Extreme Wildlife and Extreme Rides – Disney Animal Kingdom’s Africa and Asia Area

The Animal Kingdom is another of the four theme parks in Disneyworld Florida. The park focuses more on Walt Disney’s passion for the natural environment and its proper care, conservation and research. It is the biggest animal themed park in the world. In the seven areas of the park we focus on each of them and their attractions, this article takes a look on two distinct continents that are part of the seven areas namely: Asia and Africa. They have a combination of wildlife preserves and some adrenaline pumping rides that surely you don’t want to miss.

Expedition Everest (Asia) – This railway car formed roller coaster in the Asian area goes through some twists and turns around the Forbidden Mountain and goes for the finale going through its peak. From the peak you can see the awesome view of the Animal Kingdom, then to its drop you go through darkness, returning to light that leads you to a dead end. You thought it’s over, but as you go through darkness and in a crazy escape, watch out as you would encounter the infamous Yeti who rules this mountain.

Kali River Rapids (Asia) – From the high altitudes of Expedition Everest, we now go to the waters of the Chakranadi River. The Kali River rapids is a 12 passenger raft and travels at a 90 foot ascent past picturesque jungles and jasmine scented mists. You pass through geysers and even under refreshing waterfalls. The path of your raft goes through rocky waters and the effects of illegal logging would be seen through the debris in the river. Watch out as the highlight would result in a 30 foot waterfall drop and a surprise as well from the people above the bridge. Just prepare to get really wet.

Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia) – Like the other areas, Asia has its own walking tours of their exotic animals. A must see in this area are the Asian Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Malayan Tapir ( half black, half white animal, and the Malayan Flying Fox bat. Other than the animals there are more than 50 species of exotic birds also to be seen on this jungle trek.

Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa) – You feel as if your are really in South Africa or Kenya, when you enter this animal kingdom. The tour begins in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve as you travel by an open sided Safari vehicle. You pass through rocky terrain, rivers and some bridges but in the end of this you will have the best view of the animal wildlife. From Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, the animals will leave you speechless and something really priceless to see.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail ( Africa) – Another self guided walking tour where you discover other animals of the African kingdom like gorillas, hippos, okapi naked mole rats, meerkats and more exotic birds. After going through all these animals you will definitely agree that this is a place of enchantment as what Pangani means.

Girl to Girl Tips for Travelling in Southeast Asia

Talk to most backpacker lads and they’ll generally agree that as long as they’ve got a supply of decent T-shirts and a stash of cash, they’re good to go. Not so for us girlies. While we’re just as intrepid as the boys, there are unfortunately a few extra things that we need to consider. Here are some tips I wish someone had told me, girl to girl, before heading to Southeast Asia. Here I bequeath my wisdom to you, fellow backpacking ladies!

Laundry services in Southeast Asia are often excellent but they’re ruthless; your clothes will be scrubbed and thrashed within an inch of their lives. Leave your best threads at home and stock up at markets (in Thailand) or shopping malls (in Malaysia) and put together a backpack-specific wardrobe. Clothes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam tend to be more for locals than Westerners. Make the most of Bangkok while you’re there!

Most cosmetics in Asia will be packaged to look like the real thing, but they’re just low-quality copies of home brands. It’s difficult to find good quality make-up unless you go to retail outlets such as Boots in Thailand or a Revlon store in Cambodia.

If you’re on the pill, bring as much as you can from home. If you can only get a short supply, don’t panic – just bring the box and advice leaflet with you. Common brands such as Dianette are available over the counter under different names (Diane 35 or Sucee).

It’s difficult to find non-scented, lightweight moisturisers by makers such as Neutrogena or Simple. In Southeast Asia, old school cold creams and heavily scented whitening creams abound. If you’ve got sensitive skin, bring a supply of small throw-as-you-go bottles of your trusted products from home.

Fans of waxing take note: beauty salon experiences are very hit and miss. It’s impossible to buy waxing strips (I’ve spent eight months looking!) so unless you’re willing to take the risk with boiling wax and uncoordinated hands, switch to a decent brand of razor for your trip.

Sanitary towels are cheap and easy to find, but tampons are like gold dust in smaller towns. There’s no need to bring a supply from home, just stock up in major cities as you go.

Finally, my golden tip: underwear. (How I wish someone had warned me about this!) Asian ladies wear teeny tiny polyester bras and knickers, so if you’re anything above a 32-inch bra or hip size, bring at least three bras and lots of new cotton underwear from home. Hand wash any sexy look-at-me naughties or they’ll be lost/ruined/stolen before you know it!

Wonders of SouthEast Asia

History meets the contemporary and brings out a beautiful combination in Southeast Asia. This chunk of the continent is home to the best tourist destinations, with a variety of landscapes all over. Tourists fall in eternal love with Southeast Asia, all thanks to its sun-kissed beaches, jungles, lush green peaks and a variety of climate changes. To add a cherry to the top, Southeast Asians are known to be the friendliest hosts and would accommodate to the needs of the tourists in the most hospitable ways.

Planning to explore the Southeast chunk of Asia? Here we’ve picked the best travel destinations for you. Whether this is a family trip, backpacking adventure or your anticipated honeymoon, Southeast Asia would delight you a great deal!

1. Cambodia
The land of Cambodia is famous worldwide for its tourism and textiles. The country is home to attractive temples that would most certainly draw your attention. Angkor Wat, also known as the City Temple is the most popular among these. Since it dates back to the 12th century, touring the temple is an amazing way to explore Cambodia’s past. The Bayon Temple and BanteaySrei are some others that are most often admired by tourists. On the Gulf of Thailand lies the wonderful Sihanoukville and its white sand beaches. The Silver Pagoda stands out for its architecture and the gold Buddha statues. Cambodia is warm nearly all year round, leaving tourists with more choice of when to visit the country.

2. Thailand
If there’s one destination you can’t miss in Southeast Asia, it would probably be Thailand! You must have heard of the great Phi Phi. It is located close to Phuket, and is the ultimate spot for beach lovers because of the million activities the archipelago supports. Once you’re in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, do not miss the Grand Palace. The amazing architecture of the gigantic palace and its majestic lawns would leave you awestruck! If you can allow yourself more time in the country, explore its Northern side. The traditional ways of the hill tribes will amuse you a great deal along with the endless adventures the landscape offers. For your eyes to witness the most breathtaking views, take the rail journey from Thai to Burma. Along with the picturesque views, learning more about the history would keep you entertained along the way.

3. Laos
The landlocked land of Southeast Asia has attracted tourists because of its landscape and unique culture. When in the Northern Laos, explore LuangPrabang. This town was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Despite being small in area, its beauty is matchless to any other part of Southeast Asia. Backpackers would fall in love with VangVieng. The city is famous for the endless adventures it offers and also stands out for the limestone karst hills. The serene atmosphere of the city makes it a perfect tourist spot. Tham Kong Lo is an amazing limestone cave on the PhuHin Bun River. It is considered one of the most special wonders of Southeast Asia. If you’re looking for adventures, it is a must to visit these caves.