A tour through the town with its pretty narrow streets and medieval architecture is like a trip back in time. This is a cool family vacation idea that should spark the interest and imagination of even the most hard-to-please teenagers. A night-time tour is a great way to experience the town and the castle.
#2: Angkor Archaeological Park covers 150 square miles in Cambodia. It contains many important historical remains of the 9th to the 15th century Khmer Empire.
There are many Hindu and Buddhist temples in Angkor such as the Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple. Angkor Wat is the most famous.
There are a few different ways to explore the park and most are easy on the vacation budget.
You can hire a guide or a car and driver or rent a motorbike.
If you want to stay cool, than an air-conditioned tour bus is the way to go. Other options include a bicycle, horse carriage or, for fun, try your tour on the back of an elephant.
There are no accommodations within the park grounds so you have to go to the nearby town of Siem Reap for lodging.
Exotic Vacation Ideas #3: Vatican City, in Rome has a huge collection of important artistic treasures housed in the many museums. It is also the site of top famous architectural masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Pieta, St Peter's Basilica and the Rooms of Raphael.
Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world. People from around the globe come to partake in the historical and spiritual wonders of Vatican City.
Exotic Vacation Ideas #4: The Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn, in Vienna, Austria was the residence of the Habsburg emperors for two hundred years. In 1752 the world’s first zoo was established here in the gardens. The 1,440-room Schonbrunn castle is a great monument to Austrian history and culture with paintings, extravagant furniture and other works of art. Surrounding the palace are the beautiful formal gardens.
#5: Venice, Italy is a city made up of over 100 small islands that are connected by a series of canals and some 400 bridges. It is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world and is popular with couples for a honeymoon vacation spot.
The buildings are a unique showcase of centuries of architectural styles such as the Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. There are many fun city tours, regional day trips, boat cruises, and other excursions available but if you want to go it on your own, the sights of Venice are easily accessible by walking. Venice is a very pedestrian-friendly city.
#6: The Explora Lodge in Torres Del Paine, Chile is a one-of-a-kind luxury resort where you can experience adventure tours featuring the incredible natural beauty of the Chilean mountainous countryside.
The hotel resort offers everything that you would expect from a top luxury hotel. But the great thing about the Explora is the many incredible tours that they offer. The Glacier Grey Walk takes you by boat and foot to view the Glacier Grey and Southern Icefield, icebergs, gorges and rivers.
The Mirador del Toro Walk will have you ascending Mirador del Toro to take in the view and study the local fauna, flora and birds. Another tour is a horseback ride through flower-filled meadows and forest and lake trails. These are only a sample of the many adventure tours available at this unique and exotic vacation destination.
Exotic Vacation Ideas #7: Spectacle Island is a small island in Frenchman's Bay, Maine. That's on the southeast coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. The whole island is available for rent during the months of June through September.
Included in the deal for the whole island is a home with a gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bunkhouse. There's also a 19 foot boat for you to take out and explore the waters off the Maine Coast. This is a great place to really get away from it all and enjoy the natural beauty of the rugged Maine coastline. Acadia National Forest is located here. That's an excellent place to go exploring on the boat.
#8: Exotic Kauai - by Nicole Hochstetle from CA - Knowing that I had a week of vacation time coming up at work I immediately began researching vacation ideas on the internet for a destination. After several days of research I decided on a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. I knew it would be wonderful and beautiful once I got there, but I had no idea how beautiful it truly was until I arrived.
It was obvious once I got there why they called it the "garden island", because I felt like it was a description of the Garden of Eden.
After climbing onto the runway after departing the plane I could feel the warmth in the air as I was greeted by native Hawaiians who placed a gorgeous lei, made up of live pink and white hibiscus flowers, around my neck.
My plan was to fully enjoy all the Kauai things to do. The first day of my week long trip I ventured down to the beach below my hotel room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
The ocean waters were a crystal clear teal color and the white, sandy beach certainly didn’t disappoint.
The hotel also had several pools and a salt-water lagoon to swim in and sunbathe around the sides in lounge chairs or underneath the cabanas.
The following day, after taking part in some scuba diving lessons, I ventured out into the waters where I was able to come face-to-face with many of the native fish of Hawaii.
It was truly breathtaking. This was my first time scuba diving and it was an experience like no other.
I found a local scuba tour company (I can’t remember the name) and went out with their guide. We stayed close to the shore where the water was quite calm. This was perfect for me, a beginner.
I think, of all the Kauai things to do, this was my favorite. When I returned to the hotel that afternoon I took full advantage of the full service salon by enjoying an hour long massage.
This was also a first for me and now I see why people love this. I felt like a king. The rest of the week I spent time exploring the island and venturing to the scenic destinations. I hooked up with a company called Kauai Tours. They drove us around the island to see many beautiful places.
One of the best decisions I made was to pay the money for a helicopter ride. Although it seemed like a lot of money at the time, I assure you it is definitely worth it. To be able to see the island from an aerial view is truly magical.
I also went to the famous Waimea Canyon, or what they refer to as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Carved out of the volcanic flows of the past, it is something special to see.