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Top Budget Hanoi Hotels You Should Stay At

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Whether you visit Vietnam for the bustling city of Hanoi, the charming Ho Chi Minh City or the scenic Halong Bay, you should definitely consider selecting a top notch accommodation spot. Budget hotels are not as terrible as it sounds, in fact choosing a budget hotel with 5-star services IS possible in Vietnam. Here are several budget hotels in Hanoi you may want to look into before you book your tickets to fly into Vietnam.


Common phrases that you need to know when in Asia

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Language is fascinating and when you are in a different country, it is the wall which can help you make connections with other people or it is a barrier which can be a big hurdle to close a deal. We all sound differently when we talk when we all mean the same thing and trying to say the same thing.

It is priceless though how you can make locals smile when you try a few words of their native tongue. Knowing common phrases will help you find directions, bargain for a good price, win new friends or business partners, and save your life during unfortunate situations.

Those in Asia are very fascinated with how people in the west talk and act. Likewise, those from Europe, the Americas and other parts of the globe are mystified with the language, culture, practices, and traditions of the peoples frome the East.


Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

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Handing out homemade beer at a liquor store, Tom and Athena Seefurth, chefs based in Illinois, surprised several people with the smell of their beers—from garlic to tomatoes. They are also the inventors of “pizza beer.” They thought of creating beer that will match their favorite dishes perfectly, and so came up with pizza beer.

Like these two, people all over the world have created different kinds of liquors, which have become worldwide traditions. Wines have been used during the ancient times as medicine, and though people now no longer use them as such, the recipes have survived, and people continue to enjoy them. When in a foreign country, knocking down that glass of strange liquor is also a great way for you to get to know the culture of the people.


7 of the Best underground walking tours

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Walking tours let us get initimate with our destination. We discover the paths. Take pictures. Spend time with friends or maybe spend time with yourself. You might find it unusual but a good twist to hiking or walking tours are underground walking tours. These underground tours sort of let you in to secrets of the past, mysteries, and wonders not all people get to see.

Here are some of the best underground walks you can find across the globe:

The Catacombs (Italy)

The tour of The Catacombs in Italy will take you underneath Rome and give you a peek to the birth years of Christianity. The old chambers, churches, and galleries witnessed how the place was very dangerours for the early faithfuls. As you walk in this underground community, take note of the centuries old graffiti which mostly are prayers by common people and some by popes.


Getting to know Southeast Asia: where to go and what to do

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Asia—there are so many places you can choose from if you want to take a vacation here. In fact, this place is so large, it is divided into different regions to make it easier for travelers to have an idea of where exactly they’re located in the biggest country in the world. Today, we’re setting our sights on Southeast Asia where we find exotic countries, interesting people, and a wide range of activities suitable for jetsetters and budget travelers, and increcibly delicious food. Don’t believe the exaggerated news reports on safety issues; Southeast Asian countries are generally safe for tourists coming from different parts of the globe. An added bonus is that these countries are home to probably the friendliest bunch of people you will ever meet.


7 Amazing Mountain Terraces Used for Farming

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The concept of agriculture started spreading around the globe roughly 10,000 years ago. It was a technology that was easily adopted by those who live on flat lands. People living on hills or on mountains however had to alter the landscape in order to farm them.

Most people resorted to terracing their lands. This made the mountains more arable, easier to work on, less prone to erosion, and made irrigation possible. In Asia, these mountain terraces are being used as rice paddies. Trees and grape vines are cultivated on the terraces in the Mediterranean while in the Andes, they are used for maize, quinoa, and potatoes.

These agricultural terraces are amazing creations. Aside from serving as farm lands, they are also works of art to behold when seen from afar. Here is a short list of some of the most spectacular mountain terraces in the world:


Hanoi Vacations

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People usually think in clichés,as  it is much more convenient and much easier. But thinking to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, as a bomb ravaged capital is terribly wrong.

Night peaceful view of Hanoi

Night peaceful view of Hanoi

And I am sure that this is your first thought when hearing Hanoi. Which is is so far from reality, as the last Vietnam war ended 1975 and the city of Hanoi was rebuild and reinvented itself. Hanoi has been for many centuries the capital of Vietnam and its war caused damages were not so dramatic as in Ho Chi Minh. There still are many ancient buildings in Hanoi, and one of them are worth a view or a visit from any interested traveler ( e.g. The Sofitel Metropole Hotel with its colonial Belle Epoque architecture)

Colonial luxury in Metropole Hotel

Colonial luxury in Metropole Hotel


Eating Your Way through Vietnam: Every Traveler’s Food Guide

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If you’re going to Vietnam for an educational tour, or simply to get some nature into your city-stricken body, then the best way to truly dig into the culture is to dig into your plate. This is one of the most culture-rich countries in Asia, and you will practically taste the diversity in their native dishes.

It’s interesting to note that almost every aspect of the Vietnamese native’s life revolves around food—from the cultivation of crops to the preparation of the dishes and finally, to the communal pleasure of sharing something that warms the tummy. Even the country’s commercial side is dominated by food. If you’re traveling to Vietnam with fresh eyes, you’ll realize that the economy of this Asian country depends on food.