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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

7 Best Places to Explore Vietnam

Vietnam holidays can be filled with everything from grottos to rice fields. But what if you're overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities presented by such a diverse country? Where are the best places to go wandering in Vietnam? Here are just seven destinations that you won't want to miss.
1: Ho Chi Minh
Filled with crowds, scooters and street vendors, Ho Chi Minh is where you'll want to go to experience the hustle and bustle of a genuine Vietnamese city. Just don't leave without tasting some banh pho!

2: Cat Tien National Park
Located in the beautiful mountains of Saigon, Cat Tien National Park offers a thrilling look into one of Asia's only remaining rainforests. You'll see everything from yellow-cheeked gibbons to orange-necked partridges!

3: Mekong Delta
Take a step back in time by visiting the Mekong Delta. Not only is it dotted with plantations and sugar cane groves down every stream, but the villages are old-fashioned as well, offering friendly faces to everyone they meet.

4: Nha Trang
You can't visit Vietnam without experiencing one of its resort towns, and Nha Trang is by far the greatest. The beaches are pristine; the palm trees are picturesque; the hotels and office buildings gleam in the sunlight. If you're looking for a luxury vacation, Nha Trang is the destination for you.

5: Hoi An
Another Vietnamese classic, Hoi An has been around for two millennia, and its long history is reflected in everything from its architecture to its cultural heritage sites. You could walk for days and still not see everything!

6: Phong Nha National Park
If you've never climbed a mountain to the sounds of birdsong, here's your chance. Phong Nha National Park protects another one of Vietnam's forests, and after exploring its dense, lush trails and seeing all the fauna for yourself, you'll understand why the people take such pride in it.

7: Ha Long Bay
Try something new at Ha Long Bay! With literally thousands of islands to choose from, you can swim, surf or snorkel in the water before climbing ashore to explore caves and sinkholes. You can also take to the sky for hang-gliding or helicopter tours. There's always something to do at Ha Long Bay!

These are just seven places in Vietnam that every traveler should see at least once. Whether you're a first-time visitor or an old pro at Vietnamese cuisine, make sure these destinations are on your bucket list.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Giver

Have you seen the movie "The Giver" yet? Hubby and I read the book, and we both enjoyed it. I have to say that the transition from the book to the movie was great.  I thought it's a good movie for the whole family to enjoy. 
We watched the movie the day after the premier, and we all loved it! You guys should watch it too! 
Synopsis:
This film, based on Lois Lowry's book, tells the story of a perfect world. Everyone here is happy. When Jonas is 12 years old, he's chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. He enters into training with an old man called The Giver. From the Giver, Jonas learns about pain, sadness, war, and all the unhappy truths of the "real" world. He quickly realizes that his community is fake. Confronted with this reality, Jonas faces difficult choices about his own life and his future.
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