In the Western part of the city of Kyoto there's one of the most spectacular places in Japan - Arashiyama Park and the Sagano bamboo forest. The park owes its huge popularity not only to its extraordinarily beautiful landscapes, but also the unique sound created by the wind blowing through bamboo stalks.
One of the main tourist attractions of Thailand is the highly popular Khao Yai National Park. It is situated at a height of about one kilometre above sea level, a four hours' drive from Bangkok. Its history reaches back to 1962, when a famous ecologist, Boon-song Lekakul, played an important role in its creation.
Phi Phi is an archipelago belonging to Thailand. The largest and only inhabited island of the archipelago is Phi Phi Don. The other islands belonging to the group are Phi Phi Lei, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Bambu and Moskitu. Each of the islands has its own unique history. In the mid-20th century, Phi Phi Don was the favourite island of fishermen, who built villages there. Even today, most of the inhabitants of the island are descendants of the original fishermen. However, fishing no longer plays an important role - now the main activity on Phi Phi Don is the cultivation of coconut and tourism.
Empires have come and gone and sand has piled up - nearly two metres of which covered this building until as recently as the last century. Unearthed and cleaned up, the Samanid Mausoleum is regarded as the most elegant architectural expression of Central Asia with a fundamental significance in the development of Islamic art.