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Tourist scam at the tombs of Valley of the Kings in Egypt

February 27, 2017

[Picture taken at tomb of Ramases IV]

The Valley of the Kings in the west bank of Luxor houses the tombs of Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC. With discoveries in 2005 and 2008 of tombs, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues as to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. Almost all of the tombs seem to have been opened and robbed in antiquity, but they still give an idea of the opulence and power of the Pharaohs.

While most of the tombs are not open to public, we visited three of them (the tomb of Tutankhamun requires a separate ticket). To minimize the time spent in the tombs by tourists, the tour guides are no longer allowed to lecture inside the tombs, and visitors are expected to proceed quietly and in single file (one visit per tomb) through the tombs. More importantly, photography is not allowed in the tombs.

But this is a scam towards the visitors to make money from them.

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KHR vs. USD: Which currency to use on your Cambodian trip?

February 12, 2017

As you might already know, the official currency in Cambodia is called Cambodian Riel (code: KHR). Currently, Riel trades at around 4,000 to the US dollar. But what many visitors to the country find surprising is that in the country, there is a 90% level of dollarization. It only means is that you do not have to be worried about exchanging currency when you get to Cambodia if you’re coming from America or other countries that use USD.

Most tourist-oriented establishments like hotels, restaurants, and groceries quote their prices in US dollars. Little stores might quote their prices in riel; however, they wouldn’t refuse you if you want to pay in dollars.

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Top 10 Cities for Conferences and MICE Tourism

February 8, 2017

MICE Tourism

With the constantly progressing business world, technology and transportation have made long-distance meetings easy. Large companies with numerous employees often choose to host various corporate events in some of the world’s famous cities. Here are ten currently popular destinations with sites where such happenings can be organized.

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48 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos

January 3, 2017

The royal capital of Laos until 1975, Luang Prabang is a small town that lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Known for its many Buddhist temples, this town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Tourists flock this town nowadays and every other house around the town center is a hotel or a guest house.

Having ruled by France for 60 years, one can still see French influence in the architecture of the houses and all the road names are in Lao and French. Additionally, because the locals speak French, tourists from France compromise the most number of visitors to Luang Prabang.

With a tiny, sleepy town attitude, you can spend a lot of days here – with a whole lot of activities catering to all ages. But my visit to Luang Prabang was for two days and I wanted to cover a whole lot in that short time. So this is what you can do if you have 48 hours in Luang Prabang.

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Travel Trend: Active Holidays in the Land Down Under

December 14, 2016

There are many different kinds of travelling: romantic trips, party trips, sightseeing tours, going to the seaside etc. Another great way to travel is to go on an active holiday. This way you get to travel and be active, combine sightseeing and sports or recreation. It is healthy for both your body and your soul! Australia is a great candidate for this kind of vacation because of its untamed beauty that spreads all over the country. Here are some suggestions on how to spend your active vacation in Australia.

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Traveling in India? What you need to do for Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes

November 8, 2016


The Prime Minister of India announced today that to curb the spread of counterfeit notes, the currency notes denominated of 500 and 1000 will be pulled off of circulation beginning November 9, 2016.

So if you are traveling to India in future or now, then this is what you must do:

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Meeting the stamp-collector immigration officer

October 23, 2016


We have all seen images of those unusual or rare stamps in passports that will make our friends jealous. Although most of them are stamped by immigration officers on our exotic travels, and some of them are visa stamps that could be different, there are stamps from places like Machu Pichhu, Galapagos Islands or Antarctica that are very rare to find on a passport. A lot of people like to collect these stamps by just taking a picture of those, and in my opinion, an immigration officer has the privilege to see these in person in various passports of travelers around the world.

I met this one immigration officer who loved to collect these stamps in passports.

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Hands-on with WiFox app – wi-fi information & passwords for airports around the world

October 19, 2016


In an online world of 2016, any traveler would like access to a decent and free wi-fi network on an airport, which not just helps us update our social media statuses, but also to find some important information that we may have missed earlier. Or perhaps just to wail away our time on a long layover!

Most airports around the world offer either free unlimited wi-fi or access to free wi-fi for a limited time, like 2 hours. But there are tons of other networks that are secure and require a password to access them.

Travel blogger and computer security engineer Anil Polat has put together a regularly updated Google map that shows wi-fi passwords and locations of dozens of airports and lounges around the world.

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Being alone this Christmas could only mean: Sydney Adventure!

October 17, 2016


Just because you can’t (or don’t want to) visit your family on Christmas or do something similar, doesn’t mean that you should sit alone in your home and do nothing. Christmas time is perfect for traveling and is there any better place than sunny Sydney? Believe it or not, travelling alone is one really satisfying and relaxing experience, and you have endless possibilities to do whatever you want to and also meet a bunch of new people.

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Commonly Overlooked Roadtrip Expenses

October 17, 2016


The best part of road trips compared to other modes of traveling is no doubt the freedom it entails. Options for where to go are virtually endless, and the decision to change direction and itinerary is relatively no sweat. However, this wide range of opportunity comes with a catch – the greater chance for the overall expense to rise higher than the anticipated figure at the onset. This is due to a number of factors which are listed below, which if properly prepared for, won’t cause too great a financial headache during what is meant to be a fun getaway:

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The World’s Most Romantic Places to Propose

October 1, 2016


Are you getting ready to propose to your love, but don’t really know where to pop the question? Romantic destinations are closer than you might think, waiting for you to make them unforgettable for your future fiancé and you. From beautiful France, Italy, and Thailand, to gorgeous Greek islands, and magnificent Niagara waterfalls, pick the destination your future spouse has always dreamed of visiting, get down on one knee unexpectedly, and take their breath away.

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India will give free SIM card to tourists

September 6, 2016

Cellphone store in Mumbai

Traveling to India is cheap and frugal, and while you’re there, getting a local SIM card for your cellphones is easy, but because of the mind-boggling bureaucracy, you may not be able to get it activated instantly. The current process may take anything between 24 hours to 5 days!

The tourism minister announced on Monday that India will hand out free SIM cards to tourists on arrival. This is applicable for all the tourists who arrive in the country using electronic tourist visas, which covers about 150 countries.

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Get basic travel information about your next travel destination at BaseTrip

August 31, 2016


Most of us traveling to a new country would like to know some basic information like currency exchange rate, weather conditions, cost of living, any vaccinations required or important numbers. You can find all of this in different sources or websites, but head over to BaseTrip that provides all the basic and relevant information you should know about.

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Dress properly & pay more if you’re visiting Angkor Wat

August 8, 2016


Entrance fee update
The Cambodian government announced an increase in entrance fees for the Angkor Wat temple complex. Starting February 2017, visitors will be charged almost double of what they pay now.

The prices foreigners must pay for a one-day Angkor Pass will rise from $20 to $37, a three-day ticket from $40 to $62 and a one-week ticket from $60 to $72.

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Require a visa or not to your destination country? Passport Index will tell you

July 21, 2016


Planning a trip can be daunting in terms of booking flights, hotels, local transportation and tours. Additionally, you need to worry about vaccinations and documentation like passport and visas. Not everyone need visas to your destination country. While some countries offer visa-free travel, some offer visa-on-arrival and then there are countries which mandate you to get a visa prior to your departure.

Depending on the country’s passport you hold, you may get a visa-free travel or you may have to go through the maddening process taking weeks or months of paperwork and visits to consulates/embassies. Applying for a visa does not guarantee an approval, which can make or break your trip. For example, getting a tourist visa to the totalitarian government-run Turkmenistan is almost impossible!

Passport Index will tell you if you need visa to your destination country or not.

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