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What you need to know when travelling to Monaco?

Located on the French Riviera, Monaco is an amazing place, aspiring celebrities. It is a tiny independent nation where travellers could possibly cram into a lifetime. Now on to the details, what do you need to know, including the best places to stay, eat, drink, the means of transportation to use as well as the top attractions to explore. So before you travel to Monaco, here are a few things you should know about the city.   How to get around? The buses run all the time in Monaco that will easily help you get around. It is an easy train ride away from Nice airport. You can also take the Bateau Bus, which crosses the harbour every 20 minutes. Of course, you can just wander around Monaco on foot and expect to stumble onto something amazing. On the other hand, consider hiring a luxury car in Monaco if you want to enjoy the luxury of the country. Additionally, if you hire a vehicle, you’re able to explore Monaco on your desired schedule and discover all of the best that it has to offer. What to see and do in Monaco? If you’re visiting Monaco for the first time, it’s […]

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Traveling to Cuba to Discover its Cultural and Historical Treasures

Original Writer- Hugo Garnier (French Langauage) Translated by May Malar Win Because of the American embargo on Cuba a few years ago, this country in the Caribbean was like frozen in time. The latter thus possesses a truly exceptional cultural and historical heritage while being very well preserved. If you are planning a trip to Cuba, this destination is full of real cultural and historical treasures that are to be discovered absolutely. So, during your stay, do not miss Havana and its historical center, the picturesque town of Trinidad with its colonial buildings, but also the small town of Viñales and its splendid valley. Walk the Historic District of Havana The Cuban capital, Havana, is a must for a tailor-made trip to Cuba to discover part of the rich cultural and historical heritage of this country. Indeed, the historical quarter of this city is not to be missed under any pretext, notably the famous Habana Vieja which is inscribed by UNESCO on the list of world heritage of the humanity. In fact, take a tour of this area aboard the old American cars that are now an integral part of the cultural and historical heritage of Cuba. As you stroll […]

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Argentina: A Destination for Ski Touring

Patagonia: An Unmissable Destination For Cross-Country Skiing in Argentina Original Writer – Hugo Garnier (French Language) Translated by May Malar Win Argentina is a perfect destination for cross-country skiing. In general, it has many sites where you combine adventure and the pleasure of skiing. Patagonia is a must for ski touring. This region offers impressive hiking tours through vast spaces and picturesque landscapes. Lakes, mountain villages, forests and wild nature are within easy reach. Here is an idea of itinerary to give you an overview of the journey. Ski Touring around Bariloche After your arrival in Buenos Aires, join San Carlos de Bariloche, the capital of Patagonia. This town is well located at the foot of the Andes mountains, on the South coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi and in the park and near the ski slopes. Located at 764 meters above sea level, it is set in a landscape of mountains, lakes, forests and rivers surrounded by numerous high peaks of the Andes. To discover the wealth of the region, head for Cerro Catedral, the largest ski area on the continent. It is 20 km from the city and has 103 km of slopes located at an altitude between 1,000 […]

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Brock’s Mini Travel Guide to Mandalay, Myanmar

Sitting almost smack dab in the middle of Myanmar, Mandalay is the second largest city in the country and arguably the friendliest. Less then an hour after arriving, we set off on foot to find something to eat. It took just a few minutes a local was waving us over to join him and his friends for food and drinks. A perfect start to our two weeks in Myanmar. The next day many locals were smiling and waving, pleased to see two foreigners riding around on bicycles wearing longyis, the traditional dress. Whether Mandalay is your starting point or grand finale in this country, hopefully this collection of spots and suggestions we came across will help you make the most of your time in the city. GETTING IN & OUT We flew into Mandalay International Airport from Bangkok. Be sure to have sorted your visa well in advance. We then took a private taxi to our hotel in central Mandalay. The cost was 15000 KS or $12 USD. There is also a shuttle van that leaves every 2 hours for 4000 KS or $3 USD per person. From Mandalay we went to Bagan and booked a transfer through our hotel. We were picked up […]

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Spice Garden In Hotel Red Canal Mandalay

The Spice Garden, a chic elegant restaurant serving Mandalay , Northern and Southern Indian cuisines with primary focus on poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Menu includes special creations of authentic traditional foods. The Director, Mrs. Nina W. Kumar subscribes to a policy of only preparing food for the same day itself to ensure guests are served the freshest quality foods. First outlet of The Hotel by the Red Canal’s Spice Garden Restaurant was opened on January 2007 in Mandalay and growing. Spice Garden built its worldwide reputation through imitations of unique styles for its dinner, one of which is the style of the Royal Palace of Mandalay. It is now well known as the Spice Garden Bar and Restaurant. As a family of passionate restaurateurs, the Spice Garden Bar & Restaurant strive to create great slow foods experiences for our guests through excellent food and service. Spice Garden offers a nightlife experience unlike any other is the perfect place for a get together. Or get your high class party, gathering party, birthday party, anniversaries party and special candle light dinner with your partners. Cooking class and catering services produce an experience like no other. The employees at the restaurant are […]

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Eat, Pray, Be Suprised see Myanmar

MYANMAR has the most Buddhist temples of any South-East Asian country. There are said to be a million pagodas and stupas! In the rural village of Bagan alone, there are over 3000 structures on a plain of 42km2, the site of the first Burmese kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries. In each city, town and remote village, there are pagodas to be found. Fascinatingly, although hundreds are now in ruins, countless are still places of active worship and the centre of community life. In addition, hundreds of Buddhist temples are being built, to add to the existing vast numbers. I saw new construction – with bamboo scaffolding – as well as restoration, in each place I visited. Donating money to build a pagoda on temple grounds, or to support a monastery, is one of the most  popular ways to earn merit (kutho), believed to allay illness and misfortune and secure a better rebirth in the next life. The wide practice of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar permeates the daily life of the people, ranking them as the world’s most generous country, along with the US. I experienced the renowned hospitality when I was invited off the street into a private […]

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Take A Journey Across Myanmar. Go Now, But Not For The Reasons You Think

Countries will surprise you. Like people, you think you understand their identity based on stories you read or images you view. Whether forming opinions from a 19th-century novel or a scandalous modern day tell all, an impressionist oil painting or series of poorly focused Trip Advisor member photos, humans have been unfairly judging places and each other, before we get to know them personally, for centuries. It’s an imperfect system. Yet it’s the one we have for making decisions on where we go, what we eat, and who we’ll see. And so it was for me with Myanmar. I thought I needed to go to this Asian country formerly known as Burma before the Chinese builders decimated any remaining “authentic” local character by rapidly tossing up bland, soulless construction projects to meet the surge in tourism. I thought Myanmar lacked the supermodel good looks of the California coast or the scenic gravitas of the Swiss Alps, but the chance to witness an intact culture before its inevitable full and tragic transition to all things Western, would provide worthwhile balance. Once I decided to go, suddenly I was in a rush to get there before it was “ruined,” but then wondered […]

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A final step in Burma in a haven of peace

Mandalay is the last stage of our fabulous trip in Myanmar. After visiting Yangon, treking in Kalaw mountains, meeting so many lovely local people, exploring Lake Inle and the temples of Bagan, we end in beauty our exploration of beautiful Myanmar in Mandalay, staying at Hotel By The Red Canal. A final step in Burma in a haven of peace The Hotel By The Red Canal is the perfect place to relax in an idyllic cocoon especially after two weeks of travel in an vibrant country like Myanmar. Hotel By The Red Canal in Mandalay is an institution and, in our opinion, the most relaxing and most comfortable option in the city. We tell you why. Mandalay is quite noisy and dusty with the traffic jams and habitual agitation so characteristic of the main cities of Southeast Asia, but the hotel By The Red Canal is a haven of peace, an urban oasis. Upon arrival we are charmed by the lush garden well maintained and the small pool that give a very exotic touch to the hotel. Flowers are everywhere ! After a warm welcome, we feel like being at home. We visit the hotel By The Red Canal and […]

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A Romantic Poolside Dinner at the Hotel by the Red Canal, Mandalay

Having a birthday abroad can be a tricky one. You conjure up images of exotic cockatils, being pampered and washing sand out of your hair in the evening but in reality it can be hard when you wake up and realise your friends and family aren’t there and you can’t giggle into an empty wine glass with your best friends. But I needn’t have worried because I was staying at The Hotel by the Red Canal in Mandalay for my recent birthday. After waking up in my delightful little room (with so many gorgeous finishing touches like the beautifully packaged bathroom amenities – earplugs were wrapped in rustic brown paper with a string bow around them!) I was in for a day of treats. As I padded downstairs for a delicious birthday breakfast I was greeted by one of the hotel’s smiling members of staff who handed me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and told me I had been booked in for a massage in the afternoon – a present from a wonderful colleague of mine who had contacted the hotel to arrange a surprise. Being hundreds of miles from home I was so touched. But the real treat came in […]

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Inwa and Mingun

Had a great day going from the hotel out of town to Mingun and Inwa. Beeing in Inwa in the afternoon was a pleasant experience, even when it was a rough ride with the horse cart – which actually is part of the fun, being town around. Really, I liked it a lot! Mingun pagoda is about one hour drive from Sagaing, but well worth going there. Great view from the broken pagoda, and more pagodas around there. Possible to go there by boat or road!

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