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17 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Melbourne

Vibrant, elegant, and multicultural, Australia’s second largest metropolis frequently tops the list of the world’s most liveable cities. With its tangle of hidden laneways, tree-lined promenades, and grand Victorian buildings funded by the 1850s Gold Rush, the city has a distinctly European feel. Foodies will also find plenty to love. Famous Aussie chefs flaunt their talents here, and you can feast on everything, from Greek, Italian, and Indian cuisine to Spanish and Vietnamese fare.

But perhaps Melbourne’s biggest claim to fame is sports. The famous Melbourne Cup horse race, held on the first Tuesday in November, brings the entire nation to a standstill, and Australian Rules football elicits an almost religious reverence here. Catch a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; explore the city’s diverse galleries, chic cafes, and shops; stroll through beautiful botanic gardens; cruise along the Yarra River; or hop aboard a heritage tram to discover Melbourne’s magic. On top of all these exciting things to do, rewarding day trip adventures lie a short drive from the city buzz.

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1 Federation Square

When Federation Square opened in 2002 to commemorate 100 years of federation, it divided Melburnians. There were those who loved it and those who hated it. Either way, it has become an integral part of the city and a great place for tourists to start their sightseeing. Located opposite Flinders Street Station, a major public transport hub, the building’s ultra-modern design of open and closed spaces contrasts with the surrounding Victorian architecture. With more than 2,000 events annually, you can always find entertainment in the central outdoor performance space and intimate indoor venues. Federation Square also houses the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, dedicated to Australian art, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). More commonly called “Fed Square,” it is also one of the largest free Wi-Fi sites in Australia.

Location: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
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2 Royal Botanic Gardens

In the heart of green parkland extending south of the Yarra River, about two kilometers from the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens are among the finest of their kind in the world. Established in 1846, the gardens encompass two locations: Melbourne and Cranbourne. The Melbourne Gardens cover an area of 38 hectares with more than 8,500 species of plants, including many rare specimens. The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is designed to encourage the next generation of gardeners, and the Aboriginal Heritage Walk is a popular tour that looks into the rich heritage of indigenous Australians. Visiting the gardens is one of the best free things to do in Melbourne. In summer, live theater is a highlight of the gardens, and a moonlight cinema is set up under the stars. This is also a popular spot for a picnic by the lake or a traditional high tea at The Terrace cafe.

Location: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
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3 Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, so it’s no surprise that a sports stadium numbers among the city’s top tourist attractions. With a capacity of 100,000 and a history dating back to 1853, the MCG is considered one of the world’s greatest stadiums. As the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games, the birthplace of Test Cricket, and the home of Australian Rules Football, “the ‘G” is woven into the fabric of Melbourne. Daily 75-minute tours take visitors for a trip down a memory lane of great moments in sporting history and incorporate the National Sports Museum, including the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. You can also catch a game of cricket in summer or football during winter.

Directly opposite the MCG is Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, held every January. You can hire a tennis court, and many concerts are held here during the year.

Address: Brunton Ave, East Melbourne
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4 Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne

On the banks of the Yarra River, a short stroll from Flinders Street Station, this area is packed with cultural attractions. Southbank promenade is filled with indoor/outdoor cafés, restaurants, and live entertainment. An excellent arts and crafts market is held every Sunday, and the area is also home to many festivals throughout the year. Easily recognizable by its spire, the Arts Centre incorporates a range of theaters and spaces, including the State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Theatre, and Hamer Hall, the premier performance space for the revered Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
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5 National Gallery of Victoria

The oldest public art gallery in Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria holds more than 70,000 works of art in two city locations. The international collection is housed in the St. Kilda Road building, originally opened in 1968 and extensively renovated in 2003. The building is renowned for The Great Hall, where visitors are encouraged to lie on the floor and gaze at the colorful stained glass ceiling. The extensive Australian collection is held in the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, featuring the history of Australian art from Aboriginal works through to the Heidelberg School, and contemporary mixed media. One of the highlights is the large triptych format, The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin.

Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne and Federation Square
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6 Eureka Tower

Named in recognition of The Eureka Stockade, the 1854 rebellion of prospectors in the Victorian goldfields, the Eureka Tower stands 91 stories above ground in the heart of Southbank. The skyscraper’s gold crown and gold-plated windows add to the theme and literally sparkle when the sun catches the top of the building. Skydeck, on the 88th floor, affords the highest public view in any building in the Southern Hemisphere. Adding to the experience is The Edge, a glass cube that slides out three meters from the building for vertigo-free visitors.

Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
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7 Arcades and Laneways

Wandering the labyrinth of lanes and alleyways around Flinders, Collins, and Bourke Streets reveals elegant, interesting, and quirky Melbourne at its best. The jewel in the crown is the magnificent Block Arcade in Collins Street. With its mosaic floor, period details, and unique shops, this is the place where late 19th-century gentry promenaded, coining the phrase, “doing the block.” It’s worth lining up for a morning or afternoon tea at the Hopetoun Tearooms. This Melbourne icon dates back to 1892 and is the only original shop still in the arcade today. The opulent Royal Arcade is Melbourne’s oldest arcade, and Flinders and Degraves Lanes are also well worth exploring. Several companies run guided walking tours of the lanes and alleyways.

8 Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building

Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
A short tram ride from the CBD, the Melbourne Museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. This modern purpose-built museum houses a diverse collection depicting society and cultures. Highlights include Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre; the Phar Lap exhibit, about Australia’s greatest racehorse; and the Children’s Gallery, a series of hands-on activities designed to stimulate and engage youngsters.

Adjacent to the Melbourne Museum is the elaborate Royal Exhibition Building. Built in 1880 to host Melbourne’s International Exhibition, the building also held the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in 1901. Regular tours are available, and the building is still used for exhibitions and special events.

Address: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
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9 City Circle Tram Tour

City Circle Tram Tour
Trams are a big part of Melbourne’s public transport system, and the City Circle Tram offers tourists a free and easy way of seeing the CBD. Accompanied by a commentary, the hop-on, hop-off heritage tram passes many of the grand historic buildings, including Parliament House, the Old Treasury Building, Princess Theatre, and the Windsor Hotel. The trams run every 12 minutes and take about 50 minutes to complete the entire loop.

10 Melbourne Zoo

Although the 22-hectare Melbourne Zoo dates back to 1862, the 320-plus species of animals have the best of modern facilities in state-of-the-art enclosures. The award-winning Trail of the Elephants is an insight into the lives of the resident Asian elephants in a traditional village-garden setting. Another highlight is the Orang-utan Sanctuary, where the animals live in their treetop home. With many wild encounters, including “roar and snore,” twilight music concerts, and behind-the-scene tours of some enclosures, Melbourne Zoo offers animal-lovers a fun-packed experience.

Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville
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11 Captain Cook’s Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens

Captain Cook’s Cottage was brought to Melbourne from Captain James Cook’s native home in Yorkshire, England and erected in Fitzroy Gardens. The quaint cottage is an insight into the life and times of Cook’s seafaring adventures and exploration of Australia and other parts of the world.

Also in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens is the magnificent Spanish-mission style conservatory that is always filled with a vibrant floral display. Children will love the tiny Tudor village and Fairy Tree.

Address: Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
12 Yarra River Cruise

A river boat cruise is not only the perfect way to see the sights, it’s also an insight into the history of the Yarra River. Many cruise companies can be found along Southbank, and it’s a relaxing and fun way to get your bearings before you set out to explore the city on foot. While you’re gliding down the river, keep an eye out for Birrarung Marr, originally called “Birrarung,” meaning “river of mists and shadows,” a waterfront parkland celebrating Aboriginal ties with the Yarra River. If you’re short on time, the one-hour River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise gives you a relaxing tour past top city sights, like the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and National Tennis Centre.

13 Shrine of Remembrance

Sitting majestically in Kings Domain gardens, the Shrine was built after the First World War to commemorate Victorians involved in the Great War, either abroad or at home. Today, it serves as a poignant reminder for all servicemen and women and is the central focus for ceremonies on ANZAC Day, held on 25 April, and Remembrance Day, held on 11 November each year. Guided or self-guided tours are available daily, and lighting on the building is particularly beautiful at night.

Address: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
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14 Docklands

Docklands is Melbourne’s newest waterfront entertainment precinct. With the highest concentration of green-star rated buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, the satellite village is filled with cafés, restaurants, tourist attractions, and parklands. The view from the giant observation wheel, Melbourne Star, is spectacular, and the area is also home to Etihad Stadium; the Junior Wonderland amusement park; and the Icehouse, a world-class ice sports venue. An art and vintage market is also held along the waterfront every Sunday.

Address: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
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15 Queen Victoria Market

A popular place with locals and tourists, this historic icon has been at the center of fresh produce shopping since 1878. In addition to the magnificent food halls, market stalls sell everything from clothing, art, and toys to that hard-to-find unique souvenir, five days a week. Tours are available, and special events such as night markets, music concerts, and other functions are often held during summer.

Address: Queen and Victoria Streets, Melbourne
16 Parliament House

Open to the public, even when parliament is in session, Parliament House is one of Melbourne’s best kept tourist secrets. It was built during the Gold Rush, and its interior is lavishly decorated with gold leaf, chandeliers, and a superb mosaic floor. Free, informative tours are held Monday to Friday on days when parliament is not in session.

Address: Queen and Victoria Streets, Melbourne
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17 Immigration Museum

Located in the elegant Old Customs House, the Immigration Museum tells real stories of people from all over the world who now call Melbourne home. The permanent collection is interactive and engaging, and special exhibitions add to the museum’s appeal. A visit here provides a different perspective of early European settlement, as every person arriving had to pass through customs here.

Address: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Where to Stay in Melbourne for Sightseeing

For first-time visitors to Melbourne, one of the best places to stay is either the city center or Southbank, with its restaurants, cafés, and lively events calendar. These tourist-friendly areas are close to prime attractions such as Federation Square; the Royal Botanic Gardens; and the labyrinth of laneways and shopping arcades around Flinders, Collins, and Bourke Streets. Here are some highly-rated hotels in these areas:

Luxury Hotels: Steps away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens with Cook’s Cottage, the plush Park Hyatt is one of the city’s best hotels. Shops and restaurants lie a short stroll away, and sports fans can walk to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park. In Southbank, Crown Towers features spectacular views of the city skyline from its large rooms, as well as a heated indoor pool, fitness center, and two rooftop tennis courts. Also in Southbank, the serviced apartments of Quay West Suites are a favorite with families. For something a little different, St. Jerome’s – The Hotel offers a popular glamping experience on the rooftop of Melbourne Central. The luxury tents come with pillow-top beds, air-conditioning, stocked coolers, and tablets with movies.
Mid-Range Hotels: A couple of blocks from the famous Queen Victoria Market, the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens has a tram stop on its doorstep and offers great value within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Also steps away from a free tram and a five-minute walk from outlet shopping, Alto Hotel on Bourke is Australia’s first carbon neutral hotel. Its modern apartments are a great choice for families. A five-minute walk from Federation Square, the boutique Adelphi Hotel surprises guests with its contemporary style and personal touches.
Budget Hotels: Near Melbourne Park, the family-run City Centre Budget Hotel offers excellent value, with a rooftop kitchen and plenty of public transport options on its doorstep. Within walking distance of Flinders Street Station, the Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD has basic rooms but a fantastic location. Also in the budget price-range, the Tune Hotel lies two tram stops away from the CBD and only a five-minute walk from the Melbourne Museum, IMAX Theatre, and the Free Tram Zone.
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Sightseeing: Fans of the long-running Neighbours TV soap opera can take a “Neighbours” Tour of Ramsay Street to see filming locations and the original Ramsay Street houses. You also have the opportunity to meet one of the cast members.
Day Trips: The most popular excursion from Melbourne is to the Great Ocean Road and the site of the famous limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. The Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne is an easy and fun excursion. This tour offers hotel pickup and drop-off, morning tea, lunch, transport in a 24-passenger vehicle, and park admission fees for stops at Great Otway National Park for wildlife viewing and Port Campbell National Park to see the Twelve Apostles. You can also upgrade this tour to include a scenic helicopter flight. Another popular day trip is the Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour. This tour takes you by coach to Phillip Island to see fairy penguins make their way out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows as they come home for the night. The trip includes hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation, and a stop at the Visitor Center to learn about


10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Thailand

Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.

Cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai are bustling hives of activity and commerce, but you haven’t really seen the country until you’ve trekked in the mountains or enjoyed some face-time with elephants or the bold monkeys (who will steal your lunch as soon as look at you). Thailand’s attractions are diverse and each provides a rewarding and memorable experience in its own way.

1 Railay Beach

Krabi province is home to some of Thailand’s most famous beach destinations, and Railay is the cream of the crop. Widely considered one of the best beaches in the country, Railay delivers on promises of white sand beaches, clear blue water, and a feeling that you’ve found a slice of paradise. You have to take a boat to reach the island getaway, with services available from Krabi town and Ao Nang.

The beaches are the main reason to visit Railay, but it’s also a rock-climbing hotspot. Railay’s karst peaks draw adventurers both experienced and novice to try their hand at climbing the towering limestone cliffs. Among the many other active things to do, you can go elephant trekking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling, or take on some lighter options such as cooking classes and indulging in a massage. There’s also the tourist-friendly Diamond Cave, with a convenient walkway to accommodate curious visitors looking to do some exploring between stretches of sunbathing.

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2 Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi Islands, also in Krabi, are one of Thailand’s most popular resort areas for a reason. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited, with day trips available to the surrounding islands. One of the fun spots on Koh Phi Phi is Monkey Beach, where you’ll come face-to-face, literally, with the namesake creatures. You can hire a guide to take you out on a small wooden boat or rent your own kayak. There’s also a small stand where you can buy snacks and fruit shakes, but hang onto your treats. If you leave them unguarded, the monkeys will brazenly dig in and chow down right in front of you. Long Beach is another nice spot on the island; it’s not a secluded place, but is great for watching the sunset. If you’re lucky and the tide is out, it’s a beautiful walk back toward the main part of the island.

Tour operators offer packages for snorkeling and diving trips, as well as excursions to the infamous Maya Bay, where the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach was filmed. Because Koh Phi Phi draws so many tourists, there are plenty of tour companies arranging tickets to other beach destinations, such as Phuket, Koh Chang, and Koh Lanta. Though you would hardly know to see it now, Phi Phi Don was one of the areas hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. Guesthouses, restaurants, and markets have been rebuilt and crowds still come in droves to the resort island. There is a small, somber memorial park to honor those who died in the tragedy, yet the resort areas appear otherwise revived.

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3 The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Even if your plans for Thailand mainly involve frolicking on a beach, cozying up to elephants, and eating as much Massaman curry and tom ka gai as humanly possible, you’ll probably spend at least a day or two in Bangkok. There’s plenty to see and do in the capital, but it’s perhaps best to start with the Grand Palace. This is the number one sightseeing attraction in the city, and it’s staggering in historical significance and craftsmanship. The grounds are a maze of royal halls, temples, and ancient relics, the most important being Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha. A relic within this temple is said to be a piece of bone or hair from the enlightened Buddha himself. Allow several hours to do the Grand Palace justice, but if you’re up for more walking afterward, you can easily take in some of the city’s other major landmarks. The famous Wat Po and Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn (a great place to watch the sunset), are also nearby. And as Bangkok is a main hub for international travel, it’s a great starting point for excursions throughout the country.

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4 Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai

Every Thailand visitor looks forward to cheap and delicious food, and it can be found in abundance at Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street. Vendors sell all kinds of treats: pad Thai, chicken satay, samosas, crab cakes, fried bananas, sweet rotees, and fresh fruit shakes – often for less than $2 a piece. When you’ve satisfied your culinary cravings, you can peruse hundreds of stalls selling an array of unique goods such as all-natural soaps, hand-dyed textiles bearing the unique patterns of local hill tribes, incense and essential oils, musical instruments, paintings, wall hangings, and more.

The market gets crowded every week without fail, no matter what time of year you’re visiting, so brace yourself and try to enjoy being part of the throng. This is a must-do in Chiang Mai, and is an essential part of the Thailand experience. If you’re not around for the Sunday market, or just want to get a taste of other market experiences in Chiang Mai, check out the Saturday Night Walking Street or the Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road, a daily event. For something less touristy, check out the daytime Warorot Market, near Mae Ping River.

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5 Pai

Thailand’s reputation as a country of beautiful landscapes and friendly people is thanks largely to the world-renowned southern beaches. Most people don’t realize that the vast north is also home to breathtaking landscapes, though these are of a different nature entirely. Northern Thailand, particularly the western region near the Burmese border, is marked by mountainous jungle terrain that is both rugged and beautiful. Pai, in Mae Hong Son province, is a perfect place from which to enjoy the country’s natural beauty as well as the famed Thai hospitality and cooking. This small town has developed a reputation as a mecca for hippies and backpackers, though you will see locals and families here as well. There is a small nightly walking street market, a variety of local and Western foods, and easy access to nearby temples, waterfalls, and the impressive Pai canyon. There is an air of cheerfulness and relaxation as you walk through the tiny town center, and it is this vibe that continues to draw crowds season after season.

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6 Khao Yai National Park

Elephants are revered in Thailand, and statues and paintings of them can be seen everywhere you go. There are many tour groups and elephant camps throughout the country allowing you to spend a day or more with the creatures, trekking through the jungle, bathing them, and even getting to help out with their morning feedings. But perhaps more exciting is the chance to see them in their natural environment, and Khao Yai National Park provides a great opportunity to do just that. You’ll see elephants roaming near waterfalls, exotic birds of prey, monkeys, and plenty of other tropical creatures that call the park home. If a one-day stay isn’t enough to take it all in, it’s possible to camp out at the park and get up early enough to watch the sunrise over the lush landscape.

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7 Sukhothai Old City

This is a favorite stop for history buffs and photography enthusiasts, as there are many lovely photo ops in this ancient capital of Thailand. Ruins of this old city still stand proud despite enduring centuries of battle and exposure to the elements. Sukhothai’s Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and much has been invested to restore and preserve one of Thailand’s most significant historical sites. Attractions here include many wats, which speak to the country’s long history of Buddhist devotion. Each structure tells its own story of the old society, with relics and influences from other ancient civilizations appearing in the design of each.

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8 Historic City of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya presents a glimpse into the glory of ancient Thailand, where visitors can wander the haunting but romantic ruins of the former capital. After the Sukhothai period, the city was the most important in Thailand, and the old palaces and temples stand as a testament to this. There are also several foreign settlements, where you can gain a greater understanding of the influence other countries had in Thailand at the time. Ayutthaya is located only a short bus trip or train ride from Bangkok, making it convenient for a day trip if you’re pressed for time. If you’re on a more leisurely schedule, plan on spending a few days in the ancient capital and rent a push-bike to tour both the old city and the new.

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9 Doi Suthep

Perhaps the best-known wat in Chiang Mai sits atop Doi Suthep, a mountain overlooking Thailand’s northern rose of a city. In a crowd of monks, devout Buddhist followers, and fellow travelers, you’ll have a chance to marvel at intricate religious carvings, observe worship rituals, and gaze out over the ever-growing sprawl of Chiang Mai city. Just be sure to bring a bottle of water and your walking shoes – the staircase to the temple is steep. At the base of the stairs, vendors hawk everything from tasty local treats to goods handmade by villagers from the surrounding mountains. There’s also a shop selling masks, elephant carvings, and home furnishings so you can do some shopping while recovering from the trek up and down the stairs.

You can combine your trip to Doi Suthep with excursions to Doi Pui, a small Hmong village in the mountains. It’s far more touristy than other villages, but if you’re on a tight schedule, this will give you a taste of Hmong culture and a chance to learn more about the hill tribe communities in the region, not to mention purchase some beautiful hand-woven textiles. The Bhubing Palace, open to tourists, is on the way to Doi Pui from Doi Suthep as well.

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10 Floating Markets

A visit to one of the floating markets is a fun way to do some shopping and eating while supporting local vendors and observing local commerce in action. Some do seem to cater more to the tourist crowds than to be part of the fabric of local Thais’ daily lives, but there are others that make for a nice authentic travel experience. You’ll need to get up early to visit a floating market, as vendors are out in their long wooden boats first thing in the morning with their goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and tasty dishes.

There are several floating markets near Bangkok, Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak being among the most popular. You can go it alone or join a guided tour, which can include visits to local houses and shops.


Mukshpuri top trek is a real adventure in the dense forest of pine trees and colorful flowers of different kind. It is a two – three hour trek started from Dunga Gali. You can also hire horses instead of trekking.

Mushkin is a small valley in the beginning of Astore district, just near Harcho. After the unlawful cutting of the trees in this area, Mushkin is used to plant the trees in this area again.


Area around Mahudand Lake covers with dense pine forest, which makes the beauty of its landscape more attractive. Behind the Mahudand Lake, there is a dense rows of such pine trees.

As cutting of tree is prohibited, a building constructin in Khaira Gali shows the splendid view of maintaining the greenery in the ara.


Deosai Plains, also known as Deosai National Park, is located at the distance of 30 km from Skardu between Astore and Skardu District. Its average elevatin is 13,497 feet above sea level, and considered as the second highest plateaus in the world. Due to its height, there is no tree in the Deosai Plains but full of lush green grass and flowing plants. It is also famous for wild life and different kind of flora and fauna in Karakoram Range. In spring season, it becomes colorful due to those wild flowers and variety of butterfiles.

Fairy Meadows, a lush green plateau, is located at an altitute of 3,300 meters at the base of Nanga Parbat, giving a splendid view of The Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat. It is situated at the distance of 410 km from Islamabad via Naran-Chilas Road, turn right on Karakoram Highway after Chilas toward Fairy Meadows, in Diamer district of Gilgti Baltistan. From Raikot Bridge on Karakoram Highway, you have to hire a jeep to reach Tatoo village, then two to three hour trekking, you will be in a heaven of earth, Fairy Meadows.

Rama Meadows is located at the distance of 13 km from Rama Village in Astore district, Gilgit-Baltistan. Rama Meadows is a peaceful and clam place to enjoy the greenary in the Rama Valley within the attractive colors structure of mountains. There are vast area with greenary which makes oneself to forget the tiredness of the long travelling to Rama Valley.

There are number of lush green meadows in Kumrat valley, which are the main attractions for visitors in this valley.

Fairy Meadows is a lush green plateau in front of mighty mountain Nanga Parbat. It can be accessed by Jeep and followed by 4-5 hours difficult trekking. As you will be there, your tiredness and sufferings from travelling are no more there.


Mukshpuri or Moshpuri is the second highest mountain in Galyat area in Nathia Gali, Abbottabad District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at the elevation of 9,200 feet. It is just located near Dunga Gali in the area of Ayubia National Park. It is covered with conifer forests and habitant place of different kind of animals and birds.

Nanga Parbat, also known as Killer Mountain, is located on the border between Diamer and Astore districts. It is 9th highest mountain in the world, having a height of 8,126 metres. It is a most difficult mountain to climb. The weather conditions here, are too much uncertain, within few minutes, it covers with clouds and temperature drops below freezing point.
It has a sharp vertical and prominent peak on all sides, rising 15,090 feet from base from the Rupal Face, whereas it rises 22,966 feet from Indus River valley on the Rakhiot Flank in just 25 km. The north side leading toward the Indus River, is covered with number of subsidiary summits including North Peak, also known as Chongra, which is more difficult to climb.

Sakesar Mountain is the highest point at the elevation of 1,522 meters in the Salt Range in the Soon Valley. In winter season, it also receives littlebit snowfall. It is restricted area now due to PAF airbase and radar system on top of the Sakesar, but tourist can visit its top if some of the armed force link available.

Passu Cathedral, also known as Tupopdan Peaks or Passu Cones, is located at the altitude of 20,033 feet in Passu village on Karakoram Highway near the Hunza River. It is the most beautiful picturesque peak in the Gilgit-Baltistan. It is worthy to stay here to get the beauty of this town in the high mountains before moving toward the Khunjerab Pass.

Hunza Peak is located in Karakoram Range on the right side of Ladyfinger Peak, on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar massif in Batura Muztagh, at an altitude of 20,570 feet. Ladyfinger, Bublimating Peak, is a distinctive rock spire and snowless peak at this height of 20,000 feet. Both can also be seen from Altit fort within a beautiful landscape of Hunza valley.

Rakaposhi, also known as Dumani, is situated in the Karakoram Range and is located in the center of Nagar Valley. It has an elevation of 25,551 feet and also famous for exceptional rise from the Hunza River. It is also a place of different endangered species such as snow leopard, brown bear, and Marco Polo sheep, etc. It is clearly visible from Karakoram Highway and its view point on Karakoram Highway, is located in town of Ghulmat in Nagar Valley. It is 12th highest peak in Pakistan.

Passu Cones are visible from the Karakoram Highway, it is one of the most beautiful group peaks and you will get its beautiful sight just from Karakoram Highway.

Ultar Peak in Hunza, gives a fantastic and magnificent view from the backside of Baltit Fort in Karimabad. Ultar Peak, one of the beautiful peak in Hunza Valley, is situated in the Karakoram Range in the Batura mountains.

Top part of Hunza Peak can be seen from Altit Fort in clear weather. Hunza Peak lies in the western part of the Karakoram range and on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar massif in the Batura Muztagh. The whole massif rises precipitously above the Hunza Valley to the southeast.

Mt. Rakaposhi peak top is visible all of the locatins of Hunza. During fog days, fog and clouds cover the mountain around the Hunza, so hidden view of Rakaposhi peak can be seen.


Behind the small lake in Kanhatti Garden, the beautiful view of waterfall, has a magical impact on the tourists. They love to stay there for number of hours to enjoy the pleasant weather there.

Instead of that the water of Uchali Lake is lifeless, it is crystal clear and surface area of lake is easily seen from the water top. Due to salinity in water, its represents shining surface in sunlight.

The road via Surki village leads to Jahlar Lake, is curved on the Soon Valley mountains with a very unique picturesque views. In the middle of trek, you are on the height of this area, and you can see broader and vast view of the Soon Valley especially the main town of the Soon Valley, Naushera.

Panjkora River is flowing through the valley and also one of the main river in Dir district. It finally merges with the Swat River in Bajaur Agency, Pakistan.

The Swat River is the main river in Swat Valley, which is formed after merger of two rivers the Ushu River and the Gabral River in Kalam. The Swat River flows with a rushing high speed in the begin part of the Swat valley and then after Madyan, it flows smoothly in the plains of Swat. The Swat River merges with the Kabul River near Charsadda.

From the Altit Fort, a splendid view of the Hunza River and Karakoram Highway can be memory forever for the tourists coming at Altit Fort.


As Jutal is located along the side of the Hunza River, so its landscape is beautiful with with lush green trees and pleasant weather. The Hunza River gives splendid scenic views here, which attracts tourist to have a short break in the journey toward Khunjerab Pass.

The Gilgit River merges with the Indus River at Jaglot. The view of their confluence is splendid within the high mountains of three ranges. The Indus River is the largest river of Pakistan, whereas the Gilgit River is the main river in Gilgit-Baltistan which joins with the Indus River at this point in Jaglot.



It is a beautiful waterfall and a picnic point located at the distance of 90 km from Quetta Railway Sation on Pir Ghaib Road followed by Quetta Jacobabad Road in the barrain terrain of region. The water is coming down from rocky mountain side splitting into many streams and ponds, surrounded with the shady palm trees. It is very beautiful spot for one-day picnic within the sprinkling water of it. Pir Ghaib road is not constructed well, so four-wheeled transport is required from there, otherwise one can enjoy the treking. The best time to visit the area is in winter, as there is too much high temperature in summer.

kenhatti-waterfall is a very charming place in Kenhatti Garden, which is easily accessed via 2 km trek in the garden. While leading toward waterfall on the trek, tourist can enjoy the lush green views of the different sites of the garden and observe number of fruit trees. Another major attraction is the Kenhatti village on the trek, which is a traditional style Punjab village with mud houses, grazing cattle, traditional living style of natives and natural environment.

Manthokha Waterfall is located in Kharmang Valley in Madupur village in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, at the distance of 40 km from Skardu city. It is one of the highest waterfall in Pakistan, with the height of 180 feet. It is a beautiful waterfall and famous for camping and fishing in Skardu.

Tourist Places to Visit in Nawabshah, Pakistan, Asia

Nawabshah is a city located in Shaheed Benazir Abad District (Nawabshah District) of Sindh Province in Pakistan is situated about 270 kms northeast of Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan.

Nawabshah is well known for mango, banana and sugarcane production. Nawabshah is home to several sugar mills namely Bandhi Sugar Mills Ltd and Habib Sugar Mills Ltd and educational institutions like Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology and Gulshan Public High School. Also Nawabshah houses many archeological sites.

Geography of Nawabshah:

Nawabshah is situated between latitude 26.15° in the north and longitude 68.25° in the east. Nawabshah has a total area of 4,239 sq. km. and features generally a hot and dry climate. Nawabshah is one of the hottest cities in Pakistan.

History of Nawabshah:

Nawabshah was formed as a district in the year 1912 from Taluk, named in the memorial of Syed Nawab Shah. In 2008, Nawabshah was renamed as Shaheed Benazirabad.

Connectivity to Nawabshah:

Nawabshah is served by Nawabshah Airport catered by Pakistan International Airlines, Air Blue and Shaheen Air with daily flights to Jecobabad, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The airport is located 3 kms away from the city centre.

Nawabshah Railway Station is well connected with Lahore, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Islamabad and Multan.

There are ample numbers of government and private buses plying between Nawabshah and its nearby regions in regular intervals.

There are rented taxis and cars available to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Hyderabad from Nawabshah city. Tourists can use auto rickshaws and buses for local travel.

Culture, Food and Shopping in Nawabshah:

Nawabshah is well known for its flower shows and other grand cultural events. The H.M KHOJA Annual Flower Show is very popular flower show organized for 3 to 4 days, magnetizes environmental lovers from all around the province. This flower show was introduced in the year 1964 at Khoja Garden by H.M Khoja.

Bilawal Stadium is one of the famous cricket stadiums in Nawabshah District witnessed many first class matches. The organizations in Nawabshah District include Rakaposhi Hiking Club, Hari Welfare Association, Public Welfare Society Sindh and City Social Welfare Organization.

There are plenty of food corners located serving Pakistan, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Italy and Thailand cuisine. Also the city houses numerous modern and archeological shopping centres all around.

Places to see near Nawabshah:

The mausoleum of Thul Mir Rukun:

The mausoleum of Thul Mir Rukun is a historical site located near Daulatpur city. This thousand year old archaeological can be reachable from Kazi Ahmed via Pabjo village. Thul Mir Rukun tomb stands at a height of 60 feet.

Chaheen Jo Daro:

Chaheen Jo Daro is an archaeological site located in the vicinity of Jamalkeerio Village, about 10 kilometers south of Nawab shah city.

Dalel Dero Fort:

Dalel dero fort is a very ancient fort located in Sakrand, 20 kms away from the heart of Nawabshah city.

Best time to visit Nawabshah:

From September to November and from February to early April is the ideal time to holiday Nawabshah.

Accommodation Options near Nawabshah:

The hotels of Nawabshah offers the facilities of hot water, A/C, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, garden area, tennis court, doctor on call, cable TV, air ticket booking, gym centre internet connectivity, 24 hour electricity with Indian, Chinese, Thailand, and Western countries cuisine. The best hotels in Nawabshah are as follows:

Sukoon Hotel
Sagar Hotel
Al-Madina Hotel
Sindh Balochistan Hotel
Suroor Hotel
Sindhi Hotel
Bismillah Hotel
Hotel Al-Kareem
Al-Karim Hotel
Gymkhana Hotel

Places to visit

Rahim Yar Khan, although a small city but people living in RahimYar Khan always keen to visit places nearby. There are some historical places and picnic points also available inside/nearby city. Like big city (Lahore, karachi), there are few brands and food chains also available & citizens of RYK used to visit them very often. Mostly contribution in making this city as a beautiful city is Sheikh Zayed. He made real effort to make this city charming and beautiful.

Followings are some places to visit in Rahim Yar Khan.

Bhong Masjid is a historical place and Holy place of Muslims to say prayers. It is located in 30km south-west of Rahim Yar khan. A very beautiful and erection art masterpiece. Its a must visit place for outsider.

The one and only airport in Rahim Yar Khan, Sheikh Zayed International Airport. Also a beautiful place to visit. Not so much air traffic in regular days but 6 to 7 flights in a week and increasing by time.

Gujrat Pakistan is another big and historical city of Punjab

Gujrat is really a metropolis with Pakistan that is a section associated with Punjab domain. Gujrat is actually border Pakistan while using Indian native express associated with confusion while using identical people as the investment capital. Inhabitants associated with Gujarat place, farming along with small businesses would be the major cause of livelihood. Gujarat Companion Gujar Full Bachchan is made by Common Cunningham with 460 B.C., in accordance with UK historians. And the contract cultural associated with Alexander of which were around inside the good along with full microscopic holes of the metropolis about the finance institutions of the River Jehlum, placed a powerful difficult task to the attack associated with Alexander. Gujarat metropolis founded inside the 12 months 1900’s millennium, the UK Empire along with was in support of the Local Land Head of the family.

During the Mughal time, Mughal VIPs typically moved with the neighborhood on his way to Kashmir. When Jahangir perished though going back from Kashmir, this news of the Kingdom was taken off in order to avoid confusion. Their particular abdominal parts ended up consumed along with smothered with Gujrat Pakistan currently, a great yearly event to the celebration, called Jahangir Event commemorates.

Chillianwala warfare plus the fight associated with Gujarat, 2 good battles between your Sikhs plus the UK soldiers have fought against inside the neighborhood. January 22, 1849 right after profitable the fight associated with Gujarat, Punjab, plus the UK win was expressed. At this time there quite a few traditional structures along with around the damages of the trunk area highway Gujarat. Great, typically abbreviated GT Road, developed by Emperor Sher Shah Suri, also passes as a result of Gujarat. This long-term highway jewel walls nonetheless prevails. Sabowal traditional structures along with damages can be found with regional villages, though Jattan Jalal, Kotli Kohala, Karianwala, Gagian, Ranian, LalaMusa, Pindi Miani, Nagrianwala, Shadiwal, cholera, the Tanda, Adowal, Gandra Kalan, Kotla, Daulat Nagar, boken Morre, Ding, Kunjah, Ranjha Kot, plus more products associated with ceramic along with ceramic Gu reduced temp, Hukka, handicrafts, bloom cooking pots, changairian (from the actually leaves associated with Hands along with date)shawl made of wool along with silk cotton to produce sets. Sohni Mahiwal associated with Punjab place is really a popular tale. Heroine of the tale inches, Sohni” (Punjabi phrase meaning ‘beautiful’), name of the place associated with Gujarat.

In order to cross punch the River Chenab, a new launcher sitting down on her boyfriend, Mahinwal collected. This tale remains instructed currently is definitely an necessary a part of Punjabi tradition. Karuan Kanwan-Wali for the Authorities associated with Gujarat, with July, the house warming is actually known which has a event annually. “The good sage who has resided is known as one particular. Magic is well known if your water was basically a fantastic time period of the take advantage of. Effectively, that is still there. This inhabitants of the town associated with Haji is really a delusion next occasion seeing that water (but in fact due to rains of the monsoon) along with “Wengi Government” each all 5 several years associated with lifestyle with Present cards

Gujrat Pakistan, their own property, that your community people have lengthy created ceramics is well known to the high quality. Metropolis also creates okay pieces of furniture. In the latest ages with Gujarat inside the output along with foreign trade of the enthusiasts they are called. Gujarat is really a footwear corporation production 2 with Pakistan, which often home the most crucial, specifically, the companies segment, that your metropolis preserves a sizable footwear manufacturing facility.

You will find with regards to 1, 059 commercial micro-level along with large districts of which function with smaller