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  • SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY

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      Written by Jenmodelm
      We all waited and waited for the sun to rise over the giant rock mountains. It was nearly 6:30am before the sun peaked over the rocks.It was a glorious magnificent sunrise.
      Sunrise from the boat…a lovely sight.

       Breakfast was served shortly after, it was an Early start to the day. I couldn’t wait for coffee.Each got one fried egg and as much dry white toast as we wanted.

      After breakfast we had to be checked out of our rooms by 9am so the boat men could get ready for the next tour. We were stopping by the floating village. We were greeted by the sound of blasting techno dance club type music coming from somebody’s shack. It was so odd. We got in groups of four and ladies came in small wooden row boats to take us around the small village of 300 people; the biggest floating village in halong bay. They even had a little floating primary school. Most parents don’t want their children to go to the city to get more education because it costs money and they want them to stay and hell fish.
      The wooden houses floated on large ice chest sized styrofoam or big blue plastic tanks the size of a beer keg. Few people smiled or waved. I think there’s mixed feelings of tourists snapping away photos and strolling through their little village. They have to get at least one tour group a day– minimum. It’s low season here I’m Vietnam too. Our tour guide also said some local people are not so thrilled about the tourists visiting and have been doing so for the last sight years now. The people moved from the mainland to the floating villages because there is more fish available out in the open waters, they don’t have to pay taxes and they prefer the lifestyle.
      After seeing the floating village we had two and a half hours back to the mainland. While most people took refuge in the shade I relaxed on the Sundeck soaking in the suns rays and view. Even though our boat went very slow and the scenery was similar I enjoyed soaking as much of it in as I could. I was so relaxed I failed to put sunscreen on my tummy.
      A local  fishing boat in the bay
      Once back on the mainland we had a quick transfer to our ethnic travel van and an hour drive north towards the Chinese border. We would depart from another Fishing port to our next destination. A small long skinny island with essentially no tourists but ourselves.We had seafood lunch on the boat. Always so good.
      A local rows a boat in the bay. Many locals still live and work on the water in the bay.
      We were able to kayak one more time, although this time much less impressive than the first. There were no large rock formations or caves to go under.Instead it seemed we were kayaking in a big lake. It was strange to think it was still actually the ocean. We went for a quick swim and jumped off the boat being careful not to get stung by any jellyfish.
      Kayaking is a great way to get up close.
      The boat continued on for another hour and we sat on the roof of the boat watching the sun set. It was glorious. The sun was just a bright orange ball. Like a Japanese sun in Vietnam. It was really stunning.We arrived at the pier and it was nearly dark. Two tuk tuk scooters picked us up to our homestay.
      Sunset in the bay left a golden glow. A great reason to do an overnight junk boat.
      I was surprised to get my own room. Unlike the homestays in sapa where mattresses are set side by side, our tour guide said that ethnic travel paid for this family’s Home to be extended into.More of a guesthouse. They wouldn’t make any Money for three years to pay off the house,Thereafter they would make money from it. The family is retired, so they seemed happy to be doing it.
      Dinner was served at 7 and we helped to make fresh spring rolls with thin rice paper. Afterwards they were fried and ever so fresh and hot. Soo good! I also noticed that our leftover rice from lunch was being dried on the roof of the boat. They used it to make this amazing popcorn- tasting dried rice with corn. Never had anything like it.
      After one beer at dinner and a full belly I was sapped. I called bed time at 9. Took a shower and Crashed just a little before 10.
      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend  Kayaking Halong Bay tour. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman. 
      Highlights: 

       

      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • 9 Stunning Landscapes of Vietn 9 Stunning Landscapes of Vietnam

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      At just three percent of the land mass of the United States, what most surprised me during our time in Vietnam was the diversity of the scenery. From white sand beaches and turquoise water to black rock forests and mountains that hug the clouds, here are some of the most amazing landscapes we came across.
      With a coastline of over 2025 miles, it's no surprise that Vietnam has a ton of beautiful beaches. And when the rest stop during your bus trip looks like this, you don't have much to complain about.
      Rest stops in Vietnam are sometimes on beautiful beaches
      The biggest beach destination in Vietnam is likely the town of Nha Trang, which boasts all day boat tours and all night parties. If you're missing Miami while in SE Asia, this is the closest we found. The beach in the main town is pretty nice, but the offshore islands are where you want to head if you're looking to snorkel or dive. With perfect visibility, good quality coral, and thousands of multicolored fish flitting about, having a great day is easy, especially since the all day island-hopping tour costs approximately $6.
      Great beach for snorkeling near Nha Trang
      But Vietnam's coastline isn't all sparkling white sand and clear blue water. Our favorite coastal landscape was the sand dunes around Mui Ne, which come in both red and white varieties. Whether you jump, run, or slide, it's hard not to let the beauty of the dunes overwhelm you. Stretching for what seems like miles, the dunes are something you'd expect to find in Africa. Instead, they're here, only a few minutes away from one of the best places in the world to learn to kitesurf.
      Red sand dunes of Mui Ne
      Most countries with a coastline have beaches, but they don't all have rice terraces, especially ones that look like this.
      Rice terraces of Sapa
      The terraces in Sapa were carved over two thousand years ago by hand and are still inhabited primarily by the Black Hmong tribespeople. These mountain dwellers live off the land, planting and harvesting rice year in and year out in order to sustain their families.
      A Black Hmong man takes a break from working in the rice terraces outside of Sapa
      Tourists can explore the terraces by taking a multiday trekking tour with a Hmong guide. You'll stay in homestays run by the local villagers, get knee deep in mud, and appreciate rice way more than you ever have.
      Wide view of Sapa's rice terraces
      Further north and to the east of Sapa lies the unexplored Vietnam of the Ha Giang province. You need a permit to stay the night and a camera with lots of battery power to take all of the photos of the immense scenery that surrounds you as you drive by on your motorbike. The most beautiful part of the road, and arguably one of the most beautiful drives in the world, is the leg between Dong Van and Meo Vac. Here the road darts in and out of rock crevices and up and down mountains and valleys.
      Windy road in Northern Vietnam
      Children in traditional tribal outfits scream "hello" from above and below as they carry double their weight of sticks in bamboo baskets. Men wear high-necked black tunics and matching berets and women wrap electric pink scarves over their hair, giving the game of "I Spot" a whole new meaning.
      Rock forest in Northern Vietnam
      Perhaps the most quintessential scene of Vietnam is the floating limestone karst formations of Halong Bay. Best seen on a multi-day boat tour, these rocks rise out of the still water and emerge through the mist forming, if you look hard enough, the shape of a descending dragon. At least that's what the locals tell you, and how Halong Bay gets its name. Kayaking through some of these formations is a must, as is sitting back on your boat tour and letting the scenery and mist envelop you.
      Kayaking Halong Bay
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      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam  tour.The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups.
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  • 10 unique means of transport f 10 unique means of transport for tourists in Vietnam

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      Tourists are very excited to try unique means of transport, like three-wheeler, horse-drawn carriage, elephant ride or dug-out canoe services at tourism sites in Vietnam.

      1. Three-wheeler
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      The three-wheeler is a rudimentary means of transport. Visitors to Quan Lan Island in Quang Ninh Province are surprised to see each carrying 8-10 person.

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      2. Cyclo
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      The Cyclo (cycle rickshaw) is also a unique means of transport that has become very popular in central Hue City and at many tourism sites across the country. It’s high enough for two tourists on a sight-seeing tour.



      3. Horse-drawn carriage
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      It is a vehicle most favoured by travellers to the sea, coastal and highland areas, who like to hear the hoofs and tinkling sounds of tintinnabulum.


      4. Elephant ride
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      Tourists to the Central Highland region never miss the chance to ride tame elephants around a hamlet or cross the Serepok River.


      5. Tandem bicycle
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      Visitors to Bai Chay, Haiphong, Danang or Vung Tau feel quite relaxed to ride tandem bikes along the sandy beaches.


      6. Tramcar
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      It is a green electric vehicle often seen running in Hanoi, Ninh Binh and Danang, even on Co To Island – 80km far from the mainland where it can transport 6-8 passengers smoothly around this pearl island.


      7. Rowing kayak
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      The Kayak boat is mainly for those who like adventure tourism. It looks like a Vietnamese dug-out canoe. Visitors to to Ha Long, Haiphong and Nha Trang will have the chance to enjoy this kind of tourism service.


      8. Helicopter
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      This is a new tourism service provided at Ha Long, Sapa and Cat Ba sites for those who wish to see the whole scenery at an attitude of 300m.


      9. Cable car
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      This means of transport is now available at Vinpearland in Nha Trang, Ba Na in Danang and Yen Tu in Quang Ninh to save travel time for tourists.


      10. Dug-out canoe
      Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island

      This is not only a unique means of transport but also a special cultural feature of Central Highland and North-Western regions that has proved a hit with many first-time visitors.


      Source: VietNamNet Bridge

      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Kayaking Halong Bay 3 days tour.This tour offers you a great chance to discover Halong Bay, the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over an area of 1,500 square km. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. As with our other kayak tours, this tour offers flexibility in activity levels while still combining the best of sea kayaking. Designed with this in mind it is a good tour for both novice and experienced kayaker alike with a little more time to spare.



      Highlights:

      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam

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      Written by Ellie

       

      Having spent some time travelling in Thailand, I’m eager to visit more of south-east Asia, and visiting Vietnam is next on my list!

       

      After researching the country and jealously listening to recommendations given by other travellers, I’ve come up with a list of my top reasons why I want to travel to Vietnam.
      1. Delicious Food

      Despite the huge focus on other Asian cuisines such as Thai, Chinese and Indian food, I’ve heard great things about Vietnamese food and some of the dishes sound divine. Vietnamese food is also considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world which is always a plus!
      Many Vietnamese recipes include fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, lime and basil which all contribute distinct flavours to a recipe. Some dishes I’ve been recommended are Cha ca Thang Long which is fish marinated in turmeric topped with dill, Phở, a herby noodle soup served with either beef or chicken and the strange-sounding elephant ear fish, which is crispy, salted and served with herbs and vegetables. They all sound delicious and I plan on trying as many as possible on my Vietnam trip!

       


      2. Halong Bay

      No Vietnam travel experience is complete without a visit to the stunning Halong Bay, and winding round the limestone islands and visiting the ancient caves sounds like something special.
      I’ve heard the sunsets and sunrises are incredible to watch so it would be amazing to see these – I'm planning to stay overnight on one of the traditional Halong Bay junk boats so hopefully it will be easy enough to see both.

      Halong Bay
      3. Tropical Beaches

      Again, it seems that Vietnamese beaches are underrated with more focus given to the famous Thai beaches. I'd take advantage of this by spending some time on the deserted white sands before other tourists catch on...
      With white sands, towering palm trees and aqua blue waters some of the Vietnamese beaches such as this one on the tropical paradise island of Phu Quoc  below looks heavenly. Perfect for catching some rays and lounging with a cold beer...

       Tropical Vietnam Beaches
      4. Atmospheric Cities

      Vietnam is home to cities full of character and there are several that I would love to visit. Hanoi, the lively capital is full of classic Vietnamese architecture, food and things to do, such as visiting the preserved body of the former president Ho Chin Minh – something a bit different!
      Not forgetting the smaller city of Hoi An where you can wonder round the narrow streets, lounge on the city’s nearby beaches or shop in Hoi An’s world-famous Vietnamese tailors.
      Lastly Ho Chi Minh City (the largest in Vietnam) is packed with museums, shops, bars and restaurants so there is plenty to do!


       Bustling Hanoi
      5. Local People

      Finally, the people of a country can really complete your experience and I’ve only heard great things about the people of Vietnam – that they love to smile and are friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know the travellers that visit their country.
      I hope to meet them as soon as I can so I’d better get saving!
      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Kayaking Halong Bay 3 days tour.
      This tour offers you a great chance to discover Halong Bay, the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over an area of 1,500 square km. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. As with our other kayak tours, this tour offers flexibility in activity levels while still combining the best of sea kayaking. Designed with this in mind it is a good tour for both novice and experienced kayaker alike with a little more time to spare.
      Highlights:
      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • 7 best places to visit in Viet 7 best places to visit in Vietnam

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      With its wild jungles, fantastic street food and white sandy beaches, Vietnam deserves to be on every traveller's hitlist. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, there are a number of sights and sounds that draw the crowds.
      But it's not just all about the star turns. In a country where exotic Asia fuses with Parisien chic, there are many surprising sights and fascinating places to explore. Our girl on the traveller's trail, Catherine McGloin, shares seven of her favourite places in Vietnam.
      1. Huế
      For culture vultures, there is no shortage of temples, tombs, pagodas and crumbling palaces to admire and explore. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Huế is home to the Citadel, once the emperor's private residence, and the Forbidden Purple City, where he housed his many mistresses. When your feet are weary, grab some bún bò buế  (beef noodle soup) and watch swan pedalos cruise the Perfume River as the sun sets.
       Huế, Vietnam
      2. Hoi An
      Foodies can feast on street food in Vietnam's culinary capital. If you fancy trying your hand at Vietnamese cuisine, many restaurants offer half-day cooking courses. Sounds too much like hard work? Hit An Bang Beach instead for a day lounging on the deserted sand, sipping on ice-cold cocktails at the bar.
      More: Street food named desire - the greatest on-the-go grub: in pictures
      Hoi An, Vietnam
      3. Sapa
      Go trekking in the hills of Sapa for amazing views across the jungle and mountain ranges of north-west Vietnam. Equipment is cheap and easy to come by so don't worry if you're not a natural mountain goat, you'll soon be up there, gazing at the views as the mist rolls in across the peaks.
      Sapa, Vietnam
      4. Halong Bay
      Sail among the jagged rocks of over 2000 islands in the Gulf of Tonkin at Halong, which translates as 'where the dragon descends in to the sea'. If you want to get a closer view, hire kayaks and explore the caves or find your own deserted bay.
      Halong Bay, Vietnam

      5. Hanoi
      The hustle and bustle of Vietnam's capital can at first seem intimidating, but don't let the weaving motorbikes and screaming street hawkers put you off. Behind the hustle and bustle you'll find tranquility in the Temple of Literature, peace at One Pillar Pagoda, and more charming French patisseries then you could wish for.
      Hanoi, Vietnam
      6. Ben Tre
      A little off the beaten track, head to Ben Tre to experience life on the banks of the Mekong without the tourist crowds of spots like My Tho. Cruise along the river, stopping at a coconut candy factory to sample the sweet treat the area is famous for. For a touch of romance, set sail at dusk to catch fireflies and watch the sunset.
      Mekong, Vietnam
      7. Ho Chi Minh City
      Former Saigon is now Vietnam's international business hub. Get your gladrags on and head up to one of the many skybars, found on the top floor of the city's sleek skyscrapers. Cocktail in hand, admire the best view of Ho Chi Minh City by night.
      Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      Source: skyscanner.net

      Recommend Vietnam tour by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA:

      Highlights:

       

      • Stunning scenery
      • Historical sites
      • Charming ancient trading town of Hoi An
      • Relaxing in Dalat
      • Encountering ethnic minorities
      • Just you, no others travelers
      • All inclusive
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  • Sundarban Seagul Sundarban Seagul

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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


      WE PROVIDE AC LAUNCH, BOAT, LODGE AND ALSO PROVIDE PACKAGE TOURS / OFFICE TOUR/ EXCURSION TOUR AND CONFERRENCE ROOM/ CATERING ETC. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE SUNDARBAN, ONE AMONG SEVEN WONDERS, THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

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  • Sundarban Deer Park Sundarban Deer Park

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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


      WE PROVIDE AC LAUNCH, BOAT, LODGE AND ALSO PROVIDE PACKAGE TOURS / OFFICE TOUR/ EXCURSION TOUR AND CONFERRENCE ROOM/ CATERING ETC. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE SUNDARBAN, ONE AMONG SEVEN WONDERS, THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

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  • Sundarban Monkey Sundarban Monkey

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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


      WE PROVIDE AC LAUNCH, BOAT, LODGE AND ALSO PROVIDE PACKAGE TOURS / OFFICE TOUR/ EXCURSION TOUR AND CONFERRENCE ROOM/ CATERING ETC. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE SUNDARBAN, ONE AMONG SEVEN WONDERS, THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

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  • Sundarban crocodile taking sun Sundarban crocodile taking sunlight

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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


      WE PROVIDE AC LAUNCH, BOAT, LODGE AND ALSO PROVIDE PACKAGE TOURS / OFFICE TOUR/ EXCURSION TOUR AND CONFERRENCE ROOM/ CATERING ETC. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE SUNDARBAN, ONE AMONG SEVEN WONDERS, THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

      www.sundarbanmt.webs.com

      +919732466250

      +919531674566

      +913218-290075

      +913218-232110


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  • Sundarban Tourist Boat Sundarban Tourist Boat

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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


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  • Sundarban canopy Walk Sundarban canopy Walk

    • From: Sundarban
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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


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  • Royal Bengal Tiger Royal Bengal Tiger

    • From: Sundarban
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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


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  • Sundarban quiet nature Sundarban quiet nature

    • From: Sundarban
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      21ST AUGUST IS OBSERVED AS SUNDARBAN DAY

      SUNDARBAN IS THE LARGEST DELTA SITUATED AT THE ESTUARY OF GANGES, BRAHMAPUTRA & MEGHNA RIVER BESIDE THE BAY OF BENGAL AND IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST  MANGROVE FOREST IN THE  WORLD. NOT ONLY THAT SUNDARBAN IS DECLARED AS “WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE” BY unesco IN 1985.  TOTAL AREA OF SUNDARBAN IS 9630 SQ. KM. OUT OF WHICH 1700SQ. KM. IS CORE SUNDARBAN AREA. THERE ARE 102 ISLANDS IN INDIAN SUNDARBAN AREA OUT OF WHICH 54 IS OF HUMAN HABITAT AND 48 IS OF WILD HABITAT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF SUNDARBAN (1) STR(SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE) AND (2)SBR (SUNDARBAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE). MANY VISITORS COME EVERY YEAR TO VIEW THE WORLD’S FEROCIOUS ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. NOT ONLY TIGER. IT HAS ALSO THE SCENIC BEAUTY FULL OF QUIET AND CALM NATURE. IT IS SUPPOSED THAT AROUND 274 TIGERS ARE IN THE INDIAN SUNDARBAN FOREST AREA OUT OF WHICH 249 IN STR AND 25 IN SBR.MORE THAN 1.5 LAKHS PEOPLE ARE DIRECTLY DEPENDENT ON SUNDARBAN FOR LIVELIHOOD “BOBO-BIBI” IS CONSIDERED AS THE GODESS OF THE SUNDARBAN FOREST.


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  • San Francisco, May 2013 Part 1 San Francisco, May 2013 Part 1- BART, Macarons, & James Franco…

    • From: jetsettindaisy
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      I hadn’t been to San Francisco since well before I could vote. I was overdue for a trip and since I’ve made numerous Bay area friends in the last couple years, I figured it was time.

       

      I got a great deal at Hotel Union Square on Expedia; the package included three nights of hotel and roundtrip airfare for $665. The hotel location was perfect, two minutes from Macy’s; the flight to SFO left early in the day and my return was for the late afternoon. Overall, the scheduling gave me almost four full days. I researched ahead of time and though a couple friends offered to pick me up, I opted to take BART from SFO straight to Union Square. For $16.50 roundtrip, this was the cheapest airport transportation I’ve ever used (well, so far).

       

      I’m not that used to traveling alone. I’ve done it a considerable amount of times now but this was my first real trip where I would be doing a lot of things alone. My friend Michelle would be with me Monday and my friend Annie on Tuesday, I would spend the majority of Wednesday and Thursday on my own with the exception of dinner.

       

      My flight took off an hour late but only got there ten minutes late. I had checked which terminal I would need to go to in order to catch BART and after a few minutes of wrestling with the machine, got my roundtrip ticket to Union Square. The ride was about 25 minutes and uneventful. I got off at the Powell Street station and realized very shortly that my hotel was literally a few hundred feet away.

       

      I was planning on storing my luggage for a few hours since it was only 11:30 but I got lucky and the hotel had a room available for an early arrival. I’ve stayed in old boutique hotels before and I’m always prepared for small, loud, and drafty. What I got was larger than I expected, well lit, and not freezing. I had a street view so there was a considerable amount of city noise, but I like that. I prefer noise, I don’t like to be left alone with my thoughts.

       

      By the time I unloaded my shoes and toiletries, I was starving. I went up the street to Sears Fine Foods for the shrimp and crab omelet. Tried my hand at the slot machine on the way out and oddly, I won a smoothie. First slot machine outside of Vegas and I won something. So strange. I walked back to the hotel only stopping for cupcakes 380944_10100163353704898_1817284117_n.jpgand macarons at Cako (be prepared, I stop for food a lot). I dropped off my loot and then wandered back out to Market Street to do some shopping. I soon discovered that I was not in the mood for shopping which was quite unfortunate. I made my way back to the hotel again to change and meet my friend for afternoon tea at The Rotunda inside Neiman Marcus.

       

      I found Michelle milling around the store… Can’t say I blame her. We were seated by the window with a great view of Vera Wang. Having worked for a bridal shop, I found this ironic and amusing. Our tea was delicious, divine, and about a half dozen other really pretentious words. I’m a sucker for afternoon tea. I love it. 

       

      Once we were done being ladies who do tea, it was time to be geeks who go to book signings. James Franco’s book signing, to be exact. My friend, Carla, had mentioned that he was doing a signing at Kepler's in Menlo Park for his book A California Childhood. The chance to be a jerk and casually mention “Oh and I184546_10100163353151008_889222073_n.jpg saw James Franco in Menlo Park” when talking about my trip was enough to convince me to buy a ticket (and a book). Being a smartass, I had asked if there were pictures. There were in fact a lot of pictures. It’s actually a pretty cool book and I don’t feel at all stupid for owning it.

       

      As for James Franco… What a cool guy. I don’t get starstruck often but I found myself at a loss for words. Not wanting my only words to James to be “I’m about to sneeze” I opted for a much less memorable “you have nice handwriting”. I was rewarded with a laugh and almost passed out at his feet. Please note I said “nice” handwriting and not “neat” or “super legible” handwriting. I think I managed to leave the bookstore without making a complete and total ass of myself but then again, I can't really be sure.

       

      After we were done geeking out (which we definitely did a lot of), we headed to Colma; the place with all the cemeteries. My friends had mentioned a great 24 hour café and I had been asking for Filipino food. This place was Filipino, a local fave, and pretty cheap too. Inside Lucky Chances Casino I got to enjoy my adobo, lumpia, and halo halo. How many times do you get halo halo, afternoon tea, and James Franco all in one day? Probably never, or in my case, just the one time. Great first day in San Francisco.

       

      For more photos and less of me talking, check out my other blog here- http://jetsettindaisy.blogspot.com/

       

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  • Top Biking Adventures in Vietn Top Biking Adventures in Vietnam

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      As a country with every terrain imaginable, Vietnam offers a memorable bicycling adventure for any and all peddlers, regardless of experience or condition. The flat expanse of the Mekong Delta grows to rugged mountains in the central expanse and then blends into the widest variety of difficulty north near Hanoi.
      Traffic and Bicycle Laws
      Along with standard laws like not causing traffic problems by racing or zigzagging, Vietnam has few laws targeted specifically toward the bicyclist. It is important to remember not to carry cumbersome loads, carry children over age seven with you or ride more than two abreast. No sort of helmet or lighting is required, but bicyclists are not allowed to ride with open umbrellas. One can only guess what happened to make this law.
      Common Trips
      For those interested in adventure and active trips, there are some routes that will take you through and explore the backcountry while providing some modicum of modern amenities. ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA_one of the travel companies offering cycling tours in Indochina_ is received good reviews of adventure travelers.
      Biking Mekong Delta
      The easiest of these is around the Mekong Delta. With a terrain nearly devoid of any rise, these trips are easier, but by no means less scenic, than the others. Traveling through the expanse of rice paddies dotted with the occasional copse of trees, the rider will be joined by children cycling to or from school or women returning from the market. People in the villages will be pleasantly surprised to see a foreigner riding into town and a circuit from Ho Chi Minh to any of the surrounding villages is an easy ride. With the flat terrain and abundance of villages it is easy to take a trip of any length, whether only a day or two weeks, a rider can tour without backtracking.
      Biking Mai chau, Hoa Binh province
      The northern area allows for more wooded scenery while still allowing for easier trips. For the more adventurous, the northern area provides a greater degree of difficulty through the hills surrounding Hanoi. This trip offers a great opportunity to see the two area of outstanding nature beauty; the North West highlands of Mai Chau and the limestone mountains of Ninh Binh. Biking is a great way to see this fascinating and visually stunning part of Vietnam, offering both physical activity and the unique opportunity to observe a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As we ride in Mai Chau we encounter Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. In Ninh Binh we explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes.
      Biking Ho Chi Minh trail
      A new trip for the adventurous would be along the historical Ho Chi Minh trail. The so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends of the American War. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which that facilitated movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in South Vietnam. Now the historic trail is being turned into a highway and hotels and towns are springing up speedily beside it. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists.
      Weather
      Weather in Southeast Asia is a big consideration and it is recommended to go from Late September to December or March to late May. The weather in the southern area of Vietnam stays warm and humid averaging 26°C with its rainy season from June to September. BE WARNED: Vietnam sees monsoonal rains starting in June, peaking in August and tapering down in September. This season varies depending on location; Hanoi in the north generally has a rainy season that peaks earlier while Ho Chi Minh City may not see its rains slack until early October. Vietnam, especially central Vietnam, often floods and can hold up a trip for a week before the waters recede.
      The hot season will see temperatures averaging 30°C, with the south staying warm all year round and the north seeing winter trends averaging 15°C. Depending on the time of year, it would be advisable to take a jacket to keep off the chill, especially if riding in the highlands, and a hat to protect against the sun.
      Other Considerations
      Visas must be applied for at least six months prior to entry date. Tourist visas are granted for one month, but may be extended after arrival in Vietnam, and only allow one entry into the country. Tourists must fill out arrival/departure papers and declaration papers, keeping both with the passport at all times. It is also recommended having a few extra passport-size photos with you as local authorities may request these and it is always a good idea to stay on the good side of authorities.
      With over two-thirds of its roads unpaved and those paved roads sporting an abundance of potholes, the road conditions almost require a mountain bike. 
      The lush landscapes and warm hospitality provide anyone with a good biking tour of Vietnam. Take the time to look around and smell the proverbial “roses”.
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  • Singapore: Traditions at the Singapore: Traditions at the Core of Modernity

    • From: Brianmcquillan
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      Admired as one of the most prosperous cities in world, Singapore is a popular tourist destination that can be defined through rock-solid infrastructure, congestion free roads and heady concoctions of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures.These things in combination with energy make Singapore a city state like none other.Singapore appears as a city where poverty and chaos are nonexistent.As your flight lands in Singapore, you get introduced to a place where there is an order in almost everything.
      Prima facie, the city unveils to you as an urban settlement where everything seems artificial but as you scratch its shiny surface its true colours start enchanting you.
      This former British trading colony stuns you with myriad places of tourist interest, excellent shopping options, glittering nightlife topped with loads of glamour and glitch.
      Rendezvous with Singapore:
      National Orchid Garden:The garden opened for public in the year 1995, is home to a large number of species and hybrids.
      National Orchid Garden
      Singapore Botanical Garden: Sprawled over an area of 74 hectare. The garden boasts off a large collection of plants.
      Singapore Botanical Garden
      Marina Bay:Marina Bay is situated to the east of Downtown Core of the city. The tourists can explore new lifestyle options and have endless conversation on business and day to day life.
      Marina Bay
      Singapore Flyer: The operators of the wheel describe it as observational wheel. With total height of 165m it is the tallest Ferris wheel on the earth.
      Singapore Flyer
      National Museum of Singapore The museum is an ideal place for those who want to get introduced to history and culture of Singapore. The museum presents the history in an innovative way.
      National Museum of Singapore
      Singapore Science Center: This destination is an ideal place for those who have a genuine interest in science and have a scientific temper.
      Singapore Science Centre
      Chinatown: This Chinese heritage area has a huge following among tourists.
      Chinatown
      When it comes to accommodation and dining there is no dearth of options here. The city is a food lover’s paradise. Your London-Singapore trip is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

      This content is originally syndicated from http://brianmcquillan-travel.blogspot.com/2013/03/singapore-traditions-at-core-of.html


       
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  • Ha Long Bay Ha Long Bay

    • From: clays
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      Ha Long Bay (VietnameseVịnh Hạ LongAbout this sound listen, literally: "descending dragon bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh provinceVietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geologicalgeographicalgeomorphologicalclimate, and cultural characters.

      Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets.[1] The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.[2] The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem.[3] Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species[4] and 60 endemic faunal species.[5]

      Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago. The successive ancient cultures are the Soi Nhụ culture around 18,000–7000 BC, the Cái Bèo culture 7000–5000 BC[6] and the Hạ Long culture 5,000–3,500 years ago.[7] Hạ Long Bay also marked important events in thehistory of Vietnam with many artifacts found in Bài Thơ Mout, Đầu Gỗ Cave, Bãi Cháy.[7]

      500 years ago, Nguyen Trai praised the beauty of Hạ Long Bay in his verse Lộ nhập Vân Đồn, in which he called it "rock wonder in the sky".[8] In 1962, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam listed Hạ Long Bay in the National Relics and Landscapes publication.[9] In 1994, the core zone of Hạ Long Bay was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site according to criterion vii, and listed for a second time according to criterion viii.[1

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  • Waikiki Beach: The Perfect Des Waikiki Beach: The Perfect Destination for Friends

    • From: ajjordan2
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      Germaine's LuauMy friends and I had a birthday celebration in Oahu, Hawaii- a perfect combination of beach time and nightlife. Here are some suggestions for visitors that would like to experience a range of activities from snorkeling to bar hopping in the tourist hub of Waikiki Beach.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Where to Stay:

      Embassy Suites Waikiki Oahu

      Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach

      We stayed in a two bedroom, two bath suite at the resort, which included a king bed in one room and two queens in the other. These accommodations were convenient for the six of us to spread out without feeling cramped. According to sales manager, Susan Koehler, "what makes the property stand out from other resorts is our extra space, value, and location”.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Each morning we had complimentary hot breakfast followed by complimentary alcoholicWaikiki Beach beverages at the manager’s reception in the evenings. This was a great prelude to our nights on the town.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The sundeck, Jacuzzi, and pool-side bar are perfect amenities for a chill out session. Some insider tips include checking out their free yoga classes Tuesday and Friday mornings and catching the fireworks that take off from the Hilton Hawaiian Village each Friday.

       

       

       

      Embassy Suites Waikiki 

       

                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                           DoubleTree by Hilton

       

      DoubleTree WaikikiWe decided to spend our last night at another Hilton property, the DoubleTree hotel in Waikiki. The DoubleTree contains 317 guest rooms, each featuring a private balcony. Other amentities included complimentary WiFi in the lobby, 24-hour fitness center, and heated pool for swimming laps. The location of the DoubleTree allowed us to see the other end of Waikiki, which was close to the Ilikai Marina and the Ala Moana Beach. Our last day was spent touring these two areas.

       

      Where to Party:

       

      Waikiki OahuFirst Fridays in Chinatown is the place to view the local artists and showcases; the downtown area is lively with bars and lounges open for the streams of visitors. Addiction nightclub is located at The Modern hotel and caters to the 21 through 30 year-old crowd. They play a range of music from Hip Hop to Pop, and many locals gravitate to the club Thursday nights. 

       

       

       

      The Sheraton has an outdoor bar/lounge called Rum Fire that attractsAddiction Nightclub Oahu a grown and sexy crowd from 21 through 40; lighted torches surrounding the bar and a glowing pool gives off an aura of a sultry Hawaiian night. Moose McGillycuddy’s is the go-to dive bar for inexpensive drinks and a packed crowd.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Activities to Try:

       

      A 2-3 minute walk from the Embassy Suites puts you right on the strip of the Waikiki Beach, where you can rent a umbrella to lay out, as well as kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or rent a paddleboat. We got some great shots out on the wooden pier.

      Waikiki Beach

       

       

       

      A 20 minute ride from Waikiki puts you in Hanauma Bay, an ancient Haunama Beach Oahu volcanic crater-turned bay, which is packed with marine life; excellent for snorkeling. We camped out on the beach after we went snorkeling (tip: map out the areas of the ocean beforehand where reef is not widespread for better snorkeling).

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Manoa FallsEnjoy hiking? Check out Manoa Falls, a waterfall surrounded by a verdant rainforest that can be reached via a hiking trail (the destination is site of many films, including Jurassic Park and Hunger Games). We hiked the 2 mile trail, and ended up at the base of the waterfall. Of course we had to take a  dip for photo ops.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      For an authentic luau, and a colorful end to your vacation, try Germaine’s Luau, with offers a Hawaiian cultural ceremony at sunset, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and 3 free drinks.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Germaine's Luau

       

       

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  • The Fishermen of Halong Bay, V The Fishermen of Halong Bay, Vietnam

    • From: indochinasails
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      “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
      Mesmerizing panoramas of limestone karsts often covered with lush green vegetation. Adding to this backdrop was the ever present fishermen who live on these waters. We were never completely alone.
      The put-put of their engines was the first indicator.
      A single boat with Quonset hut and colorful flags passed by our junk oblivious to us watching.
      Oftentimes boats were rafted together. This was home for them and a way of life dating back generations.
      We notice a lone man in his boat tied to this grey ragged landscape collecting crustaceans. It is food for the table and to sell.
      A cultural and colorful highlight was visiting a floating village tucked along the jagged edge of karsts in a somewhat protected area from the winds. Consisting of 120 people, mostly families with children, they have been there since 1994 and encouraged by the government to fish these waters. They do so with nets as well as fish-farms. There are three other such floating villages scattered throughout Halong Bay and some quite large. Collectively, these fishermen supply seafood to all of Vietnam, particularly Hanoi. In addition, they are developing markets for farm-raised sea grasses, sea weed, and shrimp.
      Houses were painted in cheerful colors and each appeared to have a resident watch dog. Roosters crowed.
      Generators provide electricity for the floating village and fresh water is brought in from the mainland and stored in tanks.
      We were taken to the community building to meet the village elder, his family and to have tea. The structure also serves as a school while efforts are being made to replace the one that was destroyed in a typhoon. The government provides a teacher, but he or she needs to be married, which reflects the cultural morays. Older children who wish to further their education often live on the mainland with a relative.
      Managing tourism is of importance. This village has a partnership with several junk touring companies. Only the smaller vessels can approach this particular floating village, which was a cultural bonus for us. Instead of selling us trinkets or local crafts, we were taken on small boat excursions. There were four couples in our group and each couple was assigned to a row boat made from a woven reed basket.
      Our rower was a girl named Win who was shy and had such a lovely smile. By tipping these rowers we are told this is a “workable” situation for tourists and the village. I had to agree. These women worked hard at what they were doing. An extra cultural treat for Ron and I was Duc, our guide, joined our little boat as well as the village chief’s son and niece. It was fun listening to the children chatter away and Duc translate.
      Laughing at each other in our conical hats was a reminder that we were acting the tourist part. There was one particular area that Duc wanted us to see, but the lead rower could not get her boat through because of the current.
      We weren't disappointed. The beauty around us was worth this experience of being rowed in a basket.
      Once back on the junk, the long term sustainability of these floating villages was discussed. There is a balance between the fishermen, tourism, and the fragile eco-system which can change because of industrial run off, storms affecting fishing and increasing pollution. Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder. Protection of these waters while preserving a cultural way of life is an ongoing challenge.
      Source: onthegowithlynne
      For more information about Halong Bay cruise, please refer: http://www.indochinasails.com/
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  • Egypt Adventure Package By Two Egypt Adventure Package By Two Ways Travel

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      ITINERARY

      DAY – BAY – DAY 

      Day 01:  (Arrival Day Luxor)

      Arrival to Luxor international airport "02 Adult" Meet & assist through passports and Customs formalities by our representative. Then transfer with our representative by Private A/C Van to hotel Leave your Luggage get Shower and Overnight in Luxor

      Day 02:  (Overday to Dendara & Abydos)

      After breakfast meet your Guide Then Transfer by air-conditioned modern vehicle to visit Dendera temple which is dedicated to goddess Hathor- cow headed woman and known by Goddess of Love. This temple back to 125 B.C and it is quiet unique because of the fact that the roof is still intact and visitors can admire the beautiful ceiling; depicting the hours of the day and night as well as the traveling journey of the sun, the moon and the stars across the sky. One of its ceilings is decorated with a plaster cast of the signs of the zodiac. Not only that but this temple has the only relief which represented queen Cleopatra and her son Caesarian. Then continue the tour to Abydos which was the head of god Osiris- the god of underworld and part of his body was buried there according to the legend of ancient Egyptians. In Abydos you are going to visit the famous temple of king Seti I – the founder of Abydos temple which was completed by his son king Ramses II.  The beauty of this temple almost feels like an apology and dedication to the following gods: Osiris, Isis, Horus, Amun Ra, Mut and Khonsu after finishing the tour, you will be driven to your hotel in Luxor. 

      Day 03:  (Hot air balloon not including The Package Price)

      We pick you up from you hotel early morning for a fantastic hot air balloon ride in Luxor that is one of the best ways to see Luxor and get a feel for the vast area covered by the area's ancient sites is to take a balloon trip, you climb aboard a hot air balloon for an amazing 45 minutes floating over some of the world's most important archaeological sites, including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and iconic historic monuments. During the flight you get breathtaking view of sprawling temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple complexes. This tour includes refreshments and then you will be transferred back to your hotel.

      Day 04: (Nile Cruise)

      After breakfast check out the hotel then transfer to M/S Farah Nile Cruise

      *      12:00 Check-In

      *      12:30 Lunch on board

      *      14:30 Visit East Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples)

      *      20:00 Dinner on board

      Overnight in Luxor

      Day 05: (Nile Cruise)

      *      6:00 Breakfast on board

      *      7:00 Visit West Bank -- Valley of the Kings ,Temple of Queen Hatshepsut ( El-Deir El-Bahari )

      *      12:00 Sail to Edfu via Esna

      *      13:00 Lunch on board

      *      16:00 Afternoon tea

      *      20:00 Dinner on board

      Overnight in Edfu

      Day 06: (Nile Cruise)

      *      7:00 Breakfast on board

      *      8:00 Visit Horus Temple in Edfu

      *      13:00 Lunch on board

      *      16:00 Afternoon tea during Sailing to Kom Ombo

      *      17:00 Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo

      *      18:30 Sail to Aswan

      *      20:00 Dinner on board Galabia Party After Dinner

      Overnight in Aswan.

      Day 07: (Nile Cruise)

      *      7:00 Breakfast on board

      *      8:00 Visit the High Dam, the Temple of Philae & unfinished Obelisk.

      *      13:00 Lunch on board

      *      16:00 Afternoon tea

      *      17:00 Felucca on the Nile around Kitchener island

      *      20:00 Dinner on board

      Overnight in Aswan.

      Day 08:  (Nile Cruise)

      *      7:00 Breakfast on board

      *      8:00 Check- out

      Day 09: (Cairo Arrival – Sightseeing - and Overnight)

      A: M Arrival Then transfer to hotel rest – Shower then Meet The Tour Guide transfer by private A/C Van Then Meet the Tour Guide at 09:00 A.M to Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period then end Of the Day Visit to Khan El Khalili Market and Overnight in Cairo.

      Day 10: (Cairo– Sightseeing - and Overnight)

      After breakfast meet the Tour Guide to go to Giza to view the legendary majestic Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Myerson's, the great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren; guarding the Royal Burial Chambers, Valley temple and Papyrus institute and perfume Factory and Overnight in Cairo and Overnight in Cairo. "Camel Ride Including on This Day" then Islamic Cairo to visit El Sultan Hassan Mosque, Ahmed Ibn Toulon and Then Move Coptic Cairo and Overnight in Cairo.

      Day 11:  (Cairo– Sightseeing - and Overnight)

      After breakfast meet the Tour Guide to go to visit to Sakkara that is part of Memphis's massive necropolis, and the burial site of the most ancient Pharaohs where you will see the first pyramids build in Egypt "Step Pyramid of King Djoser that was designed by Imhotep, the ancient Egyptian architect also you will visit the Teti Pyramid and tombs in Sakkara then you will be transferred to Memphis, the ancient Capital of Egypt to visit the colossal statue of Ramses II and nearby a still half-buried Hathor Temple. Later on you will be driven to Dahshure Bent Pyramid & Red Pyramids which were founded by King Snefru – the founder of the Old Kingdom. Both Pyramids the Bent & the Red create the link between the Step Pyramids at Sakkara and the Pyramids of Giza. Finally you will be escorted by your guide back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo.

      Day 12: (Cairo Final Departure)

      After breakfast check out the Hotel then transfer to Cairo Airport to final Departure.

      “End of Tour “ 

       

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