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A fairy tale competition by Beleon Tours

 

A fairy tale competition

My Greek wedding by Beleon Tours

In 2009 when Alexander Rybak introduced us to his Fairytale song, no one was expecting that it will become as popular as it has, countless of people have whispered this song all over the world, time after time.

“I’m in love with a fairytale even though it hurts, ‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind I’m already cursed”

Today we will also bring you a fairytale that has come into our attention.

Leading Greek tour operator “Beleon Tours” has organized the most romantic competition of the year so far. The competition is called “My Greek Wedding” and the grand prize is a fabulous wedding ceremony in Greece, with one week holidays on the fabulous island of Rhodes.

The contest rules are very simple. The couple who wants to participate in the competition share a romantic photo accompanied by a short description of their love story. Also they have to answer few very simple questions why they should be the winners of the competition.

Then all that they have to do is share their competition entry on the social media, spread the word around and try to attract as many votes as possible. The couple with the most votes will get a romantic wedding ceremony and a weeks holiday in Greece.

So far more than 100 couples have already taken part in the competition mostly from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

So what are you waiting? If you would like to win a romantic wedding in Greece click the Beleon Tours link above.

Even if you don’t wish to participate in the competition it really worth looking at the entries of the competition and voting for your favourite couple, as they are an amazing collection of love stories.

At hotels-fairy.com we would like to wish all the best to all the participants of the competition and congratulate “Beleon Tours” for organizing this competition.

So go ahead and vote for your favourite couple, our vote goes to Shagane & Georgios a truly fairytale love story.

A fairy tale competition

A fairy tale competition

“Years ago when I was younger, I kinda liked a girl I knew.

She was mine and we were sweethearts. That was then, but then it’s true.

I’m in love with a fairytale even though it hurts,

‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind I’m already cursed

Indian Cuisine: A Food Lover’s Guide to India

Indian cuisine - a variety of Indian spices

A variety of Indian spices

Modern day explorers are taking a cue from Christopher Columbus’s original itinerary and setting their sights on a direct route to India. The country known for its diverse geography, colourful landscape and distinctive culture is fast becoming a holiday hot spot for the world’s adventure seekers.

Indian cuisine often reflects the country’s cultural and geographic variations, but despite the differences, the creative use of spices always serves as a common thread that binds the country together. Experiencing the dishes that makes each region of the country famous is certainly one of the best ways to enjoy India holidays.

North Indian Cuisine
The geography and associated agricultural products of each Indian region serve as an appetising palette for India’s culinary creations. North Indian cuisine, prepared in the country’s states of Kashmir, Punjab and Rahasthan, offer visitors a taste of India that includes spicy meat dishes as well as those prepared with rich creams.

North Indian dishes are influenced by popular religious beliefs of the people, and lamb is used in many of the meat dishes instead of beef or pork.

East Indian Cuisine
Ingredients used in East Indian dishes, such as those found in the state of Orissa, heavily reflect its coastal environment. Fish and shellfish are used extensively in these mildly spiced regional dishes. Common spices used to flavour vegetable dishes are cumin, fenugreek and mustard while turmeric is also used for mild curry meat dishes.

West Bengal, another East Indian state, provides a spicier contrast to Orissa. Its vegetable, rice, lentil and fish dishes make extensive use of chillies as well as other regional spices.

West Indian Cuisine

The dishes and food preparation methods of West India cuisine may contain the most internal variations than all the regions of India. The region known as the Konkan coast provides a picturesque setting during one’s India holidays to enjoy seafood dishes often flavoured with locally grown coconuts.

West India dishes range from extremely spicy to relatively subdued.

South Indian Cuisine

The cuisine of South India includes rice-based dishes flavoured with chutneys of varying levels of spice and heat. South Indian food often uses lentils and legumes, particularly the popular chickpea. Chickpeas are used whole as well as ground to flour for traditional baked goods. Sweets play a prominent role in the culture of the people of South India regions; visitors may sample tasty pastries and rich sweetened rice fritters.

One of the best things about Indian food is that it is so accommodating to many different dietary preferences. Vegetarians find a host of delicious meal options available in most regions while non-vegetarians are never at a loss for a healthy, varied menu either.

Indians are not only extremely skilled at weaving together the complex blends of spices needed to produce their tasty dishes, but they also happen to enjoy the process very much. Becoming an official tourist taste tester is certainly a way to win new friends and maybe even learn a secret recipe or two while on India holidays.

Author: A food lover’s guide to India was writen by Tom Browne who visited India in 2012.  India holidays are an explosion of colours, scents and tastes and Tom instantly fell in love with the unforgettable cuisine on offer.

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Vietnam Tips – A First Timer’s Travel Guide

Going on Vietnam holidays for the first time is extremely exciting, but can also have you wondering what to expect. So many thoughts about the weather, the culture, and what it will be like when you get there, may make you a little nervous. So here we gathered some great Vietnam tips for you. Knowing more information about Vietnam can help lessen these nerves, allowing you to relax and look forward to your trip.

Vietnam Tips

Hoi An in Vietnam

The weather varies greatly depending on the area in which you are planning on spending your Vietnam holidays. If you have chosen to stay in the Northern hills area, you will want to make sure that you pack warm clothes, its cold and it snows during the winter months.

In stark contrast the south of Vietnam is extremely hot, getting up to forty degrees Celsius, and is very dry. Parts of the country around the Mekong Delta are warm all year. If you determine exactly where you will be spending your time and what time of the year you will be going, then  you can then pinpoint the type of weather and temperatures you will be staying in.

Vietnamese people are most often friendly and willing to help if you are lost or need assistance with something. In some parts of the country, the locals may watch you and be curious about you and where you came from. They may not go out of their way to help you if you look like you are lost, but if you ask them a question with a smile on your face; they will likely give you an answer and return the smile.

While on your Vietnam holidays, there are several ways to get around. You can choose to take a taxi, ride the bus, or rent a motorcycle. When taking a taxi, try to stay aware of where you are going. Knowing certain points along the way to your destination will help to ensure that the driver is not taking the long way around in order to charge you more.

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most popular ways of getting around in Vietnam. If you do not know how to ride a motorcycle, this is not the time or place to learn. There are not many things scarier than riding on a motorcycle and having others pass you by with just a few inches of space between you and them.

Vietnam Holiday

A Vietnamese local

There is so much to see and do while in Vietnam. Remember that you are on your Vietnam holidays and you should take in everything you can while there. Enjoy yourself, relax and have fun. We hope you enjoyed our Vietnam tips and when you get back from your holidays drop us a line with your Vietnam tips.

Author: Travel writer Tom Browne visited the Far East in 2012. He wished to give first time visitors some useful information about this rich culture and landscape before they embarked upon their own Vietnam holidays.

Tips on Planning a Family Safari Holiday

 

 Planning a Family Safari HolidayPlanning a Family Safari Holiday

Luxury family holidays are the best way to spend some quality time together, and although they require quite a bit of effort to organize  spending time together as a family is well worth the effort. Dreams can become a reality if you spend a little time researching some of the top adventures families can have together.

Heading into the unknown to a quiet and exotic location with your kids is a great way to break away from the daily routine and make some lasting memories. A popular and often once in a lifetime experience for families is a luxury safari.

SAFARI-FAMILY-LION

A Little Research

Part of the fun of a trip is planning it. Finding a luxury safari that is suitable for your family requires some research, and so it is wise to book with an experienced tour company that has a good reputation and good reviews.

You must also be sure that each member of the family has the required ID and insurance and things such as passports are within date restrictions. Luxury family holidays can run smoothly with the correct preparation; with everything organised before you go, you are free to enjoy the luxurious accommodation and exotic landscape.

If you know what to expect and how this will affect game viewing then you won’t be caught out. Check with your tour company who can explain to you the best time of year to visit each region and when is the best time to spot game.  They can also advise you of which areas are malaria-free, which will give you peace of mind if travelling with children.

Experiencing Exotic Habitats

Choosing to spend your family holiday on a safari gives you the opportunity to venture into the wilderness and see animals in their natural habitats. With the chance to see lions, antelopes, hippos, giraffes and an endless list of other species, sure to see some once in a lifetime sights and make memories which will last a lifetime. There is nothing more rewarding than watching your children’s faces light up as they see wild animals for the first time, adults too, will return home with a new found respect and understanding of the natural world.

 The Accommodation

Many tour companies offer luxury family holidays in safari destinations. Just because you have chosen a safari does not mean that your only available option is camping. Families can choose luxurious hotels with all the comforts of home. Excellent meals can usually be included in these deals too. With an experienced tour guide you can plan exactly what type of accommodation you wish and the location that is most suited to you. Your family can enjoy luxury accommodation while on Safari

Planning a Family Safari Holiday

Memories in the Wild

Getting away together can mean a spectacular tour with friendly and capable guides that know the terrain and the movements of wildlife well. Often a once in a lifetime trip, make sure you pack your cameras because you will want to remember this holiday forever. With the right planning your luxury safari can be a success and an excellent and unique experience to enjoy as a family.

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who went on Safari with his extended family back in 2012.  Luxury family holidays in Safari destinations are an excellent way of combining family time with an unforgettable experience; as your children learn about and discover the natural world. Tom wished to share his advice about the best way to plan and enjoy such a unique holiday with those concerned about taking children.

Your guide to the best beaches in Vietnam

If you truly want to enjoy paradise under endless clear blue skies, take some time exploring the turquoise waters in Nha Trang in Vietnam’s Khanh Hah province. This area has the best beaches in Vietnam.

Whether you are in the mood for adventures above water or below, Nha Trang has a variety of sports and resorts to take advantage of. The area is known for Rainbow Divers, the first PADI-certified diving centre, and for being one of the best diving spots in the South China Seas.  In addition, you can enjoy kite surfing, wakeboarding and banana boats.

The town has a variety of spas with private access to the beach and the nearby mountains. Nha Trang is worth a stop on your Vietnam holidays if only for a ride on the Vinpearl cable car, the longest sea-crossing cable car system in the world. From a height of 60 meters, admire the bay, beaches and expansive vistas of this paradise.

the best beaches in Vietnam

Girls on the beach

If you seek tranquility, head away from the tourist circuit to the quieter Phu Quoc Island off the west coast of the Mekong Delta. Sprawling pure white sand beaches, untouched jungle, and dirt roads await you. Three of the island’s most visited beaches are Long Beach, Ong Lan Beach, and Bai Sao. Long Beach is the most developed and has a number of resorts. Recently long beach has also been voted as one of the best beaches in Vietnam

Called My Khe to the north and Cua Dai to the south, this area is home to a gorgeous stretch of white sand and surf. Formerly a big military strategic area during the war, Danang Beach is known for its excellent surfing, scuba diving, and resorts. Take a morning jog or swim along the beach in the morning, join in a tai chi practice, or pamper yourself at one of the area spas.

Halong Bay

Head just 30 miles up the coast from the bustling Nha Trang to the quieter Doc Let. Beautiful smaller resorts and pristine beaches make Doc Let a hot pick for your Vietnam holidays. You won’t find any tourist attractions here.

Phan Thiet is a fishing village located 3 hours from Saigon. Its proximity makes it a popular weekend beach getaway for locals. Known as “the Hawaii of Vietnam”, Cape Mui Ne is a 13 mile-long stretch of beach also known for its striking red sand dunes and rows of tall palms.

Swim in the blue waters, climb the sweeping sand dunes, or relax by a pool. Another popular beach, Doi Cat, is the favourite artistic subject of many inspiring photographs and paintings. To complete your Vietnam holidays, stay in a quiet thatched-roof bungalow overlooking the beach.

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who went to Vietnam back in 2012. Vietnam holidays are a fantastic way of combining sparkling beaches with magnificently preserved culture and history, and he wanted to share this experience with those looking to visit this wonderful destination.

Fancy Island-Hopping off Cambodia’s Coast?

Off the southern coast of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand, lie over 60 picturesque islands awaiting exploration… Taking a boat from Sihanoukville, visitors often indulge in a spot of island hopping during their Cambodia holidays. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or you fancy island-hopping some uninhabited locations provide the perfect location for privacy and tranquillity.

When desiring to experience local culture, head to the charming fishing villages on islands where life has remain virtually unchanged for decades.

Lounging on Sihanoukville Beach

Koh Rong
Located two and a half hours from Sihanoukville by boat, Koh Rong is not only one of the most beautiful in the archipelago but also remains virtually uninhabited. The locals call the shoreline on the southwest side “Snowdrift Bay” because the powder soft, white sand resembles talcum.

The beach on the island extends for 43 kilometres and beyond the shore, travelling inward, visitors find a lush, thick tropical jungle. Koh Rong is a spot favoured by divers and snorkelling enthusiasts while jungle treks are also popular along with some rustic camping.

Koh Tang
Charter a boat and venture to Koh Tang when in need of reclusive Cambodia holidays. The island’s location also attracts scuba divers wanting to escape the tourist crowds. Divers encounter a living aquarium beneath the water’s surface filled with colourful corals and reefs. Barracuda, octopi and seahorses frequent the area along with varied species of large fish that include jacks, sail fish and snappers.

Divers venturing to Koh Prins can also find two shipwrecks lying in the ocean. Kingfish, moray eels and nudibranches are some of the sights lurking in the water’s depths around Koh Rong Saloem. If planning on spending the night, bring supplies as the island has no amenities.

Fancy Island-Hopping

Cambodian fishermen

Koh Tonsay
A 20-minute boat ride from Kep, Koh Tonsay once boasted an upscale resort in the 1920s. These days, the island serves as home to a handful of Khmer families who operate restaurants and beachfront properties. Two exquisite white sandy beaches attract visitors who spend the days swimming and snorkelling in the shallow waters where the landscape slopes gradually out from the shoreline. Generators supply the locals with electricity and the rustic environment provides the perfect location for an undisturbed Cambodia holiday filled with relaxation. Gaze at the seemingly infinite starry night skies while being serenaded by the island cicadas.

Koh Ru
Another great snorkelling destination, Koh Ru offers golden beaches and a lovely, lush forest filled with the sounds of local wildlife. A path bisects the island and travels from one popular beach to the other. The few available bungalows on either side mean there are never more than a dozen guests staying on the island at any one time. Cambodia is a perfect destination for the young people and those who fancy island-hopping.

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who went to Cambodia back in 2012. Cambodia holidays provide travellers with a unique experience of ancient cultures and a rich history combined with relaxation on sun-drenched beaches.