Around the World Through a Photographer’s Lens – Pakistan in Pictures

Photos and Words by Dave Stamboulis

Around the World Through a Photographer’s Lens is a weekly feature from Award Wiinning travel photographer and writer, Dave Stamboulis.  Every Monday afternoon you can find Dave’s work here at Vagobond. See the world through a photographer’s lens.

Despite the reputation for fanaticism and violence, Pakistan remains one of the world’s most colorful and diverse spots, both in landscape and in people. Here is a bit of Pakistan in pictures.

1) A lone tent sits under K2, world’s second highest mountain, in the Concordia region of the Himalayas

A lone tent sits under K2, world's second highest mountain, in the Concordia region of the Himalayas

2) Moonrise over Kangri Peak in Concordia

Moonrise over Kangri Peak in Concordia
3) Freshly baked nan bread in the bazaar in Peshawar

Freshly baked nan bread in the bazaar in Peshawar
4) Spices piled high in the bazaar in Peshawar

Spices piled high in the bazaar in Peshawar
5) Sending logs down the river for timber is a dangerous trade, several men die each year along the Chitral River

Sending logs down the river for timber is a dangerous trade, several men die each year along the Chitral River
6) Traditional Kalasha girl carrying water in the Chitral region

Traditional Kalasha girl carrying water in the Chitral region
7) Modern dentistry hasn’t quite made it to Pakistan

Modern dentistry hasn't quite made it to Pakistan
8) Cricket remains the country’s most popular sport

Pakistan Cricket Boy
9) The world’s highest polo match takes place every year between the Gilgit and Chitral regions of the Karakoram

The world's highest polo match takes place every year between the Gilgit and Chitral regions of the Karakoram
10) The Passu Cathedrals, stunning mountain scenery of the Karakoram

The Passu Cathedrals, stunning mountain scenery of the Karakoram

 

 

Vietnam Travel Tips – Easy Riders and Sweet Spots in Charlietown

Story and photos by Felix Bronson

Finding cheap hotels and hostels and Vietnam is the easy part. The hard part is starting your trip around the world. Make sure you include Vietnam on your round the world itinerary and follow these Vietnam travel tips.

There are many travel opportunities in Vietnam. Historical remains are scattered all over the country. Its rich culture and legacy has been attracting travelers from different countries. The Vietnamese are friendly and warm. Touring around the country isn’t difficult because locals are there to assist you.

Vietnam Travel Tips

Adventure is absolutely experienced in Vietnam. One place to not miss is Dalat’s Easy Rider. Easy Rider provides a special tour by you riding on a motorcycle.

vietnam motorcycle toursWhile you might choose to hire a car or a motorcycle, travelers will have a closer view of Vietnam’s attractions like the Central Highland, Mekong Delta, and Ho Chi Minh. This is also the best way to meet the locals and taste authentic Vietnamese cooking along the countryside.

The price is usually $60 to $75 depending on the route taken. Easy Rider has been popular with travelers because guide books like Lonely Planet have featured it.

Vietnam’s mountains, beaches, cities, and historical sites are major attractions to travelers.

Here are the most visited spots in Vietnam:

Old Quarter- This is situated in the city of Hanoi. Shopaholics will truly enjoy the streets of Old Quarter. Shops of different goods and services flourish in the area. The tube or tunnel houses of ancient Vietnam still remained in the town’s street. Restaurants, art galleries, and craft stores offer a great way to explore the culture of Vietnam.

travel in vietnamHalong Bay- This is a World Heritage Site affirmed by UNESCO. It has unique and remarkable grottos and caves. travelers must see the 3000 small islands scattered in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Hue- This remarkable site is one of Vietnam’s spectacular cities with deep historical remnants such as the Royal Citadel, Flag Tower, Royal Palace, and Royal Tombs.

Temple of Literature- The disciples of the great philosopher considered this temple as a holy place. Vietnam’s first university was built in the area since 1076.

Vietnam Travel Resources

Vietnam – Lonely Planet
The Rough Guide to Vietnam
To Vietnam with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur
Vietnam: Culture Smart- the Essential Guide
Pocket Vietnamese Dictionary
Vietnam: A History
Catfish and Mandala: A Two Wheeled Voyage Through Vietnam

Being an upcoming tourist destination, the infrastructure, including communications, is getting better day by day.International calling services and internet access are provided in all major hotels and resorts and the postal service is available 24 hours a day.

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum- This is the most visited spot annually. This place is popular as the resting place of the country’s most significant leader. The museum displays figures of the communist leaders and military collections.

Vietnam is a paradise attracting thousands of travelers. Accommodation in Vietnam is pleasant and affordable. It is a perfect holiday vacation spot for families and for solo travelers.

travel in vietnamMost of the luxurious and major hotels in the country are found in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh such as:

Majestic Hotel- It has been in service since 1925. The hotel has an ambiance of complete elegance. They offer big discounts in travel packages. Accommodation includes free airport pick up, Wi-Fi access, and a smoke free wing. They have a spa, fitness center, and swimming pool for your leisure time.

Hilton Opera Hotel- This hotel is near the Old Quarter. Tourists will surely be pampered in their guest rooms fully furnished with cable TV, internet access, and work areas. Delicious Vietnamese cuisine is served in their fine restaurant.

Continental Hotel- This is situated in the center of Ho Chi Minh convenient to other tourist destinations in the city. The hotel is built with classic architecture and their restaurant serves Western cuisine.

You will never get bored on a Vietnam tour. Hiking, jungle trekking, and water sports are some of the recreational activities you can enjoy while you discover the wonders of Vietnam.

Make sure to include Vietnam on your trip around the world.

Lake Louise and Half a Canadian Stranger

Lake Louise and Half a Canadian Stranger

Lake Louise and Half a Canadian Stranger

As I hitch-hiked across Canada a few years ago some of the most remarkable experiences were utterly un-writeable, but one that was – was being picked up and toured through the Canadian Rockies by a retires park ranger.

I asked him to take a picture of me at Lake Louise and he did, but he also managed to take this one with half a Canadian stranger in it.I like this one better, actually. the funny thing is I think that stranger even looks a little like me…which might explain things.

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