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5 things to do in Vietnam.

1. Home stay in SAPA

The homestay was most wonderful experience I did in Vietnam. The Homestay we did was a 2 and half day staying in a house with Black Hmong Tribe.  The trek to the house I thought was a like about 2 hours walk but was 5 hours in the hot sunny day plus walking up the mountain. The mountain is called Fansipan that is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina, at 3,143 metres.

With the homestay you get a track with a Black Humong woman and then get to stay with a one of the tribe family. They shared their dinner with the whole family and it was fabulous. It was truly magical to see the differences and similarities in our lives. The next day you get another long walk to a waterfall and then diner with family and breakfast.  It was just a must do thing if you go to Vietnam.

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2.Ride the Hai Van Pass on a motorbike

The Hai Van Pass is made famous as it is in a episode of BBC Top Gear.  It is a road that is between Hue and Hoi An. It is a must do on motorbikes. As if you take a one of the bus rides you will not get to stop and take in the amazing views you will be seeing. I had rides as I was on the back of the motorbike as my brother was driving it so I did was just taking in the views as we climb up the mountain and descend from it.

There is a few stops on the way that you need to take so leave eerily in the morning, so you can have time to stop. You will need to go to elephant falls on the way. As it is will take you about 6 to 8 hours with a dew stops on the way to get to Hoi An. Give yourself a full day, so leave eerily.

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3. Explore one of the wonders of the world’s Halong Bay.

This one of the most beautiful places in the world I have been to.  It is situated with thousands of limestone Islands that sit within the bay.  The place is best enjoyed from one fo the many beat cruises whether you chose 5 star luxury or a backpackers party cruise, you will still get too see the wonders it has to offer. There is over 1000s of Islands that surround Halong Bay.

I chose Vietnam Backpackers Hostel cruise that is a 2 and half day stay in their Private Island and day cruise trip that was meant to be a drinking cruises but you don’t have to drink and just enjoy the scenery. The cruise stops for a kayaking trip.   The place is full of history and during the Vietnam War there was a cave that was turned into a hospital.

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4. Stroll around Hoi An town.

Hoi An Ancient Town   is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.  The town is a former port city.it has a iconic Japanese covered bridge allaying you cross over the river.

The town at night comes to ife at night and it is full of colour. The town is full of pepper lanterns all over the town and you can buy them.  There is lots of nice restaurants and bars/clubs along the riverfront and they have the famous why not bar and there is a few of them around Vietnam.

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5. Walk around and get to meet the locals.

Vietnam was voted one of the friendliest cities in the world from the Lonely Planet. One of the best times I had was when I was in Da Lat, It was raining very heavily and I only like 6 hours there, so did not get to see a lot but we found a coffee shop and stayed there for a few hours until it stopped raining and it was nice talking to Vietnam’s owner.

Getting out and walking way from the tourist areas is wonderful. As you get see the real Vietnamese culture and how they live, which I love to do when visiting a place.

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Top Ways To Travel in Europe under a Restrictive Budget

Top Ways To Travel in Europe under a Restrictive Budget

If you are a traveller who enjoys travelling across the globe, then definitely budget is something which you always are concerned about. Traveling in budget can be a life-saving option for those who enjoy roaming across the borders without spending much on rejoice, and sparing a little for their future. Travelling in Europe can be a costly affair if you savour particular eating habits or are a lot concerned about the cosiness and privacy. I used these tricks here and there on my last trip toSoutheast Asia.I saved ample to spend on shopping and buying some beautiful souvenirs from the country known to spread love and integrity. Here are few tips which I am going to apply on the Europe tour as well so that I can travel more states within a limited budget and that too in style:

Europe under a Restrictive Budget

Stop saying No to Freebies

Freebies are cooler than anything else in the world, as without paying a penny, you are getting something. When you are travelling on a budget, then make a habit to say yes to whatever is been offered. From a free snack with a drink to getting a charge out of the best notable landmarks, Europe has a bounty to appreciate without reaching for your wallet. Numerous historical centres in significant urban communities have assigned ‘free’ days or hours where you can peruse totally for nothing out of pocket. Pick lodgings that incorporate breakfast and throughout the day tea and espresso. Now and then you can stock up on bread or cheddar to have a bite to snack on amid the day and there’s nothing superior to a free cuppa following an entire day of exploring Europe.

Opt for mode of communication wisely

Commuting is the second thing on which a traveller spends money incessantly. As we are not aware of the routes, generally we go by the private mode of transport in order to reach our destination in time, but this habit of ours puts a heavy burden on your pocket and leaves us high and dry. There are many public modes of transport which one can definitely use for commuting and which helps in shedding the expenses as well. E.g the Eurail pass is the popular choice amongst the travellers in Europe, though it cannot be considered as the cheapest, hence one should look forward to deals and offers to go around in the country and encash it as and when possible.

Cover the eastern countries first

While choosing between the west and east countries of Europe, costs drop drastically, the hordes of travellers disperse, local people turn out to be interminably additionally respecting, the characteristic magnificence is no less magnificent, memorable stories are similarly as grasping and towns are overflowing with charm. If you intend to spend a while in Europe, an excursion toward the eastern nations will give your wallet some relief and demonstrate to you another side of this stunning piece of the world. For anybody with constrained time in the Schengen Zone, Eastern Europe is additionally extraordinary compared to other spots to hang out while your visa resets.

Prefer to be on foot

There is no better approach to submerge you in another European culture than by strolling down its boulevards. Just trust you’re extinct to the closest pastry shop or road nourishment stand, take a reroute through back streets brushed in road workmanship and become mixed up in passageways not yet set apart on your guide.

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Use your culinary skills to cook for yourself

There are many options when it comes to tasting cuisine, though trying your hand and blending your flavours along with that eaten in the country make it a perfect dish which can probably qualify as a signature dish in one of the restaurants, who knows. But one thing is for sure, that is it will save bucks spent on the food in an unknown country.

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Booking earlier

Airline ticket accounted for a big portion of your travel budget, booking the airfare in advance will save you a huge amount of money. Most of the airlines encourage their customers to book earlier in order to fulfil their seats as soon as possible. According to Travel & Leisure, the price can be at least 20%-25% cheaper when you buy earlier. There are not only airlines, who love early bird offer, but most of the hotels, services, tour operators… would love to sell all their tickets as early as they can. The last trip, I was able to save $200 on the Halong bay junk cruise during my trip to Vietnam, when I received the early bird offer from a long cruise operator.

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Opt for private rooms on Airbnb

If you are a couple and look forward to a decent private space, then rely completely on Airbnb. This app will help you find the best of the rooms in a decent location that too at a comparatively low price.

Rely on H2O and carry a bottle along

In the stature of summer, many places in Europe can seriously have burning temperatures and in such places, you’ll have to remain hydrated. Convey water with you and refill it at bubblers as opposed to purchasing new jugs ordinary which will cost you and is only a tremendous misuse of plastic. Numerous nations have freely accessible wellsprings with water straight from the spring. On that note, numerous toilets in Europe are annoyingly likewise not free, so in case you’re drinking a great deal make sure to utilize the free offices at eateries or exhibition halls.

Skip the Peak Season

Going out of season doesn’t mean you need to come in the chilling winter when many places outside the significant urban communities quit for the day and the hilly areas are difficult to reach to everything except the snow bunnies among us. Voyaging only half a month either side of the pinnacle summer months can see costs for both transport and settlement radically decreased. Spring and harvest time are an especially lovely time to parade through the blossom fields and woods of Europe. Also, there is far less group, hence the cost of travelling can be controlled.

Use Toilets made in eateries

In some parts of Europe, public toilets are not free. They usually charge anywhere in between 3-8 Euros, depending on the vicinity. An advice from my end will be to use toilets made within hostels, hotels and eateries hence they will be free of cost. It simply means it will save money, hence will be better for your pocket.

These are some quick tips, which may sound really simple and agreeable, but trust me these little tips can save some big amount and can make you travel the entire Europe on a strict budget.

Happy Voyaging….

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Things To Do In The Middle-East

Things To Do In The Middle-East

Burj Khalifa (UAE)

Who can forget to visit this tallest balding in the World? Visiting this Iconic place would be an unforgettable experience. You can not leave Dubai without having been to the top! The elevator is so amazing and even just standing beside the tower is just breathtaking.It would be a great feeling to be there on top of the world for a while.

Burj Khalifa

Dubai Desert Safari (UAE)

As you know Middle east popular for dessert. Dubai desert safari is the best safari in the middle east. I have experienced safari before but my recent Dubai safari tour was so good. I really enjoyed dune bashing and can’t forget the experience of this evening. Recommending to everyone.

Dubai Desert Safari

High Atlas Mountains (Morocco)

These spectacular mountains are located in Morocco. The Atlas Mountains make one consider how many centuries ago the locals lived… a harsh, but the incredibly beautiful environment. The red dirt is vibrant and visually appealing. The scenery at the Atlas Mountains is beautiful, especially when reaching the waterfalls.The views at the top of the mountain are fabulous.

Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)

The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.One of the best man-made wonders ever made. Just think how creative the architects were during those times (Centuries ago) to implement a structure like this. One can’t describe the structure and beauty of mighty pyramids through words. you have to go, witness and experience it yourself. A must visit place in Egypt.

Great Pyramid of Giza

Petra (Jordan)

Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Amazing! A must see the place in Jordan. Walking up to the Monastery (and especially the high place of sacrifice) can be a bit exhausting, but you will be rewarded with great views.The entire complex of Petra is HUGE! You should definitely consider spending 2 days exploring all that it has to offer. It is quite impressive, to say the least. Definitely, take the time to walk all the way up to the Monastery.

Hagia Sophia (Turkey)

Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a Church (1935) and was then converted into a Mosque and now it’s a museum. Great to see the different symbols of both religions come together in one place. The architecture is amazing as well as the Arabic calligraphy. Queues can get quite long so it does help to have the Museum pass when visiting this site. A part of the inside is also currently undergoing renovations but one can still experience the total effects of the building. Really does help to read up a little on the history of the place before visiting.

Hagia Sophia

Dead Sea (Israel; Jordan; Palestine)

Although the Dead Sea spread in three different countries (Israel; Jordan; Palestine). But Israel and  Jordan Jordan dead sea are more famous. If you got a chance to swim there that would be a totally unique experience, the lowest body of water on earth, without a means of drainage. It’s loaded with salt and expensive chemicals. So easy to float; hard to get back on your feet. While you add it, enjoy a mud bath.

The Dubai Mall (UAE)

The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the largest mall in the world by total area. It is an absolutely incredible shopping mall. Incredible building,  4 floors of shopping with over 1000 stores, a great food court with a huge range of eateries, My friend and I there and we both really enjoyed the experience and will definitely visit there soon.

Dubai Mall

About Author

Shedi is a freelancer by professional and travel blogger based in Dubai. He has a dream to explore the world and visit all countries in next 10 years. His blog is a leading Dubai travel blog. You can read more about him on https://dubaitraveladventure.com.


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6 Easy Ways To Start A Travel Blog

6 Easy Ways To Start A Travel Blog

With the latest technological advancements coming into play, travelling has never been so easy. You can book a flight, purchase a tour or make a hotel reservation in just a matter of seconds. The emergence of travel apps, social media platforms, and gadgets has pushed this #wanderlust trend.

But along with the travel trend taking the spotlight in this generation, travel blogging has also become a popular thing these days. In fact, you don’t need to be a professional writer to become a travel blogger because all you need is a travel story to tell.

If you’re a travel enthusiast who wants to hop on this craze, here are some blogging platforms/apps where you can channel that inner blogger in you. No websites, no domains, and no hosting expenses but just plain travel blogging where you can share your stories with the rest of the world.

1. Track That Travel

Whether you’re a casual blogger or someone who’s starting to build a brand, Track That Travel is the perfect travel blogging platform to share all your stories. It’s 100% free and they have a rewards system that allows users to earn as much as $100/blog. Rewards are sent directly to a user’s PayPal account once a threshold is reached.

You’ll even have your own profile where you can connect your social media accounts and you can also keep track of your statistics with their analytics dashboard. The platform is still young and there could be more opportunities to grow like having an affiliate program where users can make more money through ads. But overall, this platform is a good start for anyone who just wants to fuel that passion for blogging.

Track That Travel Sample Profile

2. Travelbook

This platform is more of a booking website but you can also document your travels here. The only problem is that you can’t write about your adventures but you can share pictures and videos on your profile.

Basically, whenever a user posts about his/her adventures, website visitors will see them and they’ll be able to book a trip through your profile. However, Travelbook doesn’t offer monetization opportunities for now since it’s still in Beta Stage. The only upside is it’s free and its user interface is very convenient for people.

Travel Book Sample Profile

3. Atameo

Atameo is a combination of a social media platform and a travel blogging platform. A user’s profile is laid out in a timeline where he can update his whereabouts in real-time. You’ll be able to connect one destination to another and even upload pictures, videos, blogs, and music along with it.

For example, if you’re travelling to Europe, you can link the hotels, restaurants, airports, and other stopovers you’ve visited in chronological order. There are no monetization opportunities but it’s a very neat platform and they have an app version of it so it’s pretty handy when you’re on-the-go.

Atameo Sample Profile

4. World Nomads

World Nomads is a travel insurance website but users will also be able to blog on their site as well. You won’t have a profile but you can register as one of their contributors and write just about anything that’s travel-related.

There is no analytics dashboard or monetization opportunities for this platform but it does have a forum where you can connect and ask travellers from all over the world. You won’t be able to scale your blogging career here but it’s a good site to establish connections and just share your adventures.

World Nomads Home Page

5. IQplanner

Just like Travelbook, IQ Planner is also a booking website but the only difference is that it has an affiliate program where users can earn up to 70% commission. How it works is that whenever a user blogs about his/her travels, it will be featured on the website then visitors would be able to book through them.

Your profile would look like a timeline where all the details of your trip are laid out. Your blogs basically look like an itinerary that people can use on their own trips. This platform is perfect for casual bloggers and professional bloggers since it does have a decent compensation system.

IQ Planner Sample Profile

6. Photler

This platform is a website builder just like Wordpress and Blogger, however, it’s less complicated because of its drag-and-drop features. You will get a 7-day free trial for all three plans once you sign up and you need to upgrade your account once the trial expires to avoid losing your content. Once your account is upgraded, you will have more storage and you can have a custom domain of your own.

Photler targets the photography community which is why its user interface is very visual. The website templates highlight photos more compared to text. Its main goal is to provide photographers with an online portfolio/marketplace where they could sell their work.

Photler Sample Profile

If you’re planning a trip, make sure you document those awesome adventures of yours with one of these platforms. Be a travel ambassador in your own way and let the world know how fun it is to travel.

Author Bio

Jestan Mendame is a freelance travel blogger and copywriter. He loves to blog about the places he’s been to and one of his main goals is to explore all of South East Asia. Follow him and his adventures on weduit.fun.


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Home from Home: How to Blend in When Traveling to New Places

Home from Home: How to Blend in When Traveling to New Places

Whether you’re heading off on your first international adventure or you’re an avid traveler, it’s highly like you’ll want to explore your new destination without acting or looking like a bewildered tourist.

With a few simple tips, you can make sure you don’t stick out like a sore thumb when you’re traveling, which will help keep you safe and provide you with a more memorable trip.

Here’s how:

Map It Out

Before you head off on a train, bus, or plane, be sure to explore your destination thoroughly first. Try to make sure you’re familiar with the local landmarks and street names, so navigating your way around the city will be easier when you get there. You could even go one step further by loading your destination on Google Maps first. Using Google Street View you can get a great feel for how the street looks, looking at monuments and storefronts that’ll help you get your bearings when you start traveling around.

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Download Local Apps

Every city will have some favored apps, and it’s a good idea to download these before you get there. Look out for ones that people use for public transport, while also keeping an eye on any reviews to see if the information you’re getting is up to date.

It’s always handy to know when a bus or train is arriving/departing so you don’t have to try and speak the local lingo to find out. Plus, it allows you to plan your journey so you get plenty of time to see all the sights.

Learn Some of the Lingo

Even though you’ll be hard pushed to learn a whole new language before you go, it’s worthwhile learning some key phrases, including how to order local favorites. Whether it’s ordering a café au lait in Paris or a pint in a Spanish pub, learning how to say simple sentences can help you blend in with the local crowd – and they’ll appreciate your efforts (even if you do get it slightly wrong)! This is also a great way to get recommendations from the locals as they’ll reward your efforts with their top picks of the local hotspots.

Speak to the Locals

As we’ve just mentioned, chatting to local people is the perfect way to learn more about the city you’re visiting and how you can blend in and do what the locals do. The easiest people to chat to will be the staff at your hotel, like Marriott PA Philadelphia West, and they’re sure to give you their points on where you can go to avoid the standard tourist routes. Equally, if you’re looking for somewhere different to eat, these are your best bet.

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Dress Like a Native

Before you set off, researching the local fashions is a great idea. Not only does this mean you’ll blend in with the crowds but it also avoids any awkward fashion faux pas when it comes to different cultures and religions, too. There are hundreds of local fashion blogs available which should help you pick a seasonal outfit that’ll fit in with the crowds.

When you’re traveling to a new place it can be daunting, but by doing your researching and planning ahead, it’s easy to look (and feel) like a local.

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10 Things to do in Prague in less than 24 hours that will

10 Things to do in Prague in less than 24 hours that will

Prague is a rich, historical and culture-laden city. During World War Two it managed to avoid much of the bombing and now the city lies testament to a Europe of old. Don’t think that Prague is stuffy. Not at all! The old and new meet in wonderful ways and if you have less than 24 hours then you will be left longing to return and wondering how many days in Prague you will need on your next visit! However, if less than 24 hours is all you have then you must keep your focus and prioritise. Enjoy reading my list of “10 Tantalising things to do in Prague in less than 24 hours” and do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

#1 Take A Sunrise Walk over Charles Bridge

In the early morning, the oldest bridge in Prague takes you on a journey back in time, in a romantically historic way that only Prague does best. The views from the bridge to the surrounding historical buildings and to the river will leave you lingering and wishing for more time in Prague.

If you happen to be in Prague between November 26th and December 23rd you can also return to the bridge at 4 pm where you can see the lamplighter lighting the lamps in the traditional way (or plan for more sleep and see the bridge at 4 pm only!).

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#2 Pop into Café Ebel for a quick breakfast to start the day

The quiet and cosy Café Ebel opens at 8 am (8.30am on the weekends) and is located on Retezova Street a short walk from Charles Bridge.  You can enjoy a strong 100% Arabica coffee to get you going again after your early start, along with a tasty, simple breakfast.

#3 Wander Through the Old Town

From the Café Ebel take a walk through the Old Town of Prague, winding streets lead to the Old Town Square where you can see the Gothic tower (Orlog) and its Astronomical Clock. The Old Town Square has pretty much remained unchanged for 500-600 years and walking across the cobbles is a wonderful glimpse back in time. Every hour on the hour the clock chimes and the twelve apostles appear. After marvellously timing your arrival to hear and see the chiming clock wander on through the old town to Church of Our Lady before Týn (Chrám Matky Boží před Týnem). This church can only be described as breath-taking in its appearance and scale. Absolutely must not be missed! After the church head further North through the old town to the Old Jewish Museum and Cemetry which offers a grounding contrast to the grandeur of the Church of Our Lady before Týn.

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#4 Skip Over the Bridge to Sprawling Prague Castle

This fascinating castle gets the prize for being the largest ancient castle in the world. Amongst other places of interest; within the castle is the intriguing gothic “St Vitus Cathedral” replete with grimacing gargoyles. The massive complex of Prague Castle will try to suck your time, by absorbing you into seeing a variety of fascinating features and sites within the site. Prague Castle is a must but it can eat up your limited time due to its beauty, be strict with yourself, focus on what interests you most.

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#5 You Must be Starving by Now: GET SOME LUNCH… nom

If you had a simple breakfast then now is the time to really go for it. You have walked a lot and you deserve something special. Not far from the Castle you can find the Krčma “U sedmi Švábů” located on the Jánský vršek 241/14 Street. Now listen up … This restaurant is historically themed with a Czech menu and has Medieval Style entertainment! I can’t really think of a better way to enjoy some lunch while in Prague. After all, you didn’t go to Prague to eat Italian!

#6 Rest Your Eyes in Some Green Space

To the South of Prague Castle is a sprawling 22-hectare garden where you can have a stroll, and enjoy giving your eyes some “down time” from looking at buildings (albeit spectacular ones). If you are visiting in warm weather you can have a walk around and enjoy sitting on the grass or on some benches to enjoy the views. Personally, I always enjoy visiting Gardens in cities as they are often excellent places to get an insight into local life… You will always find locals enjoying the city gardens.

#7 Soak up some Art at the Jiri Svestka Gallery

After enjoying the Kinsky Garden head back across the river a bit further South to the Jiri Svestka Gallery which is an interesting privately-owned Art Gallery. Exhibitions feature modern art from Czech Artists along with international artists. Visiting this small Gallery is a great way to quickly introduce yourself to the modern and cosmopolitan side of Prague.

#8 Indulge Yourself with some Shopping at Na Prikope

Na Prikope is the most expensive street in Europe. For all those shop-a-holics out there spending some time shopping at Na Prikope is a must! For those of you on a budget, some window shopping is a must! A short bus ride (B) from the Jiri Svestka Gallery it is easy to reach. Interesting that despite the streets modern shopping feel the street itself is one of the oldest in Prague!

#9 Feast on Traditional Czech Food with Locals at Lokál Dlouhááá

Lokal Dlourhaaa is an affordable and popular restaurant to enjoy a good hearty meal, rest up your feet after a long day, sip a beer, people watch and taste authentic Czech food. What more could you ask for!

#10 Let Your Hair Down at the Roxy (or take in some Opera darrrling)

If you still have energy left, after dinner and some time to revitalise from a long day discovering the wonders of Prague; the night invites you to party. The Roxy is just around the corner from the Lokal Dlouhaaa and offers hardcore dance music. If party hard is not your thing, you are still ideally located to visit Municipal House to enjoy the opera or some classical music. Who said you just have to party to enjoy an evening in Prague?

A Memorable 24 hours (or less) Awaits you in Prague… now you just need your ticket

I hope my list has left you wondering; not “what to do in Prague in less than 24 hours” (I think I have got that sorted), rather “when can I get an opportunity to go back for longer ?”.

Please do leave your comments below. Have you ever been to Prague? Which was your favourite spot? Did it make my list? Did I miss somewhere you love? Why do you love that place particularly?

 

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Author Byline

Ryan Smith is a full-time traveller and founder of MrAbroad.com, where he turns his passion into interesting information for travel lovers. MrAbroad focuses on travel destinations, helpful tips&tricks. It is built to inspire you to live a life full of adventure, joy and experience.

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Top 6 Singapore Hiking Trails

Top 6 Nature Hiking Trails in Singapore

Singapore is known for its dynamism and contemporary lifestyle. Its urban scene is steeped in sophistication and class. The manmade conceptions in the country have stretched its creative innovations to transform certain segments of Singapore into a nature haven filled with manicured gardens, state of the art greenhouses and gorgeous oasis right amid a bustling cosmopolitan. However, the genuineness of nature, its tranquillity and splendour is something which even modern science cannot replicate. Singapore’s other side of untouched nature reserves serves as a soothing salve for its visitor’s mind and soul. For those who are ignorant about Singapore’s exquisite nature excursions would be surprised to find that Singapore is much more than an urban country filled with artificially created recreations. If you are looking for something different to experience in Singapore, take a trekking trip on one of its many nature trails and witness the true beauty of Singapore’s unrivalled nature. Here is a list of top six nature trails you ought to experience on your Singapore vacation.

Southern Ridges

Saunter into the verdant woodlands away from the Singapore city life.  This 9-kilometer long hiking trail meanders through the southern edge of Singapore and provides refreshing relief from the urban chaos of Singapore.   The Southern Ridges in Singapore is a scenic stretch that interlinks 3 nature parks – Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and the Kent Ridge Park.  Southern Ridge is brimming with lush green wilderness and its stunning connecting bridges are quite popular among visitors. There are around 8 nature trails to explore at Southern Ridges including the famous Faber Trail and Henderson Waves. The nature walking trail starts at Harbour Front Mass Transit Station and takes about 5 hours to finish. Being one of the most beautiful nature trails in Singapore, Southern Ridges is a great way to explore the unsurpassed natural beauty of Singapore and also get a glimpse of Singapore’s city skyline through the woods.

Southern Ridges, Singapore

Pulau Ubin

Set to the northeastern side of Singapore Main Island’s coastline lies a tiny, serene island known as Pulau Ubin. Nature lovers seeking sublime nature experiences in the untamed wilderness would certainly fall in love with the island. Here, explore the off beaten hiking trails of Singapore that are rarely included in usual Singapore holidays. Teeming with nature pathways, Pulau Ubin showcases the wild side of Singapore’s nature as well as gives you a glimpse of Singapore’s last village settlements.  Fused in a simple way of living and charming nature trails such as Chek Jawa Wetlands, a trip to Pulau Ubin refreshes you with sheer simplicity far away from the overwhelming modern life.  The island is just a short bumboat ride away from Singapore’s Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

Pulau Ubin Island

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Rich in flora and fauna, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is an ultimate bliss for nature lovers and a favourite place to hike in Singapore for adventurers. Cocooned within the bustling city, located near the slopes of  Bukit Timah Hill, this natural oasis is one of Singapore’s last remaining rainforests. Approximately 400 acres in size and merely 10 kilometres from the city centre, Bukit Timah Nature Reserves lets visitors take a refreshing nature excursion while being in the city itself. A hiking trip through the rugged nature trails shrouded in the rich verdant tropical forest all the way up to the summit of Bukit Timah Hill is an ideal way to add a bit of nature adventure in your Singapore trip. If you are looking for trekking in Singapore, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the ideal choice since it has all the right elements for a refreshing and exciting nature adventure.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Batok Nature Park

Remodelled from an abandoned quarry site, Bukit Batok Nature Reserve is now a popular spot for hiking in Singapore. This Singapore attraction is a sprawling woodland that offers peaceful nature trails for leisure walks and uneven rugged tracks for adventure lovers. The undulating paths are dotted with spectacular viewpoints to witness the splendour of the forest and an emerald reflecting pool. An early morning trek in Bukit Batok Nature is totally worth it as you find yourself in misty surrounds accentuated by warm sunrays. On your hiking tour, you may even spot Macaque monkeys, giant lizards, and variety of exotic birds. The ascend to the summit takes you to a War memorial that can be reached by climbing 121 steps. Being set on the outskirts of Singapore, this nature park is a perfect place to reconnect with nature while being in the city.

Bukit Batok Nature Park

MacRitchie Reservoir TreeTop Walk

Here is an adventure nature experience you will love to be part of in Singapore. MacRitchie Reservoir is a popular spot for nature lovers and its Tree Top Walk is one of the highlights why nature lovers come flocking here. Located in the middle of the reservoir, Tree Top walk is a 6 km nature trail consisting of undulating terrains and flights of steps and a 250 m long suspension bridge. The walk on the bridge offers you spectacular scenic aerial views of the tropical forests and surrounding areas below. On your jungle trek, you will enjoy the serene solace of nature accentuated by sights and sounds of native wildlife of Singapore.

MacRitchie Reservoir TreeTop Walk

Dairy Farm Nature Park

An idyllic spot for bird watchers, adventure seekers and nature lovers, Dairy Farm Nature Park lets you enjoy nature’s beauty along with loads of recreational activities. The name no longer suits the nature reserve as presently it has no resemblance or connection with a dairy farm. This 63-hectare nature reserve is popular for Wallace Trail – an easy walking trail that takes you past rustic ambience of Singapore’s past settlements, and beautiful flora and fauna. The southwestern end of the park is converted into a wetland where there is a viewing platform overlooking the cliffs and a lake. The Nature Park also has cycling trails where you can enjoy the blissful surrounding on cycling trips.

Dairy Farm Nature Park

Everything in Singapore looks perfectly designed. Even its city gardens and recreational nature places look well-manicured to suit the country’s reputation of being organized and orderly. Though there are many nature trails within the city that have well-maintained gardens, landscapes, and pathways, the dishevelled beauty of natural wilderness is an experience that can only be described after you visit it. In an island country focused on drastic and dynamic innovation in modernism and artificial nature recreations, Singapore’s hidden gems of nature reserves act as an invigorating change to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of nature. While you are getting your Singapore visa for your next holiday to Singapore, cut short the usual sightseeing and take the off beaten path to spend some time with nature. Soak up in sublime quietude and soothing greenery of Singapore’snaturale treasure and you will always remember this trip for the invigorating freshness it has added to your travel experiences.


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First Timer’s Guide to the Caribbean Paradise of the Cayman Islands

First Timer’s Guide to the Caribbean Paradise of the Cayman Islands

You might’ve heard about the Cayman Islands in movies involving secret offshore accounts; but actually, Caymans are much more than just a tax haven. It’s an actual paradise on Earth, with its warm, sunny days, gorgeous beaches, white sand, fascinating ecosystems and luxury resorts. Want to know more about this mysterious island? Lucky you, because here’s a Cayman Islands guide for beginners.

What? Where? When?

The Cayman Islands are a group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. The biggest of the islands is Grand Cayman, that is also the most visited by tourists. There are also Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, but these islands are more remote and rural compared to Grand Cayman. The most popular location in Caymans is Seven Mile Beach. It’s a long stretch of sandy beach with turquoise water and luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops. Seven Mile Beach is named the best beach in the Caribbean, so it’s definitely a must-visit!

What to do?

The Cayman Islands offer a wide variety of fun, exciting and relaxing things to do. Its blue waters, sandy beaches, and rich marine life provide a perfect adventure setting and there’s really something for everyone.

All aboard!

Caymanians are known as great sailors and boat makers, so it’s not a surprise you can rent all sorts of boats and enjoy the wind in your hair. You can go sailing or spend the day fishing for tuna, marlin, and barracuda. Hooking a big one is an amazing experience that will get your blood pumping like crazy, and it’s definitely worth the wait! But, if you’re more into chilling with a cocktail in hand and enjoying the view, rent a luxury yacht and simply relax.

Welcome to Stingray City

Stingray City is one of Cayman’s most popular attractions, and it’s really something you shouldn’t miss. When you arrive at this sandbar in Cayman’s barrier reef, you’ll be able to see, swim with and even touch many stingrays! Stingray City has an interesting history since it used to be a spot where fishermen came to clean their catch and get rid of the unwanted bits of fish. This began to attract stingrays in huge numbers, and that’s how Stingray City was born! Today, these creatures have developed an interesting connection with people, and while they’re still technically wild, they never attack, but patiently wait for treats from guides and visitors. There are dive shops that offer first-class scuba diving in Grand Cayman who will hook you up with all the necessary gear, offer instructions and educate you on Cayman marine life. So, make sure not to miss this adventure!

Get Zen

Once you are ready to scrub off the salt from your skin, you can go for a relaxing body and mind pampering session. Rehydrate your wind-beaten skin with some revitalizing facials and fix your hair in one of the first-class beauty salons. Also, if you had a bit too much to eat and drink, you can sweat it out by pumping iron at one of the gyms or refresh your body (and mind) in yoga class.

Get this party started

Once you’re all beautified and dressed up, it’s time to experience Cayman Island nightlife! Start the evening by having a 5-star dinner and then move the party to a nightclub filled with exotic rhythms and beats and dance the night away. On the other hand, if you prefer a quiet night with a couple of drinks, check out local bars that serve interesting cocktails (try Tortuga rum punch) and excellent wine.

Besides all this luxury and adventure, the biggest treasures of the Cayman Islands are its friendly residents and natural beauties both above and under the sea. Welcome to Caymans!

Article submitted by Marie Nieves

About the author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.


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Places to Visit for Cultural Tourism in Nigeria

Places to Visit for Cultural Tourism in Nigeria

Nigerians and foreigners agree on one thing alike about the country, and that is its vastness of cultures and the uniqueness of it all. But if you want to experience the cultural diversity that Nigeria has to offer, where do you go? Where can you see it all? We share with you amazing insights on some of these places, across the different regions of the country. You would want to bookmark this and plan your trip around Nigeria accordingly. Heads up, forget about Lagos, but don’t forget to remember Lagos.

Kano Durbar

The Durbar Festival was introduced in colonial times and was celebrated in the major empires of the Hausa city states of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Zaria and Bida. The festival is celebrated three days after the Muslim Eid-El-Fitr holiday and is marked by a parade of beautifully adorned horses and riders who make their way through the city from the city square and into the Emir’s Palace. Of all the cities who hold the Durbar Festival, that of Kano is the most colorful and biggest

Kano Durbar nigeria

Argungun Fishing Festival

To mark the end of a 100 year long period of hostility and bad blood between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kingdom of Kebbi, the Argungun Fishing Festival was initiated to commemorate a period of peace in the waters of the town of Argungun in Kebbi. The festival lasts for four days and sees thousands of fishermen descend on the Argungun River aiming to make the biggest catch from the river. The festival includes music, dance, an exhibition of locally made art and craft works as well as water sports competitions.

Argungun Fishing Festival nieria

Ojude Oba Festival

The Ojude Oba Festival is celebrated in Ijebu Ode three days after the celebration of the Muslim celebration of Eid-El-Kabir. The festival attracts indigenes of Ijebu Ode from all over the world for a period of music, dancing, eating recognition of notable sons and daughters of Ijebu Ode who are installed with one title or the other.

Calabar Festival

Birthed in 2006, the Calabar festival has transformed the face of tourism in Cross River state. Hotels in Calabar are always reported to be fully booked during this period. The festival features troupe parades in colorful and very creative costumes, music performances, stage plays and several other events lasting through the entire month of December. It has been called Africa’s biggest street party and always strives to live up to that tag at every year’s event.

New Yam festival

The New Yam Festival marks the beginning of the new harvest season which happens around the month of August. The New Yam festival is observed by several cultural groups in West Africa but is chiefly celebrated by the Igbo’s of Eastern Nigeria and the Idoma’s and Tiv’s of the middle belt region of the country. Activities to celebrate the festival, which may last from one day to an entire week, depending on the community includes yam eating, traditional rites by the king of the community, cultural dances, and masquerade display.

New Yam festival nigeria

Osun Festival

Held at the end of the rainy season in the Osun Oshogbo Sacred Groove, the Osun Festival is a weeklong period of festivity in honor of the river goddess Osun who is the deity of fertility, love, and sexuality.

Eyo Festival

Eyo Festival is celebrated in Lagos and is also referred to as the Adamu Orisha Play. The Eyo Festival sees the emergence of the Eyo Masquerade who are all dressed in white and are said to represent spirits of the dead. The masquerades make a procession through the heart of Lagos, from Idumota to the Iga Idunganran, the official residence of the Oba of Lagos where they pay homage to the King.

If you want to watch the festival book a hotel room in Lagos Island, get a suite with a good view and you can watch the entire length of the procession from your hotel room.

Eyo Festival nigeria

About the Author:

Caleb is a Nigerian Content Creator and SEO Associate. A Political Scientist, he has interests in traveling, reading, handicrafts. He also runs a semi-professional soccer team. check out more of his work here.


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The Friendliest Asian Countries For The Budget Traveler

The Friendliest Asian Countries For The Budget Traveler

Wouldn’t it be amazing to visit a foreign country where you’re welcomed with a friendly smile? Forbes listed down 15 of the friendliest countries in the world which included four in Asia namely, Turkey (6th), the Philippines (7th), Malaysia (10th) and Singapore (14th). You may think that a place with a larger working class population is more welcoming than a wealthier destination. However, polls don’t really suggest any conclusive evidence to support this. In the Forbes survey, Canada, Australia and the US, which are considered first-world countries, are among the top 5 friendliest. Meanwhile, equally progressive nations the United Arab of Emirates, Qatar and Russia are at the bottom of the list.

Perhaps the lesson here is: don’t judge a country by its per capital income.

But is it possible to find an affordable vacation destination where you’re greeted by nice people? Welcome to Asia!

#1: Turkey

friendly Turkey

Turkey brings you the best of Asia and Europe. It lies in Western Asia and Southeast Europe, making it an interesting blend of two worlds. Turkish people are not only friendly, they are helpful travel guides. Whenever you lose your way in the bustling capital of Istanbul, ask for assistance from the locals. They will drop whatever they’re doing and stop at nothing to help you. Most likely, you’ll receive a lot of dinner invitations from new acquaintances.

What to do in Turkey: Turkey is home to the most stunning rugs, carpets and handicrafts on the planet. Visit Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, which was built in 1461. The shopping has to be part of your adventure. Watch artisans at work, haggle for prices, and expect to drink lots of free tea.

#2: The Philippines

friendly Philippines

Many surveys, past and present, list the Philippines as one of the friendliest places on earth. Hospitality is an intrinsic trait of Filipinos. This is probably the reason why this Southeast Asian country is a customer service hub, a top expat destination and a backpacker’s favourite stop. The Philippines is the most social nation in the world, both online and offline, so expect to make a lot of friends during your stay.

What to do in the Philippines: The country is an archipelago of 7,100+ islands surrounded by water. From the capital Metro Manila, fly south to Boracay, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Explore its powdery white sand beaches, sumptuous local cuisine and vibrant nightlife. For sure, you’ll have interesting Boracay beach stories to bring home with you.

#3: Malaysia

friendly Malaysia

Malaysians, especially those in the rural areas, are a laid back and friendly lot. If you’re from a country where people are too busy to get somewhere, you’ll be surprised how Malaysians go over their daily lives: less stress and always with a sunny disposition. No wonder the people in this Southeast Asian country are among the happiest and friendliest in the world.

What to do in Malaysia: It is said that the best way to understand a culture is through its cuisine. Have a gastronomic adventure in George Town in northeast Penang Island, and discover the diverse ethnicities, religions and landscapes of Malaysia. Try laksa (rice noodles in soup), roti canai (flatbread), apom Balik (stuffed pancake), and Batu Maung satay (grilled meat on skewers) which is best consumed with cold beer.

#4: Singapore

friendly Singapore

Singapore is one of the richest countries in the world. From a barren land, it progressed into an economic power in recent decades. This tiny Asian nation is a melting pot of cultures. You’ll meet people from mainland China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, US and various European countries. Singapore is also known for its hospitable population, making it a favourite destination for expats from all parts of the world.

What to do in Singapore: You should be warned that it’s easy to overspend in Singapore, so be cautious on how you spend your travel budget. Have a day tour at Chinatown, Little India, Geylang and Kampong Glam. You can also have nature walks at the Central Catchment Nature Reserves, the Bukit Batok Nature Park Walking Trail and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

#5: Cambodia

friendly Cambodia

For a country that has gone through dark times in recent years, Cambodia proved its resilience and strength. Its peoples are among the warmest you’ll ever meet, always ready to help out a lost traveller. As you walk the streets of Phnom Penh, you’ll be greeted by locals with smiles on their faces. It’s as if your mere presence is something to be happy about.

What to do in Cambodia: The 1970s were a difficult time in Cambodia in which a third of its population was massacred under Pol Pot’s regime. Understand the significance of this period to Cambodians by visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. For a lighter tour, discover the breathtaking Cambodian architecture in the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace.

#6: Thailand

friendly thailand

One of the many fascinating things about Thailand is that the smiles are brighter than the striking sun. Thai people greet each people in the streets, whether acquaintances or strangers and if you smile back, they smile brighter. They also love engaging in conversations. You better pack stories for a long night of friendly chat with the locals.

What to do in Thailand: Thailand is a top beach destination. Its resorts can compete with the best in the world. Spend a relaxing afternoon Lonely Beach at Ko Chang where the laid back coast turns into a party hub in the evening. Also in Ko Chang is the more isolated Khlong Kloi where you can enjoy a back massage while enjoying fresh fruit juice under a coconut tree.

#7: Mongolia

friendly Mongolia

 

Mongolia is considered Asia’s last frontier. This massive country of mountains, grassland steppes and forested areas is home to some of the most accommodating people you’ll ever meet. Mongolians, who are primarily Buddhists, love hosting guests. You may meet a number of backpackers staying with nomadic Mongolian families.

What to do in Mongolia: This East Asian destination has an expansive land area where it’s easy to feel like you’re the last person on earth. Have a nature tour at Khustain National Park and be witness to the amazing wildlife: wild horses (the takhi), Asiatic red deer, steep gazelle, boars and wolves. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

A friendly face in a foreign land can make a lot of difference. Don’t just expect people to welcome you with open arms. Try to put your best foot forward because, ultimately, you’re a visitor. And smile. As Mother Teresa once said: “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

About the author

Boom Rizal is an investor, a property consultant, a researcher and a writer. She finds helping other OFW’s in making good decisions when investing in various businesses and/or real estate properties as part of her daily life. She also loves to take research in property innovation and writes articles advising readers on how to invest in a property.