Hellbrunn Palace – A Spectacular Delight

If you’re visiting Salzburg, don’t miss out on the chance to visit Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains. The massive palace was built by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems in 1613-19.
Situated in the South of Salzburg, this spectacular palace was only meant for use as a day residence in summer, as the Archbishop usually returned to Salzburg in the evening. The permanent interactive exhibition “GrandDelight – The unexpected world of Markus Sittikus” depicts numerous aspects of the castle and its history, which one can enjoy through an audio guide. One of the major attractions of this Palace is Trick Fountains, which consist of several water automats, grottos, and fountains. The main objective of Sittikus was to entertain his guests through these Fountains. One can enjoy the Fountains thoroughly with the help of an audio guide. I used a ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off’ bus from the city’s downtown to reach this place.

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Crossing The Border – From Thailand To Laos

My Laos sojourn began with a border crossing. The journey wasn’t smooth, but it was enjoyable – I loved it! After landing at Bangkok Airport, I spent one night at a small hotel, close to the airport. The next morning, I hired a taxi and used metro to reach Mo Chit Bus terminal. I immediately booked a ticket for Nong Khai – the Thai border town.
After leaving Bangkok city, a heavy downpour welcomed me. After all, it was the rainy season in Thailand (August). After reaching Udon Thani, the bus conductor told us to change to another bus for Nong Khai. It was close to 10:30pm and I was completely exhausted. Again I quickly booked a hotel close to Udon Thani bus station. Around 9am, I left for Nong Khai via a minivan; it took only an hour before arriving at the border. I rushed to the immigration department. The process was very quick; all you have to do is hand over your passport at immigration offices before proceeding into Laos without any hassle whatsoever!
After coming out of the office, the first thing I did was book a bus ticket because you can’t walk across the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge. After a few minutes, we reached Laos border and handed over my passport along with my e-visa (one can also opt for visa on arrival facility). With-in 5 minutes, I left the place with my passport. After walking a few meters, I found a bus heading to Vientiane. The price of the ticket was incredibly cheap! I had already bought some Kyat (Laos currency) at the border. And the journey continued…

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PS: I would like to thank experienced traveler Mr. Pritam Pandit for providing useful tips.

A Photo Essay On Laos

My Laos sojourn was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to explore two cities, Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and get a taste of what life in Laos is like. I was able to take some amazing photographs of the stunning landscapes, and I even had the opportunity to meet some locals and learn more about their culture and traditions. I got to experience the unique sights, sounds, and smells of the country, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to travel there. One of the focal points of the trip was a memorable train journey. – Vientiane- Luang Prabang-Vientiane. Exploring the temples, museums, and natural wonders of Laos was a photography enthusiast’s delight! The climate was too hot and I left my DSLR at the hostels. So I used a basic Motorola phone to capture the beauty of this country and share it with the world. I took so many shots of the captivating architecture, vibrant markets, and stunning landscapes. I even got the chance to take photos of Kuang Si Falls, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Laos. The lush greenery, the towering cascading waterfalls, and the bright blue pools – it was all too beautiful not to capture with my mobile. My photography adventure in Laos was a dream come true. It was a chance to explore the country and make beautiful memories that I can now look back on with nostalgia. I’m so glad I went and I can’t wait to travel to Laos again!

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Win A Trip To Munich

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The winner will be declared in November. Don’t miss the golden opportunity to explore enchanting Munich. #MunichCalling

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With Love From Salzburg

I am sharing a few beautiful images of Salzburg, where I stayed for three nights. Words are not enough to describe this picturesque Austrian city, the birthplace of the world-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The weather was just perfect for photography. Fantastic architecture, lovely cafes, and exquisite bars make this city a wonderful tourist attraction. There are many popular spots that I could not visit due to lack of time. However, I got to spend some quality time in Mirabell Palace,
Hohensalzburg Fortress, and Hellbrunn Palace, which I will cover in my next blog posts. I am sure you will fall in love with this place.

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Encounter With Wild Flowers In Thailand

Before embarking on an ambitious trip to Laos, I stayed near Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok for a day. Surrounded by trees and lush greenery, this place was quite enticing and beautiful. I could not stop myself from capturing several photos from various angles. I was excited to see a wide variety of flowers near my hotel, but failed to identify many of them and hence I took their pictures. Could you help me
identify these beautiful flowers ?

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How To Explore Langkawi’s Eagle Square

Malaysia’s Langkawi is replete with splendid spots. One of them is Eagle Square, which is also known as Dataran Lang. It is a man-made structure, which is the symbol of Langkawi.
The massive sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight is definitely eye-catching and absolutely stunning. The 12 meter tall sculpture at Eagle Square attracts hundreds of tourists everyday, thanks to its amazing design. One of the iconic structures of Langkawi, the statue is surrounded by waters and bridges that provide mesmerizing views to tourists. The massive eagle sculpture greets everyone who comes to Kuah by ferry. The afternoon here could be too hot. So it is advisable to visit the place either in the morning or evening. As I was staying in Tubotel hostel, I rented a taxi and reached the place along with my friend. After spending 40 minutes there, I returned to my hostel. It is a beautiful place, which I recommend you to visit.

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Bhutan To Reopen Borders In September

The Kingdom of Bhutan will be reopening its borders to tourists from September 23, 2022. But it will do so with a renewed focus on the sustainability of the sector, the Tourism Council Of Bhutan said in a press release.

The tourism sector will be undergoing a revamp, which will focus on three key areas. They are infrastructure and services, the travel experiences of tourists, and the sector’s environmental impact.

“COVID-19 has allowed us to reset – to rethink how the sector can be best structured and operated, so that it not only benefits Bhutan economically, but socially as well, while keeping carbon footprints low. In the long run, our goal is to create high-value experiences for visitors, and well-paying and professional jobs for our citizens,” said Dr. Tandi Dorji, Foreign Minister of Bhutan and Chairperson of the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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