Travel and tourism in Gitiban http://gitiban.com/ Recent Videos Video <![CDATA[]]>  Preview of Aliandjon's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/aliandjon/5/1224736920/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Langkawi, Malaysia Entry Title: "Langkawi" Entry: "So our sadness to leave Thailand was replaced by anticipation and travel arrangements to Malaysia. Realising we had decided back in England we would extend our time in Asia by 2 or 3 weeks, as we have arranged to meet Ali's Mum n Dad in Borneo, but hadn't told anyone of our great plans, including the flight companies or indeed Ali's Mum n Dad we find ourselves on a whistle stop trip through Malaysia! Bugger... However, that being said, the longest we have stayed in any one place is 4 days, so it's not any great change of pace really. In Koh Phi Phi we made the decision to cross the Thai/Malay border from Satun in Thailand and go straight to the island of Langkawi; we understood it was a little used border crossing and could be frought with problems of having your visa properly stamped or problems when you actually make it to Malay main land... However, what we found was a multitude of companies and buses offering the route, so we thought 'sod it' and bought our ticket... A 6.30am start from Krabi to Hat Yai (6 hours on a mini bus), a 1 hour wait for connecting bus to Satun (another 2 hours) a 2 hour wait in the port, a 3 hour boat crossing to Langkawi and finally a half hour taxi to the area we were headed and we arrived with no real problems, passports checked and stamped, visas granted, a little tired, at about 6.30 pm... time to look for a place to stay! We found a nice little chalet on the west coast run by an overly helpful Japanese lady and her very intense Iranian husband, although they both saw us right for anything we wanted. We both enjoyed our time in Langkawi and it was a real eye opener for different cultures, there is a big mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay. So curry for breakfast and a wander along the beach, Malay for lunch and a bit of investigating and, no Italian actually, for dinner! We managed to hire a small bike, and for half a tank of petrol at 80pence we explored pretty much most of the island, even managing to drive to the top of the highest mountain and catch a fleeting glimpse of the main land before it was swallowed by the decending cloud. With the rainy season approaching the sea is getting rough and is no longer the crystal clear we have become accostomed to (!) or that is shown on all the adverts, so, short visit though it is, after 3 nights we fell ready to move on. We do, however, feel we didn't take enough of an advantage of its tax free status (a can of Tiger beer being about 25pence!). So from here we head to George Town on Pehang, still no main land yet. A 4 hour boat trip should see the end of Ali's supply of travel sickness tablets though... P.S. Happy Birthday Mum love you lots Jon; and Happy Birthday Dad lots of love Ali; hope you got the birthday cards!" Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/aliandjon/5/1224736920/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Wells waterfall" 2. "Great playground" 3. "Well waterfall - bloody freezing" 4. "View from 7 Wells" 5. "Local hoodies" 6. "View from Gunung Raya to Kuah" 7. "Pentai Cenang beach" 8. "Black Sand Beach" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-0114-5344-9795?ytv4=1]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:03:29 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/36/malaysia/ <![CDATA[]]>  "We stopped in Hat Yai on transit to Malaysia and by this point we were finally getting a little tired of Thai food. I scoped out a pub called the Swan as we were craving some western food. Big mistake! Let's just say that thai's should stick to Thai food. We arrived by bus in George Town, Penang and after a quick episode where the Malaysian Police stopped our bus and we though the driver was going to be taken in we booked in to Hotel Continental. It was great to walk around the colonel districts and see British architecture so far away from home. It must be said though that historical remnants here are nothing compared to what we preserve back the UK. The food market called the Red Garden was fantastic. It served every Asian food going, all great stuff and everything under a pound. If I were a student I would have been there breakfast, lunch and dinner at this place everyday. We moved on to Batu Feranghi West of George Town on the beach. Due to all of the money in Penang this was a pricey place to stay and we checked in to a hostel on the beach called the Wave Runner for 150 RM. We didn't stay here long as Rachael through a bit of a wobbly about our room being infested with ants and after an argument with the guy in charge we left having gotten most of the room refunded and we escaped to a posh resort called the Hydra Hotel which was the most expensive place we stayed up to this point but we really needed some R&R having been traveling almost every day to a new place for quite a while. It's though this traveling malarkey!! Jay & Evonne from Melbourne would have been bad for my health if we would have stayed any longer as there liked to drink (although they hated Fat Sam!!). We left George Town by bus across to central Malaysia where we stopped at the Cameron Highlands. As usual the length of the bus journey in Asia seems to be whatever you are told plus 2 to 4 hours. I have also learnt never to look at the map and judge the time it takes to get somewhere by the distance away it appears. This logic is pointless and I've fallen foul many times thinking something should take 1hr and it actually taking closer to 4. The Cameron Highlands is 1524m above sea level and the climate was really cool due to our height. It felt lovely to put on a shirt and jeans for the first time since we left the UK. The hotels are of colonial Tudor design and all decorated like they belong in old England. We felt a homely feel as soon as we arrived although the first night we stayed at the High View Hotel and promptly changed to the ***** Hotel after a night of insane Indian karaoke right outside out bedroom window until the early morning. We took a tour around the rose garden, strawberry gardens, honey gardens, butterfly gardens and probably some more gardens (I got bored) and the BOH tea factory and plantation. This place was incredible and the tea plantations created fantastic landscapes curving through the rolling hills and we got some great pictures. Due to the all year sun and fertile soil it's perfect for cultivation. Naturally Rach & I had tea and scones overlooking the crops and I can safely say it was one of the greatest cuppa's I've tasted. From the Cameron Highlands we traveled South West coast to Kuala Selangor to find one of the best viewing spots of firefly anywhere in the world. We stayed at the originally named Firefly Park Resort www.fireflypark.com in a chalet on stilts over the lake. The boat trip took us along the Selangor River occur after sun down where the fireflies feast on the branches of the Berembang tree. Electric powered fiberglass boats preserve the natural habitats (and the livelihood of the locals for this money spinner). The boat trip actually was serial and the millions of fireflies lighting up the riverside bushes like Christmas trees was a sight we'll never forget." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/mikeybics/1/1286394122/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Cameron Highlands" 2. "Firefly Park Resort"]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:01:25 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/35/malaysia/ <![CDATA[Introduction to Malaysia Holidays by Kuoni Travel]]>  Travel to Malaysia with Kuoni and discover an incredibly diverse culture and a host of contrasting areas. Holidays to Malaysia can involve unwinding on pristine white beaches, visiting vibrant cities including Kuala Lumpur and trekking through exotic, verdant jungles. Meet indigenous Orang Asli, climb Borneo's Mount Kinabalu, explore the scenic Cameron Highlands and then indulge at exquisite spas, shop at world-class malls and dine out on delectable cuisine. The coral rich waters and spectacular beaches around Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor on the East coast make for great diving and sunbathing, and Kuala Lumpur is home to plentiful designer shopping malls. In Malaysia a world of wonderous exploration awaits]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:59:00 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/34/malaysia/introduction-to-malaysia-holidays-by-kuoni-travel.html <![CDATA[Agen6 - Malaysia - Travel Video]]>  Malaysia]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:57:01 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/33/malaysia/agen6-malaysia-travel-video.html <![CDATA[Malaysia Travel Outdoor Rainforest]]>  Training Backpakers Camping Caving Trekking Rope Camp on Rainforest Langkawi Island - Perlis Rainforest - Thailand]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:54:57 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/32/malaysia/malaysia-travel-outdoor-rainforest.html <![CDATA[haayz, what a trip ! (singapore - malaysia solo travel)]]>  singapore, malaysia]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:52:34 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/31/malaysia/haayz-what-a-trip--singapore-malaysia-solo-travel.html <![CDATA[CNN-IBN'S malaysia travel show PART-2]]>  malaysia travel]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:50:26 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/30/malaysia/cnn-ibns-malaysia-travel-show-part-2.html <![CDATA[Melaka Historical City - Malaysia]]>  This is a beautiful historic city on Malaysia's south west coast. It has great examples of Portuguese, Dutch and British buildings from the days of the Empire as well as traditional Malaysian architecture. Its a truly beautiful city and well worth visiting when in Malaysia.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:48:28 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/29/malaysia/melaka-historical-city-malaysia.html <![CDATA[Penang, Malaysia is Food Paradise! Travel Video Guide]]>  I love to eat. And going to Penang, a Malaysian island off the north-east coast, was a sublime experience, a budding foodie's dream. There is just so much food, that you can eat all the time. Inspired from China, SIngapore and Thailand - its delicious! This is Penang, Food Paradise!]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:47:04 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/28/malaysia/penang-malaysia-is-food-paradise-travel-video-guide.html <![CDATA[Travel in Malaysia, Singapore and Batam]]>  Here we are in Asia, having a great time on our 3 week vacation. Some of my favorite places were Perhentian in the end of the video and Kuala Lumpur. And btw i am well aware of the location of Perhentian Island but can't be bothered to change it:) Hope you enjoy!]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:45:31 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/27/malaysia/travel-in-malaysia-singapore-and-batam.html <![CDATA[Malaysia Travel Guide - Part 2]]>  Travel Channel takes you to the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Penang in part 2 to our guide of Malaysia.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:44:02 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/26/malaysia/malaysia-travel-guide-part-2.html <![CDATA[Malaysia Trip part one]]>  first part to Team Fong's trip to Malaysia. Includes Klang Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:42:50 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/25/malaysia/malaysia-trip-part-one.html <![CDATA[Hello Holidays - Travel Agent Malaysia]]>  Hello Holidays provide a comprehensive spectrum catering to all travel and tour segments including FIT, GIT, leisure, pre/post conference tours, incentives tours, special interests, technical visits, adventure tours, nature tours and golfing excursions. Our tours cover Domestics Tour within Malaysia as well as Outbound Tour to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, India & Europe Countries. All our packages are well planned and coupled with some special interest itineraries that are tailored to suit the varied lifestyle of our clients and meet their requirements fully. Hello Holidays is supported by a crew of committed, dynamic and responsible team. They are well trained with relevant experience between two to fifteen years so as to live up to our reputation of providing efficient services. On top of that, our tourist guides and tour leaders with impeccable interpersonal skills are conversant in various languages in which we believe are the important factors in enhancing our communications and relationship with our most-valued customers. At Hello Holidays, our conviction is to provide top quality tour products & services that eliminate hassles and worries to ensure your travel is smooth, truly enjoyable and becomes a memorable one through out your life. We always serve you with 'Passion]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:41:23 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/24/malaysia/hello-holidays-travel-agent-malaysia.html <![CDATA[Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1080HD) Travel Video]]>  great information, photos and video about Malaysia]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:39:58 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/23/malaysia/kuala-lumpur-malaysia-1080hd-travel-video.html <![CDATA[Malaysia - Travel Guide Part 1]]>  An insiders guide to the holiday resorts and other fascinating places in Malaysia.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:38:08 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/22/malaysia/malaysia-travel-guide-part-1.html <![CDATA[Malaysia - Travel Video]]>  Malaysia is situated just north of the Equator, between Thailand and Singapore. Malaysia is a federation of 13 states, with 11 on the Malaysian Peninsula and two on the island of Borneo. With a population of just over 27 million people, a low cost of living and a year-round tropical climate, Malaysia remains a favorite destination for travellers the world over. Malaysia is a nation rich in diversities. One of the first places you'll notice this diversity is in the smiling faces of those waiting to great you. Malaysia is truly a racial melting pot, where Malay, Indian, Chinese and smaller ethnic groups live together in respectful harmony. Malaysia's diverse cultural heritage adds spice and colour to every aspect of life here, from religions and festivals to culinary traditions and architecture. The national language is Malay, but English is widely-spoken, making it a breeze for travellers to find their way around and to get to know the locals. Malaysia is also a country of awe-inspiring geographical diversity. Looking for unspoiled beaches and clear tropical waters? In Malaysia, some of the world's most pristine islands and marine habitats await you. Feel the need to rise above the mundane everyday world? Come, let your spirit soar among highland hideaways and mist-shrouded mountains. Longing for a little adventure? Explore some of the Earth's steamiest jungles, wildest rivers and longest cave systems. Malaysia is a land of natural diversity. As one of the 12 most biologically-diverse countries in the world, Malaysia is a treasure-trove of amazing natural richness and beauty. 70 percent of the country's land area remains forested, and the country is a world leader in conservation and sustainable tourism programmes. Malaysia is a place of diverse experiences. For active travellers there are endless ways to enjoy the Malaysian outdoors. Tee-off on some of the world's most beautiful golf courses. Explore endless trekking trails, or kayak up the river into valleys, forests and jungles that most people will only ever experience in nature magazines. Then, there are those urban jungles to explore. In Malaysia, the past and the future sit side by side. Some of the New World's most celebrated architectural creations rise above proud historic districts that have changed little for decades. Malaysians love to shop, and the country is packed with modern plazas, quaint shophouses and sprawling markets. From designer fashions and electronics to exquisite tribal handicrafts and antiques, Malaysia is the place for bargain hunters. There are thousands of temples and places of worship that dazzle the senses and soothe the soul, as well as health and beauty spas waiting to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Malaysia is a land with a culture as diverse as those who come to experience it. And those who come to visit often return, because no two visits to Malaysia are quite the same.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:20:11 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/21/malaysia/malaysia-travel-video.html <![CDATA[Iran - Travel Snapshots]]>  Travel Snapshots of Iran. Explore Worldwide Holidays : Ancient Persia. By Jim G H Other Travel Snapshots - Albania and Macedonia -------- NEW Armenia -------- NEW Bhutan Bali - Indonesia Cambodia Chile Cornwall - Walking Holiday - U K -------- NEW Cuba Eastern Turkey -------- NEW Easter Island - Chile -------- NEW Ethiopia Iran -------- New Isle of Wight - Walking Holiday - U K Ladakh - India -------- NEW Lake Maggiore & Lake Como - Walking Holiday - Italy Lake District - Walking Holiday - U K Lebanon -------- NEW Malta - Walking Holiday Madiera - Walking Holiday Mongolia Norway - Walking Holiday -------- NEW Orkney Islands - Walking Holiday - Scotland Penang - Malaysia Peru Picos de Europa - Spain - Walking Holiday -------- LATEST Syria -------- NEW Sorrento - Walking Holiday - Italy Sichuan - China Sicily - Italy Vietnam Wales - Walking Holiday - U K Yunnan - China Click 'More From' for link above or type in ' JimGuanhoe' in Google Video or YouTube Search.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:14:29 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/20/iran/iran-travel-snapshots.html <![CDATA["The most beautiful city in the world" Flowergyaru's photos around Esfahan, Iran]]>  Preview of Flowergyaru's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/flowergyaru/africa-2005/1147247460/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Esfahan, Iran Entry Title: "The most beautiful city in the world" Entry: "After the chaos of Tehran, it was a pleasure to move onto the quiet and tranquility of the beautiful Esfahan. I am not exagerrating when I say that Esfahan has to be one of, if not THE most beautiful city in the world. Truly. Just look at the photos! (and i'm ***** at photos). The weather was fantastic, the people friendly, and most places accessible on foot. It's the must see highlight of Iran. I was guided around the city by a friend of Maryam's (who I stayed with in Tehran) - Gohsan. A fantastic guide he was! The city centre is dominated by the huge Eman Khomeini Square. It is 500m long and about 250m wide. In the middle of this square is a fountain, across from the fountain is the very photogenic Sheikh Lotfollah mosque. Around the square are thousands of small (mostly tasteful) tourist shops - housing carpets, tiles and minature paintings. At the far end of the square is the amazing Eman mosque. One of the most holy and most beautiful mosques in Iran. A short 10 min walk away from the square is the Chehel Sotun Palace, the shabby feel to it and its gardens just adding to the charm of the place. Here we came across a group of high school girls all to eager to laugh and talk to me, insisting I join them for a photo. I was most happy to oblige! In the evening, a walk along the Zayande river is a 'must'. Its where all the Iranian young folk and families hang out - walking along the river or having picnics in the grass. We walked along the river for perhaps 2km, past 4 of the wonderful bridges. On some of these bridges are teahouses which I wasn't allowed in (tea houses means waterpipes which are illegal for females). It is possible to see the city in a day or two, but it has such a wonderful vibe to it that 3 days minimum is recommended! I just loved hanging out in the many gardens, reading, or just wandering the streets aimlessly. Gohsan however had other plans and invited me to visit his family..." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/flowergyaru/africa-2005/1147247460/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "A boy at the top of Ali Qapu Palace" 2. "A view across Eman Khomeini Square" 3. "Bazaar leading to Jame Mosque" 4. "Bazaar leading to Jame Mosque (2)" 5. "Chehel Sotun Palace (1)" 6. "Chehel Sotun Palace (2) - girls picnicking" 7. "Chehel Sotun Palace (3) - me with the girls" 8. "Emam Mosque (6) - some of the tiles" 9. "Emam Mosque (8) - me in front of it!" 10. "Emam Mosque - the front" 11. "Eman Mosque (1) - ceiling" 12. "Eman Mosque (2)" 13. "Eman Mosque (3)" 14. "Eman Mosque (4)" 15. "Eman Mosque (5)" 16. "Eman Mosque (7) - the dome" 17. "Looking out towards Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque" 18. "Motorbike in the street" 19. "One of the many tourist shops around the square" 20. "Picture painted on the wall of Ali Qapu Palace" 21. "Some of the many tiles around" 22. "View from Ali Qapu Palace" 23. "Women in chador talking on the phone" 24. "Zayande River (1) - one of the many bridges" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00af-ceec-0b86?ytv4=1]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:11:10 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/19/iran/qthe-most-beautiful-city-in-the-worldq-flowergyarus-photos-around-esfahan-iran.html <![CDATA[photos around Shiraz, Iran]]>  Preview of Mattandnicole's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/mattandnicole/the_big_one/1203148980/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Shiraz, Iran Entry Title: "No wine here, sorry" Entry: "Yes this is the same 'Shiraz' as in i want a bottle of Shiraz in Australia. But here you obviously won't find any of at.. unless you ask for it ;) After Esfhan Shiraz wasn't that amazing to be honest. Though i think that had to do with the fact that it was winter and I think Shiraz is at its best in the spring when all its gardens are in bloom. Nevertheless the people were great and I Csed again which lead me to see things I would see and do some different things like attend a public pool. Well this was an experience, obviously women weren't allowed in - they came at a different time but as usual something so normal turned into a great time - the locals couldn't figure out why i was there -to be honest i hadn't figured that out. But once introductions were made it was great and the questions flowed - why, how, do you like Iranians etc As I learnt quickly, Iranians like their poets - no the worship them - the most famous was called Ferdosi and his tomb was in Shiraz. Well at least there wasn't weeping; instead there was spontaneous outbursts of his verses as locals tried to out do each other. It was one of those great times to simply stand in the corner and people watch Shiraz is most famous for being so close to persepolis - an amazing ancient city that has a long history which i don't really now but enjoy the pics" Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/mattandnicole/the_big_one/1203148980/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Door detail at night" 2. "Ferdosis tomb" 3. "Destroyed building" 4. "Persopolis column" 5. "Persopolis' guards" 6. "Persopolis' horses" 7. "Persopolis detail of king" 8. "A very old wall" 9. "Colums near persopolis" 10. "Persopolis detail" 11. "Persopolis at sunset" 12. "The ark" 13. "Persopoilis" 14. "Rock carvings" 15. "Rock carvings ~2" 16. "Ice house" 17. "A shrine" 18. "Arch and roof deatil in the mosque" 19. "Detail of praying equipment" 20. "Every type of black you could want" 21. "Me infront of a old house" 22. "Persopolis #1" 23. "Persopolis #2" 24. "Persopolis #3" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-0135-420c-86fc?ytv4=1]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:08:40 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/18/iran/photos-around-shiraz-iran.html <![CDATA[Railways in Iran-Iran-04-17-2011]]>  There are numerous ways to travel from a city to the other. Among all these methods using trains is a very popular method of traveling due to the fact that people can enjoy the beautiful scenery while relaxing in the cabin. In this episode, Mahsa Mortazavi takes us to a train ride in Iran and further shares the history of trains and railways in Iran.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:07:17 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/17/iran/railways-in-iran-iran-04-17-2011.html <![CDATA[Masouleh Village]]>  Masouleh (Persian: ماسوله, Māsūleh; also known as Masuleh) is a village in the Gilan Province of Iran. Historical names for the village include Māsalar and Khortāb. It was founded in the 10th century AD, and its current population is estimated to be around 800 persons. Masouleh is approximately 60 km southwest of Rasht and 32 km west of Fuman. The village is 1 050 meters above sea level in the Alborz (or Elburz) mountain range, near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The village itself has a difference in elevation of 100 meters. The first village of Masouleh is approximately established around 1006 AD, 6 km Northwest of the current village, and it is called Old-Masouleh (Kohneh Masouleh in Persian). People moved from Old-Masouleh to the current village because of Pestilence and neighbor attacks. Some of old families do have a written Ancestral tree as old as one hundred years. Masouheh-Rood-Khan is the river passing through the village with a water fall 200m away from the village. So many other springs are found around Masouleh.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:04:43 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/16/iran/masouleh-village.html <![CDATA[iran]]>  Preview of Jsmerkle's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/jsmerkle/1/1238409720/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Yazd, Iran Entry Title: "Yazd" Entry: "Salam! Yazd is known as a desert city, a UNESCO heritage site, and we're staying in the old part of the city in a very charming old hotel that has a big interior courtyard with a fountain, and the rooms surround the courtyard. The old city is a maze of small alleys made of dried mud and straw, and you can just wander around for hours exploring all the nooks and crannies. Yazd is also where most of the Zoroastrians live, a people whose religion pre-dates Islam. We've seen lots of ancient remains of their fire temples and burial sites, high on the top of mountains where they took their dead to be eaten by vultures (nice) since they believe that putting a dead body in the ground polluted the earth. The other thing that Yazd is known for is their "wind catchers", a chimney-like attachment to the houses that has huge slats which "catch" the wind and then force the drafts down into the homes where it is cooled off over a pool of water. Think of it as natural air conditioning, which is very important since in summer it can get up to 120F here. I can't imagine being covered head to toe in black when it's that hot outside so we timed our trip just perfectly as it's been in the upper 60's for the past few days which is just right. Best of all though is that we have a new guide in Yazd named Sapideh, a very cool single woman in her early 30's and she's fanatastic. Very laid back and it's been great to get her perspective on life for women in Iran. We've had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for how she can grow her business by developing tours geared to women - i.e., Persian Spa Day. Seriously - she's going to take us to a place in Esfahan (our next stop) where we're going to get beauty treatments Iranian-style. She's going to be with us for the rest of the trip so we're thrilled as you can imagine. I chatted today with a guy fromYazd who is studying for his master's degree in Electrical Engineering. He was really interesting, and had just gotten back from a family pilgrimage to Iraq since there are some holy Islam sites there, and he was telling us about how Iraq compares to Iran (not good - minimal electrcity, poor sanitation, etc.). Then, out of nowhere, he says "By the way, did Obama ever get a dog for his girls"? Hysterical, and he says that this was a headline that was all over the news in Iran a few months ago. Generally speaking everyone that we've talked to wants the US and Iran to get back on better footing and are very happy that Obama is in office. Though they've all said that he's saying the right things but they want to see what he actually does. Most of them also think that Ahmadinejad (their conservative president) will win re-election in May because he appeals to the poor, uneducated majority. Obama is going to have his work cut out for him. None of them that I talked with think that Israel should be wiped off the map as Ahmadinejad was widely quoted as saying, and they also point out that Iran has the highest population of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel. Very interesting. Tomorrow we're off for a 4-hour drive to Esfahan - until next time!" Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/jsmerkle/1/1238409720/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "The Jameh Mosque of Yazd" 2. "Close-up" 3. "Even closer" 4. "Lots of detailed tile work" 5. "A very happy Ayatollah Khamenei (NOT Khomeni)" 6. "Our hotel in Yazd" 7. "Who doesn't love an Internet cafe named Friendly?" 8. "Making candy" 9. "One of the many winding alleys in Yazd" 10. "Badgirs, or wind-catchers" 11. "More badgirs" 12. "Facade of the Takieh in Yazd" 13. "The view of the Jameh Mosque at night" 14. "Zoroastrian village with fire temple in the back" 15. "Walking up to a Zoroastrian fire temple" 16. "Zoroastrian kids with traditional colorful clothes" 17. "At the top of the fire temple" 18. "Tehranis break into an impromptu dance" 19. "A Tehrani has some fun going drag" 20. "Camel burger anyone?" 21. "The remains of a deserted mud brick village" 22. "More remains of the Kharanak village" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00fc-e77c-2245?ytv4=1]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:03:48 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/15/iran/iran.html <![CDATA[Best of Iran]]>  17 days in Iran travelling to Yazd, Shiraz (inc. Persepolis), Esfahan, Kashan, Tabriz (inc. Kandovan), Masuleh, Qazvin (inc. Alamut & Lamiasar castles) and Tehran for the end. Other travels in pictures and movies @ http://www.ddpn.net]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:02:50 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/14/iran/best-of-iran.html <![CDATA[Esfahan]]>  Preview of Ashventures's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/ashventures/1/1290097240/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Isfahan, Iran Entry Title: "Isfahan" Entry: "Arriving at Tehran's south bus terminal around 10:30 pm after catching one of the last metro trains for the day, I arrived to find it as lively as your typical bazaar. There were a selection of about 20 bus companies to choose from, and of course the destinations were written in the Persian alphabet. I started to choose bus companies at random, and asked at several for Isfahan. My enquiries didn't yield any verbal response, or even eye contact for that matter, from the less than enthusiastic staff. Then I happened to overhear a married couple asking for Isfahan and latched onto them like a limpet as they were ushered outside and toward a waiting, nearly full bus. I acted like I was supposed to be there and walked onto the bus, finding a seat near the rear. I happened to be surrounded by young Iranian guys heading home to Isfahan, many of them doing their compulsory military service. They were so excited to chat to their first ever non-Iranian, and wouldn't leave me alone, not that I minded too much. One joker, sitting in the seat in front of me, offered me an orange, threatening me with his other hand a clenched fist. A little later, he offered me a second orange, this time with a large knife in the other hand, pointed threateningly at me. I think this was some kind of joke about Iranian hospitality, but I laughed and declined the orange anyway. Soon the bus manager ushered me up to the front seats so that a married couple could have the pair of seats in which I sat alone. I got one of the less comfortable folding seats right in the front door of the bus, but I was offered tea as a kind of compensation. We started rolling with the front door still open and after some animated negotiations with various guys at the entrance gate, were on the road. The door stayed open, and many people standing along the roadside yelled out for the spare seat next to me but were declined for reasons I know not. Finally, a guy was selected and hopped aboard and the door finally shut. I watched the road for a while, wondering not for the first time how it was I'd not seen a single car accident with the standard of driving on display. Then I kinda dozed off, woke again from the discomfort of the seat and dozed again, a pattern that would repeat all night. I awoke as we arrived at some great big bus and truck stop, literally bustling with lively people buying food and drinking tea at 1 o'clock in the morning. Arriving in Isfahan around 5 a.m., I left the warmth of the bus and went into the again bustling bus terminal to wait for the sun to come up so that it would be warm enough to venture out. I dozed intermittently in an seat, noting the funny looks I was getting from many people for being such an obvious outsider. Eventually the sun rose and I set off into the city, relying on my inbuilt GPS to find the neat stuff Isfahan had to offer. I walked a good 5 km, sometimes stopping for a sleep in a park or to eat, and somehow bypassing entirely the centre of the city. I began to wonder if Isfahan was all it was cracked up to be. Then, finally I came across the Hasht Beresht (8 Paradises) palace, and its surrounding park, and reassurance came. Finding an Internet cafe, I tried to contact my Couchsurfing host, but had major problems with Skype on the computer. Then I asked to use the telephone to call his mobile, but it was switched off. I printed out the WikiTravel pages for Isfahan and some maps and then went out to be a tourist. Everything I had yet seen had not prepared me for the vast Emam square, with its incredible mosques, palace and classic horse carriages. In fact there are few squares I've seen anywhere in the world that could rival it. I walked around a while, just taking it all in, then went in search of food. I found a nice little restaurant serving Ash (the traditional Iranian soup) and met the very friendly guys there, some of whom spoke English. One of them let me use his phone, and I was finally able to contact my CS host, who came to collect me. I quickly took a liking to Shahram, and arriving at his house, I got to meet his wife, ..." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/ashventures/1/1290097240/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Emam Square" 2. "Jame Mosque courtyard" 3. "Jame Mosque stonework" 4. "Ali Qapu palace" 5. "View from Ali Qapu palace" 6. "Shahram at the Pol-e Kajou (Old Bridge)" 7. "Pol-e Kajou by day" 8. "Chehel Sotoon ("Many Pillars") palace" See this TripWow and more at...]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:00:34 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/13/iran/esfahan.html <![CDATA[Remarkable Iran HD]]>  Two weeks in Iran with Paul. What an amazing experience. Tehran, Semnan, Shiraz, Mahan, Yazd, Esfahan. October 2010.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:57:49 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/12/iran/remarkable-iran-hd.html <![CDATA[A different view of Tehran Iran Recent Images]]>  A different view of Iran Tehran (Persian: تهران Tehrān pronounced [tehˈɾɒːn]), sometimes spelt Teheran, is the capital of Iran (I.R.) and Tehran Province. With a population of 8,429,807;[3] it is also Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and is the 21st largest city in the world.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:56:34 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/11/iran/a-different-view-of-tehran-iran-recent-images.html <![CDATA[Beautiful Iran]]>  Beautiful pictures of cities, places, cars and Persopolis.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:55:19 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/10/iran/beautiful-iran.html <![CDATA[Tehran Persian Nights]]>  Tehran Persian Nightlife parties ,night gatherings...etc The residents of Tehran are Persians who speak various dialects of Persian language . According to a 2010 census conducted by the Sociology department of Tehran university in many districts of Tehran across various soci-economical classes in proprotion to population sizes of each district and soci-economic class, 67 % are Persians, 17 % Persian sub groups such as Lurs, Gilaks, Mazandaranis, 16 % are non Persians, http://www.tabnak.ir/fa/news/133668]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:53:56 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/9/iran/tehran-persian-nights.html <![CDATA[The beautiful city Tehran]]>  TEHRAN 2007 Government Mayor - Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf Area - City 1,500 km² (579 sq mi) - Urban 686 km² (265 sq mi) - Metro 18,814 km² (7,264 sq mi) Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft) Population (2006) - City 7,797,520 - Density 10,000/km² (25,899/sq mi) - Metro 14,000,000 More than half of Iran's industry is based in Tehran. Industries include the manufacturing of automobiles, electronics and electrical equipment, military weaponry, textiles, sugar, cement, and chemical products. It is also a leading center for the sale of carpets and furniture. There is an oil refinery south of the city. The city has numerous large museums, art centers, palace complexes and cultural centers. In the 20th century, Tehran faced a large migration of people from all around Iran. Today, the city contains a mix of various ethnic and religious minorities, and is filled with many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Tehran is the biggest and most important educational center of Iran. Today There are nearly 50 major colleges and universities in total in Greater Tehran. Since the establishment of Darolfonoon in the mid 1800s, Tehran has amassed a large number of institutions of higher education.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:52:20 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/8/iran/the-beautiful-city-tehran.html <![CDATA[Iran Tehran,travel to capital of Iran by photos !]]>  Tehran (Persian: تهران ) is the capital of Iran (I.R.) and Tehran Province. With a population of 8,429,807 it is also Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and is the world's 19th largest city. In the 20th century, Tehran was subject to mass-migration of people from all around Iran. However it is suggested that 5 million should migrate out of the city. The city is home to many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Contemporary Tehran is a modern city featuring many tall structures, of which the Azadi (Freedom) Tower and the Milad Tower have come to be symbols of Tehran itself. Internationally Tehran was in 2008, the least expensive capital in the world and only the second least expensive city globally based on Cost-of-living index, in addition to presenting the best value for money in the world. Furthermore globally it stands 19th by city population,56th by the size of its GDP and 29th by the population of its metropolitan area. Due to long history of Iran, there have been many instances of capital city relocations over the ages and Tehran, currently is the 32nd national capital of Iran. The native language of the city is the Tehrani dialect of Persian, with 98% nativespeakers and the majority of people in Tehran identify as Persians. In pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, Tehran was called Ray which in the Avesta occurs in the form of Ragha.]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:50:00 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/7/iran/iran-tehrantravel-to-capital-of-iran-by-photos-.html <![CDATA[Iran - Travel and Tourism]]>  Iran - Travel and Tourism. Discover it with this video brought to you by Best Destination Travel TV channel (www.BestDestination.com), travel guides and travel directory by Travelindex Network (www.travelindex.com).]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:44:32 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/6/iran/iran-travel-and-tourism.html <![CDATA[Travel]]>  Unknown]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:25:39 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/2/travel-and-tourism/travel.html <![CDATA[How To Travel Cheaply]]>  Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from Seaworthy and more videos in the Travel General category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at http://www.howcast.com/videos/new or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at http://www.howcast.com/filmmakers/apply. Just because you're short on cash doesn't mean you can't see the world. To complete this How-To you will need: Patience to sniff out the best deals Willingness to rough it The ability to be flexible Budget travel guidebook Step 1: Use travel consolidators Use travel consolidators, on- and offline. They snatch up empty airline seats and unsold cruise cabins and resell them at a great discount. Sign up to receive information on last minute deals. Tip: Call hotels directly to see if you can negotiate a cheaper rate. Step 2: Consider youth hostels Consider youth hostels, especially in the more expensive cities around the world. You'll sacrifice privacy, but you'll save a bundle. Tip: If you live in a popular travel destination, consider swapping homes with someone. Step 3: Eat at street vendors Rely on street food vendors for most of your meals. Tip: If you like to eat out, make lunch your daily restaurant treat instead of dinner. Step 4: Check student travel rates Check out student rates on bus and rail passes. Tip: Be a "voluntourist" in a country you'd like to visit. You'll get to explore a new culture while helping out the locals—and maybe even wrangle some school credit for the experience. Step 5: Be flexible Be flexible. Monday and Thursday departures are generally cheaper than weekend fares. And save a bundle by flying into a less popular city and then catching a train or driving to your desired destination. Step 6: Vacation in off-season Vacation in the off-season, when prices are cheaper and you don't have to fight the crowds. Thanks for watching How To Travel Cheaply! If you enjoyed this video subscribe to the Howcast YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=howcast]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:22:00 GMT http://gitiban.com/index.php/travel-tube/viewvideo/1/travel-and-tourism/how-to-travel-cheaply.html