Tag: culture

The most secret locations in Vietnam

Filed in Asia, Conservation, Destination World, History, Vietnam by on December 9, 2019
The most secret locations in Vietnam

You might be visiting Vietnam to see the most popular destinations and busiest tourist attractions. There’s no shortage of them, after all – from the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, Sapa, and the Tonkinese Alps, to the urban charms of busy cities like Hanoi, there’s enough to keep anyone occupied. Or, you might prefer […]

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West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

Three days would never be enough. I knew that I would only scratch the surface, but I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore this wonderfully wild, somewhat ancient and fabulously down-to-earth and quirky region known as the Cape West Coast. It’s an easy hour-or-so drive from Cape Town making it perfect for a day […]

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Kenya’s can’t miss tourism activities

Kenya’s can’t miss tourism activities

It’s clear the tourism sector is growing – over £4 trillion is spent in the travel and tourism sector every year. Attitudes towards travel are also changing, with 30% of workers admitting they’d be happier with a lower wage if it meant they’d have more access to business trips, and a further 39% of Millennial […]

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Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

The early morning mist swirled around the legendary Mountain, its silhouette reflected in the still water. Over the years flickering fires and strange lights have been seen, and weird noises had been heard. From early times the bodies of Shangaan Chiefs had been buried there, and still were… ‘It is a great and strange mountain’ […]

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Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

An easy road-trip from Durban found us heading towards the Zululand Coast. An area where the golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Where further inland, are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, and grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty […]

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Visit to a traditional Zulu ‘Umuzi’

Filed in Communities, South Africa, Travel blog by on May 6, 2016
Visit to a traditional Zulu ‘Umuzi’

Be welcomed into a Zulu homestead with the warm, traditional greeting-call of ‘Sawubona!’  Sometimes without electricity and running water, lighting is provided by candlelight, and hot water for ablutions is kept on the boil in a large pot on the communal fire. Each hut is comfortably furnished in the traditional way and form part of […]

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Dining in the Arabian Desert

Dining in the Arabian Desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the Arabian Desert. We had the privilege of experiencing the desert with Platinum Heritage, a safari company committed to responsible tourism and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of […]

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Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Drinking coffee is integral to Arabic traditions of hospitality, and there is no better place to discover this than at the Coffee Museum in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District. The museum, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, is the brainchild of ‘coffee’nista’ (is there such a word?) Khalid Al Mulla, of coffee […]

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Dubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

Dubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

Dubai – A great way to start a visit to Dubai is a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) located in the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai.  An easy walk from the Al Fahidi Metro Station and down Al Mankhool Road – the variety of shops and businesses giving […]

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Dubai – ancient and modern

Dubai – ancient and modern

I use the term ancient rather loosely, as Dubai was only founded around the 1800s – it was once however a region inhabited by Bedouins who made a living fishing, searching for pearls and herding sheep and goats. Where ancient dhows transported livestock and merchandise across the creek, where camels were used as transport and […]

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