National Parks in Northeast Thailand

With environmental concerns everywhere, countries are looking forward for an ecological balance and Thailand is one country which is at the forefront to maintain an ecological diversity. While the country maintains its rich Isaan heritage and culture, natural eco system is also maintained at its best which can be seen within the national parks of Thailand. The north east region of Thailand is a place filled with rich flora and fauna with Ubon Ratchathani being the major province, containing around 25 national parks which speak volumes of the eco-centric character of the country.

Khao Sok National Park

Out of these 25 national parks, Pha Taem and Kaeng national parks are the popular national parks in Thailand north east region. Both these national parks are established side by side enabling visitors to enjoy a double excitement on a single trip. Pha Taem is an amazing green landscape spread over an area of 140 sq kms, towards northeast of Ubon Rathchathani and displays a great sense of beauty and elegance. This park offers awesome rock cave paintings which depict 3000yrs of Isaan history and culture. These rock paintings were a discovery by Silpakorn University in 1981 when they were exploring this area along with their professors. Pha Taem cliff, found at the centre of Pha Taem national park, is a great rock cliff which offers an awesome bird view of Laos. You can also watch the first sun rays touching the country from this cliff.

Kaeng Tana national park is established adjacent to Pha Taem Park in 1981, towards north east of Ubon Rathchathani province and is a simple extension of elegance and charm carried forward. Both these national parks in Thailand offer an enchanting and memorable experience to their visitors. Throughout the 80kms area of the park, you find green habitation, smaller hills and enthralling water caves. Another important excitement is the Mun River which flows through this park to crosscut Mekong River on the Loas border. Deciduos forests within this region host green flora like Shorea Simensis, Shorea Obtusa along with precious wild life like wild pig, macaque, gibbon and other rare mammals. In addition, enchanting flowers seen in October and November are a delight to watch, making these national parks in Thailand the most popular ones.

Camping in Thailand is another major attraction for ecotourism freaks. People who love nature can enjoy a great stay in both of these national parks. Couples of all ages can spend their most romantic moments in Tohsang Khongjiam resort here. With an amazing bundle of thrill and excitement offered by these national parks in Thailand, your next tour should definitely include this awesome region.

Azores Islands

Clearly of volcanic origin, the Azores Islands formation is still the subject of hot debate among geologists. Were the islands once part of the African continent, or did they arise from submarine fissures through which the earth’s molten core spewed out boiling magma? The latter theory is dominant, though some botanists and others dispute it, as we shall see below. Anyway, it all happened some 30-40 million years ago.

The islands’ volcanic nature is still very evident today. Periodic eruptions occur from the remaining active volcanoes, most recently in Angra, but usually with advance warning and few casualties. The cones and craters of volcanoes provide a characteristic feature of Azores landscape, with lava rivers spilling their petrified streams down to the sea, and subterranean heat most dramatically felt in the Fire Mountains of Pico and now being utilized as geothermal power. But if this conjures up a picture of aridity and bleakness, nothing could be further from the truth.

Azores Photo: impletora via flickr.com

The total area of the archipelago is 2,923 square miles, the largest island being Sao Miguel and the smallest Corvo. Generally speaking, which is tricky when you’re dealing with nine such different islands, the five westernmost islands are mountainous and green, while Flores and Corvo in the east have lesser peaks and share more in common with North Africa. The highest mountain in the Azores, indeed in all of Portugal, is Mount Pico in Pico Island, the summit often snow-covered in winter. The islands all tend to have steep coastal cliffs in the north, the south coast’s generally being more level, most of the best beaches are in the southern parts. The volcanic origins are everywhere to be seen. In the profusion of cones, in the calderas or craters, great saucers with mountainous walls, such as Terceira’s Las Caliadas and Santa Maria’s Caldera de Bandama, in the malpaises, literally ‘badlands’, where grey or reddish lava streams have solidified such as the 125 sq metre volcanic desert around Flore’s Montanas del Fuego.

RV Fulltimers: the Road Life Experience

Are you one of those rowdy occasional road trippers that find satisfaction in driving around strange places just to unwind and chill out? Then you may find RV fulltiming a lifelong passion if you have accessed to well-spruced up recreational vehicles. The idea that you can live on the road with comfort is now made possible with the inventions of recreational vehicles which are not only used to get you here and fro. The highlight of these redefinedvehicles is that they are made to provide you a modern home setting that you can lavish on even while you’re constantly mobile, traveling from one place to the other.

The access to wonderful recreational vehicles thus fueled the desire of many outdoor enthusiasts, RVers and road trippers to eventually venture out the full time road life experience of living on the road. And why not? Why stay in a stationary home setting when you can encapsulate all the amenities, features and functions of a typical household setting in a well-spruced up and transformed vehicle? This is exactly what a recreational vehicle is made to do: provide you a recreational experience of overwhelming outdoor perspectives – the joy of embracing the world in various panoramic views – every single day.

The best recreational vehicle types for fulltime RVers are class a, b, and c motorhomes and fifth wheel trailers. Any truck or bus that’s redefined to accommodate more amenities and features are the best options.

Most of the RV fulltimers own their own recreational vehicles. Because mobile living has become their lifestyle, it’s important that these people get to have a ‘free hand’ in the RV customizations, redesigning plans and maintenance that will suit their tastes and convenience best. While it is true that you can now rent RV units from selected vehicle rental centers, if you are really serious to go fulltime with RV living then anyone would suggest buying one. Rented RVs are only best for both short and long term vacations.