15 PLACES TO VISIT IN BANGKOK

Bangkok is among the top 10 countries in the world for tourism. Bangkok welcomes millions of people every year and all of them make amazing memories for their lifetime trips. Many of them are regular visitors to Bangkok. When we hear Bangkok, the first thing that comes to mind is a relaxing place, beautiful beaches, cafe’s and massage parlors. That is the reason it is a very famous location world wide. In this post, I will be talking about Top Most Places to Visit in Bangkok, Timings and entry fees information etc.

15 Best Places to Visit in Bangkok:

  • Chao Phraya River: Very Famous Waterway
  • Jim Thompson’s House: Spy Place
  • Wat Arun: A must visit peaceful place
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market: This place is for shopaholic
  • Safari World: Encounter Wildlife
  • Grand Palace: Visit to see Thai Royalty
  • Chinatown: Place for Foodies And shopping
  • Wat Pho: Famous for Reclining Buddha
  • Dream World: Theme Park
  • Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World: Must visit Attraction
  • Floating Markets: Buy Fruits here
  • Madame Tussauds: A must seen place
  • Rose Garden: For Cultural Show
  • Dusit Zoo: Visit to meet your favorite Animal
  • Bangkok National Museum: Understand Thai Culture

CHAO PHRAYA RIVER: Very Famous Waterway

Chao Phraya RiverThis is Must visit place in Bangkok, it offers picturesque beauty and a constantly changing scene day and night. You can enjoy Ferry ride and dinner on a cruise. This city is beautiful during the day as well as at night. This place offers a backdrop of glittering temples and luxury hotels. It’s an opportunity to click the most beautiful pictures of the city at night. Do take out time to visit and experience this place.

Timings: You can enjoy rides starting from 7.00 am until 9.00 pm.

Cruise Pricing : Dinner cruise price is 1500 THB for Adults and 1100 THB for kids (5 to 11 years)

Location: Pak Nam Pho, Nakhon Sawan Province


JIM THOMPSON’S HOUSE: Spy Place

JIM THOMPSON'S HOUSEThis is also known as Spy House, as stories float about a famous American spy, who stays in Thailand after World War II. Do add this attraction in your list as it is a Must See Place in Bangkok. It is an off-beat from the main city but very famous for its traditional Thai architecture. If you like to visit museums then this should be on your list.

Timings: You can visit this place from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Entry Fees:Adults 150 Baht and Children 100 Baht.

Location: 6 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand


WAT ARUN: A Must Visit Peaceful Place

WAT ARUNIt is a place of shiny temples and spectacular museums and Must See Place in Bangkok. Wat Arun, also known as “Temple of Dawn”, is very beautiful and peaceful like heaven. One of the highly visited places in Bangkok. The Temple name has been derived from Hindu God Aruna, it is located on Chao Phraya River, the best view is during Sunset.

Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person

Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand


CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET: This place is for Shopaholic

CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKETThis one amazing place for shopping and Must visit Place in Bangkok. Here you will find authentic Thai dresses and western dresses as well. This place will eat all your money, because it has so much to offer. Do make your way to this place and buy your souvenir to keep memories of your Bangkok trip.

Timings: Saturday & Sunday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm | Friday: 6.00 pm to 12.00 am | Wednesday and Thursday: 7.00 am to 6.00 pm (There is no entry fee)

Location: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand


SAFARI WORLD: Encounter Wildlife

SAFARI WORLD BangkokIt is very different from other Zoos, that is the reason it comes under Must See Places in Bangkok. It is quite a big Zoo, where animals have a lot of space to roam around, they can freely roam around at their own pace. You can drive through and spot your favorite wildlife. It also has Marine Park, where you can enjoy entertaining live shows. It needs almost a day to cover all the interesting points.

Timings: Open all days: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Admission fees: Safari Park-800 | Marine Park 1000 | Package 1200 for Adults. For kids it is 700 for Safari and 800 for Marine Park. Package is 900 for both.

Location: 99 Thanon Panya Intra, Khwaeng Sam Wa Tawan Tok, Khet Khlong Sam Wa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10510, Thailand


GRAND PALACE: Visit to See Thai Royalty

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Grand Palace is very famous and under the list of Most Visit Places in Bangkok, your trip is incomplete if you miss visiting the Grand Palace. The Palace has been the official residence of the Kings Siam since 1782, now they host royal ceremonies for all types of travelers. By visiting the Grand Palace, you will get a glimpse of royal life, and other places to visit here “Temple of the Emerald Buddha“.

Timings: Open all day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Entry Fee: 500 Baht per person


CHINATOWN: Place for Foodies and Shopping

Chinatown-bangkok-thailandThis place is a haven for foodies, a paradise for shopping lovers. This is the reason, this comes under Must Visit Places in Bangkok and major attractions of tourists. Here, you will get a taste of local Thai cuisine and Chinese cuisine. So visit this place and enjoy food and shopping.

Timings: It opens till mid night. 7.00 am to 1.00 am.

Location: Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand


WAT PHO: Famous for Reclining Buddha

wat-pho-reclining-buddah-bangkokVery Famous in the world for Reclining Buddha. It is in Best Places to Visit in Bangkok. This temple is just behind the Temple of Emerald Buddha. The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and covered with gold leaf. This is also a great place for Thai Massage. So head your way to Wat Pho temple and experience the world famous reclining Buddha.

Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person.

Location: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand


DREAM WORLD: Theme Park

dream-world-bangkokDream World theme park is not only for kids, it is for adults as well. This is the place which ensures a kid within you, and an impeccable place to visit in Bangkok. This is one of the highly visited places by Families and chosen as Must Visit Places in Bangkok. You can enjoy one full day here on rides and theme shows.

Timings: Monday to Friday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Entry Fees: 650 Baht per person

Location: 62 Tambon Bang Yitho, Amphoe Thanyaburi, Chang Wat Pathum Thani 12130, Thailand


SEA LIFE BANGKOK OCEAN WORLD: Must Visit Attraction

sea-life-bangkok-ocean-worldIt is located at ultra Luxurious Siam Paragon Shopping mall that would give you a thrilling experience. It offers more than 30k creatures from across the globe. It was formerly known as Siam Ocean World, and it will give you a breathtaking Ocean World experience. This is a Must-visit Tourist Places in Bangkok.

Timing: Opens all days from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Entry Fees: 990 Baht for Adult and 790 for kids (3 to 11 years age)

Location: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand


FLOATING MARKETS: Buy Fruits here

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Do keep this in your list when you are visiting Bangkok, It is a charming floating market which leads to buying those fresh and colorful fruits. That’s why this is one of the Best Visit Places in Bangkok. You can buy all tropical Thailand fruits and vegetables, and you can eat local cuisine on those floating boats. Indeed a place to visit in Bangkok. Best time to visit this market is on weekends.

Timings: Fresh fruits and vegetables available in morning from 6.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Location: There are three famous flouting markets in Bangkok- Khlong Lad Mayom | Taling Chan | Wat Sai floating market


MADAME TUSSAUDS: A must seen Place

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If you love Hollywood then this is the best place to meet your favorite star. Madame Tussauds is Must see place in Bangkok, you can stand right next to your favorite hero or actress and click yourself. A place for so much fun and entertainment.

Timings: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Entry Fees: for Adults 850 Baht and for Kids 650 Baht.

Location: 989 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand


ROSE GARDEN: Fro Cultural Show

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This is a place for family and kids to learn and understand the Thai traditions and their culture. This place should be on your list if you wish to learn Thai culture. Rose Garden organizes shows everyday in the park which gives a beautiful glimpse of their traditions and way of life. This place is best for picnic and Sightseeing as this is one of the Must see Places in Bangkok.

Timings: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm

Location: Km 32 Phetkasem Road, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom


DUSIT ZOO: Visit to meet your Favorite Animal

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Zoo’s help kids and adults to understand and learn about other species, especially wild animals. Dusit Zoo is unique, as it has an animal hospital, zoo museum and educational school. Trams are available inside the zoo for sightseeing. Do include Dusit Zoo Bangkok in your list as this is Most Visited places in Bangkok.

Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

Entry Fees: 100 Baht for Adults and 50 Baht for Kids

Location: 5 Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand


BANGKOK NATIONAL MUSEUM: Understand Thai Culture

nationational-museum-bangkokThis is one of the largest Museums in Southeast Asia. It features Thai Art and showcases their history. This Museum was established in 1874 by King Rama V. It is also registered in UNESCO’s memory of the world Programme. This is one of the Highly Visited Places in Bangkok, the museum displays an extensive collection of regional Asian Buddha Arts, Chinese Tang, Vietnamese Cham, Indonesian Java and Cambodian Khmer arts.

Timings: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Entry Fees: 200 baht

Location: 4 Na Phra That, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

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LEH LADAKH – A LIFE TIME TRIP

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As of late I visited Leh-Ladakh;  however I needed to visit this place for a long time. However, because of time limitations, for example, in the event that you need to have full inclusion and on the off chance that you need to appreciate all of it then you should go by road. When I say travel by road, that means you require at least 10 to 12 days to cover all the must see places.

What’s more, this time at long last I took out the time and booked the visit by a tour company as a solo traveler. Travelling solo is an alternate fun all-together. You can be with yourself and do what makes you cheerful. I was delighted to travel with-in Leh-Ladakh. In short, I loved this place.IMG_1548

BEST TIME TO VISIT LEH – LADAKH

Of course, this is the first question when I go to Ladakh. This place remains closed most of the month due to heavy snowfall. Roads are open from April to September.  If you want to visit in the month of October then you can fly directly to Leh and Visit Leh-ladakh. Yes, leh has an airport for small flights. But, flights are quite expensive for leh. The flight price goes up-to 16k to 18k INR.


PREPARATION FOR LADAKH TRIP

Once you decide to go to Ladakh, next in line is how to prepare. Ladakh is a place where you need to pack seriously, simple bag packing will not help this place. You need to understand what kind of clothes you need, what you need to carry essential items. Below is the link to the article where you will find detailed information.


PLACES TO VISIT IN LEH – LADAKH

Ladakh gives you surprises at every turn of road. I was amazed to see those beautiful mountains and they were not the same as people misjudging them. You will find a new color and formation after every turn you will take on the road.

As we all know that Leh-Ladakh is a cold desert. Apart from mountains, you will also find plain areas, where you can see miles away due to less vegetation.

DAY 1: Delhi was my starting point. Volvo buses are available from Delhi to Manali. It was an overnight journey and it took more than 14 hours. As road construction is going on and it is single road and two way traffic.

DAY 2: We did a Manali city tour on the 2nd day. We visited the famous Hadimba temple and then the local manali market. Hadimba temple is surrounded by forest and it was built in 1553. They have kept it the same way, no fancy changes. And, Manali market is full with wool cloths and jackets. If you did not bring any warm jackets, this market is a good option to buy one. IMG_7460

DAY 3: It was a 7 hours road journey from Manali to Jispa. We started the morning at 8 am and reached Jispa by 5 Pm. Our first stop was Rohtand La which is also known as Rohtag Pass. This Pass is on 13058 ft above sea level. Later we crossed Keylong before finally arriving at Jispa.IMG_1446

We stayed overnight in Jispa Camps. I found these camps nice and clean with good and accommodating staff. There is an electricity issue, so electricity is available from 6 am to 10 Pm and so the hot water.IMG_7491

DAY 4:  Day 4 was the toughest day of our journey. It was more than 12 hours of road travel. We started at 6:30 am from Jispa and our final stop was Leh. En route we stopped at Baralacha la pass which is 16000 ft above sea level, Tanglangla Passwhich is 17500 ft above sea level. At first you will feel low oxygen and we were instructed not to walk fast. IMG_1478

We visited Moore Planes and Upshi. The route most loved by the shutterbug community. If you are sleeping on this route means you are missing the most precious times of your life. Overnight stay in leh.IMG_1563

DAY 5: was for a city tour and leh market. Since we were exhausted from traveling the previous day, we started late, like 9 am. First visit was of Leh Palace built by Lion’ King in 1553. Second stop was the Hall of Fame, you will get to know about kargil wars here and learn about history wars. Last stop of the day was Shanti Stupa. IMG_7520

We chose to visit leh Market in the evening as the afternoon was hotter than we expected. It is quite a big market and good for shopping. Small vendors are open for bargaining but big stores have fixed rates for their stuff. Overnight in Leh.IMG_1609IMG_1573

DAY 6: After a yummy breakfast in Leh, we started our journey to our next stop Nubra. It was around 5-6 hours of road travel. We had passed the highest motorable road of the world, Khardungla pass at 17580 ft above sea level. In the last 5 days our body is acclimatized as per the low level of oxygen and heights. Thereafter, no one was feeling sickness on heights. IMG_7543IMG_7550

Enroute river rafting was arranged by our tour company. The stretch of river rafting was 8 km and it was fun in ice cold water. Many of my boat mates jumped in the water but I decided not to jump due to my bad throat and stuffy nose. Next in line activity was RTV ride and double hump camel. Both were fun. We reached cold desert camp Nubra and stayed overnight in nubra.

DAY 7: Today I planned to travel back to Leh from Nubra with a little sightseeing. But we decided to go to TurTuk Village, which was last village on the India Border. It was 30 km from Nubra. Beautiful village and amazing people. Water falls, apricots and apple trees in every house and fresh air. The LOC was 7 km from tur tuk village and they allowed civilians to visit and encourage the Indian army and see the LOC. It was a different experience to visit LOC and get to know about which mountains belong to which country.IMG_1697IMG_1700

We visited Diskit Monastery which was formed in 14th century Changzem Tserab Zangpo on our way back to Leh. Overnight stay in Leh.

DAY 8: Today is the day everyone is waiting to visit/see the world famous Pangong lake. It is one of the most beautiful and scenic, salt water Pangong lake at Spangmik. One-Third of this lake is controlled by India & rest of the two-third lies under Chinese province. Enroute we passed Changla pass at 17350 ft from sea level. We encountered the snow fall at Changla Pass. And it was 15 August morning, and changla pass has one small army post and we celebrated independence day with them.

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After moving from Changla, everyone was waiting for the first look of Pangong lake and it came after 2 hours. The lake has a splendid view which can not be described in words, it changes color every time with sky color. The tourist has increased so the number of camps at pangong lake. I just feel the beauty remains untouched, as authority needs to take steps towards cleanliness. Untouched places are better. Overnight stay at Pangong lake camp.

DAY 9: was planned to go back to leh, and enroute we visited Hemis Monastery and 3 Idiots movie school. Well, there is nothing to see in that school. They will ask you to buy products from their school in terms of helping them. And some donations. The tourist management department lady talked about the uniqueness of the school but we didn’t get to see it.

We reached Leh by 3 pm and decided to visit leh local market again. We did a lot of shopping, organic dry fruits, apricot oil and scrub and stalls/shawl which they claimed was yak wool.

DAY 10: Today we traveled from Leh to kargil. Enroute we stopped at Gurudwara sri pathar, Sangam and Magnetic Hills. Sangam is of two rivers- Hindus and Zanskar and it was clearly visible as per the water color. The water doesn’t mix but flows together. Magnetic hills are magic, you leave your vehicle in neutral and in off mode, it drives on its own due to magnetic power on roads and hills. After reaching kargil, we proceeded to Hunderman village which is on the border of Pakistan. It is the last village near the LOC. The villagers have changed their citizenship trice due to war activities.

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DAY 11: It was a very tough trip to Srinagar. I think the scariest road I have ever seen is from kargil to srinagar. Or maybe I would say, there was no road at all. Only sand and both way traffic, traffic like trucks and buses.

After reaching srinagar we boarded a house boat and in evening we had shikara ride. The funny thing about it, sellers are selling their things on boats to tourists during shikara rides. This was the end of the tour as the next morning we had a flight from Srinagar to Delhi.IMG_1934

All together it was a lifetime trip. Leh is untouched, many tourists are still not comfortable to visit this place due to misconceptions about bad roads, bad weather and oxygen level. The impact is negative and positive both. Positive- less tourist, less commercialization will remain beautiful. Negative- less tourist, low tourism income, commercialization will become over crowded and less beautiful.

THINGS TO DO IN VIETNAM & MORE

l0A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural mix, of dynamic mega-cities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.

New Year’s holiday’s were approaching and we were still juggling to finalize the place – where to visit, on arrival visa, availability of good hotels etc etc. Then the name came to mind as Vietnam – near to the Philippines (which is my current base location), a beautiful place, with friendly people, and more importantly we found the availability in Intercontinental hotel. It was a 3 nights stay and we enjoyed our stay with beautiful ambiance and helpful staff.

Visa for VietnamIt is a very easy process. Apply online with your travel details. They will email you the confirmation of eVisa. On arrival at the Vietnam airport, show the confirmation letter and get the visa stamp. Visa fee is 45 USD per person (always check online as it changes from time to time), then they will scan your passport and grant a Visa of one month.

There are many tours available which combine a few nearby places. Some of the places are more than 4 hours (going and back) from Hanoi city. We booked our tour from Viator. There are various types of companies listed, do read the review before booking your tour package.

HANOI CITY DAY TOUR

First day was very hectic, as we reached Hanoi city at 1 am in the morning, and Hotel by 2 PM. Our tour Pickup from the hotel for the City tour was at 8 am in the morning. Hanoi is a beautiful place with its old french architecture. It is a very old city, but now they are making new buildings and renovating their old buildings. This was 8 hours tour which includes all the main attractions of the city READ MORE… hanoi-3

HALONG BAY DAY TOURS

Halong bay is a must see place in Vietnam. We took a one day tour to Halong Bay, there are Cruise tours available for 2 days and 1 night. It will be a small cruise of around 5 to 6 rooms, which will give you experience of sea cruising. Since we did not have that much time and we wanted to achieve more in less time, we decided to go for a day tour to Halong Bay. And, there are only few who choose staying option there, most of the tourist were for day tour  READ MORE… Halong Bay

HOA LU AND TAM COC DAY TOUR

Hoa Lu was in my bucket list, we booked this tour a day before only. And we were lucky to get the tickets, as most of the tours were full already. It was one of the great places in Vietnam with beautiful landscapes. The travel time is around 3.5 hours going back and forth. These tour companies combine nearby places in their tour. And you will have a chance to visit all those places within the time frame. Whereas, if you are planning to visit these places on your own, in that case, you can hire a taxi and visit these places. It was our third day of Vietnam visit READ MORE…. full-day-tour-to-hoa-lu-and-tam-coc-from-hanoi-in-hanoi-189690

We kept our 4th day free for shopping and not to miss water puppet show. It was really hard to get tickets for the water puppet show. When we tried in the afternoon the show was full. Then in the evening again we tried and got lucky to get our tickets. It was an amazing show with good music, great coordination and colorful puppets. There are plenty of shops nearby for shopaholics .  Bargaining options are available in these shops , so tourists should check them.

It was indeed a good new year vacation in Vietnam and definitely a much bigger vacation for the future. For more details you can log in to their website  Vietnam Tourism

THINGS TO DO AT HOA LU AND TAM COC ADVENTURE: VIETNAM

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So far we have visited so many places and Hoa lu was pending from my bucket list. We booked this tour a day before, and we were lucky to get the tickets, as most of the tours were fully booked.

Travel time from the city is around 3.5 hours to & fro. The best part of traveling with these tour companies was, they combined 2-3 places together which are near to each other. If you plan on your own then it is time consuming and you will not be able to cover all places. However, planning on your own is more adventurous.

The tour driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi, just sit relaxed and enjoy the en-route view.

ANCIENT TEMPLES OF LE AND THE DINH DYNASTIES

Your first stop will be historical capital of Vietnam, where you will see the famous Ancient temples of Le. Travel guide will explain the history behind every temple. To cover all temples one needs around 45 minutes to 1 hour. They have different chambers as per the work category and different temples of kingdoms.IMG_7373IMG_7407

TAM COC

Tam Coc was the next stop after historical temples of Vietnam. The lunch was ready and served hot. Being a vegetarian is always a challenge. Here, we found rice, some stir fried vegetables, fruits and fried potato wedges. In Vietnam, I always plan to carry a small umbrella or raincoat. We didn’t plan about the rain and when it was time for the pedal boat , it started raining. We brought rain coats and rented a big umbrella for our smooth boat ride.

It was a beautiful one hour ride on river Ngo Dong, along with the Karst Formation, caves with bats and rice fields. There are very few places on earth that  can parallel this boat ride. The hills on both the sides and caves make it a beautiful ride. They grow rice in the months of April to June and during our boat ride it the fields were covered with water. Overall it was a great adventure.20180102_13424220180102_135840

After the river ride, one last activity was a cycle ride. The tour guide cycled with us for an hour on quiet roads, Village, Rice fields, river and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc. We also visited Bich Dong. IMG_0356IMG_0430IMG_0434

It was indeed a tiring day for all the tour group with so many activities. The bus driver picked us from Tam Con and drove back to our hotels in Hanoi city. This is a must-see place to visit if travelling to Hanaoi.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN HANOI CITY

hanoi cityWe reached Hanoi at 1 am in the morning, and the hotel by 2 am. Our pickup for the City tour was at 8 am in the morning from the Hotel reception. As we always travel for our small kid who is now 2 years old, it is not easy to get started in the morning. You always need extra time to prepare baby bags and stuff. So our day started at 6 am and the tour at 8 am.

Hanoi is a beautiful city, small shops selling their authentic food/breakfast in the morning with small tables and stools outside of their mini restaurants, and few shops selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Other shops are filled with beautiful and colorful flowers.

There are many mini buses you will get to see on the road in Hanoi city. Many tour guides come and call for your name and tour type which you opted for the day. Mornings are very busy for them. After our pickup, they did 2 more pickups and then the tour guide started his conversation with his group. He shared today’s itinerary and do’s and don’t do’s.

TRAN QUOC PAGODA

Tran Quoc Pagoda was the first stop. It is a Buddhist temple set on a west lake Peninsula. It is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam.IMG_7347IMG_7353

 HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM

This is one of the must visit places in Hanoi City. Vietnamese people used to call him Uncle Ho, which remembers the communist leader. This place is very crowded, you have to wait in a long queue for more than 2 hours to see Ho Chi Minh. The highlight of that place is, Vietnamese have preserved their Uncle Ho body in this Mausoleum.IMG_0232 (1)

TRADITIONAL CERAMICS VILLAGE

This is a Bat Trang showroom. Here workers will demonstrate how the distinctive handicrafts are made. You can buy beautiful paintings from the showroom.IMG_7366IMG_7368

VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY

This Museum talks about the Vietnam culture groups. There are around 54 cultural groups living in Vietnam.Museum-of-Ethnology-120171231_121100

Lunch at Old Quarters Restaurant– Old Quarters are surrounded by many shops and mini restaurants. Tour guide will organize your lunch in one of the restaurants. I had given my preference of vegetarian food and out of my expectations, I got good vegetarian food to eat.

HOAN KIEM LAKE

Lunch generally finished by 2:30 pm and then headed to our last stop at Hoam Kiem Lake. It is a scenic spot at the very center of Hanoi. Good place for photography. The option available is to visit ‘Ngoc Son Temple’ or ‘The temple of the Jade Mountain’ , Which is dedicated to warriors, a saint and a scholar.IMG_7440

The tour will end at 4 pm in the evening and it will conclude with drop-off at your respective hotels.

Overall it was a hectic day to visit many places in one day, especially when you have to stand in a long queue for around 2 hours. The energy already drained out and then many places to visit. Please be aware of pick-pockets at all the places, do not leave your things unattended.

THINGS TO DO AT CLUB PUNTA FUEGO: BATANGAS

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Club Punta Fuego comes in first place in the list of relaxing resorts in Batangas. It is a place which has many facilities. The Punta Fuego is a very big property with lots of green space. One needs a rental car to roam around and visit one place to another. They have a membership concept and the first priority is to their members only. In Peak season, it is difficult to get a place for non-members. I visited this place in the off-season (Nov to Feb) and was lucky to get Casitas with a sea view balcony.

There is no Island hopping as such, it is a place for relaxing in the pool and at the beach. They have many indoor games which can be booked upon your arrival. They also have a Golf Club with beautiful golf lawns.
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GETTING THERE : Club Punta Fuego is around 95 KM from Makati. Which is around 2.5 hours drive. I had hired a taxi to reach this place. You can drive if you like to drive as the roadS are good.

THINGS TO DO

SUNSET SESSION : All the rooms have a sea view balcony. You can enjoy a sunset session from your room OR you can find a place near the infinity pool area. You can enjoy evening coffee while the sun is setting in the sea. It was a memorable and beautiful experience. IMG_9980

CASITAS : Plan to stay in Casitas. They are bigger with beautiful open bathrooms. And sea view balconies. The balcony is also quite big. But, they are a little far from the main restaurant and reception. casitas-seaview4911118_19_z

BUFFET BREAKFAST : They have a huge variety in breads, cereals, fruits, salads and local Filipino food. Don’t miss your breakfast here. They also prepare various types of egg recipes on request.

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PENINSULA DE PUNTA FUEGO ACTIVITIES: Club Punta has a good facility for small kids as well. They have a playroom for small kids. And a big lawn for them to run everywhere. You can enjoy the lawn in the morning or evening, as days are very hot with hot sun. bring-your-kids-at-theIMG-0043IMG-0045

LOWER BEACH CLUB :This club is around a 10 minutes ride from Main reception. They have shuttle service every 30 minutes to the lower beach club. They also have small restaurants for drinks and food. If you are looking for some water sports activities then you can rent the boat and jet-ski, which is available at the lower beach club (it is expensive here). They also have a small infinity pool, for which you have to climb steps. Please ask for directions from the reception.  this-one-is-from-their

Overall it is a place for relaxation. Enjoy a good breakfast and then relax in the infinity pool. Watch the sunset, take the service of a Spa in your room. Enjoy Movie shows and feel fresh in fresh air.

Only drawback which I felt was that you have to remain in your room during the day time due to the hot sun. After 2 days I felt like going back to my house. As i said above, it is a place for relaxation only, plan accordingly.

THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

IMG_7156Sydney is one of the beautiful cities. And, one can do a lot of activities. Beautiful city with good and helpful people. It has all kinds of weather such as, summer, winter, spring, rainy etc.

There are many beautiful attractions and to visit all the famous one’s, you need at least 5 to 6 days. Few places are time consuming, so better planning is needed. For example the Blue Mountains, you need one full day to visit this place. Circular Quay is a beautiful place, a place where you can have a good time and enjoy the sea view. Below, I have tried to describe my itinerary of 4 days, which will be very helpful for you, when you will design your itinerary.

DAY 1

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND HARBOUR BRIDGE

Above places are a symbol of Australia and a very important element in your Sydney travel. Your travel cannot be completed without visiting one of the most amazing Architectures. Both the places are near to each and in the center of the city. There is no admission fee at Opera House and Harbour Bridge.IMG-9055IMG-8985

GETTING THERE: Train is the best mode of transport to reach this place. You need to get down at Circular Quay station and it is within walking distance. Please Note: Train Map is available in all the trains. You can search the nearest station to go anywhere and locate in the train map, where to get down and from where you need to change the train.

ACTIVITIES: There are many shows running in Opera House and tickets are available at ticket counter OR you can book it online (convenient fee will be levied online). At Harbour Bridge, a view walk is available. (you can climb the Harbor bridge for city view).


DAY 2

TARONGA ZOO SYDNEY

Zoos are not only for kids, it is a place for all ages. As I said above, few attractions are time consuming, Taronga Zoo is one of them. So plan your itinerary well to cover all the Zoo. I would recommend to plan for early morning READ MORE….IMG_9409


DAY 3

CITY TOUR- HOP ON AND HOP OFF BUS

Hop on and Hop off buses are the best option to see the city. Most of the places are very near to each other. We choose hop-on-hop-off specially for Bondi beach. There are many historical places near to Harbour bridge, which can be seen while sitting in the bus OR on the day of visit to Harbour. Two kind of tours available, READ MORE….


DAY 4

BLUE MOUNTAINS

The Blue Mountains are one of the key features of Sydney. There are many stories behind the formation of these Blue Mountains. And locals believe in all those stories. Three sisters is one of the stories. I will talk later about those stories, but before that would like to talk about point of interest at blue mountains, must visit places, things to do READ MORE…21752273_1845186425499121_1182504358623479053_nIMG_7176

Sydney is a beautiful city. And I would like to recommend watching/experiencing the show at the Opera House. Opera House is a signature of Sydney or maybe I would say, signature of Australia. Plan your days early in the morning to explore most of the interesting places. And, I must do a BIG BUS tour to see Sydney city inside.