Inside the Galleries of Louvre Abu Dhabi

11 November 2017 Grand Opening Day in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

I visited the original Louvre Museum in Paris, France last October 2013. I confirm that everything in Louvre Paris (artwork, architecture, feel) is way better than in Abu Dhabi.

How to Go to Louvre Abu Dhabi;
From Abu Dhabi Main Bus Station, ride public bus # 94 that runs every 30 minutes (you need bus card to ride this bus). Louvre Abu Dhabi opens from Tuesday to Sunday (1000H to 2000H), closed every Monday. Admission fee cost 60 AED ($16). Amateur photography and videography is allowed inside. Visit duration can be done around 1.5 hour. Free Wi-fi inside (UN: Guest PW: guest1234)

There are 12 galleries inside; (1) The First Villages, (2) The First Great Powers, (3) Civilisations and Empires, (4) Universal Region, (5) Asian Trade Routes, (6) Mediterranean to Atlantic, (7) World in Perspective, (8) Magnificent of the Court, (9) New Art of Living, (10) Modern World?, (11) Challenging Modernity and (12) Global Village. From entrance you will be immediately directed to this Galleries then upon exit is the 2nd part which is the Tree of Light, Exhibitions, Children Museum and Auditorium. 

Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi Building

Dubai's Hatta Water Dam Short Day Hike

​20 October 2017 Friday in Hatta, Dubai Emirate of United Arab Emirates

This is my 3rd short hike in United Arab Emirates during winter season following the Jebel Jais in Ral Al Khaimah (Feb. 2017) and Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain (Feb. 2017)Hatta is an exclave of Dubai, high in the Hajar Mountains. At the nearby Hatta Dam, the Hatta Reservoir Visitor Point overlooks the pools of striking green water.

How to Go to Hatta Water Dam;

From Dubai Sabha Bus Station, there is an every hour departure directly to Hatta Bus Station (Bus # E16) for 10 AED on a 2.5 hour journey. No registration needed and free admission to the dam. Dubai Bus Schedule can be checked on this link...
http://wojhati.rta.ae/dub/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

QUICK DAY HIKE ITINERARY TO HATTA DAM OF DUBAI


0600H ETD Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal 25
0815H ETA Al Ghubaiba Terminal, Dubai; RTA Card load and snacks (50) + 6
0841H ETD Al Ghubaiba, C7 bus 5; Drop-off to Deira Gold Souq bus stn
0930H ETD Sabkha bus station 10
1215H ETA Hatta Bus stn
Start walking to Hatta Dam; sightseeing; Lunch 22
1330H ETA Hatta Dam
1430H ETD Hatta Dam; Trekked back to Hatta Bus Station
1530H ETD Hatta Bus Station 10
1800H ETA Sabkha Bus Station; metro from Banyas Square to Al Ghubaiba Terminal 3
1900H ETD Al Ghubaiba Terminal 25
2115H ETA Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal

Total: 100 AED

Dubai's Hatta Dam Short Day Hike

2 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Phuket Last Part: Windy Phi Phi Island Day Tour

sightseeing the Phuket, Thailand best tourist attraction
September 21 to 23, 2017

2 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Phuket 1st Part: Patong Beach and Bangla Street


PHI PHI ISLAND DAY TOUR ITINERARY (September 22, 2017 Friday)

0730H Hotel pick-up
0845H ETA Sea Angel Pier
0930H ETD Sea Angel Pier 
Sightseeing around Phi Phi Lay Island by big boat. Due to strong winds and huge waves, we had only a very quick look to western side of the island. 
1200H ETA Tonsai Pier, Phi Phi Don Island; buffet lunch; beachbumming
1430H ETD Phi Phi Don Island
1630H ETA Sea Angel Pier
1800H ETA Hotel

Phi Phi Islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
http://www.phiphi.phuket.com/

2 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Phuket Last Part: Windy Phi Phi Island Day Tour

2 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Phuket 1st Part: Patong Beach and Bangla Street

sightseeing the Phuket, Thailand best tourist attraction
September 21 to 23, 2017

"When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity." - Bhumibol Adulyadej

My 54rd solo backpacking trip29th country to visit in Asian continenttotal of 62 countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip served also as my 3rd visit to Thailand following the transit to Myanmar (2014) and 1st international solo trip (2010).

timezone - UTC +0700H

capital - Bangkok         language - Thai             currency - Baht (THB) 1 USD = 33 THB
visa - Philippine passport holders are visa-on-arrival and visa free-of-charge for 30 days

Phuket Island, is Thailand's largest at 48km in length and 21km at its widest. It's in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges. Phuket has a busy nightlife, second only to Pattaya among Thailand's beach resorts. Patong is by far the busiest, and seediest, of the lot, but in addition to go-go bars there are also plenty of other bars, discos and clubs.
https://wikitravel.org/en/Phuket_Island

2 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Phuket 1st Part: Patong Beach and Bangla Street

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Family Budget Overnight Tour

September 9 to 10, 2017 Saturday - Sunday in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines

My 22nd family outing initiated and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip served as my 5th tour-visit in Bataan province, following the Mt. Mariveles Traverse Day-Hike (May 2016).

FAMILY BUDGET DIY OVERNIGHT TRIP IN LAS CASAS FILIPINAS ITINERARY
(composed of 1 adult, 1 senior citizen and 2 children (11-yr old and 5yr old)

Preparation: Advance booking made (with 25% discount) 3 weeks before the arrival schedule, paid online PhP 605.


​September 09, 2017 Saturday

0700H ETD Home Grab Car 380
0745H ETA Genesis Bus Terminal Cubao;
0800H ETD Cubao; a/c bus - 3 senior/student, 1 adult 160(3)+200=680
1015H ETA Balanga Bus Terminal; crackers / drinks 95
1100H ETD Balanga Terminal (Bagac); direct jeep - 2 adult / 2 children 70(2)+80(2)=300
1200H ETA Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar; lunch 1,000
Payment for one night 6,895 + 3000(deposit)
Overnight Stay Package Inclusion: Set Breakfast at Marivent Cafe, Walking Heritage Tour includes hearing the historical and cultural significance of the heritage houses, Complimentary Wifi, Free Hop-On Hop-Off Jeepney Ride Within Las Casas area, Welcome drinks and cold towel, Beach Area, Swimming pool
1300H Room check-in
1430H Walking Heritage Tour; Snacks 275
1630H Carabao Race
1800H Cultural Dance Show; Swimming; Dinner 880
Total: PhP 10,505

September 10, 2017 Sunday

0800H Breakfast (2 kids) 650
0930H Hotel Check-out (3,000) claim deposit
Tricycle to Bagac Terminal 150; Jeep to Balanga Terminal 35(2)+30(2)=130; Snacks 65
1100H ETD Balanga Bus Terminal 760
1330H ETA Cubao; Grab Taxi Home 380
Total: PhP 2,135

Grand Total Budget: PhP 605 + PhP 10,505 + PhP 2,135 = PhP 13,245


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Family Budget Overnight Tour

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