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Fiji’s captivating traditions, belief systems and the friendly nature of its people can truly offer a special holiday experience. Etiquette Fijians are generally relaxed and casual in their mannerisms. Even so, it is still considered polite to follow certain forms of etiquette. For instance, you should always wear modest attire when visiting a village in order to avoid appearing ostentatious. Promptly remove your hat when standing before a chief to show the utmost respect. Like with many Asian cultures, all shoes should be removed and left outside before entering a home. Never touch the head of another person, even if it is done so affectionately. Also, when visiting a village, always bring a gift of kava root for the chief’s household to mix into a delicious local drink. Ceremonies The people of Fiji conduct many different types of ceremonies. One of the most popular ceremonies involves different tribesmen methodically creating…

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Virtual Tourist, the leading free, travel-oriented community has recently named Ho Chi Minh City among the world’s top ten cities for street foods. It was also recommended on Reuters’ Travel Picks column. “Vietnamese cuisine has received some major street cred in recent memory (Anthony Bourdain’s praise comes to mind), and a quick visit to HCM City’s Ben Thanh or Binh Tay Markets explains why,” the travel site introduced about Vietnamese foods. The Virtual Tourist team praises the street food heritage in Ho Chi Minh City for embracing a mix of cultures, primarily the city’s French colonial background with Vietnamese spices and ingredients. Dishes that get special mention from the team are Pho, Banh Mi(Vietnamese-style baguette), Bo la lot(seasoned beef wrapped in betelleaf), Spring rolls and Com tam (steamedbroken rice with a fried egg on the top). Virtual Tourist also gives advice to tourists coming to the country for the first…

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When one talks about Vietnam’s tourist attractions, it’s deficient if we don’t mention Mui Ne as one of the most beautiful beach destinations of Vietnam. Mui Ne is a coastal resort town in Phan Thiet – the capital of Binh Thuan province, about 4 hours by bus Ho Chi Minh City. The name ‘Mui Ne’ interestingly has many origins. The first meaning comes from the fishing people in the past. They usually faced sea storms, so they used to hide in a cape, which was called ‘Mui’ in Vietnamese, and ‘hide’ meant ‘Ne’. The second one originated as the name of the youngest daughter of Cham King – who was known as the owner of this land. Her alias was Ne, therefore, the cape where her temple was built, was called ‘Mui Ne’. Mui Ne is a tropical beach with wonderfully warm weather, which is ideal for swimming. However, since…

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Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam and also its main tourist hub. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand, in the province of Kien Giang. It is a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. This is not surprising as this island paradise not only boasts of a lush tropical island with stunning beaches but it also holds secrets that can be unravelled within a short visit. The Place is Lovely as Advertised Phu Quoc has varying terrain…you can choose to go up the hills and mountains, venture deep into the jungles, down to the powdery-white beaches or simply take a leisurely walk around to see the local flora and fauna. There are also a number of cultural and historical sites for avid travellers. Ganh Dau is famous for its revolutionary past and has an altar for Nguyen Trung Truc, a historical hero known for the…

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The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is home to a number of attractions and shops, these include the upmarket shops of Knightsbridge, The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History museum and Harrods. The area, however, has also been home to a number of famous and historical figures. In most cases their homes are adorned with a blue plaque. The blue plaque scheme was founded by William Ewart, Henry Cole and the Royal Society of Arts in 1866, since then the scheme has been taken over by English Heritage and there are over 800 plaques in London alone. If you are looking for something a bit different to the usual London attractions you could always take a tour of some of London’s famous properties. The borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and its districts of Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Chelsea and Belgravia, has been the home of many well-known figures.…

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Located between Cuba, ninety miles to their southeast, and the Florida mainland to the northeast, the chain of small islands known as the Florida Keys has been attracting visitors since the 1500s. The first noteworthy visitor was Juan Ponce de Léon, who found the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas instead of the Fountain of Youth. This lengthy chain of ancient coral islands now offer a unique combination of adventure travel options and elegant cultural attractions. The only way to reach the tip of the Keys–Key West–by road is via U.S. Highway 1, although flights and ferries are also available. Traveling southward toward Key West, the first large island you encounter is Key Largo. The island, which starred in the 1948 film by the same name, is not very far from Miami, only about one hundred and sixty miles. At once, you notice the change in atmosphere from the hustle…

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I have searched the magazines and browsed the internet in search for the best place to visit during my vacation and the country I have chosen is Vietnam. The reason why I have decided to spend my holiday to the country is the remarkable city of Hue. The city is a dwelling place for tons of historical landmarks and monuments that will give you a clear picture of the past glory of the city. In fact, due to the magnificence of Complex of Hue Monuments it has earned a spot in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Here are some of the attractions of Hue that I have appreciated the most during my Vietnam tour. The Citadel The citadel is a very old complex that was constructed in the Old Royal Hue between 19th and 20th century. The complex is composed of two parts, the outside and inside citadel. There are still…

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There are various different monuments in Paris that you will visit and plenty of those monuments were designed well before the foremost well known and noted landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, thus if you wish nice views or one thing completely different however still with much history, then a visit to the Arc de Triomphe is a must. Known as a triumphal arch, after the Battle of Austerlitz, it had been the idea of Napoleon Bonaparte to have an impressive arch constructed as a significant monument in Paris to honour the victories of his Grande Armee, and the grand arches of ancient Rome were his inspiration for its construction. Additionally there is rich history of the Arc de Triomphe right from the beginning, not forgetting the history of the Unknown Soldier and the fact that this unbelievable monument is a venue for national events that happen in Paris. And…

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Europe is replete with a number of beautiful countries. Amongst all the countries present in this glorious continent, Italy has to be one of the most attractive of the lot. It has something for everyone and you can expect nothing lesser than one of the best experiences every time you visit the area. Depending on where you go, there will be something of interest for you to see and do. If you are unsure of which region to go, you might want to consider the central region of Italy. There is a lot that this region has to offer in terms of sightseeing, and you can be guaranteed a good time in the area. The Marche region is one of the best regions to visit in central Italy. The first aspect of that will draw your attention is the fact that it is not frequented by many travelers. Since places…

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There are millions of things to do in Paris. The city blossoms with art and history, exudes sophistication, and is the most fashionable place on the planet, but just like the boarding school socialite arriving for her first year in college, the city does have a wild side. The bars might close at 2am, but a diverse club scene keeps Paris alive and kicking long into the night. And it isn’t all just upscale exclusivity where you need to be Scarlett Johansson to get past the door – although being Scarlett Johansson never hurts. Clubs in Paris range from opulent to trendy to hard-hitting musical craziness, and below are our three favorites for every clubbers taste. Club Silencio Club Silencio may be the most exclusive club in Paris, and for good reason. The members-only high-end nightclub in Les Halles is a total reflection of the eccentric mind of its creator,…

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