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Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver

Chiang Mai trafficWhen coming to Chiang Mai the best way to get around town and the surrounding area is to simply hire a car and driver to take you wherever you need to go.  It can also be the smartest way to go money-wise.

Some first time travelers to Chiang Mai think about getting their own rental car to travel around independently.  My recommendation for most people visiting Chiang Mai, is don’t Read the rest “Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver”

A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy, sour and sweet — and you will want Read the rest “A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native”

A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari

Next to the mountains to the West of central Chiang Mai is the Night Safari, a natural theme park.  I have actually passed the big highway sign directing people to this park, but have never visited it, always thinking of it as a family-oriented tourist attraction, and most tourist attractions with loads of tourists  have not been my cup of tea.   But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, Read the rest “A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari”

Kerala to conduct survey to determine exact tourist arrivals in state

The State Tourism Department of Kerala is planning a unique survey to determine the number of ‘day visitors’ to various tourism destinations in the state.

“The survey would be conducted in selected tourist destinations,” Tourism director Rani George said.

“The statistics on tourist arrivals in Kerala are incomplete as they do not include day visitors. At present, the Department pegs annual foreign and domestic tourist arrivals based on hotel occupancy. Read the rest “Kerala to conduct survey to determine exact tourist arrivals in state”

India plans road shows to woo Saudi tourists

Saudi Arabia together with other Gulf countries will be the focus of attention of the tourism planners of India this year. India, which has been highlighted as a tourism hotspot by the World Travel and Tourism Council, has announced plans to hold important tourism events in the Gulf this year, beginning with road shows in Dammam and Riyadh next week.

“A delegation from India comprising several tour operators will visit … Read the rest “India plans road shows to woo Saudi tourists”

Himachal tourism to register more homestays

To give a boost to rural tourism, the tourism department of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh will register two homestays under the homestay scheme in each of the 12 villages listed in the “Har Gaon Ki Kahani” scheme. The department feels that this move would help ensure better facilities for tourists visiting the villages that have been covered under the scheme.

In addition, the tourism department will now include … Read the rest “Himachal tourism to register more homestays”

Enforce norms for Kerala homestays, owners tell authorities

Owners of licensed homestays have demanded that Kerala Tourism and local bodies strictly enforce guidelines and norms so that unscrupulous ones are weeded out.

Matters reached a head after a foreigner complained to the police that she was drugged and molested by the operator of a homestay in Fort Kochi. There were also a few adverse reviews on travel websites about similar attempts at homestays that were run on lease.… Read the rest “Enforce norms for Kerala homestays, owners tell authorities”

Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand

A recent media report has said that Uttarakhand, the country’s only hilly state in the top 10 list in terms of tourist arrivals, is planning big to improve its ranking. The report published in today’s issue of the Business Standard, a reputed business daily of India, says that the state is now considering new stretches for river rafting to promote adventure tourism and looking at support infrastructure through private partnership … Read the rest “Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand”

55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey

India Holiday HomeA recent survey of industry body, ASSOCHAM, conducted across India has revealed that employees across the country are upbeat about the first long weekend of 2011 which started today as more than half of them in the national capital have applied for four to five casual leaves to make it an extended holiday to the next week.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) interacted with human Read the rest “55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey”

Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush

A double bonanza in the form of holidays for Rakhi on Saturday and India’s Independence Day on Monday awaits eager travellers. everyone’s geared up to spend this extended weekend away from their homes. Several city slWeekend getawaysickers are extending the upcoming weekend, taking an extra day off on Friday.

“I have reported sick on Friday and will be driving down to Mussoorie early on Friday morning,” says Siddarth Kashyap, an Read the rest “Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush”

TripVillas participates in TTF & OTM Mumbai, New Delhi 2010

Hi Everyone,

We recently participated in TTF and OTM 2010- the largest travel exhibitions in India in both Mumbai and New Delhi. The exhibitions are the largest travel exhibitions in India organized by Fairfest Media. It is our first year as a company and our first participation in an exhibition and so we decide to keep our participation small by having small stalls at both exhibitions. We launched our travel Read the rest “TripVillas participates in TTF & OTM Mumbai, New Delhi 2010”