Useful tips on travelling to Taiwan.

Some tips you should know before travelling to Taiwan is the most suitable time to travel, some beauty spots, transportation,… Here are some useful tips on travelling to Taiwan.

Tips on choosing appropriate time to travel to Taiwan.

Taiwan is on subtropical area, therefore, it has four distinct seasons. If you are going to go to Taiwan for travelling, you should be well-aware of the season at that time in Taiwan to prepare suitable clothes as well as places to visit.

Tips on choosing approriate time :  Travel in the summer to go to the beach, in the spring to join many festivals, in the autumn to go sightseeing and in the winter if you like shopping.

Go to the beach in the summer in Taiwan.
Go to the beach in the summer in Taiwan.

Tips on choosing transportation in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, the most popular transports are taxi and MRT subway, the transportation here are very quick and convenient.

Tourists that have many experinces in travelling in Taiwan recommend travelling in the city by subway if you travel alone and taking taxi if you travel with a group.

Subway station in Taiwan.
Subway station in Taiwan.

Tips on choosing places to visit in Taiwan.

Travelling to Taiwan, visiting Tapei 101 tower to enjoy the city is highly recommended. For shopaholics, you can’t miss the chance to visit Shimen shopping mall, Shilin night market… As for sightseeing, Sun Moon lake, Toroko national park, Hsinchu Zoo, Alishan national scenic area,… are the most appropriate destinations.

Kengting national park is one of the most attractive destinations in Taiwan.
Kengting national park is one of the most attractive destinations in Taiwan.

Dos and don’ts in Russia.

Smiling at strangers, wearing shoes in the house or making joke about other people… are unacceptable in Russia.

1. Don’t shake hands with your gloves on 

Dos and don'ts in Russia.

Shaking hands with your gloves on is considered an extremely rude thing in Russia. Remeber to always take your gloves off before shake hands with anyone. Another thing you should keep in mind is shaking hands through window is also not acceptable since the local people consider it a sign of bad luck.

2. Don’t take the last coat

This is a popular proverb among the Russian. It basically means that don’t take the last of anything, and if you receive something from the others, always give something in return. You will notice that the Russian are mostly very generous even if they are not very rich. You are also advised not to receive any presents unless you really want and gently reject several times before you actually accept the present.

3. Don’t make joke about the other’s family

Dos and don'ts in Russia.

Making joke about any members of the Russian family is considered a lack of respect and outrage as well. However, you can totally make joke about other topics such as gender, politics, religion,…

4. Always respect the elderly

Dos and don'ts in Russia.

On buses or other transportations, always remember to give priority to the elderly. This action is almost compulsory in Russia.

5. Sharing bills is unacceptable

When you go out eating with a group , have someone represent the group to pay instead of sharing the bill. Especially eating in a restaurant with Russian women, men are always the one to pay.

6. Don’t give empty wallet as present

Dos and don'ts in Russia.

The Russian think that giving an emty wallet to other people means you curse them to forever be poor. Therefore, if you want to give someone wallet as a present, put some money or something you like in it.

7. Don’t let women carry stuffs

Russian women are very independent, however, men have to be gallant to women by helping them open the door or carrying stuffs for them.

8. Smile without any reason is the sign of foolish
Dos and don'ts in Russia.

The Russian are very friendly, however, they only smile with the friends or family members. Therefore, don’t smile with strangers on the road if you don’t want to be considered a foolish.

9. Don’t join a part with emty hands
When you joining a party or visit a Russian family, always bring some gifts such as a wine bottle, a bouquet of flowers… The Russian take care their guests very well so bringing a gift will express your greatfulness to them.
10. Don’t wear shoes in the house
Dos and don'ts in Russia.

The Russian always leave the shoes in front of the door, therefore, if you walk around their house with your shoes on, it represent your disrespect.

11. Sitting at the corner of the table
This is a big no no especially for Russian young ladies. Sitting at the corner of the table is thought to be a bad luck, they will never have a lover or husband.
12. Don’t whistle in the house
Whistling seems to be normal in other countries but in Russia, it is a bad luck of finace and will attract the cockroach.
13. Rebuffing the drink
This is considered a rude rejection to the Russian. It means that you are being disrespectful and don’t want to be friend with them.
14. Don’t leave an emty bottle on the table
In the Russian’s party, all the empty bottles with be put on the floor or other places. It is said to bring bad luck if you leave them on the table.
15. Dress nicely
Dos and don'ts in Russia.

The Russian are well aware of their appearances, whether they are just going to the market or preparing for a party. It is so hard to find a Russian women with no makeup on when they go out of their houses.

Tips on travelling to Hong Kong 4D3N with only 400USD

With only a small budget, you can still explore Hong Kong from its cuisine to entertainment activities,.. just like local people!

It is possible to visit Hong Kong for 4 days 3 nights with only 400USD
It is possible to visit Hong Kong for 4 days 3 nights with only 400USD

1. Flight Ticket: ~142USD

Flight ticket from Hanoi to Hong Kong is normally about ~187USD ( The special saving ticket of Vietnam Airlines ). However, recently Vietnamese tourists prefer Hong Kong Airlines with the promotion price only about 145 USD.

2. Accommodation : ~53USD/per person

Hotels in Hong Kong are mostly very expensive, a small inconvenient room in the city center costs you at least 100USD. That’s why finding accommodation in Hong Kong causes many tourists headache.

To save as much money as possible, find room in advance on Airbnb website. Below is the price for a room on Prince Edward Road in the city center for 3 nights. The house owner offers the price of ~102USD including service charge and cleaning fee for 2 people. However, because it is quite a cheap price for a room in the city center, keep in mind that it might not be too big and convenient.

Only 53USD for 3 nights.
Only 53USD for 3 nights.

Airbnb website provides many options and different prices as well. Steps to book room on Airbnb are a little more complicated than Agoda and Booking, however, it offers much cheaper prices.

3. Visa Fee : ~89USD

Visa fee for Hong Kong for the Vietnamese is about 44USD but the process takes you a lot of time. If you have your visa done by service companies, though it costs you twice as much, about 88USD total, it will save you a lot of time and effort.

4. Travel in Hong Kong : ~35USD

Tips on travelling to Hong Kong 4D3N with only 400USD

In Hong Kong, tourists are advised to buy the Octopus card – a card that enable you to travel around the city with all kinds of transportations from bus, subway, ferry, metro to The Peak and also acts as credit card when buying stuffs or paying for your meal in some restaurants.

Hong Kong is such a big city, therefore, the further the destinations, the more expensive the fee is. Travelling by subway from Kowloon to Hong Kong island is even more pricey because it goes underwater. When visiting some places that are far from the city such as Disney land, Ngong Ping the airport,.. the fee is also very high.

5. Entertainment Activities : ~67USD

Tips on travelling to Hong Kong 4D3N with only 400USD

If you visiting Hong Kong with small budget, don’t worry because there are a lot of free attractions to visit in Hong Kong such as Victoria Bay, walking roads, night markets, some museums are opened for free on Wednesday as well.

In Hong Kong, the most famous destination for children is Disneyland. One-day ticket in Disneyland is about 62USD. Depending on your budget and liking you can decide whether to visit or not.

Total cost : ~386USD

Gift ideas when visiting India.

When travelling to India, don’t forget to buy these Indian signature stuffs back home for your friends and family members.

1.Flip Flops

Gift ideas when visiting India.

Flip flops dervied from the Japanese ‘zori’. In the past, the materials used to make flip floops were wood, straw or papyrus. However, nowadays, flip flops’ materials are very plentiful including leather, rubber, plastic or metal. Each material bring a specific and unique style. Flip flops are rated as one of the must-buy products in India.

2. Saree – Indian traditional costume

Gift ideas when visiting India.

Just like the Vietnamese ‘ao dai’ or the Japanese ‘kimono’, Saree is also a traditional costume and the lifestyle symbol of Indian women.  Saree in the West of India has been famous world-wide because of its quality and beautiful pattern.

3. Bodhi Leaf

Gift ideas when visiting India.

Bodhi leaf can’t be more meaningful to the Buddhists. Visiting Bodha Gaya and the bodhi tree where Shakyamuni used to sit, tourists can see many local people selling Bodhi leaf.

4 tips to have a cheap hotel room in Italy.

If you want to travel to Italy with small budget, you can save money by booking cheap flight ticket as well as the hotel room. Here are 4 tips to get the most affordable hotel room.

4 tips to have a cheap hotel room in Italy.

1.Hotel discounts and deals

Tourists should look for promotion information on Italian hotels’ websites. Some resorts in Italy might offer the 50% discount or giveaway massage or food coupon when you book room at some certain times of the year.

2.Booking as soon as possible

Hotels in Italy usually have some special offers for tourists who book in advance. Therefore, you’d better book one month in advance to get the cheap yet good quality room. If you book late or book on holiday, the price might be way more expensive than it actually is. Besides, always research the hotel carefully before booking and don’t hesitate to ask the receptionist what you’re not sure about the hotel such as free water or how far it is from the city center,etc.

3.Choose hostel instead

4 tips to have a cheap hotel room in Italy.

Finding cheap hotel room in Italy is not very easy, especially in high season. Whereas, hostel rooms are much cheaper. In youth hostels, staying for one night including breakfast costs 20 – 25 euro per person. These hostel only have minimum convenience ( bunk bed, male and female stay in the same room, shared toilet and bathroom  ) but are still chosen by many young tourists.

4.How to book room

4 tips to have a cheap hotel room in Italy.

- You can book directly at the hotel reception, however, if you choose this way, you might get more expensive price than booking through service companies.

- Another way is booking by international online booking websites such as agoda.com, expedia.com, booking.com…

7 useful tips on travelling to Italy.

Travelling to Italy is considered a wonderful trip by tourists all around the world. Here are some tips to make your trip as perfect as possible!

1.Don’t wear revealing clothes when visting Vatican

7 useful tips on travelling to Italy.

The Italian might wear sexy clothes on the street but when they go to Vatican, they always wear discreet clothes. Vatican, the Catholic Church, is considered one of the most sacred places in the world. Any clothes that reveals arms, shoulder or don’t go over the knee,… are not acceptable here.

Therefore, when visiting Vatican, bring a scarf to wear over the shoulder if you don’t have discreet clothes.

2.Don’t hope that the Italian will turn up on time

7 useful tips on travelling to Italy.

‘Turning up late’ is a habit of the Italian. Public transportation might suddenly shut down on an unexpected day of the week, therefore, tourists should always check the information very carefully on the website before going. The Italian public administration is no exception, they work late and might be closed on some days of the week.

3.Gondola or traghetto?

Tourists when visting Venice all want to try the Gondola boat, however, its expensive price, about 65 USD/per person, make them have to think twice. If you can’t affort the Gondala boat, rent a traghetto boat instead. Traghetto is the boat the Italian use to travel on the main canal. Except for the shorter ride,  traghetto boat is almost the same as gondola and a traghetto ride is only 5 USD/per person.

4.Be careful if you want to drive by yourself

7 useful tips on travelling to Italy.

Roads in Italy are mostly small, narrow and rugged which require firmly driving. If you are not confident in your driving ability, travel by train, bus or other public transportation instead.

5.Try the authentic specialties

When visting Italy, tourists will see many restaurants with a sign “Italian specialty”. However, the spaghetti or pizza in those restaurants might not be as delicious as you expect. To enjoy the Italian authentic specialties, research the Italian cuisine on the internet first. For example, Napoli is famous for its pizza, Bolgna is mostly known for its delicious spaghetti alla Bolognese or if you visit Parma, don’t forget to order dishes with cheese,…

6. Gratuity

7 useful tips on travelling to Italy.

Tipping is not a part of the Italian culture, it’s not compulsory, therefore, just tips for the services that you really find good and pleasant.

7.Learn some Italian words

The Italian is one of the worst English-speaking countries. Of course you can still check-in at the hotel or order at the restaurant in English. However, if you want to buy street foods, ask for the way, ask where the train station is,… you have to learn some Italian words or language gestures.

11 things tourists shouldn’t do in Dubai.

Dubai is such a beautiful and fancy city, however, this city has some rules that might be too strict for tourists. Be well aware of those rules or else you will get in trouble.

Dubai is such a beautiful and fancy city, however, this city has some rules that might be too strict for tourists. Be well aware of those rules or else you will get in trouble.

If you are detected to have banned substances, you might be put to death.
If you are detected to have banned substances, you might be put to death.
If you drink beer or alcohol in public, you might be jailed.
If you drink beer or alcohol in public, you might be jailed.
If you wear swimsuit or even if you don’t wear shirt away from the beaches, you will be fined.
If you wear swimsuit or even if you don’t wear shirt away from the beaches, you will be fined.
  Singing or dancing on the street is considered rude.
Singing or dancing on the street is considered rude.
Public display of affection is not acceptable in Dubai.
Public display of affection is not acceptable in Dubai.
Public display of affection is not acceptable in Dubai.
Public display of affection is not acceptable in Dubai.
When you’re not at home, dress as nicely as possible. Especially for women, don’t wear revealing clothes.
When you’re not at home, dress as nicely as possible. Especially for women, don’t wear revealing clothes.
Taking picture around, especially taking picture of women without permission is also considered rude behavior.
Taking picture around, especially taking picture of women without permission is also considered rude behavior.
Homosexuality is totally banned, you might even be jailed if you were gay or lesbian.
Homosexuality is totally banned, you might even be jailed if you were gay or lesbian.
During Ramadan month, eating in front of the Muslim is being disrespect to them.
During Ramadan month, eating in front of the Muslim is being disrespect to them.
Don’t use your left hand to shake hand, receive thing or open the door,...
Don’t use your left hand to shake hand, receive thing or open the door,…

Useful tips on travelling to Austria.

Austria is an attractive destination that many tourists want to visit at least for once. These tips below will help you to be proactive and happy in Austria.

1.Luggage – What to bring with you ?

Useful tips on travelling to Austria.

What should we bring with us when visiting Austria? This seems to be a difficult question for tourists who visit India for the first time.

-When arranging your luggage, you should bring your own medicines and personal medical devices including your commonly used prescriptions, inhaler, allergy medicine, insulin and vitamin pills as well.

-Most hotels in India only have 3 pin socket, therefore, bring an adapter if you want to charge your mobile and electronic devices.

2.Communicative Language in Austria

German is the official language and is the mother tongue of approximately 95% of the Australian population. Hungarians, Slovenians as well as Croatians who have been living in Austria for a long time are allowed to use their mother tongue at school or to communicate with the government. Slovenian and Croatian are also additional official langues in some areas such as Steiermark, Burgenland and Karnten.

However, when travelling to Austria, tourists can still use English in communication. Because this is an European country, English is also used widely.

3.Shopping in Austria

Useful tips on travelling to Austria.

When travelling to Austria, tourists should buy products that can’t be found in your living area instead of buying somthing just because it’s cheap. If you want to buy products which are on sale, make sure check the date and their quality very carefully.

If you see souvenirs or handicrafts that you really like, don’t hesitate to buy it because you might not find it anywhere else again.

4.Preparing a Travel Camera

Useful tips on travelling to Austria.

In Austria, there are not so many street photographers around beauty spots except for festival days. Therefore, tourists are advised to bring their own camera if they want to take picture.

What to buy as gift when visiting Austria.

When visiting Austria, there are some meaningful and interesting signature items that are recommended for tourists to buy as gift for family and friends.

1.Austrian Lederhosen

What to buy as gift when visiting Austria.

The Austrian lederhosen – which is basically leather shorts with braces –  is an idea gift for your beloved children.

2.Austrian Food and Drink

What to buy as gift when visiting Austria.

When travelling to the beautiful Austria, don’t forget to bring some of the delicious specialties back home for your family and friends. Some suggested specialties are wine and Sacher cake in Vienne, chocolate in Salzburg and Lebkuchen ( ginger cake ). Styrian pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin seeds and bacona are also specialties that can only be found in Austria.

3.Coffee, Porcelain and Glassware

What to buy as gift when visiting Austria.

If you have the chance to visit Austria, always make sure to try the Austrian coffee. It should be an indispensable thing on tourist’s gift list.

Porcelain and glassware in Austria are made very meticulously. They are also idea gifts when visiting Austria.

Preparing for a trip to Japan

Japan is always an attractive destination for visitor in all over the world. There are some tips that you should know to have great trip to this country.

Prepare passport.

This is the very important things when you want to travel abroad. Passports can be obtained at post offices around the country.

Passport
Passport

Deal with language barrier

If you cannot speak Japanese or take a course of Japanese, it’s necessary for you to know English. Remember to bring an English dictionary on your trip

Exchange your currency for yen.

Yen
Yen

Credit cards can be used at larger hotels and restaurants, as well as most ATMs for a surcharge, but many smaller stores and shops in rural areas will require cash yen. Traveler’s checks can be redeemed for yen at most banks.

Research tourist hot spots.

Fuji mountain
Fuji mountain

There are many popular tourist destinations in Japan, including Kyoto Palace, one of the Imperial palaces of Japan. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, is another popular destination. Make sure you are well informed as to all the options available to you when preparing for your trip.

Make sure you have clothing appropriate to the time of year in which you are visiting Japan.

Winter temperatures in Japan are an average of 41 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 degrees Celsius, which will require heavy coats, gloves, and sweaters for travelers. Summers have an average temperature of 77 Fahrenheit or 22 Celsius, which points to lighter clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts. The rainy season lasts from May to mid-July, so be sure to pack an umbrella, poncho or other rain gear, or else be prepared to purchase them.

Bring clothing for special occasions.

If travelling during the summer, bring swim wear to bring to one Japan’s many beaches or to one of the famous hot springs. Bring formal wear for other special occasions, such as a Kabuki play or symphony concert.

Research areas specifically attractive to you.

Japan has a wide variety of attractions and activities for tourists to take part in. These include a vast array of museums and art galleries in Kyoto and Tokyo, thousands of campsites across the country, and festivals in different parts of the country every month which celebrate every from the New Year to wild horse racing.