Thursday, November 11, 2021

Discovering Ngải Thầu Thượng, the highest village in Lào Cai

Ngải Thầu Thượng is considered the highest village in Lào Cai Province and features charming natural scenery with year-round white clouds and a romantic sunset.

Located at an altitude of more than 2,000m above sea level, the village in Ngải Thầu Commune, Bát Xát District, about 80km from Lào Cai City, possesses a cool climate all year round. Almost every season of the year, the village is covered by fluffy white clouds, painting a beautiful picture of nature.

Ngải Thầu Commune includes Ngải Thầu Thượng and Ngải Thầu Hạ. Ngải Thầu Hạ (the lower area) and is located on the provincial Road 158 and features ravishing valleys of terraced fields. Meanwhile, Ngải Thầu Thượng (the upper region) is located on the top of Ma Cha Va Mountain which is the highest position in Lào Cai Province.

We had the opportunity to visit Ngải Thầu Thượng and felt more deeply the intense, resilient vitality, changes of the borderland and met the ethnic Mông people in this village.

Ngải Thầu Thượng is like a land separate from the plains and other famous villages of Sa Pa Town. People often choose to explore Cát Cát Village, Tả Phìn Village more than visiting to Ngải Thầu because these villages are closer.

For many people, the highest village in Lào Cai is still relatively unknown.

Although not being as famous as Sa Pa, Ngải Thầu Thượng is still considered a "muse" of those who like to immerse themselves in pristine and pure nature. 

The road to Ngải Thầu has also been improved, so it is no longer difficult to travel. However, to reach this place, we went by motorbikes through the steep roads. If you just want to go to Ngải Thầu Hạ, it will be easier choice of travel and this was also the route where we could see the beautiful terraced fields of the northwest.

The fields of all shapes and sizes look like sparkling umbrellas, embracing the hillsides.

 

Ngải Thầu features valleys of terraced fields. — Photo vietsensetravel.com

We were captivated and ecstatic at the beauty of the lower region. But how could we miss a beautiful village in the upper region that was still waiting? 

The road to Ngải Thầu Thượng hasn’t developed in tourism and modern services, everything is still very primitive. The way of life and the culture and customs of the residents still retains traditional beauty.

The winding roads with an abyss on one side, mountains and forests in the distance, floating white clouds made us fall in love with the natural beauty. Then, when entering the village, gradually appearing in front of our eyes are the traditional houses and brilliant costumes of the Mông.

Ngải Thầu in the local language is "rock cape", protruding from the top of the majestic Ma Cha Va Mountain with four seasons of white fog and strong winds. Just early autumn but the weather here was already cold like winter.

 

The road to Ngải Thầu Thượng Village. — Photo phunungaynay.vn

Standing at Ngải Thầu Thượng, we saw Thiên Sinh valley and terraced fields spreading endlessly on the mountain slopes, glowing with a warm golden colours at the border [with China].

We went to Ngải Thầu Thượng in October when we could still search for the beautiful clouds. But perhaps winter and spring from November to April are best suited for cloud hunting. During this time, the sea of clouds here is almost always floating, white and dense like soap bubbles.

Thanks to the high terrain, cold and humid climate all year round, white clouds at Ngải Thầu Thượng always fill the valleys and crept into the high mountains. Sometimes, the white clouds fly to the villages which look like ocean waves, creating a wild beauty.

Compared to many other villages in the province, in Ngải Thầu Thượng tourism has not really developed. However, recently, many tourists have come to visit, so locals have also started  homestay service for visitors.

Ngải Thầu Thượng is the highest village but also the "youngest" village in Ngải Thầu Commune because most of the families here are young couples, leaving the lower villages with cramped land to come here to make their future.

In the early morning, the dawn breaks through the dense sea of clouds to illuminate the Mông villages along the mountainside in Ngải Thầu Thượng.

Life here is very peaceful. Every morning, the elderly stay at home to look after the children or do errands in front of their earth houses. Adults go to terraced fields to work. Some children carry baskets and take herds of goats into the forest to graze.

The locals are very sincere, friendly, enthusiastic and hospitable. We feel the warmth and joy from the elderly to the children in every house we visit.

A beautiful little corner in Ngải Thầu. — Photo phunungaynay.vn

Compared to many destinations in Lào Cai, Ngải Thầu Thượng is still not as famous. However with the imposing beauty of the mountains, terraced fields, white clouds and the hospitality and friendliness of the villagers, we always want to come back. VNS

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/travel/1067732/discovering-ngai-thau-thuong-the-highest-village-in-lao-cai.html

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sa Pa will hold the Snow Festival 2021

 Snow Festival is a unique event in Vietnam that only Sa Pa has. This is an annual festival, which has been organized by Lao Cai Provincial Tourism Information and Promotion Center since 2015 at Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province (North-west Vietnam).

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Sa Pa Snow Festival had held the 6th season. In December 2021 Sa Pa Snow Festival continues to be organized by the Lao Cai Provincial Tourism Information and Promotion Center in coordination with Sa Pa authorities and local businesses. The festival has really become an attractive and unique tourism product of Sa Pa and an indispensable destination in winter for tourists who love the misty land.


Snowfall is a common natural phenomenon in temperate countries, but in Vietnam, a subtropical country, this is the most anticipated special event in winter. For many years Sa Pa has snowfall and the Snow Festival as an opening event for the annual snowfall season. Sa Pa located at an altitude of over 1500m above sea level with the roof of Indochina - Fansipan peak 3,143m, where ice and snow often appear in winter, becomes more and more attractive to tourists every Christmas season.


Sa Pa in the cold winter, the snow covering the mountains and forests, the roads and roofs around the town creates a splendid and glorious scene and it is also the time when the whole family and friends gather together, enjoy traditional warm dishes of Sa Pa such as thang co, salmon hot pot, dried buffalo meat, night barbecue or participating in crowded and bustling outdoor activities.

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With the desire to bring unique tourism products to visitors to Sa Pa, the entire campus with nearly one ha wide at 02 Fansipan street, Sa Pa Town (opposite the horse yard and Sa Pa Church) is shimmeringly decorated with lights, sounds, flowers, scenes, etc., creating beautiful modern check-in frames such as the winter snow road, Sa Pa snow flower garden, snowy samu pine forest, snow villa, snow-covered terraced path, peach blossom garden - plum blossoms in the snow in the cherry blossom forest. During the Sa Pa Snow Festival in 2021, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy highland cuisine, watch the snow, immerse themselves in the Christmas space and celebrate the New Year with folk music and lively street music.


Sa Pa Snow Festival 2021 is completely free for the public to visit and experience at the end of December 2021.


Tourism Information Technology Center

French newspaper ranks Vietnam as top destination for winter

Vietnam has been topped the list of leading destinations in the world for winter, which has been announced by the oldest daily newspaper in France, Le Figaro.
Trang An Tourism Complex in Ninh Binh Province


According to Le Figaro, Vietnam possesses a treasure of world heritages such as Ha Long Bay with its astonishing landscapes, and Trang An Tourism Complex which is known as Ha Long Bay on land.

Ninh Binh also has wonderful mountains that are covered by a vegetation overlooks rice fields and ancient temples, said Le Figaro. The newspaper also suggested that in order to experience the rich land, the cradle of many long-standing cultural values, visitors should leave their luggage at Maison Que, a resort among rice fields, and then go boating and exploring caves.

Le Figaro noted that travellers should not miss the central region in Vietnam with many unexplored destinations, including Phu Yen Province with its long beaches or the ancient Champa ruins and rituals at sacred temples in Binh Dinh Province.

Tourists will enjoy a wonderful and quiet time relaxing at the world's leading resorts in Phu Yen, along with experiences of coral diving and taking cruises around the peaceful waters.

Following snow leopards in Ladakh (India), windy Seychelles Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, watching the northern lights in Lofoten (Norway), the "tropical paradise" in Thailand, and crossing the equator in Ecuador, were also among the suggestions by Le Figaro for visitors during winter.
Source : https://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/english/index.php/items/16399

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Dora Cruises

Dora Cruise — Lan Ha Bay Cruises

Dora Cruises — is where classic meets modern. We take you on a remarkable journey of discovery to an exceptional selection of destinations in Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay — UNESCO World Heritage sites. The cruise offers you 22 cabins with luxurious amenities, all of which have windows and balconies that offer great views of the enchanting green bay.
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DAY 1: HA NOI — HA LONG BAY — LAN HA BAY — TRUNG TRANG CAVE

8:45 Our car picks you up at your hotel or Dora Cruise Hanoi Office to travel to Tuan Chau island. At the pier, our crew will welcome you before your voyage begins.

11:45–12:45 — Arriving Tuan Chau marina, transferred by speedboat to Dora cruise.

Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing, safety instruction.

13:15–14:30 Lunch is served in Lavender restaurant.

15:15–16:30 Arrive at Trung Trang Cave is one of the most impressive caves in Cat Ba island Vietnam. Trung Trang cave has a length of about 300m through the mountain with thousands of stalactites in various shapes, offering geological values with a typical cave ecosystem.

18:00–19:00 Happy hour for Dora Cruises special drinks. You may enjoy a cocktail from our bar while admiring the golden sunset on the top of the deck.

18:00–18:30 Vietnamese cooking class.

19:15–20:30 Dinner is served in Lavender restaurant.

21:00–22:00 Discover a night filled with music, laughs and fun on the top of the deck, relax at Sens Spa or engage in fishing activity.

21:00–23:00 End of day 1 on board, you may want to relax in your room or socialize with other guests and take part in board games.

DAY 2: LIGHT & DARK CAVE — HANOI

6:00 Watch sunrise on the sundeck and participate in Tai Chi class to start an energetic day.

6:30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy a peaceful morning.

7:00–9:00 Arrive at Light and Dark Cave lies on beautiful Lan Ha bay — one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will explore the cave by bamboo boat rowing with local fishermen or swimming and kayaking to enjoy the fresh cold water.

9:30–10:30 Check-out and have lunch buffet in Lavender restaurant.

(Please note that key cards must be returned to reception desk after leaving the cabin to have lunch)

11:00 Farewell and get off Dora  Cruises.

12:00–12:15 Get on luxury van and get back to Hanoi.

15:30 | Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, end of unforgettable trip
Inclusion
Free round-trip bus ticket Hanoi — Ha Long for direct booking with Us.
Fully furnished cabin with private Ocean View Balcony.
English speaking guide onboard.
All meals onboard mentioned (02 lunch, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast).
Complimentary 2 bottled water in each Cabin.
Entrance and sightseeing fees.
Cooking class, Taichi.
Kayak (2 people share a kayak).
Exclusion
Limousine/private transfer Hanoi <-> Ha Long (upon request).
Spa, Massage, Beverages, Personal expenses.
Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and Lunar New year.
Tips for guide/driver/crew & All other services and items not mentioned specifically above.



KING DELUXE

The cozy rooms are connected to nature through large windows and balconies, are decorated with natural wood and antique furniture. Free your mind, enjoy the warmth of elegant interiors guaranteed to delight and inspire your journey in different ways.

Number of cabins: 8
Average cabin size: 28.0 sq
Type of cabin: Double bed
Max occupancy: 2 adults + 1 (extra bed)
Price From: USD584/2Pax/night
Paris Suites Room

is a truly inspirational space that allows you to enjoy the panoramic view of the sea — the sky — the land. Each room is spacious and has beautiful interior design together with harmoniously arranged decorations.

Number of cabins: 2
Average cabin size: 45.0 sq
Type of cabin: Double bed
Max occupancy: 2 adults + 1 (extra bed)
Price: USD610/2Pax/Night
Dora Suites Room

gives you one-of-the-kind luxury experience. Indulge yourself in our unique 45 sqm rooms boasting an exceptional view of the bay. Enjoy the magnificent sunset blooming over the water and relax in a place familiar, where the exotic feels like home.

Number of cabins: 2
Average cabin size: 45.0 sq
Type of cabin: Double bed
Max occupancy: 2 adults + 1 (extra bed)
Price: USD636/2Pax/night
QUEEN DELUXE ROOM

Number of cabins: 10
Average cabin size: 28.0 sq
Type of cabin: Twin or Double size
Max occupancy: 2 adults + 1 (extra bed)
Price From: USD558/2Pax/night
SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

We design eveything to ensure that your cruise is a serene break from everyday life. High-end services and facilities come together to pamper you and make every moment a special one.
BUS AND LUXURY VAN TRANSFER

Dora Cruise transport service minimizes the impacts of long driving time and brings a better experience to your trip from the beginning to the end.

FITNESS CENTER

Step into the gym, you will see a space full of natural light with panoramic views of the bay.
FITNESS CENTER

Step into the gym, you will see a space full of natural light with panoramic views of the bay.
TAI CHI CLASS in the morning

There is no better way to start your day than participating in our Tai Chi class early in the morning.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Truly Ha Giang bus Round trip

Truly Ha Giang bus Round trip

Providing limousine buses, travellers can book for the bus routes by Truly Ha Giang. This company serves buses departing from Hanoi to Ha Giang as well as return trips from Ha Giang to Hanoi conveniently. As for Hanoi to Ha Giang route, the buses leave as early as 6:30 AM, while the buses depart at 3:00 PM instead for Ha Giang to Hanoi.
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Truly-Ha-Giang-limousine-bus

Truly Ha Giang bus Timetable 

Hanoi – Ha GiangHa Giang – Hanoi
Departure Time6.30AM3.00PM
Pick-up Locations
  • 6:30: Agricultural Exhibition, 489 Hoang Quoc Viet
  • 7.00: No 13-15 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Bong, Hanoi
  • 7.30: Noi Bai Airport
168 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Giang
 Destinations168 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Giang
  • 20.30: Noi Bai Airport
  • 21.00: Hanoi Opera House, 01 Trang Tien
  • 21.30: Agricultural Exhibition, 489 Hoang Quoc Viet
Ha Giang is a must-visit place for those who are keen to experience a nature-filled life and travelling within the city is easy with Truly Ha Giang’s bus service. Travellers are advised to book Truly Ha Giang bus ticket early to avoid disappointments. Purchase the bus ticket through online booking system with many bus schedules available to choose from. Make the online booking for Truly Ha Giang bus ticket within minutes at Search form below :

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rosy Cruise |Halong Bay cruises Tour

 Rosy Cruise Halong  proudly offers the newest premier cruise experiences in Halong Bay which combines the most modern and greatest comfort. Wishing to provide customers the best culinary and premium cruise experiences, Rosy Cruise has developed a unique and difference journey to visit Halong Bay. We are proud to bring visitors the most exciting experiences in Halong Bay with many destination attractions such as: Pearl Farm Village, Amazing Cave, Dark Cave and Bright Cave, etc.
Rosy Cruise Halong
Rosy Cruise Halong

In all aspects, Rosy Cruise – the best 5 star  Halong Bay cruise seems to mirror the splendor and majesty of the surrounding scenery offered by the Heritage Site. Rosy Cruise does not only offers a unique Vietnam cruise experience, it also allows you to dream with your eyes wide open.

With Rosy Cruises, you will not only enjoy the unforgettable journey, but also experience Vietnamese culture while on board as well as get a personal view of daily life on a floating fishing villages and a Pearl Farming Village on unique cruise routes.

Our Vessel features modern safety private en-suite cabins which are designed to offer you exceptional services. All cabins are well-equipped to meet all requirements of travelers who are looking for luxury service.

Rosy Cruise 2 Days 1 Night

DAY 1: HANOI- HALONG- ON ROSA HALONG CRUISE ( L/ D)

07:45: Our tour guide and Limousine pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
08:15: Departure to Halong Bay for 3.5 Hours.
10:00: Arrive in Hai Duong province, and have 20 minute short break.
11:30 – 12:00: Arrive to Tuan Chau harbor.
12:15 Welcome to Rosy Cruise and enjoy Welcome drink, meet the captain, crew to get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin.

12:30: Enjoy Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.
– Continue cruising through Con Vit islet (Duck Islet), Thumb islet and Gia Luan Habour where belonged to Cat Ba area.
– Discover lagoon natural area belonged to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on our cruise (private, wild and fresh air).
– Heading back toward the sleeping area.
17.30: Come back to our Rosy Cruise and participate in our sunset party. Take photos and relax.

18:30: Join cooking class guided directly by Chef of Rosy Halong Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

19:30: Time for dinner enjoying special seafood and Vietnamese typical food on the cruise with BBQ food.

21:00: Evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, relaxing with massage service and overnight on the Rosy Cruise.

DAY 2: ROSA HALONG CRUISE- HANOI ( B/L)

06.30: Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck.
07.00 – 7:45: 
– Morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 
– Have breakfast.
08:00: 
– Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave (Hang Sang & Toi)
– Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on local bamboo boat rowed by the locals.
09:30: Check-out from the private cabin and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay.
10:00: Enjoy lunch on the cruise with Vietnamese cuisine.
12:00: Rosy Cruise are landing Tuan Chau Habour, tourist say goodbye to sailors and finish the cruise.
12:30: Return to Hanoi by Limousine.
14:20: Stopover in Hai Duong province to relax.
16:00: Arrive in Hanoi
Booking via link below : 

Halong  Rosy Cruise 3 days 2 nights 

DAY 1: HANOI- HALONG – LAN HA ON ROSY CRUISE ( L/ D)


07:45: Our tour guide and Limousine pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.

08:15: Departure to Halong Bay for 3.5 Hours.

10:00: Arrive in Hai Duong province, and have 20 minute short break.

11:30 – 12:00: Arrive to Tuan Chau harbor.

12:15 Welcome to Rosy Cruise and enjoy Welcome drink, meet the captain, crew to get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin.

12:30: Enjoy Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

– Continue cruising through Con Vit islet (Duck Islet), Thumb islet and Gia Luan Habour where belonged to Cat Ba area.

– Discover lagoon natural area belonged to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on our cruise (private, wild and fresh air).

– Heading back toward the sleeping area.

17.30: Come back to our Rosy Cruise and participate in our sunset party. Take photos and relax.

18:30: Join cooking class guided directly by Chef of Rosy Halong Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

19:30: Time for dinner enjoying special seafood and Vietnamese typical food on the cruise with BBQ food.

21:00: Evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, relaxing with massage service and overnight on the Rosy Cruise.


DAY 2: ROSY LAN HA – VIET HAI VILLAGE


06.30: Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck.

07.30 – 11:30:

– Morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.

– Have breakfast.

– Enjoy your time at Rosy Cruise and refresh yourself in amazing view of the Lan Ha bay while the boat continues cruising further for sightseeing.

11:30: Enjoy lunch on the cruise with Vietnamese cuisines

13:15: Transfer to the day boat heading to Viet Hai Village.

– Take the bicycle ride to enjoy gorgeous sceneries along village roads and go through rain forests

– Visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people

– Back to the day boat to continue cruising further in Lan Ha Bay

15:00: Arrive to Ba Trai Dao Beach area for swimming, guest will have chance to see fish farm at the typical Lan Ha bay floating village.

17.30 : Come back to our Rosy Cruise and participate in our sunset party. Take photos and relax.

19:30 and overnight:

– Enjoy meals and night activities

– Relax with massage services

– Take one of our on-board activities like squid fishing, watching movies in the restaurant.

– Overnight on board.



DAY 3: ROSY LAN HA – HA LONG CRUISE- HANOI ( B/L)

06.30: Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck.

07.00 – 7:45:

– Morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.

– Have breakfast.

08:00:

– Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave (Hang Sang & Toi)

– Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on local bamboo boat rowed by the locals.

09:30: Check-out from the private cabin and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay.

10:00: Enjoy lunch on the cruise with Vietnamese cuisine.

12:00: Rosy Cruise are landing Tuan Chau Habour, tourist say goodbye to sailors and finish the cruise.

12:30: Return to Hanoi by Limousine.

14:20: Stopover in Hai Duong province to relax.

16:00: Arrive in Hanoi

Booking via link below : 



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Top booking websites travelers must know

On this page, i’ve listed some of the best travel resource websites that we trust and personally use on a daily basis. They can help you organise your travels better, whether it’s a short trip or a long-term adventure.
I’ve created this list for free, but some of the links on this page are affiliates, which means by using any of the services or buying a product through our site we’ll get some commission that will help us to run this website, at no extra cost for you.

ACCOMMODATION
Airbnb
If you prefer a more local experience, over hotels and with a touch of home, than definitely look for your accommodation via Airbnb. It’s an online booking platform where owners share their places with travellers, although nowadays you can get a room, apartment, house, a castle, or an island solely to yourself since the owners tend to live outside the rented premises
Agoda
A great hotel booking website specialising in accommodation in Asia, although you can also book a hotel in Europe with them. We’ve been using Agoda for our travels in Southeast Asia ever since we hit the road, and we’ve always found some great deals here.
Plus, you can collect points for reviews of the hotels where you’ve stayed, and earn additional free accommodation. Check out their mobile booking app, which is awesome for a quick booking at airports, and train and bus stations, in case you arrive somewhere without a place to stay for the night.

Booking.com
Another booking service for hotels of various budgets all around the world. We love their user-friendly website, as well as the option to cancel your booking with no cost. The site is great for booking hotels and hostels in Europe.
Note: don’t be surprised if you book your room through Agoda.com and you receive a confirmation from Booking.com. The same company owns both of the booking websites, and bookings of accommodation in Europe via Agoda.com are managed through Booking.com. Generally though, you’ll find better deals for accommodation in Europe on booking.com.

Hotels.com
You’ll find some good last minute deals here, and if you’re a frequent traveller, you might like their reward program where after 10 bookings, you get one free night (at the average price of your former bookings).

HotelsCombined.
If you’re not sure through which booking site to book a room, try HotelsCombined. It’s a huge met a search engine with over 2 million deals from hundreds of travel sites so you’ll be able to compare the prices and pick the best deal.

Tripadvisior
TA is the world’s biggest travel site known for reviewing restaurants, attractions, tour operators, and other travel related services. You can actually instant book a room through Trip Advisor now. The search engine has basic filters, although we found that the one for different neighbourhoods is limited compared to the major hotel booking sites mentioned above.

Hostelworld.com
In case you love staying in hostels, this is the right platform to book your accommodation while traveling. One of the benefits is an online profile that can help you receive discounts at certain hostels, and excellent reviews that help you choose the best hostel for your travel style ie. large social hostels, small locally run hostels, even hostels with specific niche clientele (surfers, dancers, climbers, runners).

Couchsurfing
This is a huge travel community of hospitality and service around the world. The great thing about Couchsurfing is its focus of bringing people together through hosting at someone’s home. The main idea of the site is to exchange travel experiences, explore and live like a local, and possibly learn some new skills from your host or maybe teach him or her something you’re good at.
I’ve been using the platform since 2013 both as hosts and guests. Hosting in a private home is usually free. However, never consider it as totally free accommodation, because it wouldn’t be fair to people who welcome you at their place and dedicate their time and money (toiletries, food, water and electricity expenses) to misuse their hospitality and treat their home as a hotel. Instead, you can cook a dinner for your host, bring him/her a bottle of wine, a nice bag of tea, clean up the kitchen in exchange for accommodation.
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