Making Your Ways To Laos

Even though having limited facilities, Laos still remains as a wonderful country to visit, in Southeast Asia region. Hanging out with the friendliest, gentlest Laotians while exploring around, learning about the unique traditions of “The Land of Million Elephants”.

Top Reasons Why

Mesmeric Natural Beauty

Laos is placed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Laos is placed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Laos was for so many years isolated from the rest of the world and is now placed as UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Either you take a stroll around the town of Vang Vieng to be amazed at its laidback countryside landscape beauty or wander around the only royal city of the whole country Luang Prabang, whether you take a multiday trek or just a bike ride to get away from the bustling city, Laos is indeed the ideal place for you.

Archeological Wonders

The Plain Of Jars
The Plain Of Jars

Coming to Laos to visit the country’s most unusual attraction the Plain of Jars with its 5-ton-stone-and-clay jars of mysterious origin, Wat Phu or pre-Angkor Khmer ruins, there are always some magnificent wonder for every wanderlust wanderers.

Unique Buddhism Customs

Young Monks At That Luang, Laos
Young Monks At That Luang, Laos

Laotians are devoted for Buddhism in many ways. Observing or taking participation in the morning alms giving in Luang Prabang might be a magical experience at the start of your exploration. Sitting in a temple to chat with novice monks while being surrounded by the sounds of chanting and chiming bells will definitely give you some extremely insightful information about this country of long rich Buddhism traditions.

The Mekong River

Mekong is considered the lifeline of Laos. Travelling it down the mighty river or stop at one of its 4000 islands for your chance of spotting out some freshwater undersea majestic creatures.

When to go

Laos has a tropical climate with two distinctive seasons: the dry and the monsoon. During the winter months of dry season, which is from November to February, it is the best time to tour to Laos. Nevertheless, in the rainy season, the country will usually be greener and less crowded with lots of discount offers for the services.

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Transportation

Tuk-Tuk
Tuk-Tuk

If you are planning on discovering the country’s impenetrable jungle in its mountainous area, the only most practical way is travelling by air. The most two common options that travelers usually choose is to depart from Bangkok or Thailand. Bangkok Air has daily flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang while Thai Air flies frequently to Vientiane. Laos Airlines, even though charges a little bit more expensive prices, provides frequent flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and Vientiane as well as to other provincial cities such as Parkse or Savannakhet.

Worry not if you’re on a budget, a network of bus services covers almost the entire country. For those who prefer assigned seats with more legroom and few stops, take a VIP bus instead of the regular type. Tuk-tuk or minivans have also become the common mean of transportation between cities or eventually, might be a bit quicker with the same prices as buses.

Adventurous travelers can board some boats to cruise along the Mekong River. This is unquestionably a way to gain yourself that exotic and memorable travel.

Health And Safety

Consider buying international health insurance to cover yourself while travelling to Laos as Laos’ health care is nowhere near to other countries in Southeast Asia.

Laos is fairly free of crime in tourist areas. Even though crimes like pickpocket, robbery are rare, you still should be careful when visiting the crowded areas. Never leave your luggage unattended.

In the countryside, if you are taking a trek, watch out for unexplored ordnance left from the Vietnam War, especially within the grounds of Xieng Khuang and Hua Phan provinces or some places around the Southern Laos.

In conclusion, it’s always better not to wander off the well-traveled trails.

Money Matters

Laos Money
Laos Money

The national currency of Laos is the Laos Kip (LAK). The current official exchange rate of LAK is approximately 8000 Kip to one US dollar.

There are also several ATM machines throughout the country so changing your international money to kip won’t be much of a big issue anymore.

Keep in mind that credit card usage is limited. Only few hotels and restaurants accept this kind of payment. If you exchange your money in a bank, you will be normally charged for an extra 5% as service fee.

Border Crossing

Friendship Bridge
Friendship Bridge

There are several ways to cross Laos through numerous land and river. The busiest is the Friendship Bridge that spans the Mekong River at the east of Vientiane from Thailand. You can also enter Laos from Cambodia at Voeung Kam or from Mohan in China’s Yunnan Province, at Boten.

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TEN TRAVEL TIPS FOR AMAZING VACATION TO DUBAI (Part 2)

Being one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, located at the South of the Persian Gulf of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai travel has almost everything to offer to each and every single traveler. Coming here to conquer the golden dunes, discover the sandy desert or explore the city of luxury and opulence, there are still quite a few things you should get to know in advance as they might usually come in handy at anytime of the day.

6. Check the duration of your visa

Check the duration of your visa
Check the duration of your visa

As same as every other oversea journey you make, there is always a need to make sure that you have illegal visa duration for your vacation. If you go as a solo traveler, do pay attention to your visa duration. If you book tour package at one of the many available travel agencies, it won’t be much of a concern as they will take care of everything for you

7. Be careful when using your own vehicle

You can drive your own vehicle in Dubai
You can drive your own vehicle in Dubai

There are always lots of available public vehicles to use at Dubai. Though, if you had an international driving license, you could drive around Dubai with your own vehicle. If you happened to get in an accident, just keep calm and wait for the police.

8. Prepare your own charger

Bring your own charger
Bring your own charger

3-pin plug is the standard plug across the whole UAE. However, it would be the best to prepare your owner by bringing an adapter with you; it might always come in handy.

9. Public display of affection is restricted

Showing affection in public is prohibited
Showing affection in public is prohibited

Showing affection publicly in Dubai is considered an action that goes against the local government’s law, similarly to homosexuality. Since Dubai follows the Sharia-religious law of Islam, some tourist sites even advise for couples to arrange their accommodation in separated rooms.

1. Strictly follow the dress code

Strictly follow the dress code
Strictly follow the dress code

Dubai is a Muslim country so pay attention strongly to your customs. Women can wear swimsuit at the beach or pool, however, it is prohibited in public places. For men, do not go out with only shorts. You will be given unwanted stare by the locals.

Dubai is a wonderful country, an attractive destination for every traveler. If you want more insight information about Dubai Travel, please contact Exotic Voyages.

TEN TRAVEL TIPS FOR AMAZING VACATION TO DUBAI (Part 1)

Being one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, located at the South of the Persian Gulf of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai travel has almost everything to offer to each and every single traveler. Coming here to conquer the golden dunes, discover the sandy desert or explore the city of luxury and opulence, there are still quite a few things you should get to know in advance as they might usually come in handy at anytime of the day.

  1. Pay attention to your travel insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance

Some insurance companies will not cover the costs if you experience health problems while travelling. Therefore, it is strongly crucial to get it checked with your insurance company beforehand or purchase a travel insurance package before your departure as travelling to Dubai, it might be relatively easy to buy medicines at any regional drug stores, however, if you have to be hospitalized, the costs for treatment as well as the costs to take you back to your country is incredibly expensive.

  1. Be careful while capturing your photographs
Taking Pictures
Taking Pictures

Never take photographs of the locals especially women when you don’t have their permission. Remember you’re not allowed to take pictures in places such as in front of government buildings, military bases, ports or other places with similar properties.

  1. Do not drink alcohol in public
Drinking Alcohol
Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is restricted in Dubai, however, you can have them at some free tax stores in the city. If you’re a foreign traveler, you won’t be able to buy alcohol in the local stores and always bear in mind that if you get drunk in public, you will be fined as same as drinking while driving.

  1. Be conscious of your personal medicines
Carrying Medicines
Carrying Medicines

 Make sure with your personal doctors for the medicines that you could carry with yourself while travelling just in case you will get jailed for carrying illegal drugs.

  1. Never exchange your cash in public
Exchanging Cash
Exchanging Cash

Never exchange your cash for local currency in public places in the city as not only you might not be able to receive the full amount but also it might lead you to some bad situations such as bring pick pocketed  or robbed.

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Why you should travel to Vietnam in Tet Holiday

Tet Festival in Vietnam

Vietnamese people as well as some other countries’ in the Southeast Asia usually have their New Year Festival based on the Lunar Calendar besides the International Calendar. Therefore, visiting these countries in their New Year Festival vacation is completely interesting for many travelers.

Tet Festival in Vietnam
Tet Festival in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the Lunar New Year Festival is also called ‘Tet’ Festival when there are a plenty of carnival and celebrating activities taken place across the country. Vietnam- a country of people love peace and are very hospitable to welcome international friends has been always remaining an attractions to many people in other countries. In this writing I will show you some amazing things about the Tet Festival in Vietnam that would make you want to experience it by yourself.

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Tet Holiday in Vietnam is full of flowers, lanterns, and smiling faces.

It is said that Tet is the most important and majestic festival in the year. It is the time for Vietnamese people to celebrate the new coming year, look back to give thanks to their ancestors. More importantly, Tet is the occasion for reunion. Even if you are working in a city far away from home, your mind is always up towards your family, and Tet is the time for you to come back to your beloved home, welcome the New Year together with your loved ones.

To prepare for Tet holidays, Vietnamese residents will clean up their house, buy some other furniture or ornaments to make their house more beautiful and cozy. In the streets, you will see a lot of flowers, lanterns and celebrating banners in colors. The popular trees in Tet Holiday are Kumquat tree, Peach blossom, and
Apricot blossom. However, the thing that makes the streets feel like more vibrant, happier is the smiling faces of people here. They are up to a myriad of stuff to prepare for the festival, but they always feel good for that because they have a hope for a new happy year coming.

Chung Cake
Chung Cake

Tet’s special dishes always have an irresistible attraction.

In Tet’s food menu of most Vietnamese wives and mothers, there are some dishes that cannot be dismissed such as ‘Chung’ cake, boiled chickens, or pickled onion. They all belong to the tradition of residents here thousands of years back and also reflect the beautiful and precious culture of Vietnam. I am sure that if you try these dishes in one day of Tet holiday, you can feel all the tasteful favor blended with Tet atmosphere inside your mouth.

Let’s join some exciting celebrating activities in Tet Holiday in Vietnam.

Besides fireworks display or national New Year music shows in many big cities, the special thing about Tet’s activities is that each town and region has its own distinctive type of game and completion for people to take part in. For instance, in Sapa town, the festival is warmed up with some interesting competitions such as Giao Duyen singing contest (where a boy and girl sing traditional love songs to express their love for each other), pan-pipe playing and dancing, “nem con” (a game in which boys and girls throw cloth balls) and feasting. The whole fun and excitement of these activities cannot be entirely described by words that you will feel that only if you take the real actions.

I hardly can express all the good things about Lunar New Year Festival in Vietnam within one or two pages, but there is one thing I am completely sure that it would worth your while to travel there and enjoy Tet Holiday in Vietnamese way. When the New Year moment has just come, just try to say ‘Chuc mung nam moi’ (as ‘Happy new year’) to others.

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FAIR MARKETS IN HIGHLANDS

Ha Giang fair market is held once per week. There are some fairs organized on animal designation days or it is also called backward market. For instance, last week, the fair was held on Sunday, then next week it would be held on Monday as Lung Phin fair which is held on Tiger and Monkey day, XaPhin is held on Snake and Pig day,…

Exciting things in the fair market

Today, the fair is often organized on Saturday or Sunday from very early in the morning when the sun has not risen yet. Those people living on halfway on the mountain and far away hills up to “three knives thrown” go down to the market since the dew and gentle clouds are still sleeping by the mountain’s slope.

“Come as dated”, streams of people going down from the high mountains, from the valley to the market make the fair more crowded, busy and noisy than quiet usual days.

Highland fairs have had great influence on people’s thoughts and lifestyle here as well as other visitors coming to contemplate the beauty of highland fairs.

Each ethnic group brings its own character and beauty to the fair. Visit highland market, everyone will be immersed in colorful brocade, beautiful Nung, Dao, Mong, Lo Lo… girls in their traditional costumes which creates the fanciful, colorful and joyful atmosphere on this day.

Walking around the market and have some fun with highland fair makes us feel the real mystery beauty inside. No need to show it off but it still remains the humanistic and natural beauty.

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Local products sold and exchanged at the market are the crystallization of their diligent labor in highland where people have so many difficulties in life such as water and land shortages but they still move on and live happily with their passion. Moreover, those products also express their “life’s breath” culture of each ethnic group, for example, linen, brocade craves, food, musical instruments (Hmong pan-pipes) shops…

People coming to the market also have many different purposes: exchange, trade, meeting, love… All of those have forged the beauty of highland fairs. At any markets, we will see “thang co” pots are boiling and people drink wine, eat traditional dishes.

Everyone drinks to get drunk in love, in gratitude and in stories. Fair market is the place where people come to meet, share and pull string for each other. The girls will choose for themselves the most gorgeous dress to wear. Splendid dresses, graceful smiles, skillful and passionate pan-pipes sounds have connected many couples together.

They fall in love with each other since the first dance, first song and the first pan-pipe sound and they are just keeping dating to each other at fair markets which have become the nostalgia to people coming to market.

The diligence and love of Ha Giang women are expressed by actions, they go to the market, work hard to produce skillful and great products from silk and linen. On fair day, anywhere, we can meet faithful and gentle wives are holding umbrellas for their drunk husbands and lead the horse home.

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Besides exchanging products, local people also exchange the culture as well. Cultural galas, art propaganda guidelines and policies of the Party and State’s law are also taken place on the market day by agencies organized functional units in order to raise awareness of people; propagate cultural life and promote the nation’s cultural identity. The skits, repertoire and dance also reflect the lives, customs and traditions of the people of the highlands, the intangible culture, which attract many people to view and interact with and which haave become “a spiritual food” important, meaningful for the people.

Now, the lives of the people grows, markets are also many changes but the traditional beauty, the cultural identity of people forever endure and are still the unique traits of the regional highland markets Ha Giang.

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NA HANG ECO-TOURISM SITE

“Anyone goes to Tuyen Quang through Lo – Gam arc to my hometown, Na Hang or anyone flies to Thuong Lam region to see ninety nine mountains, which is my Na Hang hometown”. The first lyrics in the song “Heart-to-heart feelings of Na Hang young woman” of musician Le Viet Hoa seem to go into mind and captivate so many people listening to it even once. Since then, journey of learning and exploring Na Hang eco-tourism site will start.

Location of the Na Hang eco-tourism site

It is located in Na Hang and Lam Binh district with total area of 15.000ha including 8.000ha water surface. Na Hang hydropower reservoir has capacity of more than two billion m³, power of 342Mw. Annual output power reaches over 1.295 million KW. This is the largest hydropower reservoir in the Northern region.

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Boating along the flowing of the hydroelectric reservoir, we will come to the convergence of Gam River and Nang River. Landscape of ninety nine mountains is like “Ha Long Bay is in middle high mountains”. Beside these sites, other place-names and legends have gone in local history such as Khuoi Nhi waterfall, Pac Vang temple, Phia Vai cave, primeval forests which lengthen following two river’s edges. All of them create natural scenery exotically and romantically. There are many exciting tourist services on boats for visitors who come to Na Hang.

Interesting experience in Na Hang eco-tourism site

The interface of variety of ethnic cultures attracts tourists, particularly extremely unique culture of local people expressed through traditional festivals such as Long Tong of the Tay and Nung ethnic; Cap Sac festival, To Hong festival, wedding ceremony of the Dao ethnic group with specific brocade costumes. Besides, scientific tourists can visit other areas where fossils were found with dating back over 10.000 years old in archaeological caves as Phia Vai (Lam Binh district) and Phia Muon (Na Hang district). This confirmed this place that is one of origins of ancient Vietnamese people. In addition, visitors also have a chance to learn about Na Tham cave which was special agency of Central government during revolution against French colonists.

Tourists’s experiences in Na Hang are not only for sightseeing but also for understanding daily life of ethnic groups here with hospitality and enthusiasm. Hong Thai cultural village with beautiful terraced fields in the sunset and poetic and the charming scenery covered by mist around the year in Khau Tinh will definitely bring visitors an unforgettably impressive journey.

Eco-tourism, landscapes of mountains and hydropower reservoir, local festivals are key elements of unique and diversified cultural values of Tuyen Quang. All of them create colorful space with deep human culture.

Local culinary culture has also attracted many visitors to Na Hang eco-tourist site such as corn wine, Lang fish hotpot, dried beef, and five-color sticky rice or strange fresh vegetables which are given by nature. Unique and comfortable restaurants, hotels surely make anyone who has ever come to here feel pleased and satisfied.

The potentials of natural scenery, local people and diversified cultural traditions of ethnic groups exactly are the firm foundations to develop economy, culture and society. More importantly, the formation of economy, models and services of tourism as well as tours linking to the neighbor provinces like Bac Me district in Ha Giang, Ba Be district and Pac Nam district in Bac Kan will promote tourist activities and make great contributions to improvement of local people’s daily life and economic development of two districts, Na Hang and Lam Binh.

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

After each flight, the human body will naturally feel the tiredness from the impact of jet lag caused by time zones difference. Here are some quick tips to avoid jet lag while traveling, suggested by Times of India.

Before you fly

Before your long flight and long trip, you should rest well, do exercises (outdoor activities should be better), eat healthy, avoid caffeine if possible and keep enough water for the body.

When waiting for your flight at the airport, make some body movements like walking around, stretching your arms and legs instead of sitting doing nothing. This will prevent you from being tired while flying. And when you are on the plane, try to stretch your body and move around every once in a while so your blood circulates well during the flight.

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Doing yoga on the plane

Before the departing day, eat healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid coffee, refined sugar and foods with too much salt. If you want to take some snacks on the plane, opt for the healthier one.

During the flight

Drink a lot of water: Try to keep your body warm, avoid taking stimulant substances like coffee, coke… If possible, bring with you a big bottle of water and an herbal tea bag so you can drink without caffeine.

Relax: You should close your eyes and relax each and every 20 minute during the flight. Try to take a deep breath. If you cannot fall into sleep, don’t try too hard to, watch a movie, listen to music or read your favorite book. If you feel asleep, drop your movie or book to take a needed rest. If you need to work while flying, don’t work for too long.

Rest: it may sound quite weird but some short rests are better than a long sleep. If you find it difficult to go to sleep, use a mask or earplugs.

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Use the sign “Do not disturb” if possible, so you will not be woken up by fellow passengers or flight attendants, especially at meal time.

Limit medicine usage: avoid using sleep tablet and let your body adjust to the new time zones naturally. If you cannot fall into sleep, take it easy and relax, sooner or later, you will.

Don’t take a nap upon arrival: Your body needs to synchronize with the new time zones, so taking some naps can destroy that synchronization process. If must are tired and a nap is a must, only for 20 minutes. Long naps will only make you feel more tired. If you are hungry, only take some light snacks, don’t eat too much, because that will make you feel tired.

No need thinking about time zone at home. Adjust your body’s clock to the new time zone and forget the usual routine at your hometown which will make matter worse.

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Discover unique features of Muong Hum market fair

 

Muong Hum market fair is considered one of the largest fairs in the Northwest area. It is located in the valley near Muong Hum stream, covered by towering mountains to make up the charming scenery in remostest area.

For this reason, Muong Hum market attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. Muong Hum is the center of a Northern communal area 8 in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, 45 kilometers far from the center of Lao Cai city. This place is isolated from the outside by rolling mountains that creates natural solid stronghold. To get to the Muong Hum, visitors need to go past an old cardamom forest with many steeps. On the way to Muong Hum, visitors can enjoy golden terraced fields in the rice seasons.

                   A busiest day in Muong Hum market
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This place still restores the traces of ancient French houses, mysterious villas reviving the traumatic past when the French occupied. The Muong Hum market is located right at the center of the town. The market is the fair of ethnic groups which falls on every Sunday. It’s easy to catch the bright dresses of the Giay, Dao,Hmong, Ha Nhi and even Chinese in the market.

The ethnic people exchanging products

Although the market isn’t so famous as Sapa love market or Bac Ha fair, Muong Hum market is considered as one of rare fairs that still preserved cultural characters of a highland market. Tourists can see distintive shops of an ethnic minority fairs such as Thang Co, Mat cake ( molasses-sweetened glutinous rice cake), Te cake ( rice cake), wine,brocade product, silver jewelry, personal items, agricultural products…The Muong Hum market exposes all features of the ethnic groups settled on this land. Only the colors of the customes are enough to mystify visitors. Many foreign tourists who ever experienced daily life with local people had the same surprised and impressive feelings.

The ethnic women selling unique hats

Horse meat sauted with onion, pig organs served with mint leaves are special dishes which you should try when visiting Muong Hum market. Besides, corn wine and fresh beer also leave deep impressions on both domestic and foreign tourists.

Due to the poetic beauty, the market near the Muong Hum stream by chance becomes a dating place for couples. They make a date near the stream reviewing the old memories, looking for their partners. The girls show off their beautiful dresses while the boys play khèn ( syrinx), or flute with the bustling melody echoing around the Northwest mountain.

The ethnic children are carriedd pick-a-back to the market

Although the way to Muong Hum market is quite difficult, this destination still attracts a lot of tourists. They come here not only to enjoy cultural features of the ethnic minority groups but also experience romantic scenery of the Northwest area.

 

Nhi Thanh cave – masterpiece of the Creator

Nhi Thanh cave is belonged to Tam Thanh Ward, Lang Son province. It is located at the center of Lang Son city. This cave is one of ideal destionation for tourists who visit this mountainous province near China boder.

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 Inside Tam Giao temple

Stepping through the gate, you will meet steps leading to the temple called “ Tam Giao” ( Three relogions). The temple is located in a stone cave of the mountain, covered in lush vegetation. The temple worships three gods: Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu. Besides a precious wooden table, other objects are taken advantage of available stones. Some ancestral tablets has been existed since the Nhi Thanh cave was found.

Walking down the steps and then turn left, you come to Nhi Thanh cave. According to a legend, the cave was named by Ngo Thi Si ( 1726 – 1780) during his visit to this place in May, 1779 when he was sent to keep director of Lang Son town ( 1777 – 1780 ). At that time, the cave was situated in a wild place and covered by reed trees and grass. Ngo Thi Sy asked soldiers to clean wild trees to reveal the cave, then remodeled this place to be a famous landscape.

You should go through a lake called “ Nhat Binh” lake to enter the cave. The water in the lake is come from a spring called Ngoc Tuyen in the cave. Coming inside the cave, you will feel like you are entering Ha Long Bay ‘s cave. The only different thing is that the way to the cave is quite easy.    
 

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Nhat Binh lake

Nhi Thanh cave is about 500 meters long with many alleyways. Natural stalactites in the cave make tourists feel like they are lost in a maze. Stalactites with different sizes and shapes stimulate human imagination. Moreover, the atmosphere here is very cool thanks to a small stream along the cave.

A curved corridor along Ngoc Tuyen stream makes this place look like paradise. You can hear the sound of fish swimming in the stream. Cement bridges cross streams look like endless because of changed alleys. Some altars are appeared on the way. There are about 20 works of celerities and poets in the cave. This becomes a valuable literary treasure nowaday. We can say that this is the only limestone cave with carved epitaphs.  

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 Thong Thien door
You suddenly meet a wide ground at the middle of the cave. This place is received the light outside called Thong Thien door as the light in Huyen Khong cave in Ngu Hanh Son in Da Nang. The natural light where there are stone writings of Ngo Thi Si make tourists stop longer to watch. Especially, the left cave entrance is curved with dragon and the right side is carved with tiger as if they are cave keepers. The highest place in front of the cave is the statue of Ngo Thi Si that was carved when he began expanding Nhi Thanh cave

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Ngoc Tuyen stream

 

6 Quick Tips to Become a Better Traveler

Traveling allows you to experience, to discover the new cultures, to witness majestic natural beauty or get to know with a brand new language.

However, some travelers are not aware of the traditions and customs of the local communities and that can turn them into some impolite tourists in the eyes of the people there.

Here are 6 tips for you to become a better traveler.

  1. Keep your money in safe places

Preferring cash or cards depends a lot on which country you are traveling to. However, you must keep your money in safe places. Never put it in exposed places so you can make it an opportunity for thefts. Also, when you are walking around the city, don’t bring your valuable belongings as well as an unnecessary amount of cash.

  1. Be polite

Don’t misbehave against anybody, especially the locals. Respect to the local’s customs and traditions is a must. This will polish the image of you in the eyes of not just the local communities but also the people that you will meet on the journey. Who knows these little, simple and easy things can give you some interesting and memorable experiences.

  1. Don’t hesitate to try local foods

Sampling the local foods is a great way to make your trips more authentic and let you understand more about the cultures, particularly cuisine of the destination. If you don’t know where to start, don’t be afraid of asking the local themselves. They will be pleased to help finding some secret eating places and foods that don’t even exist on any travel guidebooks. And they can turn out to be exceptionally helpful and friendly guides along the way.

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  1. Spending more time to learn about the culture and history of the destination

Even though you know tons of information about the destination prior to your trip, it is nothing compare to the fact that you witness the sites by your own eyes, instead of on paper or on the internet. Gaining knowledge about culture and history of the destinations will provide you many interesting experiences while traveling. This will enable you to talk more and get along with the locals, who will even tell you more about all the temples, legendaries, past battles…

  1. Study the dos and don’ts

Apart from doing a little study about the cultures and customs of the destination you are heading to, be sure to be aware of all the dos and don’ts. For example, if you are about to visit temples or pagodas in Southeast Asia, make sure that you wear appropriate clothes, and avoid sleeveless shirts, skirts and shorts.

  1. Learn a few basic words and phrases

You will be very much appreciated by the locals if you can say a few basic words and phrases in local languages such as hello, thank you, sorry, numbers, or how to order in a restaurant… Some people resist from speaking local language as they are afraid of pronouncing wrongly but there’s no need worrying about this. You come here to travel, not to learn a new language. And feel offended if the locals may laugh at you a bit. It’s totally normal, and it is a sign of respect.

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