Top 50+ best natural beauties to visit in Romania (in my opinion)

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I was born in Romania so trust me when I tell you that you have no reason to doubt your decision to visit this amazing country. It is safe, it is friendly and it is amazing. It hasn’t  been found by the crowds, it is very diverse and it is cheap. Do you need more arguments? Let me help you with that. All this suggestions are my personal favorites, so I have been to all of them and I highly recommend you to include as many of them on your list.

 

1. Bicazului Gorges (Cheile Bicazului)

Bicazului Gorges (Cheile Bicazului)

It took me a long time to decide, but I did – Bicazului Gorges is the most amazing place in Romania. It is surreal how the gorges go on and on and every turn just leaves you more impressed than before. Just to make a point of how beautiful they are, the first time I was there I had to vised them 3 times just to grasp what they are about. I was overwhelmed and could not compute the first time, so I returned for the second time and still wasn’t enough I had to return for the third time into the Gorges.

2. Danube Delta

Danube Delta is a place to get lost, to forget your daily routine and float on the waters. You can not grasp the impact of this place until you have been there.

3. Mohos Peat (Tinovul Mohos)

Tinovul Mohos is a strange ecosystem because you basically walk on a 6 meters of peat above a lake. The story goes like this: first there was the Mohos Volcano that exploded, 2000 years later Sfanta Ana (Saint Ana) volcano erupted and covered the near-by lake of Mohos formed in the crater with the ash and other pyroclastic material. On this newly formed layer it started to grow some special plants: a special type of pine that likes the acidity of the peat, some carnivorous plants and bilberry. And the lakes have 20 something meters below and communicate with the underground lake. And they have a petrol-like color.

4. Muddy Volcano

Muddy Volcano Berca Buzau

This is so unusual to watch. It’s something you don’t see every day. Volcanic effect minus the heat and the destructive force of a real volcano.

5. Scarisoara Ice Cave

As you go down, even in a hot summer day, you feel that every step it gets cooler and cooler. You are entering a cave that hosts an ice block, isn’t that something?

Scarisoara Ice Cave, Apuseni

6. Ochiul Beiului Lake

The blue and clarity of this water will mesmerize along with the story of this place.

7. Trovants for Ulmet

Trovants for Ulmet Buzau

Strange shaped rocks that grow every year – this pretty much summarizes it.

8. Racos volcano

Racos volcano

This is an volcano crater that you can go down in. Everything is black and red and the blazing sun creates a special feeling.

9. Cazanele Dunarii

Gorges carved by the Danube River. It is called Cazanele (The Boilers) because the water is very deep and there are a lot of currents that make the water seem like is boiling.

 

10. Bigar Waterfall

One of the most famous and spectacular waterfalls in Romania

11. Bear Cave (Romanian: Pestera Ursilor) in Chiscau, Bihor County

Stalactites and stalagmites mark the way to the remaining skeleton of a bear trapped in the cave

12. Banitei Gorge

Banitei Gorges

This is a very secluded gorge. Most people don’t know how about it, but it is spectacular. In order to cross it  you need to go in the icy cold waters.

13. Babele ( old ladies) and The Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains

Babele ( old ladies) and The Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains

Natural carved rocks in anthropomorphic shape.

14. Praid salt reservation

Like a futuristic decor contest this reservation has a very white bubbly cover to everything it meets on his way.

Salt Praid

15. Red Lake

It is a natural dam formed on Red River. Presumably it came into being during an earthquake in 1838 and  the forest got covered in the waters and in the meantime it got petrified . The stubs are visible today.

16.  Valul Miresei (Brides Veil) Waterfall (Rachitele, Cluj  County)

 Valul Miresei (Brides Veil) Waterfall

A spectacular 30 m height waterfall with a sad story about a bride.

17. Neajlovului Delta (Romanian: Delta Neajlovului) in Comana, Giurgiu County

 

18. The Rusty Pit (Romanian: Groapa Ruginoasa) in Vartop, Bihor County

Translated as The Rusty Pit , it offers a great view over a yellowish land slide. It is part of the Apuseni National Park,

 

19.  Poiana Stampei Peat (Romanian: Tinovul Poiana Stampei) in Poiana Stampei, Suceava County

One kilometer of wood path in the peat in Dorna Depression

20. Danube’s Saint George Branch (Bratul Sfantu Gheorghe) in Sfantu Gheorghe, Tulcea County

21. Dambovicioarei Gorges  (Romanian: Cheile Dambovicioarei) in Podu Dambovitei, Arges County

 Dambovicioarei Gorges  (Romanian: Cheile Dambovicioarei)

A brutal and steep rocky entry in this amazing gorges.

22. Putna Waterfall (Romanian: Cascada Putna) in

Putna Waterfall (Romanian: Cascada Putna

This is the slide waterfall. As putna river came down on a rocky side it carved into it like a bobsleigh contest

 

23. Vadu daffodils reservation

Vadu daffodils reservation

Lands of natural grown daffodils and irises

24. Balea Lake

Balea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Făgăraș Mountains. It can be reached on the Transfagarasan alpine road.

25. Beusnita Waterfall

A 12 meter high travertine waterfall with intricate lacing

26. Turda Gorges (Romanian: Cheile Turzii) (Turada, Cluj County)

Turda Gorges (Romanian: Cheile Turzii)

27. Pisoaia Waterfall

Pisoaia Waterfall

28. Caraorman forest and sand dunes

29.  Ursu Lake in Sovata

30.  Balea Waterfall (Romanian: Cascada Balea)

Balea Waterfall (Cascada Balea)

31. Racos Basalt columns (Romanian: Coloanele de bazalt de la Racos) in Racos, Brasov County

Volcanic rocks in rectangular shape.

32.  Zarnestiului Gorges

33. Bear Grotto (Romanian: Grota Ursilor) (Borsec, )

34. Varghisului Gorges (Romanian: Cheile Varghisului)

35. Sfanta Ana Lake (Romanian: Lacul Sfanta Ana)

36. Detunata goala

Detunata Goala Apuseni

37.  Valea Cetaii Cave

38. Alionte Branch

39. Dolosman Head (Romanian: Cap Dolosman)

40. Focul Viu

41. 12 apostoles

42. Emerald Lake Racos

43. Sacalin Island

 

 

44. Razim lake (Romanian: Lacul Razim), in Sarichioi Tulcea

A lagoon separated from Black sea with a strip  of land and sand. It is a huge water surface (almost 400 000 square km) with only 3 meters depth.

45. Dobrogea Gorges (Romanian: Cheile Dobrogei) in Cheia, Contanta County

Some of the oldest mountains in Europe. Eroded gorges of a once majestic mountain

46. Pestera Bolii

Pestera Bolii

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Cheile Tisitei

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Summary:

gorges:

caves:

lakes

rocks

 

 

How to visit Mae Klong Railway Market in Thailand like a pro

Mae Klong Railway Market Thailand

The fascination of the Mae Klong Railway Market

We went to Thailand in January – February 2018 and one of the must see and must do was Mae Klong Railway Market. It always fascinates me when 2 or more organisms (entities) find ways to coexist. It is the same here, the market and the train find a way to work in perfect symbiosis: every pumpkin, every cucumber and every onion has a very well defined place in space so it fits perfectly in to both worlds: the static and the moving one.

Mae Klong Railway Market Bangkok Thailand Toura

Despite being a little hard to reach, the market is really popular, and when I mean popular I mean really crowded. After the train passes people take its place and you cannot imagine how did the train manage to pass through there and where all those people came from.

How to visit Mae Klong Railway Market

What is the best way to visit this place you wonder. Being a railway market, the best way to visit is obviously: with the train. In reality it is not so obvious because there are a lot of tour services that takes people there with buses (funny, no?). I actually witnessed a very weird  scene: a guide with 2 tourists just got up on the train with 2 stations before we arrived at Mae Klong, and they have arrived to that station by bus from Bangkok. The guide was telling the couple that the train is not connected with Bangkok – which is more a lie that a truth, and I will tell you why.

Mae Klong Railway Market Bangkok Thailand Toura

The route: Wongwian Yai – Maha Chai – Ban Laem – Mae Klong

This train line was build to carry salt from the region of Samut Sakhon to Bangkok. It was a private transport line that later entered into the national rail system of Thailand. The railway is not a direct one, I believe the reason was mainly economical because it had to cross a river, but nevertheless, it is very well thought out so you could do this trip easily. The trip from Bangkok to Mae Klong has 3 segments:

  1. train from train station Wongwian Yai in Bangkok to Maha Chai Railway in Samut Sakhon
  2. ferry over the Tha Chin River from Mahachai Pier to Chalom Pier
  3. train from Ban Laem Railway Station in Tha Chalom to Mae Klong Railway Station in Samut Songkhram
Toura itinerary: Maha Chai to Ban Laem connection over the Tha Chin River
Toura itinerary: Maha Chai to Ban Laem connection over the Tha Chin River

So you see the connection is there, it is easy to make the trip like this, but it is not a direct line in the true sense.

Time Table of the train

There is the consideration of time, how the 2 lines timetable match one another. The first connection to Maha Chai Railway is very often (every hour or so), but the second one has only 4 trips a day, so you have to organize around them. The train from Ban Laem Railway Station to Mae Klong Railway Station leaves every day at: 07:30 / 10.10 / 13.30 / 16.40

trains from Maha Chai to Mae Klong

Time table for Wongwian Yai (Bangkok) to Maha Chai Railway

 

     

Time table for Ban Laem Railway Station to Mae Klong Railway Station

Our experience with the train to Mae Klong

We wanted to catch the 7:30 so we had to wake up at 4 am, take a taxi to the station, take the 5:30 train from Wongwian Yai. We arrived at 6:36  (we had a delay – the train was supposed to arrive in Maha Chai at 6:23), we went for the ferry (10  minutes walk), and in a few more minutes we were on the other side of Tha Chin River. From here there is another 10 minutes walk to the station of Ban Laem. From here we took the 7:30 train to Mae Klong and arrived at the destination at 8:30.

In our itinerary near Bangkok  we wanted to see Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, so we only went with the train and returned with the bus.

This is how our day looks (recorded with Toura Android App):

Toura itinerary to Mae Klong Railway Market
Toura itinerary to Mae Klong Railway Market

You can see our hole trip in Thailand or this specific day on Toura:  day 18 in our 23 days itinerary:

Thailand Itinerary with Toura
Thailand Itinerary with Toura

How to plan your trip to Mae Klong Railway market:

Because it is a very interesting event I suggest to make a plan to see 2 trains coming and going through the market like this:

  1. go in the train through the Mae Klong Market and see the shops leave their curtain over the rail
  2. see the train you came with leave
  3. see another train come
  4. leave with this train that just came in.

It usually is a 3 hours waiting time between trains, which gives you enough time to visit the market and the city.

If you are in Bangkok and want to visit something unique, don’t hesitate to visit Mae Klong Railway Market. You will probably need a full day for this. You can add to your trip: Tha Kha Floating Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Mae Klong Railway Market Bangkok Thailand Toura