April 30, 2013

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May 31, 2012

Cheap Travel Guide – Day Trips From Da Nang In Vietnam Part One

Day Trips from Da Nang – Vietnam – Part One

Da Nang is the perfect base for touring some of the best destinations in Vietnam. You can spend your days in this region moving from an enchanting old-world town to ancient ruins, and from a charming 1920s French resort to a tropical island of crystalline waters and white sand beaches. To top it all off, you can go for a scenic ride along a meandering mountain pass with spectacular vistas, all the way to the pristine shores of Lang Co.

One of the most popular day trip destinations from Da Nang is the Old Town of Hoi An. It is located south of the city and takes less than an hour to get there by bus or taxi. The best way to get around town is on foot or on a bicycle to easily navigate through the town’s narrow lanes. Explore the many landmarks such as the 17th century Japanese Covered Bridge and several old houses scattered around the area.

The Museum of History and Culture and the Say Huynh Museum are also worth checking out. If you are interested in Vietnamese cooking, you are in for a treat because there are plenty of opportunities for cooking lessons in the area. You can also spend your days lazing at the beaches of An Bang and Cua Dai. But, more than all these, the town is famous for the monthly Full Moon Festival, also known as the Old Town’s Night, when the town is ablaze with brightly colored lanterns and everyone is out in the streets celebrating the town’s rich tradition of folklore, music and games.

At Cua Dai beach, you might want to hop on a boat to the nearby island of Cham. The best time to visit the island is between the months of May and August. It is a protected marine park so expect to find spectacular underwater gardens that are just perfect for the snorkeling enthusiast. You can also set off on a hike and explore the island’s verdant forest trails – although you are not allowed to venture outside of the connecting trail between Cham’s two villages – just be careful with the monkeys. Finally, don’t miss the island’s bird’s nest soup, it is one of a kind and is believed to do wonders to your health.

Once you are back in Hoi An, you can make arrangements to visit the ruins of My Son, which takes no more than just an hour’s drive. Enjoy the scenic views of the countryside along the way and once you get on site, check the Champa museum near the ticket office to learn more about the area’s history and to take a look at the ancient artifacts taken from the temple ruins. With your map at hand, head to the temple complex and explore each of the major sites. The paths are well-marked, so you do not have to worry about getting lost in the area. Most tourists head back to Hoi An after the temple tours, but its worth staying a few hours more and get down to My Son Lake to simply relax and take in the wonderful view. You can even get on a kayak and explore the scenic lake in peace and quiet.

Other worthwhile day trip destinations from Da Nang include the mountain resort of Ba Na Hill Station, the beaches of Lang Co and the scenic mountain pass of Hai Van. They are up next in Day Trips from Da Nang – Part Two.

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May 25, 2012

Cheap Travel Guide – Leh India For The Adventurous Soul

Leh – India For the Adventurous Soul

Leh is one of the most sought-after destinations in India for adventure-seeking visitors. Its magnetism does not rest so much on splendid castles, magnificent temples or verdant surroundings that other most-visited places in the country are known for. Instead, it features a barren landscape, rugged terrain and unforgiving conditions, yet cloaked with a deep spirituality and a magical aura that never fails to enchant those fortunate enough to lay eyes on its remarkable beauty.

Getting to Leh is an adventure in itself. The journey is one for the books that when it crosses your mind years after you have taken the trip, you will still be filled with so much pride and incredulity for having taking it.

There are two routes to choose from. One is from Manali in the south and the other one is from Srinagar in the west. The one from Manali is the ultimate trip that adventurous souls seek for. The trip usually takes at least two days, unless you take the shared taxi or jeep that speeds precariously along the rugged terrain in 24 hours straight which I definitely do not recommended for anyone.

The Manali route will take you to one of the highest road passes in the world, so it is a great idea to divide the trip in stages so that you can give yourself the time to acclimate and avoid the agony of high altitude sickness. Get ready to have the ride of your life because your vehicle will surely be inches away from sheer drops, traverse practically non-existent roads and go across raging waters from melted glaciers. Now, you know why incredulity is going to be a significant part of your Leh memory.

The word crazy perfectly describes the ride from Manali to Leh, but it is the most popular route taken by travelers because of the glorious vistas of snow-capped mountains, barren rolling hills and quaint small villages. There is no describing it, it just fills your soul with a sense of profound wonder that you have to take plenty of deep breaths to adjust to it or it could just be the effect of high altitude – it is up to you to figure it out.

Once in Leh, it is time to explore the magical terrain that has inspired many travelers, poets and artists. There are plenty of attractions for the sightseer and there is no lack of hiking trails for the avid ambler. Visit the Shanti Stupa to checkout one of the area’s newest religious monuments as well as get a good look at the beautiful vista of Leh laid out before you. An even more dramatic panoramic view of the city can be found at the 16th century Ancient Leh Palace. Walk a little further uphill to Namgyal Tsemo to explore the ruins of an old fort and soak up the picturesque setting.

Thiksey Gompa is another popular attraction in Leh. It takes only a short drive from the city along the Leh-Manali highway. Here is not only a significant piece of religious history but it also features wondrous murals and icons in this old monastery.

If you are passionate about polo, you can get boasting rights by playing at the highest polo ground in the world. After an exciting game, head to the main market only about a mile from the playing site. The market is where you can find all sorts of handicrafts and fresh produce. The site is a perfect treat for both your tummy and your eyes.

Finally, as the gateway to the dramatic terrain of the Ladakh region, there are plenty of day trip opportunities available from Leh. There are a few outdoor companies here where you can arrange white water rafting, mountain trekking and biking tours, and allow yourself to enjoy your visit to the Leh region safely.

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May 24, 2012

How To Plan A Disney Vacation The Right Way And Have An Unforgettable Visit

It is important to figure out how to plan a Disney vacation because there is so much to do and see at this world famous Florida resort. This resort is known as the happiest place on earth. Spend time well in advance of the trip planning the travel time, transportation and lodging, and all the details in between, in order to make the most of your family’s time in Orlando.

Disney World is made up of four theme parks, two water parks, and several lodgings. There are hundreds of attractions to enjoy, and special events, such as firework shows, throughout the year. It is impossible to see everything in one visit, and to try would be overwhelming.

Before visiting, ask the family what attractions they want to see and what rides they want to go on, and then choose a hotel centrally located. The earlier one makes hotel reservations, the better rates he will find. A lot of hotels offer discounts on rooms reserved months in advance.

There are many travel deals available, all one has to do is go on the internet to find travel deals. Or, one can ask for help from a travel agent whose job is to keep abreast of the latest travel discount packages. Pick the right time of the year to visit the happiest place on earth.

The family that visits during the off season will find a park with fewer visitors and lower hotel rates. Some families visit during the winter because the lines on the rides are shorter, and they can stay in high end hotel rooms at discount rates. The Florida winter weather is quite accommodating and some prefer the winter to the hot summer months.

Find out how to plan a disney vacation so that the family will have a fun a memorable time in Orlando. Some families will turn to a travel agent for help and guidance, because agents are up to date on the latest travel packages. Some families schedule their visit during the winter when hotel rates are lower and airline travel is cheaper.

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