it was created. During November and December, Koishikawa Korakuen is full of autumn hues of burnished reds and golds. These appear due to the maple trees planted here.

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Shibuya

Shibuya is most popular among the young. The Youth Fashion and Culture Centre, is situated in this location. There are many opportunities to shop and buy clothes in this area. This district also offers: clubs, restaurants and nightlife to enjoy until the early hours.

Northern Tokyo

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This temple is particularly memorable and attractive as it is colourful and vibrant. It is truly a sight worth seeing. This astonishing attraction is located in Asakusa, in the Northern part of the city. Sensoji Temple has to be seen to be believed. It was built in 645 AD and is the oldest standing temple in the city today.


South American FloraSouth America is a paradise for the wildlife and nature enthusiast – from the endemic flora and fauna, to the diversity of its landscapes, it has everything a nature-loving traveller could want. However, this can make it difficult to decide where to go during a single holiday. Here, Travelup discusses three nature‘hotspots’, which every holiday maker will love.

Argentina’s Glaciers National ParkArgentina’s Glaciers National Park lies to the southwest of the country, close to the Chilean border, and is home to an incredible 47 glaciers, as well as sub-Antarctic forests, multi-hued glacial rivers and lakes, and enormous snow-capped mountains. This is one of the most well-organised and maintained natural reserves in all of South America, and so visitors can choose from a range of activities, including kayaking across the lakes, ice-trekking, boat rides up a glacial face, or a hike along the snowy trails. Other popular activities include fishing, photography safaris, mountain climbing, horseback riding and hot air balloon rides.

The Manu Nature reserveThe Manu Nature reserve in the southwest of Peru is an enormous biosphere park which is visited by thousands of nature enthusiasts, biologists and researchers every year. The area here spans more than 4.5 million acres, all of which is covered in various flora and fauna species. According to Travelup reviews, the park can be reached by bus from the town of Cuzco, or alternatively, by taking a plane journey across the Andes. In total, Manu is home to more than 120 species of aquatic life, 200 mammal species and 800 species of birds. Some of the most-seen creatures here include the primates, the tapir, the spectacled bear, the jaguar and the giant otter.

Fernando de NoronhaFernando de Noronha in Brazil is a World Heritage site – this sun-drenched, beautiful archipelago is situated about 200 miles from the north coast of Brazil. This tropical park is fiercely protected by conservationists, and as such Travelup says that it is amazingly well maintained. It is made up of 21 islets and islands. Aside from the balmy tropical climate, and the pristine beaches which are ideal for surfing, Fernando de Noronha’s primary draw is its incredibly diverse aquatic and animal life, with more than 200 species of exotic fish, 20 varieties of coral and five shark species.


Travelup- Hanoi’s best attractions

Hanoi, Vietnam is a city where the old meets the new; where modern and medieval co-exist in a harmonious environment. This city is the oldest in all of Southeast Asia, and has served for more than a millennium as the country’s capital. As you wander through its streets, you’ll certainly get a sense of its history, and will have the opportunity to bask in the traditions, culture and atmosphere which make this such a well loved tourist destination. Visitors who travel to this city often say that it feels as if they’re stepping into another world, with the abundance of cultural and natural riches, the majestic edifices which contrast beautifully with the simplicity of the lifestyles of the local residents. Here Travelup takes you through three of Hanoi’s most incredible attractions.

West Lake, also known as Ho Tay is the city’s biggest lake, and is situated in the very heart of Hanoi. As you stroll along the fifteen kilometres of shoreline, you’ll find yourself following the same steps that ancient emperors and mandarins have walked over the course of the last few centuries. In the same area, you can also visit the beautiful peach gardens, or one of the country’s oldest pagodas, the Tran Quoc. This 6th century pagoda lies on a tiny island in the centre of Ho Tay Lake. The intricate pathways and spectacular architecture of this pagoda are something you certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

If the Tran Quoc has piqued your interest in this type of architectural structure, then you must visit the One Pillar Pagoda, thought by many to be one of the city’s most distinctive attractions. As you make your way around the surrounding pond, you’ll notice that this pagoda looks very much like a lotus emerging from the water. This structure was built for the Emporer Ly Thai Tong, who had dreamt of the Goddess of Mercy and wanted to make a stature to honour her. Due to this tale, the site is a place of worship for many of the local Buddhists, and it’s an incredibly peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh is a marble edifice, in the tradition of Stalin and Lenin, and is one sight which history enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on during a trip to Hanoi. This vast marble building was made using materials collected from all across the country during the early seventies and the roof of the structure was built in the likeness of a lotus flower. Deep inside the centre of this building lies Ho Chi Minh’s preserved body, protected inside a glass sarcophagus.