Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some essential tips in Motorbike tour

1. Reasons for choosing motorbike

Motorbike is considered the best means of transportation for traveling mountainous areas due to its convenience and initiative. With a motorbike, one is free to go wherever he loves, despite all kinds of road’s condition. He can stop whenever he feels like to take photographs or relaxing, instead of depending on the driver or tour guide. Motorbike helps integrating people with nature and fresh air, and one will never be afraid of motion sickness. If choosing a car, people are likely to waste hours sleeping in passenger’s seat with air condition, not to mention the car sick caused by consecutive slopes and mountain passes. Riding on the motorbike means living on every single kilometer of your itinerary! Moreover, one can ride a motorbike in any kind of terrains, and it is much easier to repair in case of breaking down.

2. Which kind of motorbike and when?
100 cc-or-more semi-automatic motorbikes are all suitable for roads in Northern Vietnam mountainous area. The main criteria for choosing motorbike are strong engine, gasoline-saving and flexible packing space.

Weather is one of the most essential issues regarding planning for motorbike trip. The best time for exploring those mighty areas is from late September to the beginning of December or after Tet Nguyen Dan, when there is almost no rain and the temperature is cool. The spring’s rain and summer’s heat in high region somehow are hazardous for health as well as damaging to the road’s quality.

3. Be well-prepared!

There are indispensable things that one has to bring whenever traveling to remote areas such as specialized clothes and shoes, personal stuff, map, contact information and medical bags. However, a motorbike trip requires more than that. One will have to be well-prepared with a protective helmet and a motorcycle repair tool kit, and of course, certain skills of mending engine. An extra spark-plug and motorbike’s key are always in need. Remember to maintain the whole motorbike before setting off, change the oil and check its tyres, brakes, mirrors, horn and light. Fill up your motorbike with gasoline and know the location of gasoline station!

4. On the way

If possible, traveling in groups of two or three motorbikes with one experienced leader is advisable. All members of the group are required to have detailed itinerary to get rid the risk of getting lost. People should not ride parallel to each other and talk while controlling the motorbike, thus, stop the bike if feeling a need for a conversation.

Pay attention to the bend and ones driving contrariwise and do not drive into other lane. Sometimes, there may be animals like buffaloes, cows, dogs or even pigs crossing the road, so one should decrease the speed and avoid making them panic. At night or in rain weather, when the vision is limited, travelers had better pause the journey for resting and safety reasons.

5. Other things to remember
• Do not ride when you feel tired or sleepy.
• Do not ride after drinking alcohol.
• Avoid riding too fast or stop without noticing.
• Observe carefully and pay attention to road signs.
• Bring your identity paper and driving license because there will be police checking along the road (however they will not be very strict to foreigners)
• Be extremely careful when crossing the stream; be sure about the depth of the water to have the best arrangement.
• Respect the ethnic minority people and their distinctive culture.
• Protect the environment and always remember: Safe is of primary important.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What is adventure travel?

Adventure travel often conjures up images of mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving and four wheel driving. While these are certainly activities associated with adventure travel, adventure travel may involve something as sedate as a wine tasting Motorcycling tour in Ho Chi Minh trail, Viet nam. Adventure travel is simply to go above and beyond one’s normal known area, seeking out experiences which are unfamiliar. The travel destination may be as close as a few kilometers from your home, or it can be thousands of kilometers away in an exotic location in Africa or Asia.

 Maybe it has to do with the stressful and fast-paced lives we are leading, that adventure travel has become one of the fasting growing segments of the travel industry. More and more travelers are abandoning the usual beach resorts, and are actively seeking new experiences in their travels. These trips often bring significant personal discovery, development of new skills and knowledge and cross-cultural experiences.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What & Where to Eat in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the largest city and the capital of Cambodia. It is considered to be a 'rough' city. But despite this negative reputation, Phnom Penh is an easy and wonderful place which serves as a great introduction to Cambodia. It was said to be the "Paris of the East" in the 1970's. It is trying to retain the old glory which lost due to certain tragic circumstances. The abundance of beautiful wide boulevards, majestic colonial architecture and park like riverfront with cafés and restaurants help make Phnom Penh a worthwhile destination. Besides sightseeing and buying ethnic items, what/where to eat in Phnom Penh is a major concern of the tourists.

Restaurant in PhnoPenh
The interesting culinary treats offered in Phnom Penh are not available anywhere else in Cambodia. There is wide range of French influenced dishes. The dining also mixes Thai, Vietnamese and modern takes with traditional Cambodian dishes. The standard backpacker fare consisting of a pizza-banana pancake-fried rice combination is always easily available. This is mainly found along the riverfront where all varieties of stalls ranging from stand-up stalls up to fine French Bistros are readily available. Tourists of Phnom Penh have wide range of eating options and restaurants. Hence getting information about what/where to eat in Phnom Penh is not a hard task. There are numerous restaurants available of different budget ranges. 
The list on what/where to eat at Phnom Penh is enhanced by the availability of some fabulous Asian Restaurants. The beautifully decorated Khmer Surin Restaurant in Phnom Penh, located south of Sihanouk Boulevard is a rather romantic restaurant which serves delicious Khmer and Thai food. The traditional Khmer seafood dish and amok provided by the restaurant are unique. Bali Cafe has good quality Indonesian food. The other Asian restaurants in Phnom Penh are Mith Samlanh (Good Friends) Restaurant and The Boddhi Tree Restaurant.

Comme á la Maison Restarant
The good Continental restaurants in Phnom Penh are Comme á la Maison Restaurant, Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) Restaurant, Rendezvous Café and Tamarind Café. The FCC Restaurant in Phnom Penh provides superb views of the river with modern colonial-style charm,and is a favourite hang-out offering particularly good desserts. Their signature cocktails, Tonle Sap Breezer and Burmese Rum Sour are also worth a tasting. The French restaurants in Phnom Penh like Le Deauville Restaurant, River House Restaurant and Topaz Restaurant provides fine French dishes in modern and well decorated interiors. Eating in Phnom Penh can also be attributed to the presence of Italian restaurants in Phnom Penh offering fabulous Italian dishes.

What/where to eat in Phnom Penh is a common issue which most tourists face while visiting the place. The excellent quality of the dishes available at these restaurants and cafés makes for fabulous eating options in Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh travel guide shall remain incomplete without the details of the eating joints which are the main attractions while visiting any place.