Thứ Sáu, 17 tháng 11, 2017

Myanmar is an enigmatic land blessed with beautiful and idyllic landscapes throughout the country. People might never run out of choices of where to travel in Myanmar. But for the first-time travelers, it’s best to get recommendations of the top destinations before they go. Get to know the top five places to visit in Myanmar!

1: Inle Lake

This is the second largest lake in Myanmar, in the Shan State. Inle is known as a paradise lake in Myanmar in which people enjoy the peaceful and nature-friendly lifestyle with the unique leg-rowing style. The lake itself owns the absolute peace and beauty which is hard to find elsewhere. Simply sightseeing the sceneries, sunrise, and sunset over the Inle creates the memorable experience.

Interestingly, the tourists often stop at Nyaung Shwe to hire a boat and enjoy the boat trip around the majestic Inle Lake. The cruising time enriches your knowledge about the fishermen’s life in the local floating villages as well as many flattering corners of the site. They two biggest highlights of Inle Lake are the beautifully tranquil charm and the special leg-rowing style.

Inle Lake – one of places to visit in Myanmar

2: The Golden Rock

For the first-time tour to Myanmar, The Golden Rock and the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda at the height of 1.100m above the sea level are big magnets to cherish. The consecrated Rock is set on the steep hill but can stand still, miraculously. Legend says that it is the Buddha’s hair keeping the Rock still there, withstanding the test of earthquakes and winds. The Rock is also covered by the golden leaves which give it the shining look even from afar. Lots of pilgrims take it a must to do homage at The Golden Rock and contemplate the imposing scenery from the hilltop.

Golden Rock – a must-see place in Myanmar

3: Mandalay

The name of Mandalay first appears to the visitors that this is the tranquil and easy town to rest, but rather, Mandalay also offers the dynamic corners with many exciting activities at night. The city is featured with the antique constructions, animated markets, appetizing food stalls, age-old villages, and very friendly residents. Eminently, Mandalay owns the famously fantastic U Bein Bridge – one of the world’s best places to view the most beautiful sunset, and the picturesque ancient Amaraputa Village.

U Bein Bridge – a place to visit in Mandalay, Myanmar

4: Yangon

Yangon has long been famous on the Myanmar tourism map. Getting there, you will be completely enchanted by the transparently blue lakes, the luxuriant parks filled with various tropical trees, and the shining Shwedagon Pagoda. The gilded Shwedagon is as impressive as any holy pagoda in the Buddha tales. Standing before the magnificent religious center, every pilgrim agrees that this is the big gem to cherish in the whole Indochina region. Besides, the system of hotels and restaurants in Yangon is even on par with the one of any big city in the world. The Yangon nightlife is energetic enough to please the party souls.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

5: Bagan

It’s said that no word can fully describe the charm of Bagan – the top antique city filled with thousands of the revered and gilded temples. Like the extensive museum of the antique and exceptional Buddhism heritages, Bagan attracts the archaeologists, pilgrims, and explorers who altogether come to contemplate, learn, and touch one of the most significant archaeological masterpieces in the world. To get around thousands of the religious attractions, the travelers can use horse carts, bicycle, bus, tuk-tuk, and especially the hot-air balloon ride. The Balloons over Bagan is amongst the best tourist activities that the whole world desires for the miraculous panorama.

Hot ballon to visit Bagan, Myanmar
If you have not decided where to go in Myanmar yet, then think of the top five of Inle Lake, The Golden Rock, Mandalay, Yangon, and Bagan. It’s greatly recommended to see any of them soon.

Thứ Năm, 16 tháng 11, 2017

Located in Cat Ba Town, Cat Hai Island District, Hai Phong City, Cat Ba Archipelago consists of 366 islands, of which the largest ones is Cat Ba Island to the south of Ha Long Bay. It has been recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 2005.

Cat Ba Island

From Hai Phong City, visitors cross Tan Vu – Lach Huyen Bridge to Cai Hai Island, and then take the ferry to Cai Vieng Wharf in Cat Ba Island. Otherwise, visitors can take the ferry from Tuan Chau Wharf in Tuan Chau Island (Ha Long Bay) to Cat Ba Island. Coming here, visitors have the opportunity to visit and discover many attractive sites such as Lan Ha Bay, Monkey Island, Cat Ba National Park, Cannon Fort, etc.

A corner of Lan Ha Bay

In the south of Cat Ba Archipelago, adjacent to Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay is an arched-shaped bay with many islands in various shapes. Lan Ha Bay owns 139 small yellow sand banks, many of which stretching between two mountains with quite atmosphere, gentle waves. Underneath the blue water, colorful coral reefs areas such as Van Boi, Van Ha, etc are worth diving adventure. Many calm water sea areas in Sen Island, Cu Island, Monkey Island, etc are suitable for swimming and kayaking.

Khi (Monkey) Island

Khi (Monkey) Island in Lan Ha Bay owns sand bank stretching over kilometres with two beautiful beaches of Cat Dua 1 and Cat Dua 2. In particular, the water in Monkey Island area is very clean and clear. Coming to Monkey Island, visitors can climb to the mountain peak in the island to contemplate the panorama of Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of islands and smooth sand banks.

A must-see attraction for visitors who love exploring is Cat Ba National Park. The ideal time to visit the national park is from April to October, when visitors can experience climbing activities or explore the diversified natural ecosystem.

Cat Ba National Park

With a total area of ​​15,200ha, Cat Ba National Park is the ideal environment for development of many different ecosystems. The national park owns 2,320 species of flora and fauna, including 282 species of forest animals, 538 species of marine animals, 771 species of terrestrial plants, 23 species of mangrove plants, 75 species of seaweeds, 177 species of corals, etc. Particularly, Cat Ba has 60 rare endemic species listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book such as: white-headed langur, delacour’s langur, collared crow, nageia fleuryi, madhuca pasquieri, etc. Of which, the white-headed langur is a very rare animal found only in Cat Ba.

Terrain in Cat Ba National Park is diversified, mainly limestone mountain range with many interesting caves of Luong, Trung Trang, Gia Luan, etc, small passes of Da Lat, Eo Bau, Khoan Cao, etc and large streams of Thuong Luong, Treo Com, Viet Hai, etc.

In addition, Cat Ba National Park also attracts visitors thanks to special cultural value. The archaeological remains found here indicate that humans have been inhabited in this area since 6 to 7 thousand years ago.

Cannon Fort

To admire Cat Bat Island from different angle, visitors can come to the observation area of Cannon Fort located atop the hill at 177m height above the sea level. At here, visitors can contemplate the charming beauty of islands and beaches. Situated at the foot of the mountain are the two most beautiful beaches of Cat Ba, namely Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 2. In the distance, bobbing on the waves is Guoc Islet, Long Chau (Dragon Eye) Island, Hai Islet, Ban Islet, Voi Phuc (Elephant Kneeling) Mountain, Monkey Island, etc. At this altitude, Lan Ha Bay appears lively and crowded with hundreds of fishing boats and floating houses on the sea.

Lan Ha Bay seen from Cannon Fort

With natural beauty of the forest and the sea and special cultural value, Cat Ba is an attractive destination for visitors.

Thứ Tư, 15 tháng 11, 2017

Foreign tourist arrivals to the Kingdom have gone up during the first nine months of this year, reaching roughly 3.9 million to represent a year-on-year increase of 11.5 percent, according to data released by the Ministry of Tourism yesterday.

Cambodia expects to attract a total of 5.5 million foreign tourists by the end of the year, which would be a 10 percent increase from last year’s total of 5 million, and to attract 7 million foreign visitors by the end of 2020, according to Kong Sopheareak, director of the Statistics and Information Department at the Ministry of Tourism.

“The growth of tourists is a good sign, and we project that we can reach 5.5 million people by the end of this year,” he said yesterday. “We need to improve our tourism products in order to attract more tourists to the country.”

More than 841,000 Chinese tourists have visited in 2017 so far, an increase of 45 percent compared with last year, making China the leading country in foreign visitors to the Kingdom. However Vietnamese tourists, while still the second-most common visitor to Cambodia, have decreased their travel to the Kingdom by 14.5 percent compared with the same period last year to number only 593,000.

Tourist arrivals by air, which account for about 61 percent of total foreign tourist arrivals, have increased by 25 percent to reach 2.4 million so far this year. Numbers of tourist arrivals by land and waterways have decreased by 4.5 percent to equal just 1.5 million.

Chủ Nhật, 12 tháng 11, 2017

Love cycling? Keen on travelling? Eager to learn about ethnic groups?

A 100km cycling tour through the northern province of Cao Bằng may satisfy all these desires.

The Centre for Rural Economic Development (CRED) recently held an experimental bike tour linking Quảng Uyên and Trùng Khánh districts in Cao Bằng. Odf the 21 taking part, 18 were foreign professionals — and the rest Vietnamese.

“This is the first tour of the Việt Nam Responsible Tourism network in Cao Bằng Province," said Cao Đại Hùng, manager of a project titled Improving the Livelihood of Ethnic Minorities through Community-Based Tourism.

“Participants not only cycled but also interacted with locals, watching them make handicrafts and joining in the producing process,” he said.

Donation: Tourists give pigs to needy families in Phia Thắp Village. 

The tour linked Phia Thắp incense making village, Dìa Trên paper making village and Lạn Dưới bamboo basket village stretching to Bản Giốc Water Falls and Pắc Rằng metal forging village.

Participants also tasted local dishes and spent nights at high-quality homestays developed by the project, Hùng said.

During the tour, the participants bought handicraft products to support crafts people and contributed VNĐ28,500,000 (US$1,267) to buy 51 pigs for needy households in Phia Thắp Village.

Rural paths: Cyclists experience all sorts of roads and tracks.

“Such activities directly support locals and change their awareness of community tourism, encourage them to join in the process of protecting natural resources and developing tourism in the communities,” Hùng said.

“I joined the tour because I wanted to know more about the beautiful landscapes, rare customs and traditions of ethnic groups in the north of Việt Nam,” said Onnei Wong, from Fiji Republic, “I found Cao Bằng a beautiful land with mountains embracing villages, clean and peaceful atmosphere.

“Handicraft villages are located near one another, so tourists don’t have to travel long to try local products,” he said.

Bumpy: Travel on muddy roads is not easy.

Vi Văn Bằng, a resident in Lạn Dưới Village could not hide his excitement when receiving guests.

“Welcoming the guests and guiding them how to make baskets from bamboo is fun,” he said, “Many of them are eager to learn.”

Spanish tourist Nacho Sevilla said that was his second cycling tour to the north of the country, the first time he joined a ride in Hoàng Su Phì District of Hà Giang Province. “It’s really beautiful, I really enjoy it,” he said.

On tour: Cyclists pedal through the countryside

Participants in the recent tour also spent time collecting rubbish at Bản Giốc Water Falls.

Sầm Hải Bằng, deputy director of Cao Bằng Tourism Company, highly appreciated the project.

“Developing economy through tourism is a sustainable way, through which locals become highly aware of protecting the environment and traditional values,” he said.

The Improving the Livelihood of Ethnic Minorities through Community-Based Tourism project is sponsored by Helvetas Swiss Intercorporation, a development organisation, and carried out by the CRED.

Happy days: Learning how to weave baskets at Lạn Dưới Village

The project has been implemented in four communes of Thông Nguyên, Nam Sơn, Hồ Thầu and Bản Luốc in Hoàng Su Phì of Hà Giang Province, and the two communes in Quảng Yên and Trùng Khánh districts in Cao Bằng Province from 2016-2019.

So far it has involved 10,000 people in the communities, who have benefited from tourism activities.

The project has also helped improve living environment, protect the environment and preserve cultural identities.

Thứ Tư, 8 tháng 11, 2017

Affable and frivolous, striking and sultry, historic and cultured, Thailand emits a golden radiance from its glitzy temples and tropical beaches to the ever soothing Thai smile. Adored all around the world for its generous, welcoming, relaxed and refreshing culture, Thailand is the most visited places every year. Thailand had recently won the “Best Asia-Pacific Destination Award” and the runner-up title for “Best Worldwide Sun Destination Award” at the Irish Trade Award 2014 held on November, 28th in Dublin. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, the Governor of TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) declared that it was undoubtedly a great honor to achieve this position. These awards join with other numerous awards and accolades for world-class tourist destination and impeccable tourism services, strengthen an upbeat icon of the countries worldwide.

Embellished with the longest coastline and jungle-topped islands secured in sapphire waters, Thailand is indeed a tropical getaway for everyone exhausted from daily routine. This paradise serves an assorted menu from which you can select as per your choice: enjoy night party with your friends and family on the beautiful beaches and feel warm and smooth sand between your toes. If you are an adventurous person, then you can dive with white sharks, scaling the sea cliffs, anything to make your vacation fun-filled and enjoyable.

You can find rural heartland, a blend of tropical forests, rice paddies, and squat villages all tied in an agricultural clock in between the cluttered towns and cities. Towards the north, the fields and forests are raised against toothy Blue Mountains festooned with silvery waterfalls, whereas, in the south, grand limestone cliffs protrude of the refined landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers. The usual parched northeast reflects an emerald green tinge during the rainy season when gentle green rice shoots garnish the landscape.

A visit to Thailand is not confined to going different places; it also gives you an opportunity to satiate your spiritual needs. The extraterrestrial world has a close affiliation with this Buddhist nation, and spiritual fidelity is vibrant and omnipresent. Lustrous temples and golden idols of Lord Buddha outline both the pastoral and contemporary landscape. Ancient Banyan trees are imperially swathed in sacred cloth, to tribute the resident spirits; fortune-fetching shrines embellish humble homes as well as colossal malls while Garland- decorated dashboards dissuade traffic accidents.

Thai cuisine articulates deep-seated elements of Thai culture with its fresh and lip smacking dishes. Made from local fresh ingredients like searing chilies, pungent lemongrass, and plump seafood its varied national menu depends on the four basic flavors: sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Tourists are mesmerized by the mouth watering dishes that reveal the simplicity of the apparently complicated preparation and mastering the market in an imperative endurance skill. Nothing can be compared than relishing a mouth watering dish on the beautiful beach where white sand meets sparkling sea.

So, what are you waiting for…pack your luggage and get ready to enjoy a lifetime experience!!

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Thứ Ba, 7 tháng 11, 2017

On the 50 years of ASEAN- Penny Wong will convey a verbal expression on Wednesday to the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

She will say, “The region has enjoyed remarkable stability for the past half century, and while economic co-operation remains a work in progress, considerable progress has been made in combating transnational crime, counter-terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering.”

She will defend regarding the remarkable achievement in building the regional and global factor in the political and judicious domain for the South East Asian Nations.

Wong says, “Those who have acquire a measure of impatience with ASEAN, for its avoidance of disagreement, have something of a point.

“While tension may be kept under the carpet, as they were in 1967, they still need to be dealt with, as they also were in 1967.”

To involve great powers like US and China in neutral territory- tactful podium is been formed. This diplomatic stage has been stack up by Federal Labor on a club of Southeast Asian nations.

She also says, “For ASEAN to grow and prosper over the next 50 years, it will need to address some major obstacles to economic growth and economic integration.”

In following year in the month of March there will be special summit in which Australia will bring the Asean leading light in the state capital of New South Wales and most famous city in the Australia—Sydney.

In the speech of Myanmar by the Penny Wong she will display regarding the 50 years of the ten associate of South East Asian Nations.

Thứ Năm, 12 tháng 2, 2015

Da Lat City (Vietnam travel) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong where has not only romantic sightseeing spots but also has wild tourist destinations. So perfect for adventurers, including Hang Cop (Tiger Cave) and a beautiful manmade lake created by Ankroet.

From Da Lat railway station, tourists can rent a motorbike to head to Cau Dat which is known for having the best Arabica coffee in Vietnam.

Upon arrival, one can see a signboard instructing the way to Hang Cop (Vietnam travel packages). The cave was put into operation a long time ago but has since fallen off the map.

Local people said that the cave has a spectacular waterfall in the rainy season and its beauty can compete with other popular locations like Prenn, Cam Ly and Datanla waterfalls.

Tourists have to conquer 350 slippery steps to reach the waterfall, which is ideal for overnight camping, or just a short visit to take photos, breathe in the fresh air, or swim. People sometimes can see eagles flying across the huge pine trees.

Ankroet hydropower plant,in operation since 1945, is 20km from Da Lat to the northwest. Tourists to the site can admire unique French style stone architecture from the early 20th century. The plant is about 2km from the Dan Kia - Suoi Vang tourist site. There’s a narrow path with many sloping corners under pine shades leading to the beautiful lake.

Those who wish to have a quiet relaxation time can choose these two places for their next exploration.

Source: Internet


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