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TOP 10 Best Travel Destinations For November

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Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn colors, crunching through the fallen leaves, the dazzling views won’t fail to impress. I present you a list of the best travel destinations for November.

Water Festival, Cambodia

November sees the biggest and most spectacular event of the Cambodian calendar. The Water Festival sees up to a million people flock to the banks of the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh to watch huge dragon boats race for the honour of their village. Fireworks light up the night sky and the party lasts for three days. The festival marks the changing flow of the river as it randomly reverts to its normal downstream direction. Yes, you did read that correctly – the river flows upstream during the rainy season!

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Maasai Mara, Kenya

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is each year visited by thousands of tourists, who come here to watch the many different wildlife and birdlife species in the reserve. The reserve is especially famous for the high amount of predators, such as lions and cheetah, and the 1.5 million wildebeest which migrate through the Mara and cross the crocodile infested Mara river.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

During summer, the Canaries are besieged by both serious heat and seriously strong trade winds, which make a mockery of hats and hairstyles.  But by autumn not only will the winds have disappeared and the heat relented (expect 20-25ºC), but the sea will be at its balmiest, after many months’ microwaving.

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Dandenong Ranges, Australia

Aussie autumn doesn’t kick off in earnest until March. And while you wouldn’t usually associate the land of beaches, surfing and summer heat with glorious autumnal color, the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne don’t disappoint. As well as being a national park of breathtaking beauty, the area is also dotted with manicured gardens. The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are definitely worth a visit when their lawns are carpeted with fallen leaves and their trees are aglow.

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Bishop Creek Canyon, California, USA

Just because the northeast USA gets amazing autumn colour doesn’t mean you should discount the west coast. California’s inland forests offer a great alternative, with the reds and yellows of fall holding on for longer in the Golden State thanks to its hugely varied elevation. Bishop Creek Canyon is one of a number of great viewing points. Nestled in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in Inyo County, the golden leaves here look amazing with the rocky hills as a backdrop.

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Lombardy, Italy

Still mild even as the leaves fall, Lombardy in northern Italy is an ideal place to see mainland Europe burst into colour. The native Lombardy poplars, which can be seen across the landscape, turn a bright yellow before their leaves fall to the floor. If you can’t make it to the countryside, Milan’s public gardens offer a great city view of autumn.

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Sutton, Quebec, Canada

Less well known than New England, but the autumn colours here are still spectacular, and the prices for lodging a lot less expensive. Sutton is a great little village with terrific restaurants, cafes and foodie stuff, and with 52km of marked trails where you can hike.

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Kamikochi, Japan

Late autumn is the perfect time to visit Japan: the humid heat and typhoons of the late summer and early autumn are replaced by warm sun and bright blue skies. The light showcases the forests of larch and beech on the mountains in the national parks. I reccomend you the Konashidaira Log Cabins in Kamikochi as a place to stay in. And even if you don’t leave the cities, the beautiful formal gardens Japan is famous for are at their loveliest. It’s a great time of year for climbing and walking too, as the temperature is just right.

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Vermont, New England, USA

It goes without saying that Vermont is one of the most well-known places in the U.S. when it comes to fall foliage—especially in the central and southern parts of the state, the Lake Champlain Islands, areas near Burlington, and in the beautiful Green Mountains.

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New York, NY, USA

Whether you’re planning to venture upstate in search of fall fun or opt to stay in the big city, New York gives you plenty of options. Baseball fans will want to visit Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, while other outdoorsy leaf-peeping activities include renting kayaks on Lake Otsego or hiking among the gorgeous fall colors at Glimmerglass State Park.

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What are the Best Cambodia and Laos Itinerary?

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If you want to look for the strange feeling, Cambodia and Laos have the best islands to satisfy the explorer in you. Laos is one of the few destinations where, in some areas, visitors are yet to deviate from a few well-trodden sights. Actually, Cambodia is less developed than the neighboring Thailand country by the floods and poor roads make travel challenging, but cheap frequent bus services, a good domestic airline and easygoing locals make traveling here an adventure – and easier than you might think. If you are looking for an active journey exploring Cambodia and Laos itinerary, have just spent over one week to visit almost the destinations in two countries.

On the first day in Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is known as the best traditional city in Southeast Asia, which is the charming town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights. Thus it is one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Continuously, you come to the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. Then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. If you have a lot of time, let’s take a tour to the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture.

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You will have a lot of experience if taking a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives you a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. For distance, Pak Ou Caves is created by two linked caves are famous for the thousands of gold lacquered Buddha. It is accumulated from the various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. End route, you stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city you take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. You also have time to visit Ban Xang Khong, Ban Xieng Lek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa Papermaking

In the evening, you can explore the Night Market, where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and lovers like the handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

On the second day in Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

You will come to the rituals of saffron-clad monks which offers Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. The Buddhist nation still preserving the procession is the traditional unique of Laos. From there, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables, and hill-tribe weavings. Maybe you know to Laos as the traditional handicrafts which appear on many local villages of the ethnic minority groups such as Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. You will be picked up to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can walk along the forest paths. In addition, another weaving village in there is Ban Phanom which you can visit before returning to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

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On the third day in Vientiane

That’s not too bad when you realize that the two are some 8000+ miles apart and there are no direct flights. You could have just got another flight from Sukhumvit to Vientiane, but the overnight train was cheaper and much more of an adventure.
Despite being a capital city, Vientiane is not full of high-rise or ghastly office blocks. You will admire the smaller temples scattered through, and there were plenty of cute little restaurants to choose from. You are still glad you visited and in hindsight, you probably would have liked at least one more night there.

On the fourth day in Vientiane-Pakse

After you take an early flight to Pakse, you will transfer to Champassak. This destination will bring for you the ruins of Wat Phu, the pre-Angkorian temple. Especially, it is one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. On this day, you have a plan to discover these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Maybe you don’t know, Wat Phu is voted as one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001. You will admire the ancient landscapes with archeological site of Khmer civilization in the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Coming here, you have an opportunity to come to Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. Continuously, you head towards peaceful Khong Island, the largest in the magical 4000 islands region.

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The Bolaven Plateau is known as the temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Coming here, you will be offered by the attractive foods and drink like the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas. You will gain the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region from this trip. After that, you come to Tad Lo waterfall. Then you visit the several villages of local hosts such as Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups and return to Pakse by late evening.

On the fifth day and sixth day in Siem Reap

For those looking for unmatched glamour and real beauty, traveling to Siem Reap is an excellent suggestion. Situated in northwestern Cambodia, the city has become a famous tourist destination for centuries, thanks to its French cultural influences, historical and religious sites, as well as rich and multi-faceted local culture. Siem Reap warmly welcomes visitors with a range of magnificent temples. Besides, they have a chance to bring back home the city’s handcrafted jewelry and décor. To make the most out of your trip, read our guide on navigating the best attractions in this Southeast Asian city below.

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The Roluos Group of temples: If you wish to deeply discover the temple complex in Siem Reap, then make sure to immerse yourself into the 3 Roluos Group temples, called Lo Lei, Preah Ko, and Bakong. These promise to give insights into some of the earliest temple structures of Angkor.
Angkor Thom and its surrounding features: The Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, and Terrace of the Leper King
Angkor Wat: As the biggest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat should be always added to your bucket list. The complex was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage in 1992. It is not only the country’s major magnet but also appears in the Cambodian national flag and even becomes the pride of the locals. The temple of Ta Prohm: Spend time arriving in such jungle paradise to take many imposing pictures. You can feel that you are getting lost in the land of mystery.

On the seventh day in Phnom Penh

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh impresses travelers by its location, which is settled at the confluence of 3 major rivers, namely Mekong River, Tonle Sap, and the Bassac. For that reason, getting the spectacular view is the first gift you receive after coming there. The sightseeing around this populous city does interest any newcomer with lots of attractive sites, such as The King Fields, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Wat Phnom, Koh Dach Island, etc. The following are what you should consider while in Phnom Penh.

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The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Feast your eyes on the incredible architecture of the palace which is the combination of Khmer and European styles. And attached to its background is the presence of The Silver Pagoda that wins an award for about 5,000 silver tiles.
The Royal University of Fine Arts: Established in 1979, this is considered a non-profit public higher education institution. Visiting the university brings you an opportunity to marvel at its prominent architecture and have friendly conversations with students around.
The Russian Market: Roam around the market to mingle with the lifestyle of the locals, along with picking up the lovely souvenirs for your beloved.
The Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Field of Choeung Ek: A trip to Tuol Sleng is indeed the emotionally unforgettable experience. It was a high school prior to 1975. The Khmer Rouge then came and converted it into the Security Prison 21 (or S-21), where numerous prisoners were periodically imprisoned and tortured before being executed at the Killing Field of Choeung Ek.

On the eighth day in Tonle Sap Lake

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Finally, you shouldn’t miss Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia as you will enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the region’s floating villages. Thus, you approach a glimpse of the local lifestyles on here. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Towards the end of the day, you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake, which is Cambodia’s largest. Chong Khneas is the name of the famous floating village at the edge of the lake. It situates in the Southern part of Siem Reap town about 15 Kilometers and takes only 30 minutes by vehicles to the boat dock where there are always boats waiting for visitors. You need two hours to take the boat trip through the floating village. Participating in the Cambodia and Laos itinerary, you can explore the different culture of Khmer, Muslim, and Vietnamese in the floating households and floating markets and something.

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