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Posts Tagged ‘bath’

The Ultimate Triptrotting Summer Experience Begins: Living Budapest Like a Local

  • Yolanda Clatworthy
  • 6 August 2011

Budapest. City of vibrancy. Of energetic beauty. Of contrast. Simultaneously emphasising ruins and ruin pubs while embracing modern shopping malls and soaring glass structures. Caught between a history of East and West, “invaded by everyone,” influenced by the Turks, the Romans, the Austrians and more, Hungary’s a country bordered by seven others, yet the language…

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Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate – Spas and Traditional Massage in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 16 May 2011

When visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia, travellers usually make a visit to the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site their first priority. Its hundreds of ancient temples comprise the largest religious monument ever built. But with so much on offer, it’s important to plan a way to revitalise weary limbs after long exciting days. Many travellers therefore also find rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be key qualities of a complete Angkor experience.

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The Hidden Hot Springs of Lesvos, Greece

  • Cynthia Ord and Rebecca Michaelides
  • 6 May 2011

The hot springs of Lesvos reach some of the highest temperatures in Europe (48-91°C) and studies have indicated that they are highly radioactive. The radioactivity, combined with mineral concentrations of salt and chlorine nitrates, gives this water its curative properties; steeping in the hot springs of Lesvos has been known to treat everything from skin diseases to problems with breathing. Four local favourites are the springs of Polichnitos, Gera Bay, Eftalou, and Lisvori.

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Of Chickens and Medicine Men: A Local Remedy in Cebu, Philippines

  • John Paul Maclang
  • 5 May 2011

Not long ago, I visited a local hilot, or medicine man, in Bantayan, Philippines. It all started when a wrong turn on a bike quickly became a leaping, flying dash into a rice paddy. What I had expected to be ‘just’ a tourist trip then offered a few valuable life lessons. There is a moral to this story about the painfully swollen ankle I got: I crashed in a place where doctors and hospitals are rare, and instead found luck and kindness.

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The Origins of Turkish Baths in Syria

  • Samantha Libby
  • 4 May 2011

In some cultures, taking a bath has always been a community affair. Thousands of years ago the Greeks and Romans popularised the practice. Today, hammams (Turkish bathhouses) across the Middle East and Mediterranean give spa enthusiasts a way to relive this ancient experience and to reap the numerous health benefits.

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The Good, the Bath and the Ugly

  • Lindsay Young
  • 3 May 2011

When travelling, it’s always fun to stumble upon both famous and lesser-known local bathing spots. However, while I love to be surprised by historical and natural baths in different destination, not everybody likes surprises, and the bathing experiences found on the road are often hit or miss. In fact, in my experience, local baths get misnamed, over hyped and overlooked. Here are a few cases in point in England, Hungary, Iceland and Peru.

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Top Five Natural Baths Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 2 May 2011

For ages, people have travelled far and wide in search of a good bath. Journeying to natural pools and hot springs with healing properties has been ‘medical tourism’ in its simplest form. Nowadays, though, a healthy soak in the mineral-rich waters of thermal springs is more than just doctor’s orders; finding the natural hot spots for a relaxing steep is a way to appreciate the unique geographical qualities of a place while simultaneously indulging in some healing.

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The Mexican Temazcal: An Experience in a Maya Sweat Lodge

  • Heather Rath
  • 25 April 2011

Sweat is pouring from my pores. I am saturated with my own perspiration. Near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula, I have opted for detoxification and rebirth through a unique spiritual journey practised in similar ways by indigenous people worldwide: a Mexican temazcal.

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