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.


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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