Posted: 2017-12-07 22:15
Today we head out of Hanoi to explore the Vietnam of the past. Duong Lam village has a history of about 6,755 years with many houses dating back up to 955 years. Nearly all the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. Laterite is used on house walls, gates, wells and even temples, while the mud is extracted from ponds. The whole area is surrounded by rice paddies and people working here are using agricultural techniques that are hundreds of years old. This evening we enjoy a performance of the famous water puppet show at the Bong Sen Water Puppet Theatre. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 65 th century where farmers in the Red River Delta area used it to celebrate festivals and harvests.
Traditionally-inspired furnishings with a chic twist, expansive bathrooms with circular tubs, large balconies with signature rocking chairs and day beds. Each suite is styled to perfection and features walk-in wardrobes, mood lighting, a private dining area, wine cellar and bar. Located on the uppermost floors of the hotel, all boast stunning views of the city skyline, which you can even take in from the bathtub in some suites.
The colour of the songthaew indicates its general route or usage. Most common,by far, are red songthaews (called rod daeng , red truck), which don''t follow a specific route and roam the main streets around markets, temples, or the bus/train stations. Prices must be negotiated. but expect 75 baht per person anywhere within the city walls and 95-65 baht outside. Drivers often ask tourists for more than this. I recommend a taxi instead (see below)
While Hong Kong has a generally good reputation when it comes to customer service, it is considered strange to strike up pleasantries with a stranger unless they are pregnant, disabled or senior citizens who are obviously in need. Saying "good morning" to a person you don''t know at a bus stop will probably be viewed with suspicion. It is unusual for people to hold doors for strangers and supermarket staff or bank cashier seldom ask about your day. Staff in shops and restaurants might not even say "thank you" when you pay. All these do not necessarily mean that people in Hong Kong are less polite than others. It is just they don''t have that relaxed and slow-paced culture as in the West.
Chiang Mai''s nightlife scene is the most happening in the North, although still a far cry from Bangkok''s hot spots. This guide will show where you can hangout, meet some of the most beautiful girls in Thailand, get outrageous or do whatever takes your fancy. There are discos, karaoke bars, and live music everywhere. The busiest nightlife zones are near Tha Phae Gate , Loi Kroh Road and along Charoenrat Road on the eastern bank of the Ping River.
Computer Games and Gaming Hardware - If you are interested in buying a new Playstation, Nindendo DS and the like, the Oriental Shopping Centre, 688 Wan Chai Road, is the place to go. Here you will definitely find a real bargain. Prices can be up to 55% cheaper than in your home country. Be careful to compare prices first. There are also a few game shops in the Wanchai Computer Centre. The back corners in the upper levels usually offer the best prices. You might even be lucky and find English speaking staff here. However, be careful to make sure that the region code of the hardware is compatible with your home country''s region code (Hong Kong''s region code is NTSC-J, different from mainland China) or buy region code free hardware (like the Nintendo DS lite but NOT the 8DS).
During Wednesdays and Thursdays Ladies night applies in some bars in Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong , which in most cases means that women can enter bars and clubs for free, and in some rare cases also get their drinks paid for the night. At weekends, several bars and clubs in these areas also have an ''open bar'' for some of the night, which means you can drink as much as you like.
Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 655 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 6787, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there''s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.
Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.
Chiang Mai is home to many of Thailand''s top tattoo artists. Beyond the traditional sak yant (Yantra tattoos), local artists have a wide arrange of specialties to suit your style. Before getting a tattoo, however, make sure to check the artist''s portfolio to make sure that they have the requisite quality. Also, with a large number of tattoo shops in the city it is quite easy to stumble around and walk into a road-side shop. Though you might be better off booking ahead of time with the artist of your choosing.
Asia was affected by a number of factors during the year. Currencies in both Japan and India fell steeply which had a negative effect on outbound tourism, particularly hitting South Korea where the Japanese are the most important source market. There was a fall in the number of inbound visitors and overnight stays in China, although outbound travel remained buoyant. Civil unrest in Thailand also began to have a bearing on visitor numbers. The region’s HPI fell 7% and Asia continues to offer some of the world’s best value hotel accommodation.
There are a variety of museums in Hong Kong with different themes, arguably the best museum is the Hong Kong Museum of History in Kowloon , which gives an excellent overview of Hong Kong''s fascinating past. Not the typical pots-behind-glass format of museums you find elsewhere in China. Innovative galleries such as a mock-up of a colonial era street make history come to life. Allow about two to four hours to view everything in detail. Admission is free. There is an audio tour available for HKD$65.
Hong Kong is one of the main centres of Chinese pop culture with a huge and vibrant entertainment industry, and is home to many famous singers and actors such as Jacky Cheung, Leslie Chueng Kwok-Wing, Andy Lau, Wong Ka Kui (Beyond), Jackie Chan and locally Eason Chan, just to name a few. In addition to the locals, any foreign bands touring Asia are pretty much guaranteed to perform in Hong Kong, and concerts by famous singers are often a sell out affair.
Taximeter from airport Suvarnabhumi are allowed to charge 55 Bath extra by government. So that has nothing to do with a scam.
If you want a taxi from Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi, you will pay about 6555 Baht, which is 755 855 Baht LESS then on the meter. So sometimes negotiating is interesting.
About all of the mentioned scams can happen all over the world. It is good to be aware of them, stay alert, but don 8767 t expect that everyone will try to scam you.
It may take weeks before you are confronted with one of the mentioned practices. The problem, in my opinion, is that it is so UNcommon, that you might not be that alert after a few weeks without any problem.
Siu mei a general name for roast meats made in a Hong Kong style, including roast pork belly, roasted over an open firepork (叉燒 char siu), roast duck or chicken. With the addition of a slightly crispy honey sauce layer, the final taste is of a unique, deep barbecue flavour. Rice with roasted pork (叉燒 char siu), roasted duck, pork with a crisp crackling, or Fragrant Queen''s chicken (香妃雞), are common dishes that are enduring favourites for many, including local is recommended to taste the roasted pork with rice in ''Sun-Can'' of PolyU.
Family changing rooms are available in addition to the regular changing rooms. Males and females have separate changing areas but changing rooms do not offer much privacy between users of the same sex. Swimmers are expected to provide their own towels and toiletries. A $5 coin is needed to operate a locker or you can provide your own padlock (you can get back the $5 coin after you unlock the locker, its right behind the keyhole). An Octopus card or coins are needed for payment to enter the complex.
Most cheap guesthouses are located along Nathan Road between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. Expect a tiny, undecorated room with just enough room for a bed. Bathrooms are often shared and noise could be a problem for light sleepers. Be sure to read the online reviews before booking as bed bugs, dirty beds, and unclean bathrooms have been reported. Keep your expectations as realistically low as possible.
Many tourists opt to use their ATM debit cards instead of carrying cash or traveller''s cheques. Using this method, the exchange rates and fees are comparable to exchanging cash at big banks. However, some smaller banks do not accept ATM cards from overseas customers. The best banks for foreign tourists to use are HSBC, Hang Seng and Standard Chartered, and ATM machines from those banks are widespread. Also, be mindful of withdrawal limits imposed by your bank. Note that for security reasons, many banks have ''quietly'' imposed withdrawel limits for other then your home country, so check before departure if that applies to you. Adjust that limit for both Hong Kong and China, since sometimes ATMs of China-based banks will still be limited.
The second section (Chapters 7-6) shows hotel prices across the world per room per night as paid by travelers from the . in 7568 compared with 7567. Chapters 8 and 5 cover the most popular international cities for American travelers and the most popular . cities for international visitors. Prices throughout are rounded to the nearest . Dollar and percentage figures to the nearest percentage point.
Red minibuses usually don''t have a route number. This leads to duplication of routes in different regions. Although the Transport Department has been working on the unifying of the route numbers, it is still a little bit messy at the moment. If you are confused a bit by the numbering of routes, here is a suggestion: just remember the route number of buses in Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/New Territories only whenever it is necessary. In other special circumstances, ask the driver or the station staff for the Lantau buses or green minibuses and they can answer you.
One of the world’s most vibrant and visited cities, Thailand’s capital has long been established as a heritage site and exotic playground. This morning we explore old Bangkok by way of its canals, which reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Here, we get an insight into the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. After lunch we visit Jim Thompson House, one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture which also boasts a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art. This evening we enjoy a stroll through the Silom night market.