Dubai is a dazzling city of skyscrapers that rise impossibly over the desert sands around. Dubai has been home to the tallest skyscrapers in the world, the largest hotels and even the highest fountain in anywhere on Earth. One of Dubai’s most spectacular achievements however has been its creation of several vast artificial tropical island paradises.

Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali islands are a pair of giant sand constructions that spread out into the Persian Gulf in the shape of two palm trees. Each island has been constructed by land reclamation which has been a process of simply digging up loads of sand from the sea bed and neighbouring coastland and piling it all up to create brand new stable islands. Each palm consists of a hefty central trunk, a number of fronds spilling out both sides and an encircling crescent island that acts as a breakwater. Although the island of Jebel Ali has been laid, construction hasn’t begun on many of its amenities yet; its neighbouring Palm Jumeirah is fully built and thriving.Travelup ReviewsPalm Jumeirah has a total of sixteen fronds, each line with luxurious and spacious villas for the city’s multi-millionaire residents. Palm Jumeirah is also home to a number of hotels, spas, an aquatic theme park, two marinas and a monorail to link them all together. Most famous of Palm Jumeirah’s landmarks is the Atlantis Hotel, a gigantic structure that lies at the head of the encircling islands above the palm’s crown.

Palm Jumeirah is a truly remarkable structure and well worth seeing. Accommodation at any of Palm Jumeirah’s hotels can be booked through expert travel agents like Travelup. To make sure you see as much as possible of unbelievable Dubai, Travelup also maintain extensive Travelup Reviews; a database of regarding activities and essential information on any destination.

Palm islands aren’t all Dubai can boast however. Further out to sea can be seen an even larger archipelago of islands specifically built to form the shape of the Earth. From the air, it makes a remarkable sight, from sea level it’s even stranger, though as the incomplete project is currently just a cluster of totally flat little sand islands. One island, in the vicinity of Lebanon, has however been finished the Royal Island Beach Club that provides the chance to look back for a unique view of the Dubai Skyline.

Sydney is Australia’s most recognisable city and is the spiritual capital of its people. Sydney is the city where the most creative, ingenious and ambitious of Australia congregate to show off their talents, it is also the first stop most foreigners make before setting off to explore the rest of the country.

Because of Sydney’s widespread popularity it makes the perfect destination to visit. Any month of the year, you can catch a range of shows and events showcasing the best that Australia has to offer as well as major shows and acts from around the globe which regularly come to Sydney during a tour.TravelupIf you want to catch some Australian culture then you can browse great deals for your flights and accommodation through the Travelup website. Once you have booked your down under get away with Travelup, then here are a few of Sydney’s greatest arts venues to keep an eye on for a great night out.

- Theatres

Sydney is the centre of performing arts in Australia. The city boasts a range of theatres that run plays from both professional as well as up and coming independent companies. The Capital Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Theatre Royal and State Theatre all have regular programmes of innovative new shows all rooted deeply in a rich history of Australian theatre.

- Music Venues

Sydney is notable for the huge number of bands that have called the city home including the world famous ACDC. Sydney’s tradition as an alternative music Mecca for Australians continues and most bars around the city double up as venues for exciting new alternative bands.

- Visual Arts

Australia’s largest collections of national art can be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Gallery of New South Wales. Visitors can also peruse the many independent galleries displaying new works such as the White Rabbit Gallery.

- Sydney Opera House

Finally who could forget Sydney’s most iconic symbol, the Sydney Opera House. That huge structure is an art work in itself, its numerous stages play host to operas and shows from some of the best companies in the world.

It’s easy to book a trip to experience the arts of Sydney for yourself by simply visiting the Travelup website and browsing their extensive range of great deals to take you down under.

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Travelup ReviewsNew York is one of the world’s major cities and is a financial and cultural powerhouse on the international stage. There are so many attractions in New York and it can be difficult to decide what to do when time is limited. Travelup Reviews has produced the following list of five places to visit to ensure that travellers have the most fulfilling holiday possible:

1. The New York City Skyline From The Empire State Buliding

Countless movies have immortalised the inimitable skyline of New York, and its stunning vistas of skyscrapers and twinkling lights are familiar to people from across the globe. Nothing can prepare the tourist for the spellbinding experience of witnessing the New York skyline first-hand, however, and one of the best places to view the shimmering city scape is from the observation deck of the Empire State Building’s 86th storey.

Alternatively, the Top of the Rock deck at the very top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza is equally exhilarating, with wonderful 360 degree views of the whole of Manhattan.

2. Times Square

No visit to New York would be complete without a walk past the billboards and bright lights of Times Square. Tourists can enjoy a Broadway show, shop in one of Times Square’s flagship department stores, or simply take a moment to marvel at the effervescent spirit of New York.

3. Central Park

With over 840 acres of lakes, meadows and woods, Central Park is the quintessential

urban park. This Manhattan oasis includes a zoo, a carousel, a theatre and skating rink, and is a natural paradise in the heart of New York.

4. Museums

Museum Mile, which stretches from East 82nd East 105th Streets, is a world class centre of culture, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of the City of New York amongst the plethora of art galleries and museums on offer.

5. Brooklyn Bridge

A triumph of engineering and construction, Brooklyn Bridge is an emblem of New York’s enterprising energy. From wherever the Brooklyn Bridge is viewed, it is a masterpiece of design and execution.

Dubai is famous as one of the most lavish and spectacular cities in the world. Built almost entirely out of a sudden boom in oil profits during the 1970s and onwards, Dubai is a vigorously enthusiastic expression of opulence and modernistic ingenuity. Hence the owners and architects of Dubai have demonstrated a remarkable obsession with building the very biggest and most impressive spectacles in the world, and they have not disappointed. The Burj Khalifa building is by far the tallest manmade structure of all time and a testament to the ambition of the people of Dubai.

TravelupThroughout its brief history Dubai has been home to numerous structures that were the world’s tallest in their day. The Burj al Arab hotel was the tallest hotel and its iconic design means it’s still one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in the world today.

The Burj Khalifa has taken skyscrapers to a new level though. Standing at an incredible 829.8 metres it is over 300 metres taller than the next tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101. The Burj Khalifa has over 160 floors, the world’s highest nightclub, restaurant and a whopping 24,348 windows. Separate from the central Dubai skyline, the Burj Khalifa rises impressively out of the new 2 square kilometre industrial park called Downtown Dubai.

Although the Burj Khalifa is largely dedicated to over a thousand offices, visitors are welcome. The Burj Khalifa is complete with a set of restaurants, a nightclub and the world’s second highest swimming pool. The Burj Khalifa’s greatest attraction has to be its observation deck. The outdoor observation deck grants visitors unbelievable views not only over the impressive skyline of Dubai, but across the endless stretches of Arabian Desert that Dubai sits in.

If climbing the tallest freestanding structure sounds like fun, then more details are available via Travelup.  Customers using the Travelup Reviews service can browse interesting destinations from all over the world and find all the details they need for booking flights and accommodation around Dubai. Travelup Reviews contain a wealth of information regarding destinations like Dubai, helping customers get to grips how to travel about the city, visiting times to attractions as well as essential travel information like Visa requirements.

For hundreds of years Bangkok has been the capital of the kings of Thailand and within that majestic city their official residence and centre of official business has been the Grand Palace. For visitors to Thailand, Bangkok and the Grand Palace make an essential visit. The Grand Palace is an awe inspiring complex of rich temples, palaces, museums and plazas that are not only beautiful but tell the full story of the history of Thailand.TravelupThe Grand Palace was first established by King Rama I in 1782. Thailand had suffered years of turmoil thanks to the destruction wrought from Burmese invasions and years of unpopular rule from king Taksin. King Rama I established the new ruling house of Chakri and built his Grand Palace based on ancient Ayutthaya styles. Since Rama I each subsequent king has added and developed the Grand Palace complex to make it the sprawling and magnificent spectacle it is today.

Within the middle court visitors can see the Phra Maha Monthian buildings. These are a group of richly elaborate traditionally Thai style buildings that that traditionally held the living quarters. Today they hold the most important throne halls in the entire Grand Palace.

Within the palace complex visitors can also see some of Thailand’s most impressive temples. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a building that inspires awe in anyone who goes near. Although technically a Buddhist chapel, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is as old as the original Grand Palace and has been central to the religious worship of the Thai royal family. Whilst the outside of the chapel is impressive, inside visitors can witness the chapel’s namesake: the statue of the Emerald Buddha.

To the north east of the Grand Palace complex visitors can also find an entirely different site to the rest of Bangkok. Phra Thinang Boromphiman is the largest single building of the Grand Palace and is in fact built upon western ideals. From the outside Pra Thinang Boromphiman is a palace that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe, however the interior is decorated to entirely Thai designs.

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BangkokTraveling to Bangkok is a wonderful experience. It is the capital of Thailand and its largest city. It combines old-world charm with modern luxury and convenience. Planning out the activities to please all members of the traveling party is a simple task in a city as vibrant as Bangkok.

Getting around the city is made easy by Bangkok’s numerous travel options. These include bus routes, taxis, motorbike taxis, sky-train, subway, tuk tuk (three-wheeled, open-air, motorized taxi for short trips), boat, and car rentals.

If you’re traveling to Bangkok for sightseeing, there are several landmarks you’ll want to have your camera ready for. Some of these include the Grand Palace, which is comprised of numerous incredible buildings, the City Pillar Shrine, King Prajadhipok Museum, and Wat Pho. Bangkok has many interesting architectural landmarks to choose from, so whether you’re looking into royal landmarks, religious sites or other places of historical interest you won’t be disappointed.

If you would prefer a more leisurely trip, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy Banana Family Park and the famous spas there such as Mulberry Spa and Pai Spa. There are also some great places to get shopping done in the city including local markets, such as Nang Loeng Market and Pak Khlong Talat. For a more crowded and wildly popular area, don’t miss Bangkok’s own China Town, full of areas to buy almost anything day or night.

For families or individuals who want to experience outdoor activities, Bangkok is surprisingly diverse in what it offers. With activities such as hot air ballooning, plane and helicopter rides, skydiving, off-roading, bungee jumping, cave explorations, elephant riding, rock climbing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, white water rafting, and windsurfing, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures.

Regardless of the activities in mind, Bangkok is a wonderful place to take a break. Whether you’re traveling there for one of their many famed events and festivals or any other reason, you’re sure to be able to create either a jam packed itinerary, or a more sedated stay.

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For those who have never visited this magnificent city in the UAE, there is certainly a lot of opinion flying around about the destination. While it is true that Dubai can thank its rich oil reserves for its kick start into splendour, these days most of the financial support of the city can be credited to the booming tourism industry; and subsequent real estate market. Dubai has modelled itself as one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting holiday makers and business travellers from across the globe.

While visiting the city, you will never want for visual attractions, especially if urban skylines are your thing. Known to some as the “City of Skyscrapers”, Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world located in the Downtown Dubai district of the city. The structure is a combination of commercial office space and luxury private residences, but does offer an observation deck to the public – boasting some of the most dramatic, breathtaking views available on the planet.

Dubai opened its Miracle Garden in February of 2013, the world’s largest natural flower garden, though the garden will be closed from May through September annually due to the high temperatures that can average in the low 100′s Fahrenheit. Because of this tendency to be uncomfortably hot, Dubai also offers state of the art air conditioning in most modern buildings, and plenty of indoor activities to keep you dazzled during your summer stay. The restaurant scene is delightfully diverse, featuring fine dining cuisine from all over the globe. Dubai is home to some of the most sought after wine lists in the world, made possible by the deep pockets of many visitors. Some of the most popular spots include the French La Petit Maison, Japanese haunt, Okku, and classic Italian at Robertos. If your budget doesn’t stretch to that, there are still some authentic market stalls to be found if you go off the beaten track.

Dubai Museum is another way to take in the local culture, and it is located in the oldest building in the city, the Al Fahidi Fort. Once you’ve enjoyed the artifacts, there’s plenty of shopping from street markets to high end boutique shops to keep you occupied.

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orlandoOrlando is best known for being the hub of the Disney corporation’s theme parks, and certainly there are hundreds of Disney attractions which draw in thousands of tourists every single week of the year. However, Travelup offers great value package deals to the Oakland area, or value flights for those who prefer to organise their own accommodation.

Many golf enthusiasts flock to Orlando each year to take advantage of some of the largest and best golf courses in the entire world. There are over one hundred and seventy golf courses in the Orlando area, some of which are home to prestigious annual tournaments. Visitors can learn or improve their game at one of twenty separate golfing academies or simply enjoy a day or two practicing their swing while scoping out the area for famous pro golfers who may be sharing the course.

For lovers of the arts Orlando is home to numerous playhouses, galleries and festivals including the Florida Film Festival. The Orlando Ballet perform three original productions each season along with the festive must-see performance of The Nutcracker Suite. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre shows a mixture of productions of the work of the Bard himself and more contemporary works including Broadway shows and special adaptations of popular children’s stories, while the Winter Park Playhouse specialises in musical productions from both on- and off-Broadway along with New York-style cabaret acts.

Of course, children and adults alike are going to want to visit at least one or two of the world famous Disney theme parks, and there are plenty to choose from in the Orlando area. The Walt Disney World Resort covers over 30,000 acres and is comprised of four separate theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts and numerous golf courses, spas and fitness centres as well as retail parks and other venues. The resort itself is actually several miles outside of Orlando although there are plenty of transport options including the Magical Express Transportation service from the local airport.

Orlando is also home to the Lego Imagination Center situated in Downtown Disney, which combines theme park style rides with Lego activity stations where children can build anything their heart desires; all surrounded by some of the most impressive Lego constructions imaginable. Downtown Disney can be entered without purchasing a park ticket, although at all other parks a ticket must be purchased.

Orlando and Disney World are almost one and the same thing in many people’s minds, but Orlando has many more attractions to offer visitors.  Of course, no trip to Orlando would be quite the same without a visit to the Disney theme parks, but it can still be just as entertaining even if you don’t get to the Magic Kingdom.

Discovery Cove is a great attraction for visitors to Orlando and gives people the chance to swim with dolphins.  Entrance to Discovery Cove may seem expensive, but there are lots of things to do and, once inside, food and drinks are included in the price as is unlimited 14 day admission to either Busch Gardens or Seaworld. At Discovery Cove, as well as having an opportunity to swim with dolphins, you can go snorkelling in other pools containing fish and there is an aviary where you can feed tropical birds that will fly to you and land on you to receive their meal.

The main tourist area in Orlando is centred on International Drive featuring water parks, crazy golf, restaurants and many more attractions.  The average visitor would be hard pushed to run out of things to do or see.

Orlando is also not too far away from the John F Kennedy Space Center, which is a must see for anybody who has the slightest interest in NASA and the manned space program.  Viewing the rockets that took men into space and marvelling at how small a Gemini capsule really was will take your breath away.  Seaworld is another attraction that will take your breath away, especially if you are sitting in the ‘splash zone’ when Shamu the killer whale performs for you.

Other major attractions you will find in and around Orlando include Busch Gardens, Gatorland, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park and the world famous Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks where you can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Bangkok skylineBangkok is known around the world as an energetic, vibrant and eclectic holiday destination. The mixture of backpacking paradise, luxury hotels and Buddhist temples means there is more to Bangkok than meets the eye. At face value you might find it hard to see past the night life, but once you dip below the surface of this Thai city you will soon find there is much more on offer.


One of the sights that you won’t want to miss, is the Grand Palace. Situated just a few minutes from the clubs and bars on Khao San Road, the palace itself is a silent Eden retreat which is perfect for reflecting on all the good and bad in the world. You will find golden temples and giant bejewelled warriors who guard the Emerald Buddha within. Make sure you take of your shoes before entering, and keep the soles of your feet pointed away from the statue. This is one offensive gesture you will want to avoid across the whole of Thailand.

Back on the Khao San Road you will find all of the backpack necessities you could wish for. Families will be welcome there too, if they are happy to wind between the endless bars, tattoo parlours and hippy shops. It is worth it for the street food. You can pick up fantastic Pad Thai for as little as 20 baht. And if you aren’t with your family you might want to treat yourself to a luxurious massage or take a look at the locals fighting it out in the kick boxing arenas.


If you are a big fan of Thai food you can’t go wrong booking yourself in to one of the many Thai cookery schools in the centre of town. You’ll get the chance to learn a few tips as well as tasting more dishes then you might choose if you picked them out for yourself. If you don’t fancy that, then you can’t do much worse than eating every meal from the food stalls anyway.


Bangkok shrineBangkok is one of those travel destinations where you can do almost anything you can imagine. Book your Thai holiday today with Travelup; to expand your horizons and live life to the full.
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