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Top 5 Reasons Why Delhi Should Be On Your Bucket List

Delhi has an undiluted charm of its own. It is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyle. This is the city where thriving history and modernity find its own place together. Known as the city of extremes, you will discover the towering monuments shouting loud about its splendid past and at the same time, you will see the high-rise buildings claiming to embrace modernity. While the ever crowded, disorderly, noisy, bumpy drive in a rickshaw can take you through the tiny alleys in Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, you can also experience the best high-end luxury in the same metropolis. This cosmopolitan city can take you for a ride of a lifetime with a plethora of offerings from tourist spots, shopping malls, street markets to a variety of food options, cultural events, upscale cafes, restaurants, hotels and much more.

History Overloaded

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If you are a history buff or someone who enjoys knowing about the glorious past of any culture, architectures and its monuments, Delhi will amaze you with its enriching tales from the past. From Mughals to British, Delhi has seen numerous battles and it is painted with thousands of fascinating stories of its celebrated past. Whether it’s the magnificent Red Fort, World’s tallest minaret named Qutab Minar, the majestic Humayun Tomb, or architectural wonder like Jantar Mantar, these historical sites transport you back to the Mughal era. The religious and spiritual places like Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib introduce you to secularism that India takes pride in. Delhi is definitely one of the top historical destinations in the world.

Culturally Enriched

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Delhi is also known as the cultural capital of India. From Film Festivals, Theater performances, World Book fairs, Music & Dance festival and a variety of cultural events, Delhi hosts plentiful such events throughout the year. Delhi has become a new cultural hub in India. It attracts a lot of […]

July 21st, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

A fantastic Vietnam Itinerary by Thrifty Family Travels

Vietnam is a fantastic family friendly destination.  With its chaotic cities, majestic bays, peaceful countryside, stunning beaches and exotic waterways your family will be mesmerized by the variety of places to visit.

I recently took my family on a three week adventure from the north of Vietnam down to the tip of the south.  Whilst we didn’t get to see everything in this trip, we certainly managed to see the main highlights of Vietnam.  3 weeks travelling through Vietnam is an ideal time travelling with a young family as it gives you plenty of down time to relax as well.

A fantastic Vietnam Itinerary by Thrifty Family Travels

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi – by Thrifty Family Travels

We arrived in the chaotic city of Hanoi where we spent 4 nights in the Old Quarter.

The Old Quarter is full of life. As soon as you arrive, your senses come alive.  You are bombarded with the sounds of the traffic, motorbikes, and cars continually beeping their horns.  Your eyes are drawn to the fabulously bright colours of the French influenced buildings, as well as the colourful fruits and vegetables that fill the little stalls that spill onto the pavements.

During our stay in Hanoi we did a food tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours, a city tour with Hanoi Kids, a cyclo tour around town and lots of exploring on our own.  Other activities and attractions include:

  • Full day Tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc
  • Water Puppet Show
  • City Cyclo Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • The Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • French Quarter
  • Perfume Pagoda Day Tour
  • Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex

I’d recommend staying in the Old Quarter where there is plenty of great budget hotels.  We stayed at the Real Hanoi Hotel which is in a very central location.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay – by Thrifty Family Travels

After a few days in Hanoi, we arranged an overnight cruise on Halong Bay.

Located 4 hours from Hanoi, Halong […]

June 13th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

5 reasons why India should be your next holiday

India is the land of culture diversity, colours, and rich heritage. Visiting the vast country like India is all about discovering yourself. India has so many to offer to its guests, giving you enough reasons to come, enjoy and relax for a memorable holiday of life. We have compiled best five reasons why you should start packing your bags for India.

                                                 Below 5 reasons to visit India right now

#1: Country of UNESCO heritage sitesUnesco Heritage site of India - Vietnam visa

As per official UNESCO.org site, India is the home of 35 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. These lists have 27 cultural, 7 Natural and one under mixed category. The list itself is sufficient to welcome travellers who love to see the vast diversity of India. The capital city Delhi host two cultural heritage site. 1) Qutub Minar 2) Red Fort. Do refer the comprehensive guide on things to do in Delhi before you start your journey.

#2: Country of endangered one horn Rhino

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Only 3555 one horn Rhino is left in the wild (as per 2015 WWF). If you are the one who loves to see animals in their original habitat, Kaziranga National Park in the Assam state of India will give you the lifetime opportunity. Royal couple Kate and Prince William went on the jungle safari at Kaziranga National Park. When in the park we highly recommend taking the elephant safari. The safari is surely going to give the best moment of your life. We recommend reading our guide on Kaziranga National Park.

#3: Country of Nature wonders and changing Landscapes

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A very diverse, agile and vibrant landscape, flora and fauna and that is what exactly is India to you. From mighty Himalaya in the north to the rough Indian Ocean to the south. The East India will welcome you with her hilly and challenging […]

May 24th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

5 things you should do on your trip to India

The Republic of India, which lies across the Tropic of Cancer, comprises most of the Indian sub-continent. India is the largest democracy in the world, the seventh largest country by area, with the second largest population. Located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere, it is bound by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal border its coastline. Being a sub-continent India offers lots of options for tourists to roam around. If you are planning a trip to India then below are some of the things you should plan for.

1. Toy trains

Mountain railways in India are often referred to as toy trains or Chhotey lines. These are the narrow gauge lines that were built during the nineteenth century by the British. The Indian railways has maintained the legacy and is still operating and maintaining these trains.

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There are 5 popular toy train routes in India.

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Kalka–ShimlaRailway
  • MatheranHill Railway
  • Kangra Valley Railway

2. Luxury trains in India

If you plan to explore the beauty of India, the best way to do is travel by train. The 4th largest rail network in the world covers most of the parts of the country and offer some of the best sightseeing moments to the passengers. The network covers all major tourist spots in some way or the other by means of passenger trains, toy trains and luxury trains. The railways is not only a mode of commutation to the people rather it is the backbone of the tourism sector in India. In this blog we bring you the list of 5 luxury trains in India

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3. Explore of the most iconic historical places in India

With the existence of 5000 year old civilization, India has witnessed the evolution of various cultures and heritages. There is nothing much to say about these marvelous monuments rather than witnessing and indulging the beauty of these places. Watch out this video show casing some of the major historical monuments in India.

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April 28th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

Chin State, Myanmar

Michael Pollock
traveltoasiaandback.com
December 2016

Our handcrafted wooden boat, not much bigger than a canoe, struggled against the current as we made our way up the Lemro River in western Myanmar. The vessel was essentially a smaller version of a long-tail boat commonly seen on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.  Powered by a tiny two-stroke engine, the boat was not built for speed and it took the better part of two hours to reach our first destination; a cluster of tiny villages in Chin State, home to a remarkable group of women known as the Tattooed Ladies.

Tattooed Ladies - Chin State - Myanmar - Vietnam visa

Sharing borders with Rakhine State and Bangladesh, Chin State in western Myanmar is a remote and largely undeveloped region. Covering an area of over 13,000 square miles (36,000 km²), it has the highest poverty rate of any state in the country. Many of its mountainside villages are essentially isolated due to a lack of infrastructure. Most of the state’s 780,000 people are known as the Chin. They are one of Myanmar’s “major ethnic groups”. The Chin people are further subdivided into numerous tribes.

Visiting ethnic villages in neighboring Chin State is a popular activity with the few travelers that make the journey to Mrauk-U in Rakhine State. The highlight of the trip is meeting and interacting with the famous tattooed ladies. Generations ago the young girls of these villages had their faces covered in tattoos. Applied with plant thorns, intricate patterns were painfully applied using soot from burned tree bark mixed with leaves and water as ink.

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There are several possible explanations for this unusual custom. One theory is that the women were marked to make them unattractive and therefore less likely to be kidnapped by rival ethnic groups. Others think that the markings were done as a way to differentiate people from various clans or villages. As time passed the tradition became an accepted cultural norm and the tattoos were […]

April 1st, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

South East Asia Fun Facts

The region of South East Asia is surrounded by the areas of China to the north, the subcontinent of India to the west and the rest is bounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  This large area encompasses 10 countries which include in no particular order Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines.

The actual term of South East Asia became popularized during World War II.  Before this, it was called by many names such as the East Indies, the Indochina region and even the Malay Peninsula.

Here are some interesting facts:

After Brazil, the country of Vietnam is the largest exporter of coffee.

Vietnam coffee - Vietnam visa

The temple of Angkor Wat of Cambodia is the largest known temple on earth.

Laos Sunset at Wat That Chomsi

Vietnam stretches close to 1700 km from north to south, and at the narrowest area (chokepoint) located near the center of the country; it is only 50 km wide.

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The country of Indonesia has over 15,000 small to large islands.

Island of Indonesia - Vietnam visa

The population of South East Asia as a whole is close to 600 million people, where a fifth is living on the island of Java (Indonesia).

The Island of Java - Indonesia - Vietnam visa

The country of Brunei has the most vehicle ownership in all of Southeast Asia.

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The National sport of Laos is Kator.

Malaysia has a plant species that grows the world’s largest leaves which can measure up to 3 x 2 m long.

Trees with world's largest leaves in Malaysia - Vietnam visa

The most popular drink in Myanmar is actually tea (both black and green).

tea farming in Myanmar

In […]

December 9th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||

A Christmas note from Deals Hong Kong for group buy gift shopping

The holiday season is dawning upon us and there is a new way to find great gift ideas at a bargain.  The year 2016 has been kind to shoppers looking for all sorts of group buying deals and daily deals will leave its imprint on holiday shopping as well.

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The main worries for holiday shoppers are the busy crowds, parking, and heavy shopping bags.  Of course online shopping is one solution for these headaches, but this year giving gifts via group deals gives shoppers another new option.  For gift-able group deals, shoppers simply have to input the receiver’s e-mail address during checkout.  If the gift is a physical good, the shopper can also choose to redeem the item first, then give the gift in person for a more personable experience.

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Another worry for holiday gift givers is that it takes too much time to look for the right gift, at the right price.  With group deals, shoppers can always ensure that they are getting a great deal since they are usually paying at least 50% or more off the original price.  What’s more common gifts such as jewelry, electronics, gadgets, and beauty & spa vouchers are always commonly found in group buying.

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Looking for something unique?  For those who need some inspirational ideas on gifts for kids, bosses or your significant other; be sure to visit Hong Kong Christmas deals to help with your holiday shopping.

Hopefully our website is able to help you find the best gift for all your loved ones this holiday season.  Happy holidays from all of us here at Deals Hong Kong, and we wish you a pleasant beginning to 2017!

December 6th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||

GRANDPAcking.co.nz – travel blog for Seniors travelling on a budget

GRANDPAcking.co.nz is a travel blog for Seniors travelling on a budget: for an extended holiday or in search of a permanent place of retirement. These Senior Travellers come from all over the world.

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GRANDPAcking.co.nz focuses on ordinary people with ordinary incomes. People who need to be careful with their money yet still want to travel to beautiful places and to live in reasonable comfort and cleanliness.

Because of the information that it provides, GRANDPAcking.co.nz is also a favorite of Adventurers, Flashpackers, and Backpackers. If you want to know where and how 2 people can comfortably live on US$55 / day … you come to GRANDPAcking.co.nz.

November 17th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||

13 interesting facts about Ukraine

Ukraine is a very interesting country, but unfortunately few people know something about it. Shevchenko, Klitschko brothers, borscht, girls, Chernobyl, that’s all ordinary man will tell about Ukraine. But there are many interesting facts about this country, which no one even suspected.

Kamianets Podilskyi Castle - Ukraine - Vietnam visa

  • Ukraine is large. It is actually the largest state in Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km2, making it 20 times bigger than Belgium.
  • The largest desert in Europe is in Ukraine’s south. Oleshky Sands, located in 30 km east of Kherson is the largest expanse of sand in Europe.
  • Nowhere else in the world you can find so many unique gypsum caves on such a small territory, as in Ukrainian Podilla. Optymistychna Cave is the longest cave in Eurasia and the fifth-longest cave in the world.
  • Askania Nova Steppes Reserve is the oldest in the world steppe reserve. It is home to 500 kinds of plans and 3000 animal species.
  • Ukraine is a home of 5000 castles. Unfortunately, many of them remained as ruins, not being fully reconstructed. Most of them located in the Western part of Ukraine.
  • It’s no French Alps, but Ukraine has about 50 ski resorts.
  • Famous Tunnel of Love is located near the town of Kleven, it is a rail road for a private train that provides wood for a local factory.

famous Tunnel of Love in Ukraine - Vietnam visa online portal

  • Khreshchatyk Street in Kiev is the shortest yet widest main city street in the world. Its length is 1.2 km.
  • Arsenalnaya Metro Station, built in 1960 in Kiev is the deepest in the world (105 meters).
  • Lviv has the highest cafes per capita. The city boasts of dozens of places, where wonderful coffee and hot chocolate are prepared, and where a variety of sweets are made on location.
  • Vyshyvanka, bohemian embroidered blouse, that was the hottest trend of Summer 2016 is one of the oldest Ukrainian attributes and a part of a basic wardrobe in Ukraine.
  • “Carol of […]
October 18th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||