Awesome Adventure Holiday Locations in the UK



Everyone assumes that when it comes to finding a great adventure holiday you have to look abroad and far away from the British Isles. This really isn’t the case as the UK provides a lot of great experiences that are right on our doorstep. Adrenaline junkies in particular need look no further than Britain for affordable and awesome getaways.

Fistrel Beach Surfer

Surfing in Cornwall

Cornwall is internationally recognised as one of the best locations in the UK for surfing, thanks to its large coastline, stunning beaches and great waves. Newquay is the capital for British surfing and its famous Fistral Beach hosts international surfing tournaments – but there plenty of other great places to ride the waves in. Watergate Bay on the north coast is also a very popular location with surfers and tourists, but if you’re really looking for challenging surf and consider yourself a seasoned pro, then beaches like Porthleven and Constantine might be right up your street.
Driving along the north coast of Cornwall reveals loads of surfing locations for both pros and amateurs. The culture of Cornwall also lives and breathes surfing and extreme sports, and the people are very laid back in nature, making it a great getaway destination.

Biking in Wales

Wales is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the UK that has an incredible rural landscape. With its rolling hills and untouched countryside, Wales is also the perfect spot for the avid cycler. From the national park of Snowdonia, where the biggest mountain in the British Isles, Mount Snowdon resides, to Coed Y Brenin which has beautiful forest scenery to admire, there are breathtaking cycling routes everywhere you go. The routes can be testing with a high inclining landscape and if you speak to the friendly locals they’ll divulge the secret locations of some really great routes. If you want a great cycling holiday, look no further than Wales.

Kayaking On the Scottish Coastline

Although the entirety of the UK provides great places to go kayaking or sailing, Scotland by far has the most stunning and mysterious landscape for water sports enthusiasts. Scotland’s coastline boasts picturesque views and has a rough and untamed quality to it that makes it a kayaker’s dream. With wildlife, secluded beaches, hidden caves and clean rivers, anyone who appreciates nature at its most beautiful will feel like they’ve died and gone to heaven. The Orkney Isles, Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides are just a sampling of all the great places around Scotland’s coast as its rich in locations for seafaring holidaymakers.

Scafell Pike

Hiking Scafell Pike In The Lake District

England’s largest mountain, situated in the Lake District in Cumbria, is one of the biggest hiking challenges in the UK. Ascending its steep climb is a test for keen walkers but it’s all worthwhile once you reach the top and absorb the incredible views of the North of England and beyond. The location of Scafell Pike also presents plenty of other memorable walks nearby in The Lake District. A trip to Cumbria provides plenty of opportunity for exploration and admiration of beautiful scenery as well as various activities and camping spots.
With these great locations all within short travelling distance, you needn’t be so eager to jump on a plane to more exotic climes. The UK is beautiful and has plenty of its own incredible landscapes and heart pumping activities to engage in. So what are you waiting for, pack your favourite Converse walking boots and book a memorable trip to one of these fantastic destinations!


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Common Bicycle Touring Problems



One of popular activities that travellers can enjoy is going on a bicycle tour. They can range from a leisurely ride for the family covering short distances per day to long distance speed touring.

I personally prefer the leisurely type as it allows people on the tour to experience the country and culture that they’re visiting. If you ride for very long distances every day, you probably won’t have time to actually enjoy the many beauty and cultural spots.

Bicycling Tour

Here are some common problems and mistakes that can occur when going on a cycle tour.

Feeling Weighed Down

If you’re anything like me, you like to plan everything in advance, including making a huge list of all the ‘vital’ items that you just have to bring on the tour.
It all looks fantastic on paper and you know you’ll be prepared for any situation!

But if you do this you’ll probably find the cycling quite hard going with all the gear on your bike.

So my advice is to go through your list of items and decide if each item is really essential or not. Try to reduce the load you’ll be riding with, you’ll thank yourself later once you’re on the tour.

You can also use a bicycle touring company to help with this as they usually travel with you with a van or couch nearby, carrying most of your items.

The Bicycle Breaking Down

This may sound obvious to some but you need to know at least the basics of repairing the most common mechanical and electrical problems.
At least learn how to fix a puncture and align the brakes.

Tip: One of the most depressing things to happen on a tour is breaking down in the dark, especially when the weather turns nasty. So bring a small but powerful torch, ideally a headband torch which would allow you to use both hands in the dark.

Choose the Wrong Bicycle

You need to think about the quality of the roads that you’ll be riding on then choose the correct cycle for those roads.
You have many choices such as a traditional road cycle, hybrid, mountain bike or even a fixed gear bicycle, so you need to decide which is best for your tour.

Falling Behind Schedule

It’s only natural for travellers to want to see as much of the country as possible in the time they have but planning your tour with very long distances per day can often ruin it for you.

So when you’re planning the tour, try to limit the distance that you’re trying to ride per day, especially if you’re new to doing bicycle tours. For a leisurely tour, a good distance to aim for is from 30 to 50 km (around 19 to 31 miles) per day.

Another reason for falling behind schedule is misjudging your fitness levels. You might be able to ride for 80 km as a one of day ride but what about keeping that up day after day for two weeks straight?

So try picking a conservative daily distance goal then try riding this distance every day for a week before going on the tour. If it’s far too easy then you know you can increase the daily distance. And if you find you’re struggling after a week of doing this then you know you need to cut down on the distance or get fitter fast!


Jack is a writer, traveller and cyclist. He is writing for Pedaltours that runs bicycle tours in many countries including New Zealand and Vietnam. They have been doing fully guided tours since 1985 with experienced guides.


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Nature at its Wildest – River Rafting in the Grand Canyon



Choosing the perfect holiday destination can be quite difficult because every tourist hotspot in the world has its own charm and attractions.  However, if you are the adventurous sort and want to have an exhilarating experience then river rafting in the Grand Canyon is something you should try.

Grand Canyon Rafting

North or South Rim?

Located in the state of Arizona in the United States, the capital city Phoenix and the other major cities are well connected by air and road.

Most people visit the south rim of the Canyon since its open all year round and is easily accessible. Getting to the river from the south rim requires an amount of hiking.  Mule services are available to carry equipment but you will still need to carry a pack that contains water bottles, your camera and food supplies.

The north rim, which rises a thousand feet higher than the south, is for the more adventurous to tackle.

Rafting for All

There is no one-day trip to the Grand Canyon – the river trips can last from a few days to around three weeks.   As highly trained and experienced personnel supervise rafting, everyone from teenagers to much older adults can enjoy the raging white waters.

Best Seasons to Raft

Although there is no ‘bad’ time to visit the Grand Canyon, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit.  While a visit to the canyon in April gives clear weather and clean sparkling water, October is the ‘yellow’ season.  Numerous yellow plants light up the way with their yellow blooms and the mild weather add to the beauty of this exploration.  The summers, which run from June to August, can be a bit hot with intense heat around midday.


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Understanding White Water Rafting Terminology



If you are planning a white water rafting expedition, it is important for you to know and understand the different terminology used in the activity. Even if you aren’t leading the boat yourself, you need to know what the rest of the crew is saying to you, otherwise you may not correctly relate instructions to others in the boat, or you may even perform the improper maneuver, which can lead you in a completely opposite direction. Because of this, going over the most used whitewater rafting terminology is going to go a long way in ensuring you are always safe and know what the instructor and tour guides are telling you to do.
White Water Rafting

Back Pivot:

A back pivot is a more in which you turn the raft from a ferry angle to a stem downstream positioning. This is generally only used when in a tight location and you need to recover from the current ferry angle. The move helps move the raft through a narrow passing, as it may need to come in closer contact with objects in the water.

Bar:

Chances are, while you are out rafting, your tour guide is going to point out different sand ‘bars’ along the way. These are a build up of sand, rocks and other debris that pushes up along the bottom of the river, making it incredibly shallow in given areas. Generally, you are instructed to avoid these sand bars at all times to avoid beaching the raft.

Big Water:

This is a common term used in reference to very fast currents with large waves, which may lead to turbulence. You are told this to prepare yourself for the upcoming “big water.” Chances are, if this is your first time going down rapids, you won’t come in much contact with this kind of water.

Boof:

This is a move in which the raft slides directly over rocks and then drops off the rocks so the bottom of the raft lands completely level with the water. This keeps the water on the surface. If the nose were to land in the water first it would cause it to either flip or submerge in water.

Cartwheeling:

This is when you want to turn the raft right before it comes in contact with rocks, as it is able to rotate the raft around the rock.

Dig:

This is when you dig your paddle deep into the downstream current in order to gain better traction and resistance. This is usually used to move rafts through larger holes in the rapids.

Eddy:

The Eddy is a location in the rifer where the current either completely stops flowing or it turns upstream instead. this generally occurs when it is located right below an obstruction and on the inside of a bend.

Ghost Boat:

This is generally exactly what it is sounds. You basically push a raft or boat into the current and let it float away. This gives the appearance of a ghost captaining the the raft.

Heightened Awareness:

This is clued for when there is a shift towards faster, more violent rapids. This is just a common phrase used when you need to be on the ready for what is coming ahead of you.

High Side:

When an instructor or tour guide yells to get to the High Side, it means you need to jump to the upstream side of the raft. This command is usually used right before a collision with rocks and other obstacles. When performed fast enough, the current allows the raft and everyone else to travel around the rock and other obstacles, instead of going directly over it, which can cause damage to both the boat and people inside of it.

Logjam:

A logjam is an occurrence when there are logs dammed up along one another across the river. This usually only occurs in smaller streams but can become rather dangerous, especially when the logs are not seen and partly (or completely) submerged. When this happens, it can lead to accidents and may result in injury, if the logjam is not avoided.

Knowing and understanding different terminology while going on rafting trips is impotent, as you need to know what the instructor and tour guide is telling you. This helps you react faster and ensures you are safer than if you just sign up for the trip and show up. There are literally hundreds of different terms used while white water rafting, but as long as you understand these basics, you should be alright to start off.


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Top 5 White Water Rafting Tours in the US



The following are the five best white water rafting tours in the US. Each location offers tours no matter what your experience level, whether you are a beginner or well experienced.

White Water Rafting

Gauley River in Summersville, West Virginia:

This national recreation area is 25 miles away from the Gauley River. The river is well-known all over the globe owing to the Summerville dam’s releases. It drops more than six hundred sixty eight feet through rugged, steep terrain. This river gives a multifaceted stretch of white water attributing more than one hundred rapids and runs quickly with a large volume of water passing through.

Chattooga River, which is located outside of Clayton, Georgia:

This River starts at the bottom of the Whiteside’s mountain in North Carolina and moves in a south west direction to delineate a boundary b/n Georgia and South Carolina. Chattooga River is the primary river in the southeast, defining wild and scenic. The volume of the river water relies on the quantity of rainfall. This principally means that in the summer and spring the river will move with much faster speed while in the fall and winter it is more comfortable and slow paced.

White Water Rafting

Ocoee River in Polk County, Tennessee:

This river is built for all seasons. Encircled by the Cherokee National Forest, a preferred place for campers, hunters, fisherman, and even photographers this river is one of the most spectacular rafting destinations in the US. There are more than twenty continuous rapid sites. This river offers sections that satisfy a wide degree of rafters from those who are at the beginning level to rafters who are class III and IV rafters.

Cache La Poudre, Colorado:

This River starts high in the peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain and runs the length of the continental divide. It passes from one side to the other, crisscrossing Roosevelt National Forest, as it then falls down the inclines of the Front Range and goes on across the town of Fort Collins. Its amalgamation of clear water, beautiful scenery, and challenging rapids has made this river one of US top locations for whitewater rafting. Several stretches of the river necessitate advanced levels of experience and skill.

White Water Rafting

Gore Canyon in Colorado:

This River is among the best locations as well is the most hazardous. You must scout it often as it is extremely rocky and steep. Unlike the Kirschbaum and Gore rapids, this river has frequent sections of drop and pool. It is suggested only for individuals who are Class V level rafters. Because the canyon walls are extremely sharp, no camping is generally done on this river. The season, starts in July and runs to September, is usually the best time to recreate since the river water is a little bit warm and the movement of the water is stronger.


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Seven Incredible Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List



We all have things we want to do before we die— whether it’s taking a gap year in Argentinaor seeing the Pyramids at Giza, having a “bucket list” is something anyone can do. Here are seven great destinations and experiences you can add to your list.

1. Skydiving at Mount Everest

Mt Everest

You could spend months (or even years) preparing to climb the world’s highest peak, or you could just hop in a plane, fly above it, and jump out. The “world’s most extreme skydiving adventure” allows you to jump from a height of 29,500 feet, which is higher even than the top of the mountain. You’ll freefall at a speed of 120 miles per hour, but you’ll still get the chance to laugh at those who are slowly making their way down.

2. Ride the steepest roller coaster in the world

Eejanaika

It’s located in Tamanash, Japan at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park. It has a free-fall of 121 degrees, seven sharp twists, and a 43-meter drop. The nearly-vertical fall is just one in a long list of world records set by Fuji-Q, one of the world’s most extreme amusement parks.

3. Spend some time with the “salties”

Salt Water Croc

As part of your gap year in Australia, you can climb into a cage and get up close and personal with the saltwater crocodiles. Separated by nothing more than a two-inch pane of Plexiglas, you and a friend can see these fierce creatures in a way not possible anywhere else.

4. Free dive in the Bahamas

Freedive

Don’t let the tranquil location or the name fool you. Dean’s Blue Hole is dark, deep, and very intimidating; if you are up to the challenge, you can dive the deepest known saltwater hole in the world. You might not beat the freediving record, and you won’t get to the bottom, but you’ll surely have a great time and cross an item off your bucket list.

5. Dine in the sky

Dine in the sky

Pulling up a chair isn’t easy here, but the meal will surely be memorable. You and 20 others can eat dinner, suspended from a crane roughly 150 feet in the air. Meals take about an hour, and a trip to the bathroom means that the entire table has to descend, but this is a great addition to your list (unless you’re afraid of heights, that is).

6. Swim with the sharks in South Africa

Swim Shark

There are many places to swim with sharks, but one of the most well-known is in South Africa’s Cape Town. After you’ve dived and regained your wits, you can include a trip to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

7. Ride “The Eye” in London

London Eye

Over three million people ride the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe each year. As the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians, the Eye is to Londoners (but we can guarantee riding the Eye is much more fun!). A ride lasts about thirty minutes, and provides a breathtaking view of the city. For added excitement, ride at night.

None of us like to think about our own mortality, but the truth is, we’re all going to leave this world at some point. If you experience one or all of the things on this bucket list, you can say you tried something new, and live (or die) without regret.


Guest article written by Amy Fowler


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Three Adventure Holidays With a Kick



There are adventure holidays where you can swing from things and jump off stuff and then there are adventure holidays where you can learn something new, such as: how to kick the living bejesus out of someone. Below are three options that will turn your next adventure holiday into a kick-ass experience to be remembered for years to come.

Muay Thai

Learn the Secret Skills of the Ninja

Few trips could be as exciting as a journey into the psyche of the beguiling Ninja. This group of people is shrouded in mystery as no one knows for sure who was a Ninja and who wasn’t. One of the most fanciful tales you might hear when on your trip is the tale of Ishikawa Goemon. Legend has it that Goemon hid in the ceiling and tried to drip poison from a thread into his rival’s mouth.

Supposedly, the discipline was born from disgraced Samurais who, when offered the option of Harakiri (honourable suicide), picked the other, dark choice: to become a masterless rogue. One thing we do know though: the Ninja M.O. was unorthodox warfare. Espionage, assassination, sabotage… You name it, the Ninja were doing it.

On the few adventure holidays on which you can discover the secret ways of a Ninja, you will learn martial arts from Japan’s most venerable sensei – masters of karate. One of them is famous for taking on 13 yakuza (the Japanese mafia) at once, coming out merely with a few broken fingers. If this sounds like real life Kill Bill to you, you wouldn’t be far off the mark.

Flirt with the Cowboy Lifestyle in Argentina

For a romantic soul, a trip to Argentina to work with the gauchos can’t be beaten. Back in the 19th century, gauchos made up the majority of the rural population, using their horse skills to herd cattle on the sprawling estancias. For generations, the gaucho (thought to have come from the Mapuche word cauchu – ‘vagabond’) has captured the imagination of people around the world, much like the North American cowboy.

The life of a gaucho is a simple one, involving daily rides to tend to cows, lunches of beef grilled simply over an open fire and mastering the lasso. The latter is harder than it looks: do you reckon you can tame it?

Train with Muay Thai Kickboxing Champions in Thailand

Of all the boxing styles that exist around the world, Muay Thai is by far the most impressive. While traditional English boxing makes use of only two contact points (the fists), Muay Thai uses no less than eight, and is called ‘The Art of Eight Limbs”. Eight? Don’t we only have four limbs? Yes, but Muay Thai also allows the use of elbows and knees in a stunning clash of wills.

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and as such, much folklore surrounds it. The most famous legend is that of Nai Khanomthom who was a prisoner of war of the Burmese King Hsinbyushin. During a festival, Nai was invited to combat a champion of the Burmese sport Lethwei. Nai beat the Burmese heavy-weight and beat nine others without a break. Thanks to his prowess, all the other Thai prisoners were released.

You can discover this awe-inspiring sport through watching the greats at fight nights in Bangkok’s finest stadiums. The excitement on these nights is increased ten-fold by the delicate Thai music playing in the background and the ceremonial dance of respect that each combatant has to complete at the start of the match. After that, it’s an aggressive fight for survival. Once you’ve watched, you can learn with some of the city’s greatest champions. After all that, the only thing left to do is to delve into Bangkok’s chaotic nightlife.


Lalage used all the Ninja skills she could muster to seek out these adventure holidays for you.


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Adventure Options: Travel to The Alps This Summer



Most people associate the Alps with winter holidays and ski breaks. Certainly, the region boasts hundreds of ski resorts, some of which are among the world’s best, but aside from that it is also a fantastic summer holiday destination. If a summer holiday in the Alps does not make you jump with enthusiasm, read on. Perhaps you will change your mind!

Six activities you can do in the Alps this summer:

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking - Alps

Miles of trails await the cyclist in the Alps. Cycling holidays are a good option for both beginners looking to do leisurely rides, and for expert riders wanting a challenge. Many ski stations open their lift system to cyclists, so apart from getting into shape you get to see some spectacular views over some of Europe’s highest peaks.

Pony Trekking

Pony Trekking

How about a horse-riding holiday in Austria? Some companies now offer week-long holidays which include riding lessons, routes across the stunning alpine scenery and stays in luxury accommodation venues, such as a medieval castle.

Paragliding

Paragliding

Flying over some of Europe’s most ancient geological features on a warm summer day surely makes for an unforgettable experience. Paragliding is available at many locations throughout the alpine region, but we must highlight the locations of M and Chamonix in France, and Innsbruck, in Austria, where vast green fields guarantee a soft and uneventful landing. Additionally, the towns mentioned above are charming enough on their own, so there will be no shortage of things to do after your daily flight.

Rafting & White Water Kayaking

Kayaking

These are exhilarating activities not for the faint of heart. If you are a good swimmer and are not afraid of being spun around by powerful currents, this could be a great choice for a summer holiday. The fresh waters of the alpine rivers will relieve you from the summer heat, and after a day of paddling you can take a rest at the accommodation of your choice, which can range from self-catering apartments to luxury chalets.

Walking

Austrian Sign

Whether you are a fit walker or just a beginner, the Alps are the perfect location for a walking holiday. European transalpine routes cross France, Switzerland, and Italy, so there are plenty of trails to suit your level of fitness and your interests. Typical holidays last seven days, during which you are taken across some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes by expert tour guides. For those who are avid gardeners and nature lovers, the Dolomite region offers wildflower walking holidays. There are even “watercolour strolls” for those with an artistic penchant.

Relaxation at its best

Alps View

For many, that’s exactly what a holiday should be about. The good news is that you do not need a beach in order to relax, and in fact the alpine region is home to some of Europe’s best hotels. Some of them even specialise in wellness and rejuvenation, offering the latest spa treatments, which can be personalised to include your partner or friends. Head to the Austrian Tyrol for the best 5-star luxury hotels.

This summer your holidays can be different. Options to suit all tastes and budgets are just a couple of hours away from the UK by plane. Visit the Alps this summer, and you will be soon recommending them too.


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Mountain Climbing Holiday for Beginners – Mustagata



The sheer exhilaration of tackling a mountain is often reward enough to make this successful feat a complete holiday in itself. Spending time mountain climbing is becoming a more popular choice for those who want to get out and let off steam. Many also enjoy refuelling their bodies with the spiritual invigoration that mountain climbing can provide.

Climbers

It is no secret that successful mountain climbing takes practice and a great deal of physical endurance, amongst other things. It is for this reason that seizing Mother Nature’s natural obstacles may not be for everyone; however, there are mountains that are a little less challenging for those who wish to give the sport a try.

Mustagata Mountain

If travel is on your list for the upcoming holiday season and you were hoping to try something a little different this year, you may want to consider booking a flight that will get you to Western China’s Parmir Mountains. At the junction of Kunlun, Himalaya, Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Tian Shan mountain ranges sits Mustagata.

Mt Mustagata - Karakul (Black Water) Lake

Mustagata, with its 7,500m peak, is known to be one of the easiest mountains to climb, anywhere in the world. The entire mountain towers to a whopping 24,757 feet, but its peak is what climbers come to challenge. This mountainous region is often associated with the world’s second highest peak, K2, but Mustagata offers its challengers a much less dangerous option.

The trail to the top is not hard to follow and is non-technical. It is also one of the safest high-altitude mountains to climb and for these reasons it is on the less experienced climber’s list of places to visit. Once you reach the peak you will be surround by spectacular panoramic views of nearby Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tien Shan and K2. To descend you can climb, ski or snowboard.


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The Top 5 Different and Downright Dangerous Delicacies



For the seasoned-traveler, foreign delicacies are part of the experience. Tourists can become accustomed to tasting a wide variety of unusual foods, but there are still some dishes that could catch out even those with the most cast-iron stomachs – sometimes with fatal consequences.
Here is a top five list of potentially dangerous delicacies to savor:

Snake Wine

snake wineThis Southeast Asian alcoholic beverage is considered by many to be too risky to even open the bottle. The sight of the bottle would be enough for many and resembles the specimens in jars kept in biology labs. It’s a confronting sight – a snake (the more venomous the better) steeped in a rice wine jar. Known for its curative properties, the drink, which is consumed in shots, is a supposed cure for everything from impotence to baldness. However, fresh is not best. What hardly any traveler to Southeast Asia knows is the snake is inserted into the jar live. The bottle is sealed by a special porous cork that means the snake dies stewing in its own juices. Unlucky tourists whose snake wine hasn’t brewed long enough can be attacked by the snake as soon as they open the bottle. For very few, this has spelled death.

Fugu Sashimi

Many tourists like dicing with death. This is why they pack Japanese restaurants to enjoy Fugu sashimi – the so-called filet of Diodon. This is a very poisonous fish, lethal in fact, but is considered a delicacy if it is prepared regarding the rules. The poison Tetrodotoxin is contained in the fish can lead to an agonizing death causing paralysis, asphyxiation and death – all while the victim is fully-conscious. But the dish won’t lead you to your final destination unless the head chef made a mistake cooking the fish. Unfortunately, some do, more than 400 people die annually from eating Fugu sashimi.

Fugu Sashimi

Salad of Caterpillars

This is a kind of Vietnamese delicacy and a very pricey experience. The salad is prepared of different vegetables and is decorated with true caterpillar. As soon as you are served this rare dish, the caterpillar starts eating your salad…doing so with unbelievable speed. Hardly any tourist can beat it and, after all, it is very offensive when you pay and others eat your salad. But apparently the true delicacy is left after everything is eaten…yes…the caterpillar’s excrement is regarded as one of the best delicacies in Vietnam.

Trepanation of a Monkey’s Skull

You don’t need a medical certification to feel like a neurosurgeon in India and many other parts of Asia. One of the tastiest delicacies there is considered to be monkey’s brain. Usually, the monkey is served with already open skull. Hence, many tourists regard it as dead, but it is believed the brain must be scooped from the skull before the monkey dies. According to tradition, the monkey is only half-dead, so twitching nerve endings as the monkey dies can startle those at the table.

Sannakji

If you enjoy a raw food diet, then pack your suitcases for Korea. Soon after arrival you should pay a visit to one of local restaurants and enjoy Sannakji or a raw octopus. The dish is usually served with salads and oil to make it taste better. However, the octopus’ suction cups are still active when the dish is served, you should take precautions to avoid the octopus striking back. More than six people annually fall victims to octopus’s tentacles after the active suction cups cause it to stick in their mouth or throat and they choke. You can make this experience totally safe if you cut your octopus into small pieces before you start eating it.

Sannakji


By Olga Leleka, who is part of a team of writers at hotel reservation website www.booked.net. The website includes a comprehensive listing of hotels worldwide including the home of the above dishes Asia.


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