MTDC-based Tadoba Accommodation Promises For an Exciting Weekend Trip Exa

Exams are almost over. Before the start of a new session, how about planning for a short trip? It can be a wonderful experience to visit the jungles of Tadoba when the climate is subtle. The dense forests are surrounded by a beautiful landscape that makes the stay extremely pleasant.

Where Is Tadoba?

Tadoba is a national park and a tiger reserve located in the central part of India, in the state of Maharashtra. From Nagpur, it takes approximately 90 km to reach the Mohurli Gate of the Tadoba National Park. Most of the luxurious accommodation options are located in this part of the land. Tadoba falls under the Chandrapur District. The village of Chandrapur has located 28 km from the exact location of the Tadoba National Park Main Gate.

Tadoba is renowned for its rich flora and fauna. More importantly, it is one of the better tiger reserves of the country. Wildlife travelers would be having a great time touring this part of India.

The Hotel Facilities

The Tadoba hotels are available in few numbers. Earlier, there used to be a couple of accommodation options close to the national park. However, with the passing of days; many more hotels, lodges and tents have opened. The MTDC government accommodation options are the cheapest of all. They also come, with all the modern amenities and the best-in-class facilities, at the cheapest rates. There are attached restaurants available for the guests to enjoy several mouth-watering cuisines.

The Safari Tours and Jungle Trails

If you are staying in an MTDC hotel, it would be easier to book for the safari tours. The jungle trails and tiger safari tours are conducted by MTDC on a regular basis. You simply need to approach the hotel authorities regarding the options available. They will make you aware of the rates and the safari timings, and other options. Accordingly, you can make the booking. Since you are staying at the MTDC hotel, special discounts would be available on the safari rates. The safari trips are conducted by the experienced forest officers and guides. The transparent covered jeeps are used for the jungle tours. While on the safari and jungle trail, never move a leg, without the instruction of the tour guide. There can be dangers lying in every corner of the dense woods.

A weekend trip to Tadoba can really be a mind-refresher. Tadoba is not just about witnessing the wild species or enjoying the local cuisines. The national park has areas of scenic excellence. The Tadobalake is a beautiful place to spend some quality time. It is said that nearly 200 different bird species can be found in this area of the reserve. Another point of interest during your stay at Tadoba is the Erai Dam. The dam is 1620 m in length. Also, you can pay a visit to the nearby village of Mohurli. You can find beautifully handcrafted items to shop for your near and dear ones.

Author Bio: Bill Williams is a wildlife blogger. He is researching on the Tadoba hotels and other quality accommodation facilities available in the nearby areas.

Royal Palace in Luang Prabang - Panorama of Laos History

The Royal Palace Luang Prabang nowadays is best known as the Lao National Museum, located on the Mekong riverside facing to Phousi Mountain. It is also called Haw Kham or Ho Kham, which means Golden Palace in Lao meaning. Indeed, the Royal Palace is the fascinating destination in your journey of Laos travel, which is one of the symbols of the country besides Wat Xieng Thong and Pha That Luang temples. 

Discover the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

It is known as some names such as Haw Kham (official name), Palace Museum, Royal Palace Museum or National Museum and built in the period of French colonization in 1904 as the residence for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

After the attack of a militia group from China, the Black Flag Army in 1887 to the city, it was constructed to replace the old Palace. The new architecture was built in a harmonious style of French Beaux Arts and rich features of traditional Laos style. Besides, the new one used brick as material for construction instead of teak wood of the old Palace.


The royal family was sent to re-education camps after the communists came to power in 1975 and the monarchy was overthrown. After that the palace was renovated and used as a museum in 1995 for public. Here you will have a great opportunity to understand more about history and culture of Laos by visiting a new exhibition hall and a chapel (Haw Prabang), and a statue of King Sisavangvong.
Exhibition rooms of the Palace Museum.

Tourists can get to the Palace Museum through an avenue lined with palm trees leading to the main entrance on Sisavangvong road. Here you will see the impressive image of the three headed elephant Airavata ridden by the Hindu God Indra above the entrance. Also, you will see the image of mythological Naga serpents surrounding the golden elephant, which is protected by the White Parasol, a symbol of Royalty.


There are former reception halls in front of the Palace, which used as the primary exhibition hall nowadays. Besides, you will see several Buddha statues at the entrance hall as well as a golden throne, which used in Buddhist ceremonies by the Supreme Patriarch.

There is the King’s reception room behind the entrance hall. This area houses the last three statues of Laotian Kings. Inside the room, you will see the murals on the walls describing the daily life of people in Luang Prabang in the period of early 20th century. In addition, the presents from foreign visitors are displayed in the Queen’s reception room.

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Throne Room

Throne Room is located at the center of the Palace and built with a Lao style spire. The Throne Room is designed with red painted walls and glass mosaics. Inside the room, there is a throne sophisticatedly carved like a howdah, which used to travel the Kingdom by the King of Laos in several centuries ago. In the throne room, there is a glass case housing some old gold and crystal Buddha images from 15th and 16th centuries.


Several items belonging to the Royal Family also stored in the throne room such as the royal bedrooms, dining room and library. All of them remain the original state dating back from 1975. In a corner of the Palace grounds is the Royal temple named Haw Pha Bang. It is a place to enshrine the Phra Bang Buddha, the most sacred and culturally significant Buddha image in Laos, which is made from alloy of bronze, gold and silver.

Other buildings on the Palace grounds you can see such as the Royal stables, which stored Royal barges; the former Royal Theater and a garage with old cars of Royal family. In the Palace gardens, there is a big pond and a statue of King of Laos, Sisavangvong.

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Opening Hours and Admission Fee

Opening Hours: Daily except Tuesday from 8.00 am – 11.30 am and 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Admission fee: 30.000 Kip ($4)/ person
Location: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang

Visit to Royal Palace is one of the best things to do in Luang Prabang that you shouldn’t miss once travelling to Laos.

The Immense Nui Mot Lake in Binh Dinh

Binh Dinh has numerous famous scenic spots, including Nui Mot Lake, which is hailed as a wonderful natural picture with the blend of land and the sky.

Located about 40 km from Quy Nhon city, the charming Nui Mot lake bends along the impressive An Tuong mountain, creating an open, peaceful space. Many people have said that this western lake is like the blue eyes showing the youth and beauty of the soul of a Quy Nhon "girl" in the early days going to the city.
The Immense Nui Mot Lake in Binh Dinh

The origin of the lake is a complex of wild, rugged mountains and forests. Since the eighteenth century, this Lake area was one of the important bases of the Tay Son insurgent army during the peasants’ uprising led by Nguyen Nhac. With rugged terrain, surrounded by an impressive mountain range shaped like a giant elephant prostrating, during the war against France, An Truong continued to perform the tasks of production, logistics for the army.

During the war against American invaders, once again, the mountains of An Truong was chosen as the base for entire population, comprehensive, permanent resistance. In November 1959, the first officers of An Nhon district returned to An Tuong and selected this place the basis of the departments of the district. It was from here that revolutionary movement in An Nhon quickly got mature opening up a new era for the local revolutionary movement. People's Party and military of An Nhon, together with Binh Dinh province and the South have contributed to defeat American “special war”, defeat the Joint Warfare in South Vietnam, as a precondition for the next stage in the spring of 1975.
The Immense Nui Mot Lake in Binh Dinh

After reunification day, along with guidelines to create a source of irrigation water for agricultural production, hundreds of local people joined hands, contributed to "tweak" a long dam of more than 30m high-striding An Truong streams (originated from Van Canh district) taking water to low-lying areas. Nui Mot Lake was also formed then.

Not only Nui Mot Lake is large irrigation works of Binh Dinh province, it is also a big "basket" of fish. Annually, 30-50 tons of freshwater fish of all kinds are caught from the lake, creating permanent jobs for nearly 40 households in Nhon Tan Commune, especially people in Tho Tan Nam village.

Passing the long slope leading to the banks of the dam, the green and blue of clouds, mountains stretching to the horizon make people forget all the tiredness. In the afternoon, the wind blows stronger causing immense small undulating waves. Some fishermen row to different directions to spread the net and catch fish.
The Immense Nui Mot Lake in Binh Dinh

People in Tho Tan Nam in particular, and in Tan Nhon commune, in general, has associated with nets and catching fish job on Nui Mot Lake like a habit handed down from generation to generation. In recent years, the amount of fish in the lake has reduced, many people have chosen to go away, fish in the lakes in the provinces in the Central Highlands, or in Phu Yen Province. However, during the dry season, people going return to their "family lake" - as the way they use to call Nui Mot Lake.

Visiting Nui Mot Lake, we will have the feeling that we are getting immersed in nature, enjoying great moments, flying between mountains and forests; therefore, all anxiety and sorrow in daily life will drift away in the water. With scenery bestowed by the Creator, Nui Mot Lake is currently one of the points with tourism potential waiting for investors who wish to turn this place into a tourist destination for recreation, entertainment.

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The vendors in Hanoi Mesmerize the Lady from Netherlands

Loes Heerink, a Dutch photographer waited for hours on the bridge to catch the moment when the vendors passing by. The special images will be present in the upcoming photo book of her.


Living in Hanoi in 4 years, Loes Heerink said, the vendors on the street gave her the inspiration to make a photo book right at the time she arrived in Vietnam.


The last image of a street vendor selling flowers was taken from the bridge by Loes two months before she came back to the Netherlands. Loes said while she was here, she spent a lot of time on the bridge to wait for the vendors passing underneath.


The reason for her to choose this corner is the photos would only have the image of the vendor – without any other factors. 


"I want people to see what I saw. I believe that these street vendors create pieces of artwork every day" she shared.


The photos were taken at various sites in the city by Loes, such as from the balcony of the restaurant in the old town, or from the bridge.


Sometimes she has to get up very early to wait for the vendors passing. Sometimes she took time for the break at noon or weekend to “hunt” the precious moments from the street vendors.


"Sometimes I have to wait in 5 hours without taking any photo," Loes shared.


Loes also took the time to talk to the sellers. They shared with her about their livelihood by selling fruit, vegetables and other things on the bike.


She is planning to return to Vietnam to continue another project of photo book about the vendors. Loes also set up the website Kickstarter to raise funds for the project. The photo book about the street vendors will include about 100 photos.

Xuong Giang Ancient Citadel in Bac Giang Province

Xuong Giang Ancient Citadel is located in Xuong Giang commune, Bac Giang City, Bac Giang Province. This is an ancient citadel built by Minh dynasty (of China) in the 15th century.

Bac Giang is an ancient land with long tradition connected with the history of the country during the period of building and defending the country.

Xuong Giang Ancient Citadel in Bac Giang Province
Xuong Giang Ancient Citadel is located in the commune of Xuong Giang, Bac Giang City
Xuong Giang Ancient Citadel is located in the commune of Xuong Giang, Bac Giang City, Bac Giang Province. Xuong Giang is the name of the ancient citadel built by the Minh dynasty in XV century (1407). Built from earth, the remnants show that the citadel is rectangular, the length in the direction of East – West is 600m, the width in the direction of north - south is 450 meters and it has an area of 27ha, with thick soil walls, four fortresses in four corners and the citadel is surrounded by wide moat with 4 doors, the main door faces the West.

According to the actual survey and monument records, the left traces of this ancient citadel are not much, the walls are around 3- 4 meters above the fields, the foot is 25 meters wide, the surface is from 16 to 20m wide, 4 fortresses in 4 corners protrude, the citadel is surrounded by the trench.

In the first excavation in 2008, archaeologists from the Archaeological Institute initially outlined the system of works in the architecture of Xuong Giang citadel.

According to historical records, Xuong Giang victory of Dai Viet army and people led by Le Loi defeated 10 thousand Minh invaders in nearly 1 month in the provinces of Lang Son and Bac Giang today. There were four great victories: the Battle on 10/ October smashing enemy’s vanguard and killing Prince Lieu Thang at Chi Lang border pass; the battle on 15/ October defeating the enemy in Can Tram (Huong Son- Lang Giang), forcing the enemy’s general Bao Dinh Ba Luong Minh to suicide; Ho Cat Battle on 18/ October (Voi, Xuong Lam, Phi Mo, Lang Giang) making Minister Ly Khanh suicide and the Battle taking place on the field of Xuong Giang (in the communes of Tan Dinh, Xuan Huong, My Thai of Lang Giang district, and Tho Xuong, Bac Giang city) on 3/ November/ 1427, after 10 days of siege, our military defeated more than seven thousand enemies led by Thoi Tu and Hoang Phuc, forced Minh invaders in Dong Do (Hanoi) to surrender and withdraw from our country.

The victory of Lam Son- Le Loi insurgent troops led by General Tran Nguyen Han occupied Xuong Giang citadel and destroyed Lieu Thang's army, made an important contribution to the historical victory overthrowing the yoke of tyranny Minh lasting 20 years and was a decisive victory for the independence of our nation in the XV century.

Xuong Giang citadel was considered the center of the battle and then also witnessed many important events in the homeland, especially the uprising led by Nguyen Huu Cau (Quan He) occurred in the second half of the 18th century.

To celebrate the historic victory of the Lam Son insurgent army in Xuong Giang, annually, Bac Giang holds the festival on 6th – 7th lunar January. During the festival, there are many ceremonies and special fun. Before the start, the festival (the night of 5th January) young people make a campfire. In communal houses, pagodas, temples, shrines and culture houses, lights and the torches are lighted all nigh. In the early morning of the 6th lunar January, the caravan with bright colorful clothes from the wards holding flags, playing drums, carrying palanquin from the streets flock to the center to start the festival...

With this historical significance, on 22nd January 2009, the Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued Decision No. 293 / QD-BVHTT-DL, which rated Xuong Giang victory historical relics as a national monument. There are 14 relics: The northeast door, the east door, the north door, the southwest door, the south door, central section, traces of the citadel, the part of Xuong Giang River flowing through the citadel; the archaeological area no. 2 and 3, Phu wells, Thanh Temple and two points outside the protected area including the southeast door and the west door. The protected relics scatter in the alternating location of the residential area of the villages of Dong Giang, Nam Giang, Trai Bac in Xuong Giang commune. There is also a part of Bac Giang School of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Department of Plant Protection of Bac Giang province ...

With the values recognized in history, the consensus of all levels and sectors and people, the historical monument of Xuong Giang victory is forever the pride of the people of Bac Giang in particular, and people of Vietnam in general in the history of defeating the invaders of the country.

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How to Avoid Common Cruise Holiday Mistakes – Getting to the Port

From forgetting one’s passport (or getting to the port to discover it’s out-of-date) to packing too much or too little, there are many mistakes that could be made when preparing for a cruise holiday.
Cruise holidays are a little different from other holidays, for example, flying abroad and backpacking, or even package holidays where flights, accommodation, and transfers are all arranged, but the same principles still apply – prepare yourself well, make sure you’ve done your research and get to the departure point (the airport or port) safely and on time.


Research Your Transportation Options

Depending on the port you’re departing from, you may have many options to get there or you may find that your options are very limited. However, your main options will likely to be one or more of the following:

  • Bus or Train (you’ll likely have to call a taxi or an Uber as well) 
  • Taxi or Uber (this option can be expensive over long distances) 
  • Drive your own car and park at a long-term parking facility

The best option for you isn’t necessarily the most affordable one, but the option that offers you the right combination of cost-effectiveness, convenience, and safety. Long-term portside parking is very secure and the rates are cost-effective, but you may find there’s an excellent public transportation option that works out more affordable.
However, public transport isn’t usually very convenient when traveling to a port and you don’t want to miss the bus or train as this would complicate things and get your holiday off to a poor start – a mistake many holidaymakers have made. That’s why it’s better to look into your other options which are catching a taxi or Uber, or driving to the port and using one of the parking facilities there.

Taxi/Uber or Drive and Park?

It really depends on the distances involved and the number of people you’re traveling with, but generally speaking, driving to the port and parking there is usually the best option available. This is especially the case if you’re traveling with friends and you can split the cost of parking, which is quite affordable these days due to the competition between parking providers. Here are a few commonly made mistakes to be aware of and watch out for:

  • Not researching taxi or Uber rates – It may be a lot more expensive than you think. You have to be aware of, among other things, peak travel times and wait times. 
  • Not researching port parking rates – Port parking is affordable, safe and secure. Many people don’t realize this, which is why they choose other options and pay too much. 
  • Not calculating traveling times – No matter how you’ll get there, you need to know how long it will take you to get to the port. 
 Don’t make the same mistakes that so many holidaymakers have made, research your travel options to select the most suitable one for you and your traveling companions, and make your travel arrangements in advance. Your next cruise holiday will be so much enjoyable as a result!

Do You Qualify For EU Residency?

Soon after the announcement that Britain have chosen to leave the European Union, native and non-native citizens living on the both sides of borders in the UK and other European countries are surprised and worried about their uncertain future. Things were totally different before this eventful referendum. Individual possessing EU citizenship are freely allowed to work and travel across the bloc. Besides this, they also have the privilege to work and set up their businesses anywhere in the continent with complete access to public services of health and education like a native civilian. As the UK has decided to leave the union, British citizens who have settled down in other states are expected to lose these benefits. Around 1.3 million UK citizens are living in other states at the time of Brexit. Among these states, Spain is known to possess the largest number (319,000) of Brit citizens, followed by Ireland (249,000) and France (171, 000).

How It Affect EU And UK Nationals?
After effects of this decision to leave the European Union, totally depends on the measures UK implement on EU nationals living and working there. If measures specifically target these workers, UK nationals accommodating in another state will be facing retaliation. In short, Brexit will make Brits not more than an illegal immigrant.
Perhaps you are facing the same situation and anxious to maintain EU Residency in order to remain privileged with the same benefits, or you simply want European passport here are few steps you should follow to see your eligibility.
Descent/Ancestry Rights
The best way to regain your legal rights to live in the states of this group is to check your familial roots with EU states. Geographical and cultural closeness make Ireland a good choice for most of the Brits looking to find an ancestral connection with the land. Conditions and rules are same like descent citizenship programs offered by other countries. If you are lucky to born there or any of your parents or grandparents were born there, then you are eligible to gain EU residency with this right. Moreover, if your parents used to live there as a legal resident, you can still eligible to apply. Even if anyone of them can become native naturalization you can submit an application after completing necessary paperwork at Foreign Births Register.
 Economic Citizenship/ Golden Visa
If you don’t have potential ancestral links with the territory, you can prove your eligibility after showing the right bank balance. The economic citizenship allows everyone to obtain citizenship after investing a specific amount of money in real estate and infrastructure project. For instance, you don’t possess the right bank balance, you can still become eligible to obtain residency via an upcoming offer named as Golden Visa. This kind of program is usually offered by states that were badly affected by an economic recession. Alternatively called as visa for investments, the program issue visas to foreign investors that allow them to live and visa-free travel (but not work) across the 26 EU states excluding the UK. Whereas some of the countries offering Golden Visa also allow candidates to apply for permanent placement after completing the duration of four to six year in the territory.

Summary: Whether you belong to the United Kingdom or any other territory across the world, you are eligible to enjoy residency in European states as long as you prove your eligibility.

What Comes Next After Checking Point Inspection At an Airport?

Take a big sigh of relief. After the drive to the airport, the hike from the parking garage with trailing bags, and the checking point inspection, you have earned a rest. Find your boarding gate. Enjoy the item you brought to pass the time, browse stores, take a bathroom break, eat a snack or drink an adult beverage. If you anticipate a case of midair munchies or need to eat for medical reasons, buy refreshments before you board. Few flights offer free meals now. The concourse will include at least one restaurant or snack shop plus a newsstand that sells snacks. You may take food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard.

Speaking of alcohol, while airlines do not use breathalyzers, they do notice suspicious behaviour and have the right to deny boarding to travellers who appear intoxicated. If there is the slightest chance alcohol will induce a passenger to behave in a way that causes upset or harm to other passengers or crew or to himself, boarding is denied. Gate agents do not have to perform sobriety tests. They must err on the side of safety. Inebriated passengers will be required to wait (without consuming more alcohol) until the next flight to the destination.

Regardless of the manner by which you fill the extra time, do not walk away from your bags. A good way to miss your flight is to return to the spot where you left your bag to find it confiscated by Airport Security, necessitating a visit to the Security Office to retrieve your bag and endure a lecture. If you have to go to the restroom, take your bag. If you set your bag down in a shop to flip through a magazine, do not leave it while you wander to the trail mix display.



Return to the boarding area no less than thirty minutes prior to departure. Large jets begin boarding at least a half hour before departure time. Regional flights may board twenty to twenty five minutes before boarding. Crews begin final departure preparations ten minutes prior to departure. For this reason, the doors will close to passengers and in most cases, no further boarding will occur within ten minutes of departure. Invariably, latecomers will whine, ‘but this boarding pass says the plane doesn’t leave for five minutes!’ Right. But it cannot leave if the door is hanging open and people are still putting their belongings in the overhead compartment and the flight attendant has to repeat emergency instructions for passengers straggling onboard.

While you await boarding, you will hear many announcements on the public address system, so many they will become background sound. Please pay attention to those announcements. Most likely the announcements will not concern you. However, if a gate change announcement is made for your flight and you continue to wait at the wrong gate you could miss your flight. If you are travelling with EasyJet, the most popular low cost British airline, use Easyjet contact number to get the boarding details by speaking directly to their customer care representatives.

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

The ancient town of Luang Prabang is situated in northern Laos. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1995. Many travelers consider this town as the heart of Laotian culture. Here, there are a lot of beautiful places, stunning landscapes and vast mountains. It is definitely an ideal tourist attraction for those who want to have the best relaxing time ever in Laos. Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si waterfalls, caves of Pak Ou, Luang Prabang, the Night Market, Phou Si Mountain… are attractive tourist destinations that travelers do not want to miss when traveling to Luang Prabang.

1. Xieng Thong Temple

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

Wat Xieng Thong is the most important temple in Luang Prabang. It is situated at the end Sakkarin. It was built in 1560 under the King Setthathirat. The main gate of the temple is located on the bank of the Mekong River. On the major holidays of the year, Xieng Thong temple becomes extremely noisy, especially at night, because there are thousands of people going to the temple to admire the golden Buddha statue. Moreover, they will have a chance to attend Buddhist ceremony which baths the statue with scented water and perfume. The temple opens for tourists to visit from 8 am to 17 pm. Moreover, visitors can take a tour around the temple campus and chat comfortably with the monks here.

2. Kuang Si waterfall

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

Kuang Si is a complex of three waterfalls. The height of the main waterfall is 60m with the water pouring down from above with white foams. This is a very dramatic scene that everyone wants to watch. As one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Laos, visitors not only can visit wonderful mountains, but also have a chance to climb and swim in the beautiful waterfalls. While enjoying the fresh air of Kuang Si, visitors can hear a lovely birdsong and the sound of waterfalls. This makes a wonderful harmony and visitors must never forget this relaxing and peaceful moment.

3. The Pak Ou caves

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

Pak Ou Caves are located in the north of Luang Prabang, on the Mekong River region. Therefore, tourists can come here by road or by waterway. This cave is famous for Buddha statue sculptures. Although the sculptures have been largely damaged, the surrounding scenery is totally worth to explore.

4. Luang Prabang Night Market

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

Opening from 18 pm to 23pm daily, Luang Prabang night market stretches from the foot of Phou Si Mountain to the end of the main street of the city. Travelers should look at this place if they want to buy unique souvenirs and beautiful items. At the night market, guests can enjoy the excellent cuisine of Laos at the food stalls or buy Brocade colorful scarves, lovely umbrellas or small beautiful paper lanterns and so on. This noisy and crowded place will give you a happy and excited feeling.

5. Phou Si Mountain

It is the highest point in Luang Prabang. Phou Si Mountain is the ideal place for tourists to enjoy the entire picture of the romantic ancient capital near the Mekong River. To conquer the top of Phou Si, visitors must pass 329 red-brick stairs. Each stair has low height for tourists to climb easily. Moreover, on the way to the mountain, there are some places for them to rest and relax. Therefore, it is not difficult for visitors to climb the mountain.

6. Whisky village

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

The reason why the village is called “Whisky” because the village's famous specialty is the local whiskey and wine soaked from snakes, insects and mixed with whiskey sold in the unique shaped bottles. Because the village is located on the route to the Pak Ou caves, visitors can visit this place before visiting the famous caves.

7. The elephant park

Luang Prabang-A Must-To-Come Place

Located downtown about 15 km to the north, near the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang Elephant Park is specialized in fostering and preserving elephants in Laos. Here visitors will come to explore and learn a lot about the life of elephants. Especially, they will have a golden opportunity to sit on an elephant back and discover the Tad Sae waterfall.

Luang Prabang is the wonderful place that visitors are highly advised to visit when coming to Laos. The beauty of waterfalls, mountains, parks and caves here makes a strong impression on travelers. That is the reason why Luang Prabang has become more and more popular. In the future, it is undeniable that the place will be the most visited destination in Laos.

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Travel to Laos in April, Attend the Water Festival

When golden shower flower (Cassia fistula) bloom around the country, it is time for Laotians to prepare for Lao New Year the largest festival in the year.

Let’s lay your camera in wardrobe and passionately immerse in joyous and bustle festival of the close neighboring country.

What does the Water Festival mean?

Water festival is one of the traditional cultural festivals of Southeast Asian countries. It is called Bunpimay by Laotian, Songkran by the Thai, Chol Chnam Thmey bu the Cambodian and Thingyan by the Burmese.


The festival is considered to bring freshness, prosperity for all things, purify the lives of people. In these days, people are splashing together to wish for good luck, pray for good weatherand a prosperous happ new year. Festivals, Bun for short, means doing good and being blessed.

Timing of the Water Festival

Bunpimay usually takes place for three days: 13rd, 14th and 15th of April annually according to Buddhist calendar.

Customs of the festival

On the first day - also the last day of the old year, people clean everywhere inside and outside the house, prepare scented water and flowers. In the afternoon, villagers gather in a pagoda for worshiping, praying, listening to the monks, wishing for health and happiness for the whole year. Then, they pick up astatue to a separated area in three days and it opensfor everyone to go bathing the Buddha. The scent water after watering the statue will be bring back home to rub on people’s body to pray for good luck.

The second day is not counted because it is the transition between the old and the new year.

The third day is also the last day with many jubilant activitieseverywhere. Before splashing, people talk to each other good wishes. To pay homage, young people splash into older people to pray for long life and prosperity. Friends splasheach other. They do not just splash on people but also on house, worship, animals and production tools. Lao people believe that water will wash away bad things, sickness and bring good new year wishes to live long and healthy. Who get wet a lot will get more happiness.


Pople also makes sand towers, decorated with flags, flowers, cloth belt and throw scented water. In these days, people set free some animals such as turtles, fishes, crabs, birds ... to get blessed.

On these days, who visits home will get a red or green tie around wrist, symbolizing happiness and health. During the three-day festival, the one who gets many ties is considered a lucky person throughout the year.

People use golden shower flower (Cassia fistula , yellow scorpion) to tie on cars and hangon their house to pray for good luck, plait the Champa flower in clusters or pin on the hair to pray for good blessing in the year.

Location

Water Festival is held across the country, but the most fun is in Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. In Luang Prabang, where there are many temples and be a popular tourist area, the foreign guests can enjoy a clear festive atmosphere with lots of exciting games.

Suggestions to Attend to Water Festival

In Luang Prabang, there are lots ofguest houses, hotelsfrom VND 300,000 ($15) up. At the time of the festival, you should book in advance to make sure there is available room. This is a city with a long history of Laos with a lot of attractions like the sacred temples, ancient streets, Pak Ou caves, Phou Si mountains and the night market - where the traditional items or popular silver products from Laos are sold.


During these days, people like to eat Laap Laos with hot sticky rice. There's also a lot of delicacies you should try, for example dried buffalo meat, grilled chicken, grilled fish ...

Note

If visiting aos in the new year, you should be prepared to receive the blessing by water. Lao people are very friendly; they do not do any harm to you. If you're driving or walking on the street, they will just throw water on you. Do not be angry, they do so only to wish you good health throughout life and also for themselves. 

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