The Five Best Hikes in Hong Kong


tailongwanYou wouldn’t know it from your first glimpse at its famous glass and steel skyline, but nearly three-quarters of Hong Kong is undeveloped countryside – a patchwork of windswept ridgelines and overgrown valleys that covers the length and breadth of the territory.

Many urbanites head to the hills to hike on the weekend to escape the oppressive downtown crowds, and four long-distance hiking trails with dozens of shorter offshoots leave Hong Kongers spoiled for choice.

So grab a decent pair of shoes and plenty of water and get out there – you’ve got 300 km of trail ahead of you if you want to see it all! Here are five of Hong Kong’s best hikes:

5. Tai Long Wan – Stage 2 Maclehose Trail

Hong Kong’s best beaches are also the territory’s most remote, and one of the only ways to get to them is on foot.

From Sai Kung Town, make your way to the end of the Sai Kung Man Yee Road along the High Island Reservoir, the starting point for stage 2 of the Maclehose Trail.

Just over the first hill is Long Ke beach, a

iem Reap to Saigon – a relaxing river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam


vi1In contemplating a trip to Southeast Asia, there are few adventures more alluring than taking a slow boat down the Mekong River. Standing atop the breezy deck of a comfortable, modern riverboat as it cruises past lush rice fields, towering palm trees and lazy fishing villages affords one of those rare experiences that simultaneously relaxes the body while energizing the mind.

When my wife, Arlene, and I started preparing for our 2015 Southeast Asia trip several months in advance, we knew we wanted to spend one of our travel weeks on the lower Mekong, sailing from Siem Reap in Cambodia to the Delta in Vietnam. A growing number of boats, ranging from the basic to the luxurious (with prices to match), now ply this route, but it didn’t take a lot of online research to zero in on the 32-cabin, 3-deck vessel that offered the ideal combination of sailing date, itinerary, comfort and price: the Mekong Prestige II.

Making arrangements

We made our arrangements through Viet Prestige Travel (phone +84 4 6686 5833,, a Hanoi-based agency that responded courteously and promptly to all of our emailed

Enjoying village accommodations and spectacular underwater sights on a trip to Indonesia’s Raja Ampat islands


Snorkeling over massive soft corals.In my extensive travels, my goal is always to find unique cultural experiences. When planning my January 2015 trip to Indonesia, I discovered just such an experience: the opportunity to stay in a traditional Papuan island village. Such a stay would offer accommodations in private bungalows and the chance to interact with locals, view exotic wildlife and swim over the most diverse coral reefs in the world.

Some of my family members, ages 42 to 70, were enthusiastic, so we chose three villages to visit and headed to Raja Ampat, a collection of remote South Pacific islands located in Indonesia’s West Papua province, between Australia and the Philippines.

These islands are governed by Indonesia, but their indigenous people are Papuans, a very distinct and culturally interesting group.

Getting there

Reaching the islands where the Papuan villages were located was an adventure in itself. We began by flying to Indonesia via the cities of Jakarta and Makassar. From there, we flew to Sorong, West Papua, a waterfront town bustling with tuk-tuks and about 220,000 people.

We chose a taxi for the 10-minute ride to the harbor, where we boarded a twice-daily ferry to the

Benefits of Going on a Hiking Holiday

Hiking is a great experience for people who love the outdoors. If you are planning your next holiday, you should seriously consider going on a hiking trip. For many people who love adventure and travelling, exploring different parts of a country is a lot of fun. There are many travel agencies that create tailored hiking holidays for their customers. Most people who go on holidays generally let themselves go throughout their trip. They eat what they can and don’t exercise. But holidays don’t need to impact your health in a negative way.

If you want to plan a memorable holiday, you should check out the hiking holidays from Hooked on Walking. The company plans private hiking trips to different places throughout Europe. Hiking holidays can be fun, whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or a whole group. The company will plan the route for you and provide you with all of the essential supplies you need to get on your way. Here are some benefits of going on a hiking holiday.

Feel Better

Numerous studies have shown that going out in nature makes a person feel better in general. You will

Peer to peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.

Peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb have changed travel patterns in many ways, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland and Washington State University. The study provides new insight into how the availability and use of peer-to-peer accommodation services affect travel patterns. The findings were published in Journal of Travel Research.

The study found that tourists are interested in peer-to-peer accommodation services due to social and financial reasons. Users of peer-to-peer accommodation services are often in social interaction with their hosts, and peer-to-peer accommodation services are a cost-effective alternative to, for example, hotels.

Financial savings achieved by using peer-to-peer accommodation services make it possible to broaden the selection of destinations and the number of trips, while the social aspects inspire people to travel more in general and to stay in their destination for a longer period of time. Financial savings — together with tips from hosts — also increase tourists’ activeness in their

Strand Cruise Myanmar All Set For January 2016 Launch Of Luxury River Cruises

Designed to mirror the legendary style, heritage and world-renowned reputation of sister property The Strand Hotel in Yangon, The Strand Cruise is a superb new addition to the choice of luxury cruises in Myanmar.

Operated with a magnificent custom-built luxury ship, the Strand Cruise will offer three and four night sojourns between two of Myanmar’s most enchanting destinations – Bagan and Mandalay.

On offer will be four night cruises from Bagan to Mandalay and three night cruises from Mandalay to Bagan. Guests are promised a lavish Myanmar river cruise that’s an exotic journey of discovery and on which includes temples, pagodas, palaces, monasteries and remote villages.

The Strand Cruise fares start from US$1,782 double occupancy / US$2,673 single occupancy for Mandalay to Bagan and from US$1,976 double / US$2,964 single for Bagan to Mandalay. For bookings made now, a 20 per cent discount on the public rates is available for January to March 2016 sailings.

Before the regular schedule starts, there will be a four night Bagan to Mandalay Christmas cruise from 22 to 26 December 2015, and a four night Bagan to Mandalay New Year Cruise from 29 December 2015 to 2 January 2016.

At a length of 61 metres, the exquisite Strand Cruise

Sri Lankan Holiday Much Easier And Faster After ETA

In the past Sri Lanka used to be a favourite Island destination for the European travellers. But the tourism there had a major hit for two consecutive decades because of the war between Sinhalese major and Tamil separatists. Ever since the Sri Lankan civil war is settled in year 2009, the Sri Lankan Government took major steps to improve and promote tourism. ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) was launched on 1st January 2012 for those who wants to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism or business purpose. It is an official authorization which is electronically provided for a short visit to Sri Lanka . After this launch the tourism industry in Sri Lanka had a major push. Now getting a tourist or business visa for Sri Lanka was no more tiring. This process is totally electronic, easy and less time taking

Sri Lanka is an exotic and fun filled holiday destination. It is a globally preferred destinations for its rich flora and fauna, golden beaches. For a long time it has been healing it’s travellers with ayurveda and meditation. Here you can indulge yourself in shopping therapy also since you get an opportunity to choose among variety of gems and jewels, fine

Add Some Spice in Your Birthday Party by Hiring Fun-Driven Birthday Party Limo Services in Calgary

Dreaming for a birthday party packed with loads of fun, laughter, entertainment, camaraderie and even more hilarity? Then go for exclusive package of limo service for birthday party in Calgary. Spending a birthday party in a limousine or a limo party bus is a level up from the usual ways these birthdays are celebrated now days.

Now with Limo bus carrying a large group of people to or from a specific location is as easy the way it seems. There’s a lot you can do to liven up your birthday party in limousine. With a little modification, celebration can take a U-turn and your regular party could turn out to be an amazing and memorable one to cherish for life. Here are some quirky game ideas to raise the fun in a limousine.

Ideas for Celebrating a Birthday Bash with Limo Services in Calgary:

  • Scavenger Hunt: This is a game which is perfect for all ages. Make a scavenger hunt list where your guests will click pictures with specified landmarks, then collect the list and items! Create a private Facebook group and all your guests in it. And let them add photos to the group. This will make every member enjoy the scavenger

Romantic Travel Resolutions

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Put aside those old travel habits and make some new ones! Let this be the year that your travel plans focus on fun, fantasy, and festivities! A new year always means a chance for a new start. You and yours can begin this new-year by making some travel resolutions together, regardless of your time and budget restraints.

Mark the dates on the calendar and keep it just like you’d keep any business appointment. The business of romantic travel, though, is a fun one and an activity that the two of you can plan for months.We’re going to plan a real vacation. No, it doesn’t have to be an around the world cruise or first class getaway (but if you can afford it, what are you waiting for?) It does have to be an honest-to-goodness vacation, though. No cell phones, no laptops.

Buy a guidebook. Rent a video about your destination. Search the internet for information.We’re going to involve each other in the trip planning. All too often, one partner

Situated on Vietnam’s most pristine white sandy beach at Cam Ranh, Nha Trang.

“With advantages of location, landscape and climate, the coastal city has been at the top of Khanh Hoa Province’s tourism revenue. This is a good point for developing as well as distributing holiday home properties in this potential market,”

When visiting Nha Trang, you’ll feel right at home atCam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort and Spa, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 30 km away, and it normally takes about 10 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

At Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort and Spa, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa is the new and premier beach resort located on Vietnam’s most pristine white sandy beach at Cam Ranh, Nha Trang. It is only 15-minute drive from Cam Ranh International Airport and 30-minute drive from Nha Trang City Centre. Located on 10-hectares of greenery garden and overlooking a 200 meter white sand private beach, with magnificent views of Cam Ranh Bay and the turquoise blue

Seven Seasonal Cocktails that Celebrate Fall in San Francisco

These alternatives go way beyond the pumpkin spice latte.

Reality check: the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte is not the only drink that signals fall. Especially not in San Francisco, where the bartenders are just as obsessed with seasonal, local ingredients in their cocktails as chefs are with their food. These seven autumnal cocktails demonstrate the ethos perfectly—so grab a stool, and take in the flavors of fall in an entirely new way.

15 Romolo

The name “Cosmic Autumn Rebellion” says it all—it’s seasonal, elevated, and bold. The team at 15 Romolo start with delicata squash puree, which gives this Halloween-inspired cocktail a nostalgic pumpkin-esque flavor. It’s spiked with brandy and sherry, then punched up with lemon juice and fall spices.

A16 Rockridge

Long known for its authentic, regional Italian cuisine, it’s no surprise that A16 Rockridge brought a decidedly Mediterranean note to The Solstizio. Featuring house-made persimmon and ginger syrup, lemon juice and Jardesca (a new California aperitif), it’s topped of with prosecco and a garnish of candied persimmon.

Bon Marche Bar & Brasserie

Discreet Charm: This sweet and crisp fall cocktail is made to pair with Bon Marche’sequally seasonal food menu. It’s a mix of aged rhum agricole, pear liqueur, sesame-infused honey, lemon, and sparkling

My Trip to White Waters


I along with seventy other adventurers set off to the most awaited trip of Jayalgarh. It is a beautiful natural paradise situated about 90 kilometres away from Rishikesh, in the state of Uttrakhand. The trip was organized by a trekkers group called Anala Outdoors which is quintessentially famous for treks and adventure activities. We boarded the Haridwar mail at 10 am and set off punctually towards our destination.

Stations passed and we chatted merrily in anticipation of what was going to happen in this aqua adventure. I made friends with other boys and girls, who were a bit younger than me but very friendly and comical. We joked, laughed, ate good lunch and saw the places go by as we left Gujarat border and entered Rajasthan… The famous rabdi was waiting for us to taste her, and we dutifully indulged in its taste. Time went by and finally on the second day i.e. 30th of March we reached Haridwar at noon. The station was crowded but it was strangely peaceful, the atmosphere seemed religious. We boarded off the train along with our instructors, and got into two special bus coaches which were going to take us

Atlantida, What a Pleasant Surprise!

I recently traveled to the north coast of Honduras, en route to the Bay Island of Roatan and took advantage to spend a few days in the cities of Tela and La Ceiba, as well as in the Cangrejal River Valley. Together these three vacation hubs market themselves as “Atlantida”. One of the things I found is that the perfect combination of a Central American and a Caribbean destination is actually possible. I found it in “Atlantida”, Spanish for “Atlantis”. Yes Atlantida really does exist! It is located in the heart of Central America’s Caribbean coast, in the beautiful, friendly and misunderstood country of Honduras.

With a Caribbean coast line of approximately 100 miles, and nestled between the rugged Nombre de Dios mountain range and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, Atlantida is truly a unique destination for adventure travelers and the eco tourist that is looking for interaction with nature. The destination boasts a total of 8 protected areas within its territory, making Atlantida a magnificent eco adventure destination with many different activities to enjoy for multiple days.

With three main hubs: the cities of La Ceiba and Tela, plus the unique Cangrejal River Valley, Atlantida is the perfect spot for an

Traveling With a Budget Constraint

Who said your dream vacation has to empty your entire savings? That you have to enjoy all the luxuries during the journey as well as on your vacation. As long as you get to see and roam around the place you’ve always wanted to go to, it doesn’t matter how luxurious your living standard is there right?

It shouldn’t, not in today’s market where jobs are hard to come by and saving money is harder. Planning a vacation meticulously keeping all the financial constraints in mind will help you make the most out of it, further if you are wise on the saving front, both generally and during your travels, you’ll save money for other vacations as well. In this article, the top ways to save money while on vacation are discussed.


Be flexible in choosing the dates for your vacation – flight prices depend a lot on the time and date of the flight and can vary considerably based on these two factors. If you search hard enough, you can find the most economical flight that fits your budget. This while initially seems like a bit of a drag, is extremely beneficial in the long run. Websites exist which can

Alternatives to Vacation Homes

For people who maybe can’t afford a second home or the many thousands of dollars it often takes to buy a vacation home, there are options for extraordinary accommodations and vacation experience all around the world anyways. Vacation homes are very cool and can afford a lot of different experiences and opportunities, but they aren’t for everyone. Here are a few alternatives to vacation homes to consider if you are looking around for a different kind of vacation experience.

1. Shares of hotels and resorts. This is a new idea called fractional ownership, which means people purchase (for a range of prices) a fraction of a property in exchange for being able to stay there for a few weeks a year. Much like a timeshare- which we’ll touch on later- this gives you the chance to take advantage of the resort experience with the benefits of being able to show up when you want, get the room you want, and enjoy the pampering. The perks of fractional ownership are that you get all the fun parts of owning a second home without having to pay all the costs year after year. This eliminates mortgage payments and allows you to live

Advantages of the Best Serviced Apartments In Cardiff Over Hotels

Not a lot of people know that Cardiff bagged the sixth place in the National Geographic’s list of alternative tourist destinations in the year 2011.

The culture in this small, elegant capital city is evident and must be one of the reasons people are flocking here in their millions.

According to statistics, there are about nine thousand available bed spaces all over this city. Apartment and hotel businesses are booming in this place given that there are millions of people who visit here each year. Before, tourists used to stay in three to five-star hotels in Cardiff. Just like other hotels, they have large and comfortable rooms, elegant restaurants serving local and international cuisine, oversized conference rooms, and gorgeous swimming pools.

Because of the high-class amenities and excellent services that they offer, it is no longer surprising why hotels are more expensive. Even a one-night stay could cost £100 or more. This is why tourists nowadays prefer to stay in serviced apartments in Cardiff. Compared to hotels, serviced apartments are becoming a more popular option for travellers whether it is for short or long-stay because of the following advantages:

Serviced holiday apartments provide more space. More often than not, rooms in serviced apartments

Itamaraca: A Home Run to Paradise

The island of Itamaraca used to be popular only in Brazil as an island and a city, but its wide range of delicious seafood, peace and tranquility, shockingly low property prices, the relocation of its prisons, and lovely beaches have effortlessly resounded its name to different corners of the world. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best places to live. With a population of barely 20,000, Brazilian buyers are returning and foreign investors are eager to get a piece of the action, while the state government is attracting unprecedented investment into the area all around the island. Prices are on the rise, but it is still cheaper to buy here than anywhere else.

One unique trait of the Itamaraca Island is that it attracts tourists in droves during summer, weekend and holiday season which easily doubles the population. Major tourist attractions on Itamaraca island include the Forte Orange built by the Dutch many centuries ago, Vila Velha, which is a quaint little village on top of the coconut fringed hills along the banks of the Santa Cruz Canal, and ‘Coroa do Aviao’, which can be reached within 5 minutes by boat from the Forte Orange.

The island

Argentina Road Trip

Have you ever wondered what a trip to the End of the world will look like? As much as you would love answers provided to questions you may have regarding the end of the world, you may also have lots of questions concerning this city at the end of the world.

Well, if you do not still know by now, well the city that has been claimed the end of the world is Ushuaia, the capital of one of Argentina’s famous states, Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia as a city is a fun place to be and if you are conversant with the popular quote “Save the best for the last”, then you will know that there is no fun on earth that can be compared to the fun you will get from Ushuaia.

Ushuaia is the nearest place to the Antarctica and this is why most people who go on tours to the Antarctic make Ushuaia their tour center. Ushuaia which is acknowledged the most southern city in the world was created in the early 20th century to serve as a penal colony. However, today Ushuaia is serving more than this function as it has served as the kick starting point

A Glimpse of the Europe’s Best Beaches

Europe is a large continent that has numerous countries and many cultures that make it a popular destination among the tourists. From Eiffel Tower to Amsterdam, everything about Europe is unique and, being loved by almost all the travelers. Many historical monuments, landmarks and cultural heritage add charm to its elegance and make it a wonderful place to spend a fun-filled vacation. We all know about the common and famous spots of Europe, but there are a few things that are equally responsible for making it a flawless haven, out of them are its exotic beaches that are truly a paradise for the beach lovers.

It’s time to take a sun bath and enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the best beaches, follow the list.

1. Our Lady Beach, France: Spread in a 40 kms of coastline, along the French Riviera, this alluring beach is perfect for all sorts of vacation. Whether you are with your family or friends, the vibrant ambiance of the beach will leave you awestruck. Surrounded by lush pine forests, the clear blue water of the beach will urge you to swim and take a refreshing bath in it. Enjoy the bright sun and the cold waves of

Lovely Gustavia – Capital of Saint Barts

Aside from being the capital of Saint Barts (St. Barthelemy), Gustavia is also the nation’s historical and cultural hub. Also called Gustavis, it was named after Gustav II of Sweden. The town started to thrive during the 19th century, mainly due to its harbor, which became a center of free trade and supply. Much of the island’s Swedish colonial influence can be experienced in this main town.

When visitors land at St. Barts, most of them explore the capital. Thus, it is not surprising that the capital city is quite lively during the day, despite the fact that common sightseeing attractions are not abundant. Nevertheless, just strolling on Gustavia’s cobblestoned streets is quite pleasant, as you will encounter rustic boutiques, historical homes and red-tiled roofs. A walking tour around the city takes only a couple of hours. However, you could easily take your time and soak up the atmosphere, and make it a whole day affair, especially if you enjoy a lovely lunch break along the journey.

The main street for shopping and people-watching is Quai de la République. The downtown area is a nice place to shop as it is filled with duty-free stores and trendy boutiques. For a more

Vacation Home Nightmares

Maybe you’ve heard tales of someone’s vacation nightmares, or had the unfortunate experience of having one of your own. Avoiding a nightmares like these are pretty important when it comes to actually having the great vacation you’ve been planning! Here are a few common vacation home nightmares and how to avoid them pre-trip and during your vacation.

1. Start early, and be patient: doing your research to find the perfect vacation home will be easiest if you budget a lot of time for the search. Finding a vacation home that has a good reputation and great reviews will allow you time to organize finances, make a deposit, speak to the owner and understand what you’ll need to pack.

2. Before you go: read reviews of the properties you are most interested in and contact the owners. If you can’t get in touch with anyone who owns the property or people who have stayed there before, don’t bother with that property. The owners should be ready and available for questions, and reviews of the property should appear normal. Picking homes or organizations that get reviews from magazines or travel blogs is a good place to start.

3. Have a plan: know your budget

Exploring Indonesia: Nature and Wildlife Safari

The 17,000 islands that comprise the nation of Indonesia stretch more than 3,000 miles along the equator, bridging Asia and Australasia. The archipelago encompasses Sumatra, most of Borneo, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, the “spice islands” of Maluku, and half the island of New Guinea. Some of the islands, like Java and Bali, are densely populated, while others, like Papua, remain largely wilderness. Indonesia’s natural habitats vary widely. On some islands, tropical forests climb from steamy lowlands to mountain slopes. On others, parched savannah thrives. Coral reefs line thousands of tranquil atolls, while relentless waves batter rocky cliffs on other shores. In Papua, the mountains reach so high that permanent ice caps top their peaks, surrounded by barren alpine tundra.

The archipelago’s wide range of habitats are home to more than 1,600 species of birds—a staggering 17 percent of all bird species—including cockatoos, birds-of-paradise, hornbills, and mynas. More than 500 mammals—12 percent of the world’s mammal species—including the orangutan, rhino, tiger, and elephant, also live here. So do 1,000 species of amphibians, 2,000 species of reptiles, 8,000 species of fish, 25,000 species of flowering plants, and a mind-boggling 250,000 species of insects. Indonesia tops the global charts for “endemism”—or the number of species

Ahmedabad – Heart of Gujarat

Our life is a book which has a lot of pages but those who do not travel read only a single page of the world. So let’s start a ride to another sphere of the world that begins with the heart of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Established along the banks of River Sabarmati, the bustling city is the largest and the capital of Gujarat. It was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah and named after him.

Being the second greatest producer of Cotton in the country and the home to the second oldest stock exchange in India, it contributes the highest rate of income to the state that upgrades the G.D.P level and further boost up the growth and development of the city.

In the recent years the city has grown up as a supreme mercantile and industrialized polestar and earned the sobriquet of being the “Manchester of East”. In 2012 it was selected as the best city to live in India by The Times of India and stands third on the Forbes list of fastest growing cities.

Points to ponder over:

The city is the owner of a number of tremendous monuments and destinations for its explorers that attracts matchless