Walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

In this, the second edition of the walking the streets series, I am taking you to crazy Saigon, dodging the traffic and I’m busy walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

If you blink in this city, you could miss it, or otherwise be floored by the many rampaging motorbikes that are roaming about the roads, the walkways, alley-ways and even the markets. Ho Chi Minh City is that congested with traffic and pedestrians that anywhere goes for the locals. 

 

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A little chaotic in Ho CHi Minh City.

 

It was obvious from the moment I Left the departure gates at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and caught my Uber ride to the previously booked Airbnb Apartment. Chaos, lived in this city.   

Bumper to bumper, cars nudging bikes, bikes nudging cars and vehicles nudging into pedestrians, it seemed to be one big circle of life in the world of madness that is Saigon, a city like no other I have ever visited.

Crossing the road was an art in the ever-flowing maze of traffic, slow and steady was the only way to negotiate the traffic and get to the other side of the road, often giving a little fist pump when you made a successful attempt.

 

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A laugh a minute in Vietnam.

 

Fear needed to be brushed aside when making every attempt to cross the street, but having the kids by my side made that ordeal a little more terrifying, but the good news is, we lived to tell the story.

Beyond the traffic that is unavoidable on your travels to the Southern city of Vietnam, this unique city needs to be explored to every inch with so many things going on. I like to think of it as a city that is divided in three, that has a modern touch, a proud tradition of history and still a hint of third world in areas of Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Ho Chi Minh City

Eating right off the plate.

 

A modern touch

 

I say modern, because this booming city is on the rise, literally, and is continuing to build with skyscrapers all over the place. You only need to go to the viewing area of the Bitexco Financial Building to see how the city’s development is advancing. Either that or get the best view in the house of this incredible city, it is quite stunning.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building

 

Ho Chi Minh City has amazing modern shopping centres and often when walking the streets, you’ll stumble across some beauties. Saigon Centre is the best of the lot and is situate in the heart of District 1 where the action happens and the tourist flock to, it is a mall that is a city with in a city, that has popular retail lines, café’s and unbelievable food courts. 

I can only marvel when I look upon this city at far it has come since that devastating war a half a century ago, and how much I am sure it will continue to surge forward.

 

Saigon Centre

Inside the amazing Saigon Centre.

 

A proud tradition of History

 

Tradition is well and truly on full display, especially in the District 1 area of Saigon, thanks largely to its large French presence in the 19th Century.

It’s wonderful to walk the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and find some truly mesmerising French designed buildings. The Notre Dame Cathedral and The Old Post Office are a click frenzy with the camera as you get your great shot of these wonderful buildings, but the festivities in the area is alive and it’s easy to get caught up in the party and see a few locals in their traditional Vietnamese dress.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

 

The War Remnants Museum was a great history lesson of the Vietnam War, but keep in mind they call it American War in this country. A real eye opener and I am so glad I ventured through the gates, and was able to spend a full morning reading up on details of the war.

Although the ache in the heart really kicked in when devastating photos and learnt about the Agent Orange chemical destroyed many lives.

 

War Remnants Museum

At the War Remnants Museum.

 

 

A hint of third world

 

I took a picture in Ho Chi Minh City, one that will feature below and one that I thought summed up the city. With all the modern features on the rise and beautifully designed buildings that were built long ago, it surprised me to still see broken down housing over the river and even a hint of third world about the city.

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A picture tells a thousand words

 

It’s not uncommon for a city to have poverty throughout the world and Ho Chi Minh City is no different, it is a city that has admirably come along way and in saying that I mean a positive direction. Although it will fascinate you that you can one moment be looking at a flush building, then the next a broken-down pile of bricks that is unsafe for anyone to be living in.

 

Ho Chi Minh City

A sad sight of some houses.

 

Walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City

 

There were so many fascinating things I saw when walking the streets of this chaotic city, whether it was strolling into a temple, or getting lost in the crowd of the Ben Thanh Markets, or any markets for that matter, while getting pestered by the store owner.

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Beautiful Temples in the city

 

It was only my first visit to Ho Chi Minh City and being with my kids I found it a challenge to navigate the streets, especially with their lack of walkways, public transport, and even traffic lights to have a stress-free attempt at crossing the road.

As I have constantly said, this is a city on the rise as is Vietnam, and I got no doubt whenever I revisit Saigon and its markets, the traffic, it’s historic building and flush shopping centres again in the future, I know Ho Chi Minh City will be entirely different city and hopefully next time it may be a little easier to navigate the streets.  

Check out my article on walking the streets of Vientiane in Laos.

 

Vietnam

The locals dressed up in dradtional dress.

 

 

 

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The Craziest Party Hotspots In The World

The Craziest Party Hotspots In The World

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What are you looking for in a vacation? Rich culture? Interesting history? Great food and drink? Maybe that all sounds pretty boring to you and all you’re looking for is somewhere you can party.

You’ve got plenty of time to do all that other stuff when you’re older but for now you’re just looking for the best party destinations in the world, well look no further.

 

Sydney

 

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If you want to keep your costs down and still have a great weekend away, there’s no need to go abroad anywhere at all. Sydney has plenty to offer in the way of party opportunities but people often miss out on them in favor of all the usual tourist stuff like the opera house. The Bucks Co. sell package deals which include accommodation and stuff to do all rolled into one. During the day you can play poker or hit the go-kart track and then in the evening visit some of the city’s best party hot spots.

 

Tel Aviv

Israel doesn’t usually spring to mind when you’re thinking of vibrant holiday destinations but the city of Tel Aviv is one of the best places on the planet. It’s renowned for its nightlife, great beaches and locals that love to stay out partying until the early hours. There are amazing festivals on all year round, including Asia’s biggest gay pride parade and the country’s first ever sex festival.

 

Mykonos

 

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Mykonos in Greece is often called an ‘adults playground’ and it’s fast taking over Ibiza as Europe’s number one party destination. The incredible beaches are packed full of dancers from early afternoon all the way up until morning. Most of the bars and restaurants are open all night so whatever the time, there’s always plenty going on. Most people in Europe tend to take holidays in August so if you head there then, the place will be bustling.

 

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is surely the most iconic party spot in the world, so famous for the crazy antics that go on there that they made a series of movies about it. Hitting the casinos in Vegas is on a lot of people’s bucket list but there’s so much more than that. There are literally small cities in Vegas so there’s always something to do. You’re likely to meet a lot of like minded revellers in the city as well because it attracts thousands of partygoers every year.

 

New Orleans

 

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craziest party hotspots

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New Orleans is a fairly good party town all year but if you really want to see it at its best, head down there when Mardi Gras is on. It’s one of the biggest and best festivals in the entire world where you’re guaranteed to find some madness. The city has relaxed laws on public drinking so the fun often spills out of the bars and onto the streets, forming one huge citywide party.

 

These are all great party destinations for a bachelor party, or just a weekend away with mates to blow off some steam.

 

Sakura Bar

Get the party started at Sakura Bar.

 

 

 

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Walking the Streets of Vientiane – Laos

Walking the Streets of Vientiane – Laos

There is something a little different about walking the streets of Vientiane in Laos, it’s not your usual Southeast Asian city.

Sure, it still has the food stalls that spread out through the streets, where you remain unsure whether the food is safe to eat (with the consequences being a week on the toilet), I know that I’m always wary of street food.

It has the vibrant marketplaces where a bargain is sure to be found, and the strong Buddhism flavour that is the main strength of religion in Southeast Asia, and the values that the locals live strongly by every day.

 

King Anouvong statue

King Anouvong statue, Vientiane.

 

Furthermore, Vientiane has other familiarities of their Asian counterparts, for instance, stray dogs that are busy wandering the streets and at times will join you at the dining table.

There are the taxis and tuc-tucs drivers on the side of the road that are willing to take you around the city to earn a buck or two, and of course, Vientiane has that familiar smell in the air that lets you know you are very much in the heart of Southeast Asiaand I’m not saying that’s a bad thing either, at least in my opinion.

The obvious difference when walking the streets of Vientiane compared to its neighbouring Southeast Asian cities in the likes of Bangkok and Hanoi, is the population. The hustle and bustle does not exist in Vientiane and how awesome is that.

 

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the laidback nature of Vientiane.

 

To stroll through the Laos Capital means no dodging motorbikes on either the road or the footpath, and crossing the road is not as stressful as it is in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, although you’ll still need to exercise caution by looking left or right before taking that next step.

Walking along the footpath is a leisurely experience too, with a lot less obstacles and pedestrians getting in the way, which means going from point A to point B is not too much of a hassle when travelling by foot. It truly is a great city wander through and greet the friendly locals at will.

 

Vientiane City

The streets of Vientiane, Laos.

 

To me, being in Vientiane is like going back in time, the modern world has yet to catch up with this little city, with any new polished buildings being a rarity (although they do exist). I can honestly say it is not a bad thing to visit a destination that has a change of pace.

The Vientiane Night markets is another wonderful stroll and is easily the best markets I have seen in Southeast Asia, not that I have been to them all. It is a festive attitude at these markets with great entertainment and quality goods on sale. Even better with the Mekong River and the border into Thailand nearby. Being an Aussie, I just love the fact you can stare into another country from the other side.

 

Night Markets

Night Markets from above on a wet Laos Day.

 

Of course, there are the stunning Palaces, temples and museums to gaze your eyes upon and marvel at the history and culture of the country’s work. Every visitor to the region knows that Southeast Asia get it right with their beautifully designed buildings.

Walking the streets of this beautiful city, you will stumble across some precious buildings like the Sisaket Museum and Wat Phra Keow. Although the Golden Palace and the surrounding structures will knock your feet off, the golden texture is indeed brilliant.

 

Sisaket Museum

Sisaket Museum.

 

Then there is the Patuxai War Monument, the locals are so proud of this mighty landmark that stands out in the capital city ofLaos for everyone to witness. It celebrates the country’s independence from the French.

I remember the first time I saw this iconic structure from several hundred metres away, it’s presence was simply superior to anything around it. No doubt it was built to show its country’s strength. As I stepped closer to the monument, the magnificent structure just blew me away, and then I climbed the steps to the top and the 360 views of the city just capped it off nicely.

 

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

 

It was the walking streets of Vientiane, the laidback city full of heart and with a proud culture. A city on the rise, but one I hope that doesn’t change too much, because I enjoyed stepping into a city that simply wasn’t in any rush.

Heading to Vientiane? Check out for hotels on TripAdvisor.

 

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Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

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When it comes to planning a weekend break, a lot of people don’t need to invest more than a few hours to research the perfect location and the ideal flight to get there. It’s easy to understand why. Between last minute deals and a getaway that doesn’t require a lot of planning, the click and buy generation is taking over the short holiday market.

There’s no shame about it. After all, sometimes all you need is a quick escape out of everyday routine to recharge your batteries. It doesn’t really matter where you’re going if you’re only going to spend a couple of days there. It’s all about not being at home – or at work for that matter – and instead enjoying the taste of life elsewhere, far away from your daily worries. It’s the quick beach break, the cultural city getaway, or the outlandish countryside weekend.

However, there comes a time when you want something else from your holiday, when it needs to be more than a quick bubble of peace. You know the feeling: You’re drained and you want to rethink your life priorities and set things in the right order for you. That’s the kind of life crisis that calls for a long holiday where you can immerse yourself in a new culture, mindset and landscape. You can’t just click and book a long holiday without considering the destination carefully. If you want to come back feeling refreshed and enlightened, you need to aim for south-east Asia. The Far East, as it used to be called, is rich in history, adventures and flavours. More importantly, it offers the perfect spiritual platform to question your motives and redefine your life.

 

Time in Laos

Enjoy South-East Asia at its finest like at Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos.

 

The countries of south-east Asia

If you haven’t got a map of the world at hand, south-east Asia is a subregion of Asia that refers to all countries that are situated in a region south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. For simplicity, it’s said to consists of what used to be Indochina, and the historical East Indies and Malay Archipelago. Geographically, it’s the equivalent of about 8.5% of the world’s population, which makes it the third most populous region in the world – the two others being south Asia and east Asia. In other words, if you’re going to south-east Asia for a taste of isolation, you might have picked the wrong part of the world for that. But the region has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, history and even business if you’re looking to start a new life elsewhere.

 

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Lara Croft’s temple in Cambodia

 

INDOCHINA

The French influence in Vietnam

Vietnam was one of France’s most profitable colonial possessions after the country gain control over the North of Vietnam as a result of a victory in the Sino-French War of 1883-1884. As with any colony around the world; the themes of exploitation of raw materials, workforce and other natural resources are to be expected. But the French rule has left in Vietnam a variety of historical architecture and customs that give the country its particular attitude. In fact, French architecture is so dominant that the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hanoi. More interestingly, this isn’t the only vestige of a colonialist past in Vietnam. Indeed, according to https://theculturetrip.com, you can find a culinary influence from patisseries to restaurants in most of the country. In fact, if you’re looking to start your career in the gastronomy industry and learn from the best chefs, Vietnam is definitely the place to be.

 

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Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.

 

Thailand, a beautiful country that is shut to foreign opportunities

If you want to enjoy more beaches and less colonialist guilt, take a trip to wild Thailand, and especially Khao Lak. Why there? Because it’s a little less than two hours’ drive from the Island of Phuket, but it benefits from a peaceful and relaxing environment. You won’t find the crowd of tourists you expect so that you can have the sunset, the sandy beaches and the resorts almost to yourself. It’s a little bubble of paradise that awaits you every year between November and May in this area of Thailand. However, you may find it difficult to make a living in Thailand, even if you fall in love with the country and decide to stay. There are very little business opportunities for non-native citizens as a Thai-born person has to own the majority of a company. Only US citizens can own up to 100% of a company in Thailand, but they still need a minimum capital first.

 

Koh Samui

Koh Samui – Thailand.

 

A taste of Lara Croft in Cambodia

If you still remember Angelina Jolie exploring the ruins of a temple in Tomb Raider, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can find these temples in Cambodia. Admittedly; since Angelina went running there in her tiny shorts, the place is crawling with tourists. But with a good guide, you can still see everything and revive your old Lara Croft’s memories. If you’re ready to get up early, you can visit the magnificent Sunrise at Angkor Wat – although be ready to be there before 5:30 am. You can find the famous Tomb Raider’s temple, Ta Prohm, with its intertwined tree roots too. You won’t have much difficulty to imagine life in Cambodia if you’re not afraid to downsize a bit. In fact, a couple of American tourists have made Cambodia their home since 2015 and despite low earnings – less than $35,000 a year – they have all they need. They’re the happiest they’ve ever been in Phnom Penh.

 

Start your spiritual journey in Laos

What if you just want a spiritual awakening for your holiday? Laos is often described as a mystical country by those who have visited it. The most important thing that tourists will tell you about the country is that it remains completely outside the spotlight. There’s barely any tourists in Laos, which means that you can take a good look at ancient Buddhist temples without getting up at dawn to avoid the crowd. Consequently, it’s a great place to find out more about Buddhism and exploring your spiritual side at your own pace. Make sure to attend the Luang Prabang ceremony in northern Laos before you leave. Every morning the monks walk in town to collect the food offerings. You can ask the locals how to participate.

 

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Temple in Laos

 

The city of the many pagodas and temples in Myanmar

Another great place to explore your spiritual side is Myanmar, and especially Yangon, the city that has some of the oldest pagodas and temples in the country. Some are even believed to date back to the lifetime of Gautama Buddha over 2500 years ago. The oldest pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon is a 99 metre-high stupa that is entirely covered in gold. It’s a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists as it enshrines a hair relic of Siddhartha Gautama. You can see it from anywhere in town, and it’s impossible not to feel its aura. If you find your calling in Myanmar and are wondering about staying and embracing a new lifestyle, you might be interested in reading this interview http://www.goaway.sg/life-in-myanmar that explains how the expat life feels like in Yangon. As a general rule, locals are friendly and will go out of their way to help you. Besides, you can experience a frontier market in a Buddhist culture, which makes it both challenging and peaceful at the same time.

 

EAST INDIES & MALAY ARCHIPELAGO

Indonesia, the melting pot of cuisines and cultures

There is no bigger melting pot in south-east Asian than in Indonesia. Jakarta, home to 10 million people, offers a tour of colonial architectures, live music venues and fine dining restaurants, all within a few yards from each other. Needless to say that there’s a lot to see and experience in Indonesia, from a metropole culture in Jakarta to UNESCO-listed national parks and volcanoes to hike up on Java. If you love the creative juxtaposition of cultures, wildlife, and without mentioning the world’s biggest Buddhist temple, you’ll be happy to know that the house prices are low: https://rumahdijual.com/. In fact, you can buy a manor house with garden for the price of a small family home in the UK.

 

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Buddhist temple on Java

 

The country of the thousands of islands

With over 7,000 islands to choose from, you know that visiting the Philippines will be an adventurous experience. In fact, for most people, it can be difficult to know where to start, but here’s a little overview of the best sites to see. El Nido, for Pinoy travellers, offers one of the world’s most picture-perfect seascapes, without mentioning its fantastic limestone cliffs. If you’re wondering what Heaven looks like, El Nido might be the closest thing you’ll find to it. If you want a feel for the old history of the place, spend some time in the UNESCO-listed town, Vigan where the Spanish architecture continues to tell the tales of the past. However, you can forget any dream of making your life in the Philippines: Foreigners are not allowed to own property.

Whether you want to reboot your life or just to clear your mind, south-east Asia offers a multitude of landscapes, spiritual encounters, fascinating cultural backgrounds and exciting business opportunities to help you on the way. All you need is to pack your luggage and start your self-discovery tour.

 

Bang Nieng Khoa Lak

Enjoy South-East Asia at its best like at this Khao Lak Markets.

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A Longboat into Phang Nga Bay – Thailand

A Longboat into Phang Nga Bay – Thailand

Entering Phang Nga Bay is a day trip you must experience whenever taking a holiday in the southern Thailand area of Phuket and the Phang Nga Province.

An affordable day out that is great for families and special for lovers, who are keen to see a special part of the world that has an abundance of surrounding natural beauty.

An overcast day or blissful sunshine, it doesn’t matter, because nothing will take away the magical moment that you will experience, bypassing the 42 Islands of The Bay, with the wind gushing through your hair, and enjoying one of your favourite days of your vacation.

For now, let me take you on my very own longboat Journey into Phang Nga Bay, Thailand.

Heading to Phang Nga Province in Thailand? Check out hotels on TripAdvisor.

 

Phang Nga Bay

Take the Longboat out to Phang Nga Bay.

Taking the longboat

 You can enter Phang Nga Bay by either speed boat, private charter or the old longboat.

During my own family outing at The Bay, we took the longboat option, and first impressions the old wooden boat may not have been overly comforting on first sight, it did have the appearance that it had seen better days. Don’t judge anything on looks, because these longboats are built to last and can handle the rigours of the water.

From entering the longboat, it was all about taking in the surrounds, as the boat moved smoothly and at a steady pace by the local village, out past the mangroves and into Phang Nga Bay where several islands and islets were waiting spectacularly to be seen.

Check out Khao Lak Diaries for further experiences in The Bay.

 

Phang Nga Bay Thailand

All aboard the longboat.

Canoeing amongst the Mangroves

 What an experience to canoe amongst the mangroves as you take the day trip to another level, to think the day has only just began.

It’s time to relax once more as the locals take charge of the situation with an oar in hand and give their guest a serene moment amongst the mangroves and the limestone cave. It’s natural beauty at its very best.

Just chill, take photos and give the local guide a rest at times by taking the oars away and having a go at paddling in the calm waters yourself. The guide may even be kind enough to make a little hand-made flower for their female guest, quite the little charmers.

Once the 60-minute canoe trip is up and you have finished marvelling once more at what is around you, pay a little tip for the friendly guide and then it’s off to the next location in The Bay.

Check out another great day out in Thailand – White-water rafting.

 

Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Canoeing amongst the mangroves.

Entering the Islands of Phang Nga Bay

 Once you are done canoeing the mangroves, it’s back on the old longboat, where it’s time to head deeper into Phang Nga Bay and gaze at the surrounding islands, as you set-sail to the next port of call.

Many boats of all shapes and sizes will go by and even at times you will wish you were on the luxury cruise-lines that in close distance. It won’t bother you much, because for a cheaper rate, you are still out in paradise enjoying another precious day in Southeast Asia.

Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Heading out to Phang Nga Bay.

James Bond Island

 You may have seen the 1974 James Bond Film “The Man with the Golden Gun” now you can visit a part of movie history by visiting the delightful James Bond Island, properly known as Khao Phing Kan.

A tourist phenomenon, a visit to James Bond Island is quite short, too short, but there is time enough to make the most of the opportunity by taking a dip in the bay, amongst a few other activities.

You can explore the boutique market places and perhaps buy an expensive cool drink or ice-cream. Then it’s time to capture a few memorable moments by getting the camera out and clicking pictures of the island, especially the famous islet out in the middle (Ko Tapu).

Read more of James Bond Island on this feature article.

 

James Bond Island

James Bond Island.

Panyee Island – Floating Village

 

It is quite amazing to be cruising along the waters of The Bay and stumble upon a floating village, that appears out of nowhere. That’s right, a village built off a small island (Panyee Island), where locals actually eat, sleep, work, and the kids get educated.

For the locals it’s an everyday life, for me and you the tourist it is an eye opener. You can spend a fair amount of time exploring the floating village and its stacked with marketplaces, restaurants, a mosque (it is a village for the Thai Muslims) and even a primary school that has a concrete soccer field. Hey, to me, it’s the prettiest location to have a soccer match.

It capped off the time in Phang Nga Bay perfectly, to see a location that is quite unique. Sure, today Panyee Island is a tourist hotspot and the locals dress it up that way. Even then, it doesn’t take the experience of visiting such a different attraction.

 

Heading to Phuket? Make sure you check out Phang Nga Bay and its wonderful attractions, it promises to be a busy day out.

Panyee Island

Panyee Island – Floating Village.

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Get A Real Taste Of Australia With These Activities

Get A Real Taste Of Australia With These Activities

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Australia is one of the most commonly visited countries in the world, and once you visit it’s not hard to see why. Even Australian residents will find that there is a huge amount on their doorstep which they haven’t yet seen, but for the visiting tourist it is even more exciting still.

Something that many people will struggle with however is knowing exactly the best way to enjoy this glorious country, which is what we are going to look into next. Here are the best activities to consider if you want to get a real taste of Australia on your next holiday.

 

Taste of Australia

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Off-Roading

The vast majority of Australia is mostly uninhabited, and this actually offers a great opportunity to the adventurous traveller to really make the most of the natural landscape. One particularly special way to explore the vastness of the land is to go off-roading, a truly exciting pursuit which is sure to leave you in awe.

If this appeals to the adventurer in you, then consider finding a good quality 4WD Bush Camper for hire and strap yourself in for an enthralling ride. All areas of the country lend themselves well to off-roading, but you do need to make sure you are doing it somewhere it is not frowned upon. If you look around you are sure to find locals engaged in the same activity – a sure sign that you can do the same.

 

Surfing

If there is anything that conjures to mind an idea of the Australian ideal clearly, it is the act of surfing. If you have never surfed before, you might well be a little apprehensive about trying it out. That is perfectly fair enough, but it might be worth considering giving it a go anyway, especially as it is such a uniquely Australian pastime.

Other countries may surf, but Australia is the true spiritual home of the sport, and it has to be one of the best ways to really get a sense of what the country is all about. A good start is to go and find a surfing instructor who specialises with newcomers to the sport. They should be able to help you develop your confidence and get on your way to enjoying this amazing pastime.

 

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BBQing

There is nothing that quite says Australia like having a barbeque on the beach. Many Australian beaches have public barbeques, and if you really want to get into the Australian way of life, making use of these is going to be the way to do it. There is a great public communal joy in having barbeques together, and it is easily one of the best ways to spend the days in the sun regardless. Make sure your trip includes a few barbeques if you really want to feel like an Aussie.

The above is only a start to getting a good sense of Australian life, but it will be a good way to begin. If you are planning a trip around Australia, these three activities will form the basis of a strong journey, and will make it all the more enjoyable as well.

 

Guilderton, Western Australia

Get a real taste of Australia and jump for joy.

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