Saturday, 30 April 2011

                                 VietNam - The Hidden Charm

   Vietnam is an S-shaped strip of land, located in the heart of Southeast Asia. That is the one of the most beautiful asian countries I’d like to recommend to you to travel in you life

    Vietnam is called a country of sea, along the coastline of 3,260 km, longer than the length of the country you can discover the beaches in Vietnam with more than 20 famous beaches.

    In the North of Vietnam is Tra Co, Ha Long, Do Son... there are four seasons in the north Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, the different weather will make traveler fall in love with Vietnam, even though in the Winter is a little bit cold for swimming. In the contrast, the Southern Ocean is still warm and bright sunshine as the sea of Da Nang, Nha Trang, Vung Tau and Ha Tien...  Here, you can swim for four seasons.

Here are some beautiful places you should never miss in your long trip through Vietnam from Northern to Southern of Vietnam.

                                                            Sword lake in Ha Noi Capital

Ha Long Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly unique for its many limestone islands, islets, mystical grottoes, and hidden white-sand beaches. It seems that all skilful masterpieces of the Creation and of nature are here. Thousands of islands look strong and magnificent. Some islands were named according to their shapes and forms, including Hon Dau Nguoi (Human Head Island), Hon Rong (Dragon Island), Hon Canh Buom (Sail Island), Hon Trong Mai (Male and Female Chicken Island), and Hon Lu Huong (Incense Burner Island).

Junks gathering in Ha Long Bay

Do Son Buffalo fighting Festival in Hai Phong City

Sapa is one of seven most beautiful and grandiose rice terrace fields announced by Travel and Leisure Magazine (USA). Sapa had one of the most attractive sites of Vietnam, with “the wonderful landscapes look like a ladder to climb into the sky of the Rice Terrace Fields”. Visitors will feel calm in rural life here.
Sapa Rice Terrace Field

Nha Trang is known as the world’s most beautiful bay. Visitors come here not only to swim and enjoy the beauty of pristine beaches but also take part in variety of activities. Nha Trang is Vietnam’s one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Nha trang beach

Ho Chi Minh City  commonly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City on May 1st 1975. However, the old Saigon moniker is still very widely used by both Vietnamese and foreigners -- especially when referring to the most central part of the city, to which most tourists flock. 
Ho Chi Minh City :)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Beaches in KOREA!!


If you are a beach bunny, check out the wide selection of beaches Korea has to offer. Take a "sand bath" at Gyeongpo Beach in Gangwon-do province, watch the splendid sunrise at Naksan Beach , or you could head out to Daecheon beach  for a bath in it's thick, mineral rich mud. Jeju-do's Jungmun beach is the place for extreme sports athletes, as the clean water and powerful current make it perfect for sports like waterskiing and windsurfing

1. Jeungdo Ujeon Beach

Ujeon Beach stretches 4km in length on the southwestern coast of the island of Jeungdo-myeon, the biggest natural salt producer in Korea. The silvery white sand as well as the view of the sealine dotted with over 90 desert islands make Ujeon Beach one of the most attractive destinations. Visitors on Jeungdo Island can explore the sites of salt production and Haetae (a type of seaweed) farming, or go fising at nearby islands, including Nae•Oegaldo Island, Myeongdeokseom Island, Daeseom Island, Bunamdo Island and Myeongseom Island.

2.Daejin Beach
Daejin Beach, located in the north of Yeongdeok, Gyeongsanbuk-do in the small coastal village of Daejin-ri, is the longest beach on the east coast. The beach is popular among family vacationers for its clean and shallow waters. The area is surrounded by a lush pine forest creating beautiful scenery. There are also facilities such as shower booths and restrooms for the convenience of beach-goers.

A major attraction of Daejin Beach is Songcheon Stream which flows across the white sands of the beach. Vacationers may enjoy a dip in the freshwater stream while fishing both freshwater and sea fish. In addition, the Gangchuk Coastal Road connecting Daejin Beach to Chuksan Harbor and Ganggu Harbor is one of many scenic driving tours in Korea.

3.Nanjido Beach
Nanjido Beach  in Dangjin-gun, Chungcheongnam-do has 700m-long, 50m-wide soft white sand beaches. The water is shallow, clean and warm (20-23°C), and a pine grove nearly 1,000 pyeong wide surrounds the beach.

Nanjido Beach offers various convenience facilities such as campsites, showers, drinking fountains and bathrooms. The rocky coast in the northwest is a great spot for catching popular fish, such as rock cod and spotty belly greenling. By taking a boat, visitors can enjoy scenic ocean views as they pass beautiful islands, such as Yeongheungdo, Palmido, Seonjaedo, Gukhwado, Yukdo and Pungdo.



My fellow readers and travellers alike, today I wish to explore the wonders of Italy with you. Im not gonna give you population facts and demographics, you want that information, get your dicovery on with the Discovery Atlas: Italy movie, very interesting I must say. These are the facts as experienced by yours truly. Italy is a true gem that can only be descibed by one word, passione. Thats passion for my non italian speakers out there, the people of Italy live and breath passion, from driving to sport to interaction with one another, its all in the hand gestures and tone and even body language. On my travels throuh Italy I wound up in Pisa, the famous city of the leaning tower where you can take a picture of you holding the building up. I was with the family at the time and I went into a ticket booth to purchase a ticket to go up the leaning Tower of Pisaa, this lady and man beind the booth were engaged in argument and it got so heated that she straight up shut the booth down, no more tickets for you. I was taken back by this, the line was 20 deep with people and she just said im taking 5 and you get your tickets when you get them. That in itself could describe Italy but no, im not done.

Folow me no my readers to Roma, the largest and most famous ciyt in Italia, where Ceasar himself once dwelled and the Pope resides in the Vatican. Roma, a city of history and culture that is unrivalled, where else can you stay in a nie hotel across the street from the Colloseum. Roma is one of my favorite cities in the world and for many different reasons. Obviously the history is big for me, getting to see the Vatican and St Peter Basilica ( the worlds largest church) will stay with me forever. The thing I found most fascinating was the traffic and how romans drive, this is a city where traffic is always there and lights mean jack. Its about space, you see a gap, you go for it, red lights are just a place where people ield to cross a busy street, not stop. As a pedestrian in this great city I found this a bit unsettling for the first couple hours I was there, but when in Rome, you adapt to what everyone else does and so we did. Now readers consider this piece of advice as it could save you one day, when you cross the street in Rome, you dont worry about the cars, you look straight ahead, walk normally and dont worry about the cars going around you, they dont stop for you, they will just drive around you so just maintain walking speed and course and all will be fine.

I was sitting on the steps of the Piazza Venezia and I witnessed a man pull up in his car, take his girlfriend out of the car and place on the steps an walked to the middle of one of the busiest streets in Rome, take a picture, put his girlfriend back in the car and drive off, all while signalling an oncoming bus to slow down for him. I watched it all happen and even got a picture of it (unfortunatley its not a digital photo). I've travelled to a few places and seen a few things but never  something quite like that, truly unique and only in Rome!

I hope this finds you my fellow citizens and I hope you get to enjoy the wonders that Italy has to offer, Its a great country with great people, great food, and great atmosphere. Live well and travel better.

Chris Wilson

A bit of Beirut

Hey Peeps as promised my insight on Beirut

A bewildering composition of cultures and faiths, perched on a breathtaking sweep of Mediterranean coastline. Known to be the commercial and busiest city in Lebanon, Beirut also has several night clubs, restaurants and other entertaining places. Not to mention the famous markets at the Martyr's Place known as Souk el Barghout. However you could find me down at the powdery white beaches

I know you must be wondering who this man is...... (No its not my dad hahaha) His name is Wadih el Safi, he is one of the great Lebanese singers and I was privileged enough to see him in concert. His voice is amazing and he knows how to entertain a crowd.

Cutting out of the Mediterranean Sea is one of the city's most recognised landmarks, Pigeon Rock

There is still a lot more to explore in Beirut but I have to run

Bye for now xx Rima

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Manly, Sydney's Most Popular Seaside Destination


Manly is a beach side tourist attraction along the shores of Sydney its famous for surfing, dining or clubbing :)
Source (Myself)

Manly is situated on the northern beaches next to freshwater and curl curl and contains a whole combination of beaches. The centre of Manly is the corso where various restaurants, shops and bars are located.


If you were coming to Manly the first thing you would need to know is where to stay?

Source (Picture of the Sebel Hotel)

 Well theres various types of accommodation which contains quite a large price range.

    The Sebel
    From $209 per night
    Manly Pacific
    From $229 per night
    Bella Vista
    From $189 per night
    Manly Backpackers
    From $40 per night
    Boardrider Backpacker
    From $100 per night
    Manly Beach House
    From $110 per night

    All price quotes from

    Going Out!

    Manly has quite a range of bars, pubs, clubs to go out and friday and saturday night the corso is filled with various beer and kebab lovers to have one massive party.

    The five main clubs/pubs are:

    1. The Steyne
    2. Ivanhoe
    3. Shore Club
    4. Manly Wharf Bar
    5. Manly Boatshed

    The Steyne is one of the oldest pubs in Manly and contains a bad reputation for violence and other crimes, that said they serve cheap $5 dollar meals on a Monday so it's still ok to go there :D
    Source (the party there is so good it goes out to the street)
    The Ivanhoe is probably the best all round club in Manly because of the crowds it pulls on Friday and Saturdays. On both days the downstairs floor is dedicated to the cougars and old fucks who listen to 80s shit. Whilst the middle floor has the purpose of pool and casual drinks, whilst the top floor is the club floor.
    Source (check out that playa getting some action yeah dawg)

    The Shore Club also has three levels and mainly only uses 2, its quite small in size but has huge crowds. The two floors play different music and Shore Club pulls a tonne of tourists participially Brazilian.



    Source (his about to make his move)

    Manly Wharf Bar contains overpriced drinks but its location of being next to the wharf allows itself to be an optimal meeting place for casual drinks.
    Source (retirement village outing)
    The Manly Boatshed is the only club in the whole of Manly to have a covercharge and I have no idea why. It has a whole bunch of shitty comedians on a friday night or some shithouse band no one has ever heard of. On Saturdays it is cougar central and where the young guys go for something different.


    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    Lebanon Trip

    It’s been quite a while since I have been back to the beautiful land of Lebanon, but I would still like to share the adventure with you. It was my very first trip overseas and who better to go with but my youngest brother.

    I remember leaving the cold rainy winter weather Sydney had to offer to spend 4 gorgeous summer weeks in Lebanon where we were welcomed by my uncle in the capital city Beirut. He took us on a very scenic tour through the city (which I will write about in my next blog) down by the beaches and to a little town called Haql El Aazime where my mum and dad grew up.

    As we made our way down the little brick road we were taken aback by the beauty. This town‘s homes were built in and around a mountain. So we grabbed our very heavy suitcases and made our way up the 8 flights of stairs to my dad’s childhood home and were my grandparents still live. This was the first time we would meet the other half of my dad’s family.

    Every morning I would wake up to a cup of coffee (made by my grandma or in Arabic tayta) and also to an awesome view right outside our door step. Check it out: 
    xx Rima 

    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Seoul TriP In KoReA

    I want to introduce some places for trip in Seoul korea.

    +The middle of Seoul+

    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the ¡°Northern Palace¡± because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.

    Namsan + N Seoul Tower (Dongguk Univ. Station in Subway line 3)

    Seoul Tower opened to the public on October 15, 1980 and has since become a major tourist attraction. The 236.7m Seoul Tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m), Seoul Tower offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. The view is so stunning that many consider Seoul Tower the best tower in Asia.

    Thirty years and countless visitors later, as the structure was renamed ‘N Seoul Tower.’ The letter ‘N’ stands for the tower’s ‘new’ look, which resulted from a 15 billion won remodeling in Dec 2005. With the new lighting system and changes to the tower’s overall color scheme, event coordinators can now decorate the tower for each new season or event. Currently, an ongoing lighting theme titled ‘Flower of Seoul,’ uses searchlights to light up the tower each night from 7pm to midnight.

    At the base of Seoul Tower visitors can find the Media Zone, a Pavilion Experience Hall, exhibition rooms, and performance halls. Visitors are encouraged to try the N Grill western-style restaurant revolving restaurant (one rotation every 48 minutes) and the Sky Restroom (an artfully decorated space). Both offer breathtaking views of the cityscape.


    Aloha Fellow Travelers

            I write to you today about a place that is that is close to my heart for many reasons, I dont want to get all mushy on you guys so I'll keep it ruggid and manly. Hawaii, The Aloha State located in the Pacific Ocean about a 5 hour flight from Los Angeles, or 10 hours from sunny Sydney. Let me tell you, its a vacation spot all year round, I was fortunate to go there with my girlfriend in late febuary and the weather was fantastic, while all the main landers are freezing to death, we were just chillin in balmy 25 degrees on the beach at waikiki soaking up all the vitamin d I can before heading back down under.

            Accomodation in Hawaii at this time of year is rather affordable because its not the peak tourist season, a lot of third party websites have good deals and packages. I found a hotel right across the street from the beach, got to see the sunset at night which was just vibrant with all the colours you can imagine. Enough about sunsets though, flying in to Honolulu you get tha feeling that your arriving into a island paradise and thats what Hawaii is all about, island life. This my friends is something that I could get used to because unlike Fiji or Tahiti, Hawaii as someof the simple and modern pleasures that we all have become used to like the internet and good reception and so forth but something that is unique about Hawaii is the lifestyle. Man let me tell you brother you have never been so relaxed, you can go get you a 1 hour full body massage plus a spa package on the cheap, you can the majority of the islands in a day by car. If you dont do anything else other than relax, you better take your ass to a luau. That was a truly special experience which I won't go into detail cause you all are going to go and experience on for yourself. Not to mention you can visit the place where they filmed Jurrasic Park and other hollywood movies!

            One island that my girlfriend and I really liked was Maui, that was a fun day. It's only an 30 minutes at best to get there from Honolulu by plane, you can take a super ferry but that takes about 3 hours, so you should see how much time you got and plan accordingly. It had different terrains for the different sides of the island which you come to expect from an island chain produced by volcanic activity!! The waves were massive (it was hella windy), it was interesting to see the massive waves crash againts the rocks that lined some of the beaches around Maui. We also went to visit the big island of Hawaii, got to see both volcanoes and walked through a lava tube (exticnt lava tube I should mention).

         Hawaii is one state that is full of adventure for those who want adventure, its got the sun and beaches for those who want to relax, its got the plenty of sporting activities for thos who want to surf or play golf. You can even look at outer space, something that Hawaii is quite known for. It had marine life like whale, dolphins, thousands of different species of fish, and unfortunately sharks. I went and loved, I'll leave you to form your own opinions but don't forget its still the U.S and its a lot cheaper there for shopping, I have a reference ladies if you don't believe me.

    Traveling is only what you make it, through the sunny days and rainy days, make your experinces memorable and you won't regret it, thanks for reading and I'll talk to you later.

    Yours Truly,
    Chris Wilson


    Monday, 11 April 2011

    London: Some Things To Do


    London is the second most visited city in the world with an average of 14.8 Million visitors per year. It contains a population fo 26 million and has a tonne of tourist attractions, pubs, clubs and things to do.

     If you only had one day to spend in London, what would you do?

    Well there are 3 main attractions which you just can't miss.
    They are:

    • Westminster Abbey
    • The London Eye
    • Madame Tussauds

    Westminster Abbey

    Westminster Abbey is one of the central tourist destinations which explore the depths of English history in which London holds. One of the very few buildings which survived the bombings Westminster Abbey is home to hundreds of tombs of british royalty. The audio guided tour for a small price explains British history in a simple form for all tourists.

      London Eye

      The EDF Energy London Eye is a giant 135 metre tall Ferris wheel which is situated on the banks of the river thames in London. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the whole of the UK. It gives a 360ยบ view of London and some close attractions which are visible from the eye include Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Waterloo Station, Hungerford Bridge and Westminster Bridge. The eye can be compared to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, only better :)


      Madame Tussauds

      Probably one of the greatest attractions in London is Madame Tussauds. They make wax figures of various celebrities and other famous people. It's been situated on Marylebone Rd in central since 1884 and is right next to Baker St. Station.

      So Which one is wax?


      By Josh Cass :)

      Monday, 4 April 2011

      Welcome :)

      Welcome to Mr Terry and friends travel blog.

      We will be blogging about travel reccomendations and experiences that we've had.

      People that will be blogging are:

      and of course the main man Terry :)