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Vietnam is Paradise on a Budget for Indian Travelers

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Vietnam is a Southeast Asian gem that beckons Indian travelers with its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine – all at a price that won’t break the bank. This Asian destination became one of the top-tourist destinations for Indians post Covid-19 and the hype doesn’t seem likely to die down anytime soon! Buckle up for an unforgettable adventure that’s easy on your wallet!

Here’s what you need to know to help you get started with your Vietnam itinerary; with some tips we stole from slow travel content creator Komal Maheshwari!

First, meet Komal! She’s a slow traveller who takes her followers along on her journeys on social media. This engineering graduate from Siliguri, quit her IT job to pursue content creation full-time and there’s been no looking back. She now has 53K followers on Instagram! If you’ve got the travel bug, follow Komal Maheshwari for some authentic travel tips!

Now, let’s dive into our take on what you can do to make your Vietnam trip a success, with some tips from this traveller!

Must-Visit Cities in Vietnam:

  • Hanoi: Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Vietnam’s capital. Explore the Old Quarter’s bustling streets, visit the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, and delve into the city’s fascinating history at museums like the War Remnants Museum.
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Experience the dynamic heart of South Vietnam. Take a motorbike tour, wander through Ben Thanh Market, or visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. Don’t miss the Cu Chi Tunnels for a glimpse into the war’s complexities.
  • Hoi An: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a photographer’s paradise. Explore the charming ancient town with its colorful lanterns, tailor-made clothes, and Japanese Covered Bridge. Relax on the nearby beaches of Cua Dai or An Bang.
  • Nha Trang: Craving beach bliss? Nha Trang boasts pristine coastline with turquoise waters and soft sand. Explore nearby islands like Hon Mun for snorkeling and diving adventures.
  • Ha Long Bay: Embark on a magical cruise through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness towering limestone pillars rising from the emerald waters, explore hidden caves, and discover a breathtaking natural wonder.

Foods to Try:

  • Phở (Noodle Soup): A quintessential Vietnamese dish, Phở features fragrant broth, rice noodles, and thinly sliced meat (often beef or chicken).
  • Bánh Mì (Savory Sandwiches): These delightful baguettes are filled with savory ingredients like pate, grilled pork, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs.
  • Bún Chả (Grilled Pork with Noodles): Tender grilled pork served over rice noodles with a sweet and savory dipping sauce is a must-try.
  • Gỏi Cuốn (Spring Rolls): Fresh rice paper rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or shrimp, dipped in a flavorful peanut sauce.
  • Cà phê Phin (Vietnamese Coffee): Enjoy a strong and silky coffee brewed with a traditional phin filter.

Experiences to Try:

  • Motorbike Tour: Explore the countryside or bustling cities on a motorbike for an authentic Vietnamese experience.
  • Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine by taking a cooking class and whipping up your favorite dishes.
  • Tailor-Made Clothing: Hoi An is famous for its skilled tailors, so take advantage of getting custom-made clothes at affordable prices.
  • Water Puppet Show: Witness a unique Vietnamese tradition where puppets come alive on water, accompanied by live music.
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay: Explore the hidden grottoes and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay on a kayaking adventure.

How to Plan Your Budget-Friendly Vietnamese Escape:

Wondering how to plan the trip and budget? According to @komalified, your budget could range anywhere between INR 25,000 to INR 70,000+ and it all depends on what kind of traveller you are.

Here’s how to can plan in advance, save some money and figure out exactly how much you’ll need! But remember, you should always carry a little extra, just in case!

  • Travel During Shoulder Seasons: Avoid peak tourist season (December-February, July) for better deals on flights and accommodation. Shoulder seasons (April-May or September-October) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
  • Book in Advance: Secure flights and accommodation well in advance, especially during peak season, to get the best deals.
  • Embrace Public Transportation: Buses, trains, and local taxis are affordable ways to get around Vietnam.
  • Explore Street Food: Indulge in delicious and budget-friendly street food for an authentic culinary experience.
  • Accommodation Options: Opt for guesthouses, homestays, or hostels for comfortable and affordable lodging.
  • Visa on Arrival: Indians can conveniently obtain a visa upon arrival in Vietnam, simplifying the travel process.

With a little planning and these tips, Vietnam is ready to unfold its magic for Indian travelers seeking an unforgettable and budget-friendly adventure. So, pack your bags, open your mind to new experiences, and get ready to discover the beauty of Vietnam!

Anusuya, a Bengali girl in Bengaluru, is an experienced content specialist with a passion for writing compelling articles & blogs while crafting engaging social media posts & website copy. Currently a content manager, she thrives on being hands-on in the creative process. When not meeting deadlines, she enjoys Pinterest-planning her next trips; to explore new cities and immerse herself in local cultures, especially local food. Is it any wonder she chose a degree in Travel & Tourism?

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Why Kavya Karnatac said no to an Ambani wedding collab

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Kavya Karnatac has been creating interesting content around Indian geography and culture for a while now, and the highlight of her social media career has been the National Creator award that she was honoured with earlier this year. The creator acknowledges that she charges around Rs 3 lakh per brand collab, and has explained why in detail in a LinkedIn post. Last week, however, she posted a detailed account of why she turned down a Rs 3.6 lakh deal that was part of ‘Ambani’s PR activation’.

Kavya says she usually does 6 branded pieces out of 30 pieces of original content she puts out every month. She says that she was approached to ‘discuss how Ambani’s wedding would boost the Indian economy’. The offer far exceeded her usual rate of around Rs 3 lakh, and the creator’s parents too urged her to accept it. However, Kavya Karnatac, who boasts 1.6 million Instagram followers and 700K YouTube subscribers, declined the lucrative offer. Her reasons?

‘I said no to the Ambani wedding’

She didn’t want to be part of an ‘overwhelming crowd promoting the same narrative’ (if you have been bombarded with Ambani wedding content this past week, you now know where most of it was coming from). She says she didn’t want to dilute her own brand’s uniqueness. Quite rightly, Kavya pointed out that audiences can discern between paid and organic content, and she wanted to retain her audience’s trust in her. A Tata Institute of Social Sciences alumnus, Kavya says she believes in strong ethics, and the Ambani wedding that conformed to all conventions of caste, class, gender and religion, would have been misleading to her followers who admire her values.

Kavya Karnatac – a creator who lives by her ethics

In her post, Kavya Karnatac has admitted that saying no to such deals can be challenging and that she could do so because she is at a stage in her career that allows her to make such choices. In the earlier post where she explains her charges for brand collabs, Kavya said she has a team of 10 persons she has to maintain, and that she charges a premium for her content to maintain value in the creative industry, and to enable young creators to make a living out of it. Apart from brands like The Coca Cola company, ITC and Google, Kavya acknowledges that she has done collabs for Vantara, the Ambani venture in Gujarat. She however said she did so since the project aligned with her values.

Do you think we will get to see Kavya Karnatac being approached for any venture that’s promoted by the Ambanis henceforth? Or do you feel Kavya will now emerge as a beacon for young creators who can sift the grain from the chaff while accepting brand collabs? Kavya may have taken a hit in short term gain and made a foe of the most powerful Indian family in the bargain, but the number of plaudits and encouraging words she has evoked on her LinkedIn post ensure that Brand Kavya has established itself a notch firmer with this resolve.

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Finding Your Niche: The Secret Sauce to Content Creation Success

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In the vast ocean of content creators, standing out can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. But fear not! Your unique voice and perspective are the keys to unlocking your niche. But what exactly is a niche, and how do you discover yours? Let’s dive in and discover how to find your place in the digital world.

What is a Niche?

A niche is essentially your specialized corner of the internet. It’s a specific topic, interest, or demographic that you focus on with your content. For example, instead of being a general “food” creator, you could specialize in vegan baking, or instead of a broad “fitness” influencer, you could focus on yoga for seniors.

But, you make wonder, why bother with a niche? Why can’t you do it all? Won’t it allow you to find a bigger audience? Here’s why:

Why Bother with a Niche?

Find Your People: When you focus on a specific area, you attract people who are really into it. Imagine having a dedicated fanbase who can’t get enough of your content!

Take Saloni Mehta, for instance. This baker found her niche in vegan and eggless baking. Her audience knows precisely what they’re following her for and don’t have to scour her entire feed for a vegan recipe. Narrowing down her niche (and obviously, posting some great recipes) has allowed her to grow to 404K followers!

Become an Expert: The more you dive into your niche, the more you’ll know. People love experts. They trust you, they share your content, and boom, you’ve got a loyal following.

Less Competition: Sure, there are people in every niche, but it’s usually less crowded than the general market. You’ve got a better chance to shine.

So, How Do You Find Your Niche?

Start with what you love. What gets you excited? Is there an audience for your passion? What are people searching for? Who are you trying to reach? Understanding your audience is key. And finally, experiment! Don’t be afraid to try different things. Your niche might evolve. The more you try (and even fail), the closer you are to finding what you’re good at.

Here Are Some Tips For Developing Your Niche:

  • Be Specific: The more specific your niche, the better.
  • Find Your Angle: What unique perspective can you offer?
  • Build a Community: Engage with your audience and foster a sense of belonging.
  • Consistency is Key: Regular posting keeps your audience engaged.
  • Adapt and Evolve: The content landscape changes. Be ready to adjust your niche if needed.

Remember, Authenticity is Key

Your genuine passion and personality will shine through in your content. Be yourself, and your audience will connect with you on a deeper level.

Finding your niche is not about being perfect; it’s about being authentic and consistent. Embrace the journey, and don’t be afraid to take risks. With dedication and perseverance, you’ll create content that resonates with your audience and builds a thriving community.

Do you have a specific niche in mind? Do a little bit of brainstorming and find the perfect niche for your content creation journey! The most important part is to just get started!

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Influencer Aanvi Kamdar Dies While Shooting A Reel On Trip

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In a heartbreaking turn of events, Aanvi Kamdar, a 26-year-old Instagram influencer, @theglocaljourney, renowned for her adventurous spirit and captivating content, met with a tragic accident while documenting the scenic beauty of Kumbhe waterfall near Maharashtra’s Raigad district. Aanvi, known for her passionate exploration of monsoon destinations and quirky social media posts, fell into a deep gorge during an outing with friends on July 16, 2024

A report published in the Scoope News mentioned that the local authorities swiftly mobilized a rescue effort, with teams from the Coast Guard, Kolad rescue unit, and Maharashtra State Electricity Board joining forces to retrieve her from the challenging terrain. Despite their valiant efforts, Aanvi succumbed to her injuries upon reaching Managaon sub-district hospital.

A video shared by Vadalwara LIVE on YouTube mentioned the same.

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The incident has sparked an outpouring of condolences from the influencer community and beyond, highlighting the risks inherent in capturing nature’s beauty. Officials, including the Tehsildar and Managaon police inspector, have issued a plea for responsible tourism, emphasizing the need for safety precautions when exploring the picturesque Sahyadri ranges.

Aanvi Kamdar’s untimely demise serves as a poignant reminder of the dedication influencers bring to their craft and the unforeseen dangers they sometimes face in pursuit of sharing their passions with the world. Her legacy as a spirited adventurer and storyteller will undoubtedly endure through the memories she shared with her followers.

The Reelstars offers condolences to her family and friends. Rest in Peace, Aanvi.

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