A Guide to Romantic Paris for First-Time Travellers

Visiting the “City of Light” is one of the most dream destinations for most tourists. Who does not want to go to a place, where every square inch of the city seems to bring a delightful masterpiece of enchanting monuments and mysterious museums? Many tourists want to visit this city because it offers a variety of attractions like the famous Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe and etc. Aside from being surrounded by rich artistic scenery, it is also a romantic place for most couples.  It is no wonder that so many travelers from far and wide to get engaged with such a romantic Parisian backdrop.

Paris for First-Time Travellers

Facts File:

It is the capital city and has the most number of settlers in France.

It has a land area of 105.4

Aside from the popular tourist’s spots mentioned above, the city has also many hidden treasures that you can freely explore. Here are some:

Skyline

What can be more amazing than seeing the magnificent view of the Paris skyline? What stands between you and the beautiful view is a 200-step climb. The good news is there are many ways now to see it while saving your energy by not climbing long stairs anymore. Balloon Air de Paris makes it possible for you to float in the sky for about 150 meters above the famous Park Andre Citroen. This huge balloon is 102 feet tall and 72 feet in diameter, which makes it capable to house 30 individuals at a time. You can have a breathtaking view while floating in the sky.

Parisian Catacomb

This catacomb is actually mysterious and bizarre but is a deeply profound place to see. Its historical value cannot be denied.   This is the place where bones of over 6 million Parisians were buried. They used damp cavernous passages to alleviate their problems of having over-populated cemeteries. This place allows about a two-kilometer tunnel which is open for the public’s viewing.

Paris for First-Time Travellers

The Louvre

This is one of the museums in the country that attract tourists. This museum is one of the world’s largest and built with a historical background. It is a central landmark of the city. It is also considered as the world’s most visited museum because it has an estimated number of foreign visits of 9.7 million each year.

Notre-Dame

It is one of the most well-known churches all over the world and considered to be the best examples of the French Gothic Architecture. What differs this to other churches is that it contains a cathedra. By just looking outside, you can really imagine how brilliant were those architectures who designed and built the magnificent church.

Montmartre

When you want to have an overlooking of the city while meditating, visit the Montmartre. It is 130 meters high and is located at the north portion of the city.

Here’s a place that unites every tourist’s dream — ancient views to modern architectural structures, famous shopping centers, romantic sceneries.   Paris is the place to go to.  Travel now and fall in love with its beauty and mystery!…

My Chiang Mai Travel Tips | Thailand

Chiang Mai Travel Tips is created with budget travelers in mind, particularly those who will be arriving in Chiang Mai without a tour package in hand. It doesn’t mean that if you arrive in Chiang Mai on a tour, you won’t benefit from this website. But for free independent travelers, I have included tips on “getting there” for each sight, complete with Google Map illustrating its location, so that you can decide on the best option to visit them. Chiang Mai is reasonably small that you can reach most places within the Old City on foot. However, I would encourage you to also explore other places in northern Thailand, all the way to the Golden Triangle, if you have the time. For such excursions, the best way is to book a day tour. Within Chiang Mai itself, taxis are not plentiful. However, you can get around quite cheaply by hiring a tuk-tuk (motorized 3 wheeler) or take a songthaew (pickup truck with benches). From my experience in Chiang Mai (which I can’t say the same for Bangkok or Phuket), tuk-tuks and songthaews are a good option to travel around the city. You will certainly cut down on time otherwise spent walking.

Once you have settled down and are ready to explore Chiang Mai, we will have lots of fun together. You will find one of the most comprehensive articles describing all the tourist attractions of Chiang Mai right here. For each place that I describe, I will include some information on how you can get there, preferably on your own. For sights which are easy to visit through arrangement by the tour agency, I will mention that too.

Chiang Mai Travel Tips

Chiang Mai Entry Requirements

If you arrive in Chiang Mai via Bangkok, you would have cleared customs and immigration there. If you’re crossing the border to enter Thailand from Laos, then immigration procedures apply. Visitors of most countries holding a valid passport and a ticket for a return or onward journey are given 2 to 4 weeks entry permit on arrival. Citizens of Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden get a 90-day entry permit. You cannot extend your permit while in Thailand, so if you plan an extended stay in Chiang Mai, you need to leave and return before your permit expires. These can be extended at the Chiang Mai branch of the Thai immigration at Thanon Fang, just outside Chiang Mai International Airport.

Guide for First-Timers

If you are visiting Chiang Mai for the first time, you should start by visiting the places within the Old City. It is located to the west of Chiang Mai City. You can see the Old City on the map as the square section surrounded by roads and a moat. There is so much to discover within the Old City, that we greatly recommend you do a walking tour exploring the sights there. The experience will be well worth your visit. And when night falls, we have lined up recommendations of how you can experience the nightlife in Chiang Mai, from browsing its famous Night Market to attending cultural shows and enjoying the cuisine of Northern Thailand. There’s also information on what’s good to buy and what sort of activities you can join.

Chiang Mai is your base for discovering Northern Thailand, and we’ll …