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  • First Trip to Jodhpur? Here’s First Trip to Jodhpur? Here’s a List of Top 7 Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur

    • From: rekhaihpl
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      Vibrant Culture, colorful festivals, Rajputana architectural aesthetics and gracious people - these four elements describe Jodhpur in a nutshell. One of the major tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jodhpur will give you a sneak peek into the magnificent forts, royal palaces, revered temples, lip-smacking food and colorful festivals. For those looking forward to experience luxury and lavishness from close quarters, staying at Jodhpur heritage hotels is a very good option. In this article, you will find the list of top 7 Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur, each of which retains the soul of princely India.

      Ranbanka Hotel
      The only heritage hotel in Jodhpur to be recognized as a ‘Classic Heritage Hotel’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the hotel has taken care of every meticulous detail to enter this prestigious category. The Palace was converted into a heritage hotel by Raj Kumar K.V. Singh. The hotel has derived its name from the famous battle cry of the Rathore Clan, Ranbanka Rathore. It features 71 fully quipped heritage rooms which include Courtyard Wing, Legacy Wing and Jodhana Win. On the dining front, the hotel has several multi-cuisine and al fresco dining venues to watch out for.

      The Kothi Heritage
      Built by Bachraj Ji Singhvi in 1888, The Kothi Heritage has been refurbished into a heritage hotel and gives the ultimate pleasure of a luxurious stay.  As you will book your stay here at this Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur, the spectacular blend of art and architecture is visible in every nook and corner of this hotel. The 30 feet long Central Hall in The Kothi Heritage, adorned with lattice work frescoes, adds splendor. 

      Haveli Inn Pal
      A serene and beautiful place, known for its good ambience, Haveli Inn Pal was built by Thakur Umaid Karan Singh Ji. For many years, Haveli Inn Pal has been a private residence of the Pal family but now it has been converted into a cozy place to accommodate discerning travelers. There are 12 tastefully designed rooms in this hotel, each of which is equipped with an array of modern amenities. The Haveli Inn has a beautiful Garden Restaurant where you can savor breathtaking views of the Mehrangarh Fort along with lip-smacking Rajasthani food.

      Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur
      If you are looking forward to plan your stay in the vicinity of Thar Desert, then Ajit Bhawan Palace is the best bet available for you. It is one of the top choices for both domestic and international tourists. The beautifully designed and decorated ambience will make you fell head over heels in love with this hotel. The accommodation options at Ajit Bhawan Palace are classified as Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Luxury Rooms, Luxury Tents and Executive Rooms. Few facilities that you can enjoy in this hotel include swimming pool, spa, shopping arcade and conference facility among others.

      Hotel Megh Niwas
      Built by Colonel Megh Singh, an army veteran of World War II, Hotel Megh Niwas has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel and offers an exciting mix of traditional hospitality and classic ambience. All the rooms are air-conditioned with amenities such as telephone, bath tubs and 24 hours running hot and cold water. There is a rooftop restaurant having a seating capacity of 80 to 90 people and offer panoramic views of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

      Balsamand Lake Palace
      Situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, The Balsamand Lake Palace heritage hotel is built entirely of red sand stone. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 10 plush suites and 26 other rooms, each of which is surrounded by lush green and manicured gardens. The open-air multi-cuisine restaurant at Balsamand Palace offers delectable variety of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.

      Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
      Set amidst 26 acres of sprawling greens, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in India. The hotel is built entirely out of yellow sandstone in fashionable Art-Deco style. With its 64 well-furnished rooms categorized as Maharani Suite, Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Regal Suite and Deluxe Rooms. Besides accommodation, the dining options offer a wide assortment to choose from.

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      NATURE TOURS                                                            


      Address           : #7 D, Street 258,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

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      TOUR NAME                                   DURATION              CODE              TOUR FEE

      PHNOM PENH TOUR                       

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR         4 Hours              LP –M1          $ 29.00 USD /Head


      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS   4 Hours             LP- A2           $ 29.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH, 1 DAY TOURS          1 Day Tour         LP-M1+A2      $ 49.00 USD/Head


      Heritage & Traditions   

      SIEM REAP, 1 DAY TOURS              1 Day Tour        SLP-A2    $ 49.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP         2 Days-1 Night      SLP1     $ 99 USD/Head                  


      ANGKOR HIGHLIGHTS, CAMBODIA     3 days 2 nights     LP-02   $ 109 USD / Head              

      Heritage & Sites

      ANGKOR, CAMBODIA                       4 days 3 Nights    LP-03   $ 129 USD / Head

      Heritage & Traditions                             

      FOREMOST CAMBODIA                     5 days 4 nights   LP-04   $ 159 USD / Head


      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong                                    

      CAMBODIA – BY LAND AND SEASIDE   3 days, 2 nights  LP-05   $ 139 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE   4 days 3 nights   LP-06    $ 159 USD / Head



      Phnom Penh- Kom Pong Som

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE 2 Days-1 Nights   LP-07     $ 99.00 USD / Head




      Phnom Penh- Mondulkiri

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR          3 Days-2 Nights   LP-08        $ 109.00 USD/ Head 


      Phnom Penh- Ratanakiri      

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR         4 Days-3 Nights    LP-09         $ 125.00 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Mondulkiri-Ratanakiri  6 Days-5 Nights    LP-10         $ 209.00 USD / Head

      CAMBODIA- By Land

      Note: The above list of tour packages is limited to the most popular tours. We have many more tours to offer, please contact us for more information.        

      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR 

      TOUR CODE               : LP –M1

      Place to visit : Phnom Penh City                                                                          

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM    Return            : 12:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint tours)

      Price                          : $ 30.00 USD                     Adult

                                         $ 15 .00 USD                      Children

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.



      ***** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD/ per group.





      A great tour experiencing the highlights Of Phnom Penh are giving a fabulous insight to the city and its historical sight.We begin with the Wat Phnom, The place where Phnom Penh. got its name from, our tour guide will reveal the full story of this city, from there we drive along Sisowath Quay which allow you to enjoy the unique river front view of Tonle Chak tomuk,we continue our visit to the Independent Monument ,which is build for enjoy o the success in setting the country free from French colony, From hear we drive to the terrifying Toul sleng Genocide Museum, This place reveals the sad and shocking history for the Khmer in the last few decades. the final leg of our is to travel along Mao Tse Toung Blvd,Then turn to Monireth  Blvd,and continue to the famous Charles De Gaulle Blvd,Then will allow you to have a full view  of this bussy dusty Phnom Penh, back to Monivong Blvd, End Of Tours.


      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS

      TOUR CODE               : LP- A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh City  

      Started Time            : 2:00 PM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 30.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 15.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 1:00 PM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

      ******* German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD / per group.





      A great discovering tours of the rich Khmer Arts.Architecture and culture.The tours start at about 2.30 PM We head to silver pagoda ,which is located within the royal palace terrain, in addition you will also have a chance to discover the Royal Palace .From there we continue our tour to visit National Museum ,a red and elegant looking building ,which is located outer to the East of Royal palace .you will surprise  with the Amazing Khmer Arts, that have been collected from all over the country, which are available on display in this Museum, lately we continue this tour along the beautiful Chak Tomuk river,side to Visit the Ounalom monastery, back to your departure point and the tour end here ,End of tour.


      TOUR CODE               : LP-M1+A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh & Tonle Bati

      Started Time            : 8:00 AM            Return : 05:00 PM (MIN 5 Person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD    Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD    Child

      Tour duration           : 7 HOURS

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                  : 1- Car with air-con

                                     2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                     3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *******German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge USD 30 / per group.


      Today excursion will allow you to observe Other precious Heritage of the Khmer Empire.The tours start at 8:00 AM in the morning heading toward Ta Keo  Province along national road number 2 .the tour will stop first

       Tonle Bati, which is the home to two 12th century temple Ta Prohm temples and Prasat Yeay Peo build close to Bati lake by the king Jayavarman VII .Tonle Bati is the Beautiful lake is Popular among locals for its breezy and tranquil atmosphere.Tonle bati is 42 Km south of Phnom Penh,takes about 1 hours by car.we have lunch at Tonle Bati floating house before continue our tour to Phnom Chiso and other 20 km fro Tonle Bati ,Phnom Chiso is a hill top with many building from difference eras including the temple of Suryagiri from 11 century ,Enjoy tremendous view over the surround plains. On the way. Back we visit another famous temple of prasat Neang Khmau,which is not far from Phnom Chiso.Transfer back to departure point ,tour end here.





      TOUR CODE               : SLP-A2

      Place to Visit            : Siem Reap & Angkor

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Join tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 7 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                            3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge$ 30 USD / per group.                                                                                                                             

      Excluded                 : Cambodia Visa Fee, air-ticket and airport tax, Personal Expense, Sorft drink, Tip Guide and Driver



      Welcome at Siem Reap Air-Port ,Visit South gate of Ankor Thom

       ( Bayon , Baphoun, Elephant terrace, Lepe king ,Royal Palace,,

      Visit Ta Prohm Temple ,Lunch at local restaurant ,

      Visit the wonderful heritage Angkor Wat temples, Transfer to siem Reap

       Air-port for departure flight to Phnom penh.End of Tour.












      PROGRAME               : 2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP

      TOUR CODE               : SLP1

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap



      *Arrival at Siem Reap Air-port transfer for sightseeing ,

      *visit south gate of Angkor Thom ,Bayon temple complex,

      *Lunch at local restaurant ,after lunch continue tour to visit

      *Angkor Wat temple complex and enjoy watching sunset on Phnom Bakheng

      *Dinner and overnight at hotel.

      DAY 2- DEPARTURE FROM SIEM REAM(B, L,D)                                                                                 

      - after breakfast at hotel,visit Banteay Srey temple ,and Lucnh at Local Restaurant ,free time for shopping and transfer to the Air-port for departure. End of Tour.

      PROGRAM 6              : Angkor Highlights – Heritage & Sites (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-02

      Places to visit           : Siem Reap & Angkor.


      This is a shorter tour to visit the main and most interesting sites of the Angkor area. As well as introducing you to the small and grand circuit of Angkor, including the monumental inner royal city of Angkor Thom and sublime Angkor Wat temple complex, it also covers Banteay Srei and Phnom Bakhaeng. This journey is perfect for those individuals or families who wish to discover the majesty of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become one of the world’s must-see ancient wonders.


      • Discover the stunning temples of Angkor, including stately Angkor Thom and intricate Banteay Srei
      • Experience first-hand the mysterious tree-engulfed monuments of Ta Prohm
      • See the film locations used in the Hollywood blockbuster – Tomb Raider
      • Gaze in wonder at the giant stone faces of Bayon state temple
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa


      Day 1: Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei, which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore the intricate and ingenious designs. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset and Angkor Wat from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng (900 AD). This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.






      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-
      1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in the beholder. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and the Ta Prohm complex, which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign (1181-1220). We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.

      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the third and final day, we will spend the morning visiting other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. This will be followed by transfer to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : Angkor – Heritage & Traditions (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-03

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap



      This is the most popular program for visiting Angkor. It allows visitors to see much of what is worth knowing about the extraordinary Khmer civilization and its temples. You will discover the best sites along the small and grand Angkor circuits, including the temples of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and also visit the Roluos complex and Banteay Srei. The visitors will learn how traditional Angkor crafts are made and see how these ancient skills are being preserved. All in all, it’s a great introduction to Cambodia’s ancient wonders!


      • Discover the stunning Temples of Angkor area in and outside Siem Reap
      • See traditional dancing shows including the unique and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Enjoy a boat excursion to floating villages - the real ‘water world’
      • Visit an arts showroom and watch local artisans train at the National Silk Weaving Centre
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa


      Day 1: Welcome to Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be picked up by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Your Angkor explorations begin in the afternoon with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng , which dates back to 900 AD and overlooks Angkor Wat. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei (967 AD). The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore their intricate and ingenious designs. After lunch, we begin our discovery of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex built under Suryavarman II and Ta Prohm which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign from 1181-1220. We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.

      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and photograph the famously eerie silk cotton tree roots as they slowly cover the Ta Prohm temple from Jayavarman VII’s reign.
      The afternoon’s activities include visiting the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Ta Prom. In the evening we will visit the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then back to the hotel to stop overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the final morning, you will love the cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. The trip also includes stops at the showrooms and workshops of traditional craftsman and artisans of Angkor. From here you will be transferred to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : FOREMOST – Heritage & Sites (5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-04

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap-Cambodia



      This journey introduces the individual or family visitors to the most popular tourism destinations and attractions of Cambodia. It begins in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia with its beautiful tree-shaded avenues, old colonial houses, museums, pagodas and is a splendid palace worth visiting. The city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia and it’s easy to see why even today. Since the 1960s, Phnom Penh has suffered difficult times, which have prevented the capital from becoming a “modernised” city. Today Phnom Penh is being re-born whilst preserving its heritage and traditional way of life.

      On the way to Angkor, visitors will discover the traditional life of Cambodian people in the countryside and the wonders of ancient Khmer crafts. Once in Siem Reap, you will tour the stunning Angkor temples at one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, which stretches some 400 km2. The site has pristine forest area, splendid man-made lakes and magnificent remnants from the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, which dates from the 9th to the 15th century. It includes the legendary Temple of Angkor Wat and the astounding Bayon with its gigantic stone faces.


      • Discover the legendary Angkor temple comples
      • Visit the National Museum, Silver pagoda, Royal palace and Wat Phnom pagoda
      • Enjoy the traditional dancing show including the famed and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Cruise on a boat excursion to floating villages – the real ‘water world’
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Day 1: Welcome to Phnom Penh

      after arriving at Pochenthong airport in Phnom Penh, you will be picked up by your guide and
      transferred to the hotel. Soon after, you will begin to discover why the Cambodia’s capital city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia. Your city explorations begin with a visit to the National Museum and see some of the wonderful antiquities from the Khmer civilization. This will be followed by trips to the remarkable Silver Pagoda, a tour of the Royal Palace with its ornate grandeur, and Wat Phnom pagoda. Then we return to your hotel for the first night’s stay in Phnom Penh.
      Day 2: Siem Reap & Angkor

      After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport and fly to Siem Reap. Your Angkor explorations begin in the morning with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. More discoveries await you in the afternoon with a visit to three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Here you can marvel at their intricate and ingenious designs. There is also time to take in the canals and waterways of ancient Takeo province. The first day concludes with panoramic views of Cambodia’s spectacular sunsets and Angkor Wat from temple mountain, Phnom Bakhaeng, dating back to 900 AD. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

      Day 3: Angkor

      After breakfast, enjoy a morning excursion to Banteay Srei, a temple which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. In the afternoon you will have a chance to discover the pride of Cambodia’s heritage – the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Then stay overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin day four with a visit to one of the jewels of Cambodia – the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.

      Later in the day you will discover some of the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. You will also visit the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. The evening is given over to entertainment – a visit to the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then it’s back to the hotel for your final night in Siem Reap.
      Day 5: Siem Reap

      On the fifth morning, you will enjoy a cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the airportyou’re your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-05

      Place to Visited        : KOH KONG-CAMBODIA




      Day1 - Phnom Penh - Koh Kong


      To With our expert guide, you will get to know may types of significant things such as the advantage of mangrove rice field and mountain lines that surrounding Cambodia and you will be seen directly by your own when you reached the Koh Kong. You need to spend the whole morning from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. Then, you will have lunch at the local restaurant in the city.


      Tatai waterfall is the first eyes spot for you after the beautiful life. And the Beoung Ka Yak that full of mangrove trees make you feel as you are in the paradise when you still alive. On the other hand, to the Beoung Ka Yak you will stay and enjoy your life in both evening time and night time to see the difference views between day and night, especially, the most beautiful sightseeing and fresh air.

      Day2 - Around Koh Kong


      Breakfast is one thing that everybody needs to have in the morning, after this, our expert guide will be pleased sending you to the market that is located at the border Cambodia-Thailand. And then, turn the journey to the “Safari World” (Provincial Wild Park) that you will be happy and be ridiculous to the dolphins, monkeys, tigers, crocodiles, seals, peacock, and parrot gesture (like the clowns).

      After that, you will have lunch in at the restaurant in the park of the Safari World.


      After a big laugh from the animals, we will bring you to a fishing village (Bak Klorng Village). The village is densely so important for Koh Kong province for the sea fishing.

      To be continued, turn the trip to the city to have dinner and rest overnight there.

      Day3 - Koh Kong – Koh Por - Phnom Penh


      After breakfast, you are going to Koh Por by the express boat, you will see beautiful waterfall, beautiful trees on the side of the tributaries and you can take a lot of beautiful pictures that are created from small and big trees like mangrove jungles, and natures. The beauty of these natures is so beautiful beyond of our description… After this magnificent trip, we will bring you to have lunch at the recognize restaurant in the local area.


      Before living for Phnom Penh, we cannot forget to bring you to the Thmor Roung (Cave Rock), then, we will take the journey to Phnom Penh by bringing with great unforgettable memories and pleasant.

      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-06

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-Cambodia




      Day 1: Phnom Penh-Koh Kong
      Morning departure for Koh Kong, stop to see  Ta Tay waterfall. And contine the trip to Koh Kong. Check in the resort. Time free. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 2: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 3: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.




      Day 4: Koh Kong –Departure (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, ransfer to YamYeam border (Cambodia-Thailand border) or back to Phnom Penh.






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      TOUR CODE               : LP-07

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-CAMBODIA


      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Sihanoukvile


      After morning snack at 6:00 AM, start the destination to Shinanoukville. On the way to go, our expert guide will describe things for you in details that deep down meaningful and full of experiences of life being. And you will continue to see the port, the Victory Beach, and have lunch at the seaside restaurant.


      To be continued, visiting the Ha Wai Beach, the O’Cheuteal Beach, and the see the view of Sihanoukville and relax with your sea bath. After that, turned back to have dinner in the town and rest overnight at there.

      Day 2: Sihanoukville – Ream Beach - Bamboo Island – Phnom Penh


      Be together at 7:00 AM for breakfast, then continued to visit Ream Beach, and Bamboo Island. And have lunch at the local restaurant there.


      Because of the distance of the road from the place to Phnom Penh, so, we have to leave early for Phnom Penh. On the way back, you can take sightseeing pass one province to another with different views, sceneries, pictures, people, houses, etc.


      TOUR CODE               : LP-08

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Day1: Phnom Penh - Mondulkiri


      Start up the journey at 6:00 AM Phnom Penh – Mondulkiri by bus. You will see scenery on the way to go with other beautiful views with the beautiful voice of our expert guide. Then, you have lunch at the local restaurant at the Snuol District.


      After lunch, we will bring you to visit Orchard of Pine Trees and Mono Waterfall II (Spirit Waterfall) in the district of the Province. To be continued to the central of the town, then have lunch and stay overnight there.

      Day2: Around Mondulkiri


      After breakfast, start the journey to enjoy the bath at the Brusra Waterfall and see Oplay Lake. By 12:00 PM just turn back to have lunch at the central of the town.


      After lunch, we will bring you to the most fresh air on top of the Doh Kramom Mountain. Here! You can worship for good luck, happiness from Angel Ta Doh Kramom. Then, pop in to visit and take photographs as memories at the Sak Mot Phnom (Sea of Mountain) and the BayChao (Uncooked Rice) Mountains. Then, turn to visit Sem Monorom Waterfall, furthermore, to Lai Ka Village (minority village).

      End of the day, back to the town and have dinner and stay overnight at the local modern hotel in the province.

      Day3: Mondulkiri - Phnom Penh


      Marketing tour after breakfast, visit Mondulkiri Market and continued to visit O’romis to taste the local sucking wine (Sra Burt).


      Move the trip back to the Phnom Penh capital with unforgettable memories of Mondulkiri








      TOUR CODE               : LP-09

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA




      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri (L, D)
      Transfer to Rattakiri province by our private car and tour guide to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed “ The Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Lunch at the local restaurant on the way. You will arrive late in the afternoon at Rattanakiri. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

      Day 2: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Direction northwest today, cross bamboo forest before reaching the village of Voeune Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River. The view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Actually, this place is almost a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers don’t even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary; if possible by boat (otherwise by our car) visit to the village of Ka Chaoan with its superb totems. Later this afternoon, the discovery of the surrounding waterfalls. Teuk Cha Ong is the most impressive of them. Next to the waterfall of Okatchagn is a hill tribe village with elephants which may be observed in the forest. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

      Day 3: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Travel north today, in the direction of Laos, cross the curious extent of volcanic rocks of Veyrum Plang: a lava field in the forest with a small waterfall nearby (only in the wet season though) and what locals call tiger caves. Continuing to Taveng, cross different types of landscapes: primary forest, clear forest, bamboo forest and “African” bush. Stop at a few nice Kroeung villages located quite far away in the forest. The Kroeung people have the particularity of erecting bachelor houses standing on very long bamboo poles, these houses will remain so till the young man finds a wife, then, they are destroyed. The right time to see them is usually from February to August. Lunch at a small waterfall lost in the forest and then further visits of villages. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

      Day 4: Ratanakiri - Phnom Penh (B)
      Transfer back to Phnom Penh following the same route. Your services end in Phnom Penh




      getting to Sen Monorom Mondulkiri http://www.tourismcambodia.com/img/travelguides/bou_sra_waterfall.jpg mondulkiri_travel_guide_1








      TOUR CODE               : LP-10

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Tour description:

      Tour Program:

       Day 1:(L/D)PHNOM PENH

      Tour start every Monday Wednesday, Saturday .

      After arriving in Phnom Penh, you are welcomed by one of our tour guides who will take you to your hotel.
      Lunch at local Restaurant.
      Afternoon, you will visit Wat Phnom, Independent monument and visit Genocide Museum S21.
      Dinner at local Restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (L,D)

      Day 2: (B/L/D)PHNOM PENH

      This morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip to Preak Bang Kong Village where the Khmer produce their Hol and Pamourng in silk (Hol & Pamourng are traditional Khmer costume for special ceremony or wedding).
      Dinner at local restaurant

      Day 3: (B/L)Discovery of Ratanakiri Highlands.

      Excursion to the waterfalls

      In the morning you will fly to Banlung, the town center of Ratanakiri, nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. You will welcome by our tour guide who will transfer you to Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house built of precious wood, located by a lake, in the middle of a wonderful garden), then lunch at the Lodge.
      In the afternoon, departure for a small trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls; you will end up with a detour to Yaklaom Lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.
      Dinner & Night at Terres

      Day 4: The Tampoun totems

      This morning you will drive to the northwest of town, you will pass through bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river ; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary ; if it is possible, you will rent a boat to go to the village of Ka Choan that has superb totems, if not we will reach it by jeep.  
      Dinner & night at the Lodge.

      Day 5:     : Ratanakiri Phnom Penh

      Early departure for a quick shopping tour in Banlung market before taking the plane back to Phnom-Penh You will welcome by our driver who will take you to hotel.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will see Sorya Supermarket, the largest supermarket in Cambodia, and then continue to Russian market. (shopping tour without tour guide)
      Dinner at local restaurant.

      Day 6:     Transfer to air-port for international destination

      Note:This tour can be customized as you wish!
      Please email us for more information, we will be happy to assist you.

      Trek Rattanakiri tour - Rattanakiri Cambodia Tour -Phnom Penh City and Rattanakiri tour









      - Twin-shared/double rooms and daily breakfast
      - Private transfer with air-condition
      - English speaking guides (other languages are available upon request)
      - Meals as per program (B for Breakfast, L for Lunch and D for Dinner)
      - Admission fees
      - Bottled water

      Price Excludes:

      - Visa to Cambodia
      - Photograph & Camera fee. - International airfare & airport tax.
      - All personal expenses
      - Beverages during meals,
      - Telephone, laundry, tip


      *** NO SHOW 100 % CHARGE.

      *** 15 DAYS 50% CHARGE.

      *** 20 DAYS UP NO CHARGE.





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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. 


      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • The Best Things to Do In Vietn The Best Things to Do In Vietnam

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      Vietnam is one of favorite places in Asia. So much history, so much natural beauty, and the Vietnamese people themselves are renowned for their graciousness and good cheer.

      A hopeful current is buzzing throughout much of the country, and it's a thrill to watch the chaos and order play out their yin and yang amidst honking horns, noodle stands, crumbling colonial remnants and high-rises. Here is the list of the best things to do in Vietnam.

      #6 -- Access ethic tribal minorities at villages nestled in the lush hills near Sapa, and share a cup of tea with locals in their rustic mountain homes.

      #5 -- Hanoi city tour to the Old Quarter & enjoy Hanoi street food.

      Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food Tour












      #4 -- Take a private cooking class with a gourmet chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.

      #3 -- Navigate the alleyways of the ancient port town of Hoi An by bicycle, to explore the syncretic cultural influences of Southeast Asia's most important port from the 17th through 19th centuries.

      #2 -- Cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta to glimpse the timeless rural scenes of farmers working the fertile land and fishermen with their nets. Stop in a home to see them making rice paper, one at a time, with a ladle and griddle.

      #1 -- Take a private overnight cruise through Halong Bay on a restored junk, a traditional Chinese sailboat. This bay is on anyone's short list for the greatest natural scenery in Asia. From sea kayaking into caves to visiting locals in their fishing villages on tucked-away islands, Halong Bay is a must on any trip to Vietnam.

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  • Enchanting Sapa through the le Enchanting Sapa through the lens of Thai photographer

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  • Let Your Tummy Plan Your Holid Let Your Tummy Plan Your Holiday for You This Time – Here’s Why!

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      Squished between culinary heavyweights Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is often overlooked when it comes tofood. But once you’ve sampled Khmer cuisine, you won’t turn back.

      Here are the dishes to start you off.

      Bai sach chrouk: Pork and rice

      Pork and RiceServed early mornings on street corners all over Cambodia, bai sach chrouk, or pork and rice, is one of the simplest and most delicious dishes the country has to offer.

      Thinly sliced pork is slow grilled over warm coals to bring out its natural sweetness. Sometimes the pork will be marinated in coconut milk or garlic — no two bai sach chrouks are ever exactly the same.

      The grilled pork is served over a hearty portion of broken rice, with a helping of freshly pickled cucumbers and daikon radish with plenty of ginger.

      On the side, you’ll often be given a bowl of chicken broth topped with scallions and fried onions.

      More on CNN: 12 stylish boutique hotels in Cambodia

      Fish amok

      Fish amokFish amok is one of the most well-known Cambodian dishes, but you’ll find similar meals in neighboring countries.

      The addition of slok ngor, a local herb that imparts a subtly bitter flavor, separates the Cambodian version from the pack.

      Fish amok is a fish mousse with fresh coconut milk and kroeung, a type of Khmer curry paste made from lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal and fingerroot, or Chinese ginger.

      At upscale restaurants fish amok is steamed in a banana leaf, while more local places serve a boiled version that is more like a soupy fish curry than a mousse.

      Khmer red curry

      Khmer red curryLess spicy than the curries of neighboringThailand, Khmer red curry is similarly coconut-milk-based but without the overpowering chili.

      The dish features beef, chicken or fish, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, fresh coconut milk, lemongrass and kroeung.

      This delicious dish is usually served at special occasions in Cambodia such as weddings, family gatherings and religious holidays like Pchum Ben, or Ancestor’s Day, where Cambodians make the dish to share with monks in honor of the departed.

      Khmer red curry is usually served with bread — a remnant of the French influence on Cambodia.

      Also on CNN: 10-step guide to Siem Reap

      Lap Khmer: Lime-marinated Khmer beef salad

      Lap KhmerKhmer beef salad features thinly sliced beef that is either quickly seared or “cooked” ceviche-style by marinating with lime juice.

      Dressed with lemongrass, shallots, garlic, fish sauce, Asian basil, mint, green beans and green pepper, the sweet and salty dish also packs a punch in the heul (spicy) department with copious amounts of fresh red chilis.

      A refreshing dish that is more beef than salad, lap Khmer is popular with Cambodian men, who prefer the beef to be nearly raw — but at restaurants it’s generally served grilled.


      Get the full story at : travel.cnn.com

      Picture source : travelfish.org, movetocambodia.com, w.travellertoday.com, en.wikipedia.org and thecitykitchensf.com

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  • Experience The Cultural Richne Experience The Cultural Richness At Heritage Hotels In Jaipur

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      Jaipur - The Pink City is a popular travel destination in India. The cultural and heritage richness of the state has attracted tourists from all across the globe. Apart from this, the monuments, holding historical significance have also played crucial role in enhancing the tourism in Jaipur. Thus, to ascertain utmost satisfaction, there are numerous heritage hotels in Jaipur, offering excellent accommodation to the guests. The rooms of these hotels are well-appointed and equipped with modern facilities and exceptional services. Some of these hotels are also praised for their recreational and business facilities. Here is a small list of top 5 heritage hotels in Jaipur.

      Narain Nivas Hotel

      Narain Nivas Hotel, built in the year 1928, is presently under the management of Kanota Resorts Pvt Ltd. General Amar Singh Ji (Thakur of Kanota) constructive this heritage hotel. The rooms of the hotel are well-appointed with modern facilities and services.

      Address: Narain Singh Circle, Kanota Bagh, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur - 302004, Rajasthan, India.
      Number of Rooms: 38
      Dining: In-House Restaurant (authentic Rajasthani Cuisine).
      Distance: Airport - 11 km; Railway Station - 5 km.

      Achrol Lodge/House

      Erstwhile, a grand Haveli of a royal family, Achrol Lodge/House is one of the popular heritage hotels in India. The guests praise the hotel for providing excellent accommodation facility. The hotel is also praiseworthy for its modern facilities, exceptional services and Indian Hospitality.

      Address: Jacob Road, Civil Lines area, Jaipur - 303002, Rajasthan, India.
      Number of Rooms: 7
      Dining: In-House Multi-Cuisine Restaurant (Indian, Continental, Traditional Rajasthani Cuisine); The Pub.
      Distance: Airport - 12 km; Railway Station - 1 km.

      Umaid Bhawan

      Erstwhile Umaid Bhawan was managed by the Rathore family of Jodhpur. Today, the hotel is listed amidst the finest heritage hotels in Rajasthan. The hotel is best known for excellent accommodation, luxurious facilities and exceptional services.

      Address: D1-2A, Behind Collectorate (Via) Bank Road, Bani Park, Jaipur - 302016, Rajasthan, India.
      Number of Rooms: 25
      Dining: In-House Multi-Cuisine Restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Continental Cuisine).
      Distance: Airport - 13 km; Railway Station - 1 km.

      Neemrana Fort Palace

      Constructed in the 1464 A.D., Neemrana Fort Palace underwent reconstruction & restoration in the year 1986 to be transformed into a heritage hotel. The 10 storey palace is sprawled over an area of 3 acres. The hotel is one of the finest hotels providing comfortable stay to the guests visiting Jaipur from far flung regions.

      Address: Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Rajasthan.
      Number of Rooms: 50
      Dining: Raj Mahal (In-House Restaurant); Bar.
      Distance: Airport - 109 km; Railway Station - 120.

      Sirsi Haveli Jaipur

      People on a religious tour in Jaipur could opt for Sirsi Haveli Jaipur for accommodation to instill heritage richness. Raghu Nathji and Lakshmi Narayana are also located in proximity to Sirsi Haveli Jaipur. This 100 year old property is today renowned amidst the finest heritage hotels In India.

      Address: Village Sirsi, Distt Jaipur, Rajasthan.
      Numbers of Rooms: 18
      Dining: Jiman (In-House Multi-Cuisine restaurant - Indian, Continental, Chinese Cuisines); Coffee Shop.
      Distance: Airport - 16 km; Railway Station - 4 km.

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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.
      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • Riding Vietnam's mountainous n Riding Vietnam's mountainous north

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      We're on an eight-day motorcycling tour of north-eastern Vietnam, riding Honda XR250 trail bikes across the valleys and over the mountain passes of Ha Giang province and through the wild, remote and rarely visited mountainous "frontier lands" along the Chinese border, where roads are narrow, winding and steep, and the scenery is truly breathtaking.
      ROADS TO HAPPINESS: One of the group's motorcyclists in the mountainous Ha Giang province.
      It's a ride-it-yourself adventure, but we have two guides, Linh and Thon, who know where they are going, which is just as well, because we're having enough trouble just negotiating the traffic. Many of these "small ways and snake roads" - so called because of their sinuous shape rather than any abundance of serpents - aren't on the tourist maps and are definitely off the tourist trail.
      Linh and Thon also know how to carry out roadside repairs, skills that prove useful more than once. There are 12 of us in our group - nine experienced riders and three pillion passengers. We've known each other for years and most of us have travelled together before on various motorcycling road trips.
      But as we gather on the second-storey terrace of a Hanoi bar the day before we set off, our nonchalance starts to dissipate while studying the chaotic traffic that swirls below us, trying to determine whether there is any method in the madness (there's not!), counting crashes and watching first-time visitors to Hanoi with fear at the prospect of crossing the road.
      It's a bit of a blur, but somehow we manage to get out of Hanoi in one piece, and it's not long before we find ourselves riding along back roads beside rice paddies and meandering rivers, sharing the road with tractors, buffalo, dogs, chickens and ox-drawn carts, along with the stream of bicycles and motorbikes.
      As we ride through the villages and towns, we're treated like rock stars, kids and adults alike grinning, waving and calling out hello. At first we think it's because they don't get many visitors in these parts, which is true, but then we realise it's because we're riding bikes that are monsters compared with the tiny 50cc-150cc bikes and scooters they ride, and even the petrol station attendants can't resist climbing on our bikes to pose for photos whenever we stop to fill up.
      It may also be because we are somewhat overdressed - in Kevlar-reinforced jeans, protective riding jackets, leather boots, gloves and full-face helmets - compared with the locals in their sandals, short sleeves and nifty little hard hats with special holes at the back for ponytails - but I have no desire to experience a Vietnamese road-base exfoliation. Miraculously, in eight days and 1200 kilometres of rough riding, our group of 12 experiences only three tumbles, and none results in any injuries.
      We ride between 160 kilometres and 180 kilometres each day, which doesn't sound much - at home we ride that far just for fun on a Sunday morning - but at an average speed of about 40kmh, often less, it takes all day. By our third day, we've relaxed into the rhythm of the roads, have more or less got our heads around the organic nature of the traffic flow, and are high on the exhilaration (and adrenalin) of riding some of the world's best (and most challenging) motorcycling roads up and over countless mountain passes, the summits shrouded in mist, the deep-sided river valleys terraced with rice paddies, the distance filled with sawtooth ranges receding as far as the eye can see.
      One road in particular has us spellbound, the aptly named Road to Happiness from Ha Giang to Meo Vac via Dong Van, which includes the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass, a stretch so precipitous that workers had to be tethered to the cliffsides during its construction in the early 1960s.
      We eat lunch in cafes, throwing our scraps on the floor, along with everyone else's, and stop at roadside stalls for sweet milky coffee and fruit dipped in chilli and salt. When our seats become too hard or the view too beautiful to ignore, we pull over for a rest, which often ends up attracting a crowd, thanks to the wannabe magician in the group - he only knows one trick but it never fails to delight the local kids.
      We stretch our legs at village markets, where we rub shoulders with men in indigo suits and women in colourful embroidered costumes who have travelled in from remote mountain villages, usually on foot with heavy loads strapped to their backs, along the same steep roads we are riding.
      We spend our nights throwing back shots of lethal local rice wine with our homestay hosts before bedding down on mattresses on the floor beneath mosquito nets in one large communal room built on stilts, infinitely more comfortable than the few local hotels we stay at with the rock-hard beds they favour in northern Vietnam.
      At Ban Gioc waterfall we take a short ride on a bamboo raft and get so close to China we can chat to Chinese tourists on the other side, but Vietnam and China aren't exactly best mates, so we're warned not to step ashore on Chinese territory. The next day we get caught in a never-ending line of trucks carrying cheap goods across the border on a dusty road still under construction, which in Vietnam is no impediment to travel. You just weave your way around the road crews and hope like hell a road exists on the other side.
      By the time we get back to Hanoi we're road weary and ready to stop - eight days and 1200 kilometres is a long time to spend perched on a wire rack, even with a tower of cushions on top - but if you want to see, smell, hear, touch and really experience Vietnam, mixing it with the locals from behind the handlebars of a motorbike is about as full on as you can get.
      Need to know
      Riding a motorcycle in Vietnam is a high-risk activity. Check that your travel insurance covers motorcycling and be aware that as a foreigner you will be expected to pay compensation (in cash and probably on the spot) in the event of an accident, even if you are not at fault.
      It is not possible to get a temporary Vietnamese driving licence on a tourist visa, but an international driving permit (available from the NRMA) is usually accepted by police — although, officially, no foreign licence is valid in Vietnam, and harsh penalties (determined by the police) can apply for riding or driving without a licence.
      Trip notes
      Touring there from ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA
      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.
      Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam 
      Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa – Hagiang – Bao Loc – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Ba Be – Lang Son – Hanoi
      14-day trip with 12-day motorcycling
      Motorcycling grade: Moderate
      • Stunning scenery
      • Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
      • Terraced valley of Sapa
      • Ban Gioc Waterfall
      • Babe Lake
      • Colorful ethnic minorities
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  • Top 10 picturesque lakes in Ti Top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet

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      Almost every tourist traveling to Tibet would drop a visit to a holy lake in Tibet. The most frequently visited lakes in Tibet are the top three holy lakes, Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar. In fact, there are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau. The following is a list of the top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet.


      1. Lake Namtso


      Namtso, meaning a "heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, is reputed as the most beautiful lake in Tibet and was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005. It is situated between Damxung County and Bange County, 240 km away from Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The lake, covering an area of 1,940 sq km, lies at an altitude of 4,718 meters. It is the largest salt water lake in Tibet and the second largest salt water lake in China. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitor who makes a Tibet tour.


      2. Lake Yamdrok


      Located on the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu, Yamdrok is also frequently visited by travelers. Lake Yamdrok is surrounded by numerous snow-capped mountains and has a power station at its western end which is considered to be the highest in the world. The lake is fan-shaped, and is around 72 km (45 miles) long. In Tibetan Yamdrok means "the Lake of Swans". Tourists and pilgrims can be seen walking or prostrating themselves along the lake's perimeter. On a steep mountain slope southwest of the lake lies Samding Monastery, which is the only Tibetan Monastery headed by a living female Lama.


      3. Lake Tangra Yumtso


      Lake Tangra Yumtso, the largest holy lake worshipped by ancient Bonpo of Tibetan Buddhism, is the third largest lake in Tibet. It is located in Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, northern Tibet. Lying at an average altitude of 4,600 meters, the lake covers an area of 1,400 sq km, with 70 km in length and 20 km in width.


      4. Pangong Tso


      Pangong Tso, meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.


      5. Lake Manasarovar



      Manasarovar, meaning "an invincible lake of jade" in the Tibetan language, is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Lying at an altitude of 4,588 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 400 sq km, with the circumstance of 90 km. Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a pilgrimage site. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake. It is a must-visit for a tour in Tibet covering western Tibet.


      6. Basumtso


      Basumtso in Tibetan language means 'green water'. The lake definitely deserves that name: the views are breathtaking, and those glaciers, which cover on the upper reaches of the lake, are beautiful and at the same provide fresh water for the whole region. The lake covers an area of 26 square kilometers. You can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks reflected from the green waters of the lake. The beautiful view of the lake and the glaciers even makes some European visitors think of the inspiring Swiss Alps when they see the majestic view on the shoreline of this lake. Standing by the lake side, you can see fish shoaling in the water, birds circling in the air and beasts roaming in the forest. You can find a harmonious scene of animals living a comfortable and easy life in Basum with human. The World Tourism Organization listed the lake as a world tourist site.


      7. Selincuo


      Selincuo Lake located in Northern Tibet Autonomous Region and covering an area of 1,800 sq. km, is the second largest saltwater lake, second only to Namtso Lake. Lying at the junction of three counties, it can be seen from afar, a beautiful vast waterscape surrounded by golden grasslands of the Tibetan plateaus and snow capped mountains under clear skies. The natural sights here are absolutely breathtaking and after sunset the deep blue waters melt into one with the shadows of looming mountains, creating an air of mystery and intrigue.


      8. Lake Rakshastal


      Lake Rakshastal lies close to the west of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastaal's northwestern tip. Despite its close proximity to Lake Manasarovar—over the road to Purang County, Lake Rakshastaal does not share the lore of worship with its east neighbor. The name of the lake literally means "lake of the demon" in Sanskirt. It is also known as Ravana Tal, as it is considered to be the place of severe penance tapasya by Ravana, demon-like egoistic King of Lanka in Hindu theology. In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar, which is round like the sun, and Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, are respectively regarded as 'brightness' and 'darkness'. Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no aquatic plants or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.


      9. Cuona Lake


      Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. Cuona Lake means 'Heavenly Lake' to the locals. Numerous believers often come all the way to worship this holy lake. The water here is crystal clear with fish jumping freely. Together with the boundless plains and clear sky, the scenery surrounding Cuona Lake are of great beauty, attracting cranes, mandarin ducks, swans and other wild animals. Around the lake is the famous Qiangtang Nature Reserve where Tibetan yak, donkey, snow leopard and so on live.


      Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.


      10. Peiku-tso


      Peiku-tso is located 40km to the east of Jirong county town and 250km from the Tingri County. It's just on the way to Ngari, between Zhangmu and Saga. With the elavation of 4,590 meters above sea level, Peiku-tso lake is the biggest lake in Shigatse area. It's a light salty lake with an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is bright turquoise all year around. Traveler can make a detour to this lake when doing a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu.



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  • Distinctive Tibetan Drinks Distinctive Tibetan Drinks

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      For westerners, coffee, juice and wine made from grape are the common drinks; for Chinese, green/black tea and wine made from wheat, rice, corn, broomcorn and soybean are the common drink; but Tibetans enjoy their distinctive Tibetan drinks, such as butter tea, yak milk and barley wine. If you travel to Tibet, just have of taste of the different Tibetan drinks.


      Butter Tea


      Buttered tea is the daily drink for Tibetan people just like coffee for westerners. It is said that the relationship between Tibetan tea and Tibetan people are like that between fish and water.


      In fact, there are different kinds of Tibetan tea, butter tea, sweet tea and pure tea. But butter tea is the most popular tea in Tibet. Butter tea is a beverage in Tibet with abundant nourishment. At the fastigium of the world, no matter you are sharp-set or foredone, as soon as you drink a cup of the Tibetan butter tea, you will get back power all over and become energetic in the turn of a hand. In winter, after you dinked the butter tea, you will feel warm from heat to foot.


      Some people even said, the Tibetan butter tea can cure the ill body. Though it is exaggerate, it embodies the wonderful function of the tea. If you make a Lhasa tour, you can find many tea houses offering butter tea along the streets of Lhasa. A cup of butter tea only costs 0.6 Yuan. It is very cheap.


      Yak Milk


      If you travel to Tibet, you will find long-haired bovine throughout Tibet. There are both wild and domesticated yaks in Tibet. Of course, the yak milk is from the domesticated yaks.


      Domesticated yaks have been kept for thousands of years, primarily for their milk, fibre and meat, and as beasts of burden. Their dried dropping is important fuel, used all over Tibet, and is often the only fuel available on the high treeless Tibetan Plateau. As one of the most important products in Tibet, milk products are famous for fresh. The most popular milk products are yogurt and milk sediments. The best time to enjoy Tibetan yogurt is to make a Tibet tour during annual Shoton Festival which will fall on Aug. 26, 2013.  


      Beside, milk is always processed into a cheese called chhurpi in Tibetan. Butter made of Yak's milk is an ingredient of the butter tea that Tibetans consume in large quantities, and is also used in lamps and made into butter sculptures used in religious festivities.


      Barley Wine


      Highland barley is the main crop on the Tibetan plateau. Wine made from barley is called barley wine or Chang in Tibetan language.


      Barley wine is brewaged by zymolytic highland barley. The barley wine with low degree is popular among Tibetan people, the young and the old, the female and the male. It is a kind of necessary drink at festivals, marriage feats and other important occasions. Before festivals, Tibetan people will brewage plentiful of barley wine.


      The barley wine is as well a nice product for entertaining guests. If you travel to Tibet and pay a visit to Tibetan family, you will surely be treated with barley wine.

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  • How to plan a Tibet trekking t How to plan a Tibet trekking tour

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      With the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetan taste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest new mobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas of Tibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour? Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.


      Where to Go


      The inaccessibility of many areas of Tibet offers lots of chance for travelers to do a trek in Tibet. Trekking from one holy site to another one or just around a sacred mount or lake in Tibet is the most popular trekking way in Tibet, for instance, trekking from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery or from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Monastery, or trekking around holy Mt. Kailash.


      Generally, Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek, but most Tibet treks combine the three types together. During trekking in Tibet, you can visit sacred monasteries and other holy sites, view fabulous landscape of Tibet, drop a visit to a traditional Tibetan village, etc. 


      When to go 


      Tibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and also the days become much shorter. During the snowfall not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. Generally from April to October, the best time to travel to Tibet, is also great time to trekking in Tibet. Rain is not a problem for trekking in Tibet as it receives only little rain being in a rain shadow zone behind the Himalayas. Rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountain valleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion.  


      Tibet Permits


      Depending on the area you hope to visit in Tibet, you may need as many as four different permits. Of course, Chinese visa is the first permit you should apply for. Then, Tibet Entry Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau is a must for foreign travelers to travel to Tibet. Besides, Alien’s travel permit is required if you visit places outside Lhasa and military permit is needed for visiting militarily restricted areas of Tibet. These Tibet permits cannot cost you too much and are easy to get thanks for the new policy on Tibet travel permit 2013.   


      Equipment for Tibet trekking


      A trekking tour in Tibet is usually made at areas far away from main road and lack of tourist infrastructure, so you at least need a tent, a sleeping bag, and a stove to stay warm and well fed. All of these things can be purchased or rented in Lhasa, though quality may vary. White gas for western liquid fuel stoves is not available in Lhasa, though pressurized fuel canisters for canister stoves are found everywhere. Owners of multi-fuel stoves capable of burning regular unleaded will find gas stations in Lhasa. Ration 4-6 ounces of liquid fuel per person, per trekking day.


      Besides, warm clothing and a good pair of shoes are essential for a Tibet tour, and can be purchased in Lhasa, but the price is usually a little high at the tourist city. It is best to buy clothes and shoes in your hometown or big cities of mainland China. Waterproof, high-top hiking boots are better suited than ventilated low-top trekking shoes to the snow covered high mountain passes common on Tibetan trekking routes. Gaiters, knee high canvas leggings that attach to your boots, are extremely useful if snow gets above the ankle level.


      Food for trekking in Tibet


      Usually, there are no restaurants or shops on the trekking route. So you need to prepare food by yourself or hire a cook to prepare food for you. It is a good idea to bring enough food for your entire trekking tour. Though western style dehydrated "backpacker meals" are not available in Tibet, a wide variety of non-perishable foods at the local supermarkets makes it easy to eat well on your trek. Hot chocolate, dehydrated fruits, candy bars, and instant noodles make good staples. If your Tibet tour is long, it is best to hire a cook to cook food for you.  


      Drinking-water for Tibet trek


      Drinking large amounts of water is the most important key to beating the altitude. Tibet's backcountry is full of grazing yak, sheep, and goats so stream water must be treated before drinking. Lodine, chlorine, and mechanical filters are all good treatment options. Western filters cost a fortune in Lhasa, iodine isn't available anywhere in China or Tibet, and Chlorine tablets were in stock in limited quantities in Lhasa. Boiling water is effective, but Tibet's high altitude puts the boiling point lower. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking.


      Water from locals is a good way to fill water bottles when passing through small villages. Though they may not have much if anything to offer in the way of food, every family keeps a large thermos of boiled water on hand. Just be sure you know what you're getting before pouring, or you may end up with a water bottle full of yak butter tea.


      Altitude Sickness


      Altitude and the related effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be taken seriously if you travel to Tibet. If ignored, AMS can progress into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal. Before starting your trekking tour in Tibet, you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize. During trekking, move slowly and try not to sleep at the day's highest elevation. Most importantly descend to lower elevation immediately if any of your companions seem to act drunk, complain of a headache that is not relieved by ibuprofen, or become nauseous and vomit. 


      Hiring a Pack Animal


      It is very hard to walk at high altitude with a heavy backpack. It is wise to hire a pack animal, usually a yak. Yaks can be rented in villages of almost any size, and can make a trek more enjoyable by taking weight off of your back. Yaks come with yak men to herd, handle, and feed them and some yak men can speak a little English. 


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  • Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the T Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the Top Tibet Pilgrimage Tour 2013

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      If you are feeling lost in your life, make a spiritual tour to Tibet and find yourself, find your dream, find your life. A Saga Dawa Festival Tour, the top Tibet Pilgrimage Tour in 2013, is highly recommended. 


      In my high school, a friend told me that Lhasa was a must-visit place in his life and that it should be his last trip in his life. However, he travelled to Tibet after he was graduated from university for he felt lost in the competition of society. He said it was an amazing tour changing his life. When he saw how the devout Tibetan pilgrims kept faith to their belief no matter how hard it was, he realized that he must keep faith to his dream.


      It is best to travel to Tibet during Saga Dawa Festival which is the best time to observe Tibetan pilgrims. The Saga Dawa Festival is the most significant event of the year for Tibetan Buddhists as three of the most essential events in Buddha’s life (birth, enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana) took place on the full moon day of the 4th lunar month in Tibetan calendar.


      This month is regarded as the holiest time of the year. It is also known as ‘bum gyur dawa’ in Tibetan, meaning (the month which multiplies by 100000 whatever wholesome or unwholesome action is performed during this month has a 100000 times stronger effect than at other times). Therefore, thousands of Tibetans make a Lhasa tour to do ritual walks and ceremonies during the Saga Dawa Festival.


      During the whole month Buddhists have celebrations and pay homage for Buddha Shakyamuni. Most auspicious ceremonies are also held in Holy Mountain Kailash region in Tibet as it’s believed that on Saga Dawa day Buddha Shakyamuni is coming from the heaven to the top of Kailash and people get blessed. People put auspicious huge prayer flag known as Darpo Che performing religious ceremonies.


      The Saga Dawa Festival in 2013 will fall on May 25th. Since there is lots of preparation work for a Tibet tour, it is time for you to get started now, applying for Chinese Visa and then Tibet Permits, booking air/train tickets, hotels, etc. 


      As too many travelers and pilgrims travel to Lhasa during the Saga Dawa Festival, the hotels and air/train tickets are in great demand. In addition, taking Tibet train to Lhasa is a popular way to Tibet. It usually takes two days to Lhasa from mainland China, so soft sleeper berth is at greatest demand. Early booking is highly recommended.


      As for the permits, if you just want to make a Lhasa tour, a Tibet entry permit is enough, but if you want to make a Kailash tour, Alien’s travel permit and military permit are also needed except the Tibet entry permit. Actually, it is not necessary to worry about the Tibet permits as the policy on Tibet travel permit 2013 makes it is quite easy for foreigners to get Tibet permits. 

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  • Travel to Tibet by Different W Travel to Tibet by Different Ways

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      Are you making a Tibet tour plan? Are you faced with the question: How to travel to Tibet? In fact, nowadays you can travel to Tibet by different ways, by air, by train and by overland. By air to Tibet By air is the one of the easiest and most popular ways for travelers to Tibet. You know, there was no railway to Tibet before 2006, so by air was actually the only choice for some travelers. At present, there are many daily flights from major Chinese cities to Lhasa. There are also flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and from Chengdu to Nyingchi. Travelling to Tibet by flight is the quickest way. Non-stop flights are available from cities such as Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xi’an while cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou offer flights to Tibet with only one stop. There are flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa at least twice weekly. It is best to check with local Tibet travel agency for the latest schedules of flights to Tibet when you are planning a Tibet tour for the airlines may regulate the schedules sometimes. By train to Tibet Since the first railway to Tibet, Qinghai-Tibet railway was put in use, taking a train to Tibet becomes the most popular way to Tibet among travelers. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is renowned as the world’s highest railway. Along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, travelers can see beautiful mountain scenery and the expansive Tibetan Plateau. Therefore, most travelers are excited for the opportunity to ride the Qinghai-Tibet Railway! At present, there are several trains to Tibet, including Beijing to Lhasa train, Shanghai to Lhasa train, Chengdu to Lhasa train, Guangzhou to Lhasa train, Xining to Lhasa train and trains to Tibet from Lanzhou, Chongqing. At present, the Qinghai-Tibet railway is being extended to Shigatse from Lhasa. Until the end of 2014, it is possible to take a train to Shigatse from mainland China. By overland to Tibet If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, by overland to Tibet can be wonderful. Taking the friendship highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you can enjoy many opportunities to stop for pictures of the scenery and learn about Tibetan culture at temples and monasteries. Unlike other ways of travelling to Tibet, the overland route gives you a window into Tibetans’ daily life as they pass through towns and cities. You can also make a detour to the Everest Base Camp to view the world’s highest peak. Of course, you can also make a Tibet Nepal Tour instead of the overland trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa. You can enjoy the same sights. No matter what way you choose to Tibet. Do not forget your Tibet permit. You can check with Tibet travel org for the latest news on Tibet travel permit 2013 if you wanna make a Tibet travel 2013.

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  • Different types of Tibet Tours Different types of Tibet Tours

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      Tibet is a mysterious tourist place that can meet all kinds of tourists’ interests. If you are interested in exotic culture, travel to Tibet. If you are interested in natural sightseeing, travel to Tibet. If you are interested in outdoor activities, travel to Tibet. If you are interested in different life styles, travel to Tibet. If you want to enjoy a hot spring bath and relax yourself, travel to Tibet…Travel to Tibet 2013, you can enjoy different types of Tibet tours.


      Tibet Culture Tour


      Tibet culture tour will take you to experience the unique and rich Tibetan culture which is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Over the last 1,000 years, Tibet has developed a unique, spiritual and peaceful culture with Buddhism. Tibetan monasteries bear Tibetan culture. Thus, visiting monasteries in Tibet is the best way to experience Tibetan culture.


      There are many famous monasteries in Tibet, such as Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery in Lhasa, Samye Monastery in Tsedang, Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and Sakya Monastery in Sakya. You may see interesting ritual ceremony at a monastery or ancient


      Tibet Scenery Viewing Tour  


      If you are a lover of nature and wanna have a date with nature, make a Tibet tour plan right now. Tibet is a beautiful place with breathtaking blue sky, white clouds, alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains, stunning river valleys, vast grasslands, ancient forests, etc. When you travel in Tibet, you can find beautiful sights everywhere.


      Tibet Pilgrimage Tour


      If you are a follower of Tibetan Buddhism or just wanna make a spiritual journey, Tibet is also a right place for you. You can travel to Tibet and do ritual walks around a divine mountain, a sacred lake or a holy temple as local people do, or meditate in a monastery or hermitage cave. In fact, once you are in Tibet, you will feel peace and calm down for you are in a peaceful world with peaceful people.


      Tibet Photography Tour


      If you are a photographer, the fabulous and various landscape of Tibet offers you lots of chance to take good pictures, beautiful holy lakes, snow-capped mountains, magnificent glaciers, vast grassland dotted with herds and nomads, boundless primeval forest, etc. You can get prefect picture no matter when and where you go.


      Tibet Trekking Tour


      Trekking in Tibet is good way to explore Tibet. You can see the sight other travelers cannot see and get an experience you cannot get at other places. The inaccessibility of most areas of Tibet makes lost of chance for trekking, such as Ganden to Samye trek, Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek, Tingri to EBC trek.


      So, are you ready to travel to Tibet? Remember, Tibet permit is a must for you to get to Tibet. But do not worry! The policy on Tibet travel permit 2013 makes it is quite easy to get a Tibet permit in 2013. What you should do is to prepare documents to apply for it. Copies of your passport and Chinese visa are needed to apply for Tibet permit.  

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  • Manila - Explore Eluding Aura Manila - Explore Eluding Aura of Pearl of Orient

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      Lovingly called as pearl of the orient; Manila is cosmopolitan and ever changing with an inherent allure of compelling visitors to explore its myriad attractions that are still waiting to get popular. Its irresistible aura, raw appeal and unbridled energy drive people go nuts and board next flight to Manila where a lot wait to be explored.

      The city of Manila is redolent with Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese and Arabic influences. If you are someone who finds serenity in chaos and traffic doesn’t deters you, Manila trip could be a pleasing experience.

      Here we’re suggesting ways to unearth hidden treasures of Manila.

      Manila Magnets:

      » Intramuros:
      Intramuros houses some of the best museums and churches of the country. It is home to Manila Cathedral.
      » Manila Metropolitan Theater:
      This famous theater designed by architect Juan M. de Guzman Arellano was opened for public in 1931. The theater also called MET has a capacity of 1670.

      Manila Metropolitan Theater

      » Marikina Shoe Museum:
      Situated in the heart of shoemaking city of Manila, the museum houses the footwear of the Philippines' controversial former First Lady, Imelda Marcos.
      » Malacañan Palace:
      It is the official residence of the president of the Philippines. On your way to the place you will come across various charming places.

      Malacañan Palace

      » National Museum of the Philippines:
      The museum offers a peek into past of the country through its wide collection of artefacts related to archaeology, arts, cultural properties, zoology, botany and other things. The city is home to some other museums as well where you can go.
      » Rizal Park or Luneta:
      It is the place where Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, was executed. The place hosts theater, museum and restaurant. It’s an ideal place for family vacations and picnics.
      Manila Zoo:
      The zoo is in a dire need of renovation. Sprawled over a large area it is a treat to wildlife enthusiasts.

      Manila Zoo

      » Festivals of Manila: The people of Manila never miss an opportunity to celebrate; the city witnesses a number of festivals round the year.
      » Chinatown:
      Manila boasts of having largest Chinatown in the world, visit this place for Chinese goods and authentic Chinese delicacies.
      To make your trip convenient the city is replete with hotels and restaurants. One can board non-stop flight to Manila from London to conveniently reach this destination.

      This content is originally syndicated from :- http://brianmcquillan-travel.blogspot.com/2013/03/manila-explore-eluding-aura-of-pearl-of.html

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  • Singapore: Traditions at the Singapore: Traditions at the Core of Modernity

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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.
      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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  • Summer Palace: Let’s enjoy the Summer Palace: Let’s enjoy the leisure walking in sunset

    • From: Lux
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      This winter time, during Jan. 3 to 11, TopChinaTravel visited to northern China: Xian-Datong-Beijing. During the trip, I have the chance to see many quite popular destinations that I have not been in my whole lifestyle. In this blog, I want to tell you how beauty the Summer time Structure under the sunlight after mid-day during the cold months months season.

      It was snowfall 50 percent 30 days ago in Chinese suppliers, but the snowfall is not liquefy so soon in the cold winter time in Chinese suppliers, so we were very fortunate to see the snowfall landscape in sunlight in Chinese suppliers, even our information thought we are fortunate team to enjoy the best weather in Chinese suppliers during the hard winter time.

      Summer Structure is the short-term imperial building and garden of the emperor of Qing Empire. It used to be Qing Yi Yuan. There are shrub popular mountains and 5 landscapes in the Structure. Unique built in 1750, and completed in 1764, it includes an place of 290 rectangle km.

      The door of Summer time Structure is very wonderful with historical structure style.

      Walking into the Structure, we found that though it was winter time, there were still many visitors from both household and overseas. A foreigner child was very charming. There are many strange-looking rocks in the building.

      The big pond in the building is Kunming Lake, it consumes three 4th of the whole place of the Structure, which is about 22,000 rectangle km. The river has been freezing for 50 percent monthly. The surface area of the pond is still so freezing that individuals could stroll and moving on the pond. Our information said that at the last day of 2012, there was a level on the pond just above the big ice.

      Just like a picture, is not it? This picture was taken by my phone so it is not as clear as other images. Sundown on the pond.

      Qing Yan Fang is a big rock boat. It is very wonderful under the sunlight and seems could delivery on the ice.

      Our information Simon told us the lengthy collection of the building is one of the features. It begins from Yaoyue Checkpoint, increasing to Shi Zhan Pavilion. The collection is 728m lengthy, which is the lengthiest collection of all the landscapes in Chinese suppliers. Each ray of the collection was coloured with sceneries, wildlife, individuals, etc.

      The Mountain at the front side of us is Wangshou Mountain. The structure is Fo Xiang Pavilion.

      So wonderful mid-day in Summer time Structure, was not it? Actually it was my first time to summer time place. Strolling relaxing in the Summer time Structure, I lastly understand how luxurious the lifestyle of Emperors and devoted family members.

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  • The Flagstaff House Museum of The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

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      In a quiet nook of Hong Kong Park, toward the Admiralty gate, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a curious find. The structure itself is a rarity. The oldest surviving colonial building in the city, built around 1845, served as the official residence of the Commander of British Forces until 1978. Its whitewashed two floors  with colonnaded porches, against a wall of lush greenery, make it popular with newlyweds as a photo backdrop.


      The permanent collection describes the cultivation of tea, the different brews, how it is processed(immediately dried or fermented first) and the rituals that surrounded serving it both in China and beyond.


      Frequently changing exhibitions showcase tea-related paraphernalia, from beautifully glazed cups and pots to drawings and paintings. Tea serving procedure and a history of teatime implements are all covered. The late collector K.S Lo donated a collection of prized Yixing teapots in his will in 1995. These fine ceramic pieces are displayed in their own gallery. Alongside exhibitions, the museum holds regular tea gatherings and lectures to promote Chinese ceramic art and tea-drinking culture in tandem.


      In the gift shop you get the chance to buy some of the best-quality pots and tea types you might find in Hong Kong.           



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