Cappadocia, located in central Turkey, is famous for its colorful hot air balloons and moon-like limestone terrain.

Photo: helencavesuitesLocated in the middle of the Eurasian continent, Turkey has a mixed culture of many civilizations in the world. Not only that, but the country of doner kebabs also attracts visitors by the spectacular natural landscape. Besides the wonder of Pamukkale, The Blue Mosque, Turkey is also remembered by tourists around the world by the fanciful scenery of the underground city of Cappadocia.

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Photo: cappadociaThe reason for this name is because the architectural works here, including churches or houses, are built hidden in caves and cliffs, creating a very mysterious scene. Cappadocia is actually a valley formed 3 million years ago by geological fluctuations and eruptions, creating layers of sedimentary rock. Then over time, they are worn down, forming strange shapes and unique stone veins. It is also because of the desert-like terrain, there are no modern houses or trees, only a color of limestone that this place is likened to a city on the moon.

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Photo: turkeytravelgoCappadocia is in central Turkey’s Nevsehir province, 290 km from the capital Ankara. The town has been recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage since 1985. Coming here, visitors certainly cannot miss the experience of sitting in a hot air balloon, admiring the panoramic view of the limestone valley from above. This service costs up to 250 USD per person, but visitors still queue to register.

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Photo: irinamakar_The demand is so high that only one small town has 20 companies offering this service. Each cabin has experienced guides who must take a licensing exam to lead guests. A tour lasts an hour and the best time to join is at sunrise and sunset. At that time, sunlight shines on the cliffs, creating different colors, changing with the weather and from time to time. The most impressive is still at sunset with the golden pink-purple color, as beautiful as a fairy tale.

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Photo: wildartistrytravelsIf you can’t book a tour or are afraid of heights, you can also find yourself a beautiful seat to watch hundreds of colorful hot air balloons floating in the air. Hostels, hotels, and coffee shops also know how to take advantage of their location to open shops to welcome guests. They set up tea parties at the top of the mountain or on a Persian-themed balcony with flower beds, flower cushions, shisha pots, and rattan baskets for visitors to freely check in.