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Friday, April 13, 2012

Madrid - the spanish capital

walking  through streets of Madrid is a great way to see the lavish Royal Palace,  the old Moorish quarter of Moreria , the 16th-century Puerta del Sol (Sun's Gate) marking the center of Spain and much more.
Art enthusiasts will have much delight in visiting to the famous Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums.

you can also enjoy boating in Retiro Park and visiting the zoo and the amusement park in Casa de Campo. After eating paella and tapas and watching flamenco, night owls can dance at clubs that are open until dawn. 

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Must visit places :

prado museum
retiro park
sorolla museum
palacio de aranjuez
ceralbo museum
palacio real
Cava Baja

Night life :
Royal theatre
Las carboneras

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cave exploration - malaysia

For those of you who think malaysia is only about high rise buildings,night life and beaches.. here's what you woudn't wanna miss.
Malaysia is also an excellent site for cave exploration. This adventure sport takes you to wild places and you can only imagine the adrenaline rush.
Malaysia is blessed with a vast numbers of caves, including some of the largest and longest in the world. These caves are nestled within rich rainforests and mangroves, providing sanctuary to amazing wildlife.

According to the official malaysian tourism site
Most caves in Malaysia are equipped with marked paths and platforms, however some are only accessible by boat or require visitors to rough it out and crawl on all fours.There was and is life revolving around caves in Malaysia; some are famous archeological sites where artifacts date back 40,000 years, while others contain ancient rock paintings, which are still visible to this day.
Several Malaysian caves support a birds nest industry where collectors precariously climb up to the ceiling of the caves using bamboo ladders. These nests are made of bird saliva and fetch a high price for their medicinal properties. The Batu Caves, in Selangor, contain Hindu temples, which still attract droves of worshippers from all over the country. There are also remnants of human burial sites found in some Sabahan caves. Malaysian caves are also home to amazing wildlife such as fruitbats, swiftlets, and invertebrates as well as having other natural attractions like massive stalagmites and stalactites.
Although major expeditions have been carried out, many caves have yet to be fully explored, luring explorers who are up for an adventure. There are guides available at all major Malaysian caves. Seasoned cavers are normally appointed as guides. They may be contacted through the Malaysian Nature Society or other adventure clubs. Most caving expeditions are day trips but visitors can opt for an overnight stay.
No overnight camping is allowed within most caves but rooms are usually available in the vicinity of most caves. Caving is normally conducted during the dry season, between March and October, but always be prepared for rain. Permits are required when exploring some caves. These are available from the respective state forestry departments. Just like any other nature adventures, conservation of stalagmites, stalactites and all cave wildlife are crucial.
Flash photography is prohibited as the light might scare away life forms in the cave. Be aware that there is always the possibility of encountering dangerous creatures such as snakes and scorpionsIf you are interested in caving, Malaysia offers a wide range of caves to suit any comfort level. To explore the wonders of nature and its mysterious past, the time is now, the place is Malaysia."
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