Bangkok Sightseeing Vacation – Frugal Tips

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Bangkok Sightseeing Vacation – Frugal Tips

Have you been planning a Bangkok sightseeing vacation but always holds it back because of budget constraints? Don’t worry because there are many ways to enjoy Bangkok even with limited vacation funds.

Bangkok is really one of the best places to visit if you want quality but inexpensive vacation. It has numerous tourist attractions that are usually accessible by public transportation. So before you cave in to the luring sales pitch of the tour guides that charge hefty fees, it is worth to read the following frugal tips for your future Bangkok sightseeing vacation plan.

Use the Map. You can ask a free copy of Bangkok map at the hotel concierge. If you cannot find any, though rarely, you can always refer to the maps located in the public transportation stations of the metro train or express boats.

Also, majority of the tourist attractions have tourist information booth nearby that you can approach.

Research Earlier. Guided tours are always expensive because you pay for their service and knowledge. Tour guides will provide you with the history, its significance and other related information of the sights you wish to go.

But why spend a dime for information that is widely available with no cost at all. Before you pack your things, do some little homework. Research and read about those famous tourist attractions that you plan to visit. This will save you a substantial amount of money while you will enjoy the thrill of exploring unguided Bangkok sightseeing tours.

Take Express Boat. This is the great way to get around in Bangkok because it is cheap and fast, away from the congested roads. Express boat is also known as the public boat. With regular trips and several routes, you can visit major tourist attractions using express boat.

Here are few local tourist attractions that you can reach through Express boat.

• Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
• The Golden Buddha
• The Reclining Buddha
• The National Museum of Royal Barges
• Wat Arun

Tour guides will approach you in every sightseeing site. Don’t succumb to their overcharged fees as most of the local attractions are just walking distance from the pier (where the express (public) boats dock).

For instance, Wat Arun is located just across the pier Tha Tien where you get off for the Reclining Buddha. There is available ferry that will take you for five minutes or less to the Wat Arun from the Tha Tien pier for only 3 bhat per way.

Bangkok Mass Transit System. It is also known as BTS Sky train, a quick and convenient way to reach shopping malls and other tourists destinations. Aside that it gives you a top view of the city, BTS Sky train is also clean. It will cost you between 30-40 baht per trip per way.
Here are few places you can go using the BTS Sky train.

• Siam Square (Bangkok’s shopping heartland)
• Victory Monument
• MBK Shopping Mall
• Chatuchak or Weekend Market

Pack Extra Traveling Bags. Bangkok is always associated with shopping because there are so many things to buy at reasonable prices from clothes, shoes, silk, tailor-made suits, jewelries to souvenir items. You will definitely end up with an extra travelling bag on your return.

To pack all these new shopping goodies, you will need an additional suitcase on your return but why you have to buy an extra suitcase when you can pack some old folding traveling bags you keep in your closet back home.

Now that you know few Bangkok sightseeing vacation frugal tips, it’s about time to let go your travel qualms and enjoy the thrill of exploring frugally the various local attractions in Bangkok.

Travel packages to Yamunotri

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Travel packages to Yamunotri

Yamunotri is a very famous spot for trekking, and is very popular due the captivating route that one has to take while on the way to Yamunotri. The beautiful streams with sweet mineral water and its lovely surroundings make the trek to Yamunotri not only a very fascinating one but also a very rejuvenating one.  The beautiful sceneries and the lush green surroundings are a perfect way to treat your tired and weary body to the magic of nature and its power to completely soak you in to its lap and make you want to come back again and again for more.  There are many travel packages to Yamunotri that help tourists to get to Yamunotri in comfort.

The trek from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri offers some of the most scintillating views that one can possibly come across in life. If you are one of the adventurous kinds then you can choose from any of the travel packages to Yamunotri that include trekking in their package. The package not only offers you a guide to help you all along your way to Yamunotri but also includes overnight accommodation in camps in Janki Chatti in order to get some rest before you continue your trek to Yamunotri. The camps offer a comfortable stay to all the tourists.

There are different travel packages to Yamunotri that offer around 5 to 10 days itinerary that covers your journey from any of the big cities like Delhi or Dehradoon towards Yamunotri. The number of days in your trip would be dependent on the places that you would be covering on your journey towards Yamunotri. Many trips even cover the other pilgrimage places nearby such as Gangotri, Kedarnath and Haridwar in the same package. This travel package is one of the most sought after travel packages to Yamunotri.

Most travel packages include accommodation in the different places that are going to be covered in the packages thereby making it a comfortable vacation for the visitor. The travel packages to Yamunotri would vary on cost depending upon the budget of the hotel that you would like to put up in while on your trip. There are many tents and camping hotels that offer a very economical as well as beautiful experience in the lap of nature. If you are an adventure enthusiast choosing one such camping option would be a very good idea.

What You Can Find in Iranian Bazaars

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What You Can Find in Iranian Bazaars

The Persian word “bazaar” is different from a shopping center in English. When you visit Iran, you will see so many different things in an Iranian bazaar that you may wonder what type of a place it is. Actually, bazaar in Iran doesn’t refer to a place where people merely go for shopping. It’s a commercial and cultural community which can influence various aspects of life in society like politics, economics, religion, etc.
When you are in Iran, make sure you spend some time exploring the bazaar and observe different corners of it. Then, you’ll see there are so many different people from all walks of life in there.

Various Guilds in Iranian Bazaars

Merchants, distributors, retailers, etc: A lot of commodities are bought from other cities or countries by merchants, who aren’t necessarily selling them in their shops or offices. Instead, distributors perform marketing and sell those items to retailers inside the same bazaar, the same city or other towns in the same country. Retailers themselves are selling all sorts of stuff from clothing and spices to ornaments and watches. You can almost find whatever you think of inside such communities.
Money exchangers: As tourists in Iranian bazaars, you may need to exchange some foreign currency for buying the stuff you want to purchase. Look for such shops and your need will be answered. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can find such a shop at every corner. Sometimes, because of the huge size of bazaars, you have to spend lots of time looking for such a place, but they exist.
Food sellers: Some stores are into selling food, specially traditional type to the shoppers, shop owners, office workers, etc. Today when you visit Iran, it would be interesting to have a meal inside the bazaar at one of such traditional restaurants and try some Iranian dizzi, which is kind of a broth with chickpeas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, dried lime, etc. Traditional tea houses are interesting places where you can stop by and have a chat during your visit to learn about life and people by talking to them.
Mosques, shrines and mausoleums: For the people who are working or shopping in Iranian bazaars, there are several spots where they can stop for prayer. Some religious people, who want to make wishes and pray for something that they want, go to certain shrines inside the bazaars. To revere some deceased dignitaries, people may have built mausoleums to show their respect to them. Some go to such places to respect them. Usually some religious characteristics are associated with these places too.
Traditional gyms: They are called Zoorkhaneh meaning house of strength. These are sport clubs where office employees and employers, shopkeepers, store owners, etc are going to for exercising. Usually they are more active early in the morning and later in the afternoon.
Schools: Traditionally people have been accustomed to see seminaries inside bazaars too. It doesn’t mean that you can find religious schools only inside bazaars, but they are possible to be found in such places as well. Of course, you cannot find modern-style education centers like colleges and universities over there, because bazaars are traditional centers by nature.
Artisans and craftsmen: There are some workshops in which certain traditional Iranian handicrafts are made, packed and piled to be sold to the shops. In certain parts of the bazaars, during your visit you may see and hear a noisy quarter of the bazaar where several people are hammering metals, sawing wood, washing and dying threads, etc. These are the ones who have traditionally been involved in such guilds to make a living.
Animal sellers. Some people keep certain animals as pets like birds, etc. So, in some cities, you may find some part of the bazaar selling pigeons, nightingale, parrots, etc. Even some shops are selling other animals that could make food for some. I mean you find turkey, chickens, geese, ducks, etc as well as fresh eggs.

What’s Going on in Iranian Bazaars?

In a word, I can say it’s the life that you see in the Iranian bazaars. Usually cultural tourists are exploring a country to see life in it. During your visit to Iran, make sure you spend some time exploring Iranian bazaars to see the traditional life and culture in it. One thing is very important. Iran is a country at the transitional stage from traditionalism to modernity. So, you can find some aspects of modern life like shopping centers in its cities, specially in bigger cities, while long-established neighborhoods like bazaars are still functioning.

Places To Visit In Javea

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Places To Visit In Javea

If you haven’t given any thought about your next vacation destination you should take Javea into consideration. Besides the great beaches and the almost perfect weather conditions, Javea has other things to offer that should be taken into consideration by all tourist that visit this small town in Spain.

Take for example the Safari Park Vergel where visitors can discover the delights of the Animal Kingdom in a fun-packed environment consisting of 35 hectares of land that are the home to approximately 1400 animals and about 145 different species. Visitors have the possibility to go round the park using the car and have the option of three routes to see African lions, Bengal tigers and herbivores. You can also walk around the open sections which are cleverly split by theme: African birds, oceanic fauna, Iberian fauna, large herbivores and more.

If you are into nightlife, Javea is the place to be – more specific, the Achill Nightclub. The disco atmosphere here is at its best; hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s are played, creating a great atmosphere. Seating is abundant inside, and for a change of scenery with less noise the outside patio in the summer is the perfect spot for a chat and that amazing view. Here you will find a great mix of DJs from all of Costa Blanca. Generally speaking, the music you will hear here is a combination of dance, techno and house (depending on the DJ and the night). More than that, at certain times during the year, they hold party nights like 70s disco nights or R&B nights.

Moving on, Javea also has Crazy Daisy’s which is a terrific smallish bar located between Scallops and Nanyos on the Arenal. The drinks here are extremely reasonable and they have a big projector installed where they show all sorts of sporting events for fans. Here you will find a friendly atmosphere and the bar staff make you feel just like you were home.

If you are into bowling, you might want to check Ozone bowling for a pleasant evening. A much advertised local attraction on the Costa Blanca is Mundomar in Benidrom, a great park. Once you will get into the park, you will spot the colorful parrots, the flamencos and the sea lions. Next, you will notice the bats that are all behind a thick glass screen in a very dark room but you will spot them without any difficulties. Besides the above mentioned, you will see monkeys, limas, dolphins as well as other animals.

During this period, visitors have the possibility to go to the Artisan Fair in Javea Old Town which is the traditional Easter Fair. The stalls here have a wide variety of tasty goods including traditional cheeses and salamis, Moroccan sweets. Other things you will find here: herbs & spices, ceramics, candles and various artworks. It is a delight of color and a rather unique atmosphere. The local surrounding bars will be open to provide food and refreshments for all.

All in all, Javea is becoming more and more popular for obvious reasons as it has plenty of sightseeing possibilities as well as great accommodation conditions thanks to the boom of the real estate market.

APSRTC Conveys About 14 Million Travellers Every Day

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APSRTC Conveys About 14 Million Travellers Every Day

APSRTC was established in 1932 as a unit of Nizam State Railways-Road Transport Division. The initial fleet comprised of 27 motor coaches and has been amplified since to about 20972 motor coaches as of 30 January 2009. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Company or APSRTC is the public sector street transport corporation of Andhra Pradesh State, India. It is the biggest bus transport system in the world APSRTC conveys about 14 million travellers every day, equaling the number of travellers ferried by Indian trains. It is the world’s biggest public transport associations by coach fleet proposing a wide transport services in the south states of India. This has been certified by the Guinness World notes for being the biggest bus operator in the world. APSRTC functions across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Pondichery, Maharashtra, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Goa. APSRTC functions distinct classes of services connecting nearly every major village in the state of Andhra Pradesh. APSRTC operates busses between Hyderabad and State Capitals of Karnataka, Pondichery, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Chattisgarh and Orissa. In Andhra Pradesh for rural areas Palle Velugu named coaches are run. APSRTC furthermore has the Garuda, Meghdooth , Super Luxury, Deluxe, articulate kind of motor coaches connecting locality head office as well as the state capital. In the year 2004 APSRTC presented Air trained VOLVO made motor coaches, named them as Garuda. These buses are either partial reclining or sleeper kind. APSRTC functions SAPTHAGIRI named busses in between Tirumala and Tirupati. The diverse kinds of motor coaches that are operated by APSRTC are Garuda, Meghdooth , Super Luxury, Deluxe, Express, Palle Velugu. APSRTC has coach construction Unit at Miyapur Hyderabad town. As mercury grades are firing up in the town, commuters, particularly business workers are looking up for stress-free and snug rides and APSRTC’s air-conditioned motor coaches appear to have arrive as a flawless alternate for numerous this summer. After primary reluctance to travel in AC buses, commuters are now journeying in these buses to come to their respective destinations and as a result there is a stable increase in the residence ratio of such motor coaches. The residence ratio in these motor coaches was hovering around 55 per cent till February is likely to touch almost 70 per cent, said a joyous older official of larger Hyderabad zone of APSRTC.

How To Avoid Getting Into Trouble In Thailand

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How To Avoid Getting Into Trouble In Thailand

When we visit Thailand or any other country, it is easy to assume that our values apply there also, or that other people think like we do. This can lead to very embarrassing situations when we find out that we just unknowingly insulted someone or made a fool of ourselves.

Here is a list of Don’ts in Thailand:

  • Never say anything negative about the king. This can land you in jail or get you thrown out of the country.
  • Don’t say anything negative about monks. Although everyone in Thailand knows that not all monks are saints, they are still highly respected and fulfill a very important function in society.
  • Don’t show anger or impatience. If you do, you will not accomplish anything and you will  ‘lose your face’, meaning that any respect that the Thais might have had for you is gone. It is not acceptable to show strong emotions, especially the negative kind.
  • Don’t wear your shoes in anyone’s house or in a temple. A good tip is to wear shoes that you can easily take off.
  • Don’t point your feet at any person or at a Buddha statue or picture, or at a picture of the king or members of the royal family.
  • Don’t speak quickly or use difficult words. If you do, nobody will  understand you.  Slow down your talking pace to about half your normal speed and  consciously use simple words.
  • Don’t try to touch, hug or kiss any Thais. They would be very embarrassed. Shaking hands is not done in Thailand, and hugging and kissing is confined to the bedroom for the most part.
  • Don’t ever reprimand anyone strongly or tell someone flat-out they are wrong. You will make them lose face and they will dislike you for it. You need to make suggestions or drop hints instead. Just be more subtle. Losing face is a big issue in Thailand.
  • Don’t expect that people will tell you the truth about everything. Generally Thais don’t like to say “no”. They will say what is convenient, polite, what helps everyone keep their ‘face’, and what is pleasant to hear. To the Thais, this is more important than if it is true or correct or not.

Here is a list of Do’s in Thailand:

  • Whenever confronted with a difficult situation or person, keep a smile on your face. Thailand is called the “land of smiles” for a reason. A smile will open many more doors than a direct, confrontational or pushy approach.
  • Tell people that you like Thai food. Everyone loves to hear that, since eating is one of the most important aspects of life in Thailand.
  • Learn a few words in Thai, and your acceptance ranking will move up a few notches.
  • Smile at strangers. You will be amazed how  many beautiful smiles you will get in return. Thais are shy people, but they are not shy about smiling.
  • Slow down your pace, take time to talk to strangers. It is very easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone in Thailand and people love to talk to you. Almost everyone will make time for a little chat. You will learn a lot about Thailand and it’s people that way.
  • Speak slowly and clearly and use simple words. This way you will be understood and it will make conversations much more interesting and enjoyable.
  • Use common sense. Just because Thais are smiling at you does not mean they love you. Just because they are friendly does not mean they are your friend. If anything does not feel right, stay away from the situation.

Following these few guidelines can make your stay much more pleasant and it will help you to avoid stepping on people’s “cultural toes”.