No tours in Japan are complete without a stop in Tokyo, Japan. Many people are intimidated by the idea of visiting Tokyo as it is the most populous city in the world. They consider a vacation a time to relax and that much congestion will make it impossible to enjoy the trip. However, it is exactly this factor that makes Tokyo a must see city. It has everything, it never sleeps, and it is on the cutting edge of technology and fashion. At the same time, it remembers its roots and where it came from. There are still traditional temples, farmers, and families. The specialist tours with Backyard Travel are the way to see the city in absolute comfort and security.
The Japanese are a very detail oriented people and insist on near perfection in almost everything they do. Even when the city is incredibly congested, everything moves quickly in an orderly fashion. However, as the amount of vehicles increase, so does the smog and trash, which is oddly out of character for the city. Because everything is here, there are opportunities to observe a rare community. One that is at the forefront of every trend and is experimenting with the next big thing. The architecture is intriguing and constantly questioning the rules, resulting in some of the most amazing buildings and structures in the world. Societies that move quickly often seem too regimented to be able to support the free-form thinking and experimentation that is necessary for innovative art forms. That is not a problem here, as they are strong supporters of the arts and self-expression.
This is often seen well represented in the fashion of young people who are looking for new uses of color and texture and new ways to be noticed. In a city this size with this many people, many kids will try certain fashion statements and they will be passed by other regional kids. Other opportunities for expression exist in restaurants by creating unique meals, taste combinations, and cooking foods in new ways. Some of the most fashionable restaurants in the world are right here. Due to the size of the city, every imaginable cuisine is also represented so everyone can feel at home and the locals can always try something new.
A vacation in Tokyo is an intriguing choice, but the sheer volume of choices means everyone should visit the city at least once to be part of the experience. There are not many opportunities to experience this kind of congestion and variety. Even New York City pales in comparison to the massive scale of Tokyo.
Thanks to Lisa from the incomparable SQA tours to India for this insightful piece!
Thinking about touring a entirely different country this year? You may want to consider China. China is one of the most amazing countries in the world. With over 1.3 billion people throughout the nation, you can expect to encounter a variety of people and cultures. China is known as one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The regions within the country have an abundance of destinations and attractions that’ll surely keep your interest. The following are just a few of the reasons you may want to consider visiting China on your next vacation.
Food. Chinese food has to be one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. What better way to experience authentic Chinese dishes, than to enjoy them within the country itself. The taste and presentation of these dishes is what makes Chinese food so famous and unique. Enjoy authentic cuisines such as Century Eggs, Peking Duck, Chow Fun, Hot Pot, and much more! As you can see, the food alone is enough to want to visit China.
Palace of the heavenly purity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
People. As I mentioned before, China has a population of over 1.3 billion people. Because there are so many people, and the country is so large, you can expect to meet many interesting people. There are some locals, depending on the region, who are very simplified and traditional. However, you will also find millions of people who are extremely modernized and nontraditional. Cantonese and Mandarin are the two most spoken languages in the country. On the other hand, much of the younger generations can read, write, and understand some English. Being able to speak a little Mandarin or Cantonese will be very helpful during your China tours.
Attractions. Because the country is so old, there are many ancient attractions for travelers to see and experience. For instance, The Great Wall is arguably one of the most popular wonders of the world. It’s consider the number one attraction for many tourists who visit China. The Forbidden City is another amazing destination to visit. The city has nearly 1000 buildings and is over 600 years old. Visitors will be amazed by its architecture and design.
These are just a few of the reasons you should visit China. Be sure to enjoy the food, people, and unique attractions during your stay. With so much to see you may want to plan a second trip!
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Photo credit: davidconger.com)
Vietnam, a nation of 86 million people, is a friendly country that bears influences from India in its temple design and spicy cuisine; Chinese pagoda design and Chinese cuisine; and French colonialism, with its coffee and baguettes. However, Vietnam remains at its heart an essential Vietnamese uniqueness. It’s a country that visitors can explore and take home a rich experience no matter what their budget is. If you only go to one city, you might choose Ho Chi Minh City. There are enough things to do here to keep you busy and planning a return trip to explore in even more detail. You can plan your own trip, or take advantage of one of the many Vietnam tours of Ho Chi Minh City, like a private, full-day tour or a group walking tour. Either option gives you a full experience if you book with Backyard Travel.
If you choose a private tour, you’ll have a full day with a personal guide to show you the best that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. You’ll see the Reunification Palace, which has been a ghost town all its own since April of 1975. You’ll also see the War Remnants Museum and hear first-hand accounts of the stories of Vietnamese victims.
The tour will show you the various architectural influences in this colorful country. On the one hand are the temples built with Chinese influence, like the Giac Lam Pagoda, a Buddhist temple that was built in 1744. On the other hand, you’ll also stop by to see the French colonial influence in the Notre Dame cathedral. You’ll stop by to get a bite to eat at Pho 2000, a restaurant which has even served President Bill Clinton.There will be opportunities for shopping for unique gifts and keepsakes from your visit at the Ben Thanh market.
Another tour option is a group cycling and walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Many people in the city get around on bicycles and motorbikes themselves, so you’ll be living like the locals do, and there’s no better way to get an experience than up close. The cycling part is actually in a three-wheeled bicycle with a covered carriage, and a driver will pedal you around. This tour also stops at the Reunification Palace for you to take photos, the War Remnants Museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. You will also go to the Saigon Opera House, an entertainment venue with performances ranging from gymnastics to classical music performances. Choose Exotissimo for another great option!
If you love travel and all things ancient, a visit to Cambodia is a must. Along with our partners Backyard Travel, our tours will give you a chance to experience this majestic Asian culture in comfort.
Once upon a time, Cambodia was the Khmer Empire. The Khmer Empire was perhaps the most powerful empire in Southeast Asia. The empire’s official religions included Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The love of religion was possibly the driving force behind the number of temples built by the ancients. There are over one thousand temples including Angkor Wat, the world’s largest single religious monument. Angkor Wat was the Khmer’s interpretation of Mt. Meru. That’s the Mt. Olympus of the Hindu faith. The temple is the national symbol of Cambodia, and is on its flag. Historians believe King Suryavarman II built the temple as his mausoleum during the 12th century. Writer Eleanor Mannikka writes the spatial dimensions of Angkor Wat parallel the lengths of the four ages of classical Hindu thought. Cambodia tours are sure to visit this site.
Koh Ker was capital of the Angkorian empire from AD 928 to AD 944. The temples were long ago abandoned to the forests. Thanks to recent de-mining, Koh Ker is now accessible again. The area has 42 major temples. Many of the most impressive pieces in the National Museum come from Koh Ker. This includes the huge garuda– a mythical half-man, half-bird creature that greets visitors to the museum. One of the main monuments is Prasat Thom, a sandstone-faced, seven-tiered pyramid. The structure looks like a Mayan ruin on the Yucatan Peninsula. Prasat Preah Vihear is the most dramatically situated of all the monuments. The temple sits high on a cliff of the Dangkrek Mountains. This temple was also built to represent Mt. Meru. Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department advises against traveling in the area around Prasat Preah Vihear. This is due to an ongoing border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand.
Angkor Borei is one of the earliest pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia. The twin hills of Phnom Da are 3km south of Angkor Borei. There’s a temple on top of the hills with a foundation that dates back to the 6th century. The temple was rebuilt in the 12th century. The area boasts five artificial caves, used as Hindu and Buddhist shrines. It’s rare to see artifacts dating as far back as the 6th century. That is what Cambodia promises–a rare visit back to a time when an ancient kingdom ruled the land.
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Mice Travel has to be planned perfectly for it to give the desired results. And since most of the times you will be involved in more important things such as managing the business, it would be wise if you hired a firm that will do all the planning for you. One of the very best in this industry is Exotissimo Mice. For any corporate event that you are planning to handle, you can bet that they will create a lasting positive impression. The personnel that you will find in this firm is well equipped with the know- how in the field therefore, you should not worry about perfection.
One of the driving forces of Exotissimo Mice is creativity. This makes their projects very outstanding. So what really are the things that the said firm can help you with?
Accommodation bookings. They will book hotels for you to settle in during the period that you have your conference, exhibition or meeting. This is made easy and better since the firm has had years of experience with the world’s top hotels. They will make reservations on your behalf.
More related to the above point is that the firm can book flights on your behalf. During the years that they have been in the business, they have had a chance to deal with several airlines both local as well as international ones. This, way expect no less than the best from them.
Event planning and theming. Their creativity and passion drives them when doing this. Why should you then go through the frustrations of planning for corporate events when these experts are here for you?
The above are just a few of the things that you will save yourself the labor of doing by hiring Exotissimo Mice. Contact them today.