HostelBookers not bound to US travel ban to Cuba
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- 12 / 10 / 2009
US foreign policy has banned competitors of HostelBookers from offering
accommodation in Cuba, Myanmar (Burma) or Syria.
As a British-owned company, HostelBookers are not bound by this travel
ban <http://blog.hostelbookers.com/travel/travel-ban-usa/>, and continue
to offer the best in budget accommodation in these destinations.
Whilst traveling to these countries can present an ethical dilemma, they
still have wide appeal for travelers. HostelBookers are answering this
demand for a more unique travel experience with the best hostels in each
Cuba is utterly unique. Travellers staying in Cuba Hostels
<http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/cuba/> can discover a tropical
island of palm-fringed beaches and water-sports, bars sultry with salsa
beats, and crumbling colonial buildings.
The capital Havana is not to be missed, with streets of brightly
coloured American Buick cars, psychedelic Che Guevara murals and cafes
of old men, playing cards and smoking Cuban cigars.
Like much of the Middle East, Syria is a far safer and more cosmopolitan
country than people realise.
In this vibrant country, ancient history mingles with everyday life -
locals picnic beside ruined monuments, and the streets are a jumble of
donkeys, bicycles and 1960s American taxis. Each city boasts citadels,
relaxing hamman baths and ancient souk markets.
Syria is full of Unesco-listed sites, from the ancient city of Damascus
(one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world) to the Greek ruins of
Palmyra in a desert oasis. There are Damascus hostels
<http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/syria/damascus/>, Aleppo and
Palmyra, making backpacking around the country easy.
Travelling to Burma is an ethical decision for some travellers. Thanks
to a tyrannical political regime, the country has been boycotted by the
international community, and many backpackers wish to follow suit. But
this land really is a world apart from the rest of South-East Asia, with
streets of British colonial houses and steam-boats sailing down rivers.
The country boasts many mystical sights – from Bagan’s 4000 Buddhist
temples resting on a river shore, to floating villages and peaceful
monasteries at Inle Lake. Travellers can stay in Yangon hostels
<http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/myanmar/yangon/>, a former capital
with a major international airport and the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most
important religious site in the country.
*For further information please contact: *Daniel on +44 (0)20 7406 1805
or email: [email protected]
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