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  • BIKING TO BENG MEALEA: HOW TO BIKING TO BENG MEALEA: HOW TO SEE MORE OF RURAL CAMBODIA

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      Written by Backpacker Becki

      It took me over six hours to cycle to the jungle ravaged temple of Beng Mealea – a journey that would normally take an hour by public transport. Call me crazy, but there is something so wonderful about biking through the Cambodian countryside and avoiding the main, paved high-way routes.
      My new-found love of cycling evolved once I had moved to Siem Reap, where I bought a bike as a means to ferry myself to and from work. But then I soon realised… in Cambodia a bike is your ticket to endless exploration.
      This is when I started craving more of an adventure.My 20 minute bouts of exercise to and from work presented me with the same scenery and my random bike rides were becoming limited.
      From simple countryside outings and the Angkor Wat temple circuit to tours that last days and which get you out of the city, there is something to suit everyone, whether solo or as a family. They seem a little pricey but the cost includes the bike hire, water, some food and temple entry. Sometimes paying a small price is worth not losing your head when you are lost in the middle of nowhere with limited or no Khmer language skills!
      Out of all the day trips, I booked the one which looked most challenging and which would take me to a temple I had not yet visited – the 75km ride to Beng Mealea. Crazy is fun, right?
      I was informed that the tour would be last approximately nine hours (from 7am – 4am). I assumed this to be a few hours of bike riding, a break for lunch and the temple visit, and then a few hours to get back. Instead we set out on a ride that would take us directly to Beng Mealea around 2pm where we would later get a tuk tuk home. It was MUCH further than I thought, but with a brand new mountain bike in my possession for the day, I was ready for the challenge.
      With a mixture of awe and agony, it was an awesome day. When using public transport to get to Beng Mealea you use a lot of main roads and pass through a village area on the approach to the temple. But when biking, you quickly turn off the first main road and begin a six hour off-the-beaten-track journey that takes you through some of the most stunning Cambodian countryside; where fisherman and ox cart farmers line the green, watery flatlands and where orange dirt tracks and luscious palm trees guide the way.
      I’ve seen a whole heap of Cambodian countryside, and I spent a lot of time at work out in a local village, but this remains one of my best and most beautiful experiences yet of rural life. So much so I had to constantly stop just to take it all in and take some photos. My guide was patient and provided good insight, and for the entire journey (bar five minutes near the start) not one other tourist was in sight. Just me, my Khmer guide and the beautiful local people who waved and high-fived us throughout the journey.
      I won’t lie, at times it was tough. I got tired and felt irritable. I had to pull over near the end just to down a bottle of water and a packet of crisps just to regain a little energy! I wondered why I put myself up for a Tour De Siem Reap after spending no more than an hour on my shitty Mary Poppins style bike!
      But I did it. With a bike, you are the master of your own journey. You can choose when to slow down. You can choose when to stop and take hold of the scene in front of you. A tuk tuk or a car wouldn’t afford you with such an opportunity.
      And the temple? Well, that was truly magnificent. It’s only been open to the public in the last few years so it’s not too ’touristy’ and ruined. Yet.
      Not content with his awesome biking skills, my guide took me through a route of the temple where no one else could be found, where we climbed over toppled stones, wandered through lost corridors and swung on the branches that have weaved their way through and taken over the temple structure. We found peace at the end of a long and arduous day.
      Even if you are not a regular bike rider, try a long haul biking adventure. See a different side of Cambodia. Go see a temple you might have thought was too far out of reach. And my one piece of advice apart from drinking lots of water and taking things at your own pace? Don’t wear a white top for your mountain bike outing. It will only come back orange.

      Recommend Cycling Angkor Temples by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA:

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      • Beautiful cycling roads
      • Impressive Angkor temples
      • Boat trip on Tonle Sap
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  • Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam

    • From: activetravelasia
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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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  • Belize Beauty Belize Beauty

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      San Pedro, Belize. Peaceful look at the ocean.
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  • Looking West Looking West

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      Long Key Florida, Long Key Townhouse Condos. Looking west from the boat dock.

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  • Florida Keys Paradise Florida Keys Paradise

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      View from the dock at the Long Keys Townhouse condos, Florida Keys

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  • walking home walking home

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      This is a typical small road in a neighborhood in Manuel Antonio.  It was so picturesque to see the many tropical flowers, palm trees in front of each house, and the interesting architecture of some of the houses.  And often you would be treated to the antics of a group of chickens on the side of the road, and hear roosters in the distance.  We walked the mile or so from our rented house to a small pizza place, and was glad we did.

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  • Room With a View Room With a View

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      sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, palm trees, nature

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  • Saturday Night Sunset Saturday Night Sunset

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      sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, palm trees, nature

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  • Friday Night's Sunset Friday Night's Sunset

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      in Puerto vallarta, MX

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  • Malecon Sculpture Malecon Sculpture

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      in Puerto Vallarta, MX

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  • Los Arcos Hotel Facade Los Arcos Hotel Facade

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      Puerto Vallarta

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  • Sunset in Mazatlan Sunset in Mazatlan

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      Mexico.

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  • Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yu Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yunan Province China.

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      Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture of the Dai ethnic group which covers an area of 20 thousand square kilometers borders on Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, located in the south of Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China. Its one of the well-known tourist cities in China where the Water-Sprinkling Festival is held each year in the middle of April, famous for natural landscapes of tropical rainforests and minority folk-customs. Many of tourists from around the world visit here every year, especially in the boom season of tourism. If you like, you can go visit Xishuangbannan anytime in a year, since the weather temperature there keeps averagely 16, and only 28 even when its very hot in summer. Its a sunshine place where it never snow.       

       

       

      Rubbers, tea leaves, sugarcane, spices, tropical fruits and some other special local products are all produced in Xishuangbanna, and also there are some developed scenic spots, such as Primeval Forest Park, Wild Elephant Valley, Botanical Garden, tropical rainforests and so on. It is one of the scenic areas and also an important tourist development zone with abundant tourism resources. As you enter Xishuangbannan, you will feel as if you are in a green world where primeval forests, rubber plantation gardens and orchards all come into your sight.  

       

      The Peacock Lake which is surrounded by lakes around it looks as clean as a mirror, covering an area of 18700 square meters. It was developed as a park in 1977 where there are pavilions, exotic flowers, peacocks,pythons, foxes, wild boars, moneys, thrush birds, and some other endangered animals. And there is a waterside pavilion in the middle of the clean rippled lake, on which Pattra leaves, coconut trees, areca-nut trees and oil palm trees are all reflected. What’s more, visitors are allowed to enjoy scenery by boat on the lake.                   

       

      The Wild Elephant Valley of Xishuangbannan is situated in a natural preservation area in the north of Jinghong where there is a vast tropical rainforest that makes it possible for tropical plants to grow and wild animals like Asia elephants to live. There are only 300 Asia elephants in total now. They often haunt as a group at rivers, dense forests, or near people’s residences to hunt for food and water, or to take a walk. On the other hand, a number of tourists from the world are attracted by the landscapes of the tropical rainforest and wild Asia elephants.

       

      http://www.chinaholidaycts.com/

          

       

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  • Holidays in India: One Country Holidays in India: One Country, Different Themes

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      Diversity is a very synonymous term associated with India owing to its religions, culture, multi-lingual populations and tourism. India tourism has a lot of diversity to offer that makes it a prominent driver of economic growth in the global travel and hospitality industry. The country abounds with several exotic destinations that draw travelers from far off lands for Holidays in India. Indian tourism has different themes  to offer such as adventure, wildlife, religion, beach and hill stations among others. Nearly every tour operator has a presence on the internet today. This allows guests to choose from a variety of  attractive India holiday packages offered by the local tour operators. In this article, I have mentioned four different themes for holidays in India.

      Wildlife Tours

      India is home to the second largest bio-diversity in the world and ranks 12 in the list of countries having most diverse flora and fauna species. The wildlife protected area of India are spread across different parts of the country in the form of 89 national parks,  400 wildlife sanctuaries and 13 Bio reserves. The country abounds with 6% flora , 6.2% reptile, 7.6% mammal and 12.6% avian species. Indian wildlife and national parks have been the subject for tales, fables and novels such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard  Kipling. Though there are a large number of animal parks in India, the three names that rule the roost are Kaziranga National Park, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sunderbans. Their prominence is high because they play host to three most endangered animals- Single Horned Rhinoceros,  Asiatic  Lions and Royal Bengal Tiger.

      Beach & Backwater Holidays

      When it comes to backwater holidays in India, nothing can beat the charm of Kerala. The beach and backwater tour of Kerala  is globally renowned owing to its verdant green surroundings, houseboat trips, salubrious climate, swaying palm trees and Ayurvedic massage centers. Alleppey and Kumarakom are the backbone of backwater tourism in Kerala. Among the beaches beaches, Kovalam has commanded all the attention. Besides Kerala, Goa is another well known beach destination of India best known for its cosmopolitan ambience, unparalleled languidness and  full of beans nightlife. 

      Hill Station Tours

      The northernmost part of Indian subcontinent is marked by the beautiful, breathtaking and towering peaks of The Great Himalayas. Although Kashmir tours has its own set of limitations owing to the political turmoil going on there, the state receives a good amount of tourist footfall owing to its picturesque lakes, gardens and traditional crafts. However, when it comes to fabulous hill stations in India, Himachal Pradesh tops the chart. Some popular hill stations within this state include Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is quite popular with honeymooners due to its picturesque surroundings, verdant valleys, lush green forests and colonial ambience. The southern region of India too has its fair share of hill stations teemed with picturesque spots, lush green plantations and cascading waterfalls. Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal and Coonoor are popular names of South Indian hill stations.

      Adventure Tours

      If you are one of those people who loves to live on the edge of thrill & excitement, India is one of the best bets available for you. Some famous adventure activities that  India tourism offers to the tourists include skiing, scuba diving, river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking and Paragliding. Ladakh offers ample opportunities to get indulge in a variety of adventure sports for a thrilling and shivering experience. Even Goa beaches offer good opportunity for water sport activities.

      The above mentioned themes listed for tours to India are just a few names in the huge list of options. With so much variety available for India vacation, the country is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.

       

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  • Torquay Boardwalk Torquay Boardwalk

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      This is an early morning shot from the Torquay (tor-kee) England boardwalk. The boardwalk extends out into Torbay and attaches to land where you can find plenty of palm trees, wild flowers, rocks walls, and a hill with a complex set of walking ramps leading to hilltop apartments and condos. This area in Devon is known as the 'English Riviera' and is located on the southwestern most part of England. We stayed here for five wonderful days exploring the area.

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  • We're not in kansas anymore We're not in kansas anymore

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      Beautiful National Park of the tallest palm trees in the world

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  • Sunset Palms Sunset Palms

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      Just as the sun goes down the lights appear making the palm trees look beautiful against the sky. 

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  • Beware of 'Stingers' Beware of 'Stingers'

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      Taken near a lovely, white sand beach in Cape Tribulation, N. Territory, Australia - gorgeous turquoise-blue water, palm trees, but not one soul to be seen!  I wonder why?

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  • Budget Maldives. Maafushi is t Budget Maldives. Maafushi is the cheapest place for the best beach vacations and wanting to find the real life of Maldives.

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                 Budget Maldives. Maafushi island. Maafushi island (Maldives) is the best place for a holiday if you're looking for a cheap place for the best beach vacations and wanting to find the real life of Maldives.

                  The island is located in South Male’ Atoll, just 30 minutes from the airport and the capital male ' if you go on a speed boat. Also to the island can be reached by regular ferry coming from Male’ from 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. all days except Friday. Cost one way for one person is 2.5 - 3 $ and it takes 1.5 hours of time.

      Maafushi is really nice local island! It is not resort but it is great place for those who want to immerse in the atmosphere of the local life of Maldives and Resort of Maldives at the same time.

      On the island there are hospital, police station, school, many shops of food, clothing, household goods, fields for football and volleyball, concert Playground, bar, cafe on the shore of the ocean, where tables are standing right in the sand. There's two good beach with white sand and a very good coral reef.

      All the prices are low as they are for local residents in contrast to the island-resorts. While you can at least every day to travel to the neighboring island-resorts, which are located in a few minutes by speed boat and spend a whole day there, taking advantage of all the infrastructure free of charge. (For example, a trip to the nearby Byadhoo island-resort with dinner, beach towels, the opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities of the hotel, transfer to a whole day worth of Summer Villa guest house of $15).

      The Maafushians are very friendly people ever ready to help without any sign of self-interest. So you will be able to by souvenirs times cheaper than they sell for the resort tourists. Local shops (except souvenirs) have fixed prices and you can by fruits, snacks and even swimming fins there for the real (not resort) price.

      Maafushi it is a where you can see the ocean from any place on the island. The Indian Ocean is calm and very beautiful. You can enjoy it as a natural swimming pool. There is a nice coral reef nearby.

      There are two beaches on  Maafushi on opposite sides of the island. The reef is located in the west side, if you walk away from Summer villa Guest house on the left. You must walk on the snow-white sand in shallow water a few meters long and there begins a good riff. Steep wall of coral and fish. I saw there a huge turtle, eagle rays (very nice!), Dolphins and groups of all kinds of fishes. It should carry with them flippers necessarily because it is the ocean, and without them hanging like an empty bottle.

                  Budget Maldives. MaafushiIt is a great choice for the tourists that want "budget holidays". Resort rest (15$ all day with lunch), the snorkeling, fishing from boat, swimming with manta ray and dolphins , a picnic on a deserted island, rest on a small beach in the middle of the ocean (a small island, where nothing except sand), a concert of national culture and etc.

      There are some guest houses. I stayed in Summer Villa Guest house. It is an excellent Guest House with wonderful family-like atmosphere. The Guesthouse is kept by a Maldivian family. So all the relatives are really interested in each guest and make everything possible to make the guests happy all the time.  I came here twice and it was an absolutely different experience in comparison with the previous visit but again wonderful. If you decide to go there you will feel yourself like in out-of-town house with the amazingly beautiful warm ocean and palm trees near by. All staff is very friendly and caring like your good friends.

      A cozy place. To be honest, I examined in detail on this island, the benefit was a lot of time there. And when the question arose to what hotel to choose, my husband said unequivocally Summer villa guest house and I myself did not want to go anywhere else. You feel yourself in his hotel like in your cottage  in the Maldives, it is true! You will see yourself. They organize excellent excursions. Rooms were spacious and furnished with a large soft bed and bedside tables, a large wardrobe with a wooden safe inside, a dressing table with bench, fridge, powerful AC, fans, etc. Every room had a private toilet and shower with hot water. Bed sheets and pillowcases were changed regularly. Room was very clean and cozy. There are soap and shampoo in bathroom. Staff cares for you if you are like the owner of this house and they are your staff. :))) Really nice!

      There was also a kitchen for guests in Summer Villa. Everyone could use tableware, toaster, and coffeemaker facilities or take boiling water for independent meals. But it was also possible to order the stuff to cook lunch for you.

                  Dinner was a buffet. Every evening the staff lighted candles and so each dinner turned into a romantic dating. If you decide to come with children you should not worry about food. My son (3 years old) enjoyed food in Summer Villa café.

                 Summer villa Guest house Summer Villa guest house is the best place to relax, have a good rest and get a charge of positive emotions and energy. The same time if you wish an active or extreme leisure the hotel staff can arrange excursions and active kinds of sports for you. The guest house provides cheap excursions to several resort islands, Park Island, Sand Bank, Manta and Wale shark spots. They can arrange dolphin watching, fishing and snorkeling in very picturesque areas. I also saw Bodu Beru - the show of traditional dances and songs of the Maldivian culture.

      There is free Wi-Fi in the hotel.

      It is advisable to swim in a solid swimsuit or in a t-shirt, tunic. But I saw tourists in a separate bathing suit. Nobody remarks are made. However, there is a law and it must be respected. And the sun in the Maldives is quite hard so you need to use long sleeves because you can get a sun burnt! And you can walk around the island as you like. And in T-shirts and shorts and a short skirt! For tourists there is a special relationship - complete freedom within reasonable limits.

      And on any excursions you can use a separate bathing suit. I used tunics, t-shots and sunscreen and always have nice even tan, believe me. And no sun burnt J I was afraid it also at first time but the nature dictates its own laws and I used except tunics leggings the first days.

      Very good alternative to expensive resorts. A wonderful place with wonderful people always on hand to help and make sure your holiday lives up to all your expectations!

       

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  • Fireworks & Palm Trees Fireworks & Palm Trees

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      Captured a portion of the Americafest fireworks display at Pasadena, CA

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