Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tinago Falls

The Tinago Falls is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan, a city known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. Tinago is a Filipino word meaning "hidden", the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls requires approximately 500 descending steps called the winding staircase. It is said that Tinago Falls is a sanctuary for weary souls seeking to commune with nature. The trip to the falls actually exposes you to a variety of wildlife. Today, the trail is refurbished into a wildlife park hosting different species of wild animals.

The falls is approximately 240-feet high, its very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters. The foot of the falls is a very ideal place for swimming. The place also has man-made swimming pools for children. It is truly a majestic place that resounds an atmosphere of serenity, a perfect escape from the noisy metropolitan.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Engineering marvel, art deco icon, monument to progress: The Golden Gate Bridge does much more than connect San Francisco to Marin County. Named for the strait it spans -- the 3-mile passage between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific -- the bridge is a grand symbol of one of the world's most striking cities.

Completed in 1937, the $35 million structure of concrete and steel embodied a city's unquenchable spirit -- and, by extension, the nation's. Set off by its signature orange paint job, twin 750-foot towers that seem to disappear into the heavens and spidery cables that stretch like harp strings, the Golden Gate was unlike anything else ever built. At 4,200 feet, the main suspension span was easily the world's longest. (Almost 70 years later, it ranks seventh.) Facts and figures tell only a partial story: Admired as a practical feat, the bridge is beloved as a work of art, one of the greatest the 20th century produced in any medium. For more, go to

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The upper Mississippi River

For third-place honors, we turn to an area less celebrated than others, but nonetheless packed with the unique beauty our nation abounds in. Its low profile makes it all the more charming. To truly appreciate the Mississippi, we leave the familiar territory of Huck and Tom and take a spin on the Great River Road as it runs alongside Old Muddy's upper reaches through Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
One of the nation's most scenic routes, it winds over hills, atop towering bluffs and through one 19th-century river town after another. The sites along the way read like chapters in American history. Ancient Indian burial mounds punctuate rolling parkland, sidewheelers ply the river, and villages on either bank present fine examples of Steamboat Gothic, the ornate architectural style born in the heyday of river travel. In Galena, Ill., 85% of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
At Trempealeau, Wis., the Trempealeau Hotel has offered haven to watermen since 1888. The whole laid-back region's real draw is the river itself. Steady and timeless, it makes one fine traveling companion as it rolls toward the Gulf.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Koh Samui

Koh Samui, the beautiful island of the coconut trees, is the third largest Thai island. (Only Phuket and Koh Chang are bigger) The Island is 21 Kilometres at its widest point and 25 at its longest.The area is about 247 square kilometre's and it is located 700 km south of Bangkok in the Surat Thani province.
See Sattelite image.The Island's inland consists of jungle hills of limestone and granite, and the shoreline is made up of countless palm-fringed beaches and bays.Light bright blue seas surround the Island to make this Island a true paradise. In two decades Koh Samui has been developed into one of Asia’s leading holiday destinations for relaxation and a vast range of health programs, soothing massages and spa treatments to enjoy. .See Spas and Hotels 

Every year more and more visitors are drawn to explore its beauty and relax on its sun-drenched beaches and its world famous Spas. One trip will tell you why – Samui is a magical place, the original island paradise.The moment you land on Samui you are caught in its beautiful and relaxed magical atmosphere.

But there’s a lot more to Samui than its miles of golden beaches. Jeeps, motorbikes and bicycles can be rented to explore its rugged interior. There are also treks to do and there are three spectacular waterfalls await your visit on Samui either by foot or on the back of an elephant. Then there are famous “Grandfather and Grandmother“ phallic rocks and a dizzying range of temples and animal sanctuaries to see.
Koh Samui is also a centre for water sports, diving, snorkelling and sea canoeing adventures which set off from the main beaches everyday. You can also visit the nearby islands of Ang Thong Marine National park the unspoiled Eden which inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘The Beach’ 
Well known beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, Big Buddha, Choeng Mon, Hua Thanon and Maenam. Samui also has many sister islands; Koh Tao, (one of the top diving islands in Asia) Koh Phangan, Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Tan and beautiful Koh Nang Yuan

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