Hi Guys! Well, I wanted to share my top 5 places to visit that are on my bucket list. I have always traveled being that I was a military brat. I also married a Marine. So half my life I spent traveling to different duty stations. My Favorite place we were stationed at was Okinawa, Japan. It’s where I was with my family and it is also the place where I met my husband. So it will always have a special place in my heart.
The first on the very top of my bucket list is Bora Bora. Yes, I know I think everyone want to go to Bora Bora. Ever since I saw that movie Couples Retreat in 2009 and wondered where was that tropical island at. Well I googled it. So yes, one day I will make it to Bora Bora. Here are 5 interesting facts about this island.
1. Bora Bora’s St. Regis Resort was the scene where the movie ‘Couples Retreat’ was shot. It appeared on screen as the Eden Resort.
2. What’s your idea of paradise? Beautiful Beaches? Good food? Unpolluted environment? Well, Bora Bora has all this…but what really makes it a paradise is that there are no poisonous insects or snakes. You can sleep on the beach without risking a snake bite.
3. The Island of Bora Bora is surrounded by several beautiful islets that includes; Motu Tapu, Motu Ahuna, Tevairoa, Motu Tane, Motu Mute, Motu Tufari, Motu Pitiaau, Sofitel Motu, Motu Toopua, and Toopuaiti.
4. Among the native French Polynesians, the Island of Bora Bora is known as the Romantic ParadiseBecause of its amazing beauty and isolation, it is a hugely popular place for couples and honeymooners. Not only that, just 19 km north of Bora Bora, by helicopter or boat, you can take a ride to Tūpai (also called Motu Iti), which is a coral reef formation that looks like a heart! This magical piece of nature is 11 km in area and is totally gorgeous!
5. Its halfway between Australia and the U.S.
My second on the list is Bali. Which as I write this, I am saddened to hear about the volcano that has recently had some activity and is under evacuation. We were planning a trip there this past September but our plans didn’t fall through. Now I wish we would of gone.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
Here are 5 interesting facts about Bali;
1.Bali is an island and province of Republic of Indonesia. Indonesia is the largest island country in the world by the number of islands , with 17,508 islands.
2. Nyepi day, also known as ‘day of silence’ is a unique celebration among the Bali people during which the never-ending activity of the islands is replaced by pure tranquility, with work, travel and noises being limited. The silence and meditation ushers in a new year. Big rituals and sacrifices are practiced in various islands by most of the local people.
3. In Lovina, the north tip of Bali, there are plenty of dolphins! There is the South east Asian spinner dolphin, the spotted dolphin, the Frasers dolphin, the Rissos dolphin, and suspected sightings of common bottlenose dolphins as well.
4. The beaches all over Bali are considered one of the best in the world. Bali also offers a golden chain of magnificent black sands, especially on the north-western coastlines, with tranquil pristine coves. These beaches are havens for surfers, tourists, and fishermen who explore coral reefs, exotic fish species, and strong waves. The beaches are one of the attractions that bring visitors to Bali to explore the incredible shipwrecks, panoramic views and a vast scope of adventure and water activities.
5. The worlds most expensive coffee comes from Bali. It is called Kopi Luwak and is not your typical coffee bean… They collect the beans from the digestion of a Civat Cat, which is a shy cat-like creature living in Asia. The Civat cat only eats the ripest and finest coffee cherries but doesn’t digest the bean.
My third on my list is Dubai. Dubai is situated in the southern Persian Gulf, considered as one of the leading cities in the world. It is so developed and sophisticated city of United Arab Emirates. Here are 5 facts about Dubai;
1. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – rising to a height of 2,722 feet – is the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith then of the Chicago-headquartered Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Opened in 2010 as part of the new development called Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa building was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
2. During January, the coldest month, daytime high temperatures average 75 °F while overnight low temperatures average 57 °F. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy, and humid, with high temperatures averaging 106 °F and overnight lows around 86 °F in August.
3. Kissing in public is strictly illegal and can result in deportation.
4. The third tallest but most iconic is the Burg Al Arab, a luxury hotel designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
5. There is one of the biggest flower gardens located in the district of Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square metres (780,000 sq ft), making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 109 million flowers planted.
My fourth destination on my list is Vietnam. My sons girlfriend is from Vietnam and I would love to go and visit one day with the both of them.
5 interesting facts about Vietnam.
1. Vietnam is home to more ducks than any other country, an estimated 27 per cent of the world’s duck population.
2. There are around 37 million motorbikes in Vietnam and only two million cars.
3. Nguyen is the the most common name in Vietnam. Which happens to be my son’s girlfriends last name.
4. Rice is the country’s most popular food while the pho (noodles) comes in at a close 2nd.
5. Snake wine is a common drink that is said to provide health and vitality to the person drinking it. I will have to definitely try this one.
My fifth on my list is Thailand. Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.
5 interesting facts about Thailand.
- Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha
- The have the largest crocodile farm.
3. Thailand is also home to the world’s smallest known mammal- Kitti’s hog-nosed bat. It’s also known as the bumble bee bat. It weighs just 2 grams!
4. Eating insects is a common practice in Thailand. These insects include crickets, bamboo caterpillars, grasshoppers and giant water bugs. In fact, their demand is so great that they have to import insects from China, Myanmar and Laos.
5. One of my favorite flowers are the orchids. And with over 1,500 orchid varieties, the number one exporter of the flower in the world is Thailand. They have such beautiful and unique colors. I would love to see them up close.
This will finish up my top 5 of places on my bucket list. Let’s see how 2018 will treat me this new year. How many on this list can a check? I’m hoping for 2. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my top 5 on places to see on my bucket list.