Experience Thingyan - Burmese Water Festival

The Thingyan Water Festival is the largest and most popular festival in Burma as well as for the people of some Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand. On this special occasion, Myanmar becomes a tourist attraction drawing a lot of tourists here.

The Burmese water festival is also known as the New Year, but the festival is not held in late December or early January. This festival takes place from the 13th to the 16th of April according to the traditional calendar of the Burmese.

The Burmese Thingyan Festival comes from a legendary story involving the gods. According to the narratives of the Burmese, Indra and Brahma are arguing about astrology. No one listens to the other, so they make the condition that the loser will lose his head. Eventually, Indra won, but he would not throw away Brahma's head to the sea because it would drain the sea, nor could it be thrown to the ground as the earth would explode. Indra decided to give it to the Nat (the protection gods of the Burmese) to take turns holding that head. New Year's Day is celebrated on the occasion that the head of Brahma is transferred from Nat to Nat. Meanwhile, Cambodians believe that every year gods in heaven are sent down to take care of life and people, when the year ends, they return to heaven so that the other gods would get down to the world.

Thus, according to legend, Myanmar's new year water festival comes from the desire to preserve the peace of all things in the world and to pray for the blessing of the gods. Myanmar people believe that water will help to wash away bad things, diseases and will bring good luck, happiness, and health. Those who participate in the water festival should get as wet as possible because it is said to bring luck and health in the new year.

Water festival in Myanmar is a religious activity, showing the traditional culture of Myanmar. Water festival brings together all ages, classes, and gender to help increase national solidarity. And especially, the organization of New Year's Water Festival every year is a great opportunity for Myanmar to promote and develop tourism.

Discovering Vietnam with 2 Italian Backpackers

When arriving in Vietnam, Luca and Alessandro traveled to many famous tourist destinations in the North, Central and South Vietnam such as Sapa, Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Phan Thiet, Saigon. Wherever they are, the two men also took very careful notes and took pictures as beautiful as the magazine.

The journey around the world of Luca and Alessandro (coming from Italy) is specially noticed by online communities and travel lovers from all over the world.

The adventure of exploring the wonders of strange places has no specific starting time nor ending time. Luca and Alessandro have set foot in Italy, Canada, France, USA, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

In Vietnam, Luca and Alessandro have visited many popular tourist destinations spreading across the North, Central and South including Sapa, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Phan Thiet, The two men also took careful note of information about where they are coming from, how to get there, and interesting experiences in strange places.

Luca and Alessandro consider themselves “romantic travellers” who are hungry to discover the world. On their travel blogs, they wrote that: "Here is a story about two guys, the backpackers who would like to inspire those who love to travel and experience. We have the same dream of stepping out into the outside world to open our eyes. That is also why we two become companions in this journey".

The trip did start from our familiar homeland where we were born to the further places in the world. Our dear friend is the map of the world. At each place we passed, we carefully marked it down, and we will not forget to tell you interesting stories along the way in the travel blog called The Globbers. No matter where you go, no matter what you have done. Life is a journey of our own, take your backpack and hit the road! ", Luca and Alessandro wrote.

The Globbers of the two Italian backpackers received high praise from the community for not only providing useful tourist information but also opening beautiful natural scenery to the eyes of the viewers.

In the lens of Luca and Alessandro, Vietnam is wild and beautiful. It is the long white sandy beach, as white as pearl, green coconut trees, swinging leisure wind, blue seawater reflected in the sky in Phu Quoc. Or a nostalgic Viet Nam with lanterns in Hoi An. The scene of a market packed with fish and shrimp in a land of the central, images of Vietnamese with a simple, familiar conical hat engraved in the memory of Luca and Alessandro. They collected all the images of Vietnam with all the curiosity, excitement and admiration.

The trip of Luca and Alessandro is described as “professional”, “elaborate” and “enthusiastic”. Their journey through the famous tourist sites of Vietnam in general and many other countries is a great inspiration for travellers around the world.

What Do You Know About Kyaikhtiyo – The Golden Rock Pagoda?

The Golden Rock Pagoda or Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of the oldest and most famous pagodas in Myanmar, and is one of the world's cultural heritages. 

The Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda) is one of Myanmar's most famous monuments and is one of the few masterpieces of nature. The pagoda is located on the top of Kyaikhtiyo Mountain, 1,000 meters above sea level and more than 200 kilometers from Yangon. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located on an egg-shaped rock lying on the slopes of the same name. Many believe that the pagoda was built during the Buddha's lifetime, over 2,500 years ago.

Both the pagoda and the stone are covered with gold leaf. Looking from different angles, the yellow stone is in completely different shapes
Attached to the golden rock is an interesting and mysterious legend of the Buddha's coming here. Therefore, there are always a lot of people come here visiting, praying and worshiping. One particular thing is that the contact surface between the rock and the ground is only 78 cm².
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda) with many statues placed around the corner, especially some Buddha statues are inlaid with thousands of gemstones, several hundred diamonds with hundreds of gold bell.
Golden Rock Pagoda in a Majestic Sunset

When night falls, the temple glows yellow, shimmer in the smoke of incense together with prayers. At any point during the day, Golden Rock Pagoda also has its own mysterious beauty.

There are only two ways to visit the pagoda: pick up a semi-truck or walk through dense jungles from the bus station at Kimmunsakhan to Kinpun camp at the foot of Kyaikhtiyo. Sitting in the car with the sun and dust and breeze, the car sways when it climbs up the 11km-long winding slopes in about an hour as if participating in a thrilling game.

A Truck Carrying Tourists to The Pagoda

To conquer mount Kyaiktiyo at the height of 1,100 m to Golden Rock Pagoda, from the foot of the mountain, visitors can only walk or rent a sedan carried by four young and healthy men.
Sitting on the sedan, swinging in the pace of the pace, there are moments of relaxation watching the two sides of the road is also a unique experience. The rent is around $ 10 per person and about $ 4 extra for the carriers.

A sedan is carried by four young healthy men

Before entering the Gate, tourists, as well as the Buddhists, must take off footwear and leave outside the gate, then conquer a long distance to the pagoda.

About Jodhpur – It Should be Your Next Travel Destination

Looking at the list of travel destinations Rajasthan offers Jodhpur does not come as an adventure land. Still, there is something in Jodhpur which other places do not have. The first thing one finds in the city is the blue color which spreads all over the city! Almost every house of city is painted in azure blue paint – the reason why Jodhpur is also called “The Blue City”.
Standing on the top of the hill or while standing on the top of the Jodhpur fort one can really fantastic photos of the city or take selfies with the blue city in the background. This bluish tradition has been there for generations just like a ritual and is bound to be there for future to come. Be sure to be here and click some of the most awesome pics! The entire city is surrounded by a wall which is often compared to “Wall of China” as it is just second to the one in China! Amazing isn’t it!

1. Mehrangarh Fort

In this city, the first thing which one sees is the magnificent Fort of Mehrangarh. The 15th-century fort is an architectural marvel. Earlier a fort; now converted into a museum it houses weapons, elaborate sedan chairs, and tables, paintings, the royal dress of the king and queen and things of importance.

Inside the fort are the two galleries located off Daulat Khana Chowk displaying ages old manuscripts, swords including that of Emperor Akbar, paintings, and other armors. Above it is the 18th century Phool Mahal with wall paintings of 36 moods of classical ragas as well as a unique painting of gold leaf and glue. Then there is Takhat Villas or the bedchamber of Maharajah Takhat Singh. There is zenana or queens room with latticed windows featuring 250 different designs. There is also the Cradle Gallery with beautifully crafted cradles for infants. The fort also includes Moti Mahal and Durbar hall which are a must see.
The fort opens in the morning around 9:00 a.m. so one has a lot of time to see around.

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace

The second best place is Umaid Bhawan Palace which is to this day the Royal Residence of generations of King of Maharajah. To this day the royal family celebrate their family and royal traditions and parties are organized here. Only a portion of the Palace is open which has been converted into Museum which includes a splendid display of Vintage Cars, temperature controlled swimming pool and the Umed Cafe which invites visitors to have a Royal Cup of tea or Coffee. Maharaja Gaj Singh II the present Maharajah of Jodhpur is a foodie; so the Royal Cafe has always something distinguished coming up. The palace which took 3000 workers working over 15 years and coasted around 11 million INR was basically built to help drought – written Jodhpur city at that time.

3. RaoJodha Desert Park

Next is Raojodha Desert Rock Park. A 72-hectare park is a showcase of intellectualism takes you up to city walls just around Devkund Lake. It’s the best place to be in winters especially at evening time. There is an admission fee of 100 INR with a guide and is open from 8: 00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

4. Jaswant Thada

When you are in Jodhpur, do not forget to visit Jaswant Thada – the white marble memorial of Maharajah Jaswant Singh II; is a beautiful array of whimsical domes. Standing here one can see a spectacular view of the entire city. Being here gives a perfect insight of Rajasthani architecture and design. Built in the year 1899, these cenotaphs have some of the most beautiful marble lattice screens one has ever seen. One of the most interesting things is the memorial of a peacock that is believed to have flown into the funeral pyre of a Maharani/Queen of Jodhpur.

5. Sardar Government Museum

Sardar Government Museum is the ages old landmark located in Umaid Garden Park. Filled with 10 the century sculptures and stuffed animals; it’s another marvel of this city. Other landmarks of Jodhpur include Sachiya Mata Temple and Jai Pol.

6. Shopping

For those love shopping, there are so many things to shop around. Shopping can be really interesting and time – taking. Shop here for spices (people take loads with them), traditional glass work skirts and tops, contemporary art and miniature paintings, carpets and shawls, handicrafts, blue pottery and colorful headgears. Including the beautiful things in the city are the hotels which are a perfect reflection of ages old Havelis. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that it is some of the Havelis which have been converted into present day Havelis. So, it’s a good idea to choose a heritage haveli hotel when you plan a trip to a culturally rich destination like Jodhpur. From 2 star to 5 star (Umaid Bhawan Palace – a portion of it has been converted into 5-star hotel) hotels; there are all categories of hotels in the city.

7. Fairs and Events

Jodhpur is also known for its Pushkar Camel Fair which sees thousands of camels being sold and bought all around. The fair which beings 10 days just before Indian festival of lights – DIWALI is a much – awaited fanfare. Another main attraction is the Thar Desert Camp where people enjoy the ethnic dance, music, and cuisine of Rajasthan in the over- night stay of desert camps. Check with your tour operator to get the details and do not miss this one out!

It takes around two days to cover the all the destinations of the city. However, it’s a good idea to be here for at least 3 – 4 days if you wish to enjoy the Rajasthani hospitality and to know the true culture of this colorful desert city. 

7 Dishes Create the Name of Cat Linh Cuisine Street

1. Phan Phu Tien tofu vermicelli
One of the most famous restaurants in Cat Linh is the tofu vermicelli located right in front of Phan Phu Tien Street (can be seen when going from Cat Linh Street). This stall is right on the sidewalk, quite small but always crowded. It is familiar too see the owner busy with two oil pans to fry tofu and rolls while staff also always run to serve guests.

Perhaps with many people, this is the best place to enjoy tofu vermicelli in Hanoi. From about 11 am, this tofu vermicelli stall is always crowded with guests. The tofu is only fried when guests order, so it fresh and so hot, and not greasy at all. Moreover, there is also boiled pig tongue and crab rolls that that not many restaurants sell.

Crispy tofu, crunchy tongue, fragrant rolls, lean leg meat, thick slices … it is difficult to find the weakness ... except the price. In fact, in comparison with the price, the bowl of vermicelli here is slightly better than many other restaurants. A serving of tofu vermicelli is 35,000 VND (1.4 USD) while a serving full of tofu, meat, tongue, crab meat is 80.000 VND (3.2 USD). The quality of food is consistent, the food is full, this price can be considered worthy.

The most crowded time is during lunch, when the office people "flow" to the stall to have their lunch. However, you do not have to wait too long because there are many employees and they know how to take care guests.

2. Heart noodles behind Hang Day Stadium
This noodle shop has been over 10 years selling noodles at the back of Hang Day yard. A bowl of noodles here will consist of noodles, stems of the heart, viscera, beef and vegetables. Thanks to that the bowl of noodle is harmonious, easy to eat and not too fat.

The special feature of this noodle restaurant is that, each guest will be served with a spicy bowl of soup powder, chilli and garlic; so the taste of heart and viscera pieces will be more delicious. In addition, due to the good skill of blanching the noodle in many years of experience, noodles in the bowl is still not tough or crushed. So if you like to eat softer noodle, remember to tell the owner.

In addition to traditional heart noodles, the restaurant also serves fried noodles. This will make your selection richer for breakfast. Although the noodle restaurant has a lot of tables but in the early morning, it’s so crowded that you would have to wait if being late.

3. Fried potato, fried rolls, herb tea and fish behind Trinh Hoai Duc stadium yard

It’s a pity if we ignore  the combo of fried potato, fried noodles, herb tea... in this area, in addition to heart noodle. This area has only 2 stalls in the gate behind the stadium but there are many seats, so big groups’ meeting still can be possible.

In fact, the menu is much more diverse with fried potatoes, fried sweet potatoes, fried nem (rolls), taro cake, fried dumplings, fish, corn juice.... Especially, the price is very reasonable, price is 30,000 VND (1.2 USD) per plate only.

The food here is almost processed in advance, when th guests order, the owners will fry the food again, so the food is always hot and crispy. Each dish is served with a separate sauce, fries potatos are served with soy sauce or chili sauce while fried dumplings are served with condensed milk.
The snack area here opens from 4 pm to 11 pm, and in the evening it is crowded.

4. Grilled beef on Cat Linh Street
The grills stall is located just opposite the Pullman Hotel, easily accessible. Compared with other restaurant, this one has lesser selections of food with only beef, breast, pork belly, vegetables, mushrooms ... but they are fresh and marinated deliciously.

At this restaurant, you can order food separately or a set menu. Set menu is 120,000 VND (4.8 USD) per person with a dish of meat, vegetables, mushrooms and cucumber. This meal is enough to fill and you just need to order some drink instead of meat.

This stall is on the sidewalk, so it is airy but of course, it is hard to feel like eating a restaurant. However, eating barbecue on the sidewalk is quite convenient because it’s airy. The stall opens at around 6:30 pm and is usually crowded at night.

5. Thai hot pot

The Thai Hot Pot is also opposite the Pullman Hotel and near the above mentioned grilled meat restaurants. As the name suggests, the restaurant specializes in Thai hot pot which is 245,000 VND (9.8 USD) per serving, enough for 2 to 3 people.

Hot pot sauce here is sour, spicy, sweet enough, very easy to eat. Food such as beef and seafood are not so much but they are generally fresh, so we feel safe when eating.

In addition to the hot pot, there are many trendy dishes that the youth like, such as beef with black pepper, spicy chicken legs, fried chicken, prices are quite popular. In terms of space, the restaurant has indoor seats but quite small, so most of the tables are arranged outside. However, tables and chairs are quite clean.

6. Saigon sweet soup

Referring to Cat Linh, there is a sweet soup address that few people do not know: Saigon sweet soup, in the beginning of the street. This is the first stall in Hanoi selling Saigon sweet soup, which opened more than 40 years ago, therefore it has established a strong reputation in the gourmet of Ha Noi.

Coming here, diners will enjoy countless delicious sweet soup of the Southern land, especially to mention: pomelo sweet soup, green bean sweet soup, jelly sweet soup, seaweed sweet soup,... The cup of sweet soup is an interesting, and eye catching combination. Not only nice, it is also very delicious. That’s why though the price is not cheap, the adress is always crowded and is the familiar place of many people.

7. Roasted chicken leg Ly Van Phuc

Although located on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ly Van Phuc Street is also considered in the snack complex of Cat Linh - Trinh Hoai Duc. Roasted chicken leg with restaurants across the Ly Van Phuc street has long been a "brand" because of delicious taste and relatively cheap price.

The main secret here is marinating skill with honey and other types of spices then baked in the charcoal until the inside well cooked, while the outside become crispy, eye-catching and fragrant. Along with grilled chicken legs, grilled chicken wings, roasted potatoes or baked butter bread … are also the favourite dishes of the young people.