Saturday, May 21, 2011

Exotic destinations that offer visa on arrival.

Scuba-dive in Indonesia, explore a scenic island in Korea, visit historic spots in Jordan... Take a spur of the moment vacation to exotic destinations that offer visa on arrival.

1 The Maldives
Set in a turquoise sea, the Maldives is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. With over 1,000 islands, this is truly a beach lover's haven, and so beautiful that you will not want to leave in a hurry. The weather is perfect, the beaches divine, the people are friendly and the resorts stunning. With exclusive resort islands, the one thing you won't have to worry about is how to pass your time. Most resorts offer a range of daily excursions and activities including diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, and island picnics. For more information, visit the official site

2 Jordan
Be it in the quiet of the desert in Wadi Rum or the cacophony of Amman, it is easy to be mesmerised by the history and beauty of this country. A day trip from Amman will take you to Madaba (famed for its mosaics), Mount Nebo, and the site on the Jordan River where tradition holds that Jesus was baptised. A three-hour road journey from Amman will pass in a blur of sand and phosphate factories, until you arrive at the town of Wadi Musa, the tourist hub for the ancient city of Petra. Official website

3 Kenya
While holidaying in this African country, a safari will obviously be high up on your list. A visit to Masai Mara National Reserve, the most popular national park is a must. Go for a dusk safari to sight numerous animals like zebras, impalas and elephants. In a matter of hours you could be up close with the lions. Kenya is also known as one of the top five birdwatching destinations in the world. Besides the wildlife reserves, the country also has some spectacular lakes such as Lake Victoria, and mountains where you can head for a trekking expedition. More information

4 Laos
Mist-shrouded mountain peaks, jungle-clad valleys, wildlife, Buddhist culture--this is Laos for you. A 100-km drive north from the bustling capital, Vientiane, to Vang Vieng, an area in the mountains noted for its limestone caves and landscape, will take you through tropical Asian countryside with its lush green vegetation. At Vang Vieng, you can explore the caves. For trekkers, the far northern provinces of Phongsali, Luang Nam Tha and Udomxai offer exciting possibilities and adventures.More information

5 Fiji Islands
Whether you choose to relax on white sand beaches soaking up the sun, ride a banana boat, scuba dive at a world famous diving location like Great Astrolabe Reef and Rainbow Reef, surf the reef breaks or walk through abundantly lush tropical rainforests, there are a myriad ways to enjoy Fiji. With 333 islands, this destination would be a perfect holiday for water babies. From Nadi, where the international airport is located, you can opt for a cruise which will whisk you to a new beach each day. Stop by at Monuriki, the island where the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away was filmed. Details here

6 Indonesia
From the incredible landscapes of Mount Bromo and the Ijen volcano in Java, where you can go for trekking, to the enchanting World Heritage Site of Borobudur Temple, and the beautiful beaches of Bali and Lombok, you will be spoilt for choice while deciding where to holiday in Indonesia. The country has much to offer with plenty of islands, each with its own culture and landscape. Indonesia also has some of the best places to go scuba diving such as Raja Ampat, Tulamben and Bali. Click here for details

7 Jeju Island, Korea
The scenic beauty--waterfalls, cliffs, caves, and beaches--have made this volcanic island, off the southern coast of South Korea, a hot favourite with tourists and honeymooners. An important feature of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in the country and a dormant volcano rising 1,950m above sea level. Seogwipo is a good central location to stay, and tour different areas of the island. There are many day trip options from here to Sangumburi Crater, Manjang Lava Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, also known as Sunrise Peak, for its gorgeous views and the Jeju Folk Village. More information

8 Cambodia
Start your Cambodian experience with a city tour of its capital, Phnom Penh. A visit to the Royal Palace would enchant you as it is replete with ornately decorated palatial buildings, manicured gardens and the silver pagoda. Your next port of call should be Angkor, a city famed for its huge temple complex, Angkor Wat, built in A.D. 1150. This is the epitome of the classical style of Khmer architecture and has become a symbol of Cambodia. The exteriors look spectacular and the first sight of the five towers reflected in the moat will take your breath away. More details

9 Seychelles
Picture this... crystal clear water in a million shades of turquoise, sedately lapping onto white sand beaches; enormous pink granite boulders peppering the shoreline, and swaying palm trees at the granite peaks. You can base yourself at the capital city, Victoria, and plan your other day trips from here. For your first snorkelling trip, board a catamaran and head out to Cerf Island. Valle de Mai in Praslin is a World Heritage Site because of the coco de mer trees that grow exclusively here, supposed to be the world's largest nuts. From Mahe, you can take a helicopter ride or hop on to boat for a ride to La Digue Island, the most pristine island here. More details

10 Mauritius
Cultural diversity, clear aqua blue water, palm-fringed beaches... that is Mauritius. Pereybere beach in the north and Ile aux Cerfs in the east are ideal beaches for swimming and snorkelling, in this picturesque island. Take time out to visit Chameral village, famed for the different colours of rocks--blue, green, red and yellow--spread out before you. These are believed to be the result of uneven cooling of molten rock. Scuba diving is cheap in this part of the world. Do keep a day aside for shopping at Port Louis, also home to restaurants that offer great seafood. More details

More visa easy destinations
Turkey: If you have a valid Schengen, US or UK visa, you can get a visa on arrival.
Taiwan: If you have a valid visa of USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and any of the Schengen countries, you can apply online for Taiwan visa through the website
Dubai: If a sponsor in UAE has applied for a visa in UAE for you and obtained it, you can collect the visa from the immigration desk on arrival at the airport in UAE.
Armenia, Jamaica and British Virgin Islands: These countries offer visa on arrival, but due to the routing, you will need a UK transit visa.

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