Tagged: Travel

Unforgettable Experience in Vietnam

  • Conical Hat
    The conical Vietnamese Hat known as Non La (Nón Lá written in Vietnamese) in Vietnam but also called Asian Hat or Conical Hat, is together with Vietnamese dress (Ao dai), one of the most notorious and visible symbols of Vietnam.
  • Life Is Great!
    Champagne and lobster, whatelse? ;)
  • An Lam Nihn Van Bay Villas
    An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas, the ultimate luxury resort. Situated in the picturesque Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • I Feel Good!
    I felt so alive after a hike up the mountain and down to the beach.
  • Mama & Son
    On a hot summer day in Nha Trang.
  • Exotic Fruits
    My favorites, Durian and Mangosteen.

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Land of Enchantment: A New Discovery for Amir Landsman

While people out West have known about the joys of New Mexico for years, the first visit can be a bit daunting for New Yorkers like Amir Landsman.

Some tourists fear that such a sparsely populated state has little to offer, while others worry about having too little time to see all of the sights. Concentrating on the most popular destinations can leave even the most harried travelers with a sense of accomplishment.

The Four Corners

New Mexico forms part of the Four Corners area of the United States, along with Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Getting there from one of these states or from eastern neighbors Texas and Oklahoma typically involves driving on I-40 or I-25.

Visitors from farther away can access New Mexico’s only major airport in Albuquerque, the state’s most populated city.

Exploring Albuquerque

While in Albuquerque, visitors should take a ride on the Sandia Peak tramway. Operating on the world’s longest tramway, the Sandia tram cars deliver exceptional views of the Cibola National Forest and the sprawling city of Albuquerque.

Visitors can also go hiking, biking, rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, ballooning or golfing nearby.

Venturing out in Old Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the United States, sits an hour north of Albuquerque.

This eclectic city attracts art lovers and foodies from around the globe. In particular, the Crosby Theatre at the Santa Fe Opera promises a magical evening to capture both the ears and the eyes. This award-winning, open-air theater permits guests to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The complex hosts contemporary musicians as well as classical performers. Amir Landsman had actually made Santa Fe the home base during his family’s last visit to the Land of Enchantment.

Taking in Taos

Visitors who travel 50 miles south of the Colorado border can see the sights of Taos, a city with more than 20 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to its excellent ski resorts, Taos also offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to fish, hike, bird watch and enjoy the scenery. Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Taos.

Culture in Las Cruces

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, tourists should see the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. This interactive site brings meaning to the 3,000 years of farming and ranching that have sustained the region. The museum provides demonstrations and exhibits on milking, blacksmithing, saddle making, cowboy culture, Spanish conquistadors, Native American living, desert gardening, irrigation techniques and livestock practices.

Aliens in Roswell?

No trip to the Southwest would be complete without a stop in the alien capital of the world.
Roswell, New Mexico, acts as the epicenter for anything related to UFOs and extraterrestrial life.

After laughing at some creative advertising and reviewing some thought-provoking materials, visitors can return to Earth and check out the Roswell Museum and Art Center. This establishment presents southwestern watercolors, early modernist paintings and other examples of fine artwork. It also houses the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, which aims to educate and entertain the public on the topic of space science.

Whether a stop for the night or home for a week, the Land of Enchantment has something to offer every traveler. Every trip to the southwestern United States should include some discovery time in New Mexico.

RAK: An Affordable Leisure Destination in UAE

Located in the northernmost region of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the sheikdom Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has become a hotspot for tourism and business activity. With tons of tourist attractions, lower cost of living and great incentives for foreign businesses and investors, it is no wonder that this region has become so popular.

In recent years, under the rule of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah has successfully recovered from the credit crisis that affected countries across the globe. Since its economic rebound, RAK has rebranded itself as a top tourism destination in the United Arab Emirates.

A Tourism Hotspot

For tourists, Ras Al Khaimah offers affordability, breathtaking scenery, abundant activities and world-class dining. The savings start from the moment a visitor books a flight. With its own national carrier, RAK is able to offer inexpensive flights across the region as well as back and forth to Britain. After arriving at RAK, tourists can choose from an array of luxurious yet affordable beach-front hotels that provide spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. Other attractions include world-class golf courses, parasailing, Iceland Water Park, aquatic adventures, motor racing, horseback riding and more.

Rapid Growth

When Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi took office in 2003, he made social and economic reform his primary concerns. These changes have lead to a rapid increase in tourism activity in the past three years. Since 2011, the number of annual visitors to Ras Al Khaimah has increased from 885,000 to an estimated 1.2 million. This rapidly growing tourism industry has begun to attract the attention of major hotel chains including Waldorf-Astoria and Doubletree.

Attractive Business Opportunities

In addition to attracting an increasing number of tourists, the emirate and Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi have also been receiving attention from businesses across the globe. With its stable political setting and thriving economy, RAK was awarded the title of “Most Attractive Place in the Middle East for FDI” by the Financial Times in 2009. Since then, this region has frequently been compared to popular financial centers like New York, London and Mumbai.

Thanks to Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi and his progressive approach to business, Ras Al Khaimah has created incentives to draw foreign businesses and investors to the region. These benefits are administered by the Investment and Development Office of the Ras Al Khaimah and include perks like 100 percent exemptions on corporate and income taxes, 100 percent capital and profit repatriation and a huge network of promotional centers throughout the UAE, Asia, Europe and the United States.

A Rising Emirate

With more affordable amenities and living costs than other UAE areas like Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah has become an increasingly popular destination for both tourists and businesses. That surge is expected to continue as more resorts, tourist attractions and business opportunities expand throughout Ras Al Khaimah. It’s no wonder that the diverse emirate is now known as “A Rising Emirate.”