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  • Bike Riding Through the Cambod Bike Riding Through the Cambodian Countryside

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      The vivid colors, open air and bicycles were all in the Cambodian countryside. The experience taught me an important and unforgettable lesson: One of the best ways to spend time exploring a new country or city is to do so through bike riding.

      Bright green fields stretched to my right and left, scattered with small wooden shacks with resting farm animals, drying clotheslines and barbed wire fences. A bright red dirt path stretched in front of me. The air was hot and extremely humid, a combined feeling of refreshing and stifling. There were no cars and no mopeds, only bikes running over the million little rocks stuck within the country road.

      Biking between green fields

      Bike riding, especially in smaller, more off-the-beaten-path destinations, allows you to go places and see things in ways that traveling in cars, trains or airplanes will never let you do. You can take your time and relax, stop where you want to and go where you want to with little hassle and with little disturbance of the area around you. You get to enjoy the open air and do a little exercising while actually interacting with the people and places that you see.

      Biking Cambodia
      Bike riding may be a little more time consuming than other modes of transportation, but the experiences you have while doing so will almost certainly be more memorable than staring out a window. This is what I discovered when I made proficient use of bicycles in one of Cambodia’s smaller, southern coastal towns. I spent the better part of a day bike riding through dirt paths, past cow herds led by dogs and little children, and along stretching rice fields and salt flats.

      I ended up having the most memorable experience of my whole trip- Angkor Wat temples, Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields all included.
      River at Kampot, Cambodia
      My destination was Kampot, an old French colonial hangout now suffering from the same poverty afflicting most of the rest of Cambodia. The town is very small, and doesn’t attract near the number of tourists or ex-pats as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but it’s all the better for it.

      Kampot has one of the country’s finest ensembles of old colonial architecture, but I admittedly didn’t spend much time in the city center. We went to the farming fields and shacks of poor farmers who have undoubtedly seen very few Westerners in their day.

      Most of the scenery was the homes of local farmers, the dirt road and rice fields: an accurate depiction of how so many Cambodians live their daily lives. Gone were the pothole-filled roads left un-maintained by corrupt government officials. Gone were the hoards of mopeds and vehicles cruising down the main roads. Gone was even the slightest hint of visiting tourists to the region.

      One thing that remained, however, and which we experienced very often in Cambodia, was a personal and genuine friendliness from the families and children we passed by. Excited children constantly greeted us with shouts of “hellloooo!” both up-close and from afar, and their parents often smiled and waved to us as well. They welcomed us to their land openly and without reservation, furthering the sense of belonging I was already beginning to feel.

      Children in Cambodia
      All these elements together created a scene that was calm and a beauty that was sprawling. Even through the heat, the humidity, and the physical exertion, it was all a profoundly calming experience; being alone and isolated from the city crowds and pollution exhaust, being able to breathe and take in the vivid, stretching colors with little interruption. Those images, feelings and interactions all combined to give you a complete sense of being grounded and connected there, to the land and the people and the history of the whole place. Seeing the locals and their homes and a small piece of their lives, so far removed from my own, created both a feeling of isolation and a sense of belonging I’ve never felt before, but now believe every traveler should experience.

      My path took me a total of about 10 miles and left me sore, bruised, tired and dirty. Yet if given the chance to do it over again, I would take it in a minute.

      The next time you ponder renting a car or buying a bus ticket, be a little more adventurous and head to the bike rentals instead. Don’t be lazy. The experience outweighs the extra effort tenfold.

      By Karina Schroeder

      The truly adventure travelers can find out all things Cambodian at: http://www.activetravelcambodia.com/tour.php?op=detail&tourId=70

      ACTIVETRAVEL CAMBODIA (ATC) is member of ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA offers a wide selection of Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, overland touring and family travel packages. ATA’s packages and custom itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Cambodia. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy an unforgettable active vacation. 
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  • Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking - 22 Days

    • From: redpandatravel
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      Mt.Manasalu 8165 Mtrs.

      The main journey here is around Manasalu, reaching north of the Himalayas and circling the great Manasalu-Himalchuli-Buddha massif. Since Manasalu is a special area for trekkers and was only officially opened from 1991 onwards for trekking. Since then, the region has been opened up for organized groups. The major trekking seasons are between March-May and September-November. It needs special permits. Three-week complete treks will give you an exciting, adventurous and once in a life time experience. The seven Villages Development Committees (the smallest political unit) within the conservation area are: Sama, Lho, Prok, Bihi, Chumchet, Chhekampar and Sirdibas covering 1,663sq.km. Over 9,000 local inhabitants reside here and their main occupation is marginal agriculture, animal husbandry and seasonal migration for labor and trade during the winter months.

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      The region offers visitors a glimpse of pristine natural and cultural traditions that are fast disappearing from other parts of Nepal. Due to the prolonged isolation and contact with other urban people, the major ethnic groups, the Bhotiyas still have a strong sense of attachment towards their traditional local culture and rich natural heritage. The region harbors a mosaic of habitats for 33 species of mammals, including the elusive snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Blue sheep, with over 110 species of birds, 11 species of butterflies and 3 species of reptiles. There are approx 200 species of plants, 11 types of forests and over 100 species of useful plants. The bio-climatic zones vary from sub-tropical to Nival. This trek starts from Gorkha, home to legendry Gorkha soldiers and follows the meandering Budhi Gandaki River of the Daraudi River before reaching Larkya Pass (5,106 m) and crossing over into Manang district of ACAP. The altitude rises from a Mere (600 m.) to the summit of Mt. Manasalu (8,163 m.), the eight highest peak in the world.

      Manasalu Trek

      Maximum Elevation: 5106 mtrs.

      Trek Duration: 21 days

      Mode of Operation: Tea House and Camping

      Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous

      Season: Mar, Apr, May, Jun-Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.

      Attraction: The palace of ancient kingdom, Spectacular views of the Himalayas, Exciting ethnic encounters and village, Abundance of wildlife, Majestic water falls, Beautiful shining rivers, Bamboo forest with abundance of wildlife, Spiritual Buddhist monasteries, Snow covered mountain, Tibetan refugees camp, Beautiful mountain market ‘Samagaon’.

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      Manasalu Larkya Pass Trekking Day to Day Itinerary

      Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu; Greet and meet you at airport; Transfer to hotel; Overnight at hotel.

      Day 02: Half day guided city tours (Include world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple, Swayambu Nath and Buddha Nath Stupa); Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek; Overnight at Hotel.

      Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha; (5-6 hrs.);

      Day 04: Drive from Gorkha Bazzar to Arughat Bazzar; (4½ hrs.); 570 mtrs.

      Day 05: Trek from Arughat Bazzar to Soti Khola; (6½ hrs.); 530 mtrs.

      Day 06: Trek from Soti Khola to Machhi Khola; (6 hrs.); 890 mtrs.

      Day 07: Trek from Machhi Khola to Jagat; (6 hrs.); 1350 mtrs.

      Day 08: Trek from Jagat to Philim; (4 hrs.); 1700 mtrs.

      Day 09: Trek from Philim to Deng; (6½hrs.); 2095 mtrs.

      Day 10: Trek from Deng to Namrung; (5½ hrs.); 2900 mtrs.

      Day 11: Trek from Namrung to Lho-Gaon; (4 hrs.); 3100 mtrs.

      Day 12: Trek from Lho-Gaon to Sama-Gaon; (4 hrs.); 3390 mtrs.

      Day 13: Acclimatization day at Sama-Gaon, Short hike around Sama-Gaon and Manasalu Base Camp.

      Day 14: Trek from Sama-Gaon to Samda; (4½hrs.); 3690 mtrs.

      Day 15: Trek from Samda to Larkya Phedi; (3½ hrs.); 4460 mtrs.

      Day 16: Trek from Larkya Phedi to Bimthang V/A Larkya Pass; (7½ hrs.); 5135 mtrs and 3590 mtrs.

      Day 17: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani; (4 hrs.); 1860 mtrs.

      Day 18: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat; (6 hrs.); 1360 mtrs.

      Day 19: Trek from Jagat to Beshi Sahar; (7 hrs.); 760 mtrs.

      Day 20: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.

      Day 21: Drop to airport for your final flight departure.

      (Note: This is full trip Itinerary, If anyone interested for the half trip after arrival in Nepal, we can arrange half trip itinerary also)

      Manasalu

      Trip Cost Includes

      • All airport/Hotel transfers
      • 3 or 4-star level Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
      • Welcome and farewell dinner.
      • All lodging and fooding during the trek.
      • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees.
      • Domestic flights and Airport taxes.
      • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, Assistant trek guide and Porters to carry luggage (2 Trekkers:1 porter ) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
      • All necessary paper work and Trekking permits or National park permit, TIMS Card)
      • All government and local taxes if necessary.

      Trip Cost Excludes

      • Nepal visa fee.
      • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
      • Excess baggage charges.
      • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, Late departure, Early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      • Lunch and Evening meals in Kathmandu (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
      • Travel and Rescue insurance.
      • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, Bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge, Extra porters, Bottle or Boiled water, Shower etc).
      • Tips for Guides and Porters.
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  • Royal Wedding in India – A way Royal Wedding in India – A way to showcase the power of wealth

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      Marriage in India a great substitute with great entertainment. As marriage is the most auspicious moment of life .One tries their level best to make these moments remembered long after marriage. Indian wedding planners will help you to organize such kind of events in the way you want. As the success of a wedding ceremony requires a long time planning. The wedding planners in India will plan every ceremony of Indian culture like haldi, Mehndi, sangeet and wedding as per your demand. They plan all these functions in such a way that no one can forget your marriage in their entire life time. A wedding planner is a team of professionals aspired to provide customized services for creating your wedding a reflection of your relationship and sensitivities.

         Beach Honeymoon in India There are several wedding destinations are available in India which grab the attention of couples to exchange their consecrates and rings and experience the charm of Royal Weddings in India. Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, etc are well-known destinations for Indian wedding. You can enjoy the palaces wedding in Rajasthan that will offer you a royal charm of Raja maharajas, Weddings that is conducted at forts, palaces, havelis, and heritage hotels provide royal experience on your wedding tours in India.

      Honeymoon in India Kerala is also a very popular wedding destination for wedding where you can celebrate your marriage over the breathtaking beautiful backwater. Goa is famous in all over the world for the beach wedding ceremony. Couples from all over the world come to Goa and Kerala to celebrate their marriage.

      If you want to share your special feeling of love with your beloved one so you can take your beloved one to any one of the most romantic beaches of India. It not only carries with them a feeling of isolation, remoteness, but also of belonging and sharing. Check out some of the least explored and unspoiled beaches of India, where life is still in privacy, just the kind of atmosphere required to share a beach holiday with someone you love. There are several Beach Honeymoon Place in India are present. Amongst them Goa and Kerala beaches are very much famous among the lovers.

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  • Splendid isolation Splendid isolation

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      We passed this lighthouse on our Inside Passage voyage in Alaska.

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  • In the U.S. and Japan 40 lover In the U.S. and Japan 40 lover's happy life

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      After the defeat of Japan, American troops are based in Japan. Many Japanese women are quick and U.S. soldiers take on their exotic valentine. Later U.S. soldiers after returning home, leaving a lot of women and not take children... 1977 Japan produced film hat, tells the history of urbanization on state-owned land whether only Links London Sweetie Bracelets in? The obvious answer is no. Prodect such, besides Hong Kong outside the city-state colonies, almost all the city's establishment and expand, are not for all government land on the premise of. So, in the mainland, why the premise must be change urbanization ownership of land, namely, the city government replace farmers, become will be incorporated into the urban land within the scope of the owners? Or, rather, the city government why became urbanization monopolistic rights? I'm afraid nobody can from economics for Links London Bracelets government to do so on providing compelling reasons. The Government's duty Government 's Role in The cities are more means a way to organize economic activity, city of knowledge and division of labor intensive network could let various improve efficiency of resource utilization. Smith said the "in natural liberty" system, as a form of economy "city" can naturally cover rural a Links London Necklaces reas, although degree differs. Can say, urbanization is merely a degree of problem, between city and country should not exist entirely legal textbooks. This natural free system, first refers to persons and articles, capital and all elements not restrictions to the free flow of between urban and rural areas. Public opinion is very concerned about the farmer free flowing into the cities, should speak, city from problems into town farmers legal, but to accept the rights of farmers to enjoy. But, under existing system, the farmer free into the city just means that both sides of the links of london rings sale isolation of the scale of urban and rural population will have to be adjusted, isolation system itself, but was still there. Political justice and economic efficiency from the Angle, the most important is to break the urban and rural isolation system itself. Based on this, city residents can freely to rural living instead is a more important question. That is to say, helping to break the urbanization of rural isolation is characterized by the government, don't links of london earrings need land, open business concentration the process of development and citizens can live to the country and the city on not to land the nationalized premise expansion. City residents to rural living free to urban resources. In fact, it is the process of rural natural flow. The main purpose of binary land system is to protect farmland, prevent excessive rural land occupied city. This purpose not only not possible - the reality is the land waste occupy land is very serious, has also led to a non intentions c links of london bracelets onsequences: stop the urban resources to rural free flow spontaneously. And this flow could have become a catalyst, allowing those who are in rural economic system with low efficiency in circular elements, naturally into urban economic form, thus greatly improve its efficiency. This can also put the city public to rural. One of the most important is, farmers with what they have land for capital, naturally into urban economic system, and with the urban population form a kind of symbiotic relationship, in fact, in his own land to become the economic and social significance of city residents. Naturally reasonably urbanization, the government needs to go away, let city, to let farmers and natural extension two-way flow freely citizens. Only links of london in this way, between city and country won't have the absolute contrast, urbanization can absorb farmers, farmers can also become the subject of urbanization, but not like this is a links of london charm pure object, or even simply irrelevant.

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  • Perfection in the Indian Ocean Perfection in the Indian Ocean

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      I volunteered with Earthwatch their first summer in the Seychelles. We volunteers were there to assist marine biologists conduct the first biological survey of the island of Desroches. (They've since moved on to other beautiful islands in the Seychelles.)  This pristine jewel was our beach. Need I say more?

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  • Rare Foggy Winter Day in Grand Rare Foggy Winter Day in Grand Canyon

    • From: hawkdoc2002
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      On a cold January day you couldn't see much from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but a hike through the snow down Bright Angel Trail got us below the fog and some great shots full of isolation and mystery.

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  • AFS Fiji & Australia 2008 AFS Fiji & Australia 2008

    • From: SuzyDavis
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      Our journey began in tropical Fiji at our luxury resort. Then off to Melbourne, Australia's 2nd largest city where the fun never stopped. Highlights were Phillips Island, the Penguin Parade, White Shark, Kangaroo & Koala encounters. Then on to Sydney for guided sightseeing tours and Harbor Cruise. Penguin Parade Phillip Island Adventures For Singles Group

      We just returned from a dual country adventure that blended a perfect vacation experience. It began in Fiji when we checked into the deluxe new Radisson Resort, a pampering paradise perched on ocean’s edge. Fiji’s archipelago includes 330 islands lying in splendid isolation in the South Pacific. Tourists flock here for the tranquility as well as world class diving. With a population of 800,000 in this country, 51% are native. The rest are a fruit salad of Indians and Asians. Most live below the poverty line. On our city tour we had a great guide named Sai. He had also led Tom Hanks and crew when “Castaway” was filmed here. We visited Raymond Burr’s Orchid Farm and a local village where the Indo-Fijians greeted us warmly. Unlike other people, they love o have their photo taken. Another day we set sail by tall ship schooner to tropical Tivua Island where we snorkeled the coral reefs.

      Aside from men wearing skirts, the most distinctive feature of Fiji for me was the singing. Everyone here sings whether they can carry a tune or not. Wherever we went, melodic harmonies surrounded us. They sang on our cruises without a breath between songs. At our resort, they sang as we dined. One night I was awakened by sound and stepped out on to my balcony. Below were 3 men singing acapella at midnight. On Sunday I inquired about attending church service in Nadi town. The concierge said, “It’s wonderful Suzy. They will sing for 2 hours before the sermon begins.” I will miss the natural beauty here, the Fijian smiles and music. After 4 days, we headed to the land of Oz down under to tour two of Australia’s most vibrant cities, Melbourne and Sydney.

      It was wintertime when we arrived in Melbourne, yet the weather was perfect for exploration in this easy to navigate city. People don’t hibernate in this capital of Victoria. This is Australia’s sports capital and shopping mecca. It’s also called the Great Wine Capital with 400 wineries, more than any other state.

      We had a guided city your of cultured Melbourne with its exquisite Victorian architecture and street cars. The new developments of the Docklands and Crown Casino along the Yarra River are spectacular. In competition to Sydney, the skyline has transformed itself with ultra-modern design. We also visited Phillip Island, Victoria’s wildlife refuge with a stop enroute at Wildlife Wonderland to pet the baby wombats and feed kangaroos. The highlight was the Penguin Parade where we watched the daily march of fairy penguins coming in from the ocean. With precision timing at 6:40pm, they waddle up to burrows in the sand dunes. From the eco-boardwalks we were surrounded by an orchestra of baying tones as they mated and nested. The most distinctive feature for me in Melbourne was the ultra-friendly people in a laid back city center.

      Our final days were spent in hedonistic Sydney with its glorious harbor. Here’s Australia’s largest and oldest city founded in 1788 when England dropped off their convicts. After many previous visits here, we had the best city guide ever named Greg, who flamed with enthusiasm. His humor provided us an intimate view of this city of 4 million. After a Captain Hook harbor cruise and viewing the famous sites, we independently scattered to mix with the locals. On departure, our suitcases swelled with boomerangs, licorice, outback hats, opals, Fijian pearls and coconut soaps. It was a long haul home on Air Pacific, but well worth it on a journey well done.

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