Favourite Holiday Destinations and Why

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A thread to discuss your favourite holiday destinations around the world and why you like them so much.

Would also be interesting if you stated when was the last time you went to the destination etc.
 
Istanbul - Historic and steeped in islamic culture Also brilliant for shopping and a beautiful city in general

I went for 3 nights in september 2010 and im itching to go back
 
Greece Islands would be my favorite. Went there in 2009 when I was backpacking across Europe, beautiful place. Also love Venice, Italy; and Cairo Eqypt is very unique.
 
Taiwan Beautiful Island especially eastern part and they grow the best mangoes in the world.
 
Pakistan

meet family and also go travel up north with cousins

went in 2008 and 2010...

inshallah going this summer again :akhtar
 
Cape Town, South Africa. Last visited in 2010.

Beautiful city both in terms of Natural beauty and architecture, warm and welcoming people, great food. There's so much to do and see. I'll see if I can dig up some pics from my last visit.
 
Oslo, Norway, Peaceful


Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Neelam Valley, Pakistan

Reason peaceful.. Nature Beauty... Simple People, Love That.
 
I'm yet to explore whole of India. Some wonderful places yet to be seen. Manali was awesome
 
Goa and kodaukanal/coorg for me.


Goa - Nice beaches and parties.
kodaukanal/coorg - Less crowded hill stations unlike ooty.
 
Besides Pak, Istanbul is on top of my list "to visit".
 
In Australia Gold Coast it is wonderful the theme parks the night life the beaches and the vibe awesome fun
 
Lahore and Pakistan in general.. because it's fun.. food, family, and culture
 
Amsterdam

Vegas

Paris - Girls know how to dress and beautiool :akhtar

Dubai - Marhaba Kebabs and Hookah

Bangladesh - Food and I get treated like a Baawwwws :inti

Thailand - Bangkok (mention not :butt ) Rawa and Krabi beautiful island, rock climbing, kayaking etc
 
Sri Lanka and Malaysia are ideal honeymoon spots....total calm and relaxation and breathtaking scenery and greenery.
 
While in India

Coorg was my weekend escape. No commercialization. nice small hillstation.

Outside India, its Rome and bruze which I always loved. Been there once and planning to visit once again in 2014.

2013's vacation is already planned in Boston with extended family. :)
 
Big Island Hawaii - pure BLISS

Hong Kong - what a rush that place it - a safe 24 hour society. Love it
 
I would like to explore New Zealand and Sri Lanka one day because of their natural beauty.
 
Orlando, Florida. Was there in the city for 2 weeks...saw disney land and orland for 10 days and then explored other places near by for 2 more days...The best ever vacation I had.

In India,

after my 12th, me and a couple of friends packed our bags with some money and just went to different places with out inital planning for 20 days....went to goa first...stayed 3 days..and then ajantha ellora caves...from there went to agra ...delhi..and then dehradun...shimla.. and back home to vishakapatnam(andhra).

Would like to go to europe some day...Italy and france primarly...
 
In Pakistan i love the places in northern areas where there is a bit of cold even in summers and where there is all green and where i can breathe easily. Muree, Ayubia, Nathiagali etc
 
Nothing beats off-road 4x4 driving through Rift Valley, Kenya into Serengeti plains, Tanzania.

Love Safaris period.

oh, if ever anyone gets an opportunity, visit Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world's true natural wonder of the world. And if you are into evolution theory, the birth place of men is also nearby.
 
2 locations for me:

Kenya, for the great safaris and the beautiful beaches.

Florida for the amazing theme parks and the shopping outlets and malls.
 
Istanbul - great for the street food

Amsterdam - to get the highs

Dubai - for the shopping malls and glitz

Vegas - just amazing walking down the strip, seeing the casinos and the greatest pool parties ever.

NYC - amazing city that defines capitalism


next on my bucket list would be a mountain resort, have been up to northern pak but hotels were terrible with no heating when its freezing cold, looking at going Switzerland or french alps.
 
Has anyone been to South Africa? Next on my list.

So far has to be Thailand. Muay Thai training camps holidays are incredible. You can relax in the evening on one of the many beautiful islands.
 
No Particular Order

Egypt: Historical Ruins and Artefacts; Cheap Activites; Halal Food

Switerzland: Amazing scenary and freshness. There is a great vibe in the tourist towns

Athens: Cheapest place to do a short break. Everything in walking distance. Cheap transport and hotels.

London: Great for familes. Loads of museums and they are surprsingly free. Plenty of mosques and Halal options is almost standard.

Barbados: Calmest beaches in the world. People quite friendly. Relaxed atmosphere. Decent muslim population. Sourcing Halal is easier compared to other islands
 
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If you like beaches and partying, I definitely recommend visiting Miami. It's one hell of a place.
 
Crete, Greece or Antalya, Turkey.

Anywhere around the Mediterranean sea is a good holiday destination imo.
 
Thailand: Has to be the best country for holidays hands down - amazing food, culture, beaches, islands, hotels, resorts, countryside, cheap shopping, luxury malls, spas, massages :)imam) and relaxation in general. Literally the best place you can go to take a break from daily life and rediscover yourself.

In particular Krabi and Phi Phi Islands (quite possibly the most beautiful place I have been to) is amazing and Bangkok is a true metropolitan city with the best malls I have seen - far superior to any malls in the west. Thai cuisine is one of the best in the world but Bangkok also has other high-quality international cuisine.

Italy: Again amazing food, ice cream and coffee. Lots of sights to see across the country and lots of different landscapes in one country. The Amalfi coast (Positano and Sorrento in particular) is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
 
2 locations for me:

Kenya, for the great safaris and the beautiful beaches.

Florida for the amazing theme parks and the shopping outlets and malls.

Florida is amazing vacation destination, but there is lot to see in FL apart from Theme Parks. If you want real nice and less crowded beaches you need to go the FL panhandle and Alabama. It's way cheaper and the beaches are really pretty with white barking sand and tortoise water. Also come to Florida during September and October, it's still warm but not 95 degrees and 100% humidity and also less crowd and you can get a nice 2 bedroom condo for less then 200$/night.
IF you are interested in roller coaster rides, skip Disney and go to Busch Gardens in Tampa, they have the best roller coasters.
 
Florida is amazing vacation destination, but there is lot to see in FL apart from Theme Parks. If you want real nice and less crowded beaches you need to go the FL panhandle and Alabama. It's way cheaper and the beaches are really pretty with white barking sand and tortoise water. Also come to Florida during September and October, it's still warm but not 95 degrees and 100% humidity and also less crowd and you can get a nice 2 bedroom condo for less then 200$/night.
IF you are interested in roller coaster rides, skip Disney and go to Busch Gardens in Tampa, they have the best roller coasters.

Yes spot on.

I've been quite a few times to Florida and love Miami, Tampa, Clearwater Beach.

You are right about Busch Gardens, it's an amazing theme park.
 
Sparkhill Birmingham, the capital of British Pakistan :yk3
 
Queenstown, New Zealand. Epic scenery, winter sports, tons of activities to do in summer or winter and the adventure capital of the world.
 
A question for our Indian friends: Is Chandigarh a good tourist destination or what are the areas for a day trip?

I ask because we might get a project there.
 
Langkawi in Malaysia - as idyllic as it gets - such a peaceful place and very affordable as a holiday destination.
 
Ladypool Road, Stratford Road etc?

Yes, don't forget Coventry road either :mv what I enjoy more then anything is the challenge to find parking :yk that takes up half me annual leave but it is worth it :yk3
 
Yes, don't forget Coventry road either :mv what I enjoy more then anything is the challenge to find parking :yk that takes up half me annual leave but it is worth it :yk3

Ladypool Road isn't what it used to be, but Stratford Road has really expanded to be a fantastic venue for good food and shopping.
 
Canary Islands are a great place for a holiday all year round. I've been to Tenerife and Gran Canaria and both offer great beaches, there's plenty to do, excellent hotels and excellent food.
 
Vegas has been one of the worst traveling experiences I have had.

Crowd is worse than famous Asian travel destinations. People are everywhere like a cattle. First time I went we spent 3 days and it was refreshing. 2nd time I was ready to get out after spending half a day.
 
Family were just on holiday in Madeira. While I stayed in Cov for University :(
 
Northern Pakistan is heaven on earth and Switzerland.
 
Ladypool Road isn't what it used to be, but Stratford Road has really expanded to be a fantastic venue for good food and shopping.

It has declined to be fair, no really stand out places to much at and it's way too busy. What are some of your fav food places on stratford road ? there was a place called Hajis spices I liked but that is a buffet now, not been since
 
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