Tips for First Timers in Vietnam

Vietnam is both enraging and enthralling and has been a icon of travel for a long time. Blend of South East Asia’s present, past and future is so stark in Vietnam than in any other country. This clash, at times may seem so confusing and confronting and sends even an experienced traveler to flee to the near-by luxury hotel. But a little preparation will set up the trip a trip of the lifetime.

Keep Smiling

Though many visitors grumble, people of Vietnam are more like their counterparts from south East Asia, in friendliness. Unlike in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, where more often the localities are curious about the Visitors, people of Vietnam ignore foreigners who are lost-looking unless asked for some help. But if a question is asked with a sweet smile, it will certainly be answered with the same smile.

vietnamTaxi Scams

For many visitors, to truly look at the thronging street of the city of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, best way is to take the motorcycle taxis. However scams are possible, though unlikely, it is better to have decent knowledge about the points of visit to have best protection. If there is doubt about going in a wrong way, it is better to ask the driver to pull over. It is better to organize for a airport pick-up to hotel as scam taxis are at rife.

Night Buses

Overnight buses tend to be a good way to cover very long distances which apparently saves on accommodation costs. But it should made sure that the top bunk is booked as far away from the restroom ( normally located at the back). Not to be very specific and probing, many buses have non-working bathrooms and the smell becomes worse. Also, drinking too much water is not recommended as the rest stops are purely at the whims of the driver and even skipped when the bus runs late.

Nightlife Trouble

Vietnam sells most cheapest beer in the whole World but do not over do it. In Hanoi, there are official curfews on nightclubs and bars, which are enforced by police when the owner has not paid the so-called suitable ‘fee’. Hiding in dark and making the police to believe that the club is closed can be sometimes amusing, but most of the time it sucks when half of the group is thrown out from the club by cops. Nha Trang has a trail for attendant gangs and pick pocketing prostitutes, so it is better to be prepared.

Motorcycle Safety

Vietnam is definitely not a place for learning to ride motorbikes where scooters dodge each other by only mere inches. Roads of Vietnam are truly testifying and there are unfortunate incidents of tourists getting killed, attempting an adventure in two-wheeler. If at all there is need for a thrill in a bike, it is better to have a Vietnamese rider who takes care of all the driving.

Be Bold

Vietnam can be overwhelming and intimidating, so the very important thing is not to get scared and carry a humor sense so that everything works out well.

Must See Strange Places in India

Thalon Cave, Manipur

Thalon caves are located int the Tamenglong district of North eastern Manipur. Among many of the historic sites this cave is an important one. The caves indicates first evidence of the Hoabinhian culture in India. It is about 910 meters above the sea level and is a very unusual experience when visited. The frightening experience of entering into darkness gives everybody chills and makes them feel like entering into a world of unknown.

Hide-And-Seek Beach, Orissa

It is a true magical experience and surprise when something disappears just right in front of people. The beach disappears and appears during every low and high tide. With a low tide, the water recedes about five kilometers and hits back to shore at high tides. The sight is captivating in the Chandipur beach in Orissa.

Living Root Bridges, Cherrapunji

Living Root BridgesNorth Eastern India is a place where the travelers can have a majestic experience. Being the wettest land in the whole of India, bridges made out of the living roots is a specialty. The bridges in Cherapunji are made out of roots of rubber tree- “ Ficus Elastica”. The bridges made out of roots are truly magical and may even sound exaggerated as they are all really alive. Unlike other bridges, these are grown and not built.

Haunted City, Bhangrah

Ruins of the city of Bhangarh in Rajasthan is the most haunted place. Warnings to people are seen at all entry points advising the tourists not to enter the city at night time. Archaelogical Survey of India have posted signs strictly prohibiting all the visitors from entering the fort after sunset and before sunrise. A must visit place for all ghost lovers and hunters.

Levitating Stone, Shivapur

Shivapur being a small town in Maharashtra is very famous for the levitating stone that levitates mysteriously in-accordance with the mystic Muslim Sufi who had lived in India about 6 centuries ago. This town is located 180kms to East of the city of Mumbai. According to legends, Qamar Ali a saint on his death-bed said “ when eleven men place their right index finger under the stone and then jointly call my name, i will cause it to rise higher than their heads”, which actually happens. The levitating stone is still present and still levitates.

Baraimambara

It is the gravity defying architectural structure. The unusual thing about it is that the building does not have supporting beams in the ceiling and is the unique large arched construction in the whole of the World. The building has 8 surrounding chambers with roof heights that are different permitting the above spaces for reconstruction as a 3-D labyrinth with interconnecting passages having 489 doorways that are identical.

Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

The magical and an uncommon phenomenon in the hill is that a car can move itself even in neutral gear. The hill have properties of magnetism attracting metallic objects and thus making the vehicles to move up. This hill is about 14,000 feet above the sea level

Best Places to Celebrate Diwali in India

Diwali being festival of sound and light and celebrated throughout India, though the reasons and stories may differ from one place to another. All said and done Diwali is celebrated for five days in honoring the ‘triumph of good over evil’. It even marks arrival of New Year to Hindus. During the festival people wear new dresses, burst crackers and share sweets and happiness with friends, relatives and neighbors.

Delhi, The Capital City

Festival of Diwali starts from the festival of Dusshera itself. All market places are filled with placards and banners. Major commercial centers in Delhi gets packed with shopping offers and shoppers. People splurge on gifts, new dresses, sweets and fire crackers for Dhantera and Diwali preparations. Diwali day several stages are hoisted where ‘Ramlila’ is depicted culminating Lord Rama’s life and the ten day battle between Rama and Ravanaa.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

VaranasiA remarkable and a memorable destination to celebrate Diwali is Varanasi, a city in Uttar Pradesh. The whole place wears a festive and colorful look throughout this light and sound festival. Being a holy city, on the evening of Diwali the fifty odd ghats in Varanasi are colorfully illuminated with 1000’s of diya’s, that is earthern lamps, transforming the proverbial city of lights onto a mesmerizing reality.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

One of life’s cherishing moments is to have a good slice of the Pink City’s version of the Diwali. The city already being a very popular destination for western tourists is decorated in every available color that is found in every dreamers palette. The embellished markets are filled with about two thousand varieties of diyas in various forms like birds, animals and deities. Handicrafts, gift items, firecrackers and traditional clothes flood all the markets, each year an award is given for the market that is best decorated.

Amritsar, Punjab

AmritsarThe Golden Temple is fully draped in brightly lit lamps or diyas on Diwali evening making it a wonderful spectacle for all the onlookers. The reflection of light of the colorful diyas on water is magical and truly scintillating. The planning for the festival is started well in advance. Each house is cleaned and decorated with flowers, rangoli’s and dishes and sweets are prepared to be shared with relatives, neighbors and friends. On Diwali night, the sky is all lighted up with fireworks.

Kolkata, West Bengal

‘Kalipuja’ or ‘Shyama puja’ is the answer to Kolkata’s Diwali. This puja of kali coincides with date of Diwali. In Hindu mythology ‘kali’ is known as a form of ‘Shakti’. During this puja which is generally done during mid-night, for appeasing the goddess, live offerings of buffalo or lamb is done. A day before the puja, diyas, little candles and small decorative and colorful electric bulbs light up this city of joy. On the Diwali day, fire crackers light up whole of the sky displaying the very essence of the festival ‘ the light and sound’.

Things to do in Dallas

Dallas is one of the major cities located in Texas and it is known for its ultra-modern and sophisticated city style. This ultra-modern city attracts travellers from all over the world and ranks first in leisure destination in Texas. The visitors can enjoy the ride DART which is one of the fastest growing light rail systems. The city is filled with restaurants, pubs, boutique hotels and shops. The visitors will enjoy shopping in the southwest of Dallas. The Art District located in Dallas is the largest urban Art District in United States of America. Dallas features the best holiday attractions for the visitors.

Six Flags over Texas:

Six Flags over Texas is a theme park filled with extreme fun and ultimate adventures. This theme park has got over 50 different rides including thrill rides such as roller coaster and also kids and family rides. This amusement park that rambles over about two hundred acres has got everything to entertain kids of all ages and even the grown-ups with its thrilling rides. The park also offers restaurants, theme areas and live shows for the visitors. The park is available every day during summer season but only in weekends during spring and autumn.

North Park Centre:

The North Park Centre has top-notch stores and delightful eateries and in addition to that they also brag about their unbelievable collection of world class art. This collection also exhibits wide variety of huge sculptures. The park possesses one of the most popular sculptures ‘Ad Astra” which weighs 12 ton and coloured orange. The park has duck pond and conducts biannual fashion that attracts lot of people. The holiday season offers a train to the visitors which features 1,500 feet track with lot of miniature Dallas sights.

Yesterland Farm:

Yesterland FarmTo get rid of the restless city life and enjoy the country life during your vacation, Yesterand is the best destination to take your kids. This country life spot features plenty of amusement rides for the kids such as pony rides, corn maze, pumpkin patch etc.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

This sixty acres botanical garden presents beautiful blooming flower beds, lawns and trees. The garden is also a home for about two thousand types of azaleas. The garden also shows beautiful statuary and DeGoyler Mansion. This spot hosts lot of events during festival and makes it a great destination for the visitors.

Myerson Symphony Centre:

Myerson Symphony Centre is one of the best places in the town to celebrate. The place hosts lots of live concerts and the plenty of events available gives the visitor to choose the best one to go out and celebrate. During Christmas this place is filled with DSO pop shows. Santa event and New Year Eve’s concert also takes place here.

North Pole Express:

North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday attractions in Dallas. Taking your family to this place through Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s is a wonderful experience. The train ride offers the visitors live entertainment and the kids in the ride get silver Santa bell. The train takes all it riders to a platform where everyone enters a winter wonderland filled with Christmas tree. In the end Santa appears in front of everyone and share hot chocolate with everyone.

Best three beach towns in Michigan

Michigan is the only state to have two peninsulas. Also, it is the only state in the world to have the longest freshwater coastline. Because of this, Michigan is a leading state in the U.S for recreational boating. It has over 64,980 inland lakes and ponds and a person is never more than 6 miles away from a natural source of water. It has a large number of beach towns, each with its own speciality. Once you visit the great lakes and its beach towns, you will undoubtedly come back wanting for more.

Given below are the details of the three best beach towns in Michigan:

Empire:

Empire lies at the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ( a national park spanning 35 miles of the Lake Michigan Coastline). Amid 400 foot dunes, gorgeous sights and hiking trails, Empire is the most picturesque beach town of Michigan. To make things better, it is the best beach for pets too. It has a self-guided road trip and bike paths, which makes the town very easy to navigate.

michigan beach townThe empire beach is quite and offers tranquillity and peace. You can find a solitary spot for yourself and enjoy the beauty around you.

THINGS TO DO: You can rent paddle boats and surf boats and enjoy the waves when wind lashes up. You can take your bike along and explore the town with ease any day. For rest and food, you can look up the inns available. Almost all the hotels and Inns in empire offer decent stay, food and comfort. All the basic facilities are available here as well.

Traverse City:

If you have an undying love for food, Traverse City is the place for you. Ranging from award winning chefs and their restaurants to local brews- this city has the best food and is jam packed with culinary delight. It is located on the southern coast of the Grand Traverse Bay and has hills surrounding it. These hills are a home to more than 30 wineries and white blossomed orchards.

THINGS TO DO: You can gorge on the city’s lovely fare. There are a large number of hangouts for wine, food, theatre and more to explore with your family and friends.

Sutton Bay:

Sutton Bay is a small town of white boats and boaters. Sutton Bay also Houses the very famous Bay Theatre for classic, independent and foreign films. There are a lot of shops with interesting exhibits and attractions. There are several art galleries here as well. At Sutton Bay, you can indulge yourself in food, wine, art and boating to all your heart’s content.

THINGS TO DO: Back Star Farms produces Leelanau Cheese Company’s aged raclette. It is made from the milk of the local cows. You can watch the whole process come alive in front of your eyes at this part winery, part inn part creamery. Also, there are several eateries available at the Sutton Bay where you can please your palette with an array of delicacies.