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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!

 

August 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Vietnamtourism-Hanoi’s 57th Anniversary On August 12, 2017, at Kim Dong Cultural Center, the program “Brand Journey” has been successfully organized by Vietnamtourism – Hanoi. The program marked the 57th anniversary of the establishment and development of Vietnamtourism – Hanoi in particular and the Vietnam tourism industry in general. Vietnamtourism – Hanoi’s Free Tours […]

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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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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Souvenirs of Southeast Asia: A Little Something for Everyone

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Shopping for souvenirs on your journey can be a daunting task, but most major tourist hubs across the continent feature a wide-variety of unique gifts to bring back to your loved ones. If you’re concerned about finding something special, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of souvenirs for each one of our South Asian […]

December 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Vietnamtourism-Hanoi Honored As An Excellent Travel Company 2017 Vietnamtourism – Hanoi attended “Customer Conference 2017” organized by Vietnam Airlines as a Gold Sponsor at Melia Hanoi Hotel on the evening of December 6, 2017. At the conference, Vietnamtourism – Hanoi once again recognized as the country’s leading travel brand when it was awarded […]

Top 4 Things To Buy In Vietnam

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

There are just too many things to buy in Vietnam. I mean, sometimes you probably might feel as if you ...

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Vietnam Travel | Places to visit in   Vietnam

Vietnam Travel | Places to visit in Vietnam


Rough Guides

Explore places to visit in Vietnam with Rough Guides: find out when to go, view itineraries and read about lakes, bays, street food and water puppets.

My peaceful weekend in Ba Be lake

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

I had a great weekend getaway that I could enjoy peaceful moments in Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan province.   ...

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Top Churches in Vietnam for Meaningful Christmas Eve

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Vietnam has several top churches for foreigners and locals to celebrate Merry Christmas. Christmas is the ideal time for the Christians to show off their great faith in their God and for the non-Christians to gather and memorize the last moments at the end of the year. Although this event has not been traditionally celebrated […]

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The Best Time to Visit Nguru, Nigeria for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Nguru for ideal weather are November 19th to February 11th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Nguru Temperature Average temperatures in Nguru vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of […]

Discover Impressive Ban Gioc Waterfall and Its Festival in Cao Bang

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Cao Bang Province is blessed with Vietnam’s widest waterfall named Ban Gioc – the must-see highlight in the northern areas. The waterfall is mesmerizing and mighty while the ethnic culture of Tay makes it the ideal ground for the cultural festival. For any travel to Cao Bang, everybody is recommended to see this magnificent ecotourism […]

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The Best Time to Visit Qandahar, Afghanistan for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Qandahar for ideal weather are March 5th to May 6th or September 24th to November 18th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Qandahar Temperature Average temperatures in Qandahar vary drastically. Considering humidity, […]

JetBlue and Boarding Pass Are Giving Away $450 Flight Vouchers

JetBlue and Boarding Pass Are Giving Away $450 Flight Vouchers

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Dream about free travel? Good news: JetBlue and luggage and accessories company Boarding Pass have teamed together to offer vouchers for free flights every month. During the course of this year, JetBlue and Boarding Pass will give away one $450 voucher each month as part of their “Explore America” giveaway. Boarding Pass will be highlighting …

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 [...]

Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Top 10 photos of Southeast Asia on display in Vietnam

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

These stunning snaps were selected from more than 10,000 entries to celebrate 50 years of ASEAN. Vietnam’s tourism ministry has ...

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Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

Cambodia vs Vietnam: Let’s Help you Decide - Days to Come

Cambodia vs Vietnam: Let’s Help you Decide - Days to Come


Days to Come

Cambodia and Vietnam are neighboring countries in arguably one of the most beautiful corners of the globe. Both countries have areas still rooted deep in tradition, with magnificent relics dating back centuries to remind us of the illustrious history that made each place what it is today. They’re also both equal in their proud offering of natural wonders and burgeoning city life, but which one suits your travel needs and wants? Let us help you decide. Cambodia Vietnam Capital city Phnom Penh Hanoi Most popular destination Siem Reap Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) Natural attraction Angkor Wat Halong Bay

Top 10 reasons why Vietnam attracts world-wide travelers - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Top 10 reasons why Vietnam attracts world-wide travelers - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog


Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Beautiful natural landscape and scenery, pristine charming beaches, friendly locals or delicious street food, there are so many reasons for Vietnam tourism

And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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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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The Spicy Lover’s Guide to the Globe: A List of Every Spicy Food

by Jackie @ Days to Come

Spicy food. You either love it, you hate it or you’re trying to get used to it (like my partner is). If you love it then there’s one thing for sure, you want to taste all the spicy foods around the world.

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SURVIVING BORACAY ALONE

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

In March of 2012, I was nearly finished with a 3-week journey moving west through the Visayas region of The Philippines. Visayas is famous for beach and diving destinations. I have never been very interested in beaches, so I was focused on the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Kalibo. I did, however, have a beach destination as my final stop before flying out of the country. That beach was the most famous beach in all of The Philippines- Boracay. I was all by my sad self during these weeks in the Philippines. I’d met people here and there along the way, but I didn’t join a backpacker caravan or fall in love. So, how is it traveling to Boracay alone, anyway?

Often beach destinations entice travelers of impossibly clear turquoise waters bookended by eternal sunrises and sunsets. So often, ... Read More »

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Priceless Experiences at District Wharf D.C.

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of IHG Rewards Club. The opinions and text are all ours. Have you always wanted to be an ambassador? Enjoy the perks of elite status but don't ever stay enough in the same hotel to reach it? Well you can now! While visiting Washington D.C. […]

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Travel Experts Choice: 27 of the Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

There are 7,641 islands in the Philippines how do you decide which ones to visit? We asked 30 travel experts what their favorite place in the Phillippines was and made this list of the best tourist spots in the Philippines. No matter where you go...

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Siren song of an unassuming beauty

Siren song of an unassuming beauty


Traveller

Diverse, unspoilt and inexpensive, Vietnam is luring Australians — be they families, adventurers or cruisers — away from larger Asian destinations.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: RENT A SHORT-TERM APARTMENT WHILE TRAVELING

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

If you want to experience the true life of a place, experience it like a local: get an apartment in a true neighborhood. Wake up to the sounds of street vendors and garbage trucks. Be recognized with a smile by your local noodle-slinger.

If a city strikes your fancy, rent an apartment for a month and stick around for awhile.

Another advantage of worldwide Internet networking is that it allows us to exchange short-term apartments without going through an agent or company. Check the New York City craigslist sublet page and you’ll find plenty of Parisians happy to exchange their Left Bank apartment for a little temporary stepping stone on the Upper West Side. Though apartment exchanges are rare in Asia, there are plenty of expats and locals alike who will be vacating their adobe and happy to have someone trustworthy in ... Read More »

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Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

5 of SAIGON’S BEST HIDDEN COCKTAIL BARS

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a place of surprises, much of them elusive to first-time visitors with just a few days on the ground. Though a bit challenging at first, Ho Chi Minh City eventually became our favorite city in the world and a base for many of our adventures in the Southeast Asian region. It’s also a pretty great place to go out and grab a drink, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday, Saigon’s music venues, breathtaking rooftop bars, and tiny neighborhood spots are buzzing.

Unlike the more world famous, easy-to-find spots of Bangkok and Shanghai, Saigon is a city of tight neighborhoods which unveil themselves only to those intrepid enough to explore the tiniest, faintest lines on the map. Saigon doesn’t have a Times Square or Pudong. It’s a megacity comprised of small, distinct districts and alleys. Perch ... Read More »

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A Walk in Washington DC – 12 Must See Monuments and Memorials

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of IHG Rewards Club. The opinions and text are all ours. We didn't expect to love Washington DC but if there's one thing we learned in our travels it is that anywhere can surprise you. When IHG© Rewards Club asked us if we'd like to […]

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2 Weeks in Greece For Every Budget

by Rachel @ Days to Come

Stunning white beaches, turquoise water, great food, spectacular mountain scenery, genuine hospitality and endless culture and history.  These are just some of the reasons to travel to Greece. On top of all this, Greece is a seriously affordable destination. But how much will you really need per day according to your budget? What’s the breakdown of costs to help you plan your visit? We’ve been there and done the legwork for you, so whether you’re travelling on a shoestring or ready for a few weeks of luxury, we’ve got two weeks in Greece for every budget right here. Top budget

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8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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A Complete Guide to Sapa Vietnam for Full Experiences

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Sapa Vietnam has numerous beautiful and exquisite corners for year-round vacations in which people discover the cool vibe, stunning mountain, ethnic village, etc. The experiences are all worthy and memorable. For a complete discovery of Sapa, find a full guide below so that trip to the existing paradise in the northwest of Vietnam just goes […]

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Chinese tourist surge strains Vietnam's tourism services

Chinese tourist surge strains Vietnam's tourism services


The Jakarta Post

More than 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Vietnam in the first six month of 2016, a 47.5 per cent growth compared with the same period last year, straining its tourism industry.

What to Pack for a Safari Tour in Tanzania

by Michelle Rae Uy @ Days to Come

Tanzania is one of the most culturally fascinating destinations in Africa, and there is no better way to explore the vast lands of this country than on a safari tour. Choosing a great tour operator and game reserve for your safari tour in Tanzania isn’t that difficult. There are many trusted companies out there and hundreds of resources online to help you pick the best ones. The trickiest part, however, is the packing side of things. If you’re wondering what to pack for a safari tour in Tanzania, fear not, as we’ve compiled an essential guide to alleviate any stress you

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The Perfect Honeymoon spot: Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

The Maldives is that tropical paradise we all dream about and hope to visit someday. The images we saw instantly sold us on making the trip, but how do you pick which Maldives resorts to stay at? We spent 6 weeks island hopping around the...

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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 […]

Where to Stay in San Francisco – A Guide To The Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

Choosing  where to stay in San Francisco can be difficult. With so many neighborhoods to choose from, selecting accommodation can be overwhelming for the first time visitor. Local writer Mimi McFadden created this guide to help you with your decision. A guide to San Francisco includes information on of the 5 most popular areas with suggestions of […]

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Nha Trang Travel Diary 2017

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

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Trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar . Vietnam Travel Agency

Trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar . Vietnam Travel Agency


Vietnam Tour Pedia

Trip to Vietnam Cambodia, Laos & Burma (Myanmar) 2017 / 2018: Vietnam Travel agency to book exclusive tour packages, vacation guide & top holiday deals

Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel – A Year in Review

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

On the 3rd of January 2017, the UNWTO officially declared the beginning of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Under the slogan TRAVEL ENJOY RESPECT, tourism organizations, government agencies and private businesses alike committed themselves to creating positive change within the travel industry. As a leading tour operator and destination management company in […]

Calls for special foreigners' police in Vietnam

Calls for special foreigners' police in Vietnam


ABC News

A recent spate of tourist deaths in Vietnam is refocusing attention on visitor safety in the alluring South-East Asian nation.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.Here goes:-1-TAKE YOUR VISA SERIOUSLY, VERY SERIOUSLY INDEEDYes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned ... Read More »

An 87 year -old ghost writer in the Central Post

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

Inside the Central Post Office in downtown HCMC, foreign tourists might be captivated by not only the charm of the ...

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

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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, […]

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.

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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Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

What Best Ecotourism Destinations in Vietnam – The Nature-friendly Travel

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Sorting out those of the best ecotourism destinations in Vietnam can urge the nature lovers to opt for the Indochina travel to this beautiful S-shaped country soon. If you want to get rid of the daily hardship and stress, the eco-trip to Vietnam promises to cheer you up with the charming nature, friendly locals, and […]

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Skirt Long TSA Lines With TripIt’s Latest Feature

Skirt Long TSA Lines With TripIt’s Latest Feature

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

A new year, a new TripIt feature. The highest-rated travel-organizing app just got a new feature that estimates wait times at security checkpoints. With the update, one of the most unpredictable aspects of traveling now has real-time wait times so users can plan exactly when to head to the airport.  By alerting travelers to wait-times …

Where to Take the Best Photos of Japan: As Told by a Pro

by Matthew Smith @ Days to Come

Embarking on an adventure to Japan is easily one of the most rewarding experiences for any photographer as the country offers such diverse opportunities to shoot a variety of subjects. During my recent visit to Japan, I focused predominantly on Japanese architecture, street portraits and uncovering the best locations to shoot the perfect image. To find out where to take the best photos of Japan (along with a few handy tips), keep on reading. Best time to visit Japan Japan is an incredible country boasting culture, sights and history unlike anywhere else. Despite its small size, there is so much

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How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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Québec City – A Photo Gallery Walking Tour

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After spending some time in Montreal, we tacked on a visit to Québec City to the end of our trip. While not nearly the size of Montreal, it was a great addition to our Montreal trip because it gave us a better taste of Canada. Montreal, while totally worth visiting (it feels like Europe-meets-North America), has more of an international city vibe and doesn’t give you a true Canadian experience. Québec City, although still quite touristy, was much more of a cultural experience than Montreal.

Although the city changed from French rule to British rule in 1763, only a mere 1.5% of the population is considered an Anglophone — 95% of Québec’s population speaks French as its first language. Québec City is the seat of Québecois government and about 95% of the people conduct the government in French. With a total of 550,000 people living in the city, appx. 50,000 were provincial government and 30,000 were Federal and government subcontractors…so a LOT of these Québec City residents are fluent in French.

Sure, Québec is French Canadian, but there’s no doubt that these parts were settled by the French not too long ago. Many things about the walled city are similar to Arles, a walled city in “its motherland.” In fact, Grande Allee looks almost identical to a road in Arles. And, FYI: this street is DEAD on a Monday night at 11pm in May…although rumored to be hopping on weekends in the summer.

Even though you surely won’t need as much time to explore this small city as you would in Montreal, the drive up is absolutely, 110% worth it because of the pretty Canadian countryside you pass on the way up and also for the authenticity it offers– despite feeling a bit like a tourist trap.

After wearing shorts in Montreal (in May), just a few hours north (and, granted, a significant cold front coming in), it was literally FREEZING in Québec City. I mean, WTF? All I packed was flip-flops and we’ve only got 1 day in this city…so, as much as I wanted to stay inside, explore we must. The #FWP of a self-proclaimed “adventurer.”

Inside the walled city, the atmosphere is a little more lively, with at least a few stragglers walking along the streets and several bars filled with who I would assume to be fellow tourists. The Saint Alexandre Pub was filled with people at 11:45 pm on a Monday night. We highly recommend it for a little atmosphere– and a break from the numbing cold.

 

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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January 2018 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Vietnamtourism-Hanoi Is Proud To Be One of The Top 10 Vietnamese Travel Agencies Reputed 2017 Vietnamtourism – Hanoi officially announced in the list of Top 10 Vietnamese Travel Agencies Reputed 2017 by Vietnam Assessment Report Joint Stock Company (Vietnam Report). This list based on research of the impact of financial factors, the corporate […]

Get Farming Experience with Dalat Garden Tours

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Dalat in Vietnam gains fame as the “City Of Flowers,” “Foggy City,” or even “Sakura Land,” thanks to a mild climate and fresh air all year round. Wandering around fresh fruit and vegetable gardens is likely to be a new hot trend that attracts a large number of visitors every year. With a big advantage […]

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Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

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Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

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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Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

Prepare for Higher Airfare as Airlines Deal With Increasing Fuel Costs

Prepare for Higher Airfare as Airlines Deal With Increasing Fuel Costs

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Despite the Great Squeeze in Economy and introduction of Basic Economy by many airlines, in many ways we are living in a golden age of travel. Economy airfares to Europe and Asia that once might be considered incredible deals are now practically standard. Meanwhile, airlines are battling to provide the best offerings in the forward …

Memories

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Spurred by the writing of my next book about my years on the road, I find myself wandering the halls of memory reminiscing about my last decade of travel. I dig through old photos and journal entries. I search Facebook for people I met years ago. Stories and faces long forgotten zoom back into my […]

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Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

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.

Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

Top 5 Best Beaches In Vietnam

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

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The Best Time to Visit Yazd, Iran for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Yazd for ideal weather are March 5th to May 13th or September 24th to November 11th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Yazd Temperature Average temperatures in Yazd vary drastically. Considering humidity, […]

North Vietnam Photo Tour – Mr. Kieron Nelson Review

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Date: 6 – 25 Sep 2017 | Party of 1 passenger: Mr. Kieron Nelson (Toronto, Canada) | 10-day North Vietnam Photo Tour This is a follow up to my posting of April 23 2017 Finally recovered from a seventeen hour flight from Toronto to Hanoi via Taipei. Devastating flooding had occurred two weeks before my scheduled […]

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5 Street Food Tips for Safely Savouring the Flavours of Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Street food is an important aspect of anyone’s travels to Asia. Not only is it widespread, locally sourced, produced and consumed, it reflects longstanding culture and culinary tradition. There are a variety of informal instructions that can be followed, or safety rules for keeping a happy tummy, however, we’ve condensed it down to 5 easy […]

The Best Time to Visit Zinder, Niger for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Zinder for ideal weather are December 3rd to January 28th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Zinder Temperature Average temperatures in Zinder vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of […]

April 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Vietnamtourism-Hanoi At VITM 2017 At the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2017 taken place in Hanoi from 6 to 9 April, Vietnamtourism-Hanoi has created a remarkable change of its business image with its booth decor, which also brought us “The Most Impressive Business Booth at VITM 2017 Award”. With hundreds of domestic and […]

13 Amazing Vietnam Destinations | Traveling To Vietnam

13 Amazing Vietnam Destinations | Traveling To Vietnam


Getting Stamped

Traveling to Vietnam and looking for the best Vietnam destinations? When planning a trip to Vietnam narrow it down to the best places to visit in Vietnam.

How to Achieve your New Year’s Resolution

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

It was exactly 10 years ago that we fulfilled our New Year's Resolution that changed our lives. It was, January 2008 as we sailed down The Nile River in Cairo celebrating the kick off of The Tour d'Afrique; A cycling race down the continent of Africa. One Year earlier Dave and I made a New […]

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10 Amazing Fairytale Castles In Germany You Cannot Miss

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

Did you know there are over 20,000 castles in Germany? Yeah, neither did we! Deciding which German castles to visit can be a daunting task. We’ve traveled to Germany 6 times and seen a ton of gorgeous castles in Germany. Let us help you pick...

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Vietnam’s tourist arrivals grow 21 percent in first 6 months

Vietnam’s tourist arrivals grow 21 percent in first 6 months


Thanh Nien Daily

China is the biggest market, followed by South Korea and Japan

How Are American Tourists Treated In Vietnam? - Travel Happy

How Are American Tourists Treated In Vietnam? - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

If you're an American looking to go travelling in Vietnam, don't worry about getting a frosty reception because of the legacy of the war. The Vietnamese ha

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 […]

Things to do in Vietnam: readers’ travel tips

Things to do in Vietnam: readers’ travel tips


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Beautiful countryside, delicious food and fascinating culture ... readers share the most memorable places and experiences from their travels, often discovered in the company of knowledgeable locals

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 [...]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Regulations for entering Vietnam

Regulations for entering Vietnam


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Here's all the information you'll need about regulations for entering Vietnam.

Is Tourism Doing Enough to Help Fight Poverty?

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

While environmental protection and cultural preservation are always high on the responsible travel agenda, there seems to be a lack of focus on what really makes sustainable tourism work: the well-being of people! International organizations are often expounding on the benefits of tourism for host countries, the economic rewards, as well as the potentially positive […]

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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Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam

Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

My trip through Vietnam, my awful experience, and why I never want to go back there for the rest of my life.

My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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7 Fun Things to Do in The Picturesque City of Sintra, Portugal

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

There are so many things to do in Sintra, a picturesque city located just 45 minutes north of Lisbon Portugal. The history of the area dates back to the 1400’s when a single monastery was placed on a hilltop in Sintra during medieval times. When the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city, the […]

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37 Places to Eat in Tokyo

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I asked for your food recommendations for Tokyo, and you did not disappoint. In November, me and some friends spent a week eating our way around the city. It's hard to have a bad meal in Tokyo, and while I didn't get to eat everywhere, these are some of the best places!

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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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Sandals Resorts Overwater Bungalows in Jamaica

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

That’s right, you no longer have to travel halfway around the world to stay in an overwater villa. This type of accommodation used to only exist in the Maldives, Tahiti, and Bora Bora. There are now overwater bungalows in Jamaica at Sandals South Coast and Sandals...

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The Best Time to Visit Kirkuk, Iraq for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Kirkuk for ideal weather are March 5th to May 6th or October 22nd to December 9th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Kirkuk Temperature Average temperatures in Kirkuk vary drastically. Considering humidity, […]

October 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Vietnamtourism – Hanoi’s Mid-Autumn Festival Vietnamtourism – Hanoi in collaboration with Hanoi Open University organized The Fairy Moon Festival at the Tourist Information & Support Centre, 28 Hang Dau St., Hanoi on October 1, 2017. Performance such as drama, music, dance, and quiz with prizes had received a lot of compliments from the […]

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 [...]

Should I Travel to Costa Rica?

by Gemma Music @ Days to Come

You’ve probably heard about the abundant wildlife, miles of rainforests and grand beaches of Costa Rica, but how much do you really know about this small Central American country? Maybe Costa Rica has piqued your interest recently? Maybe not? Only you know the answer. Either way, now that we have your attention and you’re already reading this article, it’s worth the next 5 minutes of your life to keep reading and find out if Costa Rica is the destination for you. You might just surprise yourself. Capital San José Official Language Spanish Currency Costa Rican colón Population 4.85 millions (2016)

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Discover: Vicksburg

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When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam

Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam


Travel.gc.ca

Country Travel Advice and Advisories from the Government of Canada

The Best Time to Visit Khartoum, Sudan for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Khartoum for ideal weather are November 26th to January 28th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Khartoum Temperature Average temperatures in Khartoum vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of […]

Citi ThankYou Premier Brings Back Sign-Up Bonus: Earn 30k Points After $3k in Spend

Citi ThankYou Premier Brings Back Sign-Up Bonus: Earn 30k Points After $3k in Spend

by Sarah Silbert @ The Points Guy

Two of Citi’s best travel rewards cards, the Citi Prestige and the Citi ThankYou Premier, haven’t been offering new cardholders any sign-up bonus at all for the last several months. Especially if you’ve been wanting to boost your balance of Citi ThankYou Rewards points, you might have held off an applying for either — but …

6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

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The Best Places for a Vacation Home or Long-Term Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

Safe Locations with Nice Weather All Year Round If you’re looking to buy a vacation home or find a new favorite travel spot that you can visit year-round, you want to find a place that will have pleasant weather whenever you visit. We crunched millions of lines of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) temperature […]

The Best Time to Visit Najran, Saudi Arabia for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Najran for ideal weather are October 22nd to March 18th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Najran Temperature Average temperatures in Najran vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half […]

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Once Upon A Time In Da Nang

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

Da Nang is one of those places that has the weird magic of making people wish to return for more. ...

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Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

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10 Tips on How to Haggle in Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Travelling to Asia offers many thrills, one particular is the excitement of the barter. Haggling is a way of life throughout the continent, and when travelling through visitors have the unique opportunity to get in on the deals. However, many people get intimidated by the venture, as it can be both stressful and overwhelming if […]

Buffalo Tours Awarded Travelife Partner Status

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Buffalo Tours is always striving to help improve standards for responsible travel and sustainable tourism in Asia. We are committed to working with international organizations and regional partners to continually develop strategies for improving environmental protection, social equality and economic empowerment in our local communities. For this reason, we are happy to announce that Travelife […]

Responsible tourism in Vietnam

Responsible tourism in Vietnam


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Responsible tourism in Vietnam. Easy to read, honest advice on responsible tourism in Vietnam to help you make sure your trip has a positive effect on the environment and local communities.

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. […]

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read 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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Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze


The HoliDaze

The culture is great, the scenery impressive, and the food delicious, but many travelers never return to Vietnam. Here's why; & how you can have a good trip

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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The Ultimate Dim Sum Guide

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Source Travelling to Hong Kong or Shanghai in the near future? Despite their many differences they have common threads, particularly the ever popular brunch mayhem that’s best known as dim sum. A longstanding tradition of many branches of Chinese cuisine, this meal consists of a variety of small plates served with a hot pot of […]

Hiking the Japanese Alps in Winter

by Michelle Rae Uy @ Days to Come

Towering peaks up to 3,000 metres tall stand tall in the heart of Japan’s Honshu island, dividing the area into two parts. These are the Japanese Alps, encompassing four prefectures and three of the country’s mightiest mountain ranges – the Hidas, Kiso, and Akaishi.  In warmer months, they’re sun-dappled and covered with carpets of green, where absurdly beautiful valleys and picturesque towns sit peacefully and mighty summits keep a relentless watch nearby. Yet in the wintertime, they’re even more thunderous, glistening with fresh white snow, wind-chiselled facades that are simply spectacular. Make no mistake: hiking the Japanese Alps in the

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Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Best Time to Visit Vietnam | Climate Guide | Audley Travel

Best Time to Visit Vietnam | Climate Guide | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Find out the best time to visit Vietnam with details on climate, seasons and events from Audley specialists.

New York City Christmas – 10 Great Things to See in the City

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

Who doesn't want to celebrate Christmas in New York? It seems that every great Christmas movie or memory of ours is somehow associated with NYC. When IHG© Rewards Club  asked us where we'd like to spend our last trip of the year, we suggested the Big Apple. A New York City Christmas celebration has always been our […]

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The Best Time to Visit Waw, Sudan for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Waw for ideal weather are October 29th to March 4th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Waw Temperature Average temperatures in Waw vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with […]

The 8 Commandments of Traveling with Your Partner

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

In collaboration with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group We have been traveling the world together for over 1,600 days (and counting) straight. Luckily, we travel pretty well together – but travel can be a big test of a relationship. A few things about traveling with your significant...

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Andalusia Travel – 5 Reasons to Visit the South of Spain

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

From the classic Alhambra to ‘Fifty Shades of Pink’, there’s plenty to explore and train your lenses on in southern Spain’s Andalusia region. Peter Hendrie leads Andalusia travel photography tours every February and shares his reasons for why you should visit this magical destination.  Andalusia Travel – A Magical Photo Tour All Andalusia Travel photos […]

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Vietnam’s tourism industry soars

Vietnam’s tourism industry soars


South China Morning Post

International tourists flock to Da Nang as business travellers and MICE groups meet in Hanoi, Haiphong and Ho Chi Minh City

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 […]

Places to Visit in Southern Vietnam | Travel Blog | ThePlanetD

Places to Visit in Southern Vietnam | Travel Blog | ThePlanetD


The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

In Autumn 2011 I embarked on a volunteer experience in Southern Vietnam for just under a month. In some ways Vietnam is a lot like the rest of South East Asia

Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

Can cake- a special food in Phan Rang

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

Let’s see how they make “can cake” which we enjoyed it in Ho Chi Minh (old name is Saigon) As ...

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Where to Head for the Best Vietnam Motorbike Tours

by admin @

Vietnam is a hot destination that steals your heart with picturesque scenery, romantic rivers, impressive mountain ranges, green and lush forests, stunning beaches, etc. This country is somewhat best explored by a motorbike. During the Vietnam motorbike tours, you will be given from admiration to admiration by the marvelous landscapes in the most authentic way. […]

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What to Expect on a Wine Tour

by Leona @ Days to Come

When travelling across the world, there is always an opportunity to learn new skills, develop a taste for new cuisine, enjoy local experiences and meet new people. This, of course, can all be experienced on a wine tour. Whether you’re stopping for a quick tipple while driving through wine regions or joining a specialist, multi-day wine-tasting tour in Europe or other parts of the world, a winery tour is always a good idea – and even better when you have a designated driver! Before you go, we’ve collected some useful tips to help you understand what to expect when visiting a

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Responsible Travel in Laos

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

In continuation of our ongoing work in responsible travel, we are always focused on tailoring experiences for sustainable tourism. Travelling responsibly is much easier than it seems, with current industry trends focused on community development, wildlife protection and cultural preservation. This is aided by the fact that visitors are seeking out an exploration of the […]

September 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Newly-appointed General Director of Vietnamtourism – Hanoi since Sep 1st, 2017 On September 08, 2017, we were pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Khuat Minh Ha as new General Director of Vietnamtourism – Hanoi. Mr Khuat Minh Ha takes over from Mr Le Vu Trang who is retiring at the end of […]

Tourism in Vietnam - Visit Vietnam

Tourism in Vietnam - Visit Vietnam


Vietnamitas en Madrid - tourist information about Vietnam and Southeast Asia

Vietnam tourism. Preparations for the trip to Vietnam, how to organize the trip, whether traveling for leisure or tourist agency. Tourist attractions and touring routes Vietnam.

The Quintessence of Tonkin – New Must-see Cultural Program in Hanoi Vietnam

by admin @

Hanoi Vietnam is rich in history and culture that attracts visitors to the capital city for various interests. While some people are fond of the well-preserved historical landmarks, the others take it a must to see the local cultural performances. Hanoi is proud of the water puppetry art, and now the city wins praises for […]

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Should I Visit Cuba?

by Gemma Music @ Days to Come

Cuba is a country where you can expect the unexpected. Even for the most seasoned traveller, this Caribbean nation is sure to impress. In a country where vintage cars, Cuban cigars and live music rule the streets; it’s time to find out if you should travel to Cuba. Capital Havana Official Language Spanish Currency Cuban peso Population 11.5 million (2016) What type of traveller is Cuba suited for? Are you a fan of exploring destinations filled with history and charm? Do you enjoy white sand beaches and blue-hued waters? How about vintage cars, pastel buildings and 50s style architecture? Do you

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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 […]

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 ...

Amsterdam with Kids – 7 Attractions You and Your Child Will Love

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

Spread the word! Amsterdam is as much a family-friendly destination as anywhere else in the world. Our family travel specialist Ari Charlestein proves you to can travel to Amsterdam with kids.  Amsterdam with Kids For too long, traveling to Amsterdam came with a significant, negative stigma. It had been thought of as a European “Sin […]

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24 Hours in Nice – Sometime’s You Only have a Day to See it All

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

Face it: sometimes you don’t have a great deal of time to spend in a city. But I’ve learned that you can pack a lot in in just 24 hours, if you plan ahead and prioritize what you want to do. Here's what I did with my short 24 hours in Nice, France. By Susan […]

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Vietnam War Sites of Interest

Vietnam War Sites of Interest


TripSavvy

A south-to-north tour of Vietnam War sites, like Hue and Hoi An. Learn more about historic Vietnam War sites of interest to visit on your trip to Vietnam.

The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Travel in Vietnam

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

If you are looking for the perfect combination of culture, relaxation and adventure, then Vietnam offers one of the most unique luxury travel experiences in Southeast Asia. From the elegant heritage hotels of Hanoi and Saigon, to the exotic mystique of Halong Bay and Vietnam’s exclusive island resorts, luxury travel in Vietnam provides the perfect […]

Trip Review: A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN – MALDIVES IN VIETNAM

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

Ly Son Island is the garlic kingdom of Vietnam. It is the only island belongs to Quang Ngai province . ...

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Vietnam Travel Guide - Everything You Need to Know About Vietnam

Vietnam Travel Guide - Everything You Need to Know About Vietnam


vietnam-guide.com

Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travellers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Despite rapid modernisation in Vietnam’s urban centres of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. There are numerous ancient landmarks

The Best Time to Visit Umm Durman, Sudan for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

by Carson @ Champion Traveler

The best times to visit Umm Durman for ideal weather are November 26th to January 28th based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.   Weather in Umm Durman Temperature Average temperatures in Umm Durman vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot […]

10 THINGS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Recently I’ve taken a four-month break off of travel to settle into a comfortable life in a quiet town. It’s been nice, mostly.

I do miss packing and unpacking the bags. I miss tossing away ripped up socks, giving away paperback books, and moving what’s left of my big shampoo into a small little shampoo thingy.

Some things are essential to have packed and ready to grab when I’m on the road. I will not include the obvious things like a camera, computer, passport, etc. These following are the little home run hitters that are easy to forget about, but always needed:

1. DENTAL FLOSS

I like to eat. I like to eat meat. I like eating late. My teeth are spaced fairly far apart from laughing too much. Stuff gets in there and I need to get it out. I’ve often been wandering ... Read More »

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Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – Get Full Tips at HCM City Travel Guide

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Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (formerly named Saigon) is a huge magnet attracting people of all kind and background to gather, work, and earn their daily bread. If asking for the most bustling and less sleepy destination in Vietnam, then the answer might point to the city named after Uncle Ho: Ho Chi Minh […]

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A wonderful trip to Cu Lao Cham Island

by vietcenter @ Vietnam Tour Pedia

By Hoang yen We visited Cu Lao Cham on saturday , 09th September 2017. Cu Lao Cham located in Quang ...

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US Passport Holders Can Now Apply for Brazilian E-Visas

US Passport Holders Can Now Apply for Brazilian E-Visas

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

It’s about to get much easier for American citizens to get their Brazilian visa. Back in October, Brazil announced that it would soon allow travelers from certain countries to apply for an e-visa, making it easier to get to the country without having to apply for a visa in person at an embassy or visa …

The Year that Was and What’s Coming Next for The Planet D

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

When we look back on the year that was, it's hard to believe that we travelled to 22 destinations on five different continents in 2017. It was our plan to slow things down a bit, but when amazing opportunities come up, how can you say no? From horse treks in Kyrgyzstan to basking in the […]

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Why Paralysis Made Me Want to Travel to Every Country in the World

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

My set plan was always to gain two years of career experience after university before thinking about travel. But that would all change. With the beige anoraks and cashmere black overcoats flurrying past me in my blurred peripheral vision, the sound of hundreds of pairs of shoes walking sharply past my ears, I knew something […]

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Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Tourism worker explains why foreign travelers find Vietnam trips disappointing - Tuoi Tre News

Tourism worker explains why foreign travelers find Vietnam trips disappointing - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

Unrealistic expectations about the country, a lack of beforehand preparation, and the modest time earmarked for their trips are what make tourists dissatisfied with their travel in Vietnam

10 Best Things to Do in Vietnam - Vietnam Best Attractions

10 Best Things to Do in Vietnam - Vietnam Best Attractions


vietnam-guide.com

Attractions in Vietnam are plentiful, ranging from stunning natural landscapes, untouched islets and quaint villages to war museums, colonial structures, and ancient citadels. The Cu Chi tunnels, located outside Ho Chi Minh City, represent the sheer grit and ‘can-do’ attitude of the Vietnamese while a visit

6 Incredible Reasons to Explore Dorset

by Dave And Deb @ The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

With everything from castles to cake, not to mention some of the most geologically diverse landscapes in the UK, there are plenty of reasons to explore Dorset. Reasons to Explore Dorset Located on the southwest coast of England, acclaimed landscape photographer Andy Farrer discovered there's a lot to get excited about in Dorset and its […]

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‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

I Hate Hiking and I Hate the Cold, But I Love Greenland

by Sama Abdi @ Days to Come

Most travellers will share stories about that one trip or experience that changed their lives forever. For me, that moment was a trip to Greenland. But first, let me rewind and tell you a bit more about myself and how I got the chance to explore the coolest (or chillest!) island on Earth.         I hate hiking and really hate the cold At first glance, I appear to be a rather tall and slender woman, one who you would assume partakes in regular physical activity and enjoys it. On both counts, you would be very wrong. My Sub-Saharan African genetics are

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9 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Marrakech

by Julie Faye Germansky @ Days to Come

Although Marrakech isn’t the capital of Morocco, the allure of this bustling city never fails to attract many visitors from around the world. Marrakech is a must-visit destination for travellers seeking out a quintessential Moroccan experience with a whole lot of surprises. If you’re yet to find out what the hype about Marrakech is after seeing endless images on your social feeds, heard stories from a friend-of-a-friend who visited or are simply out of the loop on just how magical Marrakech is, you’ll quickly find reasons to love it too. Here are 9 reasons why everyone loves Marrakech (so prepare

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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 [...]

November 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Service Inspection at Pu Luong Retreat Vietnamtourism-Hanoi inspected the Pu Luong’s services and the main trekking paths in the area from October 30 to October 31

Making the Most of Asia’s Temples

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Whether the beautiful and ancient complexes of Angkor Wat, the pagoda spattered plains of Bagan, or any of the multitudes of temples, shrines and pagodas in the cities or countryside; temples are synonymous with any adventure in Asia. Make the most of your temple tours in this dynamic and diverse region by reading this quick […]

Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Hue Street Food for Happy Vietnam Food Tour

by admin @

Hue is romantic in each of its details, from culture to history, beauty, and food. Not only do the tourists come to this city to visit the Imperial Citadel, Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda, etc., but some also enjoy the Hue Street Food. The trip will lack something enjoyable if you skip the chance to […]

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What Makes The Holidays At Universal Orlando Epic

by Hannah Lukaszewicz @ Getting Stamped

The holidays are here and they’re in full effect at Universal Orlando. All of your favorite things at the park are still here, but there might be a few holiday twists. There isn’t a bad time to visit Univeral Orlando but we think it’s safe...

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Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

July 2017 E-Newsletter

by minhnq @ vn-tourism.com

Vietnamtourism-Hanoi News Service Inspection at Cat Ba, Phu Quoc and Vung Tau Vietnamtourism-Hanoi inspected the transport service (transshipment) from Tuan Chau to Cat Ba and other services in the area, in order to constantly control the quality of tourism products. Accordingly, the route from Cat Ba to Hanoi will be shortened thanks to the connecting […]

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