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Things you need to do before you move to Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

I know that you’re dreaming of moving to Thailand. No wonder! A lot of people want to live in a country where the sun always shines, people are nice and costs are low. Moving to the Land of Smiles isn’t difficult at all. That is when you prepare accordingly, of course. I lived in Thailand […]

Short & long-term Vietnam Business Visa for Indian citizens

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Every Indian passport holder is obliged to apply for Vietnam visa before entering this country for any purposes. For those who want to work or start business in Vietnam, owning a Vietnam business visa can also mean that you don’t have to apply for work permit, which is more time-consuming and intriguing.

The Art of Creating a “Comfort Pack” for Your Carry-On Bag

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Between the recycled air, the stiff seats, the crying babies, and the many sedentary hours, long-haul flights are hard. But what if I told you there was something you could do to make it better? You like the sound of that, don’t you? Today, I want to share with you the art of the “comfort pack”Read more

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What to Pack for Thailand – Thailand Packing List

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Singapore City Tour during a 10-Hour Layover

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After flying in on Singapore Airlines from Jakarta (Singapore Airlines B777-200 First Class Jakarta-CGK to Singapore-SIN (SQ 953)), we were faced with a 10-hour layover in Singapore and, because we’ve never visited the city before, we took advantage of the layover and popped out of the airport (as impressive as it was) to see as much as we could in the short time.

Because Singapore is a hub, they’ve made sightseeing during a layover very easy! The airport offers free two-hour tours but, since we had more time than that, we opted to DIY and head out on the hop-on, hop-off bus. This gave us the freedom to do things on our own time and see more than the 2-hour free tour, plus Singapore Airlines/Silk Air boarding pass holders receive a 50% discount on bus tickets! We purchased adult tickets for just $19.50 SGD (roughly $14 USD) each once we hopped on a bus.

We knew that our luggage was checked through to our next destination, so we only had our carry-ons. We opted to store most of what we were carrying so we’d have less things to lug around with us all day and found the baggage storage at the airport to be more than adequate. Plus, there’s a storage area in all three terminals, so it’s very convenient no matter where you’re flying in/out (and pretty cheap for just carry-ons since they charge by weight).

Once we were free of everything but the day’s essentials, we headed through customs and right to the metro stop inside the airport (the metro leaves from Terminals 2 and 3).

It takes about an hour to get into the city center from the airport, so be sure to factor traveling time in your layover plan. We got off the metro at City Hall and walked to the nearby bus stop: aptly named City Hall, too.

Once on the Red Line bus, we decided to stay aboard until we found stops that we wanted to explore more, knowing that we’d get to see more stops if we stayed on the bus longer. Here are the stops where we got off for a bit and explored on foot:

Chinatown: having never been to China, Singapore’s Chinatown was as close as we’d get for a while, we figured. It was pretty similar to other Chinatowns we’ve seen, but still very cool to see and different from the rest of the city.

Old Customs House (near the Raffles Hotel): The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was originally concocted at the Raffles Hotel. We headed to the Long Bar Steakhouse in the luxury hotel to try it from the original place. It’ll cost ya, though… just one drink costs close to $30 (!!) but it does come with all-you-can-eat peanuts.  🙂

Note: The Long Bar Steakhouse is closed for renovations with plans to re-open in mid-2018, but you can still try the Singapore Sling at the nearby Bar & Billiard Room.

The grounds of the Raffles Hotel make you feel like you’re in a time machine to the colonial era since it [...]

Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

Ladyboys: The third gender in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

What comes to your mind when you think of Thailand? I know what you will say. You will probably tell me about paradise beaches, palm trees, good food, temples, Buddha statues and scooters. Then, with a bit of irony and humour, you will mention go – go bars and ladyboys. You might even wink at […]

Kirirom National Park: Pine trees, fresh air, and dinosaurs

by Pete Ford @ Move to Cambodia

The most southerly point of the Cardamom Mountain range, Kirirom National Park rises from the flat rice fields and mango plantations, and the natural beauty found its pine trees, mountain lakes, wildflowers, and seemingly endless vistas make the journey to … Continue reading

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The Best Hotels in Lombok for all Budgets

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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32 Easy & Creative Travel Photography Tips

32 Easy & Creative Travel Photography Tips

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you want to improve your photography skills so you can take better travel photos, you've come to the right place! Whether you’re a total newbie to taking pictures, or you’re an experienced photographer trying to polish your skills, this article is full of photography tips and hacks for people of all levels. 

2 working hours to get Vietnam visa approval letter for South African

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

It is great news for all South African citizens traveling to Vietnam in urgent plan and has no visa yet as they now can obtain an visa approval letter for their visa on arrival within 2 hours. So, no need to worry any more.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today: A Love Letter to Seattle

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

It's been nearly 20 years since I first visited Seattle. I loved it then, and despite the big changes in both of us, I still love it to this day.

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Don’t cancel your trip to Thailand yet! Read this first!

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

On the 13th of October at 15:52 local time King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the king of Thailand, passed away. The whole country has been mourning him since then. The famous Thai smile is a little less common nowadays, videos of crying crowds and pictures of people holding portraits of the King flood the internet. Tourists, who […]

SEE TEFL course interview with Hailey from America

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

A few months ago, I visited SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai to take a look at their brand-new school building in Chiang Mai. SEE TEFL is, of course, the TEFL school I attended when I arrived in Thailand around four years ago to get trained to become an English teacher. During my visit, I had […]

Best Cabin Backpack for Carry On Only Travel

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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The Best-Ever Lasagna Bolognese with Fresh Pasta and Béchamel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

For months, I’ve debated whether or not to share my lasagna bolognese recipe. After all, it’s top-secret, and mark my words, a version of it will be served in my restaurant one day… But after thinking it through, I’ve decided that it’s way too delicious not to share with you guys. Really, it would beRead more

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That Time I Ate Portland

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

Sometimes I return to a city for the weather.
Sometimes I return to a city for the culture.
Sometimes I return to a city just to eat.

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Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back to the Community)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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Meet Phil, the man behind Thailand’s #1 TEFL website

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Before I moved to Thailand I had done a lot of research about the country and teaching opportunities. I was a complete newbie. All I knew was that I really wanted to live in the Land of Smiles. I had no idea how much a teacher could earn, how to find a job and what […]

Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Getting a Vietnamese visa in Kuala Lumpur isn't difficult, but this guide will help you get in and out as quickly and easily as possible.

How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

If you’re looking for a great introduction to Cambodia, there’s no better way to do it than to negotiate your transfer to Phnom Penh from Phnom Penh International Airport (nee Pochentong). Be aware that the taxi situation can border on … Continue reading

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24 hours in Stockholm, Sweden

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

One of the great things about travelling in Europe is the cheap flights available between the cities there. Renee and I bought some ridiculously cheap flights to spend a weekend in Stockholm in August. We arrived late on a Friday night from Bergen and flew back to London on the Sunday afternoon which basically left us with just 24 hours in Stockholm to explore, but which proved enough time with a planned route and some prioritising. The World Triathlon Championships were taking place in Stockholm the same weekend and with the costs of accommodation high we stayed in a Airbnb in Södermalm. Our 24 hours in Stockholm At 10am on Saturday we loaded up on Bagels and coffee for breakfast at The Bagel in the middle of Södermalm. I went with the ‘New York’ which was the classic Salmon, Cream Cheese and Capers. At 10:40am we set off on foot towards downtown Stockholm […]

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Is Rothenburg ob der Tauber the Cutest Town in Europe?

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

It’s not often that you stumble upon a destination like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. These kinds of places — where you constantly have to pinch yourself, to make sure you’re not in some kind of magical, fairy-tale dreamland — seem to exist less and less these days. Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber feels like time-travelingRead more

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The list of blocked websites in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

¿Do you want to access any website in China without restrictions? Click here and check out the comparison of the top VPNs that really work in China Latest important information VPNs continue to provide access to websites blocked in China Despite the rumors, VPNs continue to be the best way to get around the Great […]

Testimonial 2017

by huyen @ Vietnam Impressive

Testimonials 2015 Testimonials 2014 Testimonials 2011 Testimonials 2008 Testimonials 2016 Testimonials 2013 Testimonials 2010 Testimonials 2007  Testimonials 2018 Testimonials 2012 Testimonials 2009 Home Vietnam Impressive on press www.telegraph.co.uk www.vietnamimpressive.com is on Sunday Telegraph – one of the UK’s most important national newspapers. www.tripadvisor.com We are now on the world largest unbiased travel forum ready for […]

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How to obtain a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Thrifty Family Travels

How to obtain a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Thrifty Family Travels


Thrifty Family Travels

Need a Vietnam Tourist Visa? Check out this post which provides how to get your visa before you leave home or on arrival to Vietnam.

Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens

Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens


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The Vietnamese government recently made some very negative tourist visa changes for U.S. citizens a few months ago. Along with eliminating single entry, short term tourist visas, they also raised the visa stamp fee for

Vietnam visa requirement for Nigerian - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Vietnam visa requirement for Nigerian - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$


Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Do Nigerian passport holders need to apply visa for entering Vietnam ? Nigeria passport holders the same as most nations in the Africa need applying visa to Vietnam. People can apply for Vietnam evisa (also called Vietnam visa on arrival) with the Vietnam Immigration Department. Vietnam Immigration Department is the second government organization beside Vietnam Ministry... read more »

One Day in Da Nang: The Essential Guide

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

My digital nomad life led me to Da Nang – one of the rapidly developing cities in Vietnam. I chose it mostly because it was by the sea and the internet was supposed to be good. I expected it to be different than Thailand, but I didn’t expect it to be so fascinating and beautiful. […]

Vietnam Travel Guide: Ninh Binh Guide

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

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Full guide for US citizens to get Vietnam visa

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Vietnam is undoubtedly the fantastic nation which many tourists prefer to take a trip to in their holidays. More and more foreigners visit Vietnam, including the citizens of US. If you are looking for how to get visa for Vietnam from USA, below is useful information for you.

Thailand's Famous Lantern Festival: Loy Krathong & Yi Peng

Thailand's Famous Lantern Festival: Loy Krathong & Yi Peng

by Ben Zweber @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If releasing a sky lantern during Thailand's famous Yi Peng festival is on your travel bucket list, you will definitely want to check out this article that walks you through everything you need to know to enjoy Loy Krathong and Yi Peng in Chiang Mai. Plus, we're sharing which event you should avoid!

Easter Sunday in Rome

by RoxAnn24 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be in Rome on Easter weekend. We booked a tour on Saturday, but we want to see the Coliseum on Sunday. Does anyone know a private company we...

Buy World Of Hyatt Points With Up To A 30% Bonus

Buy World Of Hyatt Points With Up To A 30% Bonus

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Through February 23, 2018, World of Hyatt is offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. This promotion is publicly available, meaning that all members should be eligible for the same offer. With this promotion you can receive the 30% bonus as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

If you max out this promotion you can purchase a maximum of 71,500 World of Hyatt points at a cost of $1,320, which is a rate of ~1.85 cents per World of Hyatt point. Members are limited to purchasing a maximum of 55,000 points per account per calendar year, pre-bonus.

Hyatt offers a bonus on purchased points several times per year, and when they do, we typically see bonuses in the range of 30-40% So the 30% bonus is normal, though it's on the lower end of the bonuses we see. For example, the last two promotions we've seen on purchased points have offered up to a 40% bonus, and the last time we saw a bonus of "only" 30% was last May.

Flying Blue Promo Awards: 25% off select Air France/KLM Routes June – July 2017

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Note: Booking began on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s spring promo, which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 20-25% less than normal in June and July 2017:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 20-25% for travel between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—- USA CITY——————————- Boston-BOS to Europe———– CABIN—— Business—— 1-way—- 46,875— Round-trip 93,750——-

 

All destinations below. Note:  Everything is to/from Europe.

25% off destinations

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHEconomy22,50025% off AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHBusiness45,00025% off AfricaDakarDKREconomy37,50025% off AfricaCotonouCOOEconomy37,50025% off Asia-PacificGuangzhouCANPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificBeijingPEKPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificShanghaiPVGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificXiamenXMNBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificHong KongHKGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificHo Chi MinhSGNPrem Econ120,00025% off CaribbeanHavanaHAVPrem Econ90,00025% off EuropeLyon, FranceLYSEconomy13,60020% off EuropeStuttgart, GermanySTREconomy13,60020% off EuropeBremen, GermanyBREEconomy13,60020% off EuropeInverness, ScotlandINVEconomy13,60020% off EuropeTurin, ItalyTRNEconomy16,80020% off EuropeHelsinkiHELEconomy16,80020% off EuropeGdansk, PolandGDNEconomy20,00020% off EuropeGraz, AustriaGRZEconomy16,80020% off USA/N. AmericaBostonBOSBusiness93,75025% off USA/N. AmericaMexicoMEXBusiness93,75025% off

 

How to Get It Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post Book between April 1 – 30, 2017 Enjoy your savings!

Don’t forget: 

Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2017 “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).” You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges! We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: While the only relevant flight out of the US is Boston, 25% off is still better than nothing and will land you in Europe (or Northern Africa) for 93,750 miles + around $500 in Business Class.

Ethiopian Airlines To Fly Nonstop Between Newark & Abidjan

Ethiopian Airlines To Fly Nonstop Between Newark & Abidjan

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

In the summer of 2016, Ethiopian Airlines launched flights between Newark and Addis Ababa. The route operates via Lome, Togo, which is because Addis Ababa is at a high altitude, so it's not possible for them to operate the flight nonstop on the westbound sector. While they could presumably operate the flight nonstop on the eastbound sector, at that point they figure they might as well stop in Lome in both directions, so they can serve an additional market, given that they have pick-up rights.

This is Ethiopian Airlines' only US flight that doesn't stop in Dublin in at least one direction. While they have pick-up rights in Dublin on their Los Angeles to Addis Ababa flight, for the other routes Dublin is strictly a refueling stop.

Ethiopian Airlines has just announced an interesting new route that opens up yet another destination out of the US. As of May 10, 2018, Ethiopian Airlines will be operating 3x weekly flights from Newark to Addis Ababa via Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Ethiopian Airlines will have pick-up rights there, meaning that passengers can use this flight to travel exclusively between Newark and Abidjan, if they so wish.

The World’s Cutest W Hotel

The World’s Cutest W Hotel

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Every major hotel brand has a huge amount of variability in terms of the quality of their hotels. This is true from Ritz-Carlton to Holiday Inn.

In the case of W Hotels, I'd say most of their properties are fairly mediocre, and in many cases style over substance. They do have a few very nice hotels, though. For example, the Ws in Taipei, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, immediately come to mind as some of my favorite Ws.

One hotel that has long been on my radar is the W Verbier, located in Switzerland (you can fly into Geneva, and then can either take a car or train to Verbier). We're at this hotel now, and I just have to mention how adorable it is.

Qatar Airways A350-1000 Delayed Due To Qsuites

Qatar Airways A350-1000 Delayed Due To Qsuites

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Qatar Airways is always on the cutting edge when it comes to new planes. They were the launch customer for the Airbus A350-900, and I had the chance to take the first commercial flight on the plane back in early 2015.

Qatar Airways is also the launch customer of the A350-1000, which is the stretch version of the plane. Qatar Airways has 37 of these planes on order, and they were supposed to start flying their first one in late 2017.

As consumers there are a couple of reasons to care about the A350-1000. First of all, it has the same great features as the other version of the A350, including being an extremely quiet ride, a high definition tail camera, and a spacious cabin. But more specific to Qatar Airways, what's exciting is that the A350-1000s will be delivered with Qatar Airways' spectacular Qsuites business class. As of now Qatar Airways only has Qsuites on select 777-300ER aircraft, so once the airline starts flying A350s, we should see an increase in the number of routes with the seats.

Rant: When You Know More About The Road Conditions in Switzerland Than Your Swiss Driver

Rant: When You Know More About The Road Conditions in Switzerland Than Your Swiss Driver

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Let me start by saying that this post is entirely a rant (in case it wasn't sufficiently obvious based on the title), so by all means stop reading if you're not interested.

The past few months I've made an effort to be less passive of a person when it comes to many aspects of travel. This includes confronting flight attendants when they accuse me of recording them, and it also includes trying to be more involved to prevent problems from happening when it comes to travel logistics by doing research in advance.

Today Ford and I went from Verbier to Gstaad. While we took a train from Geneva to Verbier and will take a train from Gstaad to Geneva, we decided to take a car service between Verbier and Gstaad, since there were significant time savings involved. Swiss car services aren't cheap.

Pre-Travel Checklist: 25 Things You Must Do Before International Travel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Though preparing for an international trip is exciting, it can also be very stressful in the weeks and days leading up to your departure. From the big things like booking your flights and buying travel insurance, to all of the little things like calling your bank and checking the weather forecast, there is a lotRead more

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Iceland

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

Iceland was a country I’d aspired to visit for some time having read Kaelene’s blog Unlocking Kiki for several years. Visiting in August there was close to 18 hours of daylight per day, but the temperatures in Reykjavik, were similar to those in Wellington in the same month – the difference being that it was Winter in Wellington. I can’t imagine how cold it must be living here in Winter! One thing I will say for Iceland’s tourism industry is that they do tours well. They’re efficient, well organised and regular. Renee and I didn’t really shop around, we just went with Reykjavik Excursions as they operated the airport bus (for a little more you can get dropped to or collected from your hotel rather than the bus station), as well as offering tours to The Blue Lagoon and around The Golden Circle. The Blue Lagoon It cost us about $185NZ for […]

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Campervan Budget for a 3-Month Road Trip

Campervan Budget for a 3-Month Road Trip

by Ben Zweber @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Traveling across the U.S.A. can be expensive, especially when you're living in a gas-guzzling campervan. Despite gas prices, you can still have a budget friendly road trip. We kept track of everything we spent during our 3 months on the road in the United States and broke it down by category for you to see. If you're planning your own campervan or RV road trip, you're going to want to read this.

Boeing Gets FAA Certification for the 787-10

Boeing Gets FAA Certification for the 787-10

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

The latest variant of Boeing’s successful 787 Dreamliner has gained its amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration. On Monday, Boeing announced that it had received the necessary ATC, meaning it’s been cleared for commercial use and Singapore Airlines could take delivery of its first 787-10 as soon as the first half …

10 things to do before you travel internationally

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

Excluding the mandatory essentials of booking flights and accommodation and even if you’re only travelling overseas for a short period of time there are a number of easy to forget items it’s important to cross off before hopping on a plane. Prevent stress by ensuring you’ve considered these 10 things to do before you travel internationally. 1. Check your Passport It seems a no brainer, but the number of stories you hear of people turning up to fly with an expired passport makes this a mandatory item in this list. There needs to be enough space in your passport for new stamps, it can’t be damaged and should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your journey. Make sure you take copies of your passport and carry them with you, and make use of modern technology by either scanning or taking a photo of the relevant pages and store […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Visa on Arrival or E-Visa for Vietnam It has become so much easier to get a visa for Vietnam since

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Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Review

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

We loved staying right in the center of the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires on our trip to Argentina. While there are many wonderful neighborhoods in BA (all with very different personalities), this area is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in the city, filled with lavish homes and fancy shops and restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is also located in this area, so there’s plenty to see and do all around.

BOOKING

We booked with Hyatt Cash+Points for $125 + 10,000 points per night. Cash rates are easily in the $500+ range, so it makes redeeming points a very attractive offer.

We used a Suite Night Award and were booked into a “Park Suite King” and “59 to 72 sqm: Sitting area: Shower and bathtub: Flat TV: DVD: Butler.”

CHECK-IN

When we were headed to the hotel from the domestic airport (Buenos Aires-AEP), the cab driver had never heard of the hotel– we had to show him name of hotel– but it wasn’t until he read the address that he finally had a general idea of where to take us. Then, he drove right past the entrance, but we said it was fine and just jumped out at the intersection. Walking up, the hotel staff obviously seemed a bit confused that we were arriving by (what looked to be) foot.

At check-in, she confirmed our stay and rate and said, “we have a great room for you in our historic building” — perfect. As it turns out, there are essentially 2 hotels in one: a newer building with many more rooms and the old, renovated “palace” or mansion, connected by a courtyard (and underground walkway).

underground walkway between the two buildings

ROOM

The room, a Park Suite on the Palace side, was very well appointed but somewhat small. In fact, I’m not sure that it could even qualify as a “suite” as it had no separate sitting area or room, just a bedroom with a very large bathroom. From what we’ve read online, the suites are much larger in the newer, more contemporary building, but we really liked the style, feel and decor of the Palace building with the very stately feel of the deep molding around the ceiling and the huge antique windows.

view from room window

Within a few hours of checking in, two of the “butlers” arrived with our welcome gift: a fruit tray with apples, some type of chocolate snack and a bottle of Malbec wine.

BATHROOM

The bathroom was huge- almost as big as the bedroom itself. There’s a bathtub in the main, open area with the sinks and then a closed-in shower and separate toilet area. Plenty of space for two people to get ready at the same time.

SERVICE

While we didn’t need anything special while we were there, we found the service at check-in, breakfast, etc. to be top-notch. They were very helpful if needed, and friendly- everything we’ve come to expect and appreciate in a Park Hyatt.

Welcome letter

PROPERTY

The historic property feels regal and luxurious and, for us, provided a comfortable [...]

DIY Campervan Conversion on a Tiny Budget in Less Than 1 Week

DIY Campervan Conversion on a Tiny Budget in Less Than 1 Week

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If taking a road trip in a campervan or RV is a dream of yours, we have everything you need to know to turn this dream into a reality. This article is chock-full of tips and all the steps needed to make your own DIY campervan conversion on a small budget! Learn how to build a bed frame and make your own working kitchen, even if you’ve never built anything before!

Must-known information about Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

When will Spanish be exempted from Vietnam Visa? How to get Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders? How many types of Vietnam Visa? Click here.

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7 Best Scuba Diving Spots in Japan

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

This is a guest post from Tiffy, a.k.a. AsiaTravelBug. Tiffy has visited Japan 6 times. Her favorite cities are Kyoto and Tokyo and she would choose to visit Japan over Paris in a heartbeat. She is excited to share her picks for the best scuba diving spots in Japan!  7 Best Scuba Diving Spots in Japan […]

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Reunification Train Hanoi-Saigon Vietnam Information and Service

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

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Shopping in Chiang Mai: The Best Markets, Boutiques and Malls

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

One of the reasons why tourists visit Chiang Mai is shopping. The city is known mainly because of the Sunday and Saturday markets and the Night Bazaar, which spread across the main streets. These are usually very busy and crowded affairs. It is worth going to one of them to see the great selection of […]

Why You Shouldn't Overstay Your Vietnamese Visa

Why You Shouldn't Overstay Your Vietnamese Visa


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Why overstaying your Vietnamese visa -- even if only by a day or two, and even if the visa was printed wrongly -- can end up being an expensive mistake.

Seven Natural Beauty Brands From Vietnam

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

Vietnam’s cosmetic retail market rakes in US $1.78 billion per year and is expected to hit US $2.35 billion by the end of 2018. That’s one of the fastest compound annual growth rates on the planet. Currently, 90% of Vietnam’s cosmetic market share is dominated by multinationals including companies from South Korea, Europe, Japan, Thailand, […]

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Lessons learned from living abroad

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

I have lived abroad for 13 years. I was very young when I left Poland and when you’re young you want to try something new. I wanted to try living abroad. I was planning to stay in England for a year, but I stayed for 10. Time goes quickly when you live in a big […]

Vietnam Travel Guide: Phong Nha Cave – Ke Bang National Forest Guide

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in the Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts in the center of Quang Binh province. The park is bordered by Laos in the west. The road distances are about 500 km south of the capital Hanoi and 260 km north of the port city of Da […]

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Niki Won’t Be Bought By IAG After All

Niki Won’t Be Bought By IAG After All

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Several weeks ago it was announced from one day to the next that Niki, the Austrian low cost carrier, would cease operations.

Niki was a wholly owned subsidiary of airberlin, and airberlin ceased operations in October, after Etihad withdrew their financial support. Despite that, Niki had continued to operate as usual. That’s because they received funding from Lufthansa, as Lufthansa was planning on taking them over in order to expand their Eurowings division.

Unfortunately that plan collapsed, as the European Commission said that they wouldn’t approve Lufthansa’s takeover of Niki over concerns of lack of competition. As a result, Lufthansa withdrew their bid for Niki, and stopped funding them, so they were forced to cease operations.

Scooters in Chiang Mai: How to drive safely around the city

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Scooters are everywhere in Chiang Mai. Just like anywhere else in Thailand, they are used for transportation of people, goods and even animals. For expats living in Chiang Mai they are a necessary tool to get to work quickly and to see places further away from the city, which often cannot be found in any […]

3 Online Steps to get Vietnam Visa Approval Letter for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

How to obtain a Vietnam visa approval letter for South Africans? These are 3 simple steps for you without submission of any document.

Where to Eat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Where to Eat in Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap, Cambodia is known for Angkor Wat, the largest and oldest religious monument in the world. What many travelers don’t know is that it is also one of the best places to experience Cambodian cuisine in both it’s traditional and more modern forms. After many visits to […]

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Enter to Win Flights to Miami on BLADEone This Weekend

Enter to Win Flights to Miami on BLADEone This Weekend

by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

BLADE is already well known as the largest coordinator of short-distance aviation in the Northeast. What’s less known, but equally exclusive, is its seasonal jet service to Miami through its BLADEone service, which has entered its third season of operation. For the third season, BLADEone is offering an expanded schedule with double the flights compared to …

A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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Southeast Asia for New Zealanders – What to know about visa & travel

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

To begin your trip to the attractive Southeast Asia, let's figure out where you can initiate first and whether you need visa to these places or not.

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Must do in Brisbane: Things to do in Brisbane with Kids

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Unique Accommodation in Cambodia

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Unique Accommodation in Cambodia Cambodia has no shortage of incredible accommodation options, most costing less than half of what you’d spend for a night in a chain hotel in the USA or Europe. From boutique hotels to eco lodges, jungle stays, and historic buildings, we have been lucky to experience a wide range of unique accommodation […]

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What to do in Bangkok: Unique and Cheap Things You Won’t Want to Miss

What to do in Bangkok: Unique and Cheap Things You Won’t Want to Miss

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you’re bored in Bangkok, something's wrong with you! There are endless fun things to do in this ever-growing city. We created a list of top activities that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Bangkok. Some are super touristy (yet still worthwhile), like the Grand Palace and Khao San Road, but some are hidden gems, like an amazing Tuk Tuk Food Tour and an off-the-beaten path floating market. Whether it’s your first time in Thailand or you already have your favorite Soi, this guide is for you!

Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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Photo Gallery: Charleston, SC Snowmageddon / Snowpocalypse 2018

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Charleston, South Carolina got around 5-6" of snow on January 4, 2018. Here are a few pictures and videos of what it looked like:

“Drive-by Shooting” in Madhya Pradesh, India

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

I traveled to Central India for a chance to see tigers in the wild. Madhya Pradesh, a central state, has

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Longquan Peach Blossom Festival // This is Chengdu, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

If there’s an art to attending a Chinese festival, I’m the dumb kid who eats the paint. Give me some time and I’ll be linking to a How To Successfully Attend a Festival in China article right here. But for now, I’ll admit that my attendance at the Longquan Peach Blossom Festival was a short-lived [...]

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Disadvantages of teaching English online

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Teaching English online has many advantages. You can live anywhere you want, travel and earn money at the same time. Thanks to it I’ve managed to live in Thailand, Vietnam and Poland and soon I’m going to be travelling again. So far I’ve only told you about the good side of online teaching, but what […]

Hong Kong on the Cheap

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term) The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of [...]

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Leavenworth, WA: Magical Bavarian Village in the Cascades

Leavenworth, WA: Magical Bavarian Village in the Cascades

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Nestled in a beautiful valley of the PNW's Cascade Mountain range is the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington. This local's guide to Leavenworth will help you see this town like a local (we lived there for 6 months after all!). We've got ideas of things to do, restaurants to try and Leavenworth hotels for all budgets. There is so much more than the German-themed exterior. 

Hoi An, the ‘Yellow City’ of Vietnam

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

The World Heritage site of Hoi An which is also known as the Yellow City of Vietnam is home to grand colonial houses mingled amid Chinese wooden trader’s houses.

SEE TEFL Course Interview with Mandy from Mexico

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

A few months ago, I visited SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai to take a look at their brand-new school building in Chiang Mai. SEE TEFL is of course the TEFL school I attended when I arrived in Thailand around four years ago to get trained to become an English teacher. During my visit I had […]

8 Places You Must See In Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

As the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most prosperous areas of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is often known as the Paris of the Orient. With rich cultural influences from France and China, Ho Chi Minh City is the most multicultural city in Vietnam. Here you can […]

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Guide to Complete Online Application for Vietnam Visa for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

All South Africans can obtain a Visa on arrival to Vietnam if they get into the country by air. So, how does the online application form look like? How to provide information? What information to provide? What information to provide? Following is the complete guide to do so.

JetBlue Brings Strangers Together With Pop-Up Restaurant

JetBlue Brings Strangers Together With Pop-Up Restaurant

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

JetBlue and Coca-Cola teamed up for a really cute one-day promotion at JFK Airport, which is bound to make just about anyone smile. Here's how they describe what they did:

"The airport is full of people from all different places, offering a great opportunity to connect with someone new. Yet in actuality, we rarely do. To change that, we created a pop-up restaurant with Coca-Cola that gave travelers the chance to share a meal before takeoff. The catch? They had to eat with a complete stranger. Instead of menus, we had Chef JJ Johnson prepare meals that were a mix of each table’s culinary heritage. See the unique dishes and if these strangers left the restaurant having shared much more than a meal."

While the video isn't that in-depth, it's a fantastic reminder of how airports are a melting pot, and how we often don't take the opportunity to interact with others from very different lifestyles (as an introvert I'm more guilty of this than anyone).

Why Otres Village is Sihanoukville’s new foodie hotspot

by Cassie @ Move to Cambodia

Once a peaceful river retreat between rice paddies, Sihanoukville’s Otres Village has quickly evolved into one of Cambodia’s coolest and most vibrant destinations. A short walk from Otres Beach, the village is home to locals, expats and tourists alike, offering … Continue reading

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Format for Showing Time of Posts

by Heimdall @ Fodor's Forum

Your time format is very confusing, making me think the last post on a thread was over 12 hours ago. An example is where the date/time of the last...

A Quick Guide to Lake Como, Italy: Bellagio, Como & Varenna

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After visiting Lake Como last summer, I’ve come to one realization: No trip to Italy is complete without spending a few days on this beautiful lake. Between its calm blue waters and tree-covered mountains, adorable towns with buildings painted every color of the rainbow, fantastic restaurants, and endless things to do, Lake Como is definitelyRead more

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10 Intriguing Facts You Should Know About Greenland

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

10 Intriguing Facts you should know about Greenland Greenland is full of cultural history and quaint countryside. Every season, the shores are flocked with tourists. Two of these tourists are Agness and Cez from eTramping. With so many extraordinary activities on offer, it’s easy to see why there’s so much interest surrounding it. Here’s a […]

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Review: St. Regis Dubai Polo Club

Review: St. Regis Dubai Polo Club

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I had about 19 hours in Dubai between flights, as I was arriving from Colombo and connecting to Brussels. I've been to Dubai at least a couple of dozen times, and for this short stay figured I'd try one of the hotels that has fascinated me the most, since it opened last year.

Dubai is the city with the second most SPG hotels in the world, after New York City. While they've long had a big presence there, they've opened several new hotels lately, including the W Dubai Al Habtoor, and the St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor, both of which I've reviewed.

Last year they opened a second St. Regis property in Dubai. Specifically, the St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A polo club in the middle of the desert? This I've gotta see!

Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

You will never regret when visiting Vietnam in spring! If you wonder which places are the most beautiful in our country during this season, don't hesitate to collect all information in this article.

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Jai Thep Festival in Chiang Mai: A day filled with fun, love and music

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Jai Thep Festival is the newest addition to Chiang Mai’s event calendar. A group of like-minded people got together and decided to do something amazing – they created a music festival unlike any other that has taken place in Northern Thailand before. I love everything about music festivals: the happy atmosphere, crazy people dressed up especially for […]

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

A trip to the Etihad Airways First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi was the warm-up to the main event: flying the Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. It was essentially the only reason we had chosen to route from the US to Australia via the Middle East. And a visit to the brand new lounge was nearly as exciting as flying the A380 since our trip was just about 3 weeks after the May 30th grand opening–talk about timing!

As a result, we were purposely very, VERY early arriving at the airport for as much lounge-time as possible before heading to our gate. We checked in quickly and were welcomed into the lounge which is located immediately after going through security.

CHECK-IN/ACCESS

We were greeted at the entrance and, after checking our boarding passes, she ushered us onto an elevator. One of the best parts about this lounge is the exclusivity, access cannot be purchased at the gate and there are very few ways to gain access. Here’s a list of ways in:

Etihad guests of The Residence Etihad First Class guests Etihad Guest Platinum member + 1 guest Etihad Airways Partner airlines platinum members + 1 guest Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum members + 1 guest

First thoughts: the lounge is absolutely huge! It is apparently nearly 1,700 sq m (18,000+ sq ft) and has more than 16 “zones”, i.e. distinct areas that help break up the lounge and make it feel very private, even if you’re one of 100 guests.

FOOD & DINING

After arriving in the lounge, we kept up with the standard procedure of our trip thus far: eating a meal while not hungry in the least. A server showed us to a nice window seat and we began the quite elaborate dining process. In fact, I imagine this is how most people kill their limited time in the lounge. Our start-to-stop dining experience was nearly 1.5 hours.

–> FULL-SERVICE DINING

The full-service dining area was enormous

Full-service dining area

Views of…mainly construction + a few airplanes

Our server didn’t have to do too much arm twisting to convince us to try the 5-course Emirates Palace tasting menu.

Emirates Palace Dining Menu

The multi-course feast consisted of the following: starter (dates), foie gras de terrine (a course that we added from the a la carte menu), soup, scallops, lamb and then a great dessert.

The first course was a simple date filled with yogurt and crumbled pistachio. The sweet and delicious snack definitely left us wanting more.

Dates with Chami: fresh dates with local homemade yogurt

We added on a course of the Foie Gras Terrine, because, why not?

Foie Gras Terrine: slow-roasted plums, fig and ginger jam with bitter almond tuile

The chicken & barley soup was also good but we didn’t eat it all to save room for the next courses.

Chicken and Barley Soup: rich broth with tender poached pieces of chicken, onion and fresh coriander

The next dish, Scallops Mughrabia was by far the highlight of the meal. Mughrabia is a traditional ingredient in Lebanese cuisine and is essentially a type of [...]

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers


The Points Guy

Vietnam announced that it's changing its visa requirement for US-based travelers. Only one visa is needed for the entire year.

Taking a Scenic Flight over Franz Josef Glacier

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

This week I spent two nights in Franz Josef with Wild Kiwi. It’s a small, two street town in New Zealand’s South Island with beautiful mountain views, the continual drone of helicopters, and with the exception of the Kiwi Conservation Centre staff, pretty much everyone has a foreign accent. Mount Cook and Franz Josef glaciers are in the nearby mountains attracting tourists. Both glaciers come down to within 300m of sealevel, are surrounded by rainforest and are rapidly receeding – Franz Josef Glacier has lost about 800m since 2008. With a full day of free time there to explore, what I really wanted to do was get up close to a glacier. Probably the cheapest way to do so is to walk up to a viewpoint for Franz Josef Glacier which takes about 1.5hrs return from a carpark. Lilian and I however took the ‘YOLO’ attitude and decided to see it […]

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Where to stay and eat in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Since 2011, the Big Ten Football Championship game has been held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. If you

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Family Holiday in Caloundra: Things to do in Caloundra

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Best Places to Visit in South Australia

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Train and itinerary advice, Andalusia in mid April

by chubbymamma @ Fodor's Forum

1) We would like to go to Seville as soon as we arrive in Madrid and are trying to time our train reservation relative to our flight. How much time...

9 Reasons to Take an Active Vacation in Colorado Springs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Over the last few years, we’ve done a ton of city travel, with outdoor adventures sprinkled in here and there. But lately, full-blown active vacations are becoming more and more appealing to us. When choosing an active vacation destination, there are a few things that are important to us: plenty of outdoor activities, stunning views, lakes,Read more

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Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog


InsideVietnam Blog

If visas are giving you a headache, you have come to the right place. Here, we look at common questions about Vietnam visas and how to get one.

17 Highlights of 2017

17 Highlights of 2017

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

2017 was the year where we worked at a ski resort, lived in a campervan, and moved to Thailand to start working on this blog full time. 2017 was a year of adventures and lessons that we will take with us for life. We'll take you through our favorite moments and lessons of this year.

Morocco phone/ sim

by princepinkerton @ Fodor's Forum

i purchased an android phone here in Canada with no phone plan,etc, to use exclusively for travel purposes. My next trip is to Morocco and I was...

Portugal – a destination for digital nomads all over the world

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Portugal has unique surprises and treasures that are waiting to be discovered at the moment and is also an ideal country for digital entrepreneurs and nomads.

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Phnom Penh metered taxis and taxi-booking apps

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

In the last few years metered taxis have become popular in Phnom Penh, offering a safer and sometimes less expensive ride than the alternatives. Unlike in many major cities, taxis need to be reserved in advance by phone or app, … Continue reading

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Travel To Dalat: The Ultimate Guide To A Weekend Getaway

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

Dalat is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam—and for good reason. From its gorgeous waterfalls, traditional silk factories, and buzzing night market, to its small batch coffee farms, Dalat makes for an ideal getaway from the major cities. In order to make your great escape a bit easier, Vietcetera popped over to the […]

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Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...

Cultural Spotlights of Hanoi (Experience Hanoi like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Hanoi is perfect for a trip of cultural exploration. Its culture is expressed in many of the remarkable attractions of the city. The culture, too, is in every activity that you see on the street. In this article, I will go through several casual cultural spotlights of Hanoi. A random cultural experience of the city, […]

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Etihad Is Reducing The Baggage Allowance On Award Tickets

Etihad Is Reducing The Baggage Allowance On Award Tickets

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been on a cost cutting spree lately. The airline has been trying to improve their financial performance by cutting costs and also increasing revenue, probably due to the billions of dollars they wasted on their investments in airberlin, Alitalia, etc.

This cost cutting has come in many forms. We've seen the airline cut some unprofitable routes, like flights from Abu Dhabi to Dallas and San Francisco. We've also seen Etihad cut amenities, ranging from eliminating pajamas in business class, to eliminating chauffeur drive outside the UAE, to cutting free spa treatments in some of their lounges, to greatly reducing catering in their lounges.

The airline has gone from something truly special in the sky, to an airline with great marketing and great seats on some of their planes (the 787s and A380s, while the rest of their fleet is really starting to show its age).

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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A short guide to vaccinations for Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Many people wonder what vaccinations they should get before they visit Thailand. There is a lot of information about it on the internet. Some websites have long lists of inoculations against scary diseases and it’s hard to tell which of them are really necessary. Before my first trip to Thailand I had the same dilemma. […]

Ukrainian International Airlines: Why I don’t want to save money on flights anymore

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Ukrainian International Airlines are one of the top airlines that fly between Thailand and Europe and because of their prices many people choose to holiday in the tropics. Expats from many countries very often use deals and promotions from UIA to visit their families, or to go for a short break to their home countries. Prices are […]

Limited Time Only: Buy Hyatt Hotel Nights From $93 Per Night

Limited Time Only: Buy Hyatt Hotel Nights From $93 Per Night

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Earning hotel points the traditional way (actually staying in hotels) is just one way to accumulate points toward your next free night. Fortunately, hotel chains make it relatively easy to accrue points without staying, whether through credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase points directly from the hotel. And now would be …

Milktooth: Delicious Breakfast in Indy

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  As we indicated in our post about the best places to eat and stay in Indianapolis, Milktooth Restaurant stood as

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An Absolutely Incredible 10 Days in Cape Town

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

From hiking mountains to hanging out with penguins and so much more, my time in Cape Town was action-packed and incredible.

An Absolutely Incredible 10 Days in Cape Town is a post from What's Dave Doing?

Less Is More

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

After travelling for five years, I was so sick of it, I thought I'd never get my travel buzz back. I finally did, learning less is actually more.

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10 Things To Do In Hanoi Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Known as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi beckons to millions of tourists each year to Vietnam thanks to its thriving arts scene, colonial architecture, museums, shopping districts, and the scenic natural beauty of over 20 lakes, pagodas, and over 50 Buddhist temples. Hanoi, the capitol of Vietnam, was ranked in the 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards™ […]

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I Broke My Cardinal Call Center Rule, And Accomplished Exactly Nothing

I Broke My Cardinal Call Center Rule, And Accomplished Exactly Nothing

by Tiffany @ One Mile at a Time

 In many cases, the difference between being able to book an airline award ticket, or feeling like your miles are worthless comes down to call center agents.

While some programs have great websites, others leave you at the mercy of a front-line representative who often isn't well trained, and almost certainly isn't motivated to help. That's why we always advocate being polite and friendly, no matter how frustrating it gets, and to not expect agents to know the rules of the program. Or geography.

Truly, the biggest secret to award booking (and my number one rule) is to be super nice to call center agents, and know when to take a break.

I just broke both those rules, with the expected result, so figured I'd recap the situation as an example of why we say these things. ;)

A client needed a relatively simple change to a Singapore Airlines award booked through KrisFlyer. The return date was changing, and they wouldn't be returning to the city of origin, so we couldn't do the change online even though space was available. Singapore doesn't have my favorite call center, but a change like this (one passenger, native program, multiple award seats available) should be very easy.

Narrator: It wasn't.

Adverbs 只 (zhǐ), 就 (jiù) and 才 (cái) in Chinese

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

To out emphasis on a small quantity, you can insert one of the following three adverbs: 只(zhǐ), 就 (jiù) and 才(cái), translatable as “only”. Here are a few examples: 今天上课的人很少,就/只/才十一个人。 jīntiān shàngkè de rén hěn shǎo, jiù/zhǐ/cái shíyī gèrén. Today there were few in class, only eleven people. 我才/只/就睡了两个小时。 Wǒ cái/zhǐ/jiù shuìle liǎng gè xiǎoshí. […]

A short guide to Had Rin

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Had Rin is a small town, located on thee beautiful island of Koh Phangan, in the south of Thailand. It is mostly famous for its full moon parties – monthly events, frequented by thousands of young people looking for cheap booze, loud music and good fun. I have been coming to Had Rin every year […]

My Complete Hadrian’s Wall Trail Packing List

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

My complete packing list for walking the Hadrian's Wall Trail in northern England, with everything I took, and how well it worked.

My Complete Hadrian’s Wall Trail Packing List is a post from What's Dave Doing?

How to Make Authentic Thai Mango Sticky Rice

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Has there ever been a dessert more delicious than Thai mango sticky rice? For me, this dish checks all the boxes. It’s sweet, salty, tropical, and oh, so coconutty. I have such fond memories of sitting in the soft sand, on a sunny island in Thailand, chowing down on the delectable goodness that is mangoRead more

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The 6 Amex Platinum Card Benefits I Value Most

The 6 Amex Platinum Card Benefits I Value Most

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

The Platinum Card® from American Express is the highest annual fee card that I have, at $550 per year (The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN has a $450 annual fee, though comes with a different set of perks). That's a lot of money to spend upfront, and arguably I don't even get value from many of the benefits, due to the overlap of the features also offered by other cards.

With that in mind, in this post I wanted to look at the six Amex Platinum Card perks that more than justify the annual fee for me. In no particular order:

Ladies Who Rock: Sanne Leenman, Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

When you are a digital nomad, or travel extensively, nutrition and fitness are really important to feel well and energised. I have been struggling with keeping a healthy diet recently as moving from place to place and working long hours have reduced the level of activities I used to do. That’s how I found Sanne […]

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After spending a very enjoyable and luxurious 3+ hours in the Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH, it was time for the main event: The Etihad First Apartment!

BOOKING

We booked this bucket list flight using American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a total of 60,000 miles; this was before a major AAdvantage devaluation and now the flight would cost you 100,000 miles for the one-way route from the “Middle East” region to the “South Pacific” region. Furthermore, since we both have the Barclay AA credit card, we got a 10% rebate, driving the total price down to 54,000 miles + ~$79 in taxes each for the ~$6,300+ flight. We got even more value than that though since we arranged a 23 hours stopover in Melbourne-MEL before continuing on to Townsville, Australia-TSV in Qantas Business Class.

CHECK-IN

We were able to take advantage of the free Etihad Chauffeur Service from the Park Hyatt Dubai to Abu Dhabi International Airport for our Etihad flight.

Our (free!) chauffeur service

The trip took about 1.5 hours total.

The airport has a dedicated First & Business class check-in area.

And so the experience begins!

First Class check-in desks

We left the lounge and made the (extremely) long trek to Gate 61 in Terminal 3, literally the furthest away from the Lounge.

As we approached the gate area, they were doing a secondary document check:

BOARDING

Knowing it would be dark at the time of boarding, we snuck a few pictures before hopping in the lounge:

Etihad A6-APG sitting at the gate

We made our way down (ok, more so really up since we were on top deck) of the long jet bridge to board the flight.

We took a left after boarding to find the First Class cabin:

While I didn’t necessarily need to be shown to my seat since I’d studied it online numerous times and been counting down the days to this moment, a flight attendant escorted us anyway. She showed us to our seats, 3K and 4K:

Of the 9 First Class seats (well, 10 if you include The Residence), there were just 2 other passengers aboard, so 4 of us total.



SEAT

The seat was, well, let me just type a direct quote from McCown as we got settled it: “OMG. There was what I expected and anticipated from reading many, many reviews and then there’s the real thing. And let me just say, OMG.”

The sheer size and space and privacy are unprecedented and staggering.

The big, leather seat is luxurious and makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandfather instead of couped up on a plane.

The couch is perfect for having company over in your apartment. And then switched into a bed when you’re ready to sleep.

I mean, it’s realistically closer to a throne than a seat:

The empty neighboring suite

View from seat 4K

View of IFE and sofa (that converts to a bed)

The actual seat featured a few tactile buttons as well as a touchscreen for a variety of controls.

It was all really a sensory overload. The tiny compartments, sliding doors and gadgets and gizmos [...]

12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Vietnam Travel Guide: Hue City and Sightseeing Guides

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Bao Quoc Temple Camp Fuller and the Rock Pile Doc Mieu Hai Van Pass Hamburger Hill Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh’s Home in Hue Hue Monuments Conservation Center Khai Dinh’s Tomb Khe Sanh Thai Hoa Palace The Citadel and Imperial City The Dakrong Bridge and the Ho Chi Minh Trail The Flag Tower […]

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Kolmanskop, Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

Why a ghost town in the desert ended up being the highlight of my Namibia trip.

Kolmanskop, Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert is a post from What's Dave Doing?

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Currently // The aftermath of a multi-month adventure

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

It blows my mind that I have a UK bank account and passport as well as New Zealand ones. I can get off a flight, rock straight through customs, use my Oyster Card on the Tube, walk into a bar in London and pay with a local bank card. I spent my last few days in London in late August wondering why I don’t live there. I cycled along canals on a Boris Bike, walked through parks as people sunbathed and enjoyed picnics, ate at amazing restaurants, and drank outside at pubs with good people. But surely it’s possible to somehow have the best of the travel and home worlds, regardless of how isolated this country is? Because I also love living in Wellington right now. I also start to struggle with the pace of long-term travel, perhaps even becoming anhedonic. I want to be where my friends and family […]

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Bún Chay: Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Fresh Herbs and Veggies

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over Vietnamese food. Hard. Between planning our month-long journey through Vietnam, constantly rotating between the two amazing Vietnamese cafes near my house, and making my spring rolls as often as possible, I still can’t get enough of anything and everything Vietnamese. So that’s where my herbaceous, flavor-packed bún chay recipe comes intoRead more

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Classy: Hyatt Counting Award Stays Retroactively For 2017

Classy: Hyatt Counting Award Stays Retroactively For 2017

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

A few days before the new year, World of Hyatt announced some fantastic program changes. One of these changes was that starting in 2018, World of Hyatt free night stays count towards earning status. That means that when you redeem a free night certificate or points for a stay, that night will count towards the requirement for Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist status.

This was really a case of Hyatt playing catch up with their competitors, as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, etc., all offer elite credit on award stays. With Hyatt's smaller global footprint (meaning that it takes more effort to be loyal to Hyatt), it was long overdue that they made this change.

This policy only formally kicked in as of January 1, 2018, though Hyatt is doing something really classy. World of Hyatt members are reporting that they're getting emails indicating that award nights are being counted retroactively, for 2017.

Walking the Hadrian’s Wall Trail: An In-Depth Guide

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

My detailed guide to walking the Hadrian's Wall Trail, a roughly week-long national trail across England.

Walking the Hadrian’s Wall Trail: An In-Depth Guide is a post from What's Dave Doing?

20 Crucial Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights in Economy Class

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

The idea of long-haul flights and all that they entail (cramped, uncomfortable chairs; questionable airplane food; recycled air; lack of real sleep) just isn’t very appealing. I’ve never met anyone that actually enjoys long-haul flights. That is, unless they have bottomless champagne, a bed, gourmet food, and fuzzy slippers in first class… But since you’reRead more

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The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Well, it’s that time of year again, isn’t it? And you know what that means: it’s time to start your holiday shopping. If you have a special traveler on your list (whether that means yourself, or a loved one), then this gift guide is for you. Whether you’re shopping for a foodie, a luxury traveler, anRead more

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Seoul, South Korea

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Seoul, South Korea Wondering what you will do on your next trip to Seoul, South Korea? As the capital and largest city in all of South Korea, there can be so much to see, do and eat that it can be a little overwhelming! This compiled list of the […]

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How Much Is The Hyatt Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Worth?

How Much Is The Hyatt Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Worth?

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

The Hyatt Credit Card is one of my favorite hotel credit cards, and it's a card I've had for years. I find this to be a card that's worth holding onto long term, given that it offers an annual free night certificate valid at a Category 1-4 property, Discoverist status for as long as you have the card, and historically gives you access to cardmember only bonuses. I value these benefits at significantly more than the card's $75 annual fee.

So this is a card I recommend getting thanks to the long term value it offers, though I also think it's worth highlighting just how generous the sign-up bonus is. Keep in mind that this card isn't subjected to the 5/24 rule, meaning that you can qualify for the sign-up bonus even if you've opened five or more new cards in the past 24 months.

The Hyatt Credit Card offers a sign-up bonus of 40,000 World of Hyatt bonus points after spending $2,000 within the first three months. On top of that, the card offers a further bonus of 5,000 World of Hyatt points after adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase within the first three months.

How to Avoid Tourist-Trap Restaurants in Europe: 10 Must-Read Tips

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

While traveling through Europe, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is eating at tourist trap restaurants. Take Paris, Rome, Florence, Berlin, or London. Each of these famed foodie cities has the potential to serve you the best meal you’ve ever had. The kind of meal that you will dream about for years toRead more

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DIY Campervan Kitchen for less than $50

DIY Campervan Kitchen for less than $50

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

A DIY campervan conversion just isn’t complete without a working kitchen. Check out our step-by-step tutorial that walks you through everything you need to make your own DIY kitchen for your campervan or RV, complete with a working sink, stove, storage and counter space for chopping all those fresh veggies!

EL AL’s New Safety Video, Featuring A Mentalist

EL AL’s New Safety Video, Featuring A Mentalist

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I recently flew EL AL for the first time, and thought they had a really cute safety video, with over-the-top animations of the crew. What I hadn't realized is that EL AL just introduced a new safety video a few weeks ago, and it's pretty awesome.

The video features mentalist Lior Suchard, who does some cool stuff that kept me interested throughout the video (and yes, he guessed "my" card right). What's especially interesting is that no special effects or edits were used in the video, which is to say that everything happened exactly as you see it. To me that makes it even more impressive.

Here's the new safety video:

7 Must See Sights In The Mekong Delta

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Come visit the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam to discover hidden wonders. Ecotourism is a strong industry in this lush tropical region. Cruise down the Mekong River in a boat taxi and discover a world from the past. Floating markets, ancient temples, fruit orchards, museums, and scenic rice paddy farms dot the area. Here are 7 must see […]

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Campervan Essentials: The Ultimate Packing List

Campervan Essentials: The Ultimate Packing List

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

What exactly is inside our campervan? We'll show you all the campervan gear we had in our tiny home that made our lives easier and more comfortable. If you're heading out on a road trip, you'll want to check out this packing list. 

Getting Vietnam visa for Indians traveling to to Vietnam by bus

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

In case Indian travelers to Vietnam by bus, there is only one option for them to obtain the visa for Vietnam which is to obtain it via Vietnam embassy. It can be Vietnam embassy in India or in any country before Vietnam.

5 things to prepare when travelling to Vietnam from Malaysia

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Visa to Vietnam from Malaysia, exchanging currency, health & travel insurances, checking the weather and learning about destinations in Vietnam are noted.

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The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about Korea’s market scene. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located in what I believe is the oldest market building in Korea. It opened in 1905, when it was called Dongdaemun Market, which was the name of an older market that was destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. [...]

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Vietnam visa on arrival for Indians for 5 days

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Hi there, I read somewhere that to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival, I need to provide a copy of my passport and return ticket book. But I also read in your site that I do not need to do any thing, just complete your online form. So, which one is right? Please advise.

Vietnam Visa fees in 2018: How much does a Vietnam Visa cost?

Vietnam Visa fees in 2018: How much does a Vietnam Visa cost?


Vietnam visa, Apply Vietnam visa on arrival online

How much does a Vietnam Visa cost in 2018? Including service fee for processing visa approval letter and visa stamping fee at Vietnam airports.

District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Marcus Loke is the production manager at District Eight. Like many of us, he found his vocation by chance. Disappointed by his high school exams, Marcus set off on his bike to the industrial zone near the edge of his hometown in the north of Malaysia to look for work. That journey led to a […]

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What is so great about Vietnam?

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

There is no wrong reason to visit a country, and no matter what lights up your day, you have plenty of destinations to choose from. However, Vietnam will offer you everything from above and more.

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The Most Beautiful Cafés in Chiang Mai

by Christopher Grabinski @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is a city that offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. After a couple of exhausting day trips into the mountains or other thrilling, action-packed activities, there’s nothing better than taking a deep breath and just do – well – nothing. Sure, a spa day with massages, manicures, pedicures and facials is […]

Albuquerque suggestions

by henry_66 @ Fodor's Forum

My wife and I are planning a New Mexico vacation this fall. We have already booked our flight from Columbia, SC, to Albuquerque for Sept.18,...

Planning A Trip To Vietnam

by Cassandra Caballero Legge @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The country of Vietnam curls around the countries of Laos and Cambodia like a long comma on the Indochinese Peninsula, snugged up on the east against the South China Sea, and bordered on the north by China. The two most famous cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are located on opposite ends of the […]

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Back To Black With Phuc Van Dang

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

[Article] Read the full story of Phuc Van Dang here

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Vietnam Visa Cost | Vietnam Visa On Arrival Fee - Clear & No Hidden Charge

Vietnam Visa Cost | Vietnam Visa On Arrival Fee - Clear & No Hidden Charge


Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

How much is total Vietnam Visa Cost? Why should I pay for Vietnam visa fees listed? How to pay for? Check out for full details here.

Visa & border crossing information for Vietnam

Visa & border crossing information for Vietnam


Travelfish

An overview to the visas available for travel in Vietnam.

Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Cost of Living in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

The first part of this article contains a general reflection on the cost of living in China. The second part contains a table with prices of the most common goods and services in the majority of Chinese cities. We’ve included transportation, utilities, sports and entertainment, bars and clubs, groceries and salary. Notice that this data […]

Testimonial 2018

by huyen @ Vietnam Impressive

Testimonials 2015 Testimonials 2014 Testimonials 2011 Testimonials 2008 Testimonials 2016 Testimonials 2013 Testimonials 2010 Testimonials 2007  Testimonials 2017 Testimonials 2012 Testimonials 2009 Home Vietnam Impressive on press www.telegraph.co.uk www.vietnamimpressive.com is on Sunday Telegraph – one of the UK’s most important national newspapers. www.tripadvisor.com We are now on the world largest unbiased travel forum ready for […]

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20 Incredible & Unforgettable Things to Do in Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and cultural capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to everyone who visits.  From the city’s rich history, archaeological sites, and indigenous cultures, to its bustling markets, art galleries, street food stands, and incredible museums, there is so much to discover in Oaxaca City, Mexico. I don’t thinkRead more

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How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia

How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia


Move to Cambodia

If you're headed to Vietnam after Cambodia, we've got the low-down on the best way to get a Vietnam visa while you are here (hint: don't go to the embassy).

All you need to know about Thai spirit houses

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is a country, where Buddhist philosophy blends with mysticism and superstitions. Faithful gather in golden temples to pray to Buddha statutes and offer money and food to different gods to get rid of misfortunes and attract good luck. Thais are very superstitious and they strongly believe in ghosts and mystic energy, which is everywhere and […]

Loreto, Mexico: A Top-Secret Destination in Baja California Sur

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re looking for the ultimate trip to Mexico, then I have a bit of advice: Forget about Cancún. Leave Cabo in the dust. And no, don’t even think about Puerto Vallarta! Nowadays, so many parts of Mexico have become wildly Americanized and touristy, and in turn, expensive. If you don’t know where to look,Read more

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Home sweet home: Find your dream place in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

The first thing which you need to do when you come to live in Thailand is to find a good place to stay. It’s a stressful process for those, who want to settle here for the first time, but despite what you might think, finding an apartment, or a house in the Land of Smiles […]

Top 10 Sights In Hoi An Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The historic city of Hoi An is on the central coast of Vietnam and was a major international trading port up until the 19th century. Hoi An has much to offer for tourists: excellent cuisine, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, great shopping, and enough historic buildings to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s one of the […]

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My Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Namibia

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

My huge free Namibia guide: destinations, safety, driving, food, and much more.

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Self-Driving Ubers on the Road Within 18 Months Says CEO

Self-Driving Ubers on the Road Within 18 Months Says CEO

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

Uber had a tough 2017 with a rash of negative press that hung over the company like a dark cloud. But 2018 is shaping up to be a better year, and at Bloomberg’s #TheYearAhead event, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared some exciting news about the company’s self-driving cars. Khosrowshahi said that he believes Uber will have autonomous …

Can an airport lounge membership save you money?

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into: once you’ve experienced what it’s like to have an airport lounge membership it’s very hard to opt out again. After several years of free passes and a gifted membership, last year I found myself without access to Air New Zealand’s Koru Lounge and associated member benefits. Sitting at the gate to wait for your flight without the glam feel and perks a lounge brings suddenly feels a lot less glam. There are generally four ways you can gain access to an airport lounge: Pay for a business-class (or better) ticket Improve your airline status to Gold or higher. This means frequently flying with the same airline rather than purchasing the best fare available Travel with someone who is a member Pay for a membership My Westpac credit card meant no joining fee and a $125 discount on the annual fee for Air New Zealand’s Koru airport […]

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Train and itinerary advice, Andalusia in mid April

by chubbymamma @ Fodor's Forum

1) We would like to go to Seville as soon as we arrive in Madrid and are trying to time our train reservation relative to our flight. How much time...

Moving to Chiang Mai: How much money do you need for the start?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

If after visiting Chiang Mai you started thinking that it would be a great place to move to for a little while, or you want to become a teacher here and stay in the north of Thailand longer, then you must be wondering how much money you need, so moving to Chiang Mai wouldn’t be […]

Visa on Arrival to Vietnam in a nutshell - The Blond Travels

Visa on Arrival to Vietnam in a nutshell - The Blond Travels


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Save yourself the hard work and follow our easy step-by-step guide to Visa on Arrival to Vietnam. ✔︎ Trusted Partner ✔︎ Fast processing ✔︎ No headaches

How long does it take to complete visa procedure at Vietnam airport

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Hi there, thanks for your great work. I’ve got my visa approval letter as per your guarantee. But, I heard from some others that the process to get visa stamped at airport in Vietnam may takes long. Please advise.

Authentic Mie Goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles) Recipe

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Each time I come home from Bali, I find myself craving one dish: mie goreng. And sure enough, within two weeks of my last return from my favorite island, I just had to have it. And that’s where this mie goreng recipe came into the picture. If you’ve been to Bali — or anywhere inRead more

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Traveling to Dali: The complete guide

by Rita Andreetti @ Sapore di Cina

One of the entrance gates of the Dali city wall – Photo by Matteo Bosi Located in the heart of Yunnan, Dali (大理) is a picturesque town mainly inhabited by the ethnic Bai, who settled here millenniums ago. Or better, this is the Dali Old Town, the original heart, surrounded by a city wall and […]

Vietnam Travel Guide – Is Vietnam expensive for Indian citizens to explore?

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Kindly read more on this article to estimate quickly your budget when staying in Vietnam, including visa fee, accomodation fee, foods & drinks fee, etc.

Required Documents to complete Application for Vietnam visa On arrival

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Which kind of documents required to be provided to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival? Find the answer here.

2017 in Review: Travels, Reads, and Music

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

TRAVELING Another year behind us, and my third passport is one year closer to expiration (2023). Which will run out

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Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road


Love & Road

An easy guide about how to get the Vietnam tourist visa. The visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival.

A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera

A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera


Vietcetera

Resources online all say different things. So for your traveling needs, we’ve assembled all the resources you need to get a visa to Vietnam.

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)


Travel Alphas

Are you an American citizen, wondering how to get a Vietnam tourist visa? This post explains the visa process and will help you choose the best option.

South Island Christmas Trip 2018

by wkusz @ Fodor's Forum

Hello! I'm just getting started planning a trip to the South Island over the Christmas/New Year's Holiday (Yes, I know - busiest time but is the...

New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists.

New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists.


The Flight Deal

We have visited Vietnam many times; in fact, one of our team members is about to head to Vietnam in a few weeks. As an American, we need to get a visa to en

Taking a Day Trip to Nusa Penida: Bali’s Paradise Island

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nusa Penida is one of the last vastly undeveloped and unexplored places on earth — yet somehow, it’s situated just minutes offshore from Bali’s busy southeast coast! Luckily, this rustic and incredibly beautiful island has flown under the radar for decades, and now resembles what Bali was like 40 years ago: a pure and pristineRead more

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U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time

U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time


One Mile at a Time

Vietnam is now issuing electronic visas for U.S. citizens. Here's what you need to know.

The best western food in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

If there’s one thing in the world everyone can mutually agree on it’s this: Thai food is delicious! And while every tourist who visits Thailand to devour pizza, steak and other western dishes should be ashamed of themselves – as an expat it’s good to know where to go when that craving for western food […]

A serious rat problem in Paris.

by NYCFoodSnob @ Fodor's Forum

I witnessed this issue over the holidays while visiting Paris. I thought I might post about it sooner, but then I hesitated, knowing how the...

Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 2017

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

I recently had the opportunity to participate in Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, the 4th annual such event, in Bhopal, India,

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2 ways to get Vietnam visa in Delhi, India

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

At the moment, there are up to 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa in Delhi India. Figure out them here, what they are and which is the best.

10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

A Very Detailed Travel Itinerary Tours are for foo-ls. I tried my best to make that rhyme. While Vietnam may seem a little daunting at first, the country is not difficult to travel – especially if you have a great blog to aid you, with details on every leg of the trip, written by a [...]

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The best places for some tea and pastries in Kuala Lumpur that the Queen would approve

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

This post is brought to you by Traveloka  When you are in Kuala Lumpur but you’ve covered everything this city has to offer, all its touristic attractions and glory, what else can you do? If you are a person who enjoys their siesta time with the perfect cup of English tea and some scones to […]

Format for Showing Time of Posts

by Heimdall @ Fodor's Forum

Your time format is very confusing, making me think the last post on a thread was over 12 hours ago. An example is where the date/time of the last...

How to travel from South Africa to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Travelling from South Africa to Vietnam, you will need to take notice of Vietnam visa, the flight and some recommendations for Vietnamese sightseeings.

What Customers Are Saying? Testimonials, feedback from our clients – Reviews by 2016

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Vietnam Travel Guide: Danang City and Sightseeings Guide

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Son Tra Peninsula China Beach (Non Nuoc) My Khe Beach Nam O Beach Xuan Thieu Beach Bac My An Beach Marble Mountains Cham Museum   > Son Tra Peninsula  Son Tra Peninsula is a low mountainous area fully covered by forest . It is one of the city’s  lung. Son Tra Peninsula and the Hai […]

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Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai: The Most Romantic Things to do

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is famous for its culture, temples and markets. It’s a city that attracts visitors from all over the world, who look for the real Thailand. Not many consider it to be a romantic destination and they head to the islands for honeymoons and getaways with their loved ones. But do you know there […]

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

I teach English on Skype: My way to earn money online

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Digital nomadism is one of the recent world trends. Many people want to travel, work online and earn money. It is a great option for those, who are tired with the corporate world and want to see and experience more. For a long time I dreamed about working remotely. I wanted to travel and work […]

Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Interview with teachers in Thailand: Bob and Corona from the States

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

It’s been almost 5 years since I did my TEFL course with SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wow! I can’t really believe it. Time goes fast. I still think that the month I spent training to become a teacher was one of the best times in my life. I really got to learn a […]

Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

by Vietnam Visa @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

A premiere locale for seasoned jet-setters and new world travelers alike, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi welcomes you. As Vietnam’s capital and cultural hot spot, Hanoi has enjoyed a long, rich history, with settlement dating back to 3rd century BC. Many areas of the city reflect the remnants of its former French occupation, giving its […]

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(Updated 2017) Vietnam visa exemption agreement between Vietnam and India

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Is Indian exempted from Vietnam Visa? How can Indian citizens and residents apply for Vietnam Visa? Click to find out!

3 weeks in february!

by user_3939 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi! I have a little more than 3 weeks vacation time in february, and when looking at the plane ticket prices to Cancun and some of the apartment...

Lufthansa A350 Business Class – Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL LH 762

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After touching down a bit late from our inbound flight from Charlotte, we scurried from Terminal H to L by taking a short train. We were assigned gate L13 and, fortunately, the Lufthansa Lounge was directly across the hall. This allowed us about 45 mins to get showers and freshen up for the next 7-8 hour flight.

BOOKING

We booked this flight using United MileagePlus Miles. We spent a total of 90,000 miles each for the Business Class award, including:

Lufthansa Business Class Charlotte-CLT to Munich-MUC Lufthansa Business Class Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL Air India Business Class Delhi-DEL to Colombo-CMB United Economy Class Charleston-CHS to Newark-EWR

We purposely switched our flights around to have the opportunity to fly Lufthansa’s first A350 since it was a bit of a novelty and was still basically brand new.

CHECK-IN

Although most of the check-in was performed in Charlotte-CLT the day before, the gate agent was checking visas before boarding and marking boarding passes to help speed up the process later.

Boarding and visa check prior to boarding

LH D-AIXA waiting at the gate

BOARDING

Boarding was, as I’m sure we’ll be used to soon once in India, disorganized and very pushy. Quite crazy that people are in such a hurry to get on a plane that isn’t going to leave anyone behind.

Instead of breaking the boarding up by class or zone, they had priority boarding of wheelchairs and babies. But, that’s all the announcements they seemed to make as business class travelers just sort of started going through. Then, people were jumping lines; it was confusing and we didn’t know what to do next. Plus, while the priority boarders were still waiting on the elevator to take them downstairs, the business class travelers were streaming past them to get to the stairs….beating the priority boarders onto the plane. A bit odd…especially since this was Lufthansa.

Business Class boarding area, the calm before the storm of pushy people

Once past the gates, the jet bridge had 2 boarding doors, one for Economy and another for just Business Class (well also for First but the A350 is 3 cabin, not 4).

Rounding the corner, we found the bright, new and clean cabin:

Right after boarding we were offered a welcome drink:

SEAT

We quickly got situated into seats 5A and 5C.

The seats on this A350 are nothing new; it’s the same exact Business Class seat you’ll find on their A330s, A340s, A380s, 747-8s, etc.

It is, by all means, a great product, but it is quickly getting outdated as many other airlines have already switched to an all-aisle access Business Class cabin– that is to say: 1 x 2 x 1 as a seating configuration. Lufthansa, by contrast, has installed their standard (and relatively new) 2 x 2 x 2 seating configuration on this brand new plane.

Here’s the seating chart from Lufthansa’s A350s:

The Business class section (split up by a galley and lavatories) has 8 rows x 6 seats for a total of 48 seats.

And, here’s the seating chart for a bunch of other airlines that have received the A350; all of their cabins feature the 1-2-1 [...]

Get a Vietnam Visa with This Guide

Get a Vietnam Visa with This Guide


TripSavvy

Visitors going to Vietnam must show a valid Vietnam visa before being allowed into the country. A guide to where and how to get your Vietnam visa.

Top 16 Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

Top 16 Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Kuala Lumpur is a popular Southeast Asian hub known for its food and diversity. Whether you're on a visa run, exploring during a layover, or are making a stop on your Southeast Asia itinerary, we've got some unique ideas of things to do in Malaysia's capital city. From the popular sights to well off the beaten path, we'll walk you through the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Morocco phone/ sim

by princepinkerton @ Fodor's Forum

i purchased an android phone here in Canada with no phone plan,etc, to use exclusively for travel purposes. My next trip is to Morocco and I was...

Southwest Flies 62 Puppies and Kittens Out of Puerto Rico

Southwest Flies 62 Puppies and Kittens Out of Puerto Rico

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Hurricane Maria dealt a devastating blow to the US island of Puerto Rico, with every resident on the island left without both power and cell phone reception. Since the storm, it’s been reported that hundreds of thousands of residents have fled the island as the recovery efforts progress slowly. Today, one in five Puerto Rican …

Anybody can/want to help me double check Schengen math?

by travellover3 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all and thank you so much in advance to whoever ventures here. Thanks to the wonderful help of this forum I am almost finished with my...

Second wife and men’s dowry: Relationships in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Every time I research things related to Thai love, I get a little confused. As everything here, also relationships in Thailand are complicated and full of contradictions. Sometimes I think that even Thais can’t figure it out. On one hand the society is very conservative and talking about sex is wrong, on the other, there […]

Long Neck Village: One of the worst attractions in Northern Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

There are attractions in Thailand that I would never want to see. These include so called tiger kingdoms, where wild cats are drugged and forced to pose for photos with tourists, or places where elephants are trained to paint pictures or ride bicycles. I wouldn’t visit them because mass tourism is distasteful, but also because […]

How to Get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh - Two Can Travel

How to Get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh - Two Can Travel


Two Can Travel

It's easy to get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! We outline three ways to do it: At the Vietnam Embassy, through a Travel Agency or Guest House and

Why You Must Visit the Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Of all the markets we’ve explored around the world, there’s one that stands out above the rest: the Chichicastenango Market. Every Thursday and Sunday, the tiny town of Chichicastenango, Guatemala turns into the world’s largest handicrafts market, filled with thousands of local Mayan people purchasing and selling goods of all types. From colorful textiles, paintings,Read more

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Nashville - Bachelorette Ideas

by Bostonblondie226 @ Fodor's Forum

I am planning a bachelorette party for Nashville -- probably 8 of us in total -- in April. Does anyone have thoughts on AirBnB vs Hotels? I am...

Pong Kwao Hot Springs: A very hot attraction in Northern Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Pong Kwao Hot Springs is a a hidden gem in the area of Chiang Mai. It’s hard to find and one must have quite a bit of time on their hands to navigate through the mountain roads to find it. But, once you get there, it will be hard for you to leave. Chris and […]

Flight Attendant Featured On “Extreme Cheapskates”

Flight Attendant Featured On “Extreme Cheapskates”

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I admit my taste in TV is really, really bad. I just love something that's easy to watch and ridiculous, because it's the only way my brain will turn off. That's why I love Real Housewives. A few months back I became obsessed with the show 90 Day Fiancé, and I've now seen every episode of the show, and hope it comes back for another season. If you've never seen 90 Day Fiancé, here's a clip that should give you an idea of what the show is like:

It made me realize that TLC as a network is right up my alley. Well, in the past few days I've become obsessed with Extreme Cheapskates, which is a show about people who are obsessed with saving money. To be clear, these are largely pretty well off people who just get a high out of scoring a deal, in the same way we do with miles. They do things like peeing in bottles so they don't have to waste water, getting food out of the trash so they don't have to pay for it themselves, and not furnishing their houses, because it's cheaper that way.

I've seen a handful of episodes so far, and there's one that I just had to share. It confuses me on so many levels. Specifically, it's about a "cheapskate" who is a flight attendant for a major US airline. Here's a little teaser:

Best Things To See In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Ha Long Bay is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam, and just glancing at a friend’s travel photos will show you why. The emerald-green waters, verdant mountains, grottoes, and spectacular limestone islands sprinkled throughout the bay beckon tourists from all over the world. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are so many ways […]

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3 weeks in february!

by user_3939 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi! I have a little more than 3 weeks vacation time in february, and when looking at the plane ticket prices to Cancun and some of the apartment...

Eating it Raw in the Largest Fish Market in South Korea – Jagalchi Market

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Busan’s Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장), the largest fish market in South Korea, has taken up two very different places in my memory. The first one is a very positive place, where the memories of incredible lunches, lively atmospheres, excitement and intrigue all sit. The second place is dark. It’s usually avoided at all costs. This memory [...]

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New Record: Around The World In 52hr34min

New Record: Around The World In 52hr34min

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

A few days ago I wrote about how an Etihad executive, Andrew Fisher, was trying to set a new record for the fastest round the world trip. There are different ways that round the world flying records are calculated. This particular challenge was based on an attempt to reach approximate antipodal points, meaning the requirements were as follows:

"A circumnavigation crossing the equator must be made. It is not necessary to visit the exact antipodal points, but airports nearest them. For this record an allowance of 5° is permitted, so if the co-ordinates north and south are the same, the east plus that west equals 180°, then that north might be, for example, 45° and that south anything between 40° and 50°. Alternatively that north might be 51° and that south 53°, in which case that west plus that east can equal between 177° and 183°. Being in a plane which lands at the airport but not having to changes would not be acceptable."

Andrew selected Shanghai to Auckland to Buenos Aires to Amsterdam to Shanghai as his routing, which covers a distance of 24,885 miles.

Blitz Deal: ~$614 RT Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston or Chicago to Beijing-PEK in New Delta A350 Premium Select

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This fare first popped up about 2 weeks ago, but it’s still alive so I thought others might find it useful!

The Deal Active departure airports: Raleigh-RDU, Baltimore-BWI, Boston-BOS, Chicago-ORD, Chicago-MDW Destination: Beijing, China-PEK Active dates: Depends on the departure city but around January 2018 to April 2018. Price range: $614-696 depending on the dates and the departure city. You can pretty easily include a stopover at Detroit-DTW on either the outbound or return trip–but no idea why you would want to do that. This deal is for the NEW Delta Premium Select cabin on their brand new A350s. The new cabin is a proper premium economy cabin, similar to what the European or Asian carriers have been offering for years. According to Delta, the seats feature 75% more recline and 8″ more legroom than traditional economy.

How to Get It Head to Google.com/flights Enter departure airport as “RDU,BWI,BOS,MDW,ORD” (this will show you all of the options from the area) and arrival airport as “PEK“ Select “Premium Economy” as the class of service Everything for this deal will route through Detroit-DTW since that is the only route that Delta is currently flying it’s new A350 to Beijing-PEK, so if you want to limit your search to just 1-stop itineraries, you can click to limit the connection airport to only DTW. If you leave this blank or set to “Any connection”, you see all of the multi-stop itineraries that will most likely also go through Atlanta-ATL, Cincinnati-CVG, New York-JFK, etc. View the calendar to see the lowest fares available: Select your preferred flight times. A few things to watch out for here: Make sure your long-haul routes are from Detroit-DTW to Beijing-PEK and double check that the aircraft is an A350 in Premium Economy. The great news with Delta’s new service is that if you book Premium Select for your international routes, the domestic segments book into First Class. Double check that this is the case. At this stage, you can click to book directly with Delta or, if you search the route directly on the Delta website, you can view a few more options.

Don’t forget:

If you book with Delta, you can book today and will have 24 hours for a free cancellation. Delta’s Premium Select earns a 50% MQM bonus, so this trip would net 21,000+ MQMs, meaning you’ve nearly earned Silver Medallion with one trip. BOTTOM LINE:

This is a pretty awesome deal to try out Delta’s new Premium Select cabin for just about $100 more than economy. Redeeming miles for the same cabin would cost ~128,000 SkyMiles so this fare is quite a bargain. As an added bonus, the domestic segments book into Delta First and the MQM bonus will yield 20k+ MQMs for elite status qualification.

Traveling to Wutaishan (or Mount Wutai)

by Giorgia Borza @ Sapore di Cina

If you find yourself in Shanxi province, you can’t miss visiting Mount Wutai, located near the city of Xinzhou. Xinzhou (忻州, Xīnzhōu) is a medium-sized city located to the north of Shanxi Province, about 90 km from Taiyuan. Mount Wutai (literally “five plains” where 五 means “five” and 台 “flat”) is located to the east […]

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Interested in traveling to Vietnam for tourist or business purposes? This is a complete guide for you in order to ease your process of getting Vietnam Visa.

Deal Alert: Conrad Bali From $100 a Night

Deal Alert: Conrad Bali From $100 a Night

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

With a little digging it’s easy to find good deals on hotels in Southeast Asia. And thanks to this Hilton Hotels sale going on you won’t have to look very far. Right now you can book a stay at the Conrad Bali for just $104 per night. The Conrad is one of Hilton’s two luxury brands, …

The Most Addicting, Flavor-Packed Salsa Roja You’ve Ever Had

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

There’s nothin’ like crispy, lightly-salted tortilla chips with some fresh and spicy salsa roja. Am I right? But here’s the thing. If you want some good salsa — and I mean some really good salsa — you’d be hard-pressed to find it in a store. (And that’s because the flavors usually come in 1: overlyRead more

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Full Guide for Vietnam visa in Cape Town

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Vietnam visa in Cape Town, South Africa. Are you looking for such issue? Do you want to know whether you need a visa to Vietnam or not and how to obtain a visa from this place. Let’s read through this post which will give you the answers.

The topic-comment structure and the direct and indirect objects in Chinese

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

The topic-comment structure The topic-comment structure is perhaps one of the most difficult peculiarities of the Chinese language to master for those who aren’t Chinese. In short, the Chinese phrase can also be structured according to a sequence that is conventionally called “topic-comment”. The topic, located at the initial position of the phrase, is a […]

Air Seychelles Announces Radical Transformation, Cancels Longhaul Flights

Air Seychelles Announces Radical Transformation, Cancels Longhaul Flights

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Air Seychelles has a fleet of just 10 planes, including two A330s, two A320s, and six DHC-6 Twin Otters. The airline is partly owned by Etihad Airways. We know that Etihad Airways has a knack for investing in unprofitable airlines, and Air Seychelles is no exception.

At the moment their only longhaul route is between Mahe and Paris. I'm headed to the Seychelles in April, and outlined how I redeemed Etihad Guest miles for business class on the flight between Paris and the Seychelles.

Air Seychelles has just announced some massive changes to their business plan, which will see them discontinuing flights to Paris, returning their leased A330s, and "reviewing their product and service offering." This new plan has been approved by Air Seychelles’ supervisory board, as well as the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and Etihad Airways (which are the two shareholders of the airline).

One Day in Chiang Mai: The Essential Guide

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

I absolutely love Chiang Mai! I’ve been living here on and off for more than three years now and have been using most of my free time to explore the city and its surrounding areas. Chiang Mai really has a lot to offer and finding the “must-sees” can be a real hassle, especially if you only […]

September 11th from my notes

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

In September, 2001, I was living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I had sold my car for about $4000 and planned to

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Before you travel to Vietnam - Sarah Sees The World

Before you travel to Vietnam - Sarah Sees The World


Sarah Sees The World

Requirements for Passports, Visas and vaccinations for travel to Vietnam. This New Zealand travel blogger found the information online confusing.

RwandAir Is Adding Flights To Guangzhou… Via Mumbai

RwandAir Is Adding Flights To Guangzhou… Via Mumbai

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

RwandAir is an airline that probably interests me more than it should, but for some reason I just find their little operation fascinating. They have two A330s with a fantastic business class product. They recently started flying to London and Brussels, though apparently didn't do all of their homework, because they had some issues with the flight. Perhaps coolest/craziest of all, this small East African airline with a dozen planes wants to start service to New York this year (I'm sure Kenya Airways adding daily 787 flights to New York will only encourage them more).

For over a year now RwandAir has been saying that they want to add flights to both Guangzhou and New York. I figured the odds of either of those routes happening is extremely slim. Maybe they could operate them short term for prestige, but to actually operate either of those routes profitably seems like a long shot.

Well, interestingly RwandAir is one step closer to adding flights to Guangzhou. The New Times reports that Rwanda's transport minister has announced that RwandAir plans to launch flights to Guangzhou in May 2018. I know my first thought was "but they only have two A330s, and they use those to fly to Brussels and Geneva, and sometimes to fly to Dubai. Where will they get their planes from?"

6 Adventurous things to do in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Northern Thailand, is truly rich in culture, nature and food. Attested by more than 300 Buddhist temples, numerous historical sites, 4 colourful festivals and uncountable markets, Chiang Mai cannot be missing on your Thailand itinerary. It’s also a playground for adventurers, thrill-seekers, and adrenaline junkies. Chiang Mai will […]

Ladies Who Rock: Katie Jones, Copywriter and Digital Nomad

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Katie is another strong, independent woman, who decided to pursue her career as a digital nomad. She lives in exotic places, such as Bali and Chiang Mai, and works remotely. She also helps Flylancer – a company that dedicates its work to building a strong community of digital nomads around the world – to develop […]

Blockchain Technology In Vietnam: Becoming A Global Leader?

by Hao Tran @ Vietcetera

Vietnam is still best known for its agricultural output, but it’s a nation in transition. In fact, it’s currently one of the fastest growing countries in Asia and its rapidly diversifying economy has surpassed Thailand’s and Malaysia’s. Foreign capital investment hit US $24.4 billion in 2016, and factory production is shifting from traditional export goods […]

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A magnificent treatment for dangerous, dried out or offensive skin.Designed for those "on the run," the express facial is an incredible restoring...

18 Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Budapest

18 Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Budapest

by Ben Zweber @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

With its vibrant nightlife, rich history, tasty food and friendly locals, there is so much to love about Budapest! We're sharing our favorite cheap activites, best things to eat, and hidden gems in Hungary's capital. There are so many things to do in Budapest — from the ultra popular to the off the beaten path — and the best part is many of them are free! You'll quickly understand why Budapest is one of our favorite cities in Eastern Europe!

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Vietnam Visa Online - Vietnam Visa On Arrival Services With 24/7 Support


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Vietnam visa on arrival is available for 192+ nations! Get visa for Vietnam: online visa, tourist visa, business visa, E visa to Vietnam with GREENVISA.IO

Top 101 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers

Top 101 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel, but you can’t afford to buy them a flight around the world, we’ve got a ton of ideas for you - 101 ideas, to be exact! From super practical travel gear they’ll actually use to pretty gifts for their home, this is one of the most complete gift guide out there. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect unique gift for your favorite traveler!

Street food Tour in Bangkok’s Chinatown with TakeMeTour

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Bangkok’s Chinatown, or Yaowarat, definitely earns its spot on the list of must-see places in Thailand’s capital. It is home to one of the city’s most iconic streets and a haven for street food lovers. I have been to Bangkok many times before, but for some reason, I’ve never made it to Chinatown. That’s why […]

Things to do in Bundaberg & Bundaberg Accommodation

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Gulf Air Announces Their First 787 Route

Gulf Air Announces Their First 787 Route

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

While other Gulf carriers have been growing like crazy, Gulf Air unfortunately hasn't been on a similar growth trajectory, and arguably their best days are behind them. Bahrain used to be the center of the Gulf, and back in the day Gulf Air was the region's longhaul airline. Nowadays they're a much smaller airline, and they only fly as far west as London and as far east as Manila.

For their longhaul flights, Gulf Air operates a fleet of six A330s. I had the chance to fly Gulf Air between London and Bahrain in 2014, and overall thought they were decent, though not really cutting edge. On the plus side, their A330s had fully flat seats, which is decent enough for the relatively short flights the airline operates.

This year, Gulf Air will take delivery of their very first Boeing 787-9. The airline has 21 of these on order (16 directly from Boeing, and five that they plan on leasing), and they'll be taking delivery of their first five 787s in 2018. The remaining 787s will be delivered through 2024, so over the next six years it's possible we'll see some longhaul growth from the airline.

Getting off the Beaten Path in Mumbai, India

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Mumbai is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in India. We’ve visited twice now, but have barely scratched the surface of all there is to do! We’re so excited to feature this article by local Mumbaikar, Palak Gupta, as she shares her insider knowledge for getting off the beaten path in Mumbai, India.  Getting […]

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What with Vietnam visa if I’m far from the Embassy

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

I wanna obtain a Vietnam visa. But my place is far from the embassy. I’m in George. Do I have any other option? Please advise.

Living in Krakow as an expat: pros and cons

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

When we decided to move to Poland I knew that I wanted to live in Krakow. I had visited the city a couple of times before and I thought it was a magical, lovely place, full of history and a lively international expat scene. We have been here for over 4 months. Living in Krakow was […]

Tigers In the Wild: Tiger Safaris in India

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Our driver and guide each lean out of over their jeep doors to scrutinize the dirt road for tracks. “Going

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Albuquerque suggestions

by henry_66 @ Fodor's Forum

My wife and I are planning a New Mexico vacation this fall. We have already booked our flight from Columbia, SC, to Albuquerque for Sept.18,...

8 reasons why you should become an Online English Teacher

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

When I started working as an online English teacher I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that it was going to be better than working at a school, or for a big corporation. I wanted to be independent and wanted to be my own boss. So, I took the leap and I have […]

AirAsia Passenger Writes Letter Complaining About Scantily Dressed Flight Attendants

AirAsia Passenger Writes Letter Complaining About Scantily Dressed Flight Attendants

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Over the years we've seen a lot of debate in Malaysia regarding flight attendant uniforms. More conservative people prefer to see flight attendants at Malaysian airlines dressed in a way that's compliant with Muslim tradition, while others like airlines to take a more liberal approach.

In late 2015 we saw Rayani Air emerge (and go out of business months later), which was a carrier that used its Shariah-compliance as a selling point. On the other end of the spectrum you have AirAsia. Personally I wouldn't consider their uniforms to be that revealing (at least from a western perspective), but clearly others disagree.

A doctor from New Zealand has written a letter to a Malaysian senator, which is going viral on social media. The letter was addressed to senator Hanafi Mamat, of the ruling Umno party. Last month the senator tackled the issue of flight attendant uniforms, urging the government to add new restrictions. Per the International Business Times:

The book market near the Temple of Confucius in Shanghai

by Gianluca Falso @ Sapore di Cina

Xuegong Jie (学宫街) and Laodaoqian Jie (老道前街) are two small streets in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The streets are packed, full of life. There are low houses, street food, and there’s no lack of bicycles and electric bikes that weave through passersby and merchants. But what makes it special is that the two roads […]

combo Sapaly train

by huyen @ Vietnam Impressive

Reunification Trains Victoria Express Carriage China to Vietnam Trains Tours in Sapa   Combo Sapaly Train and Sapaly Hotel in Lao Cai: you are looking for a free & easy package for an amazing trip in Sapa? Taking overnight trains to Lao Cai, Sapaly Express and Sapaly hotel in Lao Cai provide a first class train service with good […]

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Vegetarian Food In Vietnam: The Ultimate Guide

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Despite misconceptions, Vietnam is a country with exemplary vegetarian cuisine. There’s a long history of vegetarian food in Vietnam with its roots firmly planted in Buddhist ideologies. The key to understanding the Vietnamese vegetarian food scene is knowing what to look for and where to go in order to find it. Although plenty of standard […]

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How to find an apartment in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is the most popular location for expats in the north of Thailand. It is full of hostels, hotels and apartment buildings, which are available to rent in different prices. A room in a condominium can cost only 4,000 Baht per month, plus bills. But how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai if […]

A Priority Pass Restaurant Now Includes Tips With Your Entry

A Priority Pass Restaurant Now Includes Tips With Your Entry

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Over the past year we've seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that's not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.

My assumption is that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, non-traditional Priority Pass locations include:

8 Must See Sites In The Beachside Resort Of Nha Trang

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

If you enjoy leisurely days at sparkling beaches, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or underwater adventures in coral reefs, Nha Trang is the spot for you to travel. Known as the most appealing beachside resort-town in Vietnam, Nha Trang Bay has an interesting history and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in and out of the […]

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A Whale of a Journey: Eco-Tourism Along Dominican Republic’s North Shore

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  I had already gotten a full dose of the natural beauty and adventure along the North Coast of the

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12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and culture capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to serious travelers. After spending one week exploring and eating our way through Oaxaca this past August, we can think of one million reasons that you should visit as soon as possible. If discovering a vibrant city full ofRead more

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Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


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Everything you need to know about getting a Chinese visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. The cost, what you need to take with you and the whole application process.

Long-term visas to Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

If you are reading this post, it means that you’re either moving to Thailand, or you would like to move. I am sure that you’ve searched the Internet and you’re still confused which visa to choose. Long-term visas to Thailand is not an easy subject. You need a lot of patience and have quite a […]

Nashville - Bachelorette Ideas

by Bostonblondie226 @ Fodor's Forum

I am planning a bachelorette party for Nashville -- probably 8 of us in total -- in April. Does anyone have thoughts on AirBnB vs Hotels? I am...

How to help responsibly when you’re living in Thailand?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand attracts hundreds of expats every year. Many settle here to pursue an entrepreneurial career, or become a teacher. Life in Thailand is simple and pleasant, something that you rarely get in the western countries. Quite often expats in Thailand want to show their appreciation and give something back to the community and wonder how […]

How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa)

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

These days, there are a couple of easy ways to go from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh including bus, boat, plane, taxi, and mini-bus. There are options to fit every budget, but some … Continue reading

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Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018

by menachem @ Fodor's Forum

(Jointly with Valletta, Malta) The full program is now online and it looks very exciting, with loads happening in Leeuwarden, but throughout the...

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 2

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This post is continued from Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1. Check it out to see the first half of the review.

BATHROOM

Proving size was really the theme of the experience, even the bathroom was huge:

I took a quick glimpse of the stairs, just to confirm that we were, in fact, on the 2nd floor:

ON-BOARD BAR

Before turning in for the night, we walked around the cabin to explore the on-board bar.

The bar is situated on the top deck of the A380 aircraft, in-between First and Business class:

It was completely empty when we made our way over.

We were a bit dismayed to find that the bar wasn’t stocked as it normally is due to Ramadan, but you can certainly lounge in the area. A flight attendant came over and said that she’d be happy to discreetly make us a drink of our choice in the galley and then bring it in.

The bone-dry bar

The sitting/lounging area was very nice and had seating for 6. We took a few pictures and then headed back to our seats for bed.

THE SEAT – SLEEPING CONVERSION

Having had plenty of food and drinks for one day, we decided it was time to catch a few zzzzs. The flight attendant swiftly converted the suite to sleeping mode while we got ready for bed in the bathroom.

We returned to find the sofa portion of the seat folded down and nicely made up with comfortable sheets and pillows. One of the coolest parts is that, if the divider between the apartments is lowered, our beds were basically touching, so we had the illusion of sleeping in the same bed, which is a nice option if you’re traveling together.

While in the bathroom, we took the opportunity to change into the provided pajamas which was the perfect decision before hopping into the lavish bed.

Pajama time!

The bed is huge and is advertised as 6 feet 10 inches long!

SHOWER

About 3.5 hours before departure, the flight attendants realized that I was awake and came by to announce that I could have a shower whenever I wanted. I let her know soon after and she set off to prepare it. If one is offered the opportunity to shower at 6+ miles high in the sky, there is no choice but to take advantage.

The shower area was loaded down with Bergamote amenities:

Here are a few poor quality photos, sorry in advance:

Pretty crazy and surreal to shower in the sky. The bathroom is large enough to change in and there’s a hairdryer stocked there, too, so the shower is a comfortable experience.

INTERNET

After taking a refreshing shower, I enjoyed a cappuccino and did a bit of computer work.

I purchased Internet for the entire flight for $21.95 and found it to be quite fast and very usable! A quick speed test rendered download speeds of ~4.5 Mbps but upload speeds of only 0.17 Mbps, good thing sending emails and browsing the internet mostly relies on the download speed.

The sun was up [...]

Cheap Road Trip Across the USA: 47 Practical Tips

Cheap Road Trip Across the USA: 47 Practical Tips

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you're planning a road trip across the USA and are trying to stay on a budget, you have come to the right place! We have put together the best, most practical and most creative money-saving tips and hacks so you can road trip for cheap! Have the time of your life while still saving money on food, transportation and accommodation with our advice!

East West Brewing Co: The Craft Brewery Taking On Big Beer

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Five years ago, there were only 2,000 craft breweries up and running in the US. But by the second quarter of 2017, America proved just how hopped up it had become as it surpassed the 5,500 craft brewery mark nationwide. The threat to the “big beer” industry had become a reality. Now, as bigtime, multinational […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines (737-800) First Class From Boston to Los Angeles

Flight Review: American Airlines (737-800) First Class From Boston to Los Angeles

by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

With the increased pressure coming from JetBlue’s Mint expansion, airlines have been forced to step up their game in traditionally non-premium transcon US markets. One of those is the Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) route. While Delta added its premium Delta One product to the route, and United frequently operates a 757 with lie-flat …

All legitimate ways to get Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

A Visa to Vietnam is required for citizens of Czech Republic. This post will introduce you concisely 3 ways to apply for Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens, including Vietnam Embassy Visa, Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnamese E-visa.

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Deal Alert: Midwest Cities to Europe from $205 Round-Trip

Deal Alert: Midwest Cities to Europe from $205 Round-Trip

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an …

Flying While Pregnant? Here’s What You Need to Know

Flying While Pregnant? Here’s What You Need to Know

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

The birth of a baby last week on an Air France flight — and in first class, no less! — reminds us that it may be a rare event, but it does happen: every year, a handful of babies are born mid-air. And even those who aren’t born at the front of the plane can …

DIY Campervan Bed Frame with Built-in Storage

DIY Campervan Bed Frame with Built-in Storage

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

When making your own DIY campervan conversion, one of the most important things to think about is how to make the bed. It's what you’ll be sleeping in, after all! We have put together a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through how to make your very own DIY bed frame for your campervan or RV.

3 options with Vietnam visa for South Africans to stay in Vietnam for just over 1 month

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

At the moment, all South Africans to Vietnam need to obtain a valid Vietnam visa. Vietnam visa for South Africans are now available in the following types, in terms of its length: 1 month visa; 3 months visa; 6 months visa; and 1 year visa. So, what if you just wish to stay in the […]

Eco-Friendly Products for Responsible Travelers

Eco-Friendly Products for Responsible Travelers

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Traveling responsibly is so much easier when you're prepared and have the right tools. This list of eco-friendly travel gear will help you travel more sustainably and will lessen your footprint on the environment. 

Great SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Germany To The US

Great SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Germany To The US

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

At the moment SkyTeam has some phenomenal business class fares for travel from Germany to the US. Roundtrip fares are $1,600-1,700, and perhaps what's most exceptional is that you can travel as far as Los Angeles for that price. Fares are valid out of several German cities (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, etc.) for travel to a few US cities (including Houston, Los Angeles, and New York).

The fare is valid for outbound travel through April 5, 2018, or for outbound travel between November 1 and December 21, 2018.

Obviously this is most useful for people based in Europe, though if you travel to Europe with some frequency, this can also be a great way to tie together a couple of trips. The fare is valid on Air France, Alitalia, Delta, KLM, etc.

10 Reasons You Should Plan a Trip to Guatemala ASAP

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

In the months leading up to our trip to Guatemala, whenever we’d tell our friends and family where we were going, we’d receive the same confused, unenthusiastic response: “Why?” they’d ask. “Why are you going there – of all the places?” Never once did anyone say, “Wow, that’s so cool. I’ve always wanted to goRead more

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Delta SkyMiles Removes Restrictions On Using Upgrade Certificates

Delta SkyMiles Removes Restrictions On Using Upgrade Certificates

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

There are lots of issues I have with Delta SkyMiles. Probably my single biggest point of frustration is the program's lack of transparency. When it comes to the actual quality of the program, in many ways they've led the race to the bottom, in terms of elite status requirements, award redemption rates, etc.

However, one thing I have to give Delta SkyMiles credit for is that they do also make positive changes with some frequency. I can think of exactly one positive change that American AAdvantage has made to their program in the past few years, while with Delta I can think of many. That's not to say that it's a superior frequent flyer program (it isn't, in my opinion), but I at least appreciate that they see the value in making improvements in some areas.

Just to give a few examples of some improvements, we've seen SkyMiles:

Things to know for travel in Vietnam - CHOICE

Things to know for travel in Vietnam - CHOICE


CHOICE

Where to get the best cash rates, phone rates, phone apps for maps and currency conversions, and why you should blame sharks when the internet cuts in Vietnam.

Shangri-La Is Offering Bonus Points With Their App

Shangri-La Is Offering Bonus Points With Their App

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Shangri-La has just launched a new mobile app, and they have a great offer for Golden Circle members who use it. This promotion is valid through April 30, 2018.

On the most basic level, members can earn 100 points just for downloading the app and logging into their account through it. There are no other steps required, and bonus points should post within 2-4 weeks. If you're not a member, signing up through the app will get you the same reward.

This promotion also has the potential to be valuable if you're planning a stay at a Shangri-La. Specifically, Golden Circle members can earn double points for bookings made through the app, and triple points for bookings made through the app where mobile check-in or check-out is also used via the app. This promotion is valid for stays that are booked and consumed during the promotion period, and bonus points should also post within 2-4 weeks of eligible stays.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands: Experiencing the Dutch Countryside

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Have you heard of a tiny village in the Netherlands called Kinderdijk? Our guess is not. And truth be told, we hadn’t heard of it either, until we decided to sail through Europe with Viking River Cruises on their Grand European Tour last summer. For two weeks, we cruised the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers, from Budapest toRead more

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Vietnam Travel Guide: Hoian and My Son Sightseeing Guides

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Cantonese Assembly Hall Central Market Chinese Assembly Hall Fukian Assembly Hall Hai Scout Cafe Hainan Assembly Hall Hoian Cathedral Tradditional Handicraft Japanese Covered Bridge Miss Vy’s School of Cooking Museum of History and Culture Museum of Trade Ceramics Old House of Tan Ky Quan Cong Temple Red Bridge Cooking School The Old House of Phung […]

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Why Bristol Is My New Favourite City In the UK

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

Before I visited Bristol, I couldn't understand why it kept winning best city awards. Now, I totally get it.

Why Bristol Is My New Favourite City In the UK is a post from What's Dave Doing?

Trekking to Wat Pha Lat in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Wat Pha Lat, also known as Wat Sakithaka, is a small gem on the map of Chiang Mai. This quiet temple is hidden in the forest and is very often omitted by travellers, who head straight to the nearby Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – one of the most famous temples in the north of […]

Places to Visit in NSW with Kids

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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Easter Sunday in Rome

by RoxAnn24 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be in Rome on Easter weekend. We booked a tour on Saturday, but we want to see the Coliseum on Sunday. Does anyone know a private company we...

Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight # AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP Dept 11:25 am Arrv 1:01 pm

Mendoza is quite a small, mostly domestic, airport. They have a few international flights, but mainly just to Santiago, Chile-SCL, just on the other side of the mountains. Our hotel advised us that arriving appx 1 hour before departure is more than enough time to check-in with bags when traveling to Buenos Aires.

BOOKING

We booked this segment as part of a larger Delta SkyMiles award ticket. Finding and adding Aerolíneas Argentinas award space to a Delta award reservation can be a bit tricky, so check out our guides here: Booking an Awesome Argentina Itinerary with Delta SkyMiles + Other SkyTeam Partners and All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

CHECK-IN

We arrived right at 10:25 am, one hour in advance, and made our way up to the Aerolíneas Argentinas check-in counter. There were only about 3 people in line with plenty of agents available to help. We handed over our passports and checked our 3 bags without any trouble.

BOARDING

There seem to be very few gates and waiting areas, so they had us wait until the small post-security gate was clear. Once we got on the other side of security, the waiting area was virtually empty:

Boarding, from what I could gather, started with rows 22-15 and then everyone else. This makes total sense: let those in the very back board first which, in theory, should speed up the boarding process.

SEAT

Our aircraft was a Boeing 737-700, in a 3 x 3 configuration with appx 22 rows of 6 across in economy + a 1st class cabin with 2 rows of 2 x 2:

We made it to our seats near the back of the plane:

The plane is noticeably older but still in fine shape with cloth seats. The pitch of the seats seemed quite small. It seemed like tighter legroom than most domestic Delta flights, probably more in line with AirAsia or Spirit Airlines.

The plane was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full with lots of empty seats. This might explain why they had already canceled a few of the flights before us in the morning: cancel one and just move those passengers to the later flight.

Seated by the window and ready to take off!

After a quick safety demonstration, we were airborne!

MEAL SERVICE

The drink and snack service was started promptly upon reaching cruising altitude so as to try and serve everyone on the relatively short flight.

While no choice was given, we were handed snack boxes with mini alfajores, cheese crackers, and another small pastry.

If nothing else, the boxes were cool and celebrated the history of flight and the airline

After a short flight, we began our descent into Buenos Aires.

Touchdown at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires!

After deplaning, we rushed off to baggage claim and then into the city to start our few days in Buenos Aires!

 

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok


Travel Happy

Wondering how to get a Vietnam visa in Bangkok? Read our step by step guide to locating the embassy, what to bring and current visa fees

Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018

by menachem @ Fodor's Forum

(Jointly with Valletta, Malta) The full program is now online and it looks very exciting, with loads happening in Leeuwarden, but throughout the...

The Best International Schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

The number of expats moving to Phnom Penh is on the rise, and so is the demand for quality international schools for their children. These days you can find an “International School” on just about any corner in the city. It can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Stevo and I have […]

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Visa cost between VOA Vietnam and Vietnam Embassy Visa

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

With the development of life, tourism has become a necessity for everyone, nowadays foreign travel is no longer too difficult, all procedures become easier, cost is also cheaper than. The demand for Visa and Passport also increases accordingly. So what is visa? How much is it and how can you save money as applying visa? In this post, we will propose the comparison cost between VOA (Visa on arrival) and embassy visa.

Why I Stopped Hating Los Angeles

by Dave @ What's Dave Doing?

I had an irrational hatred of Los Angeles for the better part of two decades, yet it only took a few days to completely change my mind.

Why I Stopped Hating Los Angeles is a post from What's Dave Doing?

How to find short-term accommodation in Kraków

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Before Chris and I left Vietnam for Poland we started looking for short-term accommodation in Kraków. We quickly found out that finding one for a good price is not as easy as we previously had thought. I had never rented a flat for such a short period of time in Europe. I was convinced that it […]

My favourite places of 2017 (and a wishlist for 2018)

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

Out of everywhere I went last year there are some clear winners in my mind as to my favourite places of 2017. 2017 was an epic year of travel for me. I achieved all the plans and dreams I had this time last year, visiting five countries for the first time and quite a number of new cities. Madrid, Spain I’d been to Barcelona before and was surprised when it didn’t blow me away as I’d expected it to. This meant I hit Madrid in July without high expectations and found it to be one of my favourite places. Madrid was sweltering but the rooftop pool at Dear Hotel Madrid was beautifully cool as well as being located in the vicinity of views and cocktails. The breakfast offering was also outstanding and our room probably the biggest Renee and I had while travelling through Europe. The shops were open late, […]

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Anybody can/want to help me double check Schengen math?

by travellover3 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all and thank you so much in advance to whoever ventures here. Thanks to the wonderful help of this forum I am almost finished with my...

How to Get a Visa for Vietnam: The Complete Guide

How to Get a Visa for Vietnam: The Complete Guide


Sapore di Cina

Complete guide on Vietnam visa application: Types of Visas, Visa online, Visa on arrival, visa requirements, visa fees and much more

Paris: Major commuter train line suspended...

by cigalechanta @ Fodor's Forum

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180123/paris-train-lines-suspended-as-river-seine-to-rise-above-six-metres

South Island Christmas Trip 2018

by wkusz @ Fodor's Forum

Hello! I'm just getting started planning a trip to the South Island over the Christmas/New Year's Holiday (Yes, I know - busiest time but is the...

6 Historic Attractions In Hue Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

In the culturally rich city of Hue, Vietnam, you can explore many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including The Forbidden City, 7 Royal Tombs, and many pagodas. Affordable hotels and savory cuisine beckon visitors year round. Countryside bike tours and river boat tours are also enjoyable ways to explore this scenic area. Hotels are located in the […]

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How to get a Vietnam Visa On Arrival

How to get a Vietnam Visa On Arrival


Two Wandering Soles

Need a tourist visa for Vietnam? We'll show you the options and which one is the cheapest and fastest way to get a Vietnam visa. 

Our 4½ Month Southeast Asia Budget Backpacking Trip: All the Costs, all the Details

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

7 Countries47 Cities138 daysFor only $3081.30 eachThat’s $22.32 per dayAbout 156.29 per weekAnd $669.60 per month In this guide, I will share all the details of our Southeast Asia budget backpacking trip that included Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Map: Budget Backpacking Southeast Asia The Details and Itinerary:A 47 Cities Tour [...]

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Three Weeks in Bali Itinerary: Where to Go, Stay, and Eat + Costs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re planning to spend three weeks in Bali, then let me start off by saying I support that. Bali is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and in my opinion, three weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the island, get to know its rich culture and friendly people, as wellRead more

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Kung Fu Tour: Visit the Shaolin Temple

by Sborto Zhou @ Sapore di Cina

For anyone interested in Chinese martial arts, I’m sure that one of your dreams is to be able to visit a place as emblematic as the Shaolin Temple, and that it would be even better if you could interact with some of its masters. However, organizing a trip to the Shaolin Temple is not an […]

14 Inspiring Campervan Experts and Their Advice for You

14 Inspiring Campervan Experts and Their Advice for You

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If van life is even remotely interesting to you, you’ll certainly want to read these 14 inspiring and unique stories of people that are making life on the road a reality. From a converted ambulance and an old school bus, to a seriously luxurious campervan and a classic RV, these unique tiny homes are going to blow your mind. These interviews prove that anyone can make van life a reality - whether you’re a digital nomad, a small business owner or a family of five. Each person we interviewed shares the ins and outs of life on the road as well as how they afford their lifestyle.

A Guide to Pemuteran: The Secret Paradise on Bali’s North Coast

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nestled on Bali’s northwest coast, hours away from the bustling south, is a peaceful, hidden paradise called Pemuteran. If you’ve never heard of Pemuteran before, then I wouldn’t be surprised. This quaint and stunning fishing village is a very well-kept secret. Those who know Pemuteran don’t want it spoiled by hoards of tourists. And I reallyRead more

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Vietnam visa cost in December 2016

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Hello, I would like to know the price for a visa multi entry 90 days to Vietnam. How much should I put on the check to the Embassy ( visa + postal fees) ? I'm Indian. Thank you for the answer.

Things I learnt when an airline lost my luggage

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

In July I was travelling from Barcelona to Luxembourg when security strikes at Barcelona airport meant we were unable to get through security in time to board our flight. However our checked bags did make the flight and took off without us and were subsequently lost by the airline for four days. This resulted in us having to find an alternative route to Luxembourg with only the clothes on our back and the items in our hand luggage. Just over a month later my luggage again failed to turn up on a luggage carousel, this time in Auckland. Thankfully this time it was located within a few hours in Frankfurt, having missed my connection to Hong Kong 30 hours earlier. I got it back three days later. Here are some of the things I learnt when an airline lost my luggage which will improve your situation if it ever happens to […]

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Lamphun and Lampang: Two destinations off the beaten path in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

I thought that I had seen almost everything around Chiang Mai. So, when my birthday weekend came and I wanted to go for a trip, I had no idea where to go. Finally, my attention was drawn by two small towns in the north of Thailand – Lamphun and Lampang. The internet guides didn’t say […]

Paris: Major commuter train line suspended...

by cigalechanta @ Fodor's Forum

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180123/paris-train-lines-suspended-as-river-seine-to-rise-above-six-metres

Is Sky Bar in Bangkok Worthwhile?

Is Sky Bar in Bangkok Worthwhile?

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Many itineraries of a trip to Bangkok will include a visit to one of the city’s many rooftop bars. Situated 63 stories above Bangkok, Sky Bar is arguably the most famous rooftop bar in the City of Angles. But is this posh bar with a view of Bangkok really worth the price? We're sharing our honest opinion and letting you in on everything you should expect if you add it to your Bangkok itinerary.

Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions - The Mad Traveler

Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions - The Mad Traveler


The Mad Traveler

Visa on Arrival or E-Visa for Vietnam It has become so much easier to get a visa for Vietnam since

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Ziplining in Langkawi, Malaysia with Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventures

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

If you love activities that get your adrenaline pumping and being out in nature, then Langkawi, Malaysia might just be your idea of paradise. There are so many activities you can choose from on the island, from SCUBA diving to island hopping on a jet ski, riding up the steepest cable car in the world, […]

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How to travel with 2 passports: Hongkong and BNO

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

BNO passport & Hongkong passport - which passport you can use when applying visa to Vietnam in Hongkong? Details can be found here.

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Stories from my Sustainable Trip with the UNWTO

Stories from my Sustainable Trip with the UNWTO

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to travel around the world with the United Nations World Tourism Organization to raise awareness about sustainable travel. This adventure brought me paragliding in Colombia, snorkeling in Mexico and through some of Germany's most magical Christmas markets. Come along on my journey and read my deep thoughts, funny wonderings and most memorable stories and pictures!

District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

[Article] Read the full story about Marcus Loke here

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4 awesome rooftop bars in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is a place where it’s good to slow down and relax. During the day you can spend your time shopping in various boutiques and malls, or drink coffee in a beautiful and stylish cafe. And when the sun sets you can head to one of the bars in the city and mingle with […]

9 places to see in Pai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Pai is a small town in the north of Thailand. For years it’s been popular with yoga, Thai massages, vegetarian cuisine and nature enthusiasts, who value healthy lifestyle and relaxation over the noise and chaos of a city. It was once a favourite hang out place among the hippie crowd and only recently it gained popularity […]

How to become an online English teacher?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

We live in a world where you don’t need to leave your house to be able to go to school. Thanks to the internet and developed technology we can learn whatever we want and wherever we are. We can also teach anywhere, whether it’s a hostel in Thailand or a nice Airbnb apartment in Italy. […]

Hooker Valley Track – Mount Cook National Park

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

While I was touring the South Island with Wild Kiwi last week, four of us from the tour decided to walk the Hooker Valley Track on our free afternoon in Mount Cook National Park. We were told it would take around 3.5 hours return from our accommodation at Mount Cook Lodge, but already having painfully sore calf muscles from a 6 hour hike up Isthmus Peak in Wanaka two days earlier, I was relieved to find it was actually much shorter. The Hooker Valley Track is mostly flat and an easy walk to a lake with icebergs and views of Mount Cook where the Hooker Glacier is breaking off. When we were dropped off at the start point by our tour guide we were already surrounded by snow capped mountain vistas and initially the terrain is quite rocky and not all that interesting. The hike includes three high swing bridges over the green and […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

Visa for Vietnam: complete information, procedures & costs

Visa for Vietnam: complete information, procedures & costs


Vietnam Impressive

Visa for Vietnam has been improved in procedure and less frustration for travelers. You can have your visa easily on line saving time queuing at Embassies

What is Sustainable Tourism and What Does it Look Like Around the World

What is Sustainable Tourism and What Does it Look Like Around the World

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

What is sustainable travel? Well, isn't that a good question! I am delving into what sustainable tourism looks like around the world: from Colombia to Germany! Read real life stories and examples of how sustainable travel can transform our world for the better and become a part of the change!

Discounts and Coupons

by Sborto Zhou @ Sapore di Cina

At SDC we make a daily effort to find, select and evaluate the best services and products for you. In addition, we always try to get in contact with the companies we recommend so that our readers can enjoy exclusive discounts. In this article, you will find a wide selection of discounts and offers for the products and services that we suggest.

2 ways to get Vietnam visa in Mumbai, India

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

If you are an Indian passport holder or a resident in Mumbai, India whose nationality is not included in the Vietnam visa exemption list, and you are planning a visit to Vietnam, then remember to apply for visa beforehand as you cannot get into the country without it. But how to get a visa for Vietnam in Mumbai, India? The answer is so easy.

Overland from Chiang Mai to Vientiane: A cheap and easy way to get from Thailand to Laos

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Travelling overland from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is an easy and cheap way to get from Thailand to Laos. It is a very popular way of doing visa and border runs for many backpackers and expats, who want to stay in the Land of Smiles a bit longer. Ticket prices are reasonable – for only 750 […]

The Best Things to do in Tasmania

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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How to organise your own trip and travel on a budget?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

You want to see the world, but your earnings and budget don’t allow you to travel? You listen with envy to your friends who tell you about their adventures abroad and you dream to be able to do the same in the future? You want to know how other people can afford to go to […]

How To Plan a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Trip

How To Plan a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Trip

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

It's easier than you think to plan a sustainable trip. You don't need to book an ecotourism resort with a hefty price tag or volunteer in a remote village for weeks on end. Any type of traveler can plan a sustainable vacation if you know where to start. In this article, we'll walk you through practical and easy ways you can plan a sustainable trip.

Cost of living in Thailand: Can you afford it?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is not only popular because of its weather, food and smiling people, but also because of relatively low prices. You can live here comfortably on around $500 a month. It all depends on which part of the country you want to live in and what kind of lifestyle you prefer. Expats, who have been […]

On the road with Wild Kiwi Tours

by sarahkennerley@gmail.com @ Sarah Sees The World

Recently I got to explore the highlights of the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island with Wild Kiwi who offer a number of different small group tours around New Zealand for 18 to 35 year olds. The entire Southern Voyager tour is spent ducking in and out of National Parks (five in total) and visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We spent two nights in Franz Josef, three nights in Queenstown and our final night in Mount Cook National Park where we stayed in clean, tidy and warm hostels with a maximum of four people to a room. Our transport for the week was a pimped out Mercedes tour bus which towed a trailer behind it carrying our luggage. It was comfortable, had both air-conditioning and a heater, WiFi (when the local population was greater than about 15 people) and USB charging ports. The tour gives you a heap of activity choices […]

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How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (As an American Citizen)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Vietnam. Just the word alone evokes thoughts of bustling cities, millions of noisy scooters, hot bowls of pho, pristine beaches, and lush rice fields. And it sounds so good, doesn’t it? Every year, thousands of adventurous Americans flock to Vietnam to experience the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors the Southeast Asian country has to offerRead more

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Taking the Ferry from Greece to Turkey (to Greece)

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Long historical enemies, the Turks and the Greeks, especially along the Aegean Sea, have more in common than many will

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The Best Things to do in Noosa

by Melissa Delaware @ Thrifty Family Travels

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12 reasons to visit Vietnam at least once in a lifetime

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is not as celebrated as its regional cousins Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Indonesia. However, this does not mean that it is any less intriguing or wonderful than they are.

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Transport in Thailand: All you need to know

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

South East Asia is famous for its crowded streets, speeding mopeds, buses and trains that never go on time and ever present chaos in public transport. Thailand is a bit more developed than the other nearby countries, but when it comes to its transportation it’s not that much differnet. It’s easy to get lost here. […]

Exploring Off The Beaten Path Hong Kong: Pai Tau Village

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Po Fook Hill, the 10,000 Buddha Monastery, and the hills around Pai Tau Village Sha Tin is not only great for immature puns (I Sha Tin your shoe), it also has some worthwhile attractions. You can check out the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or the the oldest walled village Tai Wai, there’s also the [...]

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Applying For The Chase Sapphire Cards: What You Need To Know

Applying For The Chase Sapphire Cards: What You Need To Know

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ are two of the most popular transferable points currency cards out there. Generally I consider the cards to be substitutes and not complements, due to the similar ways the rewards are structured.

There's no one card that's better for everyone, and well informed people can disagree on which card is better. First I wanted to briefly recap the differences between the cards, and then I wanted to answer the most common questions I get about being approved for these two cards.

Here are the major differences between the two cards, as I see them:

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Manila

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Manila, Philippines is a huge metropolis that can feel overwhelming when you first arrive. There are so many things to see, do and eat, that’s it’s hard to know where to begin! That’s why we’re excited to share this guest post by Roger Timbrook from Expert World Travel who gives his first hand advice on ways to […]

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Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Thai charities that are worth supporting

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is an amazing country. Its culture, people, food and weather attract millions of visitors every year. Only here you can sip on an exotic cocktail while laying on a beautiful, paradise – like beach one day and trekking in the mountains, meeting minority tribes and learning how to cook the next day. Holidays in Thailand […]

A Foodie’s Guide to Mexico City: Must-Eats in Mexico’s Capital

by Mauricio Campos @ Travel Alphas

If you know us at all, then you might guess that we went to Mexico City to eat. And you wouldn’t be wrong. During our 4.5 days in Mexico City, our goal was to consume everything, in order to make the best Mexico City foodie guide we could! So it’s safe to say that thereRead more

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How to Make Poffertjes (Mini Dutch Pancakes)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After our Dutch friends introduced us to poffertjes for the first time in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, I was hooked. Now every time we go to the Netherlands, we make sure to indulge in poffertjes at least once. But the thing is, we don’t visit Amsterdam that often. Lately, it’s been a once-per-year occasion,Read more

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The best places to live in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

You have been thinking of living in Thailand for a long time now. You read forums, reviews, take part in discussions on Facebook groups, calculate the costs of living and wonder how to live in Thailand permanently. This type of decisions is not easy. Among of all other things, you need to make a decision […]

Delta Makes Positive Changes to Upgrade Certificates

Delta Makes Positive Changes to Upgrade Certificates

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

Delta has announced a positive change for its top elite members, and will be increasing the flexibility of upgrade certificates. Now, Delta Diamond Medallions and Platinum Medallions may use their upgrade certificates on Pay with Miles tickets and SkyMiles Companion Certificates. Before, upgrade certificates were only available for use on regular paid tickets. Delta announced the …

Friendly South-East Asian destinations for Indian

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Here are list of beautiful Southeast Asian places which having friendly visa policy for Indian citizens. Easy to read and prepare for your next trip!

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Shangli Ancient Village // This is Sichuan, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Shangli Ancient Village in Sichuan Province Shangli has been through a lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the peaceful feeling you get while walking its lanes. It’s one of 10 Chinese ancient villages in Sichuan province, but unlike its counterparts the village has been able to keep its authentic charm. How to get [...]

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Orvieto vs Cortona?

by Patti_lovestravel @ Fodor's Forum

If you had to had to choose between Orvieto vs Cortona, which would you select? I am hoping to squeeze in time to see both if we find we are moving...

Orvieto vs Cortona?

by Patti_lovestravel @ Fodor's Forum

If you had to had to choose between Orvieto vs Cortona, which would you select? I am hoping to squeeze in time to see both if we find we are moving...

Sunset Cruise in Langkawi, Malaysia with Tropical Charters

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Going on a sunset cruise in Langkawi, Malaysia with Tropical Charters. Jen loves sunsets. No matter where we are, if the sun is setting, she wants to see it. And usually we’re lucky enough to have the time to go and find it. It’s probably her number three favorite thing after food and sleep. Oh, […]

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How You Can Start a Successful, Money-Making Travel Blog

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

By far, starting our travel blog was the best decision we’ve ever made. Back in September of 2014, when we first launched Travel Alphas, we never could have imagined just how many opportunities would come from this beautiful blogging journey of ours. And we really couldn’t be more grateful. When we first started, we hadRead more

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