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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

Luxury tourism is on the up in Vietnam, and Halong Bay is set to see a big change in the way that it is discovered and explored by visitors. Halong Bay luxury cruises are certainly the way forward, and here is why that is a good thing… 

ParadiseVietnam_Paradise-Peak-Cruise What do you think are the reasons to go for a luxury cruise in Halong?

  1. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip (for most)

Most people will visit Halong Bay just once, and this is one of the world’s great natural beauties, so it is worth paying that little bit extra to make the most of it. If you decide to save some money and go with one of the cheaper operators, you could end up having a less than satisfactory experience which would more than tarnish your Halong Bay experience.

  1. It is better for the environment 

Cheap cruises and environmental conservation do…

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Tapoo Island Beach and shopping James Bond Island Thailand

James Bond Island is on the top things to see when in Phuket Island Area Thailand.  Not very big but lot to see on the way there.

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

What shall we do for New Year’s Eve? is a question that is just as annoying when you’re travelling as it is when you’re at home. New Year’s Eve at home carries with it a certain amount of pressure to have a great time and the result is often somewhat… underwhelming. You’ve spent time with your family over Christmas and it’s time to hook up again with your friends and go crazy. But do you really want to do that after indulging yourself through Christmas?

When you’re away from home, things are sometimes even more difficult as you don’t know where to go or what to do, and the thought of getting caught up in some busy city fireworks surrounded by hordes of people is more than off-putting. One way to get away from at all and to take the pressure off is to spend New Year’s Eve in Halong…

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Stafford on Tour

Our plan had us heading straight to Ban Lung, but instead we decided to head east into the Mondulkiri (lots of beautiful jungle cloaked mountains and plantations, but little else). In Sen Monorom (the regional capital) we scored a cute little bungalow at the Happy Elephant for super cheap – no frills but all the thrills – and headed straight for a waterfall to enjoy the rest of the day. We had heard bizarrely good reports of a pizza restaurant (Mondulkiri Pizza) in the town, so thought we would have a look and after about half and hour of wandering the back streets, in the pitch black being barked at by every single dog, we managed to find it and had an admittedly great pizza while watching the Cambodia v Japan football.

En route to the falls on a moto

Next up, a very exciting day. We were headed into…

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Mission Mola-Mola in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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The Mola-Mola, the giant ocean sunfish in Bahasa Indonesia, is like the ambassador of scuba diving in Bali. Meeting the heaviest bony fish in the world (it can weight up to 1000 kg) is like searching for the Holy Grail for most scuba divers coming from all over the world.

Interesting fact: in English it is a sunfish but in many other Latin languages such like French it is a “moonfish”. Whatever its name, its unique flat round body whose diameter could be up to 3m and its two long vertical caudal fins give it a recognisable look.

Important fact: they are very shy. Meeting them at their cleaning station, where they come from the depths of the ocean to get their skin cleaned by small fish, is the only way to get close interaction. If you are lucky to see them.

Nusa Lembongan: a tiny tropical paradise escape

Bali…

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Phuket Royal Southern Sea Tour

   Tom Phuket Travel operates Phuket Southern Sea Tours located Patong Phuket Thailand I have been familiar with for about 8 years and highly recommend them.

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

At Paradise Vietnam, we are always on the lookout for ways to upgrade, improve and enhance our excellent facilities so as to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay Luxury cruises. Our most recent innovation has been the upgrade of our incredible, wrap-around, sundecks that now not only offer phenomenal views but also premium levels of comfort.

ParadiseVietnam_Luxury Renovation.1 Paradise Cruises always attempt to enhance the excellent facilities and service to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay luxury cruises.

After starting earlier this year, we are now proud to announce that renovations to all four Luxury vessels are finished! This process began in May, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The sundeck of any cruise ship is of vital importance, as this platform affords the best views during the Halong Bay tours. It is here that our guests spend a lot of time during their Paradise Luxury…

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Preah Vihear Cambodia World heritage open court impression

Preah Vihear a Khymer World Heritage Site Cambodia

I made the trip in 2006 and went with family for 1/2 day.  Then was controlled by Thailand but the dispute has settled and now Cambodia is in charge and safe to travel there

We recommend  Angkor Best Tour Guide as they have a good reputation and reviews.  This is not a paid recommendation!

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Wat Phrathat Cho Hae monastery is located at 1 Moo 11 Cho Hae road, Tambon Cho Hae, Mueang Phrae province Thailand, 9 km from the city on an area of 175 hectares. Wat Phrathat Cho Hae monastery temple is located in the hills about 28 meters high. Cho Hae Phrathat Chedi is Chiang Saen Art is an octagon, wood overlaid with gold. The pagoda of 33 meters high and square base of 11 meters width. Top of pagoda decorate with the Lanna style. A metal fence around the pagoda four directions. A door 4 door with the Lanna Style. Wat Phrathat the year who born of the Tiger is one of the 12 zodiac relics.

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Cho Hae Phrathat is referring to Chedi containing the relics the left elbow and the hair relics of Lord Buddha and adorned with satin. Name of Phrathat Cho Hae some tell this names that have come from fine satin, which is woven from Xishuangbanna villagers to tie sacred the pagoda, Some said that the satin of “Khun Lua Ai-kom”. Every year about in March it is a holy day festival.

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Phra Chao Thun-Chai or Luang Phor Thun-Chai is a Buddha Gilded stucco, width of 30-inches tall and about 2 feet (80 cm. wide, 120 cm. high). built since 1922, by Thai Yai or Ngiaw peoples, Which has settled in Burma and travel for trade in Muang Phrae. The Fine Arts Department registered the phrathat Cho Hae to The historic place March 8, 1935. : from Wikipedia.

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Map of Wat Phrathat Cho Hae monastery

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On the water: Our top 10 boating experiences across Indochina

Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog

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In our opinion, one of the best ways to explore Indochina is by boat – whether it’s a luxurious overnight cruise in the dramatic scenery of Halong Bay, or a traditional longtail boat along narrow waterways in the thick jungles of northern Laos.

In this blog post we’ve collected ten of Indochina’s best watery destinations and some of our favourite boating journeys, but this really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to waterborne adventures in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

1) Halong Bay

The king of Asia’s waterscapes, the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay has inspired many a traveller to visit Vietnam. Encompassing an area of over 1,500 square kilometres (580 sq mi) in the Gulf of Tonkin, it is famed for its striking scenery of sheer-sided limestone islets (775 of them, to be precise) and is a…

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Ban Pratubjai House Located at 59 Moo 13 in Pha Matt district Muang Phae Thailand. Along the highway 1023, Phae- Long district, Road. Open daily from 08.00 – 17.00 hrs. Admission is 40 Baht. And got Ban Pratubjai House keychain as a souvenir. Ban Pratubjai House is private home and owners home are Mr. Kitcha and Mrs. Lumyong, which him passed away on 7 June 1984. Begin construction since 1972 were completed in 1976 and took 5 years. The total area of 34 hectares, only the house is over 1.3 hectares.

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Ban Pratubjai House is a teak house, with 130 Poles house, side down of the poles have carved with another patterns. The house build by Thai style apply mixed between Lanna style. “Ban Pratubjai House is Ancient House, Great the dominant over 100 poles teak. Overflow values, buy souvenirs recalling Mueang Phrae, Invitation at Ban Pratubjai house.” is slogan. Lots Furniture and  Lots Ancient Treasures, tourists walk to see no bored. They are exciting with Thai whisky year 1972.

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