Top Things To Do in Da Nang, Vietnam + Day Trip Ideas

Southeast Asia has been a wildly popular tourist destination for decades, and one of the countries on the forefront of this region is definitely Vietnam. The combination of mountainous landscape, turquoise water, subtropical climate, friendly people, and affordable prices are great reasons to put Vietnam on your bucket list and Da nang city is a spot not to be missed!
Nestled between mountains it has a mix of traditional and French colonial architecture alongside beautiful beaches and we’ve put together this handy travel guide to the Top Things To Do In Da Nang, along with where to stay, how to get around and great ideas for Day Trips from Da Nang to help you fully explore the area.

Things to do in Da Nang Vietnam

A Guest Post by Melanie from Ardent Footsteps

Essential Info to Help You Plan Your Visit

How To Get There & Get Around

  • Train , Plane or Automobile! Vietnam has good transport links throughout the country. Visitors who fly into Danang Internationsl airport land right in the heart of the city, and you can get to most hotels and attractions for as little as 100VND
  • Getting around is really easy both on foot, bicycle which can be hired from most hotels or shops or via xeom (motorcycle taxi) or tuk tuk.

Where To Stay in Da Nang

Where to stay in Da Nang

Zen Diamond Suites Hotel (5*) – Luxury Stay ($65+ per night)

5* comfort in the heart of the city for less than $70 a night. What more could you ask for? One of the top luxury hotels in Da Nang it Offers an on-site restaurant, in-door swimming pool and fitness room. Guests can also enjoy free WiFi access in all areas of the property.
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Nam Hotel & Spa (4*) – Mid-Range Stay ($30-$45 per night)

Combine your stay with a spa visit and you won’t be disappointed. The Nam Hotel & Spa offers large bright new rooms; a great buffet breakfast and is just a short stroll from the beach. Each room has a smart, flat screen TV, free wifi and private bathroom – some rooms even have a sea view!
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Mari Gold Hotel & Apartment (3*) – Budget Stay (<$30 per night)

A best-seller for it’s clean, large rooms, free wifi and terrace in a great location. The hotel is 2 minutes walk from the beach (a perfect beach resort), 1.5 km from Love Lock Bridge and 1.7 km from Song Han River Bridge.
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Little Flower – Homestay (<$30 per night)

Only 20 minutes walk from the beach and 700m form the Song Han Bridge, Little Flower Homestay is clean, personable and offers free wifi with a garden and a terrace. They also have bikes on site to rent for very reasonable prices.
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The Best Time To Visit Da Nang

The temperature in Danang is the highest from May to September, usually around 25 degrees Celsius, so this makes a quite comfortable summer climate. However, June, July, and August are the busiest months of the tourists season, so expect a crowd of people if you go there during this time.
The most rainfall is seen from September to February, so unless you like umbrellas and raincoats, you may not want to go there in this period. This leaves February to May as the ideal months to experience the wonders of Danang.

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Top 10 Things to do in Da Nang

Take a stroll across dragon bridge

Dragon Bridge Da NangCan it get more Asian than this?! The dragon bridge is a marvel of modern architecture designed by Ammann & Whitney, an American architecture company. The bridge was opened for traffic in 2013 and now stands as the 7th bridge in Da nang over the River Han.
It is more than 2000 feet long and 128 feet wide. If this isn’t impressive enough, know that the bridge also lights up at night! The lightning was designed by a Vietnamese engineer who has won a prestigious IALD award for this piece of work.

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Party at 36 Sky Bar

Sky 36 is a nightclub located on a rooftop of a skyscraper in downtown Danang. Its clientele usually consists of affluent locals and party-hungry tourists which creates a wild and unforgettable atmosphere.
If the fantastic view from the rooftop isn’t enough, the bar also boasts a modern and elegant design. It is lit up with neon lights, equipped with top of the line audio/video systems, and furnished with luxurious sofas. For those looking for some “privacy,” VIP lounges are also available. 36 Sky bar is a 15-minute cab ride away from the airport.

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Visit Phap Lam Pagoda

Phap Lam PagodaThis ancient pagoda is located in the middle of the city and is one of the top things to do in Da Nang. Situated on Ong Ich Kiem street, it is placed on top of a two-story structure and is a sight to behold. You walk up a flight of stairs, go through a beautiful blue gate, and you’re there. The temple itself is marvelous, a classic Buddhist style temple filled with sculptures and incredible paintings.
In the yard surrounding the pagoda, you’ll be able to see plenty of greenery. The trees and plants are placed in big, square pots and maintained very well.

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See the Danang Cathedral

The French colonial era is not known as the happiest time in Vietnamese history, but it sure left the country with some pretty buildings. The Danang Cathedral was built in 1923, and it is called the Rooster (Con Ga) church by the locals because of the weathercock on top of the bell tower.
The pink facade is something you don’t often see on Catholic churches in Europe, and it makes this cathedral somewhat unique. The church still serves the local Catholic community so those who are interested can attend a mass held at regular times.

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Admire the sculptures in Cham Museum

Cham MuseumThis museum is dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of an indigenous Vietnamese tribe called Cham which dates back to as far as 129 AD. The museum of Cham sculpture was founded in the year 1915, during the French colonial era and it is one of a kind in the entire world. It consists of about ten different rooms filled with more than 300 stone sculptures and buddha statues.
The sculptures were created in the period from 7th to 15th century and were collected from different areas of Vietnam. The Cham museum offers daily guided tours.

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Check out the Fifth Division military museum

In case you happen to be interested in the turbulent and often unfortunate past of Vietnam, then the Fifth Division Military Museum of Danang might be a place for you. The museum is very big, and it has both indoor and outdoor sections.
It displays weapons and armored vehicles such as tanks, aircraft, canons, and so on, which were used in wars with the French as well as Americans. Besides this, you can also find a lot of news articles and photographs taken by the members of the Fifth Division, which showcase the horrors of war.

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Day Trips from Da Nang City

Hike on Son Tra Mountain

Son Tra MountainSon Tra mountain (also known as Monkey mountain) is a stunning national park located about 12 kilometers north of Danang city. The mountain is 690 meters high, and it is a popular place for hiking as it is covered with lush, green jungle. Day Trips to son tra peninsula and Marble Mountain can cost as little as $35 when you pre-book.
Many motorcyclists enjoy coming there too since Son Tra is full of winding roads and riding on them, while enjoying the gorgeous natural backdrop, can be a delightful experience. If you want to try something new, paragliding services can also be found there; just be careful – it’s not for the faint-hearted!

EXPLORE MORE OF VIETNAM – Danang is the perfect gateway city to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Hoi An – read our post and start planning your trip.

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Swim and relax at My Khe beach

My Khe beachPeople who are all about swimming and water sports must not skip on My Khê beach. It is located about 6 kilometers east of the city, and it is 20 kilometers long. The beach is filled with high-end tourist resorts, restaurants, and bars, which places it among Vietnam’s top locations of this sort.
The long stretch of white sand that meets clear, blue water, with mountains on both sides makes My Khe a very picturesque place. Jet skiers, surfers, and other water lovers will not be disappointed by this place.

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Explore My Son Sanctuary

Visit the ancient Champa kingdom of Mỹ Sơn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled between lush valleys and mountains that was the spiritual and political capital of the Champa kingdom from the 4th to 13th-century on a My Son Sanctuary Tour.

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Camp at Hai Van pass

Hai Van Pass VietnamHải Vân pass is the highest pass in Vietnam, set at an altitude of 500 meters. It boasts breathtaking views and is popular with hikers and adventurers alike. Also, it isn’t strange to encounter some campers spending the night there, and I would highly recommend for you to try it too.
Before you do it, make sure to buy a good tent since you’ll need it, so take a look at this list of the best instant tents to help you with your choice. You will wake up to a view incomparable to anything you’ve ever seen before!

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Enjoy the spectacular French village on Ba Na Hills

Ba Na Hills Resort - Things to do in Da NangThis location looks like something you would never expect to find in Southeast Asia – a European, medieval-style, fairytale town built by the French. Located about 35 kilometers away from Da nang city center, Bà Nà village is situated on top of the hill and is reachable by cable car.
It is composed of charming stone buildings, spiked towers, and colorful gardens – a perfect place for hopeless romantics. If you are wondering how to get there, you can easily find organized tours from the city to the hills.

Day Trip or Overnight? Take a round trip day tour to BaNa Hills Resort and Linh Ung Pagoda from Danang, or simply ride the cable car up ride up to the village and if book a night in the Ba Na Hills Resort -and spend a night in a French Fairy-tale in the heart of Vietnam.

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Explore Historic Hue

Hue is a fascinating city. Located right at the heart of the former North/South divide and the home to ancient imperial dynasty’s, Hue is a history lesson you don’t want to miss. On this Hue Day Tour from Da Nang you’ll enjoy the ancient architecture including the Citadel, the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City along with the peaceful Perfume River and enjoy a tasty Vietnamese lunch.

 

So there you have it – hopefully this Da nang travel guide has given you lots of travel tips to help plan your trip  – and given you a great list of things to do in Da Nang once you get there! Don’t forget to let me know your own highlights once you’re back – and if I have any suggestions of things we’ve missed, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Incredible Places To Visit in Moscow + Travel Guide

Russia is a curiosity among travelers. Images from the Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral have long been a draw-card for visitors and the often dark dramatizations in movies have only served to pique people’s interest all the more. As it becomes (marginally!) easier to visit this secretive nation, more and more people are getting the chance to discover all the incredible places to visit in Moscow, Russia’s capital along with its second most visited city of St Petersburg, and we’ve put together this Moscow Travel Guide including how to get around, where (and what!) to eat and the top things to do in Moscow to get your Russian odyssey off to a great start.Places to Visit in Moscow - The Red Square

A Guest Post by Campbell & Alya @ Stingy Nomads

Incredible Places to Visit in Moscow

Take a boat ride on Moscow river

Moscow Attractions - A River cruise Moscow has only one river though it’s quite big and goes through the city center which gives you a chance to see the main sites from a different angle. There are many variations of the cruises from a standard river excursion to luxury yacht trips with music and dinner. A standard tour takes 2 hours with audio guide on board in several languages. The highlights of the trip; Kremlin, St.Basil’s cathedral, Peter the Great monument, cathedral of Christ the Saviour. You can get better shots of some of the main Moscow attractions from a boat, a great way to spend a couple of hours on a nice summer day enjoying beautiful views. All boats have a restaurant/bar on board and you can combine a trip with lunch or dinner. Prices for a boat tour starts from US$10. Tip! Price is negotiable at the pier – try to lower it down to US$10.

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Go underground

What to do in Moscow - visit Komsomolskaya metro stationThe Moscow metro is famous as one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world. Some of the stations literally look like palaces; decorated with paintings, mosaic, marble columns and sculptures. The most beautiful metro stations of Moscow metro are Komsomolskaya, Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Ploshchad Revolyutsii. The best time to explore it is early morning on weekend to escape crowds. Moscow metro is not only beautiful but cheap, one ride will cost you US$1, there is no time or distance limit on it if you want you can spend the whole day wandering around the stations. The Moscow metro system has 212 stations, it’s the second longest metro system in the world, 360 km.

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Visit The Red Square and Moscow Kremlin

Moscow tourist attractions - Red Square and St.Basil's cathedralNo visit to Moscow can be complete without at least seeing the Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and Kremlin. Kremlin is a big complex that includes many administrative and historical buildings; Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Tsar Bell, the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Armoury building, Palace of Facets and several churches and cathedrals. The best time for taking photos on the Red Square is very early morning, between 5am and 6.30am, especially on weekends, when you get a chance to see it without people. It’s a very strange feeling to be alone or almost alone at this normally very busy place. Favorite tourists’ attraction St.Basil’s cathedral occupies one of the square’s corners. You won’t miss its colorful bright towers and cupolas. According to the city legend St.Basil’s architects were blinded by order of Ivan the Terrible to make sure they wouldn’t build anything similar again. It did work for a few centuries till the end of 19th century when Church of the Savior on Blood was built in St.Petersburg. It’s not the exact copy of St.Basil’s but has very similar structure and style, tourists often confuse them.

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Do a free walking tour

Like any other big and touristy city in the world Moscow has free walking tours, there are several in the city, quite a few in English. A Walking tour is the best way of getting to know a new city and to meet people. A standard walking tour covers the city center; the Red Square Moscow, Senate Palace, Kremlin, Alexander Garden, Sparrow Hills and surroundings. Tours duration between 1h30min to 2h. Most tours start in the morning it can be a good start for exploring Moscow. Recommended tip from US$4.

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Check out Moscow nightlife

What to see in Moscow - The City at nightFor nightlife lovers Moscow is a great place to come, here you’ll find clubs and bars opened 7 days a week not only on weekends. From very expensive and fancy clubs to traditional bars. One of the best Moscow night clubs are Krysha Mira (Roof of the World), Propaganda, Icone, Forte Music Club. Girls, don’t forget your high heels and make-up, Moscow nightlife is a fashion show you don’t want to look like a weird one dressed in jeans and T-shirt.

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Wander in Gorky Park

Places to visit in Moscow - Gorky ParkThe full name is Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, the name is quite self-explanatory, here one can find many different activities from skateboarding, rollerblading, cycling to playing football, rowing, running and visiting exhibitions or lectures. The park was opened in 1928, it occupies 120 ha along the Moscow River, a Moscow version of New York’s Central Park. A great place to come in summer on a weekend day in the city center. You can rent a bike or a skateboard if you don’t have one. There are several restaurant and coffee shops inside the park most of them offer healthy, vegetarian or vegan food.

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Explore Moscow suburban parks and palaces

Things to do in Moscow Russia - visit Tsaritsyno palaceTake a day off the bustling city and go to one of the picturesque parks to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the royal residences. Two main complexes to visit; Tsaritsyno and Arkhangelskoye. Tsaritsyno Park is one of the most accessible parks, from the city center you can get here by metro (m Tsaritsyno), it takes about 30 min. to get from the center. Tsaritsyno is a beautiful complex founded in 1776 by Catherine The Great as a summer residence. You can easily spend here a half of a day walking around the park and visiting the main palace and feeding curious squirrels. Arkhangelskoye Palace and park is not as big and impressive but it’s a beautiful place and has its own charm.
If a day of Palaces isn’t enough, add an evening of fine art at the Bolshoi Theatre – home to famous Russian operas and ballets.

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Dive into art

Things to do in Moscow. Russian icons in Tretyakov galleryVisit Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkinsky museum (also known as the Pushkin State Museum). These two will take a good part of your day in Moscow even if you just wander through without a guide. Tretyakov Gallery is entirely about Russian art from Rublev’s icons to Malevich and Kandinsky. The museum building itself is built in a very Russian style, while in the Pushkin museum you’ll find a great collection of the biggest international artists from Botticelli to Picasso. Both museums often have temporary exhibitions.

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Stroll through GUM

Moscow Sightseeing - GUMMoscow has always been a trade city so don’t be surprised to find a huge mall, though old-style, right at the Red Square. At least for me born in St.Petersburg to have a mall at the main city square seems strange. Famous GUM (department store) was the main country shopping center during Soviet era and a dream place for ordinary people, not anybody could get in there. Nowadays it’s a home for the most expensive and fancy brand shops you can imagine. At night from the outside it looks like a fairy tale castle with thousands of lights all over the building.

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Go off-the-beaten-track

Things to see in Moscow - The Garage modern art museumMoscow is not all about the Kremlin, churches and a traditional art gallery, there are contemporary art centers, street art museums, alternative music clubs and hipster places. One of the most popular and famous is Garage Contemporary Art Museum founded in 2008 by Roman Abramovich and Daria Zhukova. All the biggest contemporary art events, performances and exhibitions in Moscow usually take place here. Photography lovers will enjoy Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MMAM), a big modern space where you can see photos and video installations from famous artists; Helmut Newton, Brassai, Annie Leibovitz.

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How To Get Around Moscow

The best way to get around Moscow is definitely metro – it’s the fastest and the most efficient mean of transport in Moscow. It gets crowded in rush hours; early morning and evening but it moves. The metro system and trains cover the whole city and suburbs. It’s easy to use, the stations are well connected. Road traffic in Moscow is terrible sometimes even at night time never mind during the day.

To get to the airports (there are three in Moscow; Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo) use Aeroexpress trains that connect city center with the airports. It takes between 35 to 45 min. to get to the airport, depending which one you’re going to. Train ride costs US$8 one way.

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Where to eat traditional Russian food in Moscow

In Moscow it is easier to find a sushiб pizza or new trend burger restaurant than cafes and restaurants that serve traditional Russian cuisine and usually these are expensive places catering for tourists.Moscow Sights and Food - Russian cuisine, pelmeni

  • Lepim i Varim – a budget option in the city center to try traditional Russian cuisine, mainly pelmeni (local version of dumplings) with beef, lamb, chicken, fish and vegetarian with cheese. Av.bill US$6-10. More like a fast food place nice for a quick lunch in between sightseeing.
  • Restaurant Matreshka and its chef are focused mainly on the traditional Russian cuisine of the second part of 19th century. Exclusive food, modern interior and good service. Av.bill US$35.
  • For a good and budget meal I’d still suggest to check out one of the burger places e.g. Bear Burgers, US$8 for a meal; Хищnik Burgers – a burger bar with big variety or craft beers, US$10 for a meal. For vegetarians and vegans Fruit & Veges – a good not fancy but budget option to get a meat free meal, US$6.

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Where Else to Visit in Russia?

Most tourists that come to Russia usually visit the capital, Moscow or arrive via cruise to the old imperial capital of St.Petersburg. The two capital cities have a different history, architecture style and vibe. St.Petersburg is one of the youngest cities in Russia, in 2018 it turns 315 years, compared to Moscow’s 870 years. Moscow is definitely more of a typical Russian city, with a traditional architecture style, it’s always been a trade and business center of the country. St.Petersburg is more planned and structured, it was built as a new European capital of Russia and had this status for 206 years. Many European tourists find Moscow more interesting, more Russian, different from other European cities.

Moscow is a good place to start a Russian trip, it’s connected by air, railway and roads with many cities and places all over the country. You can go north to St.Petersburg and Karelia region; South to chill on the beach in Sochi or explore the Caucasus mountains and maybe even climb Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe. Or go all the way East on famous Trans Siberian railway to Mongolia or China to continue your adventure.

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So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough travel inspiration & travel tips to help you plan your trip to Moscow, and shown you the best places to visit in Moscow whilst you are there! Don’t forget to let me know your own highlights once you’re back!

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Incredible Things To Do in Guadalajara (+ Where to Stay & What to Eat!)

While there are many places in the world that can be described as “over touristed”, Guadalajara is not one of them.  In fact this place is a diamond in the rough.  Guadalajara isn’t perfect and, if we’re completely honest lacks the ideal tourist infrastructure. However, the number of Incredible things to do in Guadalajara, fantastic things to see and the amazing food all combined with great prices should move Guadalajara to the top of your travel list.

Things to do in Guadalajara Mexico

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Essential Guadalajara: What You Need To Know Before You Go

Where to Stay in Guadalajara:

Where to Stay in Guadalajara

  • Luxury Stay: NH Collection Guadalajara 4* Luxury in the centro histórico  for less than $80 a night. It’s one of the best hotels in Guadalajara.
  • Mid-Range Stay: Hotel Dali Plaza Ejecutivo: 3* Hotel with great reviews and a fab location in the historic center.
  • Budget Stay: Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec – great little hostel in the historic center with beds for as little as $16 a night. Located just off avenida chapultepec.

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How to Get Around

Guadalajara is not known for its public transportation.  There is no subway or train system and buses are extremely crowded.  We found Uber to be great a great alternative though (and if you use code vickig402ue you’ll get a discount on your first ride)!  The Uber vehicles are clean and well cared, the drivers usually spoke English, and the rates are very reasonable.

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How to Get to Guadalajara from the Airport

There are several ways to get from Guadalajara Centro Historico (or to) the Guadalajara International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), otherwise known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla). The easiest is Uber – as we mentioned above, they are clean, well cared for and reasonably priced. There are also taxi’s available, and booked at the kiosks in the main terminal building. A typical fare from the airport to the city is $330 MXN and It is advisable to know the district and major streets near to your hotel, and take a quick glance at a map before hopping in and have a vague idea of where you’re going to ensure you don’t end up taking the ‘long’ route.
There is also a shuttle service which costs $80 MXN per person, tickets can be purchased from terminal 1 and you are dropped off in the city at  Avenida López Mateos Norte at the corner with Avenida México. Read more about airport transfer options here.

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The Best Time To Visit Guadalajara

There are two optimal times to visit Guadalajara. The first is between October and December when the weather is dry and temperatures skim the lower 80°F/26-27°C. The second best time to visit Guadalajara is between January and May when hotel prices are discounted. Whilst the months between June through September are considered low season, this corresponds to when the city  experiences heavy rainfall and high temperatures.

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Incredible Things to do in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, home to 1.5 million people, so there is plenty to see and do here.  This won’t be an exhaustive list, but hopefully it will help start your planning process.

Instituto de Cabanas

Orozco Murals in GuadalajaraThe purpose of visiting Instituto de Cabanas is to see the Orozco murals.  A UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these fascinating murals are dark and a bit frightening, but they are an important part of the Mexican muralist movement.  José Clemente Orozco had much to say about the Spanish colonial period as well as post-Independence.  There is no signage in the mural exhibit so be sure to ask at the front desk about the times for English and Spanish tours.

There are many other art exhibits in the Instituto Cultural Cabanas museum, but there is no English signage.  For this reason we focused on the murals and made this a short visit.  That doesn’t mean I would skip this place.  The history of this building and the murals provide a valuable backdrop for the understanding this city.

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Visit Mercado San Juan de Dios

A short walk from the Instituto is Mercado San Juan de Dios, a large, indoor, two story market.  Most of the stalls on the first level sell merchandise like leather goods and clothing.  The second level is chock full of small food counters and restaurants.  The day we visited it was obvious that we were the only tourists and we thoroughly enjoyed this local experience.  After strolling the first level for a while we ventured upstairs for lunch. Eventually we selected a small food counter advertising huaraches. These begin with a thick, oval shaped piece of masa dough fried and then covered with smashed pinto beans, a meat of your choice, a generous portion of cotija cheese, cilantro and green salsa.  Delicious!  This market would be worth several visits if we had more time.

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Guadalajara Cathedral and surrounding plazas

Guadalajara CathedralThe Guadalajara Cathedral is beautiful outside, but absolutely stunning inside.  The central altar is surrounded by nine additional altars each dedicated to a different saint.  This is not a church that primarily serves as a tourist destination.  Instead, this is an active place of worship with services taking place several times a day.  Over the course of our stay we popped in here three times and it was always filled with parishioners.

Surrounding the cathedral are four plazas; de la Constitucion, Guadalajara, Rotonda de los Jalisciences Ilustres, and de la Liberacion.  The Rotonda de los Jalisciences was the quietest of these since a large section of it is fenced off.  But the other three plazas are clearly bustling with locals enjoying live entertainment and the wares of local shops and street vendors.  There is signage (in English and Spanish) throughout the plazas providing some history of the area.  Unfortunately some of the signs have been damaged with graffiti, but most of it is still legible.

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Spend time in Plaza de la Liberacion

Guadalajara Cathedral from Plaza de la LiberacionPlaza de la Liberacion is the largest of the four plazas and was the most interesting to us.  The cathedral bookends one side and Teatro Degollado the other.  The space is quite large and one evening we found it filled with hundreds of locals enjoying the sounds of a Mexican hip-hop D.J.  There are several Jalisco state buildings in the area so the government employees frequently use the plaza as a short-cut to work or a place to rest during breaks.

We made it a point to walk through this plaza several times to experience the ebb and flow of local life at different times of day.  We also found the only Starbucks in this area located at the corner of the plaza.

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Stroll Independencia Ave. in Tlaquepaque

Independencia Ave. in TlaquepaqueTlaquepaque City is about six miles southeast of the city center and it’s typical to take a combined day trip to Tlaquepaque and Tonala (nearby) to help get the most of your day.  Originally this was a neighborhood built for the rich Spaniards to escape the summer heat and many of the original colonial houses remain along Independencia Ave.  But now instead of families, they house art galleries, lovely home decor shops and upscale restaurants.  This street is also home to Museo Regional de la Ceramica.

We had the opportunity to have dinner twice along this avenue.  While these restaurants didn’t necessarily offer my favorite food experiences during the trip, the decor and settings were  stunning.  Casa de Luna offered tasty food in a setting that felt like an art museum while El Patio offered a lovely indoor/outdoor setting.

RELATED: Reward the foodie in you with a Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting

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Hang out in Jardin de Hidalgo

Gazebo in Jardin HidalgoIndepencia Ave. ends at Jardin de Hidalgo, the heart of Tlaquepaque.  When we arrived here on our first night eight couples were tango dancing in front of the gazebo. Surrounding the gazebo are several small gardens, dozens of benches, and a myriad of street food vendors.  Two churches nearby provide a scenic backdrop to the plaza.  This area is usually packed with couples and families enjoying the entertainment, traditional food and each other. Independencia Ave. is quite lovely but appears designed to appeal to tourists.  The Jardin de Hidalgo was made for locals but tourists are welcome to enjoy as well.  This tiny section of Guadalajara might be one of the best balances I’ve witnessed between appealing to the needs and desires of both local and tourists.

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Pop Into a Church, Any Church

Church in TlaquepaqueI was amazed at the number of churches in this city, usually built during the Spanish colonial period.  Most of the churches are open all day for parishioners to pray and attend services.  This means that the churches are usually available for tourists to visit.  The architecture and artwork in many of these houses of worship is really beautiful. The Catholic faith is central to the Mexican culture and that is readily apparent in Guadalajara.

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Visit the Guachimontones Museum

While there is plenty to do in Guadalajara, there are a few day trips that are not to be missed.  Our first day trip was to visit the Guachimontones pyramids, about an hour drive outside the city.  These pyramids were constructed by the Teuchitlan people who occupied the area approximately 1800 years ago.  They are believed to be the only stepped, circular pyramids in the world.  The purpose of the pyramids was for religious ceremonies.

It would be hard to understand the pyramids without a visit first to the Museo Interpretativo Guachimontones, though it’s not required.  Unfortunately all of the signage here is in Spanish, but the introductory video is available with English subtitles.  We found the video quite helpful as a way to frame all the sites we were about to see.  Outside the museum offers a model of a Teuchitlan family home and cooking site.  Join a tour from Guadalajara with a local guide, and they will be able to translate the museum’s exhibits which covered topics like the discovery of the pyramids as well as the life of the Teuchitlan peopl for you and help you get the most out of your day.

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Climb a pyramid

guachimontonesAfter spending about an hour in the museum we climbed the hill to see the actual pyramids. The pyramids that are in good shape are roped off and cannot be climbed.  However, nearby is a large pyramid that has mostly been destroyed and therefore visitors can climb it.  The result is a great view of the surrounding smaller pyramids as well as the local town and countryside.

In addition to the pyramids we enjoyed seeing the excavated ball courts.  A game of ball was a serious matter in ancient times.  This was a way to settle disputes.  Its believed the Teuchitlan people played ball on their hands and knees “crab style” and hit the ball with their hips.

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Learn how to harvest agave

harvest agave in GuadalajaraOur next day trip was all about tequila.  On our drive to the town of Tequila we visited an agave field to learn how jimadors (traditional agave farmers) harvest the plant.  The goal of the jimador is to get to the ‘pineapple’ of the plant and from this the liquor, tequila, is distilled.  We had the opportunity to help in the process and thus appreciate the intense physical labor involved.

While I enjoyed the demonstration I also appreciated the beauty of this area.  Row upon row of blue/green agave stretch for miles while in the distance is the Tequila volcano (now inactive).  A sunny day and blue skies completed this lovely picture.  A day trip to Tequila does not have to include a stop to the agave fields, but I highly recommend including this.

RELATED: Another great day trip is to Mexico’s largest natural lake and it’s surrounding villages. Book your Romantic Lake Chapala and Ajijic halfday tour here.

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Drink tequila in Tequila

Jose Cuervo DistilleryAfter learning how to harvest agave it was time to see how its distilled and a distillery tour was a great idea!  We visited the Jose Cuervo Distillery which is located in the center of the the town of Tequila.  The distillery building itself is charming and colorful and the tour was very informative. Book your Jose Cuervo Tequila Tours Here.

Finally we explored the main plaza of Tequila.  This town is scenic and bustling.  There are plenty of restaurants and shops to visit along with some live entertainment to enjoy.  What we enjoyed the most were the small street vendors selling tequila cocktails – and where everyday is a tequila day!  We opted for a cantarito which is made with tequila, grapefruit and lime juice, squirt and chili powder.  Traditionally these are served in a clay cup which can be kept as a souvenir.

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What to Eat in Guadalajara

Huarache at marketI have been back from Guadalajara for almost a month and I still miss the food.  So what should you eat when you come here?  Everything!  The two dishes that are frequently mentioned as local specialties are birria (a goat stew) and tortas ahogadas (pork sandwich covered in a tomato/chili sauce).  Jason and I tried both.  He loved the birria and I did not.  We both weren’t thrilled with the tortas.  Instead we found some other amazing food.

First, go to the Mercado San Juan de Dios.  Explore the food section, find a food counter packed with locals and go there.  Next, eat at La Chata, a family style restaurant in the historic core that always has a line.  We ordered enchiladas mole and chile relleno.  Both were good, but the mole was amazing.  Finally, sample food from street food vendors–street corn, fresh fruit, tacos, etc.  If you are worried about the safety of street food, look for the vendors that are busy and popular with locals.

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And there you have it folks. A fantastic guide to Guadalajara Mexico including Where to Stay, What to Eat, Various Travel Tips and some great things to do in Guadalajara to keep you busy!

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Taipei Itinerary – Things To Do, What to Eat & Where to Stay!

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, boasting a population of around 7 million people. It sits on the northern tip. Due to it’s always booming populations, Taipei is extremely cultured and bursting at the seams with fine cuisine and history – and we’ve put together this Taipei Itinerary complete with where to stay, what to eat and the top things to do in Taipei to help you plan the perfect city break.

Taipei Itinerary

A Guest Post by Kaila Yu @ NylonPink.tv

Top Taipei Tips Before You Go

Where To Stay

Where to stay in TaipeiAs a bustling metropolis there are plenty of hotels in Taipei to pick from, but to help you narrow down your options we have included a selection of the best hotels for every budget:

  • Luxury: The Grand Hotel – 5* luxury at bargain prices! (approx $150-200 a night)
  • Mid Range: Great for couples, lots of space and funky decor the Lacle Hotel is a great choice (approx $90-120 a night)
  • Budget: Right in the center and under a $100 a night Taipei City Home is perfect for budget travelers.
  • Backpacker: Keep costs all the way down with a private room or bunk in a dorm at Taipei Sunny Hostel.

How to Get Around

Due to Taipei being a bustling metropolis, one might assume public transport is the best mode of transportation when visiting. While this is indeed a generous option, Taipei has other travel amenities for tourists. The city of Taipei has a bike share system that works wonderfully for travelers. The bike paths take you past savory street food vendors and historical landmarks. There are over two hundred stations to pick up and drop off a bike.

The Best Time To Visit Taipei

Taipei is located in Taiwan’s sub-tropical zone, and whilst it doesn’t see extreme temperature swings, it’s still good to have a rough idea of when is the best time to visit. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit the city, when temperatures are mild-to-warm and the potential for rainfall is at it’s lowest.  The summer months of June to August are hot and humid with average heavy rains there is a real possibility for getting soaked in a downpour. Winter (December to February) is dry and cool but also coincides with Chinese New Year celebrations and if you plan to visit at this time you will need to book your accommodation a long way in advance.

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Top Things To  Do & Include on your Taipei Itinerary

Yangmingshan

Yangmingshan National ParkThere are nine national parks in Taipei. Yangmingshan is the one that hosts the country’s largest dormant volcano. This expansive lush wilderness is home to many mountain peaks. If you’re an avid nature lover, be sure to pick up a brochure to explore the many miles of hiking trails. Nestled in the valleys you will meet a very warm surprise, as hot springs will be waiting for you.

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Fort San Domingo

Fort San Domingo TaipeiFort San Domingo was an original wooden fort built by the Spanish in 1629. The fort has since been restored and is now mostly made of stone. The historic buildings on the grounds now serve as a museum for locals and tourists alike. The rooms are filled with beautiful artifacts from the different eras when it was controlled, dating back to the Spanish conquistadors. If you are around Old Street, the fort is only a few stations away and features picturesque views.

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Tamsui Old Street

Visiting Old Street is one of the best things to do in TaipeiOld Street is a boardwalk type street that features old school shops, cafes, and carnival games. It is located right along the Tamsui River, hence the name. If you want to get away from the congestion of Taipei, head over to Old Street. The Tamsui Old Street is also a fantastic place to go for a bike ride along the mangrove trees or catch a ferry to Bali. Enjoy the luscious mountain scenery that surrounds you.

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National Taiwan Museum

The National Taiwan Museum was established in 1908 and is the oldest museum in Taiwan. The museum has been recording Taiwan’s history in all of it’s developments. There are five main sections of the museum: anthropology, zoology, botany, earth sciences, and education.

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Shifen Waterfall

shifen waterfall TaipeiThe Shifen Waterfall is the broadest waterfall in Taiwan. The Keelung River trickles down tiered rocks and makes an emerald green pool. Since this area of Taiwan is subject to heavy rains, there is always a steady flow of water. Although this area of the country is incredibly mountainous, these falls are relatively easy to get to. This makes them a popular tourist spot. So, if you want to beat the crowds try to make it to Shifen Waterfall in the morning.

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Shilin Night Market

Taipei Night MarketIf you are a foodie you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the Shilin Night Market. This market is filled with local and international goods, so it is a happening place for both locals and tourists alike. Vendors of the Shilin Night Market offer traditional and affordable local cuisine to travelers. They are often eager to help you find something you might enjoy!

RELATED – Watch the city come alive with this 3.5 hour night tour which includes dumplings for dinner!

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Snake Alley

If you’re looking for a more interesting fix, try Snake Alley. Hint: it’s not called that for nothing. Similar to the Shilin Night Market, Snake Alley, or more commonly known as Huaxi Street Market, features local vendors open to the public. This market however, is more focused on strange cuisine and has a unique past. Snake Alley used to house several dozen stands of snake skinners that drained out the snake’s blood for customer consumption. Now, only a handful of these vendors remain and hardly anyone purchases the blood. Instead, they eat the snake.

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Taipei 101 Observatory

101 Observatory in TaipeiTaiwan is known for it’s picturesque scenery. Taipei, although heavily populated, embraces the natural side of the city as well. The Taipei 101 is the tallest green building in the world. Visitors usually travel up to the 89th floor to get panoramic views of the city. But, there is also a museum that features the architectural design of the building. On the 91st floor is the outdoor observatory and you are able to view the buildings spiral.

RELATED – Want to include a day away from the hustle and bustle? Consider adding a day trip to Taroko Gorge to your city break and see some of Taipei’s incredible natural wonders! Or hop on the cable car to Maokong for the best views above the city.

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Guandu Temple

Taoist Temple TaiwanThis gorgeous and brightly colored temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu was created in 1661. The architecture inside Guandu Temple is unlike any other. The hallways are lined with stone lions, carved pillars, and exquisite paintings. Almost everything is either carved or brightly painted. Behind the temple is a large hill that would be the perfect spot to snag a few photos.

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National Palace Museum

National Museum TaiwanIf you are on the hunt to view a wide array of artifacts, look no further than the National Palace Museum. The museum houses over 700,000 artifacts. The building features four floors, but the artifacts are always rotating in and out of display to prevent wear. Included in your admission price is access to a beautiful garden next door.

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What to Eat in Taipei

What to eat in TaipeiEveryone in Taipei knows that to get the very best food you need to head to the Night Markets. We have listed two different ones down below. They feature everything from grilled whole squid to ice cream. But, no matter where you turn, there is something that is very apparent: Taiwanese love to deep-fry. Which brings us to our first unique food:

Deep Fried Milk
When the milk is deep fried it turns into a gooey custard. It can be found at almost any Night Market, but try Shilin first since it is the largest.

Mochi
If you have never had Mochi before, think of it as like a doughy custard. These little sweet treats come in an array of different flavors and fillings. They can be found at street markets or in a sweet shop.

Beef Noodle Soup
This dish is a must if you are visiting Taipei. This is a Taiwanese comfort food and they have mastered the art of the perfect noodle. Tao Yuan Beef Noodle Soup is one of the best places to get this classic dish in Taipei.

RELATED – Have a few extra days and want to see more of Taiwan? What not add a 3 Day Southern Taiwan Tour or a 5 Day Best of Taiwan Tour to your Taipei Itinerary

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So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough travel inspiration to inspire your Taiwan travels – and given you a great list of Things To Do in Taipei to make sure you get the most from your visit. Don’t forget to let me know you’re own highlights once you’re back!

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Where to Stay in Florida: The Best Holiday Neighborhoods

It’s hardly a struggle to see why Florida is a hit with holidaymakers. Even hearing the state mentioned in passing could immediately bring to your mind imagery of beautiful beaches, exciting theme parks and a vibrant nightlife. However, where would you stay on a Florida getaway?
This question should be no afterthought; after all, as The Telegraph points out, Florida exceeds a
combined England and Wales in size. Furthermore, different parts of Florida can noticeably vary in their offerings. So, if it’s a villa you want to book, what location should you choose for it?

Where to stay in Florida?

Orlando

Where to stay in Florida - OrlandoIt’s an obvious choice of accommodation spot in Florida, but we reckon that it would be remiss of us not to highlight it. The city attracts most of the over 90 million people who annually visit Florida. Certainly, if you are eager to sample theme parks, you probably couldn’t choose a better place for your villa – not just in Florida, but also the wider world.

STAY IN ORLANDO FOR: Walt Disney World; Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, The Blue Man Group

RELATED: Did you know I used to live at Walt Disney World?! Read about how I didn’t quit my job to travel here.

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Clearwater

Clearwater beachGiven its name, you shouldn’t be particularly surprised that there are many nearby places where you can enjoy getting wet. Those include 16 coastal communities cited by The Independent; look for the secluded Caladesi Island and, if you are visiting from Scotland, a taste of home at Dunedin.
Before heading off to those communities, however, it’d be worth stopping by Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where you can see the cute – and well-known – dolphin resident Winter.

STAY IN CLEARWATER FOR: Beach days, Fishing, Boat Tours, Dolphin Spotting

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St Petersburg

St Peterseberg FloridaAs a city, Clearwater is twinned with the nearby St Petersburg – which, in its own right, is worthy of visiting and staying in. It’s especially worth checking out for the Salvador Dalí Museum – or “The Dalí”, as it is better known. Aptly, it’s in a very unconventional-looking building that we can’t help thinking would have made the Spanish surrealist artist himself proud.

STAY IN ST PETERSBURG FOR: Salvador Dali Museum, Sunken Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Egmont Key State Park and National Wildlife Refuge

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Tampa

Tampa FloridaThis major city had its genesis during the Seminole wars of the nineteenth century. Thankfully, though, the scene is much less volatile in Florida these days – and, rather than a mere frontier fort as it was in its early years, Tampa is now a cosmopolitan and vibrant community.
The city’s particularly exciting attractions include Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens theme park and Florida Aquarium, while history buffs should be content with the old quarter known as Ybor City.

STAY IN TAMPA FOR: Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry (and if you plan on doing all these things, the Tampa Pass would save you money!)

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Paradise Coast

Paradise Coast FloridaThis is the name given to a coast that lines Naples and Marco Island and can be found if you drive south along Highway 75. The coast has a chilled-out atmosphere which can largely be attributed to the area’s popularity with honeymooners during the summer and retirees in winter.
Beaches are, of course, abundant on this coast – but you also shouldn’t overlook the various restaurants, spas and retail opportunities. Paradise Coast is a great place to warm up, too, as it has an average temperature of 29°C and, annually, 360 days of sunshine.

STAY AT PARADISE COAST FOR: The Beaches, The Everglades, Corkscrew Swap Society, Naples Botanical Garden

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Kissimmee

Kissimmee FloridaDeciding where to select for your accommodation location can be tricky – particularly if you will have an entire family in tow and, as a result, people whose interests significantly vary. While those may include kids who don’t want to miss out on the theme parks, you and the other adults might instead favour somewhere to enjoy peace and quiet rather than bustling crowds.
Fortunately, you can enjoy the best of both worlds if you stay at Kissimmee. It’s practically right next to Walt Disney World, but remains extraordinary in itself, as the Daily Mail reports. That news outlet’s article can give you just an idea of the variety to be enjoyed on Florida villa holidays that have roots in the Kissimmee area.

STAY IN KISSIMMEE FOR: Walt Disney World; Universal Studios, Golf, Lego Land, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, Old Town, The Blue Man Group

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The Ultimate Bucket List for Dubai

Dubai From Above

Visiting Dubai is like no other city. There’s quite literally a surprise lurking around every corner in the City of Gold. It’s bold, it’s brash, it’s fun, it’s opulent. As a real feast for the senses, it’s little surprise why Dubai’s population is now made up of around four-fifths of expats who come to the UAE to experience the Middle Eastern sunshine and a fast-paced way of life.

There are not many places on this planet of ours where you can dine in a seven, yes seven-star hotel; go skiing on a 45-degree summer’s day, or get in the back of a driverless car to be chauffeured around!

However long you plan to stay in Dubai, it’s never enough. There’s so much to see and do that you can often feel a little bewildered choosing what to see and do. That’s why I’ve gone and done all the hard work for you to create an ultimate bucket list of all the things you must eat, see and do in the City of Gold:

Check out Palm Jumeirah from above with a breath-taking skydive

Palm @ DubaiThe Palm Jumeirah, a resort shaped like a palm tree, has to be seen from above to really be believed. What better way than to jump out of a plane! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this will get the pulses racing and give you a lifetime of memories from thousands of feet in the air.

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(Somehow) take a selfie with the world’s tallest building!

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Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the one-of-a-kind Burj Khalifa. You haven’t experienced Dubai until you’ve been to ground zero here and tried to take a selfie of yourself with the top of the building in the shot – that’ll impress your pals on social media!

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Sample one of Dubai’s much-talked-about food trucks

Dubai is undergoing something of a food revolution. The city is now awash with ‘truck parks’: dedicated areas for street food trucks to park up in and cook up a storm for locals and tourists alike. The trucks are often cool and quirky to look at, whilst offering an authentic taste of the Middle East.

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Experience a ride on an abra

What better way to soak up the sights and sounds of Dubai Creek than on the city’s traditional mode of transport. Book a trip on an abra to cruise along the creek from one end to the other.

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Marvel at the Dubai Fountains

Dubai Fountains from AboveCheck out the Las Vegas’ Bellagio-style Dubai Fountains. These stunning water shows occur every half-hour from 6pm until late. The water and light shows are choreographed to classic Arabic music, as well as Andrea Bocelli’s timeless classic, Time to Say Goodbye. There’s a number of restaurants around the Dubai Fountains that offer fantastic views of the shows late into the evening.

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Visit the Dubai Aquarium and swim with sharks

Always wanted to swim with sharks? Dubai is home to the world’s largest indoor aquarium and gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal to these masters of the ocean.

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Experience a unique night of luxury entertainment at Dubai Opera

Sample the opulence of the Dubai Opera with tickets to one of the many shows on offer here. There are spectacular views from all corners of the theatre and the interiors are a real work of art, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere in the audience.

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Get under the skin of historic Dubai in Al Bastakiya

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Be sure to spend some time away from the bright lights and the big city vibe. Take a trip to what is now considered ‘old’ Dubai in Al Bastakiya. From here, you can discover the city’s true heritage and the values upon which the new part of the city is founded on.
Everyone seems to like making bucket lists these days, but this really is a distilled list of eight of the most impressive experiences you’ll find in the City of Gold. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough travel inspiration to inspire your Dubai travels – and given you a great list of Things To Do in Dubai to make sure you get the most from your visit. Don’t forget to let me know you’re own highlights once you’re back!

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