Mar
28

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Enjoy The Mediterranean Sun

 

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Spain is located in southwestern Europe between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, in the Iberian Peninsula, occupying most of the peninsula, the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands(Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)  . These 3 islands have tons of resorts with lots of visitors from the Uk and Germany that come each year . Ibiza is The party spot if you like nightclubs and dj’s or just want to check out for a couple days .

To enjoy the Mediterranean sun without having to burn your skin, the ideal months for holidays or circuits are May, June, September and October. The tourist season starts at the end of March and ends in early October. For those coming from colder climates, a visit to Madrid in August is not recommended. Spain is a country of festivals and there is at least one every month from March to October.
Hotels in Spain are ranked from 1 to 4 stars. There are several hotel chains, such as Iberotel or Husa and about 85 government-owned tourism establishmentarian ts. For people with a well-balanced budget, on the Mediterranean coast, the Iberians make available rooms or apartments in luxurious palaces, medieval monasteries, impressive houses dating from the nineteenth century or suspended villas on the coast.
Stores in Spain are open between 9 am and 8 pm, with an hour break for lunch. If you are looking for an attractive and affordable gift you can choose from the many boutiques located in most tourist cities. In Madrid, you’ll meet large chain stores like El Corte Ingles, Mango, Zara, Bershka or Marks and Spencer. On the streets Preciados and Montera, traders are willing to bargain, and old fashion rustic shops can be found in Plaza Major and Calle Major.
When you want to spend a holiday or you’re thinking about going into a long weekend, a good idea is to escape in a country where the weather is beautiful most of the year. Therefore, i suggest choosing one of the most beautiful cities in Spain: Madrid, Valencia or Barcelona.
Madrid, the capital of Spain, impresses with its architecture, restaurants , cafes and urbanism. The true life begins at dusk, when people go to conquer clubs and discos. Madrid is one of the major cultural and scientific centers in Europe and in the world, having countless works of art heritage.

While in Barcelona Walk on the famous La Rambla, go further to the famous La Boqueria market and tan up on the famous Barceloneta beach. If you have time, visit the Picasso Museum, which is absolutely gorgeous. The small and narrow streets are full of charm and in every corner you will find artists giving performances in the street. Visit Poble Espanyol, where you will find traditional houses from different parts of the country. Barcelona vibrates, people have fun four days a week – it’s the city that you will definitely fall in love with. Any city that only works 4 days a week is ok with me .

 

Mar
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Best Times To Visit Ho Chi Minh City


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I think the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon) is thru December to March when you will find the skies clear and no rain . For the record you can visit Saigon anytime of the year and have a great weather There are 2 seasons, November to April is the dry season  and from May to October is the rainy season,  April i’ve been told hottest month with highs nearing 97F (36C). The nights thru March and October, are still hot with lows running in the high 70’s F (25C) so make sure you have air conditioning where ever you are staying . Air conditioning is a must for me when travel in hot places , but I have friends that are the complete opposite and choose no air conditioning .

Mar
25

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Free McDonald’s Ho Chi Minh City

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” as the saying goes. But when McDonald’s told Vietnamese consumers that there really is such a thing, thousands did not bother queuing for hours to get the freebie.
A free McDonald’s meal was available for anyone who went through the drive-thru section of the outlet of the world’s largest hamburger fast food chain in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and said the correct keyword.
The campaign ran for 24 hours from 8:00 pm Monday, and customers were required to say “I’m Lovin’ It” to receive a free hamburger, French fries and a glass of Coke.
Although the drive-thru service is meant for customers to purchase products without leaving their cars, participants in the program were required to use their motorcycles, or bicycles.
Long lines of riders could thus be spotted anytime between Monday and Tuesday night in front of the fast-food store, even under the scorching midday sun.
The line included people from almost all walks of life, from white-collar workers and students to street vendors and other low-income earners.
Some said they entered the queue as early as 5:00 am on Tuesday.
“I was standing in the line for three hours to get the meal,” a woman was quoted by Phap Luat (Law) newspaper as saying.
Nguyen Thi Le Hong told the city-based newspaper that she joined the program out of curiosity.
“But standing under the burning sun with thousands of motorbikes emitting smoke was really tiring,” she said.
For Hung Nhat, a woman who came with her eight-year-old daughter, once they entered the line there was no way back.
“We were exhausted by the smoke and emissions of the bikes but we just could not get out of the queue,” she said.
The line would only lengthen when night fell, and the campaign organizers announced later Tuesday that they had given away 10,000 free meals and 10,000 small gifts for children.
The Ho Chi Minh City event was part of McDonald’s 24-hour campaign, which was simultaneously held in 24 cities across the world .

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Mar
16

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Five Of The Best Wreck Dives In South East Asia

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Wreck diving is one of the most exhilarating activities you can do! It allows you to step right into history and see with your own eyes the remains of the actions happening on the site. For the ones interested in marine life, wrecks tend to convert into amazing artificial reefs, with amazing coral growth and abundant fish life, such as scorpion fishes around the hulls of the wrecks, barracudas, bat fishes and even sharks.

Wreck diving is often associated with diving ship wrecks, however other wrecked structures are also considered wreck diving, like diving in sunken platforms or even sunken aircrafts!

HMS REPULUSE MALAYSIA – The Japanese navy sent this massive battleship to the bottom of the sea of Tioman Island in 1941 . This World War II cruiser, lying on her port side under 57m of water, remains quite a site today.

HTMS KHRAM THAILAND – This decommissioneded Thai troop transporter was scuttles off Pattaya in 2003 to serve as an artificial reef for the local marine life; divers can see for themselves how well it’s lived up to its new purpose

PECHEUR BRETON SRI LANKA – This cargo ship was en route to India when it sank in 1994 . It’s massive coral-encrusted hold now teems with life swarming with groupers, fusiliers and the odd giant stingray.

COTON BAY WRECKS PHILIPPINES – An entire Japanese Worl War II fleet lies off Coron Bay; a dozen know rocks can be explored by divers of all abilities . The most accessible lies only 14m below the surface

USAT LIBERTY INDONESIA- A 1963 volcano explosion pushed this this beached WWII ship into the sea ; It now sits 30m off Bali’s North-East Coast amid a flurry of hawkish angelfish and glowing flashlight fish

 

Mar
16

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Detain Waterfall On The China-Vietnam Border

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Know as the Ban Gioc -Detian Falls, This natural wonder is located along the border of Cao Bang Province in Vietnam and Shuolong Town, Daxin County in China . The falls originate from the Guichun River , and pass through the border before returning to Shuolong. The best time to visit is between April and November for the most powerful water flow.

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Phu Quoc Island The Hidden Gem Of Vietnam

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I must say travelling to Vietnam for my first time was definaltely a experience . I have been travelling to Singapore , Malaysia and China since I was 19 working here and there along the way .  People are just starting to hear the buzz about one of nicest islands in South East Asia Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam .
Phu Quoc Island is the largest island in Vietnam . Phu Quoc is located in the Gulf of Thailand in the South of Vietnam . Phu Quoc has 120 resorts and hotel, almost 3,5000 rooms and this is growing at a quick rate . Starting last March Vietnam has allowed all foreign tourists to visit the island visa- free for 30 days .The rest of Vietnam you do need a visa but they are very easy to obtain .  The island also has a brand new airport that was just completed the best time to visit the island is between November and March as the temperature is over 30 degrees most days , this would be considered the peak season April to June is the dry season and July to October brings monsoon rains . Phu Quoc gets none of the attention as  the island’s in Thailand this will be changing in the coming years . Lots of resorts and hotels are in the works along with a casino most of this should be completed by 2020 .  Don’t make the mistake of making Phu Quoc Island your last stop in Vietnam with only booking a couple nights some people find its not enough and want to stay longer As a result flights and itineraries get changed .