Why Vietnam is my next destination in August

When it comes to South East Asia Vietnam was one the countries that I always wanted to visit. I had heard so much about the country in terms of Food, culture, places to see and of course shopping.

Vietnam has distinctive climates in northern, Central and Southern parts of the country. In Hanoi & the north, May to October is hot and humid with high rainfall; November to April is cooler and dry. In the far north, December & January can be particularly cold.

Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January & August whilst high levels of rainfall can occur in September, October & November. Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.

Since different parts of Vietnam has different climates, hence it gives you a choice to visit the place of your choice.

The place that I would choose to go in Hanoi and Ninbinh.  Being a big country it’s not possible to see all the places in a weeks time.

There are some interesting places that can be explored

  1. Water Puppet Theatre

A unique ancient art form of water puppetry has a long association with Hanoi. The original – and widely regarded as the best – theater in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. It’s roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century.
Using large rods to support the puppets it appears as if they are moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.

Water-puppet-show-in-Hanoi Thang Long Puppet Theatre

2. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an important  artifact of Vietnam’s history and, signifies  its historical and cultural importance. Its s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

 

3. Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple:-
Hoan Kiem Lake  is a central feature of Hanoi and is a popular hangout spot  with locals and international tourists. Ngoc Son Temple sits on a small island in the centre of the lake. It is connected by a bridge and that makes a beautiful scenic view.  This area becomes especially busy with joggers in the mornings and evenings , couples enjoying the relaxing views across the lake, and the elderly practising Tai Chi and line dancing.

hoan-kiem-lake Hanoi

 

ngoc-son-temple-hanoi
ngoc-son-temple-hanoi
Ngoc Son Temple has Bridge connecting
Ngoc Son Temple has Bridge connecting

4. Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is the largest of its kind in Hanoi.  It is housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building on the northern edge of Hanoi Old Quarter

You can buy printed T-shirts or cheap sunglasses, it is still fascinating to see the comings and goings of the local traders, and there is a wet market on the ground floor where the sights and smells of exotic produce.

take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park.

4. Halong Bay

Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk Boat tours , kayaking. These attractions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park.

One can choose to do an overnight cruise. This is a must experience but beware of the storms the cruise may get cancelled.

Junk Cruise Halong bay
Junk Cruise Halong bay

A day trip to Nin Binh – When it comes to Nin Binh I would personally recommend is Tom Coc. Tam Coc which means 3 caves, is a zone of Vietnam that elapses between rice paddies, bathed by the Ngo Dong River punctuated by karstic rock formations and limestone caves. The most impressive of Tam Coc are rice fields when at its best, with a bright green with yellow, ending in the beginning of the cliffs of the rock formations.
The Vietnamese call the paddy fields of Tam Coc as the Green Sea.

Nin Binh boasts of the most majestic and impressive natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, yet  many travelers overlook it.

How to Get to Nin Binh:- From Hanoi, you can reach Ninh Binh city by train. There are at least 3 southbound trains available (SE5, SE7, SE19).Another more convenient option is the bus. There are regular buses from Hanoi’s southern bus terminal (Giap Bat). The Journey takes around 2 to 2.5 hrs via train and bus.

The rainy season is also when the rice fields are at their best vivid green, so there’s really a reason to visit all year round.

Boat ride in Tom Coc

Tam coc boat ride in the paddy fields


These are in my places to see and that’s what makes it special to visit Hanoi in August.. look forward to go here soon…..

My Top Favorites to see in Dubai

Having lived in Dubai for over 2 years I have had a chance to explore some interesting places. Being a desert place the transformation of Dubai over the years has been spectacular

Tall structures, hi- end hotels, multinational cuisines, fun places for kids and shopping. Dubai is all about fun, food, and lifestyle.

From a pure business country, Dubai has become a family and affordable destination for many travelers. The best time to visit Dubai is from Nov-March.

Some of my Top Favorite spots are

  1. Dubai Creek:- You can take a dhow tour, ride the Abra (water taxi), do a dinner cruise on the Creek or simply walk along the side of the creek.
Cruise at Dubai Creek

The best way to explore the Dubai Creek is by taking a one hour tour on an Arab dhow. While on the dhow, observe the beautiful and historic architecture that surrounds the Creek.

2. Burj Al Arab – Is one of the top Hi end hotels in Dubai and third tallest hotel in the world.

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab

3. Burj Khalifa- World Record for being the tallest building in the world, with  160 floors consisting of top Hi -end restaurants and residence. It is one of the most prominent tourist attraction that it has been called the Jewel of Dubai.Climb up to the 124th floor on the observation deck, At The Top, for a splendid view of the city’s skyline and beyond. This is one of the best ways to begin your sightseeing tour of Dubai. Interestingly, At The Top is the second highest outdoor observation deck in the world.  It is a must tourist spot in Dubai

 

Burj kalifa- Tallest tower

4. Safa Park : A popular public park in Dubai, Safa Park is ideal for relaxation. One can go here for a picnic, BBQ lunches, and outdoor games.

Safa-Park-Dubai

5. Atlantis Palm Jumeirah – Offers the ultimate in luxury and extravagance, it has loads of attractions to fascinate you.  Close encounters with dolphins at the Dolphin Bay as water slides, river rides and more await you at Aquaventure.  Shark Safari and Cownose Ray feeding at Aquaventure is a must do. Besides these, Atlantis also offers opportunities for snorkeling and diving.

Atlantis Hotel Palm Jumeirah

6. Dubai Safari –  Enjoy camel treks,  Dune driving, BBQ desert dinners for visitors.Tour operators like Arabian Adventures others also organize wildlife drives.

Sand dune adventure
Adventure rides at the desert safari

 

Camel ride during the desert safari..

Nepal Diaries

Holy birthplace of Lord Buddha, the blessing of Lord Shiva, kiss with the mountains, ride like a king on the elephant and say a big Hi to the crocs. That’s what’s is my top seeing in Nepal

A country like Nepal has more to offer than just than the mountains. The trip to Nepal unfolded all the beauty and fun….

Here are my top places to see in Nepal

1.Birth place of Lord Buddha:- One of the UNESCO heritage site and pilgrimage centre. The holy center has a sacred Bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Ashoka pillar and Mayadevi temple. Archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central place of interest

 

Birth place of buddha
Lumbini Birth place of Buddha

 

meditation
Pilgrims meditate under a tree

 

2. Boudhnath Stupa: – It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet

The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Boudnath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, the scared hym Om Mani Padme Hum – is carved on the prayer wheels beside the images of Avalokiteshvara around the base of the stupa.

 

3. Sarangkot: – Located on the outskirts of Pokhara city is the hill known as Sarangkot. It offers both sunrise and sunset viewing.
The beautiful sunset of the Annapurna range just gives an exemplary visual treat. The scene is so beautiful that the eyes just don’t let you go away…. It’s a gateway to the Annapurna Valley and close to Pokhara.

 

sunset
Beautiful view of sunset from an uphill at Sarangkot

4. Pokhara – The Pokhara is Nepal’adventure and leisure city, a trekking gateway to the Annapurna’s with plenty of entertainment for solo travelers as well as families with kids.

In Pokhara you can experience the best in trekking, boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding or simply relax at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range at the background.

The below pic is a view of the fishtail mountain also known as Machapuchare from Fishtail lodge a view from our hotel. The morning view was just so beautiful that it captivates your feelings like you are somewhere else.

Fishtail mountain view from the hotel

5. Kiss with Everest – the most awaiting and fascinating moment lies when you come close to the tallest mountain of the universe Mt. Everest. Lucky that we could see .. thanks to the clear weather. This one ride must never be missed

Everest flight ride

6. Chitwan – If you miss Chitwan then you have certainly missed the fun… rustic stay, the tribal dance, the elephant safari, spotting one horn rhino and close encounter with Crocs

 

Boat ride in chitwan

 

Elephant Safari at Chitwan National park
elephant camp at Chitwan

6 Patan Darbar Square

Patan, is the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu Valley. It is the best known for its artistic heritage. It is probably one of the oldest Buddhist City in the world. The city is surrounded by 4Stupas as 4 corners of Patan, one at each corner of its cardinal points. These stupas are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka

The Major attraction of Patan Darbar Square are:-

a. Patan Museum

b. Hiranya Varna Mahavihar

c. Golden window

d. Mahabouddha Temple

e. Golden temple

f.krishna temple

patan darbar square
patan darbar square

Nepal is certainly my favourite visit and even readers who will read this must try and make a Nepal trip…

Thanks for reading my Nepal diaries…….