Adventures in Hang Son Doong, the World’s Largest Cave

Considered as the largest cave world over, the three million-year-old cave is located in central Vietnam. The cave’s name translates as ‘Mountain River Cave’. The cave ceiling is spread 100 meters over our heads. Sun rays stream in through the serrated sides of the cliffs. The high-pitched calls of the macaque monkeys and the birds bounce off the limestone walls, resounding from the world past the skylight. The Hang Son Doong cave is situated in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province in the middle of the Phong Nha-Ke National park.

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In 1990, a local farmer, Ho Khanh, stumbled upon the cave. While in the jungle, he heard the gushing sounds of the underground river and saw clouds hanging above the large opening in the limestone. He reported his discovery to the British Caving Research Association but sadly, upon his return he got lost and could not find the cave. The cave remained lost for eighteen years, and in 2008 as he was hunting for food, Ho found the entrance to the cave again. A year later he returned with Howard and Deb Limbert both from the BCRA.

The Hang Son Doong covers an area of more than 5 kilometers (3 miles) and a height of two hundred meters. The main grotto is huge enough to accommodate a whole New York City housing block. The Hang Son Doong was for the first time opened to the public in 2013, with the Oxalis tour company offering limited 5-day expeditions. The use of only one Tour Company has helped protect the cave from huge developments. The tours run once a week from February to August yearly and only ten customers are allowed for each departure.

The Hang Son Doong has a unique eco-system with its own localized weather. Scattered in the dried pools are the unique limestone cave pearls and the biggest stalagmite ever stands eighty meters tall. The collapsed cave ceilings have formed openings called dolines, which allow plant life to grow in the cave.

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The journey into the Hang Son Doong involves a 2-day trek through thick jungle shrubbery and crossing rivers to arrive at the cave’s entrance. Night-time is spent camping within the cave and the close by Hang En cave. The Hang En has come to be recognized as the third largest cave world over. In order to get to the end of the cave, hikers climb, crawl, abseil and swim through the underground rivers, making this a remarkable adventure. Even with the physical strains, guests are well cared for; accompanied by 2 caving experts, two chefs, three local guides, 20 porters and two park rangers who ensure the expedition is exceptional and safe. Small tour groups ensure the cave is preserved as well.

The Quang Binh province has greatly benefited from the growing tourism after the discovery of the cave. Many locals turned to tourism after guests started arriving; this has contributed greatly to the provinces’ economic growth. Local entrepreneurs have established hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and eco-conservation companies to work together with the caving expeditions.

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In recent years, the Sun Group, a Vietnamese development firm has been forward with its intention to construct a cable car to the Hang Son Doong. In 2015, strong opposition from the UNESCO and other activist groups urged the Vietnamese government to briefly stop the construction permits. The cable car construction still looms and it remains unknown whether the approval will be allowed.

Some people are for the idea that tourism will keep benefiting the locals, while others express their concern regarding the destruction tourism will cause to the ecosystem due to the high numbers of guests it brings. Comparable projects like the Mount Fansipan and the Halong Bay have experienced major environmental due to tourism. It can only be anticipated that a responsible and sustainable decision is arrived at to help preserve the Hang Son Doong.


Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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A Surfer Paradise in Asia

People travel to Asia for its beautiful landscapes, ancient temples, exotic beauty, rich culture and colourful lifestyle. But did you know that aside from these, you can also go on a surfing trip in Asia? Yes, that’s right. Some countries in Asia boast perfect waves for surfing, just like Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, California, Sydney, and Victoria. Interested but no clue where to go? Read on as we take you to Asia’s best-surfing spots.

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Pansea Beach (Phuket, Thailand)
This remote surf spot has about 3-5 foot waves and shallow reef and rips, so it is not exactly suitable for beginners. The beach itself is nice; only 250 meters long and certainly not crowded. Take note, though, locals do not really talk about this secret little spot, but if you want to try it out nevertheless, the best time to go is from May to October.

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Cloud 9 (Siargao, Philippines)
Siargao is a laidback island that can be accessed via an hour flight from Cebu or Manila. There are many surf spots on the island, but the best one is Cloud 9. It hosts the yearly Siargao cup, a surfing competition that welcomes both local and international surfers. The waves here can be very powerful, but some areas are also suitable for novice surfers. The people are also very nice and the cost of living is extremely cheap. You can event rent a motorbike for less than $10 per day and tour the whole island (and find more hidden surf spots) on it.

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Bamboo Island (Sihanoukville, Cambodia)
Cambodia’s beaches may not be as famous as Thailand’s beaches, however, they have a little paradise called Bamboo Island that offers an equally amazing view and powdery white sand. What’s even better is that this remote island has the perfect waves for intermediate surfing. Want to go? Be sure to book your travel from June through October to get the best waves.

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Bai Dai Beach (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
This place is the go-to place of the rich and famous. If you want luxury (and rub elbows with celebrities), this is perfect for you. The waves are perfect for beginners and the long stretch of sand is perfect for basking as well.

God’s Left or Nihiwatu (Sumba Island, Indonesia)
To access this paradise, travellers will have to take a 2-hour flight from Bali. This highly exclusive island features left-hand mighty waves that are perfect for pro surfers and a view that will surely take your breath away.

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Veedol Beach (Tohoku, Japan)
Whether you’re a novice or a pro, Veedol Beach is your go-to surf spot in Japan. Tohoku itself offers several other tourist spots aside from this surfing haven, but the waves might just glue you to your surfboards!

Kuda Villingli Island (Maldives)
If you think Maldives only offers stunning resorts and beaches, sorry, but you are wrong. Kuda Villingli Island is an uninhabited island that can be reached through a boat ride. Because of the quiet and its amazing untouched surroundings, it is perfect for relaxing as well, apart from surfing. Surfing here requires agility as the waves pick up some speed from time to time.

We have all the secret beaches at our fingertips. Just askus@ladyredot.com because we know and tell!


mish
Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

Worldwide Romantic Locations

Romantic, hmmm different people will have different ideal romantic pictures: to some, it’s the dazzling beaches, to others, it’s candlelit dinner in the middle of nowhere. So when it comes to picking the ideal destinations for you and your significant other half, it depends on what you and your half love to experience. Maybe a little guide will help you to choose better?

Let’s start the journey with exotic destinations in Africa, the colony usually got the bias for being rich in culture yet dry and rough in nature, my stereotype vanished shortly after knowing such dreamy places are in Africa.

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Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
These iconic trees are a must see when you visit this famous land. Imagine the two of you, so little, enjoying the sunray blend perfectly with the giant trees, during the sunset or sunrise. Wish your love grows as robust as the baobabs trees.

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Victoria Falls
“Hello from the other side”, the Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe offers the best romantic activities: from packing a picnic basket to enjoy the most magnificent view of the Falls while you wine and dine, or taking bungee jumping together to catching the most beautiful moonlight or having a sunset cruise with arms wrap around each other. Enough to wow your dream romance getaway yet? Tip: the Zambia side is less touristy, which means you can enjoy same experiences but with more privacy.

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Fez, Morocco
The state of world culture and art undeniably bring you the best experiences while travelling as a couple or solo. If you both are obsessed with the architecture, colourful decoration or shopping unique items for your new home together, you are in the right place. The city itself evoke the sense of romance in an authentic atmosphere.

Now get on the plane and fly to Europe, home of romances.

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Santorini, Greece
Obviously, this famous white and blue beach city are among the places where your dream come true. Every corner here celebrate the love: exotic beaches, dinner or breakfast with Ocean view, dim light and listen to the wave, honeymoon over and over again.

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Prague 
Unarguably, Prague is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The heart of Europe has several to do lists for the couple: walk around the vintage city with the generous touch of nature: mild weather, river, trees, and flower. What else is unique: do check out the local love land at Petřín Park on the May 1, the “day of love” they call, some excellent activities to see and do.

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Brugge, Belgium
I know lot of other cities in Europe should be on this list, but why Brugge, because I’m a chocolate avid and of course chocolate to me associated with romance. November is the month you should schedule to be here for the chocolate festival. Who doesn’t love Belgium chocolate, get to see such celebration where you find yourself get lost in the chocolate museum and art and free samples, oh yes, pure romance it is. Bonus, the city, has its charms that you will for sure enjoy as well.

How about Asia, what can it offer for honeymooners? Apparently, the tropical weather comes in handy with fantastic beaches and islands across Asia, let me make some recommendations:

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Maldives
The Pearl of Indian Ocean, I believed no words needed to praise the most sought after honeymoon destination. But do plan fast as the country will be the first to disappear due to the greenhouse effects. You surely don’t want to miss the crystal white sand beaches, resorts on the sea and lots more here.

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Dalat, Vietnam
The hot spot year round for couple get away; the little Paris apparently is the romance capital of the country. The city offers beautiful landscape with flowers, mountain, waterfalls and plenty more to offer. You are in Asia, with the touch of Europe, experience the blended culture, with the cup of coffee during the windy, cold days. Tip: ride a couple bicycle to test the compatibility of you and your partner, it’s fun.

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Lombok, Indonesia
Love Bali yet tired of the crowd? Try the sister island, which is 3 hours ferry ride away. Similar to Bali, the island offers tranquil beaches and an active volcano. Get adventurous with your love ones climbing the mountain, have picnics and then retreat to the beach. Doesn’t it sound like such a memorable trip altogether?

Lastly, check out the Middle East.

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Abu Dhabi
Remember the luxury scenes in “Sex and the City”; yes the desert romance will blow your mind in real life too. Enjoy the five-star lifestyle at one of the finest resorts and hotels hub worldwide, joining a Night Safari tour and peak: sunrise balloon ride across the desert. Not to mention, romantic dinner set at stretching sand dunes, I would say yes all the way.

Regardless where you might pick to reheat your love, it’s essential that the experiences you will get together, those shared photos and feelings will create the most romantic memories when looking back.

Whether it is candlelight dinner by the beach or a stroll by the river, our specialists here at LadyRedot can arrange everything perfectly for you. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


june June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Bucket Lists: Must Try Activities for Adventurous Hearts

Going on an adventure is unquestionably good for you physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a unique way to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world. If you haven’t created your 2017 trip itinerary, considering doing it the adventurous way.

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Shark Dives
Irrespective of the type of sharks you’ll be swimming with —hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, white tip sharks or the gentle giant whale sharks—dipping in the water with even just one shark takes a lot of courage and is not for the faint-hearted.

However, the activity is as rewarding as it is risky, and is certainly a unique way to respect and appreciate marine life, specifically sharks, which usually spell menace to some people. Lucky for those who’d love to give this a try, this activity is available in a lot of places. You can do this in Mexico, Bahamas, Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, Maldives, Fiji, North Carolina and of course, most places in Australia.

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Adventure Caving
Not for the claustrophobic, this activity requires one to not only be physically fit but also mentally committed. With headlamps as your only source of light (99% of the time), you’ll have to squeeze your way through tight and moist places, and you have to be ready for unexpected bumps.

After gruelling hours in dark passages, caverns decorated with beautiful rocks or breathtaking waterfalls usually, will cap the trip with so much satisfaction. If you want to see the beauty of the underworld, New Zealand, Belize, Vietnam, China, Slovenia, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, Iceland, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Venezuela, USA, and South Africa are all famous for their mysterious caves.

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Hiking and Trekking
Hiking and trekking can take hours, or even days depending on your trail, so stopovers are necessary to regain your momentum. Both require a lot of stamina and preparation as you’ll not only be walking for a long time, you also have to be ready for heat or cold depending on where you are. The rewards you reap from these activities are many, from the scenic views to the quiet and still moment with nature.

If you want to hit the road less traveled, try the best trails in the world: Queen Charlotte Track (New Zealand), Bay of Fires (Australia), Chilkoot Trail (Alaska), Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina), Kungsleden (Sweden), Tonquin Valley (Canada), Croagh Patrick (Ireland), Kalalau Trail (Hawaii), and Mountain of the Moon (Uganda).

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Skydiving
While jumping out of a plane and freefalling from thousands of feet above may be something you’d never do even when it’s the only way to survive, skydiving can be very fulfilling especially to those who want to challenge their fear of heights. If your guts (and budget) allow you, try skydiving in Palm Jumeirah (Dubai), Livingstone (Zambia), and Cairns (Australia).

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Heli-ski
This is perhaps the least famous one on the list, as there are only a limited number of spots that offer this kind of adventure. Also, the ski equipment you need and the helicopter ride mean this activity does not come cheap. To heli-ski, a helicopter takes you to a remote snow mountain so you can ski or snowboard downhill. If you like to get that adrenaline rush while you slide downhill, try heli-skiing in Japan, Switzerland, British Columbia, Russia, and even India.

If you are ready for the adventure of your lifetime, we are ready for you! Allow LadyRedot plan your adventures in 2017 and create a lifelong worth of memories for you. Have a chat with us at askus@LadyRedot.com.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

How Vietnamese celebrate Tet

Watermelon, Chung cake, Tet cake, lucky money.. Yes, you guess it right, I’m referring to the biggest celebration in Vietnam, Tet Nguyen Dan. Tet, as of how the Vietnamese usually call it, is the New Year, very similar to Chinese New Year in several ways the event has its own unique charms.

Tet’s atmosphere starts prior than the main dates itself. 1 month prior to Tet, people are already rushing with the preparation: making traditional dried candied fruits, cleaning and decorating the house, making the special cakes for Tet, shopping for new clothes, just like how the Western would prepare for Christmas.

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The closer to the Tet’s Eve, it gets busier everywhere. Big cities starts to empty as everyone heads to their hometown to gather with family, every businesses rush to finish prior to the events. There is a saying: “As empty as the New Year’s Eve”, which indicated the fact that nobody outside doing any business, as this is the time to head for home, for the family. Nowadays, you will still find that most of the stores, markets closed several days before Tet or latest on the last day of the year.

New Year’s Eve for many families is the gathering time, where people will have a small meal to worship the ancestors and thankful for the protection and all the good things happened last year. In the past, when fire crackers were still allowed, then you would hear a lot of crackling and amusement. Nowadays, people anticipant eagerly for the fireworks to begin.

So, what is it like during Tet?

People dress nicely to visit the temple and the graveyard of your late loved ones. Followed by visitation of the relatives, where the children and the elders will get the lucky money, as a wish for health and luck all year around. At each house, people invite you for a drink, can be either tea or alcohol and some sweets, wishing each other for a smooth new year.

The Tet has 3 official days, traditionally, the first day is to visit the Father’s family, second day for the Mother’s family, third day for the teachers, neighbors, and friends. However, nowadays, family size tends to be smaller, people would just combine everything in a single day for the convenience.

The most common entertainment during Tet is “gambling”, kids have their own set of games, which they can use a part of the lucky money to play. Adults also gather around to gamble, on a small scale and fun way to relax rather than serious gambling.

Some of the items are always present during Tet are:

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The Chung and Tet cake
Both are the traditional glutinous rice cake for Tet, that have the square and round shape respectively, symbolised the ground on our feet and the sky above our head. The cake is a combination of the meat, green bean, sticky rice, wrapped in the banana leaf and cooked over 48 hours and served with a typical fish sauce. The cooking part is the most interesting part as everyone get to gather around the charcoal stove, take turns to be in charge and exchange the stories. Simple connection in the old style.

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Watermelon
The fruit, with the red coloured juicy flesh covered with a smooth hard green skin, is believed to represent luck combined with hard work for a fruitful year.

Once a upon a time, the king gotten angry because the prince stated the fact that with hands and brain, everything and anything is possible. The king wanted to challenge his son, he forced him and his family to live on an island, without any food or water.

One day, the birds brought some strange seeds to the island, he planted it and watermelons began to grow successfully. Since then, he has been trading the fruit for food, clothes, and water. The business went so well that he has built his own kingdom from the island, and proven his word to his father.

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Five-fruit tray
A tray of different type of dried candied fruits to invite your guests while having the chatting. the tray normally contains the 5 different types of fruits depend on where you from in Vietnam, for eg, the south five-fruit tray will contain: custard apple, cluster fig coconut, papaya, and mango which each fruit pronounced in Vietnamese are “Cầu sung dừa đủ xài”. The whole sentence means: wishing a well-being year with enough prosperity.

The core value of the New Year has always remains in the hearts of the Vietnamese: time for the reunion, for connection and good wishes. If you wish to join in with the Vietnamese and bask in good wishes and joy, come and have a chat with us anytime at askus@ladyredot.com.


 

juneJune explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Places to see (Sakura) cherry blossom in 2017

 

If you have not seen Cherry Blossom at least once in your life, you are actually missing out on its beauty. I’m going to show you that Japan isn’t the only choice though that is obviously the most popular choice among all.

Japan
The cherry blossom season in Japan starting from late March to early May, depend on the locations. Some of the best spots to watch the show are:

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Takayama city, Gifu
A beautiful spring festival framed in white and pink colour, an enchanting sight that allows your eyes to feast on its beauty.

Kinosaki Onsen town, Hyogo
A romantic movie-like scene when Spring season arrives, where the pink glows along the street, it is an irresistible beauty.

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Fukuoka Castle Ruins at Maizuru Park, Fukuoka
The vintage classic atmosphere of the ruined castle blends perfectly with the fascinating blooming of more than 1000 cherry trees.

Japan Mint, Osaka
Passed down centuries of tradition since the end of the 19th, every year this place held the seasonal festival for the public to enjoy the gorgeous, iconic flowers blossom.

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Mt. Yoshino, Nara
The best among the best. Just vision the whole mountain covered in pink and white, the most romantic picture-perfect setting I believed.

Hirosaki Castle Park, Hirosaki city, Aomori
Another favourite spot where cherry blossom addicts flock to while in Japan.

Korea
Lesser known than Japan doesn’t mean Korea has less to offer in this springtime. Check out the hot spots for your magnificent cherry blossom backdrops:

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Busan
There are many sites in this touristic town, where your craving for cherry blossom is satisfied: Haeundae Dalmaji Road, colour Stream Park, Igidae Coastal Promenade, Mt. Hwangnyeong Ring Road are among the best to enjoy the springtime performance.

Seoul
Book your ticket to come here in early April and participate in festivals like Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. The splendid sightings of the pink and white fallen petal carpet ensure plenty picture perfect moments.

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Jeju Island
The idyllic island is famous for their legendary cherry trees, which only blossom for 2 – 3 days each year. A well worthy rare sight that should not be missed.

Europe
After a long cold, snowy winter, Spring time is widely welcomed around Europe. In some countries, this comes with the glorious blooming of cherry trees. Let check them out together:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yes, not only tulip fields but also Sakura, get yourself to the English park and being rewarded with the romantic walkway here.

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Stockholm, Sweden
The classic fairy tale sightings blend with the silky pink color from million cherry petals entirely a princess dream comes true.

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London, UK
Despite numerous flowers unfold their beauty during spring time, it is undeniable, cherry tree holding the crown.

Other Countries
Vancouver, Canada
The spring celebrations here has always included the beauty of cherry blossom. If you already used to the incredible yellow Falls, try to visit Vancouver during Spring for a change, which is equally impressive.

Washington DC, US
Cheering your US spring with cherry blossoming isn’t a bad idea at all, especially when it has such irresistible natural beauty.

Dalat, Vietnam
If you happen to be in South East Asia yet still love to have a glimpse of Sakura blooming, you are at the right place. Starting from Feb, the little city change to its pink dress to celebrate Tet, the Vietnam New Year.

Chiang Mai, Northen Thailand
Another budget-friendly spot to enjoy the shower of cherry flower or Tiger Queen as how the local like to refer to. Unlike the professional festivals in Japan or Korean, or the entirely different fairy tale look in Europe, cherry blossom here mixes with the rural breath, giving another unique experience.

As one of the most famous iconic flowers signalise Springtime, Cherry Blossom is not only a show of nature beauty but also a remind of how fragile and quick beautiful moments flash. Enjoy the short yet elegant beauty as much as you treasure the little joys in life.

Do not miss out the little treasures in your life, let us help you to take small steps to create memories. Just askus@LadyRedot.com.


june June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Best Nature Picture Perfect Backdrops in Asia

When it comes to photoshoots, Mother Earth have so many natural backdrops that wow us, it is impossible to just pick just 10 out of thousand fascinating sceneries. So, for this article, I only choose representatives, well-known or hidden gems, from each destination in Asia for nature-savvy folks like me. Get ready to pleasure your photogenic souls with these favourites.

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1. Panjin Red Beach, China
I know China is an amazing country and she isn’t lack of white sanded beaches. Pay a visit to the magnificent red beach, the unique red carpet colour due to the special seaweed, growing on this salty delta land. I promise you it will change your definition of beach forever. Best time to capture this wonder is during Autumn, when they started to turn red, be aware of the crowd, though.

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2. Cổ Thạch beach, Vietnam
Another unusual beach for movie-like shots is located in Tuy Phong, 90km from Phan Thiet. The well-hidden beach is covered with the most colourful small stones in various shapes. If you find stone banks and giant rocks are magnificent, this is the must-see destination for you. Tip: visit this beach in March- April for alien-like photos: when the rocks are covered with green moss, blended with crystal water, the sunset at this place is simply beyond words.

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3. Kelimutu crater lakes, Indonesia
Are you obsessed with magic and want your photo to have some magical touch without any touch ups using Photoshop? You have just come to right place! On top of a volcano, there are 3 lakes, with different colours that change with the seasons that is believed due to the residence of after-life spirits . The iconic lakes were once featured on Indonesia currency.

4. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
There is something about the massive rocks that always catch my attention. The spectacular and well reserve cliff are truly amazing. From the way down to all the way up, there are hundreds of spots for you to take photos. If you are willing to climb to the top, you will be rewarded with the extraordinary paranormal view of Sri Lanka.

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5. Padang Pasir at Pantai Klebang, Melaka, Malaysia
What do you know about Malaysia? Yes, I’m sure we are all familiar with the stunning white-sand beaches, exotic tropical forests of the “truly Asia”. Do you know that there is a desert-like spot in this country? Actually, Padang Pasir is a white sand dune near to the beach, photos taken here can be easily mistaken for those in the real desert in Abu Dhabi.

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6. Rice terraces and hill tribes, Sapa, Vietnam
As one of the most favourite spots for honeymooners, the rice terraces make you feel peaceful in the most ordinary way. Visit this top north area, indulge yourself at the laid-back Sapa town and let the ethnic group local here leads you to their wonders. I’m sure the saying “inspiration comes from the ordinary” is absolutely true.

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7. Shibazakura, Hokkaido, Japan
Japan, I know, you know, the tiny island with splendid landscapes across the country. If you want to catch something as fascinated as sakura blooming, consider visiting Hokkaido during May and June, when the Shibazakura festival is held. The vast hill covered by pink carpet made up of the blossoming flowers, ensure you get a stunning jaw-dropping photo.

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8. Tavan Bogd Mountain, Mongolia
Experienced the nomadic lifestyle, and get your breathtaking scenes all over this perfect picture country. Allow yourself blending into the mother nature and let her inspire the artist in you. One thing I’m afraid is that you will be so overwhelmed by the beauty that you might forget to capture them!

9. Ghanche District, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan
The media definitely exposes you enough with the chaos in Pakistan but failed to mention how beautiful the country has to offer. Yes, what you seeing is not in Canada or any Europe country but rather a small town in Pakistan. Plan your visit in Autumn and enjoy the beautiful yellow fallen leaves along the road, above your head, and under your feet.

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10. Palawan, The Philipines
Finally, back to the classic, turquoise water, dazzling white sand, the underground river, massive cliff, I’m taking you to the newly-claim “World Nature of Wonders”, Palawan. Ensure to get a waterproof camera here if you wish to have the underwater world as your perfect backdrop.

Set your camera right, pick the perfect season, explore the goddess settings and learn to treasure the mother Earth’s gifts. Join us for more than just reading content off our website, we can bring you to the ends of Earth for the most beautiful sights feast upon your eyes, just askus@ladyredot.com.


 

june June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.