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Camiguin Island Escapade

Camiguin Island is always been one of my top local tourist destinations. The natural scenic beauty and wonders of this beautiful island is what I always love about this place. My family and I really enjoyed our trip when we spent our Camiguin island escapade a few weeks ago.

It is one of the Philippines many beautiful islands of untouched beauty. Its natural landscapes and breathtaking seascapes have never ceased to amaze visitors like us as we discover the highlights of the island’s unparalleled and picturesque beauty.

Camiguin Island boasts of many unique places of interests for both the local and foreign tourists. The island is a perfect getaway place where one can endlessly soak in the sand, sea and sun, marvel at some historic and culture-rich landmarks. Take a look at some of the tourist spots that we visited in Camiguin:

Camiguin Island Escapade

Camiguin Island Escapade

Ardent Hot Spring is one of my favorite tourist spots in Camiguin. The water has a temperature of 40 degrees centigrade and serves as a natural hot spa in the locality. The pool is four-tiered with varying depths and warmth; the shallowest is the hottest and it is now located at the bottom portion. The water springs from the bowels of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. This place is good for those who want to dip into a hot spring and relaxes the body as well as the mind. Surrounding the hot spring are cottages, restaurants and accommodation facilities, which make it ideal for overnight stay.

Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls is a 250-feet high majestic cascading waterfall located at the foot of Mt. Timpoong. A large basin has been formed below the falls and it is carved out from solid rock from centuries of battering by the falls and serves now as a natural swimming pool, a favorite nook of both locals and tourists alike. This is what I also love about this falls. It has also rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities for your picnic needs.

One of Camiguin’s tourist attractions, White Island is a sand bar blessed with powdery white sand which is shaped as a letter C or and I, depending upon the ocean tide. Aside from basking under the sun, one can also swim around and snorkel at the surrounding seas of White Island. From the White Island, one can have a view of the Mt. Hibok-hibok. Huge umbrellas are available to provide shelter to guests who come to frolic in the waters and to sunbathe.

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Many years passed since I last stepped on its soil, yet the island still retain its grandeur, simplicity and peaceful ambiance with a welcome addition of cemented roads and the provision of more accommodations, restaurants and the availability of viable transportation.

With all of these places found in just one island, tourists are splurged with the abundance of unspoilt naturescapes. Camiguin Island offers outdoor adventures for the water-loving tourists. Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, trekking, mountain climbing, basking under the sun on the beach fronts, cold splashes under the waterfalls and island hopping.

They are out to give tourists the time of their lives as Camiguin Island uncovers and reveals the beauty unmarred by progress and development. Spending your holiday in Camiguin means quiet and peaceful holidays. Just enjoy the natural beauty of the island and relax. :)

Camiguin Highland Resort: A Pleasant Stay in Camiguin

Camiguin Highland Resort: A Pleasant Stay in Camiguin

Camiguin Highland Resort: A Pleasant Stay in Camiguin

Before we spend our Camiguin Island escapade, my mom already booked a room reservation online at this wonderful hotel, Camiguin Highland Resort. It is a three-story building, exuding class and luxury. The building is of solid structure, Mediterranean in design.

This hotel was established in 2004 and offers 24 guestrooms. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms offers air conditioning, balcony/terrace, cable and fast WiFi connection. Guests can experience on-site latest leisure and sports facilities such as garden and outdoor pool. It also provides activities such as Horseback riding, Outdoor camping, Snorkeling, Mountain Biking, Island Picnic and Scuba Diving.

With its central location, Camiguin Highland Resort is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Camiguin. The friendly staff will be happy to book tours and sightseeing activities during your stay in Camiguin. The Camiguin Highland Resort’s restaurant offers the added convenience of on-site dining, with a variety of Filipino meals to choose from.

I highly recommend Camiguin Highland Resort when you’re staying in Camiguin. I’m sure you will have an enjoyable, relaxing and pleasant stay. You will come again to Camiguin Highland Resort where one can truly say, I had a great holiday. :)

For more information regarding their room rates and reservation at Camiguin Highland Resort, you can check their website here or contact them at (088) 387-05-15 to 17 / 0917 827 0200 or mail them at info@camiguinhighlandresort.com.

The Top 5 Reasons Chocolate Lovers Love San Diego

Chocolate Lovers Love San Diego

Chocolate Lovers Love San Diego

If you can’t imagine a life worth living without chocolate, here are five more reasons to LOVE San Diego.

  1. This Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., UCSD’s Sixth College will hold their fourth annual Chocolate Festival, this year themed “Charlie and the Chocolate Festival.”  This event will feature industrial chocolate fountains, games, arts and crafts and music, and you don’t have to attend college to come to this festival.  Family and friends are welcome too.
  2. If you’d rather have your chocolate in a garden, another very popular Chocolate Festival is being held this weekend at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas.  On Sunday, Mother’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

    Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, cooking demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more.  This family-friendly event also features entertainment, food, children’s activities, plant sales, and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts.

  3. About the time that you recover from those events, you can attend the 2nd Annual Vista Chocolate Festival & Street Fair on Sunday, May 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Highlights of this event: 
    * FREE admission *
    * Chocolate Ally *
    * Live music *
    * Two food courts *
    * Kids Zone with rides *
    * Laser Tag *
    * Children’s 10Mobile *
    * Red Cross Bloodmobile *
    * Castle Building Block area *
  4. If you can’t sit around just waiting for a chocolate event to hit your calendar, plan your own.  Head to Chi Chocolat in the Gaslamp for your own Chocolate Tasting party.  Cost per person starts at $26.95, and includes presentation by chocolatier with 7 tasting disks, flight of chocolates (5 pcs), chocolate samples and beverages. If you need some chocolate tasting advice, Chi Choloat provides this tasting tip for your enjoyment:

    Place the chocolate in your mouth and wait for a few seconds to release the primary flavor notes; chew five to ten times to discover the secondary flavors; push the chocolate gently against the roof of your mouth and note the flavor, the texture and the way the chocolate lingers on the tongue.

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  5. If you’re a frequent reader of The San Diego Beat, you know that I’m going to find a way to combine my chocolate with ice cream.  Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop (also in the San Diego Gaslamp) makes it easy, and who knows chocolate better than the world-famous Ghirardelli?  What will you find there?  Chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate squares, chocolate bars, cocoas and drinking chocolates, just to name a few.  Need I go on?

If these 5 top ways to enjoy your chocolate in San Diego aren’t quite enough for you,  why not join a Chocolate Meetup group?  They actually plan outings based on their love of chocolate!  What could be better?!  (I can only think of one thing, but they haven’t formed an ice cream meetup group yet.)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead

September 23, 2005 Mariachi With Dancer is artwork by Andres Chavez Morales of Michoacan. To celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Fine Arts Museum has prepared several exhibits in honor of the Day of the Dead celebration. (Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

September 23, 2005 Mariachi With Dancer is artwork by Andres Chavez Morales of Michoacan. To celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Fine Arts Museum has prepared several exhibits in honor of the Day of the Dead celebration. (Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday in which families and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed on. It’s commemorated with decorated altars, sugar skulls, prayers and marigolds, and can also include food, drinks, large festivals with music and dancing, or visits to the grave sites of loved ones.

On Saturday (October 25), Cafe Sevilla will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with themed dancers, mojitos and sangria drink specials, and a Pre-Halloween party.

Oceanside’s 8th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival will take place on Sunday, November 2. Highlighting this large community celebration is a chalk cemetery, where visitors can create memorials for their loved ones. Click this link for more information.

Old Town will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with altars honoring the dead in the courtyard of the Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara between October 31 and November 2.

More altars can be found at Casa de Pico in La Mesa during this time, and guided tours of altars in Sherman Heights will be held on November 1 and 2 as part of their 14th annual Day of the Dead Celebration.

If that’s not enough, or if these celebrations don’t fit into your schedule, you can also stop by the Dia de los Muertos Altars at the San Diego Museum of Man, available through November 6.

You don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a day of remembrance and celebration, so spend a little time remembering your loved ones, prepare their favorite foods to share with friends and family, say a prayer, or create your own altar. These are lovely ways to remember our ancestors and the people we’ve loved.

Are you riding the right wheels ?

Are you riding the right wheels ?

Are you riding the right wheels ?

Your wheels are arguably the most important part of your bicycle. Sixty-four spokes, two hubs, two rims and two tires: simple right? Not quite. With the advancement of biking technology there are many choices on the market today. It’s easy to lose perspective on the basics; it’s just a push-pedal bike after all. Here’s an outline to help you make the best choice for yourself.

Hubs

Hubs come in various shapes and sizes. All riders need a dependable drive mechanism. On the front end you have two choices hinging on the type of riding that you do. This ultimately depends on your front fork. For freeriders, down hillers or huckers (anybody with an aggressive riding style), the obvious choice is a 20-mm front thru-axle, which gives the rider far superior lateral stiffness. If you’re into lightweight, cross-country or out-of-bounds riding, a nine mm will suit your needs. Sealed bearings with precision machining are the high-end hubs, which are long lasting and maintenance free. Most common today are disc brake specific hubs, disc brakes being the best thing that has happened to biking since Brett Tippie. However, if you’re still supporting V Brakes, non-disk hubs are cheap but less common as you can see in this website

Rims

For mountain biking there are two sizes of rims available: 26-inch or 24-inch diameter. The 26-inch are the most common, but sometimes you can change the geometry of your bike to suit your local geography by having a 24-inch wheel in the rear. All riders are essentially looking for the same thing: light and strong wheels. Compromises must be made gearing toward your riding style. Some basic things to look for are double-walled rims with stainless steel eyelets. If you’re V braking, look for ceramic rims, as they will increase your braking power and last longer. If you have moved into the new era, for disc specific rims look for hard anodized rims to be stronger. And for all you tech lightweight riders remember that doubled butted spokes save weight.

Tires

Tires come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from skinny 1.8-inch easy to flat cross-country tires to three-inch down hill monsters. A three-inch tire will give a beginner rider far more room for error. Look for the rubber compound to be tacky and soft as this will give the rider far more traction. The biting edge depends on the sidewall, soft is best, but not too soft otherwise the tire will roll over the rim and this will end in a flat. Tire tread is the preference of the rider and deemed not to be as important as was once thought. And always remember that hand built wheels are stronger than machine-made wheels.

Exploring Mt Yasur in Tanna

Mt Yasur in Tanna

Mt Yasur in Tanna

Tanna or Tana is a constituent island of the country of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean in Melanesia. It is located in Tafea Province and is about 100 miles southwards from the capital island of Efate. The island of Tanna is 40 km long and 19 km wide and has an area of 550 square kilometres. Tanna, with a population of about 20,000 is one of the populous islands of Vanuatu. The provincial administrative capital is Isangel, which is located on the west coast and near to the largest town on the island, Lénakel.

Tanna has five main languages, namely, North Tanna, Lénakel (has the highest number of speakers), Southwest Tanna, Whitesands and Kwamera. These are generally grouped into the Tanna languages family, which is a subgroup of the South Vanuatu languages, an Austronesian language branch. People here also speak Bislama, one of Vanuatu’s three official languages.

Kava, coconut, copra, coffee are some of the products grown in the fertile island of Tanna. Tanna’s economy is mainly based on agriculture and tourism.

Geography:

Mount Tukosmera with an altitude of 1,084 metres is the highest peak in Tanna. To the north-east of the peak and close to the coast lies Lake Siwi. In 2000, abnormally high rainfall caused the lake burst down the valley into Sulphur Bay, leading to total destruction of the village. Mount Yasur, one of the most accessible volcano in the world, is located on the southeast coast of Tanna. Mt Yasur is said to be one of the prime attraction of Tanna.

Climate:

The southern and eastern coasts of Tanna are cooler (thanks to the trade winds blowing from south to east) and also more sunnier than the western coast.

May to November is the winter time when there is relatively lesser rain and temperature hovers around 26 degrees Celcius on an average. Mountains are cooler during this time. During the summer, Tanna experiences more rainfall and the mercury moves around 30 degrees Celcius near the coastal area. Inland and the western areas are hotter.

Best time to visit Tanna:

February, August and October are the ideal months to visit Tanna.

Tourist attractions of Tanna Island:
  • Mount Yasur (Vanuatu’s most active volcano)
  • Port Resolution (named by Captain James Cook after his ship, H.M.S. Resolution, in 1774)
  • Kastom villages, wherein the inhabitants have rejected modernity and still live life the way their ancestors did
  • Jon Frum Religion, a Cargo Cult with Christian influence
  • Lake Isiwi
  • Festivals like Yam, Toka or Nekowiar and John Frum Day.
  • Mountain trails in the southwest
  • Tanna volcanic hot spring
How to Get to Tanna Island:
  • By air:
    Tanna airport is located 10 km north of Lénakel. Air Vanuatu flights connect Tanna every day of the week. Domestic flier VANAIR connects Tanna with Port Vila (takes an hour). Taxi, minibus and truck service is available for reaching Lénakel town from the airport. There is another airport at White Grass but there are no overseas flights flying to and from there as yet. Vehicles are also arranged from the hotels/resorts.
  • Domestic water transport:
    Lénakel offers domestic shipping transport service. A fast passenger boat called Fresh Cargo visits Tanna from Vila. The service, however, is irregular and depends on the number of passengers.
Tanna Island Accommodation:
  • Tanna Evergreen Bungalows, White Grass

 

  • Tanna White Beach Bungalows, Loukatoi
  • Ikamir Guest House, Bethel
  • Iwaru Beach Bungalows, West Coast
  • Paradise View Bungalows, Lounasunan
  • Sunrise Bungalows, Manuapen
  • Port Resolution Nipikimanu Yacht Club, Port Resolution
  • Rocky Island Bungalows, Port Resolution
  • Nauhiu Banyan Tree Bungalow, Loanengo
  • Volcano Whispering Lodge, Loanengo
  • Tanna Tree Top Lodge, Loanengo
  • Volcano Smile Lava Bungalows, Loanengo
  • Jungle Oasis Lodge, Loanengo
  • Tropical Retreat Bungalows, Iatapu
  • Ianiuia Beach Restaurant, Port Resolution
  • Shark Bay Tour and Bungalows, Manuapen
  • Samana Starlite Bungalows, White Sands
  • Tanna Lava View, White Sands

Related sites in the web

http://www.fondationvoixducoeur.org/les-plus-dun-voyage-au-viet-nam/

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Motorcycle Tours of Vietnam

Motorcycle Tours of Vietnam

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Vietnam is a fascinating country to visit, especially when you travel the highways and byways into the countryside to experience the culture and the scenic wonders first hand. Touring on lightweight motorcycle is an ideal way to cover travel Vietnam. It is the way most Vietnamese travel themselves. The motorcycle best fits the rural infrastructure of the country. Some six thousand North Americans tour Vietnam by motorcycle every year, together with thousands of Europeans and international tourists from all over the world.

A tour of the North East of Vietnam will take you through tribal village, markets and coastal scenic wonders. A tour of the North West will carry you through the high country, the Tonkinese Alps and mountain village culture. Visit the South and see Saigon, ride through the jungle and the plantation center of the country.

Organized Tours:

There are several large travel companies offering escorted tours through the Vietnamese countryside from a week to 11 days in some cases including a brief boat cruise. The escorted tours include everything, motorcycle finance, gear like helmets, gloves and riding attire, all fuel and support, meals and accommodation, all entrance fees, tickets, transport fees, and third party motorcycle insurance. You will ride on a light weight motorbike like the Honda Fortune or the Yamaha YBR. You may also chose a light dirt bike like the Honda XR400 for off-road travel. The tours are accompanied by a guide/ translator who also serves as a motorcycle mechanic. It is a good idea to get your motorcycle serviced before the trip. ( more on that here) Many of the accommodations on the tours are home stays.

Most motorcycle tourists organize group tours which are prices according to the side of the party and the type of motorcycle finance included, with per rider prices depending on the size of the group. Per Diem prices may range between 90 USD and 180 USD per person.

 

What You Need:

Only citizens of certain Asian countries, Korea and Japan can enter Vietnam without an entry visa for visits up to 30 days. Other tourists need an entry visa. Obtaining an entry visa requires some preparation and there are costs involved. You will need a passport valid beyond six months after your visit. You will need two recent color passport photographs. You will need to obtain an official letter of invitation from Vietnam. The process of obtaining necessary letters and forms is a little confusing. You can obtain help from your tour operator. The tour guide operator can help you through a procedure for applying to receive a visa on arrival at the airport ( please follow this link to see more about Vietnam visa or you can grab one here https://www.facebook.com/vietnamvisaminhanhtravel). The cost for a single entry, 1 to 3 months stay visa is about 45 USD per person. One month multiple entry visas cost 65 USD per person. Three month entry visas cost 95 USD per person.

Medical Recommendations:

All travelers to Vietnam should make sure their vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chicken pox, polio and flu are up to date. A vaccine for hepatitis A is highly recommended, since some travelers to Vietnam get hepatitis “A” through contaminated food. Typhoid vaccination is also highly recommended to prevent infection through contaminated water. If you are traveling to Vietnam on an extended trip, especially traveling through rural areas and spending a lot of time outdoors, you should consider immunity from Japanese encephalitis. Malaria is a possibility in Vietnam if you are exposed to mosquitoes You should have access to anti-malarial medications. Rabies is a real danger if you are exposed to wild animals in Vietnam. You should consider rabies vaccine. Yellow fever is not a risk in Vietnam. But the Vietnamese government may require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vietnam is a tropical country. Traveling in the tropics always poses special dangers along with the special mystery and charm. If you are traveling to Vietnam, you should discuss your plans with your doctor.

Alaska adventure trave

Alaska – Are You Hungry for Adventure?

As one of the last great, unspoiled areas of the planet, Alaska adventure travel attracts thousands of tourists each year who want to experience an Alaska adventure vacation. These excursions often feature wildlife viewing activities like whale watching and may include shore excursions to native Eskimo villages or other points of interest. The great beauty of the Alaskan wilderness offers a compelling destination for travelers who want something more from their vacation than just a way to kill some time.

Where Is Alaska?

Alaska is located at the northwest tip of the American continent. Surrounded by water on one side and by Canada on the other, it isn’t actually connected to the continental United States but still has the distinction of being the largest state in the Union. Alaska has a low population density due to the harshness of the climate during the winter months but it is a land rich in wildlife and sadly also rich in oil, leading many people to fear that this national treasure will be spoiled for future generations. This fear leads many people to visit Alaska out of a desire to see it while it is still in near pristine condition.

Alaska has been part of the United States since it was purchased from the Russians in 1867 for approximately $7.2 million. Today the state has a population of some 630,000 people, up from 130,000 fifty years ago. The population is composed of Caucasians, Native Americans, and some Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.

What About Its Culture?

Because of its multiethnic society, the culture of Alaska is quite varied. Native Alaskan culture and art are of predominant interest to tourists who can avail themselves of numerous museums and cultural centers. Native groups present in the state include the Aleut, Alutiiq, Athabascan, Nupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Tlingit, Haida, Eyak, Tsimshian, Yup’ik and Cup’ik cultures.

Life for non-native Alaskans is often a rough and tumble business. It is a casual state with a frontier quality where outdoor activities and rugged living are the norms. During the winter months many Alaskans are isolated from one another and from the outside world. Most would say the inconveniences are a small price to pay for living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

What Kind Of Adventures Can You Look Forward To In Alaska?

There are almost unlimited sources of diversion for the prospective Alaska visitor. Camping and wildlife photography are popular Alaska travel adventure activities. Sadly there is still a hunting culture but the activity is strictly regulated by the state. Fly-fishing and sport fishing are popular on the rugged waters in the warmer months. Fishermen go after rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, silver salmon and king salmon among others. White water rafting and kayaking are popular as is mountain biking. Dog sledding and other winter sports are also prominent features of Alaska adventure travel.

Youth Hostels Vs Hotels

Youth Hostels Vs Hotels

Youth Hostels Vs Hotels

Youth Hostels Vs Hotels

In a hostel the visitors generally make payment of rent for a bed in a big room where there are various other visitors paying rent for the other beds in the room. All the visitors share a one common bathroom, lounge rooms, and kitchen. If you want privacy then in that case you can opt for the private rooms in the hostel but for this, you have to pay a bit higher. The advantages of the youth hostels Sydney Australia is that the cost of lodging is quite low as compared to the options like hotels and you even get the opportunity to meet the other visitors from various other parts of the world.

Youth hostels Sydney Australia are generally cheaper and less formal as compared to the hotels. They are most likely used by the young generations who travel the world for different purposes. In the past, there existed a conception that most of the hostels put age limits for accommodation but this conception does not hold true in today’s time, as the hostel accommodation is open for visitors belonging to different age groups. Even though there is no restriction on the age factor for accommodation in these hostels, a large number of people staying in these hostels are generally of the ages 18 and 26. Thus, these hostels are commonly known as youth hostels in Sydney.

A hostel gives you a chance to see people belonging to different culture and their traditions and customs. The visitor does more communication with fellow visitors as compared to a hotel. Numerous hostels even facilitate their visitors to enjoy free of cost activities for their entertainment. There are several disadvantages of using hostels and these are almost similar to the disadvantages faced in using a hotel. One of the most common disadvantages of staying in youth hostels Sydney Australia can be theft since the visitor’s share a common room space but this can be worked out by properly locking up the possessions. Many of the hostels provide you some aid to securely store your possessions and some of them even provide you with private lockers.

One other disadvantage of staying in youth hostels Sydney Australia can be facing difficulty in sleeping may be because of the noise caused by someone’s snoring or someone coming back to the hostel room late in the evening. Hostel Kings Cross Sydney is one of the best place to live. This is the only reason behind the fixing up of time for the last entry in the hostel and lights off in the hostel premises. These are the various disadvantages of youth accommodation in Sydney.

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World’s 5 Most Anticipated Dance Festivals

Most people admire dance festivals all over the world. Some of the festivals have been going on for the last 20 years. Newcomers in the festivals are usually welcome as long as they receive appreciation from the audience. World’s five most anticipated dance festivals include:

The Sonar Festival takes place every month of June in Barcelona. The festival displays new talent with its unique format. The festival incorporates new music trends with an electronic feel as well as culture. Established artists mingle with upcoming ones hence the ability for them to learn audio-visual and musical production increases. This festival has two sections that take place in the night and day. The night one displays talent from existing artists while the day one focuses on looking for new talent as well as concerts.

Also known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, The Movement Electronic Festival began in the year 2000. It mainly takes place in the city’s middle spot. People have a chance to celebrate techno music founded by their ancestors. Famous artists from Detroit perform in this festival. Some of the artists include Stacy Pullen, Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig. In attendance are artists from other parts of the world. Tickets are sold online or in outlet shops in Detroit is VIP or general. Other amenities that one can enjoy include access to free WI- FI, parties that take place after the festivals and a centre for technology. More than 107,000 people attend the festival.

The Ultra music festival takes place in Miami. Unlike before, the festival lasts two weekends. Stars on the rise get a chance to grace this occasion. The festival includes upcoming artists like Disclosure and Nicolas Jaar.

The Mutek festival takes place in Montreal. It displays music done electronically as well as creativity that is digital. Many individuals in North America can display their electronic talent in this festival. It began in the year 2000 and took place aside the New Media and Cinema festival. The festival nurtures talent through sponsoring collaborations and production of audio-visuals. Performing artists include Robert Hood, John Talabot and Mathew Herbert.

The other festival is the Electric Daisy Carnival. The festival takes place in Las Vegas. It attracts a crowd of up to 300,000 people. The festival once experienced strong winds that swept it away. It is one of the biggest events in North America. The festival also takes place in New York and Chicago. Some featured artists include Carl Cox, Thomas Gold and David Guetta.

 

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Sydney Charming Tourist Attractions

The tourist’s destinations and attractions reflect about the city’s charm and beautiful, the main attractions in this Australia largest city comprised some unique and magnificent landmarks. There are also a number of well-tended garden like the famous Botanical Gardens, visitors troops to this spots to see how the lush expansive flower gardens are tended. Sydney Harbor Bridge and Bondi Beach are some other charming attractions to explore while in the city.

Bondi Beach: 

  1. a) Is just within a short drive from the city center, the spot is loved by both foreigners and local people due to its attractive nature.
    b) The visitors frequent the beach to explore its white sands, sun basking is one major activity been done here by visitors who flock there
    c) The Campbell Parade is just nearby for more fun activities around the beach, the Parade hosts several restaurants and eateries to satisfy all continental dishes, the restaurants are built along the expanse of the beach with panoramic views of the blue waters of the Sea.
    d) Surfing s one fun sporting activity done along the white sandy beaches, sanding along the beach is also popular there.

Sydney Opera house:

  1. a) The Sydney opera House is right within the precincts of the city, the landmark house is a must see attraction while in Australia, it houses some biggest auditoriums and conference halls known in the whole world.
    b) The landmark is easily noticeable once you arrive in the city, it’s remarkable in the entire Australia as a whole too for its fame.
    c) Opera House offers facilities for grand meetings and performances which are internationally recognized and attended, millions of audience have gotten a chance to attend every year.
    d) The house is uniquely designed with top class architectural design; the facility is very modern with unique ambiance and attraction worth exploring while in the city.

The Botanic Gardens:

  1. a) The garden is one of the natural attractions for families who are going for a floral rendezvous, the lovely flowers makes many families visiting a good treat.
    b) It directly compliments the Sydney Harbor vista, the Harbor is just next to the Botanic Gardens, and the variety of flowers offers a great view for even study purposes.
    c) The well maintained and trimmed Garden offers a variety, it’s divided in different segments according to different plants species, and visitors find it a real learning tour even as they enjoy the wonders of the garden.
    d) The garden is an expansive 30 acre with much more to offer its visitors; there are nice restaurants around where you can enjoy yourself with your family.

Sydney Aquarium: 

  1. a) The Aquarium is just within the precincts of the city within the nearby Parks; here the aquatic life is well refined and defined for purposes of attractions.
    b) Many visitors come to experience the water life in the area; the Aquarium is well developed with many species of fiches and other sea mammals to explore about.
    c) The marine creatures include the cold, fresh, salty and the tropical water fishes, the species numbers about a thousand and more, other unique species of mammals can also be found in this spot.
    d) There are specialist guides to take visitors through the segments of the Aquarium for learning purposes, the Seal Show is a site to see while here for entertaining purposes.

The Blue Mountains:

  1. a) The Mountain Ranges are just serenely located within the Northern part of the city, the views are so panoramic for many city dwellers, and it’s a good escape from the hustles of the busy city.
    b) The Mountain ranges are unique in their cascading contrasts; the ranges overlap each other to give the viewer a picturesque view of the quite mountainous region.
    c) Wentworth Falls is considered another attraction offered by the ranges, the fall can be viewed just at the foot of these high Ranges, some water sporting activities can be done at the foot of the Ranges.
    d) The Three Sister are other must see attractions of the area; The Everglades can also be viewed within the Mountain region.

Other attractions like the Sydney Harbor Bridge, The Chinese Garden Of Friendship, and The Queen Victoria Building are adding to the number of must see attractions, get your Australian Visas to explore all its beautiful attractions.

 

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A Buck Loose In Sydney

If you find yourself in Sydney, Australia for a wedding, and find out that you are in charge of planning a last minute bachelor party, don’t stress! You have a plethora of options on how to make sure the guys all have a great time. From drinking out on the night to strippers galore, Sydney is full of an endless night of entertainment. Make sure you make the arrangements for the bachelor event a day or two prior. This will prevent any stress the day of. If you have access to an internet, be sure to read reviews of all the places you plan to attend, so you don’t end up in a part of town that isn’t all that you expected it to be.

Start off the night by taking the guys out to a great bar. Be sure the place as good entertainment along with good priced drinks. Get the bachelor and the other guys a little tipsy and loosened up for the events to follow. Most guys have a better time when they have a little alcohol in their system. However, make sure no one over do’s it on the drinking early into the night. It will ruin the rest of the plans. Don’t just stop at one bar either, visit a couple different ones, so that your crowd enjoys multiple different party atmospheres. If you choose to go out to dinner, be sure to do it before the bar scene. However, if you are disinterested in eating out at a restaurant, go to local bars that serve food. It’s hard to party and have a good time on a empty stomach that rumbles throughout the whole night.

After you and the guys have lived it up at the bar scene and enjoyed dancing with the local ladies, and filling yourselves up with a variety of liquors, head over to a hotel that you should make reservations for a night or two before. Also, with the hotel reservations, you should get online and look for private strippers (http://www.xxxbucksparties.com.au/ is a great place to start) for bachelor parties. Look for one from a reputable company, and hire a sexy lady to arrive at the hotel. Be sure the other guys know to bring some money for tips, because you will receive a better show the more she is tipped. You have the option of going out to strip clubs and enjoying a variety of beautiful women; however, strippers that come to private events allow the full focus to be on the bachelor, and provide a little bit more of hands on experience.

This may be similar to the usual bachelor party that other gentlemen hold; but, when you have a group of good guy friends, you can’t go wrong with dancing, drinking, and a beautiful woman, or two, to finish up the night. Make sure the bachelor is not aware of the plans for the night, so that he can get a nice surprise, especially from the beautiful stripper. Also, be sure that everyone is focused on making the whole event about the groom. Everyone should have a superb time the night of the bachelor party, but that night should be all about the guy who is about to tie the knots.

Marrakech, Morocco

Top Five Places to See in Africa

Africa is believed to be the land where many people and things originated from. I am African American, though I am not from Africa, I am one hundred percent sure that my ancestors are and not once have I attempted to visit Africa or consider going. Where would I start? Where would I go if I did go to Africa. Is Africa as beautiful as it seems on television or ads? These are questions you must ask yourself as a traveler. Think about the kind of hotel you would like to visit when going to Africa. This will be the most important because this is the place in which you will be spending your vacation nights.

The best destinations in Africa start with the scenery, and the lands. Before you go to Africa always look for the best destinations on a site like www.destinationsafrica.com.au. Do your research before you jump into your plans. If you are traveling during the holidays which most people are, then ask yourself, what is the best holiday destinations in Africa? Consider the beaches and the cities. Africa is a big continent and there is much to do. If you get bored on this vacation then you aren’t doing something right.

Kynsna Elephant Park,

Kynsna Elephant Park

A highly recommended place to visit would be the Marrakech, Morocco. The Red city of Marrakech is a extraordinary place to visit with great scenery and service. Cape town central, South Africa, is a nice resort with the perfect beach and city and town above the coast of the lands. The beach houses are lined up across the shores. Visitors can visit Robben Island where Nelsen Mandela was in prison. Kynsna is located in South Africa and there are many cliffs along the shores are clean, non polluted bodies of water.

To look out into see from the top of the cliffs will be a moment not forgotten. Visit the Kynsna Elephant Park, the Kynsna Head, and the buffalo Bay. Drupkelders Hiking Trail is a short hike around 3 kilometers. Be sure to bring a camera because there is always something there worth seeing. This would be a recommended place to go during Christmas. Kynsna is one of the best holiday destinations in Africa. Durban is another city close to the coast of it’s shores. The difference between Durban and Cape town central is that the buildings in Durban are much higher and look more like business buildings. The city is much more closer to the shores than that of Cape town central. In Durban you could literally walk out of the buildings and walk across the sandy beach.

Travelers should try the street scene tour. It is wheelchair access and there is activities for the young children. Hazeyview is south of Africa. It would be my favorite. There are hills and mountains and even valleys. One might see a variety of animals. The most popular activity would be zip lining. Many of the tours are popular as well for tourist. The tours are always exciting and educational of course. The elephants whispers are a once in a life time experience. You visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda,watch the year round event of the zebra migration, visit Victoria falls, or even see the pyramids of Giza up close. The choice is yours to make, but any choice you make will not be one you regret.

Motorcycle Tours of Vietnam

Motorcycle Tours of Vietnam

Vietnam is a fascinating country to visit, especially when you travel the highways and byways into the countryside to experience the culture and the scenic wonders first hand. Touring on lightweight motorcycle is an ideal way to cover travel Vietnam. It is the way most Vietnamese travel themselves. The motorcycle best fits the rural infrastructure of the country. Some six thousand North Americans tour Vietnam by motorcycle every year, together with thousands of Europeans and international tourists from all over the world.

A tour of the North East of Vietnam will take you through tribal village, markets and coastal scenic wonders. A tour of the North West will carry you through the high country, the Tonkinese Alps and mountain village culture. Visit the South and see Saigon, ride through the jungle and the plantation center of the country.

Organized Tours:

There are several large travel companies offering escorted tours through the Vietnamese countryside from a week to 11 days in some cases including a brief boat cruise. The escorted tours include everything, motorcycle finance, gear like helmets, gloves and riding attire, all fuel and support, meals and accommodation, all entrance fees, tickets, transport fees, and third party motorcycle insurance. You will ride on a light weight motorbike like the Honda Fortune or the Yamaha YBR. You may also chose a light dirt bike like the Honda XR400 for off-road travel. The tours are accompanied by a guide/ translator who also serves as a motorcycle mechanic. It is a good idea to get your motorcycle serviced before the trip. ( more on that here) Many of the accommodations on the tours are home stays.

Most motorcycle tourists organize group tours which are prices according to the side of the party and the type of motorcycle finance included, with per rider prices depending on the size of the group. Per Diem prices may range between 90 USD and 180 USD per person.

What You Need:

Only citizens of certain Asian countries, Korea and Japan can enter Vietnam without an entry visa for visits up to 30 days. Other tourists need an entry visa. Obtaining an entry visa requires some preparation and there are costs involved. You will need a passport valid beyond six months after your visit. You will need two recent color passport photographs. You will need to obtain an official letter of invitation from Vietnam. The process of obtaining necessary letters and forms is a little confusing. You can obtain help from your tour operator. The tour guide operator can help you through a procedure for applying to receive a visa on arrival at the airport ( please follow this link to see more about Vietnam visa ). The cost for a single entry, 1 to 3 months stay visa is about 45 USD per person. One month multiple entry visas cost 65 USD per person. Three month entry visas cost 95 USD per person.

Medical Recommendations:

All travelers to Vietnam should make sure their vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chicken pox, polio and flu are up to date. A vaccine for hepatitis A is highly recommended, since some travelers to Vietnam get hepatitis “A” through contaminated food. Typhoid vaccination is also highly recommended to prevent infection through contaminated water. If you are traveling to Vietnam on an extended trip, especially traveling through rural areas and spending a lot of time outdoors, you should consider immunity from Japanese encephalitis. Malaria is a possibility in Vietnam if you are exposed to mosquitoes You should have access to anti-malarial medications. Rabies is a real danger if you are exposed to wild animals in Vietnam. You should consider rabies vaccine. Yellow fever is not a risk in Vietnam. But the Vietnamese government may require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vietnam is a tropical country. Traveling in the tropics always poses special dangers along with the special mystery and charm. If you are traveling to Vietnam, you should discuss your plans with your doctor.

Zlatni Rat , the most spectacular beaches in Croatia

Zlatni Rat

Zlatni Rat

The Golden Horn, also called Zlatni Rat is the most spectacular beaches in Croatia. This wide golden sandy beach that spans almost 530 meters, juts into the water like a tongue stretched into the sea end of the beach changes shape and position depending on the wind. Surrounded by pine forest and sea with crystal clear waters, this beach is distinguished by its fascinating beauty.

Located at the southeast end of the Croatian island of Brac, near the small town of Bol, this beach has become, over the years, the favorite haunt of tourists both Croatian and foreign. Indeed, the beach attracts tourists from around the world come to bask in the sun, the sea and to enjoy water sports.

The Golden Horn (or sometimes even the “Gold Cap”) offers a wide range of water sports, including jet skiing, scuba diving, banana boats (banana-shaped buoy towed by a boat ) and parachute jumping, beach volleyball and many other fun activities. For those who just want to relax away from the rays of the burning sun, the pine forest next to an ideal refuge.

Traveling Down Under

Australia is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It covers an area of 2.97 million square miles and has a total population of 22.68 million people. Most of these residents live along the coast leaving thousands of miles of wilderness in the interior Outback. You could spend a lifetime traveling Australia and never truly discover all of it, but one to two years should be enough to give you a taste which is sure to have you wanting more.

The first thing that any traveler should know before embarking on their OZ odyssey is that visa kit in Australia require a little research. There are typically three types of visa kit available to tourists which include; Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass601), eVisitors (Subclass 651), and Visitor Visa (Subclass 600). The Electronic Visa is filed for and stored online for visitors staying up to three months. This would be the Visa for residents from North America. eVisitor Visa’s are the same thing but for residents from Europe. For more migration help, be sure to visit the Australian Government website or check out Time For Advice website.

Those who wish to stay longer than 3 months should apply for the Visitor Visa which allows a maximum of 12 months in country. This is the max that a tourist is allowed to stay in Australia. Those who wish to stay longer would have to reapply, leave the country and re-enter, or risk deportation.

Once you have the Visa squared away it is important to note that Australia works much like the USA with minor exceptions. The first and biggest difference visitors will notice is the high price of goods. To put it simply, everything there is expensive because they pay a much higher wage than most countries. It is safe to say that $100-150 a day is the bare minimum anyone should plan for Australia.

Clothing, customs, and daily interactions will be very similar to what most Americans are used to. The people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. Don’t be surprised if people randomly stop and ask if they can help you find something. The attitude towards American’s is quite positive as well and travelers should only expect a few good natured jokes at best. Sometimes locals are the best migration help a visitor can ask for!

Getting around Australia can be a difficult feat. Trains are a mainstay but can be quite expensive depending on the destination. Airfare is similar to the United States and is getting cheaper thanks to the emergence of low cost airlines like Virgin Blue. Hiring (renting) a car can also be expensive let alone the cost of gas which will kill any budget quickly.

Each city in Australia is different and most travelers will quickly figure out their favorite. Traveling to Australia is a dream for many people around the world. With the right preperation (and budget), visitors can ensure they have a great time and make memories that last a lifetime. Be sure to bring a camera, a good pair of walking shoes, a swimsuit, and prepare to be amazed at what life down under is all about. I guarantee you won’t want to leave at the end of your journey!

The tepuis (or tepuis) are flat-topped mountain overlooking the tropical jungle

Auyantepui

Auyantepui

The tepuis are flat plateaus or mountains found in the Guiana Shield of South America, especially Venezuela. In the language of the Pemon people who live in the Gran Sabana (great savanna), “Tepui” means “House of the Gods” because of their height.

The tepuis are generally isolated from each other unlike the classic roller chains, resulting in a concentration of hundreds of endemic plant and animal species, some of which are found only on one tepui. The isolation of these reliefs and their climatic contrasts explain this. Rising above the surrounding forest, the tepuis have vertical sides almost perpendicular, and many rise up to 1000 meters above the surrounding jungle. The largest of them are over 3000 meters high. The nearly vertical cliffs and dense rainforest bed on which these tepuis are, make them inaccessible by foot. Only three mountains of the Gran Sabana can be reached on foot, including Mount Roraima, 2180 m high, is the most accessible.

The tepuis are the remains of a large sandstone plateau that once covered the entire floor of granite between the northern border of the Amazon basin and Orinoco, and between the Atlantic coast and the Rio Negro, during the period Precambrian. Over millions of years, the plates were eroded and all that remained were the tepuis isolated these mountains “flat head” (or table mountain, mesa, and tafelberg as they are also called). Although tepuys seem quite sterile, their summit is teeming with life.

The high altitude of tepuys gives them a different climate from the forest below. The summit is often cooler with frequent rains, while the base has a hot and humid tropical climate. Many extraordinary plants (endemic) have adapted to the environment to form unique and specific species tepui.

 

Some 9400 species of higher plants were recorded in Venezuelan Guiana, 2322 which have been registered since the tepuis. Thus, about one third of species found nowhere else in the world on the tepuis.

There are 115 mountains of this type in the region of the Gran Sabana in the south-east of Venezuela, which has the highest concentration of tepuis. The most famous of them is Mount Roraima. The latter was unexplored until 1884. Today, the tepui is a popular destination for backpackers and has a good number of small waterfalls, natural pools lined with quartz and Punto Triple, the point where the borders Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet. It was explored by Robert Schomburgk whose expedition inspired the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World.

The other famous tepui is Auyantepui, from which fall the Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. Auyantepui is also the largest of the tepuis with an area of ​​700 km ².

 

How to Inspect Your Car Before Taking A Long Road Trip

When it comes to car inspection before a trip, you should definitely take your time to make sure everything is in proper working order. Remember, you may be on the road for 10 plus hours so it’s important to check out everything in regards to a possible car inspection. Here are some basics to make sure things do not go left field before you make your long term destination. And you can also learn more about car inspection from this site.

Check your fluids

This is very important. You want to ensure that everything from your oil and your coolant is on point. You don’t want leakage because that can lead to disastrous times down the road. You don’t want to enter a situation where the brake fluid is severely low and causes not only mechanical damage but can potentially get you in accident. Not only would this be a costly situation, you can get severely injured.

Check the air pressure

Always be cautious of your air pressure especially in regards to your tires. It’s a good to check your tires before your planned trip to make sure your tires don’t get blown. Also, you want to check the pressure of your spare tires. A smart move would be to hold a quarter down in the tread to see the visibility of the coin. If you cannot see the top of the head, it may be time to get your tires changed. Blown tires can be rather expensive and you don’t wanna take up so much room in your car to replace with a bunch of spares. It’s much better to go ahead and be on the safe side.

Make sure to get an oil change

If you are due for one in the near future, do it early to be safe than sorry. Much better for preventing leakage on long trips. It’s smarter than simply just adding new oil because the oil will not be clean. You want your ride to be as smooth as possible and save on your mileage as well. A proper vehicle inspection should most definitely include this because you need the proper fuel for your car to perform at its best.

Keep your car maintained

General vehicle inspection is extremely important as well. At the very least make sure all of your windows and your rear view mirror remain clean. You need to see where you are going and keep an eye out for blind spots. It would be horrible to go on a trip and your window does not go down or up. It’s a major inconvenience because you may have to rely solely on air conditioner which uses a lot of your car’s battery. Also, you want to make sure you car has a working GPS so you can go ahead and get to your destination with no problems. Also, it saves you from having to constantly look down at a map.

It’s very important to take the proper steps of maintaining your car in general. However, you want to make absolute sure that everything is above and beyond the protocol before going on a long road trip.

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Where to go out in Sihanoukville?

Sihanoukville is a destination in southern Cambodia famous for its beaches and nightlife. Although it is far from the atmosphere of major Asian cities, you will find some places to go out and party in the evening and enjoy the beaches to relax during the day. There are some Bars in Sihanoukville and there are even a few casinos.

 

Sihanoukville is a city that knows how to party and it have no shortage of bars and nightclubs. Beaches Ochheutel Otres, Independence and Victory are lined with shacks seafood also officiate as bars. Ochheutel is by far the most hectic and there is always a bar open all night or a beach party. The best bars on this beach are Utopia, Monkey Republic, Big Easy and Dolphin Shack.

Off the beaches, there are several bars on Serendipity Beach Road as The Led Zephyr (one of the best pub and live music in the city) and some plazas near the large roundabout bars (Golden Lion Plaza and Sihanoukville Square).  Behind Victory Beach, there are a number of bars (music, sports, etc …) at the top of Victory Hill, some of which stay open until the wee hours of the morning. Finally, the city also has its share of establishments for a drink, including several late into the night, including Charlie Harper’s G’Day Mate

How to get to Sihanoukville?

From Phnom Penh, you will have to book a bus that will pick you up at your hotel and depart from the main bus station in the capital. The ride to Sihanoukville only cost you 4 to $ 6.

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Bagan , A huge Buddhist Site in the central plain of Burma

 

Bagan is one of the most visited by tourists who venture into the land of golden pagodas cities. However, tourism in Burma is booming but it is the only country to successfully keep its authenticity unlike its neighboring countries. Bagan offers a true spectacle every hour of the day and offers superb and diverse landscapes.

Bagan, an archaeological site not to be missed

Of all the wonders evokes the cultural richness of Burma, one that attracts the most remains the plain of Bagan pagodas and 2000. Buddhism is completely embedded in the culture of the country, pagodas and giant Buddhas can also testify. Spread over more than 40 km ², the 4000 temples offer a surprising spectacle. For fans of morning walks, you can see the true applicant food in black vases before the statutes of Buddha. The majestic temple Ananda Pahto is a beauty unnamed impressed many a traveler on his way.

Welcome to paradise

You can make your bike tour or carriage on a minimum period of 3 days to not miss a crumb of this unique travel experience. At sunset, offer you the most beautiful sight: an orange light that reveals the shadows and contours on a forest of stupas and temples whose peaks exceed even the tallest trees. If you want a little adventure, agencies offer with pleasure of seeing all these pagodas from the sky, inside a hot air balloon. The view is amazing! You will feel an atmosphere of serenity that will immerse you in a state of relaxation while walking peacefully through the dirt roads.

If you are afraid of being bored to see pagodas, think again! This immense plain will not disappoint, as each has its own story pagoda. Do not hesitate to take a guide in arriving at the site because the prices are quite affordable and history worth.

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Wedding Destination – Planning a Wedding in Vietnam

Planning a Wedding in Vietnam

Planning a Wedding in Vietnam

If you want a big wedding—a ceremony that will be etched in the minds of friends and family forever, Vietnam is the place for you! A wedding in Vietnam is quite different than anywhere else in the world. It’s not just a one day ceremony; it’s a huge celebration of a young couples love. While most cultures view marriage as an important and sacred event, Vietnamese go two steps further and parties like it’s the only holiday in existence!

The first event to plan is the engagement party. If you are from out of the country this celebration would be best held in your native land, since the engagement party is usually held six months before the wedding.

Next is your wedding dress. Many Vietnamese brides wear multiple gowns on the day of their wedding: a traditional dress or Ao Dai for the ceremony, and a western dress for the reception. Usually found in red or pink, an Ao Dai is made of silk and very modest. This dress has Buddhist roots, but many Christians still opt for it because of its beauty and tradition. In local ceremonies, the groom arrives at the bride’s house and “buys” her from her parents with many red covered trays bearing gifts like betel nuts, fruit, sweets, and a pig. If yours will be a destination wedding, however, these traditions can either be dispensed with or preformed at the church or the wedding venue of your choice.

The site is usually decorated in every way imaginable. Bright colors rule the day as a way to mirror the happiness of the couple. Often Lion Dancers as well as Pyrotechnicians are hired as part of the festivities.

Hiring a wedding band shouldn’t be a problem since Vietnam is such a music-oriented country. Their wedding music in particular is very beautiful. Ask locals who their favorite wedding band is, but also make sure to listen to them yourself. You don’t want any surprises on your special day! Get wedding music you can get excited about! Learn more why your wedding should have a wedding band here.

The reception is really when Vietnamese weddings outshine every other country. All the guests who were not considered close enough to attend the ceremony are asked to the reception. “Vietnam time” can be confusing. Fifteen minutes late is early, an hour late is “on time”.

This culture definitely enjoys good food and drink, and they expect to get it at an occasion such as this. They traditionally toast between the second and third drink by shouting “Mot! Hai! Ba! Vo!” This phrase means, “One! Two! Three! In!” Next, bring on the food! 7-10 courses is the norm and make sure more than half of those courses contain meat! This may seem extreme to an outsider but perfectly expected in Vietnam. If you have moral objections about eating meat and do not wish there to be any on the menu, mention that fact in your invitations.

The last thing you need to know about planning a wedding in Vietnam is to have fun! At the end of your crazy day, all you’ll remember is your friends and family. Love speaks the same language and knows no cultural boundaries. Enjoy planning one of the biggest moments of your life!!!

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What is the cheapest city to travel in South America?

South America and Central America are hotspots for backpackers seeking adventure without spending much money. But with so much to see, how to choose his starting point? Price of Travel has released its 2014 Backpacker Index this week, describing the cheapest cities for travelers on a budget.  Thinking outside the box is also a good way to reduce costs. Use one of these cities as a base and explore the surrounding areas is the ideal way to discover these two “continents” in budget mode. Here are the Top 10 cheapest cities below!

 

1. La Paz, Bolivia

Daily Backpacker Index: € 16.27 / day
La Paz amaze you, not only because of its high altitude. With an offset, beautiful landscapes and many markets, museums and neighborhoods to explore culture, La Paz has a lot to offer.

2. Quito, Ecuador

Daily Backpacker Index: € 16.31 / day
Ecuador is constantly nice and warm, ensuring a perfect backdrop for adventure. Explore both the picturesque and historic “Old Town”, and the most boisterous and modern parts of the “new town”.

3. Cuzco, Peru

Daily Backpacker Index: € 19.78 / day
Cuzco is traditionally the place where people stay before heading to Machu Picchu. And if you go to Peru, you have to go to Machu Picchu! But do not you just go through Cuzco. This is a great place to relax, explore churches, ruins and museums, and experience a city often overlooked.

4. Panama City, Panama

Daily Backpacker Index: € 20.28 / day
The popularity of the city of Panama has recently increased enormously, thanks to its status as urban center and its excellent proximity to beautiful beaches. It is the most cosmopolitan city in the region, so there is no shortage here of bars, restaurants, night life and shopping

5.Lima, Peru

Daily Backpacker Index: € 22.90 / day
Lima is a city full of surprises. Its colonial architecture and museums transport visitors to another time, while its modern nightlife and shops make it a contemporary city. Lima is also wonderland for foodies, so come hungry there.

6. San José, Costa Rica

Daily Backpacker Index: € 23.33 / day
Costa Rica is generally a great place for budget travelers who are careful not to fall into the tourist traps. San Jose is the largest city in the country. Find interesting museums, parks and architecture before moving to coastal areas.

7. Mexico City, Mexico

Daily Backpacker Index: € 24.02 / day
Despite the fact that Mexico is not really in Central America, Price of Travel has included in their ranking as the Mexican capital tends to be the point of departure or arrival for long journeys across Central America.

8. Montevideo, Uruguay

Daily Backpacker Index: € 24.91 / day
The capital of Uruguay is a vibrant and eclectic place. The historic district of downtown industrial port, or to the suburbs seafront, Montevideo contains many things to see.

9. Santiago, Chile

Daily Backpacker Index: € 26.72 / day
Surrounded by mountains, Santiago is the perfect place to refuel urban life with a multitude of outdoor adventures just nearby. The town itself offers a culinary and art scene booming, while the mountains attract hikers, cyclists, skiers and thrill seekers of all kinds.

10. Cartagena, Colombia

Daily Backpacker Index: € 27.17 / day
Cartagena is a folk and romantic city that is full of life. Stroll the cobblestone streets, relax in a beer garden and enjoy the vibrancy of the city.

The rest of the Backpacker Index 2014

11. Antigua, Guatemala
12. Buenos Aires, Argentina
13. San Pedro, Belize
14. Roatán, Honduras
15. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
16. Caracas, Venezuela

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Things to do while traveling in Bolivia

Far from mass tourism, Bolivia is an unknown destination travelers. However, this is probably the most authentic South American countries. Shared between the Amazon and the Andes, this mosaic country, home to dozens of ethnic groups, has a unique landscape and cultural heritage. Focusing on 10 major destinations in Bolivia.

1. La Paz

The capital of Bolivia, nestled in a canyon at the foot of the Andes, is surprising. Traditional markets which spread through the streets of the old town and the houses clinging to the sides of the slopes compete with the modernity and dynamism of the metropolis. Killi Killi Mirador, located on the heights of La Paz, offers a nice panorama view over the capital. About fifteen miles away, lies the Valley of the Moon: strange craters and carved columns formed by the weathering of rocks invite the traveler to think he left Earth.

Dominating the town, the Cordillera, majestic snowcapped mountain range, offers many excursions in an absolutely exceptional design and is a paradise for trekkers.

2. Lake Titicaca

Mythical place of the Andes, Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is here that the Incas were born or Tiwanaku civilizations. This mecca of Andean culture has several islands and archaeological sites that reflect the heritage of the region. A walk around the lake can enjoy the beauty of the place, with the clear waters of the lake and the beautiful light that is reflected.

3. Sajama National Park

Farther south lies the Sajama National Park, which was first established in Bolivia. It houses the eponymous volcano, the country’s highest peak, as well as many natural treasures, such as geysers, hot springs and small traditional villages.

4. Uyuni  Salar

The largest salt desert in the world is a mandatory visit for any trip to Bolivia. These vast expanses white to almost 4,000 m above sea level, offers an absolutely amazing show. In this region are also present geysers, volcanoes, lakes and picturesque villages. The Inca Huasi Island, with its giant cacti, offers a quite remarkable panorama on the salar and Tunupa volcano.

5. The region of Lipez and jewels Route

This area hides many wonders: near volcanoes and colorful mountains are beautiful lagoons, each more beautiful than the other. Because their variety is such that it is impossible to get bored: Laguna Colorada is dazzling with its waters stained red, while the gray waters of the Laguna Honda are surrounded by a sandy beach. Other regional attractions include three species of flamingo, it is possible to observe in their natural habitat.

6. Potosi

Potosi has a heavy heritage: its rich past, the time of the Spanish colony, comes from the exploitation of the largest silver mine in the world. This place was so theater exploitation of Indians and slaves from the triangular trade, which enabled the enrichment of the Spanish crown. Today, the colonial legacy is still very present, since it is possible to visit many colonial and religious buildings. The silver mines are now dry but there extract tin. When visitors come, it is customary to go before the market for minors to buy them some gifts, such as coca leaves or cool drinks.

7. Sugar

Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, it was the cradle of the revolution and independence was signed in the Casa de la Libertad in 1825. This pretty white city is also home to an important colonial heritage, which justified its inclusion in cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO). Here we find a place to live and visit. Sugar is also known as the Eternal City in the spring.

8. Torotoro Park

Created in 1989 to protect the Ara red front, a species of parrot endangered, Park Torotoro home to beautiful landscapes. It enjoys beautiful views of the mountains and colorful medium is the natural habitat of many animals, such as the puma or the Andean cat. A special feature of this park is that it retains footprints and dinosaur fossils, making it an ideal place for paleontologists worldwide. A milestone in this park heart stroke!

9. Santa Cruz and the Jesuit missions

Towards the Amazon, to discover the region of Santa Cruz, to the west of the country. It is here, from the seventeenth century, the Jesuit missions were founded. They are now listed as a whole World Heritage Site and an important legacy for Bolivia. Indeed, the Jesuit missionaries settled in the region in order to evangelize the Indians, but they also gave them their much knowledge in the field of architecture, music, agriculture and participated in the establishment an economic and social order. Jesuit missions are therefore evidence of the legacy of European expertise in Bolivia, contributing to the creation of a mestizo culture.

This area also houses the Amboró Park, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This tour offers total immersion in nature, between rivers, waterfalls and natural pools, all in the midst of a dense tropical vegetation.

10. Tarija and the Wine Route

The Tarija region, south of the country to discover the wine route and Bolivian raw, rich flavors, and the quality continues to improve. This epicurean break is followed by a visit to the beautiful city of Tarija, which is reminiscent of an Andalusian city. Its colonial architecture and its river Guadalquivir, the same name as the Andalusian river are far from the clichés of the Bolivian city.

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Travel with Private Jet in Vietnam

Travel with private jet in Vietnam. This country is a lush oasis of beauty and you can see it all on private jet transportation tours. Leave the concerns of airport scheduling and lost luggage. Your private jet charter moves at your pace. Travel with kitchen, telephone, television and computer services at your disposal. Learn more how charter flights are more cost effective than commercial flights here.

 

Services are available in Vietnam through, Stratos jet charters, Tan Son Nhat and Danang Intl Private Flight service and others. Board a private aircraft charter and experience the leisure of no lines, no crowds and impeccable service at every destination. Food is prepared and passengers are able to keep luggage in sight. Passengers load in a different area of the airport and are not bothered by crowds. Make stops at your chosen destination even those not on the itinerary. Experience the world, only private jet travel can offer. Travel with an onboard chef and crew, there to see to your every comfort.

People aboard a flight are a part of a chosen group. The amenities on board flight are prearranged and the guests decide upon any stops or scheduling. Aircraft charter offers a new flexibility in flying. This is a great way to take a vacation for groups, getting them to their destination with no stops and no routine airport frustrations.

If traveling for business a private aircraft charter is the best way to save time and money. Get more accomplished and stay rested while doing it. The flight will provide added time to go over client options or to map out strategies needed for a meeting. Once finished with business there may be time for some leisure. A flight saves on driving time and prevents the expense of hotels and added meals that may filter into the cost when getting to a destination a day early may be required. This often happens with early morning meetings.

Private charter crafts are certainly a step up from commercial. No one ask you to remove shoes and they do not scan you with a wand or do other invasive processes. Private planes are a preferable way to fly and the plane does not take off if you are delayed. A private jet charter is at your disposal, not the clocks.

Take a tour in a beautiful Boeing 757 that accommodates 78 guests. Schedules are designed to give clients every advantage in private jet travel, however, the smaller the plane the longer the flight time. In the matter of passenger legroom, a private plane has lots of space. Passenger can walk around, have dinner, watch television and talk on the phone. This level of flying is nothing but luxury.

Private jet charter offer clients flights out of airports throughout Vietnam. Service is convenient and gives passengers the courtesy they deserve. This is not only for the rich since it is one of the most cost efficient ways to fly. Arrival times are better and the impression left with a client is only confidence in the ability of a business to manage its assets.

Trained pilots shuttle passengers across Vietnam. A private plane is available to fit the size of any group, turboprops, medium and heavy and private helicopters. Pack your luggage and spend time scampering over the beautiful hills and valleys of Vietnam. Fly to less traveled destinations and enjoy exclusive rewards. Before arrival, transportation to hotels or other destinations can be set up, improving convenience.

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Key Steps of What to Do After a Car Accident in Vietnam

It’s important to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to driving in a different country. For a foreigner who’s not used to driving in a place like Vietnam, it may be in your best interest to take alternative methods of transportation. In a city with a crazy record of road accidents, you should try to avoid it if you can. However, if you do end up driving, please take extreme caution. Here are a few things you should do in case you do get into an accident. You can also learn about car accident case from this case .

One of the first things to do is to alert the police and insurance company immediately. You never know how serious it can be until it gets to that point. You may look fine on the outside but you could have whiplash from the collision which may cause you to feel quite drowsy in a concussive state. A police officer can arrange for a ride to the hospital whether the injury is minor or major. It’s also important to get in touch with the insurer because he can measure the extent of the damages. Also, he’ll find who’s at fault so one is mainly responsible for paying the damages. It may be wise to look through car accident lawyers. You should always find solid car accident lawyers to help you in your case.

Medical bills can get quite expensive especially when you have a lawyer for your court case. It’s also important to hire quality personal injury lawyers who will do everything to make sure you collect on the damages. These personal injury lawyers can fight for your case so you don’t have to receive the added burden of tremendous medical bills.

Make sure you provide the following information: your name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and even insurance information to the police. If you can also get that information from the driver who caused the accident, it’ll definitely be helpful to your case. Also, you should file a police report on what happened so you have a written and even audio testament of what occurred. This way you can have it on record when you make claims with the insurance company. Be as thorough as possible so you have a better chance of collecting. Also, it helps solve the mystery on your end and keeps you from paying an astronomical amount of money. The information you provide should include a driver’s license, vehicle registration, police report and photos of the scene especially the damages done to the car.

In the situation of a car accident, you really need to be as detailed as possible from your perspective. This way you have a better chance of getting the insurance claim. Be aware of the rules and regulations regarding accidents in Vietnam. If you are just going to the country on a vacation, it may be wise to just stay off the road until you get more familiar with the way the traffic moves. This will help you ensure a safer and more enjoyable trip in Vietnam.

 

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How to Avoid Bedbugs While Traveling in Vietnam

A bedbug is a brown insect which can grow to a size of up to 7 mm. A span of 15 minutes is enough for one bedbug to suck blood which can add up to four times of its body weight. Their flat bodies are adapted to hide in the tiniest cracks that your furniture can have. What attracts them to human beings is warmth and carbon dioxide that is given out in exhalation.

 

It is estimated that one bedbug can lay about 300 eggs in 2 months. Their bites cause allergies and irritations as well as vast psychological torture on the victim.

For someone to be able to avoid bedbugs in Vietnam, you need to know how you can detect their infestation in your environment. Here are just but a few tactics. You can also read more tips from this post.

o          Be sure to check any termite inspections reports or reviews of the hotels or hostels that you intend to stay in. Be precise in knowing if there has been any bedbug invasion in the recent past and which pest control measures were taken.

o          Do not place your bags on bed at arrival. This will make the eggs attach to your bags without your knowledge.

o          Start by doing some self termite inspections. Inspect the pillows and sheets of your bed. Get to the mattress and check if there will be any bedbug. You should be very keen because the pests which you are looking for are tiny.

o          After that get to the frame of the bed. Besides looking for these creatures in the gaps of your bed, check if there are black marks which resemble ink dots. This is the common appearance of the fecal matter that comes from bedbugs.

o          These creatures will be fast enough to escape your eye. The best advisable thing to do is to note the things they leave behind and use them as your guides.

o          A bedbug is also known to shed its skin after a single feeding session. These can as well be a thing to observe.

o          A smell of a rotting thing is an indication of massive infestation.

o          With any sign of those listed above, you do not need to break a bone looking for any bedbug. You will easily locate one or more in that bed frame.

You might find it being a bit difficult to get a refund from most of budget hotels that you will get in Vietnam, but that lose will not be an enough reason to put you through the pains of bedbug bites and fighting the pests for months ahead. The best way to go about this would be paying for a single night and then prolonging your stay once you are certain of what the condition looks like.

In case you did not get any, be on the lookout at all times. If you spot any unusual bite, let the hostel or hotel authorities know. A pest control step should be taken immediately. If you will decide to leave that place, ensure that you wash everything that you have and dry it at a place where high temperatures will facilitate the drying. This helps in killing any egg that would have attached itself on your belongings.

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Good plans and duty free shopping of airport terminals

Airports are always full with an increasingly impressive year on year passenger flows. We already talked about the traffic figures in the world to explain the number of travelers is enormous. And as you are part of (statistically), you should know that you will spend a few hours in airports worldwide. But what to do in an airport? Wait, eat, connect to internet, and many other things? Yes, but if there’s one thing you need to enjoy it is to shop! Here are the best airports for shopping!

Dubai International Airport

With 5,400 square meters of commercial space, Sheikh Rashid terminal looks just like a mall. Travelers will find a wide selection of open day and night, 7 days a week stores.

Amsterdam airport

Amsterdam has the best airport in Europe when it comes to bargains. Shops Schiphol indeed offers their products from 10 to 35% cheaper than other airports.

Hong Kong International Airport

With over 250 stores, this international center enables travelers to shop among the world’s most prestigious brands including Chanel, Armani and Cartier, to name a few. That travelers are interested in fashion, jewelry, household items or high-tech products, they are sure to enjoy their stopover at Hong Kong airport.

Heathrow Airport, London

With nearly 100 stores, Heathrow offers a wide range of products, particularly upscale. The airport, which has even more shops famous London store Harrods, has been named as the “best airport for shopping in the world” in 2013 by Skytrax.

Changi Airport, Singapore

The airport, one of the most modern and prestigious in the world, is regularly listed among the nicest places in the world to fly. This year it was even named “Airport of the Year 2013 ‘in the World Airport Awards, awarded by international travelers on the basis of votes. About shopping, the airport has more than 300 shops and there is something for all tastes and all budgets.

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Halong Bay from one to several days

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Halong Bay

The vast majority of tourists to Halong Bay access it by booking a tour through one of the many, many travel agencies based in Hanoi. These are mainly clustered around the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter, and offer services ranging from cheap to absolutely chic.It is difficult to say with certainty what agencies are trustworthy, given the “wild” of the tourism industry in Vietnam. Be aware that you can try to reduce intermediate visiting Halong Bay independently.

Halong bay cruise Vietnam

To visit Ha Long Bay, you’re spoiled for choice: you can opt for a cruise on the bay a few hours or several nights including overnight on board in a cabin on a cruise tourism activities outdoors in the vicinity of the Bay (kayak, visit floating villages, caves, etc …), and a night in a hotel on the island of Cat Ba. Your choices are limited only by your budget.

Bottom line: between $ 25 and $ 50 (per person), you can make a day trip on the bay, which generally include the following conditions / activities:

travel to / by minibus or bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay;
a four-hour ride by boat around Halong Bay;
lunch on the boat, and
the judgment to a floating fishing village and a cave on an island in Halong Bay.

Premium: one or more nights cruise from $ 100 per person. This typically includes:

minibus from your hotel in Hanoi to go and return;
overnight aboard a luxury passenger boat with lunch included;
outdoor activities like kayak rides, caving and cycling (ask your agent what your cruise includes), and
services of an English speaking guide
if you stay more than 1 night accommodation in a resort in Cat Ba Island will be included

Consider the seasons:

As for everything else, you get what you pay … more you pay dearly, plus your trip on the bay will be complete and well supplied. Prices also vary depending on the season: high season for Halong Bay is between July and August (the price will be very high during this period). Tours of the bay are the cheapest in the low season from November to March.

The pros and cons of book directly to your hotel

Almost all hotels in Hanoi, from the hostel shabby chic French Quarter hotel, offering tours of Halong Bay. The same rules apply but with less certainty as hotels tend to outsource these services to third-party travel agencies, you have less control over what you choose, while paying more for their services .

So choose wisely: your tour of Halong Bay is the image of the hotel where you book (although this is not guaranteed). However, you are more likely to have the bus pick you up at your hotel.If you have a small budget, you’d better go in a specialized travel agency.

Some tips for your reservation on Halong Bay

Important rules to remember: ask about this before your trip inclusion, not after. Do not assume that something is part of the package just because you paid a more expensive ticket. An unexpected kayak activity on the boat can cost more than $ 50 per person as described in this site http://voyagevietnam.co, and you’d be disappointed (e) not to do it.

Learn about the food and drinks on board. A beer or a can of Coke can return to $ 2 on the boat. The meals may not please you or to be insufficient. Well ask what is included in your ticket for not knowing surprises.

Also ask if a bus will pick you up at your hotel to go and drop you off at home. Possible, especially in the Hoan Kiem district.

Finally, remember that your turn is not refundable. If the weather is rotten, your agency may cancel the visit of the bay without you back your money. You are warned!

Remember that it is also possible to book well in advance (before leaving for Vietnam) a luxury cruise on Halong Bay. Minh Anh  offers a 2 days cruise from Hanoi with transport included. Click the link http://www.junkcatba.com  to see the details of this cruise

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What You Need To Know About Vietnam Tour Operators

 

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If you want to know what to look for in good tour operators in Vietnam , take a few tips in how to tell the good tour operators from the bad ones:

One of the first things you should look for is tour operators who are very familiar with the area where you plan to travel. Many people prefer to take tours because they are unfamiliar with a country where they are going as well as the customs. Good tour operators have been to the country and know the vietnamese local customs. They will be able to guide you through your trip and will answer any of your questions.

Another thing you need to look for is local vietnamese tour operators who are reputable in the business. Look for those who have been in business for a while and have received a good reputation. You can read reviews about different tour operators in order to find those that people were happy using. You are going to want to find tour operators who will be able to answer all of your questions and do everything that they can in order to make your trip more pleasant.

Good tour operators will not charge any hidden fees when it comes to the tour. Be sure that you know all of the fees up front before you sign up for any tour. They should also be able to deliver what they promise. If you are looking for a off beaten track tour in Vietnam, they have to find out a good tour that match your demand, example a cruise in Lan Ha bay in  a private boat far away from tourists places! Most good tour operators have connections that they can use in the travel industry to make sure that they get you the best rates when it comes to accommodations, air travel and any travel to and from attractions.

Using discount tour operators is usually a disappointment for people who are looking for a way to spend their holiday. In many cases, these tour operators book rooms in hotels that are second rate and off the beaten path. They may not have everything organized for the trip and be unable to answer any questions. When you are looking for a Vietnam tour operator for your trip, look for those that have been in the industry for along period of time and have built up a good reputation. Also be sure that they are familiar with the area where you are traveling and that they can answer any questions, including those about cost that you ask. The difference between good tour operators and bad ones can make the difference between a good vacation and one where you cannot wait to get home.

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Top 5 places to visit / things to do in Lima

Here are my Top 5 places to visit / things to do in Lima !

1.Go at Place d’Armes or Plaza Mayor: we see the Government Palace , the Cathedral and the famous taste of the ham sandwich Cordano opened in 1905 and declared as a historic monument . This small restaurant had welcomed the great politicians and all Peruvian presidents (because of its proximity to the Government Palace ) .

2.Visit the catacombs of San Francisco are located in the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi built in 1546. Through several underground corridors , there are about 25,000 burials (estimated at 70,000 by some historians ) . I admit, it was a stroke of heart (at the risk of sounding creepy ) , this is the kind of place that transports us into a film Indiana Jones 😉

3.Go to the Plaza San Martin is one of the most beautiful squares in Lima. Founded in honor of the independence of Peru , there is a monument in the center in honor of General Jose de San Martin and surrounded by several buildings of the nineteenth century , including the famous Hotel Bolivar ( one opportunity to taste the pisco sour which was the most prestigious of the city at a time . )

4.Walk along the coast of Miraflores and Barranco very charming neighborhood , then watch the sun set over the Pacific, in love or not. Can take the opportunity to wander LarcoMar , this commercial center of Miraflores with shops, cafes, bars , restaurants, cinema on the cliff (well it is for the rich to Lima, then the price comes with , but it is interesting to discover ) . And as to be in Miraflores, you can visit the Huaca Pucllana , this resort adobe built there 1500 years and dinner on the terrace of the adjacent restaurant admiring the site illuminated at night.

5.Have a breakfast in Haiti Café: located across from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, this is probably the best known coffee Lima . Open since 1962 , it has hosted many politicians and intellectuals. A few blocks from the park, we walk to the Mercado de surquillo where you find all the products of the country, jungle fruit ( tip if you want to taste the gastronomy of the jungle to Lima : El Aguajal restaurant), apples land of the Andes and fish and seafood from the coast ! A good overview of the richness of Peruvian products . And if you still doubt … Casa de la gastronomia is a new museum showcasing Peruvian food since pre-Columbian times !