Port Douglas is a small town of 3000 people located about an hour from Cairns in North Queensland. The town is fortunate to be close to two World Heritage sites the world famous Great Barrier Reef as well as having the Daintree Rain forest as its back yard. With many tour companies running day tours out to the forest then this is the easiest and best way to explore the area if you have limited time. Continue reading
Korakuen Park is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan located in the city of Okayama. The garden dates back to 1700 when Lord Ikeda Tsunamasa had it built. The gardens were used to entertain important guests such as Feudal Lords but was used by ordinary people on certain days.
The gardens like many set in Japan are perfect for strolling along the paths and cover over 133,000 sq metres like many landscaped gardens in Japan the garden features ponds full of koi,streams,paths and a hill that can be used as a viewing point. An unusual feature of the garden for Japan is the use of expansive lawn.
It was a difficult decision to be in Hue for New Years the city was much bigger than we had originally thought but still there weren’t any fireworks or bands playing in an outside venue. The local Vietnamese all gather with their family and friends in a park fenced off on a lawned area along the Perfume River however not knowing any locals we decided to do something a little touristy but we are so glad we did as we decided to have a feast for a king.
To be honest we weren’t going to go to Hue. Our original plan had been to visit Hoi Han for a few days, relax on the river front and check out the old town. Unfortunately Hitomi couldn’t find a hotel over the Christmas/New Year period over the Internet. We began searching for a smaller town to escape the hectic pace of a major city like we had just experienced in Ho Chi Minh.