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Omme Perrt | 156 comments Mod
You may love it or some may hate it, but Jakarta is definitely making an impression. But one thing is for sure, if you look beyond the noise and chaos, you will discover a thrilling city with unique charms that may move you. The contrast of traditional and modern is appealing starting from the old-fashioned Surabaya Street antique market to the classy shopping malls, from the street-side warung (food stalls) to world-class restaurants.

Jakarta is the largest of over 17,000 islands that constitute Indonesia to be found on the northern coast of Java. It is also a melting pot of the country’s numerous ethnic groups. Regardless of the numerous cultures that build up the city, Jakartans are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you are ever likely to meet.

Do not forget to do the following when visiting Jakarta.

Ojek, is a motorbike taxi, take it since it is the best transportation options in the metropolis tarnished traffic jams while the fastest way to get around the city is the 12-route TransJakarta bus network

Go to the observation deck of the 132m National Monument for a haughty cultural experience. It is also known as Monas, the extravagant obelisk is crowned by a gilded flame that comes alive when it is illuminated at night. The highest structure houses the Indonesian National History Museum and its display of around 50 dioramas.

Never forget the Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa. It is so unique, it is the only place in Jakarta that offers a snake massage. Two 1.8m pythons will slither over the customer’s body. It is also said to increase metabolism.

You can also trace Barack Obama’s childhood. The US President lived in Jakarta, from 1967 to 1971, as a child with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. All through this time, young Obama attended the Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic school and the Besuki elementary school, both still located in the Menteng area of the city.

Jakarta’s most popular entertainment park, Ancol Dreamland, is located along the waterfront in Ancol Bay City. The complex houses SeaWorld, Fantasy World and Atlantis Water Adventure, among many other attractions.

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Anita Holfer | 10 comments Nudist and naturist resorts are getting more and more popular and many is popping in every corner of the world. Here are the ten best nudist resorts in the world.

Caliente Caribe, Dominican Republic set aside several weeks in a year only for nudists. There is an overlooking view of the sparkling Caribbean added the fact that the attentive staff keep things low-key. Sometimes, it can be quiet if there is no theme or lifestyle week, therefore, visitors can choose to enjoy a nearly empty resort or go when a lifestyle week matches their own. The Caliente Caribe has a sister resort in Tampa, Florida and also offers erotic cruises

Recanto Paraiso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on of the biggest resort in Brazil, has its promise of finding peace and has been keeping it by the surrounding lush mountains and blue skies. The resort also offers roomy chalets and camping areas. What is more, the naturist resort is a haven from urban stress. The resort is committed to customer satisfaction as well as several pools and events.

Bali Au Naturel, Bali, Indonesia, aside from the beauty of Jakarta, is a great tourist destination in Indonesia. This is a tropical paradise that visitors lie out on the black sand beach right in front of the resort, or snorkel and dive around the coral reef. There are many amenities that you can enjoy in this gay-owned resort such as canoes, massages, a sauna and a gym. A mix of traditional and 21st-century Indonesian architecture boost the avant-garde privacy and the laid-back vibe. There is no all-night ragers here, just a romantic, stylish getaway perfect for all.

Quinta de Horta, Ferragudo, Portugal. Enjoy fresh food with farm-to-table food, it is important in easing one’s carbon footprint and a sense of community. The naturist farmstead of Quinta de Horta is most definitely for only a certain kind of nudist. Those who are not interested with 5-star hotels, Quinta de Horta perfectly fits you. Part of this comes from the limited number of guests they receive at any given time and custom-built cottages. After lounging in the pool and sauna, grab a book from the library and settle under a fig or almond tree for total serenity

La Jenny, Gironde, France. Nudity is only requisite at the pool and beach of 740-acre La Jenny. This is open from spring to fall. Visitors can wear whatever they feel comfortable in while getting pampered at the spa, participating in the fitness programs or chilling out under some pine trees. Visitors can also take day trips through Bordeaux wine country or the Bay of Arcachon. From lovebirds to large families, each group can find their place here through the vast amount of things to do and the selection of chateaus, which range from studios to sprawling houses big enough for eight people.

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Ariana Acker | 4 comments Southeast Asia is a great destination for a cruise, Jakarta, Indonesia, KL, Malaysia, Beijing China, Singapore and much more, but if want to wander away from the beaten path on an Asian cruise vacation, consider booking a trip that calls in beautiful and exciting Angkor Wat, Cambodia. You will experience many of Cambodia's ancient temples, incredible jungles, pristine beaches and exciting excursions at the nation's sole deepwater port at Sihanoukville.

The Ruins of Angkor, one of the most significant archeological sites in all of Asia, date back to the reign of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries.

Protected UNESCO World Heritage location, Angkor Archaeological Park spans hundreds of square miles and is consists of a huge collection of remarkable monuments, temples and capital buildings. An example is the well-known Temple of Angkor Wat located at the center of the park as well as the other architectural marvels like Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm. You can interact with residents from the local villages that still call the ruins of Angkor home.

Psar Lu Market. There's no better place than Psar Lu Market if you want to gain an up close look at how contemporary and historic cultures merge in Cambodia. To be found outside the city of Siem Reap and is known as the gateway to the Temple of Angkor Wat, this busy marketplace is a local hub of culture and commerce. You'll see vendors selling all sorts of unique wares, ranging from handmade local crafts to tourist souvenirs perfect for remembering your Cambodian vacation as you tour the streets of Psar Lu Market.

Wat Krom and Wat Leu. Considered as the most important religious structures in the area, the two well-preserved Buddhist temples Wat Krom and Wat Leu is situated just outside of Sihanoukville.

Wat Krom translates to "lower wat," and is located on a small hill on Santipheap Street overlooking the coastline. Alternately, Wat Leu - the "upper wat" - sits on a taller mountain nearby and offers picturesque views of the town below. Both of these incredible sites feature impressive stonework and are decorated with statues of elephants and the Buddha.

Phnom Penh. Sited north of Sihanoukville, the nation's capital and largest city of Phnom Penh offers tourists with a collection of cultural attractions, commercial centers, government complexes and beautiful parks.

The city still has heavy influences from French colonization during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and you can still hear French and Cambodian spoken side by side in Phnom Penh. While the delicious combination of Asian and French foods that comprises the local cuisine in restaurants and hotels throughout the city.

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