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Where to watch sunrise in Da Nang City

Where to watch sunrise in Da Nang City

Da Nang is an ideal city for those who love traveling and exploring. Its tourist attractions can meet the most discerning traveler.If you travel to Da Nang, do not miss the most beautiful moments of this city every dawn or every romantic sunset. Here are the ideal places to have yourself a romantic dream in this beautiful seaside city.Bien Dong Parkstatic.vinwonders.comIn the summer, many people come here from the early morning to exercise, play games or jog, breathe fresh air and cool. And more particularly, the sunrise on the sea as the space makes it attractive and fascinated.Hoa Trung LakeAbout 20 km west of Da Nang, Hoa Trung Lake in Hoa Vang District’s Hoa Lien Commune supplies water for the daily lives and agricultural activities of local residents in the Hoa Son and Hoa Lien communes.Thanks to its impressive beauty, the lake has now become very popular with residents from Da Nang who want to take part in outdoor activities or stay overnight here with their friends and family members. In addition, the site is drawing a great attention from the city’s amateur photographers who want to capture the amazing beauty of the lake. Especially, if you want to see the sunrise in a wild countryside and separate from the busy city, Hoa Trung Lake is the ideal place for you.Van Villagelagunalangco.comLocated on the foot of Hai Van Mountain, in Nam Chon bay, Van Village is the must-visit place in Da Nang. Undergoing ups and downs, this village is still peaceful with gently waves and a silent life.It is an abandoned village with charming scenery, where many young people, especially those who love to explore, camping overnight. Overnight camping here you will enjoy beautiful sunrise, peaceful. Every weekend, there are several visitors to this village to relax and go camping. Peaceful Van Village with fresh, cool air and beautiful scenery among mountain and sea without dust and smoke can be found nowhere. Visitors can escape from sorrow and noisy city when walking along the beach. Indeed, Van Village is a wonderful destination for those who want a peaceful and relaxing place.Son Tra PeninsulaTo see this beautiful peninsula in early dawn, you stand at the monkey road, from the Linh Ung Gate to the Intercontinental resort, sitting on the rocks along the road and enjoy the beautiful waterfront. You will fall in love with it.Nam O ReefNam O village is situated in Nam Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang, between Da Nang and Hai Van Pass. About 2km to the southeast from the center of Nam O village, there is a reef which is called Nam O by fishermen living in this area. There are lots of seaweed located in Nam O reef, therefore it is home to many valuable species of fish and seafood. Based on the experience of local people, you should visit the Nam O reef at the time the tide come down. At that time, you can see beautiful sand dunes and rocks as well as you can enjoy the great sunrise here. After visiting Nam O reef, you can use the boat back to the west along the Cu De river, take an eco-tour to visit ethnic villages of Ka-Tu people in Hoa Bac commune.Source Internet
The most impressive buildings in Saigon

The most impressive buildings in Saigon

With its rich history and rapid development, Vietnam has a plethora of wonderful colonial and modern architecture. From French-colonial buildings to oriental structures to modern day skyscrapers, Vietnam certainly possesses a unique and diverse collection of architecture.Landmark 81 TowerThe Landmark 81 is an extremely tall skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City that was designed by a British firm, Atkins, and funded and constructed by Vietnamese-owned corporations, Vingroup and Coteccons. Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Southeast Asia as of July 2018, and listed as the 14th tallest building in the whole world.This building has 81 stories, making it 461.5 meters tall. It is located in the Vinhomes Central Park urban area, on the western bank of the Saigon River, next to the Saigon Bridge connecting District 2 and Binh Thanh District. The inauguration of this building is just the beginning. The entire development of the building and Vinhomes Central Park is still underway with a multi-use area consisting of high-end facilities. This includes a hotel, conference venues, luxurious apartments and condos, shopping centers, and food and beverage establishments. The tower also features a multi-story observation deck at the very top.Saigon City HallSaigon City Hall, renamed Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after 1975, started building in 1902 and was completed by 1908. It first functioned as a hotel before becoming headquarters for civil servants of the city. Saigon City Hall was designed by French architect Gardes and was modeled after the City Hall in Paris.There is a bell tower inspired by those in European town halls that marks the highest point of the structure. As of right now, Saigon City Hall is not open to the public, it still remains a must-visit landmark for tourists as the building and its grounds are illuminated at night.Saigon Notre-Dame BasilicaNotre Dame Cathedral, or Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, designed by French architect Jules Bourard from 1877 to 1880 embodied the architectural sentiments of the period. It features the Romanesque style in its red-brick facade and granite base with Gothic style inside. The church was based on the model of Notre Dame de Paris and materials were imported from France, for example, the bricks came from Marseille.Viet Nam Quoc Tu PagodaVietnam Quoc Tu pagoda is located on February 3 Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the city and is a relatively new one, built in the early 1960s, designed by Ngo Viet Thu.The main complex of the pagoda spans seven stories, with the first two open to the public, an example of Vietnamese architectural principles. Visitors are given access to view the beautiful Buddha statue that is the centerpiece of the pagoda and allowed to walk the grounds.Saigon Central Post OfficeSaigon Central Post Office was built from 1886 to 1891 and designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel. With Gothic, Renaissance, and French influences that inspired the creation of this building, visitors who go inside will momentarily forget that they are in Vietnam. The post office has arched structuring, patterned flooring, and high ceilings.There are two noticeably large antiquated maps inside, Saigonet ses environs (Ho Chi Minh City in the past) and Lignes telegraphiques du Sus Vietnamet du Cambodge (postal route of Vietnam to Cambodia). Saigon Central Post Office is perhaps the busiest post office in the city, as people regularly venture in to see the grand architecture, come in to mail their letters, and buy postcards and stamps.Bitexco Financial TowerBitexco Financial Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Saigon, with 68 floors and a height of 262.5 meters. It was designed by New York based architect Carlos Zapata. He was inspired by the shape of a lotus, Vietnam’s national flower, to form the leaf-like curve of the tower. On the 52nd floor, there’s a helipad that was designed to resemble a blossoming lotus bud. Bitexco was considered one of the 25 Great Skyscraper Icons of Construction by CNN.Saigon Opera HouseThe Saigon Opera House is an elegant colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays. Performances are advertised around the building and information can be found in the state-operated tourist information center nearby.Source Internet
The most beautiful Churches in Vietnam

The most beautiful Churches in Vietnam

From Gothic-style stone cathedrals, to elegant golden marble altars, and hot-pink facades, Vietnam flaunts some gorgeous churches. The country’s architecture is owed to years of French colonial styles, paired with traditional Oriental designs, resulting in an elegant combination of antiquity and modernity. Check out the most awe-inspiring churches you’ll find throughout Vietnam.Phat Diem Cathedral, Ninh Binh provinceupload.wikimedia.orgLocated in Ninh Binh province, this stunning cathedral, built in the mid 1880s is carved entirely from natural stone. The cathedral sits in a serene complex with a lake, bell house, and several grottoes. Inside, you’ll find a red worship space delicately adorned with gold features, as well as large stone columns. Apparently the preparation phase took at least 10 years so the locals could extract materials from nearby mountains. The results of their hard work is waiting for you (and your camera) to stop by!Cua Bac Church, Ha NoiWhile the official name is “Church of Martyrs”, Cua Bac Church is considered a prime example of the marriage between European and Vietnamese architectural styles. Ernest Hébrard designed the building with Art Deco-inspired features, combined with Vietnamese roof tiles, while also designing the church to match the surrounding greenery. The result is a gorgeous, eclectic church.Tan Dinh Church, Saigoncdn3.ivivu.comFeast your eyes on a sight I bet you have never seen before: a Gothic-inspired hot pink church located in Saigon’s District 3. This unique church is one of the most underrated sights in the city. Its intense colour is hard to miss, and the interior is equally as stunning. During Tan Dinh’s 1929 reconstruction, wealthy parishioner Francois Haasz and his Vietnamese wife generously decorated the inside with Italian marble, creating a rich, elegant feel. To add a historical dimension to Tan Dinh, the founder of the church, Father Donatien Eveillard, is buried beneath the nave. Make sure you cross this beautiful church off your “to see” list early on.Hanh Thong Tay Church, SaigonHanh Thong Tay Church is situated among lush trees and delicate flowers, offering a respite from bustling downtown Saigon. This Byzantine-style church features three altars carved from Italian golden marble as well as intricate mosaics on the ceilings. The rare architectural style is an interesting sight and is worth escaping to from the bustling urban city center.Church of Christ the King, Nha TrangConstructed in 1928, this church is built of simple cement blocks, yet it is a marvel to behold. Located in the upper part of coastal Nha Trang, the Church of Christ the King features a striking exterior, but it’s the interior that will take your breath away. With wide, curved domes, rose doors and a remarkable amount of stained glass windows depicting Catholic saints, it is spectacular. It is commonly referred to as the “Mountain Cathedral”, so if you ask locals to find the church, make sure to mention the nickname.St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoireviewvilla.vnSt. Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Hanoi, with construction beginning in 1886, and the design intending to emulate its Parisian counterpart (Notre-Dame de Paris). St. Joseph’s holds mass several times per day, with each mass broadcast outdoors to anyone unable to enter, leading to regular, large crowds during mass times. The cathedral was built in Gothic Revival-style, built of granite slabs and gorgeous stained glass windows shipped to Hanoi from France. The exterior, however, is being seriously worn down, as pollution is a severe issue in Vietnam’s capital city. As St. Joseph’s is a prime tourist destination, there are several souvenir shops and Western-style restaurants nearby.Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Phu NhaiFun fact: After a major storm devastated this church in 1929, a nation-wide lottery funded its reconstruction in 1933. This basilica is yet another stunning architectural marvel in Vietnam. The cathedral rises 30m high and is flanked by two tall bell towers with four bells each, and each bell weighs a staggering two tons. The austere decor is enough to have you marveling at the outside, but as with many Vietnam churches, the inside is even more stunning. The enormous, domed ceiling is painted a gentle yellow, with accentuating white pillars and classic stained glass windows, giving the entire cathedral a romantic glow when the sun hits the windows on its way down the horizon.Notre-Dame Basilica, SaigonThis list would be incomplete without the most famous church in Vietnam on it! At any given day, you’ll find crowds of selfie-stick wielding tourists, just-married couples and their professional photographers, along with everyday locals camped around the Basilica selling souvenirs. The red bricks adorning the facade were shipped to Saigon from Marseilles, garnering a lot of attention from the locals, as they were unique at the time. While it is one of the top tourist hot spots in the country, it is currently undergoing a massive renovation, and you won’t be taking any tours of the inside until 2019. However, an English and Vietnamese mass is still held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.Source theculturetrip
Things to do for first time travelers in Cambodia

Things to do for first time travelers in Cambodia

Many flock to Cambodia for the prospect of witnessing its spectacular temples, timeless ruins, undisturbed beaches, and for experiencing its rich, cultural heritage. But not many people know that Cambodia has as much an incredible range of activities for visitors as it has scenic attractions to bewitch travelers. Watch the sunrise at Angkor WatThere is good reason why so many seek out this UNESCO-listed site on a trip to Cambodia. Watching streaks of auburn-orange burn against the silhouetted towers of Angkor Wat is a spellbinding sight that captivates even the most seasoned travelers. It is no wonder that a sunrise at Angkor makes for a compelling start to the day and is a dramatic backdrop to one of the world’s most iconic travel wonders.Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is believed to be the oldest and largest temple complex in the world. It was once the capital of the Khmer Empire and its front-facing outline has since become a national symbol, featuring on the Cambodian flag, on beer labels and in the name of countless hotels. The ruins sit in an archaeological park that extends for 400 square kilometres, a scale beyond what many visitors anticipate. Those with ample time should make the most of a three-day or week-long pass to explore its maze of ancient stone structures and water features coated with blossom-pink lotus flowers, not forgetting to investigate the history of the underground city that lies beneath Angkor Wat.See the Planktons Glow at Night in Koh RongIn the sleepy island of Koh Rong, you can experience the magical planktons which light up at night. Have a few drinks by the nearby beach bars and when it’s dark enough, walk towards the shore in the darkest area, wading in about 1-meter deep water. If you stir the water a little bit, you will begin seeing the planktons glow at night- just like in the movie, The Beach. It is truly an incredible experience that is worth traveling to Koh Rong for. For the braver ones, you can even snorkel at night, watching the world illuminate as you move around the water.Explore its other magnificent templesAngkor Wat might take priority on the itinerary, but travelers would be missing out if they were to skip Cambodia’s other fascinating temples. You do not need to go far – Angkor Archaeological Park is home to numerous ancient monuments that can be explored at your own leisure on bike or foot.Angkor Thom can be found in the shadow of Angkor Wat and showcases a series of ancient buildings including Bayon temple, whose 200 stone-carved faces are believed to depict King Jayavarman VII. Ta Prohm might not measure up in magnitude against its sister temples, but it still proves to be a big hit with travelers, after its unconventional overgrown banyan tree roots made a starring appearance in the movie Tomb Raider.Take it slow on Koh Rong IslandJust as you think you have seen Cambodia at its best, take a short boat trip west of Krong Preah to Koh Rong Island, where sugar-coated beaches and azure waters welcome off-beat travelers. From discovering sandy coves in remote corners to snorkeling alongside diverse marine life among coral reefs, natural beauty flourishes throughout this little-explored island, both on land and in the surrounding waters.There is no better way to finish your South-East Asia adventure than with a relaxed evening clinking cocktails in a beach hut bar, watching the sun set over Koh Rong's palm tree shrouded shores.Have a drink by Pub Streetsiemreap.netThis popular street located in Siem Reap is the equivalent of Khao San road in Thailand. Loaded with many bars, pubs, restaurants and street food, it’s worth heading here as you watch the world go by with a cold pint of beer. Enjoy your time people watching or wander around the many small stalls and souvenir shops.Source Internet
Battambang: Cambodia's lesser-known city

Battambang: Cambodia's lesser-known city

The laid-back city of Battambang in Cambodia’s northwest may have a sleepy ambience distinct from the more upbeat hot spots of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, but travellers who venture here will find plenty of excuses to linger.A walkable centre, bags of old architectural charm, day trips to temples and traditional villages – plus the chance to ride on a bamboo train – are just a few reasons to include Battambang on your Cambodia itinerary.Architecture and artBattambang’s compact central district is a fascinating jumble of French-colonial construction and vernacular shophouse architecture that has managed to withstand the long years of destruction and war. It’s a great place for a late afternoon stroll, when the worst of the day’s humidity has dissipated. Battambang’s historical role as Cambodia’s arts hub is also seeing a modern resurgence, with itsy-bitsy independent art spaces and galleries highlighting a new generation of emerging talent. Check out Lotus Bar & Gallery and Sammaki Gallery to see if there are any exhibitions while you’re in town.The bamboo trainBattambang’s Bamboo Train is probably the most fun you can have on a bamboo platform that has been jimmied up with an engine and wheels. This defunct old French rail line provided a vital transport link between Battambang’s east bank and the village of O Sra Lev for years. The ‘trains’ (known locally as norries), used to run cargo and passengers along the line, consist simply of a bamboo and metal frame, a set of bogies either end and a gasoline-powered engine. When good roads finally connected O Sra Lev to the outside road there wasn’t as much use for this ingenious transport system anymore, but tourism saved it from going defunct.Revving up to speeds of 15km/h along the old warped tracks is hilarious fun (particularly if you have kids in tow) and is by far one of the most unique rail journeys you’ll ever experience. The true brilliance of the system is revealed when you meet a norry coming the other way and the drivers speedily de-assemble one norry so that they can pass.There has been talk of upgrading the railway, which would spell the end of the bamboo train, though the plan would be to relocate it within the area.Village lifeimg.ev.muJust outside of Battambang city, sitting snug between the rolling patchwork quilts of rice fields, are tiny villages of rickety traditional stilted houses, where enormous pigs languidly loll by the road and buffalo snooze beside curvaceous hay bales. A half-day trip tootling around the bumpy lanes by remork (tuk-tuk) or by bicycle tour (Soksabike and Butterfly Bicycle Tours are two excellent Battambang tour operators) is one of the best ways to understand Khmer local village life.Head to Pheam Ek village to see local ladies making rice-paper discs (used to wrap spring rolls) and to Somrong Knong to sample authentic kralan (sticky rice and beans and coconut milk cooked in a bamboo tube over charcoal) from the roadside vendors. If your nose can handle it, make a stop at the bustling prahoc factory, where Cambodia’s favourite fermented fish-paste condiment is manufactured. Row upon row of fish lay beside the road drying in the sun here.Temple timeA host of temples sit scattered across the countryside, all within easy day-tripping distance from Battambang. It’s a bit of a slog up the side of Phnom Banan, 23km south of the city, to reach the summit temple of Prasat Banan, but it’s worth it for the views. The Phnom Sampeau complex, 12km southwest of Battambang, has a wondrous mishmash of colourful wats and stupas at its summit as well as sweeping views; while half-way down the mountain a track leads to a sombre Khmer Rouge killing cave. Here a bone-filled memorial reminds visitors of the atrocities carried out during their reign.For temples not atop mountains, Wat Ek Phnom, about 10km north of Battambang, is a gorgeously atmospheric toppled 11th-century temple behind a vibrantly coloured modern wat and ginormous modern Buddha statue. Nearby Wat Somrong Knong has a small but beautifully preserved and peaceful 18th-century pagoda, which belies its dark modern history as a prison during the Khmer Rouge years.Battambang essentialslp-cms-production.imgix.netBattambang is a three- to four-hour bus trip from Siem Reap and a five- to six-hour journey from Phnom Penh, with regular bus services from both cities.From Siem Reap there’s also the option of taking a riverboat to Battambang along the tributaries that branch out from Tonlé Sap lake. Would-be passengers should be aware that the journey can last up to nine hours and safety features, such as lifejackets, are in short supply.Battambang’s accommodation scene is excellent, with everything from basic dorm beds to seriously swish boutique hotels. Most budget places are clustered in the centre, while boutique offerings are generally found on the east bank of the Sangker River. Source Lonelyplanet
The romantic destinations for honeymoon in Thailand

The romantic destinations for honeymoon in Thailand

Have you ever wondered why Thailand is a hot destination for honeymoon? There is a simple answer to this question. The city is home to exotic sun-kissed beaches and known for its throbbing nightlife and adventure options. Thailand is home to some of the enticing tourist attractions and this is the reason why thousands of tourists from different parts of the world come to this place. Here is a list of 6 best places for honeymoon in Thailand.Chiang Mai, the Rose of the Northa.cdn-hotels.comLooking to buck the trend for your honeymoon? Head to the mountainous north of Thailand, which boasts a pristine view at the Doi Inthanon National Park. Chiang Mai, also known as New City, is home to misty mountains and colourful hill tribes. Apart from being a cultural and religious centre, this city is also regarded by the locals as “the rose of the north” for its natural charm and beauty. An authentic and down to earth experience of Thailand guaranteed.Koh Samui, for Couples’ Paradisea.cdn-hotels.comHave you ever heard of the famous full moon parties in Thailand? Welcome to Koh Phangan, a short ferry ride away from Koh Samui, and host to some of the biggest beach parties in the world. Since full moon happens only once a month, if you cannot make it in time for that, make sure you at least catch the half-moon parties with your better half. This is perfect for couples who are looking for a gorgeous coastline with a rocking party scene.Hua Hin, for a Perfect Seashore ExperienceOne of the oldest resort town, Hua Hin is one of the most romantic destinations for honeymoon in Thailand. It is perfect for a long romantic walk by the sea and other adventurous water activities. Hua Hin received a major boost when it was turned into a royal resort and a summer getaway for the royal Thai family. In order to accommodate tourists visiting Thailand, several resorts and villas have sprung up. The town is famous for its beachfront resorts that find a way of fitting all budgets.Krabi, for the Adventurous Couplea.cdn-hotels.comPopular for its limestone cliffs and the stunning Emerald Pool, Krabi features diversified attractions for the adventurous. Rock climbing, trekking, scuba diving, kayaking, island-hopping, hot springs, mangrove forests. The list goes on and on. Be sure not to miss climbing 1,237 steps to the top of the Tiger Cave Temple. Depending on your partner, you either have a fulfilling experience, or a torrid time.Bangkok, for a Romantic Vacationvnn-imgs-f.vgcloud.vnThe capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is the most visited city in the world by young couples and newlyweds.  Also, the accommodation is quiet cheap and a hotel can be booked for as low as $ 20-$30 per night. Here you can stay at a five star hotel for under $100. It is the epicenter for delicious cuisine from all around the world. Your honeymoon tour is incomplete without some shopping. So go and grab some bargains at Chatuchak, the world’s largest weekend market.Similan Islands, for World-famous Diving SpotsSimilan is derived from the Malay word “sembilan” which means nine. Now, the Similan Islands are now expanded to 11 Thai paradises located in the Andaman Sea, which only means more treasures to explore! These islands are world famous not only for their pristine beaches, but also for their spectacular coral reefs and diving spots. Diving here is considered the best in the region. For lovers of the deep blue ocean, this is definitely one for the bucket list.Source Internet
8 must-visit attractions in Nha Trang, Vietnam

8 must-visit attractions in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Empty sandy beaches that stretch for miles, cool waterfalls, ranges of untouched mountains, an interesting history, and a unique culture, Nha Trang has it all. Fast becoming one of the top destinations in Vietnam for all these reasons and more, here are 8 attractions you must not miss if Nha Trang is in your itinerary. 1. Dam MarketDam market is the most popular market in Nha Trang and is a huge imposing four story concrete structure. Inside you will find everything Vietnamese, from clothes and accessories to electronics and household items, spread around various colorful stalls. Head in here in the morning and have some breakfast in the food court to start your day.2. Thap Po NagarThese are some of the best-preserved pieces of Cham architecture in Vietnam, similar to the My Son Temples in Da Nang. Built between the 7th to the 12th centuries, this temple is dedicated to the goddess of the country, Yan Po Nagar, and is still used for worship by the remaining descendants of the Cham culture that once flourished throughout the country.3. Long Son PagodaSituated at the foot of Tray Thui mountain, this pagoda was built in 1886 in typical Taoist style. Long Son Pagoda is where you can find the large white Buddha statue sitting atop the mountain crest that you can see from most places in Nha Trang town.4. Nha Trang CathedralNha Trang Cathedral is another still functioning religious monument that also serves as a tourist attraction. Despite being constructed using simple blocks of cement, the cathedral looks surprisingly elegant. Mass is held multiple times a day, and it is a great way to witness differences in religious routines compared to those back home.5. Hon Ba MountainHon Ba Mountain may take a while to climb but up on the summit is a beautiful little house built by Alexander Yersin, a French doctor, who used it as a little getaway. With a cool climate all year round, Hon Ba Nature Reserve is dubbed “The Da Lat of Nha Trang,” and all your sweat will evaporate thanks to the cool winds found up here.6. Bai Dai BeachA fine alternative to Tran Phu Beach, Bai Dai beach 18 miles (30 kilometers) away from the center of Nha Trang is more peaceful with a more local feel. The waves here make it a fantastic location for surfing, and if you hit up The Shack, you can rent reliable surfing equipment. If surfing is not your thing, just get a beer and chill on a hammock by the beach.7. Tran Phu BeachTran Phu Street running down the coast of Nha Trang is the most popular street in the city, with high end resorts like Intercontinental and The Sheraton on one side, and a lively beach on the other. There are plenty of beach-side cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for you to choose from that have their own little bit of beach with reclining chairs and parasols, so find one to suit your tastes and spend an evening lazing about.8. Ba Ho WaterfallAbout 17 miles (27 kilometers) north of Nha Trang, reached via a beautiful coastal drive, is Ba Ho Waterfall which literally translated means “three pools.” The waterfall is perfect for a morning dip and barely ever gets crowded. Wear good hiking shoes and follow the arrows painted on the rocks and trees.Source Theculturetrip
Visit Penang's best malls

Visit Penang's best malls

Do you like air-conditioning, high-end retail shops, and shelter from the rain and sun? If so, you’ll like these malls in Penang.Gurney Plazawww.flickr.comWith anchor tenants like Golden Screen Cinemas, Parkson (department store), and Cold Storage (grocery store), is it any wonder this mall has one of the state’s highest daily footfall? Featuring over 380 retail shops, including Timbaland, Armani and Guess, as well as an al fresco stretch of eateries like Winter Warmers, Secret Recipe and Dome, this mall is a haven for shoppers and foodies alike.More affordable fashion stores are located on the fourth and fifth floors. There are also several tech shops selling mobile phones, laptops and related accessories in the new wing.Queensbay Mallcommons.m.wikimedia.orgTake the Jelutong Highway to Bayan Lepas and you’ll find yourself riding up to Penang’s largest shopping mall, Queensbay. This mall is a sprawling indoor mall spanning 2,500,000 sq. feet, which means you’ll be walking — a lot. But in the name of food and shopping, this may well be worth it, as Queensbay houses popular stores like Giordano, Levi’s and British India. Main anchor tenants here include AEON (a department and grocery store) and the Golden Screen Cinemas. Book lovers will appreciate the last remaining Borders on this side of peninsula, while those who enjoy coffee and cake might prefer a trip to well-established names like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Dome and Starbucks.Straits Quaycommons.wikimedia.orgThis is the place to go if you want to shop, eat, and walk leisurely after both. The extensive promenade along the quay front is the main attraction of this mall, where small yachts and boats rock gently on the waves.Shops here include Royal Selangor and Monica Quen, and there are eateries like Blue Reef, Healy Mac’s and Papparich. For more affordable bargains, the mall also hosts a ‘market’ in the center court every weekend. You’ll be able to find pop-up cards, mobile phone cases and handmade jewelry here.Juru Auto Citycommons.wikimedia.orgDesigned like an American strip mall, Auto City is located on the Penang mainland in Juru. This is where roadshows, carnivals and exhibitions are often held, but if you’re not here for any of them, this outdoor complex also includes highly successful fashion boutiques, restaurants, and over 30 automobile brands.Club-hoppers may enjoy Bed, a happening clubhouse after sunset, while karaoke-enthusiasts will like Citi-Box. Eateries here include Seoul Garden, Manhattan Fish Market and Golden Triangle Restaurant.Source: Internet
A day to visit Sapa, Vietnam

A day to visit Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is a hill station in the North of Vietnam, known for its beautiful terraced rice fields, lovely and welcoming ethnic minority tribes, and for housing the tallest peak in Indochina, Mount Fansipan. It’s also the premier trekking base of Vietnam, growing more and more popular each day.Have a cup of coffeeOne of the great highlights of a trip to Sapa is the chance to take in the lush views and there is no better way to do this than by having a drink in one of the mountain bars. One of the most famous is Gem Valley and as the name suggests you can spend time here enjoying the mist creeping across the eerie landscape and marvel at the vistas over the emerald green valley below.Explore Cat Cat Villagecommons.wikimedia.orgCat Cat Village is nestled at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley, about two miles (three kilometers) from Sapa town. This village was formed in the 19th century after various ethnic H’Mong and Dzao families came together from other mountainous areas in northern Vietnam. They started cultivating rice and corn in the region, as well as weaving fabric and creating handicrafts to get by. When visiting, you can learn about these traditional techniques as well as spend time studying the H' mong culture.Trek Muong Hoa ValleyMuong Hoa Valley is located in Hau Thao commune. The most impressive feature in this valley may be the ancient stone engraved with different shapes, situated in between the grass and the terraced rice fields of ethnic minorities. Hundreds of sandstones were carved pictures and strange characters have not to determine the origin as well as meaning yet. This is regarded as one of the unique heritage of the ancient Vietnamese.Discover Fairy Cavecommons.wikimedia.orgUpstream Chay river about 6 km from the centre of Bao Nhai (Bac Ha), the boat will take you through the ancient citadel with many legends. Fairy Cave is considered the little Halong Bay in Sapa. Visiting Fairy Cave, tourists can sightsee, bath in the Tien stream and soak in the sunshine on the island of flowers. Traditionally, people do these activities is the way to pray for the blessed beauty, health and wealth.Go shopping at Sapa Marketcommons.wikimedia.orgIf you want to enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Sapa, then head for Sapa Market which is also conveniently located close to the local bus station. Here you will find a range of colorful local produce as well as a fresh meat section which is certainly not for the faint of heart. You will also find some handicrafts here sold by the hill-tribes people that live in the villages around Sapa.Source Internet