Langebaan is one of the most popular destinations on the South Africa West Coast. Situated about 70 miles North of Cape Town, it is often frequented by international tourists and Cape Town locals who are looking to take a break from city life alike. One of the main attractions of the coastal town is the wide variety and large quantity of different birds. The Rocherpan Nature Reserve is the perfect place to view them in their natural environment, and it is only a short drive outside of Langebaan itself.

There are two other Nature Parks boasting the ecological richness of the area; the West Coast Fossil Park, where the main attraction is an exhibit of Pliocene fossils, and daily guided tours are available. The West Coast National Park includes the Langebaan Lagoon, but also encompasses a number of bird colonies on small islands just off the coast. Boat tours can be booked at the tourist information centre in the village.

More conventional holiday activities which are promoted in the city are centered on the coast and lagoon. For water sports fans, the surprisingly moderate water temperature on this side of the West Coast, combined with the many small businesses catering for surfers, windsurfers, water-skiers and kite-surfers makes Langebaan lagoon a perfect attraction. There are a number of backpackers, catering for the surfing hippies, as well as some very lawny up market up accommodation, and the holiday resort visitors will be tempted to use the facilities available through the country club. These include a golf course, tennis courts, the Langebaan yacht club and a bowling green.

As for amenities, there are a lot of excellent seafood restaurants around, and Langebaan is known for its excellent homegrown oysters. The standard range of groceries and tourist shops can be found on the boardwalks and in the town center.


Situated along the popular Garden Route, Knysna is one of the larger towns on what is perhaps the most popular tourist trail in South Africa. With almost 80,000 inhabitants, it lies in between two other popular towns for beach and sun-loving visitors; Plettenberg Bay and George. The vein of the Garden Route is the N2 highway, and although it is tempting to explore the changing, mesmerizing view from the car, Knysna is the perfect place to get out and explore the defining features; the mountains, forests, lagoons and ocean.

As for the first one, the mountains, Knysna is ranked in the top 5 of mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts. Just outside the town itself, within a short drive, there are Natural Reserves and National Parks with free entrance, where mountain biking trails lead you past rivers, streams, waterfalls and gorges through the fynbos. But the most popular attraction is the lagoon, situated near the village itself. Knysna expanded from a harbor town, rumored to be founded by King George’s illegitimate son, into the tourist haven it is today. It is one of the most spectacular natural harbors on the African coast.

Fishing is a popular activity in the lagoon, and license permits can be bought at the local post office for a small fee. During the August through October period, whales can be spotted near the lagoon. After October, when the Mediterranean climate summer kicks in on the South coast, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing are some of the more popular water sports available. There are a number of companies and individuals who rent out all the necessary gear, close by the lagoon head.

Although most visitors will go to Knysna by (rental) car, there is another, more romantic option. The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is a genuine steam train, which services passengers between Knysna and George. The train route and the antique train themselves provide for a unique experience.

Flatts Village

Flatts Village is a small settlement in the country of Bermuda, situated on the southern bank of Flatt’s Inlet in the Hamilton Parish. It’s located exactly between the two incorporated municipalities Hamilton and Saint George. It is one of the earliest settled areas in Bermuda. As of latest measurement the village of Flatts has a population of several thousand people.

Today’s peaceful Flatts Village is still as charming as was in its early days. Now, as then, travelers are being welcomed by a cluster of pastel-painted cottages, well maintained yards and palm trees, yet nowadays travelers can also enjoy true world class sightseeing and natural wonders. Flatts Village, halfway from Hamilton and Saint George’s overlooks the unique inland sea of Harrington Sound, which has caves and marine life with at least 100 varieties of sponges. The village has incarnated itself for centuries as a thriving port, a haven for sailors and enjoyment for fishermen.

Several modern sightseeing’s include the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. Which are home to more than 200 species of fish. It’s the leading center of marine research, and perfectly situated in Flatts Village. Besides the fact Flatts Village is a good stop by for sailors, it’s also a good environment for family and romantic holidays. It’s locals are friendly, as well the shops and restaurants on walking distance from most accommodations. As well the fact that Flatts Village offers you a opportunity for an reality look into the lifestyle of the Bermudian culture.

American travelers to Flatts Village and Bermuda need a passport that is valid for al least six months. A visa may not be necessary, but you do need an onward or return ticket.

Saint George

Saint George, formally known as Town of St. George, and often confused with it’s parish and island name St. George is the second town and former capital of Bermuda. Saint George is described as the oldest, continually inhabited English settlement in the new world, founded in 1612 and served as capital of Bermuda until eclipsed by Hamilton in 1815. As of latest measurement the city of Saint George has a population of 2 thousand people.

St George’s was Bermuda’s original and first settlement, it’s situated in the east of the country. St George is a popular travel destination in Bermuda, providing pleasant and relaxing sightseeing’s for travelers. There’s daily tours around the Parish of Saint George, as well a walking tour which goes by museums and local shops. Lunch and dinner are taking place in charming restaurants where local and international cuisine are being served.

The center of St. George is located at King’s Square featuring whipping devices to punish criminals and the Town Hall, which located right behind one of Bermuda’s oldest buildings, the State House, dated from 1619. In the area of King’s Square there’s a lot of art galleries and several museums. St. George has a good size to explore the city by foot, it has many beautiful narrow streets to wonder around in. There’s many well maintained gardens which are colored by paw-paw and banana trees. There’s horse drawn buggy rides used as transportation to sightseeing locations such as St. David Island, Fort St. Catherine and Clearwater Beach.

American travelers to Saint George and Bermuda need a passport that is valid for al least six months. A visa may not be necessary, but you do need an onward or return ticket.


Ghent, formerly known as Gaunt in English is a city and municipality situated in the Flemish region of Belgium. It’s the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. Ghent once started as a settlement situated at the banks of the Scheldt and Lys Rivers in the Middle Ages and became one of the largest and richest cities of North Europe. Today it’s a city with a population of 250 thousand people.

In a unique and brilliant way, Ghent has managed to keep its Middle Ages power while keeping up with present time. Ghent has turned to the third biggest city of Belgium, and according to locals and tourists the most beautiful one. The city center alone proves it, which is a showcase of Middle Ages wealth and commercial success. It may remind some of Bruges, yet it’s slightly better and expanded. Ghent has more of a city feel, with a good combination of cultural sightseeing, nightlife, fine dining and shopping experiences without a overwhelming tourist flavor.

Of course, Modern Ghent cannot be missed, the city has an important port where large boat arrive and depart through the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. It’s possible for tourists to take a tour and see the port with their own eyes, it’s also advised to bring a digital camera. While the port is an interesting attraction other sightseeing’s may not be missed including the Count’s Castle, the Belfry, the Graslei and Saint Bavon’s Cathedral. The city is also famous for Ghent Festivities, the biggest street theater festival in Europe hold each year at the end of July. A 10 day festival where every hour a street performance is taking place from street artists from all over the world.

Travelers to Ghent need a valid passport and return ticket. For stays that do not exceed 90 days a visa is not required. English is not widely spoken in Ghent, might as well bring yourself a French and Dutch dictionary or learn a few words. The best time to visit Ghent is during the summer months from July till August.


Rajshahi (রাজশাহী) is the capital city of the Rajshahi Division in Bangladesh. The city is situated in the north west of the country on the northern banks of the Padma river. Rajshahi was formerly known as Rampur Boalia. As of latest measurement the city has a population of 650 thousand people, making Rajshahi the 4th largest city in the country.

Rajshahi is often referred to as Silk City and Education City, of course with sense able reasons. The city’s economy is mainly running on the famous Rajshahi silk trade, which are fine and quality products exported worldwide. As well it’s home to renowned education institutions covering any professional and cultural fields available in Bangladesh. Rasjhahi is also well known for its fruits, with as specialty Mango and Lychee. But more important than silk, education and fruits, Rasjhahi is an important yet interesting travel destination because of the number of ancient temples, mosques and other historical and cultural sightseeing’s within city limits.

When visiting the city, you must see through it’s chaotic traffic, the people and noises on the street. The city has a lot of hidden beauty, that most most cannot see just walking through. The city counts countless of small travel agencies knowing where to go, for reasonable prices with private guides. Of course here’s some recommendations on sightseeing’s; Shrine of Hazrat Shah Mokhdum, Varendra Research Museum, Bangladesh Railway, Bangladesh Betar and Central Park and Zoo.

Fine and cheap silk products of Rajshahi have earned it the nickname Silk City. Rajshahi is also well known for its fruits, especially for Mango and Lychee. Besides the beautiful Mango Orchards and river beaches, it is home to renowned educational institutions covering almost all of professional and cultural fields available within the country. This is why Rajshahi is sometimes referred to as Education City in Bangladesh. Rajshahi is an important tourist destination because of a number of ancient mosques, shrines and temples in and around the city.

United States citizens do not need a visa, you will receive a three months visa upon arrival after showing your valid passport and return ticket at immigration. In case you would need a visa for your country there’s visa on arrival offices available throughout the Dhaka International Airport for 30-day up to 90-days stay.


Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম) is Bangladesh’s main port and second largest city, as well capital of the Chittagong Division in the south east of the country. It’s situated on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, which ends in the Bay of Bengal. As of latest measurement the city has population of 2.6 million people, and is constantly growing as it’s listed 10th on the world fastest growing cities list.

The city of Chittagong is fairly big and spread out, just like the capital city Dhaka the streets are messed up and filled with traffic, motorbikes and rickshaws. Although it does feel the local government puts more efforts in keeping the sidewalks clean. Travelers will notice a increase of beggars and con artists than in other parts of the country. The busiest part of town is the area around Station Road and Jubilee Road, while 2 miles north you find yourself center of the middle to upper class life, with gigantic shopping malls and fancy restaurants.

When visiting Chittagong there’s several sightseeing within city limits worth going by including; Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Adventure Land & Paradise Valley, Shrine of Baizid Bostami, World War II Cemetery, Ethnological Museum, Chittagong Zoo, Baitul Falah, Chandanpura Mosque, Chittagong College, Mohsin College, Court Building and the Red-light district. Not all sightseeing’s are free or charge, some may require entrance fees or a guided tour.

United States citizens do not need a visa, you will receive a three months visa upon arrival after showing your valid passport and return ticket at immigration. In case you would need a visa for your country there’s visa on arrival offices available throughout the Dhaka International Airport for 30-day up to 90-days stay.

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