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  • Lovely Lady in Hot Spring Lovely Lady in Hot Spring

    • From: hotspringaddict
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      We hiked at least five miles up a mountain to find this isolated hot spring with gorgeous views. The location is Renge Onsen in Itoigawa-shi, Niigata, Japan. It is one of the best outdoor hot springs in Japan. Click to learn more: hotspringaddict.blogspot.jp/2013/11/best-japanese-hot-spring-renge-onsen.html

       

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  • Holy Hot Spring in Kagoshima Holy Hot Spring in Kagoshima

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      On the island of Sakurajima is a hot spring that is also a Shinto shrine.

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  • Quite Amazing Thekkady Quite Amazing Thekkady

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      Thekkady (Idukki District) is located about 257 Km from Trivandrum and 185 Km from Cochin International Airport near to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Major Tourist attractions in Thekkady include Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murikkady, Kumily, Spring Valley Mountain, Panchalimedu and more. If you are about visiting Thekkady ? Be sure to check the other  Kerala Tour Packages in our website. 

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  • Shelapani Shimla hills India Shelapani Shimla hills India

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      About  shelapani    

       

      Shelapani is situated at a height of 7500 fts, in the north central  Mandhol village in jubbal tehsil 85 km from 

      shimla town. The place had been founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1953. 

       

      According to a legend Shelapani (cold water ) got its name after a natural spring water, flowing since the

       place was discovered 1n 1910 by the area Namberdar Gopi chand Khimta .Because it was the time of

       global change in the  economy, the impact was on this place too .People started planting apple trees 

      leaving the agricultural business aside . According to the story! mr chand  said, "The water  can 

       digest the stones ." 

       

      Shelapani is a tourist and commercial area because of its marvelous landscapes, fishing in mountain 

      , and a lot of natural spaces for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding and skiing. Shelapani does

       not hosts a variety of exquisite shops, restaurants and entertainment for each tourist  rather give them 

      the nature delight in peaceful environment and healthy atmosphere far from the crowd. Fishing is very

       popular in pabber river valley, Himalayas ,snow bounded Mountain Lake and  Recreation Area. Snow 

      skiing can be practiced at shelapani jungle on the badrol Mountain . 

       

      Shelapani’s pine forest was endangered in 1953 by a large village fire,and after from de-forestation. 

      Because people needed wood for house construction, but some how managed to be saved . 

       

      Shelapani offers plenty of tourist attractions.  1.5 km a beautiful jungle walk and wonderful PWD

       rest house and mandhol village with ancient Mahasu temple. West of Shelapani can be admired

       vast apple orchards which looks beautiful in apple season time. On top of that, Shelapani ows a 

      beautiful bungalow built in european style and one of its kind in whole of Himachal Pradesh & other 

      community facilities include a library,fire place ,fish pond ,badminton court,grassy lawns,jogging path

       

      ,wonderful views ,modular kitchen,and all modern amenities, a lot of picnic spots and historical places . 

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  • Halong Cooking class on boat Halong Cooking class on boat

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      Legacy Cruise's chef wil teach you the way to make spring roll - the most famous and popular dish in vietnam

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  • SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY

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

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

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

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      Tokyo in the summertime is surprisingly humid, for a non-tropical region. If you plan to go outside, even to make a dash from your hotel to the train station, in the name of all that is holy don’t leave without a rag or you’ll regret it. Nothing says summer fun like blinking the burning sweat out of your eyes.

      Don’t worry, relief can be found not north, but just a couple hours west, on the Izu Peninsula. If you’re in the Tokyo area, I highly recommend taking a detour there for a couple of days. It’s still hot, but not as humid, and the sea is only a few steps away. In fact one of my best memories of living as an expat in Japan is packing up and taking over a beautiful, Japanese style hostel in the area with a group of friends.

      K’s House Ito OnsenK's House Ito Onsen

      K’s house is a popular hostel chain in Japan. I’ve been to a few, but none have left their mark on me like the one in Ito. Though modern, the interior retains a traditional Japanese aesthetic. Rooms floored in tatami are hidden away by sliding paper screens. A path of cool, smooth stones leads to the kitchen and common room. And best of all, the hostel has its own public and private onsen (hot springs). There’s nothing like taking a long soak in the hot spring after a day at the beach. The feeling of water just this side of boiling on my aching muscles is bliss, and I always come out feeling like putty. The next stop is the common room, which has a big sliding door opening onto a terrace, a peaceful view of the river right below the hostel, and green hills in the distance. Sitting out there after the hot spring, with the sound of the crickets and the breeze on my still steaming skin, is the closest I’ve ever gotten to Zen.

      This place gives the impression of staying at a traditional and expensive Japanese Inn at less than half the price: about $30 USD for a bed in the dorm, or up to $60 USD for a private room ensuite room.

      Shirahama BeachShirahama Beach

      Shirahama beach in Shimoda is a little bit of a journey from Ito, but worth the trip. Besides, the view from the train is gorgeous, and the ride will cost you around $15 USD one way. About an hour long train ride beside lush, green mountains, palm-tree lined roads and sparkling blue sea leads to Izukyu Shimoda station, on the Izukyu line.  From there the bus, which is about $3.50 USD, goes straight to the beach. There’s also a grocery store five minutes’ walk from the station, perfect for getting cheap snacks.   

      Shirahama beach is popular, and it’s easy to see why. In summer the water is warm and clear, with soft rolling waves. The sky is a luminous blue not marred, but enhanced by the white clouds trailing across it. The scenery is as beautiful as any beach in the Caribbean, but at the edge of the beach is a slight cliff. A rocky path leads to the summit and there sits a Shinto shrine, fronted by a red torii, or gate, which stands aloof and proud as if to say, remember, this is Japan.

      Ito Eats

      Within 10 minutes’ walk of the station is a shopping arcade with a few restaurants, including some Izakaya—traditional Japanese restaurants serving many appetizers and cocktails. Izu, so close to the sea, has some of the freshest and tastiest sushi and sashimi you’ll eat in all Japan. It melts in your mouth, and the restaurants in the area serve it up with delicious miso soup, fluffy rice and pickled vegetables. There are also a variety of other foods. The most daring of us tried basashi—raw horse meat. I really like the fried crocodile. Dinner and drinks is no more than $30 USD a person, and often much less, making Ito, and a stay at K’s Hostel, one of my favorite budget getaways.

       

       

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  • Butterfly and zenna Butterfly and zenna

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  • Why You Need to Visit Vietnam Why You Need to Visit Vietnam

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      If you only have time to explore one country in Southeast Asia, choose VIETNAM!
      Let’s admit it, when it comes to travel, Vietnam gets a bit of a bad rep. Before coming here all I heard were stories of travel scams, robberies, aggressive touts, and warnings that I’d be treated like a walking dollar sign. I was beginning to wonder whether I even wanted to spend a full month in this country, but 31 days later as my Vietnamese visa is about to expire, I am sad to leave Vietnam behind.
      I’ll admit I’m relatively new to Southeast Asia, and have only covered three countries in the past three months, but Vietnam has left the strongest impression on me by far.
      So what makes Vietnam so special?
      A woman carried a yoke basket down the street in Hoi An, Vietnam
      The People
      The people are warm, kind, and love to laugh and smile. It is in this country where I have met some of the most caring locals.
      The central market in Hoi An, Vietnam
      When I was sick in Hoi An, it was the woman who runs the Green Moss restaurant who took it upon herself to get me all better. She prepared ginger tea with honey for me, gifted me with a mint balm to rub on my neck and my chest, urged me to wear a scarf to bed, and then checked up on me daily whenever she saw me cycling around town or eating at her restaurant.
      In Vietnam people have helped me when I looked lost, locals I met on a train have offered to show me around their hometowns (for free! Further proof that I’m not just a walking ATM), and business owners have been courteous to me even when I didn’t eat at their restaurant or didn’t take their tour.
      The Food
      Vietnam has been an explosion of flavours! Most dinners Sam and I have eaten in this country have been silent because we’ve both been gorging on local delicacies like the food in front of our plates is about to disappear. We’ve been known to order four different dishes in one go because there’s just so much new food to sample.
      Spring rolls, food in Vietnam
      Whether I was learning to cook Vietnamese food in a dim lit kitchen with no ventilation (picture beads of sweat running down my back and hopefully not onto my food), or enjoying a meal at a local farm in the outskirts of Hoi An, the food was spectacular.
      Some of my favourite dishes in this country have been bánh xèo (a rice flour pancake stuffed with pork, shrimp, onions and bean sprouts) and fresh spring rolls. Fresh, flavourful, healthy, filling – what else do you need in a meal?
      The Options
      Then there is the diversity that comes with travelling in such a big country. I can guarantee that Vietnam will not bore you with its possibilities!
      Mekong Delta, Vietnam
      Want to travel down the banks of the Mekong Delta and experience the chaos of vendors at work in a floating market? Do you want to get lost in Saigon’s back alleys as you go in search of the best pho? How about getting clothes custom made in Hoi An? Or can I interest you with a cruise of Ha Long Bay where you’ll be waking up to jagged karst mountains outside your boat? You could also spend your time in Hanoi drinking bia hoi at a little street side bar equipped with plastic children’s furniture? Or if you’re feeling a bit more culturally inclined, go for a hill trek in Sapa where you can do a home stay with the ethnic tribes that call this place home?
      If any of this sounds interesting, then you need to come to Vietnam already!
      Halong Bay, Vietnam
      I’ve spent the entire month in Vietnam saying things like,

      “I could totally live in Saigon. Sam, how would you like to come back to Saigon?”

      “I could totally stay in Hoi An longer. Sam, wanna stay in Hoi An longer?” (We extended our stay.)

      “Sam, wouldn’t it be fun to spend more time in Sapa? I think living here might be fun. No?”

      I can’t sing Vietnam’s praises high enough!
      I’m not saying that this country won’t pose its own set of challenges – you’ll encounter that wherever you go. However, if you’re glossing over Vietnam because of the negative things you’ve heard in the past, then you’re doing yourself a huge disfavour.
      Give Vietnam a chance, and it may just blow your mind.
      Find out more information about a travel agency offering adventure tours explore Vietnam: http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/
      By AUDREY 

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  • A gorgeous view of the Eiffel A gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

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