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    Where can you have the best and cheapest Thai massage ?

    1 - Local Massage Shops – Great Value You can’t really walk down a street in Bangkok without coming across a massage shop, they really are as ubiquitous as 7 11s. The massage shops are usually spread over several floors. On the ground floor you will find a row of chairs and footstalls where you will sit if you request a foot massage. Upstairs will be a series of mattresses separated by curtains that are used for Thai massage, and you get to put on some fancy pyjamas that make you look like a 19th century labourer, so the massage therapist can bend and stretch your limbs easily. 2 - Asia Herb Association With three handy locations in Bangkok, Asia Herb Association is a smart choice for those who want a massage treatment that is designed to accommodate foreigners as well as locals. You will need to book ahead but the receptionists speak English, pick a time and duration and you can select the treatment once you get there. Here a Thai massage for an hour will cost 400 baht for 60 minutes. 3 - Health Land From the outside Health Land looks like a retro mansion and inside it’s a little like a hospital but if you speak to the locals this is often their number one pick for massage treatments in Bangkok – the facilities are high quality and the massages are great value with a two hour Thai message costing only 500 baht. 4 - Massage by the Blind It is often said that because of their lack of sight, blind masseurs are more in tune with your body and can provide a better treatment. It is also a great source of income for blind people, who often struggle to find employment in Bangkok. The Foundation for the Employment of the Blind in Bangkok has set up a massage shop in the building on Chan Kao Raod. Open from 9:00 until 20:00, a Thai massage here is great value at 200 baht an hour. 5 - Wat Pho Traditional Thai Massage Wat Pho is considered the home of traditional Thai massage, with the guiding principles of massage actually inscribed in stone within the temple grounds. Massage skills have been honed and cultivated at Wat Pho for centuries so you are in really good hands. Wat Pho also run a school, so if you enjoy the treatment you could even take a new skill home! over 2 years ago

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    Current travel alerts for travel to Turkey

    Turkey - Exercise a high degree of caution There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Turkey. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to crime, the threat of terrorist attacks and ongoing demonstrations throughout the country. Regional Advisory for the border with Syria Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) advises against all travel within 10 km of the border with Syria, due to a deteriorating security situation. See Security for more information. Regional Advisory for Hakkari, Siirt, Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against non-essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Siirt, Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay, which border Iraq and Syria, due to an unpredictable security situation. over 2 years ago

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    singapour, malasiya normal food rate how much?

    Traveling to Singapore and Malaysia provides many opportunities to sample exotic foods from Asia. However there is a big difference in food between Singapore and Malaysia. The difference is seen largely in the taste of the food and also in the price. In Singapore, it is recommended to eat at the hawker centers. It's the most economical way to eat in Singapore, and the best way to experience an authentic local meal. Only 5 Singapore Dollars is plenty enough to get you a pretty filling meal. The temptation maybe there in Singapore to splurge as there is plenty of variety, but save it for Malaysia. Here are some main reasons why: 1.) Authentic Taste and Variety The food in Singapore is good, but you will get even more variety in Malaysia. A lot of the good old traditional shops no longer exist in Singapore, as they make way for modernization with the huge air conditioned malls and food courts. However in Malaysia it still retains much of the old shops preserving the traditional techniques that make the food so special. Even in the modern city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, you will still find pockets of this old time charm through street vendors in the local markets, to the traditional coffee shops in the colonial shop houses. 2.) Fresher Ingredients, More Abundance of Ingredients Singapore mostly relies on imports for their ingredients, therefore it can get expensive to obtain all the ingredients, which in some instances can lead to cut backs on these key ingredients on certain recipes in order to keep the costs down. In Malaysia on the other hand, they have a large agriculture industry, and therefore many of their ingredients are home grown, so you will get more value for your money. One prime example, splurge and enjoy seafood in Malaysia (if you are a seafood fan), it's much cheaper and fresher with more varieties. 3.) Price Difference, the Leverage of the Conversion Rates Remember the significant leverage of 1 Singapore Dollar to 2.4 Malaysia Ringgit (rate is at the time of writing). In Singapore you can get a pretty good meal for 5 S$. Imagine what 10 Ringgit can get you in Malaysia for the same type of meal! over 2 years ago

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    Is it a bad idea to visit Hanoi in June/ July?

    SPRING Lasting from February to April, Hanoi’s spring is humid and wet with drizzles. The average temperature normally ranges from 15 to 20 Celcius degree. As this kind of weather is suitable for the plants to grow and flowers to blossom, spring will be the best time for tourists to witness the vitality of tropical nature. Spring is also the time for Tet holiday- the most essential and longest Vietnamese festival of the year. SUMMER Hanoi’s summer is very hot with the average temperature of 32 degree (and has risen up in recent years), lasting from May to August (July is the hottest month). Since global warming has become a more and more serious problem, some summers are dry while others may be extremely wet with high humidity. Heavy rain is one feature of Hanoi’s summer, so don’t forget to bring a raincoat or an umbrella with you whenever leaving home. Moreover, be ready to be sweat under the sun during the day and a thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening! FALL Fall is considered the most beautiful and romantic time for travellers to visit Hanoi. This season is quite short, typically from middle of September to the end of November. With the average temperature is 25 degree, Hanoi’s autumn is charming with warm sunlight, cool breeze and dry atmosphere. If you love seeing the leaves change color, enjoying some local autumn specialties such as young green rice, living slowly for a to appreciate the beauty of your life, you definitely should come to Hanoi in autumn. WINTER The cold weather of Hanoi will start from December and may last until late February, with the average temperature of 17.2 degree. However, sometimes it may drop to below 10 degree, and the high humidity will lend a hand in making the weather bitter cold. Bring some serious warm clothes is necessary, if you do not want to get a cold when visiting a tropical country! Hanoi’s winter is also famous for many delicious street foods which can warm you up in a chilly day. over 2 years ago

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    For a 7 day vacation in Russia, which cities should I plan and what all shoukd we see? Can we get a local amateur guide?

    MOSCOW Home to the mighty Kremlin, legendary Red Square and iconic St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow is not only the capital of Russia, but also the political and cultural heart of the country. ST PETERSBURG An enchanting city with a rich and fascinating history, St Petersburg is the Jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown. It was from here that the aristocrat tsars ruled over Russia for two centuries until the Russian Revolution in 1917. PSKOV & PECHORY Located in the north west of Russia, just 30km from Estonia, the ancient and historical Pskov with its fortified riverside Kremlin and Trinity Cathedral is a firm favorite amongst tourists. NOVGOROD The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. This pretty town is of historic interest; being one of the oldest towns in the country, and once the leading political and cultural centre of Russia, when Moscow was just a small provincial outpost. YEKATERINBURG Yekaterinburg is the first major stop in Asian Russia on the Trans-Siberian and the gateway to the Ural Mountains. Just 32km out of town you can stand with one foot in each continent at the Europe-Asia border marker! SUZDAL Suzdal is a small, picturesque town in the Vladimir region, which is officially protected against modern developments, and loaded to the hilt with old buildings such as the Kremlin and Cathedral. VLADIMIR Vladimir, founded in 1108, was Russia’s capital for nearly two centuries before giving way to Moscow. It forms part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of ancient towns, dating back from the 12th to 17th Century, that have great historic, architectural, and religious significance in Russia. KARELIA Karelia stretches from the White Sea coast to the Gulf of Finland. Carved out by a glacier thousands of years ago, it contains the two largest lakes in Europe, Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega. over 2 years ago

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    Best place to experience wildlife and nature in Southern Brazil? Going in January 2015.

    One country on earth has over half of all primate species, dozens of big cats, and the most biodiversity in the world. For all that, try Brazil. This amazing country is so rich in wildlife biologists are still discovering new species. For your trip, sign up for a Big Cat Safari. You'll get a chance to see not only the elegant jaguars, but also the toucans, ocelots, numerous monkeys, and more that inhabit the 5th largest country. Make sure to take time to see the vibrant city of Sao Paulo, or take an Atlantic boat ride to see dolphins and humpback whales off of the coast. over 2 years ago

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    Solo female travelling to South America

    1 Be informed about the safety standards of the different countries As big as South America is, as different are the countries you may visit there. Not only concerning the sightseeing points, nature and weather conditions, also regarding the safety standards. 2 Be informed by talking with the locals Locals will always give you the best advice. They know their surroundings, because they grew up there. 3 Arrive during the day and book a safe hostel If you visit South America by your own, try to arrive during the day. You will definitely feel safer than being in a foreign city when it’s already dark. 4 To travel by your own doesn’t mean to be alone Don’t be scared: Only because you start your journey by your own, doesn’t mean that you will travel by your own the whole time or will be lonely. 5 Fit to your surrounding Don’t bring your valuables with you. Even if it’s quite normal to Europeans to wear some jewelry or a watch, it is not in South America. 6 Don’t be scared, but careful South America is safer than you may expect. However, it doesn’t matter where you are or if you travel by yourself or in a group, be careful. 7 Take officially licensed taxis In South America you will find officially licensed cabs and private ones. 8 Avoid going out alone during the night Reason is that robberies will happen more often the darker it gets and the emptier the streets are. 9 You charisma will influence your travels Maybe you think it isn’t important, but it definitely is. over 2 years ago

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    Houseboat in Kerala

    Some of the popular house boats in Kerala: Alleppey house boats These boats are maintained by the Kerala Backwater Pvt Ltd. The accommodations are available for overnight stay. One may also book accommodation stretching for a couple of days or weeks depending upon the travel Itinerary. The house boat cruises through the intricate network of canals taking one to a different world. One would witness the rich culture and the exotic landscape of the region sans the hustle and bustle of the traffic. Soma Houseboats It operates in Alleppey and is owned by Somatheeram Beach Resorts Group. The houseboats have a rich décor that gives it a traditional feel. It also offers other tour package to Alleppey. Adithya House Boat Services Alleppey It is one of the popular House boat services in Alleppey. It offers a fine blend of traditional and modern way of living. Apart from the amenities it also offers authentic cuisines of Kerala. One would also enjoy the recreational facilities offered during the stay like Ayurvedic message. Rainbow Cruises Alleppey It offers single and double accommodation. The houseboats also provide the option of air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms. The fans and lights are solar powered. The recreational facilities include trips to places like Chettikulangara Bhagwathy Temple, Kuttanad, Alappuzha beach and also St. Andrews Church. The Oberoi M.V.Vrinda It offers around eight furnished cabins along with amenities like television, and electronic safe. The Oberoi M. V. Vrinda has a lounge and a bar, which offers some of the finest cuisine and drinks. It also provides services like laundry service and doctor on call. over 2 years ago