10 Breathtaking Destination To Visit in 2017
1.Ora beach resort
Pantai Ora or Ora beach is located on the island of Seram, Maluku Tengah. This is heaven on earth. No need to go far away to foreign countries to get a peaceful atmosphere with the natural landscape, especially for having the magnificent beach.
Pantai Ora offers a natural beauty that is second to none, one more proof for the tourists out there that Indonesia has such beautiful beach like this. As far as we can see, the charm of the beauty of the beach is worth aligned with other beautiful beaches like Boracay beach in the Philippines or the Bora-Bora in the Pacific Ocean.
Ora beach in settled in the village of Saleman, Northern Seram District, Central Maluku. On this beach there is a resort named Ora Beach Resort which has 6 pieces cottages and all made of wood with thatched roofs.
In addition to the magnificent sightseeing, another charm of this beach is taken from the marine life. The coral reefs on the beach is diverse and colorful as well as the fishes. Because the water is so clear, we can see the coral and fish that directly swimming under the water.
Ora Beach is settled in remote location and far away from the crowds, this makes Ora Beach is perfect for those who craving for tranquility, being away from the urban bustle. For newlyweds this beach is surely can be a perfect escape for honeymooners.
2.The Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
The Zhangye Danxia landform area is known as “the eye candy of Zhangye”. Many artists admire this masterpiece as it is unbelievably colorful, like a n imaginative oil painting .
Zhangye’s Danxia landscape has lots of precipitous red cliffs, most of which are several hundred meters high, and multicolored ridges of weathered strata, sometimes stretching to the horizon. These formations, sometimes smooth sometimes sharp, stand out against the greens or grays of the plains , looking grand and magnificent, vigorous and virile.
Across the Danxia landscape zone, a kaleidoscope of numerous red rocky outcrops resemble weird and wonderful shapes like castles, cones, towers ; as well as humans, creatures, birds and beasts. Their peaks peeping through the mist and clouds, produce mirage-like scenery of fantastic mountains and pavilions.
The Guardian featured Zhangye’s Danxia Landforms in pictures, and called this fantastic landscape “China’s rainbow mountains”.
The best time to visit Zhangye is from June to September when the weather is comfortable, and the combination of strong sun and a little rain brings out the colors more. The rest of the year is very dry. Zhangye is well below freezing and windy in winter — not recommended.
It is best to visit in the morning and at dusk, especially at sunset, when the colors change continuously, showing yellow and red layers covered by a light gray layer.
The rocky bands are well defined with c olorful stripes, and, if it rains the day before, this color will be more gorgeous. Try not to go when it is cloudy or raining, as only when there is sunshine will these mountains show you their gorgeous colors.
Sunset time: 7:30 pm in spring and autumn ; 8:00 pm in summer
Our local guide knows the best times, and will arrange your tour to make sure you get the most beautiful scenes.
3. Surreal Places: Red Beach, Panjin, China
Looking out across the world’s largest wetland area, the swath of marshy flora growing in the shallow waters of Dawa County, China is an eye-popping crimson, making the whole area look like it has been taken over by the fictional “red weed” popularized in H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds.
Despite its otherworldly appearance, the red grasses of this Chinese marsh have all too Earthly, if still rare, origin. The plant is actually a form of Chenopodium (a member of the Amaranthaceae), although this specific species is unique in that it can thrive in alkaline soil.
The unique landscape also is home to a number of endangered migratory birds and is governmentally protected, although tourists can walk among the rare reeds via specially installed wooden walkways that extend out over the delicate ecosystem.
4. Pamukkale thermal pools
The white travertine pools of Pamukkale cascade down the cliffs below the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis, located on the hills above the Menderes river valley. The water trickles and flows down the walls leaving behind the famous “cotton fortresses” of minerals. For nearly a thousand years, people have been coming to the region to soak in the unique “champagne waters” that are heated by geothermal activity and the area has received UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Since we are big fans of geothermal pools around the world, we knew we had to visit the Pamukkale hot springs.
Within the Pamukkale-Hierapolis complex is Cleopatra’s Pool (sometimes called the Pamukkale Antique Pool). According to legend, this artificially sculpted pool was a gift from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra. In the 7th Century, an earthquake toppled the surrounding building and the massive marble columns tumbled into the pool – where they rest on the bottom to this day and visitors can swim among them (hence the name “antique” in the Pamukkale Antique Pool).
In the world of hot springs and geothermal pools, the Pamukkale Antique Pool may well be absolutely unique. We have never encountered another hot springs anywhere that has the minerality and champagne bubble effect within the waters. The Pamukkale Antique Pool is one of the greatest hot springs in the world!
5. The Hillside of Takinoue: Painted pink with | Hokkaido
At last, flower season has come to Hokkaido. Today’s feature is shibazakura (pink moss-like cherry blossom flowers) of the sprawling town of Takinoue. The vibrantly colored hillside of Takinoue Park is the highlight of the spring.
Today, Takinoue Park is famous for its beautiful shibazakura but its history dates back to the early 1900s. The park’s iconic flower-covered hill was created when a number of youth group volunteers planted 1000 plants.
From then, the hill, full of light pink cherry blossoms, gradually became famous for its beautiful flowers. So famous, in fact, that there had been extra Hanami (Hanami refers to flower-viewing picnics popular in Japanese culture) trains during the peak season.
Thereafter, sadly, war, bugs, and typhoons destroyed the flowers. However, after discovering that these flowers are more resilient and can be seen longer than normal cherry blossoms, the park was brought back to life with the seedlings of a single orange planter.
Along the walkway, you can stop at the view post to admire all of the flowers, including some tulips; but for flower aficionados, this might be a little strange. On Honshu, flowers bloom by type according to the season but in Hokkaido, they seem to all bloom at the same time. This flower collaboration makes for a really enjoyable view.
6. ngurtafur beach kei island Maluku
Ngurbloat Beach is also known as Pasir Panjang Beach (Long Sand Beach). It’s a 3 km long beach with sand as soft as flour. The Lonely Planet states that Ngurbloat Beach has the smoothest sand on earth. The beach is located 20km west from Tual town, in Ngilngof village, Kei Kecil Island, Maluku Province.
Ngurbloat Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach complete with waving coconut palms with white sand can that can best be compared with flour. The waves are small, the currents not strong and the beach slopes gently into the sea making this beach perfect for swimming. Despite this Ngurbloat beach is pretty much deserted in the week and only in weekends, especially Sundays, local tourists from Tual head out here to play in the water.
If you want to stay longer there are some simple guesthouses near the beach, all made of wood and a bit rundown. The famous guesthouse with backpackers is the Coaster Cottage at the north side of the beach. The best time to visit is April to May and October to December for the best weather and calm waves.
To reach this beach from Tual you can get to Ngurbloat Beach by rented car or you can get on a bus that departs from Ohoijang market in Tual. The trip will take about an hour.
7. Dervish monastery bosnia, Blagaj, Herzegovina
Blagaj Tekke, a Sufi Monastery in Bosnia and Herzegovina was a site that I was so happy to experience thanks to Deny, the owner of the hostel we stayed in while in Mostar who brought us here.
The Dervish House on the Buna River is absolutely picturesque. It sits beside a cliff with a spring running by it, that serves as the mouth of the Buna River. Where the spring water actually originates from is such a mystery that when a team of French geologists went on an expedition to explore the caves, they were not prepared for the freezing temperatures as one member died from the extreme drop in temperature and aborted the exploration. For now, the exact origin of the spring stays a mystery.
The spring water is a deep turquoise blue and sits absolutely still until just past the Dervish house where a waterfall begins. It’s beautiful. The Dervish house is beautiful as well with its Ottoman-Mediterranean architecture.
While the house was inhabited, it was divided as required in Sufi custom for men and women who were not married to live separately, so they each had their own quarters. Within the monastery there is a mausoleum, prayer rooms, bath house and living quarters like a bedroom and living room.
Visitors must also follow some customary rules. Women must wear headscarves and have their shoulders covered, and men and women must cover their legs so if you are wearing a shorts or a skirt they will provide you with a wrap and shawl so that you can enter.
8. The Enchanted Glowworm Caves of Waitomo, New Zealand
wile most people travel to New Zealand to take in the sights of its picturesque mountains or never-ending coastline, one of its best offerings is actually hidden underground where only few people can see it.
We’re talking about the glowworm caves at Waitomo. Unlike the regular caves you’re used to that are dark, damp and filled with terrifying bugs and bats, these ones are loaded with–you guessed it–harmless, bioluminescent glowworms that are only found in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, much like trying to photograph stars in the night sky, these glowworms are actually very difficult to properly capture on film. Most of the time the camera’s flash dominates the photo, and the greenish hue of the worms disappears. As a result, good photos of these caves are hard to find. That’s why we’re thankful that Auckland-based photographer Shaun Jeffers recently visited the caves, and used some fancy camera techniques so that we can now get a taste of what this place really looks like:
9. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Most of the tulip farms in Holland are located in the Noordoostpolder (Northeast polder), in the province of Flevoland, and in the area known as the Kop van Noord-Holland. The Kop even boasts the largest continuous bulb-growing area in Holland. Another well-known bulb-growing area is the Bollenstreek near Leiden, home of the world-famous Keukenhof. All three of these areas are only half an hour away from Amsterdam by car. The largest flower auction in the world, FloraHolland in Aalsmeer, is also just 30 minutes from the capital.
Come to Holland in mid-April to see the tulips in bloom in their peak season. Tulip season extends from the end of March to the middle of May, but mid-April usually sports the most prolific blossoms. Keukenhof in Lisse is covered by over 7000 bulbs in the spring and is one of the best places to get a good look at many different varieties of tulip. But during the same time of year, all you really need is to take the train or bike through the countryside to see the tulips growing and blooming in field after field. If you take the train from Amsterdam to Den Helder, you will traverse the bulb-growing areas in the north of the province, and on the way back, you can make a stop to see the cheese market of Alkmaar.
10. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives
The sea and oceans have always been a fascination for the tourists. Most of the famous vacation points revolve around beaches. The island Vaadho located in Maldives is one such place famous for naturally glittering and sparkling sea water also known as “the Sea of Stars”. The sparking in the sea is common phenomena in Maldives but in Vadhoo Island it is prominent and phenomenal. Vadhoo is a small island with a population of round about 500 inhabitants.
In Vaadho Island you can feel the warm crystal clear water under your feet on white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees. The climate of Maldives is warm throughout the year. These glistening dots of light can be observed while taking a walk along the shore and watching the tides swiftly spreading them along the flow.
The Sea of Stars is an amazing unusual beach with a light giving off phenomena when there is some kind of agitation. The reason is that most of the protists give off light when they are disturbed e.g. tides coming on the shore or surfing etc. The glittering can also be observed after placing foot prints on sand. The made impression will glow like a neon display due to the Sea Sparkles.
Maldives is a popular tourist destination and Vadhoo Island is a unique addition to it. The phenomenon of glittering sea can also be observed in some other parts of the world including Japan and some other countries but it is more prominent in Maldives.