Nestled between India, Nepal and Myanmar, lies the unique country of Bangladesh – a country that very few tourists know about: the land of smiles, the land of the royal Bengal tiger, the season of kites battling each other in the sky, the paradise waiting for bird-watchers to visit, the acres and acres of tea gardens mingling with waterfalls nearby, the numerous tribal villages with their unique customs and way of life, the longest beach in the world – the list goes on and on.
There are some other amazing attractions to visit in Pokhara, but we decided to skip them because we opted for the adventure activities that Pokhara had to offer. The beauty of Pokhara lies in its easy accessibility. Everything within the centre of Pokhara is easily accessible by foot, and the views of the lake will ensure that you don’t feel tired or fatigued.
At 6 am on the dot, we followed our guide to a small bus which was to be our 3 hour ride to the Last Resort. With scenic views along the way and a delightful mid-way tea break spot, the ride was flawless and before we knew it, we had reached our destination.
The Philippines absolutely stole my heart when I visited it earlier this year. Even a 22 days vacation left me wanting more, and sobbing on my last night at Manila.
During the day, the volcano looks like a normal volcano, but at night it is a dazzling light show. The blue fire/ blue flame at Ijen should not be mistaken as molten lava. The blue glow is actually the light from burning of sulphuric gases...
After our amazing sunrise view of the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site of the infamous Mount Bromo, it was now time to catch a much closer view – this time by climbing up the active Bromo volcano itself!
Bandung has the most factory outlets in all of Indonesia! You may be wondering what “factory outlets” actually are. Factory Outlets are stores where good, specifically surplus stock, is sold directly by the manufacturer. So, if you’re looking for your fix of your favorite brands like Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss or Armani, these are the spots for you!
Let me explain the landscape of these destinations – both these places are situated in hard-to-reach places, and finding your way there, maintaining the correct time for the sunrise, finding the viewpoints, organizing your own lodging and transport – that is all damn freaking difficult to do, especially if you’re short on time! Plus, apparently, you don’t save much $$$ and run the risk of missing out on the vantage spots. Sad, but true.
“Begum Café” is located a short distance away from the famous Zinda Park. Once you are on the Zinda Park road, keep going straight ahead and you will find this cute café a short distance down the road, located on your right.
If you are anything like me i.e. a foodie who appreciates, recognizes, values and understands food, then I’d advise you to not delay any longer and make your way to the most authentic Italian joint in town – this wonderful restaurant called “Tuscany”.
Sardine Run, Turtle Swimming, Snorkeling, Kawasan Waterfalls Canyoneering, Whalesharks, Zipline, Bohol Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary, Loboc River Cruise and Shopping!
Panam Nagar is also commonly referred to as the “Old Capital”. Wikipedia states: “As the capital of the fifteenth-century Bengal ruler Isa Khan, and once an important trading and political center, Sonargaon boasts architecture of the Sultanate, Mughal, and colonial periods.”
With the “ridiculous” traffic situation in Manila, it is not surprising that drivers are stressed out most of the time. With this in mind, a team in Manila has come up with the fantabulous solution: AUTOCONSCIENCE. AutoConscience aims to encourage and facilitate better driving, thereby providing a solution to FIGHT TRAFFIC! I mean, how cool is that?
Pier 138 took my dining expectation to a different level. I’m a salmon addict and this was undoubtedly the best smoked salmon I had tasted within Dhaka in the last 5 years.
Feetpin Travel brings to you: The amazing Wonderwomen and Wandermen of Bangladesh – spouses and soulmates who keep their lives adventurous by doing what they love – exploring and traveling the world.
Our reasoning is simple – El Nido is a place of magical exploration and fun, it hardly makes sense for you to spend $$$ just to sit in an overwater bungalow and not partaking of any of the activities and attractions that El Nido has to offer. We would rather suggest that you spend your money on what counts (like El Nido Tour A for example).
Majority of the international travelers and tourists coming to the Philippines, will first land in Manila. Now Manila itself is simply a city, albeit a major and vast one, but if it is beaches and water sports and island adventures that you are after, your destination in the Philippines should be El Nido, located in Palawan. So, how do you get from Manila to El Nido?
If you haven’t heard about El Nido in Palawan, Philippines, then you truly have been living under a rock! This incredible destination has swept the travel world with constant waves and glimpses of Philippines hidden treasures. To break it down simply, ALL tour operators in El Nido offer 4 island hopping tours: Tour A, Tour B, Tour C and Tour D. This is a review of Tour A, which we did in El Nido on our very second day.
Just after our morning beach stop at Seven Commandos Beach and our fantabulous lunch at Shimizu Island, our guide greeted us with the words: “Are you ready for some adventure now?” As you probably already guessed, the answer was a unanimous “YES!” from everyone on the boat. We were then informed about our next itinerary stop – the infamous Small Lagoon!
Roughly 20 minutes later, our fantastic crew gave us another surprise – they were going to swim to the beach with our lunch! Trust me, I didn’t believe it either until I saw it myself! After the table was set up and plates were distributed, everyone dug in buffet style. Some of us opted to stand and eat, others found tree trunks to use as chairs; I preferred to sit on the sand close to the water.
As soon as I caught my first glimpse of this beautiful beach, I knew that my time in the Philippines was going to be magical. That first glimpse of cute beach resting huts and swaying coconut trees spoke volumes. I simply couldn’t wait to get to shore and explore.
We had encountered choppy waves at the Small Lagoon, but it started getting a little bad by the time we reached the entrance of the Big Lagoon. Once we got there, our guide once again gave us two options: kayak or swim. However, this time, even the confident swimmers looked wary. One tour-mate even decided to just photograph it using his drone and not even bother venturing into the water. A few of us decided to brave it – with kayaks, but even that proved to be a bit of a challenge.
A short boat ride later, our Bangka set anchor at what looked like a tiny secluded beach. We looked back at our guide with surprised looks. What were we supposed to do? Where was the Secret Lagoon? He pointed to a rock on the left side of the boat, roughly 20 metres away. “Go. Swim.” That was all he said.
Travel is supposed to be exciting, enriching and inspiring. Yet, unfortunately, with the multitude of travelers increasing ever day, touts and fraudsters have also now upped their game and prey on many innocent travelers. With this in mind, we have done our research and compiled below a list of travel scams which travelers/ tourists should be worried about. Make sure you save this and revise it again before your next trip to Vietnam!
With 2018 just starting up, the avid and restless traveler in me is positively bubbling with excitement at all the exciting travel possibilities that the new year has yet to offer. With that in mind, we have compiled a bucket list of all the amazing destinations that have caught my eye towards the end of 2017 – here’s hoping that this list what it should do – inspiring you to travel!
Supposedly, King Bladud (father of Shakespeare’s King Lear) contracted leprosy and decided to leave and travel the countryside, while disguised as a swineherd. One day, whilst travelling the Avon countryside, Bladud noticed the pig bathing in warm spring water, subsequent to which they appeared to be cured. Deciding to take a chance and follow their example, Bladud himself bathed in the hot spring water and found himself free of leprosy.
A quick evaluation and several detailed discussions later, this is the conclusion we reached: the 1 and 2 star tours were not safe for a variety of reasons: it was likely that they would not deliver what they promise; the boats themselves were of questionable quality and therefore subject to accidents like fire or sinking (we witnessed one such incident firsthand ourselves!).