Cities And Travel

Servicing Land

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Servicing” is a very fashionable word right now in South Lombok. Everybody is trying to “service” their land, which is a process of transforming raw land into ready to build housing or commercial sites.

Land development process involves improvements that have indefinite life, such as draining, dredging, excavating, filling, grading, paving and more. It can also include supplying water through bores and connection to high voltage electricity grids. So far results have been very mixed in Lombok among private and company developers because many have lacked reliable professional skills and local networks.

A talented masterplan designer, an experienced site manager and a reputable legal adviser are a “must”. NagaIndo does not only sell premium land sites but also offers strong servicing skills. As an example, they have recently drilled a 80m bore on their site Gili Nusa Estate, Are Guling. The daily supervision of their local construction manager has saved them a lot of trouble in terms of the choice of the bore machine, the testing the water quality and the pressure of the water source.

Besides, the

Things To Do in Hue

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Say to the mausoleums and temples, no to the tickets to enter samey tour destinations, if you have not! Instead, live and breathe like the locals, eat where they eat, and do what they do, in Hue.

Cyclo ride

Why not? Many tourists reflected that taking a cyclo ride is an indeed a bold move. However, in the end they uniformly enjoy being seated in the vehicle and towed away by a native. There, one can indulge themselves in gently crossing the tiny streets peppered with tamarind leaves snaking within the citadel of Hue. The next moment, one is transported to the road parallel to a dreamy river, or else, the garden houses of the old times

Rate: 70.000 VND per hour.

Boat Ride across the coastal lagoon

Heading toward the South of Hue City, we find ourselves in the largest mangrove of all SoutheastAsia: Tam Giang Lagoon, looking into the East Sea from which is separated by a thin piece of land. Tourists can take a service small boat to travel from Bao

7 Tips For Day Trips in Central Montenegro

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Marianne van Twillert-Wennekes is the author of the blog Montenegro-for.me and she writes about her beautiful experience living in Montenegro as an expatriate. She is Dutch, but has moved to Montenegro (then it was ex Yugoslavia) 45 years ago, and now she knows this country better then some native Montenegrins. Her texts are very helpful if you are visiting Montenegro or even if deciding to live here. She is also our dear friend and we would love to put some of her travel tips into our Travel Articles section and possibly help to all the people coming to this destination and not sure what to see first! We bring you her “7 tips for day trips in central Montenegro”:

“A new year has started and many people are already planning their holidays in 2016. Obviously, Montenegro will be a popular travel destination this year, so this might be a good moment for some insider tips. I am sure that most tourists are not only interested in the sun, the beach and good accommodation – there are so many other spectacular things to

Best Places to RV in California

With great weather year round and nearly every type of landscape from beaches to mountains, California is truly a Golden State for camping. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your RV, now is the time with websites like www.rvsofsac.com offering great end of summer deals. Once you’ve got your fabulous new RV, head out to some of these fantastic California locations.

 

  • Mountain Oak Campground, Valyermo. Located in the Angeles National Forest, this mountain retreat is just outside the Los Angeles metropolitan area, making it perfect for a quick weekend getaway. The campground itself is fairly small, offering only eight dry camping RV spots. However, it’s a great spot for picnicking, hiking and wildlife watching. Only ten minutes up the road is Wrightwood, a quaint mountain town that’s the perfect stop for gas and groceries.
  • Pacific Dunes RV Ranch Resort, Oceano. Skip the crowds at Pismo and stay at Pacific Dunes instead. If you love horses and the beach, this is the place for you. In addition to full hookups and pull through sites, guests can enjoy horseback trail rides through the dunes and the beach. Be sure to visit the nearby Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, the only California State

How to Pick a Las Vegas Souvenir for Your Chocolate-Loving Friend

Las Vegas may be a vacation destination for many, but it’s also a common business travel layover. Whether you’re traveling alone for a quick business trip or you’re vacationing with friends or family but thinking of the loves one still back home, buying souvenirs for your loved one is a must. Since you can’t really recreate the gambling and entertainment back home, at least indulge your loved one’s sweet tooth with a souvenir ideal for the chocoholic.

Hershey’s Memorabilia

Plan a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World and visit Hersheyschocolateworldlasvegas.com to see what you’re in store for. The chocolate lover will adore a piece of chocolate memorabilia adorned with classic Hershey’s flavors, like clothing, pillows, towels, stationery, and toys. Whether they love Kisses or Reese’s Pieces, there’s a piece of memorabilia with your loved one’s name on it. Plus, if you’re traveling far to get back home or it’ll be a number of days before you leave Las Vegas, memorabilia won’t melt or no longer be fresh by the time you get back.

Hershey’s Chocolate

Chocolate has a long shelf life, so choosing an edible souvenir isn’t a bad idea. At Hershey’s World, you can even pick your own colors and flavors of classic

Making the Most of Your South American Holiday

Are you travelling to South America? Do you want to have a holiday that you’ll never forget? Is experiencing amazing scenery and a stunning array of wildlife high on your priority list? If so, consider booking a tour of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll get to discover one of the most amazing and unique areas of the entire world in a perfectly-designed tour. Whether you want to explore the mysteries of the Islands by land or sea, you can customise an ideal tour itinerary.

Why the Galapagos Islands?

Made famous by Charles Darwin’s scientific exploration, the Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador. The Islands are a group of reefs and landmasses created by a volcanic eruption under the ocean, and for many years their sole inhabitants were pirates and castaways. Following Darwin’s studies, the islands became a destination for scientists and tourists alike.

The island’s many unique ecosystems are home to stunning biodiversity. You can see fur seals, sharks, sea turtles, and dolphins in the water. On land, there are blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and flamingos. There is a great variety of reptiles as well, such as marine iguanas, lava lizards, and

Go Traveling to Anyer

Do you know where Anyer is? It is one of the destination places that you can visit with your family for holiday and enjoy the sunrise and the sunset from the beautiful sea. Do you have to go there? If you do not yet go there, you should try to reschedule your holiday time to go there. It has beautiful beaches that you can enjoy and make sure that you are going in the right time. Not in the rainy season because it will make you can’t enjoy the beach with the weather like that. So, you need to understand where the best time you go there.
Besides providing all what you need to travel there, mister aladin also provides you many options of promotions, discounts, and many more. You will get it from mister aladin and you can imagine how cheap you should pay for booking a room. So, if you want to travel to Anyer and still look for the place to stay, you can go to mister aladin website and find the anyer hotel promo which it provides to you. If there is any promo, you can go for it.

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Things to Do in Khasab

Khasab is a small city situated in the exclave of Oman that borders the United Arab Emirates. Khasab is also the local capital of the Musandam Peninsula, which many people have referred to as the “Arabic Norway.” That’s because of the many fjords, craggy inlets and desolate mountain landscapes that border the area. Khasab is one of the oldest places in the region. It was built at the start of the 17th century by the Portuguese, who used the port of Khasab as a point of supply for the Portuguese ships that passed through the region. Unlike many of the forts and ports located within the region, Khasab mainly served as a supply point, and not as a port of war. Today, Khasab is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.

If you are in Khasab, there are many things to do and activities to take part in. Before planning your trip, you should create an itinerary. Here are a few things to do in Khasab that should be at the top of your list.

Visit the Oman Fjords

One of the best places that you should visit in this region is

Car Hire Is a Smart and Cost-Effective Choice

When you go on holiday, or even if your car isn’t working the way it should, you may find yourself in need of a good car hire. These cars are used for a variety of purposes, and are excellent choices because car hire companies keep all their vehicles exceptionally well-maintained and clean. A good hired car can mean the difference between worrying about your older car the entire time you’re on holiday, and being able to relax because you know your car will be reliable and operate efficiently. Finding cars for hire is not difficult because there are numerous companies that provide this service, and most people find their prices to be extremely reasonable.

Choosing the Right Vehicle

When you are researching hire vehicles, you’ll likely find there are two main types that most people choose – regular cars and campervans. Depending on the size of your family or group, these two choices can accommodate most people. Companies have a variety of vehicles for hire, including cars such as the Toyota Corolla, Fiat Punto and the Toyota Estima, a small van that seats up to eight people; and campervans that include the Nissan Caravan, Fiat Ducato

Into a Volcano on a Tuesday Afternoon

I recently got a chance to take the Inside the Volcano tour. I figured the opportunity to go INSIDE a volcano is worth re-organizing your day, so I made a few quick calls, borrowed an anorak, a warm hat and mittens, and I was on my way!

It was a rainy and breezy day downtown as I walked down the hill from the booking agency to the bus station. I arrived about 10 minutes early  – well dressed and so excited- and the full bus pulled away a few minutes before the scheduled 14:00 departure.

The ride out to Mt. Thríhnúkagígur took about 30 minutes from Reykjavík, past green mossy fields and snow-covered mountains. Thríhnúkagigur peak, a part of the Blue Mountains, is the only volcano in the world where you can go inside an empty magma chamber. Our guide explained that once a volcano stops erupting, the walls often cave in- thus transforming the volcano into a crater.

We arrived at a kind of visitor’s centre, where we received a brief overview of the journey to the volcano. We would take a 3km walk to basecamp, which I would rather call a hike; though there was little change in

Patio Cocktail Bar

The old part of Nicosia in the area off Ledra street has recently been enjoying a great renaissance thanks to the huge investment of time and money in the area and one of the most popular places is Patio Cocktail, Wine and Tapas Bar.

What an incredible place Patio is.

The Patio area captures the imagination straight off as the garden wall is lined with an eclectic collection old coloured shutters that are every colour of the rainbow and the outdoor furniture is just as colourful and these definitely lighten hearts and put everyone in a relaxed party mood. The inside decoration is stylish in white grey and purple – with accents of black. Patio’s eye catching logo incorporates the letter ‘o’ shaped as a keyhole and appears frequently and by day, Patio is popular for lunch and its ‘Privileged Brunch weekends’ (11.00 -3.00 pm. each day) have a growing number of fans.

During weekday evenings the atmosphere is bubbly busy and there is a friendly ambience but at weekends Patio becomes so popular that the atmosphere is electric and reservations are recommended.

There are three reasons why Patio is so popular….really good music

Lovina Water Sports

One can be forgiven for thinking that water sports in North Bali-Lovina means going out at 6 am to see the dolphins. After all, most tourists associate Lovina with dolphin viewing. However, there is much more going on beneath the surface.

Lovina does not have the best reefs in Bali but fish life is diverse and abundant. Lovina’s sea is often said to resemble a lake because it is so calm. This means safe snorkelling just off the beach and it is a great place to learn the basics of scuba diving. Lovina is equidistant from Bali’s two finest diving areas –Menjangan Island in the west and Amed in the east. Some professional dive operators in Lovina and environs offer regular dive trips to these areas as well as Lovina’s own reefs. Adirama Resort offers diving off its local reef at the site of an old pier. There is reputed to be an old stone anchor with the letters VOC; not Very Old Coral, but Vereenigde Oostindische Companie (Dutch East Indies Company) whose ships used to moor here at one stage.

Here are some of almost a dozen dive companies in the area.

Bali Spice

Surprising Facts About Icelandic Volcanoes

1 Iceland is one of the most volcanic places on earth. Iceland has about 150-200 volcanoes, dormant or active. This is because it’s situated on the creatively named “Iceland Plume” between the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia. Tectonic boundaries exist all over the earth, feeding fresh magma to the surface, and they create for instance Hawaii and Reunion island, but by far the biggest island caused by this process is Iceland!

  1. Iceland is divided in two by volcanoes. The east of the island is on the Eurasian tectonic plate, and the West is on the American one. In fact, Iceland also has a “micro-plate” in between the other two, all to itself.
  2. Iceland’s volcanoes are running east! There are 22 active volcanoes in Iceland, of which 13 have erupted since the Vikings settled here in 874. The exact number of volcanoes is a little tricky to pin down, since many volcanoes can belong to a single “volcanic system,” and also all the systems are moving west over time.

If you visited Iceland 20 million years ago, all the volcanoes would have been living in the north-west of Iceland; the West Fjords. If you came 50

Top Three Reasons to Visit Hwange National Park

There is no doubt that Zimbabwe is a wildlife lover’s haven. The country boasts a number of national parks, each hiding a wonderful world of wilderness within its boundaries. For many, however, it is Hwange National Park that takes the crown as the most sought after safari destination in the country.

Abundant Wildlife

Being Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange is home to a breathtaking variety of wildlife, ranging from the gracious antelope to the impressive elephant. Watch a giraffe try munching off a high branch for a treat or see a cheetah sprint across the bushveld at an unimaginable speed. Hwange National Park has one of the highest animal diversities of any national park in the world.

The absence of permanent surface water is a significant feature of Hwange, which is why animals congregate at waterholes. Game viewing from a waterhole-based hide is an utterly unique safari experience. Hwange is one of the few remaining safari destinations that provides this opportunity for a close-up encounter with wildlife. Quietly creep into the Hide Safari Camp’s underground hideaway and observe a buffalo or a herd of elephants leisurely drinking a stone’s throw away from you.

10 Days in North Bali

Well, just back from 10 days in North Bali and I read there is an exhibition “featuring the stunning pearls of Bali-based Atlas Pearls. The show focuses on the exquisite pearls farmed in North Bali.” And the exhibition is in……South Bali, at a famous hotel on Tanjung Benoa.

After associating with the lovely people of North Bali for 10 days, I am quite taken aback. Should these products of North Bali not be displayed in North Bali and potential buyers taken up there to see them? The Autore Group in Lombok have a magnificent display in their shop situated on a pier jutting out into the sea, and right on the tourist route up the north-west coast.

I suppose the fact that there are only a few 5 Star hotels up in the North puts some people off. Most are locally owned by very hospitable people, and quite unpretentious. There are few night clubs thumping out “music” until the wee hours but not once did we see any tourists in anything more formal than shorts or local garb. North Bali is pretty laid-back, and as a notice we spotted says, It’s “lekker” meaning it’s enjoyable, in the

Patio Cocktail Bar

The old part of Nicosia in the area off Ledra street has recently been enjoying a great renaissance thanks to the huge investment of time and money in the area and one of the most popular places is Patio Cocktail, Wine and Tapas Bar.

What an incredible place Patio is.

The Patio area captures the imagination straight off as the garden wall is lined with an eclectic collection old coloured shutters that are every colour of the rainbow and the outdoor furniture is just as colourful and these definitely lighten hearts and put everyone in a relaxed party mood. The inside decoration is stylish in white grey and purple – with accents of black. Patio’s eye catching logo incorporates the letter ‘o’ shaped as a keyhole and appears frequently and by day, Patio is popular for lunch and its ‘Privileged Brunch weekends’ (11.00 -3.00 pm. each day) have a growing number of fans.

During weekday evenings the atmosphere is bubbly busy and there is a friendly ambience but at weekends Patio becomes so popular that the atmosphere is electric and reservations are recommended.

There are three reasons why Patio is so popular….really good music

Lovina Water Sports

One can be forgiven for thinking that water sports in North Bali-Lovina means going out at 6 am to see the dolphins. After all, most tourists associate Lovina with dolphin viewing. However, there is much more going on beneath the surface.

Lovina does not have the best reefs in Bali but fish life is diverse and abundant. Lovina’s sea is often said to resemble a lake because it is so calm. This means safe snorkelling just off the beach and it is a great place to learn the basics of scuba diving. Lovina is equidistant from Bali’s two finest diving areas –Menjangan Island in the west and Amed in the east. Some professional dive operators in Lovina and environs offer regular dive trips to these areas as well as Lovina’s own reefs. Adirama Resort offers diving off its local reef at the site of an old pier. There is reputed to be an old stone anchor with the letters VOC; not Very Old Coral, but Vereenigde Oostindische Companie (Dutch East Indies Company) whose ships used to moor here at one stage.

Here are some of almost a dozen dive companies in the area.

Bali Spice

A stay in Dalat

At a height of 1500m above sea level, Dalat wins the title of “the honeymoon capital of Vietnam” and most young girls yearn for the lush flower gardens, peaceful lakes, dense pine forests and cool weather which promotes the sharing body warmth with a loved one. The romantic city, where it seems to be spring time all year round, even has its own Eiffel Tower. Well, it’s actually a red and white radio tower but looks strikingly similar and like the original, it’s also admired by throngs of local and foreign tourists each year.

Way back when, during the 1890’s, French physician Alexandre Yersin famously declared a resort be built at the location of modern day Dalat. Funnily enough, the resort town of Dalat was originally intended to be an escape from the sweltering coastal cities and for French officials only. They hastily built health spas, a golf course, parks, schools, hotels and lavish homes and the modern day population of 200,000 humble inhabitants look back at it’s past with pride and embraces its European flavour and countless remnants of the early 20th century town can easily be found. A little distance outside the town centre, you’ll

More than a stroll along the prom

Stretching your legs can mean as little or much as you want in Tenerife. Local councils are continually opening up and linking more stretches of salty tinged sea views, and one day you might be able to circle the whole island but for now, have a dip into these Tenerife coastal walks.

Playa de Las Americas to Los Cristianos

Avert your gaze to the right if you think this commercial walk doesn’t count. Then you will just see the craggy rocks below Geranium Walk as you leave Puerto Colon and the black sand sweeps below the pedestrian zone as you head to Veronicas in Playa de Las Americas. Your ears will still hear the drag of the shingle as you round the headland with the strange metal sculptures. Into Los Cristianos the golden sand crescent of Las Vistas will impress and there’s the option of the two older beaches if you head to the foot of Guaza mountain. Approx 90 minutes.

Candelaria Samarines

The Guanche statues will look like toys as you head up and around the Basilica for views up to Santa Cruz. Dipping down you cross several small barrancos before reaching Playa

Discovering Paradise in Bali & the Gili Islands

There are over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, but Bali stands out from the rest.  We came in search of peace and relaxation, the perfect wave, and a slice of unspoilt paradise. Bali has all these in spades, though we quickly discovered the key is knowing where to look.

Bali has changed a lot in the last few decades since it was ‘discovered’ by traveling hippies in the 1970s, paving the way for its reputation as a laid-back island paradise.  Surfers followed soon thereafter, helping develop the south into a surfer’s paradise.  What was once jungle is now is developed into large, all-inclusive resorts, each of them marketing their own particular brand of paradise.  It was hard to know where to start.

Luckily, our local My Destination reps had some recommendations: they helped us find a slice of tranquility at the Alila Ubud Bali, an understated eco-resort tucked between rows of rice paddies and a lush jungle valley.  After five months on the road it was the perfect place to unwind and regain our energy.

We began with one of their signature massages: an ayurvedic oil massage followed by traditional Balinese massage, after which we would

Hiking to Breathtaking Views in Kotor

We found ourselves in the incredible city of Kotor, gazing out to an unforgettable sight hoping it would be forever deposited into our memory bank. The hike up to the Castle of St John’s, also known as Sveti Ivan’s Fortress, is a bit of a challenge but provides the best views of Kotor and its surrounding bay. The hike is easily a must-do when visiting the city, but only for the physically fit. The terrain is rocky and steep with about 1,400 steps leading you to the crown of the 820-foot high peak. The fortress itself is only one part of the intricate fortification system that dates back to medieval times, starting in the 15th century when the then independent nation succumbed to Venetian rule. The stonewalls lace the mountainside along with remnants of towers and other defense strongholds that once provided protection for the city and its residents.

We jumped off the cruise ship as early as we could to get an early start to avoid the blistering heat and bustling crowds. We walked directly to the back of Old Town, trying not to get sidetracked by the captivating walled city. The entrance is just a few steps away from town and occupied homes along the base of the mountain. Half way up, the

Ecotourism in Malta

Ecotourism aims to conserve the environment and improve the well-being of the local people.

“Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

You may find that you are aware of your carbon footprint whilst in your home country, regularly recycling, using as little electricity as possible and being cautious with water waste. Unfortunately, many of us do not take the habits attained in our everyday, to our week away, fun in the sun holiday.

More and more people of an eco-conscious nature, are looking into ways to improve not just their backyards but the backyards of the places they visit. For these travellers we have compiled the ultimate guide to help you make eco-conscious decisions on activities and accommodation.

Activities

What better way to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sea surrounding the Maltese islands as well as the natural rugged coastline and countryside by joining local experts in a fun-filled environmentally freindly activity with a dose of an adrenaline thrown in for good measure.

MC Adventure is a top level professional outfit that will have you rock climbing, abseiling, sea level traversing, zip lining,

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