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Exploring Temples and Nature in Cambodia

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The ancient city of Angkor with all its iconic temples and ruins is easily one of the reasons why millions of tourists flock to Siem Reap in Cambodia. But to anyone who has visited the country, there is more to the place than meets the eye. A Cambodia nature themed trip can be an exciting adventure filled with stunning surprises and discoveries. Nature travel or not, here are some of the best things to do to explore beyond the country’s famous temples into a more intimate look at some of its natural attractions.

1. Catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. This is a must-do for most tourists. It may get a bit crowded with many making the early trip to the ancient site to watch the sunrise. But the view and experience make it worth your time. Some of the best spots to see it are near the pond in front of the main temple and at Angkor Hill among others.

2. Explore Angkor Thom and marvel at its ancient structures. Bask in the sunlight as you take a walk at one of the causeways leading to the entry tower and see the 54 stone figures flanking each side.

3. Experience the otherworldly beauty of Ta Prohm that sits fairly untouched in the midst of a lush jungle. The site, which is said to date back to about the middle of 12th century, has a surreal charm. Here nature has become part of the ancient structures with tree branches, roots, and trunks intertwining with ruins.

4. Discover the country’s many unspoiled beaches including the ones on the island of Koh Rong.


Reconnecting With Nature In The United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is not just home to some of the most beautiful countries on Earth. It’s also home to some of the most natural places on Earth – the perfect locations to reconnect with nature after a long week of bustling in the city.

That being said, here are some tips when reconnecting with nature in the United Kingdom:

Consider going to small villages.

This might probably be an old-school idea; however, this might also be a life-changing idea. Small villages in the UK are not just mere villages. Small villages in the UK are filled with scenic views, tranquil waters, and lush forests no one else in the city has probably ever been to. Small villages in the UK are also filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and amazing people even if their overall populations haven’t reached 200 yet. Take for example: the wonderful Buckland in the Moor of Dartmoor in Devon, with only a population of 94 as of 2001 – and with a view like that of Harry Potter film locations.

Consider going on train rides.

If you think train rides are just meant to take you from one place to another, think again. Train rides in the UK are probably comparable to road trips as you get to see for yourself the wonders of Mother Nature, all the while looking out the window. Train rides in the UK are also probably comparable to field trips as you get to experience for yourself the wonders of Mother Nature, all the while feeling the wind outside. Even more so, you will learn more about what makes the UK unique – aside from its rich history, its vibrant culture, and its amazing people.

Do you know any other tips when reconnecting with nature in the United Kingdom? Let us know in the comments section below!


6 Reasons to Visit National Parks

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When was the last time you visited a national park? If you are racking your brain for the answer, you may want to plan a trip soon. National Parks are excellent destinations to spend a vacation or a quick getaway. Here are six of the top reasons why you should start planning that trip to a national park near you.

Budget-friendly getaways

National parks are among the most budget friendly places to explore. You do not have to spend for the costs of traveling outside the country to enjoy some of the world’s most stunning views. Admission fees are affordable and some national parks even offer free entrance on certain days. And you get more than your money’s worth with all the sights and activities you can find in the park.

A great way to unplug

Digital detox, unplugging, or going tech-free is often easier said than done. One of the best ways to spend some time offline is to spend time outdoors away from your gadgets, mobile devices, and Internet connection. A national park is a great place to get away from the constant email notifications, phone calls, and the usual distractions of your daily routines.

Showcases nature’s breathtaking wonders

There is more to parks than the trees, plants, and birds you often find even in urban green spaces. National parks offer a wide array amazing natural wonders that include caves, lakes, meadows, snowcapped mountains, and more. You can come across ancient trees, soothing streams, and many spectacular sights.

Educational

National parks are among the best places to learn more about science, the environment, and more. It makes learning more interesting as the senses become more engage in the process. You can sign up for educational tours and listen to different topics like natural science, history, and more.

Plenty of relaxing spots

Parks not only offer a wide array of action-packed adventures. They also have many scenic spots perfect for relaxation. You can sit quietly in a beautiful meadow or along the bank of a calming stream. You can watch the stars at night when camping or see the sun rise in the morning. You may even enjoy a relaxing swim in a lake.

Good for your health and wellbeing

Spending more time outdoors can have beneficial effects to your health and wellbeing. It can boost your mood and improve fitness as you get more exercise from the physical activities that you do while exploring parks. You can come back to your every day routines feeling more refreshed and revitalized after a trip to the national park.


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5 of the World’s Most Beautiful City Parks to Visit in Your Travels

City parks are among many places’ hidden getaways. They offer a lot of attractions and activities that will make even a brief visit worth your time. There is no dearth of public parks to find when you are traveling. Here are five of the world’s most beautiful city parks you might want to see on your trips.

1. Central Park, New York, USA

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This world-renowned park at the heart of Manhattan spans 843 acres and a top attraction in its own right. Central Park offers plenty of things to see and do for locals and travelers visiting the city. The site is suitable for quiet meanderings and relaxation or exhilarating activities like biking, boating, running, and walking among many others. All across the park’s vast green spaces are scenic spots by the lake, wide open fields, wooded areas, and more.

2. Hyde Park, London, UK

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London is home to several parks among the most notable of which are the Royal Parks. Hyde Park is one of the best known royal parks in the city and covers 350 acres of grounds, lake, meadows, and woodlands. Popular attractions include the Serpentine Lake where visitors can row a rented boat across the calm and scenic water. Another great way to enjoy the lake is to sit by the bank and soak in the view. The park also offers plenty of entertainment and activities for locals and tourists like musical performances, sporting activities like swimming and rowing, and a lot more.

3. Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

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If you find yourself in Lisse in the Netherlands between March and May, you may want to make time to visit the Keukenhof. The famous park is home to millions of tulips and other flowers that burst into a kaleidoscope of magnificent colors in spring. You can meander along the many pathways and marvel at the sights and sounds around you.

4. Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

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Park Güell was designed by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudì. Located in Barcelona, the park offers scenic attractions and relaxing respite from the constant hub of city life. It features spectacular architecture including pavilions and a colorful mosaic fountain. A visit to the park also provides a great view of the city.

5. Royal National City Park, Stockholm

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The Royal National City Park provides an enchanting nature escape in the city. It is a great place to reconnect with nature and enjoy breathtaking scenery. It is not unusual to catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that roams in the massive park. There are many scenic trails suitable for horse riding, trekking, or walking. There is also a wide array of attractions that would make your visit worth every minute of your time.