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Leh Ladakh, India.
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In this article, we give you a list of romantic places to discover in India during monsoon season, places where you can share an insane amount of romantic bliss with your significant other.
​Don’t you love the idea of romancing in the rain with your sweetheart? How about romancing at an exotic honeymoon destination in India where raindrops fall and create magic for couples? Redefining romance in the monsoon season in India, is one of those elements that seem incredibly romantic, thanks to Yash Raj Movies that awaken the lust of spellbinding romance amidst the snowy Alps and lush green hills. We don’t know whether you would agree or not, but if you found the statement relatable, tell us your remarks at the end of this article. Here we go!
1. Coorg (​Kodagu)
Crowned as the Scotland Of India, this quaint hill station is tucked away in the Western Ghats and has an insane amount of greenery as far as your eyes can view. Coorg, also known as Kogagu, is amazing to visit in August, as it’s the time when Coorg is blanketed with pristine downpours. If you are residing of planning a trip near Bangalore and Karnataka, then Coorg is the place to go to this monsoon and watch the rain sprinkled in the lush green tea and coffee plantations. 
What To Do
From admiring the beauty of the gorgeous hills to hopping around the pristine waterfalls, to embarking on a thrilling wildlife safari tour at Nagarhole National Park, you won’t fall short of romantic elements in Coorg. However, river rafting is yet another activity in Coorg for adventurous couples. 
How to Get There
Since Coorg don’t have its own airport, but you can manage to fly to the Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore airport from the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It would be convenient for you if you land at Mysore airport, which is only around 145 km away from Coorg!
Abbey Waterfall, Coorg, India.
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2. Munnar
Get to romance in the pride of Kerala, Munnar. The most romantic town, Munnar is tucked in Kerala, and is famous for its equisite tea gardens hills. Stroll the splended hills of Munnar with your sweetheart, and get lost in the lush greenery, since Munnar bloom like a wedding bride in the monsoon season. 
WHAT TO DO
Opt for a two wheller ride on the tranquil slopes of Munnar, take a day trip to TATA museum. Go for the Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, and you can do camping too!
HOW TO GET THERE
With good flight connectivity from the metropolitan cites of India, one can easily fly to Coachin International Airport. Afterward, take a taxi service to reach the mainland Munnar, which is over 120 km. 
Tea Plantation, Munnar, India.
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3. Ladakh
​Frankly, there is no best time to visit Ladakh, such is the charm of Ladakh that you can visit this destination throughout the year. Ladakh is the home to the whitewashed snow mountains, intriguing monasteries, and sparkling lakes. 
WHAT TO DO
With a small amount of downpouring, Ladakh is suitable to take bike trips and enjoy the pristine valley views in the month of monsoon. Howeve, if you want to make your Ladakh honeymoon more pleasant, savor the local Ladakh food, and get to talk with the local monks. 
HOW TO GET THERE
With well flight connectivity from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore, one can land at the Leh Airport, and continue their sightseeing. 
Tso Kiagar Lake, Ladakh, India.
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4. Gangtok
Make sure to explore Gangtok, the capital town of Sikkim on your north east honeymoon expedition. This is the place to witness the glorious sunsets and sunrise, with a reflection of sun rays reflecting from the Kanchenjunga peak mountain ranges. 
WHAT TO DO
Make sure to make divine prayers at the intrguing monasteries like Rumtek and Pemayangste. Ride the ropeway ride, and wwatch the panoramic view of the Gangtok city. 
HOW TO GET THERE
​The proximate airport near Gangtok is Bagdogra airport, which is over 124 km far away! Flights are directly available from the metropolitan cities. 
Chair lift over Gangtok, India.
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5. Udaipur
Udaipur is the royal and romantic city in Rajasthan and is crowned as the Venice Of India since it has the best boating spots where watching the sunset is way more romantic than watching the romantic movie. In the monsoon season, the city of Udaipur gets super green. Udaipur has some of the exotic hotels for couples.
WHAT TO Do
From exploring the sophisticated forts to vibrant bazaars to watching the cobalt blue clouds at Monsoon Palace, the lakes in Udaipur are pretty much famous for taking a boating ride with your spouse. 
HOW TO GET THERE
​With its own airport, bus stand and a railway station, Delhizens can reach Udaipur via road, flight or rail. 
Udaipur, India.
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​So, where would you go for a romantic monsoon vacation? We advise you to book your India honeymoon packages from reputed honeymoon operator, to enjoy your vacations with full liberty and freedom. 
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Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.
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There’s really no other country quite like Australia. It’s a large and ever-changing entity. Its cities hold onto their roots, but they continue to grow and evolve. This is a nation with just as many man-made wonders as natural wonders. If you’re looking for a trip that has it all, then Australia can certainly give you that. It offers sunshine, vibrant cities, and mesmerising scenery. That description still doesn’t do justice to the land down under, however. Let’s talk about Australia’s most impressive destinations in 2019.
Sydney
This wouldn’t be an article about Australia’s most impressive destinations in 2019 if we left Sydney off the list. No matter how much this country changes, Sydney remains one of the most beautiful and important cities in the entire nation. That’s evident from the picture above. The Sydney Opera House, for starters, draws millions of visitors every single year. It’s stunning from the outside, but this isn’t just a visually-appealing building. The Opera House puts on a wide array of fantastic theatrical and musical shows every year. You should see one whilst you’re visiting the city. It’ll give you the opportunity to explore the Sydney Opera House on the inside.

Make sure you visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge too. Again, this is an architecturally impressive structure, but that’s not the only reason to visit the bridge. It also offers mesmerising views of the city. And if those views aren’t rewarding enough on the pavement, you could always consider climbing the bridge (with professional help, of course). There are very few bridges in the entire world that allow visitors to climb them, so this is definitely an experience you should seize with both hands. Once you’ve had enough of the city itself (if that’s possible), you might want to do some sightseeing in the nearby area. If you’re looking for some Aussie holiday ideas, then going on a road trip to the Blue Mountains could be fun. Those mountains are truly stunning.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.
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Brisbane
Brisbane has always been one of the most important cities in Australia, but it never stops changing. As you can see from the picture above, its skyline seems to continuously climb towards the clouds. It is an exciting city with so much to see and do. Going swimming at Streets Beach should be at the top of your priority list. Obviously, there are beaches throughout Australia, but the location of this beach is what makes it so special. It’s situated in the heart of the city, and that means you have fantastic views of the skyline whilst you take a dip or lie on the beach and soak up some rays. You’ll feel as if you’re still a part of the action.
Streets Beach, Brisbane, Australia.
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Fraser Island
If you want a little break from city life, then you might want to visit Fraser Island. Located just off the coast of Queensland, this island draws plenty of visitors every single day. Why? Well, it’s naturally stunning, for starters. It’s the largest sand island on the face of the planet, and there’s nothing quite like strolling across its crisp beaches. But there’s also plenty of amazing wildlife on this island, and that’s a big part of its appeal. Obviously, Australia is full of incredible animals, but Fraser Island is home to a particularly fascinating range of species. You’ll find swamp wallabies, possums, squirrel gliders, and even bandicoots on this transfixing island. You should book a tour so you can be shown the full extent of this island’s beauty by an expert.
Shipwreck, Fraser Island, Australia.
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With crystal clear blue waters, gorgeous sun-drenched beaches, pristine shores, oh-so-amazing diving sites, and over-water bungalows, the Maldives is a paradise for couples who are seeking ultimate romantic comfort for their international honeymoon packages. 
The Maldives is located south-west of Sri-Lanka and India from the Indian Ocean, also is an archipelago of over 1200 islands, out of which over 200 islands are inhabited.

If you are wondering exactly what the romantic encounters you can enjoy with your spouse in the Maldives, you would be spoiled of the activities that drive couples crazy.
How to Island Hop in the Maldives
​There are speedboats, and public ferries, also called dhoni sailboats, are the ideal choice to hop around from the Maldives. The majority of the honeymoon tour planner offers the ferry ride choice in their Maldives trip itinerary. Although, the Maldives is a Muslim majority island and so, alcohol is prohibited. But you can sip your favorite drink inside your resort or hotel.

Island Hopping Suggestions1. Malé
Malé is the capital city and is also the heart of the Maldives tourism. You will find decent flights connectivity from India's major state, including Delhi, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad.

  • Take a day trip and go shopping at the vibrant markets in Malé.
  • The impressive Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Culture are the two architectural grandeur's at the Maldives. Admire the remarkable art and design.
  • Pamper your comprehension of marine life and coral reef, and indulge in whale submarine excursion.
  • Get lost in the slow-paced of the artificial beach, spend a whole day in the Hulhumalé Island.
2. Maafushi
Explore the Maafushi island finest beaches like Public Beach, Bikini Beach, Water Sports Beach, and Coral Beach. The Maafushi Island is located in Kaafu Atoll, about 27 km from Malé airport and may be easily reached via speedboat.

  • Try a snorkeling adventure, and learn some suggestions to snorkel under the supervision of experienced teachers.
  • Be dazzled by the stunning sunset setting at the Bikini Beach. Sunbathing is also a superb alternative for you.
  • Pump your adrenaline up and visit the Water Sports Beach for nerve-wracking water-sports enjoyable.
  • Meet the cutest creature in waters, Dolphins, and prime your perceptions by dolphin watching excursion.
3. Fulidhoo Island
It is one of the best scuba diving areas in the Maldives. Located in Vaavu Atoll, Fulidhoo Island is the ideal location to jump in Maldives packages for a honeymoon if you wish to soak the real, local Maldivian culture.

  • Check out the magnificent coral reefs around Fulidhoo Island, together with taking a snorkeling trip.
  • Watch out for the local cultural dance performances to get the genuine, authentic flavor of Maldives culture.
  • Opt for a day trip to love specifying luxury resorts, sample the delicious culinary. Savor the alcohol beverage.
Significant Things to Organise Before Travelling To the Maldives
Plane Tickets
Make an advanced booking of air tickets to grab the cheap price. Book your tickets before 3 to 4 months before taking Maldives packages for honeymoon. Doing this would save your money as well as time. 
Visas
​The Maldives offers a tourist visa on arrival to Indians for 30 days. However, the tourist visa could be extended for 90 days. Carry your flight ticket, identification documents wherever you travel in the Maldives. 
For other nationalities, be sure to check with your local government agencies or embassy's regarding visa fees and length of stay.
Transport In Maldives
​As mentioned at the beginning, the very best to jump around the Maldives is to take speedboat and ferry journey. The cost of the ride depends on which season or by which operator you're taking speedboat or ferry excursions.
Accommodation
​The Maldives offers lots of luxury accommodation options for couples, and yes, Maldives is expensive when it comes to fancy lodging. However, adequate research on which honeymoon traveling organisation is best in supplying your Maldives excursion can perform magic for you! There is also accommodation available at cheaper rates, giving Maldives loving couples the chance to experience paradise for a cheaper price.
So, now you have a manual to enjoy your honeymoon bliss in Maldivian paradise. Be certain to consider the tips we provided to travel to the Maldives for a hassle-free honeymoon trip.
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Six Senses Laamu Resort.
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Laamu Atoll (also known as Haddhunmathi Atoll) consists of 15 inhabited (plus 67 uninhabited) coral islands and is one of 22 atolls comprised of 1200 islands that connect to form the Maldives. This South Asia destination is renowned for attracting newlyweds and couples from around the globe who seek stunning landscapes, privacy and romantic settings surrounded by crystal blue water and abundant coral reefs. Romance and relaxation rate number 1 here making Laamu Atoll the perfect setting for luxury Maldives honeymoons.
Where to stay
​Located on Olhuveli Island is Six Senses Laamu, the only exclusive 5-star resort located in Laamu Atoll. The resort is set in a palm-filled utopia, surrounded by a large lagoon coral reef and features a range of both over-water villas and on-land villas with private swimming pools, all created with sustainable materials.

Six Sense Laamu offers guests a choice of wining and fine dining at 6 world-class on-site bars and restaurants. Luxury couples spa packages are also available. Guests can also select from a large range of experiences such as dolphin watching, kiteboarding, snorkelling, diving, sailing, surfing at Yin Yang (the Maldives most popular surf site) bicycling and many more.

​With everything at your fingertips within the resort grounds, guests have an opportunity to sit back, relax, enjoy and recharge as there is no reason to leave this island paradise.
Six Senses Laamu.
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Chill Bar.
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Experiences.
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Sip Sip Bar.
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Where to eatReveries // Gan Island
Located on Gan Island is the multi-award-winning Reveries Diving Village. The property is home to three dining facilities. The main restaurant features a fantastic buffet breakfast along with lunch options. The rooftop terrace offers non-alcoholic beverages and cuisine in a relaxed setting with beautiful views of palm trees and the ocean, plus there is also a Garden cafe which is open all day and offers a range of menu items.

​No alcoholic beverages are available on Gan Island. This is an alcohol-free destination.   
Riveries Rooftop Terrace.
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Chill bar, Leaf, Longitude, Zen // Olhuveli Island
With four of the top-rated restaurants in Laamu Atoll located on Olhuveli Island at Six Senses Laamu Resort, visitors to this island are spoiled for choice. Select from world-class Japanese at Zen, or European/ western cuisine, seafood and local dishes, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options also available at Chill Bar, Longitude​ and the number 1 rated restaurant on Laamu Atoll, Leaf.

Unlike Gan Island, Olhuveli Island has a liquor licence, so guests can relax and enjoy a glass of wine (or other alcoholic beverages).
Leaf Restaurant at Six Senses Laamu on Olhuveli Island.
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Things to doEmperor DiveRs Laamu // Gan Island
With a number of half-day and day tours available, Emperor Divers Laamu on Gan Island is the perfect company to choose if wishing to organise guided diving, snorkelling or fishing tours. Laamu Atoll reefs are home to rich sea life and experiencing this up and close is sure to not disappoint. Emperor Divers Laamu also offer a range of other day tours such as jeep safari's, trips to Buddhist archaeological sites on Gan Island, boat trips for private picnics on uninhabited islands, romantic beach dinners plus more.
Snorkelling the coral reef.
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LAAMU LIVEABOARD DIVING
If your looking for an immersive scuba experience and a day tour isn't your ideal, liveaboard options are also available. The are 39 liveaboard boats in Laamu Atoll offering a variety of services and available at various of prices. Tours range from 5 days/ 4 nights to 15 days/ 14 nights.
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Maldives Seaplane Tours
Undoubtedly the best way to get an incredible view of the Maldivian atolls is to organise a seaplane sight-seeing tour. Stunning aerial photography opportunities await as you fly high above the lagoons, coral reefs and islands. For more adventurous couples there are also seaplane surfing tours available.
Aerial image of the Maldives from a seaplane.
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Island Hopping
Organised through your resort of choice, Maldives Island hopping tours are operated by boat or seaplane and give you the chance to experience different areas of the Laamu Atoll. There is a variety of day tours available dependent on location. Most of these tours take you on a journey to another island resort, an inhabited Island and an uninhabited island. Experience a picnic lunch or barbecue then enjoy the luxury of swimming or snorkelling with the privacy of being on your own deserted island wonderland. 
Uninhabited Island, Maldives.
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How to get around
As the Maldivian Islands are located over a vast 300 square kilometre (186 square mile) expanse of water, ferries, dhoni's (traditional boats) and speed boats are a major factor of day to day transportation in the Atolls. If you're looking to explore more of the country than the island you have selected to base yourself on, you can view the ferry itineraries through Wild Maldives and Atoll Transfer.
Traditional Dhoni Boats.
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The Maldives is definitely a unique and beautiful destination for your honeymoon, with gorgeous scenery, a wealth of activities and great company, what's not to love? If you select Laamu Atoll as your ultimate destination, use this guide to help navigate your adventure in paradise. Enjoy.
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Bali is hard to resist today even after being the favorite honeymoon destination for decades. And who could blame the honeymooners? Crystal clear waters so that you see the bottom of the sea, pearly white beaches that sparkle in the sun and unbelievable landscapes of pristine nature.

​So here is the ultimate Bali honeymoon guide which will show you the most romantic things to do and celebrate your nuptials in the loveliest way.
1. Take a stroll on the Seminyak Beach
Undeniably, Bali has some of the most magical beaches in the world and you should fully take advantage of that. While surfing, sunbathing and snorkeling may take your time of day, use the evenings to have romantic strolls under the stars on the Seminyak Beach. There are many restaurants with local cuisine which are wonderful to have a date night and dine by the romantic candlelight. 
2. Witness the most romantic sunset at Uluwatu Temple
When in Bali, don’t be afraid to look for the most romantic sunset since the competition is quite fierce in this region. However, the first place is definitely reserved for the sunset at Uluwatu temple which is the very definition of romance. The temple lies by the sea overlooking the never-ending horizon with waves crashing underneath and the smooth breeze ruffling your hair. This is the breathtaking sight that will take away all your worries and envelop your hearts.  
3. Enjoy a romantic lunch by the Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Bali is famous for its rice paddies and you can join hiking tours to see them or choose a more romantic approach like having lunch by the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud. The view over the area is spectacular and idyllic to share a meal after a walk and exploring. If you feel especially adventurous, you can try zip lining and jungle swings which are popular attractions here. 
4. Make your own treats at the Pod Chocolate Factory
Since chocolate is the symbol of love and romance, it would be a shame to miss an opportunity to make your own at the Pod Chocolate Factory in Carangsari. You will harvest and prepare cocoa beans on the workshop so you can then make delicious treats to bring home with you. A café connected to the factory serves some of the tastiest hot chocolate in the world, as well as various cookies and cakes for the sweetest date. 
5. Relax in the hot spring at the Tegal Wangi Beach
Since Bali has a lot of volcanoes, it also has many magnificent hot springs which are perfect to relax and enjoy some private time. One of them is located at the Tegal Wangi Beach with a great view of the ocean and surrounding green landscapes. This is a wonderful way to finish the day with a couple of drinks and soaked in the soothing warmth of the hot spring water.
6. Look at Bali from Mount Batur volcano 
One of the things to do on a honeymoon in Bali should definitely be hiking to the volcano of Mount Batur. Hiking is a wonderful bonding experience that will show you gorgeous Balinese flora and fauna on the way. Start your climb in the early morning hours so you would catch the most romantic sunrise in the world and have your first coffee cuddled up on the mountain top.
7. Go on a trip to Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest in Ubud is a great destination to see animal life and nature with your significant other at the same time. This is actually a perfect place to take a stroll with amazing greenery all around you and to have a monkey in your lap eating a piece of fruit. This is a unique experience that you can share together which you probably can’t have at home so it will be a nice memento from Bali.   
8. Meet the underwater world of Bali
There are two ways to go on an underwater adventure in Bali, besides diving and snorkeling. One of them is to put on a special suit and walk among the fishes and other sea life. And the other is to ride in a submarine with only you and a pilot on board diving 300 feet beneath the surface. These are great ways to explore corals and meet the diverse sea life of the area. 
Finally
​Honeymooners are interested in the most romantic things to do when traveling and this ultimate Bali honeymoon guide highlights the best of this Indonesian province. Just make sure to take a lot of pictures and share a lot of astonishing moments together like sunsets from a volcano or taking a romantic walk with monkeys.  
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Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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Located 8 km (5 miles) from the centre of Hue is Ho Thuy Tien lake, the home of Vietnam's abandoned dragon themed water park. Exploring the abandoned water park was officially closed to the public in February 2018, but don't let this stop you from going.
History
Funded by a state-owned enterprise, the Hue Capital Tourism Company and announced to begin construction in 2001 with a budget of 70 billion Vietnamese Dong ($30 mill USD), Thuy Tien Water Park was conceptualised with dreams of promoting Hue and attracting more tourists to the region.

The vision was to provide a space with a diverse range of attractions including an aquarium, gardens, amphitheatre, animal exhibitions, a cultural village, food courts, gaming areas, accommodation and a water park featuring swimming pools and water slides.

The incomplete park first opened its doors to the public in June of 2004 and due to its minimal functionality the water park did not create the financial turnover expected and as a consequence had to shut its doors after only a few months in operation.

Due to pressure from banks and investors in 2013, ownership was transferred to a company called HACO, which had a dream to restructure the site for eco-tourism, including restaurants, spas, accommodation, arts, a convention centre, and a space for outdoor events, however these plans also failed, resulting in an unfinished and abandoned water park.

Many locals believe the land to be cursed as the park is built in an area famed for its impressive temples, pagodas and the tomb of the 12th Emperor of Vietnam, Khai Dinh.
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Abandoned Ho Thuy Tien Water Park
(October 2018)
Exploring the abandoned water park was officially closed to the public in February 2018, but don't let this stop you from going. If you come across the security guard while entering you can offer him a small amount of money/ bribe him which will allow you to gain entrance. Thanks to my local guide doing all the talking, I was only charged 10,000 Vietnamese Dong (0.65 AUD / 0.45 cents USD), although I have heard some travellers say they paid up to 100,000 Vietnamese Dong ($6.20 AUD / $4.30 USD), others have said they entered for free.​
My Experience
I decided against a group tour when exploring Hue and instead I organised a private tour through Vietnam Backpacker Hostel. I travelled there on the back of a local guides motorbike and was very lucky to arrive at a time when no other tourists were present as I was able to enjoy exploring the entire water park to myself.
I had heard many stories of crocodiles inhabiting the abandoned water park so I was initially hesitant to enter alone, however, when I arrived, the lake was drained dry and instead of water and crocodiles, I encountered grass and cows - much less threatening.​
Cows resting in the dry lake.
The crocodiles that once inhabited the park were reported to the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) by visitors and this resulted in the croc's being removed and humanely relocated to a wildlife park in North Vietnam.
Enter the Dragon
Upon arriving at the park via the dirt trail that surrounds the empty lake, you walk across a bridge leading you to the giant 3-story dragon, the water park's most impressive feature. In its glory days, the dragon was built to house the reception, aquarium and viewing deck.​
Entering the abandoned dragon aquarium.
Close up detail of the dragon's head.
The reception area covered in graffiti.
As you ascend through the building to reach the mouth of the dragon, you walk up 3 levels of winding stairs decorated to appear as though you're inside the body of the dragon. You pass through rooms that have fallen into complete disrepair, scenes that were once filled with such optimistic dreams are now littered with broken glass, hold pools of dirty water and have walls covered in graffiti.
Inside level 1 of the aquarium.
Climbing to level 2.
The rib cage/ skeleton detail inside the abandoned aquarium.
The Dragon's Mouth
Once upon a time (even in recent times), when visitors arrived on the top floor they were greeted with a stunning view of the lake when peering through the jaws of the dragon. With the lake almost completely drained, I could only imagine this view. Instead, I was greeted with a panoramic view of grass and trees as far as my eyes could see.
Panoramic view from inside the mouth of the dragon.
Inside the mouth of the dragon.
Walking down the spiral staircase.
Walk back down the stairs and exit the door to your right and you will enter an overgrown garden full of wall carvings, statues of sea creatures. Continue through the garden and walk through the shark's open mouth to reach the rear bridge. Following this bridge leads you to the trail to the derelict water slides.
The overgrown garden inside the dome of the dragon.
Garden wall decor detail.
Aquatic statues in the garden.
Walk through the mouth of the shark.
Looking back at the dragon on my way to the water slides.
The Water Slides
The water slide section of the park consists of 2 areas. One pool with 3 larger water slides and a kiddies section with mini slides for children, both pools filled with brown murky algae water and scattered rubbish left by previous visitors. You can try your luck and slide down into the dirty pools, I know people that have done this and somehow didn't fall ill afterwards, but I wouldn't recommend this.
The abandoned change-rooms below the water slides.
A view from upstairs of 2 of the water slides.
Detail of one of the larger windy water slides.
Abandoned water slides.
Cross the bride to reach the pools.
The brown murky algae water that fills the water slide swimming pools.
The main 3 water slides.
The water park speed slide.
The kiddies pool.
The kiddies pool and mini slides.
Walking through the overgrown garden and underneath the large water slides.
Walking back to the abandoned dragon aquarium.
I spent so much time walking around the dragon and water slides that I didn't get a chance to visit the abandoned amphitheatre situated on the north of the lake, however, I was happy that I'd made it out of the building without falling over on the slippery floors as I'd had several close calls.

I was able to see the amphitheatre on the way out as we drove past it, however, I would have preferred to sit there and have lunch. After all of the time I have spent in Southeast Asia over the past 2 years, this is one more telling reason of why I should have learnt how to ride a motorbike by now so I could enjoy the day at my own leisure.​
Quirky car statue.
Leaving the abandoned water park.
To be honest the experience was a little eerie, great, but eerie, especially when I ventured beyond the Dragon and arrived at the water slides. Every drip I heard, every noise I heard, in the back of my mind I thought I was going to stumble across other people or a crocodile. But there were none. After 1 and a half hours, I was still the only person there.

If you're all templed out during your visit to Hue and looking for a different experience I would definitely recommend a visit to the abandoned water park.​
Entry Fee
Generally 10,000 Vietnamese Dong (0.65 AUD / 0.45 cents USD) but be prepared to pay more. It all depends on the security guard.
​Ho Thuy Tien Water Park Location
Hồ Thủy Tiên
Thủy Bằng
Hương Thủy
Thua Thien Hue
Vietnam
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As one of the richest and most beautiful countries in the world, Australia has a lot to offer. From huge cities to the wild outback, it seems Australia has something for everyone. The best part of this amazing country is definitely the untouched nature the government fights so hard to protect. Of course, this country is also huge, meaning that you have to have an elaborate plan if you plan on seeing everything worth seeing.
Author: Mianna Korben.
Your journey starts with a high-quality bicycle that’ll be able to withstand the hardships of the road ahead. After all, there’s no better way to get to know a country than to bike through it. You get an intimate feel of the land and form a relationship with it few others get to. For your adventure to be fun and successful instead of stressful, you’ll need to find out which bike routes are the best and cover the most interesting points. As well as that, you should pick the perfect time to visit Australia, as you’ll want to see the whole country in bloom.

With the tips below, you’ll be ready for an adventure of a lifetime. 
Where?
The cycling routes you can take are all beautiful, but which one you choose depends on what you want to see and how long you want your trip to last. Australia is a very popular country to cycle so you won’t have trouble finding the scenic route that suits your needs just right. As well as the views and spots you’ll see and pass through along the way, it’s important to choose a route based on your skill level.

If you want to challenge yourself along a scenic yet dramatic route, you’ll love The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo in Queensland. This might be a shorter route starting in Brisbane, but it’s also rather challenging. Though this is mostly a climbing ride, it’s suitable for both mountain and road bikes. If you prefer travelling with a mountain bike, don’t miss out on the fire trail that’s part of this route. It runs parallel to the road and is even more adrenaline-inducing than the original route. It’ll be safer to travel clockwise as the road in Samford Valley is much steeper and not maintained.

Those looking for something easier but just as scenic should consider riding along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Located near Melbourne, this is one route not to be missed. The 12 Apostles of Australia and the crystal clear waters are only two things you’ll get to marvel at along this route. You’ll also get to explore numerous nooks and crannies along the way. One of the most popular plans for this route is to start in Warrnambool and finish in Geelong, thus riding the full 281km of pure bliss. It usually takes around five days to complete this route.

One of the longest and most beautiful routes in Australia is definitely the Munda Biddi Trail through Western Australia. Being a 1000km long, this route takes you through numerous fire trails, railway lines and bush tracks, river valleys, forests, rural villages, and small towns. It seems the whole of Australia is contained between Mundaring and Perth, all the way down to Albany. The best part about this route is that there are many ways you can approach it. This means that you don’t have to be an experienced cyclist and can travel according to your level of skill. Generally, it takes around three weeks to complete it, but you can also divide it into sections and take your time completing it. After all, there’s around 50km between towns with places where you can rest, meaning that you don’t have to miss out on anything just because this might be one of your first biking tours.
Margaret River, Western Australia [Image Source]
How?
The question of how is more complicated to answer than just saying “on a bike.” You have a long road ahead of you, so it’s imperative to travel with the right bike, as well as to prepare it properly. The biggest issue here is that you can’t simply bike into Australia because it is a continent completely cut off from the rest of the land.

Instead, it’s much more convenient and cheaper to purchase your bicycle once you’re already in Australia. In a new country, it’s tough to find a good local bicycle store that you know won’t rip you off. It’s also very easy to get lost in a huge city like Sydney or Melbourne. Thankfully, the internet’s got your back. Shopping in a well-stocked online bike store can save you a lot of time and money. You’ll get to decide on the perfect bike without pushy salesmen in your way, you won’t waste time on scouting the perfect local store, and you’ll be walking away with a quality product worth every cent.

Now that you’ve got your bike, it’s time to start preparing it. Service your bike when you first get it, then once more right before the start of the journey. This way you’ll be sure you won’t be dealing with technical difficulties while you’re on the road.

Of course, you can’t just jump on your freshly-serviced bike. You need to bring the essentials with you in order to have a truly comfortable trip. Food and water should be at the top of your priority list. Next, don’t forget the pump and spare inner tubes and tyre levers. You’ll also want to have money in cash with you and your house key. This way, you’ll be prepared for almost any situation that you can encounter on the road.

It also might be a good idea to do this with a riding buddy. If you’re a beginner or this is your first biking tour, having a riding body is essential. You’ll want to have someone you can count on when the going gets tough. God forbid you encounter danger or have an accident, it’ll be much easier to get out of it if you have someone with you. Riding buddies take care of each other no matter what.
Marrinup, Western Australia, Australia [Image Source]
When?

Finally, all that’s left to answer is when. The success of your trip can depend entirely on the weather conditions. Most bicycle routes take only Tasmania into account, as it has only one climate zone and is fairly easy to ride through. The Australian mainland is vast and therefore features a lot of different weather conditions.
This is why it’s important to pay attention to the time of year you visit, as you’ll know exactly what cycle you’re walking into by the month of your arrival. Generally, the best time to visit Australia depends on where you start your journey. If you’re going from Melbourne, you should start between November and April. It’s advised to skip January and February, though, as the weather can be too hot.

Starting at the top, we’ll have the opposite situation. As the north of Australia tends to be unbearably hot in the summer, it’s best to start your journey in winter. As well as that, there can be heavy rains in this region in the summer, potentially harming your whole trip. June, July and August are the best times to visit Queensland, as the temperatures are mild and ideal for cycling.

Another useful piece of advice is to take a look at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. This website holds information about Aussie whether in specific towns, as well as the history of each town. Aside from the weather, you’ll need to watch out for the wind conditions. Thankfully, the site also features handy wind diagrams you can easily understand.

The hardest wind patterns to master will be along the WA coast. You’ll need to look into this part of the route in great detail to figure out when and how to move.

Also, take into consideration the duration of your journey to figure out when it’s best to start it. On average, it takes people around 47 weeks to cycle through all the most beautiful parts of the mainland. This timeline includes Cairns, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. Of course, there are many small towns you’ll see along the way.
Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, Australia [Image Source]
A well-planned trip and a real adventure have the power to set you free. Not only will you get to see the world with different eyes and find out many new things about it, but you’ll also get an insight into yourself. When you’ve got nothing but your bike and yourself in the world, you tend to have a lot of time for self-reflection. As well as that, you’ll encounter a lot of situations you’ve never been in before. This will all give you the chance to get to know yourself better and see what kind of person you actually are.

Pulling of a biking tour is a challenge in itself, but it’s also filled with innumerable opportunities and small challenges along the way. The promise of the rewarding feeling at the end of the journey will be enough to keep you going regardless of what you face.

Author Bio
Mianna Korben is a travel writer whose specialty is Australia and all about our beautiful Land Down Under. She has also contributed to many lifestyle, travel and business online publications. When she's not wordsmithing, Mianna enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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Rajasthan has many forms of folk dances that are attractive, skillful and somewhat enjoyable for any age group. The folk dances of Rajasthan are popular all over the world. This article explores 5 types of dance traditionally found in this region of India. 
Some of the traditional dance forms of Rajasthan are very different, since only trained people can do it. The Ghoomar dance of Udaipur and the Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer have gained international recognition. They are examples of traditional Rajasthani culture, if you want to visit Udaipur to watch their beautiful culture than “Royal Adventure Tours” offers a great range Udaipur Tour Packages.
Cultural folk dances of Rajasthan
Ghoomar
This is basically a community dance for women and is performed on auspicious occasions. The famous 'ghoomar', Rajasthan's popular dance gets its name from 'ghoomna', the graceful twist, which shows the spectacular colors of the flowing 'ghaghra', the long skirt of the women of Rajasthani. Ghoomar is often performed on special occasions, such as weddings, festivals and religious occasions. You can enjoy these performances with Royal Adventure Tours groups in Jaipur with their Jaipur Tour Packages, they provide you with a full enjoyable environment at a variety of prices.
Ghoomar performance.
Terah Taali
​This folk dance is performed by the Kamada tribes who are the traditional snake charmers. It is also practiced by Pokhran and Deedwana, to honor their popular hero, Baba Ramdeo, which consists of women sitting on the ground before their image. The dancers perform several arabesques with their hands and at the same time they can also balance pots in their hands and hold a sword in their mouth, to make the performance more attractive. The dance begins with the women, who sit on the floor and their body parts are tied with manjeeras.
Terah Taali performance.
Gair Dance
This is one of the few performances where men and women dance together. This folk dance is performed in a series of half swirl, as a simplistic version. It can also be developed according to a series of complex patterns according to the capacity of the dancers. Some of its variations are Dandi Gair which is located in Marwar and Geendad, in the Sehkhawati region of Rajasthan. Men dance in a large circle with wooden stick in their hands. The Gair dance of Rajasthan is performed by groups of dancers moving in and out of a large circle. The men beat their sticks to create the rhythm when they turn.
Gair performance.
Chari Dance
​This dance describes the art of collecting water in a chari or boat by the women of Rajasthani in their daily lives. The woman travels miles to collect water for families and the joy is reflected through this Chari dance. This folkloric dance is performed by groups of dancers. In the Chari dance, women hold chari or pots on their heads and then place a lit lamp in the pot. 
Chari performance.
Kalbelia
​The popularity of this dance is so global that the Kalbelia dance and songs of Rajasthan are now on the UNESCO representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This tribe is a community of Rajasthan that in ancient times moved frequently from one place to another instead of staying and building their homes in one place. This popular art is transmitted from generation to generation.
Kalbelia performance.
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Everyone has fantasies about packing and jetting off around the world to the most beautiful places. After all, a break is as good as a rest. But the crushing reality about traveling is figuring out the money. While one of your New Year resolutions may have been to save money and book that bucket-list trip, after some time your savings may feel slim. But don’t despair – you still have time to save money. Here are a few tips to help you spend less and save more.
BUY THINGS IN BULK
Although buying in bulk may seem like the opposite of saving money because you spend much, for the items you constantly use in the house, this is one of the best ways to save a few dollars. Consider purchasing some items like alcohol, toilet paper, butter, laundry detergent, soap, and paper towels in large quantities. If you’re like most of us and dislike carrying large shopping bags home, you can purchase your items in bulk online through Amazon Pantry, and they will be delivered to your house.
PACK YOUR LUNCHES
In case you didn’t know, spending as little as $12 a day on lunch alone for five days a week can end up being an expense of over $3,000 a year! That’s quite a lot of money, and you can save more by packing your own lunch.
STOP EATING OUT
Restaurants are one of the things straining your travel savings plan. Learning how to cook a delicious meal for yourself is enjoyable. You can find several recipes on the internet to start you off. Cooking for yourself can help you eat comfortably on $50 or less a week. Apart from being affordable, simple and, unprocessed food like pasta, beans, rice, potatoes, chicken, and vegetables are healthy.
CUT DOWN ON EXPENSIVE COFFEE DRINKS
​You cannot do without coffee, and coffee shops are an important place where most people go to study, socialize, and work. However, you shouldn’t spend a fortune on coffee. Consider drip coffee instead of the fancy mocha grande. Spending $2 every day instead of $5 can help you save $1,092 a year!
CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS
You most likely don’t know that you’re spending hundreds of dollars every year on different services that offer you similar things. If you cannot do without HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon or any other streaming platform, gather some of your friends or relatives and set up a family account. You can cut down on how much you spend on a monthly basis if everybody contributes some money for the subscriptions. Besides, books can be cheaper than movies.
SKIP THE SPA
While spending a day in a spa can make you feel pampered, relaxed, and rejuvenated, it comes with a serious expense. Massages and peels will put holes on your savings plan quickly than a woodpecker on amphetamines. Plus, a spa won’t boost your confidence as much as a dress would. The easiest and most affordable way to boost your confidence is to build your wardrobe.  
QUIT SMOKING
You might have heard that smoking causes emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease. Quitting this dangerous habit won’t only save your life, but also spare your $2000 a year. If you are finding it difficult to quit smoking, you’re not alone. Only 6 percent of those who try to quit smoking are successful. However, you can resist tobacco cravings by trying a nicotine replacement therapy or ask for help from someone who can help you keep accountable.
REDUCE YOUR CAR USAGE
It is estimated that the average American spends approximately 1.1 hours every day driving. Therefore, it can be very difficult to live without your car. To reduce your car usage, you can replace it with a bike or just walk. Additionally, you can reduce your car usage by shopping closer to home or purchasing items online to take advantage of the free delivery services.
MINIMIZE YOUR UTILITY BILLS
Open the windows and let in a cool breeze into your house instead of switching on your air conditioner. Put on a sweatshirt and switch of your heating system. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room, and also shorten your showers. Utility bills in the US average between $90 and $140 every month, and if you trim just 20 percent of your monthly utility bills by being more efficient and conserve energy, you can add approximately $336 to your savings every year.
So you want to burst your bubble, travel the world, and meet new people. Saving is the only way to reach your goal. In the coming months, life may derail some of your plans, but the most important thing is to always keep your eyes on the prize. Before making a purchase, think about its worth in your destination.

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If you want to give your married life a wonderful start, you should consider honeymooning in Goa. Since colonial times, Goa has always been a preferred vacation destination for many couples. Here, you will find a fine blend of the sun, sea, and fun. Therefore, regardless of the things that fascinate you and your partner, you can be sure that Goa will give you the best experiences. 
​There are myriads of mesmerizing honeymoon places that you will find when you arrive in Goa. You can sample out the Portuguese culture that has been preserved since colonialism ended. In addition to that, you can enjoy beach parties and amazing cuisines. Here is a list of the top eight places that you can visit as you enjoy your honeymoon in this area.
1. Charao Island
​The beauty of Charao Island is what makes it a destination that you cannot miss. The island is adorned with several natural locations that provide serenity. When at the island, be sure to watch the birds, visit the forest, and ride a ferry. It is an experience that will be anchored in your mind for the rest of your life.
2. Dudhsagar Falls
Do you like the experience of watching waterfalls? When you arrive in Goa, you will get an opportunity to see this wonderful waterfall which is just around 3 hours drive from Baga Beach.
Dudhsagar Falls [Image Source]
3. Anjuna
It is not easy to talk about honeymoon destinations in Goa without mentioning Anjuna. It is a scenic location between the hills. When you walk over the hills, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the numerous flea markets. Your honeymoon will be made better by fantastic luxury villas in Goa that overlook the ocean.
4. Vasco Da Gama Beach
How can you visit Goa and leave without touring the Vasco Da Gama Beach?  There is a Japanese garden and the Saint Andrews Church at the beach to make your time even more memorable. The beach is also home to lots of monkeys, and therefore, you can enjoy watching them play on the trees and in the sands.
5. Grand Island
The high-quality comfort and scenery that the Grand Island provides is what makes it a favorite destination for honeymooners and tourists. The Island has been developed to include some of the things that ensure you have fun. There are even eateries where you can enjoy some amazing beverages and food.
6. Butterfly Beach
As the name suggests, Butterfly Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Goa with millions of butterflies flying in the hill. It is an exotic beach located in between two hills. To make things even better, it allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the setting sun. It is home to dolphins and many other marine animals to spice up your honeymoon with their acrobatics.
Butterfly Beach [Image Source]
7. Bamanbudo Waterfalls
​The frothy water that flows over the Bamanbudo waterfalls makes melodious sounds as it scatters away. It creates beautiful scenery that every honeymooner will enjoy. It has a therapeutic effect, especially when you want to relax and unwind. You are also likely to enjoy the chirping sounds from the many species of birds that live around the waterfall.
8. Betul Beach
​Betul Beach has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Goa. It stretches over a long distance, providing honeymooners with a wide range of scenery. After playing in the sand and swimming in the sea waters, you can enjoy a myriad of foods from the many eateries that are located along the beach.
​Of course, there are many other places that you can visit when you choose to spend your honeymoon in Goa. At the end of the day, what matters is finding a place that you like.

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